Denyse Schmidt always fascinates me. She makes old things cool again. Fabrics, patterns, quilts, you name it, she make it awesome again.
I just finished this Shoeman’s Puzzle quilt from her new book for a friend’s farewell gift. I made it from Kona charcoal and various Joel Dewberry fabrics in muted greens and mustardy yellows. Cutting the triangles was not fur, but it was big so I was rewarded with a big top in no time.
Here’s a quilt that’s been finished for about a year but I’ve never shown anyone. I started it three years ago using some Flea Market fancy (not knowing that it’s going to be so hot!) and Kona Snow. I followed Crazy Mom Quilt’s star quilt along pattern. The blocks was sewn in our old apartment, quilted by a local lady in Christmas 2009, and finally bind and finished by January
The reason I never showed it, when I washed it for the first time I didn’t use Color Catcher! Needless to say, all the red bleed into the surrounding whites and I’ve got several pink spot in the quilt. Grrr…
It’s still a functioning quilt and I love all the pointy stars, but I’m still mad at myself every time I looked at it.
A new quilt for my little boy!
New fabrics, new cross stitching project, and a monster quilt (well, twin size really) waiting to be quilted.
I can’t even remember when’s the last time I finished a quilt. Quilt blocks, yes, quilt tops, yes, but not a real, snuggle underneath quilt. I always get stuck on the sashing, backing, and sandwiching part. You know, the not fun ones. I love making pieced blocks, but those stuff are boring. I wish I know how to make it more fun. I made a list the other day about my quilt WIPs and I found a staggering number: 10! I was so surprised when I got to that number. Really? 10? When did I get the time to start all those 10 WIPs?
Well, this one has been in the making for two long years. I believe that is my standard production time for anything bigger than a baby quilt. The arc pieces was cut before Christopher was born, pieced sometime around Halloween, partially quilted last October, and finally done this month. I figure with The Single Girl Support Group still on, I have a responsibility for myself to just finish this quilt already.
Now on to the stats, arc pieces are mostly Heather Ross, background is Kona chocolate, and backing is Mendocino seahorses. I pieced the curved arc to the background using glue stick, no pins involved. I plopped in front of the TV and glued them one by one. I found that method to be more relaxing than pinning. It’s a good thing all the traces of glue on the quilt top were washed away considering they have been there for around a year or so.
A note about the title of the post, it’s quite a fitting title for our family in the next two weeks. Husband not here right now, it’s just me and two kiddos. One of my in-law had a health scare and he need to get back home and see his family. I’m just thankful that my in law is on the mend and that weather outside is getting warmer, I can send the kiddos outside to play when I need to take a little breather.
Here’s to sunshine and health!
Bee blocks due from January and February, oops!
There’s been too much dolly related stuff on the blog, so I thought I should show you some non-Blythe stuff. I’ve signed up for a charity bee, do. Good Stitches. There’s five circles currently, with ten people to each circle. Out of those ten people, five are quilter and five are stitchers. All the quilters will make blocks and quilt, while the stitchers only make blocks. I am a quilter which meant that I get assigned a month and I get to ask all the other nine people to make me two blocks each according to my specifications from their own stash. By the end of the month, I will have 20 blocks to make a quilt which would be donated for charity. Isn’t that a wonderful idea?
The first blocks I made for the bee is the Roman stripes (last pic). Instead of two 12.5″ blocks, the quilter requested eight 6.5″ blocks. The middle pic is hourglass nine patch for the Planetarium quilt from Oh Fransson’s book. There’s no more triangles involved, yay! I still need to sew some thin borders and the blocks should be done.
And the first pic is a sneak peek for my partner for kitchen swap over on Flickr. It’s fun to be working on normal sized projects!
Welcome! Are you ready to get on with the third installment of Bloggers Blockapalooza? I named my block ‘Shoofly Geese’, based on the traditional shoofly block mixed in with some flying geese units.
I will be using three different fabrics from the Sunkissed line from Moda. If you are not using Sunkissed, you can substitute them with any light, medium, and dark value fabrics. Here’s what you need to cut from your fabrics.
Sunkissed Orangesicle 5441-13 (light)
2 – 4 7/8 (4.875)” squares
Sunkissed Lemonade 5445-22 (medium)
2 – 4 7/8 (4.875)” squares
8 – 2 7/8 (2.875)” squares
Moda Bella Solids Golden Wheat (dark)
1 – 4.5″ square
2 – 5 .25″ squares
Cut the 2 7/8 ” medium value squares once diagonally to make a total of sixteen triangles.
Cut the 5 .25″ dark value squares twice diagonally to make a total of eight triangles.
Now we start sewing! We need to make four double flying geese units and four half square triangle units. All seam allowances are 1/4″ unless otherwise noted.
Take one of the small medium value triangle and align it along one side of the dark value triangle. Sew with a scant 1/4″ seam allowance. Open and press the seam allowance.
Take another small triangle and align it along the other side of the dark value triangle. Sew with a scant 1/4″ seam allowance. Open and press the seam allowance. Repeat with all the other triangles to make a total of 16 flying geese units. Trim all the units to measure 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″.
Take two flying geese units and sew them together to make a double flying geese unit. Press the seam allowance towards the pointy edge of the dark value triangle.
Make a marking line on each medium value 4 7/8″ squares with a disappearing ink or water soluble pen diagonally from corner to corner. Pair each medium value square with a light value square. Sew on either side of marking line.
Cut into two units directly on marking line. Open and press the seam allowance. Repeat with the other pair of squares to make a total of four half square triangle units.
Take the 4.5″ dark value square and two double flying geese units. Sew them into a row like shown. Press seam allowances toward the middle square.
Take a double flying geese unit and 2 half square triangle units. Sew them together into a row like shown. Press the seam allowances towards the half square triangle units. Repeat with the remaining units to make another row just like this.
Sew the rows together to finish your block.
Yay, the third block is done! Don’t forget to add a picture of your finished blocks to the Flickr group!
You can also download a PDF version here.
Something small: sewing machine cover for my machine. It’s made from all the wonderful fairy tale fabrics from Heather Ross and hand quilted with perle cotton, quickie project done waaaay back in November.
Something big (once it’s done): a stack of hourglass blocks waiting to be trimmed. It will be 68″ by 68″ once finished, so I have a total of 160 blocks to trim! I’m already getting sick with all those triangles. Sigh… I know there will be light at the end of the triangle tunnel.