Tuesday, October 25, 2016

AHIQ Linkup October 2016 and Quilting Spirals

Between this small quilt and the t-shirt quilt I haven't started any improv this month. But the quilting design has free-hand aspects. After some ditch quilting with a walking foot, I decided to quilt spirals on the inner border.

Why? Because the thread is a bit heavier and tends to knot up if you change directions in a point. Spirals have no sharp points for knots to form.
Free motion spirals without echo quilting
I used a glass to mark circles. This keep the spirals reasonable spaced. But it still takes practice to maintain spacing during the inward and outward spin.

A glass makes a good template for spiral placement
Adding a line of echo stitching on each side of the spiral will fill out this border.

Enjoy the day, Ann

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

T-shirt Quilt Top Finished

There wasn't a single fabric that could frame all the t-shirts so I used a variety. Although each post is a pocket label - twenty of them - there were still more. They are scattered across the top along with other sections from the shirts.

Center of t-shirt quilt sewed
Then I sewed the border. I cut the fabric to include the entire circle but am considering cutting it partway off. I just need to maintain the proportion of the overall quilt.

Partial view of t-shirt quilt with borders
My tenure as program chair is finished but still looking forward to Lisa Boni's lecture and workshop next week. I plan to make several Christmas presents using her design to decorate Altoid tin boxes.

Enjoy the day,

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Starting Another T-Shirt Quilt

The desire for t-shirt quilts never dies. A friend wants one from her college shirts and I finally have time to start. Because her college and sorority colors are cardinal red and black or white I first pulled the two fabrics on the left. Although I like the multi-colored floral, it dies against black so the heart-printed paisley will be the sashing.

Sashing fabric possibilities on the left. Border, sash, frame choices on the right.
M. has so many pocket t-shirt prints I decided to use them as posts. They all finished 4-inches. That meant the sashing had to be wider than normal {for me.} And that caused the shirts to start fading into all that sashing. So I added a frame around the shirts. Problem solved.

The blue circles create a fun border.

Preliminary layout for this t-shirt quilt
Coming along!

We travelled through Phoenix recently and had time to visit a small National Park Service museum at their airport. Now I want to see more of Arizona's stunning parks and monuments.

Among the artifacts was this cast of Smilosuchus gregorii, the top aquatic predator of his day (220-230 mya.) Just as impressive to me was the woven textile by Walnut Canyon cliff dwellers in the 1100s. So intriguing to see some of their pottery designs woven into this piece.

Enjoy the day,

Thursday, October 6, 2016

OMG for October

I basted this quilt in May and need to get it finished. At least, it should get off the basting table.

Pin basted baby quilt
The center is made of four rotated blocks from a Cristy Fincher class last year. {Moving really fast.}

Part of the reason it's not quilted is the difficulty I have choosing how to quilt solids. Have you seen Mel's blog? She has some wonderful work.

Linking with OMG (One Monthly Goal.)

Enjoy the day,

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Spiderweb Quilt Finished and Kaleidoscope of Butterflies Oct 2016 Linkup

It's time for another Kaleidoscope of Butterflies linkup. What have you done or seen?

I finished Suhavi's Stars, a Welcome to the World gift for a precious baby. {It would have been a baby shower present if I hadn't been out of town all summer.} While it's not a kaleidoscope, I used that ruler to draft the triangles for the strips.

Suhavi's Stars - a spiderweb quilt
With only one yard of orange solid {which is not as bright as these photos} I needed some scraps to widen the back. These make me very happy. The blue especially sets off the orange.

Back of Suhavi's Stars

Because there wasn't enough of either, there are two different fabrics for the binding. They looked different as pieces but are much less noticeable on the binding.

Suhavi's Stars spiderweb quilt, details of binding and quilting
The quilt has been gifted. The parents like it, too. Hooray!

Quilt Details
Size: 40" x 40"
Pattern: Spiderweb
Batting: Mountain Mist Cream Rose 100% cotton
Thread: Gutermann peach cotton
Quilting: Walking foot

There haven't been many butterflies lately but the hummingbirds have been crowding the feeder. I guess they are preparing for their trip south. This one was enjoying the flowers. And aren't they similar to the quilt's colors?
Hummingbird feeding on nectar
Other kaleidoscope quilts on the web:
  1. Melissa's 
  2. Linda Miller's

Ad Hoc Improv Quilt linkup  and Finish It Up Friday are still open. Check out the exciting work.

