Monday, September 26, 2016

Feather Quilting

Back in August, I managed to finish making some giant scrappy blocks from my abundance of green scraps, and turned it into this oversized churndash top.  
I even managed to do the quilting on the green part of the design before I left on vacation.   I used some of the Crayola washable markers to draw out the free-hand design.   I found that it really helped to keep the design flowing and pretty even.  You can see even from the back that this quilting is still pretty loose and free-flowing.

The next 3 photos are today's quilting.  I don't actually follow the lines very well, but having them drawn out to start with, improves the odds that the feathers will turn out like my brain imagines them.  I did a slightly different technique in today's section, backtracking only the ends of the feathers rather than the whole thing.  I think it really helps.  And you can really see the difference in the lower right section above where I didn't do that and the fact I can't follow the same line exactly is clear 

For the fill on the new sections, I was inspired by quilting from Ivory Spring Blog.  Go here to see the gorgeous feather variations.  My borrowed inspirations were the circular bits.  I took some plates and cups to mark some circles on the large sections I was planning to fill so I would have intentional, but random circle motifs to work around.  She uses more echoing and feather shape variations.  More things for me to work on.

I need to finish this up so I can start one of the 6 quilts I designed based upon designs from Kyiv's St Sophia Cathedral. Here are some hints of upcoming quilts:

Monday, August 29, 2016


 The elephant quilt has been delivered.

So has the baby for whom it was made.  I found out a couple weeks before the shower that my co-worker's colors were yellow, grey and mint.  And the theme is elephants.  I found the print in my stash and it seemed perfect.  I bought it on sale and it's not in my usual color way to begin with. The elephant design was originally going to have a lot of applique, but the busy fabrics did the trick.

Found out from a co-worker that the expectant mom is a hockey fan.  So I worked some pucks into the background. 

The ear was lots of fun.  I added an extra layer of batting to make it puffy.  
While my FMQ is not going to win any awards, I am finally at a point that the final product actually looks like what I planned.  Progress.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Scraps Again



I finished the Elephant Quilt last week and can't wait to show you the outcome later this week.  Meanwhile, I cleaned the studio and discovered that my pile of green and yellow scraps has grown to the point it needs to be made into something.  I found bits from each of the quilts above in the bin of leftovers-too-big-to-throw-away.   Which is ironic since several of them were scrap quilts to begin with.

I have done several scrappy monochromatic blocks as shown below.



I have addressed these random bits before.  Sometimes I've added some mosaic strips bewteen.  Other times just random sized rectangles.

I'm at it again. But with a bit of a spin. Here is the halfway point of joining the greens.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Temperature Quilt July

I spent last weekend working on my temperature quilt.  Made great progress until I was sewing the last 2 panels together and managed to do so backwards. 

I was challenged as I got to the section when the temperatures started to climb above 80 F as my guide had an orangy-red, clear red and burgundy listed.   I'm making this with all batiks, and red batik is extremely rare to find.  I have quite a collection and at first didn't think I had enough variety to pull it off.  After digging around in the stash, I found some reds that by themselves read as pink, a muddy-looking burgundy, and some red/blacks.  

I didn't realize how much of the year the temps are above 70.  No wonder I love living in Boise!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Temp Quilt

A 100 degree day seems to be the perfect day to work on the temperature quilt that I haven't done anything with since February.
It is based on an idea I borrowed from the knit/crochet world where several posts at the beginning of the year were promoting making an afghan using a color code to represent the temperature of the day. 

 I thought this would make a great quilt with a lot of variety as I live somewhere with widely varying temperatures.    Our record low is -17 and  high is 111 F (-22/44 C)  with average high and low of 25/91 (-4/33 C).  It is also normal for our high and low in one day to be 30-40 degrees apart.  

The "high" strip finishes at 1.5" and "low" at 0.5".  Each day is 12" wide.  Each week starts with Friday since that's what day January 1st fell on.  

The magenta near the top was our low at 5  and the orange was a fluke day March 20th at 70 degrees.
I made it through March today.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Holster Bag Part 1

Three pockets added . Time to figure out the rest of the design.
So maybe being a hoarder isn't always a bad thing 


Believe it or not, I'm still here!

Instead of doing quilty, creative things, I've been doing a lot of traveling.
In June alone, we rode over 3000 miles (easily 5000 km) on the motorcycles.  All for fun.  Idaho, Oregon, California, Nevada, Montana.

And another 1200 miles (2000ish) in the car to check on my mom who lives on the other side of the state and recently underwent 2 back surgeries.

I am enjoying an unusual day at home with no work or other obligations,  Thought I'd invite you along this creative adventure.

About 6 months ago, I fell in love with a "purse" by Jungle Tribe. 

Super clever design that can be worn several different ways.  I didn't buy it for 3 reasons.  1) cost  2) size 3) rivets

If it met all my requirements, I would have paid the price.  
It is too small to hold the 3 required items I want this bag to carry.
I plan to wear it on the bike, so all the cute metal fashion details will scratch my bike. 

My mission today:  take all the detail notes I've been storing on paper and in my head and turn it into a similar bag. 

I have leather from a pile of leather coats that I bought off-season with the intention to repurpose the leather.  3 coats at a second hand store with 1/2 price off season discount = $30.
 This impacts the design as I want to use the placket pocket for the deep bag.
Also, that flap detail on the ugly coat is also 2 potential pockets to re-use.  I may actually get the whole purse out of the $20 ($10 discounted) coat.

A couple weeks ago, in anticipation of this project, I went on the hunt for belts and findings.  Splurged $17 for a new belt to build off.  $8 worth of second hand belts for leather and findings.  The trigger snaps were my splurge, but also 1/2 price at the leather store. 

So, with about $50 of raw's time to start designing on the fly.  Wish me luck.