Sunday, April 28, 2013

Oriental Dreamweaver Top and Geese

I completed my Oriental Dreamweaver top last night.

It went together pretty easy. When It came time to sew the sashing on I did a lot of double checking because I was really worried I was going to sew a row on upside down and have to rip out 80 inches of stitches  It's a little confusing when row A is just the reverse of row B and some prints are non-directional.

I will not be quilting this one myself! It's just to big and honestly I don't even have any ideas for how to quilt it.  I did start brainstorming the back of the quilt. It calls for over 7 yards of fabric and honestly I just haven't been able to find a print that matches this quilt that I want to look at 80x94" of for however long I use and love this quilt. So, I think I'm going to do something scrappy with a bunch of different fabrics pieced together so you get a little taste of a lot of beautiful things, without having to drown in it.

This is mind, I decided I wanted to make at least one special quilt block and sew it into the back of the quilt. So I decided to do a ring of flying geese. 

I'm not a big fan of foundation piecing but for some reason this did not bother me! It went together fast. I didn't have any major issues, and I love the result. I think the big difference is that I pre-cut all of my pieces into usable sizes so you don't have to go nuts turning a piece of fabric to see how you have to sew it to get it to cover the whole area, then rip it out, then try again and on and on and on. It made the process so much more enjoyable for me.

So I did the hard part and I foundation pieced my I'm caught up on the easy part. I haven't really worked with curved pieces yet and I'm not sure how to sew this into a block. I don't know if I have to keep it the 4 pieces it's in now and sew it together as 4 separate blocks or if there is a way for me to sew a whole circle into the middle? It's times like this I'm so happy to be in a guild with wonderful, helpful, experienced generous women! Worse case sanario, if no one can help me over the phone, I wait till Thursday and I take it to guild and someone will tell me exactly what I need to do! Now I just have to figure out the rest of my back.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Castles and Columns

I wanted to post a quick picture of all my princess castle blocks sewn together.

I've actually had them all sewn together for quite a while now but I haven't wanted to post them because I haven't decided what to do for a border yet. The pattern calls for just 1 1/2" squares of all the fabrics but I didn't want to do that. I think at this point I may end up just doing an 1 1/2" pink border since I have to order backing fabric still anyhow. I haven't decided yet If I want to spring for a print backing or just do a solid. It's hard when you don't know where the quilt is going to live. Normally by the time a quilt is this far along I know if Im keeping it, giving it away, donating it, whatever and then it's easily to choose finishing options. I haven't even begun to think of quilting!

I started piecing my uneven nine-patches into columns last night and I just wanted to share a quick picture to show you how that's done on the angle. In the beginning I kept second guessing which way to sew on the setting triangle but now I've got the hang of it and it's going together pretty fast. I haven't bought the black fabric that is used for sashing between the columns yet, but I'm hoping to find something that will work for that this weekend and maybe get the quilt center together. Then I just have to make 144 Flying Geese.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Women of Courage Month 2 & 3

I have completed month 2 and 3 of the Women of Courage BOM. As I explained in my last post, I haven't actually received the month 3 pack. I just had enough extra fabric and it's the same pattern as month 1 just different fabric placement.

These went together easily. I will say that that the amount of 5/8th measurements does start to wear on you. Especially in squaring up, but hey it's coming together so I can't complain to loud.

Here is a stack of oriental fabric that I started cutting into last night. I've been collecting these prints for about a year, a little here, a little there, and I finally have the 20 needed to make an oriental version of Tula Pink's Dream Weaver quilt. This will hopefully be my major focus of the weekend.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Breaking the Rules

Women of Courage month 2 came in the mail the other day, but I was thinking. I had a lot of fabric left over from month 1 and month 3 is the same as month 1 only a few colors are flipped, all the same fabrics though, and the same pattern, same thing goes for month 2 and 4. So instead making month 2 I already cut out all the pieces for 2, 3 and 4. The only problem was that I was literally a half inch short of one red fabric so I won't be able to finish month 4 yet, but i'll still be a month ahead, because I'm cheating!

The way I see it, If they didn't want me to cheat, they shouldn't have let me have so much extra fabric! No harm done though, and I never complain about extra fabric. In fact I'm hoping that this is an indicator that I will have a lot left at the end to add to my reproduction scrap bag.

I also visited the Milltown quilt show this week and picked up this beautiful Florentine IV fabric. You can see a better picture here. It's the kind of fabric that you couldn't bare to cut up and I have no idea what to do with it, but I'm glad to keep it on my shelf and try to think of something. I also bought a yard each of 4 of the complementary fabrics in the line so I have them if I ever do figure something out.

Warmer weather also marks the opening of windows in my house which is typically the only time you get to see all three of my cats co-existing in tight areas for photo ops. The tuxedo is Friday cat, the one on the table is Zombie who you have already met, and Bacon is the one looking away.

I caught them all together a second time the very next morning! I actually found that bench that Friday and Zombie are sitting on at an antique market in Havre De Grace Maryland but it didn't look anything like that! I could kick myself for not taking a before picture  It was a 70's kind of chipped kelly green and someone had taken the entire cushion and all the supports out of it. I think I paid $15 for it? My mother-in-law so is quit handy helped me sand it down, paint it, cut a piece of wood for the support in the bottom, make a cushion, and cover it!

Pretty good for a piece of junk thrown into the third floor of an antique mall! We call it Bacon's thrown. I had always planned to get some sort of bench to put in front of the windows in our bedroom so that cats could more comfortably lay to look outside and this is a perfect fit! I do keep a quilt over it because that's what the cats prefer. The sheep rug was also bought specifically for Bacon to lay on but she never has! Zombie has...once. Cats are so spoiled.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Start Following the Leader

I like to have a few different projects in a few different stages going all the time. Maybe today I don't want to look at pastels, or I don't want to cut fabric. It's nice to have options. So, one of the projects I've been slowly working on, but I'm in no rush to finish is my Follow the Leader quilt from the American Patchwork & Quilting April 2011 Issue 109. I had this magazine for quit some time and I liked the quilt, which appears on the cover, but it wasn't till I started flipping though old magazines to try to find a scrap quilt pattern that I decided I actually wanted to make it.
Uneven nine-patch
So far, I have just completed the 63 "uneven nine-patch" blocks that get set on point in columns to form the center of the quilt. I need to make a trip, hopefully this weekend, to my favorite quite shop to buy reproduction fabric from to pick up more tans and whites. Most of the reproduction neutrals I have in my stash are a bit to busy for what I'm trying to do here. Once I've done that, then I can start the setting triangle and making the flying guess, but like I said, I'm really enjoying this project and I'm in no rush.