After a week of deliberation, and quite a few pattern purchases, I thought I had settled on a pattern. I bought some extra fabrics and got to it. After a few test blocks, I thought I was ready. I started to make strip sets–cutting into some very precious fabrics and sewing up a storm.
And then I cut into them to make the blocks.
And all was well. But, on block number 6 of …lots, I started to think that I didn’t like it. So I panicked, looked for new patterns, and eventually resigned myself to the idea that I may have no idea what I’m doing.
But now, I have found a new pattern. I’m going to give the disappearing four patch a try. Let’s hope it treats me better.
I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna join the 2014 Finish-Along. Firstly, I must make a disclaimer. My finishes this quarter and this year always fall lower on the list than my job and grad school. Also, I am pretty fickle, so I’m just gonna post all the things that are in my head right now as well as WIP’s and UFO’s. It’ll give me a better chance at actually accomplish something. Without further ado, here is my list:
- A blue quilt for my niece. Probably HST’s sewn together to make small and large squares. Gotta finish it by her wedding in June!!!!
- The “Welcome Back, Kevin” quilt.
- Quilt my rainbow bricks quilt. It has been languishing on the shelf for a year!!!! The only decision left to make is black vs. invisible thread.
- Quilt the starshine quilt. It’s mine. I deserve a damned quilt.
- My parent’s crosshatch quilt. Only 30 partial seam blocks to go!
- The Christmas echo star quilt. Okay, so this one probably won’t be done anytime soon.
- Andy’s fingerless gloves. Attach the finger flaps, then knit and attach the thumb flaps. If I don’t hurry up, it’s going to take me another winter.
- My mother’s blueberry pillow (or possibly throw-sized quilt, but probably pillow). This should probably get finished before her birthday in March.
- My jeweltones scrappy quilt.
- The Vintage Quilt Revival sampler in solids!!!!!
- Possibly even a Retro Rubies tablerunner.
Well, that’s a long and entirely unmanageable list. Can’t wait to get started on it this weekend!!!
Sometimes– okay, most times– I buy fabric without a specific goal in mind. Such was the case on Black Friday. I go out because JoAnn’s is having a sale and I can get some stuff that I need. I get there and there are some cute Christmas prints. This is clearly a sign from the heavens as I do not often like themes or prints. I buy them. I bring them home. I’m browsing the interwebs in an attempt to get some inspiration when it strikes! I’m going to make a giant eight-pointed star out of half-square triangles. I’m going to echo it twice. After some sketching and some math I come up with this:
I’ve since been working on this thing through all of the craziness of life. And here is the progress:
I’ve pieced a bit more. And I am superduperflipping excited.
Fabrics: Assorted “Holiday Inspirations” from Jo-Ann Fabrics, Kona White
Piecing Thread: Coats and Clark, 30 wt, 100% Mercerized Cotton, White #1
Finished Size: Who knows?!?!
Last year, my sisters and I went to Keepsake Quilting‘s tent sale. It was my first foray into the quilting world. There were women going through boxes upon boxes of scraps, a tent full of patterns, kits, and fabric by the yard (a very generous yard at that). I picked up a quilt kit and two patterns.
That kit turned out to be the Starshine Quilt by Creative Sewlutions. The kit was full of blue batiks– featuring light blue stars, a beige lattice, and wonderful navy background fabrics.
I started piecing it over the summer.
There were lots of half-square triangles to deal with, and I did not have a 1/4″ foot at the time, so, alas, my corners do not all match.
But they came out pretty okay. Today I finished up the other squares and started piecing the stars!
Just look at those swirling stars! I love it! Such a great way to take my mind off things before school starts up again on Monday. I do love a good distraction– especially when it’s a productive one!
Since the new year I have started quilting. I started out by cutting and piecing the bricks for a full sized quilt based on this one. It will be full of some wonderfully bright batiks I picked up from Keepsake Quilting with my sisters. I decided not to assemble the top, however, because I was afraid it would be far too unwieldy to quilt on my own. I have since finished a mini-quilt based on this tutorial where I got in some practice with straight-line quilting. I quilted and bound the whole thing during Winter Storm Nemo after school was cancelled for the day.
I’ve got the bug now, though. I decided to pull out my bricks last night and lay out the design. Now I’m piecing the bricks into blocks of four bricks which I will connect up after. Unfortunately, part of the reason I stopped the piecing before was that I did not have a 1/4 inch foot, so I eyeballed the piecing of the bricks (which I’m not sure were cut all that well to begin with). A lot of them are off by up to 1/8 inch. I’m hoping that constructing the blocks in this way, unlike the tutorial where they are assembled in strips will help me to get a more even quilt. The batiks are hiding the abnormalities a bit, but I would like to have the corners as tight as possible.
I’ll post pictures later. Unfortunately, I left my camera at my parents’ house over Christmas and will not be able to get it back until the weekend.