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Archive for June, 2010

Poppies

Glass vase of red poppies on white table with lamp in yellow room


Poppies

Originally uploaded by PioneerValleyGirl

A new job and a trip to Vermont got in the way of blogging lately. I promise, lots of quilting pictures from the Vermont Quilt Show, coming soon.

For now, though, some pretty flowers (yes, I’m buying you off)

I do love poppies. These lovelies are from my CSA. Flowers with my weekly share are such a nice touch.

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Weekend Project

My weekend project a couple of weekends ago:

A piece of scrap wood and  –inspired by this project — those thread spools that accumulate so quickly.

Now it holds the constant accumulation of canvas grocery bags by my back door

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This pillow is a variation on the block I used for my wall quilt

Red White Moder Cottage Style Patchwork Quilted Pillow Sham

(It’s available in my shop)

In red, the block reminds me a bit of a gift bow/ribbon… Or is that just me?

 

 

Red and white modern cottage style patchwork cushion cover

Gratuitous pillow photos...

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I do love the versatility of half-square triangles…

Light Blue and White cottage quilted pillow

Same colors, same blocks, three different arrangements.

Aqua and white handmade modern half square triangle lapquilt

(These aqua items are all in my shop)

Turquoise and White Beach-y Modern Quilted Pillow Sham

And look at the pretty colors I get to work with next:

pink and orange fabric

I’m making a custom HST quilt for someone and she picked these beautiful, warm colors.

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Redecorating…

A week of ridiculously hot weather (way too hot for a quilt) and an urge to re-decorate something (whether or not it needed it) set me to making a light summer coverlet for my room.

It’s just a simple nine-patch pattern with a apple green fabric from my stash – it’s not quilted (no batting) just backed with cotton.

Yellow and green cottage style bedroom

And, while I was at it, a mini quilt for the wall. (This is the first time I’ve done it, but I really like this block)

And, new pillow cases with some of the left over fabric. I used the measurements from Ashley at Film in the Fridge’s tutorial but used my serger, instead of doing french seams.

Here’s what it looked like with my regular quilt.

I love this quilt, it’s not gone, just staying at the foot of the bed until the cool fall weather.

I’m thinking about an accent pillow – just haven’t settled on a pattern yet. Anyone have an idea? Maybe a star of some sort?

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I’ve had a few questions about my cathedral windows quilt….

Cathedral Windows Quilt - White, red, sage green

There are lots of tutorials online. I hunted for the one I used, and learned I have way too many bookmarks in my “quilting” folder.

Here are two:

Hyena in Petticoats has a nicely written tutorial  for a technique I ended up not using, where you just fold the edges in, instead of stitching.

This is the one I did use  – more or less. I used the “modern approach” where you machine stitch the backing blocks together (there’s already alot of handstitching in this quilt, without handstitching the backing blocks too)

I didn’t tack the corners down, I found it easier to do it by hand after I sewed the inserts, since I only joined a few blocks together at a time.

Size: I wanted jumbo blocks so I could actually get the quilt done. I used 6.5 inch squares for my inserts and started with 20.25 inch squares to start for the backgrounds. I used the Kona muslin, though if I were doing it again, I’d just use a solid that was slightly less tightly woven for 20 background blocks. I think I bought about 15 yards of fabric (yep, it takes alot of fabric – but remember, there’s no backing or batting to buy)

You can use the size chart in the tutorial for smaller blocks. For larger ones you have to do some math. The backing fabric is roughly 3 times the size of the inset square.  I set up a proportion (4/12.5 :: 6.5 / x ) using the dimensions from the chart and the size of my inset square to calculate mine.

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Big blocks, small quilt.

These are the biggest cathedral windows ever – the inset squares started as 6 inch squares. The background ones were 18 or 20 before folding.

Cathedral Windows Quilt

A darn good excuse to sit on the couch and watch Glee episodes – the windows are handstitched.

Cathedral Windows quilt

I started this last summer when I needed a hand-stitching project to take on a trip, the colors are picked to go in my sewing room.

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