Saturday, November 18, 2017

Rainbow Accounting

This is a good time of year to pull out the RSC blocks and figure out what's missing and potential layout ideas. I don't plan the quilt to start out, but instead wait until the end of the year to figure out the layout. In the case of the cows, I don't have enough to figure out the layout. I can see, however, that the complementary colors are going to make this quilt lively. (And yes, the sheep is only a helpful stand-in.) You can find the tutorial for the cow pattern in the Tutorial section.

And here are sheep laid out. It looks like the piano key feet are going to be an important design element. At a minimum, I need to add some yellow or gold sheep. And amble over to Angela's Rainbow Scrappy Challenge to see more works in progress.

And here's Buddy guarding the booty at the base of the design wall. Buddy has learned how to pull at the base of the wall and send the quilt blocks flying. He learned that trick from Molly.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Block Head Dog Block

The block head dog quilt is finished. It's just a doll quilt measuring about 18 inches square. I designed the block a while ago but didn't like how it looked or how it was constructed. It looks very simple and most of it is. But I constructed the mouth using improv skinny lines that doesn't match the cartoon eyes.

Here's the back of the doll quilt. I obviously missed the chance to turn in the donations quilts for November, but the final deadline is the December meeting. So let's pretend I finished it early.


And here's Molly waiting for her heating pad to finish the blog post and get off the computer.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Vintage blocks

Here's another doll quilt (about 24 inches square) made from the parts department. And these are definitely vintage blocks from some time in the 80s. The thread I was using then looks more like cording compared to the thinner thread of today. I had eight blocks and had to make another. It was huge in comparison. Happily, fabric is a rather pliable substance.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Baby Bunny Quilt

Remember the bunny quilt I wanted to finish on Sunday night. Ha. Well, its finally finished. I did do extra quilting inside each bunny (around the arms and eyes) and this required changing out the thread for each color bunny. Also, binding always takes me much longer than I think it should.

This is the fabric I used for the backing.

Molly is quite disappointed with me. Not about my missing my deadline... She just hates a couch that multi-tasks.

Ringo Lake Mystery Fabric Selection

It's almost time for Bonnie Hunter's end of the year mystery. I joined in last year for the first time and enjoyed it quite a bit. Normally I avoid mystery quilts. But I changed the colors and that made it even more mysterious. I do like this year's combination...who doesn't enjoy turquoise and orange and/or turquoise and brown?

I am going with fuschia and chartreuse with black as my dark and white multi for the light.  It's following Bonnie's colors in the sense that she is using turquoise and coral, two complements or colors across from each other on the color wheel. And then she has strong darks and lights, with her complements having the same medium value. (My fuschia looks darker in the photo than it actually is).

The mystery project starts November 24th and you can find the instructions on Bonnie Hunter's website.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

In a Bind

Remember the doll quilts I'm trying to finish by...tomorrow. Well, they are quilted and ready for binding.

Is this where I sign up to participate in Fast Hand Stitching Sunday? If you want examples of better living...you will want to go to Slow Sunday Stitching.

I just don't want to end up in the doghouse.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Pinwheel Review

I am using November to assess my various rainbow projects for the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge. Given our move across the country, there were some months that were more productive than others. I only have half the number of pinwheel blocks that I need. Plus I'm missing yellow/gold completely and definitely need more orange, pink and purple. (And this isn't the final layout so please ignore the misaligned block in the second row.)

I'm also trying to finish up doll and baby quilts for donations to my local quilt guild. And I don't know about you, but I'm not always open to trying out the latest and greatest methods when I have been using a perfectly adequate layering process for decades.

However apparently there is some newfangled 3D quilt layering process that is all the rage with younger quilters. I'm grumpy and refuse to learn anything new.

Meanwhile, I found these at an estate sale.

I found these too.

I will probably have to use this fabric as a backing so that the full design can be appreciated.