Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Halfway Point of Circles 365

I won a bundle of scrap fabric from Brooke at Silly Mama Quilts.  Such beautiful pieces that I had to start right away and make some circles.  Thank you Brooke!

Block 152

Some of the pieces were already sewn together, so I sewed them up some more, cut them and sewed them back together.  This is a large circle that is bigger than a block, so I will have to find a place where it can overlap without encroaching too much on surrounding squares.

 Block 153

I decided to let these pretty fabrics do the heavy lifting and made a simple circle.

 Block 154

I really like this linen fabric and the circle that was in it, even if I did have to cut into the middle of the fabric to get to it.  It is on a chenille background.  Both of these pieces were in the scrap bundle.

 Block 155

This one is one of a few that didn't use Brooke's scraps.  The heart is a leftover from the 1857 quilt.  There are dots in the butterflies so if you don't see the outside of the heart as a circle, you don't need to call the quilt police.

 Block 156

This fun whimsical fabric is going in as a whole piece.  Lots of circles to see, and anything I do will cover up the fun fabric.

 Block 157

This is another leftover of the 1857 quilt.  I cut lots of circles, and squeezed the scrap onto the block.

 Block 158

Another leftover from the 1857 quilt.  Why throw away the tiny pieces when you can make a circle out of them?

 Block 159

These are all from the scrap bundle.  I really like this one.  It sets a scene of going on a bike ride someplace floral and pretty and having a picnic. So romantic.

 Block 160

This is a scrap from the 1857 quilt.

 Block 161

These are also from the scrap bundle. I like that the background and the foreground are strong forces that work together.

Yesterday was my halfway point of making the circles. I should have 183 made, but have 161.  I don't mind running behind during my busy time at work, and think it will take too long to catch up.

1857 Quilt

As a reward to hanging with me until the last circle, I will show you my progress on the 1857 Quilt. More blocks have been prepped. I still need to sew down a lot of these pieces. There are lots of circles in this quilt too.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Material Pulses: 8 Viewponts

Downtown Columbus, Ohio in the Riffe building, there is a gallery that features a variety of different works by different artists. The Riffe Gallery is sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council. There are often quilts that are exhibited there. This one is called Material Pulses: 8 Viewpoints. Excellence in Machine-Quilting & Surface Design.

On Friday, they featured a Curator's tour.  Nancy Crow and the artists showed us around the works and gave us background on the quilts, and a chance to ask questions. There were a lot of people who came for the tour.  The quilt above is pieced, not appliqued.  Inset seams!

They were all fairly large quilts, some with stamping, most of them started out with white fabric that was dyed. There were a lot of pieces with black in them, and not a lot of white. 

The quilts will be on display until July 16.   There will be other workshops, a dyeing workshop, a family workshop, and a writing workshop during this display. These three quilts were away from the wall because the backs were as beautiful and interesting as the fronts.

The gallery is free and open to the public.

I parked far away and walked to the gallery, and was reminded of my daily walks when I worked downtown.  The walk was very refreshing, and as you can see the day was very pretty.  This photo is from Bicentennial Park. The photo above was unretouched. It really is that pretty, and I realized how much I missed my walks downtown.  It was nice to see all the wonderful changes that have been made there.

Friday, May 6, 2016

An Index Card a Day

It seems like the later I go to sleep, the earlier Zeus likes to wake me up.   I found myself having an extra hour to fill.  I prepared a block for the 1857 quilt, and tried to catch up on some blog reading.  I read a post by Bari J about Why you should do a 100 project now.  I've been planning on doing an Index Card a Day project.  I worried that I wouldn't be able to keep up that commitment, so I thought I would wait until it wasn't so busy at work.   Which would be in July, kinda late to start on a New Year's Resolution.

In my sleep deprived state, I decided to start now.  As we have learned from the 365 circle a day project, the world doesn't stop revolving if you don't manage to make one every single day.  You can catch up.  And even if you don't catch up, it is still all right. You can just enjoy the ones you have made.

