Wednesday, February 26, 2020


A while back while we were traveling in Fairfield, OhioI found some colorful fabric at Seams Sew Easy. When it was my turn to have it cut, the clerk told me it probably wasn't what I thought it was. She opened the fabric and showed me that it was really 40" panels that looked painted. I loved the colors and I had waited quite a while to be helped so I took four panels. 

I have just finished the first of two quilts I'm making with this fabric. This quilt is called Color! I cut the fabric vertically (blue to green) and then into rectangles horizontally. I added two vertical strips from a second panel to make the quilt a little larger.

I used more vertical cuts for the outer border and the binding. The finished quilt is 50" by 54". 

The quilting is done with Aurifil thread, 50-weight, #2600, Dove Gray.

The backing is fabric from my stash.

Each of the 35 blocks is free-motion quilted with a different motif. I took photos of each block before laundering and I think you can see the quilting. It's still a bit hard with the colors of the fabric.
Quilting motif: Matrix Rays
Quilting motif: Swirl Meander
Quilting motif: Cat's Eyes
Quilting motif: Beads on a String
Quilting motif: Double Bubble
Quilting motif:Venn Diagram
Quilting motif: Split block with Stippling and Lazy Eights
Quilting motif: Horizontal Stipple
Quilting motif: Leaves with fill and echoes
Quilting motif: Desert Sand
Quilting motif: Pebbles
Quilting motif: Stippling
Quilting motif: Fern and Stem
Quilting motif: Wave
Quilting motif: Stomach Lining
Quilting motif: Bubble Wand
Quilting motif: Brain Cord
Quilting motif: Flowing Lines
Quilting motif: Tufts
Quilting motif: 2-Petal Flower
Quilting motif: Chrysanthemum
Quilting motif: River Path
Quilting motif: Wavy Lines using rulers
Quilting motif: Bamboo Forest
Quilting motif: Paisley
Quilting motif: Echo Shell
Quilting motif: Loose Weave
Quilting motif: Spirals
Quilting motif: ruler work
Quilting motif: Loopy Meander
Quilting motif: Feather with echoes
Quilting motif: Mesh Curtain
Quilting motif: Mario Vine
Quilting motif: Wandering Clover
Quilting motif: Straight Spiral using a ruler
Quilting motif in sashing: Lazy Eights or Wishbones
I used a walking foot to stitch 3 lines in the border.

I love the colors in this quilt as does Ray.

We haven't decided if it's going into the donation pile or staying with us.

In other news, I saw the allergist today. They did two panels of testing. However, their controls did not react. No one knows why because I do not have any antihistamines in my system. So now we are waiting on blood tests results...

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Crazy Cars is finished

A while back in 2018, I cut up my small scraps and fabrics that I no longer wanted into 2 1/2" squares. At one point, I made a number of 16-patch blocks from some of the squares using 2 different fabrics for each block. I thought that I would just put the blocks together into a quilt but I didn't like it. Then I thought sashing would help but I didn't like that either. So I just set everything aside. Last October I found the stack of blocks and decided that they would make some cute, crazy cars.  

I used my Cricut Maker to design a car. After backing each block with Heat n Bond Lite, I cut one car out of each block. Then I cut out the tires which were also backed with Heat n Bond Lite. 

I added dogs to four cars because I thought it might be fun for the recipient of this donation quilt to find them. I was asked about a cat but I don't have any fabric with cats - I only had 4 with dogs.

I appliqu├ęd the cars and tires using a zigzag stitch. Then I free-motion quilted this quilt. I outlined the cars and tires, did a loop-de-loop design in the gray for texture, and did a horizontal meandering in the green. I used 50-weight Aurifil thread, #2610,medium gray thread.

The back is a colorful piece of fabric from my stash. I didn't have quite enough so I added a little of the green.

This donation quilt is 55" wide and 51" long.

In other news, my MacBook Pro finally updated so Photoshop Deluxe no longer works. We do own Photoshop 2020 and I just put it on my computer. I am lost! I did finally figure out how to rotate photos and eventually I'll learn more.

Ray still has pain - we'll see the surgeon in early March. I see the allergist on Wednesday. And life goes on...


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