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Avaland's 2019 Quilts & Other Creative Projects

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1avaland
Dec 27, 2018, 6:40am Top

Another year! Will come back and post an intro in the next week or so.

2thornton37814
Dec 31, 2018, 12:53pm Top

3avaland
Edited: Jan 5, 10:17am Top

Here we are in 2019!

I've put together the purple quilt and a backing, and hope soon to get it off to the quilter.

I've postponed putting up the quilt I was working on prior to the purple distraction back up on the design board. I thought I might mess around with some UFOs and odd, leftover blocks and see what I can make of them (I didn't get my charity quilts to their destination, so I will continue to add to the pile and deliver it to a shelter later on).

(Photo removed, blocks can be seen in photo below)

I have 10 of these 16" blocks leftover from a quilt made in 2013/14 for our king-size bed (and to have on the bed when we sold the house). The block is one I found in Jinny Beyer's encyclopedia. I've done a few quilts from picking out blocks from that book (I love browsing the book and letting my imagination run wild!).



9 of the blocks together are roughly 46 inches square, not enough for even a lap quilt, imo. So, I'm thinking of finding a print with both main colors mixed for a border, but I think it needs a narrow inner border to "stop" the pattern. What do you think? White? Gray? Black?

4dudes22
Jan 4, 6:47pm Top

If not too busy, I would look for a border print that has a third color you could use for the inner border. Otherwise, I would say white - unless - the print has a white background and it ends up not matching.

5scaifea
Jan 5, 7:07am Top

Oooh, I kind of like the idea of a grey inner border...

And I *love* the purple and green together!

6avaland
Edited: Apr 9, 5:52am Top

>4 dudes22:, >5 scaifea: I thought about finishing those half squares within the border but I don't think I have enough of the fabric leftover.

After searching online and through my stash (and not finding anything suitable), it occurred to me that I just took down curtains that were made from a Kaffe Fassett fabric and thus, have an abundance of it available. But, I think it needs a tiny inner border. Presented here is white, black & gray candidates. I'm inclined to choose the black....I don't like the white against the KF print, and gray just seems wrong. The black is a dramatic divide between the stiff movement on the left and flowing movement on the right.

ha ha, the challenge of taking UFOs and or leftover blocks and try to make something useful and reasonably decent-looking!

{photo removed}

7dudes22
Jan 5, 2:43pm Top

I like the black best of the three, but still think you could grab one of the other colors in the border.

8SassyLassy
Jan 5, 3:12pm Top

>6 avaland: I always go with Kaffe, but I think you're right about needing that inner border. Do you have anything in the purple range that would pull the outer border and centre together?

9mabith
Jan 5, 7:22pm Top

I love those purple and green blocks. Look forward to seeing where the new project ends up.

10dudes22
Jan 5, 7:33pm Top

>8 SassyLassy: - I like that idea.

11scaifea
Jan 6, 11:15am Top

Hm, I think I agree now about the black, even though at first I thought I'd like grey better... Also, I LOVE the paisley fabric!

12avaland
Jan 7, 9:09am Top

>7 dudes22:, >8 SassyLassy:, >9 mabith:, >10 dudes22:, >11 scaifea: Thanks for the feedback, everyone. I had some extra fabric of the green solid that is in the blocks and tried an inner border with that but it didn't look right (I think because the red-violets and the greens don't actually touch each other), nor did any of the colors from the KF paisley look right (some funky colors in there). Some of it is because the very stolidness (odd choice of word, I know) of the blocks and the fluidity of the KF fabric. I think I will go with a narrow black border and let one's eyes make the jump across.

>11 scaifea: I am prone to picking up all manner of paisleys when I see them, which includes some of KF's prints. I love this one for all the colors, but my favorite is one he did with a blackish background.

13avaland
Edited: Jan 7, 3:29pm Top

Okay, here is what happened to the blocks and paisley curtains: (apologies, the usual method of rotation seems not to be working today)



Putting the blocks together reminded me how "fun" it was lining up all the seams. And first I failed to remember that two of the sides of the border are going to need to be wider than other two sides, and then I failed to remember until last minute that the paisley fabric is directional. Ugh. I cut down the outer border to 12" because it turned out to be about 7 x 7 ft! And it's pieced but not able to match it at seams. Now it's about 6 x 6 ft.

The black border (1") makes the blocks look like they are floating on a sea of psychedelic plankton!

Not sure how I will quilt this. Usually I quilt the ones intended for charities myself, and simply.

14dudes22
Jan 7, 5:11pm Top

The black does look good as a separator. Sometimes when I have a directional print in the border, I'll put an extra block in the corner to separate the borders. I used a stripe in that baby quilt I just finished and put squares in the corner because I was too lazy to miter the corners. I like the way it looks. I might keep this in mind for a quilt.

15avaland
Jan 8, 12:59pm Top

>14 dudes22: Thanks, Betty. As you have probably observed I mostly prefer borderless quilts, but some of these small ones need the border to make the quilts a bit bigger. The repeat on that fabric pattern is pretty big and I didn't have enough fabric between the two curtains to fuss with it, especially after it occurred to me that I need to at least get the direction right :-)

Went to Goodwill this morning hoping to snag a queen-sized, 100% cotton sheet for the backing. No luck but got one twin & one full sheet (great colors) and two men's plaid shirts (interesting plaids) for future projects.

16avaland
Jan 11, 2:35pm Top

I've been doing the quilting equivalent of doodling the last couple of days—sewing random scraps together from my scrap buckets—as I am inclined to do when not attached to a specific project. My pile of 6 inch scrap squares is now up to 345!

With the talk of UFOs here, I feel compelled to join the confessions, and to show my solidarity with the rest of the group:

annnddddd....Ha! I just spent 20 minutes making up my list of quilts and projects in various states of incompletion and then decided it was too traumatizing to look at the whole list! The pressure! I cut and pasted the list into the "notes" app on my laptop so it's somewhere if I want it. I think I shall carry on as before. :-)

17dudes22
Jan 11, 3:58pm Top

Oh - you're funny. But - shouldn't you have a lot of projects that produced all these scraps. Or are they from those fat quarters I remember you like when we went to the quilt show?

18MarieSeltenrych
Jan 12, 8:18am Top

cute as

19MarieSeltenrych
Jan 12, 8:19am Top

Super work, congratulations

20avaland
Jan 12, 9:39am Top

>17 dudes22: To answer your question....



I spiffed this wall up yesterday. It gets really, really messy when I'm pulling things out and stuffing it back in. This is yardage, most of it smaller pieces like fat quarters. There are a few bins tucked in there with smaller scraps that I have put near their larger counterparts. I admit that I often buy without a thought of what I will do with it. I like a print or a color.... I love to buy scrap bags or cut up clothing for the fabric*. Clearly, I accumulate faster than I produce, but I love working with a large palette. One does have to tolerate frequent chaos and mess (I grew up in a small house in a family of 8 so no problem).

Mind you, this is only one wall. The adjacent wall holds sweater bins of scraps cut to various sizes, and open plastic bins with all the loose small scraps. Maybe will post that when I clean it up.

*I think quilt fabric can have a certain look to it, so I like to mix it up with cotton clothing and other items.

21avaland
Jan 12, 11:29am Top

I admit to just picking up 7 flat sheets at a Savers store. Twin size $5. It’s a bit of a schlep and traffic so I wanted to make the trip worth it. I use cotton sheets or a good quality cotton-poly one for backings on quilts being donated.

22dudes22
Jan 12, 5:41pm Top

I went through one of my bins of scraps leftover from projects not that long ago and tried to cut them up into various sizes I thought I would use. Except I forgot about adding a half inch for the seams. Still usable but I may do some strip blocks with them instead of using in a project. I have a bunch of fat quarters too and I'm thinking of using them for one of those blocks where you cut and then shuffle the pieces and put them back together. Once I finish some of my UFOs, of course.

23avaland
Jan 13, 7:40am Top

>22 dudes22: If you need some strips or squares to mix things up at all, let me know. We should plan to meet up at some local quilt show between us this year....

24dudes22
Jan 13, 2:53pm Top

That sounds nice. We'll have to see what's around this year. I've got plenty of scraps - thanks anyway. The one strip scrap quilt that I did needs to go be quilted. I found that all those seams make it very heavy. I also have some other blocks that I started using one color per block, but those need more work. My idea was to use some of the scraps as leaders and enders when I'm making something else, but so far I haven't decided on which ones to put together.

25avaland
Edited: Apr 8, 5:36am Top

>24 dudes22: Sounds good. I'm trying the use of painter's tape to mark quilting lines today....

26avaland
Edited: Apr 8, 5:37am Top



I posted these photos because I didn't want you to think—looking at that wall of fabric— that I was some compulsive neat freak. I do work messy and amongst clutter, and I'm comfortable with it (to a point). It reminds me a little of one of my grandson's activity play stations (or, what I refer to as his overstimulation station).

Will accept counseling from the group here :-)

27dudes22
Jan 14, 2:48pm Top

But it's such a nice big room. Surely no one expects it to be empty? I decided when we were moving that I needed to take a very serious look at what I thought I would do one we moved and what I should get rid of. I got rid of a ton of stuff but still couldn't bear to part with a few things that I still think I might do someday.

I did realize that I never posted pictures of the room my husband made for me to quilt in in the new house. I'll have to remember to do that when I get home.

28SassyLassy
Jan 14, 6:22pm Top

>25 avaland: Love that "working mess - that's always my explanation too! Seriously though, it does look organized in its/your way, which is the only way to organize if you are going to get anything done. Also love "I accumulate faster than I produce". Isn't that so you can produce more, more readily!? (My friends do call me the consummate enabler.)

29avaland
Jan 15, 4:47pm Top

Oh, you enablers!

While looking at my own photos I was inspired to rearrange, declutter (as much as one can), reorganize, dust, clean the iron and the windows, pack up some bags for Goodwill. My oak bar chair is going to the bookstore and I’ve decided to give up both dress dummies. I rearranged to make it more open in the middle and will probably take out the high table and possibly offer the blue Elna machine to my younger daughter (thinking more on that last bit). All that said, there is still a lot I didn’t deal with.

Betty, do post room photos when you get back home.

30avaland
Jan 21, 7:49pm Top

I've been on prednisone (steroids) due to sudden deafness in one ear and the nervous energy it produces has me zipping around the studio like a mad woman. That's why the cleaning and reorganizing was going on. I started making scrap squares and accumulated another 200 so had over 500...so then put together 144 of them for a quick quilt. Now, I've pulled out all of my solids and am cutting 5" strips and squares for a quilt project, but I'm also sticking my fingers in this and that. Good thing last dose is tomorrow!

Finished the pink & green charity quilt. Bound it while visiting while gabbing with my SIL & brother in Maine late last week. Another bit of UFO taken care of.

I have about 5 quilts needing quilting now and I may have to consider doing more of them myself either roughing it here or renting time on a quilting machine. Or, I need to expand my list of machine quilters. Or both.

31dudes22
Jan 22, 6:44am Top

My goodness. Even your post sounds busy. Sounds like you're getting a lot done. Hope the prednisone works for your deafness.

32avaland
Jan 23, 6:59pm Top

31 Nah, the steroid did nothing. But, hey, no tumor or anything. I'll be getting a hearing aid. Today was the last dose, thankfully. Maybe I'll slow down a bit.

I've just cut 5" squares of most of the solid color cottons I have for a quilt. Still, I felt it necessary to buy 15 half yard pieces of Kona cotton in varying hues to fill in the color gaps I have:-) * There are going to be a lot of triangles!

*I get these from Hancocks at Paducah online, and shop from a sample "folder" of Kona Cotton colors that I bought a few years ago.

