Monday, December 29, 2014

December 42 Quilts Modern Monday Finish

I finally finished the last 6 squares I planned to do from this set. I think they are more busy than modern.

Block 20: Shoo  fly - not very wonky.

Block 23: Chinese coins - the link on the site went to a different square so I did my own thing.

Block 36: 4H - far too busy to notice the "H"s.

Block 45: Monument - it looked like a birthday cake to me so I made mine look like one. 

Block 57: Piano keys - colorful.

Block 26: The Cross - a very simple design.

Now I have enough squares to complete 4 new placements.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

November Bee Block - Flying Geese at The Gates

Tatiana's bee block was inspired by the Christo's 2005 installation in Central Park - the gates. The fabric chosen is from the Cotton & Steel line. It is dynamic yet minimalist. My block assignment was the flying geese pattern, whatever style I'd liked. Tatiana gave several links for inspiration. Although I never saw the installation in person I have seen many photos which gave me the impression the wings on the gates fluttered in a circular motion. I wanted my block to a similar feel that the geese we spinning free.

The block is 16 1/2 inches. The fabric is very pretty with metallic printing which makes it shimmer. My photos are too bright to see the full effect.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Vogue 2383 - Mr. Clara's Jacket

It is Nutcracker season again. When dancing daughters move on so do the dancing Dads. A new Mr. Clara is making his dancing debut and new jacket is required. He has a lovely scarlet Christmas velvet jacket.

Lady Faye, the dress form, is making a shabby show since the jacket is a size 48 and she is not.

Mr. Clara's fitting was a success as he said he would be able to his big scene, the fake foot trip with an armload of packages, with ease.

Here it is flat on the ground. I should have taken a close up of the button. It was an ugly blue one from my Grandma's stash painted gold with Christmas magic.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

October Quilt Bee Block - Liberated Star

For October's Bee challenge Lee choose a Liberated Star block using Kaffe Fasset scraps and solid black. The black makes the bright Kaffe Fasset print pop out. The "challenge" of this block is that the star points vary. The direction she gave were very easy to follow. With varying size points which way is up? One block - 4 looks.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Quilt Bee - September Challenge

September's challenge is for Janneke's improv houses from fabric scraps from France. Ooo-la-la! They are very pretty scraps.

The request was for an improv house from these scraps, but the background must be solid. The finished square is 10 1/2 inches. I was going for a house with a garage, but end up with a row home. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Emergency Wallet

Yikes! My wallet was getting old and I was thinking about replacing it, but never found anything a liked. Poof! the stitching on seams gave out. Amy Butler's book "Style Stitches" there is an checkbook cover. A search up the internet and I found a way to tweak the pattern and add some credit card pockets. I used a tutorial from That *Darn* Kat for a quilted wallet with credit card holders. A little math to shrink it down and a little finger crossing that I am guessing correctly and I converted a check book cover to a new wallet.Using fabric from my other Amy Butler bag and its pal. I made the wallet.

In hindsight the wallet should be half inch wider (to accommodate the width of the credit cards) and an inch longer (to accommodate the bulk when it is folded).

Between medical, credit and store cards there is not enough room in my compact wallet. I made Key Keeper Coin Purse for to hold the spill over for the less frequently used cards. Now I know why so many people rattle off their phone numbers instead of carry cards.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Swallowtails 2014

This has not been a good butterfly year. I am not sure if it because I did not plant flowers in my deck boxes or the butterfly bush took a beating over the winter and was late coming into bloom or my parsley pot is closer to the house.

We had three caterpillar before we left for vacation.
2 of the 3

I found two when we returned.

The two caterpillars disappeared. I have seen a swallowtail flying around. Last week we discovered where one crawled off to metamorphosis. Clever caterpillar although he hiked about 20 feet across the house to nestle under the kitchen bay window.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Quilt Bee - August's Challenge

I joined the quilt bee with my guild. Amy has August and asked us to paper piece patches for her expected baby. Amy gave us the paper piecing and fabric scraps. I have the word "baby". My choice for blue letters on low volume background or low volume letters on a blue background. I choose the former.

I once pieced a sample square in a class but it was much larger. These pieces are small. I am using my light table to see the fabric coverage.