This project will help me use up the school, office, and art supplies I have been hoarding, which is also one of my resolutions.  These cards are so old, I don't remember anything about the store that is on the price tag.  At first, I was mad that there are only 50 index cards in this set, and at 4 x 6, they are bigger than I expected.  But I realized I only need one today, and I can always buy more. And bigger gives me more chance to draw. 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Best Photos of April 2016

Here are the best pictures I took in April. I even wandered and went to Franklin Park to get some of these images. The conservatory is part of the park, and last year they planted a whole bunch of bulbs which are blooming beautifully now. They also plant herbs and vegetables and have a dining space where the caterers use the food that is planted there for special events.

The park has gardening spaces you can rent, and some of them are raised to make them accessible. You can donate the harvest or take it home yourself.

Some of the photos are obviously from the park, but others are from my usual hangouts. I'll let you figure out which ones are which.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

More Circles and Monthly Recap

I thought about working on another quilt so I could show you something else besides circles, but it is the end of the month and the rules say I need to show you my progress so far.

So, this is another batch of circle blocks for my Quilty Project 365, and if you stick with me, there are group shots of all the blocks. When I left you last, I showed you Happy Block 142.  The more I look at it though, the more I want to add a border around it instead of using an adjusting strip across the whole row of circles that have been made already.  So it will now be blocks 142-145. This means we continue with Block 146.

Block 146


This may not look like a circle to you, but it was in its past life.  It started off as a circle, and the edges were turned down until it became a hexagon. Here's a link to the tutorial.  It's fun, quick and easy.  But it does use a lot of fabric. There is a lot of fabric underneath.  You can rack your brain to  remember if you are supposed to match the thread to the background or the applique, but I did neither and used a bright orange! It is more visible in person.

 Block 147

This circle is made up of leftover bits from other circles.  I needed to use them or throw them away so I decided to use them. I thought I had made a "garbage circle" before, but I don't remember which one it was.

 Block 148

These are two circles.  One is cut into a cog and the other one on top. I don't think I have done this enough - work on making the background interesting instead of focusing on top of the circle.

 Block 149

This one is a boring circle. I can't think of anything interesting to say about it. The purple is a really old piece of fabric, from when I was a new quilter.

 Block 150

This one uses leftovers from other circles too.  That weird shape around the circle started out as a circle too.

 Block 151

I had been planning on making a bicycle for my circle quilt anyway, but this study about bicycle drawings inspired me to go ahead and make it now.  It seems strange to me that the more rushed I feel, the more compelled I am to not try to "get away with" making something simple. Maybe it is because I get block 149 as a punishment when I try. Maybe subconsciously, I am forcing myself to slow down.

This block uses leftover pieces, and the pink bit is pieced to the black. It was a part of the Cultural Fusion rail fence blocks. I haven't sewn the pieces down yet.

Group Shots

That's it. Ready for some group shots?  These have been pieced together as much as they can, but there are a lot of loose pieces, since I have to wait for other blocks to be finished before I can piece them together.

Left side. I've been debating back and forth about whether this big block should be on the left side or the right side.  We'll see where it winds up.

Middle.  When I looked at the pictures of the recent rows of blocks, it was the S in rules that stood out, even more than the big blocks.  It surprised me, but I'm okay with that since my first name starts with S.  Now with the previous set of blocks, with the green in the blocks above it, it doesn't stand out as much.

Here's the right side. The right side still has all the embroidery. If I do turn Happy into four blocks, then there will be three big blocks in these two/three rows, even though there is only one big block in all of the rows above them.

If you want to see how others have interpreted the Quilty 465 Project, here's the May linkup.
If you want to see other scrap projects, here's the Oh Scrap linkup.
I've also linked to Moving It Forward. See what others are working on this week.
To see more quilts with blocks, see Building Blocks Tuesday.

If you want to read the story about the other blocks, click the Quilty Project 365 label below this post.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Happy Circle

As a part of my 365 project, I have been making circle blocks. So far, I have shown you 141 blocks. Let's continue with block 142.

 Block 142


Sometimes when I am in a rush, I try to stop over-think things.  If an idea is good enough, I just run with it without thinking everything through.  I found this free pattern from Sarah at A Little Happy Place. Yes, her blog is a happy place indeed.  She used it as a center of a dresden plate.

Yes, pattern is beautiful, it's free, and it;s a circle.  Let's use this for the circle quilt.  There are other thoughts, such as the one that says when I am in a hurry, maybe an embroidery project isn't the best one to make quick progress, but I brush them aside.

 Block 142

Is that the same block? Yes it is. Let's take the time to admire it, shall we?

After all, what better way is there to slow things down and really relax and enjoy the time you spend relaxing than digging through a big box of beautiful colors, choosing a color you like, and embroidering the word happy.  

This block is very appropriate for me though.  I saw two different blogs that used the word "happy" in their project that day, and I was listening to a book on tape called The Happiness Project.

Just look at it, who wouldn't be happy with seeing the word "happy" made in a chain stitch?

To see the other blocks, click on the Quilty Project 365 label below or in the sidebar.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Applique Handbook

I got a lovely package yesterday which had the book The Applique Book which is compiled by Casey York.  It was a giveaway  I won during a book blog hop from Sew How We Sew. Thank you to everyone involved for this great prize.

I normally do book reviews on my book review blog, but I haven't been updating it, even though I have a bunch of books I want to review.  So you don't have to go back and forth, I will tell you about the book here.

I really like this book, and not just because I got it for free.  The subtitle says 16 Quilt Projects; Learn from 21 innovative designers.  I really like that so many people were involved. It gives you a chance to learn a variety of styles and meet lots of new modern quilters.  It really shows the versatility of applique.  See the cover quilt - it is applique not pieced.

Anytime I sit on these steps, Zeus thinks it is time to get his belly rubbed. Be sure to rub his belly before you scroll down. Poor guy obviously doesn't get enough attention as he needs grooming.

 Most of the projects are really innovative.  They are not the same you see everywhere.  There are a couple of quilts that show the beauty of repetition and this is one of them.  The squirrel one on the cover is another. See how such a simple design can make such a big impact when it is repeated.

The quilts use different techniques too. You can try out a bunch and see what you like the best.  This one is reverse applique.   Just a pop of color adds so much to the quilt. The photographs are all gorgeous. You can see the quilting as well as the overall impact of the quilt.


This is one of my favorites.  It is more complicated to applique than some of the others, but the quilt is just gorgeous as is the setting for the photograph. The background is pieced and everything else is appliqued.

There is a little information about the designer in the gray box on the right.  There are also spreads of information about other designers who don't provide patterns, but do show lots of inspiring pictures.  When I first flipped through the book, this confused me, since I wanted to see how to make a particular quilt, but there was no pattern for it.  I looked forward and ahead to see what kind of pattern they did provide, and they didn't provide any pattern at all.  Now I see that these showcase designers have a gray bar around the page, but it isn't that obvious since there is gray throughout the book, including the profiles of the designers who did provide patterns.

The back cover does say there are projects from 12 designers and profiles of award-winning artists, and names them there.

I am glad that they did include these other designers, though, and the confusion is a minor issue that was readily remedied upon closer inspection.

Of course I had to show the circle quilt! Besides the beauty shot, there is a full spread picture of the quilt so you can see the whole thing. This one isn't innovative, except to make a large circle on an even larger background, but it is pretty, and is a great way to beautifully showcase your favorite fabric.

The book has 159 pages an there is a full size pattern sheet in the back.  You don't have to reduce or enlarge anything unless you want to change something.  The suggested retail price is $26.95 which I think is worth it to learn about a variety of techniques and a variety of different styles of quilting.