33lesmel
Jan 24, 12:53pm Top

>30 avaland: & >32 avaland: Sudden Sensory Hearing Loss is possibly the most common audiology problem. When my mom lost her hearing (due to medication) in her left ear, the audiologist she saw said he sees at least 4 patients a week with SSHL.

34avaland
Edited: Jan 29, 6:23am Top

>33 lesmel: Interesting. I think I saw at stat that said this happens to 2 or 3 out of 250-300 people.

Starting a new project, so as mentioned above I have been digging out all the solid color fabrics I have and cutting 5" strips and squares.



Here is the sample block which in about 12" across (done with a limited number of colors, so imagine a richer variety). It's made up of 12 triangles which made up of four small triangles each.

{photo removed}

The colors in the photo are darker than in RL.

35dudes22
Jan 25, 8:48am Top

OH my gosh! I love that block! And I've always been afraid of solids in my quilts. I figure prints hide mistakes. Are you making some as HSTs first?

36lauralkeet
Jan 25, 9:53am Top

>34 avaland: ooh, I absolutely love that block too!

37avaland
Edited: Jan 25, 8:53pm Top

Thanks, the appeal to me is probably obvious 😜

>35 dudes22: Yes, some number over 200 (280?), but I’m holding off putting them together until I receive the additional colors. I’m cutting 5” squares in quarters diagonally & then sewing them together. Every time I work with small triangles I swear I won’t do it again....

I can’t decide whether to include the grays and browns...any thoughts?

38dudes22
Jan 26, 6:45am Top

I'd keep them. You have such a wide variety of colors they'll work in. Maybe just not as many as other colors dependingon the look you want. What about stitching the fabrics together before you cut them? You know - stitching on each side of the diagonal and then cutting them apart? Or if you're worried that wouldn't be enough variety (heaven forbid) then just do one way and then rearrange them for the other diagonal.

39avaland
Jan 26, 8:32am Top

>38 dudes22: Did think about the express sewing of the 5” squares but I’ve decided to cut the triangles first for maximum mixing. Although, I could do some, perhaps a third that way (I just don’t want, say, the peach always next to the cobalt blue, if you know what I mean.

I think you are right, I should keep some of the browns & grays.

I did think about doing a ‘natural’ color center square instead of the black. The old pattern I found called for 4 1/4” squares cut into the 4 triangles and I thought: no way and upped it to 5” squares.

40scaifea
Jan 26, 8:53am Top

Whoa, that's gorgeous!! I can't wait to see more!

41avaland
Edited: Jan 28, 4:28am Top

>38 dudes22: Betty, I started out doing some of the half square triangle blocks the express way and it just went so well that I talked myself into doing them all that way* (about 74 pairs of 5" squares mixed colors, stitched around the edges and cut twice diagonally for roughly 296 little blocks). It might be reducing the "mix" but I'm hoping it won't be noticeable when the additional two triangles are added to the sub-block

Then I cut the rest of the 5" squares (roughly another 70) diagonally twice for 280 separate triangles. I think I'm going to need much more...but it's a start (and I am mighty tired of cutting!)

*Perhaps I was just being lazy

42dudes22
Jan 27, 6:47pm Top

That's great! I think even if you notice that there isn't as much of a mix as you were thinking, that you'll be the only one who notices.

43avaland
Edited: Jan 28, 4:45am Top

>42 dudes22: Quite possibly.

I really shouldn't have started yet another project as I still have the 2018 "wild goose chase" a.k.a.
"Swedish Death Cleaning" project in limbo. Perhaps it's a winter thing....

44avaland
Edited: Apr 8, 5:38am Top



Spent yesterday working on these two, finished 15" blocks (the previous photo was a mock up of a block). I changed the dimension of the block from the one I found in an older book, so I had to recalculate the pieces and I didn't get the black square calculated correctly the first time. There are 48 triangles in each block and it's more than a little crazy-making to get them all to come together reasonably well (I am by no means a perfectionist, but I don't want any glaring distractions). And I kept sewing the triangles on the wrong way and having to pick the seams apart. In the afternoon I drove off to one of the local quilt shops to fetch a few more colors (I felt I had a lack of oranges).

Now that the worse is over (I hope), it should go smoother. I can't decide thought whether to make a large lap quilt or something that would fit a bed....

45dudes22
Jan 29, 7:17am Top

I do really like this! I don't think I'd work with triangles unless it was paper-pieced. Hate bias edges.

46lauralkeet
Edited: Jan 29, 8:02am Top

I love the colors against the black, it's really striking. I can't imagine doing all that fiddly piecing. You're very good at it and have the patience required to make it look really nice.

47SassyLassy
Jan 29, 9:54am Top

>44 avaland: Well I do really like the black there, despite my reservations about black mentioned elsewhere, but in yours a good strong colour is needed and it looks great.

You also answered one of my unvoiced questions that I didn't ask because I couldn't contemplate doing it myself if I wanted to maintain any vestiges of sanity - you are going to join the triangles at the block seams! I know you will do it beautifully; I know I am nowhere near there as yet.

48avaland
Jan 30, 6:33am Top

>45 dudes22: I understand, I really do.
>46 lauralkeet: Well, I will only fiddle so long ...I'm okay with some imperfection.
>47 SassyLassy: OMG, you are right! I hadn't thought that far ahead!



"...I going slightly mad...it finally happened..."

49SassyLassy
Jan 30, 10:07am Top

>48 avaland: That's stunning and well worth being slightly mad!

Forgot to add support for the oranges. I have a hooking UFO for which I dyed a dozen different orange shades and am hooking it in irregular waves. I should find it - unseen since the move, which means it is in one of the dreaded bins.

50dudes22
Edited: Jan 30, 1:19pm Top

That's looking awesome. I'm not sure if it's just the picture, but I like how some blocks have a dark triangle in the first row that makes it look like it's not just a square in the middle. Like the square has a point on it. (Bottom right square, for example)

>49 SassyLassy: - You know - I was never a big fan of orange in my quilts until a couple of years ago. Now I find I buy quite a bit.

ETA: I don't envy you the seam match. I know when I do flying geese that's one of the things I hate.

51avaland
Feb 2, 5:53am Top

>49 SassyLassy: Thanks. You know what a tease you are, don't you? We dearly want to SEE some of your work...:-)

>50 dudes22: Yes, I see what you mean. The photo is a bit darker than real life, but it still might have that effect in low light. I initially thought some pieces were too dark but threw them in the mix eventually to balance the brights and lights. The only colors I avoided were the really light pastels....

I still have the flying geese project with the sentimental fabrics to finish, but that is, thankfully, paper-piecing.

52avaland
Edited: Feb 2, 6:25am Top

OK, after a marathon day yesterday, here are the blocks:



There are 1,152 triangles in this quilt. 48 per full block. I thought I might stop at an oversized lap quilt, but it was only 5 more full blocks to make it 63"x84" and I was on a roll...

And in the evening I put together the upper left hand corner—just to see how bad it was going to be to put together the block edges. I pinned it through the points, and there is a bit of fudging but only one place that needed to be picked out and redone (1 out of 12, so that leaves about 100 more to go, ha ha).

53dudes22
Feb 2, 6:18am Top

That is really extremely striking. I envy your speed at getting these things done.

54avaland
Edited: Feb 2, 6:26am Top

>52 avaland: It's a wee bit addictive...or obsessive. I haven't been out of the house in FOUR DAYS! (except for yesterday, I limited it to mostly mornings).

55Lyndatrue
Feb 2, 1:54pm Top

>52 avaland: Dang. That is an amazing piece. Although my preference is always for the old-fashioned quilts, that one would stop me at the fair. Adding the black to it truly sets off the colors; it's very striking.

56avaland
Feb 4, 6:23am Top

>55 Lyndatrue: Thanks. Not sure why I'm not attracted to the "old-fashioned" styles, perhaps because I have several vintage quilts, or perhaps I get a buzz off vivid colors (child of the late 60s, early 70s)

I have most of the quilt together, just two more seams to go! It is a bit hair-raising and there always seems to be one triangle that is "off." At least on one occasion I picked the triangle out and put in a new one. No work on it yesterday as the grandson came over and kept us occupied for most of the day.

57avaland
Feb 7, 12:03pm Top

The Way-Too-Many-Triangles Quilt is all together now and my sanity is intact. I will have to put it in the pile needing quilting -- not sure how I want it quilted. Perhaps I could do some simple lines.

Anyway, I put this one back up on the wall and have added the outer blocks (which are unfinished. The white you see is the paper. I need to find where I stashed the large triangles for the corners). The blocks are made with fabrics I had used in clothing, quilts and other domestic projects from the 70s to present day (there is only a few pieces from the 70s). They are arranged with the oldest fabrics in the middle (much lighter, aren't they? I made a lot of clothing for my children, particularly the girls)

At last count I now have done about 70 quilts and a fair number can't be represented for one reason or another. I use photos to remind me what fabrics I used and I tear the room apart looking for a piece of it (what is amazing is that I usually find one...eventually)



The colors don't seem to read well in this photo or on this platform...but you get the idea.

58avaland
Feb 24, 6:38pm Top

Taking three small quilts to a quilter tomorrow. She's someone who did a quilt for me back in '06. I didn't hear from my regular quilter nor from a another person (friend of the quilt shop owner) that was going to call me, so I had to find another as the quilts were piling up (and the studio was feeling rather congested).

My son brought back to me the magenta scrap quilt (some of you might remember it) that was made for my then-future daughter-in-law. That marriage lasted a couple of years and she left it behind when she moved her stuff out. Long story but as much as I love it, I can't keep it. I gave it a good wash and it will go to one of my best bud's daughters.

59avaland
Feb 27, 9:05am Top

The three quilts are with the quilter and I won't see them again until April. I may quilt the one in #52 above myself.

and I finished the last block for the quilt in #57.

Doodled around some of yesterday playing with a few of the blocks from the encyclopedia I've bookmarked over the years (The Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns--one of my favorites places to play). This might be the next project....



One quarter of this visual is the actual block, and it was first published in 1930 as both "Interwoven Puzzle" and "Puzzle in a Quilt." I made up the four blocks because I wanted I couldn't tell from the one block how they interconnected. To make the pattern shown, I use two different blocks and they are placed differently (and, it took me a while to figure that out...thus the puzzle bit....) I really don't want to work with tiny triangles again (never say never), so I'd enlarge it.

I'm still thinking about it. I have many other blocks in the book that intrigue me, so plenty to keep my brain entertained.

60SassyLassy
Feb 27, 2:36pm Top

I love that -- I may have to hook it.

61dudes22
Edited: Feb 27, 2:49pm Top

That reminds me of a quilt I’ve been thinking about doing that is similar except it has more weaving (?) and the colored strips are solid. We’re on vacation in Mexico and the WiFi is terrible but I’ll see if I can find the magazine I got it from online and post it here. (It was on the front cover).
ETA: you might be able to download the instructions.

62dudes22
Feb 27, 8:16pm Top

I couldn’t find it. I just ripped it out of a magazine before we came and it was on the cover. I’ll have to look when we get back.

63avaland
Edited: Feb 28, 6:01am Top

>60 SassyLassy: As best I can tell, I can't make X number of identical blocks for this (although two of the four here are identical). I tried to use one of these two to expand to one side and it was a no go....

This pattern can be done with scraps, which appeals to me, of course.

>61 dudes22: The block is one quarter of that picture and I imagine it could look quite different if colored differently. I can't believe you are down in Mexico trying to find a pattern....

64dudes22
Feb 28, 2:05pm Top

>63 avaland: - I can see how the yellow and green won’t make a complete pattern if you just add blocks. Maybe you could take some blank graph paper and make your own extension.

65avaland
Mar 5, 6:13am Top

>64 dudes22: Exactly! This is what I thought might be going on, especially when the name of the block has the word "puzzle" in it. I might be up for a puzzle in the near future.

