Monday, September 22, 2014

Folklorica continues


I've been working on my Folklorica quilt. First I made strip sets. Five sets of strips.


These are the cut fabrics ready to be sewn into the strip sets. 


Lovely lengths of border fabric. 


Love the cat!




The strip sets are cut into 2.5 inch strips. The strips from the five different strip sets are sewn together to make a 10.5 inch block of 25 squares. That's theoretically speaking, in actuality some are 10.5 inches but mostly not. As a quilting friend recently posted on facebook, perfection is overrated. I'm sure it will all work out. 


Here's one of the blocks that will alternate with the 25 square blocks. 

This quilt is really coming together quickly. I've finished all the 25 squares blocks and will cut out all the animal blocks next. It will be fun to lay all the blocks out on my design wall and move the animal blocks around. I have a few favorites! 

Happy Autumn quilting friends...it's a great time to start a quilt, don't you think? What are you working on?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Folklorica


Do you recognize this quilt panel created by Julie Paschkis for In the Beginning Fabrics? I bought a kit using these blocks from Alewive Fabrics in Damariscotta Mills some time ago. I got the kit out today and decided the time had arrived to make this quilt. When I looked up the fabric line, it apparently came out in 2010. I remember that I bought this kit when Back Roads Quilters was having a retreat weekend at Camp Kieve. And I remember that I wasn't the only one to buy this! What I don't remember is ever seeing a completed quilt so it's nice to know I'm  not the only one who has let my fabric marinate.

There are other panels by Julie Paschkis since this one, but I'm really partial to this one. The blocks feature a fox, a cat, trees, a horse like a Swedish Dala horse, and a turtle. I think Alewive's made up their own design for the kit. Each panel block alternates with a block of 25 2 inch squares. This afternoon I cut the fabrics for these alternate blocks into 2 1/2 inch strips. There is quite a nice variety of fabrics and the reason I think this is an Alewives design is because the fabrics come from different companies, not just In the Beginning Fabrics. I think it's going to be fun to make and just gorgeous when complete.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Composing a wall quilt

Another video today, hope you enjoy it. I'm working on a surprise project for someone and I'm not ready to show it on my blog just yet. So please enjoy today's video from the National Quilters Circle.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Japanese Fabrics: a different kind of taupe



I will admit that I have not understood or appreciated these Japanese quilts. After watching this video, I'm beginning to understand what it's all about. As someone who likes bright colors and contrast, lots of contrast!, the subtlety and beauty of this style of quilting was not immediately apparent to me. In this video I also learned that when you learn quilting in Japan you sign up for a two year class. This is not our American style make and take class!