Trees and Quilts

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Last night after teaching class I stopped by the State Capital.   I only live a few blocks away and I wanted to get a look at the State Christmas Tree.

Here are some pictures of the Capital building and the State Tree.    Unfortunately one section of the lights on one side were out but I am sure that they will be fixed soon. (click pictures to enlarge)

The Big Tree lighting was last week.    I usually put up my tree (actually trees) after thanksgiving.   I do plan to do that one on Friday, but I did one early.   I have a ton of Santa ornaments so I do one tree of only Santa ornaments.

And I finished the Luxury Essentials Quilt top.

After all the blocks were pieced and arranger how I wanted them I sewed the blocks into rows.    It might be just me but I find that it is very easy to get the blocks confused and the order mixed up so I label the blocks with mashing tape.    I put numbers on the tape like this….see the top row

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then when sewing I make sure that the ones go together and then the twos etc.

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then after the rows are all stitched together I mark the rows the same way

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It keeps me from adding them backward.  here is the finished top.

Next I need to get a backing fabric and start quilting.

Remember the Drawing for the fabric giveaway is tomorrow.

Happy Quilting

Tim

layout

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I finished piecing the Luxury Essentials blocks.

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I made 48 blocks and the layout is 8 rows of 6, finishing at 72″ x 96″.    I think I am going to make one more block and make it 7 rows of 7 blocks to finish at 84″ square.

I do have enough fabric to make another block
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here is one block

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If I layout all the blocks in this orientation (long pieces at top and bottom) This is how it looks

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If I alternate the blocks by turning every other block the look changes

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Not a huge difference but I think it looks much more random this way.

I will give it a day and think about it before I sew all the blocks together.

I will use the same fabrics for the binding as I used in the centers.   I need to decide on a backing fabric.  I think I will know it when I see it so a trip to the store is in order.

Do you remember cousin It from the Adams Family?

Here is the pile of thread tails I accumulated while making these blocks

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I have another bundle of fabrics to design a top with

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This one is also part of the giveaway.  There is still time to enter.  The Drawing will be Thursday (enter here) …..I am trying to teach Teddy to pull numbers out of a hat but so far no luck so I think It will be a random number generator that will do the selection.   I will notify the winners on Friday.

Teddy decided to ball up his quilt on top of a few pillows and sit on top of it.

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He can see out the window better from a higher perch.

Hand quilting tonight will be more work on the Antique applique quilt.

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I am thinking of doing another version of the snowflake quilt using the same pattern.

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I want to do one with much less quilting…only the outline of the design.    All that filling takes a lot of time and can be intimidating

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and I think it would still be a pretty cool quilt if it were done without the filling stitches.  I am thinking of doing it with red perle cotton thread.

Happy Quilting

Tim

 

 

Nap Time?

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What does a quilt inspector dog do when he gets tired of watching quilting?   He takes a nap.

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Before he settles down to nap he spends a good bit of time making his nest.

He used his quilt

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and one that I made several years ago

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I have been talking about making a pattern for my Reindeer Snowflake quilt for months

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I finally got it done (working on the pattern was not interesting to Teddy hence the napping)

I have listed it on my Etsy page.   you can see that here:  Snowflake Quilt Pattern

Now it is time for a bit of Teddy time   then back to work

Happy Quilting

Tim

 

Colorful blocks

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I made up a few more of the blocks with the Luxury Essentials Fabrics (the fabric is part of the give away…see that here http://timquilts.com/2014/11/17/fabric-give-away/)

I now have 24 blocks done…..there will be 24 more , I have only used half of the fabrics so far.

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I love all the colors , I do need to shift around the blocks a bit to keep 2 of the same fabrics from being next to each other….perhaps a bit over-obsessive but it would drive me crazy if I sewed them together like that. (see the lower left with the blue fabric)

I was thinking that I might also like this if it were monochromatic.    I converted a picture to  gray-scale

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I think it has real potential that way too.

