Wednesday, April 27, 2011

WIP - April 25, 2011

Completed Projects
My Supernova! - "Black Hole". I have created a blog entry that documents my experience on this journey. I hope you enjoy.

Active Ongoing Projects
EQ7 BOM - April is done! I used fusible interfacing on those little 3/4" finished squares to make it a bit easier (faster mostly) and the square-in-a-square technique to add the triangles around the center on point square. The interfacing works like this...layout your squares on the interfacing, iron them down, then fold it and stitch it! Then snip the seams at each crossing intersection and stitch again. wah're done.

Vineyard Wallhanging - Spring Release is just around the corner. I have an opportunity to utilize Patit Creek's Wine Tasting Room space to display or sell product. Time to get this wallhanging done and sell it. I'll also be creating pot holders, table trivets (I developed these several years ago and continue to keep a supply in progress for just this type of occassion, they are in stock at the U-Shop in College Place), wine bag holders both quilted and unquilted varieties, table runners, wall hangings, etc. Should be fun to see what finished products I can get made this next week. Even though I won't count these in this WIP report, I'll show them to you.

Starlight-Flutterbright (crystals to be applied??), now hanging @ Highland Quilts, Athena, OR -- should I apply the crystals before the Pendleton quilt show this weekend? hmmmm.
Jinny Beyer 2010 BOM - target June
Oddie's Wild Nature - target July
Lonestar wall hanging - target August
One-fabric re-pieced table cloth - target October
Completed Tops awaiting Quilting2006 Basket BOM - target August
Tulip wall hanging --this is a redo of the quilting - target November
Colorwash Heart Duvet Cover -- this is to salvage an old duvet - target December

New: 0
Completed: 4
In Progress: 10

My Supernova Journey

I don't even remember how I came across the Supernova Quilt Along that Lee @ Freshly Pieced had already started, but when I saw the quilt and read about the concept, I decided, this was something I would love to join. Join I did...even though I had many other deadlines looming, but it just appealed to my core and I had to participate. 
"Your First Journey" 

I had just finished a quilt which I had designed and made on commission that we called "Your First Journey" ...which used the 'origins' line by basic grey, from moda (for the most part--there is a bit of batik and 'chrysallis')...and I had used bits from a fat quarter pack, with a bit of extra purchased for the borders and a few other fabrics to just fit the project. So...the fat quarter remains, what to do with them? The Supernova blocks seemed to be a great possibility since I could use so many different fabrics in each block.

So, here are the leftovers and my general groupings of them with possibilities for background in the lower right corner. Also using some 'grunge' which looks like some of the 'origins' that read solid.


Now to come up with the specific orderings...I decided a single center 'black' block, and then doubles of the brown, greenish, yellow and whitish groups.

4 blocks to make the center 'black' block

 When I looked at the background requirements, I discovered that I really didn't have enough of the 'grunge' white that I intended to use, so thought perhaps the white with green small graph paper and white with flourish print on it could also be used as backgrounds if I chose to put it on strategically. But, to no avail, I still didn't have enough! Maybe if I don't have the cut off triangle at the end I can make it work. So, I carefully considered the sizings and cut quickly to try it. Well, you need to have all fabric pieces right side up to make these intentional directional cuts! So...I needed to re-cut the background pieces. I ended up with enough of the white with green grid and I went ahead and pieced the 1st block using it as the background. Once putting the first block up on the design wall, I realize that I should have paid attention as to which rectangle went the OTHER direction and that should be the OUTSIDE part of the block. That didn't hit me when doing my stitching. So..I had anticipated the dark being next to the dark square, and the florals being on the outside. Given my issues with cutting the first bit, I decided to leave it and press on.

Adding the cross-bars in the black block I decided to put the lighter of the 3 blacks in the middle so that it mimics the way the 'lighter' fabric was in the diagonals and gave some assistance to the idea of a dark middle square, lighter right around it and then darker ring on the outside.

