Sunday, June 28, 2015

Six on Sunday - Week 8

More items from Susan's closet.  Three pair of dark slacks that she doesn't need any more.  Three shirts that didn't fit or had big bleach stains.

3 Shirts, 3 Slacks - 4.75 Pounds
For me a pair of shorts (from Susan's closet - why? I don't know :), old tee shirts, and a collection of shoulder straps that were in my closet when I no longer had the thing they supported.
Shorts, 4 Shirts, Orphaned Strap Collection - 3.5 Pounds
Still working on the closets and clothes for the most part.  


Friday, June 26, 2015

Dear Jane C-4 - Tic Tac Toe - Progress

Doesn't this look like a tiny little window?  Progress has been slow. I had to stop and make my own papers for the top and bottom white bars, and for the triangles that are the next step.  I have never gotten very fancy with the Dear Jane software, so I am not sure if I could have told it how to make the additional triangles or not.  Possibly.  For now, I am just tracing the block design pieces and adding seam allowances.

C-4  Tic Tac Toe
I wish I could remember where I got this hand-dyed fabric.  Maybe it was from Joy's Fabrics.  Isn't it terrific?  I look for Joy at every show.  She uses the best quality blank fabric and her stuff always feels just wonderful.  And the colors!  Heaven.  I am usually such a control freak, but I really enjoy working with these crazy fabrics, even though you never know how it is going to turn out.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Dear Jane C-4, Tic Tac Toe

Once I get back to working on Dear Jane I do not want to stop.  This is the small center section of C-4, Tic Tac Toe.  I have not yet decided how to complete construction.  There is a little more obvious paper-piecing to accomplish: the top and bottom white edges, and the triangles that put the center on point.  After that, construction gets a bit trickier.

Dear Jane C-4 - Tic Tac Toe
Should I do as recommended in thatquilt and paper-piece the whole block?  Should I suck it up and deal with the inset seams like Jane Stickle did?  Or perhaps I should paper-piece what I can, then applique the whole thing onto a white muslin ground.  I will have to see which method appeals to me when I get around to actually doing it.  

The subtle green variations in this hand-dyed fabric are fun to work with.  It has an atmospheric quality that is very interesting.  The original fabric is rainbow hued, and there is not very much green left in the remaining scrap.  I will have to plan carefully, or this block will end up with purple corners.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tatting Tuesday - Edging Test Completed

I completed the test piece for the tatted edging I wanted to try.

Edging Test Completed
Susan suggested that I try ironing the piece when finished, steaming out the twists and crumples that tatting had worked into it. I followed her suggestion, and I think it really improved the look of the finished work.


Monday, June 22, 2015

Dear Jane C-3 - Rayelle's Fence - In Progress

I think Jane Stickle must have liked checkerboard blocks as much as I do, there are certainly plenty of them in her quilt.  Rayelle's Fence looks huge right now, but I am sure it will tighten up when it is all sewn together.  I love this buttery/egg yolk color.  Yellow batiks tend to be either very bright or almost brown.  It is difficult to find nice yellow, medium-tone batiks; I wish I could find more.
Dear Jane C-3 - Rayelle's Fence
I am trying something different with the paper-piecing of this block.  It is practically a religious tenet that you do not sew past the lines when paper-piecing.  Even if I am as careful as can be, at times, my pressing causes the seams at the end of the stitching lines to go a bit crooked, which causes the final squares to be a little off-square.  In the hopes of preventing this inaccuracy, I over-sewed all the seams on this block,   The proof will be in the final squares; we will just have to wait and see.

Happy quilting,
Susan in Texas

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Six on Sunday - Week 7

Larry cleaned out under his sink.  His contribution is a basket of Buffy's grooming items.  Little Buffy has been gone nearly ten years now, and we have been pet free ever since.  I can go Larry one better. The sweatshirt on the bottom of my pile was a present from my mother-in-law from when our Saint Bernard, Bucky, was alive.  My MIL has been gone ten years, and Bucky died on the 4th of July in 1996!  The sweatshirt was always too small, and I am pretty sure it never sparked any joy; but it was personalized, so I hung on to it for over twenty years, which is completely nuts!

T-shirts, jeans, sweatshirt -  4.5 pounds
Pet grooming items - 1.25 pounds
This is sad.  It has been seven weeks now, and it still is not hard to find stuff to get rid of in my closet.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Harlequin Johnny - Bow Ties Completed

This is a very late post, but I did manage to get all twenty-five of the Harlequin-Johnny bow-ties completed.  Next round, I will put on the other two "ears"; the time after that - 100 inset seams.  If I am not an expert on inset seams after that step, then I will have to take a class or something.  lol
Harlequin Johnnie - Bow Ties
As promised, though, tomorrow I go back to Dear Jane.  I will be starting the third row, with C-3 because the first two columns are already completely done.  It is turning out to be very helpful that the order in which I am doing the blocks makes the rows and columns shorter and shorter.  Even though it is only a block or two fewer, it seems to make a real difference having that head start.

Happy quilting!
Susan in Texas

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Grand Illusion - Clue 5 Complete

All the Grand Illusion clues are now complete.  The end is in sight; now I just have to put all the pieces together.  I liked clue five because it was the right amount of work.  If I ever design a mystery quilt it will have no more than fifty units to complete in a single week.  Some of the Grand Illusion clues contained an insane amount of work for a single week, especially for someone who works full time...and has a life beyond quilting.
Grand Illusion clue 5
I am switching back to working on Harlequin-Johnny now, but I plan to break the future GI block construction into more manageable units too.  Two seams per block seems about right; I did say I was going to switch between projects more often.  Of course, after I get closer and closer to the end of GI, I might not want to stop!

Happy quilting,
Susan in Texas