Yesterday was "dyeing day" and I usually don't get much done on Wednesday other than that. But I had these 2 veterans quilts loaded and one was already quilted so before dinner I finished the second one. The one on the right is folded to show the backing color. For quilts that were conceived just to get another UFO off my list, I'm really happy with these 2 quilts. The binding fabric is in the dye bath so I should be able to get these bound next week. That means at least 2, probably 3 and maybe 4 finishes for November.
Today I'm going to work on some Christmas cards and do some stitching on the Groovy binding. I might even get a row or 2 of Big Groovy together.
The most important thing I needed to accomplish the past 2 days was to get this label done and stitched on the quilt. I always wash the quilt before I add the label so that the label won't be baggy the first time it's washed. That's a risk with labels as big as the ones that I make.
While I had everything out I made the label for the Groovy quilt too. I'm still slowly progressing on the binding. I have plenty of time. This one doesn't have to be finished until December 1 but I want it done before we leave for Thanksgiving.
I'm also pecking away at the Christmas postcards. I might have some photos to share tomorrow.
We're not talking baseball here, we're talking about Stars fabrics. Stars are all 1 yard cuts and each one is unique. I make these at the end of my dye session and have fun mixing colors in new ways. I added over 9 new ones this week and now there are LOTS of them in the shop to choose from. In fact, there are so many that it's time to seriously reduce some inventory and the best way to do that is to have a big sale!
For one week only, Stars are on sale 25% off! Use coupon code STARS25 at checkout.
Stars are my go-to fabric for binding fabric because generally a yard is plenty for binding one quilt. But you could also pick 3 or 4 for a palette or an art quilter might want a larger piece of fabric for their stash sky or landscape elements.
Whatever you might use them for, this is the one and only time that they've been discounted 25% so think of this as an early Black Friday sale and get yourself a little gift!
It was quite a productive weekend around here. I didn't actually finish anything but I made some progress on several things.
I loaded the last 2 veterans quilts for the year. These are getting done because they are mine and they will knock one UFO off my list!
You can see that I got one done. I'm using a simple leaf pantograph so it's quilting up quickly. I will not finish it today though. I need to get a label on Fireworks so I can take it to Mom tomorrow and she can deliver it to Patrick over Thanksgiving.
I spent some time Saturday evening playing around with frame ideas for Fireworks and Groovy quilt labels.
I spent my football watching time (Go Hokies! Boo Eagles.) stitching the Groovy binding. It's slow because my hand is still bothering me some. As long as I don't do too much at one sitting I'm OK.
I also started putting Groovy II together. It's going to take a little while. I have to lay it out after every row to decided the placement of the colors for the cornerstones. But I'm having lots of fun working on it.
This week I have to get a label on Fireworks, need to make some serious progress on Christmas postcards, do some screen printing on Christmas gifts and, hopefully, grout the dye sink backsplash.
This week's inspiration comes from Stephaine Wilds, the master of monochromatic portraits. These pups are 14" x 17" and made as a commission for a very special Christmas gift. Stephaine used the Gray Skies gradient to get her palette.
For sharing, Stephanie received a 20% coupon for the shop that's good for 3 months! If you have made anything with my hand dyed fabric I hope you will consider sharing it in the Customer Gallery. The only rule is that projects have to be complete. It doesn't have to be made totally from hand dyed fabric, just include a recognizable amount.
The last binding stitch is done so, aside form the label, the quilt is done. The bright blue binding worked out perfect. Mom and Becky convinced me not to use black or gray and to try a color. They were right.
This quilt is going to my nephew, Patrick. He's a graphic artist and loves bright colors. It wasn't planned for him but the quilt told me where it needed to go as I was working on it. That seems to happen to me a lot.
I like to give quilts washed just to make sure nothing surprising happens the first time they wash it. It also encourages the recipient to actually use the quilt. All I need now is a label and then my Mom can deliver it over Thanksgiving when she visits my brother. It will be soft and crinkly and ready to use as soon as he receives it.
You can see more detail photos on the Gallery page.
I had planned to start stitching the binding on Groovy this weekend but ti seems that Fireworks gave me a bit of tendinitis in my hand. Instead I'll be working on Christmas postcards this weekend. The deadline is rolling up pretty quickly for Christmas cards so it's good that I change focus a bit.
