Monday, September 30, 2013

hop, skip, & jump

hop, skip, & jump by aviva_hadas (Amy)
hop, skip, & jump, a photo by aviva_hadas (Amy) on Flickr.

This one has a funny/interesting story. (In retrospect.)

I used a pattern. HA, HA, HA, on 3rd review, I could have did a stack & slash.

Did you notice that 3rd review comment, There is a second one of these waiting to be finished.

Here is where it gets really funny. That is a solid brown. (the other one has a solid white - they look the same on the back as they do on the front.)

This one I sewed right sides together. (I had some issues, hence the very skinny blue piece on the bottom. But the blocks ended up as rectangles.)

The other one - not so much. & since the strips are not straight, you can force them together - fairly easily.

This one got quilted - with some seriously coveted fabric on the back & binding. :o)

The other one sat around mocking me. Finally, I trimmed the blocks all down to square & added a solid blue to make it human size. (But I don't like the feel of the blue, if feels like it is about to turn to dust - so I need to rip it & add a better quality blue - aka another excuse at procrastination is happening right before your eyes.)

See so funny, I could cry, but there is no need to cry over a blanket.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Bought some zucchini at a roadside stand, came home & made chocolate zucchini bread.

Fairly closely (not really) followed the King Arthur recipe. They are all fairly similar aren't they? this one is dairy free & uses honey & brown sugar. I omitted the optional espresso powder & did not add chocolate chips.

I grated at least 2 times too much zucchini, so we made 2 loaves. I had to really think about the math as I was doubling the recipe with my helper - trying to explain as I tried to remember how much to use.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Day late...

It might not look like it, but I am working on my fractured quilt.

I did not want to have to figure out the C&D block layouts, but I did want to sew on it. (I don't quite get a round to the cutting part at home...)

Fractured block units
& they are pressed ready for me to have some "pay attention" time so that I can make C&D blocks.

After these are sewn, I think that I will be 1/2 done with the blocks.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Low Volume Bento Box

I apparently failed to share this after I got the nice photo.

There are a lot of theories on "low volume" & opinions.

I like them. I like that they are quiet. I like that the lack of contrast makes you study the blocks & the quilt.

In the past similar concepts ran through the quilt world - blended quilts come to mind as does the whole Shabby Chic decorating style.

Mind you I wouldn't want to use this selection to make a Mariner's Compass quilt, but with simple piecing like this, I am game.

In the photo some of these seem a bit too dark, but that is o.k. I was happy to be able to use some otherwise less than loved pieces (I'm looking at you White on White 2.5 inch squares) & some prized pieces! I was happily able to use some random 5 inch squares, too.

This quilt is living in my car so that I can use it as a lap robe. Just like my son, only his quilt lives in the car year round & he will use it in July!

Statistics (well some of them)
I'd love to tell you the number of different prints, etc.
Smaller than a twin, but bigger than a throw (Maybe I should have measured it.)
long arm quilted with sort of squares motif (not the best choice, in places it just looks like stitch in the ditch - the quilting idea looks better on the back - which is a polka dot print.)
Pattern: Bento Box
Time to make - after I got the fabric collected, sorted, & cut - not too long.
(So why don't I do my other Bento Box quilt? Good Question. I guess because it is ready & I like having it there for a quick grab to work on.)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Isn't she pretty

My old Pfaff seized up & the repair was costly, so I bought a new (used) machine instead.

I pieced the back for the orange/aqua quilt on her last night.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

It's a top

I debated adding those last 2 rows of squares. In the end I added them, because bigger is better & I'd rather use them than not. By adding them, I used about 97% of the squares that I had allocated to this project. (In the beginning it was going to have 20 blocks, it only has 12. I added the remaining 7 or 8 squares to my scrap vomit box - about to be Drunken Irish Chain box)

So I was able to add some large squares in the corners. This was the fabric that I used to choose the orange/aqua/brown colors in the quilt.

Sad day indeed. Luckily I have more fishies. Or I can add some beach fabric.
But I of course had a cutting error first. 2.5 + 2.5 - seam allowance = 4.5 not 4...

An arty shot from the center.

The back will be scrappy large squares in these colors - I need to trim them all down to the same size & piece them.

Which fabric for the binding?
Any opinion on binding? I had a few others in the running, but I generally prefer a darker binding & I like striped bindings, so these two became the final 2 in the running. (They were both used in the body of the quilt.)

