Dream Projects #8

I have been thinking about dream projects a lot lately. The last time I wrote on this subject was in September 2017. It is always interesting for me to look at this list and see if I still want to work on the projects

Art Institute of Chicago Fusible Applique’ (Ticker Tape Style) Quilt

  • Status: Dream state
  • Pattern: Original, I do have a version of the pattern I used for the Whole Cloth quilt and I will use it as starting point.
  • Fabric: Turquoise and red, mainly, but other colors for the leaves and flowers, perhaps
  • Steps: need to fuse a bunch of turquoise to some piece of fabric in the ‘ticker tape’ style so i can cut it up into small pieces. I am thinking of making it similar to the Whole Cloth Quilt and using red, again, for the background.
  • Thoughts: I might make another one with turquoise on top of red with just two pieces of fabric.

Art Institute of Chicago Fusible Applique’ Quilt

  • Status: Dream state
  • Pattern: Original, I do have a version of the pattern I used for the Whole Cloth quilt and I will use it as starting point.
  • Fabric: Turquoise and red, mainly
  • Steps: need to fuse a big piece of turquoise to SoftFuse or similar, then cut out the image and fuse it to the background. I would satin stitch all around the image. I don’t know that I can make one continuous piece, but will try. The image would be similar to the Whole Cloth Quilt and using red, again, for the background.
  • Thoughts: I might make it with turquoise on top of red with just two pieces of fabric.
  • Added: 9/14/2017

Basketweave Baby

  • Status: Dream state
  • Fabric: Scrappy
  • Pattern: Fons & Porter, series 1000, episode 1005
  • Thoughts: I like the challenge of piecing this quilt and using a lot of partial seams for the piecing
  • Blue Rectangles Gradation Quilt

    • Status: Hunting and Gathering
    • Fabric: blue 2.5×4.5 rectangles
    • Pattern: similar to FOTY 2008
    • Thoughts: I can’t decide if this is still a dream or if it is already started and I just need to arrange it and start piecing. I have done a lot of cutting, so I think I have started it, thus it may not be a dream anymore. The original idea stemmed from the FOTY quilts. I just decided to do a monochromatic version – using just blues, in this case. I probably have enough patches now and just need to slot the time to work on it into my schedule.

    Blue Lemonade

    • Status: Hunting and Gathering
    • Fabric: blue, purple and green scrappy
    • Pattern: inspiration from TFQ’s Pink Lemonade quilt
    • Thoughts: I probably had enough squares to make this quilt, but then I used a bunch of them to make En Provence. Now I am working on cutting more. I hope to slot the time into my schedule int he not too distant future.

    Easy Street

    • Status: have pattern/ dream state
    • Fabric: pinks
    • Pattern: Easy Street by Bonnie Hunter
    • Thoughts: I really liked Daisy‘s version of Easy Street, which she calls Cherry Bomb (she thinks of the best names for her quilts) in terms of color and feel. I don’t want to copy her, but if I do this quilt, I’d like to have the same pinky-red feel to it. One challenge about a mostly monochromatic quilt is getting enough contrast. I look forward to that challenge. Not sure this will become a reality.

    Feathered Star Block

    Good Night Irene Quilt

    • Status: dream state
    • Pattern: Good Night Irene from the Missouri Star Quilt Company’s Block magazine, Spring issue v.2, issue 2, pg. 54
    • Fabric: I decided not to use a layer cake and will use the scrap 2.5 inch squares I have been cutting. I love the cheerfulness of Scrapitude Carnivale as I say over and over and am not done with that combination yet.
    • Thoughts: I thought about using dots on a white background, as I did with the Scrapitude Carnivale quilt as the background. It makes the Scrapitude quilt look so cheerful. I probably wouldn’t call it Good Night Irene.

    Interlocking Triangles Quilt(s)

    • Status: dream state
    • Pattern: This is an idea that I designed myself. I made two quilts and have variations on the pattern to make more.
    • Fabric: I have a few different collections of fabric I want to use. Most are rainbow colored; I also have a lot of stripes to use
    • Thoughts: This is a quilt from which I get a lot of bang for my buck. The visual impact is tremendous. The easiest way to do the spiky triangles is with paper piecing. I am not that big of a fan of paper piecing (read my laments about the Spiderweb‘s paper piecing). I made Spiky Stars using templates and that was meditative and won a prize, so it is doable.

    Jack’s Chain Quilt

    • Status: dream state
    • Pattern: Jack’s Chain, a continuous pattern
    • Fabric: bright scrappy, consistent centers
    • Thoughts: This is one of the first quilts I saw hanging in a quilt store and thought of making, after I learned to quilt. I have seen a number of variations lately using different hexagons in the center. Making the nine patches would be a good leaders and enders endeavor. As if I don’t have about a zillion leaders and enders opportunities.

    Music Quilt

    • Status: dream state, but not very inspired
    • Pattern: Top will have a piece of music the Young Man can actually play. That will probably be applique’
    • Fabric/Colors: music prints and tone-on-tones with a little red
    • Thoughts: The Young Man has requested this quilt as his high school graduation quilt. I missed that deadline. He has sent me a piece of music, which I printed out. Now I need to make into an applique’

    Pineapple (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Status: I have strips cut.
    • Fabric: dots. Have most of the strips cut. Will be much more selective about which strips I use.
    • Pattern: Pineapple log cabin
    • Thoughts: I haven’t given up on a Pineapple quilt despite my frustration with the previous attempt. I bought a different ruler: a Creative Grids Pineapple ruler in hopes that it will work better for me.
  • Quick Curve Ruler Quilt

    • No exact plans yet

    Silk Colorblock quilt

    • Status: I have the fabrics and the plan
    • Fabrics: silk dupioni and cotton in brights (of course)
    • Pattern: Similar to Colorblocks 2
    • Thoughts: I have made a couple of, what I call, Colorblock quilts over the years. One was the Kona Challenge in 2011, another was my 1990 Colorblocks 2 and the first one, Colorblocks, also made in about 1990. I bought the silk fabrics at the Marin Needlearts show about a zillion years ago and they have languished waiting for me to learn to back them so I can use them. I think I have that covered now and there is nothing stopping me except time and will.

    Spin Wheel

    • Status: Hunting and Gathering
    • Pattern: Fons & Porter Spin Wheel, 1200 series, episode 1201
    • Fabric: Scrappy with controlled scrappy background
    • Thoughts: I like the construction of this quilt and am convinced that I will make it. Another one just waiting for time and will.

    Stepping Stones #3

    • Status: waiting.
    • Fabric: Macaron pre-cuts from Hoffman. It isn’t started, but I have lots of pre-cuts and think they would make a really fun version of this quilt.
    • Pattern: Stepping Stones by the Lintott girls
    • Thoughts: Hmmm. This is less exciting to me now. I think I need to finish #2 and then decide. It is just as likely as not that I will make this.

