I’ve been doing some crafting but nothing is finished yet so the big reveals are yet to come but since I haven’t blogged in a while I thought I’d post some progress pictures of what I’ve been doing.
First up some beauty shots to brighten your day. These are some roses that I got for my birthday and Valentine’s day, which are one and the same day. The grandkids came over and we had a wonderful romp and some yummy tacos for dinner.
Next up is the current project I’m working on. This is a little lap quilt kit that I bought from the Fat Quarter Shop about four years ago, hard to believe the time has flown by so quickly. I thought I would make it up and give it to my mother-in-law for her 95th birthday. The kids are having a special party and get together for her this April so it should be done by then.
And finally a couple of goodies arrived in the mail this morning. It was somewhat puzzling given that I had two parcels winging their way to me, ordered a week apart but the second one arrived first. This is some backing fabric I ordered to complete a quilt that I’m putting together for my grandson and the theme is dinosaurs. The other item is a quilt kit called Ada’s Prairie Stitches quilt.
Hopefully I’ll be able to get pictures up of the finished quilts soon. The hubby is going away on a golf trip so I’m torn between having a craft-fest or cleaning, you can probably guess which I’ll end up doing.
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It’s been busy the past couple of weeks and more so the last couple of days as we hosted the dinner for a progressive supper our “two-by-two” group from church put on. Lots of cleaning and putting up of Christmas themed decorations.
We put up the tree and I put the Christmas tree skirt I finished last week under it. So glad that this UFO was finally done. It took longer than I thought it would and the machine quilting took longer as well. By contrast the bug jar quilt that I’m finishing the binding on only took one day of machine quilting. Anyway here it is:
Christmas tree skirt from the “Thimbleberries Book of Quilts” by Lynette Jensen.
The only difference between my finished quilt and hers was different fabric choices and I added on a circular piece of fabric to make the skirt bigger. The original pattern went to the scalloped edge. The binding of course took forever to sew down.
Skirt under the tree waiting for presents.
Next on the list is finishing the binding on the bug jar quilt and I hope to have that finished tomorrow so I can post a couple of pictures of that as well. Then it’s on to other projects, time is flying by and running out even though I still have most of December left it feels like it’s too late to get stuff done. Happens every year this deadline kind of feeling.
The latest project that I’ve been working is the Fall Block Swap with my fabric dyeing forum group. This block – Amish Diamond – is based on a pattern from quilterscache.com. It’s a fairly basic block which is what our group wanted since we would be sewing quite a few of them. The block is based on three colours, one of which is the standard Amish black.
The idea is to pick two different colour combos and then swap out a block of each combination to every person participating in the swap. This current crop of members seems to be a bit on the tentative side so we only had six people sign up for the block so I had to come up with 12 blocks. Given I’ve been trying to find time to do them in the past four days, I’m kind of glad only six signed up.
Anyhow here are the two colours combos that I chose.
Amish diamond - Navy blue, Pagoda Red
Amish Diamond - Olive, Butterscotch
The navy blue was Dharma and the other colours from ProChem, the black was Kona black. Kona black was chosen as the standard so that when all the different blocks come together the blacks should match fairly closely given dye lots.
I was going to choose purple but when I went through my fabric samples somehow these colours looked good together. Maybe because it’s fall I was influenced by my colour choice. It should be interesting to get all the other blocks back and see how the quilt turns out. These blocks are a good way to use up smaller pieces of fabric so I’ll be going back to the stash to see what I need to finish the quilt.
Well I finally got around to working on the nested round robin quilt today. I’m not sure what the block is called but I’m going to call it a basket block. Anyhow I have four of these blocks to make out of an assortments of colours from the colour wheels I’ve recently dyed.
My first attempt at this type of block and I don’t believe I’ve ever done a set-in seam before but it’s very like the corners of the binding I do on my quilts so it didn’t seem strange doing them.
I’m going to have a problem on a couple of points as they already meet the edges and I need a 1/4″ seam allowance. I’m not sure where I went wrong on the points but the whole thing was a bit wonky putting together for the first time so I guess I’m allowed. Anyway I’m glad that at least one of them is out of the way.
Basket block? Fabric from dark colour wheel.
It’s turned out to be a gorgeous day today, which is quite a treat seeing as how it was so grey and wet this morning. There is nothing like the sun breaking through a grey October sky to improve one’s mood.
The weather temperature-wise has been unreal this fall with warmer temperatures than normal. Global warming comes to mind, which is a scary thought, but seeing as how it’s not going to go away as of this instant I have resolved to try and enjoy myself. There has been enough of a nip to change the colour of the leaves but not enough cold to make them drop all at once which is usually the case. The autumn colours seem to last about 2-3 weeks and then poof overnight all the leaves seem to drop. Not so this year as the leaves seem to be hanging on forever.
Yesterday was a crafty day with lots of sewing on a miniture quilt I’m putting together for a bingo gift. Our swap group has a word bingo contest every few months with the previous winner choosing the topic of words to be used in the game. Last month I won and received a beautiful book of folk art designs to be crafted. I decided this month that since it was fall I would make a small quilt with some autumn colours in it. To tell the truth the quilt has been fussy to make and I keep asking myself why did I choose a miniature quilt to do? Anyhow, all that’s left to do is to sew the rows together, sew a border and quilt it and I’ll be done. The colours didn’t quite turn out how I envisioned them but it sure is colourful.
I also did a Stormy Grey gradation yesterday to which I added Grecian Rose as an additive. I took it down to eight steps but you can’t really tell a difference between the seventh and the eighth step. It was interesting because the two darkest steps turned a soft muted purple; something I wasn’t expecting. I guess the grey had more blue in it than I thought. I took the leftover dye and decided to throw them together to create a fabric parfait. I’m not to sure about the results because the Grecian Rose is just a little to bright for my tastes but it was interesting to see the stormy grey look green in spots.
It’s always interesting to see how the dyes breakdown and the resultant colours you end up with. Will post a picture of the quilt when it’s done.
Stormy gray gradation with Grecian Rose additive
Stormy Grey – Grecian Rose Parfait