Saturday, February 28, 2009

Progress On Growth Rings #2

A bit of progress on Growth Rings.
I think once the piece gets a little bit more size to it, it will be fine.
You're meant to see an overall view of a design, not a close up of only one section.

Quilt top progress now just needs pieced border and back, then I'll be back to stitching again.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Slow Progress Bonjour

Slight progress on Bonjour.
Nearly at the stage that I need to redraw the changes that I want to make.
This photo shows the running rabbit on the bottom left replacing the chickens on the pattern.
The rabbit is much better, and fits the space nicely.

I have another project that must be completed, so there won't be any new stitching photos again this week.

Growth Rings - First Day of Stitching

After one night of stitching Growth Rings.
On 25 ct black with Weeks Dye Works Whiskey floss, one over one.
It's going to need a full section completed before you'll be able to really tell if it's going to work or not. Other than the crown, nearly everything that is stitched so far would have been done in the same single color per the pattern.
I do like the details embedded in the designs.

Quaker Study - Finished and Framed

This is my Carriage House Samplings - Quaker Study - finished and framed.
Not a great photo with all the tabletop reflection at the bottom across the stars.
Used one skein of dmc light and one of dmc dark.
Omitted border, changed 'G', widen 'J', changed colors in top center star.
Changed center stitches in a few stars. Moved up stars below letters 'A' and 'CD' as they seemed a row low on the chart.
I could have added a couple of rows of stars to make the design fit the frame better.
The first time stitching this pattern, and I wanted to stay fairly true to the pattern and colors.
$5 frame from Michaels.

Friday, February 20, 2009

They All Hang Together

A photo of my Ink Circles all hanging together.
Cirque des Carreaux on the top, Cirque des Cercles on the left, Cirque des Triangles on the right.
All stitched on 25 ct black lugana, with Weeks Dye Works Whiskey floss.
They appear much darker in this photo than they appear in real life.
All in 11 x 14 frames.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Quilting Design Experiment #1

Front and back of the latest finished quilt.
It went through a lot of ideas and possibilities...
We talked about a gold border. We talked about a floating narrow gold border frame. We talked about straight edges for the blocks. We talked about trailing off the blocks to one edge of the quilt.

It's kind of hard to believe that we ended up with this...
The thought in the end was 'simple is better'. Just float the flower field blocks.

We bought all the fabric that they had of this print, nearly the whole bolt, so we still have enough to try this experiment in quilting designs two more times. But not too soon, and we both consider this an experiment.

It was a success only because the quilt is finished and usable, and not still just a pile of fabric and an idea.
It's a queen sized, blanket sized. Uses the most beautiful truest black that I have ever seen. The black is made by the same company that made the fabric, and is much darker than any Amish black that I've ever been able to find. The brand name is "Blank". Yes, really, "Blank" if you are shopping for a really true black fabric.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Lots and Lots of Puppies

Posting photos isn't my best thing, and it's not doing what I want...

But this is the last odd one, so just bear with me...

On the left is what I called 'Purple Puppies', and again with the extra block on the back of the quilt. I liked the idea of having a puppy sleeping under the blanket next to the child.
It was given away to charity, and I hope that it found a child that would love it.

The quilt on the right was for a co-worker's child. I didn't know her very well, but she was always nice to me. It may look a bit odd to have the puppys laid out this way, but the reason to do this is the drop over the mattress sides and end of a twin bed. That way the puppies are correct and not sideways when you are standing looking at the quilt on the bed and appear around the mattress sides.
I think that this one was the only larger version that I made.

It was a quick and easy pattern, and used up a lot of scraps. The only thing that they all had in common was their little black noses. Each quilt was just a little bit different.

I hope that they all found good homes and were loved.
In the end, I had one puppy block left over. It is pinned above my sewing machine waiting for me to make him more friends...

Puppy Quilts

These are just a couple of the puppy quilts that I made. I no longer have any of these. They were donated to charity or given away. I lost count of how many I made, although I think I have photos of the all. The only puppy quilt that I have is just a small wall hanging that my local quilt shop owner made to show and sell the pattern. I bought the top from her when she was selling off tops that she had made for displays. I finished it, and it hangs next to my computer.

Rainbow Triangles with Black

Same quilt, front and back...
This was my second black and solids quilt. I don't know which one came first, and I'm sure that this was probably also a kit.
Again, the back art was my idea of what to do with the extra fabric from the top, and not part of the pattern...
For me it was like getting two quilts in one.
I was just as pleased with the back of the quilt as the front, and since you normally have to piece a back anyway, it sure was easy to add.
After I started adding the extra blocks to the back of quilts, I try to at least consider it on every project now.

