I took a half day off work yesterday. Had to be home for a repairman to fix a cracked window, and after he left…I grabbed my quilt top and headed over to WINDY MOON to find some fabric for the borders. The ladies there are always willing to help find the perfect fabric. 🙂
Then they asked if I was going to have one of the longarm quilters there quilt it for me…told them I don’t have that type of money. BUT! I do have a Janome 1600P-DB that my inlaws gave me for Christmas that I have not used yet. So I will bring it in for Donna to go over with me the basics of FMQ.
They were getting busy in the shop, so I headed on home to my wee sewing space and started in on finishing my quilt. We moved to a smaller house/duplex in July, so I do not have a dedicated sewing room anymore. I have my sewing machine set up in the corner of our guest room; my fabric hutch is also in there; I put nails up on the closet to hook the design wall up; ironing board goes down and back up…but then I have to go down the hall, through the kitchen, down the stairs into the basement to my cutting table! Let me tell you…I get my excerise in when making a quilt. Up and Down, Up and Down…Up and half way Down, back Up (forgot the rotary!), back down.
My first quilt I ever made is on the bed…the last quilt I’m making on the wall. 🙂
Next ~ will have to figure out what I want to do for the backing. Just one fabric or mix of all? Not sure yet.
The quilt I wanted to make for myself began with collecting blue and green fabrics ~ usually fat quarters here and there, with no design in mind ~ just the color scheme.
Then my friend, April, introduced me to Jane Brocket and her book ‘The Gentle Art of Quiltmaking’. HEY! Lookie there! On the front cover and on page 127 ~ The Swimming Pool! That’s pretty! I’ll do a quilt like that!
Then I saw Allison’s (of Cluck. Cluck. SEW.) quilt SEEING RED. You can see the finished quilt in this post.
OOOOH! I’ll make the blocks Half Square Triangles, instead of a square patch quilt!!!!
Which led to the following arrangements on the design wall…
To the FINAL design…shown two ways…the last picture being the direction I will use.
Still have to figure out the borders…Blue? Green? Both?
Here’s a close up of most of the fabrics in the quilt.
Still not sure which way my Ocean quilt will ebb to…(I know, I know)…It’ll come to me sooner or later.
I really need to get my design wall up! Last night, in a pinch, I taped up some flannel I had.
Here are two ideas that I was playing with using the few pieces that I sewed yesterday evening while listening to Monday Night Football (FALL IS COMING!!! FALL IS COMING!!!).
I think I’m leaning towards the design in the first picture.
I’m just making a huge amount of half square triangles…taking 6″ squares, drawing a line down the middle of one, then sewing a 1/4″ seam down both sides of the line. Cut down the middle, press, and you have two 1/2 square triangles. Luckily a 1/4″ is right down the middle of the left side of the Janome’s walking foot!
Leo keeping me company while I sewed.