Saturday, March 20, 2010

Green and Purple Continous Strip

Did I do any quilting at this quilt retreat? Thursday evening I pieced the President's block. Friday morning I pieced the mystery block for retreat, no picture. Friday afternoon I worked on Ocean Wave alternate blocks, they continue to come out *wonky* due to bias edges, a pressure foot that allows too much skating, poor trimming; you name it, frustration continues.

Saturday I jumped into some no-think-um sewing; started and finished another Continuous Strip quilt; this time I used a 2" strip instead of 2 1/2" and it took 4 hours of sewing to piece the top. Fun!

The color palette, strips pulled from my 2" precut strip bin

Joining the strips on the diagonal

Four strips wide

Sixteen strips wide

32 strips wide

I love it! And I always enjoy seeing where the colors fall since the method creates a free-style placement of fabrics. Several ladies at retreat wanted to know how to make a quilt like this so here are a few details.

For this quilt, which measures 41" x 44" you'll need to sew one continuous strip 2 inches wide by 35-36 yards long. To begin, take left over fabrics from a variety of projects, cut them into 2" wide strips of random lengths. Any length will work, but I don't use anything over 22" because it adds more variety. Decide on a color scheme for your quilt and select a big pile of strips from your strip bin to match that palette. Join the ends of the strips on the diagonal, easy how-to here. Press the diagonal seams to one side, then fold the strip RST, sew down the entire length on one side. Cut the bottom open and press the seam to one side. Fold the strip again RST, sew down the entire length. Cut the bottom open. Continue to fold, sew and cut open; when your quilt is 16 strips wide, the strips run vertical; when you fold RST and sew the two 16s together, the strips will run horizontal and your quilt top is done. This method always creates a square-ish quilt. There are more pictures and how-tos in January 2010 post and March 2009. Judy and Patty, I hope this helps!

Retreat Show n Tell

We gathered after dinner on the second night for Show n Tell. I never tire of how different quilts can be.

Thimbleberries Sampler

Dresden Plate Sunflower Runner

Stack and Whack Fundraiser quilt made from tee shirts!

Four Pointed Strip Stars

Day and Night

Day and Night mini made from 'leftovers' created when making the full sized quilt.
A Quilt in a Day pattern.

In Motion art quilt

Double Star - a Mystery quilt

Crazy quilt salvaged from the dumpster, husband of deceased wife didn't want 'that old thing.' (!)

Puss in the Corner

With all that inspiration in our heads, we hurried back to the sewing room. It looks like Martha is pausing to consider her next move!

Fort Bragg's LQS

During retreat it rained most of Friday so we stayed in and sewed the day away. Saturday dawned clear and crisp, so several of us took a break from the project at hand and went to Sew n Sews fabric store. Eye candy!

Blue, Green and Purple

Orange and Red


Radiant Suns

World of Color

Pieced Oranges

One Block Wonder

Four Pointed Star Wall hanging

More about retreat soon...

Friday, March 19, 2010

Quilt Away 2010

Retreat was fabulous. I sewed, slept, shopped, walked the beach, hiked the headlands, shopped some more, eat, laughed, sewed some more and sat in the quiet of my room enjoying the view of Noyo harbor. I was glad to go; March is a great month on the coast. Click any image to enlarge.

Harbor Lite Lodge, Fort Bragg, CA


View from my room

North Harbor Trading Company

Morning Surf

Heading out for the day's catch

Martha & Candace


More tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Grapevine Quilters Show 2010

After the miniatures at guild, and before going on retreat, I attended the LQG's annual show. Frank and I went and he was my willing photographer. He does such a nice job. Click any image to enlarge.

It was difficult to get a picture of this lovely little wall hanging, there was almost always a group around it! The colors, the detail and the little hidden surprises in this quilt were wonderful!

close up

I'm sorry I didn't get the name of this one but I call it Pineapples and Poppies. :)

A Piece o' Cake design by H White

Dear Jane by B Hook

Country Hearts by L McCallum

By the Light of the Moon by B Hook

Sampler on Point by K Sechrest