Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Back to that disappearing 9 patch...

I've had tons of interest in my disappearing 9 patch quilt, so months ago I tracked down a tutorial, and blogged about it..... and then at some point accidentally deleted the post??  So here it is again!

Here's my quickie baby sized version of the quilt:

And here is a great tutorial -  happens to be for a Halloween quilt, even though mine is all scrappy - that shows this technique for a disappearing 9 patch:  http://www.jedicraftgirl.com/2014/09/halloween-disappearing-9-patch-quilt.html

Essentially, you get an entirely different look to the disappearing 9 patch, but just substituting background fabric for 4 of the squares!  There are lots of variations on the disappearing 9 patch, but I think I love this one the best because it gives a nice and airy look.  I added 2 1/2" sashing between the big units on mine, just for a little more space.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Get in the groove....

It's been a heck of a slump for me.

This happens every once in a while - not just to me, I know lots of quilty friends who hit the slump, and just have to take a couple of months off.  That's where I've been lately, and I just haven't had the energy to do much of anything.

I have a couple of projects that were time sensitive, that I finally got finished up this weekend.  I spent nearly all day today in my sewing studio - and it felt sooooooooooo good.

I've got a few massive WIP's that I'll be able to share soon, but for now, I'm just incredibly excited that the slump is over!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Miserable Marsala.

So, each year, it's kind of fun to look forward to the Pantone Color of the Year challenge that our guild usually does.  I'm the Challenge Chair, so I had to subject my guild to miserable marsala this year....

Yes, it's reminiscent of the 80's, and I'm pretty sure that at some point in my youth, I coveted a prom dress in TEEN Magazine made from taffeta in this very color.  However, it's the COTY, so a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

Saturday was our meeting to present our challenge quilts, and let's just say that I had some technical difficulties (read: major precision problems in my piecing), so it's just a top at the moment.  And a top that will need to be repieced, if it ever has hopes of becoming an actual quilt.

In any case, here it is:
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One of the saving graces of this color is that it looks quite pretty (and very Arizona-ish) when paired with blues.  I found a FQ bundle of blue blenders to use, and I do think the colors go together well.

Our next challenge should be a LOT more fun, and I'm definitely looking forward to getting started on it!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

In knots

This is the one that derailed me!

Last Christmas, I made this snazzy wall hanging:  

And then decided that, since I put nails in the wall for the rod, I may as well change it out seasonally.  I promptly whipped up this Valentine's Day one:

.... And then started up one for St. Pat's Day.  

And then got stuck.  It's not the quilt's fault.  The pattern itself worked up beautifully.  I just got myself stuck in a rut. I tried quilting it in a spiral - big fail.  I decided to do small spirals, and finally, that worked.  I finally finished the quilting in JULY, so this is the first time I've gotten to hang it up!  Without further ado, my Celtic knot wall hanging!  

A few have asked about the pattern, so here's the book that I got it from:

I'd highly recommend you check it out - the construction methods are really interesting and give a complex look without actually being too complex to work up. 

Now, a few days after St. Pat's, it's off the wall, and  I need to get to work on something Easter or spring themed, pronto!  

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Hoo boy.

It's been a busy few months!  Between work, and TONS of spring cleaning and house maintenance stuff, it seems like I never get enough time in front of my sewing machine, and certainly not enough to get blog posts out!

I have managed to get a few things knocked out....

This pincushion for a swap at our guild meeting in February:

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Funny story:  I decided to get some crushed walnuts for the filling at the local pet store, where the helpful clerk tried to steer me to the all-organic, uber-bulk size sack of litter. I assure you, kind sir, my pincushion is not that picky.

Also, February was the kick off month for our block of the month program at guild.  Here's my February Block - Squash Blossom:

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And here's March - Churn Dash:

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I scored a fat quarter bundle of August by Sarah Watts for Cotton and Steel in a Massdrop last year, and decided that I'd use it for the BOM blocks.  Should be a nice way to show off those gorgeous fabrics!

Oh, and did you notice those cute little flying geese on the sides of the pin cushion?  I made my own paper piecing template on graph paper to make those, after using exactly the same technique to finally get my guild name tag done!

This is what it looked like while I was piecing it together....

Soooooo.  I think that gets me mostly caught up.  I still have my marsala quilt challenge project to post about, and we have some exciting opportunities coming up in the guild that I'm pumped for, so look for those soon!