Hummingbird Hexie No2

Been feeling a bit like a slacker lately when it comes to working on this blog, but I am getting closer to being able to focus on it. Right now I’m working on a big website overhaul for our business site – I like to keep it updated, and the new version of Dreamweaver I’m working on is pretty sweet… at least so far. We’ll see how well it goes when I test links and usability.

In the meantime, I started some Cannabis Pillows – I have two tops made and the backs are cut, zippers in house, all I have to do is sew them up!

cannabis Pillow Tops

I think they’ll be pretty sweet when I get them finished up. The other project is my Hummingbird #2 Quilt – I’m appliquéing the bird down now, I’m about halfway done. For this one, I’m going to add some flowers so the bird can be in the garden!

Hummingbird Hexie No2

I’m still working on the placement of the flowers. I’m going to sew the whole bird down first then I’ll work on the flowers. They are so cute!

What are you working on this month?

A Valentine’s Quilt

Detail of Green Gardens Quilt

I have two quilt finishes to share… the first is a quilt that Gregg made! He’s not very big into social media so I’m sharing for him:

Valentine Quilt
“The Shortest Distance” Quilt made by Gregg Weiss

He’s had some time on his hands and decided to get creative. He screen printed on fabric first – thought maybe we could sell hand-printed fabric, but the time spent in printing made it too cost prohibitive. So, I though I’d make a quilt out of his fabric – but he stopped me and said he wanted to try to make a quilt!

So we set out on a teaching / learning journey together and it’s been a blast going over so many different techniques. I have the book: “Quilt Talk” by Sam Hunter and he found it and taught himself how to do foundation paper piecing! Then I showed him some improv piecing ideas and let him go to town.
Improv Piecing
Quilting done

He even learned quilting and binding. Teaching is rewarding, but can be a little tough… luckily, he’s a quick learner!

Gregg with binding
ready for binding

The saying on the fabric is: “The shortest distance between two points of view is love”. It was the perfect Valentines project to do together!

While he was busy with this project, I finished a quilt too! It’s a commissioned quilt, and I’m a little sad to know it’s not staying with me… but it’s going to a good home.
Green Gardens Quilt
“Green Gardens” by Gail Weiss
Detail of Green Gardens Quilt
I’m most happy with my 1/4″ seam allowance accuracy on this quilt, and the straight line quilting. I just learned about using rulers – and boy does that make a difference in keeping my lines a little more uniform looking. The pattern came out well too.
Another quilt pattern I made is this one:
Quilt Map
Quilt Pattern – Gail Weiss

…and I’ve got the top done already:

Oceans of Blue Top
Today I’m piecing a back for this quilt. I made a few mistakes on the front, so I had a few extra blocks and fabric – so I decided to use it all up and make a back.  This is where that’s at so far:
Piecing a Quilt Back
I found a cobalt floral print that goes well with the colors, Im really liking this side too – so I might consider this one a two-sided quilt! I should finish today, and hopefully get the quilt all basted up and ready for quilting. I’m hoping to have this one done for show and tell at our next PMQG meeting.
On that note, I’m off! Time to zen out on my favorite hobby. What are you working on today?

Ygritte – Game of Quilts!

Ygritte Quilt

I recently entered the BadAss Quilters Society‘s quilt challenge called “Game of Quilts”. I finished my quilt last week and sent it in, and now I’m ready to enter my online submission. You can see all the entries here at the Game of Quilts Challenge! Squee! There is even going to be a physical show in Chattanooga Tennessee in September – if you’re close by, check it out!

The challenge had two colorways to choose from in the Peppered Cottons fabric line by Pepper Cory. I chose: “Blood, Stone, Steel and Fire” and received these 4 fat quarters to use in my quilt. The challenge was to use ONLY these 4 fabrics for the quilt front.

I spent a week working on a line drawing. The hardest parts were the facial details, especially the eyes. For inspiration, I referred to a photographic illustration by Ania Mitura and to stills from the show for the facial detailsAfter the drawing was finished, I printed paper templates to use for tracing for each color. I also printed out a scaled guide for placement. I used the paper templates to carefully trace the images onto Wonder-under then started fusing them to the fabrics. The light grey and dark grey were the first two pieces to put together.

Then I put my husband to work and had him screen print the words “you know nothing, Jon Snow” in the upper right corner. The quilt can have up to 20% embellishment added, so this was my ‘bling’. We used a discharge ink process which releases the dye from the fabric – no layer of plastic-y ink! You can even iron directly with no smearing.

Next, it was onto cutting more detailed shapes. I was recently gifted a set of Kai scissors – boy did that help! Thanks Rachel 🙂 Even though I tried really hard to make big, simple areas of fill in the design, they still seemed like very detailed pieces.

Using Wonder-Under was pretty fun… didn’t really feel like quilting, it’s more like fabric collage! It was really easy and now I have a few more projects in mind to put this to use!

Once I got the main red piece down, it was only a matter of placing all the little pieces of the burgundy color in the right places…

I did the face last so I could make sure the piece placement was correct. Just a hair off and it wouldn’t look like her! I stitched a straight-stitch around all the edges.

Once I had the top done, it was onto quilting. I quilted this using matchstick straight lines at the top and more dense lines in the dark red.  I used a squiggly fill for her fur coat. I thought I was done:

But as I was looking at the finished piece, I really felt like the face was just too puffy. In the wrong light, it didn’t really look like her, so I decided to quilt her face as well.

Ygritte – Game of Quilts by: Gail Lizette Weiss

I went super dense… wasn’t my plan at first. I had wanted to quilt in nice contours that helped define the face, but after a few lines of quilting, I started questioning my decision because it was looking puffier and worse than before – so I went off and quilted the shit out of it! I like it better now.

I also made a label for the back…

What do you think? I love the end result! I’m looking forward to getting it back and hanging it in our living room. The Game Of Quilts will open online voting from September 16th – 19th, 2015.  Don’t worry… I’ll remind you 😉

A Quilt Challenge

I haven’t participated in a quilt challenge in a few years, but I just signed up for one! It’s a challenge put on by BadAss Quilters Society / Spool and the theme is Game of Thrones.

There were two different colorways to choose from. I chose “Blood, Stone, Steel and Fire” and my idea uses a few different techniques I’ve never tried before… so I’m nervous that my idea may not work out, but I’m ready to give it a good try.

The challenge is to use only the 4 fabrics (shown above) to create the quilt – I can use any backing. They sent 4 fat quarters to use, and I’m hoping it’s enough, if not I can buy more. It’s the Peppered Cottons line by Pepper Cory, and I love it!

Appliqué is part of my plan. I’m doing a characters face – not saying who just yet, but it’s one of my favorite characters. If I can make this work, I’ll be doing a few of these ‘portrait’ type quilts. It will be interesting to see how well I can cut my pieces using a woven fabric like this.

Anyone else a Game of Thrones fan? Who is your favorite character?

BadAss Quilters Society