Monday, March 31, 2014

CCC #15 in Pink!

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I have several of the Chester County Criswell blocks going at once as I work to catch up. All are coming along well! Last night I worked on Alice McClellan block #15. It is made from the same pink fabric as my CCC block #1. I chose to use pink for some blocks in addition to red, because in the original quilt some of the faded reds looked pink to me and I like that look. You can see in the photos that I traced some plumes using a fine line, soft lead mechanical pencil (PaperMate Sharpwriter #2) and other lines with my other favorite marking tool, Fons & Porter ceramic pencil (white). After I appliqued one of the plumes and found it went almost all the way into the seam allowance. Humm... I wonder if I forgot to set printing scale and the design is actually larger than original. I'm not going back to check now! I'm only going forward! Previously, I made one block slightly larger but that was on purpose. It this one is larger that was not my plan.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Woo Hoo! Data Collection!

OK - I am sure you can care less, but I am soooo excited that I am to data collection phase of my research. It is downhill from here! I've got this! Thanks to an awesome, patient and encouraging mentor!
Now back to my blog life as a quilter!

I am making good progress catching up on CCC blocks. Here is block #17. (The words on the paper pattern say block #16 - wrong!). Somewhere along the line completely skipped over #15 and got things out of order. I am going back to work on it soon. As for Criswell Gibson block, I can see that it is going to be a little bit fussy with those curves and grooves. No worries, a little at a time and I will finish it!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Indian Paintbrush (Finish #1)

Where is 2014 finish #1 you ask? Did you notice it was missing....Here it is!
I have tried for a days to get the picture posted upright through various approaches. Not only that, but the color and quality of picture is also poor. But that is not going to stop me from happily posting my first finish of 2014 (back in January. This quilt was a delight to work on. It began on a trip home from Muskogee Azalea festival in April 2009. I pulled off the highway to take a picture of the Indian paintbrush that grows wild in Oklahoma along side of I-40 in the springtime. Genus Castilleja is a perennial herbaceous plant native to this area. 

Indian Paintbrush - Original design, Wanda Robinson@2014
On that day there was a particularly vast array of flowers blooming that really inspired me! I had been dabbling with Ruth McDowell's design techniques and style for piecing flowers and scenes. And planned an adventure with mom to attend Ruth's Designing From Nature quilting retreat/workshop in Western Massachusetts that fall. This was the design inspiration I was looking for.

I had such a wonderful experience met my inspiring quilter friend Coral (A Fine Line Studio) there! All design work for the Paintbrush was done at the workshop. I completed piecing several months after returning home. I really enjoyed the design work, auditioning fabric, and sewing. Just seeing the bright unfinished piece hanging in my office/quilt work area was such pleasure! When I went back to MA in March 2010 to visit my new friend and attend her guild's quilt show, I took the quilt top with me and finished the few remaining pieces. By that time, Coral had her quilt finished and hanging in that show. It was magnificent! 

At the Thimble Pleasures Quilt show, I decided to ask one of the very talented women exhibiting at the show to quilt Paintbrush for me. After discussing the quilting design for the piece I left my quilt there to be machine quilted by her (whose name escapes me at the moment). A few months later, Paintbrush arrive home. And there it sat on my design wall, and sat, and got buries, and missed entry in one show after another. I began adding binding at one point but was never satisfied with how to complete the corners. Then it sat longer...years until January 2014. I just sat down and in the course about about 3 evenings finished hand sewing the corners. Done!

Now my favorite Indian Paintbrush happily occupies a place of honor on the family room wall. I see it everything I come in the door. It also will need a label. Hummm.... The quilt will finally debut in our local quilt show this fall! I still love it as much as ever and long to work on another design using the same techniques. But for now (for today at least), my goal is still finishing things.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Webpage Button?