Stars and Flying Geese

Fronts and Backs again...
What do you do with extra triangles??? Use them down the back for a little bit of interest...
I'm sure that this was probably a mail order kit. I doubt that I could have gotten the colors right,
I think you just had to supply the black background.
This one I still have.

Anniversary Quilt

Here's the easy version of the double wedding ring. It's done is all Country Threads fabrics.
The back was an attempt to add a little bit extra to the quilt.
This was given away as a gift for an Anniversary. They had two children, so I liked the idea of the four interlocking rings to represent their family.
The corners are angled to match the rings, and take away a bit of the bulk when it hangs on the corner of a bed.

The background fabric is a white crackle paint.
I also made a wall hanging out of the remaining fabric much later, because the large version had turned out so well.

The only thing I have is scans of old photos because I no longer have some of these quilts.

Quaker Study progress

Here's Quaker Study from Carriage House Samplings.
This is what got started in the middle of the night while doing the ink circle pattern...
This is the dmc version on Chai Tea 28 ct Jobelan. The fabric to me looks like it has rust stains on it, or was washed in rusty water, or dyed with rusty water. Pretty isn't a word that I would use to discribe the color. But it does work with this thread color quite well.
Yeah, everybody and their sister has already stitched this except for me....
I'd like to try it again in different colors, I like the pattern.
The graph is miserable tiny, and the symbols are much too alike to read easily, mostly on that center design. This is about 3 nights worth of stitching.

Old Christmas Stocking

This was the only stocking that was finished. I have the patterns for them all, or at least all of the stocking in this series that were available at the time.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Christmas Wreath Quilt

Christmas Wreath Quilt. Made from the pattern.
Done with all hand dyed greens and reds.

Arrow Quilt

Arrow Quilt. From a magazine pattern.
One of several that were all different.
Always thought it would be fun to tell a child that they could have whatever they wanted if they could tell me how many arrows there are in this quilt..

Arkansas Crossroads Quilt

Arkansas Cross Roads quilt.
I was so tired of looking at it when I was done that I tried to give it away.
Now it is used everyday in my living room, and looks nice against a brown leather sofa.
This photo is of the top before it was quilted and finished.

Black Bear Paw

Black Bear Paw. One of several that I made.

Cross and Crown Quilt

Cross and Crown Quilt.

Star Log Cabin Quilt

Star Log Cabin Quilt.

My Ink Circles - Cirque Des Carreaux - Framed and Finished

My Cirque Des Carreaux from Ink Circles, framed and finished.
I'm up to date on the series so far, and I'm looking forward to seeing what will be next.
At the moment I'm planning on completing the new design from Ink Circles that will be releases in the Just Cross Stitch magazine as a companion piece to this, and stitch it the same floss, and on black, just to see the result.
Mine is framed in an 11 x 14 'off the shelf' frame from Micheals. It's not matted, but appears to be by leaving a wide black fabric border.
I hope to post a photo of them all hanging together as a set soon.
I just love the series, and hope that there will be more...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

My Cirque Des Carreaux Is Finished!

I finished stitching on Ink Circles newest Cirque Des Carreaux tonight. Hooray!
It's done on 25 count black lugana, with Weeks Dye Works Whiskey colored floss.
It took almost exactly 25 yards of 6 ply floss, so 5 skeins of Weeks did it, but there was only a foot of floss left over using 5 skeins...
It's stitched one over one.
Started Sunday January 25, finished Wednesday February 11.
Never saw an error or problem in the pattern.
Fabulous pattern... When's the next one come out???
I'm still considering stitching them all again in another color. Just for fun.
Hope to get it into the frame yet this week. It will match the other two Ink Circles patterns that are complete and framed. I'm ready to see them all hanging together.

More Quilt Clips

It's the same pattern in both quilt clips. I wanted a pattern like this, and could never find a good one, so this was what I came up with. I tried looking at all of the 'hole in the barn door, monkey wrench, churn dash' patterns, but it just was never just right and everything still needed sashing or the block points would touch the next block points. I wanted to make the blocks, and have the sashing built as part of the block.
This is the result.

(Bottom Photo)
Mom wanted an all plaid quilt. It's all plaids. She got a wallhanging.

