Archive for July, 2010

I haven’t jumped on the hexagon bandwagon, at at this rate, I may never, I’m enjoying these little secret garden blocks too much, to pick up another hand project.

They’re a variation on cathedral windows. You start with the same folded background block, but you tuck the contrast fabric under the flaps of the background block and fold back the edges.

These little pink and white ones are part of a swap project, but I’m  thinking of making a little wall quilt for myself when I’m done….


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Giving Thanks

This is less than my full farm share this week (there’s also cucumbers and zucchini and green garlic, and I bought some local peaches and my favorite local bread while I was at it).  I’m all for cornucopias and Thanksgiving in November, but when, all of a sudden we go from early season greens to a burst of colorful summer vegetables, I think ‘well, maybe late July/August, right in the middle of it all, is the time for giving thanks and harvest celebrations.’

still life summer vegetables

Of course, I would have said the same in the spring when I was really excited to see the first markets, and when I get apple cider in the fall, and gave home-canned jam to family at Christmas,  and a few other times every season. . .

Gratitude, who knew it came with the share?

(And,  anyone want to help a Yankee out and tell me what to do with those okra down front?)

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Quilt Photography

I love photography, I love quilts so quilt-y photography should be perfect, but the truth is photographing quilts can be kind of a pain. Not always, but it’s definitely not the easiest photography I’ve done.

photograph pink orange quilt

Sometimes, the light is right and the quilt is photogenic and the stars align and it all works out easily,  but there’s also lots of deleting of bad/blurry/poorly lit/generally off photos of slumpy looking quilts and/or adjusting the almost but not quite ones. (People don’t tell you this, by the way, but the best “photography trick” I know: take a lot of photos – it tilts the odds in favor of getting the ones you want)

I had a good shoot with the pink and orange HST quilt,  and took, um alot of photos.  But, most of my favorite photographs end up being not the ones that show the whole quilt crisp and clear, but the unexpected little shots.   The  whole quilt, eh, you need one or two for practical purposes, but weird angles and details, I got alot of those that I love.  ( I won’t tell you how many options I had to choose from of a corner of the binding hanging off the chair like the photo bottom left of the mosaic). Enough, anyways, that I decided it would be less obnoxious to  put them in a mosaic.

But, it got me thinking, I apparently like the little details, but what are your favorite crafty photos?

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Sun Gold

First handful of pick-your-own, warm-from-the-sun-on-field cherry tomatoes of the year.

sun gold fresh organic cherry tomatoes

Sun golds – perfectly named.

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Free to a good home

I went through my stash and pulled out a bunch of fabric to donate (and to make room for pretty new fabric). Some of it’s just not my taste, some of it’s cotton-poly blends that I don’t want to mix with my quilting cottons, some I just want off my shelves and onto something more useful.

pile of folded fabric to donate

But it turns out the local chapter of Project Linus where I hoped to send it, is full of knitters and crocheters not quilters,  and can’t put this to use. I could make it into quilts for them, and I have a couple, but I’m not going to actually use up all of it that way anytime soon.

So, anyone have a good place to donate fabric? (Including your own guild, non-profit group etc. if you’ll use it for a good cause — I’m not part of one)  I’d like it to go someplace that will use it as fabric, not just to send it to the thrift store to be sold. There are a couple more yards that I was on the fence about that I’ll throw in for a good cause, maybe some thread too.

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Almost done, I’m down to handstitching the binding on this quilt.

hand stitching binding on pink and orange quilt

The quilting took a little longer than I planned.  My problem with straightling quilting is that it seems so simple compared to free motion quilting, that I say things like “I want someting simple to complement the pattern – just straight quilting around the edge of each diamond — actually I’ll put a couple of lines, like 3 or 4 of them – close together, on both the inside and outside of the seam” and not think about how much quilting time and how many pivots of the quilt I’m taking on during a heat wave.

detail - strightline quilting on striped back and polka dot pink orange quilt binding

But I love how the quilting came out : 2-4 (it varies) lines of quilting on each side of the seams, at varying widths. Enough variation to feel fresh and fun, but simple enough to reflect the classic block and clean lines.

Oh, and I found perfectly coordinated pink and orange stripes for the backing (with a bit of patchwork) and dots for the binding .

work in progress pink and orange half square triangle modern quilt

More once it’s done!

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Ahead of the game this month (or at least reasonably on track) Susan asked for square-in-square blocks and sent fabric with a great graphic print and some solid/nearly solids in charcoal, turquoise and a warm ivory. I added some greens and came out with two blocks with very different feels .

Modern Patchwork Block aqua/turquoise, green, charcoal and ivory with fussy cut peacock feather

My favorite of the two

modern patchwork quilt block: wonky square in square

In need of a good pressing...

These were fun, I really love the make it up as you go construction of this “pattern”  — and cool pool-water turquoise is just the color to be working with this time of year.

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