How does one make a Webpage Button? I wanted to create a Chester County Criswell button.
I do not have a flicker account to link a photo, so I am giving this a try - link to my online photo - then back to the actual Chester County Criswell blog. I'll let you know if it works. In the meantime I may take more research to learn. Looks like it worked!! Not bad for first try. Let me know what you think.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

CCC Block #16 Twin (Finish #3)

I am behind with these blocks and have made Chester County Criswell Quilt block #16 Adaline Gibson twice. It was a fun block to make both times! The first block went to away to her new home up north with Chris (Quilting at the Farm). The younger twin sister block is now installed on the design will with the rest of the family blocks here in Oklahoma. I have no photo of finished sister blocks together becasue I sent the first one to Chris before the second was complete. I am looking forward to the adopted twin arriving in Oklahoma soon :) You know, those international adoptions can take some time. I know she will be so beautiful when she arrives! I'll post photos.

I will work to get caught up on # 15, 17-19 next! The big CCC block #13 is partially finished but is on hold by request of the the program speaker at the April Spinning Spools Quilt Guild meeting. It will be shown as an example of this style of cut-as-you go applique.
Happy Quilting!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Hayley's Quilt! (Finish #2)

Hayley's Quilt is finished!
Thanks to the moral support and technical tips from quilt friends last weekend on Worldwide Quilting Day! I finished machine quilting and bound it by machine. Those are both very unusual approaches for me - I am a handwork gal and I have little confidence in the machine quilting or binding. But, here it is! DONE!

There is a tiny handful of fabric left from this quilt. The project was a test of ingenuity and that is how it ended up with corners cut off. There was not enough fabric to make 4 corner squares so I made triangles instead! I like how the back looks with pieced scraps. The binding is also scraps from cut strips. Wish I could get photos to cooperate for direction of image...well you get the idea.

In January of 2013 this quilt and color scheme was selected was designed by my daughter based on inspiration from this Amish baby quilt in Pellman & Pellman's (1985) book. I quilted parallel lines on each side of major block seams. Batting is Warm and Natural. With help of my daughter it was spray basted over the Christmas holidays. This technique worked very well but definitely took two of us to do it OUTSIDE! Even then the spray was pretty stinky!
Haley's Quilt with spring daffodils.

Haley's quilt design sketch 2013

Haley's quilt in progress 2013
I just need to add some type of label before it is ready to go. The finished quilt is approx. 42" x 60 inches. Any suggestions on the label? I'd love to hear them.

When daughter gets home after school is out for summer, we will deliver it to the precious Haley and her wonderful mom
Amish baby quilt inspiration
(Pellman & Pellman, 1985, p. 20)


Saturday, March 8, 2014

2014 - The Year of Finishes!

Although I have neglected my dear blog, other things have been accomplished already this year! On the home front, a biggie for me was defending research proposal - now I am on the downhill slope to finish this degree. YAY!
SuperMom came to visit and we road-tripped to Indiana (for above event) and then on a few more hours to Holland, Michigan to visit cousins while up north. What an adventure to walk on the frozen waves of Lake Michigan! Omitted due to same problem with sideways picture :(
SuperMom installing design wall - Jan. 2014
SuperMom installed a permanent design wall in my quilt studio using two 8x4' foam core insulation boards covered with batting. It hugs the curve of the wall in the studio, that is the back side of the curved entry staircase. She made it work awesomely! (Is that a word? - well it is now!) Love it!

All CCC blocks are now lined up across the top in two rows (See completed installation below). It requires a ladder to reach up to the top, but this gives more space and what lovely inspiration I see everyday as I work (the real job and on writing for school) in this office/studio!

I will catch up more in the next post. ~ Happy Quilting!
Completed Design Wall 8'x8' feet

Update: Did you notice the swap blocks on my design wall?  (2nd row, 3rd block) - CCC Block #9 from Carole - Wheels on the Warrandyte Bus and the lower right Palm Leaf from Sharon - Chester County Criswell Quilt. Soon CCC Block #16 will be added from Chris - Quilting at the Farm and her block from me is flying North now. YAY!! Who wants to be next to swap a block with me?