Customer Quilts 2015

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Slow Sunday Stash and Stitching, week 27

I'm continuing to work away at the fourth, and the last of the large rosettes for La Passacaglia. These are sooooo slow to do. After this, it's just the small rosettes to fill in at the top. Maybe by the end of the summer......... but then again, maybe not.....This will be travelling with us, so it will get some attention while we're away. I have found that, depending on the condition of the roads, I can work on this while in the car.

We're heading out for our main summer vacation trip on Tuesday. I am hoping to combine this trip with a bunch of things...... some resting and camping, some sight-seeing and some stops at quilt shops that are participating in the Row by Row shop hop. I've been debating off and on for the past little while whether I should take my sewing machine along with us. I have decided that, yes I will. If I can get kits at the various shops, I can actually work on them while we're away. There are bound to be one or two rainy days that could be happily spent sewing. I'm not sure if we'll have wireless reception at the first park we're going to, which is Lake St. Peter Provincial Park. It's pretty far away from any sizeable towns, so it might not have coverage. If we do, I'll do some blogging about what we're up to, various trails and stuff. If not, there will be silence until we get to a place closer to civilization, or find a place with cellular coverage. I know the visitor centre in Algonquin Park has reception, so we can always head up there a couple of times. There are some trails there that we'd like to do.
I haven't had a lot of stash use that I can count. A few more rows on Texas Chain, and that's it. I'm pretty sure there will be stash added while we're away, so the stash added numbers will be going up, which is always so much fun.

Used this week:                     1 yards
Used this year:                     48.3 yards
Added this week:                  0 yards
Added this year:                  59.25 yards
Net stash added:                  10.95 yards

I'm linking up to Judy's Fabric Report, Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching and Angie's WIPs Be gone. Then I think I'll see if the is anything interesting to listen to on the TV while I try and finish up this round on the rosette.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Design Wall Monday, June 29, 2015

It's been a while since I've done a design wall post. Nothing much on my wall had changed enough to warrant doing a post. However, that changed a bit today. Jennette and I have been swapping Disappearing four patch blocks for the past six months. I took down part of Texas Chain that's been hogging the wall for months now,   so I could lay them out and see how they look. I really, really like it! However, I discovered an oops that happened somewhere along the line. We started out with doing 1 1/4 inch cuts for the centre crossed ares so that we ended up with 3/4 inch finished crosses. Somewhere along the line, we switched over to 1 1/2 inch cuts, ending up with 1 inch finished crosses in the centres. It's not an absolute disaster, though. It can be put together with some creative sashing.... maybe a narrow border and put the different ones on the outside. We're taking a break for the summer months, and will start up swapping again at the end of September.
After I finished playing with these, I took them off and put Texas Chain back up on the wall. I did a couple of hours worth of sewing and arranging on it, and it is getting much closer to being done. The end is in sight. Just one more row of chains left to do, and the  I can move on to the borders. It's getting late, so I think I'll link up to Judy's Design Wall Monday, and then maybe find something light and fluffy to watch on Netflix. There might be some stitching on La Passacaglia going on, as well. Which means it will be listening to something light and fluffy, rather than watching.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Sunday Stash and Stitching Report, week 26, 2015

Here's this weeks' progress on La Passacaglia. I've started the last of the large rosettes, which puts me way over the halfway done mark. I'm approaching this one a bit differently, as far as construction methods go. Rather than doing the complete stars and then adding them, I'm doing the points separately. It's much easier to sew them this way, rather than wrestle with all those unattached points that catch the sewing thread all the time. However, it is harder to picture them finished this way.

I've been a bit distracted this past week. We were told a piece of news last Sunday, appropriately enough on Father's day, but since all the important people hadn't been notified, I couldn't share it. However, I have now been given the go-ahead............ wait for it.........
MATT and BECCA ARE HAVING A BABY!!!!!!!!!!! Arrival date sometime in January 2016!!!!!!!!! Squeeeeee!!!!!! The excitement over that has rather trumped everything else! They have decided to find out boy or girl as soon as they can. Once that news is shared, let the baby quilt making begin!!! Shall we all yell YIPPEE!!!!!  WOOHOO!! and any other celebratory loud sound available.

On a more boring subject...... stash usage.... needless to say, not much. But once the baby sewing begins, that will change. I could start an I Spy quilt any time, couldn't I? Don't need to know boy or girl for that one, do I? I have lots of fun I Spy type fabrics.  Hmmm........ let the planning begin.

Used this week:                            .7 yards
Used this year:                           47.3 yards
Added this week:                          0 yards
Added this year:                       59.25 yards
Net stash added:                       11.95 yards

I'm linking up to Judy's Fabric Report, Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching and Angie's WIPs Be Gone.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Beth's Hexagons

This quilt is filled with lovely, delicious colours and prints. I don't know if it was a collection, some of it probably is, but they all look wonderful together.

Look at this gorgeous floral. I happen to have some of this stuff in my stash, as well.

The fabrics in the quilt decided the quilting design. The Fossil pantograph picks up all the shapes of the flowers, and especially the jagged edges on the blossoms. Simple shapes plus gorgeous fabrics equal lovely quilt.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Micki's QOV

Micki brought me this rectangle four patch quilt to do up for the Quilt of Valour outreach our guild does. I really like the asymmetrical setting for this one, using an extra piece of fabric alongside the blocks.   I quilted it using a very simple loop-de-loop pantograph. The circles of the quilting offset the angles of the blocks quite nicely.
This quilt is yet another example of complicated is not necessary for a striking looking quilt.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Rosemary's Computer quilt

This fun quilt belongs to Rosemary, although I think its eventual owner is actually going to be her son. The print on the fabric is all kinds of different electronics, not just computers. I should have thought to get a picture of the backing as well as the front. She used a velour type knit. It's the first time in 10 years of long arm quilting I've worked with it, and wasn't sure how it would quilt up, due to its stretchiness. I loaded it so that the stretch went from side to side, and took it very easy on the side clamps so that it wouldn't stretch out of shape. The result was gorgeous!
We decided to go with the Square Spiral pantograph for the quilting design. It added some lovely soft curves to the quilt, and continued the square shapes and the diagonal movement in the quilt piecing.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Jacqui's Challenge Quilt

This gorgeous quilt belongs to Jacqui.  She found the pattern as a tutorial on the blog Tamarak ShackJacqui belongs to the same guild as Tina, whose house quilt I also did. For more detail about the challenge check out Jacqui's blog at Treadle Quilts. She talked about her quilt here and their reveal party for the challenge quilts here.
Jacqui's request was for the quilting to be similar to the original, but not quite as dense, because she wanted it to have some softness and drape to it for using as a couch quilt. So we decided to reverse the density of the quilting. The original was mostly pebbles in the white background, with a few swirls here and there. This one is mostly large swirls, with the pebbles filling in here and there. I love doing swirl quilting. It is fast to do, and it just flows from the needle of the machine and goes where ever the mood strikes.
This quilt actually took two passes to do. First, all the coloured triangles were done using a coloured thread, and continuous curves, with a tear drop shape thrown in to fill up the space in the triangles. Once all the triangles were done, I rewound the quilt and changed to white thread for doing the swirls and pebbles. It was intense, but so much fun!