Saturday, June 30, 2018

Quilt News! Whirlpool Blocks, Rail Fence Medallion Quilt Ready For Binding, Summer Quilt Classes?

My Rail Fence improv blocks started last summer.

The Rail Fence blocks are in the center now surrounded by borders.

Detail of quilting on back of Rail Fence medallion.

Quilting detail on front of Rail Fence medallion.

I trimmed the two whirlpool blocks for my traditional quilt.

Happy Weekend and almost Happy Fourth of July!!
We have light rain and clouds in the Pacific NW.

I finished machine quilting my summer improv Rail Fence medallion quilt, 30"x 36.5". For now I'm just going to call it Rail Fence medallion quilt. Summer and improv are descriptive but that makes the name too long I think. Binding is next.

And my two whirlpool blocks are trimmed to 10.5". One more to go, a Lend and Borrow block . Again I'm roughly following the pattern, 'Times of Refreshing' by Piecing the Past Quilts.

The Cotton Patch/QuiltUSA  in Lafayette, CA has an exciting class, actually several, that I'd love to sign up for this summer. One of them is by Youngmin Lee , South Korean, living in the Bay area now.
This class is a for a patchwork technique called Mosi Jogakbo with finished seams, front and back, with no batting or backing. It makes a beautiful gauzy looking piece of patchwork and reminds me of my butterfly four patch quilt I finished last summer. I made it of mostly white, cream and grey in the four patches and the butterflies were bright colors. I kept thinking the flimsy looked great as it was.
 Maybe I'll move there for the summer and fall and dedicate myself to quilt classes! I'll let you know about it if I do.

That's my quilt news and progress.
Have a good week and I'll be by to visit!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Whirlpool Blocks Finished, Quilting Sections, Officially Summer.

Whirlpool block #1 for my traditional sampler.

Whirlpool block #2, HSTs, ready to be pieced together here.

Pinned like crazy, another section ready for machine quilting.

Rail fence, sawtooth border 2017 summer challenge quilt. 

Happy summer and weekend! Summer officially started last Thursday, the 21st.
Long summer days and walks are relaxing. We walk past local ponds keeping track of the ducklings getting bigger and bigger. And the frogs are reproducing and threatening to take over the world until the big blue heron moved in for a while, and quieted them down.
A little drama.

This week I made HSTs using batiks. I trimmed and pressed them and they are both now sewn together with a thin border and a small setting block in each corner. They're for my traditional sampler. One more block to go. 
I'm roughly following Piecing the Past Quilts' pattern 'Times of Refreshing.'

Another wonderful online quilt shop with great ideas and patterns is Temecula Quilt Co.
They have a book coming out soon, Quirky Little Quilts by Sheryl Johnson, I think there'll be a lot of fun ideas inside.

Also I'm getting the machine quilting on my 2017 summer challenge quilt done. I'm working on quilting it section by section, slow going but quilting it with an all over pattern wasn't going to look right.

That's the news from the Pacific North West.
Hope you had a productive week and I'll be by to visit!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Quilt News!, On Point Blocks, More Piecing, Quilting Started

Trimming up half square triangles.

More trimming to size.

My sampler blocks on point, three more blocks to piece.

I started machine quilting my improv quilt started last summer.

Happy Father's Day!
What do you have planned, a bar-b-que or a quiet celebration with a walk in the park?
It's a beautiful time of the year isn't it?

I've been trimming, piecing and choosing color for the 'flying x block' for my traditional sampler quilt started last summer. I put up my design wall (flannel taped with painter's tape on the closet doors), and arranged the blocks on point. Three more blocks to go and some setting triangles, it's getting there.

And I started the machine quilting on my summer improv quilt. I began with the center 'medallion' blocks, slow and steady. I always pin like crazy when machine quilting to keep everything smooth and flat. Soon it'll be time to choose the binding. I use a 'skinny' binding on my small quilts, 1 1/4",
as a 2" binding is too bulky for something small. Dark or light binding? High or low contrast?

That's the news from the Renton, Washington highlands. There'll be relaxing and small celebrating here this weekend. I hope you've enjoyed your weekend so far.

We have a lot to be thankful for don't we?
I'll be by to visit.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

16 Patch Blocks, Hiking and Admiral Butterfly Sightings, Joe the Quilter

Squares for 16 Patch block for my traditional sampler quilt.

Set of squares for 2nd 16 Patch block.
We hiked in the Kent Valley on Saturday in the Green River Natural Area.

Salmon berries are ripe, not real sweet, but good.

Natural shrubs blossoming, lovely smell.

Wild rose, fragrant.

Admiral butterfly, they don't stay still long.

Bird sanctuary pond, off limits to the public.

'Country road take me home to the place I belong.'

I saw Gold Finch but they were shy.

I think this was some kind of wild rose.

Bend in the Green River with pedestrian/bike bridge.

Happy Weekend!

Saturday here, clouds and sun, not too hot and not too cool. Good day for a hike. We drove to a natural reserve and walked around for some good exercise.
We saw Swallow Tail and Admiral butterflies, Gold Finch, Sparrows and chickadees.
There were wild flowers and blossoming shrubs, wild berries and poplar/cottonwood. 
Lots of color inspiration and fun.

And I found time this morning to get the squares for my two 16 Patch blocks ready to piece for the traditional sampler I'm working on. I'm roughly following the pattern by Piecing the Past Quilts, 'Times of Refreshing.' The blocks are 10" finished. 

If you want an interesting read about quilts in the fashion world, read Joe the Quilter's post entitled 'Calvin Klein and Me.' Well written with good insight and humor.

And I'm linking up with Sew Stitch Snap Share, hosted by Julie at
Thank you Julie!
Stop in to share your projects and get inspired.

Well that's what I've been up to today.
Have you seen any butterflies in your garden?
How are your projects coming along?

I'll be by to visit.

Monday, June 4, 2018

'Homage' to Gwen Marston and her Liberated Style, Fun with Red

My 'liberated' log cabin blocks, 3 1/2" ea. after trimming.

I pieced them using two different reds and Kona 'snow', the white.

Using the same colors I pieced a liberated star, 9.5".

My liberated log cabins sewn together, 9.5".

Happy Monday and it's June! 

Summer officially starts the 21 of June. We're enjoying the longer days, it starts getting light here around 5:00 A.M. The birds start singing early and want everyone to wake up with them.
Good times.

This post is inspired by Debbie Jeske @A Quilter's Table. This month she is hosting her group of improv quilt friends @ Bee Sewcial and the challenge is 'Homage to Gwen Marston' by creating a 'sketch' focusing on Gwen's liberated style. To be pieced using reds and white!
So I got excited about that and pieced two blocks for the challenge and fun.
Thanks Debbie and thanks Gwen Marston.

Have a good week and enjoy the birds. 
 Have you seen any swallowtail butterflies yet?

I'll be by to visit!