Friday, December 2, 2016

Look Who's Here

With the long holiday weekend I got to sneak in some sewing time and finish up this paper-pieced Tardis pillow.  Caroline's advice to applique in the missing piece worked perfectly.

My original plan was to embroider the text along the top but after writing it on with a white pen I was happy enough with the result to call it done.  Apparently my inability to spot lint on my blocks until after I've photographed them continues...  a better person would have reshot this but I wasn't in the mood;-)  I loved the Lizzy House constellations print for the background on this but I wish I'd used something different to get more contrast.  The black of the beacon disappears into the background.  The outline quilting around the Tardis helps a bit but next time I'd do something different.

I got the crazy idea in my head that I wanted to finish this with piping and a faux invisible zipper rather than my usual bound edge zipper back.  It came out pretty well but it was a great reminder that I hate working with piping!  I love this geometry print for the back.

I'm thrilled to have my first holiday gift finished...  have you started your holiday making?

Spending time at this week's Finish it Up Friday by Crazy Mom Quilts.

Pillow Stats:
Finished pillow is 16" x 16"
Pattern: Tardis block by Trillium Design for the Doctor Who Along.
Fabrics: Fabrics: Kona Cottons from stash, Constellations by Lizzy House for Andover Fabrics.
Batting: Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 Black.
Thread: 50 wt. Aurifil in Black (2692).

Friday, November 25, 2016

End of Days

I am so thankful to have reached the end of #100Days100Blocks;-)  A huge thank you to fabulous hostesses of this shindig:  Sweet Little Pretties, Gnome Angel and Sunflower Stitcheries.  I can honestly say this is a quilt I never would have made if I hadn't joined up but it's been a wonderful experience.  Every day I was inspired by the different interpretations of each block.

Thank you also to my friends who stuck with me thru the endless days of block posts and to all the new friends I've made on this adventure.  Your ♥'s and words of encouragement definitely kept me going.

While it may not be a true finish 100 blocks done is my accomplishment for this week's Finish it Up Friday by Crazy Mom Quilts.  Rumor has it there will also be prizes for finishing this quilt but I'm going to just relax and enjoy this stack of blocks for a bit.  Wishing you all a fun filled Thanksgiving!!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

W.i.P. Wednesday: Is There a Doctor in the House?

With all my City Sampler blocks made and fall sports winding down I finally found myself with some free time in my studio this weekend.  I took advantage of the lull to get a jump start on my holiday gift making.  A good friend is a huge Doctor Who fan so a Tardis pillow seems like just the thing.  There are a couple of different patterns out there but I chose this one by Trillium Design for the Doctor Who Along.

Of course as soon as I finished piecing together all 80 pieces I noticed  I'd missed one way back there...  Where's a Time Lord when you need one?  I was dreading how much I was going to have to rip back to get to this piece but Caroline suggested I just applique in the missing panel.  Definitely an easier fix, now to just do it!

I also made lots of progress on my Snake Trail quilt.  I've sewn all the arcs to the fusible and just need to cut them apart and turn them.  It's slow going, I got a blister on my thumb from all the cutting so now I try to alternate activities.  I was hoping to start piecing the blocks this week but I cut my first strip of fabric too short and now I'm not going to have enough to get all 54 blocks...  I so miss having an LQS 7 minutes away!  This one isn't going to be done for Thanksgiving but maybe Christmas:-)

Have you started your holiday making yet?

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

W.i.P. Wednesday: In the Homestretch

It's hard to believe we're in the final month of #100Days100Blocks.  I'm not going to lie, I'm so ready to be done with this!  I've been pretty good about getting my blocks done well in advance but I've been having more iPhone problems which led to having to reshoot a bunch of photos...  NOT fun!

This is the first time I put this up on my design wall.  I was concerned I'd need to be more thoughtful about my fabric choices as we come to the end but my anything goes approach seems to be working.  Most of the blocks include at least one Tula Pink print and almost every collection is represented.  It's so fun to see them all together!!!  I'm starting to think about how I'll put this one together.  It definitely needs sashing but I haven't decided if I'll do something fancy like Kayak Quilting or just keep it simple.

With my City Sampler blocks lined up I've also been working on my Snake Trail quilt.  I've got all of my arcs made and now I'm working on sewing them to the fusible.  Now that we're in to November I'm feeling the pressure to get this one done.  Of course that other holiday is rapidly approaching...  I need to get a back if I want to finish up this holiday quilt.  Has your holiday making kicked in yet? Only 52 days until Christmas:-)

Friday, October 28, 2016

A Ghastlie Tale

alidiza: A Ghastlie Tale...  a Ghastlies version of Amy Friend's Tell Me a Story quilt.
It just wouldn't be Halloween if I didn't make something Ghastlies...

