Quilty Bucket List Blog Hop

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Welcome to my stop on the Quilty Bucket List blog hop hosted by Stacey at the Tilted Quilt!

Quilty Bucket List

Quilty Bucket List

Back in January I ran across a post by Stacey discussing her list of projects for the year and asking if anyone would be interested in participating in a blog hop to discuss our quilty bucket list. I left a comment in the affirmative, and lo and behold, a few weeks later I got an email listing the participants. To take a page out of Molli Sparkle’s book – can I just say I am so honored to be included?! Thanks Stacey!

I have the distinct advantage of being one of the last to post my list – I got to see everyone else’s list first! That hasn’t helped make my list any shorter – it has only grown with every post I’ve seen. A new idea, a new goal. It all keeps adding up. My list encompasses shapes I’ve never tried, some traditional patterns, as well as some general quilting goals.

1. Perfect my 1/4″ seam: Many of the items on my list require a much more accurate 1/4″ seam that I’m used to using. I’ve been able to get away with a lot, but there are some patterns and shapes I just can’t work with because I am not as accurate as I need to be.

2. Sampler quilt: I’ve finally started this! I’m working on a Vintage Quilt Revival sampler plus 16 blocks from 501 Rotary Cut Blocks. I’ve been terrified to start one of these because of my issues with the 1/4″ – I was afraid they would come out wonky or too small, but so far I’m 3 for 3! I’m using all Denyse Schmidt fabric. These finish at 12″. I’m working up my nerve to consider a Farmer’s Wife with 6″ blocks but that requires even more precision.

3. Strong Diagonals: I’ve been in love with strong diagonals in a quilt for a long time. I think they are really striking. I’ve been collecting ideas for a while via pinterest and I am especially in love with these vintage posters. The math scares me though.

  

4. Diamonds: I love the look of diamonds in quilting, tile, wallpaper, and other pattern-making arts, however like strong diagonals the math makes them seem really scary. Here, too, I’ve been collecting ideas via pinterest.

  

I’m also super inspired by the current incarnation of the Bowery Mural. My friend Sara posted this photo on Facebook and I just love it.

Bowery Mural

Bowery Mural

5. Jaybird Quilts Pattern: Next up is a Jaybird Quilts pattern – probably Night Sky – using her differently-shaped rulers. I love the look but the different shapes have me wary.

6. Triangles / 60 Degree Shapes: I love the look of 60 degree triangles and shapes. I ran across a tutorial once that detailed how to work with all 60 degree shapes, not just triangles. I’m considering it for my next Do. Good Stitches quilt – tackling something scary as a group seems more approachable than just doing it by myself.
   

7. Medallion Quilt: I’ve loved the Marcelle Medallion quilts from the start, but this is definitely a place where an accurate 1/4″ seam is critical. Otherwise those borders aren’t going to fit.

8. Double Wedding Ring: I’m not in love with the traditional double wedding ring quilts but there have been some that came out of the DWR Challenge last year that are totally inspiring and that have changed my whole view on the matter. I love these new twists and the fussy cutting on the Autumn Spin quilt is just phenomenal.

Autumn spin

liberty-dwr-framed-no-hats

Double Edged Love by Victoria Findlay Wolfe

9. AMH Feathers: Another quilt I’ve actually started. Well, sort of. I knew templates would be a no-go for me, for a number of reasons but the biggest one being I wanted to use my strings and vary the width of the feather segments at will. I spent a few hours piecing the templates together in Illustrator and making a paper pieced version instead. I have had 72 templates printed off using a plotter, so I’m theoretically ready to go, but I have not yet started sewing. I need to decide on a background. I love the depth the various shades of gray give the first example, but I’m also OBSESSED with Amy / Badskirt’s version using a charcoal background.

Feathers

10: Bear Paw: A classic Bear Paw on my list as well. I want to spice it up and I love this version with the tonal variations.

11. Y-Seams: Y-Seams is something I haven’t tackled, but having watched a lot of Eleanor Burns reruns lately they really don’t seem too hard. Something like these Castle blocks might be a great starting point. And they even include diamonds.

12. Enter Quilt Shows: My last goal is to enter at least one quilt show this year, whether it be the Montgomery County Fair or QuiltCon, I want to get one under my belt. The only hangup might be the entry timing depending on when I can get sewing again after my shoulder surgery. It looks like the QuiltCon deadline is November 30 of this year, so I should definitely be ready for that.