Putting together the quilt shown in #57 now.

I was cleaning in the basement recently and found a cache of photos, including a small album where I put photos of things I have made. I came across a couple of photos of the 2nd quilt I made in '83-'84.



I had picked a block pattern out of a 101 Patchwork Designs by Maggie Malone (c. 1982) and used scraps. Some of those scraps have made it all the way through the years and into the quilt pictured in #57. So, I was doing much the same thing when I started as I am now, although there has been a lot of experimentation in between.

66SassyLassy
Mar 5, 11:02am Top

>63 avaland: I did manage to work out that if you wanted to expand the pattern and keep it centred, you would have to surround the centre completely each time. The first time takes 12 blocks, each additional iteration adds another 8: 12, 20, 28... Having it follow the pattern though, as you say, doesn't give identical blocks for quilting, although the further out you go, the greater the number of identical blocks you would create in each set (a lot of rotation involved here). Seems like a fun puzzle for a snow day!

>65 avaland: Looks like you were already jumping in with both feet even then - lots of points and bias seams already.

67dudes22
Mar 5, 1:20pm Top

>That’s so interesting. I don’t think I was quilting in the eighties. Can’t remember when I started. Pretty sure I didn’t get started until the mid-nineties. And to think you still had some of the fabric. Although the first quilt I made was a lap quilt for my husband which had golfers in one of the fabrics and a plaid and I still have some pieces of them. So maybe not that surprising.

68avaland
Mar 5, 6:45pm Top

>66 SassyLassy: Yes, indeed. Not sure I feel I have to center the red, but we’ll see what happens. I have figured that I can do each row via paper-piecing, too. I will just have to draw out the paper pattern & run some copies. If the squares are two inches finished those blocks will be 16”. Still, it intrigues me.

69avaland
Mar 5, 6:59pm Top

>67 dudes22: Just when I think I’ve used it all, I find some....

70dudes22
Mar 6, 12:00pm Top

>68 avaland: - I thought perhaps you would be doing HSTs. I had thought perhaps you could use one of the methods making multiple HSTs and then spin them around. Surely you have some big enough scraps? I have to admit that paper piecing always seems to get too bulky where all the seams meet.

71avaland
Mar 7, 6:01am Top

>70 dudes22: It depends on what size I end up going with. There are 64 squares or HSTs in each block. I did a mock up on the design board using HSTs from sewing two 5 inch squares together. I thought it a bit too big. I drew up for paper piecing the eight rows for the first block and have done 3 of the rows. The squares & HST are much smaller and, if it works, the smaller squares/HSTs will allow me to show more of the pattern.

Of course, the first thing I forgot, and did not discover until I finished the first row, is that the paper-piecing design should be a reverse of what one wants because you sew the pieces on the back of the pattern. I forgot this and thus—unless I want to redraw them all—my finished rows are mirror images (which is ok because this whole puzzle pattern is nutty and it uses mirror images)

The pattern is one of four interlinked squares, so I can do the squares in four repeating colors or make each square a different color (but that means I'll have to be at the top of my game because every block will be different after that first one!)

72avaland
Edited: Mar 7, 2:06pm Top

>66 SassyLassy:, >70 dudes22: Photo to illustrate above babblings...



At the top: a mock up on one block using half square triangles made from sewing two 5 inch squares together around the edges and cutting it diagonally corner to corner. The squares are 3.25 inches. That mock-up, squares not sewn together, is 2 ft. across.
Bottom left: 5 blocks done in colored pencil
Bottom right: three of eight rows of one block done via paper-piecing (rows are not sewn together yet). The squares here are 2 inches before sewing, so 1.5 finished for a 12x12 inch finished block.

73dudes22
Mar 8, 8:10am Top

Yes - a 2ft square is rather large. Now you have an orphan block - ooo - what if you use it in the middle of the back? Actually I could also see it just framed and hanging on the wall of your sewing room. OR the center of a medallion quilt. Just keep adding borders. ok - I have to stop now.

We got home last night so I'm hoping to get to some sewing maybe tomorrow.

74avaland
Edited: Apr 8, 5:39am Top

>73 dudes22: Are you glad to be home?

I'm crying "uncle" already. I looked at the paper-pieced rows and thought something wrong, picked out a few seams and "fixed" it, only to discover it hadn't been wrong after all. I'm thinking that the nature of paper piecing in this instance will just cause me more pain than gain, so I think I will use the method for the large mock-up, making half square triangles with the 5 inch squares and do the quilt on a larger scale.

Sewn together that block will be 22", four blocks 44 x 44", and if I add another 1/2 block width on all sides it will be a 66 x 66" oversized lap quilt. And my sanity will be left intact.

I now much decide whether I use white & off-white scraps for the background (as I am prone to do) or make it all one fabric (if I do the primary colors, it will be white).

------

Haul from the Fabric Extravaganza in Nashua (NH) yesterday. 9 dealers in a hotel ballroom selling all sale materials: fabric, books, kits, tools, patterns....etc I got about 6 yards of mostly pieces smaller than a yard for about $20 total. Might go back again today to see if I really missed anything.

75dudes22
Mar 8, 3:40pm Top

I'm glad to be home except for the cold. Those look like some nice fabrics. Ryco's in Lincoln (I think we talked about them) is having their yearly big St Patrick's Day Sale next Saturday. I have a gift cert from Christmas I'm planning to take and use. It just gets so busy that it can take a while to check out.

76mabith
Mar 8, 9:23pm Top

That interlocking square pattern is really neat.

77avaland
Mar 9, 9:27am Top

>75 dudes22: I went back to the sale yesterday and picked up more. About half of the dealers had marked things down a notch, and it was far less crowded. I picked up some pieces for the current project (just the excuse I used, of course), a few odd scrap pieces, and some odd lots of whites and off-white (which I can always use).

One of the dealers was the Christmas Tree Shop and I never realized they had fabric (I've only been in one once a long time ago). They were selling half yard pieces of good quality fabric for $2.75.

78dudes22
Mar 9, 4:27pm Top

So I found that pattern I was talking about earlier, but I realized it probably wasn't what you'd like. Not sure it would be "scrap friendly". And I discovered that there were two templates I didn't rip out of the magazine.

79avaland
Mar 12, 1:13pm Top

Yes, I finding that puzzle pattern is not so scrap friendly.

80avaland
Edited: Mar 14, 4:02pm Top

I had done the mock up of the one block in red, blue, green & yellow but when it came to the real thing, I changed over to teal, yellow, violet and fuchsia/magenta. Here is most of it up on the design wall: two blocks and some extra (have to make more squares) out of what will be 4 blocks (each block is 8x8 rows), plus two more rows on each side (so 20x20 rows) and that will make it about 5 1/2 ft wide. A decent-sized lap quilt.

Believe it or not, those are not solids, but prints! Tough to find enough prints of roughly the same color and saturation to do this; there is a lot of repetition. I would have liked to do it more scrappy but the colored pieces are not spaced conducive for that.

The yellow is actually part of four square-shaped "links" (like the red one you see in the center), but I did briefly think about making the yellow a bigger link around the red central one, but decided against it.



I'm thinking of getting the carpal tunnel taken care of so I can go back to Victorian crazy quilting, which would slow my production down considerably. ha ha.

81dudes22
Mar 14, 7:22pm Top

Where to start? That really is a great block/s. I can see a little bit of the prints in the yellow, but the rest do look almost solid.

Hopefully the carpel tunnel will go ok. You really do zip through blocks.

82avaland
Mar 15, 5:49am Top

>81 dudes22: Thanks, Betty. I think, if I have surgery on the wrist, it probably should be summer....

83dudes22
Mar 15, 7:03am Top

>82 avaland: - Yes - that way you can sit outside with a good book while you recover.

84lauralkeet
Mar 15, 7:18am Top

Oh the pieces are prints! I can sorta see it on a closer look (are some of the prints batik?). I love that you were able to find scraps that matched so well. It makes the quilt all the more amazing.

85avaland
Mar 16, 7:08am Top

>84 lauralkeet: I think there might be one magenta batik but that's it. As I have needed more pieces I've stretched the colors and prints a wee bit.

I think I have all the squares made but they don't all fit on the design wall (even though I've just added some batting strips to either side so I can extend it a row....

I've decided to do the four original blocks (the photo is most of three blocks) and add another two squares around those blocks to make the quilt roughly 5 x 5'. I'm tempted to temporarily move my sewing machine next to the design wall when I start sewing those squares together...

86dudes22
Mar 17, 8:01am Top

Lois - How do you think I should attach my batting to my design wall? I thought about spray baste, but then I thought "what if I need to take it off?". what about thumb tacks?

87avaland
Mar 17, 11:28am Top

>86 dudes22: Are you fastening it to drywall or something else? I'm using only the flannel, but I used a staple gun about every 6-8 inches into the drywall. I assume a staple remover or screwdriver would remove them. Last week I cut two narrow strips from leftover batting to place on each side of my main design fabric and also used the staple gun on that. You could probably use tacks with no problem. At some point, when I can find a way to get the large pieces of rigid insulation to the house, I will take this piece down and staple it to the insulation. I have a second gridded piece for a second piece of "wall".

This latest quilt really needed ALL of it up on the design wall (even with the little extension I could only get 18 of 20 squares up) and I will probably temporarily move my machine next to the wall when I start sewing it together (because I think I'm going to sew it together row by row—20 squares each row)

88dudes22
Mar 17, 12:51pm Top

>87 avaland: - Thanks for your thoughts. Hubby nixed the tacks - said the shafts wouldn't be long enough. It is the rigid insulation that I'm attaching it to. He thought that we should use spray adhesive. He says if I ever need to change it, we'll flip the insulation around.

Maybe once you do a few rows/squares (depending on how you plan to attack it), the seam allowances will take up some space so you can fit more on.

89avaland
Edited: Mar 20, 5:54pm Top

>88 dudes22: I just want to use rigid insulation so I can have a second piece. My wall is limited, bordered by two windows.

I haven't been in the studio for a few days! Imagine.

Here is a close-up of what's on the design wall. I think you might be able to see the the pieces are prints.

90dudes22
Mar 24, 1:57pm Top

That's looking nice. I can see the prints a little bit more. Since you're the queen of HSTs, I thought I'd get your opinion on a project. I've started cutting for a new project that has quite a few HSTs. The method in the pattern is the squares with stitching on each side of the diagonal of the squares then cut apart on the diagonal. Although my HSTs are somewhat scrappy, they're all in various patterns of red and white. I'm going to need a lot of them so I've been debating other methods of making HSTs to get a larger amount at one time. I was thinking of the method where you sew strips together and then cut them on the diagonal and then into HSTs. That leaves the edges on the bias but the HST would be the exact right size. The other thing I was contemplating was making them a little larger and then cutting them down to the exact size. (If I do them with the square method.) Any thoughts? Suggestions on what you've found that works well? Do you press to the dark or open? Ok - off to cut some fabric.

91avaland
Mar 24, 6:32pm Top

I press to the dark (that was the answer to the easy question😆)

I have done them several ways and I can’t say I have a favorite. I seem to frequently end up cursing Er, frustrated and declaring never again (just a ritual of a kind) I’m putting together now. I moved my machine over to the design board so I can just pick the squares off the board & sew. My method of using the 5” square turned out some HSTs that are “off” so lots of fudging. It will turn out all right, I’m sure.

I’m sure you will be fine whichever one you choose.

92avaland
Mar 30, 8:43pm Top

I have the squares for half of the rows for the puzzle quilt sewn together, and have sewn some of those rows together. Lots of pinning, a sometimes a rip-out and redo. I aim to sew a row or two most days, though I've had quite a few distractions this last week .

