Friday, September 23, 2022

Jane and Friends

 When last you saw this particular quilt top I was trying to figure out how to bring it to a logical conclusion.

Suggestions were made to reduce the double columns of Hourglass blocks to a single row around the central medallion. It was a good suggestion. 😊


Once I had the Hourglasses in place I had to figure out what to do next. I was fully prepared to leave this as a lap quilt but it wasn't quite there yet. I didn't have enough of the dark red for another frame and to make binding, which was my original plan. Some shopping was called for to locate a suitable color/print to use with the existing prints. The best option I found was a lovely teal shot through with black. It calls out to the lighter teals in the reproduction prints and makes for a lovely final border.

The teal is the same width as the Hourglass blocks, 4" finished. I plan to use it for the binding now. And for the record, I'm calling this Jane & Friends.

There wasn't anything appropriate in my stash for a back so more shopping had to be done. πŸ˜‰  In the meantime, I've started on another Disappearing 9 Patch quilt.

I had some 5.5" squares in the stash and enough of the white scattered with black music notes to go the distance for 13 of the large nine patch blocks. This was a great opportunity to cut up some leftovers and older prints to make what will essentially be an Eye Spy type quilt. The next step will be to quarter these blocks...

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Scrap Happy in September

 How is it the middle of September already?! August seemed to last forever. Sort of like January does. πŸ˜‰ In any case, it's time for Scrap Happy Day, hosted by Kate in Australia and Gun in Sweden. We are invited to share anything we've made from any type of scrap materials. And anyone can play. Just leave a comment with Kate or Gun if you'd like to participate in the future. (Links at the bottom of this post.)

My primary scrap material is fabric, leftover from making quilts. And once again I have dipped into my Parts Department, unearthing twelve 15" blocks I made at various times. It wouldn't appear that they could work together when you consider them singly. When I put them on the design wall, however, I quite liked the very scrappiness of the whole. I suspect a meander or an overall quilting pattern will help to pull everything together visually.

This is a photo of the blocks before they were sewn together. It doesn't appear that I've taken another picture yet. I sewed the blocks just as you see them here. The resultant flimsy would finish 45" wide by 60" long. Because there are quite a few novelty prints in amongst the patches I declared this would go to a child in foster care. It will be the sort of quilt to keep a child engaged I think. There will be no borders, only binding to finish it off. 😊

And here are the links to Kate and Gun and the other bloggers who regularly have something to share made out of scraps. We welcome Noilin and Viv to the group this month. Enjoy!

KateGun, Eva, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, 
Jill, Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Claire, Jean, Jon, Dawn, Jule, Gwen,
Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue L, Vera,
Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, Carol,
Preeti, Debbierose, NΓ³ilin and Viv

Monday, September 12, 2022

Not Ready for Publication

 Progress has been slow, but I've put the border around the stars and squares featuring the Riley Blake Jane Austen reproduction prints. Now I'm auditioning some low volume Hourglass units to go around the perimeter.

The floral prints are from the reproduction line. The script print is something I've had in my stash for a while.

It's one of those that's illegible. I'm afraid I don't have enough of the script to go all the way around the medallion. That particular print is old enough to not be available anymore. At this point I'm not sure what I'll do to compensate. I only have fat quarters of the reproduction prints but there are enough of them, I think, to go the distance. My intention was to make this a scrappy looking quilt; this dilemma only adds to that flavor! I'm still working on an appropriate name for this project too. Suggestions are welcome. 😊

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Elizabeth vs. Darcy, Jane vs. William

 As much as I've longed for the end of August - because of the heat - I find it hard to believe it's actually here! The heat seems to have also robbed me of the ability to remember to take pictures of the small needlework projects I've made when it was too hot to have the iron going. They would be termed slow stitch in modern parlance but to me they're just small pieces of intuitive embroidery. They were fun to do and turned out well overall. (I'm still working on valuing process over end result.) We've had better air quality this summer, for which I'm grateful. No wildfires close enough to affect us I assume. The heat may have kept neighbors from outdoor cooking too, which is helpful.

Anyway, some time ago I purchased a bundle of Jane Austen at Home fat quarters as much out of curiosity as anything else. I thought I might be able to combine those prints with some William Morris reproduction prints I've acquired. It's been on my mind for a while. Finally I brought them all out to see what I could do. I made a few flying geese out of the larger scale prints and fussy-cut focal patches for the variable or sawtooth stars I so enjoy making. I may not have made the best choice for background for the stars (it's a bit busy) but from a distance I think it works.

The star in the middle of the photo above is the only bit of William Morris that's made it into the project so far. I'm not sure I'll be able to convince Jane and William to get along together. I've drawn from other prints in my stash to add variety. The colors in the Austen prints are not the sort of thing I've collected. 

 Not that color representation here is accurate. 

This is where I'm at currently. It's only 32" wide and 40" long. After much searching I've found another deep red I think will work as a frame around this medallion. What happens after that remains to be seen. I'm happy to have this be a small quilt, lap size, but it needs to be larger than this!

Monday, August 22, 2022

Scrap Happy Follow-up

 After Scrap Happy Day last week (see previous post) I ordered a panel print from in hopes that the individual panels would fit between the 8" color blocks. In spite of the distance between us I am always amazed at how quickly orders from Thousandsofbolts (and one nut!) arrive. 

These darling dinosaurs looked the most promising on the web site. I lost the color framing around the dinosaurs but otherwise they fit nicely. 

I also dropped a couple of my color blocks in the more pastel shades and made more 16 patch blocks in colors found in the dinosaur print.

What you see here will finish at 40" wide by 48" long. Seems a good size for a new baby. 😊 I'll just let the binding act as a frame. I found sufficient yardage in my stash (after an extensive search) to make a back. It's a simple lavender tone-on-tone scroll print. Now it's on to James for quilting!