Sunday, October 18, 2015

No quilting at all this weekend... Spent some quality time with my mutt touring the covered bridges of Indiana. It's just as well though, the temp was 36 degrees when we went out and my joints (elbows and hands mostly) are cranky. I mean creaky. They are not digging the cold weather.

I do have half of the top done so far. This might be in competition for my "favorite" with the Unblue Quilt.


Sunday, October 11, 2015

Making Things Complicated

So- at a time when things are at their most busy and complicated in my life, I have chosen to make the most amazing and complicated quilt. Go figure.  But this one is for mom, who is basically the queen of precision piecing. The quilt that I picked out for her is Mary Ann Keathley's Hidden Circles quilt (1989). I found it in Leisure Arts Great American Quilts 1993 book.




I have been looking at this quilt and have been putting off making it for a number of years now.  The problem is the instructions are pretty generic and I don't see any way to assemble this without piecing it together by hand.  So I have cobbled together a procedure that I hope is going to work.  First, the little triangles are paper pieced. Then I put together a template on a piece of scrap canvas that was used to build my ironing table. Each piece of the block is cut, clipped and the edges ironed over like my birds have been built.  Then I glue the pieces together on the canvas template and sew them using a decorative top stitch.


And you know I absolutely cannot follow instructions... So my quilt is not set on point, is not oval shaped and there is no appliqué on it. Also, I have changed those four sort of triangular pieces in the center of the template so that there is a secondary pattern of blocks behind the circles. Because what this quilt needs is to be MORE complicated. (Yeah, right!)

So here is my first block-


Luckily, this quilt only needs to be twin sized so there are only 29 left to go...






Saturday, October 3, 2015

Purple Warms my Heart

Ok, so have completely blown off this blog thing for a long, long time.  Apparently I am not smart enough to figure out how to write something on the iPad and attach a picture from the device.  So I am finally giving up and loading the pictures to Picasa to be able to find and attach them to a post. Apple does a lot of things well, but this is not one of them.  Why can't I see the pictures I took on the iPad?

Mom got diagnosed with lung cancer about a month ago. I am very, very fortunate to be able to be here to help take care of her. Next week she will be halfway through her radiation treatments and she seems to be doing very well.  The beginning was a little rocky, but she has been chattering like a magpie for the last 4-5 days. It is very heartening to see.

Anyway, in the midst of all of the bad news when this started, I realized that I have never made mom a quilt. Panic! (Dumb, I know, but I did not know I was on a deadline). I have had a pretty complicated little quilt picked out to make for her for years, but it is a hand pieced quilt which is beyond me at this point. There is too much arthritus in my thumb for me to consider it. So after some serious consideration I decided I would try to put this together with an overlaid decorative stitch. I am a little worried about the thickness of the seams, but we will see how it goes.  

Here are the purples I have picked out, having raided mom's stash for about 1/3 of them. A couple of these I love. Have you ever had a fabric that you liked so much that you didn't want to risk cutting it?