My transition back into a normal schedule is going slowly but that's all OK because it's delayed because we have guests. We had some of Chris' high school friends here last night as they all prepared for a big fishing trip today. Instead of sewing I made brownies and helped Chris get dinner prepared. We had a fun evening telling stories and reminiscing.
I did squeak in a bit of hand sewing so I could finish off this set of moons. Each moon takes about an hour and a half to stitch.
I love all of them but this is my particular favorite of this batch. I love the orange with the black. if I counted right in the last post I now have 41 done and 31 prepared and ready for stitching. Now I'll switch back to the vintage flower blocks for a bit. I probably won't post tomorrow because our guests will still be here but maybe I'll have something to share by Friday.
I've had a lot of hand stitching time lately and knocked out 4 new moons pretty quickly.
I love studying them as I make them and seeing the interplay between the 2 colors in each moon fabric.
About every 8 blocks I like to put them all on the wall to see how they are looking. I LOOOOOVVVVVEEEE these blocks. I have finished 37 and have 35 more prepared to stitch. I haven't decided what I'm going to make with them. I might do a wall hanging or a big queen sized quilt...or both. I've got plenty of shibori fabric to cut more if I want. I could see making tons more of these. Each one takes a little over an hour to stitch so they go pretty quickly. I have to wear a reading magnifiers over my glasses to work on them so there is a bit of eye strain involved and I have to be careful about that and make sure I have good light. But they are certainly like potato chips, you can't stitch just one!
I'm finally unpacked from our trip and finishing up the last of the laundry today. I've unearthed all of my travel project containers so I can share my 4 new moons.
My evenings in the Denver hotel alone were great from hand stitching these moons.
Today I'm running errands but hope to get back to working on Mom's quilt this afternoon or tomorrow.
I intended to post today to tell you about a beautiful new gradient and the fabric of the week. Instead we had some sort of ghost in the internet last night that didn't want me to do that. But it did finally let me upload these two photographs. Well, I can be flexible so let's go with moons today.
I actually finished these 4 Loony Moony blocks in early December and I just forgot to post them. Every time I make one I'm certain that that one is my favorite. In this batch I love the light blue highlight in the bottom right one and the cross-over patterning of the upper right one. The lower left one is so wonderfully moody and the top one looks almost floral.
Here are all of the ones that I have done so far. With this many complete you can start to see the background effect that I am going for. I have dozens more blocks to make and I could easily see getting 2 quilts out of this set of blocks. I could also make one giant queen size quilt. I'll see what kind of mood I'm in when the blocks are done in about 10 years.
Progress will slow a bit now that football season is over. Once we get the kitchen/family room back together I will make a little progress watching movies and TV with Chris.
We hit a major milestone yesterday with the kitchen. We have officially made every decision that needs to be made. Now it's all on the contractor and I'm really happy about that.
I'll be back tomorrow with a beautiful new gradient!
It poured rain here yesterday and we have satellite TV and internet. When it rains TV reception and internet are very sketchy. I could get emails but uploading photos was too much trouble so that's why I didn't post yesterday.
Last night I finished another set of loony moons. I can finish one during a football game. Two of these were finished Sunday, one Monday night and the last one last night. Stitching these helps me stay away from snacking while I watch TV.
In other news, I got the borders on my quilt so it's ready to quilt.
This iced dyed fabric is going to be the backing for this quilt. This is like the fabric that you can find in my Tapestries and Galaxies.
Before quilting I needed to do some machine maintenance. I've been having some problems with thread shredding and snapping so I knew I needed to finally do some things. I adjusted the hopping foot height (it was way too high) and replaced the check spring and beehive spring in the tension dial. There are great Innova tutorials for pretty much everything you might have to do so I was able to follow along with my tablet right next to me. Once I got the old check spring out and compared it to the new one I knew I was past due in doing this work. Now that FloMo is like new I can load the quilt today! I should probably get busy figuring out how Imm going to quilt it.
In between this rabbit hole of the cat postcards, there have been some football games so I've been steadily making progress on my applique blocks. I seem to have a routine where I alternate 4 flower blocks and 4 moon blocks. That seems to keep both projects moving along and keeps the boredom down. Last night while watching my Hokies choke, I finished the 4th of the latest Loony Moony blocks.
It will be a long time before I get bored with this project.
This is my favorite fabric of this group. I just love how the gray-blue weaves across the middle of the moon. If you want to do a moon project yourself, I've added tons of new Shibori fabrics in the shop, including a Stash Pack of fat eighths.
I just had to lay out the blocks that I've finished so far. This is about a third of the total number of blocks that I have prepared.
Yay, it's Country School sewing weekend! Today and tomorrow I'll be sewing with my friends and working on my Indonesian Batik quilt. I might even have the top together by Monday.
I also hope to get my Antelope Canyon quilt loaded and basted and read for some easy overall quilting.
Meanwhile, I've made more Loony Moony blocks! These are so much fun to stitch.
My cold is clearing up and I plan to have a fun weekend. I hope you have a great weekend too!
I'm still rolling my eyes at myself for starting TWO hand applique projects. Part of me wonders what I was thinking. But the other part of me is happy to have some variety. I tend to do 2 or 3 vintage flowers and then switch and do 2 or 3 moons. Here's where I am on the moons.
Here are the 4 most recent ones.
I finally have enough of them done that you can get an idea of how they will looks with a gradient background effect.
I'm in love! Lots more to do.
In the evenings after a day of dyeing or ironing I'm pretty much out of energy so it makes for some great hand sewing time. I alternate between moons and flowers and am slowly making progress on both. Here are the 4 most recent moons. Every time I finish one I think that one is my favorite. They are all favorites.
Here are the 9 that I've finished so far. I soooooo love these!
I may not post the next 2 days because I know I won't be doing anything particularly creative. I'll be back Saturday with another great customer project.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays are dyeing days so the amount of sewing (or anything else) happening on those days is about zero. But Chris is away for a couple of days on a fishing trip so I had 2 nights free to myself and set a goal of clearing away the moon mess. Last night about 11:00 I got the last one made.
I don't have a specific number of moons that I wanted to make. I just made one from every piece of shibori that I had. These photos are some of my favorites.
Every time I dye shibori for the shop I add a fat eighth to each pole for my own stash. I definitely dye mostly blue because that's what people want to buy. But I've gotten lots of other color combinations too.
I double dye all of my shibori fabric. I dye once in the darkest color and then spread the fabric out on the pole a bit and dye in the second color. I get a bonus third color where those two blend. I think double dyeing makes it even more interesting.
That orange and black one in the middle is my favorite of all of them. I did fussy cut several of them to get the colors where I wanted them. The one in the upper left corner is a prime example of that. It did waste a bit of fabric but it's not like I was actually using this fabric before I cut these out.
Here's the final stack. I think I have about 60 of them. I don't know if that too many or not enough because I haven't decided on a final quilt size. I'll just make blocks until I get tired of them. I'll be dyeing lots more shibori so I can always get more moons whenever I need them. Now I just need to settle on the block size and cut the backgrounds.
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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