Friday, July 15, 2016

Adrinka Progress

In my last post, I showed you that I had caught up with this BOM. Instead of calling it finished (for  now) and moving on to another project, I decided to honor the Finish goal for this  year, and make the alternating blocks.

I checked several websites for the proper sizing of economy blocks.  I have a sheet that provides sizes but I have misplaced it.  There were several different sizes provided on the websites and I didn't know which one was correct, but I finally found one that provided the exact measurements and showed how she had rounded up. I decided to go with the rounded up measurements to be safe.  I counted the number of alternating blocks, thirteen, and started with the center square. All the websites were consistent about the center square.  I fussy cut the widths, but decided that I didn't have enough fabric to fussy cut the lengths too.

I was hoping to show you excitement in this post about how quickly these blocks go, since they can be chain pieced, assembly line. But I cut out the first set of triangles - 13 X 4 = 52. That's a lot of triangles for someone who hasn't made repeating blocks in a long while. I sewed them on.  I have to say that I really don't like using oversize pieces.  There is some laxness, since a lot of it can be trimmed off but then you do have to be careful at the part that will not be trimmed off.  Also those long triangle points tend to bunched up in the machine.

That was when I realized that I hadn't sized the original blocks. I had cut all the squares when making the first block, and I assumed they were 7 inch finished, but they aren't. They are smaller.  So now, instead of standard economy blocks, I will trim the corners of the yellow off and have a different kind of block. And I will have to do the math myself to figure it out. I don't want to waste my African fabric by making it too big and trimming it down.

I think it will still look pretty good that way though.

And no, I'm not going to take the tag off Schweetheart the Orangutan. One day, that Teenie Beanie Baby is going to be worth a fortune!  Besides, how would I know her name if I took the tag off?

Linked to Oh Scrap!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Adrinka Progress

I caught up with the Adrinka BOM.

All of these pieces have been appliqued down and are ready to put into a quilt.

I have been tempted by more new projects, but have kept busy working on moving the current projects along. This one is all caught up now, waiting for new blocks to be released once a month.  I did think I could start sewing the alternating blocks, though so I am not sure I am ready to call this set finished for the month.

Linked to:
Moving It Forward

Thursday, July 7, 2016

June's Best Photos

It's time yet again for Wandering Camera, where we choose the best photographs from the month of June.  This month, I put the top 10 together into two collages.

 I offer you the usual sky shots, with a twist.  I generally tend to avoid wires in my sky pictures, and this time I decided to deliberately include wires.  I missed having a camera with me on the best cloud day - yes it was the best because my niece even took a picture of the clouds and put them on her Facebook page - but I did enjoy it thoroughly. I thought my neighbor's flag peeking through was appropriate for the patriotic holidays, and the clematis was a good representation of the flowers blooming in the yard.

This collage is mainly the grand reopening of the main public library.  They remodeled it. The picture in the upper left is a part of a photo lesson. The instructions were to take pictures at various segments to practice the rule of thirds, and to do closeups. If I am going to use a random object to take a lot of pictures, I figured I would use an interesting one!

Linked to Wandering Camera.

Monday, June 6, 2016

15 Seconds at a Time

For years, I have been telling people that they can make a quilt with just fifteen minutes at a time. Build up enough of these fifteen minute sessions, and your quilt is made!

Well, today I am here to tell you that this also works with just fifteen seconds at a time.  Truly, some of these blocks were made just fifteen seconds at a time.  I did manage to sneak in more time and eek out a whole fifteen minutes some days.

I decided to spare you and not blog about each fifteen seconds of activity, mostly because it would take quilting time away to photograph and blog about it, but I do have some results to show you now.  I am much happier with these blocks than the last batch I showed you.

Block 162

This one uses leftovers from an 1857 block.

Block 163

When I met with June, she gave me a baggie full of scraps for me to use in my circle project.  All of the fabrics in this block are from that baggie, and I am sure you will see quite a few more blocks using her fabric. Thanks June!

Block 164

This is also from June's fabric.  This was already pieced, so all I had to do was cut it into a circle. So easy!

Block 165

This is the one that makes me the most proud.  It truly was made 15 seconds at a time. Every time I walked by it, I felt compelled to do something else to it, and over time it switched from being an abstract oval into a little chick. All the fabrics are from the 1857 quilt. I still need to sew down the applique on this one and the next two.

Block 166

This one was inspired by a book that cut fabric like a paper snowflake and appliqued it onto a background.  Mine looks like nothing like that, but hey, there are circles in there! It looks vaguely like a face to me.

Block 167

This one is a leftover from the Adrinka block I made.  I decided to leave the shape as it was, and in case the circles in the fabric wasn't enough, I cut a couple more circles out. This one looks like a face to me too.

Adrinka Blocks

I have caught up with the Adrinka blocks.  If you notice, all of these have been sewn down. The center of the top left was block 167 of the circle quilt.


Here's a picture from my garden.  It may be shabby but I have planted some flowers and the rabbit came to inspect the changes I've made to his home. The dirt bed behind him is filled with flower seeds. I am looking forward to seeing more blooms.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

My Favorite May Photos

This photo was taken the day I went to see Material Pulses and went through Bicentennial Park.  This is a memorial I passed along the way.

See the brick in the background? This is a historic area, and the streets are made out of brick.

The two photos above were taken the day June came to see me.  She was in Ohio and drove up to have lunch with me in German Village. It was a lot of fun to meet a fellow quilter.

I didn't think you would be able to recognize my blog without some gratuitous sky pictures. I took a short working trip to Chicago. I brought even more work for me to do now that I am back.

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.