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Harry Potter Project of Doom part 2

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

I keep forgetting to add these blocks, but I’ve been steadily working on my Project of Doom blocks for the past several weeks. There are only five left, but I have about 10 left to complete.

Here’s a group of five from the early days:

POD  Week 8

Week 8

POD Week 7

Week 7, a Time Turner! I love it.

POD Week 9

Week 9. And we have a snitch.

HP POD Week 10

Week 10, all those yearly spell books. I only used two fabrics for all those colors, if you can believe it.

HP POD Week 4

Week 4. It took me forever to get this one done because I didn’t want to buy new black fabric when I knew I had yards upon yards of it for my Dear Jane project. I just had to find it.

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.

Erik’s Quilt

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Erik’s Quilt

Originally uploaded by Ramble Queen

Long time, no post. I’ve been working on Erik’s “Once Upon a Time” quilt from the Modern Quilt Workshop. It is tedious to put together all 355 little squares, but I just work it two rows at a time and am finally seeing some progress.

I recently acquired a few more novelty prints, so pulled out the ugliest novelty prints and added the new novelty prints. There are still some ugly blocks left in there, but that’s what gives it character. I totally hate set in seams so gave up after doing five substitutions.

I’m officially 2/3s of the way done! The directions said to sew together each row, but I do it in chunks instead. I start flipping together a top and bottom piece to make a two-sy, then flip two of those to make a foursie and so on and so forth. I can’t wait to get this top done!

The Modern Quilt Workshop book gives a new way of doing binding and I’m eager to try it because it would require no hand sewing. Basically you sew your binding to the back of the quilt instead of the front, then when you flip it over to the front you sew it down about 1/8″ away from the edge. Should be interesting. I hope it looks good because that could really help me finish off quilts a lot faster. I have two bed sized quilt tops finished and waiting for quilting. The thought of sending them through my little home machine, then spending days upon days hand sewing the binding keeps them hanging in my closet.

Once Upon a Time blocks

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Once Upon a Time blocks

Originally uploaded by Ramble Queen

I’ve been sewing strips and cutting blocks! I’m finally ready to tackle the Once Upon a Time quilt from The Modern Quilt Workshop. I wish I had more whimiscal novelty fabrics, but I hate buying novelty fabrics. I just don’t use them, so instead I bought a couple of I Spy fabric packs off the internet and got some “interesting” results.

Anyhow, I’ve never made a quilt quite like this before. The blocks were easy enough to put together, but now I have to connect 355 blocks into a napping quilt. Sounds kind of boring, but it should be a really cool quilt when finished. We’ll be able to use it as a creative story telling device. If I ever have a daughter I’ll have to go all out and buy lots of fairy princess fabrics for her Once Upon a Time quilt.

Southwest Top complete!

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

Southwest Top complete!

Originally uploaded by Ramble Queen

I don’t like the Southwest style. I don’t like blue and red. I don’t like flying geese. I don’t like this quilt.

But the top is done! YES YES YES! DONE!

My mom loves all the things I hate, so she should love this. I told her I’d make her a wall hanging for a specific location. Her only request, other than size, was that it have something to do with the Southwest. I found this set of patterns and decided it was just the thing. Since she refused to give me any color direction, I decided I was only going to use pieces from my stash.

I was almost successful in making a complete stash only quilt, but then I got tired of making scrappy flying geese for the border. My original plan was for the outer border to be all flying geese, but I saw something in a magazine that’s very similar to my completed border and jumped on the idea. Fancy yet lazy! I can do that!

I ran into the border fabric, so bought a yard and made a consistent border. I had to rip off my scrappy flying geese border, which led to much cursing but it looks soooooooooo much better with the consistent blue throughout. Totally worth the effort.

Now I just have to quilt this bad boy and bind it! I need to have it complete by Sept. 22, so I think that will give me plenty of time.

To make the flying geese, I used the method I described in my blog entry HERE.

Quilty Day!

