Friday, May 31, 2013

Baby sweetness

I finally took the 20 minutes to baste my latest commission, a sweet little baby quilt with the most adorable puppy fabric. I'll get this quilted in no time; I'm just going to do a meander with a Sulky Blendable thread in the perfect lovely shades of light orange (not "peach"!).
Front view of commissioned baby quilt (42 x 54")
Back view of baby quilt (Andover's Asbury Streamers and  Moda Meadow Friends polka dot, which will also be the binding).

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Rapid City class sample

One of the things I did while resting my fingers from the microhexies is to get ready for this month's Modern Mini class at Lisa's Clover Hill Quilts, so I whipped up another Rapid City sample, this time using the Ghastlies fabric that I am hoarding. I wanted a background that pulled out the accent pink in the print, but I didn't have enough of any one of my batik scraps. Exigency led me to use a slightly lighter pink in the upper left corner of the border and a slightly darker one in the lower right; I mitered the corners where the colors met to make the whole thing look like it's on a beveled surface. I think the full-size quilt would look good this way too. It's amazing what a difference such a little detail can make.

Beveled-edge Rapid City witches (17 x 22")

Monday, May 27, 2013

Sewin' Hexies Like a BOSS

Behold the sky!
Micro-hexie SKY (24" wide)
Definitely in the homestretch now...but for a few days, my fingers are taking a break for some larger-scale projects.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Flowing along

My fingers are a little sore, but my mental state is optimistic after a week of sewing together microhexies:
Sunset over the river...taking shape!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Mini Neighborhood Class

It's the first Sunday of the month = time for another monthly mini class! This month's project was Neighborhood, which is a super-fast log cabin technique. We talked in class about doing this as a stitch-and-flip project; it would be a fast way to make a big quilt-as-you-go project.

Teaching this class is making me feel like a quilting midwife -- here are today's projects!
Liz used a friend's photo of a flicker as her centerpiece. Love that dotty background!
Sue's chicken coop is awesome! We learned that a fat quarter is JUST enough to do the background when you use a directional print like these eggs. Don't you just want to hang this in your kitchen and tuck into a big fluffy omelet??

Sara made this adorable little bird project. She has really gotten into the spirit of the whole
"Modern Patchwork" thing !
Tina used a terrific retro print surrounded by some sewing-motif prints; she's going to add a thought-bubble applique that says "Will the glamour never end?" Ha!
This is my class sample. A little plain but I like the sun. I'm hoping that some quilting will jazz it up a bit...

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

River progress (Catching up, step 1)

Have you missed me, my quilting peeps? (There must be at least five of you out there!) My teaching semester ended today, so it's time for a full-on dive into summer stitchery. I have several commission projects to finish up and share, a finished Jethro Gibbs top, a few birthday shirts (one done, one waiting for a boy-free house to be sewn), projects for the quilt classes that I'm teaching, and a few other odds and ends waiting for my attention as well. Here's the current state of my River Challenge project; I'll be stitching together the sunset hexies starting tonight!
River Challenge micro-hexies