Monday, July 15, 2019

Retreat finish (the final one)

Some time ago (it may be years now) I decided it was time to use some of the 2½” strips that I had cut perhaps years before that. You see, this is a story of epic proportions. Because years before either of those I began worrying that I would leave behind tons of fabric when I go. What foolishness! Still, I worked on a series of small quilts. 

The nursery rhyme series: Nimble and Quick was a blue bargello, both versions of He Loves Me was Dresden plate applique, Around a Girl's World, The Coolest Bug Collection, That Was Against the Rules, Fast Asleep, and so on. Some have titles from lines of the nursery rhymes, all are inspired by nursery rhymes. 

This quilt is both, inspired by "Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater" and titled using the phrase "couldn't keep her." The inspiration came in the form of using pumpkin orange with those blue 2½” inch strips with the strips representing bars. Did you notice that the bars are not all going in one direction? I could have fixed that but I had just finished this improv top and was still in improv mode. 

Take that orange square however you want: a pumpkin, an escape route, a key hole. It's your take on the quilt. Notice in this picture that I had to add a horizontal strip in the orange to make the half square triangles match up. Somewhat. Up close like this you can see how much the medallion is off. Really? Geez. 

But I just wanted a finish and so I refused to rip anything out. An agreement I made with myself--no ripping. So things went in sideways and corners don't meet and goodness knows how many other problems, but stay they did. After all, have you read nursery rhymes lately? There are lots of issues in those little poems, but I love them anyway, and I'll love this little quilt just the same. It's in the TO BE QUILTED bin under about 15 other tops. 

Do you just leave in the mistakes? 
Do the mistakes make you like the quilt less?
Or do they have to be corrected? 
Do the mistakes drive you nuts if you don't?

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Circles

When I first wrote this SQI in May of 2015, I provided this link so that anyone interested in finding Modern Quilt Guild could find the 30 groups that had boards on Pinterest. Tonight the same search, "modern quilt guilds" brings up about 150 boards. That's more math than I can do, but I will safely say it's a grand increase in four years! I hope you enjoy this retro post of Sunday Quilt Inspiration.

Sort of Circles Open edition giclee print by EloiseRenouf on Etsy, $25.00

Minimalist Abstract Landscape Art Print, Mountains, Mid Century Modern, Purple, Circles

Circles - Abbey Withington...Scandinavian inspired fabric intended for interiors. Painted with ink and screen printed onto linenAlexander Rodchenko  Hanging Spatial Construction no. 9 (Circle in a Circle), 1920-1921/1993  Plywood of peach-tree. 90 x 80 x 85 cm  Galerie Gmurzynska Zug

This is a custom designed stained glass window panel that was created to hanging in a long narrow window or sidelight. It measures approximately 9 1/2 inches wide X 57 inches long.  We find these long bubble designs look great when hung or installed horizontally above French doors or vertically in the side light of a front entry door. They add color, interest and privacy to a home.Hiroyuki Hamada

I wonder if I could get my very artistic daughter to make me something similar in oil pastels or chalk????
organisatin de l'espace : répétition, superposition... Couleurs, motifs, différents matériaux...

Love these circles and here's a step by step tutorial for it! Me, With My Head in the Clouds: Painted Circles Tutorial

Quilts with circles. Aren't these awesome?

Bullseye Quilt by Lynne Goldsworthy for Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine issue 11

Jan's MQG Riley Blake Challenge Table Runner

Color Wheel Embroidery Sampler #embroidery #sampler

applique quilt DIY

English paper piecing rings

53 Gorgeous Quilts = Inspirational Eye Candy!

circle quilt by Thimble and Bobbin, based on the original pillow by Ryan Walsh (the link). His tutorial isn't available any longer but it's still pretty to look at.

Googly eyes!!

I just LOVE a circle quilt - simple to make, but oh so cute - - love this holiday version.  tutorial via Sugar Bee Crafts

Piece N Quilt: free tutorials. This could work with the prints I bought for Sophie's quilt, on a white ground.

Melinda Quilts ETC: Customer Quilts  - Circle quilt idea....could be a neat one to make into stars and planets on a black background

Baby Boy Quilt - need to find someone to make this for me out of caden's clothes

Okay, I loooovin' this quilt!  How about big Kaffe Fassett, etc prints on b/w???

Been trying to find pillows that would bring in several colors in my living room and I think this is a great idea for that. These are small enough you could even cut down quilting squares that come in so many colors/patterns.

