Before Nathan turned 2 my husband and I took my parents to Hawaii for a family vacation. We wanted to go before he had to pay for a seat on the plane. Not a big fan of typical touristy things we chose to go to the island of Kauai, the island where Jurassic Park was filmed. While there I visited some of the quilt shops and found the works of Sylvia Pippen. I was looking for something representative of Hawaii to remember our trip, although the suitcase of fabrics my husband had to pack arguably should have been enough. When I saw the “Plumeria Floating On Water” kit at one of the stores I knew I had to get it. Being a fan of Japanese culture and art I had always wanted to try sashiko. Although I had never really done applique before, I figured it couldn’t be too hard.
I wasn’t a big fan of the huge light blue border so I went with a more subtle folded accent. I also added some additional batik fabrics to get more variety to the Plumeria flowers. I found the fun multi-colored batik to frame it in a clearance section of a local fabric store. Not knowing any better I had actually used a monofilament thread, which means someday I may have to re-create the wall hanging. I finished up the top in about half a year but sometime soon after I ended up setting it aside, probably to work on Christmas gifts or something. It got folded up and became a forgotten UFO.
While cleaning and organizing my craft room I found it again. I think this would be a good practice trying to learn hand quilting before I tackle the big Traveling Quilt (am I insane that I want to try hand quilting it?)
I finished the sashing on my Layer Cake Sampler Quilt this morning! We were given two weeks to finish this up, which with a busy weekend in Whistler for Mother’s Day/Birthday/Early Anniversary get-away and a busy week at work, I really ended up needing the full two weeks!
I went with a dark grey (although the photo makes it look black) for the sashing. Mostly because I couldn’t get more of say dye lot for the grey I used in the blocks, everything I could fine had too much yellow in it. My grey had a blue undertone.
I thought about doing the sashing in the blue or green tone-on-tone fabrics but it got to be too dominate with some of the blocks that used those fabrics. I also auditioned just grey squares for the cornerstones. I liked a thicker sashing, but the grey squares I felt were too boring. So I pieced some more HSTs, cutting them twice to make the cornerstone blocks.
This has been a lot of fun! I’ve definitely gotten a lot better at matching points during this journey! After creating this project I’m finding piecing friendship blocks for my quilt guild friends are getting a lot better as well.
Our guest at the Moonlight Quilters guild meeting this month was Helene Knott. I didn’t think to borrow my CAT quilt from Mom for the Show & Tell! I wish I could’ve attended her workshop, the Molas were pretty cool. She had a lot of variety in her trunk show, very inspirational!
I managed to turn in a friendship block as well as some Christmas Log Cabin blocks for the guild quilt. Hopefully the friendship block is acceptable, I didn’t have enough different whites to do a scrappy block like the instructions (the center should’ve been a white) but this Nordika fabric in the center has some little white stripes! This is going to a family that lost the husband who is leaving behind an infant. I don’t think they’ll notice… I hope we get to see the finished piece before it is given away.
Next month they are having a challenge for people to turn in blocks with prizes for people who turn in the most. I was able to collect some more sheets so hopefully I can get them done for next month.
I finished out the last star on my 60° EPP Traveling Quilt last week. As I suspected I would get the last pieces finished that evening while watching TV with the family.
I was ecstatic that I did all the hand piecing done in under a year! My EPP journey started on a flight to Toronto on May 4th, 2013 and the last diamond was finished on my couch April 28th.
I thought I would have the borders on and do a big reveal this week but fun times with the family got in the way. It didn’t help that we had two gorgeous summer-like days, which meant a trip to the park for a picnic dinner!
I did get the inner border on, it was interesting trying to transition to machine piecing. The 120° triangles were easy enough to cut down to a quarter inch (I had purchased 2.5” templates as they didn’t have 2.25” available), I just used my Add-A-Quarter ruler off the point of the diamond. The other sides with the equilateral triangle were trickier as a few times I caught both layers of the back side of the fabric on the diamonds which made things difficult to press open. In a few places I had to cut the fabric, otherwise I would have a funny tucker where the border was sewn in.
I am thinking of doing a 15” outer border with some applique. I really love the raffle quilt done by the Stray Threads quilt guild and was thinking of doing a similar corner border out of the recognizable EPP pieces. If anyone knows of a pattern or image they can point me in the direction of, I would greatly appreciate it!
I did get a few more hexis sewn for my Halloween table runner. The pattern only calls for 8 of the large 2” hexigons, so this is going pretty fast. I will need to start brain storming my next EPP project soon!
As I got to the last two weeks of the Layer Cake Sampler QAL hosted by Amanda of Material Girl Quilts I started to reflect on the blocks up on the design “wall” I’ve hung in my curtain track. So far I had used every fabric in the collection twice (the Metropia collection has 17 fabrics, which let me make 17 blocks using each fabric twice). My last two HST color were a black tone on tone and the green bubble/grids. The green didn’t really work for the bow ties, the black connecting stripes never matched up nicely so I skipped Block 17 and used the last HST I had already cut for Block 18. I’ve actually had Block 18 ready to finish for a week now. I had four strips of four HSTs ready, they just needed final block assembly which I finished this morning.
Layer Cake Sampler QAL – Week 9 Block 18
Block 17 was another matter. I have chosen to be careful about which prints get placed when forming a cohesive unit (such as a flying geese shape) and the bow ties were really getting to me. I decided to wait until last Friday to see what Week 10 blocks were going to look like before picking the last repeating fabrics. There are 6 designs in the collection and I wanted to try and have one of each for the last three blocks. Looking at my design wall I wanted to make sure I didn’t use the same fabrics within a block that I had already chosen. I didn’t really have a strong teal/green combination and I thought that would work for Block 13. Before I sewed it all together I wanted to see how the rest of my fabrics played out.
Experimenting with Block 17
As I tried to work through the last three blocks I kept glancing at my design curtain. Block 4 was really bugging me. It was the only block that read as 4 separate blocks within a block (or 8 flying geese). My husband kept teasing me about how I must be still pondering fabric choices. I decided it had to come down and reassembled. I wanted the directional geese to be more “scrappy” looking like the rest of the quilt.
And the results of Block 17? Last night I finished it with a different HST combination I found that fit with my quilt top: