Foxy Diamonds and Triangles

It’s been a while since I’ve worked on a new quilt top and this one is so much fun! I got this kit from Craftsy (project page here); the pattern name is Fox Tails but I’m calling this project Fields of Foxes.

Fields of Foxes diamonds

So far, I’ve finished all the large diamonds and side triangles. I also originally planned to make the top and bottom triangles using the log cabin technique is going well.

Fox Fields scraps

Well, if going well means scattering strips and scraps all over my sewing area! Some strips have to be pieced, but it’s working well. Five more top and bottom triangles and I’m ready to put together the top!

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Four More Poseidon Blocks

I’ve had a bad winter head cold over the past week and a half. The weekend was spent in a haze of nose blowing, soup making, and sitting on the couch with a glazed expression on my face. I did find that leaning forward over my cutting/sewing table helped alleviate some of my congestion, so I cut fabric for all the rest of my Quilt of Poseidon blocks. And since Saturday, I’ve sewn four more!

First up, Ribbon Star. The tutorial for this one was part of Faith at Fresh Lemons’ Solstice Stars Series.

Ribbon Star Block

Next, Mosaic No. 8 from Vintage Quilt Revival. I think I’m getting better about keeping my seams even and matching points and corners.

Mosaic No. 8 Block

The other blocks I want to make are all paper pieced from Vintage Quilt Revival. Small plug: this book really is fantastic. All the internet hype is true. I started what I thought would be the easiest, sewed up all the templates, and was about to stitch them together into a block when this happened:

Oops... Improperly printed templates!

Yup, improperly printed templates strike again! I had printed one copy of the Dakota Star template and checked it for accuracy, but forgot to check the settings before printing the other three copies. Blame the head cold, if you will. As soon as I realized, I checked my other templates and reprinted the ones that weren’t the correct size. Two were the right size, Exploding Star and Wheel of Fortune.

Exploding Star Block

Wheel of Fortune Block

These two came together mostly OK – I cut the green fabric nearly too small on Wheel of Fortune and had to piece it in places, but it looks fine. And I’ve reprinted the last few templates and I’m hoping to finish these by the end of the month! Regardless, I feel very productive despite being a bit sicky!

Thank so much for your advice on requilting Foxes Out My Window – I’m still having a think, but I like thought of pinning for extra stability. I’ll keep you posted!

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Whipping through WIPs

After I wrote that long NaNoWriMo entry, I sat down to write. I wrote for a few days, setting up the story and realized that… I just didn’t have a story. I have a lot of world-building details and some character names, but no conflict or purpose to really drive the plot. I’ve jotted down a lot of these details and will keep noodling with it, but I’m not as focused on it any more. And my attention has shifted back to making things.

First and not pictured, the back of Fortunate Granny is done! All that’s left to do is quilt and bind!

On Saturday, I had the opportunity to hear Lizzy House speak at the joint Boston/Seacoast MQG meeting. I joined the BMQG last month, but this was the first meeting I had a chance to attend. Lizzy House was so inspiring, passionate, and tenacious about her work. Upon getting home, I did the only reasonable thing, which was to cut up my stack of Constellations into 7″ equilateral triangles. The finished quilt will be for my dear SIL, who is pregnant with her first child.

Constellations triangles

Constellations triangles

I was on such a roll that I got out my QAYG Christmas Stocking project, from the Falling Flakes Stocking tutorial by Imagine Gnats. I started these back in September but put them on hiatus while I thought about things. I decided that the first two seams weren’t as puckered as I remembered and carried on with my presser foot instead of the walking foot. This sped up the process considerably, and I’ve finished the top of one and half of the top of the second.

QAYG Christmas Stocking

I’m having fun with a little bit of free-motion quilting I’m doing on these – circling the polar bears in stitches and stitching over the line motifs and whatnot. Good practice!

QAYG Stocking in process!

Lastly, I took out the leftover Llama blocks from my Llamas in Log Cabins quilt. I had four big blocks and a couple smaller blocks remaining from the quilt.

Leftover Llamas block

I think something like this will be the final layout.

Leftover Llama planning

I can’t decide if I want to sash with white or another neutral, or try to use up some of the scraps in sashing, or make a large, scrappy outer border. So this one is now resting while I think some more about it – any ideas?

In all, it was a productive past few days In addition to the above, I also rode a carousel in 20 degree weather, set up our home WiFi (only 8 months after I moved in!), and knit a bit of a mitt. I feel unprepared for Christmas gifting/knitting but I still have a month, right?

