Friday, July 21, 2017

Like a wave out on the ocean

Hi everyone!  Hot enough for you?  I know, it's not funny, but it was 100 degrees today with about 95 percent humidity, so my brain may be a bit foggy. These are the days when all there is to do is stay inside and have a bunch of nice cool drinks, and maybe do something non-stressful. So you don't get all sweaty, you know?

Seems like a good time for some cool blues!  This week I finished off the Ocean Waves quilt top, which I am super-happy about:

It did kind of go all limp and wrinkly when I took it out in the humidity!  I started this quilt top back in 2014, and pulled it out again recently.  To be honest, it was in a ziplock bag and I forgot all about it.  All the parts and pieces were already made,  and I already had 8 of the blocks assembled and put together into quilt sections.  I had enough pieces for a much larger quilt, but I didn't use all of them and made this smaller one instead. 

This turned out to be 46 by 66 inches, which is a nice cuddle size.  Unless the hubs falls in love with it (or one of my kids claims it) this little quilt is destined for charity after it gets quilted.  I'm amassing quite a pile of things to be quilted, so there may be a bit of a quilting marathon coming on sometime soon.

I like the way this quilt looks, but I wouldn't say that making it was fun.  There's definitely a reason why it became a UFO! There has to be a good way to make an Ocean Waves quilt, but this is not it.  Don't look too closely because there are a *lot* of missing points.  The central parts, which are made of the smaller triangles, kept stretching out and becoming distorted, especially when I pressed them, so I used a ton of Magic Sizing on them.  I used so much that I think I may want to gently hand wash this top before I quilt it because some parts of it are as stiff as paper.

Even though it wasn't especially fun, I'm glad I finished off this quilt top! One more thing out of the closet and turned into something useful.  And it is pretty, isn't it?  I have a lot of pieces left over, but I don't know what I'm going to do with all those yet.  It's possible that I'll get another small quilt out of the leftover pieces, but it won't be another one like this.

Hope everyone is staying cool!  It's a little odd to be making quilts when it's 100 degrees, isn't it?  Must be all that air conditioning going to our heads.  And where better to be when it's so hot than in a cool, happy sewing room?

Sharing at Finished or Not Friday, crazymomquilts, and Oh Scrap!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Work progresses

Hi everyone!  How's it going with you? Is it super hot and really humid where you are, so hot and humid that it's delaying important contracting work on your house?  Because that's how we are here.  When I was a kid and it was hot and steamy like this we used to try to go to the movies because that was the only place that had air conditioning, which is why I saw so many movies.  Now we all have AC and we just stay inside and stream movies to the sofa.  It's not even close to the same.

Anyway, here's one thing that loves the weather--

The tomatoes!  I think I'll be having a very tasty salad by the end of the week, don't you?

Speaking of red things, this week I'm working on updating my temperature quilt.  It's been a few weeks since I did this, so I'm a bit behind.  The rows in the quilt are 18 days each, and there are no breaks between the months.  Look at which colors I'm using almost exclusively for this row:

Yep, all the reds that are for the 85 to 100 degree range.  And so far I've used one of the browns for 100 plus degrees, too.  I was hoping to avoid that one, but there isn't a cool blue in sight right now.

That's because all of the cool blues are in a different quilt.  I have only 8 blocks to go for the Ocean Waves quilt. This will give me a quilt about 40 by 60, plus the borders.  Since I'll have a bunch of hsts left over, I was thinking of a border something like this:

Yeah, I don't know if I like it either.  It's a little small for the size of the quilt.  So maybe I'll just use some of the chunks of blue fabrics that were also in the bag with the other pieces.  I guess I'll have to see how it goes.

So that's a small update from here!  I'm hoping to get a small finish this week, one of the many, many that are in progress.  I guess we'll see which one makes it to the finish line first!

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Bag full of blues

Hi everyone!  Man, am I tired of remodeling.  Really, really tired.  The end is in sight, but that means that they'll be doing the floors, and that means that there is now furniture in my sewing room.  Big furniture, things that don't belong in a sewing room.  I know it's temporary, but it's it's in the way!

I know Fridays are for finishes, but I have no finishes right now.  I haven't had a lot of time to sew this week because of the work on the house, (they built my pantry this week!)  but I did do a few things.  I got to move the old cabinet from the kitchen to the sewing room for a cutting table and I loooove it.  I also dug out this bag full of blue pieces and such:

This is a 1-gallon zip bag and it held a *ton* of stuff:

Yes, that's my new cutting table!  Isn't it great?