Ta-Dot! Designer: Mabeth Oxenreider Experiment with gentle curved seaming, then reverse-applique embellished strip sets for an exuberant quilt. - Download free pattern here:

Threadtales: Circle Quilt with Bubblicious Digital Quilt Design by Lisa Calle

Have you made a circle quilt yet? If you're interested in making one, you'll find my "Quilty 365" board here.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Retreat Finish (the second one)

Before I show you my new finish, I thought I'd show you what is going on in the studio. It is not a happy sight, is it? Ahh, that's how it goes. Chances are that it's never going to embroider again. 

Not that it has embroidered any for me anyway. Firstly, it made horrible stitches. Secondly, as we discovered today, the gizmo that holds the PC card is broken. So I have hundreds of designs that I can't use. 

The news gets worse: I've invested more money in the machine than it's worth. Have you made a bad judgement like this one? What did you do about it? I'll give Richard a bit more time to work on it but if it's done, well, we just made a bad investment.

But there's good news, too. 
I have a finished top to show you! I had a few ideas for quilts before leaving for retreat last week. For this particular quilt top I wanted to just sew at random, very improvisationally, and with no plan or system. Just sew some bits together, stack them until there were plenty in the stack, then start sewing the big bits together. 

It really started at home by pulling some scraps together. I settled on a blue/teal/green colorway with lots of whites to keep it all from becoming too busy and worrisome.

I pulled mostly solids and a very few small prints. Large and small pieces of white went into the Ziploc but I knew I'd be cutting those as needed. After I had some large chunks, I put them on the design wall to let the colors mingle in my mind. (I like that phrase.)

A some point I decided to make a few curves. That "boomerang" block (circled in red) on the very top was the first one. At first I wasn't sure I liked it, but it grew on me. I decided to make one in green next. It's much smaller but I'd already decided that everything would go into the quilt. The only concession would be that I could cut blocks apart if necessary.

This zipper block is the last one. It's my favorite part of the entire quilt. From here I only needed to sew all the big chunks and smaller pieces into a top. I added a six inch border on all four sides to give it a frame and called it done.

What do you think? Does it work in an improv sort of way?

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Retreat Finish (the first one)

I managed to sew up three quilt tops while on retreat last week. Despite the wine. And the shenanigans. And the huge amount of time we needed for eating. Oh, and we did sleep. Apparently I was a worker bee extraordinaire! 

The first quilt I worked on is this easy little quilt that consists of all these modern fabrics that I've been collecting. I cut 2½" strips of white from yardage, then pulled all the moderns I could find. Those I cut into three sizes all 6½" long. Pieces are 2½", 4½" or 6½" wide. I worked out the math so that I'd need three pieces of each size per row. 

What possessed me to think that I'd stick to my well thought-out formula? Yeah, I haven't the slightest idea. Because I unzipped the little bag of pieces and straight away went to work destroying that formula. Meh, it was math anyway. Do we really need that?

The final outcome took much longer than it needed to take. Thank you Math, for abandoning me in my hour of need. Nevertheless I got through it, improv-like, and love this happy little modern top. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Pin It Weekly #285

I had plenty of items to work on while at my quilt retreat last week, but I still had to look at some of the ideas on Pinterest. Since I have them, I thought I'd share with you.
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sew together bag | Flickr - Photo Sharing! by Erin at Why Not Sew?

This is a pattern + tutorial for a hanging pod storage basket. These bags are great for stuffing full of grocery bags, tossing in loose toys to get them out of sight, filling with winter-wear like scarves, hats, and gloves, etc. This is a quick and easy project which should take

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Retreat inspiration

My retreat sisters worked on a variety of quilts over the weekend. Oh my! What a beautiful array of works in progress. Here are the ones I was able to grab photos of before they were taken down to make room for more. 
Tracey's QAYG with the front on the left and back on the right.

Glenda's fish quilt based on one by Nicholas Ball of Quilts in the Attic blog in his book
  Inspiring Improv: Explore Creative Piecing with Curves, Strips, Slabs and More

These four are to be part of a show at the State Arboretum not far from my house. They are made by members of the Contemporary Fiber Artists of Louisiana (CFAL).

Aren't they lovely? I don't have a favorite--they are all too different --but I'm guessing you might. Which is your fav?

Finally, yesterday Richard and I celebrated our 41st anniversary! What a wonderful life we have shared. I thank God for every moment.