Ladies it was Jean that posted the picture. Great job Jean - I'll bet your friends were thrilled with them.
I'm working on some paper-pieced blocks for the other room and finishing up last years BOM. Then I start on the project list. When I cleaned out the cupboard where I had been putting bags containing patterns and materials for things i wanted to make, I discovered that there were 18 different things there!!! So-one by one I will be starting on them...
An update on Elaine. I saw her today for a while and she still is having problems. She still is showing the Bells Palsy and still cannot close her right eye so it is continually under a patch. She can't drive or sew or paint so is slowly going crazy. Her speech is improving as she gets used to only being able to move one side of her face. We brought her over for dinner one night last week and we will do so again this week. At least it gets her out of the house for a while. Please say a prayer for her. She is truly a sweetheart of a gal...Thanks...
I'm focusing most of my attention right now on "Learning and changing" besides dejunking so not getting much in the way of sewing done. I LOVE seeing everyone else's projects!!! BEAUTIFUL ladies! Guess I'll have to get my fix looking at YOUR work!
Went to a favorite LQS today and bought some flannels from the clearance rack and went to several thrift shops to get a few unusual denims via long coats and dresses (I can get more fabric that way). I've been gathering different denims to have a variety of shades, weaving and textures. Going to make a rag Q for my nephew for his graduation this coming spring, and one for me.
Question--- He's going to college in upstate NY by the finger lakes. Want to make him the rag Q for the colder nights. I am going to use denim and flannel on the front and flannel on the back. For you notherners, would your recommend flannel for the center or will the weight be OK with homespun cotton? Have some homespun that I was thinking of using as it will fring nicely, but not sure if it'll be warm enough. It's going to be a generous twin size for his dorm. Also making him a dorm Q of cotton and natural and warm (batting), so he could use the rag Q over the other if he wants as well. Suggestions?
Thanks Jumper. His folks already have gotten him a 4-wheel drive vehicle (not sure what type) that's in my folk's driveway up north while they winter here in FL. They're on Long Island, so they hear about the weather in northern NY. But hearing and living in it are two different things. I know that we got more snow and cold in Easton, PA, where I went to undergrad, than we had back home, but his will be more often and deeper and colder.
Stu, sounds like your nephew may be going to the snow belt!!! They get a lot of lake-effect snow (off the Great Lakes) and if he is near Syracuse, they get the snow storms off the finger lakes. So not only does it get cold, it stays cold for quite a while into Spring. I'd surely go with the flannel center.
Jean I never would have thought to fold and sew like that on the pillows. I love it!!!!
Barb, I had seen it done like that somewhere. Since I wasn't really exact with cutting the strips (was using scraps mostly), I just made larger than needed white squares. By not sewing htem down I could slide them around a bit and not be concerned if they weren't "exact".
I would have made the square the same as the strips - 2" strip=2" square. In any case, I really do like the look!!! I have some cross stitch pieces here that I did years ago and that would be a nice way to display them.. I just love getting new ideas from everyone here...
Hum.m... Stuart, I have made a couple of rag quilts now and well over a dozen jean quilts. I would not have opted for a layer between your denim and flannel/homespun. It simply becomes very heavy!!! But that's me! On the other hand I have a niece and husband who want me to make them a KING size denim bedspread with the flannel back AND the batting because they LOVE the weight of a heavy blanket. So who knows?? LOL
Barb and Pat. Now I'm not sure which to use. I figure the top will be a combo of flannel and denim, the back flannel. I was going to use the homespun between the layers vs using a flannel center layer. I'm using 10" squares which will become 9" using a 1/2 " seam allowance. Figure going seven across for 64 inches (only 1/2 of each block is seamed on the two end blocks), and nine blocks long for 82 ". Didn't think that the homespun would add as much weight as the flannel and would be easier to dry. I know that some of y'all use three layers with cotton being one layer, but thought that some used three flannel layers. Not sure what the dorms are like heat/draft wise.
