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10 March 2015
Retreat! I spent the weekend at a quilting retreat with some of my best quilting buddies this past weekend. I try to bring fairly easy things to work on with all pieces pre-cut because I can never focus on quilting well enough when people are telling interesting stories or passing a plate of cookies around. Both of these were made primarily from a batch of fairly plain green fabrics I recently received.
Adding a little of the bright wonky stripe fabric gave this first quilt a little pizazz and made it fun to piece.
Its hard to tell unless you zoom in on the second quilt, but I added an eco-friendly print for borders and a bit of bright yellow to make this green quilt a "green" quilt.
Posted by tirane93 at 17:21
03 March 2015
...so I can scribble quilt it if I wanna. A good photo of this top is in this post from a few months back.
Posted by tirane93 at 14:34
27 February 2015
14 February 2015
It's all cut out and piecing has started! I had a little trouble at first getting the unusual angles to line up correctly after sewing. Turns out the seam allowance wants to be a thread's width narrower than I was making them. Now that it's straightened out though piecing is moving along well. But I've gotten ahead of myself.
Beth and I decided to build one of these each when we first saw a red and white Hunter's Star on the net a couple of years back. I don't remember now what colors she chose, but I wanted something that looked very wintery, so I collected lots of low volume blue and grey prints and a few different whites to work with.
I did make a test block - the real blocks will be alternating blue and grey four patches instead of four of one color/print, but I like the way it looks.
Posted by tirane93 at 13:13
12 February 2015
Yes! The top is finished! Still trying to decide about a border, but otherwise, it's done. There was a LOT of matchy-matchy involved in this top, but it's good exercise. I'm happy with the fabrics and the layout.
Posted by tirane93 at 13:57
17 January 2015
The post titles get lamer as time goes on, I know.
My buddy Beth pointed me to this video from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. Yah. Perfect!
As usual I added in fabrics from my stash that play well with the CT fq pack. Here's my first few blocks finished and layed out in the configuration I like. The one that looks completely white is made with a very low volume red print. It might not make the final cut:
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20 December 2014
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16 December 2014
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14 December 2014
Both inspired by quilts in Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam & Nicky Lintott, these quilts were comissioned by a customer for donation to a local women's shelter. The brown quilt is called Blue Lagoon and is made in blues in the book, and the blue quilt is called Pandora's box and is worked in dark and light neutrals in the book.
The Lintott's book is full of easy, attractive, quickly made patterns, so I go straight to it when I need to get a quilt out fast.
Posted by tirane93 at 11:19
18 November 2014
My friend who is a quilter also makes gorgeous ceramics. I regularly snatch works of art out of her trash can. For my birthday she made me this amazing bowl. It's deeper than the average bowl and the sides are a bit steeper, making it both fabulous to hold and far more useful when loading stuff on top of a scoop of ice cream.
Here it is being treated with the respect it deserves:
Posted by tirane93 at 16:34
24 October 2014
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09 October 2014
This quilt was made from a bunch of muslin, a couple of pieces of solids from my stash, and a friend's leftovers. The poor thing was put on Terpsichore and taken back off again half a dozen times before I finished all the quilting.
I got a little whimsical in the borders.
My freehand circles are about as round as my homemade pancakes which is to say not especially round. It was fun to quilt and I love the pattern the quilting makes on the back,
and the fabrics are gorgeous and I would never have made the quilt if it wasn't for the freebie 2" x 4" scraps Marcy handed me.
Binding the quilt in the neutral fabric may have been a mistake, but I've gotten bored with the eye popping edges I see everywhere (including on my own quilts) and am ready to try other things for a while.
Blue and green aren't my colors, so this quilt is looking for a home.
Posted by tirane93 at 00:24