Enjoy the day, Ann

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Vintage Utility Quilt and AHIQ September 2016

It's time for another utility and improvisational quilt linkup. What have you been doing?

I've been away so long my sewing space looks very cluttered and crowded. I've been trying to clear out the partially finished pieces. Also, my fabric appears to have had babies while I've been gone. Time to sort through it.

DH's grandmother made this quilt in Wood County, Texas. I slept under it the last time we were there. Rod Kiracofe's collection includes at least one quilt from Wood County. There are a couple of places that need mending. I'm planning to bring a bit of old fabric to applique over the fraying sections and preserve the fabric underneath.

Scrap quilt from Wood County, TX
The hexagonal lozenges may have been pieced on newsprint although the entire quilt is hand pieced and quilted. The orange solids are set in with Y-seams. It's also unusual for the yellow and orange borders. She finished it with Baptist fans.

Enjoy the day, Ann

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Quilting the Spiderweb and Catalina Island

I tried some different quilting on these spiderwebs. I used the walking foot to travel from point to point around each seam creating petal shapes.

When I got back to the starting point, I marked a point 1.25 inches from the center for the next round. I used pins to locate those points since markers didn't show on all the different fabrics. {The distance was a random length that looked good to me on these spiderwebs.

Marking endpoints for point to point quilting on a Spiderweb quilt.
For the third round, I used the same distance and marked it from the outer rim of the spiderweb.

Marking the endpoints of the third round of quilting on the Spiderweb quilt
Using the same distance meant I didn't have to change the ruler and risk messing up the second and third rows.

Spiderwebs with three rows of quilting
I simply imagined gentle curves between consecutive points. Each round has a slightly different curve; in fact, each curve is slightly different because they aren't marked.

By planning where to start I was able to sew all these rounds from web to web without breaks. Hooray! Only two pairs of threads to bury.

We recently spent a weekend on Catalina Island. I've always wanted to see the flying fish so DH arranged an evening boat ride. That was the highlight. But Catalina has so much more, especially if you like beach life. The water is beautifully clear and there are two marked areas to swim and snorkel. Loads of sea life on view.
Views of Avalon bay on Catalina Island and Zane Grey's house
Zane Grey, a Western writer, had a home here which is now being converted to a hotel. The Casino {which they carefully explain means 'gathering place' not 'gambling'} is visible in the lower left photo above. The entrance has wonderful aquatic murals.

Murals at the entrance to the Casino, Catalina Island
The Nature Conservancy encompasses most of the island and includes the Airport in the Sky, a landing field for prop planes.
Airport in the Sky, Catalina Island
The Channel Islands have a five-pound native fox. Two of them posed for photos: one at the airport {no, I didn't feed him} and the other resting along the roadside {at the narrowest point, of course.}
Two native foxes and a buffalo seen during a tour of Catalina Island
Additionally, the Conservancy supports a small herd of bison brought to the island for a film in the 1920's.

The critical issue on all the Channel Islands is the lack of water. The drought that encompasses most of California is particularly acute here. All restaurants are required to sell bottled water {imported from the mainland} rather than serve water in a glass. As of September, they must use disposable dishes. The toilets everywhere use salt water to flush. Very smart. But the faucets and shower heads in our hotel seemed to have no restrictors.

Only a few cars are allowed on the island; it takes about 14 years to get a permit. Most people get around via bus, bicycle, walking or one of the 1100 golf carts. The air was so clear that walking was a pleasure.

The ferry sailed past Point Fermin lighthouse on our way to the island but DH arranged a helicopter ride back as a special treat. What a great birthday.

Ferry to Catalina Island passes Point Fermin lighthouse. Newport Beach from the helicopter.
AHIQ linkup is next Tuesday, Sept 27.

 If you're in the Bay Area this weekend find time to visit Sherri Lynn Wood's newest exhibit, Afterlife. She's created a series of quilts using recycled materials.

Enjoy the day,