Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sunshine and Shadow Strips

My Sunshine and Shadow quilt is coming along. I have finished all sixteen strip sets. I hope to spend the next few days/weeks putting it together. This may take some time as I keep thinking I should have put more of the darker pink in the quilt (the pink is what made me want to make it).

I am sorry that the picture is a little "oops" . I will take a better one tomorrow when I have more light. I also need to make a correction. In my last post I called the postage stamp quilt a sunshine and shadow quilt. What I should have said is that this a postage stamp quilt that reminds me of a sunshine and shadow quilt. Oops. Happy quilting.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sunshine and Shadow Progress

I was out visting blogs today and found myself over at Nadine's blog (Friendship Threads) and was amazed at the progress she had made with her Sunshine and Shadow quilt. I love her color combinations. It is going to be a stunner. Stop by and see her progress.

I wanted to show you another version of a Sunshine and Shadow quilt. I took a picture of this quilt while on vacation in Pennsylvania at the Chester County Historical Society. I like the color combinations in this quilt.

I know that it is not the usual solid color that the Amish use but it is still very striking to see in person. The colors all seem to blend in together to make it look like stripes.

This is a closer view. Look at how the colors seem to blend in to each other.

These are my strips for my Sunshine and Shadow. I haven't made much progress but the weekend is near. More time to quilt. Hooray!!! Hooray!!!
I plan on putting my on-going quilt block as a side bar as soon as my DS comes over. I have decided to turn it into a year long quilt. From Sept 2009 to Sept 2010 without stopping the chain. I can cut blocks and make things but I cannot stop the chain. I have over 200 inches at this time. I plan on working on it every Tuesday at Sit and Sew. The Lutheran church near my job has a sit and craft night every Tuesday. You bring whatever you want to work on and socialize with other crafters. In my case ooh and aah. One of my co-worker's mother is a quilter and she attends every Tuesday. She does not attend the church but will find out if I can attend since she was invited by a friend. Keep your fingers crossed. The sit and sew I attend is about a 30-40 minute drive from my job and it is every 2nd and 4th Tuesday. The nice part is it is at a quilt shop and you can buy fabric or supplies if you need it. Maybe I will attend both.
Lots of quilting.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Quilt Pattern Organizer

I went to my quilting group last night and had a lot of fun. Show and tell was great. I won the door prize last month and had to bring something this month. I decided to make a quilt pattern organizer. I love mine. I found the pattern on All People Quilt and decided to modify it to meet my needs. I also changed the closure to a button and ribbon.

I bought the 8-pocket folder from Office Depot. I now can keep track of the patterns I am working on (and future patterns). I am working on a smaller version for taking to the quilt store (shopping list with supplies and samples).

I started attending Sit and Sew at one of my local quilt shops. I have so many quilts I want to make I could not decide on a project for working on there. So I decided to make an ongoing quilt block that I plan to cut up into scrap squares or triangles or tumblers or some shape and sew together.
Since I have quite a few scraps I can keep this going forever. I am sewing to about three inches away from the end of each row so that the rows can continue on. They are two inches wide (I had a lot of these) and no more than 6 1/2inches long but no smaller than 1 inch in length. I will keep you posted on my never ending block.
Last night I started sewing my strips together for my Sunshine and Shadow quilt with Nadine. I will post pictures this weekend. We divided the quilt up into sections. We are working on the four corners. Nadine e-mailed my pictures of her strips and they are beautiful. Thanks Nadine.
Happy quilting.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

New Quilt Started

I guess you could say I have started another quilt. I completed my color reference board.
I did not include the inner or outer border colors on the board.

I have cut all my strips and labelled them with my numerical system. They are just waiting to be sewn. I will keep you posted on my progress.


More Sunshine and Shadow

Sorry I haven't blogged anything lately but I have been busy with my quilting projects. I will try to blog every other Sunday. That way I will have something to show and tell.
I have started cutting the strips for my Sunshine and Shadow quilt. I have 18 colors but will not use them all but want to have them available if needed. I sent Nadine some fabric and numbered each piece so that we could coordinate our colors. When you look at a picture vs looking at the actual quilt the colors may be a little different. So I need her help with the different colors. I made a new color reference board. I wanted to show Nadine what I was talking about so I decided to put a picture on my blog. I have made one before when I was making a Bargello quilt and found it quite helpful.
I have a curtain rod running along the top of my bookcase with curtain hooks that I can hang notes to myself there, as well as quilt patterns and finished quilts. It is a very helpful rod.

Recently I took one of my quilt tops to work to photograph and one of my co-workers whose mother quilts ask me why I iron my seams open. I iron them open because that was the way I learned to sew plus I get a flatter, neater seam and my seams seem to match when I sew them together.
My DS is having a birthday this month and wants a quilt. King size no less. So I am going to start two new quilts this month. I know this is against my New Years Resolution but he's my son and I not only love him, I like him. So I am searching through my stash for blues, reds and lights. The pattern is Hudson River Chain by Maria Umhey. The pattern is in The Quilter January 2007 issue.
The closer it gets to September the more excited I am about going to the Jacksonville Quilt Show. The lady I am going with has made our hotel reservations. We will be staying at the same hotel we stayed in last year. They give a special rate for the show.
Happy Quilting.