Friday, February 27, 2015

Scrappy Saturday - For the Birds

I got TOTALLY off track this week.

Instead of working on my blocks and word
for The Stroop Effect project . . . 

I lost myself in a mountain of scrappy 1.5" strips.

Last week I hinted at a layout for Just Wing It 
(my wonky free-pieced birds).

I was only going to test one foundation-free block . . .  

really  . . .

just one . . . 

But now I have all TWENTY FOUR 
of the randomly scrappy 8.5" string blocks
ready and waiting for December's layout!

(and I used a LOT of wonderful fabric that had been
languishing in the scrap boxes)

I also have a delicious pile of trimmed off scrappy corners.
(24 blocks x 4 corners = 96 to be exact)

They are safely tucked in a project box for now.
(I have an idea - but it will have to wait)

This is the general plan . . .


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Linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

CLICK HERE to see what the others are doing
to finish up this month of PINK.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Quiet Time - The Back

The last big item on my list of February goals
was piecing the scrappy back for Quiet Time.

I am DELIGHTED to say that the back is indeed finished!

I was determined to USE some of my longest stashed fabrics . . . 

This yard has been set aside for almost 9 years!

I bought a yard of this in 2006 when I attended my first AQS show.

I had a little less than a yard of this print left from 5-6 years ago . . .

The map print and safety pins have been folded and re-folded
for close to four years now . . . 

And this music print has glared at me from the shelf
for close to four years.

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Their scrappy blend of different times and places
will be the perfect back for Quiet Time.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Leaf Peeping - The Quilt

Leaf Peeping 
is finished!

(back story HERE)

Quilted by Chris Ballard

(illuminated in these photos by cold winter sunshine
reflecting off frozen icy slush)

I used leftover 1.5" strips of KF shirt stripes fabric
to piece the binding strips.

Not sure I would want to make a habit of this,
but it did work!

Chris used my much-loved Waterworld panto
and a warm golden thread.

I'm sure the daffodils will also be glad to see 
our unusual layer of frozen precipitation melt away!

In the meantime, 
I couldn't resist the icy backdrop
for this photo shoot.

(yes, our dormant grass really is khaki color this time of year)

And yes, even though I took these photos late last week,
our ground is once again coated with the icy covering this morning.

I love the texture . . . 

the colors . . . 

the design . . . 

and the scrappiness . . .

Bottom line?

I just LOVE the whole quilt!!


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Scrappy Saturday - Birds in the Studio

This is Pink Bird No. 1 . . . 

And this is Pink Bird No. 2

I'm so happy they're getting easier each time I put one together!

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I finally figured out how I want to set these at the end of the year.

With that plan in mind, I need to continue making two birds each month.

(end result will be a lap quilt roughly 48" x 64")

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There was also an unexpected bird in the studio this week --

Our younger son has been learning to use my Bernina
and making his first liberated letters
for his chosen word - HOPE.

Once I connected his word with Emily Dickinson's
"Hope Is the Thing With Feathers" 
I simply HAD to help him make a bird 
(click the link above to see his blog post)

“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -

And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm -

I’ve heard it in the chillest land -
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet - never - in Extremity,
It asked a crumb - of me.

The Poems of Emily Dickinson Edited by R. W. Franklin 
(Harvard University Press, 1999)

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Linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

CLICK HERE to see what the others have done with their PINKS this week.


Friday, February 20, 2015

Party Hat Optional - The Enhanced Back

After quilting Winterberry on my Bernina,
I decided that I was NOT going to quilt

So I pulled out the previously-pieced back 
and added twelve inches of bright zig zags to the long side
and six inches of the pink and white print
to the top and the bottom.

(I had made the back smaller since I was going
to quilt it on my domestic machine)

I absolutely love this quilt
(Sujata's pattern is in her book - Cultural Fusion Quilts)
and I KNOW that Chris will make it even better
when SHE quilts it!


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Winterberry - The Quilt

is finished!

The quilting was done on my Bernina
using a walking foot and 
the #4 elongated wide zig zag stitch.

(I need to work on one like this every so often
to remind myself WHY I usually prefer to quilt by check.)

For obvious reasons,
these photos were taken from the safety of our front porch . . .

Here you can see the finished quilt lying on top of the frozen icy-ness.

Here is one part of the back . . . 

And here is the other half.

58" x 58"

Even our front porch's guardian gargoyle seems to approve . . .