Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Scrappy quilts.........


Today I am linking to the monthly Scraptastic Tuesday.  There are lots of other bloggers linked so if you like scrap quilts, check them out too.  

If you have been reading my blog for very long you know I use lots of different fabrics in each quilt.  I get bored if there are too few choices in the quilt. 
One of my favorite scrap projects is my colorwash quilts.  These two are made with 2" squares, however I work with 2.5" and 1.5" squares too.  I start out cutting the largest squares from my scraps, then go down in size as the scrap becomes smaller until I have cut it all up.

I made the top piece last night and the bottom one a few months ago.

Here is a link to more colorwash pieces that I have made.

I think the back is pretty neat too. 

This is part of my collection of 2.5" squares.  I store them in the disposable aluminum cookie sheets and they nest together.  I can stack more than 20 trays in one large storage bin.  There is a photo on this post

Colorwash is achieved through separating values and here is a post that simplifies the sorting.

Monday, October 20, 2014

African quilt......

Here are the green strips that I am auditioning for another section of the piano key border.

The top looks a lot neater now that it is sewn together.  I will cut sections of the strip sets (see yesterday's post) and figure out the order they will be sewn together today.

Yesterday none of my comments were forwarded to my email.  Did anyone else have that problem?  Is Blogger playing with us again?

Sunday, October 19, 2014


I think this is my final layout of the African courthouse steps blocks.  The border audition: these are the sewn strip sets I had for a previous African quilt I was going to make.  There are 3 sets there, orange, blue and gold.  Each one is the full 45" long so I can cut lots of sections out of them for a piano key type border.  I could make a green set too so I may audition that later today.  With just the blocks it would be 73" long and 49" wide so I thought about just putting borders on the sides for a better proportion.  I will know more after I get the ends and bottom sashing strips on.
The 4 blooms are on the ends of 2 leaves.  This is the first time I have had 2 blooms on more than one leaf at a time.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Drundard's Path changes.........

The one on the left is the same as in yesterday's post.  I worked on it yesterday morning and the one on the right is the progress.  I'm not sure if it is done or not.  I'll look at it for a couple days while I work on my other 2 in progress quilts.
I sewed the top strip with cornerstone to the 24 blocks.  Now I'm ready to go to the design wall with them.  Then I can add end of row strips and bottom of the quilt strips and sew the top together.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Drunkard's Path progress...............

I put all of the sewn blocks on the design wall.  Then I added some that are just 2 pieces loose on the wall, not sewn.  I added the 3 blocks that aren't pieced and also added one of the Australian fabrics.  I'm not sure what I will do next, but this isn't doing anything for me.  I am linking up with the Drunkard's Path quiltalong.  The logo/link is on my right sidebar.  Check it out to see what everyone else is doing.

The tree across the street has more color every day.  It is also losing its leaves quite fast.

I just had to show this beauty one more time.  I may have to share another photo if it has 5 or 6 full blooms at once.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Stratas sewn.........

I took all four sewn stratas after I had pressed them and laid them out to simulate the effect I will get on this quilt.
The next step was to sew the last seam that makes the strata into a tube.  I trim the selvages off to have a straight edge at the left.

Next I cut as many slices as I can get out of the strata.  I usually have to do another straightening cut when I am about half way across the strata.  The next step will be to unpick one seam in each of the tube slices.  I do this at the design wall where I can easily determine which seam to unpick.  
The pink cactus bloom is almost all open.  It seems to be a darker pink than last year.

This colorful tree is in my backyard neighbor's front yard.  I used the zoom feature to shoot between the branches of my Redbud tree.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Serious sewing.......

I needed a serious sewing project now that all of the good shows are back on TV.  I first chose fabrics for this Trip Around the World on this post back in 2012.  I changed a few of the fabrics a couple months ago.  I needed 4 stratas for the couch quilt size and I have 1 3/4 of them sewn.  Tonight there are 2 shows to watch so I should finish sewing all 4 by the time the news and weather is over.
The tree across the street is looking prettier every day.

This is the view to my right as I stand on my front porch.  The neighbor's burning bush is a pretty deep pink and mine is a deep red.  There are still asters blooming.

The pink buds are starting to open on this cactus. 

There are only 5 days left to take advantage of the special sale on Lapel Sticks.  Go to this post and scroll to the bottom for the details.