In Canada we use a backing of cotton (or flannel) and a center batting,
I agree - homespun is much lighter and wouldn't add a lot of weight, nor be as long to dry.
I know that my g'ma used flannel as a center layer as she lived on a farm and cotton batting was expensive and going to town to get some didn't make sense to her.
She didn't have sheep, so using their uncarded wool as a center wasn't an option either.
well just to add to the confusion...I made a rag quilt with denim, and flannels...and I put warm & natural batting in each square...it is thin and light weight, yet warm...it was "heavy" when completed, but not too heavy. I have an older quilt, that has poly cotton blend bating in it , with all cottons on both sides, and I would say it weighs more than the rag quilt...
It can get pretty cold, even in Florida!! and some houses here have no heat at all !!!
Thunder. How did the rag 'fringe' with the W&N? I ws afraid that it would eventually pull off. Leaning back to the homespun. I'm makinga regular dorm quilt for him using warm and natural, so the flannel can be thrown over the other qilt if need be. Think I'm going to go with that as I'm concerned that if he washes the three layer flannel at school, it'll be too heavy for the dorm machines to properly spin and stay wet way too long. Here, I give it to the wash and fold to do the first couple of washes due to the threads and being on septic tank. Thanks everyone for yor input.
Oh. ya... he will not want to wash that in school w&d!!! I'm on sewer but I alway killed one washing machine trying to do the first wash on a rag quilt!!! It was my first rag quilt and it was my sons washer!! Totally overwhelmed the machine and killed it. The repair man wrote it up as "customer abuse"!
Stu, I don't remember what size squares I did, but I cut the batting 1 inch smaller that the squares, centered it in between the fabrics, and sewed X across each block, to hold together, then sewed blocks together into rows, rows together...then clipped the whole thing...
Marion, that is interesting. Not how I do flip and sew...I will try to explain...for instance to do a log cabin flip and sew block, to finish at 12''. I would cut a piece of good quality muslin about 13 - 14 '' square. cut batting square same size...fold muslin in half both ways, to find center. pin on back side / wrong side...lay on table pin down, put batting on top of that, then take your center piece, and feel for your pin...place center in center...over where you felt the pin.right sides up, take next piece, log, and lay on top of center piece, so right sides face each other, and one edge is lined up...raw edges of center and log...stitch together with 1/4 '' seam, flip log over so right side shows, press lightly if you wish, I usually just finger press...turn piece , lay on next log, as before, lining up raw edges, stitch ...flip...stitch ...flip...all around the cabin.. at some point you can remove the pin from the back side, I have never found it to be in the way of possible sewing over, and I usually remove it after doing the first 2 or 3 logs...
I have done place mats, mug rugs, and pot holders this way. using a larger square in center of logs, or using smaller center (two small same size squares for first two pieces you put on) "clear as mud??"
Love the mug rug Thunder. The Poster item I posted is just the top, you add backings from what I understand after all the squares are together. I also think I read somewhere that you do not put batting between as it makes it to heavy.
You are all so creative and I love to see what everyone does. i just finished a rag quilt to take to the chemo room at the Radiation Center I went to. They didn't have any for the people there. i do 9" blocks and make them 6 blocks across and 7 blocks down. That way they are big enough to cover legs and at least up to stomach, even for a tall man. I use cotton fabric and flannel in the middle. They are cozy but not too heavy. How big to any of the rest of you make your rag throw quilts?
Also, Thunder, Jean, some of the rest of you...I am making a quilt using a pattern that all of us at the sewing house have but using my own colors. It is an Irish Chain and done in batiks. I love the pattern but it is only a single and I need a queen. How do you enlarge a quilt when the blocks are intertwined? I would love to make this quilt but need it to be larger.
Marion - I couldn't find a reference to Flip & Sew on the link, but here's what I do..
I put a piece face up in the center of a muslin square (muslin 3/4" bigger than the finished size I want my block so I have room for later trimming) and I "eyeball" it for center.
