Dawn's Quilting Room
a quilt happy blog
Friday - December 30, 2022
It's Almost 2023!
Looking back on 2022...So many accomplishments and more things added to the to-do list. I participated in my first online Mood Board writing pitch, which required learning a few more tech skills. I visited Cape Cod during the summer. There were more Zoom meetings and workshops (quilting and writing). I joined a local knitting group. Added new quilt block clip art to my website for free download. Helped several friends gain a foothold in social media. Enjoyed celebrating a friend's first published picture book.
So what's on the agenda for 2023? I've been eyeing my unfinished project pile while also adding new projects to my "want to make" list. Once again I am joining the All People Quilt UFO challenge. However, my list includes both unfinished projects as well as new things I really want to create.
My first project in 2023 is to take a Zoom class on crumb quilting in early January. What especially interests me is creating new "fabric" from scraps and incorporating it into a quilt design. As part of the prep work, I've been sorting my scraps into color piles and ironing them. I also need to select a background fabric.
I hope you are filled with creative inspiration. Have fun in 2023!
Tuesday - November 12, 2022
Tada!! Finally, the Polaroid Cat quilt is finished. I was surprised how quickly I hand sewed the binding on to the quilt. I must have had some music with a good beat playing! Zoooooom....
All I need to do now is come up with a catchy quilt title since I'm entering it in a quilt show. Then I can create a label for the quilt back.
In the meantime, I decided I needed a new knitting project, so I am loom knitting a pair of socks. This is definitely slower knitting, using two different stitches. The hats I usually knit go together much faster. It's fun to work on something more challenging.
Tuesday - November 1, 2022
Time to audition binding possibilities for the cat quilt. Originally, I thought to bind it in a tone-on-tone brown, but the more I looked at the quilt and potential binding fabric, the more I didn't like the look.
The more I looked at the lighter green fabric, it seemed too bright against the dark green background. The darkest fabric (photo bottom) has a blue-green cast to it, which is not as visible in this picture. The two fabrics next to each other are jarring to me. I also think the dark fabric binding would not offer the framing effect I want to achieve.
The fabric on the right wins. (The fabric looks a bit darker in person.) I'll make a narrow binding to frame the quilt. Looking forward to hand stitching the binding in place.
Saturday - October 1, 2022
Last week I donated my remaining stack of hats to our local United Way. When speaking with a volunteer at the United Way, she said that they are already receiving requests from those in need for warm clothing. Our New England temperatures have drastically dropped during the last week. The leaves are donning their autumnal colors, and snow is a whisper away.
I already have a new hat on my loom; the brim is completed. My knitting group is knitting scarves and hats for donation this January. The items will be placed along the edge of a fence for anyone in need to take. Good thing I have plenty of yarn.
Tuesday - September 27, 2022
Unsure About the Colors
I joined a knitting group that meets at a local public library. I am loving the camaraderie, shared stories and experiences. So much fun!
The hat is finished, and I like the way it turned out. The friend I made the comment to told me she really likes the hat. I'm glad I kept moving forward to complete it.
Wednesday - September 14, 2022
It started out rough. I threaded the sewing machine. I wound a new bobbin and inserted it. When I started to draw the bobbin thread up through the machine's throat plate ... POING! ... the bobbin jettisoned itself out of the machine and across the room.
I'm doing simple straight line quilting around each cat "photo" to frame it. Looking good so far.
Saturday - August 20, 2022
More Than a Beanbag
I'm back to sewing more items for our quilt guild's boutique sale. During my internet travels, I stumbled across a holder for an iPad that was a cross between a beanbag with a front shelf and a Crazy Chicken pincushion.
Even making three of these at the same time, it was a fast and easy project. To make one holder, the supply list includes: one piece of fabric 12" x 9", ribbon 1/2" wide x 4" long, cardboard 1 1/4" x 5 3/4", 2 cups of dried rice and Poly-fil. Make sure you have a funnel to easily pour the rice into the holder.
Tuesday - August 9, 2022
Celestial Star Quilt
Finally, the Celestial Star quilt is finished!