93dudes22
Mar 31, 6:09am Top

I'm sure with those points meeting, pinning is a good idea.

94avaland
Edited: Apr 2, 5:18pm Top

I picked up three quilts from Melissa the Quilter this afternoon. Remember this quilt? I found the block in the Jinny Beyer's encyclopedia of patterns and I threw it together in no time using, very randomly, 2 1/2" squares and strips. It was such a simple quilt I debated paying to have it quilted (was it really worth it?, I thought.)

But, the quilting has really made the quilt! I don't know if you can see it in this photo....but it's a flower pattern:

95Lyndatrue
Apr 2, 6:35pm Top

>94 avaland: It's very pretty. The quilting adds to it, of course, but it is pretty on its own, as well. I often wonder what will become of all the fabric and scraps in my sewing room, when I'm gone (no, I'm not expecting anything anytime soon, but it'll happen eventually).

That really is a lovely quilt.

96dudes22
Apr 3, 6:03am Top

That's really nice, Lois. I have to admit, big white spaces scare me. The quilting she did is really nice. I can see the flowers.

97avaland
Apr 3, 7:02am Top

>95 Lyndatrue: Thanks. I think of that sometimes, too, Lynda. I would like to have it donated to a group who exclusively makes charity quilts (but not the average quilt group). I keep thinking I'm sewing the stash down, but then I find a few pieces on sale or a lovely fat quarter I can't resist or someone gives me a bag of scraps or I cut up some piece of clothing from Goodwill....

Maybe I'll send it all to Amber! LOL (like she won't be buried under her own stash by the time she is my age)

>96 dudes22: I had just been thinking, as I finish putting together the puzzle quilt, that I was tired of white and off-backgrounds. This is probably why I feel the need to make those random scrappy squares: to achieve some sort of equilibrium.

98lauralkeet
Apr 3, 9:59am Top

>97 avaland: I would like to have it donated to a group who exclusively makes charity quilts

Lois, you may recall I took charge of my mom's fabric stash when she was no longer able to make use of it. At the time you suggested I look into Project Linus as a possible recipient. I eventually acted on that suggestion and found that while my local chapter did more knit & crochet work, they did have some quilters who were very happy to take the fabric off my hands.

99scaifea
Apr 4, 6:10am Top

>97 avaland: *snork!* I think it's sweet that you assume I'm not already buried...

100avaland
Apr 5, 6:37am Top

>98 lauralkeet: I remember that!

>99 scaifea: Oh, I assume you are buried, of course, but when has that ever stopped any of us from adding more?!

101scaifea
Apr 5, 6:52am Top

102avaland
Apr 8, 5:26am Top

The purple quilt is finally done and packed up for mailing off. I took it outside for photos, and it added some bold color to a dull, early spring landscape (however, the quilt goes nicely with our blue-violet shutters!)



103avaland
Edited: Apr 8, 5:39am Top

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104scaifea
Apr 8, 6:09am Top

>102 avaland: I LOVE the colors in that one! Beautiful!

105lauralkeet
Apr 8, 6:56am Top

Ooh, I love those colors too!

106dudes22
Apr 8, 7:20am Top

You do such a good job with your scrap quilts. I love that little pop of turquoise in the quilt.

107Lyndatrue
Apr 8, 12:10pm Top

>102 avaland: I'm just stunned with this quilt. I would give serious money for that, and I honestly am trying to have LESS things, not more. I do love purple, and I'd use this quilt as a bed topper, because I would want to see it every morning.

Your photograph gives me the best possible solution. I can admire it as much as I like, and it won't need washing, or folding, or room on the quilt/blanket shelf.

It's really a lovely quilt. :-}

108mabith
Apr 8, 12:59pm Top

Lovely!

109avaland
Apr 9, 6:04am Top

>104 scaifea:, 105 Thanks!

>106 dudes22: Thanks, Betty (and I must of thought I could get away with that pop of turquoise).

>107 Lyndatrue: I admit that I am quite fond of it myself, but it's now with the postal system winding it's way to the giftee.

>108 mabith: Thanks, Meredith.

I have thought about doing another color scrap quilt, but can't decide which one. Green, perhaps. or Blue. Yellow-Orange might be too bright. I'll put it on the endless mental list of projects to do.

I have the 2nd of the 3 now bound (my thumb arthritis is, of course, acting up... but I persevere). Today, I'll take a few photos and box it up for mailing. Next, I'll bind the one in #94.

And I stitched up the last few rows for the puzzle quilt, so now it's just stitching the rows together. It's fussy stitching (which is why I have sometimes put it off).

110avaland
Apr 22, 6:26am Top

Finished assembling the top of the "puzzle" quilt, and am doing some random sewing of scrap squares, but spring has made itself known so i have been outside raking, tilling...etc.

111avaland
May 2, 7:29am Top

Here it is, a week later than my last post, and the finished puzzle quilt top still hangs from the design wall, and I'm still sewing those scrappy blocks. I have now amassed 500+ squares and am still at it. All I can say is that it has been rainy...

But, I've been thinking about doing a brown version of the random scrap quilt for a friend who likes brown. While brown doesn't sit on the color wheel in the same way as the others, but certainly other colors are added to make it reddish, golden, greenish.... I have an ok collection of browns, so we'll see....

But then, the Jinny Beyer album of blocks is nearby taunting me, and some unfinished charity quilts are whispering from the UFO shelf....

112dudes22
Edited: May 2, 6:55pm Top

Let me know if you need some browns. I'm sure I've got some I could spare. ha, ha ha...

113avaland
May 3, 8:37am Top

>112 dudes22: Thanks for the offer, Betty. Once I started digging (beyond the obvious collection on the shelves), I found more than I imagined I would have. Much will depend how I want to do this scrappy quilt.

I should be out planting, weeding...etc but it's rain, rain and more rain.

114dudes22
May 3, 6:25pm Top

OK - just let me know if you need some.

Same here. I'm so Tired (yes - capital T) of damp, drizzle, rain, clouds, repeat... We're something like 15 deg below average temp.

I picked up a notice at the fabric store about a show in Springfield, MA. How far is that for you? It's about 2 hours for me, but I'd consider it. Are you going to the Vermont show this year?

115SassyLassy
May 4, 8:58am Top

>111 avaland: I like working with browns. It can be such a warm colour at times, and at others, depending upon the mix, it can look quite crisp and new. I think part of its problem may be people's memories of it in '70's decorating, or gloomy cabins on rainy days, or used in unfortunate materials. And while I do like it, somehow I can never find quite the right spot for the finished item.

So, the question is, does brown have a place in today's world?

Actually, I just realized that although it doesn't really feature in my house, it is the predominant colour in my wardrobe, and has been for years. No black in my closets!

>113 avaland: I hate to think what that rain is doing to the weeds. Lately our forecasts can be summed up by RDF: rain, drizzle, fog. Summer is coming though.

116avaland
Edited: May 6, 10:33am Top

>114 dudes22: I've been looking at the Vermont Quilt Festival flyer that I got, but am unlikely to go. Are you talking about World Quilt New England in August (I Googled)? Springfield is roughly 2 hrs for me, also. I probably wouldn't go to an event in August; I don't do well in the heat.

>115 SassyLassy: I am having trouble remembering the brown in 70s decorating... I have a few browns in the house (outside of the kitchen), but then I live surrounded by woods with all manner of grays, browns and other earthy colors.

I keep seeing peeks of sun this morning so I should abandon the studio for the outside world. I bought some plants and bushes which need planting, and I have sworn to throw all the seeds I bought for last year into the garden and see what comes up (I never got them planted because of last year's rain).

117dudes22
May 6, 12:46pm Top

I pulled out the flyer I had and, yes, it is in Aug. It's 2 hours for me. I went to a quilt show this weekend which wasn't really worth it.

118lauralkeet
May 6, 1:09pm Top

>116 avaland: the brown in 70s decorating
My parents finished our basement in the 1970s, which involved paneling of course (therefore brown), and I vaguely remember a theme of brown/orange/red both in the basement and our family room.

Funny though, when my mom got into quilting many years later, her work was a riot of color. I have one of her quilts that is reminiscent of fall leaves, but for the most part her work was a lot brighter and colorful.

119avaland
May 8, 7:08am Top

>118 lauralkeet: Oh, interesting!! We did have knotty pine paneling, but our house would have been more late 50s decor. Interesting about your mother's quilts. Did you inherit quite a few of them?

120avaland
May 8, 7:14am Top

>117 dudes22: The New England Quilt museum has someone lecturing on Lowell's silk mills this Saturday (they have an exhibit of silk quilts) and I might go, particularly if the weather is inclement and I can't get any gardening done.

Here is what I did on Monday after the sun got too strong to be outdoors in:



The jelly cabinet was previous a light & lovely sage green, but since the newer, riotous wallpaper it's been out on the porch. Now, it's it lovely cerulean blue, it's back in the kitchen/dining area.

121dudes22
May 9, 6:12am Top

I saw that in the NEQ newsletter but we're going to a play Sat afternoon.

Like the cabinet. My sister did one in a barn red that's pretty and she uses it for her cookbooks since her kitchen is very small. I think yours looks a lot bigger than hers.

122lauralkeet
May 10, 2:24am Top

>119 avaland: When my brother and I cleared out my mother's final residence, we each chose quilts we especially liked. The care facility "inherited" some as well, to use in fundraising (like silent auctions).

123avaland
May 10, 4:32pm Top

>122 lauralkeet: Good idea!

124avaland
Edited: May 10, 4:53pm Top

So, I'm thinking of doing a BROWN scrappy quilt (similar to the Magenta, Purple, and Fall Colors ones) because I have a friend who loves the color brown and it offers a bit of a challenge, I think. It doesn't sit neatly on a color wheel; it's a composite of red, yellow and black (or other colors as almost anything can go into brown.

My brown collection sorted into several piles: dark earthy brown, golden brown, reddish brown, greenish brown, a taupe-ish, even a purplish brown. I wanted deep, rich colors so I've ruled out most of the golden and lighter tan tones. And I first avoided solids but have since added them in.

Here area small pieces of a lot of them (note: this photo reads it a bit darker than it actually is)



They won't go together like this as they will be put together into those 6 inch squares, but I wanted to put them all up there and see if there are any pieces that truly bug me (yes, certainly a few), and which ones I should do in small amounts or small pieces...etc. I can already see that I want that prints too near each other. I absolutely love the some of the larger prints but they need to be spread out over the quilt.

I did purposely push the red-browns SW and some of the green browns a bit NE. I think they will look better in "pools" or areas of like tones...

I'll jot down some notes before I take all these down and cut up the rest of the pieces. I'm sure there will be lots of rainy days ahead....

125dudes22
Edited: May 11, 7:21am Top

I'm not much of a brown person, myself. I think that one with the blue on the left side and that big print with the flowers might help it not look so "muddy". Although you did say the picture was darker than it really is, so maybe it's just the photo.

PS - let me know if you need more.

126avaland
May 11, 5:21pm Top

>125 dudes22: Betty, if you would like to send me some small pieces or short strips t of browns, I'd be grateful. I have a lot, but now that I've started to put the blocks together it doesn't seem as much of a variety. One of the few local shops is closing and having a sale this week, so I'll run up there and see what she has.

Only, if I can reciprocate, of course, with whatever your heart desires :-)

127dudes22
May 12, 6:02am Top

Please pop over and leave me a PM with your address and I'll spend some of this rainy Sunday finding you some. Payback for those lovely batiks you sent me.

128dudes22
May 14, 1:30pm Top

Put some fabric in the mail today. They tell me it should be there Thursday. Enjoy!

129avaland
May 15, 6:45am Top

>128 dudes22: Thanks so much, Betty. I drove to a quilt shop about 25 miles east of here to see what I could find to augment the piles. I have done about 30 squares out of 144 or 121. Because of all the different browns, I'm working this quilt somewhat differently....we will see how it goes.

