Sunday, April 12, 2015

55 Degrees at Eight O'Clock and Another Binding

The title of this post says it all!

After a very long winter, today was probably one of the nicest days since last fall.
So much so, that at close to eight o'clock in the evening, it is still 55 degrees outside. 
Maybe spring is finally here!

Tonight's sewing is a binding on a quilt which needs to be shipped out tomorrow or Tuesday at the latest.

An orange backing with a red print binding on a very fall looking quilt.  

Time to get off the computer and on to the binding.

Enjoy this evening and the warmer weather!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Working on My MacBook Air

I have installed EQ7 on my MacBook Air.  Now to try to work on it on this laptop.  Mac's are funny sometimes to a Windows bred blogger.  But I am trying to get used to it - both EQ7 and the MacBook Air.

Let's see what I can do here.  At this point it is definitely easier to work here than on my iPad, but just a bit more difficult (due to the laptop's keyboard) than on the PC.

Ah, the wonders and challenges of technology!

Using the webcam on the Mac to take a picture.  These are two leftover blocks from my latest fat quarter quilt using a basics line that is available at the shop.

Now let's try to incorporate a design from EQ7.

Wow! It worked!
I am still trying to decide if I like this.
Should I copyright it?

Oh well, enough of this for today!  Need to get back to sewing and a quilt that has been languishing.  
Have a great day!

Signed Louise at the Kitchen Table of Island Creations by Louise

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Hotel Sewing?

Binding finished!

I guess this qualifies as hotel sewing.

While we are attending classes with Edyta Sitar I have been too exhausted to do any machine sewing after class is over.  The energy I have been able to muster up has been used for handwork.

Since I have been using this quilt as my chair pillow, it has been coming to class with me each day.  So each day I have stitched a bit on the binding.

Tonight it needed to be finished!

And so it was...

Hotel sewing comes in all sizes and activities

Happy Spring and Happy National Quilting Day!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Slow and Steady in Bedford, PA

Mary and I spent the day with Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts working on blocks for her quilt called "Slow and Steady".  By the way, that is how one needs to approach the blocks for this quilt, slow and steady, as Edyta was continually saying.

Behind us is the quilt called "Slow and Steady".
It is a snail's trail pattern and is classified as an intermediate quilt.  It uses lots of little strips and squares and could put a dent in the scrap bag.

I was able to complete 9 blocks today as well as cutting out several of the 60 degree background triangles.

The center four patch measures an inch and a half!

133 more little blocks to go!

Look for more info on this quilt and others by Edyta in her book called "Handfuls of Scraps Pieced into Amazing Quilts".

Tonight is Edyta's lecture, tomorrow is "Dresden Bloom", a stand alone pattern, and Sunday is "Basket of Scraps", also from the book mentioned above.

Can't wait!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

March 11 and 57 degrees

The warmest day since mid January or maybe even December of last year.
Can winter and snow be finally over?

Once again, I am sitting in the living room looking out the window towards the deck and the chair that is waiting for me and warmer days.

The snow has decreased significantly in just 24 hours due to warm temperatures and the rain we had overnight.  With the blue skies and lots of sunlight things are looking up in the weather department.

Not so much in the sewing department!

A binding in progress

A few blocks sewn

I suppose a girl can't complain, especially when she has time to bind, sew, gaze out the window and simply enjoy life.

Hope you are enjoying your Wednesday!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

More Snow and a Stay at Home to Sew Day!

Yep, more snow.

What was originally advertised to be 1 to 3 inches, is now being advertised to be 5 to 7 inches (oops! They just changed it to 5 to 8 inches) just south of here and looks like we, already at noon, have about 5 inches. It is supposed to continue snowing until this evening.

Hmm, 5 or six hours from now at about 1/4 to 1/2 inch per hour equals....
One to three more inches???

Gotta love that modern math of the weather forecasting world!

But inside it is toasty and warm and a great day for sewing!

I am finishing the rows of this previously webbed Fat Quarter Quilt.  I am loving the orange, green and teal look of this quilt top.

Love the inspirational border print also.

I have had this print in my stash for awhile.  I think I originally bought it to be a backing but I could never bring myself to use it that way.  Now I am happy I waited.  With the new basics line available at the shop, I finally found the fat quarters needed to make another Fat Quarter Quilt.

Lookin' good and I hope to finish the top this afternoon.  Let's see how I do?

Happy snow day on March 5th!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Fun with Fat Quarters

Over the years I have made numerous quilts of the type that I call my Fat Quarter Quilts.  The quilt pattern is based on one found in M'Liss Rae Hawley's 1999 book called Fat Quarter Quilts.  In it are several patterns but one, Mystery Quilt, has always resonated with me.

What appeals has always been the fact that you can use anywhere from 5 or more fat quarters with one 2 yard minimum focus fabric and 1 yard minimum background fabric.  It can be one background fabric or more.  The focus fabric can be a floral print, a batik, a border print, a directional print as long as it is a fabric that serves to stimulate your creative fabric choice juices in terms of choosing fat quarters.

In making the units of this quilt, you work with the fabric you have to make 5 inch blocks.  They are triple rail, four patch, nine patch, half square triangles and a double four patch. Any fabric will do for each element, but I usually choose a strong color for the double four patch.  I like the way it can produce a strong visual line in the finished top.


The above example uses multiple background fabrics rather than one piece of yardage.

Your cutting skills can be challenged to make accurate cuts that measure 5 3/8 inches, 2 3/4 inches, 2 inches, and 1 5/8 inches.

You need to sew an accurate 1/4 inch seam.

And you need to design out of your comfort zone.

I have a quilty friend who absolutely cringes when she sees these quilt tops.  They are too random for her and play havoc with her sense of balance and symmetry.  She can make the various elements, but she needs to put the quilt into one that is more traditional and not so random.

These quilts are still a challenge for me. I find immense satisfaction in producing a quilt top that uses what I have in my fabric stash and allows me to produce a quilt that can be pleasing to the eye but uses a different approach to design.

Fun with Fat Quarters or Designing out of Your Comfort Zone is a fun and different way to approach your stash and make a quilt that is uniquely yours.