Monday, July 9th, 2007

I had a really great quilty day today! I’ve known that the quilting pirate works at a shop not all that far from here for quite awhile. I’ve been wanting to go, but the thought of taking Erik on a car trip longer than 10 minutes, then dealing with him in the shop has been a strong deterrent. But when she told me that the shop, Patches, is having a 25% off sale on fabric this week I knew I had to get my butt in gear and get out there! How can I resist quilt shop quality fabrics at those prices?

Mike often telecommutes on Tuesdays, so I thought I would head out there that day sans toddler, but this week he doesn’t get to telecommute. That meant I was going to have to take the boy if I wanted to get in on the fabric action.

So off we went, with a plan. I needed to get fabric to compliment my BOM blocks and my Birthday Blocks. Not only that, I needed serious help picking out something that would go well with all the blocks. The colors? They are sort of a mess. It was time to call in the professionals.

We got to the shop without any problems and I had a grand time looking around, though it would have been even grander if I didn’t have to chase around an extremely busy, curious little ball of energy. I could just see him tipping over bolts and pulling patterns and notions off the wall. He wound himself up good, running in circles around the counters and up and down the ramp. I’m sure everyone heaved a big sigh of relief when we walked out the door. Quilt shops and toddlers don’t mix. At least I knew the Quilting Pirate so I didn’t have to be quite so embarrassed when he wanted up on the cutting table and “helped” her cut out my pieces.

I’m so glad the owner and the Quilting Pirate were there to help me! I think both quilts are going to turn out great with the fabric choices. Here’s a couple of sneak previews. I really must get my mom’s wall hanging done before I tackle these two tops. I have quilting ADD. It feels like I never finish a project because I see other things that look more fun and get excited about them while leaving an almost finished project in the dust.


Mmmmmm. . . lucious

I told myself I was absolutely not going to buy any unnecessary fabric. Once I caught a glimpse of this collection I decided it was necessary. The two at the end don’t actually belong to the collection, but I might use them in the quilt anyway. Current plan is maybe a Drunkard’s Path or some kind of circle motif. That could change.

BOM fabric

I’m going to set off the blocks with a very thin strip of black. I think it will make a very purty quilt. (I have a total of 16 blocks)

Birthday Block sashing

I had no clue how to finish off this quilt. I got these blocks in the birthday block swap (I rec’d a total of 15) and they are all so different that I was overwhelmed. The Quilting Pirate picked out the yellow/orange combo for sashing and I can’t believe how well it goes! I never, ever would have picked out those colors but it really works!

I need to go back to the quilt shop. Need, I tell you! And I need to go when I’m all alone so I can drool over all the patterns, fabric and notions that I will spend way too much money on. I guess it’s a good thing it’s a wee bit of a drive. If it was closer I would be living there and Mike would have to take on a second job to support my habit.

July Block of the Month

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

(Pattern is Ohio Star from Quilter’s Cache though I didn’t actually use those directions at all)

After doing all those Dear Janes, this block was unbelievably easy. It’s the last block of the year! I’ve learned so much from joining this group and my piecing skills have really improved. Even though I love quilting, I used to be afraid to tackle triangles and things, but with the quick piecing techniques and lots of practice I am very willing to go ahead and piece. I don’t have to be a slave to the paper piecing anymore!

I’m really happy with the way this turned out. I thought I hated making hour glasses, but I used a quick piecing method that wans’t bad at all.

I thinking I am making the quiltwith 16 blocks, though I may go ahead and do 20 blocks so it isn’t square. Not sure yet. I do know it would be very cool to make a block out of a bunch of the half square triangles I have in my BOM bin, but am not sure if it would actually look good. It’d be scrappy, that’s for sure. The idea may be a whole lot cooler than the execution.

Here’s a pic of what I have so far (not in the final arrangement):

Almost there!

Closer and closer

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

Getting there

Originally uploaded by Ramble Queen

First, thanks to all the people who have commented! I didn’t expect to have readers this early! I’ll have to make more of an effort to get something posted every day.

I finally was able to start getting the sashing on this quilt. I ran out of starch a couple of days ago (the horror! What happened to my fabulous system of always having an extra can of starch in the house?) so haven’t been able to work on it.