Well, that’s my list. What’s yours? Link up a post on your list by 31 March below!


You can see the rest of the participants’ lists on their various blogs:
March 3
Fabric Mutt
Sew at Home Mummy

March 10
Freshly Pieced
The Sewing Chick

March 17
Molli Sparkles
Don’t Call Me Betsy

March 24
A Quilter’s Table
Modern Bias (that’s me!)

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Perfect Quilted Tote

Finished: Perfect Quilted Tote

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I have several finished projects that I need to post, but I thought I’d start with a quick one. If you’ve been following me on Instagram or my WIP Wednesday posts, you’ll know I made a Perfect Quilted Tote for the Tote Bag Swap at MidAtlanticMod. Robert Kauffman provided Essex Linen for us to use.

Perfect quilted tote

The pattern is from Elizabeth Hartman (Oh Fransson!) but currently it is not for sale since she’s updating her patterns this year. When it is reintroduced I highly recommend it.

It is a Quilt As You Go (QAYG) pattern onto a layer of batting and canvas or duck cloth which is then lined and finished with a pockets in the lining and a nice ring of facing. I pulled all of the pieces for my QAYG panels from my scraps and strings.

Perfect quilted tote

I made the wide version of the tote, but I made one small change – I used the longer handles from the tall version, and I used the placement from the tall version – 3″ in from the sides instead of 5″ in from the sides since I wanted to be able to get it over my (and the recipient’s) shoulders easily.

The inside is lined with Social Climber in Teal and a few scraps of Hope Valley. There is a zip pocket which was much easier to install than I was thinking it would be, and a slip pocket.

Perfect quilted tote for the tote bag swap at midatlanticmod.

I think it’s a great size, and would make an excellent reusable grocery bag. I have some Anna Maria Horner Ghost Wing linen in mind for a simpler, second version. (No QAYG).

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WIP Wednesday

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I’ve had a string of busy weeks, and I’ve been fitting in sewing and fun where I can. On Saturday the 8th I went to see my friend Katie give a trunk show and lecture at the Anacostia Arts Center where our quilts are displayed. My friend Nicole had a pop-up shop in the gallery that was a mini version of her store in Leesburg – Finch Sewing Studio. Laura Gunn also spoke and Del Ray Fabrics also had a pop-up.

@swimbikequilt giving her awesome lecture! #stitcheddc @anacostiaarts #dcmqg

 

My major finish in the last couple of weeks has been the tote bag for the MidAtlanticMod Tote Bag Swap. Originally I had planned on making two – one for me and one for the swap – but I don’t think I’ll have time. I’m really happy with how it turned out. I used the Perfect Quilted Tote pattern from Elizabeth Hartman.

Perfect quilted tote

Perfect quilted tote

 

Then this past Friday I went out to Nicole’s shop for an open house – they have recently expanded from one room on the ground floor to four rooms. The shop looks amazing and it was a fun party.

While at the shop I picked up this amazing printed silk. I bought one yard and made a scarf out of it. My rolled hem could use a little bit of work, but overall I think it turned out really nicely. So much so I’ve ordered several voiles on sale from another shop that are destined to become more scarves.

You may not know, but I have a bit of a scarf collection / obsession. I tend to collect Pashminas – my favorites are the ones I’ve gotten overseas or someone has brought back for me from overseas. My office is quite cold and I wear a scarf pretty much every day. I’m excited to add new scarves of my own make to my wardrobe.

Finished my scarf and got a few compliments tonight! My rolled hem could use some work, but overall not bad for my first go at silk. I figure if I can sew with double gauze and silk I can probably sew with anything. Thanks for the tips @finchsewingstudio

 

Lastly I’ve started work on my Vintage Quilt Revival+ quilt. I need 36 sampler blocks so I’m doing all 20 from VQR plus 16 from 501 Rotary Cut Blocks. I’m excited. I’m using all Denyse Schmidt fabric, either her main lines or those made especially for JoAnn’s. I’m trading on Instagram for a few more purples to round out the palette.

Denyse Schmidt Vintage Quilt Revival+ sampler pull

I’m kitting each block out into ziplock baggies. I’m cutting all the pieces and then labeling them with the block name, book, and page number. I also went through the CD that comes with the book and compiled a master PDF with the number of templates you need for one of each block and had that printed at Kinko’s. Once I start on the paper piecing section I’ll be glad that part is done.