Then I put another piece upside down on top of it, matching the edges. It can be longer than the original piece, but not shorter. I stitch along the edge, then I flip it so both pieces are now facing up and iron it.
Then I take another piece and lay it face down on top of a face up piece, again matching the edges, and sew the raw edges. Then I flip the face down piece so it's face up too - and iron.
I keep building this way until the muslin is covered.
Then, I turn the whole thing upside down so I see the muslin and trim the entire piece to match the muslin square.
When I get home I can show you pics of finished, and "in progress" ones so you can see what I mean, if you wish.
btw - for the first piece, you don't even need to sew it down, because adding the 2nd piece and sewing it will stitch it down to the muslin.
Susan, I posted the link thinking people were thinking of the foldy method Donna Poster uses as the flip and sew method. No, there are no references on that site--entirely different process. I have a book on flip and sew, which I discovered going through boxes last night.
ah - gotcha, Marion!
My sister Alice tried to describe how to do Flip And Sew, over the phone, but I Could Not "get" it until I saw an online pattern/directions. Sew easy!! Sure helps make use of small bits of material in your stash!
Janice - you should be able to "find where that right side block" is in the middle of the quilt then just takes the rows next to it and add to the far right.
Do the same for the bottom row.
Does tht make sense????
I had the name wrong on that quilt. it is Island Chain not Irish. Here is a picture and you can see my problem with making this quilt bigger. I love the use of batiks and the three dimensional look of the quilt so I may just have to make it the 53.5" x 64.75" that it is quoted. That is really just a large lap quilt.
That link didn't work for me but I did Google it. I see what you mean about the design. It's pretty though. I guess you could use that as your centerpiece and add co-ordinating borders to the size you wanted. Or maybe a thin border and then a set of the pattern around, then the finish border to size? I'm not too creative though, maybe someone else has a better idea.
Log cabin was my first quilting after the pattern that I learned in my quilt class. I used Elanore Burns' book, which is a must-have for new quilters as it gives step-by-step pictures as well as an array of quilt sizing and layout for patterns for each size. Since then, I've made log cabins and variations (quarter log, etc) of various sizes by using the baics of the original. This is a variation that I did for my nephew's quilts.
Thanks for the advice and sorry the link didn't work. I traveled back to Lansing this weekend to visit with friends and went to my favorite quilt shop. Originally I thought I would only do 8 fabrics instead of the 40 they suggested. Picking out coordinating fabric is not one of my strengths but with a little help from one of the clerks I was able to find 13 more to go with the 8 I found at Shiloh and now I have 20. This means I will only have 2 blocks alike. I'm so excited to start but I have other things to do first.
I'm still trying to finish the baby quilt that was supposed to be a gift at Christmas! My husband downloaded the pictures from the camera to his computer thru Easy Share and I CANNOT get the photos to transfer over. ARrrrrrrggg... I need to get my sons here to help me out! LOL
Qwilter - You're right. There is a small Amish community about 35 miles north of us, and a large one in Sugar Creek, Ohio which is about 60 miles south of us. When I bought my Viking, the JoAnn's I went to offered classes - but you had to bring your own machine to the class. I could make a few excuses, but the truth is I didn't feel like carrying the machine back and forth.
I'm over whelmed with all the quilting magazines and books that are available. I need something super simple to teach me how to quilt. I found books by Elanore Burns, but I have no idea which one I should buy.
