Sunday, May 31, 2009
Okay here are the pictures:
From one side:
Then the other:
There is a big variety of fabric in there. I think I see some Kaffe Fassett - or is that Martha Negley mums? They both use such vivid colors and y'all know I love some vivid color. There are also pieces from a Connecting Threads line or two (or three?) I have pieces of old shirts in it. Bits from just about every other project I have ever done - if there was a scrap I saved it is probably in here. Plus, those orphan, and experimental blocks now have a home.
Since I will do this "quilt as you go" fashion, there will be some sashing and borders. I am as yet undecided what I will use for that. Batik? Solids? another print? And what oh what will I back it with??? Stay tuned and we will find out. I am sure I will be as surprised as you are.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
First is the HUGE block. I just kept adding pieces to this until it was large enough. It is 18.5 and will finish out at 18 inches. This means that I will be doing lots of work in multiples of NINE.
(you can click on these pictures to go to my Flickr photos and see them larger)
I decided to be "less ambitious" (ha ha) and just make 9.5 squares. After all, I have a square ruler in that size. It makes life easier. PLUS the string squares are also that size so it will all fit together for a really "busy" patchwork quilt.
So here are a couple of 18.5 blocks made from the smaller units.
As you probably noticed, there are some smaller blocks incorporated into the units. There is a paper-pieced tulip block that I messed up on. Hey it works fine in this!
There is also some curved piecing that was made just playing around. I cut it down. Don't be surprised if the other pieces of it show up later.
To photograph these I made a temporary "design wall" by hanging some batting over a door. That is why my squares don't look square. I promise that they are. But even if they aren't -wonky is definitely allowed in this quilt.
This is a NO RULES quilt and it is a lot of fun. You should try it. If you do, let me know and be sure you post a picture of it somewhere so I can see it.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I made a little project this evening. (Like I really had the time to spare.)
I saw one of these on a friend's Flickr photos. He had provided a link to the pattern. Yaay! I just had to make my own
Now the question is; What is it? or
What's it? ha ha
Well maybe this next picture will make it clearer.
It is a nice little quilted pouch for my Kindle - That is an electronic book for those of you who may have been hiding under a rock and missed Amazon.com's big seller. I got the Kindle as a birthday gift and I do love this device. I have read lots of books on in. I didn't have to buy all of them as there are free books both on the internet AND from Amazon. Now I love it more since I have a quilty case for it.
Oh, this will be no surprise to you. I didn't exactly follow the directions. I changed it a bit. LOL. I can't help myself.
Gee....I am getting nearer and nearer to having 200 posts. Whatever could that mean?
Monday, May 25, 2009
I am planning to do this "quilt as you go" style. I will make this the WIDTH of the quilt then add backing and batting and quilt it. I am thinking that this will be the UPPER MIDDLE of the quilt to make a big band of diagonal motion there.
I have more of the diagonal strip blocks left so they will work in there somehow. I also have the crumb blocks I posted earlier.
I have a number of them made now also - not enough but I have more "scraps" to keep on making them. Those will go into this quilt too. This will be a very scrappy and colorful quilt. (imagine that! Ha ha, I don't know how to do muted) I am hoping it comes together into a lovely, artsy quilt for someone very special.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Y'all check out this fine fellow. If you already know and love him, spread the good news.
Wish me luck! (oh yeah, good luck to you too!)
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Now I confess that I would never have finished without the diagrams. So get that file too.
Now, confession time! Y'all know that I don't follow patterns well. So this took longer than if I had made up something. Also, I changed a couple of things. The pattern tells you to sew on the strap last. I said "nuh uhh!" and proceeded to layer it with the top and lining when I sewed them together. (it helped me to turn it also - hint hint!) She didn't mention it (or else I read right over it) but you NEED to have a free arm machine to make this easy. I didn't have a snap and wanted to FINISH so I used a velcro strip fastener.
Another "warning" - there is no pattern piece for a pocket, but it tells you when to put it in (and how) in the directions. So read ahead before you cut and plan to add the pocket. I put one in mine but I had to run back and cut it after I was on a roll sewing.
Now..what you been waiting for (right???) The PICTURES!
Sorry about the finger in the pic, but I couldn't get a picture of the pocket without holding it open.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
These are some pieces I did just to be making something last night. I am using up some small scraps by making crumb squares. Even though they are not square they will be used for something later. I love to keep you guessing.
The truth is: I actually haven't decided where they will land.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
You may see this again on another blog..but that is all I will say about it for now.
Here is what I said:
Perfection is less important than creativity.
If you like it and enjoyed making it, it is a sucess!
Don't try to free motion quilt a full size or larger quilt until you had tried it on smaller pieces. (24 by 36 inches is a nice "try it" size)
Make friends with other quilters, even if only by internet. However local friends are very valuable, they may share tools and even give you gadgets they decided they didn't need. I got a BIG cutting mat that way.
