Tuesday, October 21, 2014

QAYG Quilt-Along End of Week 1 and My Caroline Dress

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Um, I'm supposed to have five blocks done as of yesterday, but I don't!!  Today I finished cutting my delicious Lecien Flower Sugar collection.  The center squares are fussy cut 5" squares, and the outer strips are 3.5" wide.  You can read about this quilt-along here.  Jera, the author of Quilt-As-You-Go Made Modern is hosting the quilt-along.

Also in the works this week is a Caroline dress for a harvest party we will be attending this Friday.  You do know who Caroline is, don't you?  She is Laura Ingalls Wilder's mother!!  I'm behind on it, too.  It's all cut out, and I just began the bodice tonight.   {Sigh}

I'm using this pattern.  Most costume patterns have fitted bodices, and that certainly won't work for me, so I was happy to find this old-fashioned dress pattern with a less fitted top.  I also really like the pattern because it has a waist rather than being a wide sack with an apron to pull the miles of fabric in at the waist.  Just don't need that extra fabric at the waist, ya' know!  If I had more time I would make the chemise and pantaloons.  I do plan to make the bonnet and apron.
Linking to:
Sew Fresh Quilts 
Freshly Pieced Quilts: WIP Wednesday

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Rainbow Sparkler Twin Quilt for My Son

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A Super Sparkly RAINBOW Sparkler Quilt!

Rainbow Sparkler Twin Quilt
Upon seeing his sister's rainbow quilt, my middle son also wanted rainbow quilts in his bedroom.  Fast forward a year, and he got his wish.  He had outgrown the Jungle Quilts I made him eight or so years ago, in my mind anyway, although he was not asking for new quilts.  It was me who wanted to change his room!

He has bunkbeds in his room, and I made the full-size quilt in January and this twin-sized quilt in June of this year.  This post is way overdue!  And I've never posted about the full-size quilt because I thought I'd make a pattern out of it.  I'll get that posted soon because a pattern is not in the plan.
Rainbow Sparkler Twin Quilt

I was careful to place all the colors along this side so they would show when on the bed.  This quilt goes on the top bunk.  He can see the whole quilt when it's on the bed, no problem - there's no way I can due to my height deficiency!!

Rainbow Sparkler Twin Quilt
He likes pink and purple and wanted them included!

Rainbow Sparkler Twin Quilt
A black background seemed a better choice for a boy!  The original pattern was made with white rather than black, so this is a completely different look.
I added a 2.5" strip to all sides to make it a better fit for a twin-sized bed.  The original pattern is a lap at 60" x 84".

Rainbow Sparkler Twin Quilt
The backing is extra-wide Spot-On in Red by Robert Kaufman.  I was disappointed that this fabric is not very soft.  I really regret not using a black and red chevron in flannel.  I used Spot-On in gray on my queen-sized Star Light Star Bright quilt, and the gray was much softer than the red.
Rainbow Sparkler Twin Quilt
More eye candy!

Rainbow Sparkler Twin Quilt
Quilt Stats:

  • Pattern:  Sparkler by Freshly Pieced
  • Size:  Twin size
  • Fabric:  Kona New Classic Roll-up and Kona Black
  • Batting:  100% cotton
  • Quilting:  Allover meandering in black thread on Mrs.Singer, my antique 1896 31-15 which is mounted on a 12-foot quilting frame.
  • Backing:  Robert Kaufman Wide Spot-On backing in red
  • Value:  Amazingly sparkly and cheerful!

Linking to:
Crazy Mom Quilts
stitch by stitch IMG_6373 Fresh Poppy Design

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

WIP: Triangle Quilt Wall Hanging

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Triangle Wall Hanging
On the design wall today is the triangle wall hanging which I plan to place in the newly renovated guest bathroom.  I'm aiming for 33-36" square so hopefully it ends up close after all of the seams are sewn together.  A few more rows need added to the top/bottom.

In looking at this picture, I see there are a few changes that need made.  Stepping away from the pieces and looking at them in different light at varying times of the day or through a camera lens often shows where block placement could be improved.  There are a few diamonds, two parallelograms, and a hexagon made from two fabrics, all of which are intentional.  I am avoiding white next to black because they look like raccoon eyes.  The lightest gray looks nearly white in this picture.  

The triangles have self-destructive tendencies and are thinking about jumping off, so I'll have to get them sewn together very soon!

The 25% off sale continues at my fabric shop, Cut Sew Create, and most quilts are 20% off in my quilt shop, Busy Hands Quilts!  

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