Category Archives: Quilt

It’s been a while OR, what I did in my year-long hiatus from blogging

It’s been quite a year in Alyson-land.  I mean, I worked, I played, I made some quilts, oh and I had a baby.

The heck you say? Yes, yes, I know.  Most of you already know.  But I did kind of leave the blog hanging and I thought i would catch you up, just in case.  So here she is, Erica Beth. Born January 31, 2014 at 7:22am. I couldn’t have been more surprised when I discovered my ‘condition’ and I couldn’t be more in love than I am now. She’ll be 11 weeks old tomorrow and she grins all the time, babbles near-constantly, sleeps almost enough for my liking, and is loved by everyone who knows her, including her big brother and the dog, much to my relief.

But this blog is about sewing and sewing we shall discuss. The quilt pictured was made not for Erica but for another new little friend of ours, Emily.  The pattern is “Bathtub Gin” by Amy Friend of During Quiet Time. I don’t have a Sizzix, so I created my own 8″ tumbler template and rotary cut the pieces. The fabrics are from Mod by Annette Tatum.
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I tried glue basting for the first time on this piece and I LOVE it. I will never pin again!  I mean, look at those perfectly matched points:

If you’ve never tried glue basting, I suggest you give it a go.  No more pin holes in in your fingers! Here’s the video that I worked from to learn the technique:

When the quilt was pieced and sandwiched, I quilted it using a watery free motion quilting design:

I have another quilt top that I put together with these fabrics but that hasn’t been sandwiched and quilted yet.  I’m thinking about finishing it up and putting it up for sale in the HastyQuilter Etsy shop.

Just as an aside piece of business, I unpublished the HastyQuilter Facebook page. It just became too overwhelming to even think about maintaining it. I doubt I will bring it back, but you can still talk to me through this blog and on Instagram, and if you’re a friend, my personal Facebook page too. :-)

Sunset Star

 

Sunset Star

Here’s the finished Doll Quilt Swap 13 Mini!  I decided to call it Sunset Star.  I based my color choices on a sunset photo taken by one of my friends and used the 3 Layer Star paper piecing pattern by Mommy’s Nap Time.  My partner, who I can now reveal was Paula, asked for modern quilting and bright colors.  I found out through the message boards that her favorite color was purple, but that she’d also been into the pink/orange combination and that she loved paper piecing.  A match made in heaven? Maybe… :-)

Enough about that, though.  What I really wanted to talk about was the QUILTING of this beast:

Sunset Star label

Starry (can I call you Starry?), Starry and I did NOT agree on its quilting.  This was a battle to the death and I did not come out on top.  I really, REALLY wanted to do something different than my usual, and settled on “Feathered Hearts” from Leah Day’s 365 free motion project.  I had the perfect thread for it too: a pretty peachy-pinky one that went perfectly with the star. I did a little scrap test and adjusted my tension. I got myself all comfortable. Then I started. My thread broke. I re-threaded and picked up where I left off. It broke again. I checked the tension – the thread seemed awfully tight in the machine. I adjusted the tension again. The thread broke AGAIN. I thought it must be because I was starting the middle and there was a lot of seams right there in the center (you know, since the star pieces all meet there).  I decided to tackle the feathering parts and leave the hearts for later. Skipped stitches. MORE skipped stitches. Another thread breaking incident.

At this point, I didn’t know if I could recover the quilt.  I mean, it was pretty dense quilting since I was going so slow. I pulled the whole thing out of the machine and walked away.  When I came back to it, I started the long, long process of picking out the quilting I had already done. Luckily, with lots of picking, spritzing (with water) and pressing, the quilt recovered almost completely. Except the center. It was then that I decided the star needed a literal focal point at the center, both to cover the battlefield and to complete the piece.  I was super worried that it would just look thrown on there, but in the end, I think the little circle does complete the piece.

After that, I changed out my thread for some yellow in a different brand, gave up on the feathered hearts and got down to the business of stitching that sucker in happy, flowing little loop-de-loops in the star and echoing angles in the blue areas. Some much more relaxed!  Of course, this was too good to be true…as I reached the outer edges it quickly became apparent that my blue thread was running dangerously low, so I made a quick switch BACK to the yellow for those little loop-de-loops along the sides.

For a piece that really DIDN’T WANT to be quilted, I think it turned out alright. But I am going to get those feathered hearts right if I have to die trying.

(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday!

I received my amazing mini from Uberstitch last night! Isn’t it beautiful?

Look what arrived in the mail for me today!

She can’t possibly have known how well it would fit in with my collection of pink-ish flowery quilts that I have received in swaps over the years. Seriously! Amazing. I need to reorganize my wall of quilts but when I do I will definitely post a picture of them all together.

Work In Progress Wednesday

Working on my mini quilt for the Doll Quilt Swap over on flickr today.

Work in progress Wednesday #wipwednesday

I used emedoodle’s 3 Layered Star paper piecing pattern.

It's still work in progress Wednesday for 26 more minutes... #wipwednesday

What do you think, partner?

Skill builder BOM update

If you’d like to join in or follow along, here’s the first lesson from the Pile o’ Fabric Skill Builder BOM.

One lesson down and only 23 more to go. :-)  I really enjoyed making these two blocks.  I haven’t sandwiched and basted them yet, but I should get to that tonight.  That’s the easy part!

The Sound Wave Quilt Block

The first block is called Sound Wave. I love it.  I’m so glad I chose the Macaw color palette!  I always worry about how the colors and prints will mesh together but it really worked out just as I imagined it.

I’ve done plenty of improv piecing before, but Alyssa provided me with a new way of thinking about it so that was cool to try.  I followed her instructions for this block pretty much exactly so that I could understand her logic.  I have to admit, I don’t fully understand it, but everyone works in different ways and the block turned out perfectly so what does it matter?

The Magnum Quilt Block

The second block is called Magnum.  I’m not so in love with this one.  I like the block, but I’m not so happy with the fabrics I chose for it or the order of the fabrics.  I didn’t pay as close attention to the instructions before I started cutting and piecing this block and so my original plan got muddled.  Silly me!  In particular, I think dark red stripe throws everything off, so I may pick the block apart and replace just that strip.  I was trying to use different fabrics from the Soundwave block when I really should have just gone with my gut and used one of the fabrics that I WANTED to use. DUH.

If you’d like to see the other blocks that folks are working on but don’t really want to join in with the sewing, there’s a flickr group for that.