Today I'm off to Hampton with friends to go to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. Unfortunately I finished a project this week and that might reduce my self-control over buying new things. Either way, it will be a fun day.
I'll leave you with the Maine quilt that is my finish for the week! Clock on the photo to go to the page to see more photos and read the background about this quilt.
Yesterday after I finished dyeing I decided I'd get started cutting out Antelope Canyon because once this is cut out I can turn my cutting table into a mess again. It turns out that this one was much faster to cut than Stars at Sea and I got the whole thing cut out in a few hours. This one is based on 1 1/2" and 2 1/2" strips so you start by simply cutting a lot of strips.
The cutting and color placement instructions are really thorough so as long as you pay attention (which I didn't do a couple of times) you will get it all straight. As I cut the pieces I labeled then with the part letter.
Laying it out helped me make sure that I cut the right number of pieces and I has missed a couple. I'm really happy with how this is going to look and I think it will go together pretty quickly.
Stacked and ready for the project bin.
I have plenty of extra fabric in case I screw something up and I'll gut the gradient for the borders after the top is together. I'm excited to work on this but it will wait until Stars at Sea is done first.
In a couple of weekends the next sewing days with Country School Quilters will roll around and I don't have a project to work on.
I had been wanting to make a sample quilt using the Color Wheel fat quarters. At the Birds of a Feather conference Anne won a basket with this pattern and it seemed perfect. I like to go to sewing days with my projects already cut out and that's what I set out to do Sunday evening. If you look at the pattern you can see that the quilt is worked in sections so that's how I decided to cut it out.
The pattern also uses a special ruler but I didn't want to buy a ruler for one pattern. Instead I use Electric Quilt to print out rotary cutting instructions for the block in ever size (4, 6, 8, 12 and 16 inches). Yes, I could have just taken notes but didn't trust myself not to make a transcription error.
The pattern calls for 6 or 8 fat quarters (I don't remember) and I have 10 so I knew I had plenty of fabric and knew I could get the binding out of this fabric too. I cut 2 strips off each fat quarter for the binding first. As I was cutting the blocks I also cut a few 2 1/4" wide pieces that I can use before I start sewing to test my seam allowance. I test the seam allowance with every quilt.
You can see the sections clearly in this photo and this stack of pieces in one section. I needed to keep the sections together.
I used plastic bags for the sections and labeled each one. After a few hours of work I had everything cut out and I have enough leftover fabric that I can recover from a mistake if needed.
I'm officially ready for sewing on March 9. This quilt will only take a few days to put together so while the cutting table is clean I'm going to cut out and kit up the Antelope Canyon quilt. That should have me set for a few months of sewing days.
Some of my favorite fabrics in the shop are the Galaxies. These are the most highly-textured fabrics that I carry and are made as part of my ice dyeing process. All of these are fabrics are 2 yards or more so they are perfect to be a feature fabric or border for a quilt.
This week they are on sale 20% off through Sunday!
Just use coupon code GALAXY20 to get your discount.
I just used one of these are a border for my sunprinted Maine quilt (left) and I picked another one (right) as the feature fabric for my next quilt that I'm cutting out this week. maybe a Galaxy is just what you need to build your next quilt around!
I even took lots of photos to document my progress. I just didn't have time to edit them before I left for my annual festival of mammogram this morning. But I can report that I got the Maine quilt finished, a bunch of new fabric for the shop ironed and these 4 veterans quilts quilted. Then I allowed myself to start cutting out a new project. Hurray! I love a new project.
For now, though, I only have the veterans quilts to share.
I picked up all of these (and more) at the Country School Quilter's meeting Tuesday and wanted to get 4 of them done so I don't get too far behind. I don't remember who gave me this one but she apologized over and over for poor piecing. While it had a little fullness here and there it was really easy to tame with a wavy crosshatch and I think she will be pleased with how it turned out.
This one and the next 2 are from Karen. She's one of our most prolific piecers. She shows up every month with 3 or more completed quilts or tops. This time she had 5 veterans tops and 2 kids tops made since last month! Almost every quilt she makes is donated to either the veterans or to a local hospital pediatric ward.
Karen said that this month she was trying to empty a bin of reproduction fabrics but that after she got the 5 tops together she found another bin of the same fabrics! Who knows what she'll show up with next month.
Here are the 2 backing fabrics that I used on these 4 quilts. Now I can get back to my "Lost My Marbles" quilt.
I settled on the Woodgrain pantograph by Lisa Thiessen for this quilt. I'm using a medium brown Highlights thread so it's not going to show at all. For this quilt I really wanted the fabrics to be the show and the quilting is really just functional.
