Sunday, April 27, 2008

Finally, the Siggies are Complete!

I finally finished the siggies for the Dear Jane 2008 Siggie Swap. I made several flavors depending on how well the stamping turned out. If it was too light, I traced the stamped image with a pigma pen. If it was too dark and smudgy, I (usually) traced myself an appaloosa! lol One horrible siggie got the "completely painted", which took forever! I hope no one is disappointed. This was my first attempt at stamping and it took me a long while to develop a decent repeatable technique. Here are six representative examples for your viewing pleasure. ;-)

Saturday, April 26, 2008

BOW Challenge Complete; D6 Challenge

I wimped out and did D6 Challenge (which is very poorly named, as it's the simplest Dear Jane block I've done so far.) I was supposed to do D2 Mouse in a Mirror, which has, like, 29 pieces or something. Not this week. I just finished signing my siggies today, and except for a few finishing touches and a final recount; I'm done with them. Whew! A 29 piece block, however paper-pieceable, was just not going to happen. D6 took me about 20 minutes tops; it was... restful. I liked the way it turned out too. I had a bad moment when I thought all the remaining red fabric I had was cut just a smidge too narrow, then I found another big chunk. What a relief. Anyway, here it is. I think it looks very dramatic!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

BOW Challenge Complete; F3 - Snowball

Wow! I've made it to Susan-Jane 7,0,0,104. This was an easy, pretty block to make. I'm using Gradiations by Caryl Bryer Fallert for the yellow parts. I only have a fat quarter of it to make all four blocks in the diagonal (along with the violet, of course). The yellow shades from a swath that is almost orange to very bright light yellow. I'm trying to use the nearly orange parts for the centers of my diagonal blocks; I hope I have enough. This block didn't use very much fabric, so I'm still in good shape.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

BOW Challenge Complete - C1 Trooper Green's Badge

I'm now Susan-Jane 6,0,0,87! C1 was the easiest DJ block I've done so far. I wondered about the colors when I dug them out to match my software version of the quilt; but I really like the way they turned out. My scanner didn't do a very good job of capturing the colors correctly. I was able to match the green fairly well, but the actual pink isn't quite so intense. The pink is actually a water splashed batik, which doesn't come out here very well either. They actually married very well.

Now I can get back to doing siggies. I still have LOTS to do, but at least they are all stamped now.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Pat Tillman Challenge - Make a Blanket Day

Last Friday about a dozen of us Project Linus quilters got together at a local church hall and had fun quilting all day for the Pat Tillman Challenge. We decided to split into teams of 2 and have each team make 4 of the quilts from the Baby Fats quilt book. We had lots of fun and got lots of quilting done. (The food was pretty awesome too!)

Sunday, April 6, 2008

BOW Challenge Complete F2 - Kaleidescope

With 28 pieces, this block has made me Susan-Jane 5,0,0,74! This block was less work and annoyance than last week's 2 piece applique and I get 26 pieces more credit too. lol I'm loving these colors. I'm planning to do the upper left quadrant (6x6) of the Dear Jane original, and I'm keeping the original trip around the world color scheme so I'll have diagonal color-ways going from the lower left to the upper right. I'm not sure how I'm going to be doing the remaining 3 quadrants; 36 blocks plus 24 triangles and 4 kites is enough for me to worry about right now!