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Preliminary Layout

I’m very happy to be back on the road, but with resuming our travels the quiltmaking has slowed down some. Still, all but two of the whole blocks are done for the 30’s Stars quilt! I laid out all the blocks and put together a rough preliminary layout so folks could see where this is headed. (Click on the photo to open it in my Flickr account at a somewhat larger size, if you like.)

Next step is finishing the last two full-sized border blocks; then I think I’ll swap to hand-work for a few days. We’ll be touring National Parks in New Mexico for the next week or so, so most of my time will be given to that. And in the evenings I’d really like to finish binding the log cabin quilt that has been waiting patiently for completion since November. That’ll be a nice, warm, low-stress project.

Check out what everyone else is laying out and planning up, on Judy Laquidara’s Design Wall Monday!
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Four-patch border units

I’m calling this quilt 30’s Stars, but maybe I should be calling it 30’s four-patches. The stars went together in jig time compared to the four-patch blocks! These are the centers of the last of the full-sized blocks intended for the border. This picture was taken Sunday morning; as of Sunday evening, seven of the fourteen border blocks are done and stashed away in a pillowcase with the other finished twelve-inch blocks, and the rest are laid out and rolled up in a towel for travel. Hopefully, next time we stop those can be finished, and after that I just need to cut background triangles and strips for the edge blocks and put everything together.

Be sure to take a look at what other quilters are working on (with or without feline assistance) at Judy Laquidara's Design Wall Monday!
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Awash in 2-patches

The picture features most of the 468 two-patch units made with 30’s prints and white squares. Some of them were used to make 76 one-patch units, but the rest will be sewn into four-patches for the 30’s Stars quilt.

Naturally, somewhere in all that sewing I miscounted... )
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Judy Laquidara’s sponsoring a new mode of working on quilt projects in 2013: the Getting it Done challenge.  At the start of every month, pick four projects, large or small, to work on during that month, with the goal of making steady progress over the course of the year.

My four projects for January... )

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The stars

2012 was a good year for quilting; sitting in one place for months made it easy to finish three quilts, which were all well received by their owners at Christmastime, and a couple of longstanding finished tops were sent off to become full-blown quilts. I started a new quilting notebook (finally filled the old one) and made a list of projects to work on in 2013. I’m looking forward to next year and Judy’s new monthly pick four focus; that should give me the impetus to get a lot done!

The stars for the 30’s stars quilt are all done (someone reassure me that those dark blue centers aren’t too dark!) Now there are just 468 two inch squares to sew to their respective background squares and make up into fourpatches. I apparently really like the look of quilts with fourpatch blocks alternating with other blocks for a “sashing” effect, as this is the second in just a few months (Holly Berries being the first.)

But first, I’ll be off to the quilt store here in Turlock today; they’re having a deep discount inventory sale and I need to stock up on backing material. Don’t forget to check out what everyone else is up to at the end of the year, at Judy Laquidara’s Design Wall Monday. And may everyone have a happy and healthy New Year!
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30's Star quilt beginning

One quilt... just add thread.

May everyone who reads this have a wonderful holiday season, and a happy New Year!
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Cutting 30's prints

It was a grey and dreary morning, which is why my window looks almost black with the flash. This is the start of a new quilt (well, three new quilts, once all is said and done.) I love the look of 30’s quilts, whether reproduction or vintage. I’d made up patterns in EQ for several, and picked the one I wanted to make most for my next project.
Cutting for multiple quilts... )
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Holly Berries

I finally finished the binding on the Holly Berries quilt and went over it with a narrowed eye and a lint brush.  It’s done but for a label.  Hurray! 

I designed this quilt in EQ a long time ago, and it feels so good to see it in the fabric, as it were.  If you want to read about the process of making it (starting at the beginning of August) just click on the "holly berries" tag.  This is also the first quilt that I've developed a pattern for, since another quilter asked me where the pattern was available.  It's been quite an experience!  As always, click the photo to go to my Flickr account and see it slightly larger, if you like.

There was a little extra push on getting this quilt done, so that I could enter it in the 2012 Christmas Quilt Show at Quilting Tutorials.  Click on over and take a look at all the gorgeous quilts in the show!

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This past week was mostly a mini-vacation for J and me, so not much quilting went on. I worked on the binding for Holly Berries (2/3 done) and was distressed to find another small spot where the border fabric was pulled badly enough to need patching. I need to take some time this week and go over the whole quilt with a jaundiced eye and see if anything else is wrong. I’m afraid this second spot (not as bad as the first, where the outer border was actually torn) confirms that this happened at the quilter, as I pulled a snarl of quilting thread from the corner of a square in that area. Lesson learned: look the quilt over carefully before accepting delivery.

