Sunday, April 24, 2011
to this top.
It's my first go at circles and I used this tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew but I didn't read it that close and made my circles a bit bigger than she recommends. It's turned out just fine though.
The back is about 3 inches shy crosswise, so I'm going to think about it a bit before I quilt it up. Why finish something just because it went together fast.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Still on the California Dreamin' kick today. I'm using this tutorial on Cluck, Cluck, Sew and so far liking the results but who could have guessed that if you cut an eight inch square into quarters that you would end up with four inch squares. They look so tiny. I'm adding in some solids from my stash so that my eyes don't burn out of my head.
Monday, April 18, 2011
I started planning cutting for a circle-y quilt top this morning before work. When I got home, there was a package from Wondrous Woven Fabrics with a little roll of the same fabrics I was considering. Despite the four fat quarter bundles currently eyeballing me on my desktop, I opened up the roll and sewed all 16 strips of this California Dreamin' fabric together. It's fun, it's cheery, it's bright. All the things that were missing from today. So here it is, if I can keep the front small, I've got a back ready to go. Although I am wishing that I had a couple of fat quarters of the Golden Gate blues and greens colorway to mix in to the front.
Circles, you're still on my list, get ready!
Sunday, April 17, 2011
I do have a new Kona color card but I picked the coordinating colors with the good old fashioned hold the fabric up to the stash cabinets until something jumped out.
The pattern, while not very pretty, turned out fairly easy to put together. I had a few directional issues and in fact the pocket not showing are the blenders on their side, sometimes things spill though, right?
Not bad for a prototype but not sure that this is the pattern I was hoping for the bigger diabolical plan*.
The blender fabric is fantastic though -
* I prefer all my plans to be diabolical.
I used a fat eighth bundle and this pattern. It wasn't too hard to switch it from a jelly roll/layer cake to the fat eighth. It even left a little bit over which I cut into little 2.5 inch squares and gave away. The quilt top went together pretty quick particularly when I got bored with trimming the blocks and just slapped them all together.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
I know, I know, everyone's showing the Sherbet Pips but I like 'em. They're fun. I even already have an idea of what to do with them. But right now I'm trying to decide whether to get in the car and break my big machine, Pippi, out of the shop.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Despite traveling with two non-sewing peeps, I managed to spend a bit of time in some fabric shops in Turkey. A couple in Bursa which was pretty cool. We learned how to count at least up to 5. The guy helping us was truly amused at our ridiculous attempts with 2 and 3. One is easy, "beer", but holding up your thumb not a finger. Bursa is a cotton mecca. In fact, on the pillow store rows you picked your pillow form and then the cotton stuffing from huge bags.
The orange blocks on the back of the chair is a heavy weight fabric and the lines/interior squares are silver. Shiny silver.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The US national flower is the rose. Piffle.