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I finished the IKEA floral-inspired picnic blanket! I wrote lots more about it here. What a fun and quick project! My only complaint is that I am not crazy about the perle cotton ties; I think I would prefer a more substantial yarn (or actual quilting).

 

I haven’t touched any other quilting projects this week, but I do have another very exciting work-in-progress: a new blog! New name, new look, and LOTS more content. More photos, more words, more crafty projects (quilting and non-quilting), more personal/meaningful journaling, more ME. And someday there will be tutorials and an Etsy shop! I’m very excited to take a more structured approach to blogging and documenting my creative pursuits.

Goal for this week: return to some long-languishing works in progress, like my wonky stars quilt. I currently have 13 stars, and I am aiming for at least 15, possibly as many as 20. (I still haven’t decided.)

 

Here’s the in-progress inventory (I’m going to only count quilts, not small projects):

Quilt tops in progress:

Livy’s wonky stars quilt
Hope Valley drunkard’s path quilt
Secret solids quilt
Kieran’s robot quilt
Colorful log cabin quilt
Wonky nine-patch quilt

Completed quilt tops, waiting for quilting:

Delia’s Central Park log cabin quilt
Tattooed Ladies mini quilt

Completed quilt tops, waiting for binding:

none

This week’s stats:

Last week’s count: 9
Started this week: 0
Completed this week:  1
Current works in progress – 8

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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

The IKEA floral inspired picnic blanket is done! I’m so excited to have something big and lightweight to bring to picnics, outdoor concerts, BBQs, etc. I was very much inspired by the lovely “summerweight quilts” featured on Stitched in Color (one of my favorite quilting blogs). This is the biggest quilt I’ve made: approximately 60″ x 70″ (luckily, my boyfriend is 6’4″ and can easily hold it up for a quick photo shoot).

I selected the colors based on an IKEA duvet cover that I bought last year (and I used half of the duvet cover for the quilt backing). 100% of the fabric came from my stash: no credit cards were harmed in the making of this quilt!

I designed it myself, which involved lots of sketching, math, and a crazy Google Docs spreadsheet. I initially planned on doing squares, but with one row of mini squares to liven it up. Then I decided that narrower rectangles would be more interesting and more efficient to cut. I only had fat quarters of some of the fabrics that I wanted to use. And somewhere along the way, the layout evolved from a “portrait” layout to a “landscape” layout. The grid of rectangles was broken up by the addition of one small “golden spiral” of squares and a smaller rectangle (related to my boyfriend’s favorite mathematical concept – I will need to do a whole post on that some day!). Here are some of my initial sketches:

I tried to have a good mix of fabrics and colors, with a focus on pinks and greens. I cut everything up and then started joining pairs. Almost all the pairs of two were warm-cool combinations, but with a few cool-cool and warm-warm pairings, too. Then I sewed everything into two-by-two foursomes; I stacked all the pairs up and would flip through them to “audition” how each set looked together, like this:

Then I joined the foursomes into nine eightsomes, and that’s when it really got tricky; I wanted to keep the really bold colors and patterns relatively spread out, and I didn’t want rectangles of the same fabric to ever touch. I ended up having to sketch out each “eightsome” on graph paper, cut them out, and find a layout that would work that way. I am sure there’s a smarter way to do it, but it was kind of fun!

I sewed everything together, made a simple pair of straps, basted the front and back together lightly, sewed around the edges, turned, topstitched, and tied the quilt. I am not sold on tying quilts. It was incredibly fast, but I think it looks kind of sloppy. I used pink perle cotton, but I think I would have preferred a thicker, more yarn-like fiber, if I were to do this again. It’s the only aspect of this quilt that I don’t love!

Now it’s raining and dreary, and I don’t know when I’ll have a chance to actually USE this beautiful, happy picnic blanket!

Here’s the back of the picnic blanket (one-half of a twin-sized IKEA duvet cover):

My boyfriend’s dog was excited to check out the finished product, too…

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Edited to note that I am linking up to Made by You Monday on Skip to My Lou and Manic Monday Linky Party on SewHappyGeek!

