WIP Wednesday: Triangles….obsession?

Happy Wednesday! Yeah, that was more of a wish than a statement for me too. But we will get through this week, right?

I little while ago I signed up for the Angled class with Rachel at Stitched in Color. If you have never taken one of her classes, you need to change that at the first possible opportunity. I’m still kicking myself for passing on the Penny Sampler.

In addition to the advertised quilts, Rachel offers suggestions on what to do with triangle scraps. The suggestion she posted this week kind of lit a fire in my brain and the creative juices just bubbled over. I had cut triangles over a year ago with the purpose of making a standard triangle quilt. We know where this story is going, right? Well, it never happened — but after seeing what Rachel did, I knew the exact route to go. And then I found some perfect fabrics in my stash!

Here’s the layout of the backgrounds.

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Kind of makes you think of strawberry lemonade, right? Just me? Oh well. My triangles were bigger than in Rachel’s tutorial, so I had to do a little math. Then a bit of sewing, and I got this.

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A 22″ block! So, I only need 12! Okay, enough exclamation points, but I’m really excited where this is going.

On the flip side, I also made this over the Labor Day weekend, and need to quilt it up soon. (Updated: here’s the link if you want to make your own bats)

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As it’s easy to do this time of year, I might be muddling my seasons a little. But I’m sure I’ll end up quilting my “strawberry lemonade” in the middle of a blizzard in January, and I will be very thankful for the cheer.

Linking with Lee at WIP Wednesday

Around the World Blog Hop

Last week I was tagged by Jo for the Around the World Blog Hop. Jo and I met when I left a comment on her blog. That’s all it took. Now we’re participating in the Friendship Supernova Swap together. And emailing each other constantly. And I’m still marveling that I have a friend on the other side of the world in Australia. Miracles of technology.

A drawing Jo did of our quilt - Isn't it fantastic!?!

A drawing Jo did of our quilt – Isn’t it fantastic!?!

But you’re not here to listen to me wax not so poetically about modern advances in communication and their impact on society. Well, maybe. I guess I shouldn’t presume.

There’s four questions everyone on this blog hop has been answering, so I should probably get to that, hmmmm?

1. What am I working on?
I just finished a large workhorse of a quilt, so I’m sailing through the doldrums a bit. Catching up on bee blocks. Cleaning my sewing space. Planning ways to finish some WIPs. Buying fabric. Always seems to be the way, right? Not really sewing means lots of fabric purchases.

Bee blocks and a do.Good quilt top

Bee blocks and a do.Good quilt top

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
So, I asked for some help with this question. I’m not so good with the retrospection and inner reflection sort of stuff. So I asked my husband over breakfast what he thought. Apparently, I’m very well thought out, to the point of near obsession. Also, I’m very loud with my color selections. He might have a point there. Also, turns out he listens more than I thought.

Bright colors do make me happy....

Bright colors do make me happy….

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
Simple put — because it makes me happy. Creating something I love, and getting to wrap up in it nearly every day is absolutely wonderful! And then I write about it here, and other people love it (still shocked by that one). And we get to share in fabric-y and quilty news and gossip, make new friends, keep up with old ones. It beats shoe shopping by several nautical miles.

A baby quilt (my first one!) and a few more bee blocks.

A baby quilt (my first one!) and a few more bee blocks.

4. How does my writing/creating process work?
Occasionally, because of a deadline, or a bug in my ear, I’ll work continuously on one project. But most of the time I flit around depending on my mood. If I’m a little brain dead from work, I like simple piecing, or improv. If its Saturday and I’ve had 2 too many cups of coffee, and think I can take on the world, I start a new project, or baste a quilt top. I’m not really sure I have a process. I pretty sure I’m more like a toddler jumping from one activity to another leaving a wake of crafty destruction. But my wonderful husband puts up with it all, and it works for me.

And here’s the part where I tag a few people to keep the party going.

Jennifer from Secondhand Dinasoar
I met Jennifer through a Triple Zip swap earlier this year. She was my assigned partner, and I had so much fun stalking her, I just keep doing it. And luckily, she hasn’t issued a restraining order or anything yet. She has a great mix of projects, and gorgeous pictures — go check her blog out!

Stephanie from Simple Sewendipity
I’m trying to recall the first time I met Stephanie, but failing miserably. It’s like I’ve always known her. She’s one of the few “online” friends I have that I met in person first. We’re in a few of the same guilds together. We geek out over the same things. Her quilts and projects are always fun, happy, and just a little bit quirky. And frankly, I’m surprised I’m willing to share her, but since I am, you’d better take advantage and go visit.

Confessions of a Quilter

There’s a new phenomena spreading through quilty blog land – 10 confessions of a quilter. Amy at 13 Spools started it, and others have been chiming in, including my friend Chelsea (isn’t her blog adorable?)

So, I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and share a few (well, 10) of my dirty little quilting secrets.

  1. I usually don’t iron before I cut. Unless its excruciatingly wrinkly.
  2. I really dislike Quilter’s Dream batting. It sheds as badly as my cat, but doesn’t look adorable and purr.
  3. I ask my husband’s opinion on nearly every design choice. Yes, he doesn’t really care.  And yes, I do usually ignore any opinion he gives.
  4. White and I don’t really get along. We had an argument about chocolate….
  5. I have an unhealthy unwavering addiction to novelty prints.
  6. I use my rotary cutter as a seam ripper.  Not some of the time, but the majority of the time.
  7. I don’t like AMH, Joel Dewberry, Amy Butler, or Cotton and Steel. There are one or two exceptions for each, but not many.
  8. Spray starch for $0.99 a giant can? Yes, please. More money for fabric.
  9. I machine bind quilts 99.9999% of the time. I always stab myself with hand needles, so why risk the blood stain at that late stage?
  10. I don’t bury quilting threads. I take a few stitches back and forth. Sometimes I get lucky and catch a low bobbin so I can finish that way too!

Can we still be friends?

What if I share an adorable kitty picture?

 

These are mine now.

These are mine now.

Friends now?

 

WIP: Bailey Squares

Lately I’ve been chugging away at my first commissioned quilt – that’s right someone is PAYING me to quilt!!! It’s a friend of my husband’s cousin, and she’s asked for it to use in her wedding. So I’ve got just over a week to finish. Time to put the pedal down!

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I’ll go into more detail when its finished, but as a PSA: not all charm squares are the same size! I didn’t realize this till after I had a fair portion pieced. So with some gnashing of teeth, and strategic trimming, I got the top together. Now its time for dense, dense quilting as an added safety measure – just in case some of those less than perfect seams start to unravel, they won’t get far.

As of last night I have 48% of the quilting done. Almost there!

apologies for the late night iphone photo...

apologies for the late night iphone photo…

Time for quilting, quilting, quilting, quilting….

Linking to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced