Saturday, August 17, 2019

Some Travel and Bird Catch-up!

Granddaughter Amelia with her Aunt Lisa!  
 A couple of Oystercatchers feeding down at Ft. Fisher  I do love these graphic birds!!

A very frequent visitor and noisy Blue Jay at Lisa's house.

There are always these very bright Cardinals in Lisa's back yard.

 I believe this is a female Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly.  I do love dragonflies and just wish they flew a little faster as they are great temptations for the cats.  This was sitting on my daughter's back porch.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Spin Block Update!

For anyone who is on Facebook's Scrap Quilter Enthusiasts, this will be very very familiar!!  I showed some original blocks I made a couple of posts ago.  I intended to just add to that bunch with some more random blocks  These are slightly different as I still cut four rectangles from a 6 1/2 wide strip but combined them differently so that they spun the same color around the middle.  There are basically 6 strips represented here, 2 blocks from each strip but they look entirely different and its fun to try to match the ones from the same strip.  I still have the orginal five blocks I made as I mistakenly cut these blocks down to 1/2 inch smaller so will now have to made 7 more blocks to go with those first five.  This arrangement above was testing out sashing.  I had originally planned on the off white sashing but saw someone had done the darker sashing effectively.  This would have been the perfect color if I hadn't cut all the strips the wrong size -- again too small!!

Well, I just grabbed the first pieces randomly from my 2 1/2 inch strip bag and started sewing (without auditioning).  I was not particularly happy when I put it up on my wall...  It's okay but a little flashy.  Next to find fabric for the borders as of course, I didn't have enough of the sashing fabric!!

This was my first guess as it is a sister fabric to the sashing but I felt it was too light.

I finally decided 
on this darker blue and decided on no white keystones in the corners  It is okay and all finished now so onward to the next one!

A nice person on the Scrap Enthusiast list posted this suggestion for cutting the rectangles.  I had another teacher some time ago who used this template technique with rulers so I immediately did it myself!  I used template plastic and double stick tape on the back of my 6 inch by 12 inch ruler where it will stay permanently!  This teacher also had use put double stick tape on the back o rulers to make sure they didn't shift while we were cutting -- works great although you do have to periodically add tape.  (By the way, I didn't do the "hole" thing as in the original Mooney pattern directions -- just measure approximately 1 1/2 inch from each side of the rectangle and made sure I was on the 45 degree line.)

l will definitely being making more of these blocks but a little more controlled after I finish the next one  I am thinking black and white with some color for one and autumn colors for another.

I have completed cutting strips from all my rainbow colored fabrics and now am working on brown. Then onward to black and white and then I will call it quits for "stripping".  I had far more brown than I ever imagined!!  I did weed some out and put them in the yellow, orange and red bags as they tended more in that direction.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

August RAFA Meeting

 Our July meeting is always filled with interesting projects as many of our members have attended classes at Quilting by the Lake, a yearly retreat near Syracuse with lots of great teachers.  Cynthia Corbin, who is my all time favorite teacher, was there to substitute for Rosalie Dace who was forced back to South Africa when Immigration didn't like her visa (the same kind she has used for years).  Cynthia is a wonderful supportive teacher who helps you find your own vision rather than giving you lots of rules.  The next few pieces are by Caren B done in the Cynthia class.  Caren and I were both in one of her classes about ten years ago.

This is a piece done by Deb R, made from a prom gown from the 60s!

Donna P showed many of her dyed wool pieces  She has been doing a lot of experiments before she starts dyeing her own felted wool.

Here is the same color on some of her own felted wool.

Janet R also took Cynthia's class.  You can see that her  pieces are entirely different from Caren's.

Jesse D showed this gorgeous quilt made from a lot of hand dyes.

Marcia B showed this absolutely stunning piece she did after learning about ribbon embroidery!  She just keeps getting better and better.  One piece after another is stunning!!

 Marie P did these three simple but stunning charity quilts.  Gave me some ideas for sure!!

Regina (as usual!!) had several very creative pieces to share, made with her own painted fabrics.

Using commercial fabrics but stunning with her machine embroidery of which she is also the master!!

This will be Sue D's contribution to our club Fall Fanfare where Sue and Beth K share easy blocks and the participants make quilts.  I loved this simple block made from jelly roll.  Since I have 12 2 1/2 gallon bags of 2 1/2 inch strips, this will be one of the charity quilts I do!!  I always enjoyed going to these events but they happen after I head to NC.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Catching Up!!

Haven't posted in awhile because cutting strips is not very interesting even though I probably have 100 lbs of them by now and lots of ideas of how to use them.  I finally finished up the first of the house quilts which uses nothing but 2"  wide strips so every easy.  I have little kits made to do about 2 dozen more blocks.  I used a 60 degree angle ruler and a 45 degree angle ruler to make the trees and then made sure I had the same frequency of trees in each row -- two smaller and one larger -- so that the rows would go together without adding fillers (as I ran out of this blue!!).

