Monday, February 19, 2018

The Evolution of February's mini quilt

Warning, short month - long story.

It’s ironic that February is the shortest month because I spent more time on this little quilt than any other mini quilt I have made!
While on a really fun trip with 4 of my seven quilting sisters I found this “frog” green fabric at Quintessentials in Auburn, Maine. 
Kathy said it really looked like me and since she is always right, I bought a yard. We were planning a bus trip to the shop again in 2 weeks and I decided to use this in my February mini so I could show the girls (and Betsy, the shop owner) what I did with it. 

I thought I would cheat a bit by using some hexie blocks that were already pieced. I have over 100 just sitting around waiting to be used so, why not? 
I love strippy quilts making the idea for the design and easy one. However, by not using one of those measuring things (you know – a ruler!), I mentally calculated the width of my strips and figured 4 hexies in each strip would suffice.
Yes, it probably would have had I actually measured it! So, by now you are getting the picture. Luckily I had cut the background large enough to add an extra hexagon on each strip. 
I had picked out this fabulous fabric from the Mechant’s Wife line by Terry Clothier Thompson. It was a wonderful line of fabrics based on a c1840 antique quilt top she found in Maine.
Realizing that now would be a good time to pick up a ruler, I carefully cut each strip making sure that some of the green was still evident. 
I hand appliqued the hexies to the background and pieced the strips together. I split a piece of Dream Wool in half and used a fabulous pillar print from Di Ford on the back. I have to say that Di Ford’s fabrics are to die for (no pun intended!). 

I even had enough of it to match the triangle corners for hanging.
 After I hand quilted the hexie strips I decided that the proportion was just not right. It really needed to be wider.
So… out comes the ruler again and I made 40 little 1” finished half square triangle to add to either side.
It was lucky (since it surely wasn’t planned) that the backing piece was large enough to accommodate the added width.

Because I wanted to finish this before the bus trip I decided to machine quilt the alternate strip and the half squares triangles.
While auditioning fabrics for the binding, I felt that the white outline on the Merchant’s Wife fabric was a bit too stark. I thought about dying the entire thing, a  risky maneuver! I experimented with coffee and with Rit beige dye. 
But, since the entire project began with this delicious bright green, I really didn’t want to dampen it. I thought about filling in the white edges with a gold-ish Pigma pen. Ah, nope, I’m calling it good enough!

I am happy to say that Kyle (Timeless Reflections), Barbara (Quilts Gravestones and Elusive Ancestors)  and Janet (Rogue Quilter) have joined in the fun. Visit Kyle’s post (here) and Barbara’s post (here).  And, see Janet's post (here) for her January quilt and a wonderful tutorial on mini quilts! I am really looking forward to round two!

I will work on figuring out how to link up by the end of next month so if any of you want to join us you can jump right in!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Baskets with Cecile for February

Once again, I have bitten off a bit more than I should be chewing this month so I am happy that I decided to keep these little baskets simple. 

We were to make a minimum of 8 blocks per month in January and February so, of course I made the minimum!

Please visit Cecile’s Blog (Patchwork Inspirations) and her Facebook page to see all the wonderful little baskets!

Stay tuned for the big “reveal” of the quilt in March.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Noah and Matilda Back posting

I am either working on too many projects or not enough! I am really enjoying the Noah and Matilda sew-a-long (visit the Facebook page here). I am making them in numerical order to ensure that I WILL make all of them and not just the easy ones. For some reason I skipped right to block 2D last week and missed posting these two.

Block 6C was another favorite of mine. I love the crazy shape of this “flower?”. I used an antique fabric for the background and it was so thin that I was afraid it might bleed through to the backing, but it turned out to be just fine.

Block 1D is a bit skimpy for my taste. I like a robust wreath with chunky petals (I can’t wait to get to 5D – nice big petals in the flower!). I did add one petal to make the alternate cheddar and yellow colors work out symmetrically and I added the little neon circle in the center.
The backing on this one is one of my favorite neons (I seem to be saying that a lot about these super neons!).
So, back to work and I’ll try to post them in order!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

2D or Not 2D, that is the question!

I really cheated on this one, but if you haven’t seen the original (here) you would never know. What? The link doesn’t work? Oops!

Seriously, you must see the original Noah and Matilda quilt (here) and enjoy all the renditions on Dawn’s Noah and Matilda Facebook page (here).

And, I would like to thank all who read my last post for not correcting my spelling! My friend pointed out to me that I spelled “glutton” as “gluten”. I must have been in a bread coma!

Friday, February 2, 2018

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

The quilt, not the movie (although I love both). Some of you remember my fateful “Dear Jane” saga with her wavy borders. If not and you are a gluten for punishment you can read about it (here) . 
Both “Half Baked Jane” 

 and Jane’s Leftovers” 

have been lying around collecting dust for months. My friend, Laurie LaBar (Chief Curator of History and Decorative Arts at the Maine State Museum), came by a few weeks ago to look at some of my quilts for the possible inclusion in an upcoming exhibition. She liked “Half Baked Jane” for a number of reasons (visually and culturally) and made the comment, “it’s too bad it doesn’t have a border on it”.

Laurie is one of the sweetest people I know and she would never have said this if it wasn’t true! I realized the quilt really looked “naked”. So, here is her new suit of clothes.
 I promise there will be no more alterations! 
Oh, and Laurie decided (and quite rightly so) that it should now be called 
“Twice Baked Jane”!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Moda Blockheads is Now a Quilt!

I got up extra early this morning so I could complete my version of the Moda Blockheads sew-a-long on the last day of issue. Obsessive you say?

Doing this in the potholder method made it easy to complete the block each week. All the pieced blocks were machine quilted so they could be done quickly. I hand appliqued and hand quilted Jan’s blocks so they took a little longer.

As per my decree that I will name all of my quilts using some sort of cooking reference I am calling this one “Moda Smorgasbord”.

My setting isn’t very interesting, but I like the fact that it showcases each designer in a vertical row.

I had a lot of fun with this one and I would like to thank Moda and all the designers, Lynne Hagmeier, BetsyChutchian, Jo Morton, Jan Patek, Lisa Bongean and Carrie Nelson. They did a great job putting these all together. I tried to use all Moda fabrics, but I did grab a few pieces from the scrap bin so it isn’t a 100% Moda collection. 

This will be my donation quilt for the AQSG auction next Fall.

If you are new to my blog and are wondering “what the heck is the potholder method?” You can read more about it (here).

Have a great quilty day!

Monday, January 29, 2018

I am keeping my obligations light this year, but one sew-a-long I was happy to join was Cecile’s (PatchworkInspirations) Basket sew-a-long. Since the minimum requirement was 16 blocks total and no minimum size, I felt I could handle this. Plus, how could I say no to sweet Cecile?

Here are my January blocks. February blocks will be similar but with different setting triangles. I have drawn out the overall setting and I think I’m going to like it! 

You can also visit Bea and Cecile’s Facebook page (here). Such a wonderful variety of baskets!