Monday, March 31, 2008
I wanted to make some two toned but I'm not sure how well it worked. I don't usually use batiks either but I noticed that these two greens were both batiks - they probably slipped in my stash in fat quarter bundles with other *regular* fabrics.
These are trees I made on Thursday. Hopefully by the time I get moved and put all of these on the design wall they'll play nicely with each other. For now, I'm just making them in sets of 2 or 4.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
I had a chance to get back to my tea cups and tea words work this week. I did the three words so far. I am not happy with the W in the word white but welcome any input you all might have about the backgrounds I have chosen for the cups and the words. Right now the black and white really stick out so I think I need to balance that a bit.
Andrea (from Dunn Brothers)
Friday, March 28, 2008
Wonky tree which looks like a cross between a house and a mushroom and the beginning of "Blue, blue my world is blue.
I've finally got my Crumbs project out of the way and can give this project 95% attention. The other 5% is being spent finishing off some hand quilting on a quilt to be sent to the UK by the middle of next week - eeek!
These are my first attempts. I started very small with a certain plan. I'm quickly abandoning that initial plan and becoming free-er. I will work on letters and words next, and I want to add a house. I'm worried about keeping new units in proportion. I am working on a Tree Everlasting block that is humongous (like Jack's beanstalk to the heavens!) and will need to be cut down. Lots of new possibilities are floating in my head....
Thursday, March 27, 2008
I was very inspired by Kristin La Flamme's work on houses and made some taller houses this morning...I also found some blue background that reads as a medium and I like it a lot and I have an amount of it, so maybe I can make a few more and see where this goes... we will see. Glad to finally get a post in---I have been reading what people have been posting and it is just great!! Love all the quilting!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
I "learned how to quilt" when I lived in Manchester, England, and was looking for a sewing class in autumn of 2002. Patchworking and quilting (I am never sure which term to use) quickly became a way to preserve my sanity as a new mum with a hard-and-endlessly-working husband and a shiny new daughter.
Initially, I was taught paper piecing and some very basic hand quilting. My teacher and most of my class mates believed in "all manual labour" and preferrably cotton-only! I have since diverted from that strict school of quilting and taken a first machine quilting class, which was really good fun.
With my projects, I have a tendency to get in way over my head like when I wanted to convert an A4 drawing from a colouring book into the top for my godson's quilt. But I live and learn. And pondering these projects still manages to keep me sane, especially now that I am a working mother of two bubbly daughters with an even-more-hard-working-and-only-there-on-the-weekends husband.
I am currently trying to figure out what to make of the "repetition" scheme and am excited to see what will come of it. Ideally I'd like to have one larger piece at the end of the summer. Because I'm a straightlaced romantic, it might even revolve around "hearts".
I am not familiar with blogging and I hope I have not confused anyone by deleting my previous entry.I am also a beginner quilter so this method is also new to me. I have been dreaming up a few ideas so once I get going I will let you know. Cheers Jody
The trunks could be cut down a little but I'm going to wait until I assemble them in case I need to trim the blocks down.
These trees are really quick. I can see a decent size quilt growing pretty fast once I get going.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
I discovered that dragonfly wings are made of star scraps.....Recently I finished a top with stars in cream, white and offwhite. And just for fun I had pieced the tiny remnants together with the intention to make something abstract out of it. But I was wrong .... Seems to be just perfect for wings...
Monday, March 24, 2008
It may be a little bit before I have anything to show on this new project. I recently made a small improvisational quilt to swap with a fellow blogger. It turned out so well my husband won't let me give it away! I have to quickly make a second quilt to send to her and then I can start on my hearts. In the meantime, if you want to see what else I've been up to my blog is From the Magpie's Nest.
Merci, thanks! Andrea
(I can't post pictures yet but hope to get geared up technologically for that soon.)
Whenever you post, please stick your name in a label on it. You can find the labels at the bottom of the area where you write your post. I've gone back and added names to several of the older posts, so you may find your name easily by hitting the "show all". If it's not there, just type your name in the field. The labels make it possible for us to find all of an individual's posts.
