Monday, November 20, 2017

Neighsayer 1.0

Sometimes I get asked for a pattern for a horse. Here is my first attempt. I'm thinking that maybe it looks more like a pony. That would make sense because Buddy has grown past his puppy and dog stages and moved into his pony stage. A lap pony.

This block is based on a .75 inch finished grid so the block finishes at 11.25 by 15 inches.

Usually I use the same grid throughout a pattern, but I could change up the grid in some areas like the section for the legs. The legs are cut from two inch strips, but if they were cut from 1.5 inch strips, the horse could have legs to prance with.

I could also fill out its body more.

And by adding some flip triangles, I could smooth out some of the blockiness. At this point though, the horse is an illusion of photoshop and in reality, the block looks like the pony in the first photo.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Pink Postage and Spiral Log Cabin

I'm continuing to make doll quilts from the parts department. I was making heart pillows out of pink postage stamp blocks. For this quilt, I already had the center and lots of pieced strips. These doll quilts will be donated to my local quilt guild. It's nice to have free playtime with a deadline.

And I finished the binding on the small spiral log cabin quilt.

Here's the back of the spiral log cabin.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Rainbow Accounting

This is a good time of year to pull out the RSC blocks and figure out what's missing and potential layout ideas. I don't plan the quilt to start out, but instead wait until the end of the year to figure out the layout. In the case of the cows, I don't have enough to figure out the layout. I can see, however, that the complementary colors are going to make this quilt lively. (And yes, the sheep is only a helpful stand-in.) You can find the tutorial for the cow pattern in the Tutorial section.

And here are sheep laid out. It looks like the piano key feet are going to be an important design element. At a minimum, I need to add some yellow or gold sheep. And amble over to Angela's Rainbow Scrappy Challenge to see more works in progress.

And here's Buddy guarding the booty at the base of the design wall. Buddy has learned how to pull at the base of the wall and send the quilt blocks flying. He learned that trick from Molly.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Block Head Dog Block

The block head dog quilt is finished. It's just a doll quilt measuring about 18 inches square. I designed the block a while ago but didn't like how it looked or how it was constructed. It looks very simple and most of it is. But I constructed the mouth using improv skinny lines that doesn't match the cartoon eyes.

Here's the back of the doll quilt. I obviously missed the chance to turn in the donations quilts for November, but the final deadline is the December meeting. So let's pretend I finished it early.


And here's Molly waiting for her heating pad to finish the blog post and get off the computer.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Vintage blocks

Here's another doll quilt (about 24 inches square) made from the parts department. And these are definitely vintage blocks from some time in the 80s. The thread I was using then looks more like cording compared to the thinner thread of today. I had eight blocks and had to make another. It was huge in comparison. Happily, fabric is a rather pliable substance.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Baby Bunny Quilt

Remember the bunny quilt I wanted to finish on Sunday night. Ha. Well, its finally finished. I did do extra quilting inside each bunny (around the arms and eyes) and this required changing out the thread for each color bunny. Also, binding always takes me much longer than I think it should.

This is the fabric I used for the backing.

Molly is quite disappointed with me. Not about my missing my deadline... She just hates a couch that multi-tasks.

Ringo Lake Mystery Fabric Selection

It's almost time for Bonnie Hunter's end of the year mystery. I joined in last year for the first time and enjoyed it quite a bit. Normally I avoid mystery quilts. But I changed the colors and that made it even more mysterious. I do like this year's combination...who doesn't enjoy turquoise and orange and/or turquoise and brown?

I am going with fuschia and chartreuse with black as my dark and white multi for the light.  It's following Bonnie's colors in the sense that she is using turquoise and coral, two complements or colors across from each other on the color wheel. And then she has strong darks and lights, with her complements having the same medium value. (My fuschia looks darker in the photo than it actually is).

The mystery project starts November 24th and you can find the instructions on Bonnie Hunter's website.