Picture Wall: progress report 2

Picture Wall Progress Photo 2


I think some had a problem envisioning what this quilt would look like, I hope I have enough here to give you a good idea. You can also see why I chose plum colours to offset the feature fabrics and how they really pop.

I’m really enjoying putting this quilt together and so far, it’s my favorite. So much so, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and cut into my treasured Tula Pink out of print fabric, Plume!

I’m not quite sure how big I’m going to grow this pattern, I’m going to keep going until I run out of fabric. 😀

Flower Power pieced

I won’t lie, I unpicked a lot of stitches today but the flowers are all pieced together!

Flower Power PiecedThe larger squares are actually 4 & 3/4″, not the 5″ I thought they’d be, I inserted them *after* I had the flowers connected to the diamonds, it just seemed to work better. I now have to figure out how I’m going piece the edges. I’m thinking of sewing squares onto the end of each flower, trimming the edges flush with the diamonds and filling in the corners. I suppose I could also make it hexagonal or stepped. Round would be awesome as well.

This is how the quilt would look if placed horizontally.

Flower Power Horizontal

If you have any questions, fire away!

This week’s TGIFF is being hosted at Dreaming in Patchwork.

Sewing Flower Power

I know that there are at least two people who are interested in giving Flower Power a try and I thought I’d post some tips to help match and sew y-seams.

I start creating a flower by sewing the 3″ side of the 4 tumbler sections onto the 3″ x 3″ square, leave a 1/4″ seam allowance on all sides.  I draw a 1/4″ seam allowance on the 3″ squares and triangles, this helps when matching points. ** Reduce your stitch length to approximately 1.8mm when sewing bias seams **.

When inserting your diamond piece between the tumblers, your first seam needs to start at the center sewing out toward the edge. I use a pin and drop of Elmer’s School Glue (washable!) then press to secure so it doesn’t shift.

Gluing Points

I’m using Elmer’s CLEAR School Glue

Set glue with an iron.

Set glue with an iron.

Sew the first seam from the center out to the edge.

Sew the first seam from the center out to the edge. I always backstitch y-seams!!

Stop your seam 1/4″ from the edge and backstitch. Pivot your diamond piece and start your second y-seam a 1/4″ from the outside edge (no glue necessary).

Sometimes I use a pin to ensure the edges stay in line.

Sometimes I use a pin to ensure the edges stay in line.

Finished Y-Seam

Finished Y-Seam

Pressed Y-Seams

I press all seams toward the darker fabric. As you can see above, I sewed all four diamonds onto this block, oops! I really didn’t think everything through and have to remove a diamond from each block in order to sew them to each other.

I have all my flowers sewn and am in the process of joining them together, will post an update tomorrow.

Tackling curves

I had a dentist appointment this morning and with no clear sewing direction, I decided to concentrate on the next challenge. Pieced curves are something that I’ve dabbled in but not seriously. I’ve sewn sleeves into shirts for my husband but sewing curves to lay flat is an interesting challenge.

A number of months ago, I ordered and received the book, “Curves in Motion: Quilt Designs & Techniques” by Judy B. Dales. After glancing through the pages, I tossed it aside, these were not the curves I was looking for. Today I decided to look past the muddy batiks used in the book and quilts. It’s not that I don’t like batiks, it’s just that they often look muddled with colour combinations I personally wouldn’t use together.

I still don’t know if this is the book for me but I’m going to give it a try. I work much better with technical piecing like y-seams, this style of curved seams are very fluid and free flowing. I need to step out of my comfort zone.

The first suggested project is to take a traditional block and make some of the straight lines into curves, sounds like fun!

Have you worked with free curves? Have you gone beyond a drunkard’s path?

Low Volume Stuff

Fractured at Low Volume progress photoI made a little progress on my Fractured at Low Volume quilt but the transition from light to dark seemed too stark for me and I’ve run out of tracing paper so I’m going to sit on it for a few days till I can get more (tracing paper). In the mean time, I toyed with some scraps then when that wasn’t working, made a little wonky log cabin. (Click images for larger view.)

Low Volume Wonky Log Cabin

This afternoon while watching recorded episodes of Archer, I’m going to try a little Canadian smocking and perhaps some redwork after that.

Have you heard of the “No Poo” movement? No, it has nothing to do with bowel movements, it’s about giving up your shampoo! Here’s an article why you might want to think about it and maybe even try it. I haven’t used shampoo in a week. Today I washed my hair with 1 tbsp baking soda diluted in a glass of warm water and rinsed with apple cider vinegar diluted at the same rate. It worked beautifully! Removed the dirt and oil from my hair without stripping it and without any nasty chemicals. My hair is full of body without being fly away and shiny soft. I’ve been addicted to salon shampoos for years now, I wish I’d known about this sooner! Have you heard of the “No Poo” movement?

Fractured progress

Bending Pins: Fractures Progress

I had all my fabrics chosen before I started paper piecing.

Bending Pins: Fractured Progress

When I started working on the first border of blues, I wasn’t sure about the blend from reds/oranges to blues however, second border includes a deep rich purple which I think will marry the reds with the blues. We’ll find out tomorrow!

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I love working with tracing paper, it’s super easy to tear off and being able to see through it is a bonus. When I grabbed a pen to mark the pieces, little did I know it wasn’t permanent! When the fabric got wet — I wet my seams to make them lay fatter — the ink ran a little. I’m trying to control the damage by spot cleaning. I made a few mistakes which were easy to correct, this is such a free flowing project, I want to make more quilts like this! I’ve seen some using printed fabrics but I find they’re not as striking. I may gift this to a friend in the hospital with serious head trauma, I’m hoping it’ll stimulate his brain. Hospitals have no colour and in general, depressing.

In cheerier news, look what I received in the mail today!!

This is a little order from Sew Lux Fabric & Gifts, how cute is the packaging?!  And the cuteness doesn’t stop there!

Waiting For Spring

Waiting For Spring

My fabric choices were a real ying-yang moment, the first is a very feminine curated bundle by Jennie of Clover and Violet, aptly named “Waiting for Spring“, all of which are from the Honey Honey line. The colours are soft and gentle, very feminine and girly.

The second bundle is very masculine, another curated bundel by Jenelle of Echinops and Aster called “Northern Lights“. Take out the pink and you have a guy’s quilt.

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

This is the first time I’ve purchased anything from Sew Lux Fabric and really appreciate the care and detail they put into their packaging.

I’m linking up with WIP Wednesdays and The Needle and Thread Network (when they become active).


Fractured Prep

I know I said last week that paper piecing wastes a lot of fabric, BUT… I’ve decided to make my own “Fractured” quilt using Displacement Activity’s paper piecing tutorial.

Instead of using regular paper, I’ve decided to use tracing paper, it’s transparent so I can see the lines on both sides and thin for easier paper removal, two very huge benefits. It’s not very expensive either, $3 for a pad.

Fractured Paper Piece

I don’t know if all tracing paper is like this (I don’t think so), it has a rough(ish) side and a smooth side. The smooth side will be up and the rough(ish) side will be against the fabric.

I haven’t decided on a colour palette yet– yellows and blues? I think I’ll make it larger than the original which is 36″ x 36″, I may also offset the burst so it’s not in the middle of the quilt but rather one corner.

What are you up to this weekend?