Thursday, May 24, 2018

Stack and Whack Fever Continues....

It is almost impossible to get good pictures of this quilt top as there are flecks of gold both in the main fabric and in the green that I am using.  It really is a lot nicer looking in person than in my pictures -- it looks lacy almost and the green is very subtle.  It was almost impossible to find a green that would work just like the last fabric I used.  I started deciding I would do one with 24 blocks in a 4 x 6 arrangement resulting in a quilt that is about 48 x 70.  

I just didn't like the proportions on the above arrangement so decided on a 4 x 5 arrangement which is more pleasing to my eye.  Here it is all sewn together but without the borders.

Here I have added the first border around the whole quilt.  It is just an extension of the pattern I used for the sashing.  

I wanted a darker fabric to border the whole quilt and this one fit the best.  It again has gold flecks in it nd multiple shades of green.  This closeup shows the blocks more closely and you can see the colors more closely.  I haven't decided how wide to make that final border though.

I had decided to keep
the first one for myself and to make the remaining 16 blocks into a quilt to give away and decided on this arrangement.  I decided that I wanted it narrower even though that left me with four orphan blocks.

This felt more pleasing to me and also simplifies the backing as I can use just one width of fabric.

The four remaining blocks I will make into a small quilt.  I haven't decided which blocks will be in this vs. the previous quilt.  Hopefully, they will get down tomorrow.

Again, you can see how pretty these blocks are in this closeup.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Mushroom Stack and Whack No. 2

This and the next picture show the rest of the hexagons from the mushroom fabric.  Amazingly, they are all different -- 70 in total with the ones in the last quilt -- this was from a four yard piece of fabric.

Wanted to see if this fabric would be a good background for the blocks.

Finally decided that I wanted both the lighter and darker fabrics.  

I thought I would audition some fabrics for the borders.  I tried an orange/yellow print first and didn't like it but did like this mustardy print I found in my stash (and never liked all that well).  I still liked the purple/brown batik for the border.

I still have enough blocks to make another quilt this size and one smaller one with one remaining block (one that I didn't like very well anyway).
Finally got this stack and whack done.  This is the second one and I have hexagons for two more -- one this size and one smaller with one block left over.

I was tired of working with the above hexagons, so I decided to make some blocks from one of the other sets I had.  This pattern utilizes 8 repeats and is based on the kaleidoscope block.  There are 36 blocks altogether.  This is the first half done.  I will be able to make three quilts of 12 blocks each from these.  I have the perfect background fabric.  This picture was from my phone which isn't the best.

This is the fabric used in the above blocks.  This is a truer color than the above,

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Mushroom Stack and Whack Done and on to Number 2!

I ended up with 70 sets of hexagons which I calculate should make three good sized quilts.  This one uses 24 and will be about 42 x 60 finished.  Deciding what to do in the background was tricky.  I had originally thought natural muslin color.  I searched through all my greens and couldn't find anything that was yellow enough.  Finally I found a light green that is okay.

Here it is with the light green.

I ended up raiding my give-away stash for what looks like a green so dark, it looks like grey.  The first border was more of the background green, then this very dark dull green and then a maroon/dk brown batik I found in my stash.  I thought it was a perfect match.

This is  my second set started and of course I will do something slightly differently.  Originally I decided I would use more of the light green.  However, I decided to try something different just for variety.

I really think I like this background.  This is the dark green I used in the border of the other quilt.  I haven't quite decided what configuration to use yet.  I get bored really easily!  I think that is why I like these stack and whacks as the construction is fairly easy, uses only a couple of fabrics but everything is different and I love radial symmetry as you can see if you have seen my ice dyed mandalas!!  

A friend got me started making stack and whack  quilts probably 15 to 20 years ago and I have probably made over 30 over the years.  Now that I am making them for charity, I have an excuse to do something that doesn't require a lot of thinking and get rid of fabric at the same time.  My first weeks here in NY are filled with doctor and dental appointments and definitely no time for anything mental.  Hopefully, once I get cataract surgery out of the way, I will feel a bit more creative.  I didn't even bring my dyes and paints back here with me this year as I wanted to concentrate on getting rid of things not creating more!

Monday, May 14, 2018

GVQC May Meeting - Leni Wiener Speaker

My pictures aren't great as I was just too far back and couldn't get the exposures right.  We started off with an amazing show of the 53 comfort quilts that were turned in -- amazing!!  There were so many different ones and I only got a few and missed my favorite one!

The following are some of the comfort quilts turned in!

There were lots of nice quilts (as usual) during show and tell.  As usual I don't have most of the names!

I loved this baby quilt.

This was one of my favorites and an inspiration for what to do with some of those nice large prints.

This was a gorgeous large quilt done by Marcia E on commission.  She is the daughter of one of our long time members!

Leni Wiener (pronounced Winer) was our guest speaker.  The two pictures I have here were both from her slide presentation.  I was sitting so far back, I took pics so I could see what was on the slides!  She specializes in figural applique and this is a quilt featuring her son.

This showed how she took two of her photographs and combined the images to make the quilt she wanted!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Spring has Sprung and Stack and Whack Fever!!

I  came back from NC and it snowed on the way back and had snowed the morning I arrived (although I got there in the afternoon).  Two days later it was 85 and a couple of days after that our Saucer Magnolia went from no buds even on Sunday to full bloom by Friday!  Same with everything else in the yard.

This was the Star Magnolias we have had forever.

The Trillium peaked out as well.

Here are both red and white Trillium in my next door neighbor's yard.  We have fairly wooded backyards.


Welll, I decided that I would participate in my Wilmington quilt guild's mystery quilt.  They started the first month with fabric requirements and cutting instructions.  This was my initial thought about what I would use but changed my mind.  I figured if it looked too bright to me with my bad cataracts, I would need sunglasses to work on it, once the cataracts are removed!!  So I took out the oranges and added ivories/whites/beige.  So it will be purple/yellow/green/white.  It was supposed to have contrast between colors that are next to each other.  As I am using scraps (of course), I have been cutting for days and probably have enough for two quilts now!!

I discovered an unfinished stack and whack in my bookcase and will add that to the stack and whack "to be done or finished" pile

These are the blocks already made from the above fabric.  There are a few cut out that haven't been sewn together yet.  

This and the next three are all fabrics that I ave cut into 60 degree triangles for more stack and whacks (all to be donated).

There was actually enough of this one to make an 8 pointed stack and whack -- a kaleidoscope block.  I found a nice green for the corners.

I found this wild Robert Kaufman mushroom print in my stash with a 23 inch repeat so will have lots of blocks from this one. I realize now it has orange, green and purple which is my favorite color combination 

I cut up all the equilateral triangles today and played with the different orientations for several of them.  What you put in the center makes a real difference.  Each set of three pictured here are the same triangles.  It is one of the fun things about using these 60 degree triangles!

Many times I am surprised that my first choice isn't the one I pick for orientation.  I have 70 sets of this particular fabric so LOTS of blocks.