While working on Grand Illusion, I've caught up with several missed Quilt Cam episodes (I subscribe on You Tube)...and I cut out the latest pieces for Clue #2 while I watched my newest Craftsy class ("Pattern-free Quilt-making" with Joe Cunningham, aka, Joe the Quilter.)
Yep; I succumbed to "Cyber-Monday Madness". This one has been on my wish list since I saw the teacher on The Quilt Show (Episode #1)...watched over and over, and on an installment of Craft in America (Episode 12: "Industry").
This weekend I got all the pieces cut out for Clue #2. I'm making this quilt 1/2-size, so I need to make 100 units. I don't own the special ruler (yet) and don't like working with templates, so I am using Bonnie's suggested method #3 -- using rectangles and squares. I know there will be lots of miscellaneous triangle bits left over from trimming up the units but I have a sack for those and someday they will have their own time in the quilting spotlight. :-)
|Ten sets of ten pieces of three fabrics :-)
Once that cutting was done, I got going on a Christmas stocking. I've only ever made two quilted stockings in my life -- the one I just finished, and one made a few years ago. The latest one is for a newborn, the second son of friends of my daughter. The first one was for his big brother!
I took the ideas for the stocking from these sources:
- Pattern: traced from my son's commercially made stocking;
- Fabric: inspired by Bonnie and by Joe Cunningham, I worked with what I had.
- In this case, it was a batch of orphan blocks already made in to "3 Sisters" or "Rail Fence" units, and abandoned a good 20 years ago.
- Inspired by Joe, I put them together "in a way that pleased me" rather than worrying about whether or not they were in the classic rail fence setting.
- Then I quilted it, once again, "in a way that pleased me". :-)
- The backing and batting were left over from the Magic Tiles quilt I made this fall for another new baby.
- I didn't have enough blocks to make the back of the stocking, so I dug out some red fabric that would work, added a strip of green to make sure it was long enough, and quilted it up:
|Quilting Detail 1
At first I tried stitching parallel lines, different widths apart. I hadn't marked the fabric or anything. But this was still a bit boring, so I played with the quilting (photo below):
|Quilting Detail 2
Then I added a cuff. I am most grateful to both the book, Scrap Quilts: The Art of Making Do by Roberta Horton (C&T Publishing, 1998) for the lettering, and the You Tube video from Missouri Star Quilt Company for the instructions on the cuff. Otherwise I'd have gotten it upside-down and backwards, to be sure!
First I drew out the letters per Roberta's suggestion, and cut them out to make templates:
Then I traced them -- reversed, of course -- onto fusible web (Wonder Under in this case):
Once I'd cut them out and fused them to some red cotton fabric, I auditioned their placement on the stocking cuff. This wee boy has a long name -- it had to go right around the cuff!
Sometimes I have to leap outside the box and off the design wall altogether...but they say a change is as good as a rest, eh?!
Linking this to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall Friday...Have a great week!
P.S. On the knitting front, the Wild Socks are finished, washed and ready to wrap. A slouchy hat is finished except for the decorative buttons, and a "scarflet" is under construction. Wild Socks #2 will be cast on before the day is out!
|Pattern: "Veronica Slouch" by Brenda K.B. Anderson
from "Make It! Knits" 2014
Yarn: Diamond Luxury Gemstones in "Onyx"