I was able to secure more background that seemed to be the right progression to use in the outside border (it is the 'grunge' line that is white with a hint of yellow) at my LQS "stash", so used the big piece of 'grunge' (white with hints of green) to make the remaining blocks' backgrounds. Unfortunately, I was hasty in cutting and since I had already made one block, I didn't need to cut as many strips for the remaining 8 blocks and cut the 3" squares --all 72 which I didn't need and so came up short by 1 strip for the 5.5" rectangles. I salvaged this by cutting all of my 5.5" rectangles NOT as rectangles, but as two rectangles put together and a single diagonal cut with enough seam allowance on both sides to get a 5.5" edge.

TIP 1: This means cut 8 7/8" x 3" and then measure 5.5" on one edge (to the sewing line), then put a 1/4" seam allowance on the diagonal (cutting line) and you're good to go--cutting in the correct diagonal direction of course (yes, screwed that up once too!) In the picture the dashed line is the sewing line and the solid line is the cutting line. Since all of the rectangle backgrounds are cut the same direction, this single cut gives you two correct pieces of background without having an extra triangle cut off after sewing it to the other piece. Stack all of your background fabric strips with the right side up and you'll get lots of pieces cut simultaneously. It also means you don't have to mark your pieces to sew them since your 1/4" seam is already allowed for, just sew a 1/4" seam. In part this was necessary because I could not get 44" widths out of my background fabric and I didn't really want to go buy more.

TIP 2: To assist with the 'marking' or lack-there-of...I also used 'The Angler 2'. This is a plastic template/guide that you tape into the base of your sewing machine with the center line headed straight into your needle position. 

In the second photo you can see that the tip of the white background fabric closest to me is right on the center line. You just keep that tip on the center line all the way to the needle. No marking required! I had an extra single rectangle at the end of each strip (7 strips) and so only needed one more rectangle that I then had to piece using two 3" squares. Not too bad. btw...this trick can also be done with the 3" squares and print rectangles, but I didn't hassle it as I had plenty of that fabric and needed to get on with my piecing!

Moving on to the brown block, I had a couple of directions that I could go and decided to try and mimic the black block rather than stick with my original color progression. I used my camera to try out some of the placements before making final cuts, but it went fairly quickly and I was able to make both brown blocks without screw ups.

It was then very late at night but I was so into this I stayed up for another 1.5 hours playing with the color placements for the remaining three colorways of blocks. Mostly undecided in the greens because of the couple of very dark greens and then the rest are this mid-tone avocado green. I really wasn't happy and by 12:30am decided it was time to get some sleep.

I had literally taken about 20 pictures of the greens (flickr albums of trials) the night before, but in the light of day decided I needed to look at my original color placement and what I did with the black block and then re-think each of the colorways. Lee's suggestion to take photos of your original color placement came in handy. I printed them out and re-evaluated the situation. Again the white and yellowish blocks came together a bit quicker, but the green one still had some issues. My original thoughts -- I'm really drawn to the dark green and want it to help balance the brown blocks but then transition to the yellow blocks. This desire, prompted me to stick with my dark green and work on getting the transition to the lighter to be ok. This meant removing some of the greens--I did have 8 in that stack, so that was ok -- REALLY! (convincing myself) and pulling a floral from the whitish block and using it in the green. I also pulled the white w/green flourishes and yellow flourishes into the mix which I had saved as a background and border bits respectively, but decided at this point that I really needed it to be part of the whitish block and against white, it would read a light green, and the yellow block respectively. It really is relative to what it is next to. And besides... I didn't need them for background/borders anymore!

The remaining blocks. Screwed up in cutting some of the background, then didn't like the yellow block, but decided to sleep on it and come back to it the next morning. Reworking the yellow, I liked the 2nd one much better and went back and re-made the 1st one.


Yellows - original

Yellow block - FINAL

White block


The original specifications called for 13" pieces to be the ends of two borders. They really should be 12.5". Also, Lee calls for 44" width of fabric and uses every bit of it, so make sure you have that, otherwise you'll need more background strips than she indicates in the pattern. Most fabric does not have USABLE 44", with selvage, maybe, but generally when planning I expect there to be 40" and if you have a bit or need to fudge that a bit, you probably can, but NOT typically 4"! So...even though I bought fabric for the border, one of the pieces I had to use something from my stash--it is very very close, so is hard to tell it is different. Still in the same line of fabric.

