Sunday, September 22, 2013

Sunflower Seed Success and Playtime

  First, a photo of all the sunflower seeds I got from the first set of heads. I have another group of flower heads that I will try to get processed this week. This is my first try at this. I think it would have been better if I let the heads on the stalk a bit longer, but they still turned out pretty good.



     I had a wonderful time at the Georgia Quilt Show. So many beautiful quilts to see! I took very informative, interesting classes from both Victoria Findley Wolfe, and Ebony Love. 

     I am generally a late adopter, but I will probably get some kind of die cutter eventually. Ebony Love gave us lots of information to help us compare and contrast the various options. 

     I got almost 2 blocks made in Victoria Findley Wolfe's class. I really enjoyed learning about her technique-very freeing.


      When I got home I really had the urge to sew something, but I was too tired to try to start machine quilting the pineapple block, or put the borders on the T shirt quilt, so what did I do? I started a new quilt!

     Remember this fabric?
 

     I love this fabric. It is organic cotton from honeybegood.com The designer is Harmony Art, and it is 110" wide!

      I knew that I wanted to fussy cut those motifs and do something around or in between them. Between watching Bonnie Hunter do all of her Crumb piecing, and taking that class with Victoria Findley Wolfe, I got an idea. I pulled out my "small bit" bin, and started piecing on strips of telephone book paper.


 
      That rotary cutter has a yarn tale to remind me that is the rotary cutter with the old blade I save my old rotary cutter blades and use the to cut paper. It works quite well.

     After some playing, I came up with this block:



     Now quite as free form as Victoria Findley Wolfe's blocks, but more free form than I had originally planned. I had thought that I would use all greens, or at least only cool colors with this, but I really like the warmer colors in the mix. Right now, I am thinking about a whole quilt of these blocks with fairly narrow sashing of the striped fabric. 

     I will have to set this aside for a little while, and get back to more urgent matters, but it sure was fun doing some playing! I am sure I will get back to it eventually. 

     Oh, BTW I won my tennis match last weekend, but this weekend- not so much. Better luck next time. 

     That is what I have been up to this week. Don't forget to check in with patchworktimes.com to see what other quilters have been up to. Thanks for stopping by!
    

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Ready to Quilt

     The blocks are sewn together.



    It is spray basted and ready to quilt.


   The weather here is slowly getting a bit more autumn like. I think the high today was low 80s. A great day to for our community garden workday. It felt so nice.

     We cut all of the sunflowers down. I have a big pot of sunflower seeds sitting in salt water in the kitchen. They will soak for 24 hours before I dry them and, bake them for a half hour at 300. There is a lot of instruction on this on the internet. Isn't it great how you can learn to do so many things on the internet?

     Tomorrow I have a tennis match. It wasn't really my turn to play, but I have to sub in for some one else. It is supposed to be pleasant again tomorrow, and I am really looking forward to playing in the cooler temperatures.

     I am busily working away on a rug too, so it be a few days before I can quilt the pineapple piece.

     Hope your weekend is going well. Thanks for stopping by!

 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Pineaple Blocks Finished

     This week, I put my blue and green quilt on the back burner. I felt like I needed to get these pineapple blocks finished since they are a class sample for a class I am teaching later this fall. Mission accomplished. 



     Tomorrow, I am going to a group sew with some friends. That sounds like a perfect time to get the paper off of the back, and get these blocks sewn together. I plan to machine quilt this myself. That is unusual for me. I usually make large quilts, then send them out to be quilted, but I wanted a smaller Pineapple quilt so people taking the class would have a smaller design to work on if they wanted. If I am going to do that kind of thing, I am going to have to learn how to quilt these smaller items myself. Most of you have already seen the large class sample but I will add it again for the benefit of any newcomers. 


     So that is what I did with my sewing time this week. I know there will be many inspiring things that you won't want to miss seeing at patchworktimes.com   

     Thanks for stopping by!





Monday, September 2, 2013

Design Wall Monday

     Finally! After many months, there is something on my design wall to share! I barely remember how to do these "linky" things, it's been so long. I think many months ago I shared this drawing.



          The blocks are finally finished, and up on the design wall.


     I struggle with how to photograph things on my design wall since there is a big weaving loom in front of it. But, alas, it is the only large blank wall in the house. Here is a shot from the side.




   I also have a smaller project on another design wall. This will be repetitious for anyone who has read my blog lately. Sorry for that.

     I am teaching beginning paper piecing with the pineapple block in a couple of places locally in the next few months. This is my sample quilt.


     I thought it would be nice for my students to have the option of starting a project that didn't have 80 blocks, so I designed this on my EQ.



     I have 5 blocks completed, except for the corners. I think I would prefer to choose the colors of the corners later, after I have all of the blocks finished. I only have the first few rounds on the other 4 block, so they don't look like much yet. This is what I have so far.

    
     Well, that is what I have been up to. I have been so looking forward to participating in Design Wall Monday at www.patchworktimes.com for awhile now. Check it out. There are always a wide variety of interesting projects to see. 

     I hope you are having a fun holiday weekend. Thanks for stopping by!