130avaland
Edited: May 28, 1:29pm Top

The collection of brown scrappy squares thus far. I've put these up on the design board so I can start thinking about how I will arrange them. As you might notice there is a loose grouping of reddish browns, and greenish browns. There is a tiny collection in the upper left that is pinkish browns, and the few purplish browns are in the upper right.

{photo removed}

One thing I've noticed about doing this kind of quilt with browns is that the similar brown prints are much, much easier to spot than any other color I've worked with thus far. This means I can't get away with using too many of the same print in the quilt. There will be some squares that I will take down, slice up and rework. I'm playing with it all now (this isn't made to be hung up, btw)

131SassyLassy
May 20, 4:42pm Top

Lovely browns and looking very warm. It's interesting how many moods brown can convey.

132avaland
May 20, 5:01pm Top

>131 SassyLassy: So true! (thanks for stopping by!) I've done 109 squares now, about 12-15 more to do (need a few extra). I also need a bigger design board. I really need to see all of this quilt arranged. Maybe I'll talk the hubby into going to Home Deport for some rigid insulation assuming we can tie it to the top of the car.

133dudes22
May 20, 6:40pm Top

I applaud you for taking on a brown quilt. Your friend should be very happy. I like that it looks like some pops of lightness so it's not too somber.

134avaland
May 22, 6:11am Top

>133 dudes22: Thanks, Betty. I have finished the requisite number of squares but will make a few more as extras because sometimes some of the blocks just don't work with the whole. Currently, I have an area of reddish browns in one corner, golden browns in another, greenish brownish and a few taupe-ish in the remaining corner -- it's trying to make it look like the colors have just pooled there on their own that is a challenge.

And I took them all OFF the design wall because....

Yesterday, I FINALLY went to Lowes and bought two 4x8 ft pieces of rigid insulation for a bigger design wall. I no sooner got through checkout before I realized that it was extremely windy out and tying it to the top of the car (and keeping it there) would be a creative challenge (a couple of guys coming in or out of the store made snarky comments). Nevertheless, she persisted! Hubby assisted me in my mad challenge and he drove us home very slowly. I have two pieces of the gridded flannel to equal 84"x 72" and I can use leftover batting around the edges.

135dudes22
May 22, 6:16am Top

That's great. When Pete made my design wall in the basement, we used the rigid insulation too since he was insulating the rest of the basement anyway. Mine's 96"wide by 84" high and he managed to cut out a piece where the outlet is. Since you've got a picture of what it looked like before, you should be able to get them back in the same place. more or less...

136avaland
May 22, 6:28am Top

>138 You are up early! My room wouldn't accommodate a wall that big and they have to be moveable because of the windows. But that must be DIVINE!

The blocks don't have to go back in the exact same place, thankfully.

I'm on a tear to get this quilt together because the carpal tunnel in my left hand (I'm left-handed) is very bad now and I really need to schedule surgery.... (which I will schedule by the end of the week!)

137dudes22
May 22, 7:16am Top

I'm usually up between 4:30 and 5 - old habits and somehow I feel like I'm losing time. Definitely more a morning person. I liked the purple one you did this way and the brown one is coming along too. I'd thought about giving it a try, but a lot of my fabrics are too multi-colored to give the same look. Although I guess I could cut up some of those fabrics I might not use. There are so many things I want to make and not enough time.

138avaland
May 24, 3:08pm Top

>137 dudes22: I am a morning person also. And yes, I understand the plague of more ideas than time, which is probably for the best.

139avaland
May 28, 1:29pm Top

The brown quilt's squares sewn together. I had to use the hallway in order to arrange the squares for the entire quilt (until I get the design wall sorted in the studio).

The first square of each row is behind the labels.



Despite what I thought was careful placement (as much as one can do that with scrap quilts) I see more than a few things that bug me, but not enough to tear the the rows apart. It's not a quilt that is meant to be hung.

140avaland
May 28, 2:05pm Top

Actually, looking at the photo now, I think the golden browns are less vivid than shown in the photo, and the red-browns and green-browns are a bit more visible.... My faves are the deep chocolatey browns. Can you see any of your scraps, Betty? (thank you again!) Pieces of the assembled bits you sent (they had a white backing) have ended up in 3 or 4 squares. I had to be careful of the very light colors .

141dudes22
May 28, 4:40pm Top

I'd have to go and look at what I sent to figure it out. Glad some of them were of use to you. You really zip along when you decide to make a quilt.

142avaland
May 29, 5:47am Top

Well, the rows are together now and the quilt has been ironed. I can add it to the to-be-quilted pile. May go out today to see if I can find suitable backing from a store north of here before resorting to online. Did I say that I have about 400-500 of the regular scrappy squares already done and waiting for me to assemble into 3 or 4 quilts? (it's a compulsive thing).

My plan now is to schedule the carpal tunnel surgery, take the sewing machine for a tune-up, send the 3? 4? quilts to one or two machine quilters (I'm not sure when my hand will be up for binding them). And then live vicariously through all of you for a while, LOL (it's not like I don't have books to read; I can use my right hand to garden some, if needed).

143dudes22
Edited: May 29, 7:14am Top

I love the idea of how you do your scrappy blocks. But a lot of my scraps are of the novel prints variety which I don't think lend themselves to this type of block. Plus I might be just a little bit too much type A.

ETA: Do you find that all those seams make the quilt really heavy? I did finish one scrappy one and it seemed that it was a lot heavier. Not quilted yet either.

144avaland
May 29, 10:34am Top

It's interesting how different people approach the same things. I like to say I'm a right-brained, middle child, INFJ (one of the Myers Briggs 16 "types")

I haven't noticed it being any heavier than, say, that pineapple or the wild goose chase ones I did. There are some places where many seams happen to converge and there is a thick seam allowance to clip.

145Lyndatrue
May 29, 1:24pm Top

>139 avaland: I don't remember where the brown quilt was headed to, once finished. I envy whoever the final recipient is. It's very appealing to me, and seems warm and restful, all at the same time. I often buy quilts at estate sales (with the expectation of donating them to hospitals and such), but once in a rare while I keep one.

I would keep your brown one.

146avaland
May 29, 5:26pm Top

>145 Lyndatrue: It's going to be a surprise for a friend in Tennessee whose favorite color is brown. That's sweet, thanks for the compliment.

147avaland
May 31, 5:52am Top

Yesterday morning I packed up three quilts to go to Cheryl the Quilter, who I am having lunch with today.

And while the design board fabric was still hanging up in the hallway, I pulled out my collection of scrappy squares and put up another quilt of 121 squares (abt a 5x5ft lap quilt), then took the squares down in order with the rows labelled so I can sew it together whenever I'm in the mood. THEN, I did a second one. And judging by what remains in the basket, I have enough completed squares for at least two more!

And then, I started to re-organize and neaten up the sewing room. I found a stash of 4.5 inch half square triangle blocks, half white/off-white, half florals (leftover from a quilt made a few years ago, I think). So, I took it to the design board to see what I could make with them....and then I was off making up some more squares to complete the design....

I think this is all part of some kind of anxiety before the carpal tunnel surgery (which I still must schedule).

148avaland
Edited: May 31, 6:17am Top

Here are the blocks arranged light outward to dark....(pieces look darker than they really are in this photo)



I'll make up the remaining blocks, then take it down in order and mark it, so I can put it together sometime.

And, in case you might ask, our HC/trade paper SF book collection runs on the shelf near the ceiling. It begins at the back door running the length of the entire hallway and along two walls of our bedroom for maybe 50ft of shelving. More of it is his than mine.

149lauralkeet
May 31, 6:44am Top

>147 avaland: Wow Lois, that was quite a flurry of design. You could be right about what's motivating you, but judging by >148 avaland: that results are fabulous. I love the sort of gradient effect working from the center out.

150dudes22
May 31, 7:39am Top

Oh my gosh! You've been so busy. Makes me feel like a snail in comparison. I've seen variations of the quilt in #148 and one day I'll get to making one of them. I can't believe you had enough "left over" to make another quilt.

151Lyndatrue
May 31, 12:33pm Top

>148 avaland: It's rather like going to the county fair, of earlier times, with all the quilts hanging from the rafters, and me, walking under them, in admiration. I no longer go to the fair (too much walking, and too much noise, and far too many people), but I loved the exhibits of quilts.

I am impressed that you just tossed this one together. It's lovely.

152avaland
Jun 3, 6:20am Top

>151 Lyndatrue: Thanks. The blocks were made by putting two 5" squares together, drawing a line corner to corner and sewing on either side. I took the best of the two and made a quilt out of it several years ago and these are the leftovers, so not so choice pieces, if you know what I mean. But, I've made up the extra needed and when it's together it will at least be suited for charity.

I don't think I've been to a fair since the early '89 or '90 when the kids were still young enough to enjoy it. It appeals to me less these days because 1. hubby is a city boy (hmm, for that matter so was the 1st hubby) 2. for all the reasons you state.

153SassyLassy
Jun 3, 2:27pm Top

>147 avaland: When you're on a roll... Very impressive. Does that energy transmit virtually?

154dudes22
Jun 3, 2:58pm Top

>152 avaland: - Did you only use one because you wanted more variety or did some other factor make one “the best”?

155avaland
Jun 3, 4:49pm Top

OK, sooooo, carpal tunnel surgery is scheduled for the 26th on my left (dominate) hand. I imagine the flurry of activity will continue until then.

I did drop off the three quilts with Cheryl, but had second thoughts on the black and colorful solid triangles quilt of a few months ago. It's a tough one to quilt.

>153 SassyLassy: Don't we all wish!

>154 dudes22: Betty, the leftovers (I think) were from the quilt pictured below (from 2015 or '16). It's all florals or leaves and I was very fussy about which half I used. And I may have used both sides of the square for some prints, if it was different enough.



156avaland
Jun 3, 5:03pm Top

An idea popped into my head while fussing with the rows in #148. All of my floral prints are shelved by background color and the largest number of any are of red/rose/pink florals with a black background, so I'm thinking of using them in my go-to simple quilt pattern that uses 9.5, 4.5. 2.5 squares and 4.5 x 2.5 rectangles. I will use the larger motifs in the larger pieces.

I'll cut some pieces and try it on the design wall, and see if it will work.



157dudes22
Jun 3, 8:02pm Top

We're always looking for ideas for the next quilt, aren't we?

158avaland
Jun 4, 3:34pm Top

>157 dudes22: We are (and I've let that last one pass....)

159avaland
Edited: Jun 9, 5:31pm Top

Have started another pineapple quilt, this one is a bit more elaborate-looking (slightly more complex pattern), but definitely scrappy. The pattern looks like this and is roughly a 10 inch block:



My previous one used roughly 7" blocks and was this pattern:



Preparing for this, besides fussing with my laptop and the printer so as to print 40 copies on 11x17" paper (which I had to go buy....), means I spend time sorting my scrap bins out and pulling out prospective bits. I'm working on a second block now. Each of the floor "arms" are a different color, sorted from lighter in the center to darker at the adjoining corners. This isn't something I need to do in a hurry, what with the impending surgery happening in a few weeks.

There are still the three scrap quilts packed up that I could assemble anytime ....

160dudes22
Jun 10, 5:15am Top

I have some pineapple blocks to do for the red/white quilt. I traced one onto freezer paper to try and use a technique I learned when I took a class with Judy Mathieson many years ago making a Mariner's Compass Quilt. Once you iron the center piece to the paper, you fold the paper back on the line and trim to 1/4" before you sew the second piece to the first. You end up sewing right next to the freezer paper instead of through it. So in the end, there's no paper to remove and you can use the freezer paper over again. And once you've made the first pattern, you can stack a few freezer squares together and sew through them with no thread in your machine (and an old needle) to make multiple patterns. (also helps when folding back the paper) I'm thinking of tackling one after I finish the "trip" block I'm working on now.