Lee also talks about pressing seams open, which given the number of angles on this I can understand to some degree, but with any of the straight bits, alternating their direction of pressing makes for a much stronger quilt. Just saying.
Due to my personal time constraints and wanting to put this in the show this weekend, I'm using a fat back --meaning all one piece, out of a yellowish/pinkish batik. I did lay out my leftover 'origins' fabrics and probably could have come up with a backing, but decided I'd rather keep the scraps for something more exciting on the front of a quilt than slapping it on the back.

I had some leftover wool strips, so pieced them together with a serpentine stitch--butted up against each other, to use for this quilt.
Most modern quilts just have stipples on them, but I wanted to show these more as explosions, thus the color placement of the blocks that provides a fading of the colors from the center to the outside of the quilt.

Some details of the quilting:

corner blocks with spines on all printed fabric lines
middle blocks with spines in white sections;
sometimes adding a few extra bits at the end of the spine
center block with spines only on the diagonals
And here it is....I bound it with scraps of various versions of 'white' from the 'grunge' line.

Here is the back.

It will be in its first show this weekend, April 30 / May 1 in Pendleton, OR at the Krazy Horse Quilter's 10th Annual Quilt Show.

Thank you Lee for hosting this quilt-along. A great time, especially watching everyone's quilts evolve through the photos posted on the flickr group.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Design Wall - April 25, 2011

Working on my Supernova-Quilt-Along from Lee at Freshly Pieced.

The yellow block didn't come out as I intended it to, so now I might have to change it up and re-do it. Have a 2nd one to make and two lightish green/whitish blocks to make, add the border and then finish it up.

I finished my Psychedelic America, and a couple of baby quilts last week. Check out my WIP blog entry from last week for photos.

What's on your Design Wall?

Judy's got more indexed, check them out.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

WIP - April 20, 2011

Completed Projects
Psychedelic America  -had to wait for my hubby to get home in order to hold this big quilt for me. Not a great day outside today either.
Here is a detailed closeup of the quilting.

WWU Baby #1 / star theme with a bit of Scottish plaid  (I forgot these were IP)
WWU Baby #1 / spring theme kind of a mexican blanket affect in the border (I forgot these were IP)

Actively in Progress:
SuperNova - I may re-do this block with the light bit in the middle of the diagonals on the outside corners, but for now, I'll go with it. I think I'm going to name my quilt 'Black Hole' since this is my middle block of a 3x3 grid. The plan--done by next WIP!

EQ BOM - April's still needs to be pieced
Vineyard wall hanging

Ongoing - ON HOLD
Starlight-Flutterbright (crystals to be applied only), now hanging @ Highland Quilts, Athena, OR -- should I apply the crystals before the Pendleton quilt show in another week? hmmmm.
Jinny Beyer 2010 BOM
Oddie's Wild Nature
Lonestar wall hanging
One-fabric re-pieced table cloth

Completed Tops awaiting Quilting
2006 Basket BOM
Tulip wall hanging --this is a redo of the quilting
Colorwash Heart Duvet Cover -- this is to salvage an old duvet

New: 0
Completed: 3
In Progress: 11

Monday, April 18, 2011

Design Wall Monday - April 18

Supernova Quilt Along is in progress.

Also on my wall are 3 blocks made from the Chapter 3 assignment in Fearless Design. I have a small group that meets about once a month and we're methodically going through this book. I'm enjoying the fellowship with the group, flexibility of our schedule and learning together. In this chapter we're learning about scale, value and balance. The on-point block is symmetrical on the vertical axis (Do you see a sting ray headed south?--identified after I placed the fabrics), the other two are asymmetrical--the right one with a negative slope (termed from my math teacher mother, but it was what I was going for in the design), the left one just seems pretty random, as a design not sure it does anything for me, but it is asymmetrical ;-) I may re-do this one to consider better balance. All 3 blocks have exactly the same 5 fabrics and cut pieces used, just placed differently.

And here is a quilt top I just finished the assembly on today and added the border. Now need to quilt quickly and get into the U-Shop as a sample today. Someone on staff at WWU will be the recipient....they don't know yet ;-)!

Come back on WIP Wednesday to see my completed projects this week. I think you'll be impressed. Here is a preview of one, taken from the backside with the sun on the front side ...loved the stained glass look!