Good morning all-from cold and frosty WA. I have a kinda sad story to tell- I wanted to make some Cathedral Window pillows of black & white prints for my new sofa , after my success with my black rag quilt throw. Have to backtrack a bit. Seven months ago I had rotator cuff surgery on my right shoulder (my *main* arm) and I have recovered quite well from it with just a few limitations. Anyway, I got all my squares made and sewed together, got my 12 different prints cut and put on. I used a glue stick on each corner- it works great!. And I sewed the whole thing onto a back of cotton sateen. The windows measure 15" square (4 each way @ 3.25") So last night I got my Ott light set up by the sofa and settled in for an evenings hand sewing. After making it around the outside of one pillow I discovered that I just can't do it- the motion of squeezing the needle and pulling it out away from my body is making my newly healed shoulder hurt, and I can't afford th have that happen. So I am forced to abandon the pillows. It really disappoints me, but I just can't do it. I know someone out there would love to finish them, so I am selling them.
There are the 2 pillows and I will include the remaining sateen to back them. The pillow windows are of black flannel, and all the prints are first quality cottons- 12 different prints. The price is $25 plus priority shipping of $11. I hope someone will give them a good home! Thanks- There are 2 photos- each one is a different print layout.
I am not giving up at all- I just will do a different type of piecing-I will have my 2 pillows! I have a huge collection of black/white prints-I just need to find a pattern I like for 16" pillows. Any suggestions?
I have decided to work slowly on the Cathedral Windows- if I use a short thread and be careful how I extend my arm, it is OK- And I wanted a hand sew project anyway. It will just take a lot longer than I wanted. But winter is here so I'll just use the time I have .
I understand your desire to have what you WANT!!! Doing it slow and taking in it in "little bites" will make it possible for you, just not speedy! I'm glad to hear you decided to finish it for yourself.
Thanks to all of you for the encouragement- it's not like me to give up, but lately life has had too many downs and too few ups, and I was just not thinking positively. You all are such a supportive group--
Question for you - I got some sewing gadgets, and this was in the package (from a friend, who has No Idea what this is), and I was hoping someone would know what it was. Side view shows some pins inside, and the top view shows where you are to press it and the pins meet the bottom.
any ideas what it is?
Sorry that I saw this late. Yes, a ribbon shredder... I have one. I would recommend curling the ribbon first, if you want it that way - before shredding. trying to curl after will rip off some threads. The threads will be curly after. I use the handle of a spoon to curl ribbon, running the ribbon between the spoon and my thumb, then bring it through the shredder and you have a curly 'tail' on the ribbon. It's made for the wrapping-type of ribbon.
Yes, mentioned it on another thread..I have one as well..was at the Canadian Exhibition years ago and they had classes and supply bags which I bought and took a class, probably sitting in a cupboard somewhere.
A good friend of mine, who has quilted for eons, is teaching me how by email ! Maybe even a visit now and then. So, here is the idea I have. Found the fabric at my favorite sellers on eBay. Dottie said to begin with a simple 9 patch. I want to make a twin size quilt. Here is the fabric I've chosen, but not ordered yet. Should I put white inbetween the patches ? What do you think of the color combination ?
CM since you are making a 9 patch, Google...Disappearing 9 patch. It's a pretty cool variation that you can do many different patterns with.. There will be several sites, check a bunch of them out. You will be amazed at all the different looks. So easy to do too.
Fantastic job on the pillow Jo. I agree-it needed to be done by hand to look so soft. I like Cath windows but I only like them by hand too... The whole picture is so attractive. I too love the table!!!
Country Mom - for "sashing" btwn the 9-patch blocks, what other color do you WANT to draw out? Blue & white lend themselves to so many options. Using a red/blue print would give a patriotic look; using a blue/yellow print would make it very "springy".
Don't have a picture of it yet, but I'm working now on one using 9 ptach blocks that I bought on Ebay cause I loved the fabric. I quatered them, but instead of repositioning the opposing corners, I have all the quaters pointing trhe same way (they kind of look like an 'L'). Looks great so far. Two really easy uses of the 9 patch that result in a top that looks much more complicated than it really is.
Edited to add ... it was the ladies on this forum and a thread on how to make a D9P that got me started on these.
Jo... I LOVE B&W. It'll work great and what's nice is that when you go random, if the corners don't match up, it's not noticable. I really like the grey, black and white pallete in your room. Don't know if I would tempt the cathedral pillow yet. But yours is stunning.
