Sunday, May 2, 2021

A Very Old UFO

 A fellow guild member donated this Broken star quilt top to my charitable small quilt group about 25 years ago.  The colors are really fabulous but the top had A Lot of Structural Problems.  I would get it out every year or so and wonder if I could fix it.  I finally decided a couple of years ago that I would simply trim off all the outer points which were quite wonky and tattered and square it up.

That's as far as I got 'til recently because I really didn't know what I would do with it once I finished it.  But since CZU wants bed size quilts I finally found a charitable project that could use it!  
 I sewed some Borders on it and got it on the quilt frame!  I'm about half way done with the quilting.  A lot of ruler work which means a lot more time but I'm liking the way it looks!

I've had a number of  long standing UFO's over the year but none has kind of haunted me the way this one has.  Maybe because I knew it would take a lot to put it right (plus / minus) and I just was not motivated to do it.  But now that it's almost done I'm glad I put in the time!

                            I hope you are all out having great weekends!!!  take care, CW

Friday, April 23, 2021

Home again, Home again, giggety gig

We flew home on Weds (or was it Tues?!).  The sky was clear as a bell and the arial views were stunning!
There's Mt. Rainier, all of it's 14,000+ feet of glory!!
Puget Sound is especially interesting from the air with all of it's water ways and islands.
Look!  There's even an island with some 9 patches!
Moving South we got a great view of Mt. Saint Helens.  Remember that one?  I'll give you a hint:
It's hard to believe but it's been more than 40 years since it erupted in Mar. of 1980!
That's Mt. Jefferson off in the distance and directly below is some of the rich agricultural land of Central Oregon (now there's a crazy patchwork!
In the center of this next Picture you can see the "Three Sisters" and Mt. Bachelor just beyond them on the right.
At the base of the East side of the Three Sisters is the charming little town of "Sister's" Oregon. It is Home to the famous Sister's Out Door Quilt Show!
A little farther South we passed almost right over Crater Lake!
We missed seeing Mt. Lassen and Mt, Shasta on account of Cloud cover but the clouds cleared in time to see the Northern end of the San Fransisco Bay  You can just see the mouth of the Sacramento river under the wing tip of the plane. 
And a view of the Bay Bridge and Down Town of San Fransisco!
And a clear shot of the Salesforce building.  It is so much freaking taller than any of the other buildings it's crazy!!
All this arial viewing got me thinking about map quilts.
I think I've got an idea for my next quilt project...
stay tuned.
Have a great Weekend!
take care, cw


Friday, April 16, 2021

More CZU quilts To-Go!

I sent off 3 more CZU quilts for the next give away the other day.  This is the latest finish.  It was a combination of two large FQ bundles that I thought looked nice together.  Purple-Green and Blue is always a pretty safe combos and one of my Favs!.

These blocks are 18" square   You can cover a lot of territory when you work with 18" blocks.  This quilt is 87" square!
I used my new favorite stipple for the quilting.  I've been calling it my the 'George Jetson' pattern.  It has kind of a Mid Century Modern vibe.  What I like about it is three fold: 
it's a good scale for these blocks (big),  
it travels through the various patches sometimes appearing and then disappearing  which makes it more interesting and probably most important it's something my brain can handle without to much effort or time!  
Once the quilt was loaded on the frame I think it only took about 3 hours to quilt!
Here's the back...
It's hard to find long enough yardage in my stash to cover the 5+ yards needed for a backing of this size.  Fortunately the flea market has gotten some nice Big yardage donations of late and I found this peacock fabric which with a few extra strips made a nice backing!
I sewed the border designs of the peacocks in the middle because they were very narrow.  On a long arm it's hard to control the outside edges (except at the top edge).  If I had put them on the edges they would not come out even.  The peacocks would probably be half cut off on one side or the other.  Details, Details!
Here's a longer stretch of the quilting at the bottom edge.  If you asked me how I do this, I couldn't tell you.  I guess it's basically a Life Time of Doodling!  
I hope you all have a wonderful safe weekend!
take care, cw