01 3 / 2012

Wedding quilt update - two more blocks!

01 3 / 2012

On the left - laying out my postage stamps to see how many unique fabrics I could pull from the bag - I’m up to 172 - on the right - 25 6x6 postage stamp squares. 


As I cut things for other quilts - I take and cut my scraps into either 2” or 3” hunks - anything bigger than that, I put back into the cupboard for later use.  Last winter, I made 25 5x5 squares from the 2” scraps.  This year, I’ve upped those to 6x6s and now have 32 of them.  The plan is to eventually make 49 8x8s so that there are fewer repeat fabrics. (just over 3100 squares planned no big deal, right?).  I think I probably have at least that many in my scrap bag, but a lot are from the same projects, so I’m waiting to make the next set until I have a few more different colors in the bag.  I’ve also joined a charm swap that the curious quilter is hosting and am looking forward to April when the next exchange is.  http://thecuriousquilter.wordpress.com/postage-stamp-2012-charm-swap/

01 3 / 2012

Caltrand wedding quilt microcosm.  Pennsylvania and Louisiana representing.

Caltrand wedding quilt microcosm.  Pennsylvania and Louisiana representing.

18 2 / 2012

Trying to decide if this makes my eyeballs explode.

Trying to decide if this makes my eyeballs explode.

10 2 / 2012

With Jonah’s finished, I got to work a little on Aidan’s. Big boy bed quilts all around!

With Jonah’s finished, I got to work a little on Aidan’s. Big boy bed quilts all around!

07 2 / 2012

For our wedding in June, I’ve asked our friends and relatives to mail us fabric with their RSVPs.  Now invitations haven’t gone out yet, but I’ve gotten a bunch from people I see regularly so that I could begin already.  In my mind, I need a minimum of 25 blocks, I have a goal of 36, and the most I could do without it becoming ridiculous is 64. 

There are 200 invited guests and they’ve been given the prompt to “send fabric or fabrics representing yourselves -or-send a pre-made 12 inch quilt block” - if everyone does the assignment, there are 112 physical invites going out - so that means with 2 color blocks - 56ish possible - so far we’ve gotten one fabric per couple - athough I think a friend is planning to send fabric to represent each of her, her husband and her kids, which if people go that route would change things - I also am really hoping that someone sends us a quilt block because that would be pretty cool - but if they don’t I can handle it.  :) 

So far we’ve gotten some purchased fabric and also some clothing - a friend tried to give me a silk robe - which was pretty, but not washable.  Jersey and nylon are *super* hard to work with in this context.  I’ve been sure so far to match up stretchy and floaty fabrics with really stiff counterparts - but you can see from the paperpinwheel that it doesn’t always go as planned.  That block is actually a little smaller than the others, I might have to border it honestly - something about the silky fabric in the middle changed when I cut and sewed it.  I love a good challenge, though!

I’ve also cut the the front and back motifs off of the t-shirt in 12.5 inch squares - and then cut 12.5 inch hunks out of the fabrics that I have enough of (some I don’t or haven’t - the vintage came in pre-cut squares and the spoonflower was just the sample swatch and I used *all* of it) and hope to make the back in 12 inch blocks that line up wiht the front - which sounds crazy, but I think is doable…so that when I quilt it, the stitch in the ditch lines grid up on the back. 

I’m probably going to quilt it in a grid since it’s a sampler quilt and I probably won’t have much time in the finshing stages - this is a wedding and it’s gonna be my chuppah after all - must.be.done.  So I’ll stich in the ditches and then I’ll just go down the middle line at 6 inches on each square.  That should hold just fine and be easy enough to do.

3 down - 22 or 33 to go!  Invites go out in a few weeks, so hopefully fabric will start piling in at that point…and also my birthday party happens about a week after the invites go out, so I hope I can encourage people to bring their RSVPs with them.  This seems like a good idea.  I guess we’ll all find out.

Streak of Lightning

Streak of Lightning with Vintage Scraps & Spoonflower Custom

My Blue Heaven with a t-shirt & some quilting fabric.

Paper Pinwheel with silky shirt & cotton fabric.

17 1 / 2012

Over Christmas (and untouched since then, sadly) I also started a quilt for my nephew for a different type of graduation - he’s about to turn 2 and has a toddler bed in his future.  His parents are big baseball fans - so I picked a pattern with a bit of a baseball diamond shape to it - this Snowball Nine Patch

It may be a little hard to see the baseball diamond in the demonstration colors - but this is what it looks like with “grass” in the middle and “bases” on the outside.

Also, my toes.  Hi toes.

The nine patch parts are all the same and pieced in strips - which makes the work-up super quick.  That’s two rows of blocks - there are going to be 3 more and then borders like what’s on top.

I’m pretty pleased with it.

10 6 / 2011

I just signed up for a free motion quilting class at the Button Box Quilt Shop, so that I can learn the technique necessary to do the quilting for Nathan & Natalie’s wedding quilt. I don’t want to start on that, so I’m whipping up another project to learn on. I was camping with part of my Girl Scout family over Memorial Day weekend and a friend had made a quilt out of some fantastic Girl Scout fabric, so I decided to pick some up and put one together for myself. I can’t decide exactly what I want to do with it, but I laid it out two ways tonight….I’m going to sleep on it.

04 6 / 2011

I think this is going to be the border - a full block in the corner, a border to connect and finish the “path” part, 6 inches of the backing fabric, and the snips from my flying geese chunks…which I’ve been saving and worried about wasting. (also yay, for not having to cut more stuff!)

I think this is going to be the border - a full block in the corner, a border to connect and finish the “path” part, 6 inches of the backing fabric, and the snips from my flying geese chunks…which I’ve been saving and worried about wasting. (also yay, for not having to cut more stuff!)

03 6 / 2011

Was a yard short on neutral fabric, damn you math! Evasive work around = start borders immediately.

Was a yard short on neutral fabric, damn you math! Evasive work around = start borders immediately.