Monday, May 18, 2015

Working on Several Projects This Week

Like many other quilters, I enjoy working on several projects at once.  I don't worry about it, it's just the way I work.  In grade school my report card would have a notation on it...."Judy enjoys working on several things at once"....which was a nice way of saying I was often reading a book when we were doing other work.

These two have been moving along toward the finish line:

The four patches were in my stash, and were actually part of another project, but they are being used here to make this patriotic redwork into a crib sized baby quilt.  I auditioned some red and white hst's, but they seemed to overpower the redwork even more than the four patches do.  Redwork looks best to me when it doesn't have to compete with anything else.  

This next quilt is for a friend who is having some health issues, and when I had the middle finished, through the small hsts part,  I showed it to her and gave her the choice of whether she wanted it finished as a table topper, or finished as a couch quilt to snuggle under.  She chose a quilt, so I am adding consecutive pieced parts around the outside to make it big enough to snuggle under.  The outside border of triangles is not sewn down yet, and I will probably add another row of them.  The four inch square pieced border makes the quilt 36 x 36 inches, and the next round of 3" hsts will make it 42" x 42".  I will keep adding rounds until I feel it is big enough.  

She likes pink, and this quilt is in softer colors than I usually work with - it's delicate blues and pinks with beautiful roses.  It reminds me of some of the beautiful wallpaper in bedrooms years ago.  It has a different feel as I make it, and I think it's because I have sent up so many prayers for Michelle during her illness.  

The Instagram pictures of a quilt from the Spring issue of Quiltmania has caught my attention.  The quilt is "My Small World" and is made up of tiny pieces.  It's designed by Jen Kingwell, an Australian quilter who designs fabric for Moda. 

There is a group doing a quilt-a-long, and I am tempted to join in.  I love tiny pieced blocks, and this quilt is full of them.  Lots of 1" by 1" bits.

The above picture is from the internet, and I am not sure if Jen Kingwell is one of the ladies holding up the quilt.  If you want to see what the buzz is about, google "My Small World Quilt" and you can see several pictures about it.

Here's a close-up from Jen Kingwell's blog:

She has little interesting bits about her world, such as a square with the Sydney Opera House.  It would be fun to put in bits of my "world", that is bits from places that mean a lot to me....the St. Louis Arch instead of France's Eiffel Tower.    Right now, I've cut some sky pieces and have them laid out, ready to sew together.

What are other quilter's working on this week?  I'm going over to Judy Laquidara's blog to find out.  (Here)


Karen said...

Lots of little squares involved in the setting for the redwork. Nicely done.

Debra @ Life is a Stitch said...

I'm also a person who has many projects ongoing... but your teachers were nicer than mine, as I was "unfocused". :)
I've also seen the My Small World Quilt. I'd like to do it, but I think I'll not start right away. Which could be trouble from the start - but I've way too many things already in the works. I'll be interested to see what you start with. And it may make me want to go ahead and jump in.

cspoonquilt said...

I like the colors of the lap quilt for your friend. They are very calming a good support to your friend! I'm sure she will love it!