There isn't much actually happening in the studios this week because we are on the last few days of kitchen work! Today should finish everything up so I'll be spending the afternoon and evening putting things back in place. We are very happy with how everything turned out. There have been a couple of bumps but it's all worked out really well.
I am taking a little break from Lost My Marbles to work on some veterans quilts but I found some photos of new marbles that I hadn't shared yet. Since there's nothing else to share I was really pleased to find these!
Quilting Lost My Marbles is a slow process. With each new circle I stare for a while to figure out what to do then I have to mark the segments and I'm slow quilting because the ruler angles get awkward moving around the circle. I often make mistakes and have to rip out stitching and start over. It probably takes me close to 20 minutes for each one. That's why I love having zippered leaders. I can work on this one slowly and take breaks to do veterans or other quilts in between.
But here are 5 more marbles that I finished this week. I'm coming to the end of the small marbles and then will have 18 big ones to do.
You will notice that the contrast is not good in some of them. That is on purpose although they show up a lot more in real life because the thread is shiny. I picked 3 colors of thread (light, medium and dark) for the marbles. I have 3 more light, medium and dark thread for the background quilting. I'm using this quilt as am experiment in value to help me with future quilts. This one isn't meant for show or anything. It's just for me so I've made it into a laboratory for several things.
I'm on a roll and ready to get the small marbles done. I will have 18 large marbles after that. But I'm going to get the small ones done and then take it off to catch up on veterans quilts and then get back to the big marbles. Here are the newest ones.
If you want to see all of the marbles so far you can find them here. Thank you for your kind comments on last week's post!
Does anyone even remember this quilt? I made it as part of the Crossing The Drunkard's Path quilt along that I did a long time ago. I pulled every brown or brownish hand dyed fabric that I had top make this quilt. I started quilting it last March and am using this quilt to practice Spirograph motifs in quilting. I have a category link on the sidebar so you can see all of the motifs that have been quilted so far. I paused working on it when I injured my arm in May. I couldn't do ruler work for a few months and then other things happened and the next thing you know it's January and the quilt has been languishing for 7 months.
I got caught up on veterans quilts so I decided it was time to get back to one of my quilts. Here are the 5 newest marbles that I completed this weekend.
This will be a good time to note that I use the brilliant marking tools from Sue Heinz to get the even divisions on my circles. That doesn't mean that the circles are ABSOLUTELY perfect. After all, I pieced them. But the are close enough if you don't stick your nose right up to the quilt.
I'm actually well over halfway done with all of the small circles but they take a bit of time to think about and then quilt. I am seriously running out of unique ideas! But I'm really happy to be working on it again.
If I could make myself focus on one project at a time this one would be done already. But that's not my nature. My fabric business keeps me really busy (and I like that) but I try to set aside an an hour every day to do something and I let my mood decide what that that thing is. The marbles quilting requires me to be "on". I can do mosaic a bit tired and I can applique in front of the TV but the marbles have to be done when I'm able to focus. That's why they are a bit slow coming along but I am just fine with that.
Someone asked last week if I plan these out. I wish!
I think we all know by now that I'm not good at planning my quilting. So with these I do keep track of what I've done but I don't really plan them. Maybe that's one reason they are taking so long to do!
Here are the latest 6.
Time for a few more marbles!
The thing about this quilt is that it's turning into a wonderful "class" for me. By making myself do something different in each of the 100+ circles I'm having to explore some things that I might not otherwise. Like this heart template that I've had in my collection "forever" and possibly have never used. It turns out that it's a pretty good ruler!
Here's a peek at how they are looking on the quilt. I'm in love!
Let's sneak in a few more marbles this week! These 6 make me 46% done with the small circles.
Yes, I have a second post of marbles this week! I have 90 small marbles and 19 large marbles. With this 6 I have 36 of the 90 small marbles done or 40% of the small marbles.
Let's get to it.
I hope you don't mind seeing the quilted marbles because there are a total of 119 of them! I'm also not the fastest quilter in the world....because I get distracted. But I will eventually get all of them quilted. Here are 6 more.
18 segments (ignore the reference to the Circleliner, This one was the Tri-Liner). I extended the markings to a 1" circle in the center and quilted with a 5.5" circle ruler. Starting at the tip of a petal I quilted to next line over on at the center circle and then to the next line over at the edge, continuing all the way around.
14 segments. This one is confusing to follow and explain. I stated with 2 points opposite of each other, look where the ruler arrow points for the starting point. I stitched 2 petals to the left and to the right of that point then I stitched straight across the circle and did the same from that point. Next I marked in between those 2 on the opposite edges and did the same. That may not make sense and it's possible that I wouldn't be able to duplicate it!
I'm enjoying documenting all of my Spirograph-like motifs on my quilt. In many of these photos it appears that the stitching doesn't show well. Trust me, they do show up. The thread is very shiny but the camera is flattening it out.
Last week Carolyn asked what I'm using to mark the circles. I use a mechanical chalk pencil like this one. Most of the chalk marks come off with the stitching but the rest will wash out easily.
Let's get on with today's marbles:
This one is hard to explain. I marked 15 points on the outside and 15 points on a small center circle. Using the circle ruler I connected and outer point to the corresponding point on the center circle and the stitched to the next point over on the outer circle. At the end I connected the center points with a small circle. I'm not totally thrilled with the outcome but I"m treating this quilt as a sampler so this design stays with all of the rest.
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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