First 6 blocks cut! #denyseschmidt #ds #dsq #vintagequiltrevival #vqr #sampler #quilting

And here are my first 3 blocks – sewn at a special sewing day organized by Sarah (craftyfesta on Instagram) at a local library. It was really fun to meet other quilters outside of the DCMQG and MoCo MQG spheres.

Double Z:
First #DS #vintagequiltrevival double Z block

 

Star & Pinwheel:

Pinwheel and star. #vintagequiltrevival #vqr  #ds #dsq #sampler

 

Tea Leaf:

 

 

Tea leaf #vintagequiltrevival #vqr #ds #dsq

There’s a sewing day at the Anacostia Arts Center with DCMQG on Saturday. I still haven’t decided what I’m going to bring to work on. I doubt the fabric for my scarves will be here by then. Maybe I will get around to making another tote bag after all? Or making a back for a quilt that needs it? Or sewing a few more blocks from VQR? Who knows.

Here’s my current list:

  1. Write post for Quilty Bucket List Blog Hop + Update List – 3/25
  2. Finish cutting Vintage Quilt Revival+ blocks so I can work on them at MidAtlanticMod – 3/31
  3. Plan for MidAtlanticMod retreat – what projects, how much to bring, and prep as much as I can so all I need to do is sew. Now thinking this will be my vintage quilt revival quilt. – 3/31
  4. Make a back for Waterfront park, baste, quilt, bind – 4/15 (no progress)
  5. 2nd Tote Bag for me
  6. Nani Iro giant star – 8/31 (Deadline changed – will be donated as part of 100 quilts for kids)
  7. Nani Iro Baby Quilt – 8/31 (Deadline changed – will be donated as part of 100 quilts for kids)

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WIP Wednesday – Slowly but Surely

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It’s been several weeks since I posed a WIP Wednesday, so let me get caught up. I don’t have a lot of pictures, but I did get a few things done.

First and foremost I quilted and bound two of my Nani Iro quilts, the wedding quilt and the one for me. The wedding quilt has been gifted to its recipients, and mine is unwashed but on my bed. I’ve been sleeping under it the last couple of nights and it’s great, but I kind of miss HST Journey – that one has wool batting and is just a little bit warmer.

Maps. And the patchwork of life. That's what it reminds me of. Perfect for a first wedding anniversary.

Big, loose organic lines to quilt this nani iro piece. <3

I also quilted and bound the Denyse Schmidt checkerboard quilt. It has quickly become my cat’s favorite quilt. I didn’t wash that one yet either. Notice a theme?

Finished!

Ms. jewel checking in. Are you working? #catsofinstagram #wfh #supervisor

Any attempts I had at destashing or fabric dieting have gone out the window. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks hunting down Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt all over the Instagram destash hashtag and dark corners of the Web. I’m pretty sure I’ve found it all but I’m still waiting on a couple more packages before I can totally assess where I am. It’s amazing how a trade here and a trade there can bring out the hoarding complex that leads to panic buying. Luckily I got good prices on almost everything.

Yep. It was one of those days. Goodbye fabric diet.

In pursuit of hope valley... These are just what has come this week. Expecting at least this much more. Overboard much?

Later this month I’m participating in a Blog Hop around Quilty Bucket Lists. I’m excited. My list definitely needs an update and I’m excited to pull together some inspiration and ideas for stretch projects.

I'm participating in a blog hop in March with some amazing bloggers! Do you have a quilty bucket list? What's on it and how do you decide?

It’s my turn to host for the Nurture Circle of do. Good Stitches. I chose the Mosaic Block for my circle. I posted early because I knew paper piecing wasn’t something we had done as a circle yet and I wanted to give people plenty of time. A few ladies are already finished and they look great! I can’t wait to see this done.

Mosaic blocks

Lastly I decided I need to do a dry run of the tote bag I plan to make for the MidAtlanticMod Tote Bag Swap. I’m going with the Perfect Quilted Tote from Oh Fransson! I decided to make the wide tote but with the longer handles from the tall tote. We’ll see how it goes. Hopefully well and I can knock out the one for the swap quickly. (P.S. Do you see the pieces of Hope Valley in there! I’m using, not hoarding, I promise!)

Lots of cutting for my #perfectquiltedtote dry run for the #midatlanticmod #totebagswap. Using my own #essexlinen for this round, and the one supplied by @to bertkaufman for the next one!

Anyway, here’s my list!

Q1:

  1. Design, make block, and post do. Good Stitches Nurture Circle March Quilt – 2/28
  2. Make a back for the Chicopee Checkerboard top that Amy gave me, get it sandwiched, quilted, and bound. – 3/15 (basted! needs to be quilted, and bound)
  3. Nani Iro Wedding Quilt – 3/31  (basted! needs to be quilted, and bound)
  4. Nani Iro quilt for me – 3/31 (basted! needs to be quilted, and bound)
  5. Dry-run Tote Bag – 3/10
  6. For realsies Tote Bag – 3/20
  7. Write post for Quilty Bucket List Blog Hop + Update List – 3/25
  8. Nani Iro giant star – 3/31 (no progress)
  9. Nani Iro Baby Quilt – 3/31 (no progress)
  10. Plan for MidAtlanticMod retreat – what projects, how much to bring, and prep as much as I can so all I need to do is sew. Thinking these will be my commission quilts but I need direction from my client if that’s going to happen.
  11. Make a back for Waterfront park, baste, quilt, bind – 4/15 (no progress)

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March do. Good Stitches – Mosaic Block & Paper Piecing Tips

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I’m getting started a little early on March’s blocks because I know paper piecing might be new to some of my circle and I want to give you a little extra time.

Mosaic block

I’ve been inspired by Amy from During Quiet Time. She created a beautiful block called Mosaic in response to the Economy Block Quilt-a-long that’s happening on blogs and Instagram right now. It’s a little bit bigger, a little bit more detailed, and has a great look to it, even though it’s actually fairly simple.

You can download the pattern for free from Craftsy.

Mosaic blocks

It is a pretty simple block in terms of paper piecing skills. There’s virtually nothing to match up and if you can sew on a line, you can paper piece. There are no segments to match up or bulky seams to worry about, just four 7″ quadrants.

Mosaic blocks

Now, let me preface this: Just like sewing curves, there are a million and one methods and theories on the best way to paper piece. I’m a relatively lazy and inexact quilter so my methods are a bit more fast and loose than some others. I don’t use any special tools, I trim my seam allowances as I go with regular fabric scissors, I pin instead of glue, and I generally don’t stress too much about it. You can certainly buy an add-a-quarter ruler and measure all your seam allowances to be very exact if you’d like. I just don’t do it that way. I’ve linked to a couple of different videos at the bottom of this post and a set of written instructions. Each person has a different method. Just figure out what works for you. I will try to show some tips and tricks where I can that I think make it go together even easier.

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Here are the details of the block:
Mosaic Block by Amy
Free Pattern on Craftsy Print four copies.

I use regular printer paper, nothing fancy, but if you had newsprint or paper piecing paper it might be worth a go.

You will make (4) 7″ quadrants that will be sewn together into a 14.5″ unfinished square.

Color Scheme:
Center (A1): Focal fabric or fussy cut
First round (A2-5): Color/Print
Second Round (A6-9): Low Volume Print
Third Round (A10-13): Color/Print
Fourth Round (A14-17): Low Volume Print

Each round should be made of a single fabric, fabrics should ideally not repeat within a quadrant.

Cutting Instructions:
For each quadrant you need:
Center (A1): If you cut your square on point – (1) 3.5″ square. If you cut your square straight on – (1) 4.5″ square
First round (A2-5): (2) 3.5″ squares cut in half diagonally to make (4) triangles
Second Round (A6-9): (2) 4.5″ squares cut in half diagonally to make (4) triangles
Third Round (A10-13): (4) 2.5″x7.5″ rectangles
Fourth Round (A14-17): (2) 3.5″ squares cut in half diagonally to make (4) triangles

Please stitch up the 4 quadrants, take off the paper, and sew the quadrants together to make one block. While I’d love two blocks from each of you, I know it’s a lot of work and might be sort of intimidating, so one is OK if that’s all you can do. I did mine over a several day period – cut one night, sewed a few here and there – and then put it all together.

Mosaic blocks

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Here are some tips and tricks to remember when paper piecing:

I like to stay organized by folding my pattern in half and stacking my pieces inside, in order, for each block quadrant
March blocks steps.

