Still Here, Still Quilting!

June 7, 2013 at 3:38 pm 1 comment

I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth! Even with a 2 1/2 year old and a 3 month old, I’m still managing to get into the studio from time to time — even if some of that time is spent buried under children:

Selfie w/ kids

After all, sometimes the planets align such that they’re both asleep at the same time. And now that Ronan’s old enough to be trusted to explore the button tin, we can frequently spend time in the studio together without him defaulting to his standard behaviors of pushing buttons on the sewing machine, unplugging the sewing machine, turning off the power strip, pulling out the knee lift lever…

Ronan button tin

Even Finley sometimes hangs out in there with me like a little friend:

Bumbo Finley

So what have I been doing with my quilting time? I have made a quilt for Finley; I’m just now getting the binding handsewn to the back, so it will be the topic of a future post. Here’s a preview:

Ronan Finley's quilt

I’ve also been playing with a technique from Anita Grossman Solomon’s Rotary Cutting Revolution. She’s the visionary who developed the Unbiased Block that I used in Alexander’s quilt last year. I caught up on a bunch of The Quilt Show episodes while up in the middle of the night with Finley those first few weeks, and the episode where she’s the guest just set the cogs turning. I’ll be featuring that quilt-in-progress in its own post soon, but you’ll get a sneak peek at it if you watch my video.

Because I also just made a technique video that I posted to YouTube on how to use Quilter’s Rule’s nested square rulers to square up quilt blocks:

The “X-Centric” block from Anita’s book calls for squaring up the component blocks to 7.5″, and that is just not a size that exists from the standard ruler sources. But these nested squares from Quilter’s Rule have a lot of potential. I got them at their booth at the Quilters Unlimited show last weekend, when Finley and I met Diane there. It was a great show as usual, with lots of quilts and vendors of high enough quality (in both categories) to make the drive worthwhile. Here are some highlights (click to enlarge):

I also succumbed to buying (gasp) full price fabric! Alexander Henry struck again, designing what I referred to in an overexcited text to my mom as “quite possibly the best fabric ever produced.” While that may have been laying it on a little thick, my inner goth girl rejoiced at this fabric, called “After Dark”:

after dark

That black widow spider is 12.5″ tall.

From a practical standpoint, I do have TWO people in my regular gift-giving rotation who are hardcore Edgar Allen Poe aficionados. This was one of many featured fabrics at the Some Art Fabric booth that I could have happily wrapped myself in yards of, but at $12.45 a yard (I wince as I type) I was able to restrain myself.

So I have one quilt (Finley’s) all but finished, another top (2008 Shop Hop blocks!) completed, a third (Christmas X-centric blocks) well under way, and they just announced the challenge (solids) at guild last month. And that’s not addressing any of the UFOs! Oh well. At least I’m sewing, creating, and enjoying the process, which is far more important than finishing anything at this stage in my life.

I just have to finish convincing myself of that.

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