Anyway, on to more cheerful topics... )
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11/19 Design Wall
(as always, click to embiggen if desired)

This week I pulled fabrics for Grandmother’s Choice, the Block of the Week project running on Barbara Brackman’s blog to commemorate Women’s Suffrage. I struggled with possible colorways for a long time while I was thinking about making this quilt. The colors of the American suffrage movement were white and yellow, but the Brits used purple, green and white. Both appealed to me. Finally, a quilt where sampler blocks alternated with quarter-square triangle blocks caught my imagination. I pictured a quilt where the setting blocks and the backgrounds of the sampler blocks would be yellow and white, and the sampler blocks would be all the colors of African violets. My grandmother loved those flowers and always had a tray of them on a windowsill blooming merrily away, allowing me to honor her, too, with Grandmother’s Choice.

More about process... )

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Christmas Village top FINISHED!

This was a week of wrestling with everything. I wrestled with getting a good photo of the Christmas Village quilt, finished last week. After three tries, finally produced a picture I’m happy to share. I’m really pleased with how this quilt turned out, especially since so much of the center panel was done flying by the seat of my pants.
Other quilty wrestling matches... )

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Border Houses

After pondering the border trees for a bit longer and not achieving any clear vision, I decided to set them aside and work on the border houses, where I did have a much better feel for what I wanted to see.  The sewing has been fast and furious, in part because the quilter should be done with my log cabin quilt sometime this coming week, and if I can finish this quilt I can take it along when I go to pick up the other and have all three quilts finished and off to the quilters in good time.

Fruitcake intervened... )
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Border Trees 1

The trees are thwarting me. So far I’ve sewn one with the green fabric wrong side up, and one that was perfect until I realized that I’d made it an inch too wide. The two lightest ones are both wrong. I suspect I’ll still use both of them – they’re not that wrong.

On the “color gets the credit but value does the work” front, I like the medium value trees, but, as you can see, they do a nice job fading into the medium blue background. I’ll probably still use them, too. Theoretically this is supposed to be a “nighttime” scene, and those medium and dark green trees fade like real trees do at night.

And Mister Guy remains convinced that there is no quilt which cannot be improved by the addition of a cat, even if it already has two sewn on there.

Finished Center with decorative cat

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I finished the first nine blocks (three more blocks to go, plus the fancy border) of the Christmas Village quilt, in a happy burst of creativity coinciding with Judy Laquidara’s October Quilt-till-you-drop weekend. (I know she calls it something kinder, but what can I say? I’m not nearly as nice as she is.) Those weekends are a great excuse to push myself to get past barriers and take the time to really make some progress, and that boost helps me all month long.

Quick and dirty applique techniques, for limited values of both "quick" and "dirty"... )

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Broderie Perse treetop

My first attempt at Broderie Perse… I hope this quilt will look good when finished; I’m pretty much making it up as I go along. The bottom three squares will get cats in the window seat and maybe candles in the window. As always, click to embiggen if desired. Check out what everyone else is trying out at Judy Laquidara's Design Wall Monday!

Christmas Houses - Tree
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Christmas Houses I
Click to embiggen if desired.

The dishes never got more than a lick and a promise all weekend, because I was too busy having fun with quilting during the Quiltathon. We took Saturday and drove to Turlock to check out RV Parks; that’s where we’ll be going in November after Gilroy. But the rest of the time was quilt-full.

Holly berries is done, the binding made and set aside. The Holly Berries pattern I’m working on just needs one more day of writing and then it will be ready to go off for beta-ing. Photos to come, as I kept forgetting to set up for pictures while the light was good.
New quilt: design decisions and how they were made... )

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With the borders all cut and partially pieced, with one of them sewn onto the quilt, I had a crisis of faith about the colors I’d chosen for them. The green was too vivid, too strong combined with the focus fabric. I didn’t like the way it drew the eye. It clashed with the center of the quilt.

Borders three ways... )

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Holly Berries pieced and ready for borders.

Sample borders with helpful catbutt.

Last weekend, I laid the blocks out with the units for the nine ‘leaf’ blocks to make sure that none of the same red squares would be side by side when it was all sewn together. And for once it was easy; I got to the end of the layout without having to swap units around at all! That usually doesn’t happen, but it’s awfully nice when it does.

I spent the first half of this week sewing the leaf squares together and then sewing the top together, both of which went really fast. There were some seams that had to be clipped and re-pressed in the opposite direction when the blocks were ready to piece together, but I think I’ve figured out how to handle those going forward. It’s frustrating, realizing that things aren’t going to mesh (in every single border block – grr...) but that’s life sometimes. (And now I know those border blocks will need to be carefully – and differently – assembled in the pattern.)

Borders, simple and complex... )

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This was not a very quilty week; there was lots of running around but very little sewing. Thank goodness for wanting to show something new for Judy Laquidara’s Design Wall Monday, or nothing would have been done on the quilt front at all.

Holly leaf block units

Progress: All pieces are cut for the 9 remaining blocks on Holly Berries, and the berry units are pieced and mostly pressed.

Process: nesting seams and layouts... )


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