This week's inspiration comes from Marcy George. The background pleated dyed fabric that she purchased a few years ago was here starting point. Marcy is a friend of mine and loves getting bags of thread ends from me. I save them when I'm ironing and packaging fabric. She used lots of those, some Shibori fabrics and fabrics from her own stash. She added surface design with paint and quilted with cotton and silk threads.
For sharing, Marcy 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 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.
Gradients Back in Stock
A two week vacation is a wonderful thing and I'm lucky that I am able to take that much time. I highly recommend a 2 week break even if it's a "staycation". That extra week allows you to really mentally escape and relax. But the downside is that it takes a week to get myself back in gear! I think I'm now mostly caught up including restocking these 2 popular gradients.
All Gradients on sale!
To celebrate the shop being open again all gradients are 20% off this week! Use coupon code GRADIENT20 at checkout for the discount to be applied. Discount applies to in stock Gradients and the sale ends Sunday. Get your favorites while they are in stock!
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!
Well, you know how nutty I get about my scraps. Here's yet another example. Sometimes I'm almost embarrassed to share just how weird I am about tiny bits of fabric. But, it's not as if you don't already know me well enough not to be surprised by another story.
These are the cut-offs from making the border of the puppy quilt. After I finished the last border and was putting everything away I just could not toss the strips out. It's as if they were screaming "Postcards!" to me. So I made postcards.
I didn't want to put too much thought into it so I just started sewing strips to cards with the raw edges exposed. At this point I was thinking that I might applique a flower motif or something on them.
Some got applied horizontally and some vertically. Why? Because that's how long my strips were.
Next it was time to really think about what to do with them.
I found these in my "Postcard Bin of Magical Things". I screen printed them a long time ago and they have just been waiting for a home. What could be more appropriate than some crazy ladies? I fused some Mistyfuse scraps to the backs and cut them out to be fused to the cards.
Not bad at all! But they needed a little something else.
Like some fabric marker to add a little color. The black edging was a perfect finish to reference the black lines of the :"drawing". This is a screen that I bought a long time ago and I honestly don't remember where I got it.
7 more postcards for my every-growing collection.
When we go to Maine for our vacation it's a 2-day trip there and back so lots of time in the car. When it's just me and Chris going we can take one car and he does all of the driving. That leaves me with a lot of time to be a very annoying rider. I've learned that we have a more pleasant ride if I'm occupied doing something other than watching him. I picked the vintage flower blocks for this trip because the buttonhole stitch is big enough to be able to do in a moving car. It turns out you can get a lot of stitching done driving to and from Maine!
I finished 6 blocks each way! I now have 52 blocks done and only 2 left to finish. I'll get those 2 done during the first weekend of football this weekend.
Here's a close up of 4 of the blocks.
I think of this set that these are my 2 favorites. Do you notice how the original maker fussy cut the petals for the one on the right? She even alternated yellow and red knot petals. Whoever made these really enjoyed playing with all of the fabrics.
The next time I show them I'll have all of them up on the design wall and will start thinking about how I'll finish this one.
Let's face it, my progress report is for me and no one really cares about it so let's have the important information first! These are the winners of the giveaway week drawings. There were over 700 entries every day. That has to be a record!
I've notified all of the winners but if you see your name on the list and haven't received my email just get in touch with me.
Monday - bag os scraps - Sandra Solberg
Tuesday - Reflections - Bernie Crawford
Wednesday - greens - Lynn Morhous
Thursday - blue and orange - Margaret Griffiths
Friday - wide blue - Caryn Sakaguchi
Saturday - waste fabrics - Kristin Farwig
Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to everyone who entered.
August progress and September goals
My goals for August were simple. I knew I'd be gone for 2 weeks so my goals had to be modest:
- Finish the puppy quilt top and get backing fabric ready
- quilt 4 more veterans quilts
- work on 4th of July quilt
- plan a project for another of my UFO items. I'm feeling some placemats coming on from a set of orphan blocks.
I'm pleasantly surprised that I actually got all of these things done! The puppy quilt top was the big accomplishment. It can now move to the to-be-quilted pile. I also quilted 4 more veterans quilts and have completed my personal goal of 40 for the year.
In September I will be working mostly on the sample quilts that I'm making for Paula Nadelstern. I can't share those until November so I'm going to set aside a little time each day to work on some easy projects like dealing with the things that I pulled out in August and also working on the 4th of July quilt. It's "easy" because everything is cut and planned and ready to sew. I can make progress on that with 15 minutes a day.
Here are the stats for the year so far:
Starting UFO 16 (15 in 2018)
Finished YTD 4
Started YTD 3
Ending UFO 15
Veterans quilts made - 7
Veterans quilts quilted - 40
Fabric Postcards - 57
Pet Beds 6
Quilted for others - 1
Goals for September:
- Paula Nadelstern quilts
- do something with the leaf print blocks
- do something with the floral applique blocks
- start making Christmas cards
- maybe grout the new mosaic sections of the weather and time permits
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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