The 4th of July quilt top is done! You can click the link to the pattern but this one is discontinued.....that's how long I've had the pattern! The fabrics are all leftover from the display in my booth last year at the Virginia Beach AQS show so there was no planned color palette. The "vision" for this was to finally use the pattern and use up some of those sample fabrics. I used golds and greens for all of the big spikes, blues for the short inner spikes and orange/pink/purple for everything else.
The colors are most accurate in this photo and it also shows off my favorite part, the background. I pulled every super dark fabric from my stash.
Next I need to figure out where it will go to live. That will determine what kind of quilting that it will get. If it's going to be a sofa quilt I'll likely do a pantograph. The most it will get is light custom. I don't love it enough to spend a ton of time quilting it. Don't get me wrong, I do like it but I don't have any special attachment to it.
This weekend I'm going to get the cat quilt top together. The original plan called for more cats but I was afraid that from a distance (in a booth at a quilt show) that the small cats would look like little blobs. I decided to make the cats a little bigger so they will be seen easier. I'll get the templates made tonight and get it made this weekend at the Country School Quilters sewing weekend. It would be nice to get it on the longarm next week.
One more border is done! I'll have this finished tomorrow and then I can start agonizing over how I'll quilt it.
I spent most of yesterday evening working on plans for the second Paula Nadelstern sample quilt. I had one plan before the fabrics arrived but quickly realized that it was not going to work! This fabric is in a blue palette and has lots of silver sparkle so it will be perfect for holiday/winter projects. I've settled on this layout but it's going to look different with the "real" fabrics. I made one sample block and quickly realized that I needed more of one of the fabrics. It's on the way so in the mean time I'll work on the cats this weekend.
Yesterday I got all of my Paula Nadelstern fabric washed and ironed. I shouldn't say "washed" because I actually soaked it for 24 hours changing the water once. Yes, it did bleed. I also soaked some batiks that I bought for a later project and it bled too. Now I can use all of the fabrics knowing that they won't cause any trouble later. After I finish dyeing fabric today I'll get into EQ and finalize my plans for the sample quilts.
I also had a few minutes to add another border to the 4th of July quilt.
This is a cute little baby quilt that Mom made and I had to get it quilted yesterday too. We had quilt club last night and I wanted to get it to her. The colors in this photo are WAY off and I know that because she used my Color Wheel Stash Packs. She used a pack each of Light, Medium and Dark.
I took the photos really quick last night before I left for the meeting and didn't do the white balance setting on the camera but this photo has the colors a little more accurate. I love this Happy Times panto for baby quilts.
Quilting with Minky for the backing was no problem at all and I think the new parents will love it!
Today I'm dyeing lots of fabric and will spend the evening relaxing with Electric Quilt doing some planning for my sample quilts. But maybe I can squeeze in one more border.
This past weekend was the first weekend of football so I didn't get a lot done. "My" Eagles pulled out a win in the end. I didn't work on the cat quilt at all. I need to get serious on that project this week. Between games I did get my dyed fabric washed and made a little progress on 4th of July.
I arranged the border blocks.
And got the blocks sewn to one side.
Today is computer day so there won't be any sewing going on at all. Just lots of ironing, photographing and bill paying ending on a high note with more football.
As I said Tueaday, my goals for September are to wrap up some "easy" projects while I work on my Paula Nadelstern sample quilts. Paula's fabrics arrived Wednesday and they are washed.
After making the puppy quilt I decided that the cats need some equal time so I think my first "Paula" quilt will be a Kindle of Kittens. Each kitten will be a different symmetry print and the background is going to be a patterned blue. You'll get to see it in November and don't be surprised if it doesn't really look like this! I've got to play with the layout and block size a little more. I'll work on this on my Brother sewing machine. I have the Juki set up to allow myself a few minutes each day to work on my easy projects and the first up is 4th of July. I'm ready to get it done.
I took this project on vacation and I only had these pieces of the border blocks left to make. My friend, Laura, did most of the sewing there but I did get all of these done.
I spent a lot of time relaxing and tearing out paper. A lot of people hate this part of foundation piecing but I really don't mind it.
I use a very short stitch length which helps the paper tear easier. Tweezers are also very helpful. While I piece these I sometimes use a dab of glue stick to hold a fabric in place. A little paper will sometimes stick to the fabric. I don't worry about that at all. It will soften and disappear in the wash. I did have to do a little vacuuming to clean up paper bits that missed the trash bag.