Share things. Didn't you learn that as a small child? The universe (God or whatever you believe in) will repay you in ways you never expected.
Now I had another idea so I am adding this:
Don't be afraid to make your own design - the only failure is NOT trying.
Now, please comment with your hints/tips for a new quilter.
(Thanks Serena, I hope you don't mind that I "borrowed" your idea!)
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
While I was at lunch today, the Nana called. I had given her this purse that I made. She absolutely loved it when I gave it to her (as part of her Christmas gift.) Apparently she still loves it. She told me that she takes it everywhere with her.
Now this is a woman that has real Coach purses as well as Dooney & Burke. So I feel like I did pretty good.
She has made a request that I am going to try to honor. She asked if I have any of the batik fabric that I used as the accent at the top and as the background for the tulip. I really didn't know if I did or not. Further I didn't know how much.
Lucky me, I have almost 3/4's of a yard left. She wants a hatband that will tie into a bow and have streamers hanging down the back of this fabric, to match her purse. I am thinking just a long "scarf" neatly hemmed will work. I really don't have a clue what I am doing. She is now living in Florida and I won't get there till July. So I will "make and send"
Any suggestions? Ideas? Thoughts?
In other words "HELP!!!!"
Saturday, May 09, 2009
I found this post on Crumb Blocks. As you well know, following directions is NOT my strong point when I am creating. So I am sure I didn't do it "right" Ha ha. Like Frankie said "I did it my way." I think they look pretty good. They wonkiness in places is allowed in this method. I don't know what I will do with these blocks, but I will use them eventually.They are 9 and a half inches because I have a 9.5 inch square ruler - and it was handy.
((( click the pic to see it larger on Flickr)))
I think they are fun. I can see making a journal cover out of them or just using them in a scrappy quilt. Some of the pieces are trimmings from a quilt top that I made that is still not quilted. Other pieces are from the quilt on my bed and various other projects. Leftover strips from a jelly roll work well in this too.
OOPS Boy oh boy did I mess up. I gave all that credit to Linda when actually it was Barbara at Pineland Patches that sent me the email. She told me how much she laughed about it, and I got a chuckle too. I think I am getting "old and forgetful" - or maybe it is just that the patchwork in my head is as Wonky as these blocks!
Barbara, Thanks for finding the humor in my mistake.
Thursday, May 07, 2009
I just thought you might like to see him. (well it could be a her, I didn't know how to tell, do you? NO! I am not going to lift the tail feathers and look either!)
In the courtyard there was this lovely pink Hibiscus. I couldn't resist sharing it.
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Now...the next picture is an enlarged piece of that picture. I was home before I noticed the man in the middle. What is he doing?
Yes, believe it or not, he is on the cell phone. Dave had his phone and we actually had service everywhere. He checked while on this road - he had a full signal. Now in Alabama, there are places where you get no signal...but in the back forty in Mexico, we had a full signal. I am wondering which country is backward.
Oh, and just so you know, we saw lots of fields like the following one. The plant is agave. The part used to make tequila is the "pineapple" part at the bottom. Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Monday, May 04, 2009
Oh...would you like to see the Flamingoes too? Here they are.
My friend Chris is having a giveaway but I am not entering. I want YOU to go enter and maybe, just maybe you will win. The We Love Quilting giveaway is Here
She has a great small book Altered Surfaces by Chris Cozen. If you like to embellish, or make painted fabric or just want to learn a new technique, this book sounds interesting. Go and see.
And tell Chris that "Gene sent me" okay?
#2 My friend Barb is having a giveaway also. She is on vacation in Hawaii. (I am jealous) So she is calling this her vacation giveaway So go on over and enter I confess that I am entering Barb's giveaway, cause I am a fabric junkie!
Oh yes...tell her "Gene sent me" okay?
Sunday, May 03, 2009
I went on an excursion. A trip. An adventure. My friend, Dave, and I have been looking forward to retirement and making a few plans. One place that has our serious consideration is Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. It is tropical -and our old bones don't like the cold. It is less expensive than Florida- we will both have to watch pennies to survive if we live long. The people are mostly friendly and accepting.
This was our second trip to the Yucatan. We stayed in the same place as on the last trip. It is a lovely little guesthouse called Las Arecas (the palms.) On this trip we had the one room that has a small refrigerator. However, we had access to the kitchen and could have used the refrigerator there as we did last trip. It was nice to have the place to keep some water cold and not have to walk out of the room for it.
We made a day trip to Celestun to go on an eco tour; because even though this was a scouting expedition, it was also a vacation. I will be posting pictures later.
After a "delightful" two and a half hours (or more) negotiating the Atlanta airport (customs, TSA, and having to reclaim baggage twice --yes not just once but twice!) We got in last night about 11:30 p.m. A hard day of travel left us exhausted. It was over 3 hours driving to the airport, then 2 hours in the terminal (including a screening for influenza), slightly over two hours flight and then the absurdity of the airport and a two hour drive home.
I am still tired!