Saturday, April 13, 2019

Looking Really Good!

I've been working on the quilt that my sister put in a special request for and it is looking great! I had given my sister two quilt designs to choose from and she decided that she wanted the design that had larger blocks to better show off her feature fabrics.

bold option
subtle option
I have all of the blocks made but I haven't started sewing them together yet because I do want some input from my sister about a couple fabric options. You can tell from my sister's fabric choices that she wants the quilt to have an earthy, garden, nature look to it and I think both options give that look.

The first option, which I am calling the bold option, has three darker green blocks and that naturally draws the eye to the greens in the quilt top. In the second option, which I am calling the subtle option, I have replaced those fabrics with a more earthy toned fabric that draws out a little more of the brown tones. I think either one works but I think she should decide which of the two fabrics that she wants to be featured in the quilt top.

Glenda will be visiting on Wednesday and she can make her fabric decision in person at that time. I am a terrible photographer so my quilts always look so much better in person than in my photos. ;)  In this case, my photos make the fabrics look washed out when in real life the colours are richer and more vibrant.

Even though this is a 'commissioned' quilt I do not feel any stress or angst about making it at all. It is a labour of love that I am doing for my sister and I know she will be happy with whatever I make. :)

For reference, these were the two designs that I created for my sister to choose from.

chosen design

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Not a Lot of Sewing :(

checking for value - looks good to me
I have been feeling a little bit under the weather this week and just haven't spent very much time in my sewing room at all. On a good note, I have made a bit of progress on my rail fence quilt and I have pretty much all of the fabric cut and ready to go. I have started sewing the strips together and it sure does seem to take a bit longer than I thought it would. That's okay because it certainly isn't a race to the finish line. :)

After sewing and cutting a few I put them on the design wall to check for value. I wanted to be sure I was on track before I got too far along.

I have been spending the time to cut the strip sets down into segments as soon as I finish stitching them together and I think I prefer to do that rather than saving them up to cut all at once. Many of the strips are cut from fat quarters so they are not really long and I generally get about 3 blocks from each set.

I've noticed that I seem to have a preference for the blocks that contain 3 dark strips over the ones that contain 3 light strips. The proof is when I compare the height of the stacks of finished blocks. :)

I put more of the blocks up on my design wall to take a look and so far so good. I still have a long way to go....

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Still At It :)

I am continuing to work on my crumb strips and I have made a whole slew of them. I wanted to make sure that I had enough to finish my crumb flimsy and I certainly did. I made about 100 new strips and I now have 70 or so left and I am still making them.

I have already added what I thought would be the final column but, honestly, I am really loving this top and will probably make it larger. It doesn't look like much in the photos but in real life it looks very dynamic and exciting. Initially, I wasn't even going to name it but now it seems that I must so I have called it Abstract.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2019

The months are flying by and March has been no exception. I nearly missed getting my green nine patches done and posted before the end of the month. Of course I know that it is the end of March but for some reason I didn't clue into the fact that this is the last Saturday of the month until last night - ridiculous I know! I was puttering around when it dawned on me that if I was going to get my blocks done I would need to get cracking. :)

I dug through my bins of 2" squares and pulled out lots of green squares and started sewing them into nine patches. By the time I got that accomplished it was getting late so this morning I finished them off by adding the outer triangles.

These blocks have now been added to the project box that contains my brown, blue, purple, red, and yellow blocks.

Pop on over to soscrappy's to check out the links to other participants in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Antebellum Album

Woohoo! I have finished all 12 of the blocks that Barbara Brackman included in her Antebellum Album 2018 block of the month.

I think they all look pretty good but that 'heavy' one in the center and the block in the lower left corner stand out to me. I will move the blocks around and see if I can make them fit in a bit better. The other option is to change the fabric placement but I just may leave them as is and move on.

Before I stitch them all together into a quilt top I still need to add the connector blocks and I have already started on them.

I really wanted to use more yellow in these connectors but I just don't have enough available. The little bit in the green fabric will have to do!

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Nine Blocks Done!

First Nine Blocks
I have now added two more blocks to my Antebellum Album collection - Southern Cross and Lexington Belle. These two blocks were fairly straightforward to make and I didn't encounter any difficulties at all. :)

I am pretty happy with all of my blocks so far but I am wondering if the center block in the photo just looks too 'heavy'. Maybe I should take it apart and reverse the placement of the white print and the green in the corners. I will wait until I have everything ready to put together into a top before I make my decision. It may end up looking perfectly okay once all of the blocks are finished.
Lexington Belle
Southern Cross

It has been quite enjoyable to work on this series of blocks and I am looking forward to seeing them all come together. Just three more focus blocks to go and then I will start working on the connecting blocks.

This block of the month was provided by Barbara Brackman of Civil War Quilts in 2018. You can get information here.

Friday, March 22, 2019

A Quilt Request

The other day my sister Glenda brought me a bunch of fabric with the hopes of having it turned into a quilt that she wants to give to a friend.

Glenda wants the quilt to look earthy so she brought mostly green, brown, and pinkish/reddish/orange coloured fabrics. Most of these are fabrics that she has collected over time and added them to her stash. The funny thing is she has never made a quilt and at this point is not likely to. She doesn't even really sew very much at all but she does know how to collect fabric. :)

She did make a point of specifically buying these four fabrics and would like them to be a bit of a feature in the quilt.

I made a couple fairly simple designs in EQ7 yesterday and sent them to her so she could choose which one she would like. Of course, these are not designed using her fabrics but I thought they would be somewhat representative.

The star quilt would have 12" blocks and the centers would only be 4". The star/block quilt would have 8" blocks and would have larger spaces to feature her fabrics.