Teddy gave the blocks an initial test.

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He sure does look good with all those colors.

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Today I plan to get the pattern finished for the Snowflake quilt

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made from this snowflake

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And I want to finish the Batik top

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and I would like to finish the orange quilt top

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I think I need at least a few days :)

Happy Quilting

Tim

Hand Quilting and Piecing

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I have been so busy the last few days that I haven’t gotten a lot of quilting done.

I worked for a bit last night on the Luxury Essentials blocks. (see the post about the fabric give away here http://timquilts.com/2014/11/17/fabric-give-away/)

here is a block ready to sew

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With 6 blocks you can start to see how the design will look

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When I have it finished I will hand quilt it.

My hand quilting project for now is still the antique applique quilt.

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Teddy is still concerned that someone is going to steal his bone…he keeps checking on it and keeping it in his sight.

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It is still snowy and cold and perfect weather for hand quilting……Even with the hoop on a stand the quilt covers you up nicely as you work.

Happy quilting

Tim

Hand Quilting again…and snow

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I am focusing my hand quilting attention on a great quilt.    It has a lot of quilting so it won’t be done quickly.

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The more blocks I finish the more I am deciding that I will stuff (trapunto) the feathers between the blocks.  It will really make them special.

It has been snowing here.   Nothing like in some parts of the country!  but snow enough to make it look like December rather than November.

Teddy hates the snow, he wasn’t built for it and after a walk he likes to sit on my lap to warm up is cold toes.   He does like to look out the window.

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Not much to see there, but there are some neighborhood cats that like to hide in the garden.

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He is always on the lookout for someone who is coming to steal his bone….he is very protective of it and if he sees anyone coming down the street he goes to guard it.

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This is the time of year where time seems to disappear and I wonder if I am really getting anything done.   Probably because I have so many things going on at once.

look at my work table (OK let’s be honest it is the dining room table)

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organized chaos

I worked on snowflake patterns/instructions and made a file of them available on my Etsy site see the link for that on the sidebar to the right of this page.  I also made a snowflake and pattern that I am posting here for you as a free download.

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Here is the pattern snowflake 11-19-14

I am working to get the Snowflake quilt pattern done and up on the site soon…this week I hope

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Back to work for me

Stay warm!

and Happy Quilting

Tim

 

Fabric Give Away

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My friends at P&B Textiles have generously offered fabrics for a give away.   There are 5 fat quarter bundles!

First is a line called Luxury Essentials

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Next is Bella Suede

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Also Island Breeze (click picture to see the whole line)

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And Fontaine (click picture to see the entire line)

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And last Blissful Moments (click picture to see entire line)

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Each bundle will have one fat quarter of each fabric in the line and will be sent to you directly from P&B Textiles.

To enter the give away add a comment to this post stating that you would like to be entered.  I will do a random number pick of the entries (first comment will be number one, second comment 2, etc).  I will select the winning 5 numbers on Nov 27, Thanksgiving day.  The winners will have their fabrics in time for a holiday project.

(I normally try to respond to every comment but for this post I will not be able to respond or it will throw off my number system and if you have not commented on this blog before it might take a while for the comment to appear because I need to approve them before they appear )

They sent me 2 bundles and I am starting to piece a quilt top with the Luxury Essentials line.

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I am becoming more and more a solid fan.   This line is solid but not.   The pictures don’t do justice to the gold accent print on the fabric but it really feels like the holidays to me.

I wanted to make something simple with all easy cuts and all straight line seams and use all 30 fabrics. A bonus of this design is that there are no points to match up.

Here is a block layout of the pieces.

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Here are a few completed blocks they are 12 inches square.

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Every block will be a bit different.

I will post more pictures as I get more done.  (you know I have at least a dozen projects going at once so it wont be done tomorrow ;) )  I plan for it to be a full-sized quilt so there will be a lot of blocks!

Happy Quilting and good luck in the drawing!

Tim