Gathering Flowers Top

I spent some time sewing today after being away for the last few days (post on adventures to follow later this week once I sort through the pictures; if you follow my Instagram you already know where I’ve been!) and I managed to finish the Gathering Flowers top!

Gathering Flowers top

The curved seams for the flower centers and flower petals went OK. The background fabric is a bit puckery in places but I’m going to quilt the heck out of it with an allover floral or swirl and call it good. AMH’s tips within the pattern on how to press the curve seams were great and give the petals an embossed look.

Pinwheel

The background fabric makes sweet pinwheels where the blocks come together. Fun! Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

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Metro Medallion Top

My Metro Medallion top seriously came together so quickly. The blocks themselves are fairly large (13.5 x 16.5) and it felt like I just sat down to sew a few blocks together and suddenly I had the entire top! I love when things work out that way.

Metro Medallion top

I waffled about the corner triangles, especially when I realized that the pattern directions call for cutting left- and right-facing triangles to get the neat diamond shapes and I disregarded all rules of geometry and cut all right triangles. So then I had to go back and cut out the correct triangle shapes.

Metro Medallion diamond

But it looks much nicer this way!

Metro Medallion block

And I managed to fit one entire octopus on one block. Sadly, the other’s tentacles seem to be across some sort of dimensional portal.

Tossed Almond Top

The last couple weeks have been full of QCR projects – quilting my Metro Rings (fingers crossed will be done this weekend!), putting together and a post for my stop on the Quick Curve Ruler Blog Hop (tune in tomorrow!), and lastly, putting those Metro Ring scraps together into some sort of simple top.

Almonds top

One of the great things about cutting curves with the QCR is that all curves match. Thus, all the bits left over from the ring segments could be pieced back together into a little something. Once I had the block, which measured around 19” x 19”, I bordered it with the white crosshatch from Botanics and floated it on a field of Kona Aloe. I’m calling it Tossed Almonds; wouldn’t an entire top using that technique be something?

Center block

Right now, it’s a smidge larger than 60” x 60” and I’m debating trimming it down to crib size. Pros: more focus on center block. Cons: will no longer be throw-sized. Thoughts?

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced!

Metro Top

The Metro Rings top came together so quickly! I was surprised, after all the trimming and pressing and sewing and more trimming when I looked around and realized that all my blocks were square and all that was left to do was to sew them together!

Metro Rings top

Tonight, I plan to pin baste and then I’ll start on quilting. I’ve been browsing Pinterest for DWR quilting inspiration and found some good ideas. I really like the original heavy quilting done by longarm by Jenny at Sew Kind of Wonderful but I’m not confident in my straight line quilting ability yet. This pin of the backside of a Metro Rings from Francesca Plancher is gorgeous – I love the negative space where the ring segments are. Anyone know if Francesca is the original source or if it comes from elsewhere? Google Image Search let me down.

Nearly matchy points!

Here’s another Metro Rings with great negative space use from Helen Robinson’s Instagram. I think I’m going to aim for something like this!

Metro Rings side view

Finishing the Metro Rings top was my Lovely Year of Finishes goal for July!

Two Foxy WIPs

Last Friday, I got the rest of the top and bottom edge triangles pieced from leftover strips and scraps. Mostly, the joins are a bit obvious in the busy patterns of Fox Field but look!

Accidental pattern matching!

A completely accidental pattern match! I’m rather tickled with it.

Husband helped me lay out the quilt and make sure that the colors were balanced and then I got to sewing the top together.

Fields of Foxes top

It is probably going to be around queen sized, especially if I add a nice border of the leftover cream geo print that I didn’t use to make the top and bottom triangles. Husband really likes this quilt too and might insist we keep it.

Fields of Foxes is my June Lovely Year of Finishes goal. Go big or go home, right? I need to work out backing; part of me wants to splurge for a great whack of the Fox Trot print and another part of me insists on using what is in the stash, which is probably wiser and more thrifty.

While I’m pondering backing, I started on another WIP project. You may remember that I wanted to requilt my first quilt ever, Foxes Out My Window, which I got started on this week as well. I removed the binding and ironed it, and then started pulling out the quilting. I’m starting from the middle and working about a block of space at a time. Luckily, it’s pretty easy, because my old machine had such terrible tension! The quilt still a little crinkly from the first time I washed it, but I like the crinkle and it doesn’t seem to be hindering anything.

