Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tool Time

I've had questions about where I bought the handle to tighten my quilting hoop but have been unable to reply because folks are identified as 'no-reply bloggers' so I thought I'd do a quick post about it in case others were interested in looking for one as well.

I had to do a little digging after the question was asked as there are no markings on the tool. Sleuth that I am, I finally found the answer. I got it from Carol Shewan at Willow Creek Rug Hooking. The tighteners are not in her online shop but if you contact her she will be happy to help. If memory serves me correctly, I paid about $5 for it.

It is such a joy to work with so if you use a quilting hoop I would really encourage you to pick one up; your knuckles will thank you. Makes you wonder why someone didn't think of this sooner.

The slot in one end of the handle has a hole drilled into it so it just sits over the screw and the wing nut in your frame and you use it much like a screwdriver.

Thought you'd enjoy a quick peek to what the border quilting pattern looks like from the back. It will need one more little square added to the corner where the two large triangles meet, but I'll do those all at the end.

Also, if you are a no-reply blogger, here's a link to step-by-step instructions for how you can change that so that I am able to reply to your questions - I love getting your comments and this just makes it that much easier to connect....M

Sunday, January 25, 2015

No More Rolling Around on the Floor

How long have I been saying that I need to get things up off the floor and make a design wall so that I can have a better perspective on things and not have to spend my time laying out blocks on my hands and knees doing my best impersonation of an Olympic gymnast doing a floor routine? Well, thanks to my favourite nephew, I now have.

He delivered two sheets of insulation for me (about a year ago already!) but they have been languishing in the garage until I figured out what I was going to do with them. This week he cut them down to six foot heights for me so that I could get them down the stairs and wrap them in batting, just taping it to the back sides.

Because I expect to be moving these around a fair bit I went back after the first round of taping and just secured all of the loose edges so that things wouldn't come undone. So now I have almost a complete wall in my sewing room that is a design wall - yippee skippee!

In hindsight, I probably should have had them cut six inches taller but I have to manoeuver around a few tricky corners so I went for the shorter height. I'd still like the boards to sit higher on the wall so I'm going to get him to build me a little platform with a ledge so that I can snug the panels between the ceiling and the platform without having to nail anything into the wall to secure them. Right now they are sitting atop two shoe boxes. Classy.

So, as soon as they were up I had to try placing my star blocks and some geese. The room is very small so I think I'm going to need to use a different lens to be able to get more of what's on the wall into the frames to share with you (I had to leave the room to take the photo at the top of this post!). Also, because there is no natural light in the room it's tough to get shots with true colours - I'm going to have to see if I can get different bulbs that don't throw such a warm glow over everything.

Anyway, back to the quilt. I still like it with just all the star blocks and nothing else, but the geese haven't been ruled out yet.

Remember I said I wasn't sure if this was one quilt or two? Well, this is the idea that is running around my head for the second option - columns of geese in varied lengths. I'll make more geese and see where that takes me. In the meantime, I'm pinching myself that this is actually done....M

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Thin Green Line

Much to my surprise, I continue to make great progress on quilting the border of Confetti and now have two sides finished. I'm finding this a little unbelievable, but in a good way. I have to give a lot of the credit to my trusty painter's tape. The pattern that I'm stitching is all straight lines so I'm marking it off with the tape - no marker or pencil line to worry about and no erasing/rinsing. Love it.

These are my trusty tools - my newer glasses to help see the cream thread against the cream print, thread, scissors, and the wooden handle that I bought at FibreFest this past fall.

There's a slot in one end that just slides over the wing nut to help you tighten or loosen the quilting hoop. It's ideal - no more fiddling with the little nut and getting residue from the screw on your fingers, and it's kind to your fingers in a way that the metal isn't. I think it may be the best five bucks I've spent in a long time.....M

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What If...

There's been lots more pondering about the star quilt that I started on a whim and how far out of my comfort zone I'm prepared to wander i.e. do I mix in the graphic prints that were in the original bundle of fabrics with the floral background. I like all of the fabrics together but I really do like all of the florals in the star blocks on their own too. Sooo, I started to play 'what if'.

What if I used the graphic prints for flying geese? I'm really liking them in the geese... What if they become a border, or maybe columns to separate the columns of star blocks?

Should the print be used for the goose or should the goose be white? A mix maybe? Maybe the geese will become a quilt of their own?

I've made up geese in two of the prints and am liking what I see on the floor right now. There's a grey floral that might get made into three more star blocks because if the quilt is going to be wider with the addition of columns of geese it should probably be longer as well (so much for just 'whipping up a little quilt top').

Still not sure if this is one quilt or two but it's a good workout for my tiny little brain....M