I spent some time with my Brackman’s on Sunday night choosing a block. I have to make the same twelve blocks but using different fabrics for them…I didn’t want to end up with a bed size quilt so I am making 6″ blocks. Which rules out all the blocks with 25 pieces, or 40 pieces, or HSTs finishing at 1.25″. I’m doing a double pinwheel block to keep it simple and to better ensure my success.
And if you’ve never seen a copy of Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns it is worth seeking out.
Yay! My sister came to visit this weekend with her family. It’s always great to see them even though we have to fit seven people into an 800 sqft house. But she made pineapple upside down cake with W while I got busy fussy cutting some more squares for polaroid blocks.
And some more. And a few extra. I’m now up to around 100? I think.
I calculated the yardage I need to make the white frames for these. It’s around a metre. Yikes.
And the fussy cutting for polaroid blocks continues as well. I’m now up to 36 polaroid blocks made and another 36 cut. And I haven’t even really dived into my fabric yet. This will be epic. Apparently I did start another project…
This quilt started in the unlikeliest of places: in the Gap, in early January 2015. I hate malls and I hate branded clothes but I had to put on my big girl panties and brave the mall for a Christmas return. I was struck by the colours of their new line (teal, gold, grey, and a lovely floral) so I snapped a pic on my flip phone (hence the really poor quality).
Using the MQG quilt of the month pattern “Chess on the Steps” from Krista Hennebury I created the centre bit and started adding borders. I had no finished quilt in mind, just a plan to see at every step what the quilt needed next. I made the centre bit (teal and yellow) sometime in late spring 2015.
Trying out different border options.
The finished quilt top.
I put the rest of this together in July-August 2015 with the intention of hand quilting the centre bit while away on a really boring sedentary trip. Did you know the trick of folding your backing over to the front to protect your edges?
And then I started this blog in September; this quilt shows up for the first time on Day 18 of blogging. You can search “gap improv medallion” for all the posts about this quilt. I worked on the hand quilting until November when all progress stopped. I was stumped by what quilting to do and intimidated by my lacking FMQ skills. I picked it up again in April and have been quilting it on and off since then.
This quilt is for sale. Price pretty reasonable. Info upon request.
Title: Gap Improv Medallion
Lifetime quilt no.51
Started: June 2015
Finished: May 23, 2016
Number of pieces: 125
Quilting: hand quilted with perle cotton, FMQ with various Gutterman/Aurifil threads.
And we’re back! I needed a weekend to recover from my weekend. What’s been going on around here? Besides a friend’s wedding, a father-in-law’s 80th birthday and associated cake making, the Highland Games, a butt-numbing three hour parade, an awesome guild meeting, some sewing (oh blessed sewing, how I love you, how I’ve missed you), track meets, field trips, and oh I don’t know laundry and groceries too…
I made some blocks to send to the Ottawa MQG for Fort McMurray.
I’m still on a polaroid block kick. I’m up to 36 so far. That would be 9 tickets in the draw at the guild meeting but what happens if I don’t win? I would be so very bummed so I’m thinking of not sharing mine, just making loads and loads for myself.