Thursday, April 19, 2018

I Spy Tormentor

Here's another handful of I-spy blocks.

And here's a bit of progress on the Tormentor quilt.

I have (for the most part) cut all of the rectangles I need--half with a light square and half with a dark square. Next they get sewn together along the long side with the squares at either end. Then each "four patch" is cut into two triangles. And finally, a triangle with a light square is sewn to a triangle with a dark square. And these are the base units for the Tormentor quilt.

Yes, I did consider making this with half square triangles, except that that method requires precision sewing...not a particular strength on mine. Using this strip piecing approach, I can keep my points neat despite a couple of furry distractions by the sewing machine.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

I spy progress

Here are the most recent additions to the I spy quilt.

Here are a close-up of three of the blocks.

I spy Molly.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Random bits

Here are some more I-spy blocks. I'm making a two-sided quilt. At one point, I estimated that I needed 598 or some other ridiculous number. I was way off. Each side needs 99 blocks so I only need 198 blocks. Its nice to miscalculate when it turns out that you have to make a lot fewer than you thought.

Meanwhile, a clump of tulips decided to show-off in the front yard.

And yes, Buddy believes everything that Molly tells him.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Yellow Postage

Here is my yellow postage block for April's contribution to the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge. I get very excited to make this block each month...until I'm about 90 percent done. Happily, I have a month to forget the feeling from that last 10 percent.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Scrappy Spools

Monday night was the meeting for my quilt guild which includes a visit to the free table. My rule is to leave more fabric than I take. And for the most part I'm looking for weird bits that I can use to make these spools. And by weird bits, I mean fabric that I wouldn't typically buy--even a fat quarter.

Bonnie Hunter says that if you don't like a fabric, you haven't cut it up small enough. So yes, I do appreciate these fabrics much more in smaller bits.

And for some of these fabrics, I'm taking home very small bits. For example, the scrap of green grid background fabric in the right hand lower corner was only big enough to cut two 1.5 by 3.5 inch strips.

And here is a rhododendron blooming in my backyard. I moved into this house last summer, so this spring I am learning more about the colors of the landscaping.

You are also seeing a picture of a flower because BOTH the cat and the horse are in the dog house. Molly climbed a screen today. And last night as I was drinking, Buddy ran and jumped on me with the exuberance of a puppy, then took his horsey head and butted it up against the glass transferring the glass contents to my face and front. I am still waiting for their apologies.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Patchwork Piles

Some time ago, Gayle enticed me into starting this dementor quilt, and I decided to use strip piecing instead of HSTs. I have become used to making quilts block by block for the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge. While processing all the base units together is probably more productive and consistent, I find it more tedious.

So I was quite happy to finish the slicing and dicing. For the next step, I will be sewing these rectangles together and then cutting them along the diagonal to get a square with wings.

Having Hoss (aka Buddy (aka Typhoon)) sprawled out on the cutting table was negative helpful.

I am making progress on the hand quilting for the plaid bunny quilt. Each of the bunnies is outlined with stitching and most of them details on the tail, arm, eye and ear. Only fourteen bunnies are waiting for their details.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

I-spy Cats!

With the i-spy blocks and borders cut, assembling each block is such a delight. I can count on them to give me a sense of progress, especially when most of my day was spent hand quilting the plaid bunny quilt. And apparently, when I'm hand quilting, I look exactly like a cat couch.

I did spend some time playing with Buddy...and taking his picture.

But then there was a less than subtle photobomb.

You're welcome.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Yellow Coins

Six panels of yellow coins to ease into a yellow April for the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge.

And I couldn't resist checking my progress toward the 2018 rainbow.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Fur Update

My sister and I spent the day at the Clark County Quilt show. I didn't have time to sew today, so Molly and her horse Buddy posed for a photo this morning. I took the photo with my iPod so its a bit fussy.

And here's Buddy resting in his stable.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

More I-spy blocks

Yes, sewing these i-spy blocks is addictive. And I really do like sewing partial seams.

Here are some blocks up close.
I found this flyer for Typhoon that I made after he was put up for adoption. This was during his puppy phase. I went to visit him but he was too scared and was hiding. I saw the notation "flyer" on  his cage. I thought it meant they needed a flyer to help his adoption, so I made this. It turns out that "Flyer" indicated that when given a chance Typhoon would escape from his cage and run away. Little did we suspect that he would grow up to be a horse.