Countrymom... sorry for my senior moment, but it was you who brought the 9 patch into the conversation here. Ditto above for your 9 patchs.
I've been cutting left-over fabric pieces into 8", 6.5 " and 4.5" and storing them for future scrappy quilts. Probably will make some via D9P and others via pinwheels, the latter of which someone here shared with an easy way to make them via a You Tube video. I've started with the denims that I've been cutting for two rag quilts and am progressing as I go so that I don't have pieces here and there... gotta keep myself better organized. The remaining pieces that aren't big enough go into a bag for Thunder for her 1.5 square project.
Marion, discovered with the denim that if I do it there and then when I'm done with the day's work or with the front, I won;t get the boxes of odd pieces like I've been holding on to. I also have taken my left over strips and rolled them, put a rubber band around the roll and then put them in bins by strip width. I've actually been able to put strips to use in project by doing this. Lets see if I can wittle down my catch-all boxes of pieces.
That is what I need to do with mine. I have been going through my scrap bag cutting thing into workable sizes and organizing them but then something happens and I get off track. Humm maybe my daughter is right----I have a ADS! LOL Or just to many irons in the fire right now. Can't wait to see what you have done with the denim.
BET, didn't I see where congrats are in order again from a recent show?
Yes ... we're in a two week cluster ofr dog shows in Brooksville. Merlin, who was invited and shown last month at Eukanuba, is just 4 points away from becomming a Grand Champion, a new AKC classification beyond champion, after this weekend. His brother, Murry, whom I'm showing, is half way to become a champion with four more points this past weekend. And Irving, one of the puppies, became a champion last month and will be invited to Eukanuba for 2012 and 2013. If he continues to mature the way he's going, he may be our first chance for Westminster eventually. Irving's brother Tommy is also on his way having gotten his second major this weeken, now being about 6 or so points away from becoming a champion (we co-own him with a friend who has him. Five out of the six from that litter are being shown currently, a great accomplishment out of a single litter, especially one that large The sixth, the runt of the litter - Sadie - is beautiful, but doesn't really show an interest yet. She's probably too small to really be competative and definitely too small to consider to breed. But she is a pistol and can get any of the others, even the biggest and alphas, on their backs in two seconds. She takes no prisoners.
Countrymom - I rarely know what I'm using for sashings & borders until the blocks are done. I rarely use fabrics from a single "line/collection". I take the finished blocks to the fabric store and try them against the fabrics. At times it takes a couple trips to find what I want.
I'm like that too Jean. I need to "audition" the fabrics to get just the right one. Sometimes though I wish had bought it all at the same time as certain colors are distinctive to a certain line of fabric. That being said - contrast colors always work well as well as neutrals... Another thing I like is that grays are coming back! I love how they frame a block...
Barb. Love Greys, not only as a primary, but also as background color. The first D9P uses white with grey flowers as a neutral to the reds and blacks. I recently bought sets of jellyrolls with yellow and grey as primaries and black and whites as highlights. One grouping I found at WM and am using those for the auctionQ for this year's nationals. The second is from Joanns and fell in love with the richness in the yellow and greys. Would like to do a future Q for someone in silver greys turquoise/aqua as main colors.
Thought you might Stu!!!! Thanks Jean. It was one of those mystery quilts where you bought your fabric only knowing values and one sharp contrast color. I am really pleased with how it came out. I still need to add one 2" dark border all around and then it goes to the quilter...
I agree I love them too. Giving the quilt to an Aunt for her Birthday hope she appreciates it like I do.
Sorry Thunder to tempt you with such pretty colors but couldn't help raving about this Moda Fabric. I use alot of Moda and their brushed cottens are sooooo wonderful too.
Can not spell today !!!!!!!!!
The weather is freezing!!! But it did get up to the mid twenties today!