I got it started last night and might get it finished today.
Meanwhile there are signs of Spring. We saw the mallard pair on the pond last week and the geese were visiting today. Nesting will start soon.
I'm late posting today because I had a lesson this morning followed by lunch with my cousin and some errands. But yesterday I did accomplish one thing after my dyeing session. I got the Maine quilt loaded and basted. I've been pondering how to quilt it with the default plan to be all-over leaves. The problem is that I do tend to quilt densely when left on my own and I want this to be a soft bed quilt. But just as I type this I remember that I have a nice big leave panto and I think I'll do that. So as soon as I finish typing here I'm going to put my audiobook on and get too it.
The other thing I'm working on is a little color matching for a customer. This is one of my favorite things to do. These two fabrics are not cotton so the color matching can't be perfect but hopefully this will be close enough for her purposes.
If you need a color matched I can work from a swatch of fabric, a paint swatch from the hardware store or a color you've painted on card stock. It's always best to work from a swatch of anything instead of a photograph. Color on the computer is sometimes not reliable. There's no extra charge from me for color matching. I love doing it.
Yesterday I got the rest of everything put away from my trip to Birds of a Feather. For once, I really did put EVERYTHING away and even got this table cleared. (Ignore that wine bottle, it's one someone gave me to slump. I don't drink wine because I'm allergic.)
Anyway, the sight of this clean table at 2 in the afternoon got me itching to start a new project (or two). But before I did that I made a list of the current things I'm working on or wanting to work on:
Parasol needs a Zentangle label
I want to start designing a new Crystal quilt with a design tutorial
I want to cut out Antelope Canyon
I want to cut out Stars at Sea and
I want to quil the Spirograph quilt
Sadly, none of these would contribute to a finish for February and I do so want a finish!
So I discussed the situation with myself and we decided to sew together a quilt back for the Maine quilt because I can get that quilted and bound before the end of the month. Then I'll quilt a few of the veterans quilts that I picked up last night at the quilt club meeting and THEN I'll get back to the Spirograph quilt.
Then I can cut both of these quilts out and have them ready for my monthly sewing days at quilt club. Stars at Sea might only take a day to sew together but no more than 2.
Tonight after my dyeing session I'll get the Maine quilt loaded and maybe even started.
Over the next couple of weeks I'm going to be listing lots of new Stars fabrics. Stars are one-of-a-kind one yard cuts of beautifully textured fabrics. To make room for the new ones the current inventory is on sale this week for 20% off! Sale ends Sunday but get your favorites before they are gone!
Just use coupon code FEBRUARY to get your discount.
I had great plans of posting every day while I was at Birds of a Feather. Ha! Silly me!
Not only did I not post, I didn't even take photos. I just found the camera when I was unpacking this morning. It was an incredibly busy few days but also a great deal of fun and I couldn't have done it without my friend, Anne. She volunteered to come help mind the booth while I was in classes and I sure needed the help.
I got the booth set up Wednesday with the help of the friends who were visiting us. They had to fly out of Dulles that evening so it worked out perfectly. The even kicked off mid-day Thursday and I stayed consistently on the move from that point forward. We didn't even leave the hotel to go out to dinner. I taught 2 classes each morning on Friday and Saturday so Anne kept the booth and then we spelled each other the rest of the time. I have to say, it was a lot more fun than I thought it would be and it was great to see people respond to the fabric and get some instant feedback.
I also had great booth neighbors. On one side was Karen Miller with Red Bird Quilt Co. and on the other was David Gilleland with Vector Quilts. Karen is an applique artist and David designs foundation pieced designs. They were great neighbors. In fact, all of the vendors were really nice and watched out for each other if someone needed a break or snack.
The vendors were so nice that I had to buy a few things!
The new Septaliner and Circleliner Extensions from Sue Heinz. You are going to see a lot of these as I work on the brown Spirograph quilt in the coming weeks (months).
What's this?!? A GARMENT pattern?
Yes, Anne and I are going to have a tunic sewing day and I picked this pattern and batik rayon from Sew Batik. It will be a great summer top if it fits well.
Finally Anne won a GREAT gift basket that included the electric Go! Cutter and a ton of other great prizes. Included was this Swirly Girls pattern that I've decided to make using one of my Color Wheel Fat Quarter Packs.
Hmmm, it didn't seem like a lot of stuff until I had to account for it! But it wasn't too bad. I sold more than I bought so that's the important fact from the weekend. I also got to meet some blog/Facebook followers and that was a real highlight!
Now it's time to get things back to normal so that maybe I can do something fun tomorrow.
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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