Saturday, January 6, 2018

Sea Swept !

The first section done on my Sea Swept quilt. It will honor the historic mariners in my husband's family - including the grandson who now sails in the Pacific on sea going tugs. Gerald's career took him around the world more than once. I envy his memories! His family history goes back to the grandfather (great?) who played a pivotal role in the confederacy ships reaching Mobile to replenish needed salt supplies.

The pattern is by Laura Flynn from The Cotton Patch Quilt Shop. It is paper pieced, combining Storm at Sea and Ocean Waves, aka Snail's Trail.

A scan in the pattern ©2014 by Laura Flynn that I used to plan my sequence of construction 

This is a great pattern for those who "teach themselves" to quilt. It is complex enough to require thought and planning. The repetition gives plenty of practice for that pesky paper piecing upside down and backwards method - a sure thing for accuracy. And I would call it "semi-scrappy" - providing the advantages of a controlled scrappy quilt within a set color scheme.

First I purchased two small plastic drawer units to organize the many small pieces - in both prints and background. These have proven indispensable - and the drawers can be removed from the "cabinet" to serve as trays on the pressing center to have each size and color handy to laying out the fabric on the foundation paper.

 I literally hate repetitive, boring, endless cutting and sewing. The only pieces I cut the entire amount needed were the diamond shapes - I saved fabric by cutting diamonds instead of rectangles. Waiting 2 months for a bundle of fat quarters that never arrived didn't help either, so it was doubly necessary to organize the cut strips, squares and triangles, a little at a time. This aversion to boredom is also the reason I decided to make my quilt in sections, like a 9 patch. The sequence gives me enough variety to keep things interesting. I made the four blocks of Ocean Waves, and lay them out to plan the colors for the diamonds and centers...semi-scrappy at its best.

A Successful start to the New Year's Resolution to Plan My Work, and Work My plan!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Why Do I Need So Much...

Why Do I Need So Much Fabric to Make a Quilt?

A plain block has only 4 sides of ¼” seam allowance. 
Therefore, is a one-inch square piece
 cut 2” square (1 + ¼ + ¼ + ¼ + ¼)?   
 NO, here is why:

 If I want to piece a 2”x 2” block with one-inch pieces, 
how big must my piece of fabric be?

    The same 2” X 2” block kept plain, 
with no piecing,
is how big again?
3 X 3 equals 9, and 2-1/2 X 2-1/2 equals 6-¼

Subtract 6-1/4 from 9 to see how much more fabric it takes to piece the square.

Pieces not square nor rectangular has scraps leftover – requiring yet more fabric.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Ferns in the forest

A fern frond made from fabric, 22" long

A search for royalty free images of ferns yields a huge variety of examples to choose from, such as the frond worked in fabric pictured above.

In the warm, humid south we find ferns everywhere, as prolific as weeds.
My backyard has a crook and hanging bird feeder holder and each summer a fern/vine climbs and trains itself around the metal. I cut off an end, sandwiched it between two pieces of clear Contact paper, and scanned it at 300 dpi.

After opening the scanned image in Paint, I set the printer to 400% of the original. Below you see the result. The enlargement is clear and distinct - providing all I need in the way of detail.

The 'live' fern is the tiny one, the larger image the print.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Golden Flute

"The Golden Flute" is a story quilt: it tells a story not yet told. A riddle, perhaps...but sometimes life is a riddle. Stories can be entities that demand to be told. From where else come our dreams? They grip the mind of the teller and shake them up until the story comes out.

I began this quilt with little idea of how it would come about. I knew I wanted a curved border, that the colors purple and pink would figure prominently, along with lady bugs. In the quilt world where squares and triangles are called "churn dash" that could mean almost anything.

Where do lady bugs live? On leaves and flowers, in sun and shade with their friends the butterfly and dragonfly - and fairies if we are lucky.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Bog Shirt Dress

Nursing a peturnia through our hot summer, with my Mother's Day rose 

The bog shirt makes a great summer dress - big, loose and cool. And took about 15 minutes to make. It's 100% linen, and I don't bother to iron it, just taking it out of the dryer as soon as the dryer stops. Love that texture.  Note the  "ugly quilt" on the sewing table inside the living room window.

Lazy Summer Sunday

It came!  The catalog of the Irving Penn exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  It's a treasure.
I am wearing my latest fashion: The big purple bog shirt made of linen. The older I get the less I care about appearances - obviously.

Friday, July 7, 2017

A Tummy Time Quilt for Baby Girl Beuk

I had a hard time getting inspired for this quilt and I was running out of time. But finally decided I loved the block - so why not make it a "One Block" quilt. My parameters (y'all know how I love the challenge of limitations) were a set of 5 Fat Quarters, and whatever I could find from the stash. I only had to buy backing/binding. BTW: Tummy Time quilts are for laying on the floor so baby can have time on its tummy. The experts are advising against using quilts to cover baby in the crib. They are also used to cover baby in the carrier.