Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Little Birds No More

I added the madder triangles to the "little bird" triangles I posted yesterday.  They are 3 1/2" square.  I wonder how they'll be placed in the  quilt.

Quilters Madder Part 3

These blocks are also for Part 3 in Lori's Quilters Madder quilt-along.  Like the ones above, they are 3 1/2" square.  They make me think of butterflies.
Quilters Madder Part 3

After I've made a bunch of the same block I always enjoy trying different layouts.  I can imagine the blocks below larger and scrappy.

playing with blocks for Quilters Madder

And these remind me of a woven wall sculpture I made years and years ago.  They almost look like little trees.
playing with blocks for Quilters Madder

Did I ever mention how much I love my Easy Angle ruler?  It has made cutting triangles a breeze.  No more 5/8" and 7/8" squares for me.
Whenever a quilt pattern calls for half-square triangles made from a 2 3/8" square, I know I can cut a strip 2" wide and use the Easy Angle.  Love, love, love it.  I'm not advertising for the company because if I were I might get paid.

I'm linking this post to Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River.


Monday, October 17, 2016

Little Birds

These triangles are for Part 3 of Lori's quilt-along, Quilters Madder, at Humble Quilts.

triangles within triangles

As I was pressing these the shape reminded me of flying geese and then I imagined little birds, probably because of the dark triangle in the centers.  I know I won't think of them that way by the time the quilt is finished but they may be inspiration for some other quilt.  They are only half-finished:  each needs another triangle to make a square.  I hope to finish them tomorrow.

Looking at these laid out together I think maybe I should substitute one of the pink-background triangles for a cream-background triangle.  I already have the half-triangle square made because, once again, I made a mistake.  (This time I made 4 extra half-triangle squares.)  Maybe I'll wait to decide about changes until after I see the layout of the quilt.

The next and last installment for the quilt-along is this coming Friday.  I can hardly wait to see it!

I'm linking this post to
Moving It Forward Monday at Em's Scrapbag
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Design Wall at Patchwork Times
Thank you for hosting, ladies.


Friday, October 14, 2016

Measure Twice....

You know that old carpenter's rule:  Measure twice, cut once?  My rule for participating in quilt-alongs should be "Read thrice, measure twice, cut once."  Here's why.

I decided to participate in Lori's  quilt-along, Quilters Madder.  These are the blocks for week two, which ended yesterday.  They are sweet little 2" half-triangle squares.  There are six sets of six and four sets of three for a total of 48 little blocks.  Cute, aren't they?  But they didn't look like this earlier today.

No, they looked like the block on the left.  I thought I was making -- I made -- 2 1/2" squares.  When I reread the directions I realized my mistake.  I don't know if I was unhappier about the waste of time or the waste of fabric.
And honestly, I never recut or trim squares, or any blocks, after they've been sewn.  Except these, so they would fit with the rest of the blocks in this little quilt.

For the first week we made 3 1/2" squares.  It's hard to mess up simple squares like that.

Now I'm ready to begin week three's cutting and sewing, which looks several times more complicated than week two.  I hope I can do better than this past week.  (Chuckle, sigh.)  You can be sure I will read the directions at least thrice.

When Lori showed the photos of madder fabric in her first post I was a little uncertain about the colors.  My memories of dying with madder root many years ago was of a color was in the coral to red range but never as dark as the rusty browns we're using these days.  But for this quilt-along we're choosing 1800s colors and we know color preferences change over time, as does the ability to create some colors.

Madder-dyed wool at Colonial Williamsburg
I'm good with the colors we're using though I admit to loving those lighter and middle madder tones.

I'm linking this post to
Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and
Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She
Thanks for hosting, ladies.

I hope you have a great weekend.


P.S.  The photo of wool skeins is shared through a Creative Commons Attribution, courtesy of Madison60, available at Wikipedia:  https://es.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archivo:Naturally_dyed_skeins.jpg.


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Quilts on a Fence

When a nearly-local quilt shop has a sale every fall the employees line the fence along their shady driveway with sample quilts in all sizes, some finished, some flimsies, and some in progress between the two.