    Windmill (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Status: half cut; need more greys for the background
    • Fabric: Scrappy. I will use a grey for the background, because if I use more of the cut fabric patches, the pattern will be lost. The pieces are too oddly shaped and I don’t want to lose the pattern in a mass of scraps.
    • Pattern: Come Quilt with Me Rotary templates
    • Thoughts: I think I will buy the Sizzix template and cut grey windmill pieces with that instead of by hand

    Out of the Dream State: Below is a list of projects that were on this list at some point that I actually made or am working on:

    Dream Projects #7

    The last time I wrote on this subject was February. As I mentioned in that post, it had been a couple of years before that. it is always interesting for me to look at this list and see if I still want to work on the projects

    Art Institute of Chicago Fusible Applique’ (Ticker Tape Style) Quilt

    • Status: Dream state
    • Pattern: Original, I do have a version of the pattern I used for the Whole Cloth quilt and I will use it as starting point.
    • Fabric: Turquoise and red, mainly, but other colors for the leaves and flowers, perhaps
    • Steps: need to fuse a bunch of turquoise to some piece of fabric in the ‘ticker tape’ style so i can cut it up into small pieces. I am thinking of making it similar to the Whole Cloth Quilt and using red, again, for the background.
    • Thoughts: I might make another one with turquoise on top of red with just two pieces of fabric.

    Art Institute of Chicago Fusible Applique’ Quilt

    • Status: Dream state
    • Pattern: Original, I do have a version of the pattern I used for the Whole Cloth quilt and I will use it as starting point.
    • Fabric: Turquoise and red, mainly
    • Steps: need to fuse a big piece of turquoise to SoftFuse or similar, then cut out the image and fuse it to the background. I would satin stitch all around the image. I don’t know that I can make one continuous piece, but will try. The image would be similar to the Whole Cloth Quilt and using red, again, for the background.
    • Thoughts: I might make it with turquoise on top of red with just two pieces of fabric.
    • Added: 9/14/2017

    Basketweave Baby

    • Status: Dream state
    • Fabric: Scrappy
    • Pattern: Fons & Porter, series 1000, episode 1005
    • Thoughts: I like the challenge of piecing this quilt and using a lot of partial seams for the piecing

    Blue Rectangles Gradation Quilt

    • Status: Hunting and Gathering
    • Fabric: blue 2.5×4.5 rectangles
    • Pattern: similar to FOTY 2008
    • Thoughts: I can’t decide if this is still a dream or if it is already started and I just need to arrange it and start piecing. I have done a lot of cutting, so I think I have started it, thus it may not be a dream anymore. The original idea stemmed from the FOTY quilts. I just decided to do a monochromatic version – using just blues, in this case. I probably have enough patches now and just need to slot the time to work on it into my schedule.

    Blue Lemonade

    • Status: Hunting and Gathering
    • Fabric: blue, purple and green scrappy
    • Pattern: inspiration from TFQ’s Pink Lemonade quilt
    • Thoughts: I probably had enough squares to make this quilt, but then I used a bunch of them to make En Provence. Now I am working on cutting more. I hope to slot the time into my schedule int he not too distant future.

    Easy Street

    • Status: have pattern/ dream state
    • Fabric: pinks
    • Pattern: Easy Street by Bonnie Hunter
    • Thoughts: I really liked Daisy‘s version of Easy Street, which she calls Cherry Bomb (she thinks of the best names for her quilts) in terms of color and feel. I don’t want to copy her, but if I do this quilt, I’d like to have the same pinky-red feel to it. One challenge about a mostly monochromatic quilt is getting enough contrast. I look forward to that challenge. Not sure this will become a reality.

    Feathered Star Block

    Good Night Irene Quilt

    • Status: dream state
    • Pattern: Good Night Irene from the Missouri Star Quilt Company’s Block magazine, Spring issue v.2, issue 2, pg. 54
    • Fabric: I decided not to use a layer cake and will use the scrap 2.5 inch squares I have been cutting. I love the cheerfulness of Scrapitude Carnivale as I say over and over and am not done with that combination yet.
    • Thoughts: I thought about using dots on a white background, as I did with the Scrapitude Carnivale quilt as the background. It makes the Scrapitude quilt look so cheerful. I probably wouldn’t call it Good Night Irene.

    Interlocking Triangles Quilt(s)

    • Status: dream state
    • Pattern: This is an idea that I designed myself. I made two quilts and have variations on the pattern to make more.
    • Fabric: I have a few different collections of fabric I want to use. Most are rainbow colored; I also have a lot of stripes to use
    • Thoughts: This is a quilt from which I get a lot of bang for my buck. The visual impact is tremendous. The easiest way to do the spiky triangles is with paper piecing. I am not that big of a fan of paper piecing (read my laments about the Spiderweb‘s paper piecing). I made Spiky Stars using templates and that was meditative and won a prize, so it is doable.

    Jack’s Chain Quilt

    • Status: dream state
    • Pattern: Jack’s Chain, a continuous pattern
    • Fabric: bright scrappy, consistent centers
    • Thoughts: This is one of the first quilts I saw hanging in a quilt store and thought of making, after I learned to quilt. I have seen a number of variations lately using different hexagons in the center. Making the nine patches would be a good leaders and enders endeavor. As if I don’t have about a zillion leaders and enders opportunities.

    Music Quilt

    • Status: dream state, but not very inspired
    • Pattern: Top will have a piece of music the Young Man can actually play. That will probably be applique’
    • Fabric/Colors: music prints and tone-on-tones with a little red
    • Thoughts: The Young Man has requested this quilt as his high school graduation quilt. I missed that deadline. He has sent me a piece of music, which I printed out. Now I need to make into an applique’

    Neutrals and Red/Scarlet Quilt

    • Status: some cutting of black rectangles done.
    • Pattern: Slice a approx. 4 in x 7 in rectangle on the diagonal and insert a red strip, resew and set into columns.
    • Fabric: red, black and whites. I
    • Thoughts: gift. I have black fabrics cut and am just waiting to slot this into my schedule (sounds like the story of my life). I could use the bias tape I made for the Mighty Lucky January challenge from last year

    Pineapple (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Status: I have strips cut.
    • Fabric: dots. Have most of the strips cut. Will be much more selective about which strips I use.
    • Pattern: Pineapple log cabin
    • Thoughts: I haven’t given up on a Pineapple quilt despite my frustration with the previous attempt. I bought a different ruler: a Creative Grids Pineapple ruler in hopes that it will work better for me.

    Pink Rectangles Gradation Quilt (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Status: same as Blue Rectangles quilt above
    • Fabric: pink 2.5×4.5 rectangles
    • Pattern: similar to FOTY 2008
    • Thoughts: How many gradation exercises does one person need?

    Silk Colorblock quilt

    • Status: I have the fabrics and the plan
    • Fabrics: silk dupioni and cotton in brights (of course)
    • Pattern: Similar to Colorblocks 2
    • Thoughts: I have made a couple of, what I call, Colorblock quilts over the years. One was the Kona Challenge in 2011, another was my 1990 Colorblocks 2 and the first one, Colorblocks, also made in about 1990. I bought the silk fabrics at the Marin Needlearts show about a zillion years ago and they have languished waiting for me to learn to back them so I can use them. I think I have that covered now and there is nothing stopping me except time and will.

    Spin Wheel  

    • Status: Hunting and Gathering
    • Pattern: Fons & Porter Spin Wheel, 1200 series, episode 1201
    • Fabric: Scrappy with controlled scrappy background
    • Thoughts: I like the construction of this quilt and am convinced that I will make it. Another one just waiting for time and will.

    Stepping Stones #3

    • Status: waiting.
    • Fabric: Macaron pre-cuts from Hoffman. It isn’t started, but I have lots of pre-cuts and think they would make a really fun version of this quilt.
    • Pattern: Stepping Stones by the Lintott girls
    • Thoughts: Hmmm. This is less exciting to me now. I think I need to finish #2 and then decide. It is just as likely as not that I will make this.

