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Finish-Along Q4 2017

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I am joining into the finish-along.  Let me tell you, it sure has been eye-opening going through all of the things that I have in progress.

Let’s see how many of them I really can get done!

1. Ventana Quilt for my bed – This is my highest priority.  It needs borders and then I will send it to be longarmed.  This baby will be 100″ by 110″, so it is a tad big for the tiny harp of my machine.

Ventana Quilt

2. DC Archictectures Quilt – I have fabric and I have a plan…need I say more?

DCArch

3.  Bind red charity quilt – This is for 100 Quilts for Kids and it was pieced and quilted by Angela.  All that I need to do is bind it.  Can do!

Red Charity Quilt

4.  Quilt and bind pastel charity quilt – Someone else pieced this – don’t know who – but I stepped up to quilt and bind for 100 Quilts for Kids.

pastel charity quilt

5.  Quilt and bind Arkansas Traveler quilt – Many of these blocks were from a Solids Bee in 2013 on Flickr.  In 2015 I made the large blocks and pieced this together.  It is currently a top, so needs quilting and binding.

Arkansas Traveler

6.  Quilt and bind Piece Bee with You quilt – Also from a Flickr bee, 2012.  I still am in touch with two of these folks…so that it good!  Blocks pieced together in 2015 and then bordered recently.  Needs quilting and binding.

fish quilt

7. Pajama pants – Flannel PJ pants

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8.  Baskets Quilt – No idea how old these are…I was cleaning out and purging my stash and found this project.  It was a program run by my local quilt store, obviously a very traditional quilt.  I gathered all of the blocks and associated fabric.  Need to…create a top, quilt and bind.

basket quilt

9. X and Plus Quilt – These are from one round of the DCMQG Bee.  Next month I will have a few more from a mini-bee.

X plus quilt

10. Hitchhiker scarf

Hitchhiker

11.  Anne scarf – a thank you for our hostess in Idaho last August…to be knit in my go-to scarf texture pattern from the Yarn Harlot.

Scarf yarn

12.  DC/NYC pillows

DC NYC pillow covers

13. Embroidered needle book – From an Alison Glass workshop at QuiltCon 2014.  I need to put something in the lower right section.  Plus, it is not going to be a needlebook, but something else.

Needlebook

14.  Mini-quilt from Alternate Grid Workshop at QuiltCon 2017

Alternate grid

15.  Quilt from Denyse Schmidt Workshop

DS workshop

16.  Snowflake Potholders – I love snow and snowflakes, so this fabric from Spoonflower called to me.Snowflake potholders

17.  Dresden  – Anne showed me how to make this at a DCMQG retreat but I really need to finish this up as a mini-quilt.

Dresden

Wow!  As much as I am appalled at the number of projects, I am sure that there are a few more lurking around, but I just don’t want to look.  If I completed six of them I will be happy!

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Its a Fib, not a Lie

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Nowadays I belong to two guilds, a modern one and a traditional one.  I get different things out of each…one meets weekdays…one weekends…it works out.

The traditional guild frequently has themed challenges and most of the time I miss out on them, but this time it was a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) challenge, right up my alley!  Being who I am, I first checked to see if my Silver quilt (more on that soon) fit the size requirements, but it was too large.  Then I started thinking about pleasing dimensions for quilts, trying to remember the proportions for the golden rectangle, but thinking about that made me wander into information about the Fibonacci sequence.  The Fibonacci Sequence is a mathematical sequence in which the next number is the sum of the two previous numbers:

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1+0 = 1

1+1 =2

1+2 = 3

2+3= 5

You get the idea.  It also turns out that there are many arrangements in nature that are in the Fibonacci Sequence, the bracts on pine cones and seeds of sunflowers are two of the most notable.

When I looked up the sequence, checking that I recalled it correctly, I saw images with the squares arranged so that they spiraled out.  Indeed, there is something called the Fibonacci Spiral, which was the quarter circle for each square continuing into the next one.  I made the sketch and figured out the dimensions.  If I started with a one inch square, then the rectangle that I wanted would be too large for the 100-inch perimeter allowed for the challenge.  I scaled the design down so that the smallest square was 0.75 inches and I was off and running.  I really like to work in solids and as I was sorting through the bin, I realized that I actually could come up with 8 shades of teal blue that became progressively darker.  Yay!  Ok, so not quite yay…it looks like I started with a white rectangle, but really it is a white square and a very pale blue square.  Yeah, I know, you really cannot tell that in a photo…or you can just barely tell here.

Fib detail

Construction was pretty easy, but then came the quilting.  My walking foot is my best friend and so I started with the Fibonacci Spiral.  Normally when I quilt curves with my walking foot, I use the edge of the foot to make parallel curves.  Since this was a spiral, I needed to add extra lines, and at the very end, I just winged it.  Actually, I was pretty pleased with my quilting.  On to the binding…

Since I made this all from stash, I had some solids that matched with I used, but not quite enough.  Now, I do love a scrappy binding, and did find this Alison Glass fabric that played nicely with the colors, so I was set.

So, there you are… a Fibonacci Sequence and Spiral.

 

Joining up with the Bloggers Quilt Festival at Amy’s Creative Side.  Go check out all of the wonderful quilts!

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Year in review

such as it was…I actually tried to write a post a while ago, but could not get my account to save a draft.  But now, after thinking to change browsers…here I am!  I organize my pictures by month, so here are my major makings…

February – DCMQG did a swap with the Ottawa MQG, and my swap person really liked the upcoming Ottawa anniversary logo, so that is what I based her mini on.  It took me a while to figure out the piecing and to think about how literal to be, but I was pleased with the outcome.

