Thursday, January 18, 2018

Lots of logs

Here are some of the log cabin blocks for Bonnie Hunter's Idaho Square Dance. I have a large bin of 1.5 inch strips that I have collected since the 1980s. I used to make a lot of log cabins, and so I got in the habit of keeping it full. Then when I was fostering kittens, the strips were a favorite playground. Now that I have a pile of these strips on my sewing table, Molly is having kitten flashbacks and is enjoying burrowing in them.

It's fun to see very old fabrics (remember Concord Multi?) mix with newer fabrics.

 This is Molly as a kitten sleeping in the strip pile.

And here's your "Where's Molly?" challenge.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New start

Have you ever felt a bit out of sorts and then realized its already Monday or Tuesday and you haven't started a new quilt that week? So here is my cure for the "blues." I'm making Bonnie Hunter's Idaho Square Dance, the quilt featured on the cover of her book Addicted to Scraps. It's a wonderful combination of log cabin and four patch blocks.

In between sewing the log cabin blocks, I'm sewing "fabric debri" catchers. Those are the bits of feathers from making chickens. Or left over oddments that are too small for string quilts. In my house, they are the bits that the cats are constantly knocking from the cutting table to the floor. This means I can pretend I'm cleaning house too.

Sunday, January 14, 2018


Here's the block from yesterday remade with Kaffe fabrics so it will fit better into Jane Stickle's Alternative Universe. And since then, I remembered the quick way to make the three piece triangles (also featured prominently in On Ringo Lake), so this is now an easy block.

I also caught up on the 365 day challenge. When I made the Dear Jane quilt using Kaffe fabrics, I had the same experience of the pattern drastically changing and throwing the block off. For example, in the bottom block, the light in the right most strip looks quite different from the other three strips. And oddly, I don't notice it until I am working with the photograph. But no worries. I expect them to all play well together in the end.

Meanwhile, it's just better to let sleeping ponies lie.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Ringo Lake, RSC and Palette cleanser

Let's start with my version of Bonnie Hunter's Ringo Lake mystery quilt. Because I was making a small version, I didn't want to put it on the diagonal and have it "swamped" by the border. Instead, I made a similar block and set them side by side. This quilt top finished at about 47 inches square. The final link-up is tomorrow so I have been hitting the sewing machine foot pedal pretty hard. If you want to see what others have done, jump here to Bonnie Hunter's final link-up.

Happily, my RSC spools from last year were easy to piece as I pulled the quilt top together. I would hop over to the RSC challenge for 2018 if you want to see more noteworthy contributions.

I did find time to lurk around among my favorite blogs and saw that Gayle at Mangofeet was offering this as a palette cleanser. Ahem. I almost broke my brain on this. When I finished it, I did notice that it finished to the same size as the Dear Jane blocks. I ran to the Alternative Universe Jane Stickle Compendium to see if it was documented there. (This is the compendium of all the blocks Jane Stickle made but didn't put in her famous quilt). The block was there, but Jane Stickle left a note saying that she would never make a block like this because she prefers much simpler blocks.)

I'm thinking I might stick this new block in with my Alternative Jane Universe project anyway.

Except Molly reminded me that I did not use Kaffe fabrics for this block so I will just have to throw the block away and do something else with my time like play with neglected kittens.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018

CAT-ch up

As usual, I have plenty of projects going at once. with a slight variation on the leader and ender concept. And here is the progress for the day:

Here are all the blocks I've made so far for Kathryn Kerr's 365 day challenge.

And here is the progress on the Ringo Lake Mystery by Bonnie Hunter. This looks impressive if you think I'm making a 3 by 3 block baby quilt. Instead I'm going for the 5 by 5 block size. I do think I have all the components I need so hopefully there will be no need to go back and make geese and the like.

And no day is complete without adding a couple of chickens to the coop.

