One of the projects I took to work on at retreat was my Dresden Medallion. I wrote about kitting it up back in June, and I've made good progress since then.
Friday, July 29, 2022
Monday, July 25, 2022
A photo-heavy post...
Last week I spent a few days at Ritter Retreat Ranch with a few of my Pebble Creek friends. Since it's located at about 4600 feet elevation, it was much cooler there, a welcome respite from the heat in the Phoenix valley. We had comfortable accommodations including a spacious sewing room with all the amenities, gourmet meals, a shop exclusively for us, and a delightful back patio where we enjoyed happy hour each afternoon.
Did I mention gourmet meals? Lunches includes homemade soups and salads:
Friday, July 15, 2022
Natalie's House is one of the charities PCQ supports, a group home for hard to place foster girls ages 7-17. They can accommodate 6 girls who will transition into foster homes when they're ready. Each girl gets her own twin bed quilt upon arrival and gets to take it with her when she moves on. The staff at Natalie's House is expecting some turnover in August or September, so they have requested some new quilts for the anticipated new arrivals.
With the addition of a border, one of the prototype quilts I made for PCQ charity projects is the right size, 72 x 92. The challenge was to get it quilted. I wanted something much nicer than I could achieve with my skill level on the long arm, so I asked for help. Mary H of the PCQ charity committee offered to quilt it with my help. We used a cute panto called Daisy Duo, and it quilted up without hiccups.
I chose blue thread, a little bolder than Mary would have chosen, but I really like how it turned out.
I bound it - note how the bulk of the quilt is tied up to keep it from falling off the sewing table. There was teal binding left over from something else that accented the teals in the piecing.
So now we have a finished quilt for Natalie's House that will soon be delivered, ready for a new resident when one arrives.
It may not be girly colors so it'll probably be given to an older girl, but it will be all hers to keep forever. Since most of the girls who come in have only the clothes they're wearing, if even that, I don't think it matters too much that it's not pink and girly.
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
My laptop is acting up and I'm leaving for retreat Thursday. I'll see about getting someone to look at the computer and hopefully fix the problem before I leave.
This means no blog posts for awhile until I get the laptop fixed. Wish me luck!
Monday, July 11, 2022
Last week at social sewing I worked on adding the coping strips to all the tropical stack-n-whack blocks to enlarge them so I could trim them all to a consistent size without cutting off the points. When all the blocks were framed up I put them up on the club's design wall and everyone there contributed suggestions for the layout.
We sought a balanced distribution of the peach, the darkest greens, and the lightest blocks. After many suggestions and much moving around of blocks, the layout above is where we ended up.
I brought the blocks home and squared them up to the largest possible size. I was able to trim them all to 16". Here is the top assembled on my home design wall (the background fabric is the same color as the wall so the edges don't show up very well).
As you can see, some of the blocks rotate left and some rotate right, which makes the negative space around them variable, not a consistent shape.
Since these were Carla's blocks (from 2001!) to begin with, the plan is to quilt this on Carla's computerized long arm. I'd like to see a motif that complements the tropical theme quilted in peach or seafoam thread in the negative space. I'm sure she has something in her library that will work. And some sort of simple wreath in the blocks, something that doesn't conflict with the fabric and piecing. If necessary I can stipple any leftover background space in off-white thread to complete the quilting. First, though, we have to find backing and get batting. That will have to wait until I get back from retreat.
This will be a donation quilt, probably for hospice. The top measures about 50 x 65", lap size.
Friday, July 8, 2022
Natalie's House is one of the charities supported by PebbleCreek Quilters. It's a group home for six hard-to-place girls in foster care, ages 6 to 17. We provide twin bed quilts, and as each girl moves on, she gets to keep her quilt. The staff at Natalie's House are anticipating some turnover in late summer/early fall and they want to have a few quilts on hand so that new arrivals will immediately have a quilt on their bed. They've requested twin size 70 x 90.
When I found out about the request I thought we didn't have much time to make twin size quilts. But I had one of the prototypes for the PCQ Charity patterns, the Basketweave top, which could have borders added to bring it up to size. The original top measured 60 x 80" and featured shades of blue, aqua, teal, and cool green. Isn't the blue sky a perfect match for it in this photo?!
Friday, July 1, 2022
Recently I posted about a finished top made from Carla's extra blocks. Turns out, they weren't from a UFO after all; her finished quilt using this collection of blocks looks terrific. These were extras she passed along. I adopted them, made a couple more, added some bright tangerine, and ended up with a top for a donation quilt.
Tangerine, because I wanted a bright solid. Red or pink would have been too expected, and I had used teal on the last black and white quilt. Tangerine is a spring orange so it doesn't look Halloween when combined with black like an autumn orange. And it's gender neutral. What's not to love about tangerine?!
Carla has a computerized long arm and she's been after me to come quilt with her, so this was the perfect project to quilt together. She wants the practice using the computer features - there's a very steep learning curve. I wanted something other than just my usual meander to enhance this quilt.
Together we loaded it on her frame and looked through her library of patterns. We chose this circle design because I wanted something modern with curves to contrast with the angular piecing. After she figured out how to select the pattern and position it where we wanted, the first pass went smoothly. The machine just magically stitched and the pattern appeared. Wow!
Positioning the second pass is where the learning curve kicked in, but she got it figured out. Once learned, the third and fourth passes went quickly.
We had sized the pattern to make it fit in four passes and the scale turned out great. It's just an accident that the circle repeat is a good size for the side triangles. The largest circles are about 3-1/2" in diameter. The overall look is modern and clean, and nicely enhances the piecing. We were pleased with the overall effect when we took it off the frame.
I took the quilt to social sewing earlier this week and bound it. The binding is a cute bias plaid I picked up when I went fabric shopping with friends last week, knowing it would make great binding.
So now this is a finished quilt, ready to be donated to the local social services agency. Not bad for a baggie of leftover blocks and strips!