Thursday, July 5, 2018

JULY 4TH SEWING

I was fortunate to celebrate my freedom yesterday by sewing all day ---- in the morning, I worked on a quilted baby gift project.  It's almost done; and I'll post it after the baby is born.

In the afternoon, I made a little 6" quilt, a small project I've wanted to do for some time.
I have inherited several pins, etc. that belonged to my family that I usually display on the patriotic holidays in a little dish.  But, I've been thinking they would be better displayed pinned on a little quilt.
Included are my great-grandmother's Carrie Nation's hatchet pin, a couple of my grandfather's political pins, my dad's 1956 Eisenhower for President pin, and my uncle's WWII dog tag and ribbon.
Now, these treasures have a permanent home and hopefully won't get lost.
Hope your 4th of July was celebrated with joy.

P.S.:  I inherited the pins, not necessarily their political affiliation!!

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

QUILTING IS HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH

How many of your quilts have cookie crumbs (or chocolate) sewn into the seams?

I have to admit that most of my quilts probably DO have crumbs in the seams.

Hey, repetitive sewing can get boring on occasion; and I need a diversion!

It happens.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

RAINBOW GRADATION

I made this top in 2015 and never did quilt it.  It was an exercise in gradation and to study the properties of printed fabric and how they relate to each other.  
I had an afternoon to spare this week, and decided to do a quick quilt on it with my walking foot and a simple wave design.
I love to spend time in my scrap bins; and when I made the top, I came up with 182 different fabrics to gradate.
It's amazing how your eye perceives fabric when different pieces are placed next to each other.

THE STATS:
"Rainbow Gradation", 2018, 24" x 30", Machine Pieced and Quilted, 182 different fabrics.

For more on my process of gradation, check out my original post on this top -- http://qbits-salmagundi.blogspot.com/2015/09/an-exercise-in-gradation.html

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

2018 DONATION PROJECT

Every year I try to do a donation project of some kind involving more effort than money (since I have more time than money!)

Last year, I made 36 items of clothing for an American Girl doll; donated them to a 'court support for children' organization's annual auction; I was overwhelmed with the amount of money the doll clothes raised for the organization.

This year, I decided to switch gears when I was asked to organize, design and make a signature quilt for the permanent collection of Colorado Quilting Council to celebrate its 40th anniversary.  I have been involved with CQC since almost the beginning, and have made many wonderful friends at meetings and events.  I expect to obtain at least 200 signatures of members, and have started to assemble the quilt.  Members are also involved by donating 'fat 8ths' of red fabrics for the project.

The design is to remain a secret, but here is what I'm working with --- lots of luscious red fabrics and 100++ signature squares.

I expect this will take most of my sewing time for the next couple of months, so posts on this blog will be sparse.  A hint --- I will be busy making 100s of flying geese units!!

And, I'm enjoying every minute of it reliving fun times with this group.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

GATHERING WOOL -- A CRAZY QUILT

I thoroughly enjoyed making this crazy quilt with wool and machine embellishment.  This was different from my previous crazy quilt experiences which were done by hand and with cotton fabric.
 Each block was spontaneous, but contains a memory such as copies of my grandchildren's doodles and drawings, favorite bible verses and songs, and meaningful appliques.

The majority of the wool fabric was sourced from thrift-store wool garments gathered over the years.  I used up various older spools of thread --- it took 10 loaded bobbins!  Lots of thread!!!
Everything was done on the machine including the binding -- a new experience for me.  The secret was "Heat n Bond" holding the binding down while I machine stitched it.

























The Stats:
"Gathering Wool", 2018, 22"x 22", Machine stitched and embellished.  Sixteen 
5" blocks.



(Photographed on our beautiful in-bloom cherry tree.)

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Friday, April 27, 2018

WOOL CRAZY QUILT

I'm ALMOST finished with my wool crazy quilt.
Busy weekend ahead; so no sewing time planned.
Maybe next week!!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

PINEAPPLE SALAD

I have not had a lot of sewing time this last month, but I finally finished "Pineapple Salad".

Still not a lot of signs of Spring in our part of Colorado -- it has been cold and windy.  It took several days for the wind to die down so I could get these few shots of the quilt.
It was a fun quilt to make with different fabrics and a few chosen words interspersed.



This wind-blown shot shows the backing fabric.
The Stats:
Pineapple Salad, 2018, 24" x 24".
Paper pieced, machine quilted. Sixteen 6-inch blocks with 41 pieces each for a total of 656 pieces.

And, don't forget to "Create Joy"!

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

TWO NEW PROJECTS --- PINEAPPLE SALAD AND A WOOL CRAZY QUILT

 I have started a couple of new projects, which is unusual for me to have more than one project going at the same time.

On my 'to do' quilt list for several years has been the traditional pineapple block.  The intricacy of the block in my desired 6" size has held me back.  Forty-one pieces in a 6" block are SMALL!  When I realized I could paper-piece the block which would eliminate the accuracy issue; I gathered some white and bright scraps and was good to go.
So far, I have 8 blocks of "Pineapple Salad" done ---
But, I found I needed a diversion project.  Six-inch pineapple blocks are pretty intense ---- my shoulder was starting to tighten up eliminating one of the reasons I quilt --- to avoid stress!!!!

So, I've started a mindless wool, crazy quilt project to alternate with the pineapple quilt project ---
I've saved up kid's drawings, bible verses, etc. that I want to transfer to fabric and integrate in a crazy quilt.

Hopefully, one or the other will be my next finished project.  Time will tell.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

PATHWAYS

No explanation for this table runner --- it just evolved of its own accord.


 
THE STATS:
"Pathways", 2018, 13" x 32", Machine pieced, Machine appliqued, Machine quilted.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

VALENTINE SEWING

Sugar pink and red are not my granddaughter's usual palette --- bohemian chic is more her style!  So for her Valentine present this year, I came up with this heart garland.