    Windmill  (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Status: half cut; need more greys for the background
    • Fabric: Scrappy. I will use a grey for the background, because if I use more of the cut fabric patches, the pattern will be lost. The pieces are too oddly shaped and I don’t want to lose the pattern in a mass of scraps.
    • Pattern: Come Quilt with Me Rotary templates
    • Thoughts: I think I will buy the Sizzix template and cut grey windmill pieces with that instead of by hand

    Out of the Dream State:  Below is a list of projects that were on this list at some point that I actually made or am working on:

    Dream Projects #6

    The last time I wrote about all of the new and exciting projects swirling around in my head was in 2015. Time flies when you are having fun.

    Art Institute of Chicago Fusible Applique’ Quilt

    • Status: Dream state
    • Pattern: Original
    • Fabric: Turquoise and red, mainly, but other colors for the leaves and flowers, perhaps
    • Steps: need to fuse a bunch of turquoise to some piece of fabric in the ‘ticker tape’ style. I am thinking of making it similar to the Whole Cloth Quilt and using red, again, for the background.

    Basketweave Baby

    • Status: Dream state
    • Fabric: Scrappy
    • Pattern: Fons & Porter, series 1000, episode 1005
    • Thoughts: I like the challenge of piecing this quilt and using a lot of partial seams for the piecing

    Blue Rectangles Gradation Quilt

    • Status:Hunting and Gathering
    • Fabric: blue 2.5×4.5 rectangles
    • Pattern: similar to FOTY 2008
    • Thoughts: I can’t decide if this is still a dream or if it is already started and I just need to arrange it and start piecing. I have done a lot of cutting, so I think I have started it and it may not be a dream anymore. The original idea stemmed from the FOTY quilts. I just decided to do a monochromatic version – using just blues, in this case. I probably have enough patches now and just need to slot the time to work on it into my schedule.

    Blue Lemonade

    • Status: Hunting and Gathering
    • Fabric: blue, purple and green scrappy
    • Pattern: inspiration from TFQ’s Pink Lemonade quilt
    • Thoughts: I probably have enough squares to make this quilt and just need to slot the time into my schedule.

    Easy Street

    • Status: have pattern/ dream state
    • Fabric: pinks
    • Pattern: Easy Street by Bonnie Hunter
    • Thoughts: I really liked Daisy‘s version of Easy Street, which she calls Cherry Bomb (she thinks of the best names for her quilts) in terms of color and feel. I don’t want to copy her, but if I do this quilt, I’d like to have the same pinky-red feel to it. One challenge about a mostly monochromatic quilt is getting enough contrast. I look forward to that challenge.

    Feathered Star Block

    Good Night Irene Quilt

    • Status: dream state
    • Pattern: Good Night Irene from the Missouri Star Quilt Company’s Block magazine, Spring issue v.2, issue 2, pg. 54
    • Fabric: I decided not to use a layer cake and will use the scrap 2.5 inch squares I have been cutting. I love the cheerfulness of Scrapitude Carnivale as I say over and over and am not done with that combination yet.
    • Thoughts: I thought about using dots on a white background, as I did with the Scrapitude Carnivale quilt as the background. It makes the Scrapitude quilt look so cheerful. I probably wouldn’t call it Good Night Irene.

    Interlocking Triangles Quilt(s)

    • Status: have a lot of stripes to use; dream state
    • Pattern: This is an idea that I designed myself. I made two quilts and have variations on the pattern to make more.
    • Fabric: I have a few different collections of fabric I want to use. Most are rainbow colored
    • Thoughts: This is a quilt from which I get a lot of bang for my buck. The visual impact is tremendous. The easiest way to do the spiky triangles is with paper piecing. I am not that big of a fan of paper piecing (read my laments about the Spiderweb‘s paper piecing). I made Spiky Stars using templates and that was meditative and won a prize, so it is doable.

    Jack’s Chain Quilt

    • Status: dream state
    • Pattern: Jack’s Chain, a continuous pattern
    • Fabric: bright scrappy, consistent centers
    • Thoughts: This is one of the first quilts I saw hanging in a quilt store and thought of making, after I learned to quilt. I have seen a number of variations lately using different hexagons in the center. Making the nine patches would be a good leaders and enders endeavor. As if I don’t have about a zillion leaders and enders opportunities.

     

    Music Quilt

    • Status: dream state, but not very inspired
    • Pattern: Top will have a piece of music the Young Man can actually play. That will probably be applique’ or
    • Fabric/Colors: music prints and tone-on-tones with a little red
    • Thoughts: The Young Man has requested this quilt as his high school graduation quilt. I missed that deadline. I will make it. He has sent me a piece of music, which I printed out. Now I need to make into an applique’

    Neutrals and Red/Scarlet Quilt

    • Status: some cutting of black rectangles done.
    • Pattern: Slice a approx. 4 in x 7 in rectangle on the diagonal and insert a red strip, resew and set into columns.
    • Fabric: red, black and whites. I
    • Thoughts: gift. I have black fabrics cut and am just waiting to slot this into my schedule (sounds like the story of my life).

    Pineapple (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Status: I have strips cut.
    • Fabric: dots. Have most of the strips cut. Will be much more selective about which strips I use.
    • Pattern: Pineapple log cabin
    • Thoughts: I haven’t given up on a Pineapple quilt despite my frustration with the previous attempt. I bought a different ruler: a Creative Grids Pineapple ruler in hopes that it will work better for me.

    Pink Rectangles Gradation Quilt (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Status: same as Blue Rectangles quilt above
    • Fabric: pink 2.5×4.5 rectangles
    • Pattern: similar to FOTY 2008
    • Thoughts: How many gradation exercises does one person need.

    Silk Colorblock quilt

    • Fabrics: silk dupioni and cotton in brights (of course)
    • Pattern: Similar to Colorblocks 2
    • Thoughts: I have made a couple of, what I call, Colorblock quilts over the years. One was the Kona Challenge in 2011, another was my 1990 Colorblocks 2 and the first one, Colorblocks, also made in about 1990. I bought the silk fabrics at the Marin Needlearts show about a zillion years ago and they have languished waiting for me to learn to back them so I can use them.

    Spin Wheel 

    Stepping Stones #3

    • Status: waiting.
    • Fabric: Macaron pre-cuts from Hoffman. It isn’t started, but I have lots of pre-cuts and think they would make a really fun version of this quilt.
    • Pattern: Stepping Stones by the Lintott girls

    Windmill  (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Status: half cut; need more greys for the background
    • Fabric: Scrappy. I will use a grey for the background, because if I use more of the cut fabric patches, the pattern will be lost. The pieces are too oddly shaped and I don’t want to lose the pattern in a mass of scraps.
    • Pattern: Come Quilt with Me Rotary templates

    Out of the Dream State:  Below is a list of projects that were on this list that I actually did or am working on:

    Thinking about Lozenges…Again

    The lozenge shape is becoming pretty popular. Perhaps it has been and I have just noticed…again. I have thought on and off about the lozenge shape over the years. I wrote a post about it back in 2012.

    Goodnight Irene from Block magazine
    Goodnight Irene from Block magazine

    Recently Valerie posted about her blue and gold trellis quilt. I also saw a pattern in Block magazine (Spring volume 2, issue 2) called Goodnight Irene as well as a quilt at the Fair that put it firmly back in my mind. I also saw the former advertised as a pattern from Quilting Quickly, a Fons & Porter magazine from 2013, which tells me it hasn’t hit the scene this week. I suppose I will have to look up the history of the blocks.

