Saturday, October 25, 2014

Drunkard's Path Decision..or indecision...........

I sewed the top of the Drunkard's Path together yesterday and then tested black binding (on the right) and black border (top left) but neither one spoke to me.

Then I tried a print border with a black background.  The print is also in two of the blocks.  I like this better but may audition a couple more fabrics.  This isn't an outstanding quilt by any means but it is one else has this fabric collection and therefore there will never be another like it.  I'm linking to the "Cross the Drunkard's Path" quiltalong - link button on my right sidebar.

The problem I had with comments not coming to my email box has been solved.  I think it was Comcast's fault.  Since emails weren't coming from my friend who also has Comcast I knew something was wrong.  She told me my emails to her were all in her spam folder.  I checked the Comcast webpage and I had 85 comments being held hostage in my spam folder.  After 3 days of this, things were back to normal.

Friday, October 24, 2014

The new quilt.........

This is what I did with the 8.5" squares that I showed yesterday.  I decided it was so much fun slicing the blue and green blocks on this quilt that I wanted to do it again but slice as many times and wherever I wanted.  The fabrics are 95% Vicki Welsh hand dyes and 5% others that I have had in my stash a long time.  I cut all of the big squares from warm colors and the 1" strips are a wild assortment from all of my scraps of hand dyed fabrics.  I will save this project to take to our next sew in the second Thursday in November.

Today I want to sew my Drunkard's Path blocks together but I also need to get outside and cut down some more weeds and peonies in the gardens. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I didn't want to do it.......

Today is our twice monthly sew in day and I needed a project.  I didn't want to carry my heavy machine so I couldn't continue on any of the 3 quilts in progress.  I didn't want to do it.....but I have to start a new project today.  I die cut 8.5" squares and pressed all of the scraps so I'm ready to go.

I have some kits of 2.5" squares of African and related fabrics on my Wandafulquilts blog.  There were 4 kits, now only 3 available.  I needed the aluminum trays that I was storing these squares on so I made kits.ALL KITS ARE SOLD!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

More border strip sets........

I sewed the green strip set and then I looked at the remaining strips and saw that there were enough to make a purple and burgundy set.  I sewed them last night and just pinned them all up on the edge of the design wall.  It's time to cut sections out of them and decide on the order of colors.

I did a lot of cutting of scraps yesterday so I didn't get a lot done on any of the 3 projects I have in progress.

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.