Monday, February 26, 2007

Fabric Bowl

After finishing quilts, I decided to play with something else today. Awhile back I had seen a pattern for this fabric bowl. (McCalls Quick Quilts January 2007) I bought some cotton clothes line to wrap with fabric strips. So I gave it a whirl. And look what I made! It took about half an hour and was really fun. More of these are in my future.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Three Quilts This Week

I quilted another quilt today, Grandmother's Choice, and finished one yesterday, Spider Web. Whoo-hoo! I'm on a roll...

I quilted Spider Web with wavy lines over the seams, that way it didn't matter if I was "in the ditch". I can't quilt straight lines, even with a walking foot. Then I meandered the border, and discovered it is hard not to cross lines when the thread matches the fabric! I should have used a thread with more contrast so I could see it. This one is being donated to the quilt guild also.

And here is my poor daughter, now she is sick. She has a fever and was cold, and this was just finished and so I put it over her. Can you see in the closeup photo how I quilted this one? I found a design on Quiltmaker (www.quiltmaker.com) and traced it onto Golden Threads Quilting Paper. I love quilting with this paper. Anyway, after I quilted two blocks I thought maybe I could do the pattern without the paper, and boy freehand is hard! Getting the right curves required a lot of concentration. And I thought I already had a lot of practice! I supposed I could have been precise and marked the blocks where the points would go, but that is not in my nature. Then I quilted loop de loops in the border, with varigated thread so I could see it! Did you happen to notice that I make scrappy bindings? That's because I never cut the bindings when I make the tops! hahahaha

Friday, February 23, 2007

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Sick, sick, sick. My son has been sick for 5 days and now I have this crud. The school secretary said on Monday that 40 kids were out of school sick. And our school has less than 175 kids! Ugh.


But anyway, last night I did finish this scrappy strippy quilt. I am going to donate it to our local quilt guild, and they will give it to victims of house fires. There was a house fire last week and we donated three quilts, so the supply has gotten low. I sat and looked at this quilt for awhile and remembered where all the fabric came from. Most of it I could tell you right off. I hope you can see the quilting in the closeup photo.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Tessellation

Ever since I was in high school and took an art class, I have loved tessellations. This is the Merriam Webster definition "a covering of an infinite geometric plane without gaps or overlaps by congruent plane figures of one type or a few types." What??? Ok, some examples would be a four patch repeated over a quilt, 1000 pyramids, diamonds, hexagons, rectangles, etc.


There is a man, M. C. Escher, http://www.mcescher.com/, who was the KING of tessellations. Check this out:



Totally Cool! This man was a mathmatician but used the formulas to make art. Check out the website.



Ok, so I was looking at a tesselation and wondered if I could make the block in EQ6. Not like I would ever make this quilt but it is fun to play around. Here is the block:



Here is the quilt with a straight set:



Here is the quilt on point:


Here it is with some color and set in the baby blocks quilt:

Can we say WOW!!!



Friday, February 09, 2007

Leftovers

Isn't this just the cutest brightest wallhanging you have ever seen? I had some leftover blocks from this pink and green quilt top hanging around my quilting table so last Saturday I decided to "color" for awhile. Remember as a kid, getting that fresh new coloring book page? All that possibility, all those colors, and YOU were in control. So I took these blocks and made something, just for fun, no pattern, nothing "perfect". And it was great! (I originally had planned to include an orange "hello!" but that just wasn't working.) This is the quilt top the blocks are left over from. The photo does not do the brightness justice, believe me!
And here is a closeup of the quilting. I used my Janome 6500, nylon thread on top, Bob's prewound bobbin polyester on the bottom. And then just went to town. I was sort of trying to do a McTavish look, but wasn't referring to a photo or anything. So I was doing the swoopy thing but in my own style, on the border. I meandered the background of the blocks, pretty small and just outlined the shapes, not finishing the edges. I fussy cut out the butterflies from another fabric, and all the flowers and leaves are freehand. I would guess this took me about an hour solid to quilt.The biggest problem was the fusible web! I followed the directions. It was wonder under I think, and after the fusible was on the fabric, the paper WOULD NOT come off! It just tore off in little tiny shreds. So what's up with that? I have not had this problem previously, so obviously something was wrong. Is the wonder under too old? I've had it about a year. Was the iron too hot? The fabric was unwashed, but the fusible stuck to the fabric, so that was not the problem. Any suggestions?

And here is just a photo of a quilt that was on ebay that I really liked.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

More Wool, Aaaaaaa!

Here are two 14 inch wallhanging tops done. Two to go and then I am done with the wool! Yea! Eight projects with the same fabric is quite enough!

I printed the photos on EQ photo fabric paper. I am very pleased with how they have come out. The only thing is that the fabric shrank from 8 1/2 x 11 to about 8 1/4 by 10 3/4. But since I was going to cut the photos down a bit, it was okay.