Have safe travels and a wonderful visit with your family, Holly! I've just left the Pacific Northwest and flown to the Midwest, so we are crisscrossing... how many more of us are traveling this summer!
I'm surrounded by Embroidery Floss, Beads, Button and Ribbon - working on the wall-hanging project for my parents.
Finished making all the blocks for Christmas quilt #3. It is inspired by one JAYARDI made several years ago in the Scraps to Treasures swap.
I've played with these blocks--moving them around and around to make sure the color balance is suitable. Still not sure about it, but I'm just about ready to sew blocks together and just go for it. Mine will have a solid border to finish it off.
Jayardi, I printed off a pic of your quilt as soon as I saw it and have moved it from room to room all this time. Finally decided to "just do it".
This one is for my DGD who loves polka dots. So, that's what she's getting. I used all kinds and colors of dots and coordinating solids. I think yours had a "constant" solid in the 4P to work with.
I've had a dickens of a time with these blocks, but earlier this p.m., I just stacked them up row by row and began sewing. I posted it on my FB page and the first thing--comment on there was from DGD (she doesn't know it is hers). Her reaction was "Ooooooo, I really like that".
AND--I do apologize for not acting properly by not asking your permission to use your block/design idea. I hope you're not upset. If you are, I'll delete my post.
I can't believe I didn't realize how many dots were in it. No wonder I really like it, and not just because it's my design. How cool your DGD likes it. Make sure you get a photo of her face when you give it to her.
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My scrap quilt group is working on the Self-mitered Log Cabin quilt by Anita Solomon. It's paperpieced and is nice and accurate. The piecing is easy but it's taken me all day to lay this thing out. I've get each row sewn but need to clean out some paper on the seams and press them before finishing the piecing. I have a lot of trouble with value with kept getting blocks turned around. So I photographed it and changed it to black and white to avoid the influence of the colors. I have lots of strips cut and plan to make a big bed quilt too. On that one I'll use fewer yellows.
EvelynB, that is beautiful. Love all the colors, too. But, why does it need to be paper pieced? Are the strips too narrow? I can see foundation piecing string squares and then cutting on the diagonal. Am I missing something here? This is very pretty.
I thought the same thing, Judy, since I'm not a fan of paperpiecing. You do sew strips into a square, layer 2 together and seq diagonally. But you sew 7 strips in a block then your two diagonal seams are about 1" apart. When cut you eliminate 1 strip and the 2 blocks aren't identical. Hard to cplain but very accurate with the paper pattern. Our group is doing another of her quilts in September because she uses unique cutting methods. We swap fabric strips to get more variety.
The quilts are all beautiful!! I especially love your minis, Angela! I love how your COF class project (the first photo) turned out. I had taken a photo of the part you finished in class (the whole piece without the border), because I loved the color combination - so cheerful!!
Evelyn, you always come up some neat idea or trick. I like the B/W photo idea, my camera takes photos in B/W and I've used it for other things, but not quilting. How neat to use it to figure out placement and values. TFS Ah, we have another person who likes making Minis. Nice quilts Angela, The ribbon one is darling, simple, but so cute. Jessica... Hand emb. I'm envious, looking good, Be sure to show a picture when it is finished. JudyTx. Nice looking quilt, looks like it took a long time to make. I love looking at this thread weekly. Thanks to all for posting your projects to inspire me.
Took off all the paper foundation, pressed well, and sewed the rows together. Photographed it to discover two rows are in the wrong order! I sure have short stitches and I'm not sure if I'll fix it. Grrrrrrrrrrr
I kept waking up thinking about my mistake. So for the last two hours I've picked teeny tiny stitches then realized I'd ripped out the WRONG seam!!!!!! Grrrrrrrr
So I started over and ripped, ripped, ripped. I didn't cry and I didn't toss it in the dumpster. Now I'm ready to quilt this wallhanging. Whew! Found a great backing in my stash. Hurrah!This message has been edited. Last edited by: EvelynB,
It's stunning and all the others too. Thanks for sharing everyone! I am doing a quickie quilt for a friend diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. If it comes out half way decent I will post a picture in a couple weeks, optimistically.