Saturday, March 27, 2010

Double Vision

Don't ask me how I got this picture. I fiddled with the settings on the Canon, snapped it, saw the double exposure on the viewer and went "Huh?"

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Pardon My Piecing Wrap-Up

So as not to waste the kit block I made last week for my guild pals, I used it to make a quilted book tote. Here's the finished project:

Saturday, March 20, 2010

National Quilting Day

I haven't had time yet to upload my photos from this year's County Quilt Show (problems with Photobucket continue) but for National Quilting Day I thought I'd post three shots from the show:

Colorful variation of traditional Drunkard's Path patchwork.

This quilter continues to amaze me with her graphic repetition designs (you may remember the safety pin quilt she had in last year's show.)

This echo piecing effect was a bit disorienting (at first I thought it was my eyes, not the quilt) but once I got used to it I thought it was pretty neat.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Pardon My Piecing Part III

(for explanation, see two posts down)

Pattern reduction to 8" finished square (templates about half size.) The mum florals still work well, and the striated multi holds up, but because you lose most of the flower shapes the pattern of the lightest value fabric looks chunky now.

At this scale you need to trim the seams down to 1/8" to keep them manageable, and I think those can be difficult for a beginner to press, pin and/or hold steady when running through a machine.

As for including a foundation piecing pattern, that would probably be wise, especially if you reduce. Before you draft your own I'd recommend you first take a look at how Carol Doak put together #291 in her FF. Here's a screen shot of her block:

That's all I can think of, ladies. Thanks for letting me play with the kit.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Pardon My Piecing Part II

(For explanation, see previous post)

Here's the same block with different material for the framing blocks. You can't buy the fabric I used in stores but I've seen plenty of similar cottons at JoAnn's. I went with green because it looks good framing just about everything ala leaves with flowers. Using a darker value single-shaded fabric helps the color and patterns of the center blocks stand out.

Here are the two blocks side by side for comparison:

While batiks are popular, using one that is close to the color of the center blocks causes you to lose most of the card trick optical illusion. Since that's the primary reason we like the block, I'd rethink the kit's colors. If you're not crazy about green, you could get the same effect with a deep blue or amethyst.

MJ, the instruction page reads fine. The only problem I had with the cutting was that the four block Bs come out 1/4" too long because you lose 1/2" all the way around after sewing together the four block As. At the beginning of step 4 I would make a note to trim it first before pinning. Also, I like a reminder to press open the seams in the beginning or after the first stitching step, and maybe a graphic of the finish block set on point as an alternate for assembly.

Nice work, ladies. :)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Pardon My Piecing

My e-mail is down, so I have to hijack the photoblog today to post something for my guild pals who are putting together a precut kit for a show.

Ladies, the problem with the kit fabric isn't the resist pattern so much as the variations in the dye colors. I went with random cuts for the framing blocks to test my theory (and because fussy cuts are near about impossible with batiks) and as you can see the light-to-dark transitions don't blend well at all along the seam lines. Also, I think the die cutter is off about 1/32", or maybe someone jogged it while they were running the lightest value fabrics because they're all short/uneven.

I did like those mum florals, though. As long as you watch the centers they totally mesh. Keep those for sure.

I think something like a soft mottled single-shade material would work better for the framing blocks. I'll see what I've got in the stash and do another if I find something that works color-wise.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Trophy Angel

Some people like the decapitated cherub look, I guess. I didn't stick around to see if water pours out of its mouth into the basin, but maybe it drools or pukes or spits.

Actually, I could get into a spitting cherub, especially if it were on a directional remote control. If I had one, I bet those Jehovah Witnesses would stop banging on my front door at seven a.m. on a Saturday.

Monday, March 15, 2010


It's off-center, and I didn't bother to frame the shot, and I don't care. Because after four years of trying I finally got a close-up of Mr. Elusive Red. To see how beautiful he is in the larger version, click on the image.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Over My Head

Today I was out playing with the pup in the yard when I heard a whooshing noise, and spotted these adventurers sailing toward us:

Fortunately I also had the camera with me, and they were flying very low. When they passed right over us, I was able to get some spectacular shots:

Who says the back yard is a boring place?

Saturday, March 6, 2010

2010 County Quilt Show

I'm compiling my annual quilt show e-book for the guild, and it's tough to pick and choose shots because there was so much amazing work at the show this year. My camera just about overloaded on the brilliance of the colors, patterns and workmanship, too.

This one was my favorite, though. It blazed like fire from across the room.