My Scrappiness

Posted for April 15th, 2016

As I have mentioned before I began my quilting adventure in 2011 by crafting a quilt for a new friend I met when visiting Jayme from Tales of the Coop Keeper.  At that time I had the desire to quilt, but no knowledge of the plotting skills or the math involved to pull it off…

Ergo, after making a “watermelon” quilt

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I had tons of red and white squares and triangles to spare and they have been stored in a Ziploc bag, at the bottom of my scrap drawer, till now…

I have joined up with Kate Chiconi  at Tall Tales From Chiconia in ScrapHappy.   This is a creative group of like-minded people who want to use it all up and have fun making their scraps disappear.  Then we all share on the 15th of the month.  Links to all participants will be listed on Kate’s blog site!  Please follow the link above to see what the other more experienced quilters have come up with.

After much experimentation, and cutting down I am left with a pair of ten inch blocks.  A bit of blue border has given them a decidedly patriotic flair.

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Windmill block to the left and Hourglass blocks to the right.

I haven’t finished them yet, because  I can’t decide if I want a table runner or pillows!  If a table runner is in their future I will have to come up with a third block to tie them all together.

This process of laying out and working with my scraps has reminded me of the Inuit carver who studies a bone or wood specimen to see what is living inside, then begins carving to release the spirit and image within.  No spirits in my work, but this time around my *points are coming along nicely. :)

Practice, practice, practice!

 

NOTEPoints refers to the area in the quilt block where all the corners meet up.  Getting them to get along is very exciting for a budding quilter.  Well, actually, I think it may be an exciting moment for any quilter!  Those little corners can be rather pesky.

The next four blocks for the 1857

My monthly 1857 wedding quilt post is here!  I wanted you to see where I am in this needle turned applique adventure.

There are two more blocks from the original that are supposed to be done and they involve building and Mason’s tools, but I am making a couple to my own liking that represent me and my endeavors too.  There is a method to my madness, because you see, I want this quilt to fit our queen sized bed when I am done with all this painstaking applique!   So the tools will be done later throughout the year. 😉

My personal blocks as if you couldn’t guess are the goose, which is Polly, and a representative chicken.  These will soon have some outlining added to them for more definition.

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That red number with the bazillion red diamonds was a challenge.  I almost didn’t finish it, but then I hitched up my big girl panties and took charge of it!  Now I am proud to say, “I did it!”😀

I think a monthly summary of my progress is probably prudent, don’t you?   Well, unless I do something truly thrilling and spectacular and then I will not hold back, OK?

 

The 1857 Quilt: the first six!

This is a slap dash post, but I have to get it up now or I’ll just let it ride for another six blocks.

The following are my attempts at needle turned applique.  I have done it before, but never for such a large project as this!  This is 64 blocks from an antique wedding quilt to be dished out each month a few at a time.  I am playing catch up as I only started last month… that meant that I was already 4 blocks in the hole!  I have one left for February, and then the three for this month to do.  I will get there!

first-sixI must admit, I had a real hate thing going on the upper right flower block.  It was far more complicated than it looks to do that orange part of the blossom.   It was supposed to be satin stitched and I just couldn’t pull it off!   In the end, I cheated and used a blanket stitch on my sewing machine to finish the edge, cut it with a selvage, then turned it under and made a bazillion little stitches to hold it down.  In spite of that,

I am learning tons, having fun, and getting better block by block.

Follow the link on the right to be taken to Sentimental Stitches for a bit of history and pictures of the original old quilt.

Still MIA: what I am working on

Because my little Viking is still in the *shop I have been keeping busy with a new task.  It is one I have wanted to try but never gave myself the time.

I love it!

This is my quilting table with my latest WIP creation all laid out.

First-Hexigons

They are hexagons.  Each little disk of cover stock was carefully cut out, hole punched and then pinned to a square of fabric.  The fabric was clipped with a generous 1/4 inch + edge for turning under and basting.  Each of the basted hexagons were then trialed into different arrangements until I decided on this one.

After I complete the right side of my layout I will be making half-hexies to allow me a smooth edge for binding.  Then I will be painstakingly sewing the little bits together to make a whole.

The finished item will be approximately 16 inches  wide by 48 inches long.

DiamondbackLooking from this angle I am suddenly reminded of the pattern on the Diamond Back Rattlesnake. This, of course, was unintentional.  Bees also use this shape for construction of their honeycomb!  I find the patterns in nature to be awesome.  Don’t you?

Diamondback snakeA Diamond in the rough…

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*I’ve called three times regarding my little Viking and the repairman (I use the title loosely) says he’s still waiting for a bulb. 😦

And although I am holding out for the repair of my old machine I am facing facts, and have begun a search for a new Viking with these criterion:

  • It will be a fair price.
  • It will use my presser feet collection ($$$!!!)
  • It will be a newer model (from China, I know, but what other options do I have?)

I simply can’t abandon all the money I have invested in specialty presser feet.  So, if I must replace my old machine I will want one that is lightly used and substantially less than the sticker price of a new one!

They are out there.  I just need to keep my eyes open.

OPAL-670.aspxThis one would certainly be nice…  Click on her to see what she can do!