Sunday, November 22, 2015

Ukranian Quilters

My blog statistics suggest that I had more Ukrainians view my blog this week than people from the US.   I have 3 theories.  ( If you are a quilter and live in the Ukraine, please leave any comment so I know you really exist.)
1) Я Української Квілтер.
2) Misha Sakaashvili has a secret crush on me so he and his people keep checking out my blog.
3) Ukranian Spammers visit my site but can't figure out an angle to get me to pay them.


I've been working on another version of the motorcycle club logo.

I am finding those fussy little ovals pretty annoying.  They are 3/8" x 3/4".  And I keep considering altering the logo to leave out some details that no one realizes are there anyway.

My mind started to wander and I started thinking about making a pillow for someone in Arizona.  So I spent some time perusing images of Tohono O'odham baskets and fell in love with this one.

I borrowed the 5 section repeat idea and made a paper piecing pattern that I thought would translate well to fabric.

I learned that curved lines do not work very well with this technique.

After a glass or 2 of wine, I may try to tackle the other 4 outer rings

Monday, November 9, 2015

Scrappy Big Thread Finish

At long last I have this quilt finished.   At 6 stitches per inch, I wouldn't really call it "big stitch" but I did use big thread.  I am totally over the need to ever do that again.
With the cotton batting and many of the fabrics not being pre-washed, I got the lovely crinkly look I was going for.  I washed it with 2 Color Catchers and they were both dark pink with dye.
Maybe sometime before spring we will have a nice and sunny day, but for now this is as good of a view as I can do for this quilt that finished around 72" square.

Now I can get back to more enjoyable handwork.

Sunday, November 1, 2015


I continue to make slow but steady progress on the big stitch quilt. A few more rows to  finish the body of the quilt, then about 4 rows around the outside

I find that the big needle and thread take so much more pressure to push stitches through the fabric that my hands get very tired very fast.    The rows are 1/2 to 1" apart.
This morning I managed to get the pickle dish quilt sandwiched and started with some machine stitching around the rings with the walking foot.  Then I'll go back with the free motion foot and quilt the "eyelashes" pieces of the arcs and decide on some FMQ fill for the red sections.

It's nice to be back in "Quilting Season"!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Sick Day

One of my favorite things about my current employer is that they roll vacation and sick leave into PTO - paid time off.  Unfortunately, for the first time in 4 years, I am squandering potential vacation time being sick.  Bah. Stupid head cold.

After a couple cups of coffee, I had enough energy to start piecing together some bits for the quilt backing for the Pickle Dish quilt.

Maybe after a nap I'll feel up to sandwiching this quilt.

Or maybe I'll just take another nap.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Flipping the Bird

Starting my Flamingo Finish post with the back side on grey.  I love this side too. Especially the fuschia binding.  I only wish it was sunnier when I took the pictures.
Still Love, Love, Love. Thank you Millie Marotta for including this design in your Animal Kingdom book.

I took several pictures trying to show the difference in texture between pre/post washing, but they are not apparent in the photos.  But the outcome is super cool.  Come to my house and I'll show you!

After quilting, this was 41x53 and after washing 39x 49.5.    The difference between the machine and hand quilting resulted in some challenging quilting.  I needed to pull in 3" on the outer edges, which meant that I was doing a lot of "gathering" rather than standard quilting.

So, for the record, machine vs hand quilting?  I always prefer hand.  But sometimes machine is the right tool for the job.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Flamingo update

I've made progress on the hand quilting on the background of the bird.  This was taken about noon on Saturday.  I got a couple hours worth done after that, and hope to finish up today.  I can't wait to see this after it's washed and crinkly.

My assistant keeps slowing me down.  She's not a "lap cat" unless I'm trying to quilt.