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.
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.
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.
Let's be honest, there's only one thing that I care about from this weekend.
It was an exciting game and my voice is a little shot today.
But I wasn't confident about the game so yesterday while I waited (seemingly) 25 hours for kickoff I decided that I needed to actually accomplish something.
I got the Maine quilt out Saturday evening and got one more row of the quilt done and then finished off the last 3 rows yesterday. The Maine quilt top is done!
I absolutely love this quilt and I think I will quilt it as soon as I get back from Birds of a Feather. This is going to be the autumn quilt for our bed so it will be quilted with a simple all-over.
Today I'm just trying to come down from my Super Bowl high and there might be a nap at some point. Tomorrow I have to start packing for Birds of a Feather!
I have nothing to show for my efforts for the weekend but I can report that all of my class preps are done! That was big because it included editing about 40 photos and writing up instructions for each. While I did boring work Laura beavered away (one of their British phrases) on her baby quilt.
As much as I dislike pink, even I have to admit that this quilt is adorable. It finished up about 45 x 57 and will be a crib quilt. Mary's Quick Strippie pattern is perfect for a baby quilt and makes great use of a feature fabric like this.
We couldn't turn down Minky fabric for the back. Laura quilted it on the longarm and used the Popcorn pantograph which makes perfect clouds for the frolicking sheep. This was Laura's first try at a panto and she did great!
If you absolutely need some sheep fabric, I found it online at Melinda's with all of the coordinating fabrics.
Yesterday was a lot of fun but I didn't get anything accomplished....and I'm good with that. Ian and I took a clay shooting lesson in the morning then after lunch Laura and I did some fabric shopping and took a long walk.
Laura decided that she wanted to make a crib quilt for her niece's new baby, Luna. We went to the Blue Crab Quilt Company and found this adorable sheep fabric with some matching dots. Her original plan was a quilt with 6" squares but once she picked these fabrics out I knew the perfect pattern.
Mary's Quick Strippie quilt was perfect for a feature fabric with two accent fabrics. Laura had this together before she went to bed last night. She bought Minkie for the back so we will probably get this quilted tomorrow and bound Saturday or Sunday in between their other social engagements.
If you are looking for an easy pattern for a donation or quick quilt always check Mary's site. She has dozens of great patterns.
Today and tomorrow I'll get my binding class materials finished up and I might reward myself with some cutting out on the new guest room quilt.
I'm nearing the end of the Maine quilt top so will need another project to do after that one and this is going to be it. I picked this palette because it will match the guest bedroom and that's where this quilt is going. It all started with the fabric in the middle.
This is the center fabric and is one of the Galaxy fabrics. I dyed the gradient (for borders) and the 3 solids to match this fabric. If you ever want fabrics to match one of the fabrics in the shop I can do that for you!
The pattern is going to be Antelope Canyon. You can see on the bed in the photo that the quilt just covers the top of the bed. That's why I'm adding the gradient border. I need a wide overhang to hide the sheets and mattress.
For now I'm just working on some color options in EQ so I won't be cutting fabric for a few weeks. I'll try to share the color layout options next week.
I could easily see myself making more than 1 of these quilts.
I only got 2 more rows added to the Maine quilt this weekend. We had a full house for sewing Friday so there was a lot more talking than sewing. I suppose we were all ready to get out after the snow and icy roads that we had early last week. I still love this quilt and only have 4 rows left. I couldn't sew in Saturday as we had a funeral to attend (parent of a friend).
There was also football to watch. Next weekend my team (Eagles) will play Mom's team (Vikings) for the NFC Championship. There might be some trash texting during the game.
This week I'm going to be working diligently on my Birds of a Feather conference preps. I'm planning to leave myself an hour every day to work on something. If I had that ruler foot washer for FloMo I'd do some quilting. Instead I'm going to make as many postcards from the Maine quilt scraps as I can.
It's just a warning that the posts might get a little boring this week!
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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