    I think Amanda’s pillow from a 2012 meeting made me aware of the shape again and the MSQC project put it in the front. The possibility of using the ‘flippy corners’ method of making the shapes make the project more pleasant. I also think that the opportunity to use scraps is appealing. I am thinking of the Scrapitude Carnivale quilt and how much I like it and using a similar palette.

    by Pernille Gutschke
    by Pernille Gutschke

    I am not sure why I like that shape. The boldness of the X shape even when it is used as negative space? The ability to use scraps for the alternate blocks, if desired? The option to highlight either the lozenges or make them the background? The possibility to incorporate scraps as well?

    As you can see from the two examples, the negative space is reversed and gives you two different looks from the same quilt pattern. Yes, Goodnight Irene has more piecing in the squares, but you know what I mean. I like them both.

    Quilt Inspiration (30 Something)

    This is like a bonus week. I keep thinking that it should be June already, but Memorial Day weekend was so early and the week preceding Memorial Day was so crazy that normal life barely registered. So BONUS!

    American Patchwork & Quilting magazine
    American Patchwork & Quilting magazine

    I saw this quilt on a magazine I bought (**Disclaimer: yes, I bought this willingly and with my own money, it is not a review copy). It is called 30 Something (Thirty Something???) I LOVE this quilt on the front and have to put it in my queue to make. I like the different shapes and the way the pieces are set and then make the blocks.

    I wouldn’t make in those soft 1930s fabrics, but I would make it scrappy. I am still thrilled with the bright scraps and dots I used for Scrapitude. I think I would use my bright scraps again.

    It is so odd when a quilt grabs my attention like this one did. I can look at 100 quilts, yawn and move on, but then one grabs me and I can’t get it out of my head. It isn’t even the fabrics that I like. How can I look at this quilt and imagine it in brights and dots? I look at other quilt projects on magazines and can’t imagine them made any other way–with any other fabric. This quilt is different.

    The brain is very odd.

    What do you think?

    thirty Something quilt

    Dream Projects #5

    New and exciting projects continue to spring into my head.

    Art Institute of Chicago Fusible Quilt

    • Pattern: Original
    • Fabric: Turquoise and red, mainly, but other colors for the leaves and flowers
    • Steps: need to fuse a bunch of turquoise to some piece of fabric in the ‘ticker tape’ style. I am thinking of making it similar to the Whole Cloth Quilt and using red, again, for the background.

    Basketweave Baby

    • Fabric: Scrappy
    • Pattern: Fons & Porter, series 1000, episode 1005
    • Thoughts: I like the challenge of piecing this quilt and the unique piecing

    Blue Rectangles Gradation Quilt (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Fabric: blue 2.5×4.5 rectangles
    • Pattern: similar to FOTY 2008
    • Thoughts: Original idea stemmed from the FOTY quilts. I just decided to do one with blues instead of all colors.

    Blue Lemonade (Hunting and Gathering)

    Easy Street

    • Fabric: pinks
    • Pattern: Easy Street by Bonnie Hunter
    • Thoughts: I really liked Daisy‘s version of Easy Street, which she calls Cherry Bomb (she thinks of the best names for quilts) in terms of color and feel. I don’t want to copy her, but if I do this quilt, I’d like to have the same pinky-red feel to it. One challenge about a mostly monochromatic quilt is getting enough contrast. I look forward to that challenge.

    Feathered Star Block (Dream State)

    • Pattern: I haven’t decided on a particular feathered star
    • Thoughts: use the Triangle Technique for the HSTs

    Food quilt #3 (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Pattern: Disappearing something, probably 4 patch or 9 patch
    • Fabric: RJR Food prints. Will use a different color for the non-food print section than I did for the Young Man’s version.
    • Thoughts: Gift for nephew for graduation

    Good Night Irene Quilt

    • Pattern: Good Night Irene from the Missouri Star Quilt Company’s Block magazine, Spring issue v.2, issue 2, pg. 54
    • Fabric: Possibly a layer cake I already have, though I am tempted to use the scrap 2.5″ squares I have been cutting.
    • Thoughts: I thought about using dots on a white background, as I did with the Scrapitude Carnivale quilt as the background. It makes the Scrapitude quilt look so cheerful. I probably wouldn’t call it Good Night Irene.

    Half Moon Modern Quilt

    • Pattern: I have some ideas, but nothing definite. It occurred to me that I could use the Stepping Stones pattern with a strong background to make the pattern show up. I’ll think about that.
    • Fabric: Half Moon Modern Fabrics. I have half yard cuts, I think, plus some odds and ends and I’d like to use them together with some additional fabrics, or, at least a background.
    • Thoughts: I do think it is difficult to start with fabrics rather than a pattern.

    Interlocking Triangles Quilt(s)

    • Pattern: This is an idea that I designed myself. I made two quilts and have variations on the pattern to make more.
    • Fabric: I have a few different collections of fabric I want to use. Most are rainbow colored
    • Thoughts: This is a quilt from which I get a lot of bang for my buck. The visual impact is tremendous. The easiest way to do the spiky triangles is with paper piecing. I am not that big of a fan of paper piecing (read my laments about the Spiderweb‘s paper piecing). I made Spiky Stars using templates and that was meditative and won a prize, so it is doable.

    Jack’s Chain Quilt

    • Pattern: Jack’s Chain, a continuous pattern
    • Fabric: bright scrappy, consistent centers
    • Thoughts: This is one of the first quilts I saw hanging in a quilt store and thought of making, after I had learned to quilt. Making the nine patches would be a good leaders and enders endeavor.

    Medium Mondo Bag

    • Pattern: From QuiltSmart. Saw Katie’s and really liked it. I also thought it would be a good use of those mini-charms, or give me an excuse to buy them.
    • Fabric: I have a number of groups of mini-charm packs I have been collecting to use for this project. I will probably go with a combination of Bonnie & Camille fabrics to start.
    • Thoughts: There is something about the stabilizer that I cannot wrap my head around, which is one of the reasons I have not started this pattern.

    Music Quilt

    • Pattern: Top will have a piece of music the Young Man can actually play. That will probably be applique’
    • Fabric/Colors: music prints and tone-on-tones with a little red
    • Thoughts: The Young Man has requested this quilt as his graduation quilt. Probably won’t make it for graduation, but I will make it. He has sent me a piece of music, which I need to print out and make into an applique’

    Neutrals and Red/Scarlet Quilt

    • Pattern: Sew two ~3?x3? squares together, slice each separate fabric and insert a red strip, resew and sew the two squares to another set of squares.
    • Fabric: neutrals+white, black and whites. I have some of these. I bought them not know what to do with them.
    • Thoughts: gift

    Pineapple (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Fabric: dots. Have most of the strips cut. Will be much more selective about which strips I use.
    • Pattern: Pineapple log cabin
    • Thoughts: I haven’t given up on a Pineapple quilt despite my frustration with the previous attempt. I bought a different ruler: a Creative Grids Pineapple ruler in hopes that it will work better for me.

    Pink Rectangles Gradation Quilt (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Fabric: pink 2.5×4.5 rectangles
    • Pattern: similar to FOTY 2008
    • Thoughts:

    Scrapitude #2

    • Fabric: scrappy again, but with NO browns or blacks or super darks that look like holes; also more blues and perhaps a different background, though I do like the dots on bright white. I would make sure to skip the dots with a cream background.
    • Pattern: Scrapitude by Charlotte Hawkes
    • Thoughts: I want to try and figure out how to make the edges NOT on the bias.

