Wednesday, September 20, 2017


I got to work on my Kaffe Fassett project early and got another two rows done before our walk.

Then after lunch, I got the last two rows done, and started sewing it together.

Every square needed to be pinned to the previous row so the square points line up.

But I got it done before dinner!  Yea!

This is called "Chain Reaction" from Kaffe's book "Sew Artisan".

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


I had the project from the Kaffe Fassett Workshop spinning through my head all night.  I couldn't wait to get back to work on it.  I woke up way too early and headed out to the studio (after caffeinating myself).  After I got it up on my work wall I was not happy.

Part of the problem was I was thinking that Kaffe thought my project was okay.  So, I thought I should go with it.  But, there were a few things I was not happy about and I realized that if I put it together like that I'd never be happy about it.  So, I got to work (like I learned in the workshop) and moved things around, changed things, tried different fabrics, different colors until I was pleased with it.

Only then did I start sewing it together.

I got a few rows done.

Monday, September 18, 2017


What a great opportunity!  A local quilt shop, Gossypium in Issaquah, offered some workshops with Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably.  I was one of the first to sign up.  
We were working out of his new book "Sew Artisan" on a project called Chain Reaction.
The workshop was mainly about color and color's reactions when placed next to each other.
We were encouraged to try different combinations and stretch beyond our normal combinations.

At the end of the day Kaffe went around the room and talked about each project.  

Kaffe and Brandon
 Here are some of the iterations my project went through...

This was someone else's project that I envied.

There were probably 25 participants.

Kaffe talking about my project.

I'm tired and my mind is whirling.  I can hardly wait to get it up on my workwall at home and get it finished.

Thursday, September 14, 2017


The last block in the book is made!  Frances Firefly was definitely the most difficult and hard to make block in this Fancy Forest quilt.  I'm glad they are all done and I can move on to putting the quilt together.  I need to start thinking about the back, too.

I took the day off work.  It was great.  Today was a beautiful (perfect) day.  It was cool in the morning, and got to about 76 degrees and sunny.   We enjoyed our dog walk in Lincoln Park.

Saturday, September 09, 2017


Today is 9/9 and I finished my 9th quilt on my longarm.  

I love this quilt.  The colors and the pattern are fabulous.  The back is even special, and I must say, I'm happy with the quilting.

The only thing I regret is there is no label.  This is probably the first quilt I've made that doesn't have a name and doesn't have a label.

One half of the back

The other half of the pieced back.

The pantograph, Rosie, quilted.

The quilt with no name.
The afternoon ended with a nice sense of accomplishment.
The morning started out pretty bad.
I went up to the studio with the intent to finish the Fireflies.  I started sewing the next parts on, cutting off the extra corners as instructed on the top part of the wings.  As I started to begin the bottom part of the wings, I realized I had left out one piece on the upper wings. One piece that should have been added before I put the corner pieces on. I was devastated.  I thought I had ruined the wings and would have to remake them completely.  I quickly figured out that they could be salvaged.  And since there is no point to hand-wringing, I started picking out the mistakes to re-do.  I did have to re-cut some new parts, since the parts I had messed up wouldn't work.

Cutting out new parts.

Reverse sewing - there's only 16 that need to be redone.
I stopped when I got back to the point were I had started in the morning, but with the left out part added on, so I couldn't re-do my error tomorrow morning!

Friday, September 08, 2017


As I added row after row of the pantograph, and advanced the quilt, I got to a point where I started to have doubts about whether I had measured the quilt and batting correctly.  

All I can do at this point is keep going until the end.

I'm having doubts that there is enough batting to reach the end of the quilt.

I advanced the quilt again...

Getting more worried.
 I advanced the quilt as I quilted each row until I got to the end...

Wow!  I made it with less than an inch to spare!

Just like I knew what I was doing all along.

Thursday, September 07, 2017


I sub-cut the parts for the Fireflies yesterday and did a few rows on the pantograph.

Today I started putting the Fireflies together in the morning.

We went to lunch in Burien to a restaurant we've been meaning to try - Marlaina's Mediterranean Kitchen.  It was excellent.  The food was very well made and extremely tasty, and the host was charming.  The decor was very nice with Persian carpets hanging on the walls.  The one at our table was intriguing.  I love all these different animals.  It gives me ideas.

I did a couple of more rows on the pantograph in the afternoon.  I can probably finish it off tomorrow.