Sunday, September 15, 2019

Some Weekend Sewing- One Step Closer

This weekend we attended the wedding of my nephew (brother's stepson) so I didn't get a lot accomplished.  But I did make a plan (finally) for my October Island Batik Ambassador challenge piece.  You will see more about that at a later date.   I may show some work leading up to it.

What I am going to show you today are the side pieces to the quilt-as-you-go quilt that I am working on.  I had the top parts pieced when you last saw it. Now I have pieced and added backing and batting and they are quilted! 
Each section measures 4 3/4" wide. That will add 9 1/2" to the width of the quilt and make it a more pleasing size to snuggle with.
In case you don't remember, here is the quilt with the pieces just laid by it before they were quilted.
I think this will be a fun quilt to have on my recliner or sofa for snuggling up with when the weather finally changes from this blistering heat to "brrrr, I'm cold." 
I hope your weekend has been fun and maybe a little productive, too.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

A Quick Project Finish

While going through some UFOs and some other packages of "stuff,"  I found leftovers from an Island Batik Ambassador project.  These were pieces that were sewn but didn't make it into the quilt. So, I decided to make a pillow to (somewhat) match the quilt.  I only needed to sew a few seams and it was ready to be quilted.  I love a quilted pillow top.  Then it is a few quick steps to make the pillow.

It will go nicely with my Island Batik May project - the Modern scrappy quilt


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Monday, September 09, 2019

UFO - Moving Forward



Most quilters have UFOs (UnFinished Objects.)  This quilter is no different.  For a weekend at a friend's house, I grabbed a bag with what I thought was one particular unfinished project. When I arrived and opened the bag, it was a different project.  But I am happy that I grabbed the "wrong" bag.  This one is a quilt that was in five sections that needed joining together.  All the necessary fabrics were also in the bag (yaaay!)

You can read some of the backstory on this quilt here
One of the five sections
The reason that I did this in sections is that it makes quilting much easier on a domestic machine.  I have to say that I think this may be some of the best quilting I have ever done. I join these using the method in Maguerita McManus' book "Quilt As You Go -reimagined"   It is my favorite 'quilt as you go' technique.



I have a lot of quilting designs in this one quilt.   
When I got it all joined together, I realized why it had become a UFO.  You see it is an odd size - long and narrow.
So I said to myself,  "Okay fellow, you know you can come up with a solution to this. Think!"  Adding side borders seemed pretty obvious at this point. So I took leftover pieces of the blue, red, yellow and lavender and made 3" borders for each side.  "Hmmm..." I said,   "Fellow, those are going to be a royal pain in the patootie to quilt at that size. Back to the drawing board."  I looked at the leftover fabric, and did some calculating and decided the blue would look nice added to it.
So I sewed 2 1/2" strips of blue to the sides of the piano key borders. Here is what it will look like eventually.

I will probably bind it in red or yellow - depending on what I have enough of in my stash.  I think this quilt looks like it belongs in a circus - because of the bright red, blue and yellow colors.  But that is okay, I like it that way.

If you missed my September Post "The Absurd Bird" please go to see it.

Linking up with The Inquiring Quilter.
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Saturday, September 07, 2019

Child's Play -The Absurd Bird - Island Batik

Welcome to my take on the Island Batik Ambassadors' September Challenge.   We were challenged to make a juvenile inspired quilt using Island Batik Fabrics and an Accuquilt Block on Board die that was supplied to us in our July shipment.  The block I received is the Accuquilt Spiderweb 6" finished die.
Confession time - I saw this die and said "What can I make with that except a Halloween quilt???!?!"  So I was determined that my quilt would not be overtly "halloween."  I wish that I were a writer of children's books.  You see after lots of playing with ideas and what ifs, and Electric Quilt designing software, I saw a full fledged character.   He needs a book to tell his story.
 May I present to you------The Absurd Bird!
In my mind, he is a type of super hero, although just a bit off kilter. 

I had a wonderful time using the Spiderweb die
and the wonderful bundle of Island Batik fabrics - Electric Desert - designed by Jackie Kunkel. 

I cut lots of pieces using the Spiderweb die.

Then I sewed several spiderweb sections. 
And I constructed the bird's face.

As you can see, the entire rectangle that makes his face is all "spiderweb" blocks. 
I cut his spiky "hair" with another Accuquilt Go! half square triangle die. 
I used that same die for his beak/neck.   
Then I used other dies to make his body and wings and the top and bottom "slanted checkerboard." 
For the outer borders, I used strip dies and a small tumbler die. 

The bird really wanted to fly around and play. So we went to a local park where he 
enjoyed the kids playground. 

Then the Absurd Bird went to a small dogwood tree to rest for a bit. 
 But the sun was very strong and hot here in Alabama on an early September day,
 so we decided to go home.

But here are a few more pictures - just in case you haven't seen enough just yet. 
Tumblers in the outer border.
Fun quilting textures
More texture in the quilting

 For now, the Absurd Bird wishes you happy quilting and lots of smiles. 

Note:
Quilt Details:  Designed, Pieced and Quilted by Gene Black.
Quilt Size: 44" by 61"
Batting: Hobbs Heirloom Cotton
Fabrics: Island Batik
Thread: Aurifil.

The fabrics, batting, cutting die and thread were supplied to me at no cost as an Island Batik Ambassador.       



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Wednesday, September 04, 2019

First September Finish

In the last post, I told you about preparing a binding.  Thanks to that binding, I have the first finish of September.  I am loving it!   One of my favorite things is how the corners mitered perfectly including the flange!

I confess I slowed down a lot when I got to the corners to be sure it lined up nicely.  I got my needle to drop precisely in the corner.  Yaay me!

I took this quilt to the park, along with another that you will see in a couple of days.  I put this one on the bench  in the shade - it was over 90F outside and little or no breeze.
You can see in the above photo that the backing matches the outer binding.  It was super easy to make that decision.  And the front has so many fabrics that anything would have been okay there.  I do wish I had added borders so the flanged binding would show up more.

It would have been really great if the bright green that was used for the diamond had been in my stash for the flange.  But this is a true scrap quilt and I had used most of that green in the string blocks. The diamond focal point was a last minute decision while I was laying out the blocks.

I hope you are putting your scraps to good use. They can add up to a really fun quilt.

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Sunday, September 01, 2019

Preparing Binding

After a nice weekend with a friend,  it was time to get back in the saddle and do some sewing. Actually, this was simple sewing but first a lot of cutting.  I am making a flanged binding for my string quilt.  So I calculated the perimeter and decided that 250 inches would be plenty to go around it and have a nice tail on each part for joining the binding.   To cut the main color, which is 1 1/2" wide, I used my AccuQuilt Go! cutter with the 1 1/2" strip die.  But for the other color, I needed 2 inch strips. I had to cut those with the ruler and rotary cutter.

I joined each set into a nice long strip. Then I pressed all the seams flat.  Next I sewed one very long seam to join them.  Okay, so it would have been one seam, but the bobbin ran out and had to be refilled about 4/5 of the way through.  Next I pressed that seam toward the smaller strip.  That is so that it won't be in the fold on the next step.  Finally, I pressed the binding strip in half and rolled it into a (somewhat) neat bundle.
I chose to use the backing fabric as the outer binding and have a burgundy flange for a real pop of color.  Once I trim this quilt, I will put on the binding.
Front
Back
Yes it could have been finished in August, but life was too busy and I didn't have a lot of free time to sew. But it will be a September finish with any luck!

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Get Hopping!


I am a day late reminding you of the final two days of the Island Batik Blog Hop.  This week there are two great collections.

 Steam Engine is a cousin of the Graphic Gems collection that I used for my quilt in the hop. These two collections could be mixed together seamlessly.  The two stops here are sure to inspire you.