161avaland
Edited: Jun 10, 3:17pm Top

>160 dudes22: Interesting. I've used the Golden paper (or whatever it's called) and the treadless needle to reproduce many copies of a design when I was doing my own machine quilting.

I've spent several hours today putting groups of fabric pieces today in little piles. Each of the four colors has six pieces (small to large) so that is 24 pieces of color in each block, and with 36 blocks, that 900 pieces (and another 720 white/off white pieces). I was hoping to not use repeat fabrics, but even I don't have 900 different fabric pieces.... (hmm, I wonder)

162dudes22
Jun 10, 9:34pm Top

>161 avaland: - LOL - I bet if you cut from different parts of some materials, it could look like different materials - maybe you could get to 900.

I've used Golden paper before for my machine quilting too. I've copied the pattern to the paper and then pinned it to the quilt.

163avaland
Jun 12, 5:23am Top

>162 dudes22: Yes, that has crossed my mind while digging through the scraps; it's a good idea. The large motifs don't work well, and I have to be careful with anything with black in it. Still, I don't want to over-engineer the fabric choices.
I've folded together sets of 6 fabrics—maybe 40 of them—that's enough for 10 blocks...then I'll have to do it all over again. The things I get myself into...and what a mess I've made in the studio.

164dudes22
Edited: Jun 12, 7:34am Top

Well - I'd hate to have you fall short. Let me know if you need some fabric. Or maybe once I see a few blocks, I get an idea of what you might need. I also have plenty (!) of white and off whites if you need some. Even if you can't sew, you can sort. And you need such a little amount of each.

ETA: Plus, if I give you most of my stash, I can buy more.

165avaland
Edited: Jun 14, 9:22am Top

>164 dudes22: After the first couple of blocks, this is my plan/method/approach....each color roughly light to dark, being wary of too-busy, too large prints, prints with black, or with too much white, and no solids. I am avoiding supersaturated reds, in particular. I'm careful with the batiks as some read lighter than they look and they don't always play well with others, and I try to alternate prints so they read as individuals. After doing a few of these blocks, I am not necessarily making the corner triangle the darkest piece anymore but I will keep in mind that effect of framing the corner piece that you can see. I have also decided to add a few grays, tans & light browns.



I've sorted out 90 groups of 6 fabrics of roughly the same color, which will make 20+ blocks. I have an embarrassing amount of fabric when one hauls it all out to play with (bins and bins, shelves and shelves, buckets and buckets), but I seem have less reds, oranges and peaches that aren't batiks. If you have any of those colors, particularly the peaches & oranges, I'd be happy accept any donations. The smallest triangle near the middle is about 3 inches at base, the largest strip is about 6 inches in length. I've been cutting about 2 inches in width, though if I'm careful I can get away with 1 1/2.

PS: I lightened the photo but some pieces still look darker than they are....

166lauralkeet
Jun 14, 10:19am Top

Lois, that’s an absolutely beautiful design! I like watching your creative process.

167dudes22
Jun 14, 12:47pm Top

That's really nice. Funny, but I had already put aside a piece of a light peachy color and some off-whites. I'll look through my reds, oranges, and peachy colors to see what I have. And maybe a couple of surprises.

168avaland
Edited: Jun 16, 6:29am Top

>166 lauralkeet: Thanks, Laura! I read in an older quilting book yesterday that for scrap quilts to be called scrap quilts they must have at least 75 different fabrics. There was some story about a quilt being disqualified because it had less.*

>167 dudes22: Yellows are a bit low, too. I had quite a few of them, but a lot of them are batiks and either read too much as very light or they are just eye-popping bright. I've been trying to integrate the 1980s calicos; it's tough as the colors don't play as well with the more modern tones and tints. Still, I preserve, because they have meaning for me.

I've done six blocks. I only get one done a day. It can be a bit tedious so one a day is fine.

*During lunch I was flipping thought some old quilting books to look for some easy blocks I could use for charity quilts and found the story about the scrap quilts.

169dudes22
Jun 16, 7:07am Top

>168 avaland: - I can see how they would get tedious with all the trimming, etc. I sent you off a small package of fabrics yesterday. Can't remember if I put in any yellows. I tried for a few reds, but I think most of mine are more saturated than you want. I tried for some red/white prints from my quilt that are a little more dense with the red. Not sure if they'll work for this or not. I'll do some more rooting around to see what else I can send.

My red/white quilt has some pineapple blocks and I may tackle a few of them next. Since it's only red/white, I need to decide how to make them a little different. Or I may opt to do some of the simpler ones. Rainy here today so a good sewing day.

170avaland
Jun 18, 5:48am Top

>169 dudes22: I got your package late yesterday, what a wonderful surprise. Thank you! I had a lot of fun taking them out and sorting them. They have been put in the file folders for my next-sorting-of-the-colors. I had a few of the prints but in different colors (!)

Yesterday, I went through my Kaffe Fassett, Laura Birch, and Christmas fabrics piles to see what might work in the quilt. KF & LB don't always play well with others. Thanks again, Betty.

171dudes22
Jun 18, 7:26am Top

Glad you liked them. I tried to stay away from busy prints and I can see why KF &LB don't work well. I also have tons of novelty prints I've used for baby quilts and pillowcase that were just too busy.

172dudes22
Jun 18, 3:24pm Top

I meant to ask if those reds were anything like you're looking for. I realized when I was cutting out some reds yesterday that I might have some more that are kind of "dull".

173avaland
Jun 19, 9:00am Top

>171 dudes22:, >172 dudes22: I had so much fun yesterday putting together your fabrics with mine to make more 6-fabric groups. It's amazing: I had a lot of incomplete groups and many of your fabrics just fit in the missing spots. Lights where I needed lights, mediums where I needed mediums, a subtle print where I needed to separate two busier prints. I think I have enough now for all the blocks. An yes, the reds were very useful. Thanks again!

I've come down with a rotten cold which should slow down my intentions to run around and get "everything" done before the carpal tunnel surgery next Weds. Besides, I figure it's a good time to take my machine in for a tune-up, too (but will I be able to sleep while my machine is in the shop!)

174dudes22
Jun 19, 5:56pm Top

>173 avaland: - oh - I'm so glad they helped. I've been thinking that I should probably take my smaller machine in for a tune-up too. If I do it now, then I could do it again before we go to Fla next winter. While looking for your fabrics in my scrap bins, I finally came across the manual for it. Not sure how it ended up in there.

175avaland
Jun 21, 6:42am Top

The quilter called and two of my quilts are done. We are going to run down there Saturday morning to pick-up. I might be able to get the brown one bound before the surgery (and if the chest cold doesn't diminish by early next week I'll have to reschedule the surgery anyway) The brown one is a gift, the "puzzle quilt" has no immediate destination.

I had her hold off on the black one pictured in #82. Not sure how I want it quilted and with what color thread. I've had another black quilt done in black thread which looked good on the black areas but not on the bright colors.

176avaland
Jun 21, 2:38pm Top

I finished my 9th block (9 of 36) and have called it quits until after rehab. Tomorrow morning hubby will drive me down to MA to pick up the two quilts that are done (I'm afraid I'll have a coughing fit while driving) and will see if I can get the brown quilt bound before the surgery.



Here's an angled view, just for fun. I'm not religious about having the colors/patterns go from light to dark, but they mostly do.



Betty you can see some of your reds in the first photo bottom left block. There have only been two blocks made since I received your generous scrap donation, but more will show up in subsequent blocks.

177dudes22
Jun 21, 3:13pm Top

>175 avaland: - Took me a minute, but I think you meant the black one in #52 not 82. Not sure what it's for or how much you want to do, but you could have some kind of separate design in each black block and then something different in the triangles.

>176 avaland: - I like those a lot. I need some pineapples for the red/white and am trying to decide how I want to do them (not that there's a lot to plan).

178avaland
Jun 23, 7:27am Top

>177 dudes22: Thanks for seeing that error; I'll fix (I have a virus-addled brain) Yeah, I'm liking them a lot also. At my best, I can only do about one and half of those blocks in a day. Although I have a decent rhythm now, it can still be a bit tedious, so I limit myself to just that.

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I picked up the brown quilt and the puzzle quilt from the quilter yesterday. I got the binding sewn on both before packing up the sewing machine. And I did the hand-sewing done on the brown quilt during a couple of episodes of "Handmaid's Tale" last evening. Might get the puzzle quilt done this evening.

179scaifea
Jun 23, 8:28am Top

>176 avaland: I love this tons! The colors are gorgeous.

180dudes22
Jun 23, 9:05pm Top

Well I hope you make out ok with your surgery. Put your feet up and get some of those books read that have been sitting around. I read The Handmaid's Tale last year and have been meaning to try to series, but just haven't gotten to it yet.

181avaland
Jun 24, 8:33am Top

>179 scaifea: Thanks. I like it, too.

>180 dudes22: Thanks. The surgical nurse will call today so I'll find out if the cold will cause a postponement.

Handmaid's Tale, the series, is tough to watch on many levels. It's so visceral. I read the book first in the 80s and probably every 8 to 10 years thereafter. I'm not sure I believe that books actually singlehandedly change one's life but it was amazingly powerful the first time I read it.

182avaland
Edited: Jun 24, 11:29am Top


Puzzle Quilt done. Couldn't decide on a color for the binding so I used a crazy Laura Burch print that had all the colors in it!



Brown quilt done and already in the mail heading south.

183Lyndatrue
Edited: Jun 24, 1:21pm Top

>182 avaland: Both quilts are lovely, but the brown one is amazing.

Once in a great while, I'll see a quilt at an estate sale auction that I cannot resist, and I end up with it. The brown one would probably do me in, and the very last thing I need is more of anything. It looks soft, and inviting, and I'm happy for your friend in the south, who I'm sure will love this.

You really do good work. :-}

184dudes22
Jun 24, 8:12pm Top

Those are both so lovely!

185scaifea
Jun 25, 5:28am Top

Gosh, I love both of those so much.

186avaland
Jun 25, 6:00am Top

>183 Lyndatrue: Thank you. It's not as soft as it while be after some use :-)

>184 dudes22:, >185 scaifea: Thanks.

187SassyLassy
Jun 25, 9:12am Top

>182 avaland: That puzzle quilt binding works beautifully and your piecing is so precise.

Wondering if there will be an uptick in brown fabric acquisition now. That's lovely.

188avaland
Jun 25, 3:09pm Top

>187 SassyLassy: Oh, the piecing is not really that precise...(it's just the view). I'm not a perfectionist :-)

189avaland
Jun 27, 5:50am Top

Surgery was cancelled yesterday because the surgical center's HVAC went down. So, it's 6:30 am tomorrow. But, the Sew & Vac called and, unexpectedly, the sewing machine is ready! Daughter#2 and family arrives in the wee hours of Saturday. There will be a full house.

190dudes22
Jun 27, 7:27am Top

I'm so jealous. Dropped my machine off yesterday and they said 4 weeks.

191avaland
Jun 27, 11:20am Top

Hubby has gone to pick it up. Just got call surgery now postponed until Monday. But, this means I will be able to pick up my grandson when he arrives Saturday!

192avaland
Jul 2, 9:23am Top

Surgery is at 2 pm today in a sister facility (4th rescheduling is a charm!) The sewing machine is back from it's tune-up. However, my daughter, son-in-law, and one year old grandson are sleeping in the studio on air mattresses (hard to believe I could push everything against the walls and make enough room for sleeping quarters). It's a full house all week.