Since my intersections are pretty close to perfect (YIPPEE, I can piece squares.) I am going to have the long-armer quilt it in a cross hatch - I think.

This one has a lot of old favorites, dare I say "precious" pieces so I am glad to see it nearer to completed. (It felt good to use them instead of hoarding them waiting for the perfect project.)

Friday, September 20, 2013

Fractured Friday

These were sewn last Sunday & Friday - so some you saw last week...

I think I have the quadrants figured out, which is good because I started out trying to place the blocks from the center out (My A/B strip is sewn together.) & just about got to the hair pulling out stage.

Without further adieu (So I can go sew some more) here is my Fractured WIP.

I am keeping my C & D piles separate. & trying to just keep track of the 1 position on the block.

Some of my lower contrast blocks are too close to the center (for me) in this photo, but I think that they are all rotated correctly. (Not positive, which is why I switched to just 1 quadrant.)

I think for now I will just focus on making blocks & worry about laying them out when all of my blocks are done.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Bringing an old project back into focus.

This project already has a long story.

Not unlike now, when I started quilting, paper piecing was all the rage, or at the very least popular.

I tried it & decided that it was not for me.

Fast forward several years & this paper piecing block is very popular. I succumb to the temptation & instead of making myself several blocks, I made blocks for a swap.

Yes, you read that right, I signed up to make blocks using a technique that I do not care for at all for other people.

(I got my blocks back & not unlike other swap scenarios, I did not get back what I envisioned. - though they were nicely done & have been adopted by other quilters.)

So I had a couple/few from the swap & a few that I made for myself. Not enough to make a useful quilt.

Enter plan B, hire someone to piece some blocks. I provided the fabric, so that they would "go" & so that they would fit my vision.

My goal was 20 blocks, (I don't really make small quilts.) well one thing led to another & my piecers desire to have some cash did not out weigh her desire to work on her own stuff (& life just got in the way). No big deal, no hard feelings, etc.

So I got my fabric back & had to make a decision on what to do with my project...

Luckily I have 12 blocks. 12 blocks will make a nice sized lap quilt.

So I am in the process of taking these 2 rows & adding the last row & then will make a decision about whether or not to add another round or 2 of squares to the outside.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Fractured - A start

I finished all of my A & B blocks & sewed them together.
I cut too much - by almost double.
This not my normal sewing - I had to look at the diagrams every step of the way, so I will not be using my extras to make a second quilt, or even a cushion.
Still I like the quilt & the blocks are coming together easily enough for me.
Here are a selection of my A, B, C, & D blocks.
I wanted some to be high contrast especially the ones in the middle, while others will be lower contrast.
So I have dark to medium pile & a light to medium pile - allowing some mediums to play together. I just hoping that that works out on the edge considering that I have all of my A& B blocks done - including those that will be in the edge. (I think it will be fine, as you can see by this selection, my fabric choices are fairly wild & crazy - in a good way. I like them all individually, so I should like them as a whole too.)
A "D" block
A "C" block
A "B" block
An "A" block

Thursday, September 12, 2013

So this came in...

So this came in... by aviva_hadas (Amy)
So this came in..., a photo by aviva_hadas (Amy) on Flickr.

It's a neat book, completely different from anything else I have seen.

I actually want to read this one, not just skim & use the patterns.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Jacob's favorite block

Untitled by aviva_hadas (Amy)
Untitled, a photo by aviva_hadas (Amy) on Flickr.

This one shows the background print a bit better. From afar it almost turns a solid gray...

& it is a quilt top

Untitled by aviva_hadas (Amy)
Untitled, a photo by aviva_hadas (Amy) on Flickr.

Not sure if this shows the fabrics better or not, I was trying to get the whole thing.

I placed the blocks together randomly & am pretty pleased with how well dispersed they are.

That is my paparazzi in the background. He found an old camera and has been snapping away.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Half my blocks. All of them (30) are pieced. My design floor won't fit them all.

While i cooked today, I pieced some blocks. (I had the block units already pieced.)

The background is from Denyse Schmidt's newest line for JoAnns - Croquet, which just might be m favorite of her DS Quilts lines.
(It also has other DS Quilts prints & other prints that I felt looked good with the main print.)