Amy want a scrappy looked and asked that all fabric be used, but I am not to keen on the large white dots because the pieces are so small and I think there is not enough blue. There were some tiny pieces, especially letter 'a'. I'm not sure you tell which fabric is which. Letter 'y' was a breeze - the pieces were soooo big. Ha! The big white dots works better on 'y'.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Charity Baby Quilt

My quilt guild is making 20 baby quilts for a center for new moms. I did not piece this quilt. I machine quilted it. A first for me. I ask for one that would look good with straight lines. Here it is.

Next, machine binding so it can hold up to multiple washings. Another first.

Machine quilting is okay. Maybe the straight lines were too monotonous. My machine binding is crooked. I'm not sure how people keep the back even. I did listen to the last episode of History Detectives and two episodes of Secrets of the Dead. If I hand quilted I would have listened to all the episodes of Secrets of the Dead and finished 2 months instead of two days! :)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hockey Sweater

This isn't a Hockey Sweater but rather a sweater make at hockey. The pattern is Miette. The pattern is at Untangling Knots . The yarn is Ashley by Yarn Bee. It is from Hobby Lobby. The color is Pale Aqua. It is 56% wool 44% polyester blend. I started this project in November at the start of the Winter Hockey season and finished in June at the end of the Spring Hockey season. It is not a complicated pattern so it works well when one eye is on the action in the rink.

The pattern is close fitted. I prefer tailored, to tight. If I made it again I would leave out the front bust darts so it would have a looser fit.

I love the knit from the top down with no seams. I lengthened the arms to full length sleeves and need to lengthen the bodice 2 inches because I prefer it at my waist. It is a top down knitting  pattern which allowed me to try on the sweater to see if it fit. So much better than holding pieces up to your body.

After I finished my Michael Miller quilt, I added the buttons. Some how I miss read the directions and the button holes are backward. The top to buttons are two close and the bottom on is to high. Oops!

I can tell you wool is very warm in the summer. I planning on knitting a cotton sweater this hockey season. I am still searching out patterns and yarns. Only 4 weeks to till we are back at the rink!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Michael Miller Fabric Challenge - Pinwheels

I have completed the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge. I named my quilt "Pinwheels". It is a 45 x 51 inch baby quilt.

 It is my first modern quilt. The solid fabric is from JoAnn's and border is from the challenge fabric.

It is hand quilted using size 20 pearl cotton. My design idea was to give the illusion of wind spinning the pinwheels.

This thread  is too thick for a regular quilting needle so I could not use my hoop.

Instead I used a running stitch and "oven mit" method to hold the fabric.

I used Mountain Mist batting. It puffier then other batting I have used, but still has a soft drape and is very light weight..

Big R said "You finished another quilt? Aren't quilts suppose to take a long time." For me, the answer is "yes". But if you spend all your spare hours (and are lucky pond hockey is now at the prep school with a clean lobby) you can make one "quickly". It also helps the challenge deadline was extended a month.:)

I joined the quilt bee with my guild. It will be piecing blocks for a while. My turn is not until June. There will be no more quilts this year.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Square Madness

I finished my Square Madness quilt. It is on the large side 80x75 inches. I will describe is as interesting and I cannot photograph it well.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Infinity Scarf

I promised Big R an infinity scarf with the yarn left over from my pink and orange socks. The scarf's length would be either as long as she wanted it or until I ran out of yarn. Luck would have it there was only enough yarn for the length she wanted.

My new rink side knitting project for the Spring hockey season is the Miette sweater. This one is knitted top down. I plan on making full length sleeves and adding 3 inches to the body so it comes to my waist and is not cropped.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

February Quilt Squares

Here are my next installment of squares for the Monday Monday Quilt. This round is olive, turquoise and purple. I did purchase a 6-1/2 inch square grid. I still haven't figured out all the different grid lines in each quadrant.
Block 8 - Pinwheel
Pinwheel was rather simple.

Block 9 - String Block
String block was fun. I paper pieced it to a 6-1/2 inch square to eliminate the guess work and wasting scraps by cutting them too big.

Block 10 - Snowball Variation
This was another straight forward pattern.

Block 11 - Bow Tie
Some how my purple "squares" ended up more like triangles.

Block 12 - Winged Square
I did not like this one. Too many 1 inch squares. My greens are too similar. Kinda of boring. Some how it ended up too small and crooked. I needed to add buffer strips to make it the correct size.

Block 13 - 9-Patch
This 9-Patch was fun.

 Here is a possible place mat setup. I think this set has too much solid green.