I have been mad crazy busy, and not entirely down to crafty things, so I thought I would do a little wrap-up of works in progress, some shared, some not. A mix of papercraft and quilting. Going back to the oldest thing, is this little quilt. I was playing around with the Jelly Roll Race idea, of sewing all the strips in one long line, then matching the ends, and sewing, halving the length and doubling the width with each seam. Google it, it’s well-known. I thought Humm – I have the 4 or 5 fat quarters, I wonder what would happen if I used them, in fatter “strips? Not a total success, the blocks of colour were too large. I might experiment with alternate rotating of the FQs, first sewing them slightly shorter side to slightly longer side, to vary the way the patches match up, IYKWIM, for the next attempt.
I experimented with hacking it up and re-sewing it back together in different ways, then finally hacked it in to large squares, maybe 12 x 12, with the goal of having the most interesting mix of bits in each block. I sliced THEM, inserting strips of super bright solids, and a bit of a B&W dotty scrap, did sone framing of the randomly sized bits, then laid it all out and joined in rows or blocks. It was all a bit of a puzzle, but I ended up quite liking the result. I added some sashing and backed it with that cheetah print fleece that I mentioned once having NO IDEA what I might use it for. I then experimented with BIG STITCH quilting with some high contrast, for each block, pearle cotton. It’s appealing to me, but clearly my BIG STITCHES need some uniformity, although I actually LIKE the very rustic and almost childlike look of the imperfect stitches. Or at least that’s what I tell myself LOL!
So then I started quilting that other dotty one, using the CM circle cutter as a template. Stitches getting better, more uniform, but still not there yet. They get better towards the end of a long session, then by the next session, they get a bit less precise.
Like it on the front, but REALLY like it on the back! Those circles really POP.
I also have on the go the LARGE one that I posted last week – that one is my first serious attempt at machine quilting, Straight lines all of them, but that’s OK. Three of the four long panels are pieced and quilted and trimmed – they will eventually be joined into a whole piece using the QAYG joining. I find the long panels straddle the line between QAYG and full-on free-motion machine quilting, in the sense that they still need to be manipulated thru the machine, but are not as cumbersome as a full pieced top would be. I consider it a sort of intermediate step. This is a slightly earlier stage, with only two of them quilted and only one trimmed. Still playing around with the placement and orientation of the bias colour block strips, as I let it grow fairly organically, with no real plan when I began, except it was going to be sliced and the color blocks inserted with the alternating light/dark areas. I think of it as my Escalator quilt LOL!
The chili clock has moved on a lot too! I have been using UTEE (thanks to all commenters who suggested that) to emboss the chilis. and leaving it rather pebble-y, not super smooth. I’ve added the ones I previously Glossy Accented as the bottom layer, around the edges, so I can still USE them rather than cut a whole load more and re-do them. I also did two more sets in two different sizes, so I can fill the whole surround, more or less. I also did the numbers (just the four) on green chilis and MAY decide to do the rest of the numbers, slightly smaller, as well. Just the centre to sort out! Here’s the progress shot. Nothing except the edging of peppers around the black frame is stuck down so it’s all a bit of a mess at the moment:
I am determined to sort it fully over the weekend.
My last WIP is the ATC play for WOYWW. I think I have decided on a plan of action. I’ll do ONE that is unique, that is for the person for the “official” swap (i.e the person above or below me, whichever it is) and then as many as I feel like making that will be earmarked for those WOYWWers who want to swap additional ATCs outside the official one that I know/follow. I may also do a handful that will be for people who want to swap but who are not ones that I manage to get to every week. This is the one for people I follow, or at least the germ of the idea – I think you can guess where it’s going. Gelli prints come in to play, the background on card, the topper on deli paper:
Just two more bits LOL! First, I thought I would repost the printable I did ages ago, of ATC backers. If they appeal and you can use them, do feel free to grab them.
I am sort of planning to update them – I want to look at a few more to make sure I’ve included all the usual info (Title, card series info, date made, email or address, and a signature on this one – am I missing anything??) and maybe update the font and colours. I really like the title of ATC by Me so will probably stick with that. I have an idea using my current pattern obsession (can you guess what it is?) but not 100% sure it will work like I want it to.
Last, finally, is a bit of software. DH pointed me in the direction of this nifty little thing – called TextExpander. Mac only, I’m afraid, but there may be a comparable PC thing, I don’t know. Anyway, this week I was so late, doing my WOYWW visits and struggled with stuff that kept getting in my way on the day. I was determined to at the very least visit anyone who visited ME and left a comment and then try to hit as many of the blogs that are people I know or think of as ones I “follow.” Now I know the whole copy/paste of the same generic comment in every blog (Nice desk with no indication the post was actually read) is not looked on favourably by some, and I have never done that, but I did want to note my lateness but NOT have to copy that into the comments section, then either type or copy and paste my blog name in a two-step process – since I don’t use Blogger or Google blogging, I always have to select Open ID and WordPress and fill in that info then submit and publish (for every comment!) What TextExpander does is let me type a snippet of text and assign it an abbreviation. Then, every time I type that abbreviation, I get a little BLOOP noise and the text replaces the abbreviation. Magic. The abbreviation has to be something you aren’t going to type on its own (like WOYWW wouldn’t work, but for me, w late (all one word) gets replaced with this:
MA (8) (so very late this week!)
Then I can have my blog name stored in my command+P (paste) and both sign my comment and fill in my blog info in two strokes. Normally I even type my “signature” and Happy WOYWW! every time, so this lets me spend MORE time reading the post and focusing on the content of the comment, rather than the generic stuff. If you have a Mac, check it out – there is a trial download. If you are on a PC and know a way to do this, feel free to comment so others can see. In just a day or two I have already found it massively useful for a number of things.
Good lord, that got way longer than I planned! I’ll hope to get the clock sorted and post the final at some point over the weekend. Thanks for sticking with me if you managed to read ALLLL the bits. Kudos to you if you did!
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27/04/2013 at 10:25 am
Love everything you are creating… escalator quilt is so interesting …it will be amazing when complete …and great to see the clock finished.
26/04/2013 at 1:43 pm
I love your quilts; your creativity inspires me!
26/04/2013 at 12:39 pm
Love your quilt and the stitching looks really pretty. I have never tried quilting but it is on my list of things to try eventually but I have all my knitting and scrapping and cross stitching projects to get finished first! Beverley (Bubbleblitt)
26/04/2013 at 11:01 am
I’m really enjoying seeing all your quilt experiments and I do fancy making an escalator version. There are are always some gems of information to come out of each of your posts and this time is no exception both on the quilts front and for the Textexpander. TY!