Monday, September 19, 2011

Many Finishes

Some quality quilting time over the past several weeks has resulted in multiple finishes. Yay! I did two diamond quilts in different colorways.

This one in blues, greens, and purples is a comfort quilt and has already been given to the recipient.

I had to do an autumn version. It's just that time of year. After the heat of August, we've been anticipating the cool weather. This diamond pattern is easy to piece and picking fabrics was so fun, I couldn't do just one.

I also finished a couple of wallhangings that I started a couple of years ago. They spent some time aging in the closet because I couldn't decide how to quilt them.

I started a scrap quilt because the scrap bins have been multiplying in my quilting room. No pictures yet, because it is still in the (very) early stages. It is 1/4 log cabin blocks. We'll see how crazy it gets, and if I need to put in more background fabric to calm it down and tie it together. Currently I have a slightly marbled yellow-orange fabric for the corner square in all the blocks to tie it together.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Marathon Quilter (with gratuitous bug shot)

I finished my summer term bug class and turned in my insect collection, though I do happen to have some extra dead bugs around. And maybe I've done a little collecting on the side since. This cicada-killer wasp was collected by one of my coworkers (after it's demise). Impressive, eh? I signed up for a class on insects and wildlife this fall (bugs and things that eat them; it looks like we'll also be covering bugs and the revolting diseases we can get from them and bugs and how we kill them).

I had some time between summer and fall term. So, I have been quilting lots and lots. I finished several projects, including some wall-hangings that had been gathering dust for a couple of years (pictures of them coming soon).

I call this one the Charlie Brown Quilt because of the pattern. It is a gift quilt and is now finished (including the label and a pillowcase to carry it in)! This quilt is kitty approved.

This unfinished project is one of the "Block of the Month" patterns for my guild this year. I liked it and wanted to try it. It reminds me of fractal shapes--the more you look, the more you see the same pattern repeating at smaller and smaller scales. I've been doing a lot of work on other quilts (and especially a lot of machine quilting and binding), so this one got put on the back burner.