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In March I finally finished my daughter’s holiday gift of a place to put all of her Junior Ranger badges and other travel patches. The national park snow globe fabric is from Spoonflower.  I did finally get the patches sewn on and a few pins, but apparently never took a pic of that.

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I also went to a DCMQG retreat and made a Sewtogether bag.  I used an Alison Glass motif for the main panel.

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Not too much sewing this summer due to some disruptions…but in July I was in a pillow swap and my partner really wanted a Halloween themed pillow.  I don’t usually applique and decided to quilt, then applique and was pleased with the results.

halloween-pillow

 

August brought a few more disruptions, but I had this stack of wonky star blocks from two rounds of the DCMQG Bee, and managed to get them sewn in this improv layout.

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I was in a winter/holiday pillow swap and was partnered with someone who loves grey.  I took a bit of liberty with that and wandered into silver, but all was good.

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So, those are the big things that I made this year.  So, what are the not big things?  Blocks for the DCMQG Bee, monthly blocks for the Serenity Circle of do.Good.Stitches, and lots of little things, mugrugs/hotpads, small zip pouches, and the such.  Currently I seem to have lost my sewing mojo, but hopefully it will return tomorrow, just in time for 2017!

 

 

 

 

 

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#dcmqg2016qal

Yup, that is the hashtag for the DCMQG’s quilt along this year.  Anna of LifeSewCrafty designed it for us and sets out great instructions  for each block.  Go check it out – anyone can follow along.  We all started out strong and there were a number of snow days that we were all home sewing, so that helped.  We have all slowed down on this, but as soon as school was out I decided to get caught up.  Blocks 1 – 13 were already on my design wall.  As you can see, this is another Kaffe Fassett quilt.

DCMQG 2016 QAL 1-13

Here is what I finished up in the last week or so…

Block 14  I debated on using white as the solid, but there is so much white in some of the other blocks that I decided to try another color.

Block 14

 

Block 15  This one is huge (24.5″ square) and I relearned how to make quarter-square triangles.  Anna had great instructions and pictures for this.

Block 15

Block 16  Another huge block and quarter-square triangles too!

block 16

Block 17 – This involved half-rectangle triangles.  I have done these before  but it was good to revisit them before I totally forgot how to do them.  Plus I was in the background color quandary again.  More white?  Nope, went for that soft green instead.

Block 17

Block 18  This was the second theme block.  For the first one I substituted two of my favorite leaf blocks and so for this one I wanted a different leaf block.  I saw a picture of this block that was named Vintage Leaf block and it had a stem in the lower right hand corner.  There were no instructions, but it was easy enough to draft it.  I am not sure if I will embroider a stem…for now I like it as it is!

Block 18

Now I am ready to move on.  Block 19 has not been posted. I guess I will need to work on something else…as if it would be hard to find something to do!

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Easy Does It

After the first week in January I had such good intentions for blogging again.  Well, obviously that did not happen.  However, there is something that I would like to share.  Not a big thing for most of the quilters that I read about, but big for me.  I have a quilt in a museum.  Yes, a museum.

So, here is the back story.  Back in 2014 I volunteered to be a tester for Sherry Lynn Wood for her new book.  I signed up, was sent my marching instructions and I set off.  If you have seen her book, you would know that it is basically a set of techniques, definitely not step by step instructions to make a quilt.  I jumped in and played and by the due date I had a completed, quilted, 36″ square quilt.  Now, of course, my quilt was not chosen for the book, but I am pretty fond of it anyway.  It also does not hurt that it was all made from stash, in case anyone wonders about my color choices.

Last year the Modern Quilt Guild put out a call for modern quilts for a juried exhibit at the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange, Texas.  The exhibit which features 25 quilts is called “Modern Quilt Guild at the Texas Quilt Museum.”  Read about it here.  I was in La Grange once very long when I was in grad school in Austin, but will not be able to see my quilt there.  If anyone is near there, I would love to hear about the whole exhibit.

The quilt you ask?  Well, here it is.  And the title?  This is how I learned to become really good at making curves.  What do I need to do…take it easy, because “Easy Does It.”

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My thanks to my colleague Michael for taking high quality pics of my quilts…look how nicely this close-up shows my quilting.

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Yes, that was done by me with my bestie, my walking foot!  So there you have it, my quilt in a museum…a little woo hoo for me!

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How to Wrap a Bee…

I promised a blog post about the first DCMQG bee…and I did write it, but not post it here, but over on the DCMQG blog.  So, if you want to read about it, click on over there to see what we did.

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Yes I am still here…

This year I dropped back to three-quarter time at school so that I would have more time to care for mom and generally be less stressed.  Apparently that did not translate into more sewing or blogging.  It is near to the end of the year and I am on break for 2 weeks and somehow there now is the urge to write an enormous post with everything that happened since July.  That really is too bit of a goal for me this morning and it would then never get posted.  So, I am going for little bits here.  I did get some sewing done this fall…so let’s see…  I made these two blocks for Heal Circle of do.Good.Stitches.  DSC_0917DSC_0918

Unfortunately this fall Heal Circle folded.  I really would like to join another circle or form a new one.  Anyone interested in starting a new circle or taking me in as a member?  Really, I am very reliable!

I also was involved in a swap that celebrated marriage equality.  It was a rainbow swap and here is the mini that I made for my partner.  I paper pieced the Xs and am really loving using a low volume background.

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Next up will be posts about the DCMQG bee and holiday sewing…at least I hope that is what happens next!

 

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