I am using the Sunny Side Up  collection as part of my November Challenge quilt. I love what these two ladies did with this fabric

Monday, August 26th - Steam Engine

Tuesday, August 27th - Sunny Side Up



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Monday, August 26, 2019

Crumbled Potato Chips

Surely this never happens to you, but sometimes I just mess up royally.   Such was the case this weekend. 
I bought some fabric to make more of the diagonal cut Four Patch Posies.   I very carefully cut repeats from the fabric. Once across gave me three of them. Then I took a little break.

When I came back, I was ready to get with the sewing.  I grabbed the repeats and cut them into squares.  Then I cut the squares into triangles.  I grabbed a stack of triangles and started laying them out.....OOOPS!  I only had three - where was the other one.  I grabbed another stack - Same!
Like a ton of bricks, realization smacked me in the head. I had only cut three repeats and carefully lined them up.  Phooey!  Now what? I started looking at the pieces and decided that two from the first set and two from the second set would still look interesting. So I laid out as many as I could.

Hmmmmm. There is a single from every stack left. I sat for quite a few minutes arranging and rearranging them until I was okay with how they looked.
Here are the results.

At least they look interesting. I think with some borders and a little creativity I can still make a fun quilt with them.

But lesson learned - watch what you are doing!  Ha ha.   if you take a break, stop and look again with discernment before you jump in.  And if you mess up and crumble that bag of potato chips, realize that you can still use them to top a casserole.   (yes I am reaching for that comparison to tie the title to the story.)
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Friday, August 23, 2019

Like Eating Potato Chips

A couple of days ago a friend and I were discussing how she might use a "difficult" fabric in a quilt.  I mentioned doing a "four patch posie"  like I did with some spiderman fabric some time back.  I was looking for instructions and found a different way.  I knew I would have to try it.

 Now it is like eating potato chips - I can't stop with one block. I just want to keep eating making these little blocks.

Basically, you line up fabric the same way as you would for a one block wonder (OBW) quilt but only use four layers. 

Then you cut squares with the four layers lined up. They need to be at least 4 inches - bigger would be better.
You cut the squares diagonally both ways.  Then each triangle stack makes a block.

You can see the how-to video that I found on YouTube below.


Now, I have a few more cut that I need to sew.  See you later, folks!

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Monday, August 19, 2019

New Project, A Handy Tip and a Blog Hop Update

As I hate to be behind or late with anything,  I have started on my November Island batik project. I am making a blue and yellow quilt using the SunnySide Up collection along with some of the basics and foundations fabrics. I have made a lot of half square triangle blocks.  The stack below is forty of them.

I made these using Triangles on a Roll. When you are making lots of the same unit this is really fast.
Here is my handy tip: When I am working on a project and making pieces to put into blocks later, I use these cheap inexpensive plastic envelopes from the Dollar store.
It keeps all of my pieces together so they don't get lost in the clutter.  They will hold a lot more than you realize.  This one has 96 half square triangle blocks as well as 48 border sections.

The Blog Hop:
Here is Island Batik blog hop schedule for this week . A different Island Batik Spring 2019 collection is being featured each day. You should visit my fellow Ambassador’s blog hop stops every day to see what beauties have been created with this wonderful fabric.

Monday, August 19th - Petal Pushers

Tuesday, August 20th - Quiet Shades

Wednesday, August 21st - Seedlings



Also you can go to the Island Batik blog post for the end of week two and register for this weeks prize, a bundle of the lovely collection, Quiet Shades.
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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Quilting Finished on This One

The string quilt is quilted.  Now it just needs trimming and binding.
I started stippling on this quilt but I got bored with it.  So I decided to use the "Alien Fingers" pattern that I learned from Leah Day.  Actually this is more "Gene's Variation of Alien Fingers" - My aliens are stranger than Leah's  aliens.  LOL
The back shows the texture better. 
The color isn't true in the above photo, but it shows the texture better than any other picture I took.

This one is more true to color


Also, I have  been making some HSTs using Triangles on a Roll. 

I love that I made twenty of these and all the waste is in the photo below.
Now that is thrifty!


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