Monday, September 17, 2018

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Charmed

I had such lovely feedback on both of my quilts in the Blogger's Quilt Festival last time, that I thought I'd show 2 quilts this time as well.

The second quilt, I call "Charmed".

I made this for my dear friend, Megan.  She and I have been friends for 39 years.  I don't know how that's possible, since neither one of us is over 29!  

I call this "Charmed" because it's similar to the old charm quilts.

"Charm quilts are quilts that are made using a different fabric for each piece of the pattern." 

Mine isn't quite that scrappy.  Since I used a four-patch, I did duplicate each fabric - once.  Each four-patch has 2 fabrics, one pair of each fabric.  However, the fabric pairs in each four-patch are not repeated in the quilt.  I also used just one black and one white fabric for all the sashing, cornerstones, and borders.

I think I need to make her a new one though.  Last time I saw this quilt, it was well-loved and quite faded.  Hmm, I've always wanted to make a French Braid quilt, maybe I'll do a purple one for her.

Edited to add:  I don't know if Megan even knows I have a blog so no idea if she'll see this or not.  We do talk and "see" each other on FB.

Happy Stitching!


Blogger's Quilt Festival: Bull's Eye!

The Blogger's Quilt Festival was so much fun last time, I thought I'd join in again!

This is one of my favorite quilts that I've made...well of the finished ones, anyway!

The blocks in this quilt were part of an internet exchange.  Everyone made one 11" unfinished block, then whacked it into quarters, kept one of their quarters, and sent the other 3 to the exchange hostess.  That means that at least 1/4 of the block in this were mine.

I played with different layouts before I chose the one above.  Here are some of my other options:

This one was fine, but it didn't really "speak" to me.

I liked this one a lot even though I didn't use it.  I'm planning on making another one just so I can do this layout!

I did end up hand-quilting it.  Here's a photo of it on my Grace frame:

...and here's a close-up of the actual quilting:

I used Essential Threads, primary colors (red, yellow, blue).  The black border has an oak leaf stipple, the white border is a simple chain, and the body of the quilt is a rose stipple.

For anyone interested, I do have a tutorial for the block here.  Here's what one complete block looks like before and after "whacking" it.  Seeing it like this, helps explain the Bull's Eye name:


I hope you like my quilt as much as I do.  It was so much fun to make and it's definitely one of the cheerier quilts I've done!

Happy Stitching!


Monday, September 3, 2018

God Speed progress

Hello Everyone!

Yesterday, I finished page 12 on God Speed from HAED!.  This girl has some really long hair and, boy, is she a carrot top!  ;-)

You can also see some of the other knights that are just outside the portcullis.  When I was stitching them, they just looked like dark blobs.  It's amazing how a few lighter stitches around the edges can bring something into focus!

Next project chosen by my randomizer app:  Sistine Chapel.  It's been awhile since I've worked on this one.  I will be working on page 7.

Happy Stitching!


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

New start progress pic!

I started a new project!  I had my largest scroll frame open after I finished La Belle Dame Sans Merci so I chose something that would make the best use of the size:  Supersized Farewell to Anger MC from HAED.

Before you ask, yes, I am crazy.  Oh wait, you want to know what Supersized and MC mean?  Okay.  Supersized means that the longest side, in this case the top/bottom, is maxed out at 999 stitches.  The overall size is 999 x 660 for a total of 659,340 stitches.

MC stands for Max Colors (or Colours for my UK readers).  On this chart the MC means 240 colors are used.  See, I told you I was crazy!

It gets better (or worse)!  In order to fit this on my 30" (76.2cm) scroll frame, I did the calculations and figured out I need to stitch it on 40ct. to get it to fit without stitching it sideways.  Yes, I've done that before and it's not hard, but I did want to keep the finished size manageable so I wouldn't have to spend a fortune on framing.

Sunday night, I finished the first page!  Only 90 more to go!

I meant to put a coin on the fabric for a size reference but I forgot to grab one.  The stitched area is 2" (50.8cm) wide x 2.45" (6.22cm) high which is smaller than a standard sized business card.

I should mention that I'm doing this in half stitches with one strand because, after all, it is 40ct.  I did start out doing full crosses but I found it too hard to see where the missing stitches were so I restarted in half stitches.

Since I finished this page, that means next up in my rotation is God Speed.  

Happy Stitching!


Friday, July 20, 2018

Little Bee Eater progress

I finished another page on Little Bee Eater [retired] from HAED!  This makes pages 1-3 and 7 finished (4-6 didn't have any stitches).  Next up is page 8.

This is the project that I work on if I have free time during the day (business hours).  Work has slowed down a bit so I've had time.  In the evenings, I'm currently working on SS Farewell to Anger MC, also from HAED.

Happy Stitching!


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Amazon's Prime Day!

It's Prime Day on Amazon!  Check out the great deals by clicking on the banner above.

I do earn a small commission if you buy/subscribe using the banner.  There is no additional cost to you.

I haven't had a chance to check out all the deals but I do buy on Amazon frequently.  We won't say how frequently 'cause that would get me in trouble with hubby.  ;-)

Happy Stitching (or Shopping)!


Monday, July 2, 2018

God Speed progress

Woo hoo!  Last night, I finished another page on God Speed from HAED!  The page I finished was page 11 of 30.  Here is my progress so far:

This is on 25ct., and I'm stitching 2x1 full crosses.

For my next project, my randomizer app chose:  SS Farewell to Anger MC.  Since this is a new start and it was fairly late when I finished the page on God Speed, I only managed to get my fabric onto the scroll rods and about a dozen stitches in before I had to call it a night.

Happy Stitching!