Monday, 13 March 2017

Red and White!!! Celebrating Canada's 150th

The blocks (most of them) are laid out. I could not lay the full set at 9 blocks wide and 10 high because my design wall is only 72" wide.. and it is really hard to reach that high. I used a yard stick to place these up but there is  set of pins in the blank space up top that I cannot reach to pull (unless I use a ladder).

I am really is looking just the way I was hoping it would. It has to be D O N E by mid April.... time to sew...

These were laid out randomly. I wonder if I should move a few around?... thoughts???

Sunday, 5 March 2017

A Heavy Purse Challenge - a new diet challenge - Part 2, and a Red and White Quilt update

I added a few things that I missed, like a few sets of keys, my chequebook (when you need it,.. you still need it- though I may opt for a single cheque in my wallet instead of the whole booklet), a charging cord and battery power pack for my phone (did not help me that they were at home), business card holders (okay, yes I do need three sets of business cards), a small cosmetics bag, .. it feels heavy again... Weigh in tomorrow...

Counting up, 45 of each! 

Let's Square these up!!!

Ta da!!! 90 (8 -1/2") squares, ready to match A/B, A/B... and sew together.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

A Heavy Purse Challenge - a new diet challenge

My purse is too heavy.

I keep what I need in it... wallet, change purse, keys for work, phone, lip balm, hand cream, spare eyeliner, mini mirror, emergency tweezers, spare bandaids, pain killers in case of a headache, sanitizing gel for unsanitary places, tissues, nail file, notebook, cheque book, business card case, phone charging cable, back up phone battery, six pens, a hair clip, a mini flashlight, shopping cards, keys for my aunt's house, keys for my daughter's house, my purse keep (a file folder with receipts, stamps, coupons, an old lottery ticket), just important things that I need to have whenever I need need them.

Every day... 6.5 pounds.

So now this purse is on a D I E T !!!!

I have taken out everything except my  wallet, change purse, my house keys, phone. purse keep. THAT IS IT,

I am going to see what I miss, what I need, then add only what I really miss.  Will this diet work?

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Still Sewing Red and White Subsets for Canada's 150th Birthday

All the curved pieces are cut, with fabric to spare. I need to step up the sewing pace... NETFLIX makes for a slow sewing partner.

The mix of many Red prints and the Kona K001 White makes me happy. I think it will look great together. If I get all these 900 pieces together.

I tried to see how many pins I needed to use to set these curved pieces together - five pins. Three pins arse not quite enough though it goes fast if I can sew through with 1 pin anchoring the work and my fingers pinching the edges but this does make it far more likely that i sew through my finger.

Assembling these curved pieces was much easier than I expected. This was the one aspect of this quilt that caused me hesitation. I was afraid it would be hard to do and that the pieces would not lay flat. They work well. I stretched the inside curves to match the outside curve and amazingly.. they are beautifully flat after they are pressed!

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Red & White Quilts - next step

Cutting and counting
I had to set this project aside for a while. Life, family, friends, work, all that stuff took priority.

"living, quilting and stuff..." is the truth for me.

Living happens first, then quilting, then other stuff. Living though means family, friends, work, responsibilities. We all have that and if we are lucky we can have that and more. I am lucky. This also means though that there is a lot of time that I am not quilting.

I had a math problem that took some time and a fresh look at the numbers to solve.  I needed to make the quilt larger than the actual pattern. Should be easy...  The quilt has to be 72" x 80"and the pattern is 56" x 74".  Instead of 7 x 8 blocks... I am making it 9 x 10 blocks.  The first time that I did the math I thought I needed 2,250 individual units - is that total? or each set?  I was daunted by all the cutting and subsets. It did not make sense so I had to wait until I could be sure. That would be a lot more work than I really wanted to do. I counted up all my stitching and cutting so far... 255 #1 sets, 259 # 2 sets. I can see that there are 140 of each in the pattern in the magazine so the 2,250 number has to be  a bit crazy.

The mistake that I was making was figuring out that each blocks is 5 sets width ways and 1 row and not 5 x 5. Yay. I only need 225 of each set.  I have enough.

Sorting the mix of prints. I can see that  I am missing some of the prints in my available pieces. I need to make a few more. I plan to use only one white, a Kona white. I need a bit more so if I can pick some up tomorrow I can make another few pieces. If not then I will work with what I have since I do have enough actual pieces right now. I am trying to have each print in both pieces sets if I can.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Our Guild Challenge... RED & WHITE BED QUILTS - "CURVY"

The Oxford Quilt Guild   wants to celebrate Canada's Sesquicentenial 2017 by hanging rows of RED & WHITE bed quilts at our Quilt show in May.

The challenge is to only use reds and/or whites in a full size quilt... any pattern. Possibilities are endless.. right.. so how to decide what to do...
My first inclination is to collect reds... (I probably don't have enough in my stash - really!) and then to use just ONE white - Kona Ultra White.. and now.. what to do with this...

When I buy magazines I will place a sticky note on any pattern I would like to eventually make... so I dug out an older issue of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting May/June 2013 to find this pattern "Curvy"

I will use the multiple reds in place of all these colours and the pure white to unify them. 

In process: I did need more reds... so I bought them. So many reds look orange when they are laying together so I have to pull them out of the mix. 

Then cutting... strips... more strips... then sewing the strips..then cutting the curves.. and then sewing the curves....  I have a pile already stitched up, but still many more to do and then... use my new "Simple Curves" Ruler. The Curved Ruler that I already owned was far to tight of a curve. 

Before I move on in this project I have a couple other to complete this weekend... 8 PURPLE ties for the groom and groomsmen in a wedding party. 

Friday, 16 September 2016

The quilt for my nephew is done...

I had to wait until he received it before I could share the progress.. The previous blog post reflects the planning challenges.. I played with the pattern on graph paper and in EQ6 but I was not happy with the math... I could not commit to many specific size so that I could start cutting...

My design concept was inspired by a computer motherboard.

The I saw this pattern online,  "Midcentury" by Vintage Modern quilts Pattern Co. and yay..

 I could work with it.. and the math was done

So the Green and Yellow quilt... to celebrate Tyler at University of Delaware .. is complete..

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Quilt Planning Challenge - have the fabrics, now to decide on the design so I can cut them up and sew them back together again!

This quilt is destined for my nephew... he is smart, funny, sweet and deserves something special.  This one has been in the PIM (Project in my Mind) stage since last summer. I did the "Waves and Flips" quilt first.  

I wanted to capture his area of study at University - which is related to Network Security and whatever else is related to computer networking - as well as his school. We went to a local quilt shop together and he selected the first 2 fabrics, I picked out the others. So now we have 2 sets of green and gold, and a few novelty prints related to the internet. 

I have been particularly taken by modern geometric designs, interwoven pathways. I am being inspired by "mother boards", computer chips, workflow diagrams. Now I have to make the math work. 

It would be simpler to pick a pattern on offer but somehow, for this guy, I want to do it all. 

This is the design planning flow so far...

There are a few interesting ways to play with these 2 colours.. I can view it as a monochromatic quilt and leverage the contrast seen through the shading... or I can plan it as a 2 colour quilt... how should I alternate the colours?

The next question is size. The end result should be suitable for a double bed so around 66" to 72" wide by about 72" long.. or so

The pathways should be  2 1/2 or 3" wide...Too bad for me that my version of EQ6 seems to max out at 24 blocks wide and long. I tried to colour this as 3" blocks. 

Watch this space for my progress!