    Silk Colorblock quilt

    • Fabrics: silk dupioni and cotton in brights (of course)
    • Pattern: Similar to Colorblocks 2
    • Thoughts: I have made a couple of, what I call, Colorblock quilts over the years. One was the Kona Challenge in 2011, another was my 1990 Colorblocks 2 and the first one, Colorblocks, also made in about 1990. I bought the fabrics at the Marin Needlearts show about a zillion years ago and they have languished waiting for me to learn to back them so I can use them.

    Spin Wheel  (Hunting and Gathering)

    Stepping Stones #3

    • Fabric: Macaron pre-cuts from Hoffman. It isn’t started, but I have lots of pre-cuts and think they would make a really fun version of this quilt.
    • Pattern: Stepping Stones by the Lintott girls

    Windmill  (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Fabric: Scrappy. I will use a grey for the background, because if I use more of the cut fabric patches, the pattern will be lost. The pieces are too oddly shaped and I don’t want to lose the pattern in a mass of scraps.
    • Pattern: Come Quilt with Me Rotary templates

    Out of the Dream State:

    Box Full of Letters

    • Fabric: Kiss Kiss Charm Pack with a solid blue background
    • Pattern: Missouri Star Love Notes
    • Thoughts: since I write so many letters it appealed to me. I have already started sewing, though only a little.

    Food quilt #2  (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Pattern: Disappearing 9 patch
    • Fabric: RJR Food prints. Will use a different color for the non-food print section than I did for the Young Man’s version.
    • Thoughts: Gift for son of good friends for graduation. I have started cutting for this in a serious way. The alternate color will be purple. I will use black again for the non-food squares.

    Stepping Stones #2  – I started to make blocks for this, so it is out of the dream projects stage.

    • Fabric: Bonnie & Camille fabrics Bliss, Ruby, Vintage Modern. I wanted the contrast to be good, so I added additional fabrics to beef up the Bonnie & Camille fabrics.
    • Pattern: Stepping Stones by the Lintott girls

    Libraries and Peacocks

    I had to go deposit some checks the other day. Since I was walking I stopped by the library and borrowed the One Block Wonders book. I started reading it before I went to bed the other night and I am less sure about the project.

    Majestic Beauties Peacocks Panel
    Majestic Beauties Peacocks Panel

    First, the original panel I was thinking of using probably won’t work, because it has too much white in the background. I found the fabric on the site called Melinda’s Fabric Shop. I never used that shop before and they have quite a bit of variety as well as a good layout on their pages.

    Since the site had related prints right on the screen showing the panels, I looked through the other prints in the line and there are some others that might work for this project. I like the squares print that looks like tile (Wilmington Majestic Beauties Tiles, #F6898), but that print, according to the book might also not work because there is not enough variety in the colors and shapes.

    Peacocks fabric
    Peacocks fabric

    I kept looking and found another print with the peacocks that has more variety in the design and not as much white in the background. It also incorporates some single feathers and the tile. The heads of the birds are a smaller part of the design, which is also kind of a relief, because I really don’t want heads in many, if any, quilts that I make.

    The concern I have with this print is the size of the repeat. I can’t tell from the website so I sent them a message. The book says that there will be too many duplicates if the repeat is too small.

    I still haven’t looked through my large pieces of Philip Jacobs fabric, but need to do that before I go out and buy more fabric.

    I was pretty excited seeing Pam’s version, but as I read the book, I am less excited. I am not thrilled about sewing more hexagons together either. Been there done that.  The whole project just seems a lot less interesting after reading the book. Perhaps that is what I felt when the book first came out.

    Now I Like It

    Even though I had cut about 1,000 pieces of fabric for this project, I was about to abandon this project.  I wasn’t happy with my first efforts in the new colors. I determined I would make 4 blocks and then decide on whether or not to proceed. I am glad that was my strategy because now I like the piece.

    Stepping Stones #2
    Stepping Stones #2

    Part of why I like it is that I see a Sawtooth Star emerging. If you cover up the center and right side with your hand and just look at the right side you will see the legs of a Sawtooth Star emerging – the part that is normally formed by Flying Geese. That secondary pattern adds a design element I did not anticipate and do not see very well when I look back at the first Stepping Stones quilt.

    There is better contrast, I think, in this version, though the red 4 Patches coming together in the center are a very strong design element. Looking at the previous version, I know I will have to pay attention to the border so that the Sawtooth Stars, if I want to keep them, will not be cut off. I think that means a different border.

     

    As an aside, I fell down the Pinterest rabbit hole and saw this same pattern done in Denise Schmidt fabrics on the 3and3quarters.net blog. I was really interested in her fabric choices. I think her version looks so great! It makes me wonder anew why the Lintott girls chose the colors they did. I really dislike the examples in their book.

    Rick Rack Nine Patch

    Somethings things conspire to seduce me into a project that was not in my plan. In this case, SIL #2 had me using her Accuquilt to cut the leftovers of the shirts into pieces she could use later. She asked me and I was happy to do the cutting, especially since she was sewing buttons on one of the shirts.

    This task made me think about my ever increasing amount of scraps. Despite my active efforts to use them, they seem to multiply anyway.

    Then Torie showed me Bonnie Hunter’s Rick Rack Nine Patch and told me how she was doing leaders and enders, making the 9 patches that would end up as a Rick Rack Nine Patch quilt. Hhmm.

    You can see a really good example at Lisa’s Kreativseite. Don’t be scared. She writes in German and in English. There are some examples on Bonnie Hunter’s site, but it is from her book, Adventures in Leaders and Enders.

    I’d have to cut up a lot of scraps, but I am thinking about doing it anyway, partially due to my overfull scrap drawers. I have other leaders and enders projects (can you say Black & Grey Teenaged Boy Quilt? What about Octagon Nine Patch?), but somehow using the Accuquilt and really cutting up scraps appeals to me right now.

    Dream Projects #4

    As I said in the last post, projects I have wanted to do for awhile, as well as brand new ones, keep springing into my head. I have added at least four more projects to this list in the last little while.

    Art Institute of Chicago Fusible Quilt

    • Pattern: Original
    • Fabric: Turquoise and red, mainly, but other colors for the leaves and flowers
    • Steps: need to fuse a bunch of turquoise to some piece of fabric in the ‘ticker tape’ style. I am thinking of making it similar to the Whole Cloth Quilt and using red, again, for the background.

    Basketweave Baby

    • Fabric: Scrappy
    • Pattern: Fons & Porter, series 1000, episode 1005
    • Thoughts: I like the challenge of piecing this quilt and the unique piecing

    Blue Gradation Quilt (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Fabric: blue 2.5×4.5 rectangles
    • Pattern: similar to FOTY 2008
    • Thoughts:

    Blue Lemonade (Hunting and Gathering)

    Easy Street

    • Fabric: pinks
    • Pattern: Easy Street by Bonnie Hunter
    • Thoughts: I really liked Daisy‘s version of Easy Street, which she calls Cherry Bomb (she thinks of the best names for quilts) in terms of color and feel. I don’t want to copy her, but if I do this quilt, I’d like to have the same pinky-red feel to it. One challenge about a mostly monochromatic quilt is getting enough contrast. I look forward to that challenge.

    Food quilt #2  (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Pattern: Disappearing 9 patch
    • Fabric: RJR Food prints. Will use a different color for the non-food print section than I did for the Young Man’s version.
    • Thoughts: Gift for son of good friends for graduation. I have started cutting for this in a serious way. I just need to figure out alternate colors.

