These are dual-screen shots so click to enlarge.
Monday, March 31, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
My first, machine pieced in strips, hand quilted. Seams are 1/4". Each Nine patch finishes at 3/4". Photo by DH.
This one was from a Sally Collins workshop early in the 1990s. It placed Third in the County Fair because the machine quilting is iffy. I didn't care, I still like it.
Pine Trees. Machine pieced, machine quilted. The HST units finish at 1/4". Photo by DH.
Log Cabin, or Straight Furrows; machine pieced, hand quilted. I'd made this one again in a minute, it was so fun and is so pleasing.
Broken Dishes, machine pieced from cut-away HSTs from another project that I just couldn't throw away, machine quilted.
I don't have a lot of luck handquilting my minis. I can't seem to get the stitches and the quilt designs to scale. But people always seemed impressed by the fact these are not paper pieced. I learned to make minis before paper piecing was really popular so... And I'm usually happy with the results. Though if I ever attempt the mini Feather Star - I don't know, it might be better to try pp'ing it.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
I had just asked Frank to put turtle wax on the bed of my machine to aid the free motion of the quilting. Yikes! It was so free that was a lot of the problem, it had a mind of it's own. Su swears she thinks waxing your machine is the hottest thing since paper napkins, but it must be for larger quilts with more drag.
So I haven't sewn since that day it seems. Too preoccupied with other things. We had a terrific Spring hike at the lake last Sunday and it was so great to see the water level up where it needs to be. This man-made rez is my community's water supply and we were already being asked to ration during the *winter* months. I wasn't looking forward to what summer rationing was going to be like.
Frank creates desktop images for his dual screen monitor set up, that's why some of the pictures I post are panoramas.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
I didn't need this box of squares. I have my own! What was I thinking? But I started pulling out favorites and planning color schemes and the next thing I knew I'd made a doll quilt. The arrow in the picture above points to the pile of squares used.
It was a *perfect* day. In all the years I've gone to the Sonoma or Mendocino coast I have never seen a nicer, warmer, *windless* day. We were in heaven.
The only down side was the lack of wind made kite flying a challenge. Nathan's stunt kite takes more than the usual amount of wind to keep it going. But Hollin made a valiant try.
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Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Connie in concentrated modeWe had fun and produced a few fabric postcards worthy of the name.
Rosy's Round Up
I've had an Ocean Wave quilt in my head off and on for awhile so I decided to test drive some of the colors. One or two ladies thought I was *insane* working at this scale, but it's a good way to try layouts without using a lot of fabric.
Here the pieces are placed on Steam a Seam fusible. I covered them with an applique pressing sheet to bond the fusible. They're half of a 1 and a half inch square. Which turned out to be too big for the postcard, so I cut them down even more.
But I thought the results was so cheerful. I can't wait to make the full size version!