I'm having open gall bladder surgery on Friday. Can't do the laproscopic because of my breathing. SOoooo, 3-5 days in hosp and then recoup at home. All kinds of fun!
Barb, best of luck with your surgery. I have to have a Laryngeal polyp removed next week. I have had a really hoarse voice for a few years, and I hope this will bring my old voice back!
I just finished the 2nd Cath. window pillow and now I am going to make preparations to do a DNP-thanks to you, Stu! Wish me luck!
OK, everybody- give me some input. I think these are the prints I want to do in a DNP-I love the jewel tone pebble print for a WOW piece- is it OK? It does have a teeny bit of black in between the stones, and I love the colors. Now I am looking for lots of advice for my first try. Will I be able to use all those prints, just do random?
Jo, I'd find a different jewel tone print. Something with fewer colors and a bit more black, that's IMHO. I'd probably use the white fabric with the words in mostly blocks that don't get cut so you don't lose the words, again IMHO.
I agree on the piece with the words, you may want to be sure that those pieces go in a corner of the 9 patch, where they will not get too cut up...butttttt I think the pebbles would be fantastic for the center square !!!!
Jo, you may get a different opinion from each one of us ! and regret asking :)
I expect to get a lot of different opinions, and I want you to be honest- about the words, I already realize that it shouldn't be cut up. As for the WOW print, I don't want a red or other primary color- that's not me. The jewel tones speak loudly to me, and I am pretty sure it will be in there. Another question- There are 3 one way prints- the words, the cat faces, and the birdhouses. Can they be put in random directions since they will be turned anyway? I may have created a monster here!!! But I know it will be a lot of fun.Please post away- I need all the opinions I can get.
Jo --- I really like the fabric hiding under the wine/word print in your first photo. There's nothing that says you can't use different center colors in different blocks. There's also nothing saying that you have to keep the entire block together for the final block. You can exchange pieces between the cut blocks, giving you a speckling of jewel colors throughout the quilt without any one beng too large or too distracting. Solids or blenders would work well with this. And, if you needed to shop outside of your stash, you could get fat quarters or charms... you don'thave to buy yardage. Or, maybe, some of us here have extra jewel tones that we can put a few pieces in an envelope and send you? Are you in the addy exchange? If not, D-mail me with your addy and I'll see what I have. Don't do a lot of bright colors here, but I may have something in my stash. How big are your squares making the patches?
In my black & whites, I used 4 B on W and 4 W on B and alternated them so half the squares had B on W in the corners and half had W on B in the corners. Then alternated those blocks in my quilt. I am a pretty even-steven kind of person and like balance.I had 7 rows, so used 7 colors and placed them diagonally when assembling. I do like the jewel tone pebbles. Maybe you need to make a block or two and see how you like the effect with the jewels quartered and moved. In my minds eye, it looks great. I would like all the same accent fabric.
I'm not going to even tell you about my adventures in traveling. I've made this trip more times than I can count with absolutely no issues what so ever. Suffice it to say I did not make it to TN. I'm in Lexington, KY waiting on car repairs.
Of course, leave it to Stu..we do have an ongoing swap thread too.
Jo, also, FYI.. I don't pre-wash my fabrics, but if you do, having the non-washed pieces in the size and distributions that you will be ending up with shouldn't be an issue if they're mixed in.
Another thought for the wine name print. I, personally, would not mind using it for the outer blocks in the 9 patch that don't get cut, but you can also add rectangular pieces in your border, or having one layer of the border - if you hve enough.- being the wine names. If you cut with the names, it'll keep them better intact. You can also use one fabric as an inner border and then use an outer border of rectangular pieces of B&W prints. You can even add rectangular pieces (with the width of the piece going from in to out between the larger rectangles going perpendicular) or squares of the jewel tones between every B&W or every few B&W. I would use a : black/W - White/B - Black/W - color - white/B - Black/white - White/B - color : orientation. If you use it as an outer border, your inner border and binding can even be the same fabric. Hope that wasn't too confusing.