 Made of two layers of felt and machine embroidered; each heart is reversible.
 I had to dig deep to recall my limited crochet skills to make the chain.  I was always lousy at crocheting ---- my grandmother said I looked like I was shoveling coal when I tried to crochet!

A fun project for one of my sweet valentines.

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

ARCHITECTURAL JUXTAPOSITION

When I was growing up, I wanted to be an architect.  I was told in the 1950s that girls didn't do that!  I really didn't have the ambition to swim against the tide, so I chose another life journey with never a moment of regret!   


 Fortunately over the years, we have been able to do some traveling where my focus has always been the architecture --- from castles and cathedrals to cottages. 
I have observed some great accomplishments of talented architects.  I love the juxtaposition of modern buildings with traditional, older structures.

I'm always inspired and wish I could transfer my love of architecture more effectively to my quiltmaking achieving that energy of juxtaposition.

 In this recent small quilt, I have combined the modern architectural triangle with a traditional quilt setting.  To read more about my triangle inspiration check out my other blog, https://sallyssalmagundi.blogspot.com/2018/01/architectural-inspiration.html.  (Click Here.)



I fussy-cut the fabrics enclosed by the triangles to remind me of
the treasures found inside some great buildings I have visited.

The stats:
"Juxtaposition", 2018, 18" x 31"
Machine paper-pieced, machine quilted.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

NEW YEAR'S QUILT RESOLUTIONS

Time to think about a plan for my quilting year.
My favorite quilt from 2017

  I really need to NOT spend so much time quilting in 2018.

1.  There is so much more around here that needs attention ---- the photo organization, for instance.  This has been an ongoing project for years with 1000s+++ of family photos dating back to the 1800s through the present. 
 2.  Out of my three quilt closets, two of them are a mess ---- need to get in there and see what I find!
3.  There are more pockets in our house that are in need of downsizing and decluttering ---- boring, but needed work.

  All that being said, I'm not giving up quilting time altogether.  As always, my goal is to use up more of my scraps/stash.  Along the way, the scraps/stash will need an infusion of new fabric; so I plan to buy a few new fat quarters every couple of months.  I have more ideas for quilts that are burning to escape my brain.  Below, is my Christmas gift to myself --- fat quarters, charm packs, and a piece of yardage all ready for a 2018 project.

  I plan to continue posting on my lifestyle blog, Salmagundi; and on this, my quilting blog, Q-Bits  ---- although maybe not as often.
My most-viewed quilt in 2017

That's my plan --- it's pretty loose and, of course, open to change.

Happy New Quilt Year!

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Monday, December 11, 2017

SOME CHRISTMAS SEWING

Not much time for sewing this month --- too much decorating, shopping, entertaining, and enjoying the season of the birth of our Savior.  
But I did manage a little bit of Christmas sewing ----
my version of the log cabin cross.
I drafted the pattern to accommodate paper piecing and 1/2 inch logs.
The stats:
Paper pieced, machine quilted, 11" x 16", 2017.



Right now, I'm tangled up in grocery lists and menus; but working to remember the reason we are celebrating this joyous holiday.


Merry Christmas! 

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

LESS THAN (<) or GREATER THAN (>)

I've always loved math.  Therefore, a quilt interpreting a math symbol has been on my quilty bucket list for a long time (in my brain for at least 20 years).  Time to do it!
All math came easy for me except these very simple symbols --- less than (<) or greater than (>).  For some reason, my grade-school mind just couldn't keep them straight.  I guess back in the day, they hadn't developed the 'open alligator mouth' concept ("I'm a hungry alligator, I will eat the one that is greater!")
By the time I was in high school, I had grasped the concept of the point of the symbol always points to the smaller.
But, when senility sets in, I can now just look at this quilt -----

P.S.:    I showed the quilt to my son (the PhD., math wizard, and high school math teacher) and to my husband (the engineer).  I think they were underwhelmed.  Unfortunately, my brain is full of strange quilt ideas.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

A DIFFERENT QUILTMAKING JOURNEY

After a lifetime of quiltmaking -----  Yes, I was 11 when I made this lovely little thing ---
--- I am now at the point of quilting only to satisfy my own creative urges.  I no longer have to make quilts to satisfy student's expectations.  Or, adhere to editor's needs such as specific colors/fabrics and is it patternable?, etc.  My kids all have a quilt, or if they need another one; they can come to my house and take one from the stacks of class samples and quilts made for publication.  

I've made quilts for donation, charity, raffle quilts, worked on group quilts;  and I have made quilts as presents for special people ----- all while considering other people's expectations.

So now at the age of 78, I find myself able to quilt with a freedom I've previously not experienced in my quilt journey.  Unless I choose to, my quilts are not made according to some one else's needs or wants.

And, I've discovered that a quilt doesn't have to be special or spectacular to have worth. 

Just the process of creating a quilt has become more important to me than the finished product.
My husband stopped by my quilting room the other day and asked, "What are you making?"  I said, "I don't know."  "What's the name of that pattern?"  I answered, "I don't know.  It's two different traditional blocks, and I'm combining them to hopefully produce a secondary pattern."
  I loved the idea that I didn't know where I was headed ---- I just knew I was enthralled with playing with my fabric scraps, doing the math, and soaking up the repetitive serenity of the sewing process.


This little quilt definitely falls in the category of NON-spectacular, but I experienced such joy and satisfaction in it's creation.    There are some advantages to old age!

THE STATS ----
23" x 23"; Machine pieced, machine quilted; 28 3" courthouse steps blocks combined with 21 3" hourglass blocks (so I named it "Steps in Time"); 2017.

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