Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Geese are starting to fly

 Good day and welcome to my blog.

After finishing my recent Nearly Insane project I was at loose ends  You know that quietness after a big project is done?  So I did other things for a week, but I came back into the quilting space and started sewing up flying geese using a no waste method.

https://www.patchpieces.com/files/flyinggeese.pdf  is my source.  There are other tutorials on the web.

I had a number of sewn geese from a previous project - many geese in columns in this finished quilt from 2017.  And since I cut without counting, many cut big squares and little squares for the no waste method.

Since I had already done geese in a column, I decided to try a different block.  I believe this is called Dutchman's Puzzle:


Laid out on the carpet. Each "goose" is 4 by 2 inches finished.  I have gone very scrappy so these blocks will definitely get a dark sashing - maybe dark gray, navy blue, or brown, to tone things down!

I am also finding that my geese are not all turning out the same size - time to pay attention to my method and be as accurate as I can.

Linking up with Midweek Makers, Put your foot down at For the love of geese, Needle and Thread Thursday,  Can I get a Whoop Whoop, Nina-Marie,  Finished or Not at Alycia Quilts, Oh Scrap at Quilting is more Fun than Housework.

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Viridian

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Nearly Insane Project is Done!

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I am reporting that a long term project with much work put into it is done done.  I worked on Nearly Insane blocks in 2010 and 2011, but then put them aside for a long time.  I unearthed the project recently, while looking for fabric for binding something else.  I counted the blocks, set them out, and found I could make a rectangular quilt with only a few half blocks to add.  This is not the full 90+ blocks of the full quilt.

I reported earlier too that the top was done, and while the center was flat, the borders definitely weren't.

Well, off to the local long arm quilter it went.  I picked a simple fan quilt pattern, to let the pieced blocks shine.  She promised to do her best.

Well, what came back was simply amazing.  The borders are nearly as flat as the center.


Laid out on the floor of my sewing space.  Nearly Insane fans will note that yes, it's a smaller quilt, and I did not do the zigzag border.  In the original quilt the sashing was more of a tan color.  I had enough of the pink for sashing and border, but not much left over!  The quilt is bound in the black of the inner border.  Here is a close-up:


I am so happy this is done.  This is a keeper.

Linking up with Midweek Makers, Put your foot down at For the love of geese, Needle and Thread Thursday,  Can I get a Whoop Whoop, Nina-MarieFinished or Not at Alycia Quilts, Oh Scrap at Quilting is more Fun than Housework.

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Viridian

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Air Castles is now a top

 Good day and welcome to my blog.  

When I last posted, I was playing around with some Air Castle blocks.  This was part of a challenge from a mailing list I am on.  I decided I really liked the feedsack fabrics with off-white, and continued making blocks.  Until I ran very low on different feedsack fabrics.  I have stopped at the size of  4 blocks by 5 blocks.  Each block finishes at 9 inches square, and the sashing and border is 3 inches wide, so a size of about 51 by 63 inches:


1930's and 1940's fabrics look better I think with a bit of off white fabric around them.  A close-up:


These vintage fabrics and feedsacks were acquired from antique fairs, antique malls, and ebay.  The final quilt will be a lap quilt or throw.  Still thinking about whether I will quilt this myself on my trusty Kenmore or send out to a long arm quilter.

Linking up with Midweek Makers, Put your foot down at For the love of geese, Needle and Thread ThursdayCan I get a Whoop Whoop, Nina-MarieFinished or Not at Alycia Quilts, Oh Scrap at Quilting is more Fun than Housework.

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Viridian

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Playing with Air Castle blocks

 I am part of a mailing list of quilters, and recently, a challenge was issued by a member: work with one pieced block, and play with it, try variations, different fabrics, etc.

She used the Air Castle block and I decided to follow - I had never worked with this block before.  The pattern source is:

https://www.patchworksquare.com/index.php?function=DisplaySheet&sheet=air-castle-quilt-block&id=&links=1&link1=

I made my blocks 9 inches square (when finished).  My first two:  playing with fabric types: real feedsack fabric (top) and late 1800's reproduction fabric (bottom).


Note I also simplified the corner treatment in the top block.  I kept trying different fabrics:


No, I don't like that yellow for the star points.  I like a stronger, darker color in that position.

And I quite like the feedsack blocks.  I have concentrated on making more of those this week.  Here is what I have so far:


Such fun playing around!  Let yourself go and play too.

Linking up with Midweek Makers, Put your foot down at For the love of geese, Needle and Thread ThursdayCan I get a Whoop Whoop, Nina-MarieFinished or Not at Alycia Quilts, Oh Scrap at Quilting is more Fun than Housework.

I have a page on Facebook: keep up with my infrequent quilt posts at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Viridian61/347674418583948?ref=hl

Viridian

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