Monday, April 14, 2014

Backing

The part I like the least about making a quilt is getting the backing ready. They are generally too big for my table and I have to work on them on the floor.

I'm getting too old for this.

Then again, when I'm finished, I'm generally pretty pleased with the result.

(Yes, even my eyes go a little buggy when I look at this.)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Power of One

When I first started blogging I didn't think anybody would read what I wrote. I didn't think anybody would care. 

Boy, was I wrong. 

Blogging has brought me a new life, and some of the best friends a person could ever ask for. It's easy to forget though, as I write my posts, that although I have a regular "readership" who leave comments, there are a lot of other readers I never know about. Earlier this week I got this email from Valerie whose beautiful email reminded me of the power of One.

Her letter left me awed, humbled and speechless.  Here it is.



Hello Lynne,
Greetings from Nova Scotia. 
I wanted to take a quick moment to thank you. I have been following your blog for a while now and enjoy it so much!!

You see...
Because you blog I have daily inspiration. I am never alone. Your blog has taken me to other blogs and my view has expanded enormously. Links are wonderful things!
 
 
Because you blog I have permission to play. I can make whatever I want. I can cut off points and allow myself to embrace my own imperfection. The process has become so exciting. I have photos of pieces during construction that are more exciting to me than the finishes.
 
Because you blog I am challenged to try new things. I can make letters and can build cows, dogs and even motorcycles.


Because you blog the new things I try are fresh, fun and exciting. I had long ago gotten bored with traditional patchwork but now once again have a fire within in me to push beyond what ever I did last time. I am excited and motivated.
 
 

Because you blog I am creating things that inspire others to create things. Physical objects exist in my home and in the homes of people I care about because of you.

Because you blog the circle continues and we all grow.

Thank you for your blog. 

