Saturday, February 27, 2010
Do you know that these pants (yes, the pants, not the team) have 1/2 million friends on Facebook?
Friday, February 26, 2010
This is "BR13, Argyle", an intermediate-level triangle that I mostly paper-pieced. The diamonds are a bit wonky, but they'll do. I'll just consider them to be practice for all of the upcoming triangles with diamond-shaped pieces.
At this rate, it will take me just about a year to finish all of the triangles...
Again a reminder...if you're using the software for this, be sure to change the size of your triangle to 5 inches by 8 inches...
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
It's just a little thank you postcard that I made for my blogging friend Vivian, who blogs over at Quilts and a Mug. Vivian makes all sorts of lovely quilts and is working on a Jane Stickle quilt as well. I thought the postcard colors would go well with some of the fabrics she's using in hers.
Vivian recently held a blogiversary (or is it blogaversary?) giveaway and I was one of the lucky winners. The three great books she sent are full of ideas and inspiration...
Thank you so much, Vivian....
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
When I first looked at this pattern, I thought that perhaps it should be labeled as beginner-level, but once I started working with those first teeny little pieces, I understood exactly why it's not!
If you're making this using the DJ software, be sure to resize the triangle to 5 inches by 8 inches.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Over the last year or so, I've seen many quilters use (gasp!) vintage sheets in their quilts, not only for backings, but for tops as well. They've talked about visiting thrift stores and finding all sorts of great deals. The quilts they've made out of the sheets always look so bright and cheery in the photos. So I thought I'd join the party.
These are the sheets and pillowcases I've found in some thrift stores over the last few weeks. Don't they look pretty? The sheets cost me $2-$4 each, and one of the pillowcases was a whopping 39 cents (hey, there's no cents key on my laptop, only a $ sign).
Now I know that the quilt police insist on 100% cotton, so they're probably on their way over to my house right now...I'll just pretend my doorbell's not working...I know for certain that many of the sheets I've found are not all cotton. But who cares?
I know that members of The Modern Quilt Guild don't care. They've been having some very interesting posts discussing "what does modern quilting mean to you". One of the recent posts (read it here) summed it all up for me "Modern quilting = Tolerant quilting". What a great attitude!
Monday, February 15, 2010
I hope the new owners like them...
Friday, February 12, 2010
I still need some practice (I see that there is at least one point that will be chopped off a bit when I sew it to the adjoining piece), but now I know what to watch out for as I cut.
This triangle is shown upside-down because it is on the bottom row.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
And whenever I send a gift for a new baby, in order to prevent unnecessary tears from older siblings, I include something handmade for them as well. This time, older brother gets a couple of fun pillowcases. His room is decorated in a fun kidsy lodgey decor and the family spends several weeks each summer at a cabin in Maine, so this fabric was perfect, don't you think?
Monday, February 8, 2010
The pattern is called "Candy Cane Lane" from Christmas at Bear's Paw Ranch by Eleanor Burns. It went together very, very quickly. And it's so easy...no seams to match! (the picture makes the quilt look a bit wonky, but believe me, it's much less wonky in person)...
Here are a couple of closeups of the quilting....
Saturday, February 6, 2010
My selvages are getting out of control, so I'm planning a project that I hope to have finished in time for my guild's exhibit in September.
I've taken the first step and organized them a bit...
We'll see what happens...
Thursday, February 4, 2010
At first I thought I'd take a bit of a break before starting on the DJ triangles, but I'm afraid I can't go cold turkey. I won't be feverishly working on them like I had been on the center blocks for the last couple of months, but perhaps I can regularly make one each week or so.
I'll be showing the triangles in the direction in which they appear on the quilt, so you may occasionally see one on its side or upside-down like this one. The dark background is the fabric I used for the sashing in the center of the quilt and I will be using it for the solid triangles inbetween the pieced ones.
This is "BR-1, Rosemary's Rainbow", a beginner-level paper-pieced block. It was quite easy.
Just a word of warning to those who are planning to use the DJ software for this one. If you want yours to look like Jane's, be sure to mirror the image before printing and if you want it to fit properly, be sure to change the size to 5 inches by 8 inches. For some senseless reason, the software uses the 4 1/2-inch square size (which is the finished size of the center blocks) as the default size for the triangles.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
In the meantime, here is a picture of "G-7, Indianapolis", a block that I first blogged about here back in the summer of 2008. Click on the link if you want to read the story of how I made it.
Although I have a number of blocks (well, a good number) that are not perfect, when I was finished with them I decided that only this one needed a "do-over". Well, sort of. I actually decided not to re-do it, but to "fix" it. That is, I took it apart a bit and used the raw-edge machine buttonhole-stitch applique method using monofilament thread instead of being embarrassed by my pitiful hand applique skills. Especially since this block is smack-dab in the middle of the quilt, probably at everyone's eye level when hung on the wall. Now I think I have a quilt (well, at least a center) that I will not be ashamed to show off, even with its flaws.