Editted to add: Looking at the Wine name square in your example, I think it'll do just fine in the D9P blocks.
Jo - remember, the "side" squares will be cut in half and the center in 1/4. With that cat face print, when it's cut smaller, you are going to lose the "face". Pieces will have face pieces.
I'd put the words, cat faces, and birdhouses in the corner pieces that won't get cut and use the swirls inthe cut pieces.
And I agree that although the stone fabric is lovely, it just doesn't "work" with the other fabrics. Something with COLOR and a bit of black would work better.
To see how the cut pieces will look, fold them in half, pull the 1/4 blocks apart, and and then look at the block. See if you like the prints cut into smaller pieces before you cut them.
I started with 5" squares and they ended up the right size. With this quilt,individual block size isn't vital as long as they are the same size. You can always adjust quilt size with borders. I put a solid border then one made up of left over 5" squares cut in half and sewed together end to end, then a final solid.
Good morning all- woke up to 3" of wet snow which I have to shovel off my 2 decks and driveway later. It will be the first real test of my shoulder surgery 7 months ago. I'll have to take it real easy and do it since hubby is too disabled to do it.
Thanks so much for all your ideas- I will use them all. With 3 more days of snowy weather I'll have plenty of time to play with fabrics!
By the way- I don't want to use any green, brown/orange/yellow pieces. I am just gradually removing the earth tones from my home- done that for years! I'll check often for new posts. Stu- you have Dmail.
In looking at your layout- the wine word fabric is the focal fabric were it should be the pebble. By replacing it with an equal value WB as the others it will change how you view the finished block. Pebble is good.
one jewel tone per block would work really well.
I still think the pebbles would work...remember it will only be 1/4 of the size, after the cutting...and the cats should move to a corner if you wish to actually see any cat faces... I would cut a few pieces, and turn them as you will for the quilt,to get a better "preview" ... seeing as you already have the squares cut, if you decide not to use them for this quilt, you can save them for something else...
OK- I am ready to get down to business- Here are my squares all cut -now the fun can begin after I wind about a dozen black bobbins and set up my Bernina. The snow is still piling up, so I'll make some cappuccino and settle in!
No, Stu- I think I'm good. So sweet of you to offer- I am busily pinning and getting ready to stitch while the snowdrifts build up outside! If you want you could send me some photos of your jewel tones- maybe for the future? And I should have many squares to share when I finish, too.
abbisgranma, I'm sorry but I had cut the selvedge off the pebble fabric a long time ago- I've probably had it 15 years or more- so no help.
Helene, that link doesn't go amywhere. would you try it again?
it worked for me - it is such a good site as to what you are making. I was looking for myself to try and do something traditional for a friend of the fam. heading to nursing home and not quite aware of it...life's passages.
OK- I got it too-it was hiding behind another window! duh! I had seen it before and was surprised how similar the fabrics are to mine. I am having SO much fun- here are the beginning blocks- I think I will use the pebbles in other places too- they add a lot, I think.
JoParrott - Your search for just the right combinations was a really great lesson in colors for me. I like the final picture. To me, the colors seem just right. I can't wait to see what you make with the jewels, though. Beautiful fabric.
Yes, the jewel pebbles is a beautiful piece of fabric, and I will use it soon- it will take some special prints to fit with it. I have a stash from about 25 years of working in fabric shops, so I can usually find what I need right at home!
Very nice Jo. That will be so pretty and I like the way you are changing the center block too. That dark gray reads like a solid and is perfect for the block that gets cut twice. I think an occasional big square of the bubbles would look good as well. Now I can't wait to see how you place the blocks in your quilt...
