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Friday, May 29, 2009

Half Timbered?

I have two jelly rolls and eight 1/2 yd cuts of fabric in the Harvest Home collection. I had no idea what I was going to do with it, I just liked the fabric. I was playing last night with a design to use them and came up with this. I love doing the log cabin with a jelly roll because it is so quick and easy and there is no cutting fabric into strips. It's a simple design but I think if the fabric placement is done right that it can have an interesting look.

The 1/2 yd cuts are of two beiges, two browns, two reds, and two blues. Of course, the jelly roll is 40 different fabrics.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Almost done

After one week of work on the latest quilt I am almost done with the top. I have one row to do on the far side and then the two borders. This was a really simple quilt though it looks quite complicated. I quite like it though the second fabric from the center is one I would have changed to another I have of the collection that is a more solid gold. There is blue background thread on that fabric that gives it a green look with the yellow.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Started on the next quilt

I am not sure about these colors yet. I got them for a man, masculine and not flowery, but it may just look dull and muddy instead.

This pattern is in a previous post about Indigo, Pewter and Honey.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Incredibly adorable quilt blocks

On a quilting message board I belong to someone posted pictures of these great blocks of boy and girl clothing. Everyone went crazy over them and asked for more pictures and where did they come from? The original poster never came back with a reply!! What I find surprising is that no one who has commented has ever seen the block before. There are many, many years of knowledge and experience on the board so this is very unusual. Lots of people posted that they have been searching the net trying to find the pattern with no success.

Not being able to find a pattern of it I created one in Electric Quilt 6. Another member converted the EQ6 file to PDF. These are my first tries of making the blocks.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Asian Fabrics

This is the first time that I got Asian fabrics. They are absolutely beautiful! I ordered 40 FQs, 10 in each color-way. I've been playing with some designs and I seem to be stuck on it. I don't know much about Asian motifs or designs and this one will have to simmer for awhile.

The fans are from There are also some darling little dolls there that I will probably do and some BOMs that I have been getting each month's block.

The center of this design is a parasol that will show the beautiful prints to advantage in large pieces. I have some beige woodgrain fabric left over from the Twiggy collection used in the feathered star and I plan to applique the spines of the parasol in it. I will also applique a circle of woodgrain over the center of the parasol where the spines will radiate from.

This picture isn't exactly what I have in mind but I found that EQ6 won't let me rotate a picture block. At least, not that I have found yet. I also have in mind to use real tassels on the fans. I am undecided about whether it needs something more or not.

Born In The USA

This one is my own design using EQ6. I wanted to do a patriotic quilt and I ordered 17 yards of fabric from the Coverlet II collection. It's gone through a couple of design changes in the last few weeks but I'm pretty happy with it. I've gone back and forth about the teddy bear in the middle. I browsed other patriotic things and nothing else has grabbed me. To me it says Born In The USA.

Indigo, Pewter and Honey

I got this pattern called No Diamonds In The Sky. It's all done with HSTs but looks like diamonds. I don't get along well with diamonds, they just never seem to come together right for me.

The fabric is Indigo, Pewter and Honey. It's so beautiful with the indigo blue and the dark yellows. There are tiny motifs in it related to honey like little honey baskets on the darkest yellow fabric.

Baskets quilt top almost done

All that is left is to sew on the borders. I need to piece them since I cut crossways so that the apples would be in rows. It looked funny with the apples all off-set from each other if I had done it lengthwise.

This is a fun and funky quilt. It sure is busy too! My daughter says she loves it but, what else is she going to say? She picked out the fabric.

Wow... didn't realize it's been so long

Been busy with work and getting as much sewing and quilting time in as I can. It's easy living alone. Not much housework to do, not much cooking to do either.

The feathered star quilt top is done. I am glad that I took a break from doing the little 6" stars and did the 6" log cabins for the border. By the time I got the body all sewn together I don't know if I would have wanted to face doing 52 log cabin blocks too! I am very happy with how it all came together after going over my measurements several times. I didn't use any kind of quilt software to design it, just used MS Paint to draw it. I did get EQ6 a few weeks ago and I've done a couple of designs with it.

I ordered at least a dozen different quilting stencils, lots of different stars in two sizes. I haven't decided which one(s) to use yet. I have time since the Log Cabin quilt is still in the frame being quilted. My quilting can't keep up with making the tops.