I was a little worried that the green strips would make things look too Christmassy, but I think they set off the blue and red nicely. I have to bulk up the borders to make the quilt 40″ wide so every half inch of color helps. Plus, I like a quilt to have a little more color interest than just two single colors.

I didn’t have much quilting time today since I can only quilt during toddler nap time, so I wasn’t able to complete the sashing. If I wouldn’t have lost my ever loving mind I would have been able to get it done. I swear I had enough sashing strips, but the final four have either disappeared into the chaos of the sewing room or they never existed to begin with. I’ll have to have the husband search the room. He can always find things that are sitting right in front of my nose. Or maybe I really don’t know how to count. I need to pay more attention to my daily dose of Sesame Street I guess.

Once the sashing is done, I’ll put another narrow border, than a wide border of flying geese. Sounds kind of fussy, but I’ve given up trying to get this done by July 1 since I won’t see my mom until the end of September. Tomorrow I am going to reward myself and work on a Dear Jane block. No more Southwest until the weekend.

Southwest blocks complete!

Saturday, June 16th, 2007


Originally uploaded by Ramble Queen

After all that belly-aching over this set of patterns, I finished all six with relative ease! I just wrote down the rotary directions and did it. The blocks looked complex, but it was just a matter of connecting pairs of fabrics together until eventually I had the blocks all done.

I am not happy with the middle block to the right and am considering re-doing it. The blue fabrics don’t meld with the rest very well and the stupid flying geese have their points cut off. I used the templates and just couldn’t get it to turn out right. On the other blocks, I used the rectangle/square method for making flying geese and they turned out much better.

Now I just have to get my mom to give me the measurements for the window this is supposed to cover and I can plan the size of the borders and sashing! I hope to have the quilt complete by July 1.

Southwest Quilt Complaints

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

My goal for June is simple: start and finish the Southwest wall hanging I’ve promised my mom for months!

This has been a huge challenge for me because I don’t like Southwest stuff and I don’t like the colors my mom likes. First, she had a design she wanted me to make all sketched out. My design skills are decidely lacking, so I finally bought a Southwest sampler pattern.

I was really excited about it till it arrived in the mail and it turned out to be some kind of crappy home business pattern that was not at all professional. I’m used to working from magazines, books, and the quilter’s cache. I’m used to quick piecing techniques or paper piecing. I am NOT used to working with templates, and this quilt is ALL templates. And the template patterns? Don’t even have the seam allowance added!

I went through and marked the sizes for rotary cutting on all the squares and rectangles since it is ridiculous to use templates for them (they are all even sizes so I don’t understand the point, except that it was easier for the person to just draw a template instead of taking the time to write out measurements and stuff).

I wanted my mom to come to the quilting store and pick out fabrics while she was visiting me, but nooooooooooo she had no interest in visiting a quilting store. She said she trusted me to make good choices. Did I mention we have completely different tastes in everything?

I decided June is the month it is going to get finished no matter what, so yesterday I pulled out some fabrics and set to work. I’ve decided I can only use fabrics from my stash, which is going to make things interesting.

Yesterday’s block was a major pain to cut out, but it actually went together really well, bias cut triangles and all. In fact, I’d say it is the most perfect non-paper pieced block I’ve ever made.

Then there was tonight’s block. When I was writing down measurments, I mixed up the T and I, but they were only an inch apart so I didn’t notice till I was ready to sew the two big panels together and was an inch short! I knew something was screwy and had been muttering to my husband about the pattern and how awful it was (couldn’t be me of course!), but kept plowing through. I made a fix that isn’t noticable, but after I went back and realized what I’d done I could have kicked myself. I should also send out a mental apology to the pattern’s author, I suppose, but I’m not that generous. I’m not thrilled that she didn’t include any quick piecing methods, when she easily could have. Too bad I am not quite experienced enough to pick them out before I get started!

Yadda yadda yadda, aren’t you glad I’m a quilter that can ramble on? Or not. You just want pictures, right? I’ll post the pics of the first two blocks behind the cut. Only four more to go, but they are going to be much more intense with ten million little pieces. At least I’ve figured out that if I just take it one step at a time, bit by bit it isn’t overwhelming.