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I’m posting a picture of Fenway, so it must be Friday! It’s even a quilting-related Fenway photo…last night I nearly finished my floral-inspired picnic blanket! I just need to tie the quilt and be done with it! It’s such a bright, happy quilt.

I missed a week. Oops.

No new projects, just the excitement of finishing the top of my picnic blanket! I love the simplicity of it, although I’m still second-guessing that dark forest green, and I kind of wish it was “pinker”, though I think my boyfriend will appreciate that it’s not ridiculously girly, despite its floral inspiration.

I sewed the rectangles into pairs, then foursomes, then eightsomes. Then I had the challenge of arranging the eightsomes in such a way that no two rectangles of the same fabric were touching each other and the really dark/bold colors were distributed somewhat evenly and not clumped all together. I relied on my trusty paper, scissors, and colored pencils to solve that puzzle!

In retrospect, I probably could have distributed the colors and bolder patterns better if I had planned out the layout from the start, but this method has its own charms.

It’s rather large and it’s tough to get a picture of the whole thing!

There’s one block that’s different than the others – middle right, there’s a block with two squares and a rectangle. All the rectangles are “golden rectangles” (the ratio of width to length is 1.62, also known as phi, also known as my boyfriend’s favorite number) and the idea of the golden rectangle is that if you cut a square out of the rectangle, the remainder forms another rectangle with the same proportions. If you keep cutting squares out of the rectangle, you’ll form a “golden spiral.” Math is fun!

Here’s the in-progress inventory:

Quilt tops in progress:

Livy’s wonky stars quilt
Hope Valley drunkard’s path quilt
Secret solids quilt
Kieran’s robot quilt
Colorful log cabin quilt
Wonky nine-patch quilt

Completed quilt tops, waiting for quilting:

Summer floral picnic blanket
Delia’s Central Park log cabin quilt
Tattooed Ladies mini quilt

Completed quilt tops, waiting for binding:

none

Small projects in progress:

Starburst Leftovers mug rug
Christmas mug rug
Ruby Star Rising zip pocket pouch
Poppy print makeup roll

This week’s stats:

Last week’s count: 12
Started this week: 0
Completed this week:  0
Current works in progress – 12

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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

After the excitement of having a completed quilt to announce last week, this week feels a bit anti-climactic. (Although given my typical speed for finishing projects, I shouldn’t let myself get too invested in having a new completed quilt to announce each week!)

I did make a cute little wristlet for my niece’s 12th birthday, using some of my treasured canvas-weight Daiwabo elephants! It’s one of my favorite purses I’ve made yet. The inside is green Pezzy Prints, with a pocket – I didn’t get a photo of the inside.

 

I already blogged about the new “quilt” (really a picnic blanket, or a “summerweight quilt”) that I started last weekend! Read more here. I’ve already re-designed my plan for it, though – it will be 6″ x 9.5″ rectangles rather than 10″ squares. I wanted to use each fabric more often, and it seemed more efficient to cut 6″ strips from these fabrics (some of which are only fat quarters) rather than big old 10″ squares, which will result in lots of odd scraps.

I started cutting out the fabric last night. Right now, this mix looks a bit yucky (particularly that dark forest green), but I think once I add in the oranges, yellows, and lighter greens, it will look more cheerful!

 

These are all the fabrics I’ll be using (see, definitely more cheerful, right?):

Here’s the in-progress inventory:

Quilt tops in progress:

Summer floral picnic blanket
Livy’s wonky stars quilt
Hope Valley drunkard’s path quilt
Secret solids quilt
Kieran’s robot quilt
Colorful log cabin quilt
Wonky nine-patch quilt

Completed quilt tops, waiting for quilting:

Delia’s Central Park log cabin quilt
Tattooed Ladies mini quilt

Completed quilt tops, waiting for binding:

none

Small projects in progress:

Starburst Leftovers mug rug
Christmas mug rug
Ruby Star Rising zip pocket pouch
Poppy print makeup roll

This week’s stats:

Last week’s count: 12
Started this week: 2
Completed this week:  1
Current works in progress – 13

Check out everyone else’s links by clicking the button below.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced