Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Frolic Mystery Quilt

Part 3
I'm still working on my Frolic Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. I shared previous progress in Part 1 and Part 2 blog posts. 
I was concerned I wouldn't have enough of the green for sashing, but after I cut a few strips of the black I discovered I had just enough.
I'm always challenged by blocks set on point. Not only is there the problem with keeping things from shifting because everything is on the bias, particularly along the edges, but it just takes longer to piece than blocks in rows and columns. In this case the effect is totally worth the extra time. Sashing is also something I rarely do because it is like doubling the number of blocks you need for your quilt. Again, the design wouldn't be as good without sashing. 
I had a handful of half-square triangle units leftover, so I used them as border cornerstones. The border is pieced only to get length (I would not have survived all those half-square-triangle units). The one thing you don't get from this photo, or most of those that have gone before is the scale of this quilt is very different from the original design. I have fewer units and they are considerably larger. This finished top measures approximately 80" by 80". A very respectable size. I'm really glad I decided to wait on this mystery quilt. I modified scale and colors quite a bit. I am so happy with the finished top.

I've set the top aside to work on other things until I get to my local quilt shop to buy some backing fabric.   

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Creative Grids 6.5" x 24.5" Rectangle
Fiskars Rotary Cutter
Fiskars Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat
BLACK+DECKER Classic Steam Iron
Grabbit Magnetic Pin Cushion
Fiskars 8-inch scissors
Juki TL-2010Q
6.5" Easy Angle Ruler
4.5" Easy Angle Ruler
Companion Angle Ruler
Wing Clipper
Creative Grids 6.5" Square Ruler
Cheryl Ann's Quilting Design Wall - 72" White

Monday, February 24, 2020

Vintage Four-Patch

This is what my cutting table looks like most of the time. I move on to the next project and leave a pile of leftovers to put away later. This slows down some of my creativity, but not enough to keep me from doing it again. I had a bunch of strips and squares leftover from my Star Storm Quilt. I decided to trim down some of those leftovers to make some simple four-patch in four-patch blocks.
First, I made a bunch of smaller (4.5" by 4.5") 4-patch units.
Then I joined some to make bigger blocks (8.5" by 8.5"). 
So many happy little 4-patches!
I'll keep working like this until I have enough for a quilt or I run out of fabric. I am unlikely to run out of fabric, so I'm sure to get a quilt. Scrappy will win the day.

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Creative Grids 6.5" x 24.5" Rectangle
Fiskars Rotary Cutter
Fiskars Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat
BLACK+DECKER Classic Steam Iron
Grabbit Magnetic Pin Cushion
Fiskars 8-inch scissors
Juki TL-2010Q
Creative Grids 6.5" Square Ruler
Cheryl Ann's Quilting Design Wall - 72" White

Friday, February 21, 2020

Charity Quilting

Last week I dropped off seven quilted charity quilts for Annapolis Quilts for Kids.
I also quilted up a couple more for next time.
Mary made these fun butterflies. I wonder if I got them right-side up?

If you want to contribute but don't have the time or skills, you can support the national Quilts for Kids by shopping through Amazon Smile. I don't earn anything from this link. This link lets your purchases support Quilts for Kids through Amazon. I don't add affiliate links to my charity quit posts on purpose. I donate my time, my machine, my thread, and my skill to the cause. 

Here is the EpochConverter for 2020.  

2020 Charity Quilt Count: 17

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Little Successes

I wanted to try a crescent-shaped shawl using the linen stitch. I couldn't find any tutorials or patterns, so I made a few assumptions about the stitch, how to increase it, and started stitching.
I only had a single cake of this Mandala so it isn't a very big shawl. I made sure I didn't line up the increases from row to row and it seemed to work out okay. I think this technique is simple. I don't know that explaining it will be as simple.
The fabric is nice. This was my carry-along project for a few weeks.
I added some texture to the last few rows. It was an experiment. I may have to explore the stitch more.
The resulting shape is somewhat crescent-shaped.
More of a shawlette than a full-size shawl. Guess I'll need more yarn next time.

Tools and supplies (affiliate links):
Crochet hooks: Clover Crochet Hook Set (10 hooks)
Lion Brand Mandala is available on Amazon, though you might be able to find it cheaper locally.