I finished quilting two tops yesterday. That means today is for binding! I love binding. I am going to sit on the balcony and look at the ocean and sew the day away.
Sunday, February 28, 2021
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Lacrosse season has started and so we are spending two nights a week at games. I'm trying to get just a little bit of sewing done on other evenings though. I got a few hexies sewn while I was doing on online tutoring session Tuesday. Then I got a few more blocks quilted tonight while waiting for a batch of cookies to come out of the oven. Pre-made chocolate chip cookie dough, but still so tasty. I feel like Monday and Wednesday there were games, and so that is the week so far.
Saturday, February 20, 2021
I also got just a few more of the itty bitty loggie blocks done. It would be nice to round out the orange and yellow rounds. Green is a bit of a missing link. I will be sure to fix that when green gets its turn.
How are your yellow scraps coming along? I hope that you are able to stay warm wherever you are. The news in Texas right now is just so disturbing. One of our guidance counselors was visiting family there last weekend and has been unable to get back to work again. She sent photos of the snow to us all. Snow isn't something we really see here.
Sunday, February 14, 2021
Oh Scrap! and Slow Stitching Sunday.
Saturday, February 13, 2021
Friday, February 12, 2021
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
I pulled out the these mini log cabin blocks yesterday to add a few more yellows to the mix. Each block finishes at 2.5 inches and has 13 pieces. This one is absolutely what could best be described as a long term project. All People Quilt shows 30 different layouts, but without the traditional names. Quilt Social has the traditional names for the more basic arrangements. The Spruce Crafts also has a nice show of different layouts in actual quilts. I started with the idea of Sunshine and Shadows, but now I am pondering a nice Barn Raising design, or perhaps a Spiral. Any design that could be achieved with half square triangle blocks, could also happen with log cabin blocks. Coffee Rings Studio has a nice post with HST layout ideas. Those asymmetrical diamonds are pretty close to what was swirling through my mind in the wee hours of the morning.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Well Suited from Cyndi at Quilting is more Fun than Housework. Hers uses 2.5 inch squares for the nine patches though, and mine are 2 inches. Cyndi hosts Oh Scrap! on Sundays which is always a nice follow up to ScrapHappy Saturday. I added a 2.5 inch black border all the way around, and now I think I might need just a bit more backing fabric for comfort.
Sunday, February 7, 2021
Yesterday I worked on pieced backings. This was the challenge quilt for RSC in 2016. It has been done since then, but just sat waiting for its turn on the quilting machine. I added a thin grey border, more for ease of quilting than for aesthetics.
What are your plans for today? I'm off to check out slow stitching Sunday with Kathy and Oh Scrap! with Cynthia before I see if there is enough yardage squirreled away somewhere for another backing. Then there is laundry, an online tutoring session and a grocery pickup.
Saturday, February 6, 2021
Monday, February 1, 2021
- 2.5 inch squares in yellow - 2 of these
- 2.5 inch square in background - 1 of these
- 2 inch squares in background - 2 of these
I didn't make quite that many as I was just playing with the pattern, but here is a single pair of quotations on the design wall with the simple HST version and the simpler still final version I decided to go with.
Each version has its own pluses and minuses. Which one do you prefer?
I started this top in 2013. Most of the blocks were done by the end of that year, but those border triangles got the better of me. The corners are still a bit wonky, but here is the finished flimsy for Dear Jane. It has a rainbow layout of course in an around the world layout.
Quotation marks are used to identify direct spoken words of any individual. They appear at the beginning and end of the attributed words, and therefore must generally be used in pairs. They may also be used to mark the titles of certain short compositions, or to indicate "words used as words". This use of "air quotes" has become a popular way to delegitimize a word. Imagine that your meal was cooked by a "professional" chef.
These units may be made from 2.5 inch squares and half square triangles. That is the way that I made them initially, but after seeing the finished block, I decided that I would make them with fewer seam allowances. There is a bit more waste this way, but it is a good tradeoff for one less seam.
For each pair of quotes, you will need:
- 4 rectangles of yellow fabric, each cut 4.5 by 2.5 inches.
- 4 squares of background fabric cut to 2.5 inches.
Layer the squares on top of the rectangles, lined up with the bottom edge. You will need to draw a line in pencil diagonally from corner to corner on the background square. Notice that two of the lines angle up from left to right and two angle down.
Next, sew along the drawn line on each of the 4 units.