Valerie

~~~

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

NH Modern Quilt Guild

I attended the NH Modern Quilt Guild meeting last night. My quilts don't fit in any category, but the quilts I make as gifts tend to be more modern, so I thought I'd visit a meeting and see. Everyone was nice and friendly (I am sorry that I can't remember very many names). I do remember the name of the lady sitting next to me, Renee, who while introducing herself remarked that she was a true believer in hand quilting. I piped up, "Well you can keep it." It drew a big laugh. I know very few quilters who actually have the time to hand quilt all the quilts they make. In fact, if I had had to hand quilt every quilt I made I would have given up quilting long ago. (Oh wait, that's exactly what happened 30 years ago...) I admire anybody with the persistence, time and determination it takes to hand quilt a large bed quilt. I hope I didn't hurt your feelings, Renee.

I brought six quilts. Three "modern" ones... the new red, white and blue Sliced quilt,

The bright Sunburst Rainbow (I actually drove to my Mom's house and asked if I could borrow it. I felt a bit guilty because she was lying under it.)
and my own Red Sticks.

Next I showed three of my word quilts, starting with Nine x Nine,
and the two Rules quilts, the White Rules...
and the Black Rules.
They were very well received.

I had a good time.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Inspiration

I did not make this quilt. Valerie from Nova Scotia did. She has been reading my blog for a while and wrote me the most wonderful letter telling me how much I inspire her.

It made my day, week, month, let me tell you. I blog in the privacy of my own home, and often forget there are lots of readers out there who read every word.

I'll include more of Valerie's letter tomorrow, but one of the things she wrote was "Because you blog I am challenged to try new things. I can make letters and can build cows, dogs and even motorcycles."

This quilt is wonderful, happy and fun. I love what Valerie did with the off center borders, love the dog, the houses, the placement of the hearts... I love the whole thing. Well done!

Thank YOU Valerie, for letting me know the hours I spend in front of the computer sharing everything really matters.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Sliced is Finished

The red, white and blue Sliced quilt is finished, and will be soon be flying to my little nephew for whom it was made.

I'm sure he'll love it to bits.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Signature


This doesn't have the strong contrast that black and white usually has, but I didn't want that. I wanted this to be a bit more low key.  Next up I have to make the date.

Btw, do you have any idea how frustrating it is to line up black and white fabrics with a ruler that has black lines? (And don't tell me to use the ones with yellow or green lines because I don't find those accurate at all.)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Back to Back to Back

I like to choose the right backings for my quilts. I never use whatever I have left hanging around unless it's perfect for the quilt. (You never know what you've got...)

So here is the backing, binding and hanging sleeve for the Mashed Potato Low Volume Crayons quilt.
As you can see I chose an equally low volume print for the backing and I used the same fabric for the binding as I did for the hanging sleeve.

Here is the fun bright backing, hanging sleeve and binding for the Bright Crayons:
Yes it's over the top, but it's also fun. It was in my stash, as was the fabric for the hanging sleeve and the binding.

Here is the relatively plain backing for the Black Crayons. You can see I used the mid-century modern print for the hanging sleeve.  This I did have left over, and I felt it was appropriate. For the binding, I used a print of color crayons on a black background.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Four Crayons

My friend Julie asked if I had lined up all the Crayons quilt and looked at them all together. I didn't. I don't have a wall big enough. Brenda asked if I could put them all in one post so everybody could compare.

Here they are. As I am writing this, I have two rows of two photos in each row so you can almost see all four together. Let's hope Blogger cooperates!

Left: "Mashed Potato" (Low Volume) Crayons 
Right: Bright Crayons

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Left: Black Crayons
Right: Black & White Crayons

For the record, I'm done. There will be no more Crayons quilts.  



Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Black & White Crayons Flimsy Compete

In the end, I decided to add the small contrasting border because I felt it helped define the edges of the quilt and emphasized the contrast of the black against the white, which is what this quilt is all about.


Seeing the quilt on a neutral background, like in the photo above, really shows the benefit of the border. Seen against a white wall, (below) the quilt does look off center, because you lose the edge.

Both vertical halves of the quilt(without the border) are the same width - 20". The border was cut 3" wide, but that will trim down a bit when the binding is added. I'm going to use an irregular black and white striped fabric for the binding, sewn crosswise, like piano keys. And for added interest, I have the fabric in both "colorways" - more black than white, and more white than black. Guess which one I'm going to sew where?


The quilt is 43-1/4" x 55-1/2" (110 x 141cm), has 52 different black and white fabrics, 10 different WOWs and 9 different BOBs.

I love this version of the Crayon Quilt series... and check out the backing and hanging sleeve fabric I have selected. (My son said to me once: "You know one of the things I love about you Mom? When you go over the top, you keep going.")



You know how much I love black-and-white, don't you?


Did you know that every cat I have ever owned has been black-and-white? (This is Millie.)

No Fooling!

Monday, March 31, 2014

With or Without?

As I was finishing up the Black and White Crayons, I needed a way to figure out how big the finished flimsy would be, so I stuck a piece of black fabric up on the design wall so I could see the left edge. When I stepped back, I had an AHA moment.

So I stuck up strips of more fabric to indicate what it might look like, and then I added some BW striped fabric I might use as a binding. I wasn't quite sure, so I tried it the other way.

I already know which I am going to do, but I thought you might like to see both versions and decide for yourself. With, or without? And why do you think so?


Sunday, March 30, 2014

New Birds, Please

White bird #2

Black bird #2 (Note these two have the same leg and beak fabric.)


Black bird #3 (Love those "Mondo" legs.)

White bird #3

Saturday, March 29, 2014

First Draft

By the time you read this I will have resolved some of the issues with the various letters in the Black and White Crayons flimsy.



I need to:
  1. Make the birds the same size (or decide to leave them as they are).
  2. Fix the C in CRAYONS. (It's not making good use of the pattern in the fabrics.)
  3. Make the N in IN of more than one fabric.
  4. Fix the dot (cat) in the I to be a bit higher up, or lower down, I can't decide which.
  5. Make the H in the second THE a bit more interesting. (Right now it's rather pale.)
  6. Make the E in the second THE a bit thinner.
  7. Figure out a way to fill in the extra negative space on the right side of the quilt. (Another bird, perhaps?)
Time to tweak!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Y, oh Y?

This isn't quite right (the dividing line isn't in the middle) but at least the dividing line is straight,  right?

Nope. Look again.

So I had to fix it...

OK. The V of the letter is exactly on the dividing line, and the dividing line is nice and straight.


Go figure. 

Actually it's an optical illusion.

So here's a conundrum.  Should I make it LOOK RIGHT but BE WRONG or leave it BEING RIGHT but LOOKING WRONG?

What would YOU do?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Give Me a Y!

and when I do, I'll have all the letters made for the Black and White Crayons Quilt.