193Lyndatrue
Jul 2, 1:08pm Top

>192 avaland: We all wish you luck with the surgery (which is surely imminent, considering the time). You'll be in my thoughts today.

194dudes22
Jul 2, 4:03pm Top

I hope you made out ok and are not in too much pain so you can enjoy the visit from your family.

195avaland
Jul 3, 10:18am Top

Thanks for the well wishes. All went fine. It’s got a big ace bandage with lots of padding on it now. Fingers are useable if I don’t try anything complex (it took two of us to get my bra on and then it was a kind of clown act 😂) . The palm where they cut is sore but since I’m not doing much with the hand I haven’t taken any meds. I take the big wrap off tomorrow afternoon and put on a small bandage.

196dudes22
Jul 3, 10:31am Top

Hopefully it keeps you out of the kitchen for a while too. Lots of eating out.

197avaland
Jul 3, 10:51am Top

>196 dudes22: Currently, younger daughter is here with her family (scheduling conflict with surgery couldn’t be avoided) and she loves to cook.

198avaland
Jul 6, 6:58am Top

Lobster claw padded bandage came off on Thursday and I wore a large band-aid for the rest of that day before I chucked that yesterday morning. So, three and a half days from surgery and surprisingly the hand moves normally and I can do most things; however, the wrist hurts if I pick up something heavier and in a certain way. The incision is sore, the two (?) stitches (a kind of ladder stitch, I think) are driving me nuts. I still have not taken any pain meds, although I've iced the hand a few times. So, couldn't pick up 1 year old grandson after the surgery but I could hold him (they headed back to Virginia last evening).

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I gave my daughter the blue Elna Lotus I bought some time ago when I thought I would have to learn to sew standing up (because of the neck). And she insisted she needed to hem her husband's shorts then and there, despite not knowing the machine...etc. And I couldn't help her all that much because this is a very different model than my Elna. I printed out the handbook for her (I couldn't find the original in a studio that was filled to capacity with two inflatable twin beds and a pack & play!) and she sorted it all out and got it done. She was also happy to take one of my two dress dummies (the Dritz skinny one), so yay!

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I'll have the hubby put my newly tuned up machine back in the table and perhaps later I'll sew!* I probably won't attempted the fussy pineapple blocks yet, but I can sew other things! (it's supposed to rain today).

*first, I will need to put the house is some kind of order after a week long family hurricane.

199lauralkeet
Jul 6, 8:06am Top

family hurricane
I like that phrase, and understand the feeling completely. I only have the two adult daughters (no partners or children at this point), and even so when they both visit at the same time there is a certain aftermath to be dealt with. I'll have to remember that expression.

200dudes22
Jul 6, 11:21am Top

Luckily ours are fairly close, so no overnight guests. That's why I set my guest room up with a trundle bed that looks like a sofa instead of a bed. That way I have a little room to sew there too.

Glad your surgery was so successful. Don't over do the sewing!

201avaland
Jul 7, 11:36am Top

>199 lauralkeet: Your day will come, Laura! LOL.

>200 dudes22: I had a day bed with a trundle in the previous house when I had two guest rooms. I only have the one here and my son is occupying it while he house hunts. Thus, the makeshift guest room in the studio.

I'm going to do some sewing later just because I can!

202avaland
Edited: Jul 18, 9:51am Top

Well, the left hand continues to recover, although I think this second week has been more painful because of the things I've been trying to do. I found using my rotary cutter is painful (somewhat better with a new blade), but using scissors was better generally. Opening jars is not possible yet, and cutting up vegetables hurts... but most things are fine.

I have been sewing some of my stockpile of scrappy squares together and will have a quilt top done by the end of today. That's something. Luckily, I iron with my right hand, not my left (ETA: finished assembling this quilt top and tried to do some work on a pineapple square but the hand isn't ready for it)

I've been thinking of making some of my clothes again, at least some patchwork casual tunic tops. I am producing quilts at quite a pace and they are piling up, so a break might be nice. I would love to add embroidery to such tops (rediscovering my youth here, ha ha—although in the early 70s it was my pants I was embellishing) but not sure if my hands are up to it but I could explore the stitches on my machine.

203dudes22
Jul 19, 1:57pm Top

Lois - What do you do with extra batting from projects? Do you try to make larger pieces by connecting smaller ones? I bought some of that tape that's supposed to iron smaller pieces into larger ones, but I didn't think it worked that well when I tried it. Could have been me. Now that I have a larger ironing board maybe I'll try again. Seems like I have some big, but not big enough pieces and I hate to just throw them out. I've been thinking of trying one of those "quilt-as-you-go" projects that would use smaller pieces, but it seems like a lot more work.

204SassyLassy
Jul 19, 3:10pm Top

>203 dudes22: I have the same question. Didn't know about the tape, but not sure I would trust it.

205dudes22
Jul 19, 5:25pm Top

>204 SassyLassy: - I tried it but found it awkward to control with two pieces of batting on a regular ironing board. And I think I need a pressing cloth too.

206avaland
Jul 20, 5:58am Top

>203 dudes22: I zigzag pieces together to use (wide, short stitch), which I haven't done in a while so the batting is piling up (many of them pinned with their dimensions). I used to keep all the scraps but now I just keep the larger pieces. I use them mostly on quilts I donate but I have put some of the Frankenstein battings into my own quilts. I think tape would drive me crazy, especially if an iron is involved.

>205 dudes22: That would be really awkward!

207avaland
Edited: Jul 20, 6:12am Top

Yesterday, I made a whole pineapple block (as seen in #176). The last 3 go-rounds were painful, but darn if I wasn't going to finish one! Each day the hand can do a wee bit more without pain, but I'm impatient.

Using the rotary cutter still hurts but not as much as it did; pinning is painful but I found it better if I manipulate the cloth onto the pin with my right hand, rather than drive the pin through with the left. But, I was out driving the other day and noticed the left hand no longer goes numb on the steering wheel, woo-hoo!

We plan to cower indoors this weekend what with the heat & humidity very high (temps 99-100ºF, will feel like 108º). Give me a book or a sewing machine (and the last two episodes of "Trapped" on AmazonPrime) and I'm all set.

208dudes22
Jul 20, 2:04pm Top

Even though we're close to the coast, it's supposed to be similar in heat and humidity here. But my sewing area in the basement is cool so I'll probably be down there a lot.

209dudes22
Edited: Jul 22, 8:31am Top

OK - here's another question for you (or anyone else who wants to chime in)… If you see a picture of a quilt that you can make without buying the pattern, and it seems to be a pattern that anyone could have figured out, when do you need to give credit? If you do.

For example - I see a lot of quilts on Pintrest that are variations of the Log Cabin block. Some are actual patterns that they want you to buy. But if I can figure it out myself, what then?

210dudes22
Jul 23, 1:56pm Top

re: batting - what's the smallest size you keep? I'm thinking I need to go through mine and decide what to get rid of.

211avaland
Edited: Jul 23, 2:28pm Top

>209 dudes22: If it involves a classic block pattern, I'd say: not unless you want to. Where are you giving the credit? on the label?

Re: Batting scraps. Generally, I'll keep strips that are at least 1 ft in width after trimming. I may still have some smaller strips from when I was making bags and needed it for the straps or handles. I've got a mix of batting types, too, so I try to keep them sorted.

212avaland
Jul 25, 6:58pm Top

I'm up to doing one pineapple block a day (on most— but not all—days). It doesn't bother the hand much now unless I overdo. I've done 15 of 36 blocks.

I have two scrappy tops 60.5 x 60.5 now done. I still have 300+ scrap squares in a basket for more quilt tops.

213dudes22
Jul 26, 1:12pm Top

Glad you're able to do some sewing. Those blocks are looking good.

re credit: I was thinking more about if I put it in a local quilt show, let's say.

214SassyLassy
Jul 26, 4:28pm Top

>209 dudes22: re credit: this has been a huge topic of discussion for the past several years among rug hookers. Based on the thinking in that realm, I would think if it is a Log Cabin variation, then that is all you would need to say under Pattern Name, or however your show words it. If, however, it was a purchased pattern, the pattern maker/designer would have to be credited and the pattern name would be whatever the pattern was named. If it was an original pattern from the internet, that you have worked out for yourself, that would not be allowed without permission from the designer and the feeling would be that the designer should be compensated.

I could go on about this forever, but basically designers I know treat pattern copyright like book copyright. Furthermore, they feel that a particular pattern that is their design is the way they earn their living. I do admit to having difficulty with the idea that traditional patterns which were once shared by all can now be copyrighted by one person, but I am certainly onboard with the idea for original designs.

In a weird illustration of all this, I was at a gathering this winter where a well known designer was selling her patterns. Someone there was working on one of her patterns, which she had bought from a third party (also there) who had taken it from Pinterest. Although it was explained to her that the designer was present and that this was her pattern, she seemed oblivious to the implications. In fact, she actually went to the original designer and asked her for help!

Don't even get the designers going on completing their work and then selling it!

Perhaps this is something the group could mull over on one of our discussion threads.

>212 avaland: Incredible once again, as are the pieces casually draped on the ironing board. I would never be able to do such a block, let alone one a day!

215dudes22
Jul 27, 9:25am Top

>214 SassyLassy: - I remember reading an article in a quilting magazine that talked about copyright, etc. (if a person wanted to use it for a class, make to sell, etc) and I can understand that it's the way they make a living. I guess I wonder how different does a setting in a quilt have to be (or not be) to claim it as "new" and therefore "owned" by the person. Like the red and white quilt I'm making. I bought the book that has the pattern. But most (if not all) of the blocks are traditional blocks laid out in a particular manner with some sashing, etc. But there are a few blocks that I don't care for and so I intend to substitute different blocks. So is this the pattern that I bought - not really. But I would give credit as being inspired by the pattern I bought. Tricky subject.

Sorry, Lois, for taking over your thread.

216SassyLassy
Jul 27, 5:02pm Top

I would give credit as being inspired by the pattern I bought.

Sounds like the ideal solution.

217avaland
Jul 28, 8:11am Top

>215 dudes22: No apology necessary! An interesting topic. I suppose I would know all the "rules" if I were a guild member (but clearly I am too much an introvert to pull that off). I like Jennifer's explanations above and your response; a nice discussion. I've only ever exhibited twice (one I did from a block pattern, the other was the second random scrappy quilt a few years ago. However, I have made two large quilts for charity raffles—one was a double Irish chain made with scraps (may have used a certain method of piecing it); the other was a purchased quilt pattern called "Vintage Violets" from the early otts. I bought and used most of the matching fabrics and I remember I gave credit on the label before I turned it over to the charity.

I agree with Jennifer with regards to your proposed solution.

218avaland
Aug 4, 6:44am Top

I am now finished with 20 of 36 pineapple blocks. I ran out yesterday to the closest quilt shop to find a few more yellow and oranges so I could set up all the pieces for each of the remaining blocks. I have had to become a bit less uptight about matching the tones & tints of any one color. As it stands now, the blocks would measure 60 x 60" but if I found the right fabric I'd consider a border and a maybe a 5x7 arrangement of blocks instead of the 6x6 of my original plan.

It's been just over a month since the carpal tunnel surgery and it no longer hurts to use the rotary cutter or a pen to handwrite (yay!) but when I overdo (mowing, weeding, too much of anything...etc) it complains so I ice it. And anything that presses on that specific area of my hand produces some pain . The hand no longer goes numb. I will probably do the other hand before the end of the year.

219lauralkeet
Aug 4, 8:03am Top

I'm so glad your recovery has moved swiftly enough to be back creating again.

220avaland
Aug 4, 12:58pm Top

>219 lauralkeet: Thanks, Laura. And yes!

Photographic update of what I'm calling the "Pineapple45" quilt. Now 21 of 36 blocks, 945 pieces.

