Foggy outside? Paint Color inside! 4

For some friends grousing about yucky wallpaper on HGTV.

Need Color? Wow, we got color! We lived in a modern house with rounded corners, all painted Builders’ White. I was ready for color, and not the tired wallpaper in this 1925 house. I love wallpaper, even hanging it.   But we (Handy & Mandy= me) had to pull ours down for insulation- like *None*. I could tell you about the drapes, curtains and blinds I updated, and the quilts in the pix. But today the focus is wall color. You may need shades. This is not Builders’ White. 🙂

The entry- calm, traditional, sedate. As we go to family areas, you’ll see color popping in. The little finish “whimsy room” was me balking at paying for mural wallpaper. It took me months of stenciling and hand flourishes. 🙂

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Frank Lloyd Wright Quilt 6

I’m thinking of Chicago (the chilly fall weather?) and … 

The Frank Lloyd Wright quilts I’ve made, 2 of them, one for my Brother and a repeat of the same one for my daughter. This is exacting, precision work. My quilt group saw my dizzying effort at being OCD. I don’t think I’m very good at it, quite a struggle. 🙂

The pattern “Ennis House”, is from a booklet, Quilts in the Tradition of Frank Lloyd Wright, isbn 1-885156-13-8, Animas Quilts Publishing.

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I wonder what my friends have made, anything like this? Any that are tributes?

…the other one had lamé, taught me to turn the iron down. And then to rip out the melted patch. 🙂

Happy 77th B’Day, Annie Proulx! Reply

Have you read The Shipping News
Here is an intersection of my Book Group and my quilt group. Every chapter of this book starts with an image of a knot. Get out the Bowditch‘s!  I made a small quilt as a tribute to this dark book, which I loved and recommend.

Just for fun, I’ve included some other quilts hanging around the house:

  • The Shipping News
  • The Oregon Coast, inspired by Quiltagami
  • The Lighthouse  trip that inspired “the Oregon Coast”
  • An Underwater Fantasy, for a group show a couple of years ago
  • Baby Quilt scraps, from a gift for a California beach baby
  • The California Beach Baby Quilt those scraps came from
  • Bamboo Boogie-Woogie, inspired by a quilt group project, probably on Liz Axford and, I’m guessing, on Piet Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie-Woogie series
  • Summer 2007, inspired by “Thinking Outside the Block

I hope you like them! I wonder how many others make quilts inspired by what they’re reading, outside of quilt design books?

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Quilt Camp 2012, Challenge fabric quilts Reply

This was the 24th annual escape, machines whirring, calls for consultations, more handwork this year.

Several of us worked to include this year’s annual challenge fabric. Finding the common thread among these is actually a challenge! I was accused of using a different fabric for my inspiration. That was true! When I looked for companion fabrics, one jumped off the shelf and demanded that I use it! It boasted of Downton Abbey, interpreted by Edward Gorey, or maybe Charles Addams. 🙂 It will easily be the silliest thing I have ever made. Embellishment proceeds!

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Mission Quilts Reply

A flannel quilt, with a dozen+ to our Mission (Homeless Shelter). Really timely with budget cuts, prisoners released this week for lack of County funds. Public land timber profits have dried up and the tax base hasn’t compensated, voted down the last 15 Public Safety ballot measures. Wake up call – Support our schools, prisons, services== Generate jobs for a strong tax base!!

My friend says this pattern is super fast. She donates quilts to our NICU and to police for kids taken into custody. Blocks were easy, and easy to get a little backwards. 🙂 Special talent of mine. Here’s progress, including a sample square, and others to the Mission:

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For the fast one I made:

  1.  Put 2 fabrics together, right sides facing. Cut into pairs of 9” squares.
  2. Stitch 2 seams on connecting sides, making a Vee, ¼” seams.
  3. Cut the squares in half, through the middle of the stitched sides (the V), making 2 equal right triangles.
  4. Put one triangle on top of the other, seams & long sides together.
  5. Cut 2” (or 2 ½”) strips off each of the 2 short sides of the triangle (not the hypotenuse). This will give you two sewn sets of small squares to make into a 4-patch, 4 small triangles, & 4 “arrow” shape sets, 2 already sewn together down the middle, 2 not sewn yet.
  6. Sew those two arrow shapes together on the long sides, to match the first two. Press seams flat, then open (for all subsequent seams, too). 7
  7. Sew the 4-patch, alternating fabrics on the diagonal. Press.
  8. Lay out the 4-patch & align the arrow pieces, fabrics ALL alternating, OR matching. Place the triangles to complete the square, coordinating. Seam allowances will have excess to trim later.
  9. Sew one bar of the X made by the 4-patch & two opposing arrow shapes. Press seams. 1
  10. Lay triangle short sides onto adjoining sides of the 2 remaining arrow pieces & sew. Press. You’ll get two big triangles to sew onto the center x-bar with the 4-patch. Check to be sure that layout is still okay. 1
  11. Sew triangles onto the x-bar 4 patch piece. Press seams.
**Note– all seams are sewn on straight of grain, BUT the finished square edges are ALL BIAS. Be careful, they stretch. I decided to use sashing strips to stabilize them and pinned carefully to prevent stretching. It was a little harder with the flannel.

I ran out of one flannel and used another (can you find it?), then inserted sashing strips.  I made an extra block, just to demonstrate. It took 25 minutes, including getting out tools, choosing fabric, setting up the machine (changing thread, feet), pressing and final trim. Breakneck pace takes ~8 minutes (with mistakes!), 10 minutes okay, 15 minutes leisurely. The traditional quilting took forever. Happy quilting, and supporting our community…

btw, some of this fabric was gifted to me from old stashes. The yellow and fall fabrics (the sample) were stash clearing and would make a nice fall birthday gift. Hmm…squeeze that into what time slot, um, where?? 🙂

Couldn’t resist that sample block, threw in a progress snap for that, too! It really is FAST!  🙂