Fun with solids

10 04 2020

 

This is another story about finishing projects that other quilters have started.

Our EBHQ volunteer group received a donation of a pile of finished blocks, a small finished quilt top and a bag of pre-cut strips, all in bright solids.  Also donated was her pattern, Tiki Temple, a Disappearing Log Cabin by Natalie Barnes of Beyond the Reef.  (See all of Natalie’s patterns and more Here.)  Although many blocks were sewn, our Mystery Quilter did not finish the Tiki Temple pattern.

Enter me, the lover of leftovers and orphan projects, ready to accept this challenge, especially as I am sheltering-in-place.  The challenge for me was that I rarely work with all solids, save for a random Amish attempt or two.

First, I quilted the small quilt top into one for our Children’s Quilt Project, using random leftover strips for the binding.:

Then, wanting to take the easy route, and admittedly not much of a challenge, I sewed the finished blocks together in a simple pattern different from Natalie’s, and I really like this version.  MQ’s choice of adding white for the centers makes this whole thing so bright and cheery.  This one will be donated to my First Place for Youth project for quilting.

 

 

Next, since there were still fabric strips leftover (that magic word again!), I used another First Place pattern, this time Strip It Three Ways Pattern, a fun pattern, available at Annie’s Craft Store. This is definitely where the challenge part became real.

I’m nuts about how this turned out, fun and cheery, just the color palette I need to be working with these days. This one is also destined for First Place for Youth.

And, buckle up, leftover fans, there are still a scant few strips LEFTOVER, and I have found a bright kid’s print to coordinate with them, so stay tuned;  there is one more child-sized piece in the works.

One donation makes four quilts; that’s a big win for us.  Many, many thanks to our Mystery Quilter.

 





Fabric Postcards–Voices in Cloth 2018

25 08 2017

The Postcard Group is gearing up for helping our guild members make at least 2000 postcards as a fund-raising effort for our guild’s upcoming quilt show in March of 2018.  Previous East Bay Heritage Quilters Voices in Cloth shows have been fabulous (of course I say this, but they really are!!), and our postcards have been a big hit.

Two new updates to the postcard-making process for our guild members.  We have listened to you and are hoping to make this effort easier in the following two ways:

Starting:  We will begin to provide pre-made bases for your designs, since some members had difficulty getting started.  We hope these will appeal to you and inspire further embellishment, stitching, or whatever you feel like adding.

Some of these bases look like this:

Sample bases

Finishing:  We will fuse and edge-stitch your postcards for you if you like.  Simply turn in the finished postcard tops, and we have volunteers who will do the rest.

Here are a few of the cards that have been turned in so far:

By Susan Peck

By Susan Peck

Made by me.  As usual, I could not resist making as many as possible from a small scrap of donated fabric:

 

And other anonymous ones;  if you are the artist, let me know and I will included your name here.

Much more to show you in the weeks/months to come.

 





Five donations completed

28 10 2016

It feels good to complete projects.  “Done” is satisfying.  And it’s easier when the projects are these small quilts for donation to EBHQ’s Quilt Project.

Since these were simple quilts that I put together on a recent trip, I quilted them myself.  And four of the five were made from my favorite 2.5″ cut squares.  Very fun.

Here’s the gallery:

Squares in zigzag pattern

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Zigzag detail

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Random squares, with little animals popping up every now and then:

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Detail

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Random squares with cute birds popping up:

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Detail

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All sorts of leftover squares that seemed to go with this wild border:

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And leftover solid rectangles that play with my dotty background:

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All were photographed on the wall in my studio;  no professional photographer here, but I wanted to get a shot of each before I bring them in for distribution.

AND

a sneak peek at the Triangles, in progress.

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A little different . . .

29 09 2016

And now for something completely different—–

I duecided to take a break from paper-piecing isosceles  triangles when I had finished 92.  So I sewed together two tops for making into quilts for our Children’s Quilt Project wing of EBHQ’s Community Quilts efforts.

I made these tops from kits I made for the Project using my all-time favorites—the leftover 2″ squares.

