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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Bunny Hop on: April 17, 2014 09:32:09 PM


A wee quilt to learn to work with my new Inktense pencils. 
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Flying Geese at Sunset on: April 04, 2014 11:25:23 AM


My last quilt for Project Quilting Season 5.  A quick paper pieced project (OK so the paper piecing wasn't so quick and there should have been 4 blocks instead of 2 but whatever).

The challenge was triangles. 

This is paper pieced in quilting cotton.  It is hand quilted.  The binding is machine stitched and finished by hand.  It is about 12 x 16 inches.



You can read the story of this quilt (along with a bit of my whining) and see all my PQ entries on my blog. http://twasbrilligand.blogspot.com/2014/03/pq-56-triangles-flying-geese-at-sunset.html
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Jam and Bread or This is the Quilt that Never Ends... on: March 09, 2014 06:28:27 PM


This week's PQ challenge was grocery store.  Perfect!  I had some lovely blueberry and strawberry fabric in my stash and a whole bolt of white.  All I needed was backing and binding (Found them for $4/yd and $2/yd on the clearance table.  SCORE!) 



I even had a plan.  I was going to make hour glass blocks with the blueberries and checkerboard border with the strawberries.  The Mr convinced me to make them all hour glass blocks.  I am OK with that, but if I had more blueberries I'd try it again with the original plan.

The thing is, with PQ you only have one week from start to finish.  And, when you start with 10 inch blocks, you cover a lot of quilty ground quickly.  So my quilt ended up being about 78 x 85 inches.  I just realized I've been saying it was 68 by 75 but that is wrong.  It is huge.  (OK so it is barely twin sized but still...)  Every step of the way it is simple.  But there are 72 blocks to mark, stitch, cut, iron, repeat and then trim.  And then just sew 8 blocks together and iron them.  But they are BIG. It was too big to baste on the design floor. I had to buy the spuds dinner so they would help me take it to church and spread it out over 3 tables. 

About halfway through I found myself singing

This is the quilt that never ends,
It just goes on and on my friends.
Some one started sewing it not knowing what it was.
I'll continue quilting it forever just because.
This is the quilt that never ends.
..

Shoving it through the machine at the end truly did seem endless. 



Truth is, it did end about 12 hours before the deadline, less one for DST.  So, here you have the Jam and bread quilt. http://twasbrilligand.blogspot.com/2014/03/pq-55-jam-and-bread.html

The details.  Made with quilter's cotton.  Machine pieced quilted and bound.  It has a polyester batting. You can see more pictures on my blog. 



The back.  You can just see the diamond shaped quilting.  The red and white checked reminded me of the wax paper you still sometimes get wrapped around your sandwich at the deli. 

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Across the Universe in 3 Days on: February 23, 2014 10:17:20 AM


This week's Project Quilting Challenge was "Across the Universe".  I spent days with no idea and no plan.  Finally on Wednesday, I decided I would use the big star tutorial from Jenny Doan to make a bed quilt for me.  (I'm still using my Christmas version so it is time for a change.) 



I grabbed a bunch of blue fabrics with stars and a great white on white print covered with numbers.  (I was still hung upon 42 as the theme for my quilt.)
I got started on Wednesday evening and worked until I discovered that I did not have enough white fabric. 



So Thursday's piecing was interrupted by a trip to the fabric store.  But that is another story.  (http://twasbrilligand.blogspot.com/2014/02/3-yard-minimum-or-answer-really-is.html). 

It was pieced and basted by Friday afternoon. 



At which point the quilt spoke... in a very loud voice and said it wanted to be hand quilted. Yes.  the quilt top that finished at 72 x72 inches and had to be completed by noon on Sunday wanted to be hand quilted. 



I finished at about 2 am Sunday morning.  Hey, I had 10 hours left to go! 



The poor quilt doesn't really have a name yet.  It's working title is Lemoyne Star because... duh, that is what it is.  However, it seemed like I was looking across the universe when I was trying to get it finished so it probably needs a name that reflects that.  Ideas?  Suggestions?

You can read the rest of the story on my blog.  http://twasbrilligand.blogspot.com/2014/02/pq-54-lemoyne-star.html

And now I am going to cuddle up under my nice new quilt and get some rest.  Fortunately, we have a week until the next challenge comes out.   
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Paris FleaMarket Quilt on: February 18, 2014 09:09:52 PM


Here is my latest finish. It is made from a lucky streak of hunting and finding Paris Flea Market fabrics on the remnant table a couple months apart.  The silly quilt wanted to be 25 squares and after an initial boof, I only had fabric for 24.

