Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The New Plan

So, after finishing the Wedge 'Back,' I showed J what I had done. It was quickly decided that I would make two quilts for our bed instead of one. I used the extra fabric from the Greatest Hits blocks pieced with some purple solids from my stash and this is the back for Greatest Hits.

I am going to use this quilt for the fall/winter and choose a heavier batting.

The back!

Up close.

The plan is to move the furniture in the living room this afternoon and get this quilt basted!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Something Fishy

I have had these great panels of fish that were screen printed by my good friend Crafty Red Fox and I have been looking forward to pairing them with a package of Kona solids in blues for ages. Last week I got the blocks cut and sewing began yesterday.

In an attempt to plan a little more (I usually just start cutting and see what happens), I came up with this plan in Illustrator. I am following it roughly!

Here are 2 of the three fish panels with blocks starting to go around.

Up close in the fish bowl.

And as always my best feline helper. Maybe he is trying to tell me that he wants a fish quilt?!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Adventures in Inkodye

I tried out the Inkodye yesterday to mixed results. I am excited to try it again with a little more of a plan. Here are the steps that I followed.

Fabric taped down.

Ink brushed on. And resist objects placed.

In the sun.

Dye setting.

The result.

Next time I will put a thicker coat of dye on and have some more opaque objects on the fabric to resist.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wedge Back Complete!

I just finished sewing the back of the Greatest Hits/Wedge this morning and am chomping at the bit to get going on the quilting!

I am pretty pleased with how it turned out!

iPad Case

This is an iPad case for a friend of J's. The iPad isn't here, so I can show a picture of it in the case. There are some wrinkles inside, but I will sort that out on the next one!

Side one.

Side two.


Sunday, September 11, 2011


Tomorrow is my b-day and I was lucky enough to get a few little packages in the mail this week. The thread and fabric came from my little sister along with a little block pattern. After reading about Inkodye on How About Orange, I had to try it, so I jumped online and figured out an order. Very luckily a friend was visiting this weekend from Ithaca and I was able to have the Inkodye shipped to here, which saved huge on shipping!

I can't wait to get started on projects with all of these!

Wedge Back Continues

To the average viewer this doesn't look any different than the last wedge post, but I assure you that progress has been made. I took to the design wall to plan the bottom half of the back. By the end of this week, the back will be pieced and a trip to the quilt shop will be in order for batting! Then the real fun will begin. Quilting!

Studio Update

The studio is a constant work in progress, but last week I got a little more storage/organization management done.

I hung 3 more of these IKEA Bygel bars to organize notions!

The shelves were hung above the computer a few weeks ago, but I am still deciding what needs to go where.

The space is really coming together and I will post some 'finished' pictures in the near future!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Wedge Back

I spent most of the day sewing wedge pieces together for the back of the quilt. I had them all together and realized that about half of them were sewn the wrong way (I thought it didn't matter). So I spent a few hours stitch ripping and resewing.

This is a little less than half (by my calculations, which are very likely off) and these will all be beside each other, my design wall just isn't that big (yet)!

These stacks of wedges are next, but today I have a little design and house work to get on with before sewing!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Greatest Hits Take Two - Top

In the wee hours last night I finished the top of my greatest hits quilt!

It's been in the works for ages, but getting the top done has put the wheels in motion. I am planning to do a totally pieced back so that it is a reverseable quilt with a warm range on one side and cooler colours on the other.

The is Elizabeth Hartman's Greatest Hits Pattern. This is the second time that I have used this pattern and I love the way that the simple blocks showcase the fabric. There are some Denyse Schmidt and Anna Maria Horner fabrics as well as some others that I can't name off of the top of my head.

Stay tuned for the progress of the back!