Sunday, September 14, 2014

Small and Large, Sashiko and Pink

First, the small. Susan just completed the top for this wall hanging. An Asian theme dominates the fabric choices but the jewel in the middle is hand stitched Sashiko.  You heard me, Sashiko. Isn't it beautiful?  I can't wait to see how she quilts and finishes it. 
Linda Sue has a little pink/purple/floral colorway going on here. These are nine-patch blocks alternating the print with the solid forming and Irish Chain. When you look at it as one piece a secondary chain pattern appears. This is one of those quilts that could work with so many different fabric combinations and look great every time.
Pop Japanese Song from 1960's

Ue O Muite Arukou.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Remembering September 11th

One of my Absolute Favorite Quilts Ever! *and no, I didn't make it!

Last Tuesday the Sew and Sews presented several quilts. It looked like a quilt show in our work room. I will share them over the next few days but I wanted to show this one first.  I have seen lots of quilts and in my eye I have certain features that I prefer. I do like traditional patterns, I do like a nice contrast, and then there is a sweetie like this. It is stunning. Why? It combines all my favorite elements in a very nonchalant manner that totally appeals to me. Our Rose combined seemingly (well to me anyway) not typical fabrics this is the result.
Note the color gradation from purples to reds in this corner.
Notice the diagonal line formed with the nine patch blocks split with the print blocks.
See what I mean? Love it!  This beauty will be donated to the TRQ Service Project. She hopes that a lady warrior will be the recipient.

More to come, of course. It never ceases to amaze me how scrap fabrics can be combine for stunning results.  The more I study Bonnie Hunters patterns the more convinced I am that just about anything works if you have the talent of combining the pieces in a pattern. The fabric can be just about anything. I will show you some others where this concept plays out.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Accuquilt Go Cutter and Managing Fabric Scraps

Karen's most recent string quilt.

I just love String Quilts particularly if they are scrappy string quilts! To that end I have been cutting 2 1/2 inch strips from all my left overs and odd bits of fabric.  I want to sort through the drawers that hold all the older fabrics that have sort of gone out of style and mix them into to construction, a-la-Bonnie Hunter.

I made this one last year, Cosmo Cricket
I keep the Go cutter open and ready unless I am quilting.  This way scrap management is automatic. No piles of scraps to deal with!
A new feature of the 2 1/2 inch cutter are registration lines for angled cuts. Nice for making bias strips.

Here we've got some strips cut from some left overs from fall projects. I plan to separate them into light, medium and dark's. I also have some selvage scraps saved as well as odd bits and pieces. 
What have you used for a foundation for string quilts? An online discussion suggested large parchment sheets from Sam's Club, like they use in the deli. Lightweight, easy to tear, inexpensive. I will check Costco too. I used newsprint the last time and it worked out just fine but I really like the parchment idea. I'll let you know.

With very compromising photo's of celebrities dominating the news stream this evening I couldn't help but think back. Do you remember when we thought Peyton Place was scandalous? The theme song.

*You might like "The Orange Sink" a rug hookers blog.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

No Matter Where I Look, I See Quilts

A recent field trip to the Meadowcroft Rock Shelter in Avella, Pa. offered a little surprise. This was a membership event with tours and lunch.  As we queued up for lunch the line snaked around the back of the visitors center. When I rounded the corner I noticed that the little stage had been decorated with quilts. I am not sure what it was all about, I think they used them as stage curtains. In any case, we really enjoyed our lunch up on the stage surrounded by pretty quilts. They were machine pieced and quilted with traditional binding and rounded corners.  
They had not been up there too long. No dampness or stains. The leaves are showing subtle changes and dropping there. I will go back in a few weeks when the color is high.
Oh, here is a photo of some of the rocks, I'll tell more some other time.  *The story of Meadowcroft here.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Random Thoughts

I saw this on Facebook the other day. It was hard not to notice how many people in passing cars were on their phones. Just as many were walking down the street, some more aware of their surroundings than others, and children, waiting for the school bus checking their phones. None were talking to their class mates. Now that is depressing. The fine art of eye contact will most certainly be lost on this generation.

  • Basting is tedious, I do it because it is required to make a quilt but I really don't like it. I tried a combination of pins and spray basting this time, I am still in a bit of a swoon from the fumes!
  • I have been trying a new marking tool, the Frixon gel pen. It marks very well and the markings disappear with heat. Of course, I did test. So far so good.
  • I am reading Madame Chic by  Jennifer L. Scott. What a lovely young woman. She also hosts regular U-tube videos under the title of 'The Daily Connoisseur.' visit here.   She is very sophisticated for someone so young. After study in France she developed her philosophy for life, living and being the best person you can be. We're not talking profound here but delicious common sense!
  • Being a mystery, murder, spy type of reader this is a breath of fresh air. 
  • I have to dismantle one of my raised bed gardens, the fungal blight continues unabated. The other little bed will be replanted with fall lettuce and herbs. This year I will experiment with garlic. Mr. questions the wisdom of keeping the last bed. I am not ready to throw in the proverbial towel yet. The neighbors are having the same issues. 
  • Where are the days going? I noted some leaf color change today, some falling with great abandon and some of the underbrush in the wooded areas wilting.     
There were no iphones in 1812, the Overture Here.
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