Um, that's all I can think of at the moment. I've actually got sunshine here after hail on Friday - eek. Any questions? Take care, have fun, and sew!
Sunday, March 23, 2008
I started out with repetitions of the letter C. That didn't last long... it morphed into an ode to myself! I used all my names, names of my husband and kids and included my birthplace. Also included giraffes - how could I not?? There are a couple of things still just pinned on, so it's not totally done, but it's close.
I am contemplating borders. I think I have an idea, but am not sure I have enough of the fabric I want to use. I'll save that decision for later.
When I started this project, it was going to be a small wall-hanging. Now I've decided it's my lap quilt and can stay with me when I'm in the Alzheimers unit at the nursing home. When someone else walks off with my quilt, it'll be easy to identify that it's really mine.
Okay, so I haven't posted yet, but I've been reading and planning (sort of, at least). This is my most hectic time of the year, but in three weeks the craziness will end and I can really get to my quilting stuff.
My plan for this project with the repetition is BASKETS. I've wanted to do wonky baskets for a long time, but just haven't gotten to it yet. The other reason I've chosen to do baskets is because I'm thinking that it might push me to learn a tiny bit of applique. I've never actually done any applique though I've taken several classes. I did fine in the class but couldn't do it once I got home and gave up. One was a machine applique class, the other was hand applique (and both were with REAL pros - Karen Kay Buckley and Didi McElroy, so it wasn't the teacher that was the problem it was me).
I figure that I can do some little appliqued handles on my baskets, and retreat to pieced if I get too freaked out. LOL.
So now I am ready to start sewing, but can someone PLEASE tell me where I put my Collaborative Quilting book? I need to look at Gwen and Freddy's baskets but my book is hiding.
Friday, March 21, 2008
i am at a stage where the focus in mainly on decorative stitching. the squiggles are wind and the yellow quilting lines radiate from the moon in the upper corner. since the next day will be focused on embroidery and not piecing.... you can catch the details on my blog. i will be back with the border which will be more about piecing....and wonkiness.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
The "B" looks more like an eight - I'm better at lowercase letters
The next strip will probably be the blue olive fabric as the letters and the background will be a mixture. We can but wait and see.
I had originally thought I'd do a big quilt-as-you-go thing sewing green strips directly to my batting/backing and then adding a strip of free pieced mushrooms. But then I woke up this morning with the realization that it needed to be a fairy ring! It will be harder to piece the ring, but I like the design better. I tried out a simple mushroom which i think is on the right track. My daughter saw my sketch and did one of her own. I like the prairie point border she added. I might have to steal that idea! I'm open to any other piecing ideas too.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I did a little more work on my C's. Tonya is right about some of them being dull and dark... I'll see about using the dull ones or not as I go on. (Maybe that represents the dull side of my personality!) This is what I have so far. I have a couple more ideas to incorporate. I promise I won't post a picture every day along the way! Just wanted to share this step.
Stitched, quilted, bound and ready to mail. I finished this little quilt last night and got it washed up today. I can't wait to get it in the mail to my daughter.
Now I can get back to my other teacups or maybe I will be making some PI symbols for another little quilt.
I really learned a lot doing this. I started out trying to hold on to the design too much and the more I let go, the more fun I had. I especially like doing the free hand fan quilting.
Monday, March 17, 2008
This isn't the setting I'll use but wanted to see how they would look in the background.
Sarah mentioned that Jan Mullen has something similar called daisiez. She sure does! I found her website (stargazey.com) and sure enough, what we came up with looks a lot like her daisiez.
It's interesting - doesn't bother me - hope it doesn't bother her :)
Does anyone know how to do the process of soaking muslin in staining agents (coffee, tea, cinnamon, vanilla, etc.) and then baking it? I'm experimenting and the staining part seemed to work alright, but the baking part nearly got me evicted. And the muslin didn't get as stiff as I know it can be. I have no clue about temp or time with the baking. I'd like a better idea of what I'm doing before I start torturing the linen I'm working with or mixing it up with embroidered fabric.
