Friday, August 30, 2013

quiltmania mania continues...


Quiltmania has done it again with its latest release "Godharis" which examines the utility quilts of western India. Like many other nations, these quilts were/are sewn by rural women out of used clothing. They are made out of old saris and cloth layered then finished with big stitch or kantha-like quilting. Because Indian clothing is often brilliantly colored, their utility quilts are vibrant and utterly charming. I can't take shots without breaking the spine but you can take a short virtual tour of the book here. It just arrived and I want the world to go away for a few hours so that I can get lost in its pages...

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

good gadget...



 When I need to iron for a long time and am pressing more challenging fabrics that require lots of steam and weight, I use a gravity feed iron. I wheel it around hooked up to an IV stand that I bought from a medical supply store. It is fantastic but it sucks power and when pressing just a couple of cotton quilt blocks sewn with stolen minutes is often overkill.  I found this gadget for the domestic iron which keeps the cord held safely taut, up and out of the way . It is called the Cordminder. It was around $10 and clips to the ironing board. Love it...

Friday, August 16, 2013

final St. Louis blocks...


Yeah- I finished the final blocks. Like in the previous post, the photo does not show the duplicate ones. Am ready to put this together but have a few technical issues to figure out. This sucker is huge: that is, 49 blocks arranged 7 X 7 that are 16" each for a king size total of 112" square. Mine are larger than the tutorial's 14" because I used my 4 1/2" strip die on the cutter to quickly prepare all the fabric. I was worried this quilt will be too big but my husband not so tactfully pointed out that we are getting plumper and probably need more surface area to cover us up?! Am not sure where to lay the blocks out to arrange something this large and how on earth to quilt this top. Am open to any and all suggestions...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

more...



20 more blocks... Just a few left to sew and then on to assembly!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

meet me in st. louis...



It has not been much of a summer for indoor creativity. Above are the first few blocks of my St. Louis 16 Patch that I originally wrote about here. I must say, if you are having problems getting into a sewing groove this pattern is the cure. It is easy to make the blocks and because of their size the fabrics really sing. It seems to look great in every possible kind of print. At this stage, mine is a bit too like a checkerboard but am hoping that this is just the random nature of the sewing order. There are some less contrasting combinations coming up. This quilt is going to be a monster in size but it is tremendously satisfying to sew...

Hope you are all well out there?! I look forward to reading and catching up on everyone's blogs...