Saturday, March 17, 2018

Strange fabric................

One of the batiks that I found in the green stack was this one with huge motifs.

Each one is slightly different in shape and color.

I have a yard of it so there are more of them.  I must have bought this several years ago since it isn't the type I buy now.

For the first time ever I am going to make a quilt that is in a Kaffe Fassett book with the exact same fabrics as it is shown.  A friend and I are going to work on them together.  I am waiting for one more piece of fabric that I don't have enough of and she has ordered the ones that were missing from her stash.  I will change the size a little though.  It is only 4" longer than it is wide and I want a little more of a rectangular shape.  That means I need to elongate the center rectangle and then re-figure how many strips need to be cut of each fabric.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Looking for something.............

I was looking for some triangles that are in a box in the basement and didn't find them but found another box with flannel pieces cut into 6" tumblers and bricks.  I was disappointed to see that I didn't put a note in the box with how many of each I had cut.  I know I was going to use them together something like this layout but I'll need to count and figure out a size before I start designing it on a double design wall.
I was going through green batiks yesterday and here are some of the mottles I found.

This is 2 pieces side by side that I think were probably the same order number but were obviously from 2 different bolts painted by different people.

This is one of my favorites.  It is richer looking than the photo shows.  I have 2 pieces of it also and they are obviously from different bolts too.  This is the prettiest of the two.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Four seams and it is together.................

Remember these blocks?  It has been awhile since I showed them and they were in a spot with poor lighting.  I decided to separate the blue and purple blocks out like a border and auditioned a few fabrics for the 1" strip.  I'm not positive now that the bright pink was the best choice but it is going to stay.  I think the binding needs to be the same color but a darker shade.

Here are three mottled batiks that I found yesterday.  I really need to come up with a project that will use a lot of them.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Cutting the scraps...........

I was about half done cutting the squares for more preemie quilts on Sunday so I decided to just go for it and cut ALL of the scraps.  The box is EMPTY! I have enough 3.5" squares cut for 14 little quilts with 48 pieces each.  The bag behind them is all of the scraps ready for someone who makes dog beds.  I also pieced 9 backings from larger strips and I have a enough yardage for 3 more backings.

Last night I was back at going through my batik yardage and pulled more mottled batiks.  I still have to do my greens, purples, browns, oranges and yellows.

We had a little mini whiteout yesterday but didn't end up with any accumulating snow.  Chicago however got 2 - 3" in several areas.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

More mottled batiks............

Yesterday morning I finished 3 of the preemie quilts and delivered them to my church sewing circle.  I forgot to take photos of the finishes.

I was exhausted after my afternoon out (driving through 3 construction zones each way in the 23 miles) so I didn't work on any projects last night.  Instead I took piles of batiks off the shelves and went through them one at a time and pulled out most of the mottled fabrics.

This one is a little deeper toned than it looks in a photo.

This one is one of my very favorites.

This one has a more spread out design than most of the others.

There were a few like this that are more consistent in one color range and will be easier to cut up and use.

I love my stash!  Pure entertainment right here in my house after the stores are all closed for the day.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Preemie quilt tops.............

I have lots of flannel scraps left from cutting the preemie gowns for about 4 years.  I had to iron them all and then find a coordinating group to cut.  I decided the pink ones would have green and yellow in them.

This will be the backing for the 3 mostly pink quilt tops.  I don't put any batting in them so they will stay soft and flexible like a blanket.

I have lots more pieces pressed and ready for cutting into squares.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Preemie items..........

I need to spend a couple days finishing up all of the preemie items for my church sewing circle.  I haven't been over there for quite awhile because of the weather and the 23 mile drive.  In fact they cancelled twice since November for bad weather.  I'm hoping to finish up all of the flannel we have and then turn it over to someone else in the group for the future sewing.  I will write a tutorial for them for the preemie gowns.