After auditioning several designs, I decided the colors worked best with the Uneven Star block. I machine quilted inside the star blocks, and machine tacked other areas in the quilt background using my domestic Bernina sewing machine. I'm giving the quilt as a gift.
Friday - July 22, 2022
Sewing Fleece in July
I cut these fleece slipper boots out ages ago. I made myself and a friend a pair awhile ago, and liked them so much that I cut out another pair to sew. The pressure finally got to me ... the pile of pieces awaiting assembly. So I interrupted another project to whip these boots together. This is a fast one-day project if you have the time.
When I sewed these boots the first time, I found it slippery walking on my wood floors. So I bought puff paint to decorate the boot soles for extra grip. My friend had no problem walking in the boots on her carpeted floors (without the puff paint).
A friend gave me leftover fleece scraps she didn't want, and I recycled an older fleece jacket for the lining. Another cuddly pair of slipper boots for when the weather turns colder.
Tuesday - July 5, 2022
I have been sewing items for our quilt guild's boutique sale in September. My first project were baby bibs with a baby-themed print cotton fabric front and cuddly Minky back.
My next boutique project is sewing a tote bag from beautiful autumn hued fabric with giant lacy rust-colored leaves. I just need to find my favorite tote bag pattern. Like a Halloween trickster ... it seems to have vanished!
Thursday - June 30, 2022
Inchie Quilt Top Completed
Loving how this quilt came together. The photo does not do it justice.
I have a pile of projects to finish, but I am eager to see this quilt completed. It will hang in our quilt guild's next show.
Wednesday - May 25, 2022
My First Inchie Block
All the inchie strip sets are sewed. Since some of the blocks are horizontal, and some vertical, I had to pay attention to directional fabrics (making sure designs such as coffee cups) were right-side up.
At this point, I have all the vertical blocks sewed. I am currently working on the horizontal blocks, laying them out on the floor as I finish them. I'm pleased with how the quilt is coming together.
Saturday - April 30, 2022
So many small squares of fabric. Which ones to choose?!
Since my sashing strips are orange, I also left out any orange squares that were of similar color. I'm trying not to let the small squares "disappear" into the sashing. This is a fun easy-going project to work on.
Back to Hats
Ooooopppppps! I have a severely sprained ankle. Doctor's orders are to stay off the foot for at least two weeks, elevate and ice. Thankfully the x-rays showed no break or fractures. But, as fate would have it, I sprained my sewing pedal foot. So it's back to knitting!
I'm eager to return to the sewing machine. I've staged stacks of inchies to sew into rows. I just need to not "ouch" when I put weight on the foot!
Saturday - February 26, 2022
Inchies - So Many Small Squares
Years ago, our quilt guild members swapped fabric squares measuring 1 1/2-inches square. All those squares have been nestled away awaiting inspiration.
I'm currently sewing the inchies into strip sets that include 10 squares. I'm using chain stitching for faster sewing. It's definitely scrappy! I'm going to create blocks that alternate inchie strips with sashing. Some blocks will have horizontal strips, and others vertical strips.
It feels great to use these fabrics. My current thinking is that I need 80 strip sets (10 squares in each set). That equals 800 inchies. I have them!
Thursday - January 13, 2022
Confession ... I own a lot of cat cotton prints. So when our quilt guild suggested we make Polaroid Quilts, I immediately thought to showcase some of my feline fabric.
Next I cut the background fabric. I chose a dark green. I had oodles of yardage that a quilting friend had given me since she no longer wanted it. Some guild members decided to create templates and cut exact angled border pieces. I opted to cut 4" wide strips and attached them (in hindsight, I probobably could have gotten away with cutting 3 1/2" wide strips). My method wasted some fabric, but I saved the scraps to use in another project.
Once I added the green border fabric, I used a square acrylic ruler to trim each block to an 8 1/2" square. The object when trimming the squares to size is to make them tilted a bit so that it looks like photographs were tossed onto the quilt.
Enjoy being creative!