Play with your fabric and see what works together and what doesn’t. Here’a first go:
March blocks steps.

And after some rearranging:
March blocks steps.

 

Consider clever groupings of fabric where possible. This block is affectionally nicknamed “birdbrained” – birds, feathers, more birds, and clouds. Notice I also matched colors – pink clouds with the pink background of the birds, teal with teal etc. Not all of my blocks were this successful but I tried to keep the colors in mind as I was making my fabric groupings.

Birdbrained

It can be helpful to label your papers to remind you what goes where.

Paper piecing tips

I prefer the “fold” method to see where my next seam will be instead of holding the block up to the light. I fold the paper over and give it a crease to see where to line up my next piece.

Paper piecing tips

Paper piecing tips

Paper piecing tips

I like to sew opposite (non-crossing) seams in the same step. I also like to trim my seam allowances and dog ears before I press – I know my pieces are oversized and I feel comfortable doing this. You can either check by folding the paper over and feeling where the fabric is, or folding the fabric over the seam and holding the whole thing up to the light to make sure it covers.

March blocks steps.

Don’t be afraid to use lots of pins!
March blocks steps.

Only sew a few stitches past the end of each line in most cases. The exceptions are the lines between A4 and A12; between A5 and A13; and the very corner pieces. On those, sew all the way through the seam allowances. It will make your block edges lie much flatter and it is easier to manage.

Mosaic block

Use an open-toe, clear, or appliqué foot on your machine with a center needle position. This will help you see what you’re doing and you can guide your work more easily.
Paper piecing tips

Shorten your stitch length. I used 1.5mm – this helps perforate the paper (making it easy to remove) and it helps keep things from unraveling. You could use a 2.0 to make it a bit easier if you have to rip something, but if that’s the case please be gentle when removing the paper.

Lastly, a lot of people would recommend a dry iron when doing paper piecing. I have a fairly rubbish iron that doesn’t get very hot, so I use a little bit of steam to help things along. The biggest risk you take is soaking your paper and having your ink bleed onto your fabric. That would be bad. If you use steam, be careful!

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Resources and tutorials:

Paper piecing tutorial by Fresh Lemons Quilts:
http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=1456

Paper piecing tutorial by Crafty Gemini

Paper piecing tutorial by Ellison Lane Quilts

carlaMarch do. Good Stitches – Mosaic Block & Paper Piecing Tips

Gallery Opening

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The gallery opening for Stitched DC was last night. It was a lot of fun, with lots of great quilts on display and a ton of people who showed up! I didn’t get a whole lot of photos but here are a few (some courtesy of instagram friends).

At the opening!
Me and my quilt!

@anjeanetteklinder looking good!
Anjeanette’s quilt

Gallery opening
Mari with her quilt

Gallery opening
Meli with her quilt

Gallery opening
Melinda’s awesome hexies

Thanks again to everyone who helped make this happen! I wish I had gotten more photos!

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WIP Wednesday: All basting all the time

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It feels like it has been all basting all the time around here, but that was really just Monday night.

Since last Wednesday I have finished putting the sleeve on HST Journey and dropped it off at the gallery to be hung (the opening is Saturday, I can’t believe it!)

Finishing my sleeve!

On Saturday I also finished my Waterfront Park top, pre-washed some more backing for another Nani Iro quilt and felt relatively productive.

On Sunday I went to a sew-in with the Montgomery County Modern Quilt Guild and stitched all of my cut up Nani Iro pieces into quilt blocks and rows for the quilt that will stay with me. I was wiped out by the time I got home but I forced myself to make the back even before the top was all together. I think that’s a first for me. I hate dealing with huge sheets of fabric so I routinely put off making backing if I can help it.

Here's a first. Made the back before the top is even done. #amh #socialclimber #yesthatis9yards

The backing is 9 yards (give or take) of Anna Maria Horner Social Climber in teal. I had been saving it since last summer for something special and I’m glad I saved it for this.

On Monday in prep for the MoCo meeting on Tuesday I stitched together the Nani Iro top.

Finished nani iro top

I then started basting. I wanted to get at least the Denise Schmidt throw and the smaller of the two Nani Iro quilts basted, but since I had the backing done I forced myself to finish basting the third one after midnight.

