Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Rainy Day

Winter is still trying to hang on here, it was a cold rainy day. Went to my weekly bee and made more stars.

There is enough motion that if I take a step back, I don't see the asymmetry that is driving me nuts when I give each one close scrutiny.

For future reference, here was my starting fabric. I've got some emerald green and deep magenta set aside for the setting, but I still need to pick my fourth fabric. I want to see the final design of this mystery quilt first.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Wreath wallhanging DONE

Machine quilted yesterday, bound today.  I usually just estimate how much binding I need to make, and I almost always use bias binding.  I almost had to piece in another section on this one, I had about an inch leftover when I cut the ends to make the final bias seam.

Yikes, that was close!

Far from perfect, but I am happy with it. I swapped out my winter wallhanging near the front door, and replaced it with this.

I hate to call this my own design, but I saw an inspiration photo on pinterest that had a kit to make a similar wreath. I purchased the inklingo pattern for the smallest hexies, and used the printable hexagon grid and a box of crayons to lay out my flowers and leaves. Then I had a merry old time pawing through stash, and printed small amounts of hexagons. The darkest ones I had to trace out with a white pencil, as I couldn't see any ink color on those deep Cherrywood fabrics. 

Lots of inspiration photos on pinterest for other mini hexie projects. I am going to be doing smaller projects for a while. I am committed to trying to use up my stash, and that includes the bags of batting strips. It always seems like a good idea to save them. I have pieced some, but I don't enjoy doing that, either with the batting tape or just zigzagging pieces together. I'm always afraid the seam will show through the light fabrics or come undone and bunch up in the wash if it's not heavily quilted.

That's two UFOs completed in less than a week! Should I remove them from my tracker, or savor my gold star finishes? Whatever, just keep quilting! Probably slower progress til we get done with the tax returns.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Progress and a Finish!

Ta Dah!

Berry Bushel is now DONE.  Replaced the Garlic Knots on my kitchen gallery rod.

I printed more shapes for handpiecing two projects, and basted the hexie wreath. All duly noted in my updated tracker.

I even put some of the mess away in the quiltorium.

The promised rain has vanished from the forecast, and it's 61 degrees out, so maybe I will venture outside again and tackle some small outdoor chores for a while. The last of the snow is melting today, so maybe it's finally spring.

I saw a great quote on a church sign this week, it went something like this:

"Nature takes her time. And yet, everything gets accomplished."

The seasons turn, just enjoy where we are right now.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Updated UFO Tracker

I can track my progress better if I start adding the dates that I last worked on each UFO as I touch them. For the early stages, I will just overwrite the date every time I work on piecing or assembling, but toward the end of the pipeline, it's more likely to be the date I finished a particular step, since I usually baste and bind in one sitting. Here's how it looks.

Peacefully Piecing by Hand, but my Stash looks like a Tornado hit

When working with small pieces, I am getting better accuracy with hand piecing than by machine. It's very soothing and so portable.  And Inklingo is the way to go.

So, I have two hand piecing projects in motion at present. There was a short inklingo mystery quilt to make a wallhanging that just started. I was going to wait, but it's fun to do it at the same time as other quilters on facebook, so you can see how everyone's design is evolving. So far, I have two little stars done.

I had a devil of a time lining up this fabric, as the repeats shifted both horizontally and vertically. I am not totally pleased with the centers, but I think I will live with it as my first attempt at no waste fussycutting. I will probably make more stars than the project requires, so that I can choose the ones that look the best, and make a table runner or something with the others.

My other hand piecing work from yesterday was my second rosette for La Passacaglia.

I did window template fussy cutting on the five pieces needed for the center of this block, and I am very happy with the central precision on this rosette. I will probably do black star points, and I think I have some fabric that has orange, yellow and green in a small scale geometric print to use as the small pentagons in those stars, and maybe another pink would work as the small diamonds that alternate with the stars.

I love the fact that I can find all this great fabric in my stash. But the downside is that all my bins and drawers look so pawed through and messed up from all my rooting around for goodies. Is anyone able to keep their stash completely tidy in the midst of the joy of creating? I guess it's worse for us scrap quilters!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Borders Done

Biggest lesson since retiring: a day is not as long as I thought it would be. I managed to get the borders on this wallhanging, in the midst of distractions from eldercare, errands et al.

It was hard to center it because it's asymmetrical. I was pleased to find enough yardage of this batik in ye olde stashe. It's probably from the early 1990s.

I also wanted to get the binding on Berry Bushel. We'll see if I can manage that today.