    Food quilt #3 (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Pattern: Disappearing something, probably 4 patch or 9 patch
    • Fabric: RJR Food prints. Will use a different color for the non-food print section than I did for the Young Man’s version.
    • Thoughts: Gift for nephew for graduation

    Half Moon Modern Quilt

    • Pattern: I have some ideas, but nothing definite
    • Fabric: Half Moon Modern Fabrics. I have half yard cuts, I think, plus some odds and ends and I’d like to use them together with some additional fabrics, or, at least a background.
    • Thoughts: I do think it is difficult to start with fabrics rather than a pattern.

    Interlocking Triangles Quilt(s)

    • Pattern: This is an idea that I designed myself. I made two quilts and have variations on the pattern to make more.
    • Fabric: I have a few different collections of fabric I want to use. Most are rainbow colored
    • Thoughts: This is a quilt from which i get a lot of bang for my buck. The visual impact is tremendous. The easiest way to do the spiky triangles is with paper piecing. I am not that big of a fan of paper piecing (read my laments about the Spiderweb‘s paper piecing). I made Spiky Stars using templates and that was meditative and won a prize, so it is doable.

    Jack’s Chain Quilt

    • Pattern: Jack’s Chain, a continuous pattern
    • Fabric: bright scrappy, consistent centers
    • Thoughts: This is one of the first quilts I saw hanging in a quilt store and thought of making, after I had learned to quilt. Making the nine patches would be a good leaders and enders endeavor.

    Medium Mondo Bag

    • Pattern: From QuiltSmart. Saw Katie’s and really liked it. I also thought it would be a good use of those mini-charms, or give me an excuse to buy them.
    • Fabric: I have a number of groups of mini-charm packs I have been collecting to use for this project. I will probably go with a combination of Bonnie & Camille fabrics to start.
    • Thoughts: There is something about the stabilizer that I cannot wrap my head around, which is one of the reasons I have not started this pattern.

    Music Quilt

    • pattern: Don’t know
    • Fabric: music prints and tone-on-tones
    • Thoughts: The Young Man has requested this quilt as his graduation quilt

    Neutrals and Red/Scarlet Quilt

    • Pattern: Sew two ~3?x3? squares together, slice each separate fabric and insert a red strip, resew and sew the two squares to another set of squares.
    • Fabric: neutrals+white, black and whites. I have some of these. I bought them not know what to do with them.
    • Thoughts: gift

    Pineapple (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Fabric: dots. Have most of the strips cut. Will be much more selective about which strips I use.
    • Pattern: Pineapple log cabin
    • Thoughts: I haven’t given up on a Pineapple quilt despite my frustration with the previous attempt. I bought a different ruler: a Creative Grids Pineapple ruler in hopes that it will work better for me.

    Pink Gradation Quilt (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Fabric: pink 2.5×4.5 rectangles
    • Pattern: similar to FOTY 2008
    • Thoughts:

    Scrapitude #2

    • Fabric: scrappy again, but with NO browns or blacks or super darks that look like holes; also more blues and perhaps a different background, though I do like the dots on bright white. I would make sure to skip the dots with a cream background.
    • Pattern: Scrapitude by Charlotte Hawkes
    • Thoughts: I want to try and figure out how to make the edges NOT on the bias.

    Silk Colorblock quilt

    • Fabrics: silk dupioni and cotton in brights (of course)
    • Pattern: Similar to Colorblocks 2
    • Thoughts: I have made a couple of, what I call, Colorblock quilts over the years. One was the Kona Challenge in 2011, another was my 1990 Colorblocks 2 and the first one, Colorblocks, also made in about 1990. I bought the fabrics at the Marin Needlearts show about a zillion years ago and they have languished waiting for me to learn to back them so I can use them.

    Spin Wheel  (Hunting and Gathering)

     

    Stepping Stones #3

    • Fabric: Macaron pre-cuts from Hoffman. It isn’t started, but I have lots of pre-cuts and think they would make a really fun version of this quilt.
    • Pattern:

    Windmill  (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Fabric: Scrappy. I will use a grey for the background, because if I use more of the cut fabric patches, the pattern will be lost. The pieces are too oddly shaped and I don’t want to lose the pattern in a mass of scraps.
    • Pattern: Come Quilt with Me Rotary templates

    This is clearly only an irregular feature, but and thinking of all the projects above, I am kind of scared to add more in order to make it a regular feature.

    Out of the Dream State:

    Stepping Stones #2  – I started to make blocks for this, so it is out of the dream projects stage.

    • Fabric: Bonnie & Camille fabrics Bliss, Ruby, Vintage Modern. I wanted the contrast to be good, so I added additional fabrics to beef up the Bonnie & Camille fabrics.
    • Pattern: Stepping Stones by the Lintott girls

    Revisiting the Stepping Stones

    I have been a little on the cranky side lately – not cranky exactly, but a bit out of sorts. I am not sure why, so I blame work.

    I have really wanted to sew and haven’t been able to settle on anything that demanded I get myself to the workroom and work on the project. As a result, I thought it would be a good idea to work on a project that would really be exciting to me. I like my other projects, but don’t want them to be #1 right at the moment. I know this means starting something new and not finishing things. TFQ reminded me that sewing/quiltmaking should be fun and not something I should do. I am taking my advice and her advice.

    I dug around and pulled out two Lintott books and the two Kim Bracket books I have. I perused them to see what interested me, but was still enamoured with the Stepping Stones pattern in Layer Cakes, Jelly Rolls and Charm Quilts, pg. 72-79. I have been wanting to do this in the Bonnie and Camille fabrics (remember the test?), but wasn’t really happy with the background choices. The B&C greys are a bit depressing. I think they have some taupe or brown undertones I eschew. Bottomline: they didn’t really give me the look I wanted. I bought a solid during a binge of end of the year fabric therapy with the intention of using it as a base for the background. I still want it to be scrappy, but I should be able to use it to compare other possibilities.

    One PITA is that there is a lot of cutting that has to go on before very much sewing can happen. The other PITA, which I am sure I mentioned as I worked on the first Stepping Stones quilt, is that the pattern doesn’t say that I should use light medium or dark to get the overall pattern. It actually uses the colors they used, which isn’t very helpful if the maker is using different colors. To make matters worse, the photo in the book is pretty bad and I am shocked that a great publisher like David and Charles would allow such a photo to be used in one of their books.

    As I worked through those problems, I realized that I really wanted to push fabric through the machine. But I didn’t want to just sew mosaic piecing; I wanted to sew with a purpose. I wanted to sew something that would make me happy. Two goals a bit at odds with each other.

    I started in anyway thinking I could always stop all the thinking I had to do to get the Stepping Stones to a stage where I could just piece. I pulled out my bin of Bonnie and Camille fabrics and started pressing and cutting and placing and looking.

    Turquoise/Red Stepping Stones block in progress
    Turquoise/Red Stepping Stones block in progress

    An odd thing happened. I gradually moved from all Bonnie and Camille fabrics to some Bonnie and Camille fabrics and other more turquoise, scarlet and pinky red fabrics. I like the Bonnie and Camille fabrics, but the overall effect of them, for me, was not cheerful enough. They have a vintage look, which I like, but somehow the feel was too calico and not quirky enough. I think of vintage quilts (as opposed to vintage fabrics) as a bit quirky and ones I like do not have the feel of small calico prints.

