new denim quilt

I don’t know if it is the springish weather or just general laziness, but I am having a hard time with motivation this weekend.  I spent way too much time this weekend laying on the couch playing Fire Emblem.  I did spend a little time yesterday working on this new quilt:

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This is a quilt that I am jointly designing with Steve, which explains the unusual color choices that somehow work.  I am also getting more use out of my template set.  They have a way to go but I do like the way they look.  This will probably be a nearly bed size quilt with a polar fleece back.

Now, I return to Crimea with my little band of freedom fighters…

 

Published in: on March 16, 2014 at 8:33 am  Leave a Comment  
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new old project

I haven’t spoken about this project for many years. I actually looked back, and I had written about I on my very first blog in 2007. Steve gave me several of his old Hawaiian shirts many years ago.  I thought that I would make a quilt out of them.  I actually pieced them, but I was never quite happy with them.  I saw a pieced tunic top on a friend at work.  I decided to make a pieced garment.  Here is where I am now:

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I always seem to work on a more summer focused project around this time of year.  It’s nice to daydream, especially when the weather here has finally started to warm a little.

Published in: on March 9, 2014 at 8:23 am  Leave a Comment  
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new quilt

So I have began a new quilt.  This will be a masculine landscape quilt.  It will be nothing like the last landscape quilt which was very abstract – at least to me.  My family still thinks it is abstract.

Here are the parts that I have assembled so far:

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I probably won’t use the one that has “hot” on it but you can kind of see the germ of the pattern. Wonky trees, flying geese and bear claws.  More to come.

Published in: on January 12, 2014 at 7:24 am  Comments (4)  
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white elephant craft gifts

This is the last post of 2013 and the end of my first little book.  I will continue to post, but it will go to a second book – if the first one goes well. In any case, this was the first I could post these photos.  These are two of the three craft white elephant gifts I made for my extended family’s gift exchange.

I made this leader ender denim quilt.  I have made several of these: random squares with polar fleece back and no batt.  They are super warm and comfortable. I did add the triangles using my new templates.  I love the way the triangles look, however, I wouldn’t place them on the edge because somehow they make the edge a little wobbly.  I think I needed to trim the intersections of the triangles on the edge off.  In any case, it is warm and super comforting.

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The other quilt is pure Christmas: psychedelic and a little overwhelming.  It is exciting, chaotic and of course, being my quilt wonky.

I really love the way it worked out.  I used bells and bells on the tops of the trees, so it jingles when it is shaken. 

This quilt is unusual for me as well because I used pre-quilted fabric.  I have never done this before.  Mainly, because the pre-quilted fabric is often so poor quality.  I had about a yard of the dark blue pre-quilted fabric from my aunt.  It was one-sided and older, so the fabric while pretty, had a little polyester in it.  I picked up some more quilted fabric at JoAnne’s: the holly, white background fabric with green leaves and berries.  This was two-sided with different, but related motifs on each side.  It is a slightly better quality and feels like it is at least cotton on the top and bottom.  It was also 70 per cent off.  I only bought a half a yard which was barely enough to do the front of this quilt. I am regretting a little bit not buying more.  I loved how quickly this quilt went together because of the prequilted fabric.  The downside is that the finished quilt is pretty stiff. This is fine for this decorative piece but if I were making a bed quilt, I wouldn’t like that. 

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I will post again in 2014, so, my friends: may 2014 be a year full of joy and blessings for you!

Christmas crafting

Yes, it is truly Christmas.  I am Christmas crafting in earnest. I started this little quilt for one of Steve’s students who is has an American Girl.

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I finished this on Thanksgiving.  Yesterday we made a foray into the crazy world of post Thanksgiving JoAnne’s to pick up fabric. Seriously, we had number 45 and they were on 83 when we arrived.  In any case, we were able to get some beautiful fabric for the frame and back.

I also finished this top.  I am really happy with it:DSC04779

I love the triangles.  Now it just needs to be quilted.

Published in: on December 1, 2013 at 7:41 am  Leave a Comment  
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mending and leader and ender

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This is a little shag rug that my grandmother had made.  I have had it for many years since she died in 1988.  The back is burlap and it had ripped.  I was not willing to give it up.  I needed a sturdy piece of fabric to reinforce it.