Requilting Foxes Out my Window

After these Foxy WIPs done, I have a whole bunch of ideas of what to cut next: a plus quilt, Ring Toss, Metro Rings, something using Tula Pink’s Salt Water or Acacia lines, experimenting with the Quick Curve ruler… I think the planning and drafting stage may be one of my favorite parts of all this!

I’m linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced. Oh and hey! Lee also started hosting #WIPWednesday on Instagram too – I’m lucymade over there as well!

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!

Linking up with Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

Whim

The On a Whim quilt I’m making for a friend’s shower/wedding is coming together! When I got back from Israel, I looked at my calendar and looked at what I’d done on it and had a small panic. I’m no stranger to giving things with the needles still in, but what is fine for knitting is less fine for a quilt. Although Emily would attest that I did in fact give her a quilt with a needle stuck in the middle of it. But that’s another story.

Last weekend, A came over and I finished cutting fabric, stitched triangles into block components and block components into blocks.

On a Whim square : Lucymade

Mistakes were made, like when I didn’t check which way I was sewing things together and ended up with this:

I also managed to sew almost six blocks together without thread in my sewing machine. At about this time, I decided it was time to go to sleep because clearly, I was not functional.  But by Monday night, all the blocks had been sewn and were ready to be sewn into the quilt top!

Honestly, this won’t be done for the shower, which is on Saturday. But it will be done for the actual wedding! And I hope my friends have a long and happy life together!

Fraternal

When I first plunged into quilting, I got a couple sets of fat quarters, my fabric stash being scraps from aprons I made for my friends back in grad school. One set became Foxes Out My Window. Another became Rectangle Squared. And the third, Echo by Lotta Jansdotter, languished in the box in which it was delivered.

I wanted to make something that showed off the large-scale prints and I also wanted something relatively simple. I considered a strip quilt (like this one), but wanted something with a bit more oomph. I considered Elizabeth Hartman’s New Wave pattern (seen here) but I wanted something simpler.

Then I saw this quilt, made by Film in the Fridge from Ink & Spindle fabrics and let it inspire me.

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Inspire me to do some math, that is.  I only had so much fabric and I wanted it to be just so, so I got out my notebooks.  The spiral bound has the basic sketches, ideas, and how I would cut the fat quarters.  The second has the actual stripes graphed out.  The notebook itself is pretty neat – somebody from my company’s Munich office must have brought it as a gift because in addition to being nice, hardback, and filled with graph paper, the instructions or promotional material is in German.  They were just going to throw it out until I claimed it.

Anyway.

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I made plans one night and cut fabric the next. Between cutting off selvages and a slight miscalculation on some seam allowances, it was a little tight to get the right size pieces from some FQs, but we made it.

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Piecing was a breeze, and soon I had a nearly-finished quilt top.

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I’m waiting for a bit more Kona Ash to finish up the sashing (not shown) and then this one will be done.

But!  you say.  The title of this post is Fraternal.  What do you mean by that?

O Keen-eyed Reader, I am making two quilt tops.  One uses the blue, teal, and yellow Echo prints while the other uses  pinks, purples, and browns.  I’m using the same pattern and placement of strips but they will be warm and cool fraternal twins when I am done.

Tricks of the Trade

Learning to quilt has instigated learning new methods of documenting the finished product. While knitting socks taught me contortions and how far I could lean over in order to get a shot of the finished product, so far quilting has taught me that I have very understanding coworkers.

Here’s some backstory. My apartment is pretty tiny and it lacks open wall space to hang a quilt for photo documentation. I also lack the partner/spouse/roommate beneficial for the holding and photographing of the quilt.

Enter my coworker I. She graciously braved the heavy mist to hold up the quilt so I could snap a quick pic.

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The quilt, called Kitchen Window, is from Elizabeth Hartman‘s great book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork. This is the second quilt I’ve cut but the first top I’ve finished. The fabric is mostly from Lizzie House‘s Outfoxed collection with guest appearances from her Castle Peeps and 1001 Peeps. I really enjoyed matching up the fabrics for the blocks – making sure no prints were repeated and that there was a balance of light and dark fabrics in each block. I love that pop of turquoise (thanks to Sew Fresh Fabrics for the indirect suggestion!) and I love how it turned out!

But in the future, I’ll have to figure out a better and more solitary method for photography. Any hints for the newbie?