avoidance. For awhile. Real happiness is putting an end to procrastination. I blocked my first quilt (Migration) yesterday and was surprised that the t-pins did not leave holes. The top and bottom are still a little wavy, but overall, the quilt is now square and flat and will hang on the wall more nicely. I had planned to send this quilt to Wisconsin for the Modern Mini Quilt Challenge at Quilt Expo, but after reading the rules, it was not eligible, having been already displayed in public. Rats.
Less is More is drying. I really had to tug on it to square it up–the drawback of matchstick quilting. Next time I will make sure the design does not go to the edges and that I do more initial stitching to prevent so much warping. I am going to face the edges and then email a photo/s to be juried for a modern quilt display at Houston International (deadline June 22) if it turns out.
Speaking of procrastinating, I still haven’t contacted Janome about my needle bar not staying centered. In the meantime, I decided to finish this donation quilt with straight-line stitching in the borders (instead of free-motion) and darned if the needle bar didn’t center itself after engaging the dual feed device–I guess it didn’t have any choice. Happiness is also a new pair of Machingers quilting gloves.
I finally hung Elefantino in my studio next to Mini-Tumbler (no fabric repeats, with scalloped border), a 2012 swap with Mini-Masterpiecers
Till next time–
between NWAMQG and TULSAMQG. Last month we turned in our forms for this swap and received a form from a Tulsa member with color preferences, etc. My swap partner, Lora Whitfield, indicated all colors but that she loves a teal and red combo, NO BABY PINK, any style. I used up most of my red and teal fabrics for the wonky churn dash exchange, but happened to find these in my strip box – the one that is now sorted by color.
These strips had been on the design wall for a couple weeks with no inspiration forthcoming. Writers have Erato for their muse–I need to invent a muse for quilting.
Friday I had 15 minutes before heading out to the Green Country Quilters Guild Quilt Show in Tulsa so I started sewing some pieces together. I was thinking about the MQG Challenge for 2019, using tiny piecing in a donation quilt. I was going to subcut this strip set and make a tiny grid (photo above) but Saturday I had a different idea. I started cutting up 3/4-inch strips and mimicked a quilt I have seen several times.
After piecing, pressing, and trimming, I layered this with Peltex (a stiff interfacing) and a backing with glittery Valentine’s fabric. I prefer Timtex (a little heavier than Peltex) but have not been able to find any for awhile. I left the red strips unquilted and quilted a line next to the border seam. This gives you a place to turn around with diagonal stitching. If you start at the edge, pivot/stitch/pivot and stitch back to the edge, you have no threads to weave in.
Finally I traced around this metal end caps (given to me by dd, probably from incense stitcks container from BBB) to round the corners and satin stitched around the edge. The butterfly pin reminds where the round starts. Satin stitch using #8 zigzag on Janome with three rounds:
Round 1: 5.0 wide, 1.5 length
Round 2: 5.5 wide, 1.0 length
Round 3: 6.0 wide, .5 length
Now I just need to make a label and turn in my mug rug at our August meeting. I have some small projects (camera strap cover, microwave bowls, pieced biscornu pincushion) to work on until I get my needle arm fixed–I just don’t dare do free-motion quilting and this is seriously putting me behind. Waiting to hear from Janome.
This was my viewer’s choice at the quilt show. Quilt by Janet Hoeltzel, quilted by Glenda Harkey, pattern by Mary B. Hayes; Thangles used.
DIET UPDATE: After seven weeks, I have a net loss of 4.5 pounds and almost 3-inches. Whoopy-dip is all I can say that’s fit to publish.
Next posts: My Artful Log Cabin with exactly 50 log cabins celebrating our anniversary and photos from quilt show.
While I’m waiting for the service manual for my Janome (the needle bar will not stay centered AGAIN), I can at least piece so I’m playing with log cabins. I got the idea after watching Episode 2210 (Reimagining the Log Cabin Block) on The Quilt Show with Katie Pasquini Masopust (Katiepm, as she calls herself). After my brother died in 2003, we came from Georgia through Paducah, Kentucky, on our way back to Minnesota. Katiepm had an exhibit at the National Quilt Museum–at that time she was making quilts with large flowers–at least that’s what my memory recalls–no photos allowed. Search out Katie on Pinterest to see the varied techniques and styles she has used in her quilts over the years. Anyway, back to the log cabins. Katie’s latest book is Artful Log Cabins. Basically, she uses a photograph and interprets it by making log cabins. Some of the cabins (like most of mine) are what she calls one-log cabins, one round around the center.
I traced a loose grid on tracing paper over a b/w copy of one of my photographs.
Then I pulled strips from my scrap box (which is sorted by color now). I thought about piecing with gentle curves, but these log cabins are small so I think I’ll just use straight seams. I’ve been squaring up each log cabin to around 2-inches and will not worry about matching up seams because that would mean thinking about pressing rather than just pressing outward toward the strip last sewn.
I quickly ran out of scraps for the ground color so went digging for some more in my brown scrap box, which holds mostly fat quarters but also some larger scraps). Some log cabins don’t start with a 1-inch square, but just a scrap left from a previous log cabin.
Here are two vertical rows, with the first green for foliage and my original photo. I’m hoping to be able to squeeze out 50 log cabins in honor of our 50th Anniversary this year.
As for ROYGBIV? It’s just going to be ROY. I didn’t like the greens and blues I had added so ripped them off and put them back in the scrap bags. I’m going to enlarge this square a little more (it’s about 20-inches square), practice some concentric circle quilting, and make another Big Bad Bag–it’s a start. See you on the other side of the rainbow.