Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Midweek Makers 107

Time again for another Midweek Makers!



If you're new here - welcome! Everyone has great projects to share, though I've no new projects to show this week. A weekend of birthday celebrating left little time for quilting.

With January near and dear to my heart, I also love it because it's snowflake season! Last week, Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts wowed us with her snowflake made from circles.

                             Modern snowflake quilt using Island Batik Alpine Ice fabrics


And Jocelyn from Canadian Needle Nana showed off her Jack Frost block.

                                        

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What do you have to show off this week? Come share here at Midweek Makers!

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Hippo Blue Quilt

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It's a wrap!


Hippo Blue quilt on the grass

Or should I say, it's a quilt? Either way, the top using techniques from my January Book of the Month selection, Improv Patchwork, now consists of three layers, held together by stitches - the definition of a quilt!

Introducing Hippo Blue, because it's blue and there's hippos. How creative is that?


Hippo Blue quilt side view

I'm happy with how this ultimately turned out, though I do wish I would have incorporated the orange sooner. But it all worked out, especially with the Tangled Triangles pantograph adding the perfect touch!


Hippo Blue quilt closeup

Looks like freehand random triangles, but no, it's a pantograph, with repeating rows of four nesting triangles.

Though those triangles weren't freehand, the quilt blocks were. All the strips for making the blocks were freehand cut - no ruler at all! I tend to cut fairly straight, and any wavy lines ended up disappearing when stitching. And there was no lining up of seams or squares in those blocks, which is easier to see in this pic. Stress free assembly!


Hippo Blue quilting closeup

Just so you know, I don't have a computer driven stitching system on my machine. Following the pattern with a laser light (no ruler here!) makes for a few wobbly lines. But I did my best to be smooth, and to make great points, for which I have a quilting video showing how to do this - Quilting Square Corners.

And the back? It's that cute hippo fabric I found in my stash, after I put the top together. It was that piece that was the inspiration for adding orange to the front.


Hippo Blue quilt backside

To get this to the proper size, any and all extra pieces were sewn together - no leftovers here!


Hippo Blue quilt backside closeup












Now we just need to contact mom to let her know it's ready, and her son can play away!


Hippo Blue quilt rolled


Happy Quilting!



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Friday, January 12, 2018

Improv Patchwork Update

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More blocks have magically appeared, with guidance from the Improv Patchwork book, and now I have a top!


Improv Patchwork quilt top after orange

Though I have a confession to make - there were minor adjustments to the top after all blocks were sewn together. Keep reading for the full story!

After the first round of sewing, the top actually looked like this:


Improv Patchwork quilt top before orange

Boring, if I do say so myself. Since it's intention is as baby quilt for one of hubby's coworkers, I figured it's fine.

Then I went hunting for a backing fabric, and found this:


hippo backing fabric for baby quilt

approximately a yard, plus pieces, in my stash. And a perfect fit for this top!

Notice the use of the blue and teal in here, plus orange and yellow. Duh!!! Wish I'd seen this first for color guidance on the top.


closeup hippo backing fabric

That's what this top is missing - should have thrown some orange in there while making the blocks. Let's take that idea for a test drive - but is it too late?


Improv Patchwork quilt top orange placement test

After playing around with a few orange squares on the top, I waffled on replacing four squares.

I really wasn't overly wild about ripping into a finished top, but, if you're like me, knowing there needs to be a bit of pop added in, one compromises. So instead of being unhappy, banishing the top to the UFO pile, or ripping the whole thing apart, I bit the bullet to replace just those four squares.

one square removed from a block







orange inserted into a quilt block


Those four were all I was willing to replace, taking maybe an hour, but at least I'm happier with the top now. It's certainly not a prize winner, but it looks better with that bit of orange.

So, now on to making the backing big enough with bits and pieces of leftovers, then I can get this quilted, and out the door. I should be showing it off next week - see you then!

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Midweek Makers 106

Welcome to Midweek Makers - time to share your projects!



Hey - did anyone notice I changed my header picture? What do you think? Each year I change it to showcase my favorite quilts from the previous year - always fun to see them again!

And that's about all I've gotten done blog-wise. I can also honestly say I didn't do any sewing over the holidays, and pattern writing for Winter Feed took priority last week. (By the way, today is the last day to receive 25% off the Winter Feed pattern at Etsy - use coupon code 'WINTERFEED25' at checkout.)

So, yesterday, I finally got my rear in gear and started in on a quilt from Improv Patchwork, my Book of the Month selection, with this small bit of progress to show.


blocks from the Improv Patchwork book

A whole whopping 3 blocks! That's really not that bad for an hour's work, after stitching alternating strips of these yummy fabrics, 



to make two different strip sets,




then making blocks from one of those strip sets. And that's as far as I got. I still have a long way to go, but that's for another day.

Continuing with the theme of alternating fabrics, these pretty little Dresden's from Nanette at Chopin - A Passionate Quilter caught my eye last week.

                                     

Believe it or not, these are just 3 1/2" in size - too cute!!

From all the entries last week, it looks like everyone had lots of time to sew over the holidays - so let's see what you're working on! 
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