My main task this week is to get the 4th of July quilt bound. I haven't liked the 4th of July name because my color palette just doesn't fit the theme. I've had a lot of time to think about it while binding and I think I'll call it Fireworks.
Anyhoo.....while binding I thought about something that I discovered a couple of years ago that saves me a lot of time and pin sticks. I used to pin my binding as I stitched and I know a lot of people use those little clips but I discovered that you don't need pins at all!
That's right, I don't use 1 pin when I hand stitch my binding.
What I realized was that even after I took a pin out that I'd readjust the section I was getting ready to stitch so what good was the pin doing me? I really only care about the 1/2 inch ahead of the needle. I just roll the binding over as I go.
I adjust - stitch - adjust - stitch all the way to the corner. I don't use pins in the corners either. I stitch to the point where the 2 edges will miter together.
I fold in the side, adjust the miter and then take one stitch on the corner to tack the miter in place.
Then I stitch the miter on the back.
At the tip stick the needle through to the front and have it come out in the fold of the front miter.
Stitch the miter down the front coming out at the base of the miter.
Stick the needle back through all of the layer and come out at the base of the miter on the back.
One more stitch in the corner to make sure the miter is secure.
And then head down the next side. The whole binding is stitched without the extra time to pin.
This quilt will be ready to show tomorrow!
Four more blocks done! My math says that I have 61 finished and 11 left to make.
Here they all are on the design wall. Now I need to get serious thinking about what I want to do with them. Wall quilt? Bed quilt? A dozen placemants? Just kidding, no placemats! But if it's going to be a bed quilt it's got to get bigger. Maybe a wide border with smaller circles sprinkled around it. I might even think about some plain blocks (quilted circles) in the center. I don't know. Just thinking at this point. I still have 10 more blocks prepared for stitching.
This weeks shop news highlights some fabrics that are perfect to use in art quilts for rivers, lakes and streams. Of course, they can be used for lots of other things too but the fabric of the week was inspired by a lake so I'm running with that theme.
Fabric of the Week
This gradient was inspired by a vacation to the Grand Tetons and a photo that I took while hiking around Jenny Lake. These were the colors as the lake transitioned from the shore to deeper areas. This week Jenny Lake Gradient on sale 20% off through Sunday.
Staying with the color theme, and inspiration from rivers, lakes and streams, I have a new Reflections fabric, Cascata, in beautiful mossy greens. All of the Reflections fabrics are designed for water and sky elements. Here are a few more in the spirit of rivers, lakes and streams.
Don't forget to check out Stash Packs, Gradients and Shades Packs when you are looking for river, lake and stream fabrics for your next project.
I was very focused on my Hunter's Star veterans quilt this weekend at our quilt club sewing days. I learned several really valuable lessons about this pattern. I'm probably doomed to forget those lessons and repeat them at some point.
Hunter's Star is traditionally a 2 color, or 2 value pattern. Now I know that having a 2-color design makes pressing and assembly so much easier! I got about a quarter of the blocks together when I realized that I needed to press half of them differently so that the seams would nest properly when I put the blocks together. But the real challenge came when I was trying to put together the blocks. Not having 2 colors or light/dark, I had to pay out the blocks seam side up to make sure they nested properly. I arranged them in rows and almost got it all together. I have one row pinned in place and 3 or 4 more to add.
Those of you who have made this pattern will also notice that I should have the second row as the top row. That's not really going to matter because I think I'm going to have 11 rows so it will be "right" from one edge. I do have too much dark green on the right side but this is a scrappy quilt and I'm not going to worry about that.
I almost finished it when I came home but this is my quilt club project so it can wait until next month. I wouldn't get it quilted before then anyway. I do like it a lot and it will look great with a leaf quilting motif.
It's only going to take a couple of hours to finish that quilt so I needed to get another kit together. I started cutting this Hunter's Star last Monday with 2 Stash Packs. Then I dyed some pale gray for the "light side" of each block. I got those cut out last night. The darker gray in the middle is the binding. I'm all ready for next month and I'm confident that this one will be even easier and faster than the scrappy one.
The rest of the weekend was spent on chores and quilting the Groovy quilt. The photo in the right is the back. The back and sashing are green because that's the recipient's favorite color. Now I'll turn my attention to binding Patrick's quilt and Groovy. I'm going to hand stitch both on the back so it will take a bit more time.
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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