Friday, November 29, 2013
Today is the official start of the Bonnie Hunters Celtic Solstice Mystery Quilt along!
She has a linky for everyone to share their progress here. Very cool way to see how everyone is coming along! (and know that everyone else is way ahead of you! lol )
Since I am waiting on my tri-recs to arrives, I re-did my fabric choices...again. I decided to be brave and use orange. I found a yard of this underwater print in my stash and decided it would make a great fabric to base my color scheme on. I am using shades of solid blue/blue green as my neutral and then red,orange, yellow, and green. Still need more of all of them, but it's a start.
Friday, November 15, 2013
I have been getting back into quilting...big time. Here's the first of the Christmas quilts. I was at our LQS and picked up a fat eighths bundle of this:
It's BasicGrey's Fruitcake for Moda. I think it's a few years out of date. I know the yardage is getting harder to find. I got it home, laid it out on the cutting table, and just stared at it for a few weeks. I tried to find patterns for fat eighths, and there just aren't that many of them. I ended up cutting the eighths into 9.5 inch squares, and treating them like two layer cakes. This led to making two smaller quilts instead of one big quilt. Which is a good thing because they will be much easier to quilt.
I decided to go with a simple pinwheel for the first quilt.
It was interesting trying to pair up the colors together to create a good contrast and balance. Once I had the pairs together, I followed the HST tutorial here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUNGH9B0Ohw&list=PLE250BDA2E891066B You match up your large squares, sew all the way around the edge and then cut the square in fourths diagonally. (Just watch the video...) I think I will do the chevron shown in the tutorial for the other Christmas quilt.
Anyhow..you end up with HST (half square triangles) I am not that great at keeping my seam allowance exactly 1/4" So I have to square up all my squares. Which means cutting off little tiny slivers of fabric. Until you end up with a pile like this:
It was at this point I remembered a conversation with a good friend of mine at a quilting class. She told the teacher that I was the perfectionist between us. I vehemently denied being a perfectionist! I have the cat hair tumbleweeds in my family room to prove it! Okay, looking at this pile of tiny slivers, maybe I am a little bit of a perfectionist, but only in important areas...like quilting and painting.
Chief was watching, so I had to get it right.
( I love how the iron gives him a third ear!)
After all that trimming, I crossed my toes and sewed the pinwheels together.
All that trimming was worth it! My points match! They really match! Almost all of them mostly do!
This is what I have so far. I will ad another border or two, but haven't decided what yet.
I need to get a better photo of it outside.