This is not the final placement, I suspect. You can't really see the variation in all the fabrics from the photo.

221dudes22
Aug 4, 1:25pm Top

That's looking really nice, Lois. And I'm glad to hear your wrist is coming along nicely and you can do most everything.

222NanaCC
Aug 4, 5:26pm Top

>220 avaland: I’m glad your wrist is healing nicely. Your quilt is beautiful.

223avaland
Aug 7, 12:08pm Top

>221 dudes22:, >222 NanaCC: Thanks to both of you re the quilt, and, yes, thanks, the hand is indeed fine. It's not really the wrist but the bottom of the hand in the center and outside bottom. I have a slightly extra notch in my "line of destiny"—what does it say about about life now, ha ha!

Nice to see you here, Colleen!

224mabith
Aug 9, 11:46am Top

The pineapples are looking great! I'm glad your hand is recovering well!

225avaland
Aug 9, 6:39pm Top

>224 mabith: Thanks, Meredith. How are you doing?

226avaland
Aug 14, 1:35am Top

Plodding along with the pineapple blocks. I think I'm going to do a 5x7 arrangement. I have 7 or so blocks left to do, I think. I need a break so today...

I spent the late afternoon and evening, zigzagging odd, leftover pieces of batting (all the same kind) together to make pieces large enough to use for a lap quilt. I've managed to make two, with likely a third to come. I'll use these for the charity quilts that need to be finished. I have a couple of tops that I hope to put together before our vacation, so I can have some binding to do lakeside while we are up there.

And while I have the machine set up with the walking foot, zig zag foot and plate...etc I hope to empty the bins of the "white" batting scraps and do the same with those (think of the space I'll have in those bins!). The previously mentioned scraps were all Quilters Dream Select, 100% cotton. The white is the poly-cotton, I believe.

(gosh, that was a bit of a boring post)

227dudes22
Aug 14, 7:10am Top

NO - NO! Not boring. I always feel I should be doing more when I read your posts. I must have a short attention span. I always feel like there's something else I should be doing instead. I have 2 bins and a large bag of batting scraps I should try to put together now that you've told me how.

228avaland
Aug 14, 3:28pm Top

>227 dudes22: If I am in the studio, I'm not housecleaning, weeding, exercising or doing anything I should be doing (a good friend of mine would say, "Don't should all over yourself!" and really, I just need to shake my fist at my Puritan ancestors and then do what I want.

Continued with the assembling of lap quilt sized battings today and made two more. I label each scrap of batting with its dimensions, list them all, and then sit down and figure out which ones of I can put together to make a 65x65 or a 72x65...etc. and in what order I sew the pieces together (always with the surplus on the outside (for example, if I put a 23 x 42 piece together with a 24 x 36, I made sure one size is flush to I can attach without trimming until all the pieces are together. I used 4-6 pieces to make each. I quit after doing all the 100% cotton. Will do all the white pieces another time.

I emptied one bin entirely! Be sure to cut the edges of the batting so they are straight before you sew them together with a wide zigzag and a medium stitch length (or use the best side of the piece you are using). The walking foot works great for this. I will only use these "Frankenstein" battings for scrappy quilts which wouldn't show any of the zigzagged seams. (yeah, I had two big bins and odds & ends stuck in strange places).

229lauralkeet
Aug 14, 4:02pm Top

>228 avaland: I label each scrap of batting with its dimensions, list them all, and then sit down and figure out which ones of I can put together to make a 65x65 or a 72x65...etc. and in what order I sew the pieces together

Genius. Not being a quilter, I have never given a thought to batting, much less the leftover odds and ends. I'm impressed with your ability to use most of what you've bought.

230avaland
Aug 14, 4:56pm Top

>229 lauralkeet: I can't imagine throwing the stuff away!

231avaland
Aug 16, 3:52pm Top

The sewing machine has unexpectedly been taken to the Sew & Vac hospital. It was doing all manner of not-normal things (which is probably all connected), despite my best efforts to troubleshoot. I was working on assembling and quilting one of the scrappy tops that are destined for donation, only to have one challenge after another. So, I am machine-less for as much as a week....

I suppose I could pin up a 2nd quilt so it can be ready to quilt when the machine comes back. I want to have a few quilts to be able to finish (the hand sewing of the binding) when we are lakeside on vacation in 3.5 weeks.

232dudes22
Aug 16, 8:25pm Top

How annoying!

233avaland
Aug 17, 6:35am Top

234avaland
Aug 18, 10:13am Top

I took the machine in on Friday and just about the time I was getting antsy on Saturday I got a text that they had done the machine. Apparently, a thread somehow got into the machine and wrapped around the gears. I took that machine apart as far as I dared to and never found anything. So, back in the saddle...so to speak.

Another interesting note. Earlier this week I put together and pinned a scrap quilt, frankenstein batting and a sheet for backing (this one poly-cotton, I believe. I usually use 100% cotton), trimming the excess off the batting & backing. Later, I was trying to use my rotary cutter and it wasn't cutting. It was extremely dull! I can only think that trimming the poly-cotton sheet is what dulled it? Any other ideas?

btw, what do you do with your old rotary blades? (I try to sharpen them with that circular gadget (works sometimes), but other wise I put them in the plastic cases they are sold in marked with an X). I ask because they are seriously accumulating.

235dudes22
Aug 18, 1:29pm Top

I would guess it's the sheet that dulled your blade. My problem is that I usually bump into a pin and put a nick in the blade. I'm very bad about changing my blade and then so surprised at how well it cuts when I do. I've never tried sharpening mine. I just stick them in a case like you do and eventually put them in the trash.

236SassyLassy
Aug 18, 3:09pm Top

>234 avaland: Good to hear you machine is fine. Please ignore my query elsewhere!

Re cutter blades: I know that people who use cutters for wool strips are always being advised to not cut anything with synthetics as it dulls the blade, so your rotary blade may well have been dulled by the poly-cotton.

I remember a quilting instructor once saying that dull blades were great for paper and cardboard template making. Just set them aside with the X as you did, and then have yourself a template making afternoon when you have a collection.

Like the idea of zigzagging the scraps of batting. I too have some, had wondered about that, so good to have confirmation that it works.

237avaland
Aug 19, 2:38pm Top

>235 dudes22: The sharpening gadget works if it is just somewhat dull, but doesn't seem to have much affect on nicks.

>236 SassyLassy: There it is, then. I will not use them on the poly-cotton! (funny, I usually "rip" the sheets to size, but this one was going to be too close....)

I have a second charity scrap quilt pinned but I won't be able to eyeball to do the quilting because it is made with long scrappy strips, not blocks. The last time I tried using painter's tape to mark the quilting line it was more trouble than it was worth, but this time I have picked up two "new" rolls of painters tape (assuming the problems might have been because other tape was older or had a higher degree of stickiness), this time I'll be using one for "delicate surfaces".

Only FOUR official pineapple blocks left! (though I will probably make a few extras) I'm doing the 5x7 arrangement. Debating borders. I did borders with the last (more simple) pineapple made last year.

238dudes22
Aug 19, 7:24pm Top

I've used painter's tape on a lot of my quilts and like it to help with straight lines. I have a "thing" that I can attach to the back of the presser foot to follow a previously quilted line, but I usually just reposition the tape.

239avaland
Yesterday, 1:50am Top

>238 dudes22: I have a "thing" like that and I tried it years ago with not very good results. It seemed to move, and there wasn't a way to tighten it.

240dudes22
Yesterday, 3:13am Top

I never tried mine and I think that was the reason.

241avaland
Edited: Yesterday, 9:58am Top

Catching up on photos. A few more pineapple blocks needed:



As previously noted I must decide about borders. I did end up adding borders to this earlier, more simple pineapple pattern:



And here is one of the scrappy quilts I've made for charity -- about to be marked with painter's tape for quilting (I'm enlisting hubby's help with the laying of the tape):



I plan to finish the binding this one and the previous one lakeside in September and then will deliver a total of 5 quilts to "The Wish Project" in Lowell, MA.

242avaland
Yesterday, 10:02am Top

(you know, I'm kind of bummed that so few of us post here these days. I used to love to see all the different needlecrafts everyone did. I suppose there are better/more accommodating sites, perhaps with bigger audiences, perhaps more specific to one's specialty, to do this sort of thing. And then, of course, life changes and can take us away from LT, too. The reason I like it here is that I know anyone posting is also a book-lover! )

243dudes22
Yesterday, 12:06pm Top

>242 avaland: - I too wish there were more threads, considering the number of "members" this group has, but at least I can keep up. I'll admit to lurking on your thread in the Club Read group and Laural's thread in the 75 Challenge group to see what you guys are reading every once in a while.

244Lyndatrue
Yesterday, 12:25pm Top

>242 avaland: I would be very sad to see you move somewhere else. I may have posted a few years ago, but truthfully, I'm just getting old (or at least older), and the only things I'd want to make aren't sensible. Quilts can be donated, but the desire for yet another crocheted doily, or embroidered napkin, is long vanished. Not the desire to make them, mind you, but then what do I do with them? I still use cloth napkins with meals, but I'm reasonably sure that I'm an anomaly.

Ah, well. I love looking at your quilts, and watching your progress with them. I'm especially taken by your Pineapple quilt, and I've been watching the progress on it. You do some lovely work.

245dudes22
Yesterday, 12:27pm Top

>244 Lyndatrue: - I use cloth napkins too!

246lauralkeet
Edited: Yesterday, 2:00pm Top

>242 avaland: I would love to see more activity here too, but we have a good thing going here with our regulars. Ravelry is definitely more specialized, and while I know there are Ravelry groups for just about any interest (TV, food, etc.) that's not why I'm there. I go to Ravelry to interact with others on specific techniques. This group provides a little more socialization, is not specific to knitting, and as you said is full of book lovers. All good.

>243 dudes22: Oh, a lurker! That's nice.

>244 Lyndatrue: another cloth napkin user here!

247avaland
Today, 7:25am Top

>243 dudes22: Oh, was that you I saw peeking around the corner?

>244 Lyndatrue: Thanks for compliment. My comments were only fleeting thoughts, not meant to make anyone feel guilty. Life pulls people away for one reason or another. I love being around creative people and enjoy seeing what others are making---whatever it is.

(I still use cloth napkins but in a boring, environmental sort of way—to avoid using paper ones. They are just odd ones I picked up at Home Goods, they don't match anything).

>246 lauralkeet: I wonder if it is the technology that puts some off. Other sites make it much easier to post photos (i.e. FaceBook)

248SassyLassy
Today, 8:57am Top

>242 avaland: Another cloth napkin user here.

It would be terrible if this group wasn't here! Its threads are the first ones I look at whenever I login to LT. I learn here, and while I am amazed at the talent, it does inspire me to keep trying.

249NanaCC
Today, 9:46am Top

>247 avaland: I just found this group thanks to you or Laura. But I haven’t figured out ‘posting pictures’ in the six or seven years I’ve been on LT, so I’ll be following all of you for inspiration.

250avaland
Today, 4:00pm Top

>249 NanaCC: NanaCC, I think we shouldn't let you off that easy:-) Do you have hardcopy photos or are they on your phone or computer? I just upload photos to either the member gallery or junk drawer on my profile page. Then, I use the same line of code that I use for book covers to post it in the message field. Would you like me to write up easy to follow directions? (you would have to tell me if you are on an Apple computer or a PC). Failing all that, I'll drive to New Jersey... if you send the photos to me, I'll post them for you! I would love to see what you do!

251lauralkeet
Today, 6:23pm Top

>251 lauralkeet: standing by as backup tech support if needed!

252dudes22
Today, 7:11pm Top

And I'll cheer! There is a post in the Wiki about HTML stuff and there's a thing there about posting from the Web but it's kind-of the same as grabbing one of your photos.

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