Friday, October 20, 2017


Wow, I was really hating this quilt top and just wanted to finish it and get it off my wall.  It looked very disjointed and lacking.

I knew it needed a border, but I did not have enough of one of the fabrics to make even a narrow border.  So, I went with a scrappy one -and-a-half-inch-squares border.  I cut up a bunch of squares from all of the fabrics I used in the quilt top - except for the whites.  

I think it really improved it.  Its not one of my favorites and has really turned me off to this kind of quilt - a mystery sew along.  I would have done a few things differently if I knew what it was going to look like from the beginning.

Here it is:

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


I made the last block for the quilt along - Children's Library.

I got the whole thing mostly done, I need to add a border.

Monday, October 16, 2017


I started putting together the smaller of the leaf blocks.   There's 28 of them and 12 big blocks.

Sunday, October 15, 2017


I took my half-square triangle squares to work and during my free time I squared them down (or up).

Anyway, they are ready to become part of a quilt.

Thursday, October 12, 2017


I took the day off from work - got a lot done.
And, I got the half square triangles sewn together for my next project.

Now, they just need to be squared up - down.

There's a pile of them.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Yes, I might be a little nutty. 

But - I am starting a new project.

Got the background cut out today.

Sunday, October 08, 2017


I did get Chain Reaction quilted today.  I had lots of other things to do, but I got it done!  And it's off the machine.  Number Ten is in the books.  (except for the binding).

Saturday, October 07, 2017


I was out in the studio before 7am and went to work quilting on Chain Reaction.  I got a good three rows and their sides done.  I even rolled it forward, unpinned the bottom side of the top and basted it down and then stitched in the ditch around all the remaining squares.  I'm all set to finish it up tomorrow.

I am now repeating patterns that I did on the first half.  I seem to be doing a much better job.
This 'Peony' is much better.  I've done quite a few of these now.
Darrell and I took the dogs to Lincoln Park then had sandwiches at Wildwood Market and Deli.  

I got my Mom's paint-by-number sunflower painting hung up finally.  I sent her a picture of my collection.

That's Mom's on the bottom left.

Friday, October 06, 2017


I made it into the middle of the Chain Reaction quilt with the quilting.  From here on I'll just be repeating the patterns - less thinking involved.

Faye's Flower on one side of the center row.

I wanted to use my new 'Swiss Cheese' circle template ruler, so I came up with this goofy design for the center row.

And then Faye's Flower again on the row next to the center on the other side.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017


I was out in the studio early and went right to work on quilting Chain Reaction.  I got a few more rows done and advanced it before going to our walk.

My own design, sort of.

This is one I've used before.  I think it's called Peony.

Didn't do such a good job with this free-motion.  
 After the walk, I was in the garage hooking up a new light fixture.  Of course, there was the mandatory trip to McLendon's Hardware.   It is up and it even works.

I went back up to the studio and pulled out an old project - The Children's Library, quilt-along with Pat Sloan.  I haven't worked on this in months.

These are part of the setting.  That grey is really a blue.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017


 Went out to the studio early, before breakfast, and sewed together another quarter of Fancy Forest.  

After the dog walk, we went to Pacific Fabrics to get  backings for several little quilts that Mom is piecing for me and I picked up three fabrics to use on the back of Fancy Forest.

After lunch, I worked on quilting Chain Reaction and got another couple of rows done.  I'm putting flowers in the 'border' rows and using rulers in the 'squares'. 

I used a 4" round ruler and then free-motioned the design in the center.
I had to sit down for a while when my knees started aching, so I went back to work on Fancy Forest and got the last quadrant together and joined the bottom half together.

I love how the back is just as interesting as the front.
I had time enough to join the two halves together and put on the borders. - FINISHED!  Now I have to start thinking about the back.

Monday, October 02, 2017


I loaded the tenth quilt onto my A-1 Quilting Machine (Eduard) today - finally.   Seems like it's been quite a while...

This is the Chain Reaction quilt that I just made.  I loaded it in long side across the machine.

I'm doing something different in every row.

I'll have to remember what went where, so when I get to the other side I can repeat it, since the quilt is a mirror image on each side.

Some are free-motion

Some squares are done with rulers.

Sunday, September 24, 2017


After lots of measuring and figuring and head-scratching, I made the back for my Chain Reaction quilt.

I barely had enough fabric to make it and had to piece some of the last 6" squares.

Saturday, September 23, 2017


I'm really pleased with the results of my dyed fabrics from yesterday.  

I was trying to match some of the colors from the quilt top.  I think I got really close.

This is the ice dyed yard.  Always a surprise.

This is the three colors: teal, light pea green, and a bluish green next to the quilt top and the ice dyed fabric.

A closer look at the ice dyeing.

Friday, September 22, 2017


I thought I might dye some fabrics for the back of the Chain Reaction quilt.  I haven't done that in a while!  So I re-read parts of my favorite book, Fabric Dyer's Dictionary by Linda Johansen.  I can't say enough about this book, it has made dyeing fabric so easy for me.  Love it!

So, I got a yard each of fabric into three different dye baths right after breakfast.  Then I got to thinking about ice dyeing.  I decided to go ahead and do another yard that way.  It's always amazing how it turns out.

I prepared a yard with soda ash and salt and put it into tray.

Then over the tray goes an old window screen, then the ice goes on top of the screen.

Then I added some of the leftover liquid dyes from the other dye bags (lots of golden yellow) and some other dry dyes, mainly fuschia, orange and peach.  I dribbled a little bit of the liquid cobalt on there, too.

Several hours later, as ice melts, it looks to me like I didn't have enough dye powders on here, so I added some more.

More dyes added and I poured more liquid cobalt into one end, hoping it would mix with yellows to create greens.   I don't think that is what's going to happen, so later I tilted the tray to keep cobalt away from fabric.

Now, we'll have to wait until morning to see how it all turns out.

And, while all that is percolating, I sewed the second quadrant of the Fancy Forest and sewed the two upper quadrants together.  I'm half way there.

Thursday, September 21, 2017


It's back to work on the Fancy Forest quilt!

I spent the morning cleaning and putting things away in the studio.  It was a mess.  BUT, I ran across a group of fabrics I had purchased while traveling in Connecticut a year or so ago, and I was thinking they would be great as another "Chain Reaction" quilt.  I started selecting backgrounds and thinking about it.  And, then - NO!  I didn't need to start another project, I needed to finish some of the current ones.

So, I got to sewing the blocks together for the first quadrant of the Fancy Forest.  Its going together pretty quickly.

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.