Monday, January 28, 2019

Quilt Nine Patch Choices for U & U and AHIQ's 'Red is my Neutral', Embroidered Texture

Blocks I started last summer experimenting.
I think I'll use these in AHIQ's new challenge, 'Red is my Neutral.' 

My improv pieced Nine Patch block I started in a class.

U & U: American Quilts Below the Radar, Nine Patch. I like how the colors are used.
This is the back to the quilt above, I like this too.

Another example of a beautiful Nine Patch in U & U.

Very attractive One Patch.

This is the Nine Patch I'm leaning toward, some serious fun going on here.

My Kindle version of U & U, I don't have the space right now for a large collection of hard copy  books.

I've been stitching 'texture' onto a challenge quilt for the Endeavorers' group.

Hello from Rancho Palos Verdes!

Where we have blue sky mixed with high clouds and warmer temperatures.
I have family in the NE where they have snow and freezing temperatures right now.

This week I've been going through my Kindle version of Unconventional & Unexpected:
American Quilts Below the Radar for Sujata Shah's  challenge. I've seen this book around for a while, in libraries and book stores and I'm familiar with it and have favorites. I'm narrowing my choice down and I since I never follow a pattern exactly I'll also add my own 'curve'.

Some of the quilts in U & U remind me of Gwen Marston and Freddy Moran's style. I'm a big fan of both. Gwen has collected a lot of antique quilts and she shows some of them and talks about them in her classes @ Her classes there are exciting.
And Freddie's use of red and orange are heroic! Her appliqué style is also a thing of wonder. 

I've also been stitching 'texture' onto a challenge quilt for the Endeavorers' challenge this month.
My stitching hand is now unhappy with me, it needs rest.

That's the news from the rancho, where I'm enjoying adventures in color and creating. 
Remembering to be thankful. 
I'll be by to visit.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Unconventional 'Uneven Thirds' Improv Modern Quilt; Medallion Style, Binding, 'Origami' Quilt Magic

I started 'Uneven Thirds' with these center blocks, my design and colors.

Here the first border is sewn on, second borders, half square triangles, in process.

Binding is sewn to front and pinned to back, 22" x 24".

Back of 'Uneven Thirds', Kona cotton solids and a print.
Hand stitching the binding down with a Kona cotton solid red.
I started sewing the Cathedral Window rows together and I like the 3-D effect here.

Center points are tacked down, 3 rows of four squares or 4 rows of three!

A print square, is laid down and the solid sides are folded over and pinned, ready to be hand stitched down.

Hello from Rancho Palos Verdes!

Where we have clouds, wind and rain off and on.
The Pacific Ocean is stormy and grey.

This week I'm slowly getting back into gear. It was a good change to slow down and relax.

I got the binding for my "Uneven Thirds' small quilt sewed onto the front and I'm working on hand sewing the back down. I like the red binding, a thin line of red to bring the whole statement to a finish.
Sometimes I think about doing a fold over finish, it's kind of 'artsy', but I like that thin line of color to  
frame my quilt and define it.

I think 'Uneven Thirds' is very 'unconventional and unexpected' as in Sujata Shah's challenge to make an unconventional quilt in the style of the quilts found in Unconventional and Unexpected; American Quilts below the Radar, curated and authored by Roderick Kiracofe.

Then I made progress on my 'origami' Cathedral Window project. It does remind me of origami but with cloth. I enjoy the 3-D look of the squares and points and I'm in no hurry to finish because I like looking at it unfinished.

That's what's happening at the ranch where it's winter on the coast.
And I'm remembering to be thankful.  
I'll be by to visit.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Modern 'Bright' Sampler Flimsy, Cathedral Window Step Two, Happy January, 2019 New Butterfly Calendar

I had to take advantage of the brightness outside, Bright flimsy, 74" x 84".

Top finished in December 2018.

Close up of colors and fabrics in my Bright Sampler.

Cathedral Window process, step two. Three squares lined up, ready to pin.

And the touching points are pinned, the fold is the sew line.

The seam is done here, the points will be laid back down to be tacked.

The three squares are sewn together and the four points are tacked down in each center.

Another finish in 2018, my City Sidewalks modern quilt, 30" x 30".

And the back of City Sidewalks, hand quilted.
Happy New Year! my new butterfly calendar 2019.

Happy January 2019 from Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.
Where it's sunny and cool.

Now I get to use my new butterfly calendar and see butterflies when checking the date. I've been looking forward to that.

And I've got step two in my Cathedral Windows process briefly outlined here. I think you can get the main idea, there are other tutorials that go into a lot more detail on YouTube. I'm making a Cathedral Window project that will have 4 rows of 3 squares. More progress to come.

I also posted photos of my 'City Sidewalks' Modern Quilt, a finish for 2018, and my 'Bright Sampler' flimsy finish 2018. Lots of quilters have been posting 2018 finishes so I thought I'd jump in with two of mine, more info on them can be found in previous posts.

I'm not spending too much time looking into the past but I'm sure looking forward to the future!
I plan on participating in a few new challenges going on and I'll be posting the progress.

That's the news from the rancho where I'm 
remembering to be thankful and I'll be by to visit!