Last but not least, I laid out the proposed purple chickens on the design floor. Molly sent her pony to complete the first run through. Her pony is getting quite full of himself and wants a lot of my time and attention. He is also working on an audible meow so he can pass as a cat. As if.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Ringo Variation Preview

I've decided to change up Bonnie Hunter's Ringo Lake layout. And because I only have a handful of blocks finished, this will just be a hint. What it will eventually look like remains a mystery to me. So I'm obviously not ready for the formal link-up and I have until the end of the week to pull it together.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sunday Chicken

Here is the progress of the chicken coop. The next diagonal is purple. You may have noticed that there is a chicken up on tippy top. There is some agitation for a quilt that is 8 by 8 chickens instead of 7 by 7. I can't argue that there isn't enough fabric...

But I can argue that there is limited time. For example, here I have started Kathryn Kerr's Block a Day challenge.  Admittedly, this is about as far as I get each year. But this year I'm a bit more hopeful. I am using Kaffe fabric because its fun to work with and I don't have to plan ahead. The Kaffe collective fabric is designed with a cooperative palette. I just need to keep the values right.

And speaking of agitation...Molly thought this was a better inspirational photo than the one shown yesterday. I reminded her that she is usually looking down to see if the item she knocked to the ground hit her brother or shattered.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

First Blues of the Year

I'm starting off the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge for 2018 with a revamp of one of my projects from last year--the dresden plate lion. As I made this lion head today, I took lots of pictures and made notes so I should have a tutorial for it up sometime this week.

Here's the version from last year. I wasn't too happy with the lion's seemed like too much work without adding much to the design.

So instead, I plan to make a Rainbow Dandy Lion quilt. In the original, the circular mane was cut into an octagon with tilted heads. This is my current plan although I may try squares and other shapes.

And new for this year are postage stamps. This design calls for 19 four by four blocks. The postage stamps finish at one inch square.

Last year I made a pink postage stamp doll quilt and realized this would make a wonderful large block for the rainbow challenge. I will use a consistent beige/white fabric to tie the quilt together, but I don't know what fabric I will use yet.

And last but not least, Molly would like to inspire you to look forward to a brilliant new year where all of your knick knacks are knocked to the ground in an exquisite demonstration of gravity.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Chicken Pox

Today I worked on the third diagonal...yellow-green chickens. Okay, I also thought one of the gold chickens was boring so I made a squirrelly one.

I'm sure many of you serve chicken with mushrooms, but I would not suggest eating green chicken or crazy spotted mushrooms.

Molly worked very hard today trying to knock the chickens to the floor...but I used pins. She was not pleased.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Chicken a L'Orange

Today I made the chickens for the orange diagonal and the yellow chicken for the upper left corner. The foxy chicken was facing in the wrong direction, so I had her look in the mirror so I could grab her reverse.

So now I have enough chickens for the yellow, red and orange diagonals.

Molly suggested I make the chicken a l'orange block since she noticed comments obsessed with culinary chicken. She thinks of chicken as food for ponies because it is Buddy's favorite.

Molly, on the other hand, has become the director of the Hummingbird Observatory. Here in the Northwest, hummingbirds freeload all year. Molly thinks hummingbird should be the next diet craze.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Rainbow Chickens

Yesterday I announced that I was going to put the chickens away to give them a rest because I couldn't come up with a layout I liked. So today, I made two red chickens.

And yes, you've seen them before. Sort of. If you looked at them through a mirror.

A rainbow layout will help reduce the chaos. Although this usually requires a very specific number of blocks of a certain color. Or making a lot more blocks.

This is the concept for the chickens except that the chickens will face inward instead of outward like the snowball fish. Molly says Yum!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Ringo block

Here is a Ringo block for Bonnie Hunter's Ringo Lake mystery quilt. She had her reveal today and I'm thinking that I will officially make this a UFO. I realize that a lot of people take the new year to activate UFOs, but this is the time of year when I like to take some projects offline.

Molly wants to put Buddy offline, but this isn't an option for cats, dogs or ponies.

Today I also worked on the face detail for the Dandy Lions. This is just a simple outline inside the face and quilting around the nose.