Wednesday, September 26, 2007

My Day in Quilting


1. Time to put binding on the t-shirt quilt. Final join, I've done this many times, right????? One line was drawn at the wrong angle or something so....


I call it fubinding.

2. Can't find the seam ripper. OK so the binding issue will have to wait...

3. I have three pieces of flannel that I'm seaming to be the back for a top that I'm going to finish into a simple coverlet. I do the seaming and lay it out on the floor to pin to the top - wouldn't you know that one of the seams is about as unflat as it could be because I bought the wrong amount of flannel (or cut it wrong...still trying to figure that one out.) OK I think I may have a l'il piece of another flannel I can use to make up for the lacking length but...

4. Still can't find the seam ripper. So that'll have to wait, too. I think I've done enough sewing for one day.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

20 Cabins



Here are the logs + 20 blocks. I had to lay it out in a different room then usual because it's already so big! When I finish the last 24 or so blocks I'm not even going to be able to lay it out... Anyway, the particular room in question does not have nearly as much light as the room where I usually take my pics, so the colors here are a bit off, but you get the idea. I hope to cut the rest of the blocks in another marathon 1 or 2 day rotary cutting session (woo-hoo!) and after that the sewing goes rather fast.

I know that things have been fairly quiet around here. The reason is that I haven't been getting much done!! I'm facing an impending move that will probably be "finally official" within the next couple of days (and no report here till it's final, remember!!) So I'm spending a lot of time getting organized and cleaning house - you know, literally. And in the quilt department I've been basting some things and hand quilting the Trip Around the World quilt that wouldn't die (or wouldn't get finished), but not doing anything terribly photogenic (except the 20 log cabin blocks, of course). Sad to say that, like most bloggers who move, moving will probably send me into a bit of blog hibernation (both reading and writing, sadly), so thanks in advance to those who stick with me!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007



Well the t-shirt front top is done - at least I want it to be done. Do you think it really needs a border? Like REALLY needs one? I don't want to do a border because A) I want it to be done sooner rather than later and B) I don't like doing borders. Also I think it's fine as is. It is 50x64 at the moment, which is a fine size for a throw, I think. ON THE OTHER HAND, my brother is like 6'3" and given those proportions I guess it might be a little small. Anyway, do the majority of 22 year old bachelors use throw quilts?? Do they have that concept? I don't know. As much as I'd rather not do a border - better to take the time to do a border and have it be something he actually USES rather than leave it as is if he won't use it as is. Actually asking the brother in question was not at all helpful. Mweh.

More layout decisions - having sewn about 1/3 of the log cabin blocks, I decided it was time to actually put some effort into layout planning. So far I've just been choosing colors at random - time to make a plan before sewing the rest. I've been thinking all along that I would do a barn raising layout (think that's what it's called??) or maybe an off-center barn raising:



Hmmm...because the blocks are so graphic, the pattern of the layout becomes very subtle, or that's my take on it. I could probably mediate this a little by making each "row" (diamond?) of the overall pattern a different shade (i.e. light blue, dark blue, blue-green, dark green, light green). THat might be a little static though - I kind of like the mixing of the blues and greens. I guess I'm going to have to keep sewing and see where it gets me. The more I have to work with, the easier it will be to make these decisions (I theorize). Maybe a different overall layout will be better.

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