Friday, June 24, 2022

More Churn Dashes and Oh, That Hot Weather

Another blogger (I'm sorry I can't remember who) commented that she works on one thing at a time until it's finished.  That's mostly true for me this month because I've focused on these churn dash blocks.  Below are the second and third groups of eight for a total of 24 blocks.

This is group two.
churn dash quilt blocks
Some salmon-y peaches, two pinkish ones, and there's the almost-purpleish one on the right.  It might be removed.

And this is group three. 
churn dash quilt blocks
Several light salmon, a cantaloupe, a deeper coral, a print, and several pinks.

So far, each block is a different fabric.  I can't help but wonder whether or not they'll be friendly and play well together.  Maybe some of them will have to form a group of their own?  Or maybe placement will be the key.  (As always, the color isn't accurate.)

Here are all the blocks together.
churn dash quilt blocks
I'll begin repeating fabrics soon, carefully choosing which to use more than once.   Definitely not the pink-that-looks-lavender in the center section!

I still don't have a plan for the layout.  After I finish the next eight I'll lay them out together and play.  Always a fun time!

And the weather!
Here we are into the fourth day of summer.  Last week, a full week before the first day of Spring, Summer decided to push its way past Spring and brought +100-degree temperatures that felt like 112.  The heat plus humidity plus high dew point combine to make it feel like a sauna.  One of those evenings we had thunderstorms which knocked out the electricity in some areas around us, but not ours.  The next evening, our electricity went out (in such heat!) for 12 or so hours.  Hurray that Spring decided to retake the end of her season and we had comfortable temperatures again for three or four days.  Summer has definitely claimed its time now!  It is a sad thing how much the weather affects me--energetic on sunny days, sleepy on rainy days, and just miserable on the hot, humid days (unless I'm in air conditioning).

My daughter who was and still is an ICU nurse with Covid patients went through the worst of the pandemic without catching it.  Last week she tested positive!  As Covid goes, it's a fairly mild case, for which we're very thankful.

Whatever you're doing, I hope you're healthy, happy, and enjoying life.

I'm linking this post to
> Finished (or not) Friday at Alycia Quilts
> Peacock Party at Wendy's Quilts and More
> Off the Wall Friday at Creations... Quilts, Art.... Whatever
> Beauties Pageant at from bolt to beauty
Thanks for hosting, ladies.


Friday, June 10, 2022

Churn Dash Blocks

Churn Dash quilt blocks

I don't know why but these blocks--the colors of these blocks--speak of peace and comfort to me.  Almost like walking back into childhood, though this was not a color from my childhood.  It seems like these blocks would be a great summer quilt.

Is this a color range you like?  It is one that has always appealed to me.  When I'm at a fabric store or even a thrift store, these colors call to me:  "Buy me, buy me!"  And I so often do.
Churn Dash quilt block
I'm never quite sure what color to call these.  Would you say peach?  Coral?  Salmon?  Blush?  Melon?  Or what?  Sometimes I almost think they lean toward pink.
Churn Dash quilt block
This is the first ever quilt I've made with the same background fabric for every block.  If I had to use the same fabric for the churn dashes I think I would go batty.  And this is probably the first quilt with such a light background.
Churn Dash quilt block
The background fabric was a sheet, a very little-used sheet, that I found at the thrift store.  I tested it for hand stitching with the needle I carry around.   Had it been too dense I would have left it or used it for a sheet on the bed.  It seemed fine.  I hope I'm right when I get to the hand quilting stage.
Churn Dash quilt block
That fabric has a small, directional motif that I didn't notice till I began cutting.  I think it's noticeable in these photos but I hope it won't be in person and after quilting.  Can you see it in the photos?  The orientation of the background fabric is not the same in all the triangles.
Churn Dash quilt block
I'll be using a mix of fabric styles -- solids, prints, modern, vintage, reproduction, etc.  At this point I'm uncertain whether several churn dashes will be of the same fabric or whether I'll mix the fabrics in some of the blocks or use different fabric for every block.  Heck, I don't know how many blocks I need because I don't have a clue the layout.
Churn Dash quilt block
The blocks will finish at 8 3/4".  Two things I forgot.  First, how much I love these blocks.  The only seams that have to match are the four for the center block.  And the edges, of course.  On the other hand, there are corners on the triangles that could easily have missing points. 
Churn Dash quilt block
The second thing I forget is how long it takes to cut quilt blocks.  When was the last time I began a quilt?  Ten years ago, that I would forget the time and care?! 
Churn Dash quilt block
I made these blocks as part of Chookyblue's Churn Dash Sew-along.  It's a five-month sew-along with four months to make blocks and the last month to put the quilt together.  Since I don't know how many blocks I'll need (because I don't know the layout yet) I'll make more this month and next.  It always takes me a while to decide the finished layout and then to cut and sew it all together.  The earlier I get the easier part done (making blocks) the longer I'll have to do the hard part.

