Tuesday, August 19, 2014

On my wall

Not a new quilt, but a favorite.

I like to hang up this quilt in August. The colours reflect what I see out the window.  Not many weeks ago everything was green and lush but now the bunchgrass on the hills is scorched brown from the summer heat and the Ponderosa pines with their dark coppery trunks loom dark green.  I love this quilt, not just the fabric choices, but the pieced plaid border, not quite straight, and the corners, two mitred, two not mitred.
Tall Pines and Sunshine

The block was adapted from one in Block Base.  I've always meant to make this again, thinking it might work in solid fabrics.  I'll have to see what's in the stash....

Friday, August 15, 2014

My Christmas Quilt



For years I’ve wished for a Christmas quilt.  Wall quilts – oh yes, I have plenty of those for the Christmas season.  Table runners, too.  But not a real put-it-on-the bed or fold-it-on-the-back-of-the-couch QUILT specifically for the Christmas season.

My problem was that I was waiting to be inspired, and I inevitably would get the inspiration early in December – that doesn’t work!  Good intentions – I could finish this in January and be ready for NEXT Christmas, but that never happened, either.

So when the current Scrap Squad project decided it would look good in green and red I was delighted.  I made Christmas Wreath --  in July --  and it is all finished and everything!!  Full story on the Quilty Pleasures blog.  Look here.  And while you are there, check out the rest of the Scrap Squad posts – our team has been making some great quilts this year. 

quilt complete


Monday, August 11, 2014

Leaders and Enders

A couple of years ago, Bonnie Hunter issued a challenge to make Spool blocks as “leaders and enders”. 

spool blocks


I’ve long embraced the principle that one always has another seam to feed into the machine to avoid wasting that few inches of thread between pieces, so I was quite happy to start making 3” spool blocks.




nine-patch blocks


But I also had a good collection of squares, so I made 3” nine-patch blocks as well.  (Yes, a few of those one inch squares are pieced – mustn’t waste fabric, you know!)






I decided that the blocks could play happily together, and I started turning them into these:

pieced block

There are enough units in the box to play with now, so I have a few up on the wall.  I really like them set straight like this:straight set


But maybe they could go on point.

on-point set


No need to decide yet, I suppose.  There are still mounds of fabric to work through before I have enough for a quilt top.