You can look at the photos more closely by clicking on them.  They'll open in this screen and give you the opportunity to click again to enlarge.  When you're finished looking, click the back arrow at the top of your browser to return to this screen.  (Or you can right click on any photo and open in a new window where, again, you can click to enlarge.)

I didn't measure any of the quilts but you might be able to guess size by the width of the fence boards behind the quilts though I didn't measure those boards, either.  I suppose they were about 8" wide.

So many quilts!


Saturday, October 8, 2016

I Think Someone Was Messing with My Blog

Probably,  no one was doing anything with my blog but something happened. 

I usually see my blog from the private side, behind the scenes where I add photos, write, edit, and preview posts, look at comments, etc.  When I preview a post I focus on the post's appearance and whether the writing is coherent and cohesive but I don't usually look at the rest of the blog.

On my sidebar I've had several lists of blogs and links -- one of quilters'/creatives' blogs; one with book recommendation blogs; another with online quilt museums/collections; and one of blogs I find interesting but that don't fit in any other category.

The other day I discovered a blog I wanted to add to one of those lists and when I clicked my way through to "layout" from the back side of my blog and looked for the gadget with that list, it wasn't there.  Oh, no!  Then I looked for the other lists.  They weren't there either.  Double oh no!  I never saved any of those lists anywhere else.  Yes, some of them I can find in feedly or Bloglovin', but not all.  Some I looked at only from by blog.  I don't like it when someone messes with my "stuff."

But wait!  I just remembered:  I can go to the Internet Archive's WayBackMachine and see if it saved my blog in recent days.  Yes!  There it is.  It's a great help with recreating my lists but because I'm using the save from the end of May, it may not have all the additions I've made since then.  I'll use that to recreate but I may miss some of your blogs.

If you know that your blog was on my sidebar I wish you'd please let me know so I can be sure to add it back.

And this experience reminds me that it's a really good idea to back up my blog -- not just the template but the whole blog and all the posts.  I would hate to lose all my posts in all three of my blogs!  If you want to back up your blog and don't know how to do it, you can read instructions here.  (I'm not tech savvy so I have to follow the instructions word for word.)  Back it up to your hard drive, an external hard drive, or a thumb/flash drive.

Again, if your blog was on my sidebar please let me know.  Thanks.

Has anyone been messing with your blog?


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

"The Cottage Behind the Hill"

This block is called "The Cottage Behind the Hill."

Years ago I saw a quilt using this block in the book, Home Sweet Home: The House in American Folk Art, by Deborah Harding and Laura Fisher.
I had never appliqued but I thought the blocks positively charming.  I think part of the blocks' appeal was the change in background.  I could imagine morning light, afternoon sun, autumn skies, and winter snow.  And for goodness sake, some of the houses looked like they might slip right down their hills.  I also liked (and still like) the changes in colors of the other elements of the block:  tree/bush, grass/ground, roof, windows.  And notice there isn't a lick of green grass.  In fact, most of the elements are not realistic colors.  Would I ever want to make a quilt like this?  Well, maybe.  So I photographed just one block thinking I could enlarge it and make a pattern if I chose.

Forward to several months ago.  I was leafing through Barbara Brackman's book, Encyclopedia of Applique...
...when I came across two blocks, one called "The Cottage Behind the Hill" and the other unnamed but also with a cottage behind a hill. 
They are small drawings, perhaps less than 2" square.  They reminded me of the the quilt I saw years ago, its name completely forgotten.  The information tells me that "The Cottage Behind the Hill" is an Aunt Martha pattern published in Prize-Winning Quilts.

So my memory's not perfect.  Forward to two weeks ago.  I was browsing through Nancy Mahoney's book, Applique Quilt Revival: Updated Patterns from the '30s...
...when I saw a quilt made of little houses.  I thought I'd found the pattern for "The Cottage Behind the Hill."  I noticed, though, that the earlier quilt blocks were round and these were square but the rest of the differences in details escaped me. 

Without seeing both blocks together, I thought they were the same pattern.  While this is a cute block it doesn't have the quirky charm that "The Cottage Behind the Hill" has.

I don't know how to obtain the pattern for "The Cottage Behind the Hill" if I should ever want to make a quilt from it.  Maybe it will happen that the pattern will make itself available at about the same time I'm thinking about it again and have time and the inclination to make it.

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