Houses are all done here and just need to be sewn into rows

Rows are all done here and trying to decide whether to use a blue sashing or a green sashing between rows

You can see I went with the green as the blue wasn't matching and this seemed better.  I am not going to do a border and will probably bind with green also

Then I got busy making some of the "Lorraine Mooney" blocks -- spin blocks whose origin seems to be Joanns.  I used 2 inch strips for these as well and the color was very very random.  The strips were 6 1/2 inches wide and I could get four 6 1/2 by 9 1/2 blocks from each strip.  This made 2 blocks from each strip which should have been 10 1/2 inches wide.  I trimmed a bit too much and they are only 10 inches wide.

My youngest daughter with my granddaughter Amelia.  They loved my other daughter's pool.  The weather in NC was gorgeous for us!

Here is grandpa, Amelia and my youngest having fun.  However, my sitting in a wet bathing suit two days in a row led to annoying infection which did disrupt my visit a bit!!  Lesson learned!!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Some More Fun with Strips

Finally got this one finished!  And then of course started another one!!  

Figured I would try a focus fabric in the middle and cut it a bit bigger than I have been so there would be more of a square in the center of the blocks.  I also decided that I would iron all the seams in the strips open so that I would get more precision and that worked beautifully.  Those were the only seams that I did open though.

Here it is done with my glaring mistake!!  The lighter blocks were supposed to be in the middle.  I didn't have enough strips to do them all the same.  Oops!  Of course  I didn't notice it until it was all sewn together and I took a pic.

I am always on the lookout for a new block that uses strips (because I have probably 100 lbs of them cut by now).  I found this one on a FB post.  I had seen it before and couldn't figure out how it was made but liked it.  A very nice lady posted the instructions in detail and it is super fast and easy and makes very good use of strips although I think I need a little bit of sashing between the blocks -- matching the centers I think.

Here I have three of the blocks done and really like them.  I am constantly on the lookout for neat blocks to make with my strips and save those ideas in Pinterest.

I also spent considerable time on EQ8 designing a house quilt but wanted trees in it.  I took a Bonnie Hunter pattern for a house but didn't tilt it like she did in her blog.  This house block only uses 2 inch strips of which I have a plethora!  Will probably work on a couple of houses tomorrow.  I plan to a bunch of these house quilts as our quilt group in Wilmington makes them for Habitat for Humanity new home owners.  They need 15 for this year and I intend to contribute a few!!  

This is essentially what it will look like except the trees are different widths so it will be a little bit more random.  I will also turn some of the houses around just for variety.  
Those little areas of white are because EQ8 doesn't allow you to make anything but whole number blocks.  This hasn't been a problem before but wanted 7 1/2 inch square blocks so I could use the Bonnie Hunter pattern.The following is the link you can use to make the house block -   Bonnie Hunter Instructions .

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Some Catching Up with Miscellaneous Projects

I had lost one of my cameras for a bit and when I took out the card, I realized I had never posted the final iteration of the "it never goes as planned" stack and whack that I did for the talk I gave back in May.  It will definitely be given away as a charity quilt!

I was also playing with some of my non-successful mandalas.  I had cut this one up as in the uncut version, those purple sections were on the outside and there was a nondescript section in the middle which was downright boring.  I liked this iteration better but thought I could improve it even more so again made diagonal cuts.

If I can find these pieces again, will put together in this pinwheel version and maybe make a pillow cover as this was one of my smaller mandalas.

This is the final Hidden Well piece with the borders not attached yet.  I will use the dark blue as the binding as well.

I am working on another one now that doesn't have as many different fabrics in it.  

Saturday, July 13, 2019

RAFA July Meeting

Caris started off show and tell with this incredible purse that she has made.  First she felted the wool, then eco-dyed it and then constructed this elegant purse.  Below is the other side of the purse.

The handles are made from cork fabric.  Can you see the shibori on the bottom part.  Gorgeous!!

Joyce shared several of her recent pieces with us.  She has been dyeing and painting up a storm!!

Donna just did these wool scarves.  She is a champion felter but wanted to try out the acid dyes first on purchased wool so she could get a feel for the colors.  They certainly are bright.  She overlaid turquoise onto yellow with lots and lots of resists!

Loved these tees that she did by putting paint on manhole covers and then printing on the tees.  She is getting official permission from the town before she does more!

Jessie shared a whole bunch of indigo dyed fabrics that Donna did for her!

Liz s a bit obsessed with Halloween and this was her latest!!

 Regina is one of our most prolific and talented artists.  I just loved this piece.  

I loved  these next two black white and red pieces as well. This is a palette I have been drawn to lately.

Two of our group members are finalists in the Cherrywood fabric competition!  A big yeah to Ann and Elaine!!