Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Starburst Quilt

I meant to make a bunch of bright stars for this charity quilt out of cheerful donated fabrics.  But after I made a few star-like things, I sorta wanted to mix things up.

Here are a couple of pics of the planning stages.

I found drawing out a plan on graph paper to be immensely helpful in figuring out where to place what, and how much sashing I would need in between.

Every square represented 2 inches finished.  I added a 1/2 inch for the two 1/4 inch seam allowances on each edge of a given block.

I just did a little (or a lot!) of that four-letter word that so many of us cringe upon hearing:  math.

That black and white checkerboard is a cheater:  the squares are already in the fabric.

I also experimented with the actual quilting and I learned a lot about what I like and what I don't really like, even though I thought I would.

My next soon-to-be-finished quilt has much more minimalist quilting on it.  But this one was a ton of fun.  And it's already out the door, on its way to the hospital.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Gateway and Beyond

One more Gateway Infinity Scarf for the road--in fact, I think Hearthside Fibers is taking it on the road, to various shows, including the big one for The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA).

Since Larry and Lael at Hearthside are putting kits together, they wanted me to make another sample using the variegated Ty-Dy.

I really am making other things, I promise, but the Gateway is pretty addictive.

I am planning a Block of the Month pattern giveaway for next year on this blog, so, stay tuned, and in the meantime, Happy Holidays to all!

Friday, December 2, 2016

One More for the Road

Another quilt done, very similar to another one I did earlier this year.  Soon it will go out the door, probably to a local charity that helps families with domestic violence issues.

Quilted it on my home sewing machine--yippee!