This month the BostonMQG hosted my friend, Amy Friend, for a trunk show featuring quilts from her book, Intentional Piecing.  My favorite is Tell Me a Story.  When Amy suggested this would be a great pattern for a holiday quilt I don't think this is what she had in mind but I immediately knew where I was going with it...

While many of Amy's paper pieced designs are extremely intricate this block is easy to piece.  The complexity comes from fussy cutting your designs to tell the story.  That said, these are 6" finished blocks so the pieces are tiny.  You'd think I'd be used to that after #100Days100Blocks but all those little black triangles were making me mental.

With the demise of my LQS and my lack of foresight this one had to be 100% from stash.  I spotted a right sized leftover black batting from my original Neptune quilt.  I don't usually like to work with poly-blends but it was perfect for a pillow and I think the dark undertone adds to the richness of the colors.

I kept the quilting simple and just outlined the major blocks.  This may be my favorite block...  you can bet even if I was trapped in a box I'd be reading.

I stayed up way too late finishing this up but for once managed to run out of bobbin thread at precisely the right moment.  Obviously the spirit world approves of my choices.

And since I have a lifetime's supply of zippers so  went ahead and  used my go to zipper closure tutorial by to S.O.T.A.K. Handmade for the back.  I'm ridiculously pleased with how well I got the stripes to match up.

alidiza: A Ghastlie Tale...  a Ghastlies version of Amy Friend's Tell Me a Story quilt.
Meeting my Ghastlie End at this week's Finish it Up Friday by Crazy Mom Quilts and Myra's Finished Or Not Friday.
Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Pillow Stats:
Finished pillow is 18" x 18"
Pattern: Tell Me a Story from Intentional Piecing by Amy Friend.
Fabrics: Fabrics: from the Ghastlies collections by Alexander Henry.
Batting: Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 Black.
Thread: 50 wt. Aurifil in Pewter (2630).

Friday, October 21, 2016


I'm so excited that I finished this quilt up in time for Halloween!  I pieced the top of this Ghastlies/Spellbound mash up last October but it got waylaid.  These collections are fabulous together!  Since there are so many fun motifs, I choose a large block to highlight them.  These started as 9 1/2" squares, mainly because I had that sized ruler.  From there I just added the triangles to the corners to turn them into crystal balls.  I have a ton of bonus triangles leftover, I'm hoping to get motivated and turn them into a pillow.

The circular quilting around the corner stones was a bit of a pain but I love the effect... It almost makes you feel like you're being hypnotized if you stare too closely at the quilt.

And did you see this binding???  It's Cloud Silver Netorious, the perfect hint of shimmer!

This is my favorite shot - it's spooktacular, like some ghosts showed up to check out my quilt;-)

Haunting this week's Finish it Up Friday by Crazy Mom Quilts.

Quilt Stats:
Finished quilt is 52" x 72"
Fabrics: from the Ghastlies collections by Alexander Henry and Spellbound by Cotton + Steel.
Batting: Quilter's Dream Orient Bamboo
Thread: King Tut Rosetta Stone (978).

Friday, October 14, 2016

Proof of Concept

I've been obsessed with the Snake Trail quilt from Denyse Schmidt's Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration ever since I saw Little and Lots' Cerise Beast.  As soon as I offered to make Audrey's friend a quilt for her college dorm room I had this pattern in mind and then I actually read the pattern...  paper templates for 4 unique pieces, cutting and sewing curves - not gonna happen!  I love Denyse but I'm not a fan of her construction techniques.  So I thought about other ways of doing it, maybe not better but definitely more in my comfort zone.

Before I dove in to a whole quilt I decided to make a small wall hanging as a proof of concept.  I measured the templates in the book and realized this would be a great way to use up my leftover Pure jelly roll.  For the arcs I tried using the Easy Dresden ruler from my (still unfinished) Blue Plate Special.

Once I had them sewn together I tried a variation on my favorite circle applique technique and sewed the long edges of the arcs to fusible (Pellon SF 101).  It took some math to get the placement right but eventually I figured out the appropriate size block so the edges would align correctly.

With the arcs fused to the squares I sewed the blocks together and then layered the top together with batting and a backing.

From there I quilted down the arcs using the edge of my walking foot as a guide.

In a fit of insanity I also copied Denyse's diagonal quilting but chose not to quilt thru the arcs.  I love the effect but will NOT be doing that again...  all those starts and stops drove my crazy!

And now I have a fabulous companion wall hanging to decorate my foyer and I've worked out all the kinks in the process.  Here we go!!!

Sharing with this week's Finish it Up Friday by Crazy Mom Quilts.

Quilt Stats:
Finished quilt is 22" x 22"
Fabrics: Pure by Sweetwater for Moda, Kona Snow.
Batting: Quilter's Dream Orient Bamboo
Thread: 50 wt. Aurifil in Ermine (2312)