Thursday, November 29, 2012

"WIWO" Wednesday Posted Thursday

I guess you are wondering what "WIWO" means.  Well, it is "what I'm working on" Wednesday's. I'm taking a listeners suggestion of committing to blogging once a week. Thank you Glescagal! It'll be a challenge, but I am up for it.

I have three things I am actively working on:

  • Lady G and the Rail Fence quilt. Custom quilting practice using ruler. I'll add additional pics soon.

On the Frame - Rail Fence

  • Easy Street mystery quilt by Bonnie Hunter.  I must say, was a little late in hearing about this. I guess I live under a rock. So, after looking at the introduction and clue one I started thinking about participating. Of course there are many enablers and lots of peer pressure they live among my Twitter follower.  I have since joined the flicker group. I have made 40 of 194  four patches.
Easy Street Twosies 
4 Patches 
Easy Street 4patches

  • Sandy Quilt Block Drive. I pledged to make six block to send off. The pattern is a "Wonkey Log Cabin". My choice was not to use the traditional red for the center. My centers are all different. My logs will range from .75 to 2 inches. The final round will be done in black. I will not be trimming the block as per instruction.
Long Cabin Beginning-6 Block Pledge

Until next time

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Podcast Post Episode #24 and Updates

What I talk about, not necessarily in this order:
* Veterans Day Sew In (VDSI)-Google Hang Out.
I spent a lot of my day on "Tweet Chat" and some on "Google hangout".  I was also quilting my log cabin top as well as what working on this:

Batiks Ups & Downs

*Saturday Morning Sew In (SMSI)-Hosted by Brye Lynn

While I was sewing on the Bernina, the screen kept shutting off. It was sewing fine, when it was on, so I decided to try to finish the chevron blocks. I thought it would be best to complete the top using the same machine. Well, that didn't quite work! I got frustrated having to "reboot" the machine every few minutes. So, I packed her up and off to the hospital for her. She is well overdue for her checkup. continued to work on my "Ups & Down" quilt top. Using the chunking method to complete this little 4" squares-four in each block. I used the MSQ tutorial-swing a 1/4" all around. This is a very quick method for getting 4 hst, but you do have bias edges! I will say, I didn't do quite as much tweeting during the SMSI as I did on during the other sewin. However, I still had fun.

The top is remains on the design wall. I am debating to add two borders or just bind it. I haven't decided what color the binding will be. Any suggestions or thoughts on finishing?
*Tops Quilted: Log Cabin, PinWheel






*Quilt Gallery - Wonky log cabin for "Sandy Quilt Block Drive".

I have taken the plunge. I will be making 6 blocks for the cause. I should be able to get those completed and mailed off during my time off. I have chosen black to frame me blocks with. I think the suggested colors were black, dark gray, brown, navy or a dark color that will make your block pop. I have added a link if you are interested. At this time, the block drive is an ongoing effort. You can make blocks, do piecing, or volunteer to quilt a top.

Sandy Quilt Block Drive (Quilting Gallery)

* Diagonal backing calculator

A picture of my backing with the diagonal fold.
Backing-diagonal fold

An explanation of the diagonal backing calculator and it's limitation. The formula was developed by John Flynn. There is a link for him on the calculator pate. I will admit, I didn't do it justice. The link:

Diagonal Backing Calculator

* Upcoming quilt shows

A few shows on my radar coming up soon!

   Orlando, FL - Cabin Fever Quilt Show, 1-2 February 2013
   Hampton, VA - MidAtlantic Quilt Festival,  21-24 February 2013
   Paducah, KY - AQS, 24-27 April 2013

Until next time