Saturday, March 08, 2014

Another basket weave...

Brownie claiming the latest quilt...
I started a quilt not on my list for two reasons...first, a friend had asked me to make a quilt for her daughter and second, an artist had asked how to construct this diagonal weave.
Dobby overseeing the new quilt construction....
This is a simpler ( though still at least intermediate level) way of sewing the "basket-weave" and I worry that it may still be too difficult for someone with no sewing experience...Instead of piecing the woven pieces this time I just used striped.  Wow, cut down about 60% of the piecing and still get a similar effect!  Also, used larger squares for the center...twice as large!  Needless to say this is coming together so much faster than the first one!

I got another "new to me" quilt this week.  I'll have photos of the entire quilt later this weekend.  I love the Dogwood and Blondie (US cartoon characters)  fabrics in it!  Need to do some research but I'm thinking 50's...

Also have done some fabric cutting for Bonnie Hunter's 2014 challenge.  I changed up the pattern a bit...I'm using 3 1/2 by 8 inch cut rectangles instead of 3-1/2 by 6.   I made some test blocks and I like the longer block...For this I am cutting a bit from all my repro stash...gives me a chance to actually see some of my fabrics in a quilt instead of on a shelf!  Even with the extra 2 inches this is going to take a lot of blocks....

And sewing, cutting, typing, well, just about everything is slow right now.  Left arm is not cooperating and goes between numbness/uselessness and wicked pain (think of how it feels when you leg goes to sleep and you take your first step...)  Anyway, I can still push fabric around but not doing anything too fine....but this too will pass!




12 comments:

Dolly said...

The construction of the weave intrigues me. And so does this last design. Can't wait to see more !

Hope you 'feel' everything better soon, if that makes any sense. You do have a good attitude about it. That's what my daughter always reminds me......"this too shall pass". Where did that phrase come from anyway?

Mary Ellen said...

I considered jumping on the bandwagon with Bonnie's new leader/ender challenge. However, I still am working on the Cheddar Bowties from a while back, so will stick with those. I like your 8" lozenges. Should I ever get around to that project, I think I will borrow your idea.

abelian said...

Oh yes! I was comparing Bonnie's instructions to the photo of the vintage quilt, and have also decided to cut the rectangles 8".

Dot

Janet O. said...

I'm interested to see the whole quilt with the Blondie fabric.
Hope your issues pass soon!

Chantal said...

I am intrigue by this "weaved" quilt. What did the first one looked like? When did you post about it? Oooohhhh! You got me so curious right now.
Hope the pain give you some respite soon. You're in my prayers.
Thanks for sharing.

katie z. said...

I wish I could say something more helpful than, "I'm so sorry you're in pain," but I don't know what that is. I will pray for you.

I love seeing the bits and pieces of your life!

AnnieO said...

The new quilt can be guilt free as a gift, yay! Love Blondie. The longer size lozenges appeal to me too, but yes, it will take a lot of the for a decent size quilt! Hope the current state of MS effects calms down quickly.

Impera Magna said...

Love the kitty claiming the quilt... too funny!

Great projects in the works with fab fabrics... esp the Dagwood and Blondie print. Never seen anything like that before.

Hope things improve for you... mebbe this gorgeous spring weather will help! Take care!!!

June said...

I'm so sorry that your MS gives you such a bad time. (My Dad had MS, so I know first-hand what it can do!) I think Blondie and Dagwood came out in WW2 years. My sister was a big fan of that comic and she had a book (novel) of Blondie & Dagwood! June

Purple Pam said...

Love the Dagwood and Blondie pieces. Hope you are feeling better today.

judith lockhart said...

Sorry you have not been feeling well. Thank you for the heads up on Bonnie's latest project. I think I like your longer size and it looks like a great way to use up some scraps!

judith lockhart said...

Sorry you have not been feeling well. Thank you for the heads up on Bonnie's latest project. I think I like your longer size and it looks like a great way to use up some scraps!