Sunday, October 14, 2018

Staggering Seahorses and Nearly Insane

Yesterday, Gayle at Mangofeet suggested I try a half-drop layout for the seahorses. I tried it out in Photoshop and then tried it out in real life. It's a winner. And when is Gayle ever wrong? I may rename it staggering seahorses though. Oh, and I think this also means I have to make three more right facing seahorses so I can have odd number of columns.

And I finally transferred the photos from the Pacific International Quilt Festival from my phone to the computer. For me, the highlight of the show was Frances Meredith's Nearly Insane quilt. (You can follow her at the blog Faberdashery as she makes masterpiece after masterpiece.) I had Molly pose in front of her quilt to prove that we were actually there.

And just to prove what a newfangled world we live in, Frances pieces his quilts by hand but quilts them with her long-arm. This is a detail of the quilt. Frances is also the master of cornerstones.

Here is another close up. I love how she combines the quilting with the patchwork.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Seahorses and Postage

I finished the last few right-facing seahorses this morning and have been working on their layout. I had them arranged in a staggered pattern, but have lined them up to reduce the chaos. I am still planning on sewing them together without sashing. Then I will have to make another huge batch of seahorses and cut off them tails for the border.

The seahorses were made as part of the RSC challenge many, many, many years ago. The quilt stalled out when I discovered at the end of the year that I needed more seahorses. I also couldn't figure out a good layout.

The postage stamp blocks are for this year and I was planning on a two by four block quilt. Now I am thinking of adding white sashing between the blocks and making it three by three. But I could also see me lose my mind and decide to make four more. But first I'll add one more block, and I'm thinking dark green...wouldn't that be appropriate.

For more lovely dark green blocks, please visit SoScrappy and the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Two seahorses

Here are two more seahorses for my collection. Apparently since seahorses don't congregate, their is not a name for a group of seahorses. And yes, the red/pink seahorse needs a neck alignment. The neurosurgeon was not very careful when connecting the head to the body.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Fast Trip

I made a very quick one day trip down to the Pacific International Quilt Show in San Jose.  Here's the Bunny Hop.

Pigs in the Blanket was hanging next to the Bunnies. I will have more about the show tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Weaving a Web

Today I worked on the new spiderweb quilt. This is so much fun to make. A lot of the fabrics are leftovers from 1.5 inch strip bin that weren't made into spools.

And here are nine tiny spools based on one inch strips.

And here is a frustrated Molly. Today she spent a lot of time trying to explain to me how she would like to go outside. She is a bit confused about the front hall closet and the front door, but she is not confused about how disappointed she is by her staff.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018


Today I made two right-facing seahorses. I had parts to make three seahorses, but half way through I found that the third seahorse had become left-facing. So at a later time I will decide whether I should retrain him to face right, or let him join the right facing seahorses. Although at this time, I only need four more right facing seahorses.

I have the seahorses pinned to the design wall to torment Molly.

Because of the recent "fun" with loonie log cabins, I wondered what a seahorse would look like if it were based on a one half inch grid. This is what you get: 4.5 by 8.5 inches finished.

What is the color of regret?

And just to cheer you up, here is a teddy bear my brother met in England. His name is Pete.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Kristin LaFlamme: NW Quilt Guild Speaker

Tonight, Kristin LaFlamme is going to be the speaker for the NW Quilt Guild. I am hoping that she is going to bring Zeitgeist--a quilt of the likeness of Grumpy Cat that she made in response to the national feelings at the time. She made this quite a while ago--during a warmer, fuzzier time.

I originally saw this quilt in Charlottesville...when Kristin moved there. I regretted not stealing it at the time. So if you don't hear from me for a while, you'll know that this quilt and I are on the lam. Buddy thought I said he said yum!