    I really like dark pinky reds and bright turquoises. The Bonnie and Camille fabrics have softer turquoises, tending towards light blue and a lot of orangey reds.

    It is interesting how pieces evolve. I am also happy that I was able to give myself permission to use more than just the Bonnie and Camille fabrics. I know that sounds odd, but stuck in my mind was a quilt with Bonnie and Camille fabrics. Moving beyond the idea of a quilt from a whole line (or series of lines) of just Bonnie and Camille fabrics required a major brain shift. I am glad, because I am able to use some non-B&C fabrics that I really like while keeping some of the Bonnie and Camille fabrics that fit in with my new vision.

    Dream Projects #3

    As I said in the last post, projects I have wanted to do for awhile kept springing into my head and I really needed a place to put them. I realized that once I cleared out my head, there was more space for other stuff. Guess what happened? More new projects popped into the free space in my head.

    I am still not dating these posts, I will just continue to number them. I still like the idea of pretending that time is not passing, so they will just be on the list as I enter them. I still want these posts to be abut the possibilities.

    Like I said last time, some of these come from the Current Projects list (Hunting and Gathering section). I don’t know if I will keep them there or move them here. Lots to work out, so continue to stay tuned.

    Art Institute of Chicago Fusible Quilt

    • Pattern: Original
    • Fabric: Turquoise and red, mainly, but other colors for the leaves and flowers
    • Steps: need to fuse a bunch of turquoise to some piece of fabric in the ‘ticker tape’ style. I am thinking of making it similar to the Whole Cloth Quilt and using red, again, for the background.

    Basketweave Baby

    • Fabric: Scrappy
    • Pattern: Fons & Porter, series 1000, episode 1005
    • Thoughts: I like the challenge of piecing this quilt and the unique piecing

    Blue Gradation Quilt (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Fabric: blue 2.5×4.5 rectangles
    • Pattern: similar to FOTY 2008
    • Thoughts:

    Blue Lemonade (Hunting and Gathering)

    Easy Street

    • Fabric: pinks
    • Pattern: Easy Street by Bonnie Hunter
    • Thoughts: I really liked Daisy‘s version of Easy Street, which she calls Cherry Bomb (she thinks of the best names for quilts) in terms of color and feel. I don’t want to copy her, but if I do this quilt, I’d like to have the same pinky-red feel to it. One challenge about a mostly monochromatic quilt is getting enough contrast. I look forward to that challenge.

    Food quilt #2  (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Pattern: Disappearing 9 patch
    • Fabric: RJR Food prints. Will use a different color for the non-food print section than I did for the Young Man’s version.
    • Thoughts: Gift for son of good friends for graduation. I have started cutting for this in a serious way. I just need to figure out alternate colors.

    Food quilt #3 (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Pattern: Disappearing something, probably 4 patch or 9 patch
    • Fabric: RJR Food prints. Will use a different color for the non-food print section than I did for the Young Man’s version.
    • Thoughts: Gift for nephew for graduation

    Half Moon Modern Quilt

    • Pattern: I have some ideas, but nothing definite
    • Fabric: Half Moon Modern Fabrics. I have half yard cuts, I think, plus some odds and ends and I’d like to use them together with some additional fabrics, or, at least a background.
    • Thoughts: I do think it is difficult to start with fabrics rather than a pattern.

    Music Quilt

    • pattern: Don’t know
    • Fabric: music prints and tone-on-tones
    • Thoughts: The Young Man has requested this quilt as his graduation quilt

    Neutrals and Red/Scarlet Quilt

    • Pattern: Sew two ~3″x3″ squares together, slice each separate fabric and insert a red strip, resew and sew the two squares to another set of squares.
    • Fabric: neutrals+white, black and whites. I have some of these. I bought them not know what to do with them.
    • Thoughts: gift

    Pineapple (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Fabric: dots. Have most of the strips cut. Will be much more selective about which strips I use.
    • Pattern: Pineapple log cabin
    • Thoughts: I haven’t given up on a Pineapple quilt despite my frustration with the previous attempt. I bought a different ruler: a Creative Grids Pineapple ruler in hopes that it will work better for me.

    Pink Gradation Quilt (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Fabric: pink 2.5×4.5 rectangles
    • Pattern: similar to FOTY 2008
    • Thoughts:

    Scrapitude #2

    • Fabric: scrappy again, but with NO browns or blacks or super darks that look like holes; also more blues and perhaps a different background, though I do like the dots on bright white. I would make sure to skip the dots with a cream background.
    • Pattern: Scrapitude by Charlotte Hawkes
    • Thoughts: I want to try and figure out how to make the edges NOT on the bias.

    Silk Colorblock quilt

    • Fabrics: silk dupioni and cotton in brights (of course)
    • Pattern: Similar to Colorblocks 2
    • Thoughts: I have made a couple of, what I call, Colorblock quilts over the years. One was the Kona Challenge in 2011, another was my 1990 Colorblocks 2 and the first one, Colorblocks, also made in about 1990. I bought the fabrics at the Marin Needlearts show about a zillion years ago and they have languished waiting for me to learn to back them so I can use them.

    Spin Wheel  (Hunting and Gathering)

    Stepping Stones #2  (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Fabric: Bonnie & Camille fabrics Bliss, Ruby, Vintage Modern: made two test blocks, but still in the thinking stage while I decide on the background colors. I want the contrast to be good.
    • Pattern:

    Stepping Stones #3

    • Fabric: Macaron pre-cuts from Hoffman. It isn’t started, but I have lots of pre-cuts and think they would make a really fun version of this quilt.
    • Pattern:

    Windmill  (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Fabric: Scrappy. I will use a grey for the background, because if I use more of the cut fabric patches, the pattern will be lost. The pieces are too oddly shaped and I don’t want to lose the pattern in a mass of scraps.
    • Pattern: Come Quilt with Me Rotary templates

    This is clearly not a regular feature, but it could be an irregular feature.

    PIQF 2014 pt.2: Inspiration

    Civil War Elegance by Linda Bergemann
    Civil War Elegance by Linda Bergemann

    We did get inspired by one quilt and may start a joint project based on that quilt. The quilt is called Civil War Elegance by Linda Bergmann of Elk Grove, California. As an aside, I noticed that a lot of nice quilts came out of Elk Grove. The color is not one of them, my taste, of course, but there are a lot of nice aspects of this quilt. I like the row aspect. I also like the style of fabric chosen for the border and in between the rows. I like that there is a definite, strong pattern. Again, the colors of that fabric are not to my taste. Of course, all the colors go together in the quilt very well. The scrappiness of the blocks is also very appealing. I often have a hard time getting past colors that aren’t my favorites, but the scrappy blocks drew me in a little bit and I think it is possible that this could be a very engaging quilt in different colors.

    Civil War Elegance by Linda Bergemann, detail
    Civil War Elegance by Linda Bergemann, detail

    The blocks are interesting. A bit fussy in terms of number of pieces and size, but an interesting opportunity for fabric usage. I think it would lend itself to scraps.

    We decided to do the project. We worked in EQ7 together and made the pattern, deciding on a 5″ block.

    We will use a series of similar, cool greys for a scrappy background in the blocks. We discussed whether to use a consistent color in the crosses or what color scheme we will use for the pieces. We decided that we would each make 2 blocks (I will make one for each of us and TFQ will make one for each of us) a week for the next month and see how the blocks looked together. Then we will decide how to proceed.

    We are on our own for the overall background. If we lay them out the same way Ms. Bergmann did, then we will be on our own for the border print between the rows. That is too far down the road to know yet.