Spray basted inside on carpet. It actually worked out ok. Not much overspray and basically no mess. Top made by Amy, I added the borders. #latergram #collaboration

I’m glad I did because even with spray basting it was a pain. I’m not super happy with the basting job on the larger of the Nani Iro quilts because I couldn’t get the backing really tight (not enough floor space) so it’s a bit wrinkly. It’s for me though, so I can live with it.

3 quilts basted. One top done (and basted). Bed now. #latenight

I’m planning spiral quilting on both of the Nani Iro quilts and possibly a crosshatch for the DS quilt. I’m not sure if I’ll extend it out into the borders or do something different. Opinions?

Anyway, here’s my list!

Q1:

  1. Waterfront Park top – 2/15 (blocks  made, need to stitch into a top, no progress this week)
  2. Finish hanging sleeve for HST Journey and drop off at gallery – 2/8
  3. Design, make block, and post do. Good Stitches Nurture Circle March Quilt – 2/28
  4. Make a back for Waterfront park, baste, quilt, bind – 3/15
  5. Make a back for the Chicopee Checkerboard top that Amy gave me, get it sandwiched, quilted, and bound. – 3/15 (basted! needs to be quilted, and bound)
  6. Nani Iro Wedding Quilt – 3/31  (basted! needs to be quilted, and bound)
  7. Nani Iro quilt for me – 3/31 (basted! needs to be quilted, and bound)
  8. Nani Iro giant star – 3/31 (no progress this week. Need to cut shot cotton pieces and figure out border size)
  9. Nani Iro Baby Quilt – 3/31 (no progress this week)

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WIP Wednesday: Blocks & Sleeves

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After a very long week in Michigan, it ended up that everyone else was leaving on Saturday so Friday night we changed my flight from Sunday to Saturday. As a result, my week wasn’t a total loss sewing-wise.

I spent Sunday morning looking at block patterns for the NURTURE Circle of do. Good Stitches. This month Stef asked for any block at all, using bright solids and white to make a modern sampler. After some thinking and trial and error I came up with the Ribbon Star block and a reasonable facsimile of the Linoleum block from Farmer’s Wife. I pieced it together using a mashup of tutorials for the Greek Cross and Purse Strings blocks.

Nurture Circle, February 2014

I first tried to do the Mod Circuitry pattern from Don’t Call Me Betsy but it seems that skinny strip sets and I are still not friends. My 1/4″ is not perfect and a tiny bit one way or the other over several seams adds up quickly. The strip set was supposed to be 6.5″ – instead it turned out 6″.

Strip sets and I are not friends.

I also made the sleeve for HST Journey for the gallery using Jessie’s tutorial. I started hand stitching it on Monday and got one side done. I hope to get the second side finished tonight.

One side of the sleeve stitched on

As a side note, on Saturday we went over to my late grandfather’s (and grandmother’s) house to look around a bit. My grandfather was an avid railroad fan and worked for nearly 50 years on the model train set in his basement.

My late grandfather's model train - 50 years of collecting and work. Amazing.

My late grandfather's model train - 50 years of collecting and work. Amazing.

The amount of detail included is just amazing.

My late grandfather's model train - 50 years of collecting and work. Amazing.

My late grandfather's model train - 50 years of collecting and work. Amazing.

My grandmother collected antique quilts. Many of her quilts were distributed about 10 years ago. At the time, each family member was given a quilt. Unfortunately due to some complicated family drama, of the four that went to my immediate family, I own the only one remaining because it was with me in my apartment when the drama happened. I was unaware that some were kept with my grandmother and grandfather (after she passed several years ago).

Just a few of my late grandmother's collected quilts. All hand pieced and quilted, some with embroidery and crosstitch(!)

The quilts she collected were frankly stunning. I’ve never seen a whole cloth quilt that was cross stitched and then hand quilted, nor some of the embroidery quilts she had.

Just a few of my late grandmother's collected quilts. All hand pieced and quilted, some with embroidery and crosstitch(!)

There was a hand-pieced and quilted hexagon quilt in her favorite color, purple. We were allowed to select another quilt as part of the walkthrough of the house. I selected a very simple pieced quilt with large tone-on-tone purple squares set on point and then hand quilted. It really is more like a whole cloth quilt than a pieced quilt as the quilting takes center stage. I didn’t have room for it in my luggage so my name was marked on the outside of the bag and I’ll come get it at a later date once the rest of the estate is settled.

