Wednesday, September 7, 2011

I've Moved

After a busy summer hiatus, I've moved the blog.

It's still a work-in-progress, but there's been lots of sewing that needs to be posted in the coming days.  All content from this blog has been transferred there too.  See you there!

Friday, June 24, 2011

A Fabric Funny

After trying to board a plane
with a recent, rather large, fabric purchase
(some of it for me), my sister sent
the following text . . .

The brick of fabric in my backpack
was suspicious so they had to
open the bag and search it :-)

Can you imagine the look of confusion
on the screener's face
as he opened the pack to find
. . .
a fat quarter stack?
Yep, we quilters are pretty
shady characters.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A "Color" Soft Book

I made several of these little color soft books based on this tutorial a few years ago for a charity event.  Thankfully, I saved one not knowing for sure if there would ever be another little one in our family.  It sat, undone, for all those years, but now it is done for Joe to enjoy.

It includes several pages, two of which are pictured below.  It includes the rainbow and then pink, brown, black and white.

The words were printed in reverse on iron-on transfer paper and then ironed onto a square before being stitched into a four-patch.

Now Joe can learn his colors . . . or at least have another tasty book to chew on.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Mod Times Quilt Finish

I followed along with Jessica at Twin Fibers in her Mod Times Quilt Along and here's my quilt.  I was using what I had on hand . . . a fun print from IKEA, some Kona White (although Snow probably would have been a better choice) and Kona Coal.

The back was pieced with another fun print from IKEA, Kona Coal, and the print from the front.

I quilted it with a wide-spaced spiral.  I started with a rather large circle and worked inwards first.  NOT a good idea.  I might have pulled it off if I had a walking foot, but it would have worked much better to work from the center outward.  To create the initial circle, I made a compass from a piece of yarn tied to a pencil.  I held the end of the yarn where I want the spiral to end (a hippo nose) and then drew a circle with the pencil stretched at the other end of the yarn.

Here's a close up.  I screwed the guide in at 1" and then just followed the circle inward.

When I was working on the outward leftover circles, I had to put my guide in upside down.  This actually worked well.  Following the guide out in front helped me turn the work a little ahead and actually kept it where it should be.

You should check out all the great color combinations that people came up with for this quilt along.  Thanks, Jessica, for great instructions and for teaching a new skill . . . inset seams!!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Traveling Flower Garden

I managed to complete a few hexagon flowers as we traveled to Yellowstone last week.

I thought I would get many more done while in the park, but I enjoy the view far too much to be bent over hexagons.

So these few were completed on the road to and from.

Here's my favorite.

I use 1" hexagons that I make from hexagon graph paper printed here. I just change the hexagon size to 1" and then print on cardstock. I like to punch a hole in each paper piece for easy removal later. For 1" hexies, I use a 2.5" square of fabric. See a little tutorial here for how to create the hexies. And then I just whipstitch them together into a flower shape.

If I get enough of these, I think that I will applique them onto a quilt rather that create a traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden where every flower is sashed with neutral hexagons . . . my patience for hand-piecing does not extend that far.

These are quick little finishes that I plan to take camping and to swimming lessons and such this summer.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Swooning Over Swoon

While I wait for the pattern to come in the mail, I figured out how to create these block in 2" units instead of what I was guessing to be 3" units to make a 16" block (rather than a 24" block).

I have a fat quarter pack of Panache I bought many moons ago that I think I will use for a king-size version of this quilt.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Little Turtle

The Little Turtle
a poem by Vachel Lindsay

 There was a little turtle.

He lived in a box.
He swam in a puddle.
He climbed on the rocks.

He snapped at a mosquito.
He snapped at a flea.
He snapped at a minnow.
And he snapped at me.

He caught the mosquito.
He caught the flea.

He caught the minnow.
But he didn't catch me.

Soft book created and quilted by me.