Showing posts from March, 2016

Now I can share

Now that dad has received his quilt, I can share it here.  You've seen peeks of it in progress, but I really thought he should be the first to see the finished quilt!

This quilt was designed just for dad, who loves to sail.  The applique sailboat was a bit of a stretch for me, as I haven't done much applique and I had to draw the shape myself too.  However, I really wanted a sailboat, and I really wanted the Ocean Waves blocks.  I couldn't figure out a better way to make the two work together so I took the plunge and there it is.  I'm quite pleased with the result!

It was really fun to play with color in the ocean waves.  I hadn't planned to add the stars.  I just wanted to dig into my blue scraps.  However, after coloring in my sketch, I thought it looked a little bland.  Looking at how the triangles met at block corners, I saw a star shape so decided to play with that idea.

I quilted this entirely with a walking foot.  I really did not want the quilting to compet…

Playing with curves

I have been playing with my Quick Curves Ruler this week.  You might notice that these are not my usual fabric choices. The shop I work at needs new samples, and I wanted to see what I could do with the ruler, so I am making small pieces to show off different uses for the ruler.  Since the shop is providing the fabric for the samples, the boss got a say.  It's good for me to stretch! I have been enjoying playing with these more modern fabrics.  I'm not ready to give up my usual brights though!

The flower is a Spring Fling block.  It's a biggy: 22" finished.  The pattern is free on the Sew Kind of Wonderful website. The curves in this one were pretty easy to sew.

The aqua project is the Urban Runner, the pattern included with the ruler.  I found those curves a bit more challenging, but starching them into submission helped a lot!

Next up will be one or two runners made with the blocks from the QCR Chic Sisters pattern.  I'm not sure if it will be one or two until …


I'm still plugging away at those Ocean Waves blocks.  Only twelve more to go! I'm still making them one block at a time so I can plan my pressing to make things nest to help me match seams, but I have a good routine so each block is getting made faster than the previous one.

This is not progressing as quickly as I had hoped, but once I had this idea in mind nothing else would do. The only thing to do is keep at it!  It will be worth it in the end.

I was very good and did not let this squirrel in the house in the meantime:

I had these all picked out for a sample to showcase the Quick Curves Ruler at the shop where I work, but then we decided several runners showcasing different blocks would be better.  There were all those gorgeous spring greens and that little splash of orange and those Modern Backgrounds, all loaded on the cart with nowhere to go.  So sad!

This is not on my "to do" list.  Nope.  Just checked the list again.  Not there.  This is definitely a distract…