I'm enjoying everyone's posts and really delighted with how much I'm learning from your photographs. Thanks to all for the sharing and inspiration.
I think I'll play around with C (the first letter in my name), and also with my whole first name. Here's what I have made so far. I pulled the 4 c's on the bottom from a previous half-baked idea. I just recently bought the sign language fabric. I'm a s.l. interpreter, so it's perfect for me. Not sure where this will lead, but I like the idea better than bird houses which I considered for a while.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
I used the asterisk tutorial and Tonya's center square suggestion to make my zinnias. Neither version looks especially like a zinnia, but I do think they have a flowery look and I like them. Any suggestions or other ideas? How do you like the background? I like the color because it has the greens and blues of summer, but am wondering if it will be too dark looking or not enough contrast. The blocks are 4 1/2 inches sq.
These were so much fun to make :)
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
The one on the left is supposed to be a lower case b. I know it doesn't look like one. These letters are, hopefully, not going to be made up of the same fabric and are going to merge into one big splash of blue.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Repetition defined: “The act or an instance of repeating or being repeated”
Here are bits of thoughts that have bouncing about between my brain cells:
I work as a legal administrative assistant/paralegal for three (and sometimes more) corporate/estate planning attorneys. That means I keyboard ALL day long, making edits to an unending flow of documents. “Put the comma in, take the comma out” ~ repetition in its most basic form.
Repetition creates familiarity (and sometimes, irritation).
Repetition can also lead to understanding (and/or frustration).
Repetition is one way of getting things into longer-term memory.
As Pavlov discovered with his dogs, with repetition you can connect a cue or trigger with a selected action.
Music, rhythm and repetition can have a hypnotic effect that often lull us into following a pattern in mindless ways.
Before assisted living, my mother had a dog and a t-shirt with this printed on the front ~
Today’s Agenda: Let the Dog In, Let the Dog Out, Let the Dog In, Let the Dog Out
So, where am I going with this?
I’ve decided to modify my game plan for this quilt. I want to make houses, but I also want to do much more and not get so intense about one particular element.
How? I’m going to use one particular fabric as my repeating element. It will be featured, along with an assortment of companionably scrappy colors, in every block, connecting segments, borders, back, and maybe even the binding.
I really don’t know where this approach will lead ~ which, as Tonya can verify, is a giant leap for me. The goal is not just free piecing, but a free spirit as well.
"Mistakes are the portals of discovery." (James Joyce)
I probably will use greens and some blue for the background, with bright, hot colors for the zinnias. Of course I may change my mind once I get going.
For the zinnias, I have a few ideas: the asterisk could work well, especially if I appliqued a circle in the center. I also like Lisajo's flower and will try something like that. But, what I would really like to try is a fan shape. Does anyone have ideas about free-piecing a fan shape?
I will definitely try some z's first though to start getting the feel for things.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
No letters/words yet, as I can't decide whether to use a dark or light background. That will be my next step. My trees are turning out good, getting better as I make more. I started out with a certain format in mind, a framework in which to "plant" my ideas. ha! That worked to get me started, but I am quickly changing the plans. I trimmed my first blocks to 3.5"-- sorta small! Now I am starting to leave them untrimmed so I can fit different sizes together later. (Should have done that in the first place. I'm learning!)
Well, there was only one answer. A bit sickly maybe, but very important. Love. The quilt is going to consist of repetitions of the word 'love'. Here are the first two. (They'll look better when they're joined together - I hope!)
You see my winter class quilt on my blog though it is a bit sad and dejected at the moment. My digital camera has crashed and burned, and just when I thought it would be exciting to buy a new one, the washing machine crashed and burned too. Well naturally the washing machine had to take priority so the new camera is going to wait for another couple of weeks. Grrr!!
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's ideas.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
I enjoy free-piecing and have used Tonya's letter's in another quilt. I watched her winter class, and I couldn't pass up on joining her summer one. I've recently been rereading Liberated Quilting by Gwen Marston. Between this book and Collaborative Quilting by Gwen and Freddy Moran, I've been wanting to make some liberated quilts. I will focus on houses for the majority of the quilt with stars and/or tree or who-knows-what-else for the "filler".