Did I mention how much I love these blocks?

One new thing I'm doing with the fabrics for these blocks is this:
fabric samples in coral, salmon, peach, blush
Saving a small piece to keep track of which fabrics I've used.  I'll either glue these to a paper or card and keep them with my other notes about making these blocks and this quilt.  I hope it will be helpful and not a waste of time.

I have more to write but this post is already plenty long.

I'm linking this post to
> Finished (or Not) Friday at Alycia Quilts
> Peacock Party at Wendy's Quilts and More
> Stitch, Sew, & Show at Life in the Scrapatch
> Off the Wall Friday at Creations
Thanks for hosting, ladies.


Sunday, June 5, 2022

Slow Sunday Stitching Buckeye Beauty & One Monthly Goal

Edited to add One Monthly Goal.  Original post just below.
My One Monthly Goal for June is to quilt two rows across on this quilt which will add eight inches of quilting. 
That will get me to about the middle of the quilt, at which point I'll have to decide whether to continue as I began or turn it 180 degrees and begin at the other end.  I know Baptist Fans quilted from opposite sides was common during the era of quilting bees and it sort of makes sense for this quilt but I am concerned about a shift in the layers even though they've been pin-basted.  On the other hand, fans in only one direction seem to suggest a top and bottom to a quilt.  In the whole scheme of things, it's really no big deal.

I'm linking this post to One Monthly Goal June Link-up at Elm Street Quilts.  This is the link-up that motivates and helps me stay on track with quilting that I could let linger longer than necessary.  Thank you for hosting, Patty.

Original post for Slow Sunday Stitching
This quilt doesn't really have a name, but the arrangement of colors in the block and the arrangement of blocks in the quilt make it a Buckeye Beauty.  I've also seen the block called Jacob's Ladder.
Buckeye Beauty quilt blocks
I'm using DMC size 12 perle cotton to quilt small Baptist Fans, each with four arcs an inch apart.  I usually don't mark fans when I quilt them but this time I'm using pins to mark the arcs.  It seems to work well.  It only takes a minute or two to arrange them and there are no marks to fade.  Quilting would go faster if I spent more time on it.

It has a confusion of reds, from bright to cherry to rose to burgundy, plus corals, pinks, some creamy tones, and an occasional white/off white, and one or two tans. 

I hope you have a good, restful, refreshing Sabbath.

I'm linking this post to Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts.  Visit her post to see what other stitchers are creating.  Thank you for hosting, Kathy.


P.S. The purpose of the dual post and links is so I wouldn't be posting the same quilt twice in a row.  It's good enough for one post but not two in a row. Haha.

