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Baby Quilt

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

After my last post, I was looking through posts and realized I never put up pics of the last quilt I finished. I just went through my flckr account and realized the one picture was seriously blurry, so maybe that’s why.

Elsa's Quilt!

This is a little baby quilt from a kit called Spring Fling I believe. I saw the pic and had to have it, though after doing it I think I am not a kit fan. There’s just something about picking out my own fabrics. Admittedly, when I pick out my own fabrics the combos don’t always work.

The quilt was for my very own baby, which is why I never post here any more. I’m too busy taking care of that baby, little Elsa, and her big brother Erik.

She’s ten months old now and is a total menace. A very cute menace, but she’s into everything. Maybe when her brother starts kindergarten in September I’ll have more time to quilt.

Smile baby!

Harry Potter Paper Pieced Blocks

Monday, February 21st, 2011

I don’t get much time for “me things” anymore, most specifically sleep, excercise or quilting. When Jennifer started advertising the Harry Potter Paper Piecing Project of Doom I decided to join in. Surely I can handle one block a week, right?

I have two things going against me: lack of time and a very bad back. By the time I finish one block my pinched nerve, or whatever it is, is killing me. I like the block a week format so it feels much more manageable with time constraints and back problems.

The quilt is a mystery, but it has been fairly obvious from almost the beginning that it is some sort of book shelf in Harry Potter’s room. I’ve been having a lot of fun picking out fabrics for the various books and magical items, though it has become obvious that I only have two color families in my stash (blue/green/teal/turquoise and a little bit of orangeish/coral/reddish).

I’m trying to balance my color loves with what might be appropriate for a teenaged wizard’s bookshelf. I’m also trying to balance my idea of the wizarding world (fun, happy, bright bold colors) with the movie idea of the wizarding world (drab, dark, scary). Can anyone explain to me why the movies have to be so damned dark? I know the tone of the last few books is very dark, but seriously? The wizards can’t have the house elves clean a little better and hang some magical light orbs around?

We bought Lego Harry Potter and none of us really care for it that much because you can’t see anything. Way too dark. So annoying!

Anyway, There have been six patterns released so far and I’ve completed five and a half of them. I have not yet tackled Harry’s glasses because I know I will have to sit in my chair a lot longer than is comfortable, but maybe I’ll get to it soon.

I am also realizing that I should have participated in the scrap swap that Jennifer hosted. After having been burned so many times (still so very bitter that my round robin center was never returned to me, even unfinished), I refuse to do swaps. I know Jennifer would have done her best to make sure things went smoothly and she doesn’t tolerate flakes, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Instead, I adopted a new quilter and sent a priorty flat rate envelope stuffed with scraps to a person who is just starting out. At least that way I can feel good about helping someone and not be irked when I get nothing in return. I am much better at freely giving than swaps.

Ok, so enough with the talk talk. Here’s the blocks thus far! They are 10 1/2″ unfinished, so I have to use the camera b/c they don’t fit in my scanner.

PoD week 6

I’m not so sure about the cat fabric, but a boy might have a book about cats. A wizarding boy might have a book about cats of different colors? I don’t know. In my mind, the vial is filled with gilly weed.

PoD week 5


I guess I saved a big scrap of paper doll fabric for a reason. The stopper is a doll dress, upside down. I like the way the gathers make it look like it is narrowing. I don’t know if there are fairies in HP, but I had to use the fabric anyway.
POD week 2

Terrible picture, but the block actually looks ok.

I love my crystal ball. This was actually the first block. I learned I need more contrast in the little lines on the books. I took a look at our bookshelf to kind of see how books look. I think my books will improve with time and experience. It’s fun looking at the photo pool on flickr to see how other people do things and get some inspiration.

Great-Grandma Inspired Block

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

great grandma block

Originally uploaded by Ramble Queen

I really loved the block used in the quilt I just inherited and wanted to try it myself. My first thought was to go hog wild and try to match up the prints and make a faithful reproduction. Honestly, though, I don’t have the budget or time. Quilt shops in my area are not child friendly at all (not that they should be, but it makes it hard for a mom to buy fabric). Instead, I decided to do what my great-grandmother would have done and use the fabric in my stash.

I’ve been collecting batiks for a long time but am usually too afraid to use them. I don’t really know how to match them up or use them effectively, but after looking at the inspiration quilt I realized that it is fine to go nuts with the colors and it will be beautiful in the end. Most of my batiks are the colors in this block so I don’t think there will be a problem with unity.

I started by measuring the blocks in the quilt, but that didn’t go so well. I thought it would be so simple to get out my ruler and measure the components, but I didn’t count on the shrinkage factor. I kept getting weird measurements like 3 1/3 and 1 5/8, which aren’t exactly rotary cutting friendly. I don’t know if the wackiness was all due to shrinkage or if it also had to do with the lack of rotary cutter when my great-grandmother made the quilt. I’m sure she used cardboard templates and scissors since rotary cutters weren’t invented at the time of her death.

In the end, I made the half-square triangles finish at 4″ and the middle squares finish at 2″. The sashing will finish at 1 1/2″.

I don’t think the proportions are exactly right. I think I’ll try again, having the middle squares finish at 1 1/2″. it seems like in the original blocks the HSTs are much bigger, proportionally, than the middle cross.

Also, as I was making this block I decided it was a churn dash. I dismissed that before since the middle cross is so much smaller than the HSTs, but the construction is exactly like a churn dash (or Hole in the Barn Door). I don’t know if that effects the name of the block or not. I’m no quilt historian.

Birthday Block Center

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

quilt center

Originally uploaded by Ramble Queen

I recieved 14 or 15 birthday blocks in a swap last year but they were such a diverse group that I never knew what to do with them. I was in a bad mood and decided I needed craft therapy. I decided they were my blocks and I could do what I wanted, so I picked out the 9 most match-y blocks and put this together.

I plan on putting a border around it to make it a litlte bigger and prettier, but that will require some thought. I have a quilting buddy coming to town next week, so I’m hoping she can give me some ideas (she did the block with the blue cross with a pink background).

In this swap I requested jewel tone blocks that would finish at 8″. My plan is to make a wall hanging. We’ll see if it happens. This is the wonkiest top I’ve ever made in terms of warpiness of fabric. I assume it’s because I was not on intimate terms with any of the blocks, thus when I was putting it together I didn’t know how to correct for wonkiness levels. Also, there are a lot of stretchy triangles in those blocks! Suddenly I understanding the importance of paying attention to the grain.