The Bright Sessions) and I wanted to keep sewing but I didn't want to cut out anything, so I scooped up the stack of mini-wave pieces I'd cut out with my Sizzix. Unfortunately, I forgot that the recommended way to sew these together is in columns not rows. And after I'd sewn all of them into rows and tried to assemble the rows, well...let's just say the results were rather frustrating.
Why? indeed... So then I ended up spending an hour un-sewing all of them and I'm now re-sewing them together in rows and the curves are so much easier to handle this way. They're coming out exactly right every time. It was truly worth the time to un-sew!
Monday, September 26, 2016
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Moving off of rectangles and squares onto triangles was a bit of relief in the daily blocks from City Sampler for #100Days100Blocks.
There are a zillion ways to do half-square triangles of course. But I'm sticking with the methods detailed in the book as the cutting instructions are for those size pieces of fabric. This version involves marking on the wrong side and then sewing right on that line.
I had to dig around in my pen/pencil drawer to find my white chalk marking pencil for the dark fabrics, hadn't used that in a quite a while. The new mechanical pencil I'm using quite happily is a Sakura SumoGrip. I find it fits my hand very well, the slightly squishy and larger than normal grip area is easy to hold securely.
Add-A-Quarter ruler to cut the triangles apart because I feel much more secure cutting with it. I don't want to cut up the sewn-together triangles I'm counting on to use for my block. It snugs up securely against the height of the line of stitching and is much less likely to slip. Sure it's mostly intended for foundation paper-piecing, but it works for me in this case too.
project box with the left-over strips and pieces from this project. Before I begin piecing each block I check to see if there are any pre-cut sizes/shapes that I can use in that block.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
The tumbler quilt is finally done! I've been working on this since January of 2005. I was wondering how long it would take me to sew on the binding, but this thing was taking up so much room in my sewing room that I had to get it done to move it out!
Thanks to friend Jaye for cutting so many great fabrics for me, I couldn't have made this without you!Clocking in at 116x106, it is officially the largest single quilt I've ever created.
You can see the great curvy swirls that Colleen Granger quilted all over this giant thing, I'm super-pleased with how it came out.
There are all kinds of crazy fabrics in here, even the Venus of Willendorf, which I stamped that with permanent ink.
It is very bright and cheery and interesting to look at, I'm looking forward to having it on our bed.
The backing is a mish-mosh of great and terrible fabrics. I think making the backing to the right size was the hardest thing about this quilt.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
That powerfully graphic print on the border is hard to use, but I think it looks good here.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Here's my eighth Weekly Study Square Quiltlet, hard to believe it's been eight weeks already. I really like the mostly saturated colors in this one.I had a lot of scraps left over from the hearts quilt that were bright and I went right for them of course, but I wasn't into using most of the motifs on them (kid prints) in this piece so I covered them up with the trimmed edges of my hand-dyes from the #100Days100blocks.
Sunday, September 18, 2016
This first one is one of those pictures I take purely by accident when I neglect to push the off button on my iPhone all the way. Usually I just look at them and laugh and delete them, but this one I saved because I just love it. The composition (which I probably never would have thought of myself), the objects lengthened in the shadows. And the chair shadow reminds me of Mike Mulligan's steam shovel, Mary Anne.