Kits kinda come together on their own.  Scraps cut into 2.5″ squares begin to combine into interesting groups or color combinations, and these groups find fun borders and binding.  I love this process.

Sometimes, when I create a kit, I can’t let go of it and HAVE to make it myself.  Then, I usually finish the whole quilt.  And it does still feel good to know that some child/family will receive this quilt.  I know they really appreciate these cuddly comfort quilts that our guild donates to a wide variety of deserving non-profits.

The latest two—

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Still have three more kits that I could  sew now, but I think it’s time to get those last 40 triangles sewn (if they actually ARE the last triangles; I almost never know).

Enjoy.





A new quilt–#250!!

20 11 2015

Ever since I started keeping a list of my finished quilts  (including  recreating the items finished before I started the list), I have been pleasingly amazed at the count.  I thought 200 was pretty good, and here is Number 250!  And still going.

Indigo Study was made from a huge pile of yukata strips that came to me from another quilt guild member.  I did not intend to spend time with these, but then my daughter sent me a link to a YouTube video that demonstrated the Jelly Roll Race quilt top technique, so I thought I would try it.  See the Jelly Roll demo here.

Indigo Study, 2015 32.5" x 43"

Indigo Study, 2015         32.5″ x 43″

I worked until I ran out of pre-cut strips, so this is how big it got.  Turned out as this random mess of boldly designed fabrics all mashed together–just my type of quilt.

I  thought these fabrics looked better with the strips running vertically, rather than the horizontal presentation in the video.

The technique was simple, fun, and perfect for those times when you just want to sit down and sew, without too much planning.  Instant quilt.

Here is a detail of the quilting, a hanging diamonds pattern.  These quilts are so scrappy that ornate quilting might not be seen, so I stayed simple.

Also, perhaps more importantly—there is something rewarding about “finished”.

Indigo Study, Detail, 2015

Indigo Study, Detail, 2015

This quilt and a few of my others, both small and large, will be available for sale in the Marketplace at the upcoming East Bay Heritage Quilters Voices in Cloth 2016 show in March of next year.  All the proceeds from these sales will be donated to the Deanna Davis Community Quilts Project.

Click here to find out more information about this Show.





Sewing for the Children’s Quilt Project

5 06 2015

I am soooo totally still into the just-sit-down-and-sew mood, and this time for a different reason.

It is because I am so busy organizing fabric donations and kit construction for my quilt guild’s volunteer effort, the Children’s Quilt Project (more info here),  and I have consequently felt as though I did not have time to work on my own quilts.

Since this other work in non-sewing, I have sneaked into the studio and grabbed time to sew on quick and easy projects that I can finish in a shorter period of time.

Here’s the gallery of items I’ve made since the last post:

From triangle scraps donated by EBHQ-er Judy J, an actual finished quilt—-

Judy'sScraps

I quilted and bound this lovely top sewn (from a kit I put together) by another EBHQ member—-

AllSquares

Sorting through all the donations of fabrics to the Project, I found a large bin half full of 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles.  I played with these for a while, and came up with a few quilt tops—-

A Christmas Chinese Coin Variation—-

ChineseCoinVariation

A Sideways Christmas Chinese Coin—-

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A Christmas Rail Fence—-

ChristmasRailFence

A Somber Rail Fence—-

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A Purple Rail Fence—-

RailFence2

A Brickwork—-

OffsetRectangles

Two Stripes—-

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And one large Four Patches with Half Square Triangles—-

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That’s all for now.

 

 





Fabric postcards galore

22 11 2013

The postcard project is producing some very nice works, and I thought it was time to showcase some of the wonderful EBHQ fabric postcard artists, including Sonia Callahan, Meg Nixon, Rosemary Corbin, Susan Peck, Claire Sherman, and me.  I have remembered a few names of the names, and I’m sure I have forgotten others.  Please let me know if I need to include your name here.

It’s so much fun to see the variety of fabrics and techniques that we all have used for these small pieces.

The various themes include . . . . .   Christmas

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Birthdays

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Animals

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Other characters

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Free form designs

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These little gems are lots of fun to do, once you have made a few to get yourself familiar with the techniques.  Let me know it you want to make some, too.