Friday, October 24, 2014

Scrappy Burgoyne Surrounded

This is an old pattern, but I used the instructions that were in a American Patchwork & Quilting  magazine. In the beginning I shared parts of blocks:
Working on more Burgoyne surrounded blocks
Then blocks:
Burgoyne surrounded
Then sashed blocks:
Burgoyne surrounded with dashing & cornerstones
I wasn't supposed to sash all of the blocks all the way around, but I realized that too late. In this photo of the top, you can see how I "fixed it."
Goal met. Burgoyne Surrounded top finished. Can you spot the mistake? Or my clever fix?
Then I sent it out to be quilted & waited for what seemed an eternity.
That is when I really started to gush over all of the scrappy goodness! I love a scrappy quilt, 90% if not more of my quilts have 100's of different pieces of fabric in them. It is easier to get 100 pieces to play nicely together than it is 5 - in my opinion. I think that in this quilt there are some mediums that are able to be used as lights or darks, because there are so many other true lights or darks to make your brain go along with it.
I was able to use some hoarded pieces.
I hoarded that girl paying twister for a long time.
& I was able to use my favorite Heather Ross cat print.
My all time favorite Heather Ross cat print - also a well hoarded piece.
Another shot of my new quilt.
Another couple cat prints, one light, one dark. (I've make 2 "king" sized cat charm quilts in the past as well as a couple other cat themed quilts.)
 I really do like it.
I'm a fan of text prints & 2 more cat prints. The red "dark" is probably medium, but it works as a dark here.
 Wine & kitties
More text & more cats (again a light one & a dark one.)
Warm & cool
More text & yet another cat print. I also like the cool & warm prints that are similar but different.
Old cat with even older cat fabric!
I wasn't going to share another cat print (There are others that are not in this photo homage) but this one has my kitty, Rhapsody. (She is a 19 year old Tonkinese cat.)
My Burgoyne Surrounded quilt
Here is the full thing quilted - with me peeking over the top.

Monday, October 06, 2014

counting smounting

Well I ended up with 2 extra geese.

& a top that did not work out as envisioned. I saw my geese all flying up.

1st problem, I did not press so that I could easily piece that way - up & down it is.

2nd problem, by virtue of the way a flying geese unit works, (1.5 x 2 or something like that) my geese are actually flying right & left.

Next problem, it is long enough, but not wide enough to be a lap robe/throw size quilt.

What border would you add to 1 or both sides, but not the top & bottom? (Or do a good job selling a top & bottom & both sides border.)

150-ish more flying geese does not sound like the right answer right now... (I did make the wonky ones & could trim enough of those down, but...)

Oh & it officially is both bigger that I thought & too small...

I thought that it would be 36 x 24 - ish (No idea where those numbers came from, but as I was piecing that sounded "right.")

Alternate solution: call it a long baby quilt & let it be finished. (I'm almost there considering that just flying geese is how I envisioned it & now a lot of my ideas feel like - just slap something on to make it bigger.)

Monday, September 22, 2014

I apparently can't count

So in my last post, I thought that I had 391 blocks & decided to make 8 more for an even 400.

The other day, I made piles of 25 - I actually only had 346...

4 more to 350 or 14 more to 360.

I'm going for 360 (anyone surprised?).

Yesterday, I pulled to necessary lights & darks. Only about 3 or 4 are repeats... (some of my lights are decidedly medium light, but in context...)

So I pressed last night so that I can start cutting for my next session of "the last blocks for this quilt."

In the meantime, we went hiking

Kindergarten is continuing to wear him out

I finished & mailed a commissioned quilt

& I switched out my hanging about the couch quilt