Unfettered Productivity

12 08 2012

I’ve been in a highly creative phase lately, which has led to an unprecedented level of quilt-y output for me.

I completed quilting and binding of Cheating on the Farmer’s Wife, Part Deux in the middle of last week, but i wanted to save posting about it until after I’d buried all the threads and washed it. There were so many threads hanging out that it took me until Friday morning to complete that. So then I decided to wait until after Stitch ‘N’ Bitch. I only need to take care of labeling the quilt, and I can call it totally finished!

CotFW, Part Deux measures in at 72″ X 72″, and uses Warm & Natural batting, as all of my quilts do. The quilting is done in several different colors  of thread, while the bobbin thread was one of two shades of gray or black thread.

Cheating on the Farmer's Wife, Part Deux

CotFW, Part Deux - Backing

I love, love, love the backing! I had mentally questioned the decision to go with the three neutrals in the bobbin, but I’m thrilled that I went with my instinct. I love the soft geometry of the backing, and how the  quilting pops against the fabrics used in it.

Setting the Farmer's Wife

I’ve started setting my Farmer’s Wife blocks. While I’ve loved the EQ7 illustration I’ve been looking at for several months, I’ve been slightly nervous about seeing it all in fabrics. Having gotten a start on it, my fears are allayed!

Unfortunately, due to trusting  EQ7’s cutting instructions and pre-cutting everything I needed for this top, I actually need to order more of everything. Honestly, this is my own damned fault. I looked at the instructions, which told me to start with 4 7/8″ squares for the setting triangles, and had the initial thought that I should cut my squares larger, at 6″ square, so that I could trim down and square up. Instead, I let my instinct be overridden by my trust in EQ7, and cut 5″ blocks. This resulted in my blocks coming in almost a quarter inch too small.

Anyone know of an online vendor that will allow me to order just an FQ or quarter yard of Kona solids? I only need two 6″ squares of several colors, but might have re-order a full half-yard of everything if I can’t find a shop that allows smaller cuts.


Baby Got Back!

22 07 2012

I have a backing for Fun with Free Piecing!

Fun With Free Piecing, Backing

Pieced over about three hours – most of that time measuring and debating those measurements.

I started with two yards each of the solid red and berry prints, stolen from fabrics purchased for the germ of an idea that will never see fruition. It wasn’t quite enough to complete the backing, so I dug through my secret stash of large scale prints that I love but fear cutting into.

I came across a 2009 fabric from Alexander Henry, ‘dagmar’. That’s the floral in the photo and I love it. LOVE. IT. However, I only had one yard of it, so I’d never planned a quilt with it. I should have purchased more…


Ah, well. Done is done.

I originally thought I’d do four panels of dagmar in different sizes, but I didn’t want to do that much quilty math and piecing. So I simplified the plan down, and started cutting and sewing straight seams, based on how much fabric I had. I framed the central panel on two sides with a Jay McCarroll Habitat print – JY34 Peach, which is a baby-soft polka dot totally at odds with the rest of that line. The other side is a smokey blue solid from my stash that matches perfectly. I recovered almost a yard of a mustard calico from the scrap buckets and decided to fill out the central panel with that, because I love mustard.

Once the central panel was done, and the two red panels were done, I made the  decision to not center the strips running down the middle. It would have been extremely fiddly, and I wasn’t feeling fiddly. Plus, this backing probably won’t end up perfectly centered anyway. I also like the personality it gives.

I’m extremely happy with how this turned out. This might be another case in which I end up liking the backing far more than the front… We’ll see how I feel when this is all quilted.