( Top Photo)
I bought a fabric kit to do a quilt, and then forgot what pattern you were suppose to use the kit with. So I had a fabric kit, but no pattern. So I made the top quilt with the flower background.
I never figured out what quilt that fabric was suppose to build, but I don't think that it could have been a much prettier quilt. The design floats nicely on the background fabric.
Again, no sashing, just block next to block. Very simple quilt to make.

Quilt Pin Wallhanging

Quilt Clip...
Again, not a great photo...
This was what I came up with because I needed a way to display quilt show pins.
Saw the simple star as part of a border or block in another quilt. Came up with my own design to offset the stars, and made them a size that the pin would fit into the white area and float slightly.
I was happy with result, and it works well because you can easily make it any size you need, with any number of stars... For example you could make it longer but only 5 stars wide...
The idea is that the quilt should display the pins, not showcase the quilt.

It would also work nicely as a simple signature quilt. You could make it as with as many stars as you needed. Something with only thirteen stars or something bed sized both work. Add borders as needed to balance the piece, and it's always going to look nice.

Quilt Clips - What do you see?

Some photos of my quilts... enough to get pattern ideas from...
Really basic quilt patterns, really easy to piece and sew.
Actually these two are made exactly the same, a rectangle with a triangle...
The bottom one just has some rectangles with triangles on both ends of the rectangle.
If you can make the top one, you can make the bottom one...
It's just a different layout for the pieces.
Even the triangles aren't cut as triangles, just squares sewn from corner to opposite corner and folded back.

On the bottom quilt, do you see the stars? do you see just the bars? or do you see the pinwheels?

Monday, February 9, 2009

Finished Page 4

Finished Page 4, so just page 1 left to stitch....
But it will take me more than one day to finish a page...

Pages 2 - 6 took me 4 skeins of floss, 5 yards each, 6 ply.
Don't know if it will take more than one to finish or not...

I still don't know how everybody can start in the upper left...
It just works better for me to start lower left and work up.
Then you are always stitching down with the needle next to a thread, never up...

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Cirque Des Carreaux Progress Photo #3

Just shy of completing page 2, but it was time to move the hoop. Page 2 will be done in the next hour.
Pages 1 and 4 left to do, and I've wandered into both already.
Hope to be done completely before next Sunday.
Still haven't found any mistakes in the pattern.

The other project got more stitching, letters L thru R are done.
In the light of day, the color and fabric combination work, or at least don't drive me crazy.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Pages 3 and 5 Completed

Finished pages 3 and 5 on the pattern.
Moving right along.

Had to start another project at 1:30 am. Too tired to stitch all the angles and risk a mistake, so I started the next project. I hate the fabric, but I think that it's going to work with the thread. So far I have the N and M stitched. It's on that Chai Tea Jobelan, which to me looks like it sat in rusty water.

Of course I thought it looked okay at 2am, and would work.
I'm afraid to look in the light of day.
I think I'm going to have to stitch a bit more area, and give it a chance.
Really like the pattern, just not sure about the color choices this time.
It's 5 x 10, so it's not a huge project, even if I'm wrong.

Still going to try to finish the Ink Circles pattern first, and not get sidetracked.
Photo when I finish the next page, probably sometime tomorrow.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Cirque Des Carreaux Progress Photo #2

Here's my Cirque Des Carreaux progress photo. Still not quite halfway.
The colors in real life don't show this much variation, and don't go this dark.
It's photographing more like the dmc 111, and it's really Weeks Dye Works - Whiskey.
It stitches kind of slow, and when one angle meets another properly, you do a little cheer.
So far, so good, knock wood.
I keep thinking about other projects, and not just enjoying stitching this one.

And the quickie photo was a photo of my mohair teddy bear. I made three exactly the same.
It might show up in another photo, he's got great legs that don't show. And I made the quilt.
That post just would not let me add text, or edit.

Quickie Photo

Finished and Framed

Finished and framed Quaker Alphabet Sampler from Carriage House Samplings.
Since I had the frames, and the fabric, all this cost was the pattern, and 4 dmc floss, of which I have 3 left. It was a cheap project.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Yep, I did two

Okay, photo to show that I finished the second Quaker Alphabet Sampler from Carriage House Samplings. Just need to get them into those frames, then back to stitching Ink Circles again.
Note, you can do two of these from one skein of DMC floss. 8 yards will do it.
Stitched on 28 ct lambswool jobelan, one over one, with dmc 3371 and 420, which are the pattern colors. The gold is a good color and would have worked well on that christmas sampler for the angels etc....