I made a purple block. And I must say that I was REALLY surprised I had enough purple scraps for this. I did have to include some more magenta-ish fabrics, but I like how it brightens it up overall.
And the red one is all sewn together now.
Here's the three that are completely done so far.
Here's part of the design wall ... still more work to go!
This is the kids' March Break week coming up so there will be little progress. I'll see you in two weeks and maybe I'll have a completed quilt top by then. Also, if you're interested in making some blocks like this, I wrote a mini tutorial. Just scroll down two posts.
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Not a lot to say other than I'm making more of these big (21 inch) rolling stone blocks. I am really digging through every little fabric bit I have to get a good variety of fabrics in each colour. I am working on a green square ...
... and a red square. You also may notice that a little bit of ant fabric has sneaked in. I realised that I was going to run out of the polka dot fabric eventually, so I introduced the ants. I also only have a little bit of that left, but the two fabrics together should be enough. I really like how it adds a bit of interest and reinforces that this is a true scrap quilt.
Here's a yellow square. None of these three are all sewn together yet. They are on my design wall.
The group so far.
If you'd like to make a square like this, I wrote out some very basic instructions in the previous blog post. Have a fun and quilty weekend!
It was about time I started a scrap project. I have seen this block around quite a bit lately so I wanted to try my own scrappy version of it. It is a traditional block called Rolling Stone. Mine above finishes at a large 21 inches! I will only need 6 of these lovelies to make a lap quilt.
I decided just to use blue scraps in this block and I will likely make the other 5 blocks a different colour each ... although Wow I think all blue would look pretty too. I don't often use white in my quilts, but I love how fresh and clean the white with polka dots looks here as the background.
So, do you want to make 1 or more too? It's easy! Here's all you need.
The little blocks making up the one big finished block are 4 inches each. You will need to make 12 HST blocks that have scraps on both halves. Then 16 HST blocks that are a piece of scrap on one half and the background fabric on the other half. Then you will need to cut 8 squares of background fabric. This gives you 36 blocks total ...
This was just my little sketch I made to guide me. Anyway, you can likely see in it how I arranged things, or you can easily tell in the photo below.
Fast, easy, fun!
I think I'll make a green one next ... although the idea of another blue one is very tempting ...
So a few weeks ago I got my first iPad. Of course one of the first things that the kids and I did with it was play with the camera and the "Photo Booth" features. Well, one of the "Photo Booth" features is "Kaleidoscope." Basically, it takes a part of the picture and repeats it into six exact little triangles ... then reforms them into a hexagon ... just like you do when you make a One-Block Wonder quilt! :-)
Really. It is very cool! It of course perfectly blends everything (like edge into edge/one block into the next), but you can still see potential for individual areas of your quilt -- as in almost what a single block could look like. Take multiple pictures and you can see what many blocks of your quilt might look like!
This is the fabric that I used to take the pictures above and below. It is a Phillip Jacobs fabric.
I could have taken about 100 pics!
Here is the same feature with some ice-cream fabric.
And I took some pics of some selvage squares I have been working on.
Anyhow, on my ipad, it is the photo booth feature icon right on my main home page, then select "Kaleidoscope." Have fun!!!
I finished this a few days ago. If you notice in the title of this post (which is a mouthful I will admit) I added the word "Puffy" this time. That is because this is actually a 3D wall hanging now. I stuffed the heart after I started quilting this. I think it really gives it a cool effect. Although I will say that it is hard to tell in these pictures just how much it is stuffed ...
Here it is hanging in the house. This is our most boring room so I always put our seasonal decorations here to try to jazz things up a bit. I made the little selvage heart wall hanging and pillow last year or the year before. The pillow actually stays on my daughter's bed most of the time and just sneaks downstairs for Valentine's Day.
You can see a bit of the dimension of it here. I quilted the outside section first then when I was looking at the heart thinking of what to do, I decided on the stuffing. I cut a whole in the back and right through the cotton batting, then stuffed (with poly batting) in front of that.
Here you can see a bit of the quilting, First off, yes, that background fabric is orange. And that quilting thread is a bright pink. And they look good together!* (*Results may vary) Hee, hee. Anyway, as I've said here before, I don't have a walking foot; I just quilt with my regular presser foot on for small projects. Someday I will get a proper foot ...
This is the backing. That is a Prints Charming fabric. I LOVE it. I have a LOT of that fabric.
This gives a bit of an idea of the puffiness of it. See it squishing in?
Anyway, I'm off to write, quilt and watch the Olympics!
This got as far as quilt top form last year, but I didn't get it quilted before Valentine's Day so it went in a drawer. Now, here it is again, and I am determined it will get finished before February 14 this time!
There is already a lot going on with the quilt, so I am planning simple quilting. Per usual. Because the fact is, I don't really do much for fancy quilting anyway. It is definitely my least favourite part of the process.
I baste with safety pins.
Here it is all basted. I use a lot of pins to really keep things from shifting around.
And here are the quilting threads I have to choose from. I am leaning towards the pink ...
I have been meaning to show this antique redwork that I bought at a flea market for quite a while now. I just couldn't leave these beautiful pieces behind -- especially for less than $20.00 for all five of them! Above and below are small child-size pillowcases.
Love this done in navy thread.
These next three are all large pillow sham sized pieces.
Love the birds! I don't do embroidery myself, but can so appreciate these!
This one says "I woke and found that life was duty." It is a line from a poem by Ellen Sturgis Hooper.
Okay, now for some secret seasonal selvage sewing (say THAT 10 times fast!) ... so I haven't been a stellar blogger lately but I have indeed been quilting. These pictures today are about as good as it's going to get though ... here's the deal ...
As many of you know, I've made several Halloween selvage quilts in the past (The Selvage Mummy, Night of the Living Thread, etc) and I've finally decided I'm going to get every idea I have for quilts in this series out of my head for once and for all and finish them this year. There will be 10 total including the one above which I finished quilting today. I am not going to show the new ones until the whole series is done. I am *bucket list* dreaming that I will be able to display them all as a single unit this Halloween ...
So, anyway, I will be working on lots of other fun things this year, but if you don't see me blogging for a while, I may be buried in Halloween selvage quilting. (That or editing my next novel -- yes, there is going to be a next novel! Exciting, but still a long way off until publication date. :-) I'll keep you posted) Cheers, Riel
So, I'm happy to report that I am able to sew quilt binding on by flashlight. When our power was out over Christmas, that was how I entertained myself some of the time ... and I got this quilt all done.
I pretty much always quilt with vibrant colours, but I realised I don't often use a lot of red. I think that is what I really like about this quilt -- all the Christmasy red!
Here it is a little closer. Also, if you notice a cloudy area floating over part of the quilt (left side) that is because two certain small someones got a smudge on my camera lens that I didn't notice until after all these pictures were taken. (Notice said small someones in the background in this picture). I know it was them as when I went to download my pics this morning there were 289 pictures. I had taken maybe 45 of them. Let's just say there were lots of close-up photos of nostrils and household objects.
Another close shot complete with smudge.
And finally, this caused big excitement at our house. I made the kids some waffle sticks and a bubble cooked into a heart. :-)
I'm Riel. I've been quilting for almost four years. I love selvage quilting, free piecing, bright colours, scraps ... I pretty much make up all my own designs, but I must say that lately I am drawn more and more to trying a few traditional blocks too.
Quilting is my hobby. By day I am a writer and Mom.
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