Monday, April 2, 2018

I-spy Revisited

I made twelve i-spy blocks today. Only 588 more to go! And luckily, I still enjoy sewing partial seams.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Welcome to April

I'd better get hopping. I haven't finished the handquilting on this quilt and I entered it in the NW Quilters' Guild show in May.

Molly, however, thinks today is "Pay attention to Me" day.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Green pinwheels

Here are four green pinwheels. I started the pinwheel garden last year, but only made about half of blocks I needed. To see other green patchwork of this last day of March, hop on over to the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge.

Happily, I finished cutting the fabric for the borders for the i-spy quilt. These still need to be cut into wedges though.

Every morning, Molly and Buddy run out to the sewing room for a game of laser mouse. Throughout the day, Buddy comes hoping to see the little red dot. That's what he's doing here as I'm taking photos.

And here is a camellia from my neighbor's bush. It's peeking through the fence.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Molly Revisited

I don't have much to show because I'm still cutting blenders for the I-spy quilt and the pinwheel garden. Along the way, I'm also cutting more spools too.

Molly thinks I should still post something, and if I want to post something new, I should post a picture of her when she was this case, six months old. In this picture she is trying to appear sophisticated and mature, except she is still leaking massive amounts of kitten.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Two for One

I have not forgotten the pinwheel garden quilt that I started last year as part of the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge. At the end of the year, I had only made about half the number of blocks I needed. For this, I'm primarily using single hue fabrics or blenders. As I have been making other quilts or rummaging through my stash, I spot a fabric that I think would be good for this quilt and I set it aside.

But a higher priority quilt, is the I-spy quilt for my grand nephew who asked for a quilt like his brother's quilt--except with his name. And it serves me right that I made the original i-spy quilt two-sided with I-spy images on both sides. I do have the required 299 i-spy images, but that doesn't stop me from cutting more.

The more daunting part of this project is that each image has borders to tilt the image. These wedges are  cut from 3 by 5.5 inch rectangles. Each image requires two rectangles. Happily, it also helps if these wedges are primarily cut from blender fabrics. Which means that most of the fabric set aside for the pinwheel quilts will work well for this quilt.

These are the fabrics that are all laid out on the cutting table waiting for me.

And here is the neglected kitten who probably has other plans for me. Yesterday she pawed at me, and without thinking I just bent over and she hopped on my back.  I realized that I had been well-trained, and my life is no longer my own.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Spool Update

As I work on various projects like the Speedy Chicken quilt, I cut 1.5 inch hunks...just enough for these spools. These are 3.5 inches unfinished, 3 inches finished. I cut two 3.5 inch lengths of background fabrics. And I cut one 3.5 inch length and four 1.5 inch squares for each spool. Then as I sew on other projects, I slip these in. I'm not methodical enough to call them leaders and enders...they are more like...oh yeah these, let's make a pile.

I have tried to stay away from bright colors for the spools, but that gets a bit hard given most of the quilts I work on are quite bright. Happily, my quilt guild has a free fabric table at each meeting. I try to bring more fabric than I take...but this is where I find quiet scrap bits. In the photo above, ten of the spools came from the free scraps.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Speedy Chicken Quilt Top

The speedy chickens with coop is now a quilt top. The rainbow chicken wire fabric looks more subtle than I was expecting, but now I like it better. It gives the chickens room to breathe.

Here's a closer look at the border. It isn't laying very flat on the design wall but the border is straight. I cut the borders freehand to keep the chicken wires aligned.

And just in case you thought that Buddy was getting too much attention...

Yesterday, I showed a photo of Buddy looking at the camera. This was his pose right before I caught his attention to look at me. Because of the weird angle of the shot and copious amounts of Photoshop, he almost appears to have feline attributes.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Cutting the Border

I decided to cut the chicken wire border edge to edge...or almost edge to edge. I want the wire bits to match up around the border.  Buddy, however, thinks I should have cut the border along the diagonal.

Then Buddy tried to convince me by using his best cat imitation. I had quite a laugh.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Speedy Chicken Top

The speedy chickens are all assembled into a quilt top...without the border though. I don't know about you, but it looks as though something is missing.

Okay, that looks a lot better.

For those of you who like a detail shot, here you go.

The cutting table was so full of supervisors, I didn't even bother to try cutting the borders.

And now the cutting table is being used as a conference table.