It’s been a random sort of week.
I’ve finished Gallimaufry.
I sorted out a layout for the Hatbox quilt. It’s not final yet, but I’m fairly happy with the distribution of colour and background. If you spot anything you think stands out inappropriately, do say, because I’ve looked at it so much now I can’t ‘see’ it any more…
I’ve stitched another handful of hexie flowers into the Anemone quilt.
And last but by no means least, I’ve rearranged my sewing room.
Old room layout
New room layout
There’s less floor space and the ironing board is further away from my sewing chair, but the lighting at night will be better as I won’t have my back to the overhead light, and the morning light will be more indirect and less in my eyes. A few extra steps to the ironing board also won’t hurt! I also now have space at the end of my sewing table to set up my big old iMac there instead of stuck away in the corner, so I can listen to music or a talking book while I work. And while I was at it, I tidied up and threw out, dusted and swept.
Time to restart the Sea Glass quilt, now I have all of that sorted out. I have to stitch a backing together and cut the batting to size, and then make and pin the quilt sandwich… I’ll be starting in the centre blocks, and hand-quilting those before working my way out-wards and probably (but not definitely) machine quilting the rest. It’ll depend on how my hands hold up. As always with me, the quilting will not be dense, and will be big stitch, but even so, I think it’ll look good.
But first, I think I’d better clean out my sewing machine and treat myself to a new needle!
Sorry, I’ve been off the radar for a week, and scarcely realised it.
All sorts of not very blog-worthy stuff has been going on which has kept me busy. Not so busy, however that I was completely unable to sew.
A pretty bit of dappled late afternoon sun illuminating those central blocks. A very satisfying end to the day!
The light was going so it’s not a great shot, but you do get some idea of how the quilting looks.
We’re in the final straight with this one. Just the binding to go on and the label to sew in and then Gallimaufry will be ready to go in the washing machine and then onto my caravan bunk 🙂 The binding is made and the sewing machine is threaded with the right colour and fitted with the walking foot. We’re good to go. I know, I know, I said it would be ready by the weekend.
However, I very foolishly picked up the Anemone quilt to do some stitching in of hexie flowers while I watched the last few episodes of Masterchef. Net result, two lots of addictions: the series and the hand stitching. I’ll show you the sewing results another time, and I’m glad to report that the right person won the competition – by a single point!
Tomorrow I’ll sew the binding on, and then spend some contented hours hand stitching it down, one of my favourite parts of quilt-making.
More soon – or at least, sooner than last time, I promise!
That’s that lot done.
Now for the trimming out and then joining up, always the least enjoyable part, but necessary 🙂 I need some more dark blue for the front sashing, there’s not enough left over from the Blue Hour quilt to get the job finished. I must also remember to use light blue thread or it’ll show up too much against the light blue backing – so long as I stitch carefully in the ditch on the fronts, it won’t show against the dark blue on the quilt front, as I discovered on Blue Hour, when I used cream thread. I like the effect of the pale coral thread against the dark blue, it’s pretty. Not sure how noticeable it is compared with cream, but I know it’s there, which is all that really matters.
I didn’t do my neatest ever job of hand-quilting the Miz Lizzie block in a big stitch and a variety of thread colours, but it’s cute and puffy and I like it!
Just a short post today, I have work to do for ScrapHappy and the SAL, which are both due this weekend!
Right, final (probably) layout.
I say probably because I don’t rule out wanting to swap a couple of blocks once they’re all quilted. In fact I can see two right now that I want to change. Funny how you can’t see it for looking in real life, but it jumps out at you in a photo….
I’ve cut batting and backing for the first row, and now I need to have a hard (but short) think about how this is going to be quilted. If I go with the cross hatching I did on the Blue Hour quilt, I’ll be running over some of the features that make the blocks interesting. On the other hand, it’s a much longer job if I come up with custom designs for each style of block. Perhaps a combination is the right idea: cross hatching on the simpler scrappy, snowball and 9-patch blocks, and something a bit different on the sunray, twister and bubbles blocks. The trick will be to keep to the same amount of quilting so that the blocks stay the same size in the end. Too much close quilting = smaller block.
Whatever I end up doing, I’ll have that gorgeous pale coral pink thread to work with 🙂
So, the blocks are done.
