|Dawn's Quilting Room
a quilt happy blog
Monday - May 21, 2018
I enjoyed a terrific time at a quilting retreat. A great weekend of dedicated sewing. One of my friends was working on her project for our guild's version of the Kona Challenge. She utilized the Creative Grids Pineapple Mini Trim Tool to create roses using Kona cottons.
This pineapple ruler allowed her to cut and sew blocks with precision and minimal fabric waste. It took her one day to create a gorgeous wall hanging depicting a modern style rose garden.
I'm inspired by her fun and creative twist to this block!
Saturday - May 19, 2018
Stitch One ... Stitch Two
It seems lately I've spent most of my sewing hours binding quilts. I am currently hand sewing the binding on the fourth and last quilt entry for our guild quilt show.
Sometimes it is the little things in life that bring happiness!
Monday - April 30, 2018
This past weekend, 0ur quilt guild met for an open sew. We brought our sewing machines, supplies and enthusiasm. I also baked a loaf of pumpkin-blueberry bread to share.
A few of us also worked on our own projects. A friend delivered twin boys, so I began assembling one of two baby quilts. I cut the fabric and started sewing nine-patch blocks, which form part of the design.
I'll sew more bookmarks at home using some of my fun prints. Click here for info about our quilt show.
Saturday - April 21, 2018
Closer to Done
Last night I finished hand sewing the binding on my Grand Illusion quilt. So this morning, I visited the sewing machine to stitch the binding on the Simply Colorful Sampler quilt. This is the last quilt I need to finish for our guild quilt show in September.
I debated with myself, and finally decided a free-motion meandering pattern worked best for this quilt. I used a medium gray thread.
The weather is finally more spring-like today, so I'm off to do a bit of yard work before going with a friend to a craft show.
Enjoy a terrific day!
Tuesday - April 10, 2018
Dear Jane A-01
My biggest obstacle to this Dear Jane block was myself. I'm not sure what happened to my usual sewing finesse, but it was vacationing when I attempted to sew the corner triangle sections of this block. Three times in a row, I incorrectly sewed the fabric to the paper pieced pattern. This is a relatively easy block to sew, too.
Monday - April 2, 2018
Seam Ripper Woes
The other day I exercised the seam ripper. I sewed a portion of a Dear Jane block three times ... and three times incorrectly sewed the pieces together. At least I was original and sewed the pieces uniquely wrong each time. No duplicating mistakes for me!
After the third time, I slowly backed away from the sewing machine. Sometimes you have to bow to fate and take a few deep breaths before returning to a problem project.
Sunday - March 25, 2018
I followed the sage advice of: When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. And it's delicious!
What could have been a miserable few days regretting a cancelled retreat transformed into several excellent days of playing with fabric and enjoying the company of friends through 21st century magic.
Wishing you a creative day!
Saturday - March 17, 2018
National Quilting Day - Projects
Today is National Quilting Day. I've also seen it called Worldwide Quilting Day. This is a perfect time to reevaluate those New Year's quilting resolutions. Are you on target?
I allow myself creativity when it comes to writing my list. Some projects are UFOs. Other items on the list are quilts with deadlines, and even a few new projects. And I also added a knitting project to my list since I don't want to lose sight of it.
So far I am on schedule. My first project is done. Five of us agreed to swap handmade items to celebrate our friendship. I crafted mug rugs for each of them. One friend wrote to say she is hanging hers on the wall.
I also have three quilts on my list that I am finishing for a quilt show. One is done, and two are in process.
Feels good to check things off the list!
Monday - March 12, 2018
Grand Illusion - UFO
I am determined to finish some lingering projects. This is my Grand Illusion quilt from the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt 2014 project. Feels good to be working on a UFO!
At the start, I knew that my project would be a wall hanging instead of the larger quilt she designed. I finished the blocks … but then I stalled on the setting. I did not care for (what looked to me) to be a chaotic combination of fabric when the blocks were set with the checkerboard sashing.
After much thought (okay, lots of thought since it's been over three years!), I opted to not use the green-and-white checkerboard sashing. Instead, I placed black sashing and aqua blue corner stones between the nine blocks. I really love the look.
Now I am in the process of machine quilting. I am using my domestic Bernina for the job. Can't wait to tick this project off the list.
Hope you are enjoying a great day!
Wednesday - March 7, 2018
Red, White, Blue
Back and forth I go, trying to settle on a color scheme for my Dear Jane quilt. Do I go all scrappy? Keep it to two color groups? Use all one type of material, such as batiks? To help my decision making process, I did an internet search for Dear Jane quilt images. Several color combinations leapt out at me. But one quilt resonated.
Here is my inspiration image:
(I could not locate the name of the quiltmaker.)
Red, white and blue. I am going to keep the white fabric consistent in each block. I bought a white-on-white print. The red and blue fabrics will be a scrappy combination.
Thursday - March 1, 2018
Ready, set, go! Here I come Janiacs (the fond name for Dear Jane Quilt enthusiasts). I feel I'm joining a sisterhood.
Of course, in the back of my mind, I wonder how many people have embarked on this odyssey of sewing 225 different quilt blocks. How many of these quilts have drifted into UFO territory ... unfinished, perhaps (gasp) gathering dust?
I'm not falling into the trap of promising myself I will finish every single block. For one thing, applique is not a favorite technique, and some of these blocks do require applique. Still, never say never. I could reach that magic threshold and actually finish all those blocks. How many years will it take? No, I refuse to do the math. I'm clutching my rotary cutter and ready to leap toward the fabric.
Before starting, though, I did research and prepared myself with useful website material. In case you are also diving into Dear Jane territory, here is some of what I discovered:
Dear Jane: 225 Patterns from the 1863 Jane E. Stickle Quilt
Dear Jane Quilt Software from Electric Quilt
Susan Gatewood's website
Spreadsheet courtesy of Janiac.com
Have fun creating!
2018 Dawn Lesley Stewart