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 materials....it's time to start designing on the fly.  Wish me luck.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016


I have been making slow but steady progress on this project.  This part is still in about 5 different sections then I need to sort out the process of making extra hexis from fabric that looks similar enough that it doesn't appear that I didn't plan this out well years ago when I started.

Progress has been stalled by an unplanned road trip to California.  Down via Nevada.

Back through Oregon.

About 1200 miles (1930 km) in 4 days in terrible weather to spend 20 minutes to say goodbye to a family member who passed away 6 days later.

Totally worth it.

Doing a food Gut Biome food challenge which has helped the hubby with the GI problems.  Details on my Nutrition Blog.  

And it was time to replace the tires on my bike.  Which resulted in a 166 mile (267 km) lunch ride Sunday.

The wind was blowing like mad but it was warm and sunny.  While I was exhausted at the end, surprisingly, that cured the lingering back pain I'd had for the past month,.  Apparently, it's a better "core" workout than the stretching and yoga I'd been doing.

And I'm trying to learn some Ukranian for a possible vacation to visit a good friend.  I might need to learn Romanian too.  There are lots of Romanian quilters....

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Hexi WIP

Time to pull another WIP out of the pile.  Once I pulled it out, I remembered why I had stalled out.

It's at the point that involves spreading it out in order to figure out the pattern for putting it together.

After a couple days it's starting to shape up.  This view is actually 4 panels waiting to be combined as well as a dozen strips.

I think that another reason it was abandoned is that the original sketch I made notes that I need 1054 hexies, it is only about 44" square.  This will mean either another 1000 hexies or some rather large borders to make this anything a useful size.