Just a few of my late grandmother's collected quilts. All hand pieced and quilted, some with embroidery and crosstitch(!)

My aunt and uncle chose the cross stitched quilt. I had a hard time choosing between it and the one I got, but since my grandmother’s favorite color was purple I chose mine based on that.

Just a few of my late grandmother's collected quilts. All hand pieced and quilted, some with embroidery and crosstitch(!)

I’m hoping when I go up to Lancaster in April I might be able to take a few hours to go look at a shop or gallery up there for similar examples.

 

Q1:

  1. Waterfront Park top – 2/15 (blocks  made, need to stitch into a top, no progress this week)
  2. February do. Good Stitches blocks – 2/28
  3. Design, make block, and post do. Good Stitches Nurture Circle March Quilt – 2/28
  4. Make a back for the Chicopee Checkerboard top that Amy gave me, get it sandwiched, quilted, and bound. – 3/15 (back made, need to finish it, no progress this week)
  5. Nani Iro Wedding Quilt – 3/31 (top made, need to get the backing delivered and prewashed, pieced, basted, quilted, and bound)
  6. Nani Iro quilt for me – 3/31 (pieces cut, no progress this week)
  7. Nani Iro giant star – 3/31 (Nani Iro pieces cut, waiting on background)
  8. Nani Iro Baby Quilt – 3/31 (changed my mind altogether – a friend announced she’s expecting so I’m going to make this for her)

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My First Gallery Show

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I’m thrilled to announce that my quilt HST Journey has been selected to be included in the show “Stitched” at the Anacostia Arts Center in Washington, DC! The opening will be February 15, 2014 from 4-7pm at the gallery. The show will hang until March 29, 2014.

HST Journey hanging - cropped

More information: http://anacostiaartscenter.com/event/stitched/

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WIP Wednesday: Waterfront Park take 1

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After my frustrations using the lovely but slightly irritating Nani Iro last week, I decided I needed to chuck my list out the window and play with a new stack of fabric – Violet Craft’s Waterfront Park.

When the line came out I only bought part of it – charcoal gray, navy, peach, purple, white, and teal. I also didn’t buy the “shattered”, “union station”, “half square triangles”, or “breeze” prints. I liked them all but I wanted to narrow down my purchasing since I didn’t have any real plans for it.

Making another version of my to-be named pattern

I decided to go for my big block pattern for this one too. I finished all the blocks but I didn’t get the top quite stitched together yet. I really like how it is turning out.

Waterfront park blocks

 

So much so that I’m thinking of buying a few of the yellow and bright orange prints I didn’t buy the first time around, and pairing it with the charcoal and white prints I have left. But that’s a project for another day, and another discussion about stash building vs. using.

I’m firmly in a stash using mode this year – I have no storage space in my tiny studio apartment and the boxes of fabric are all over the place and in the way. I’m not committing to the fabric fast that’s going on as I’m making exceptions for backgrounds, backings, and crazy-good sales, but on the other hand I’m not going out of my way to buy fabric for projects that don’t even exist yet. I have enough on my plate this year.

I’m not expecting to get anything done this coming week – I’m up early this morning to head to the airport. I’m on my way to Michigan to say my final goodbyes to my grandfather on my mom’s side this weekend and be with family. He passed suddenly last week and this was very unexpected.

I hope you have a productive week! For kicks, here’s my list:

Q1:

  1. Waterfront Park top – 2/15 (blocks  made, need to stitch into a top)
  2. February do. Good Stitches block – 2/28
  3. Design, make block, and post do. Good Stitches Nurture Circle March Quilt – 2/28
  4. Make a back for the Chicopee Checkerboard top that Amy gave me, get it sandwiched, quilted, and bound. – 3/15 (back made, need to finish it)
  5. Nani Iro Wedding Quilt – 2/28  3/31 (top made, need to get the backing delivered, pre washed, basted, quilted, and bound)
  6. Nani Iro quilt for me – 3/31 (pieces cut)
  7. Nani Iro giant star – 3/31 (Nani Iro pieces cut, waiting on background)
  8. Nani Iro Baby/Lap Quilt – 3/31 (pieces cut, may make an exception for 1 or 2 more yards of Nani Iro because as it percolates I’m not loving the shot cotton I’ve already cut – but I can probably use it as a back.)

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carlaWIP Wednesday: Waterfront Park take 1