Sunday, May 1, 2016

Color & Music: Violin Study - A Four-in-Art Quilt

 It's Reveal Day for Four-in-Art.
Color and Music.
May I present: Violin Study

 I once read a book about Synesthesia, by Oliver Sacks - Seeing colors related to things like numbers, sounds, and yes, music.  I've never experienced it, but I do have a very talented pianist friend who does.  She sees colors related to key signatures.  I thought of that a lot while thinking of ideas for this project.

A violin is quite appropriate to the family, #1, #2 and #4 all can play the violin.  #2 has since switched to the viola (and also plays piano). #3 plays the cello and #5 will more than likely play the violin.  Yep, our goal is the string quartet with accompanist.

 It didn't take me long to figure out what I wanted to do.  This quilt is made of selvages and "quilted as you go".   I had originally thought just the silhouette, but came across a split silhouette and knew it was perfect.  After all, white light is made of all the colors, and I thought this was a striking way to present the idea.
Fortunately for this year, we have rather abandoned the size restrictions, I just didn't think I could do what I wanted on a much smaller scale.  This quilt is about 38" x 54".
 The very perfect backing fabric from IKEA - with a bit of fanciful music.
 Selvages are fun to work with - some Hello Kitties peeking at us.
 And those windmills!  I did have to do some deliberate cutting so I could have enough selvages!
 The edges are covered by (purchased!) bias binding.
 Please take the time to check out the other quilts in our group, that's what I'll be doing (after church). (ME!)
 Our group blog is here:

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Three Quick Quilt Projects - Finished!

 Between Saturday afternoon (when the package came in the mail) and last night (Monday) I did three samples.

 Table Runner #1. Great for showing off that large scale print.  The whole center is one piece of fabric. Size 14"x36"

 Table Runner #2, done in just two fabrics for a lattice effect.   19.5" x 38"

 Third, a mini quilt.  15"x15"  This one is a Stripology Design by GE Designs - Gudrun Erla

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Really Random Works In Progress 4.21.16

 Lots of Works in Progress, or Works About to be in Progress, or even Works  I'm Dreaming Of around here.

 Starting to make plans for this year's Renaissance Faire.  These won't all get used, but at a dollar a piece, its worth picking them up.

 The above stack is for E's dress.  The one on the most far right in the first picture.

 I'm working diligently on my next Four-in-Art project.  Colorful Music.

 As I work on the FIA piece, I am using these bonus blocks from my last quilt as leader-enders.  A "free" quilt all around.

 I picked up some cheap tops for Mini yesterday.  I am planning to match them to stash fabric and whip up some shorts.  She has none, and we had some very warm weather on Monday.  Time to plan for summer.
 I did my word for April. All the words are knitting themed.  That 2 was difficult.  The letters are getting easier, though.
 Have you seen this new kit from Dritz?  Make your own Espadrilles?  I am all over that! Can't wait to get started.

What are you working on this week?  Or dreaming about?

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Sweet Pea Pod Pouches

 I've been seeing this pattern floating around, mostly on instagram.  I bought the pattern on a good sale and thought I'd try it out.  After last week's Major Finish, I thought it was the perfect time to do something fun and small.

 The Sweet Pea Pods fit the bill.  They went together very quickly.  The pattern makes two, because you are cutting a square into two half square triangles.  It technically takes two zippers, because you need two zipper pulls, even if you only use one half the zipper (see how its connected - one zip).

This wasting of a zipper actually really bothers me.  If I decided to do a bunch of these for gifts, I think I would try to source somewhere that I could buy extra zipper pulls.
 I'm going to try to make bigger pods next.  I picked up the longest regular zippers I could find.  It seems they max out at 22".  The pattern itself calls for 16" or longer.  By my math you can get away with a zipper that is 2" longer that the top of your triangle (the hypotenuse).
 So I've done the math and will try a larger pouch.  AFTER a certain other project.

Incidentally, I think this is the first time I've ever made zipper pouches.  Go me.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Candy Boxes: A Queen Size Quilt Finish

This quilt has been a long time coming.
I mean a loooong time.
As in, I promised my niece a quilt and then promptly forgot about it.

 I also couldn't share much in the way of in progress pictures, because, you know, a gift, and the internet.  No surprises there...  So the above picture is me laying out blocks on my bed, trying to decide on a layout. Also freaking out about how much BROWN there seemed to be.
 The above shot was after I had done all the straight line quilting.  For this quilt I actually kept track of quilting time.  You see, I always underestimate quilting time.  Always. So since I was working on a single project, I kept track.  Straight line quilting alone: 376 minutes (6.2 hours)
 So on to the finished quilt, and lots of pictures.  But none of a full shot.  It is really hard for me to photograph a queen size quilt by myself.  In fact, it turned out to be impossible.
 First I tried to put it on the swing set.  Not working.
 So I ended up using the laundry line.  If you take the upper and attach it to the lower picture, you'll have the whole thing! :)
 After the straight line quilting was done, I went back in for some free motion quilting.
 It added lots of texture, and I was trying to tone down the brown some.
 I did the pink first.  Quilting time: 288 minutes (4.8 hours)

 Then on to the blue.  222 minutes (3.7 hours)  Not sure why the blue was less, except that perhaps I was getting into the rhythm of it.  It is the same amount of blocks for the blue.

 Pretty much my favorite shot.  The Kona Solids backing really shows off the quilting.  Totally a double sided quilt!
 So it was called EARQ for a long time here and on IG for my niece's initials plus Quilt.  Mr. Riley said one day that it looked like boxes of candy, so that's what I went for in a name.
 A few more details:

The pattern is a snowballed pinwheel which is inspired by a Missouri Star Block Magazine pattern, theirs used 5" blocks, but I blew it up to 10" blocks.

Fabrics are Kona Cottons, a Makower UK print stripe and a Brother Sister Design print.

Batting is TWO layers of Pellon soft and crafty.  That stuff is really thin, and I wanted this quilt to be warm and textured.

Thread is all Aurifil.  Pieced in neutral 40 wt. Quilted in White 40 wt., Blue and Pink 50 wt. 

Size is 81" x 94"  Queen.  (I can't remember the last time I made (finished) a large quilt like this.

Total quilting time: 886 minutes (14.76 hours)  That doesn't include any other parts of quilt making, pure quilting time, only.

I do have some left over fabric, along with some bonus blocks that I'll talk about in a future post.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Really Random Thursday 4.14.16

 Bees and Fabric and Quilts Randomness

 Brand New Comb from my bees.  They built it in the wrong place, that makes it "burr comb".

 The hives with active bees.
 Its finally warm enough for them to come out.  Not much flowering, yet, though.  Soon.
 This is my leftover stack from my newly finished quilt.  There will be a finish reveal tomorrow!

 This is the most used/coveted quilt in the living room.  It is flannel on both sides with a thick poly batt in the middle.  I'm trying to kill germs in the sun and fresh air.

Linking up with Cindy at Live a Colorful Life, today.