January 31, 2016

Quilt Back for the Urban Life Baby Quilt

After making the Urban Life quilt top from Central Park fabric, I had 20 - 1" x 10" fabric strips left over.  I spent yesterday afternoon making these four blocks.  I'm calling them "Pick Up Sticks" quilt blocks.

Today I decided to separate them by a 3.5" strip and put them half way on the quilt back.
The quilt top is below.

I'm taking a wee sewing break.  Believe it or not, I need to clean the garage and get rid of some things.  I think February is the perfect month for that task.  I still have plenty of Bob's things to make decisions about.  Boxes and boxes of "stuff"!  I need to clean my closets, too!  Imagine that.
May your bobbins always be full,

January 30, 2016

Urban Life Quilt Top for a Baby Girl

We're having a gusty, blustery day, here in Murrieta.

There's just too much wind to get a decent photo, so I took it inside!

The quilt top for Emily's baby girl is finished.  It measures 48" x 48", and I can't decide which way I like it best.  On a square quilt, I guess it doesn't matter.  Now I need to decide on the quilt back, I have an idea, we'll see if it works!
May your bobbins always be full,

January 29, 2016

Frustrating...Warning ~ I'm not happy!

I've wanted a design wall for ages.  I thought it'd make my quilting life easier and it should.  My new portable design wall and I have gotten off to a rough start.

On the recommendation of two quilty friends, one on FB and one on IG, I purchased "Cheryl Ann's Portable, Free Standing Design Wall".  I got the large size, 72" x 72".  In theory, this should be just what I need.  I have no wall space to dedicate to a design wall, so one that can be put up and taken down, as needed, sounded divine.

My first problem when I attempted assembly yesterday was the Brace Clips did not easily snap on; they were a bear to get on, and one actually broke, rendering the use of that pole mute.

The top photo shows the printed rows of this quilt top before adding the half blocks to the ends of half the rows.  The photo above shows the rows rearranged after the rows were complete, and the design wall had tipped over, dumping the blocks on the floor.  After this photo was taken, it tipped over again!

 I gave up yesterday afternoon, I had to go teach Tai Chi.  Before I left, I moved the design wall to the guest room, and wedged it in front of the mirrored closet.  This morning I worked with the strips, placing them again, but this really isn't satisfactory, either.  The design wall is meant to be used at an angle,  The angle helps keep the blocks on the flannel better.  I'm not giving up, but I just had to vent!
May your bobbins always be full,