Triangles, hsts, some big chunks, and some large triangles made from blue 9-patches and white squares.  Some of the hsts are not pressed, but there are plenty of others that are.  There are also plenty of single blue and white triangles, though a lot more blue ones than white ones.

For a clue as to what all these pieces are for, there was this all scrunched up in the bottom of the bag:

I pressed it before I hung this on the wall because it had a *lot* of wrinkles.  This is the beginning of an Ocean Waves quilt that I started back in 2014.  2014!  This is from a pattern by Joan Ford from her book Scraps Plus One.  It's so very pretty, but I put it away a long time ago without ever finishing it.  It looks like I made a dozen blocks and had all the parts ready for at least 30 more.  That's almost enough for the remainder of the quilt, which turns out to be a good size.  I think I may have decided to make fewer blocks to make a smaller quilt.

All the pieces are there--even if they need some more pressing-- so why not jump in and make the rest of the blocks?  Okay, here we go:

And that's when I remembered why this is a UFO.  It's so pretty, but there are a lot of bias edges and I think the blocks are meant to be oversized and trimmed down because they don't come out to be the right size.  It would help if I looked it up in the book, but there is a sofa and a dining table in front of my shelving unit right now.  (I know!)  I think what I'll do is make up enough blocks to make a small child-size quilt, and then do something else with the other pieces.  Maybe they'll make a nice border or something.  Or another small quilt all together.

So that's what I did with my limited stitching time this week!  It's not much, but it's something, and it kept me sane, what with all the hammering and pounding and whatnot going on around here.  But soon I'll have a pantry, and a fun small quilt on top of that!

Hope you all had a great week, and a wonderful weekend.  We are expecting some "get all the animals to the ark" rain, but that's okay because I have plans to stock some shelves! 

Sharing at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Finished or Not Friday, soscrappy, and Oh Scrap!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Rustic heather

Hi all!  How is it Friday again already?  When they say it's a short week, they really mean that it's a short week!  I hope everyone had a great holiday.  One of the perks of living on the East coast is the Independence celebrations and other historical events.  Is there any better place to celebrate our country than the place where it all began?  We had a fun time and only got rained on once, so a good time was had by all.  And no sunburn, so bonus!

Even though it was a short week with many celebratory events, I did finish something small, a little mini quilt, actually:

Photos in the rain again!

This is a mini quilt that's about 18 inches square, and it's destined to live on the wall in my kitchen if the kitchen is ever finished.  I would show you a picture but it's too depressing.  The kitchen, not the quilt!  But the carpenter has sworn on a stack of cookbooks that he's coming on Monday, so there may be hope.  

This mini is one block, called Scotch Heather, a Nancy Cabot block that dates to 1936.  I've made this block before, for the It's Complicated quilt in 2016.  I managed to make it in a 12-inch block, but it's really not intended to be a 12-inch block.  I've been feeling bad about that ever since.  When I made it this time I made all of the units finish at 2 inches, and it turned out just great.  I'm calling it "rustic heather" because of the block name and the fabric.  The main fabric is a blue-green batik that has some leaves and whatnot in the print and I just love it.  The brighter green is a Color Weave Textured Solid that I got from Bernie (and I know she still has it in her shop, so go take a look).

For the quilting, I'm trying to practice more, and this time I cut some templates out of freezer paper and stitched around them freehand:

This took the "free-motion" pressure off me, and it worked pretty well.  One thing I learned is that you can really only iron on one freezer paper motif at a time, even on a really small quilt like this.  The quilt gets moved around and scrunched and the paper comes off.  Since the templates are reusable a bunch of times, that would also save on cutting. 

The quilting is easier to see on the back, even though it's not really easy to see there, either.  The oak leaf motif turned out okay, which will go well with a rustic-inspired kitchen.  Also, oak leaves are pretty easy to draw, which is the main reason I chose them.  The center square has a little acorn in it.  And I just now realized that I forgot to put a sleeve on the back before I put on the binding.  That shouldn't be too hard to do by hand, though. 

So that's my little finish for the week!  I hope that every one has a great weekend.  I don't know what our plans are yet, but I know they won't be taking place in the kitchen! 

Sharing at crazymomquilts, Finished or Not Friday, and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.