    **Copyright notice is for photos/image only; not for quilts

    Dream Projects #2

    When I wrote the first Dream Projects post, I really wasn’t sure this would be a regular feature. I still don’t know if it will be a regular feature. However, projects I have wanted to do for awhile keep springing into my head so I am doing another post. Also, I found some other patches for blocks and quilt tops for which I had already started cutting. So many projects are taking up space in some part of my head that I can’t fit them all. I thought I had better add them to this list so I wouldn’t forget about them again.

    For now, I am not dating these posts, I will just number them. I like the idea of time not passing. It seems that if I make it too easy to see how long time has passed with these projects undone, I might get depressed and I want this post to be possibilities.

    Like I said last time, some of these come from the Current Projects list (Hunting and Gathering section). I don’t know if I will keep them there or move them here. Lots to work out, so stay tuned.

    Art Institute of Chicago Fusible Quilt

    • Pattern: Original
    • Fabric: Blue and red
    • Steps: need to fuse a bunch of turquoise to something

    Basketweave Baby

    • Fabric: Scrappy
    • Pattern: Fons & Porter
    • Thoughts: I like the challenge of piecing this quilt

    Blue Gradation Quilt (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Fabric: blue 2.5×4.5 rectangles
    • Pattern: similar to FOTY 2008
    • Thoughts:

    Blue Lemonade (Hunting and Gathering)

    Easy Street

    • Fabric: pinks
    • Pattern: Easy Street by Bonnie Hunter
    • Thoughts: I really liked Daisy‘s version of Easy Street, which she calls Cherry Bomb (she thinks of the best names for quilts) in terms of color and feel. I don’t want to copy her, but if I do this quilt, I’d like to have the same pinky-red feel to it. One challenge about a mostly monochromatic quilt is getting enough contrast. I look forward to that challenge.

    Food quilt #2  (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Pattern: Disappearing something, probably 4 patch or 9 patch
    • Fabric: RJR Food prints. Will use a different color for the non-food print section than I did for the Young Man’s version.
    • Thoughts: Gift for son of good friends for graduation

    Food quilt #3 (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Pattern: Disappearing something, probably 4 patch or 9 patch
    • Fabric: RJR Food prints. Will use a different color for the non-food print section than I did for the Young Man’s version.
    • Thoughts: Gift for nephew for graduation

    Half Moon Modern Quilt

    • Pattern: I have some ideas, but nothing definite
    • Fabric: Half Moon Modern Fabrics. I have half yard cuts, I think, plus some odds and ends and I’d like to use them together with some additional fabrics, or, at least a background.
    • Thoughts: I do think it is difficult to start with fabrics rather than a pattern.

    Music Quilt

    • pattern: Don’t know
    • Fabric: music prints and tone-on-tones
    • Thoughts: The Young Man has requested this quilt as his graduation quilt

    Pineapple (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Fabric: dots. Have most of the strips cut. Will be much more selective about which strips I use.
    • Pattern: Pineapple log cabin
    • Thoughts: I haven’t given up on a Pineapple quilt despite my frustration with the previous attempt. I bought a different ruler: a Creative Grids Pineapple ruler in hopes that it will work better for me.

    Pink Gradation Quilt (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Fabric: pink 2.5×4.5 rectangles
    • Pattern: similar to FOTY 2008
    • Thoughts:

    Scrapitude #2

    • Fabric: scrappy again, but with NO browns or blacks or super darks that look like holes; also more blues and perhaps a different background, though I do like the dots on white.
    • Pattern: Scrapitude by Charlotte
    • Thoughts: I want to try and figure out how to make the edges NOT on the bias.

    Silk Colorblock quilt

    • Fabrics: silk dupioni and cotton in brights (of course)
    • Pattern: Similar to Colorblocks 2
    • Thoughts: I have made a couple of, what I call, Colorblock quilts over the years. One was the Kona Challenge in 2011, another was my 1990 Colorblocks 2 and the first one, Colorblocks, also made in about 1990. I bought the fabrics at the Marin Needlearts show about a zillion years ago and they have languished waiting for me to learn to back them so I can use them.

    Spin Wheel  (Hunting and Gathering)

    Stepping Stones #2  (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Fabric: Bonnie & Camille fabrics Bliss, Ruby, Vintage Modern: made two test blocks, but still in the thinking stage while I decide on the background colors. I want the contrast to be good.
    • Pattern:

    Stepping Stones #3

    • Fabric: Macaron pre-cuts from Hoffman. It isn’t started, but I have all the pre-cuts and think they would make a really fun version of this quilt.
    • Pattern:

    Windmill  (Hunting and Gathering)

    • Fabric: Scrappy. I will use a grey for the background, because if I use more of the cut fabric patches, the pattern will be lost. The pieces are too oddly shaped and I don’t want to lose the pattern in a mass of scraps.
    • Pattern: Come Quilt with Me Rotary templates

    I don’t know if this will be a regular feature, but it might be.

    Dream Projects

    I have an ever changing list in my head of projects I want to do. Some of them have patterns, some have fabrics. Somehow they haven’t quite gotten up to the top of the list. I decided to make a list of projects I want to make in the future and what state they are in. They may never get made, but at least I won’t forget about them if I write them down.

    Some of these come from the Current Projects list (Hunting and Gathering section). I don’t know if I will keep them there or move them here. Lots to work out, so stay tuned.

    Art Institute of Chicago Fusible Quilt

    • Pattern: Original
    • Fabric: Blue and red
    • Steps: need to fuse a bunch of turquoise to something

    Basketweave Baby

    • Fabric: Scrappy
    • Pattern: Fons & Porter
    • Thoughts: I like the challenge of piecing this quilt

    Food quilt #2

    • Pattern: Disappearing something, probably 4 patch or 9 patch
    • Fabric: RJR Food prints. Will use a different color for the non-food print section than I did for the Young Man’s version.
    • Thoughts: Gift for son of good friends for graduation

    Food quilt #3

    • Pattern: Disappearing something, probably 4 patch or 9 patch
    • Fabric: RJR Food prints. Will use a different color for the non-food print section than I did for the Young Man’s version.
    • Thoughts: Gift for nephew for graduation

    Music Quilt

    • pattern: Don’t know
    • Fabric: music prints and tone-on-tones
    • Thoughts: The Young Man has requested this quilt as his graduation quilt

    Pineapple

    • Fabric: dots. Have most of the strips cut. Will be much more selective about which strips I use.
    • Pattern: Pineapple log cabin
    • Thoughts: I haven’t given up on a Pineapple quilt despite my frustration with the previous attempt. I bought a different ruler: a Creative Grids Pineapple ruler in hopes that it will work better for me.

    Spin Wheel

    Stepping Stones #2

    • Fabric: Bonnie & Camille fabrics Bliss, Ruby, Vintage Modern: made two test blocks, but still in the thinking stage while I decide on the background colors. I want the contrast to be good.
    • Pattern:

    Stepping Stones #3

    • Fabric: Macaron pre-cuts from Hoffman. It isn’t started, but I have all the pre-cuts and think they would make a really fun version of this quilt.
    • Pattern:

    Windmill

    • Fabric: Still hunting and gathering. I will use a grey for the background, because if I use more of the cut fabric patches, the pattern will be lost. The pieces are too oddly shaped and I don’t want to lose the pattern in a mass of scraps.
    • Pattern: Come Quilt with Me Rotary templates

    I don’t know if this will be a regular feature, but it might be.