I have just managed to squeak all of them out of the dark blues I had, with a bit of creative cutting and splicing. Funny, I thought it was the lights I’d run out of first, but maybe I was a bit generous with all those lovely batik indigos.
This is definitely not the order in which they’ll appear in the quilt, but I’ve kept to the drawing sequence in completing all the blocks so I have the right number of each. Next post will show what I hope is the final arrangement of the whole thing, although as always I’ll tweak as I go along as improvements strike me.
How do you like my caravan appliqué? I couldn’t resist a bit of fun, and I particularly love those bubbly clouds… Miz Lizzie lacks the necessary windowsills so I can’t actually have teapots and flowerpots on display, but they do dress this little window nicely 🙂
Here’s the full set, looking a bit bottom heavy, but that will all change next time.
OK, this is definitely the last one before we head off.
It’s Line 1, the top row. As I make more blocks, it’s more and more apparent that there will need to be some swapping around of blocks to balance the balance of lights and darks. I like this row a lot, but it throws Line 3 out a bit.
I’ve chosen a cool pale blue homespun for the backing and back sashing, and I think I may use dark blue front sashing to give a clean visual punctuation to each block. When I get back, I’ll cut the backing and batting squares so I’m ready to go once the front blocks are finished.
Here’s the lineup so far. Just two more rows to go!
Yup. Another 5 blocks done.
Halfway through the piecing, I’m fairly confident I’ll want to switch a few blocks around, perhaps not the type of block, but perhaps the colour balance.
I’ve also decided that I’ll quilt it in a warm coral-y shade of pink, rather than cream to match the Blue Hour quilt. I really like how it looks against both the beige backgrounds and the very dark blues. What do you think?
Tomorrow I have to pack the caravan and get a few things ready for the off on Thursday morning, but I hope to get a few more blocks done before I go. I’ll be taking the Anemone big hexies project to work on, in the event that we don’t find plenty of other things to do while we’re in Airlie Beach and over on Hamilton Island for the day on Friday. We’ll definitely be eating out a couple of times, so I won’t need to do heaps of cooking, which will be a nice break. And if I remember, I’ll take a photo of the Blue Hour quilt on the Husband’s bunk, looking gorgeous.
Here’s the line up to date:
The excitement persists. I’ve made another row!
Line 3 was appliqué and traditional piecing, with a light sprinkling of Y-seams. I thought it was time to introduce something new. So on line 4 we have scrappy and traditional piecing, paper piecing and appliqué. I thought the sunrise block would be harder than it actually was, but I just drew it out on gridded quilt design paper, stitched the fabric directly to the reverse of the drawing, and then appliquéd the ‘sun’ into the corner. I’m not afraid of piecing curves, but I like the look of the blanket stitch – it’s almost lacy.
That block on the left isn’t as wonky as it looks, it’s just the way it’s hanging on the design wall. I could go back and re-photograph, but I’m sure you get the idea!
If I can get all 5 blocks in a row done each time, I think it would look good in each post if I can stack the photos of the finished rows in order. It does mean that if I jump ahead and do line 6 soon (so I can play with the caravan appliqué, of course!), there’ll be another gap. I’ll see how it looks, but I still like the idea of building the quilt row by row, visually as well as literally.
So, which row shall I play with next? Perhaps I should start at the beginning…
Isn’t that a wonderful word?
According to the dictionary, a gallimaufry is a jumble or medley of things. I’ve just finished a quilt where all the blocks were the same, and I feel the need for some variety now. I sat last night and scribbled some ideas and came up with 6 blocks I wanted to play with, a mix of traditional and something different. I’m also going to be a bit more liberal with the colour palette than I was with the Blue Hour quilt.
So, this is the design for Gallimaufry. It will be the same size as before, 5 x 6 blocks of 12 square inches each, finished size. The colour emphasis for the blocks will also alternate dark and light, but the effect will be less extreme because there is more pattern and colour, and also because I’m not using so much of the dark Prussian blue which gave that inky effect to the Blue Hour quilt.
And because I’m excited about this idea, yes, you guessed it, I’ve dived straight in and got a line of blocks done already. This is the third line down in the design, because I just had to start with the appliqué heart 🙂 Click on the image to get a better view of fabrics.
So, I’ve got three more block formats to try out, and the cute caravan appliqué block to play with. That one’s really calling my name, so don’t be surprised if you see it in the next post!
It’s so nice to be working with florals and using different shapes again!