I have a few other projects to finish before I can get started on this one, but my brain in churning over it all!
Thanks Tonya for your tutorials, inspiration and putting these classes together!
I have been quilting for about twenty years. I tend to go towards reproduction fabrics but I also have a stash of batiks, silks, buttons, beads....OK, I have a lot of stuff to play with! I'm going to try and stretch myself on this one. Watch this space for progress!!!!
We have about 2 feet of snow here so I am thinking flowers.....maybe zinnias (I could use the asterik tutorial) with the letter z (it's such a great looking and sounding letter) OR sunflowers OR a whole garden full of different flowers. I'll keep you posted :)
Monday, March 10, 2008
I'm at a conference this week--so won't be able to get started until next week. It's good to see all the other ideas so far.
Fall is my favorite season and each year I've quilted I've tried to make a fall quilt. For this project, I plan to work with trees with the goal of having my quilt top finished by Fall. I'll be out of town most of this week and I'm getting ready for a move in a few weeks so my start may lag a little behind but I'm excited about participating.
I found this site through Jude's blog, was immediately inspired to participate, and was up most of the night jotting down thoughts and designs. Today I purchased gray linen that has been calling my name for weeks and it is now preshrinking away in the wash.
So now I'm thinking a lot about repetition. Not only in design, but in nature, in culture, in families. What is handed down (repeated through generations) to us and how sometimes it comes intact and sometimes it comes in fragments. How sometimes it is useable in the form in which it comes to us and sometimes it's not, challenging us seek its essence and bring it forth in new forms.
I'm intrigued by ralli, saami, and kantha quilts - traditionally made from old cloth. I love old textiles! I don't have any old textiles that I'm willing to interfere with, so I've decided that will be my first step in this class - create "old" fragments that will be pieced into a new whole.
I am a stitcher and lover of all things fiber related, but I am not a quilter. I do not have a fabric stash from which to draw for this. I live in Switzerland where the cost of fabric can quickly plunge me into financial ruin. How am I going to do this? Well, honestly, I don't have a clue! Yet. It is a good thing I have a sense of humor and am able and willing to laugh at myself!
I'm really looking forward to working with the challenge I've set for myself and to watching each of you develop your quilts. I've visited all of the blogs listed in the sidebar and admit to being amazed and not a little intimidated by the quality and quantity that you all produce! This is going to be a lot of fun!
Paula in Zurich
Sunday, March 9, 2008
WOO-HOO - I'm doing the happy dance. twirl - twirl - twirl
And geez-louise, all I had to do is look out my window, lol. Note to self: OPEN YOUR EYES WOMAN!
I live just outside Saguaro National Park. Cactusville, USA - Tucson, AZ.
My quilt will reflect the repetition of the cacti, all various sizes, shapes, colors and textures. Cacti absolutely thrill me. My daughter said, "Yeah Mom, I used to feel that way, then I got over it." I haven't gotten over it yet.
I'm so darned excited!
well, not one of my 3 sewing machines is working. The 'good' one stopped working yesterday evening ( when DD used her ), my faithful 35year old Pfaff swallowed the 'on' button, when I switched her on 1 month ago, and my new old featherweight doesn't behave very good ( probably my fault )
So wish me luck :-) At least I have time to clean up and go through the stash looking for dragonfly colors. And the first sketch :-)
These teacups are so much fun! This morning I tried making some even smaller cups so now I have a few different sizes. I need to begin working on the letters now. I am thinking of naming some of our favorite teas and making some more of the word blocks to just say TEA.
1)I've been working on a heart wallhanging with a zillion appliqued hearts. Even before this class, I was thinking that it would be fun to make a similar wallhanging with a bunch of wonky trees.
2) I love Churn Dash... it would be cool to make a bunch of funky CD's!
3) I also love sailboats and the possibilities are endless.
How do I decide?
I'm going to have some fun with this: two bees, 2 Bs, too B, two B, and so on. One could also ask the question about colour: to be pink? or another colour. That's it for now. (Sorry about the blurry pix.)