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Archive for February, 2011

Getting organized

Sometime each winter, usually right around New Years, I  get ambitious about cleaning out and getting organized. In this years’ round of organizing, I ended up with an extra clear  shoe-organizer thing-y.

organizing fabric scraps

I decided to put it back to use, to hold my small scraps. They’d been in plastic bins, roughly color-sorted, but having them laid out like a rainbow there, is definitely encouraging me to use them more.

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Waste not, want not…

I was sorting through the various piles in my sewing room, when I found these blocks. They’re extras from this tablerunner I made as a Christmas gift.

cobalt blue dresden plate trivets

I didn’t really have a plan for them, but I had them, and I liked them, so it was a shame to leave them in a pile.

cobalt blue and white dresden plate trivets

Finally I decided to stitch them up into trivets. I’ll gift them to my mother, once I get those thread tails taken care of.

cobalt blue dresden plate trivets

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One project, three matching pillows

custom pillows by pioneer valley girl

A commission, so much as I love this design, they’ll be heading for a new home soon.

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I have a stack of other projects demanding my attention, but I’m busily sewing spiral blocks instead.  I’ve got a good stack now, and even though the (full size)  quilt will be far bigger than my design wall, I’ve stuck some of the the blocks up there, pretty much just so that I can admire them.

quilt in progress: modern yellow/pink spiral pattern

I just love this quilt.

 

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Commissions

Just a quick sneak peak of a pair of commissions:

A set of three pillows, in one of my favorite blocks. I’ve made pillows just like this before, and used the blocks in (lots of) other projects – including the quilt in my header, and I’m still always happy to see them come together from a humble stack of strips and straightforward construction.

pillow commission: blue/green modern quilt blocks

And next up, a half square triangle quilt. Another favorite.

modern half square triangle quilt layouts

This is one of those designs that I keep coming back to (blue/green, pink/orange, aqua and there’s a red one, too, that didn’t make it to the blog)

 

What are the patterns, colors or techniques that you find yourself going back to time and again? ( Or are you always onto something new?)

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I posted my sunny Dresden plate bee-block a while ago, but as I was looking at the pile of scraps and getting ready to send them back, I decided I wasn’t done with them.  I’m just a little behind in posting pictures of the 2nd one.

improv snowball quilt block for fresh modern bee II

After the precise, traditional piecing of the Dresden, I wanted something modern and improvised. So I went totally different and cut strips and a fussy cut, and made a scrappy-looking little snowball block.

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I don’t usually go through quite this much “process” before I start sewing, but since I did, I thought I’d share the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat… or something less melodramatic.

I had an idea, the other day – you can make spirals more or less the same way as a log cabin block.  And, I think “spiral” is my favorite shape. So I started sketching, and then (unusual for me – but useful in this instance) moved to the drawing program on my computer, and I got this far (there ae a bunch of un-colored in spirals that are hard to see):

modern quilt design - log cabin spirals

And I looked at it, and I loved it, and I wanted it, and I started imagining it on my bed. I even have a stack of fabric that’s been sitting, waiting for just the right project. Love!

And then I looked at it again, and cursed. Quilters, notice how nicely my curlicue’s fit together in a lovely organic, non-linear arrangement then, notice how my beloved design contains about a million and two inset seams, and no clear way to assemble the blocks. Drat!

*sigh* back to the drawing board, err, program. A snow-day later, and much adjusting of block placement and sewing line drawing , I’ve got a design that I can actually sew, if not the neatest mock-up:

quilt design - log cabin spirals layout

Not sew in a neat grid, mind you, but I did figure out a way to split it into manageable sections with reasonable seams. (the blue boxes) Victory!

And started cutting:

 

(please ignore the somewhat strange lighting: winter light + red room = weird photos)

I’ll show you more once I have some actual blocks to share: I can’t wait to see them myself.

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