Good mornin' all. We're frozen in here today-18 degrees and gray. I've cancelled a doctor appointment, and plan to sew all day! With all the great ideas from all of you I'm on a roll. Still haven't a clue what I am building- probably another lap throw or quilt. But that doesn't have to be determined now- just as long as I have fun and stay busy. The blocks will pile up until I decide what to do with them. I'll have more photos later- Have a great day-
I just had a call from my surgeonís office. It seems he is not happy with the results of my pulmonary function test done yesterday and he has cancelled my surgery. I meet with him next Wed to see where we go from here. Iím sooooo upsetÖ
Quilter, that piece isn't really beige-it is sorta gold and matches the pebbles very well. I don't even have a clue as to how I will use the pieces yet- It will get put away for some day when inspiration hits me!
I do wish I were closer and we could put our heads together on some things - i mean I could learn a lot. Do love your quilt "Raspberries and Choc" on the other room - Was that a Design by Mojo quilter? I think it is the one I couldn't download when she was offering it to us.
Very psyched.. I ordered 1/2 yard of 40 fabrics (really 39 half yard and one full yard) on clearance from Calico Cottage Quilt Shop via their web site and they arrived today. The majority are Civil War and Victorian era reproduction. They arrived today and are even better than on screen. Probably will consider doing a sampler quilt of vintage block patterns. But I love the quilt I made from Civil War - esque repro charms I got from a charm swap on another thread that I want to run and do another with the fabrics I just got and left-overs from the last. Will have to sit on them for a while till I decide. I have so many projects lined up, I have time to leave them for a bit. I also just bought 83 various sized blocks on an Ebay Auction for a ridiculous winning bid ($13.50). If half of them are worthwile for at least gift or charity quilts, it'll be a really great buy. This is the link for that auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230730240473&ssPageName=ADME:B:EOIBSA:US:1123
I have some novice questions - Do charm packs have any duplicates or is there just one of each print? Is 5" the common size charm square? And how many are in an average charm pack? Do you regulars here ever have charm sales, swaps, or whatever? I am ending up with hundreds of 5" squares, and will someday need ideas of how to dispose of them. For sure I will not live long enough to sew them !!!
Jo, I am by no means an expert on this but most of the charm packs I have purchased do have duplicates in them. Usually 40 per pack, however, some manufacturers can have other counts--seen some with 50. I believe all charm packs are 5"--quick someone come in and correct me if I am wrong. We did have 2 swaps last year and it was loads of fun.
We have had a couple charm swaps and the were very well received. The first we request colors we wanted, I got blue & yellow and made a D9P with them. The next was a choice of fall or holiday. Look for those threads to get an idea of what was made with some of them.
I was going to sew today but I let myself get into a book so I wouldn't think too much. The day has not been a loss at any rate. My doctor had ordered a different oxygen system for me on Wed. that is much more portable. They came today and I'm all set up with a much different system which I hope will work a lot better for me.
I'm thinking I'll work on the sewing room tomorrow as it is supposed to snow here. Norm got me several under-the-bed storage containers so that I can get my fabrics back up here from the basement room I was using. It's been difficult for me to go up and down the stairs. I'm going to spend the day sorting colors and getting things put away. I also need to get another design wall put up. I have one but it doesn't hold that much. When I'm putting something together I want to be able to see quite a lot of it.
I have been kpaper piecing some blocks for the other building and they are almost done. Dont mail until Feb though... At least they are ready.
Progress report- Thanks to 3 days of lousy weather I now have 14 blocks all done and squared up-They may become a quilt for my bed! As I look at this photo I cen see there will be a lot of rearranging before any sewing is done. I wish I had space for a flannel board somewhere.
Jo those are looking grrrreat! nice colorway Yayyyyy 14!. I just put some together for a quilt for my Aunt I did 16 but only needed 14 so may work the extras to the back hmmm we'll see.
I will post when I get the top together.
Here we go again- I just dug out all these flannel squares left over from the 2 rag quilts I just made. I don't want to do any more rags for awhile, so I guess it will be flannel D9P blocks! Should be interesting, anyway! If the weather doesn't break soon I will have the whole house covered with patches!