Monday, July 29, 2013

Texas Tickertape

I wanted to show this to ya'll so badly but I wanted to finish it and actually get a couple of good pictures of it in the sun before I revealed this piece to the world.

You know those times that you think of an idea and HAVE to make it right then? Well I had one of those. I live in a loft with 18 ft ceilings and I finally got a large custom made art piece to put on one of the walls so that it didn't look like a massive void. But then the other 2 walls did. So I finally printed some of the pictures I've taken from trips and hung them and it looked great, but then the last wall was bare and sad. I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with that wall when the idea struck me.

I'm a native Texas born and raised. I love Texas. And I just recently moved to Minnesota. It's different. Don't take it the wrong way, I'm really enjoying it. But I thought that if I could incorporate a little piece of home into a piece that it would make sure I don't forget my roots type of thing. I was thinking of doing an off centered state of Texas and was trying to figure out what I wanted the Texas to be made of. I've seen so many low/high volume pieces that I love but I didn't have enough low volume pieces to make it work. This baby needed some size. Then I started looking at scraps and remembered how much I love doing tickertape pieces. I have done two different pieces for swaps and never one for myself. Well I decided to change that.

I laid out a WOF x 5.5 ft piece of tan material and went about trying to replicate the shape of Texas. That is hard. It took me lots of tries but once I got the outline down I started on the actual tickertape. I knew I wanted to do a rainbow, just because my decor is bright and I love rainbows. You can't look at one without a smile crossing your face. I decided to start with a heart in the middle of Texas, where Austin is. My favorite city in the world. I then just got going with my glue stick and scissors. Until I ran out of my glue stick. This was a massive tickertape project. My other pieces were 2ft x 2ft max. This one was 4 ft x 5 ft and the pieces anywhere from .5 in to 1.75 in.

Texas Tickertape In Progress


I had a friend bring over a large pack of gluesticks and I was able to finish it up that night. I proceeded with tacking down all the pieces. I started with a regular 1/4 in foot but quickly turned to the FMQ method due to all that turning. Worked well. Some were crooked but hey, I knew it was going to be on the wall and no one had that good of eyes so shush. Just get it done.

Once I finished tacking I was trying to figure out how I wanted to quilt it. I definitely wanted it to be more of a modern quilt, looking more like a piece of art than a quilt. So I opted for 1/4 in straight line quilting.

Texas Tickertape Quilting Detail
Texas Tickertape Quilting Detail


I got about half way done and then was done with straight line quilting for the day and it took me another week to finally finish it bit by bit. OMG so boring. See how close I was one night when I gave up?

Texas Tickertape Mid Quilting


Quilting Done. Phew. Binding. The background has more of a brown tone so I opted to go with a brown binding. I had a business trip at the beginning of last week so took it with me and finished up the binding in the hotel room.

I then had to wait for my tallest friend to get back from a work trip and then a camping trip to be able to hang it. Since my walls are so tall we had to put a ladder on top of a trunk and then have him hang it at the tallest point he could reach. It was the perfect height!

Finished Texas Tickertape


I absolutely love it. It's my favorite piece I've ever done I think. Plus now everyone that comes over will know I'm from Texas. :)

Colby

Fresh Poppy Design
Better Off Thread

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Bee Block Syndrome

Man o' man. I am getting back on track with bee blocks. Getting them done super early. Go me! Now I just need to mail them when I finish them until waiting until the end of the month. Gosh. That post office run is not as fun as making bee blocks.. I'm working on it. Hopefully I will get them mailed Saturday.

I have been doing bee blocks for almost 3 years now and I think I'm ready to weed them down. I will not be joining any new bees for a very long time and luckily several of my bees are starting to end. I do love doing them, quick satisfaction and you get a full quilt every now and again. The only thing is that I am a very busy person and I haven't been able to work on my own stuff much because when I am pressed for time I do the bee blocks because that is a commitment I have made to others and in that case they come before my own projects. That being said, I have a lot that I would like to work on. One day. When I'm not super busy with bee blocks. I think I will just keep my do. good. stitches. and possibly my BeeJeebers bee. I am not going to quit any of them, as my mother taught me, if you start something, you have to finish it. So I will. And then I will do my projects. I know tons of other people have gotten this syndrome so I know I'm not alone. Good luck to you all. May you not sign up for as much as I. :)

Anyways...Here are the blocks for July.

BeeJeebers Block
BeeJeebers - July 2013 Block - Modern House


Stash Bee
Stash Bee July 2013


Simply Solids
Simply Solids July 2013 Block 1
Simply Solids July 2013 Block 2


Harmony. do. good. stitches.
Harmony. do. good. stitches. July 2013 Block


Colby

Monday, July 15, 2013

I Want A Baby. JK.

So my friends are all starting to get married and have babies and all that jazz. It has been awhile since I have been around any babies other than the ones that are screaming in the cereal aisle. What I mean by that is that I haven't had a reason to like a baby/connect with a baby/want a baby. But.... one of my best friends from college just had twin girls and even though I have not met these little darling children I just want to squeeze and tickle and rock them. But I can't because they are in Texas and I am in Minnesota. So the next best thing to that is a quilt right?

I have shown several in progress pics of these quilts but have finished them and have now received baby on quilt pics that are to die for. Then you'll see why I want to steal these children.

Here is the first quilt:

Camila's Baby Quilt
Quilting Echo Detail


Here is the second quilt:

Untitled
Diagonal Quilting Detail


And here are the BABIES!!!!!

Eva and Camila 1
Eva and Camila 2
Eva and Camila 3


And it looks like they pass the comfort test :)

Camila Quilt


And that is why I want a baby. But I don't really. I just want to give quilts to babies and hold them and squeeze them and then when they scream, cry, or have a dirty diaper, hand them back to the parents and go on about my day. :)

Thanks so much Kristin for all the pictures!!!!

Colby
Fresh Poppy Design

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A Harmonious Finish

So as a lot of you may know I have moved twice in the last 6 months. Unfortunately for my poor bee mates that means sometimes blocks aren't sent to the most current address and get lost in the mail. This was the case for my latest round in the Harmony. do. good. stitches. bee. I had taken the Woven block from Moda Bakeshop and requested a red, orange, and yellow color scheme. Everyone got their blocks made and mailed on time but unfortunately one accidentally mailed them to my old address. She realized this right after she mailed and let em know so that we could keep an eye out for them. Two weeks, nothing. 1 month, nothing. 6 weeks, nothing. At the two month mark I kindly asked if she would remake them and she was so sweet to do so with no issue at all. Once I received those blocks I pieced the top and got onto quilting it.

Harmony. do. good. stitches. Woven Quilt


I used a horizontal loopy design like this:

Quilting Design


I apologize for the sub par pics. I fried my camera's battery charger when I went to Europe and just haven't gotten another one since. I should do that. These iPhone photos aren't living up to what I'd like to show you! Anyways, this is a finish and will be sent off soon to the charity that we support. Next month is already my turn again. I think I know what I am going to do and I am very excited about it. :) Thanks for visiting!

Colby
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