I got all of the blocks done on vacation and this week's goal is to get the top together. Yesterday I got the center together. The colors aren't true. It's a little faded on the upper right because of how I took the photo but I'll get a good one when the quilt is done.
Now to make some kittens!
It was sewing weekend with my quilt club and I was on a mission! I missed last month because someone had just cleaned the place with about 5 gallons of PineSol and I couldn't stay in it. This month the room was back to normal. I had to stay pretty focused but I got this set of blocks done for my 4th of July quilt.
To make a quilt the size of the pattern all I'have left to do is a set of these blocks for the border. At this point I think I'll probably stop with these although I do have enough foundations for a queen size. I expect once these are done I'll be ready to move on to another foundation pieced pattern. I'll lay out the blocks and see how it all looks. But I have this pattern waiting for me and I'll probably get 4th of July done and start the new one. I just need to decide on colors.
That's all the sewing I got done this weekend. Yesterday I came to "the river" to spend some time with my friend. I'll go home this afternoon if I can pry myself away from a great view.
Last week while my blog was posting about Flora's quilts I was actually spending a lot of time staring at this. It was my family's annual trip to Hatteras, NC. This was the view from the house deck and we had perfect weather all week. I got to spend a lot of time on the beach walking and reading.
But someone of Scots-Irish heritage can't spend too many hours in the sun so I set up a little sewing space outside our bedroom and worked on my 4th of July quilt.
I got the rest of these sections done for the center blocks of the quilt. I think I'm ready to start working on the border blocks, unless I decide to make a queen size.
We all love our annual get-together and I hope we can keep doing it for many years to come.
We got back Sunday and I spent yesterday washing cars and doing laundry. We have lots of company coming today so I'm slow getting back into gear but I should be mostly back to normal by Wednesday.
I love our Country School Quilters 2-day sewing "retreats" each month. It's so nice to be able to set up all of my stuff, leave it overnight and just focus on sewing one project and still sleep at home. I could theoretically get more done at home because I spend so much time visiting and talking but, in reality, the distractions at home are even greater.
This is the project that I'm currently working on and I only work on this as a retreat/travel project. It stays packed up the rest of the time. I've had this pattern so long that it's now out of print.
I've cut out fabric and foundations for the 54" x 71" quilt but I have foundations for a queen size one. I'm going to make all the blocks for the standard size and see how I feel about continuing with it. First I'm working on the center blocks and I have all of the elements done except the big middle piece and I made good progress on those.
I've been unsure about this quilt from the beginning because I made some pretty random choices about color placement and fabric selection. After this week I had enough pieces of blocks to get an idea of how it's all going to look together and I'm really pleased! Yes, I have a green spike piece turned wrong but you can still get the idea.
Now this project goes back on the shelf until next time. This week I'm determined to get some mulching done and to get dog beds made with the giant piles of scraps I created from trimming all those veterans quilts.
I really look forward to our Country School Quilters sewing weekend. It's really the only time each month that I get any concentrated sewing time. Of course, that's my own fault for having too many other things going on at home. I got all of these rings done for my 4th of July quilt.
As a reminder, this is the quilt that I'm making. I have fabrics cut for the 54 x 71 quilt and I have extra foundations if I want to make a queen size version.
For now I got all of the short rings done and I started on the 5-pointed starbursts. I'll pick up with those next month.
I really enjoy doing foundation piecing and am already looking forward to working on it again next month.
We also went to the opening of my friend's quilt exhibit. If you are in the Richmond area you can see the exhibit through May at Randolph Macon College in the Flippo Gallery. If you aren't in the area and want to see some her amazing work, check out this post at the Country School Quilter's blog.
We also have our first Bluebird nest of the season!
Well, this weekend didn't go quite as planned. My dentist appointments last weekend turned into more involved work. It all went great but it took more time and it all happened sooner than I expected. So that took up all of Friday. I got to go to CSQ sewing on Saturday and got all of these parts of my 4th of July quilt made. Yesterday was dedicated to getting the taxes together.
I don't know what's worse: the dentist or preparing taxes. But both are now out of the way and after I drop off the taxes today I can get on to something else!
I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.
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