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As they say, there is lid for every pot.  This rather ugly, but extremely sturdy fabric my friend Patti gave me a while ago that she picked up in a give away pile, was perfect.

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Since I had my Bernina set up to finish the landscape quilt, I pulled out this old White sewing machine to finish the rug.  My mom gave me this sewing machine a few years ago for just this situation when I have my other machine set up for a specific project.  It was also my grandmother’s so it really brought back memories.

I finished the rug-although I was reminded several times why I bought the Bernina while working with this machine. Since it had been too fragile to wash before, I had rug washing day and washed all of my handmade rugs.

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As you can see, my next mending job may be this hand-woven rug I made in college.  Not quite as ancient as the shag rug from my grandmother, it is still older than my fifteen year old son.

On another note, I have been steadily working on a denim leader ender:

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It went together almost without effort when I was putting the landscape quilt together.  I already have some polar fleece for the back.

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Things are moving slowly- almost glacially.  There is a lot going on this weekend so it seems I have very little time.  Also I got a new game: Settlers of Cataan which I am completely and utterly obsessed with. In any case, I have only completed a small bit of sewing.  I managed to get the back quilted on this quilt.

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The quilting is minimal because the piece is already quilted. I just wanted to avoid any sort of tenting.

Hopefully, tomorrow I will get a little more done.

Published in: on October 6, 2013 at 7:09 am  Comments (2)  
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Plaid surprise

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I am still working on mending the t-shirt quilt.  The mending is so full-scale that some parts had to be cut out or completely covered.  The main part of the quilt’s back was so worn that I needed to cover the whole thing.  I didn’t want to spend money on it, plus I am going through a rather dry spell due to the new expenses of high school and so many birthdays.  So I took Steve shopping in the fabric stash.  He picked out two flannel shirts: one orange and one yellow, an old pink- red blouse and a plaid seersucker shirt. I was not certain that they would work together.  However, this is his quilt so I went with it.

But if you saw all these plaids together would you believe they are a good fit?  Yet they work surprisingly well.  I should know better than to doubt the artist’s eye.

Sweater cut down

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We had received a couple sweaters from my friend, Patti.  The color and material were nice. They were men’s sweaters but huge.  Paul said he liked this oatmeal colored one.  So, I measured the boy across his chest and around his arms and then drew those lines on the sweater.

You can see Paul’s measurements sketch on the left bottom.

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I carefully trimmed off the ribbing from the bottom of the sweater to save it intact.

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Then I cut to my measurements.

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I just trimmed the sleeves, so I didn’t have to mess with the ribbing.

Here is the finished sweater on the awesome 9th grade GQ model- ready for high school.

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Published in: on September 22, 2013 at 7:56 am  Comments (2)  
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landscape quilt

I guess I haven’t said but I have been thinking that quilt is called the landscape quilt.  Mainly because of the colors and the horizontal orientation.

I put this quilt into four patches.  Then I spent last weekend laying out the squares.

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I just didn’t like it no matter how I arranged it.  There was too much going on.  What bothered me the most were the green and white stripes which were just too garish or Christmassy.  So after much thought, I dyed them.

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I put together a dye wash and painted the parts I didn’t like.  I wrapped them up in plastic bags and left them overnight to process.

Of course, I over estimated how much I needed.  So I had a jar full of activated dye, so picked up a few pieces of random fabric that I thought would be much improved by dying.

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I just pushed the fabric down and turned the jar a little bit to get the dye to come partway up the sides.  In the end, the dye saturated all layers.

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I was very happy with how the patches turned out. It was enough of a change to tone down the white stripes.  I wonder if my dye is getting old or if I need to use some urea to make the color a little more intense. That being said for this quilt it is perfect.

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My “jar” fabric also turned out great. Unfortunately, I can’t show you a before picture, but here is the after:

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The dots, hearts and stripes are a light blue.  It makes this fabric less Christmassy, less garish.  I have already put together some of the patches so my goal is to have the top done by next weekend.

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