Monday, February 11, 2019

A little more progress

Slow going presently on my quilt for

I have nine blocks right now and yesterday put a post
up on my Mystic Quilter blog
showing them up on the wall, randomly placed. as below. I have
eleven more to plan.

The block third from the left on the second row
was originally like this in my first post

but it was just too bright, you can see from the top photo above
I removed the bright pink squares, substituted with something not as garish
 and added a softer colour border strip
on two sides. Now I'm happy. 

I gave some thought to sashing because of the multitude of bright colours,
I have a fabric which looked pretty good, today I decided a few minutes ago
to butt them up together to see if they could all play nicely
together. I think they could.
The photo below is the truer colour, time of day makes all the difference I think.

My decision will be made when all twenty are finished.


Friday, February 8, 2019

Lattice Quilt, My First Attempt at the UANDUQAL

I've finished with all the Lattice blocks now and am attempting to figure out the proper layout. You can read more about this quilt over at my blog. This particular quilt is a combined effort of trying to play with the #AHIQred' and also the UANDUQAL challenge of making an Unexpected and Unconventional inspired quilt. 
#UANDUQAL first attempt
It's not terribly obvious at this point, but I didn't try to center the lattice, just trimmed as I went. I'm hopeful that there will be a slight 'make-do' look and feel when all the blocks are finally sewn together. The book 'Unexpected and Unconventional' has been a favorite book of mine since it was first published. So much inspiration to be found within its covers! This isn't my first quilt made from that wonderful starting place and undoubtedly it will not be my last....

Saturday, February 2, 2019

NOT a Mystery Begins

This is the quilt from Unconventional and Unexpected
that Sujata suggested for our quilt along.

I knew from the beginning that I would not
be making mine in the style of the original,
so I've been waiting to see which direction
my version would take.

In the meantime, I ran across this vintage beauty
photographed by Ann Champion and shared on Flickr.

And my brain immediately leaped to a quilt design
I've made twice before.

This version was named Happy Happy Joy Joy 
(or HHJJ for short) was made 
during the 2016 Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

And this version, named Girly Girl,
 was made shortly thereafter
to celebrate our great niece's birth.

In HHJJ, I used strings to fill in the side triangles.

In Girly Girl, I used half square triangles.

So with the design method settled,
I moved on to my waiting fabric pulls.

I had pulled these scrappy pieces
shortly after Bonnie Hunter introduced
her 2018 Good Fortune mystery quilt.

I never planned to make her mystery quilt
but I was drawn to the colors and her inspiration.

This photo was taken by our DIL in the Forbidden City 
during one of her Asian business trips.

It captures Bonnie's inspirational color palette perfectly.

(I even used this photo as my desktop wallpaper 
back when I was working at the law firm)

I also had this fabric pull set aside
for the current AHIQ Red challenge.

Once I started looking, the overlap between the two
was obvious and they quickly became one project
that suits both the UandU QAL 
and the AHIQ Red challenge.

With the intensity of my colors,
it was clear the low volume prints
needed an upgrade.

This long-stashed Marblehead was my choice.

I pulled these four fabrics from the stash
to use for the quilt's pieced back.

Initially I was not going to add the narrow strips
along the sides of the center insert.

But when I cut one WOF strip of a well-aged red batik
and laid it alongside the first pieced center segment 
you can see the results -- Those rich red 1" strips 
simply HAD to be part of this quilt.

I'm planning a layout 5 blocks wide x 7 blocks long
for a top that will measure 50" x 70" 

8 blocks made, 27 more to go.

And when I trim the center strips to 4.5" wide,
these marvelous lengths are the cutaways.

I already have a plan to use them 
in another small quilt!

Hooray for the UandUQAL 
and the AHIQ Red challenge
and for shopping my stash to create this project.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

How to avoid Y Seams - uanduqal Part 2

Those of you who are hoping to not work with Y seams - I just wrote a post on The Root Connection

And, I have made some progress.. Wouldn't you agree?

Have a warm weekend! I would be definitely in the sewing room where there are plenty of quilts and fabric stash padding the walls if I were still on the east coast.

Happy quilting!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Unconventional and Unexpected Challenge

Inspired by Sujata Shah, I am creating a new quilt out of my grandmas lovely but damaged quilt.

Quilt top - this used to be a tied quilt, but was badly damaged, so years ago I removed the ties with the intention of repairing it.  Now I have a plan!

 I ripped apart the blocks on a long car trip, and now to play! 

Detail showing damage.

Below are several inspiring quilts from Unconventional and Unexpected, giving me ideas for a layout. 

Not sure which layout I'll use yet, I love them all!

Friday, January 25, 2019

Three version

I've done 3 versions and I'm really struggling to like any of them. 

I upsized the block so made my cuts 5 1/2 for the square, 5 1/2 x 3 for rectangle and 3x3 for corner stones.  Plus, one of my goals for 2019 is to work smaller so I only made them table topper/wall hanging size.

I tried improv-style quarter square triangles, half-square triangles and then just solid fabric corner stones.

My third version flips the string piecing to the center squares with solid fabric on the sides.

The second option also included more focused fabric selection for the center squares (all a shade of caramel).

My quilting mojo seems to be missing right now - I'm sorta in a funk about quilting in general - so I'm not surprised that I'm struggling.

For now, although I had 2 more ideas for this, I think I'll go back to U&U and find another quilt idea to play with.

I must say, I'm really enjoying watching all of you and your creations!  There was one on IG that I really liked - I think it also had red in it.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Overlapping Octagon - how to draft your own pattern

Last night I decided it was finally time to give this quilt a go. There are other things happening simultaneously in the dining room so I may not be as fast as some of you are working. More I saw the images on instagram and your posts on here, I wanted toss whatever is required off to the side and dip my feet in as well.

I really want that scrappy, unplanned look, where octagon corners are mysteriously do appearing and disappearing act. So original quilt was pieced was the way to go. Yes, with Y seams.

This is all I have made so far. One block - not even! I am not sure if the colors are my favorite but it was good to try a sample of the block.

Here is how to draft your own paper pattern. Sorry for the poor quality of this picture.

  • Draw a rectangle 2" X 4" with 2" X 2" squares on either end. 
  • Draw diagonal lines from corner to corner withing both squares.
  • The shape with darker line is the pattern needed for the octagon. 
I also cut 4" X 11" paper from the phone book. Basically split the pages vertically in halves.

Use these as paper foundation piece for your scraps and string. You want to start laying first piece of scrap right side up. Then place the next piece right side down. sew the seam. Press open the second piece. Continue with third and fourth.

 Place the template to see if you have enough length to trim the shape..

I cleaned up the edges before trimming the shape.

Using this template, add 1/4" seam allowance when rimming the string pieced

Here is the example of adding 1/4" seam allowance. 

I chose to make my blocks larger as I really want to make many quilts from this book.

Here is the difference in size of the templates between 8" and 12" finished block.

I think I made the smart decision. Too many Y seams at short distance to consider before choosing the final size of the block.

I hope this helps.

Happy Quilting!