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Fortunately for me, there was ONE piece hiding out on the remnant table when I was able to return months later.  Now it is a happy 60 x 60 inches and finished off with loose meander quilting and a scrappy binding.

http://twasbrilligand.blogspot.com/2014/02/collections.html
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Black Crows or Raven Tails on: February 09, 2014 03:27:33 PM


So this technically may not be a quilt  but it is definitely a quilty project.  I'm going to count it toward my 14 in 14.  (Mods move if you need to.)   It is two layers of fabric with batting in the middle and it is machine quilted. 



These are raven tails (or inspired by Black Crows if needed for my PQ challenge since it took up most of the day I was supposed to use for stitching binding.)  They are for the robot spirit team to wear at competition. 

It was an absolute blast working with the students in the picture teaching them to do many of the steps.  They worked very hard to complete 4 full tails and 2 half tails (for some of the crew). 

(Sorry for the fuzzy cell phone pics... it was all I had.)
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Good N Plenty Quilt on: February 09, 2014 03:11:38 PM


The Project Quilting Challenge for this week is Sweet Treats. 



The pink tray was on the top of my stash so my peppermint stripes just naturally morphed into Good-n-Plenty. 

It measures 42 x 68 inches.  Is machine quilted with a loose stipple and hand bound.  Completed within the week's allowance. 

More pics and details on my blog.  http://twasbrilligand.blogspot.com/2014/02/pq-53-challenge-sweet-treats-good-n.html

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / No Chicken.... TURKEY! on: January 26, 2014 06:56:20 PM


I had a request to make a turkey instead of a chicken.   Hmmmm...



It took some figuring, but I think I got it.  It is a modification of the chicken in my avatar.  I made a raven too, but the spuds ran off with it so I don't have a picture. 

9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Billboard, blue jean and blacksmith blanket on: January 26, 2014 01:13:41 PM
 

So it is not exactly the pretty little teaparty quilt I envisioned...



... but the Project Quilting challenge we Upcycling.  Everything had to be recycled and two elements had to be things not intended for use in quilts or garments.  My personal goal for project quilting this season is to make larger functional quilts.  I'm totally re-thinking that goal, but it is too late for this project.  This quilt measures 44 x 64 inches.  It weighs a ton.

 
Billboard and a basket of blue jeans!


I always have blue jeans around.  For some reason, everyone gives me jeans and jean scraps thinking I'll do something useful with them. It might have something to do with the badges I pulled out of the booboo bin and put on the top as well. The front is pieced in a vaguely raw edge applique manner.  We were allowed to use batting and thread that were not upcycled.  Instead of batting, I used a piece of cotton sheeting as the base for the applique. I finally figured out the best way was to lay it out flat and use LOTS of spray baste.  (Don't ask me why it took so long to figure that out.)  I had fun using up all the pockets and welts and hems and bits that never find themselves in any other project.  I wonder if that is why my sewing machines went on strike.
 


I had an old billboard in the garage (Wow.  That was fun to type!)  Really figure that the makers of the billboard never intended for it to end up as a part of quilt.  One element covered! 



Obviously, I used the billboard for the backing and the binding.  (It is actually a plastic tarp-like thing that is used to cover the billboard frame.) 



The other non-quilty, non-clothey item was a hand forged s-hook.  Boy blacksmith left a bunch of them laying around so I grabbed one and used it to hold the quilt together when it is folded up -- keeps it tidy in the trunk of the car.

This was a tough project to finish, mostly because my sewing machines (I tried a couple) did not want to stitch neatly through the materials.  Lots of broken threads!  But, I think it is going to be fun to use at picnics and the like.  I mean who else has a blacksmithed, blue jean billboard to keep their backsides dry? 

http://twasbrilligand.blogspot.com/2014/01/project-quilting-52-lets-face-it.html
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Snailerpark Trash on: January 12, 2014 07:39:46 PM


My goal for Project Quilting this year is to make larger quilts and to practice my FMQ.  I NEED to practice my FMQ.  When I got it working, the pattern for this quilt looked like a snail hauling a double wide.  Technically it is called Snail's Trail, but I think Snailerpark Trash is much more accurate. 



This baby measures 46 x 48 inches.  It is made from my string bag. 



It was foundation pieced. 



And made a mess!



I'll leave you with an arty shot and a link to my blog post that explains a bit more. 



http://twasbrilligand.blogspot.com/2014/01/snails-trail-project-quilting-season-5.html
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