Cover quilt and ruler quilting

I have a new pattern in testing, and while the testers are hard at work, I need to finish the cover quilt so I'll have the cover ready when the final revised pattern is released.

I think you can guess that I have been getting to know my quilting rulers.  I planned to quilt this simply and lightly but the rulers took over.  I just love how crisp things look when I can trace instead of quilting freehand.  I also love that I don't have to wrestle the quilt quite as much as when I use my trusty walking foot.  My shoulders are much happier.

Since I took this photo, I finished quilting all the blocks.  Now I need to figure out what to quilt in the borders.  Ideas are simmering, and I hope I end up with a plan that I like as much as the design I quilted in the blocks.

I am enjoying playing with just a few basic Westalee rulers, layering shapes to build up different motifs.  This one uses the Circles on Quilts templates for the circle that I used as a base.  The petals inside and outs…

Temp Quilt Tuesday

Though I had planned to share my Temperature Quilt progress every Tuesday, here we are three weeks since my last update.  Squirrels invaded my sewing room, and the temperature quilt was neglected for a little while. I think I'll revise my Temp quilt reporting plan to share just once a month, on the first Tuesday of the month.

The Red Scrap Squirrel was much more insistent that I expected.  It's related to the temperature quilt though.  It starts out with the same block and block layout.  I shared the top a couple of posts ago.  What became time consuming was the quilting.  I generally don't quilt things very densely but this squirrel really liked playing with my Westalee quilting rulers.

I tried freemotion swirls in the white space but it looked too busy so I stopped before it was too overwhelming to pick out.  Once I started straight lines, they turned into matchstick quilting.  I love the look, but it's a little wee bit time consuming!  The Sashlee ruler helped speed…

Quilting mom vs sane mom

As I was working my way through green scraps, my daughter sauntered into my quilting corner asking if I had a runner she could use on her dresser.  Apparently, contact lens solution occasionally splatters onto the dresser when she opens the packaging and she would like something to protect the dresser surface.

What's a mom to do?

Sane mom:  Suggest that she could simply take 5 seconds to wipe up the splatter when it happens.

Quilting mom: Root through the scraps for leftovers from daughter's bed quilt and whip up a little matching, improv, quilt as you go runner.

What can I say?  It was an excuse to use up more scraps in my ongoing scrap mitigation project.

Thinking outside the pattern

As you know if you have been reading along these last few weeks, my plans for this year include making a temperature quilt and reducing my stash of scraps.  Just look at what Amy, who blogs at A Quilting Sheep,  has done with my free temperature quilt pattern and scraps.

I had been wondering how to use up my small scraps, and a perfect design was sitting right there on my design wall as my tempearature quilt takes shape.  I can start a whole new quilt, skipping the temperature part for this one but using the block design and layout to use up scraps! The wheels in my head are turning...

Amy has written a great blog post with suggestions for using my free pattern for quilts other than a temperature quilt, and even shares her measurements for larger blocks.  I encourage you to hop over there for inspiration.  Thanks for reaching out to me, Amy, and for thinking outside the pattern!

I might have started a valentine project using my red scraps and Amy's creative nudge...

Scrap Mitigation

I previously stated that one of my quilty goals this year was scrap busting.  Having now assessed the state of my scrap bin, I think that may be an unrealistic name for what I might accomplish.  These are just the little bits.  I also have plastic  shoe boxes of larger scraps sorted by color.

A word to the wise:  never, ever take the lid completely off the scrap bin!  All I wanted were the greens, as that is the Rainbow Scrap Challenge's color this month, but everything else made a break for the floor when the lid came off.

While everything was on the floor I figured I might as well sort it. I bagged each color in two-gallon ziplock bags to keep them sorted and put all except the bag of green scraps back in the bin.  I happily went to work making 16-patch blocks to deplete the pile of green.

I made more after I took this picture.  The count stands at 35 now. I tried very hard to just sew strips together without too much planning.  The color placement is very random and it's ma…

Temp Quilt Tuesday 01/13/2020

When I am enthusiastic about a quilt design, I want to sew it up right now to see if it turns out as well as what I see in my mind's eye.  I thoroughly enjoyed designing my temperature quilt, picking out the colours, organizing and labeling the fabric and cutting into my Grunge fabrics to get started.  Here's where the quilt stands so far.

The strip is up to date up to yesterday's temperatures.  The end with the safety pin in January 1st. The high temperature for each day is on top, the low is on the bottom.  The wavy pattern means nothing.  I just looks pleasing to my eye. :)

This was fun to sew.  It was not fun to come to a screeching halt because I have to wait for daily data!  I had some excitement and momentum built up!

This will be an exercise in patience, but in a good way.  It will make me slow down and savour the process of sewing. I look forward to adding a new colors as the temperature drops and rises.  I get a kick out of the little outliers, like that nice war…

Temperature Quilt 2020

You may have seen Temperature Quilt projects popping up on blogs and social media feeds over the last few years.  The idea is to represent temperatures with colours and to document the temperature each day by making a quilt block with the corresponding colour.  At the end of the year, you have a quilt documenting temperature variations through the year.  If you google "temperature quilt", or do a search on Pinterest or Instagram, you'll see lots of cool quilts.  Some even manage to work precipitation data into their daily block!

This year I gave in and decided too join in, but I had trouble choosing a design.  I liked the idea of HST, with one half representing the daily maximum temperature, and the other the daily minimum.  However, I also liked the idea of having one row or column per month, so I could easily process the data in the quilt (because I'm nerdy that way).  Using squares in a quilt like that ended up with a weird aspect ratio, either long and skinny, or…