Wednesday, October 19, 2016

WIP Wednesday - Where does the time go?

Ack. I've become one of THOSE bloggers. You know, the ones that don't post forever and then kvetch about it? Well, I'm skipping the kvetching and going straight to what I've been working on. Every once in a while the stars align and I have both the time and the energy to sew!

When last I shared about this epic WIP, Technicolor Galaxy, I was assembling the already quilted curved blocks into spokes. I have to admit that I've shown more on Instagram than I have on the blog about this one. If you're interested, you can follow me at A_Quarter_Inch_From_The_Edge. No pressure. Getting those seams just right was a royal PITA. But I got 'er done!
Honestly, I think I measured the center about... well... a thousand times. I was so afraid I'd make a mistake and end up with a centre medallion that was too small to fit in the hole in the quilt. The stuff of nightmares. Thankfully, my "measure a dozen times, cut once" strategy worked. And my freezer paper template worked beautifully.
 Nerve wracking. But here is that (very first block) centre medallion all cut out and ready to go.
All that remained was to make some more bias binding and get that medallion in place! It was a tedious business, but being so close to the end kept me motivated!
As if there wasn't enough in this quilt, I opted to forego the suggested white binding and went for a matched rainbow one. I was a little fiddly, but I think it's worth it in the end!
I can't help but tease you a little here. But I will say that you won't have to wait much longer to see the finished creation.
I'm linking up with Let's Bee Social over at Sew Fresh Quilts. It's been a while! And stay with me people, there's a big finish coming this Friday!


Monday, September 05, 2016

Mini Mini Monday - Me-ow!

I love a swap! So I was very happy when Jennifer @ Little Black Cat Quilting agreed to swap with me. We've been commenting back and forth on each others blog s for some time now and it was fun to come up with a mini mini to send her.
I couldn't resist sending her a little black cat of my own making. All those black low volumes needed something bright to set them off and this Blueberry Park on Kona Limelight fit the bill nicely. You can see my wee sketches in the background. I based this mini mini on Elizabeth Hartman's wee kitties.
 It was half planned, half improv-ed. And I managed not to repeat any blacks on the front!
I wanted to make the back interesting too. I find it tricky to improv small letters, but these came together nicely!
I love quilting mini minis. You can go crazy with dense quilting and not spend a year finishing it!
This Little Black Cat wanted to go play in the yard. Who I am I to say no?
I used Crazy Mom Quilts tutorial for binding tiny things (yet again). It just works so well!
The quilting is very dense and best seen from the back.
What's a swap with a surprise or two? If you're paying attention, you can find some fun notebooks and school supplies that are suspiciously quilty-like. Jenn loves her some Orange Peels, so this was a perfect fit. And everyone loves a sassy little quilt button!
 And look what she sent me! I am absolutely flabbergasted!
Can you even believe this? She made a mini mini of my (as yet unfinished) Technicolor Galaxy. It's bonkers!
She even did rainbow hand quilting! I feel like I should send her a pile more mini minis to even out the awesome! And there was chocolate in the envelope. How lucky am I?

I'm linking up with Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Mondays!