Monday, May 1, 2017

Apparently I only make warm/cool quilts for my bed

As I carried the two halves that I have going so far for my epic Anna Maria Horner patchwork quilt up the stairs to my bedroom to take some progress photos yesterday afternoon, I realized that apparently I only make warm/cool quilts of my bed. My other bed quilt, made some eons ago, is a warm/cool HST quilt, and this new quilt is a simple charm quilt set on point and sorted into warms and cools. I had myself a good chuckle over it for a few minutes before setting about to laying out my work so far on the sheet to see how things were looking, now that my progress doesn't fit on my design wall.



That's the thing about making big quilts for me - it's hard to really get a good sense of how they're looking in my sewing room right now with the way things are laid out. I really need a full wall of design wall. That would be superb. But that would mean giving up a lot of storage space, which isn't really doable with the current state of my stash, so unless I downsize my stash massively, this method of laying things out sometimes in my bed will just have to do. Make it work, as Tim Gunn says, and he says it so enthusiastically and convincingly that he's got me believing.



I'm really, really, really excited about how things are looking so far. Super excited. Wish I could sew, sew, sew and finish the whole thing off today excited. But life rules, and there are kids to care for, and QuiltCon to work on, and dogs to walk, and real life waits for no one. But come next weekend, here's hoping there's at least another row or two added onto this bad boy. I think there's ten more to go total to get it large enough to have enough size to be able to tug back and forth between me and my husband and for it to hang down to where I want it to hang to. Ten more. I can do that. Eventually. Here's hoping you all had a great stitchy weekend too!



Monday, April 24, 2017

A weekend of sewing some epic patchwork

After a long week with a sick baby, all I wanted to do this weekend was sew. And thankfully, I was able to get in a good bit of good sewing time. I dug out the Anna Maria Horner charm patchwork quilt I started eons ago and started right back on it. I'm not even positive I've ever managed to blog about it! Let's fix that.



The plan for this quilt is simple - colorful, simple patchwork on point with my Anna Maria Horner fabric collection for my bed. When I initially did the math for this quilt, I tallied up that it was going to take around 1500 charm squares. I overcut, so I'd have plenty of wiggle room throughout. That wiggle room has been a good thing - and a bad thing. I've been indecisive, and re-worked things throughout. I spent a good bit of time sorting through my fabrics and laying things out. I actually spent a good bit of time laying out the rest of the quilt entirely, so that I won't have to again. I clipped everything together with wonder clips and labeled them by row number.


And when I finished all of those rows, I set to work sewing many of the rows that I'd already pieced together. I'm up to 14 of the 31 rows all pieced, so I'm almost the halfway point!



With this being an on-point quilt, it gets to be a royal pain to work on right in the middle, where it's positively at its widest. Being nearly at the middle of the project right now, that's pretty much where I'm at right now.  In fact, the quilt gets so wide that I've had to use my floor for a good bit of the layout! It sure would be nice to have a full wall as a design wall one day...


The last thing I tackled was sewing together the bottom corner of the quilt, because I knew it would be fast and would give me a small feeling of accomplishment after spending much of Sunday laying out fabric. So that's four more rows down, so technically that pushes me over the halfway point! Hooray for halfway!


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Pink Sunshine Quilt

Signed, sealed, and delivered! I've finished off the Pink Sunshine quilt, and it's officially been delivered to the munchkin's math teacher, so it's safe to share, not that I think she's a blog reader :) I think she likes it, I sure hope hope she does. This super happy, mega scrappy quilt was a lot of fun to work on, using scraps of Lorelei's baby quilt  and other various pink fabrics floating around my sewing room.

Finished Pink Sunshine full shot

I kept the quilting fairly simple, just doing a modified stipple with pearl clamshells here and there, majorly because I don't get to free-motion as much as I'd like to these days and I wanted to keep it from being a big hairy deal...but my machine is definitely in need of a visit to the spa, so it was a little more dramatic than I would have liked. It's been almost two years since her last spa date, so it's time, I need to just get her over to the shop for her full cleaning and tune-up. It's important to do, even with a fully mechanical machine! While I can oil my machine and clean out a large part of my machine, there's still areas I can't get to and things that need maintenance that are beyond my skill set. I used Aurifil 3660, a fun variegated pink, to go with all the different shades of pink used in the quilt, and also shockingly because it's the only spool of pink Aurifil I own! I must remedy this at some point.

Front and back Pink Sunshine quilt

The binding might just be my favorite part. It's a print called Lovebug Grid in Pink, which I stumbled on at Stash Fabrics when hunting for pinks. Perfect fabric for binding this kind of adorable baby quilt.

Pink Sunshine binding in progress

It feels good to finish a quilt. It makes me want to sew even more. I think the next quilt I want to get back to is my Anna Maria Horner quilt for my bed or the Lizzy House book quilt that I think is also destined for my bed, or maybe the living room. My HST bed quilt desperately needs another quilt it can alternate with!!

Quilt Stats
Quilt Name: Pink Sunshine
Size: 36" x 40"
Pattern: None, improvised strip quilt using scraps and made scraps
Quilting: Modified stipple with pearl clamshells in Aurifil 2660
Binding: Lovebug Grid in Pink

Close up Pink Sunshine
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