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Here and There - Saturday Snapshots

On a neighborhood walk a few weeks ago we were surprised to see these maple helicoptors/samaras in shades of red.  We've only ever seen green ones before.  Nature often surprises and delights.
red maple helicoptors, samaras

One very grey day in May we went to a park for a walk and found this glade, with trees just beginning to leaf out, and with a rich, green ground cover.  It was everywhere in the park, dense and thick. 
Scioto Grove MetroPark
From a phone photo Google identified it as Lesser Celandine, an invasive plant.  It provided such a beautiful carpet to the glade but I was surprised that the MetroPark would give way to a plant that could take over the park.
invasive plant called lesser celandine
I was looking for more information online and came upon the metropark's phone number so called to ask if we'd identified the plant correctly.   We had.  The naturalist said it had come down the waterways from northern Ohio and that eliminating it would be risky:  it would pollute the local waters.  He said they work to keep it contained to the park.  
Scioto Grove MetroPark in spring

A dandelion clock.  I love these but not the flowers.  My daughter admires their tenacity: we sometimes see them with their bright yellow heads on snowless winter days. Tenacious, indeed! dandelion clock, dandelion seed head
On Memorial Day a nearby cemetery opened one of the mausoleums for visitors.   I admired the architecture.
inside mausoleum at Greenlawn Cemetery
The white arch and the columns and molding are all painted.  The rest are mosaics.  There were also Tiffany glass windows but my photos didn't do them justice.
inside mausoleum at Greenlawn Cemetery

In our yard we have several honeysuckle vines.  I enjoy its sweet fragrance as it wafts through our open windows.  I wish you could smell it.  It's one of my favorite flowers.  (But I am NOT a fan of the wild, invasive honeysuckle shrubs!)
cultivated honeysuckle vine in bloom
Last fall my daughter persuaded me to buy a little end-of-the-season lavender plant.   I told her there was nowhere to plant it where it would get enough sun but I bought it anyway.  She put it in the ground to keep it over the winter and this week I transferred it to a large pot, making it moveable when necessary.   lavender budsIt's doing very well so far and has 19 stems on it.  Enough for a lavender basket!  Lavender is another of my favorite flowers, not so much for its appearance but for its fragrance. 

It is a blessing that these two flowers I love so much do not cause a rash on my hands.

I hope you're having a good weekend.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Little Blue Folly Finished

Edited to add the photo directly below of the quilt after washing and drying.  It now measures 13 1/4" x 16 3/4".   It's far out of kilter and has bowed sides.
Original Post:

I can hardly believe tomorrow is the first day of June!  Wasn't it January just a few weeks ago?

This is Little Blue Folly, my One Monthly Goal for May.  Specifically, the goal was to finish the top, which I did on the 24th but I forgot to take photos then.  I kept going and layered, basted, and began quilting it.  Below is a photo of it with the quilting finished.  More than half the border is stitched down on the back.  I expect to finish it tonight.
miniature improv quilt in blues, greens, teals with red triangles
It is a different quilt than I thought it would be when I started.  After playing around with sashing of different sizes, and then circles of different sizes, I finally decided that the red triangles were the best choice.  They are small and subtle but I "enhanced" them by quilting around them with red thread.  Really very subtle. 
I used two strands of embroidery floss to quilt lines, mostly vertically but sometimes on the horizontal.

The quilt measures 14 1/8" x 17 1/4".  The batting is one layer of flannel for batting and I'm sure it will shrink after it's washed and dried.  I cut the single-fold binding at 1".  For this particular quilt I think a 1 1/4" strip would have been better, simply because there are a lot of seams on the edges.  That 1" strip was a tight fit.

This is not a quilt I love.  I like it and I enjoyed making it but I probably won't make another like it.

As I was playing with options I realized many ideas would have worked, maybe even better, and that if I wanted to try out the other options I could always make more blocks and play again.  Sometimes I have the mindset that there's only one best way for a particular quilt to be made and that I must find it.  Definitely not so!

After this is washed and dried I'll probably post another photo and its measurements.

This month I'm also participating in The Constant Quilter Wendy's Monthly Mini link-up.  Visit her blog for links to other quilters who have made miniature quilts.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, this was my One Monthly Goal for May so I'm linking this post to One Monthly Goal May Finishes at Elm Street Quilts where you can find finishes to goal others have set.

Thank you both, Wendy and Patty, for hosting the link-ups.

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