As this entry is ALL WIPs, and it is Wednesday, I’m linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced! Hooray!

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Fortunate Granny Top

Over the weekend, I finished all the granny square blocks for my Fortunate Granny quilt and last night, I sewed them all together!

Fortunate Granny top

Right now, the top has 4 x 5 9.25″ blocks with 2.5″ sashing between them. If my math is correct, its dimensions are about 41″ x 51″ which isn’t quite large enough. I’m going to add a border of some sort – either 6-7″ of plain white, or use the remaining 2.5″ charm squares around the edges. Or use the remaining 2.5″ squares for the back, perhaps similar to the back of Kate Conklin’s Gathered In quilt.

Fortunate Granny top

If you’d like to make your own granny squares, these tutorials from Blue Elephant Stitches, Coopcrafts, and Traceyjay Quilts were really useful to me. I made the blocks out of Kate Spain’s Good Fortune charm squares, which really grew on me while making this. The white background and sashing is mostly Kona White, with a few blocks made from leftover Moda Bella White from Cuzco Crossing. All in all, love! I feel like I have a lot of momentum with this one and I’m excited about finishing the back and getting it quilted.

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More Fortunate Granny

Woosh! Quick drive-by WIP Wednesday post to show off some more Fortunate Granny squares! I sewed up five more and trimmed them all down to 9 1/4″ square.

More Fortunate Granny squares

I think the very top square is my favorite so far.

And woosh! Just like that, I’m off to class. Happy Wednesday!

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Poseidon Progress

Last week, I banged out two more Sugar Blocks for my Quilt of Poseidon. First up: August.

Sugar Block: August

I had an issue with sewing those HSTs to the small solid squares in the wrong direction. Other than that, this was straightforward to put together.

Next up: A modified Come Fly With Me block for September.

Sugar Block: September

So here’s some backstory. Last month, I was having some concerns about this quilt not looking cohesive. At that point, Each block used 2 or 3 colors of the Kona bundle + a pop of pink, yellow, or purple. I hadn’t duplicated any colors in the bundle yet, and things just looked… disjointed. So I made an Arkansas Traveler from 4 already used shades (and no pop colors), and that made things feel more cohesive. And then I saw this block and knew that instead of the propeller look suggested by the pattern, I would make a granny square similar, but bigger, than the ones I’m making for my Fortunate Granny quilt.

This quick mosaic shows that it is coming together.

Quilt of Poseidon Mosaic

1. Arkansas Traveler Block, 2. Sugar Block: July, 3. Sugar Block: March, 4. Sugar Block: April, 5. Sugar Block: February, 6. Sugar Block: May, 7. Sugar Block: June, 8. Sugar Block: January, 9. Sugar Block: September, 10. Sugar Block: August, 11. The Sugar Block Club

Right? The yellow and pink aren’t too bright and distracting, right? The final quilt is going to be huuuuge – I’m aiming for final dimensions of 90 x 90 (5 x 5 12″ blocks plus sashing and borders) so I think the whole thing will look good together, I hope.

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Another Sugar Block and Some Bread

I finished another sweet Sugar Block over the past few days! This one is called Sunny Days, which is an entirely appropriate title for both the block and the weather we had last weekend (but not today; today was remarkably foggy and grey). Anyway, the block!

April Sugar Block

My husband looked when he got home this morning, muzzy and goofy from working a full and very busy night, and said something about how he liked how balanced it was, how the yellow triangles direct and point the eye to the center of the block, and I thought something about how the points aren’t anywhere near matching up. But it is bright and cheery and I’ve started in on the March block, so that is forward motion.

Last weekend, husband, friend Aimee and I went to visit Emily (of Relishments fame) and her husband Brian in the Berkshires. It was a lovely weekend, full of board games and good food and lovely green rolling hills. We made Fig, Olive Oil, and Sea Salt Challah (Emily’s post) from Smitten Kitchen (recipe).  It was delicious, made the house smell like Fig Newtons, and got gobbled up rather quickly.  I’ve been thinking about challah (holla!) and combinations thereof since then.  Husband, in the car on the way home, had the idea to smear Nutella in the challah logs, instead of fruit, and I had to give it a try last night.

Nutella Challah

Nutella challah, sliced

The result?  Sadly disappointing. Don’t get me wrong, the texture and flavor of the bread is fantastic, and there’s a lovely magic about yeast doughs and the braiding thereof. But the Nutella got gritty and lost some of its flavor while cooking. Something about tempering chocolate and chemistry? Oh well, it is still pretty good, probably better when toasted and consumed with butter. But then again, what isn’t?

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