Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Saint Patrick's Day is a fine day for a wedding



Andy and I celebrate 31 years of marriage!

A bit ahead of the current fashion, our friend, Amelia Griffin, a printmaking student, made letter press invitations with woodcuts of Iowa wildflowers. She made wildflower woodcuts for each of our children's birth announcements too.


Monday, March 09, 2015

end of the line

I think these are my last two spools of Mölnlycke. I love this thread. It has a mixture of being smooth with just enough "tooth" to it to make it a pleasure to hand sew with. Mölnlycke and Corticelli are both lost to us now, and I like Mettler and Gutterman and Aurifil and the Coats and Clark newer threads. But, I will miss my Mölnlycke!

Friday, February 27, 2015

postage stamp progress


My one or two blocks a week plan went out the window. I am finding myself thinking about this quilt while at work and can't wait to get home to work on a few more blocks.
I have 36 completed. I plan to make the quilt in the image of the block, so 64 blocks set 8 by 8.
28 to go!
All the solids are from my stash. This is using up lots of smaller leftovers. My 1 1/2 inch squares bin is noticeably reduced! But it still has plenty for the remaining blocks.

As with all scrap quilts, there is a lot of thought going into how I select fabrics. I include a few very low contrast scraps in each block to help break up the checkerboard effect. The solids are varied. Just a few clear brights. I am making sure to include light solids and drab solids to keep the "Easter Egg" look in check.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

postage stamp

I've been making postage stamp blocks with my bin of 1 1/2 inch squares and cutting down various solids.
Each block has 64 squares, 32 solids and 32 scraps.
If I make a block or two a week there should be enough in about a year for a nice sized top.



Friday, February 13, 2015

emptying a drawer

47 by 69 inches

I had a goal in 2013 and 2014 to move every quilt project one step forward. Lots of bindings and labels got done. Backs got made for a pile of quilts tops and they were taken to my two long arm quilters who were asked to fit them in here and there as their schedules allowed. I will keep this goal again this year--no pressure to have to finish a certain number of projects, just continue to move each project one more step forward. My steps to move forward usually are to add a border, make a back, get it quilted, and do the binding/sleeve/label.

This quilt was made in 2009 from my 1 1/2 inch strip drawer. I was tired of the leftover short pieces I kept picking over for other projects and decided to use the snake method of sewing them into this.
Quilted by Suzette Fisher. She made mostly parallel lines, and added boxes with angled lines here and there. I love what she did.

It reminds me of woven rag rugs. Our neighbor growing up, Charlotte Pals, wove rugs for my mother and others in the community. I still have a few of hers and I buy them from other weavers because they are so beautiful.

Those two long white strips that show up in the middle make me smile--the serendipity of this method gives these wonderful surprises.

I pieced the back from terracotta fabrics--popular in the 1980s and on my shelves too long. I think there are another 6 backs worth of terracotta fabrics here. Bound with leftover green binding scraps.


Monday, February 09, 2015

doll quilts

Fairy Quilt
16 1/2 by 19 inches
Red and Blue Squares
16 by 18 1/2 inches

Made for our church auction supporting the youth work trip--Andy and Seth are going this year.

Friday, January 30, 2015

a quilt! (top)

A very busy start to a very busy semester, but I decided I needed to make something to feel like I am still a quilter.

60 red 2 inch squares
180 assorted 2 inch squares
54 aqua 3 by 6 1/2 inch rectangles
6 yellow 3 by 6 /12 inch rectangles

Finished size 36 by 40--a nice baby size and uses a single width of fabric for back.

My design--use at your pleasure.