That's what is happening here. Check out more Design Walls Indexed @ Judy's Patchwork Times.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

WIP - April 13, 2011

Active Ongoing Projects - Progress!Psychedelic America -- center completed. Just borders to go to complete the top. The Guild extended the challenge through next month! Glad it is almost done though.
Active....but no progress this week :-(
SuperNova - spent my spare time working on the one above....hope to get back to this, this week.
EQ BOM - color selections made ...just has to be done by the end of the month ;-)

Ongoing - ON HOLD
Starlight-Flutterbright (crystals to be applied only), now hanging @ Highland Quilts, Athena, OR -- should I apply the crystals before the Pendleton quilt show? hmmmm.
Jinny Beyer 2010 BOM
Oddie's Wild Nature
Lonestar wall hanging
One-fabric re-pieced table cloth
Vineyard wall hanging --need to do this one next to be ready to sell during Spring Release coming up in May.

Completed Tops awaiting Quilting
2006 Basket BOM
Tulip wall hanging --this is a redo of the quilting
Colorwash Duvet Cover -- this is to salvage an old duvet

New Projects: 0
Completed Projects: 0
Currently in Progress: 12

WIP Linkup Index Happy WIPPING :-)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Design Wall Monday - April 11, 2011 Psychedelic America version of American Beauty blocks are pieced!
I took the remaining fabric and instructions for the last 5 blocks and sashings on a vacation this last weekend and spent Sat. night and Sunday cutting the remaining pieces so that it was ready to piece together as soon as I could get started on it this morning. Yowza...well, the blocks are pieced, still need to add finishing elements to each block, sash it together and add the borders. OH, and then quilt and bind it before guild tomorrow night...better get back at it ;-)

Other Design Wall's are indexed @ Judy's

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

WIP - April 6, 2011

Completed Projects
:-(  nada ...well I did successfully stitch a quilt yesterday in 'unregulated' mode, but this isn't considered a personal project, but it is a personal skill that I want to improve. I often overrun my stitch regulator and have decided I need to gain enough confidence to do stipples and all-over freemotion patterns in an unregulated mode so that I can go faster. This was a practice quilt sent to me by a group that my mom leads out with in Arizona called 'Bags of Love'. They make a cloth bag and include age and gender appropriate items, including a quilt and provide them to CPS when children are removed from homes, often meth homes, so they don't have anything. This 'bag of love' has a label on it that says 'My Very Own' and provides something to the child that they really can call 'my very own'. I did stop and put on the regulator to do the motif of the car in the panel print. If you are just reading my blog for the first time, I keep track of my quilting business on and you can check out the website at

Active Ongoing Projects - Progress!
Psychedelic America -- 5 blocks to go
SuperNova - see my strips cut out in the Monday Design Wall blog entry.
EQ BOM - color selections made ...just has to be done by the end of the month ;-)

Ongoing - ON HOLD
Starlight-Flutterbright (crystals to be applied only), now hanging @ Highland Quilts, Athena, OR
Jinny Beyer 2010 BOM
Oddie's Wild Nature - found some in progress pictures that I didn't post last week. The California Poppies are from a McKenna Ryan pattern. The long-horn sheep are from a June Jaeger pattern and I chose fabrics based on how my husband and I always see them in the gorge--very disguised on the hill. These are all fused applique and I'm putting them into a collage type quilt of different blocks. Each block chosen based on scenes, locations, images from our travels. The stripes in the back ground are just the lawn chair HA!
Lonestar wall hanging
One-fabric re-pieced table cloth
Vineyard wall hanging

Completed Tops awaiting Quilting
2006 Basket BOM
Tulip wall hanging
Colorwash Duvet Cover

New Projects: 0
Completed Projects: 0
Currently in Progress: 12

WIP Linkup Index Happy WIPPING :-)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Designs on my Wall - April 4, 2011

Supernova is in pieces on my cutting board.

Psychedelic America made some progress... I'll be working on this big time today.

Taught a class for my Starlight-Flutterbright pattern yesterday at Highland Quilts in Athena, OR. This is what the design wall looked like at the end of the first stage. Everyone was able to complete 1/4 of the center medallion (this is just 1 corner) but I didn't get photos of them.

One person finished the center medallion.
Looking forward to seeing the alternative colorways completed.

Judy's index of Design Walls on Monday will continue to inspire!