Sunday, March 27, 2011

It's play time.......finally!

 I am finally getting to put these on the design wall. When I pieced them together I  was really random, just barely pairing light and dark.
The one above is putting like colors together regardless of value. The layout would be way too time consuming and I am feeling with all the trimming I am over these squares.

 Right is squares of value regardless of color.  This is my second choice so far.

This one is lines of light and dark but with my whimsical piecing of color value it does not work (even if I could lay it out correctly)  But I like this idea and may do something like this in the future.

Somewhere recently, I saw a top pieced like this one in zigzags.  So far this one may be my favorite.

Any thoughts?

Holy HST's

This is my brain.......
after spending several evenings making these

I have been on a scrap/stash busting binge for a couple of months now and hate to say I have hardly made a dent on the stash and the scrap bins are now overflowing.  Huh????
I had figured I needed 6?? some hst's for a large quilt and as my mind was wandering aimlessly I realized if I was only to make this quilt 30hst  x 30 hst's I needed 900!  Yikes. back to the cutting board.  Since I was trimming these, I figured I  could eyeball the diagonal line instead of drawing it.  It totally saved alot of time and I just used the theory I use while skiing in the trees; look where you want to go.  So I just put my eyes on on the end corner and voila, that is just about where I ended up. 

I hope to finish these bad boys today while it is snowing.

Can't wait to start putting them on the design wall ;)

I hope someone out there is getting spring and blue sky.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Spray basting question

No pics today just a few spray basting questions.  I want to spray baste a queen size.  Can't do it outside cause of all the snow and mud, so what is the procedure.  I can tape the back to the carpet but I don't want all the overspray to end up on the carpet.  Any tips on how to manage that?  Is a queen just too big to spray baste?  I hope not, cause I am hoping to get away from the safety pin gig.  Any suggestions will be very welcome.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Inspiration on the hill

I went skiing today and while the skiing wasn't spectacular I saw some amazing ski jackets (I bet they really were snowboarding jackets)  I couldn't wait to get home to start working on my ideas. 
But I got home and this was still on my design wall!
What! the finishing gnomes didn't come and  work their magic on this?  Well shoot!  But I had a AHA! moment and now I know what to do with this.  Yup, I'm going to finish it before I start one of the new tops.  

I have never been one to draw out my ideas on paper, I'm a fly by the seat of my pants kind of girl,  but it worked.  Imagine that!  If I sit down and draw it out, it gels and hopefully I will not waste as much time, fabric, thread or patience.  Can't wait to get to work.

Have a blue sky day.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

To cut or not to cut!?

I had a bunch of strips that I decided to sew together and now I am not sure I like it.  I am thinking about cutting it up kinda bargello like.  Or the other thought is doing some thread painting on it before I sandwich it.  What do you think?  I need some input....please.

Friday, March 11, 2011


I finally tried spray basting.  I love it!  When I cleaned my sewing room I found several tops that I had never quilted and don't really love anymore so I thought they would be my guinea pigs.  I practiced doing feathers, never thought I would want to quilt feathers but they are kinda fun.  Lately I have been doing alot of straight line quilting and though I do think there is a place for it.... I really, really, really love free motion quilting.  The spray  baste really held the layers together so there was not a problem with the back getting any wrinkles.

I have 5 or 6 queen to king tops finished and I think I will try spray baste and use my little ol' home machine to quilt them.  But first, I have a finish (well except for the hand stitching) so I can start a new quilt........right?