Circle of Geese (not Modify Tradition)

I added these blocks to my Modify Tradition sampler pile this week. I’m up to nine blocks, which is the amount I wanted for a small quilt. The Circle of Geese block seemed like a good idea at the time, but it took me hours to complete. The results are nice, but not nice enough to justify how little I enjoyed the process of making it. I also think the seams are painfully obvious. The middle looks like a jumble to me…I’ve always thought that about the others I’ve seen, so I don’t know why I thought mine would be different! I will probably never make this block again.

I know I never show WIP shots, but I am so excited about this new project! I fussy-cut almost 400 pieces for the pieced part of the quilt (in case you’re wondering, it took about six hours) and sewed 25% of them together:

Off to spend the day stippling and sewing binding on an old top…happy quilting!

Biting the bullet.

March 24, 2010

So, I finally did it…I upgraded to Flickr Pro. This has been a long time coming, but I just really did not want to pay that $25. I know it’s not that much, but I get nothing tangible from it (like, say, three yards of fabric). The impetus was my joining the {Urban} Home Goods swap*. I’m slowly reorganizing and posting a cache of photos of my finished projects, but my account is kind of bare now. I’ll be adding these to the Modify Tradition group pool soon (click the name for a link to the tutorial):


Antique Tile


Dutchman’s Puzzle

The next block is not from a Modify Tradition tutorial, but is a traditional block that I have chosen to include in the small sampler quilt I’m making. I am calling it Brick, though it has other names, because it was inspired by the brick sidewalks that extend between Harvard and Central. On the same day as I looked down and thought to myself, “That would be a great quilt pattern,” I found this block. Serendipity strikes!

The traditional layout is four columns of the bricks with no background color, but y’all know I love a strong neutral presence (and a lopsided one, too).  This is a lot of fun to make because it is more of a recipe than a pattern, and that is a good thing. I am planning a full quilt from this (and possibly a tutorial).

Before I forget, fabrics are: Everything But the Kitchen Sink (the floral one), Paula Prass Woodland Delight (the crazy zigzag), Kona in Pepper, and Yuwa/ Kei  Honeycomb (which I am admittedly and happily incapable of NOT using in a quilt).

*Here is my inspiration mosaic for the swap. It makes me look like a DS freak, which I’m not! Click the link above for photo credits. You know you want to see who made that car quilt.

I was so inspired when I came home from the first NEMQG meeting on Friday night that I decided to free-piece my week two blocks for the pinwheel QAL:

I think they’re adorable independently, but we’ll see how they look in a quilt. A little wonkiness goes a long way! I’m planning to try a few wonky blocks, and if I don’t love them, I’ll replace them at the end.

(The green fabric is a lovely print from Art Gallery called “Chrysanthemum.”)

Pinwheel QAL

March 4, 2010

I forgot to post about my week 1 blocks for the pinwheel QAL last week, so here’s a snapshot:

I had already used up all of the fabric I originally bought for it, so I decided to use some scraps, along with a vintage floral fabric I bought last week…for $2 for 1.5 yards (yay). It is absolutely beautiful and will be the focal fabric for this quilt; here is a closer look:

In other news, I’m planning to sew this jacket

from this cotton broadcloth

Pretty or ostentatious/ ridiculous?

So, I have REALLY wanted to make a bed-size quilt (full-to queen-size, to fit my own bed, to be specific). I love throw quilts and decorative quilts just as much as the next person, but I feel compelled to make a quilt suitable for long-term, everyday use.  I waited patiently for my recent trip to Purl Patchwork, where I bought fabrics to make said quilt (of course, I ran out five days later and had to race to the computer, palms sweating, etc etc in order to buy more–because Purl is the ONLY US retailer that carries this one fabric I was obsessed with–but anyway).  Then I made a mock-up log cabin block, to make sure I was fully committed to the project, and this was the result:

I. LOVE. it.  The block measures about 17″ square, and I plan to make 30 of them (I got to 24 before I ran out of fabric). The fabrics are:

The two house/ town fabrics are Lucy’s Farm by Liberty (of course, I had to…y’all know how I feel about Liberty prints).  The pink dots are a Lecien fabric, and the cherry blossom print is Olympus Soleil (in my second order, I bought enough to make pillows, and effectively bankrupted myself).

There’s also Denyse Schmidt Hope Valley, the Princess and Frog gauze by Kokka, and something from the Retro Garden collection by Kokka.  I used a variety of KF shot cottons (my favorite solid). Despite the relative success of this project so far, it was not a good week for me for sewing. I tried to make a shirt this week using this awesome Cynthia Rowley pattern:

Winmil had run out of the cotton I wanted, so I hopped on the bad idea train and picked up a silk charmeuse…and I’ve never sewed with silk before, and it’s been years since I made a garment (and it was an evening gown…don’t ask me why).  The voice of Wendy Mullin (of Sew U fame) was echoing in my head: in her recent book on dresses, she explains that even very experienced garment sewers avoid this fabric like the plague.

I carried on and I got the shell completed…I even got so far as completing the gathers, but the binding just. wouldn’t. iron. I thought, “I’m a quilter, I can make a decent binding in no time.” But it was a no-go, and I had to put it away for another time, when I have more experience (plus, the fabric was only $5). I’m actually going to try again, this time with cotton. Usually, this would really get me down, but I desperately want to learn to make my own clothes, so I will persevere!!

Happy quilting, sewing, garment-making, etc…and good luck to those participating in the Ravelympics!