Sunday, August 18, 2019

100 Days 100 Blocks Challenge: Day 49 perspective

At the nearly half-way point of the Kinship Fusion Sampler sew-along—aka #100Days100Block—here is what my first 49 blocks look like together. 
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#100Days100Blocks2019 Kinship Fusion Sampler progress at day 49.
Fabrics are Tweed Thicket and Nikko III from Diamond Textiles.

I'm using yarn-dyed wovens from Diamond Textiles for my fabrics this year, so at a distance, the fabrics look much like solids. Up close, their inherent woven textures becomes apparent—especially the Nikko III fabrics.
Nikko III yarn-dyed cotton wovens from Diamond Textiles.

Still time to change navigation
The current process is that I compose each block individually—pulling colors and value for a single block's composition. Now, with only half of the blocks complete, there is still opportunity to rethink color and/or value placement for the remainder of the blocks.

The final block layout is not yet determined. The arrangement of the blocks (with color in mind), the introduction of sashing or background fabric(s) will play a part in the final composition and flow of the eye across the quilt.

Discovery
One thing I did discover while putting the blocks up on the design wall was a missing piece in Block 46 (the block was smaller in one dimension).


This is the corrected block.
Kinship Block 46

It's good to stand back and look at the progress of your work every so often.

Perspective.



Sunday, August 11, 2019

Pillowcases: a Make Nine finish

Back in January, I signed up for the Make Nine Challenge [#makenine]. Pillowcases was one of the projects on my list. After a lot of intricate piecing of 6-inch blocks for The Farmer’s Wife sampler, I am happy the tides turned toward easier sewing—pillowcases.
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Four pairs of pillowcases. Make Nine Challenge 2019.

Pillowcases are always fun to make and especially fun to give—whether you have those "hard to get for" people or not. Pillowcases are personal, customizable, useful, easy to sew, and one size fits all!
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Floral and Fishing themed pillowcases.

The colorful birds shown in various fabric prints is my personal favorite. The pillowcase cuff has rows of dog houses.
Pillowcases for the yarn lover. The birds and dog house pillowcases are for me.

A refresher of my 2019 Make Nine list and a status report:
  1. Picasso Top.
  2. Collins Top. Finished
  3. Jacket using Diamond Textiles yarn-dyed wovens. Finished
  4. Lolita Vest (a yarn project)Finished
  5. PillowcasesFinished
  6. Tote or project bag with a zipper
  7. Project incorporating vintage textiles, recycled or re-purposed elements
  8. Project with visible hand stitchingFinished
  9. Wild Card—something using rayon fabrics
Five finishes and four to go for Make Nine 2019.

Stan Leigh.
This is Stan Leigh, my studio sentry. She was supervising the photography for this blog post. 


Sunday, August 4, 2019

A scrappy state of mind

Once the storage boxes and bags of fabric scraps are out and within arm's reach, it's difficult to stop at just one scrappy quilt top. The Tea Cup quilt blocks from my guild's Cuddle Quilt workshop last weekend were the impetus for the fabric leftover frenzy.
Tea Cup quilt top. 93.5" x 76.5"

I finished this quilt top for the Choo Choo Quilters' community service program. The block we used is called the Tea Cup block, and this quilt top marries scraps and leftovers from my and several guild members' fabric stashes. Proof that many hands working together can achieve great results—and lovely quilts.

While tidying up the cutting table from the Tea Cup project, I organized a collection of orphan blocks, test blocks and patchwork experiments. This pile of WIP kitty quilt tops are now in the queue to be quilted.

Four small quilt tops awaiting basting and quilting.

The next scrap quilt needing attention is my Farmer's Wife project, which I started just about a year ago. I've decided to make multiple quilts from the 111+ blocks I've amassed. For this larger group of blocks, it's the layout dilemma of sashing vs. no sashing. I'm leaning toward a multi-color sashing for this group.

The Farmer's Wife blocks in a straight set layout.

Below is a smaller group of blocks in a more controlled color palette. I think the on point layout is a good choice since several of the blocks (tree and baskets blocks) are more suited to this orientation.
The Farmer's Wife blocks set on point.

And yet a few more blocks remain...
The Farmer's Wife blocks made with Art Gallery Fabrics.

Guess I'll be back to pulling out the fabric boxes and scrap baskets again. This time from my stash of Art Gallery fabrics.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Guild workshop: small numbers yield big results

I'm always amazed and delighted at the dedication and productivity of the work my quilt guild, the Choo Choo Quilters, has when we get together for our annual Cuddle Quilt workshop. We have a small guild—a roster of about 25 members—but our small numbers are mighty when it comes to supporting our community service project.
Ginny (left) and I hold a colorful scrappy quilt top made by Linda.

This year, the Choo Choo Quilters are digging into their stashes and wallets to make bed quilts (twin and queen size) for a local organization. During yesterday's workshop, three bed size quilt tops were completed and great progress was made on several others.

Tea Cup quilt blocks
The completed Tea Cup blocks went up on a makeshift design wall (a flannel-backed tablecloth over a stand alone white board) early in the day.
Tea Cup quilt blocks on a portable design wall.

We gathered 140 blocks that guild members made. It was determined that the bed size quilt required a 9 x 11 layout, so we began arranging the numerous blocks on the floor. 
Working on a 9 x 11 block layout.

Ta-daa! A finished Tea Cup block quilt top (99 blocks).
Cristy (left) and Kay with the completed Tea Cup quilt top.

Crazy Patch blocks
Sherry and Ginny, the Big Quilt Coordinators, made pre-cut quilt block kits for workshop participants. The block was a stack-slice-shuffle crazy patch block. Here are blocks from two of the three colorways.
Crazy Patch quilt blocks on the design wall.

More crazy patch blocks.

Plaid Surprise blocks
The instructions for the Plaid Surprise blocks was distributed at the July guild meeting. Some of these blocks were turned in at the workshop.
Left: Plaid Surprise Disappearing 9-patch blocks.
Right: trimmings from the blocks will be used to create another block.

Easy Woven and String quilt blocks
Batting was measured and cut for the Woven Block quilt top and others.
Sherry cut batting for completed quilt tops.

Earlier in the year, the guild members made string blocks. This top is ready for quilting.
String quilt top ready for quilting.

Cutting tables and ironing boards were set up for shared use.
Cutting stations.

And we all enjoyed the sewing and camaraderie.
Cuddle Quilt workshop attendees.

Surplus Tea Cup blocks
I offered to take the additional 41 Tea Cup blocks home with me. This is a fast and easy block that I enjoyed making (and using up fabric scraps). I'll be piecing a few more blocks with the hope of getting enough for another quilt top.
Tea Cup blocks on my design wall.

2019 Cuddle Quilt Goal
This year's goal is 20 bed size quilts. We already have 17 that are in various stages of completion. I'd say that's quite an accomplishment for a small guild!

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