Friday, January 24, 2014

Kozy Kitties in Chairs Quillow

This evening I finished a quillow for a customer.  She will give it to her new baby niece.  It measures about 44" x 72", with an 18" pocket.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Cross-Stitched Blocks

Guess what I just got?! My sister-in-law, Janice, has been sorting through her fabric and crafting items. For Christmas, she gave me a large tote crammed so full with fabric, the lid keeps popping loose.

Well, tonight she sent, via my brother, several more pieces of fabric – AND . . . . 23 large (17.5”) blocks, all of which she had cross-stitched several years ago!

I have intended to someday make an embroidered quilt – and now suddenly I have the hard part all done already.  Someday when I’m ready to put it together, I will choose the loveliest piece of fabric I can find for sashing and borders – a very, very soft floral that will match the embroidery floss.  I've put together an on-point quilt setting in EQ7 for these blocks.  It will be 90" x 111" before borders.

This one, I shall keep!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Vertical Seams on the Mosaic Lighthouse Quilt

Though I'd planned to wait until I had all 19,200 of the little one-inch squares ironed down before starting to sew the vertical and horizontal seams, I changed my mind shortly after starting on a second column, and then noticing that some of the little squares in the first column were coming loose.  So I tacked them down with a glue stick, cut the 160" x 44" column into sections, and started sewing vertical seams.

I now have 113.5 hours in this quilt, and 56 different fabrics.  7,914 one-inch squares have been put in place.

Here's what it looks like; this is the lower part of the cliff:

And here is the cross-stitch diagram, with the yellow area showing the part I have completed:

Friday, January 10, 2014

Over One-Sixth Done with Mosaic Top

I’m one row past the center mark on the Mosaic Lighthouse quilt – that is, of the main center columns, working from top to bottom. So I’ve put in place 81 rows and 44 columns of 1” squares – 3,564 squares. This means I am a little more than 1/6 done with the mosaic/postage stamp part of the quilt. It also means I underestimated the total number of 1” squares I will need – by half! The entire main central column will take 7,040 squares. The two side columns will each be 38” x 160”. The total number of 1” squares will be 19,200, rather than 9,600.  I had accounted for the ¼” seams vertically, but not horizontally.  I forgot that the sewn size will not only be half as wide, finished, but also half as long. 

I will do the top in three sections, then put them together when the seaming is finished.

In the cross-stitched version, the lighthouse, the keeper’s house, the fence, and the cobblestone lane are outlined with embroidery floss.  If this fabric version looks like a mishmash of colors all thrown together, I may need to do . . . something to better define those structures.  The seams themselves will help; but I may pull off a few squares and replace them with more contrasting colors.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

First Section of Mosaic Lighthouse Quilt

Not quite a couple of weeks ago, on December 21, I started cutting one-inch squares for this quilt.  A few thousand squares are cut, and 1,100 are in place and ironed to the gridded, fusible, light-weight Pellon.  That fills an area 44" x 25".  This correlates to a 4" x 2.25" section of the cross-stitch diagram.  The entire diagram is 18.5" x 14.25".  This means {counting on fingers and toes} that if I used the entire diagram, I would wind up with a grid of approximately 204" x 158".  After the horizontal and vertical seams are sewn, the grid would be exactly half of that -- 102" x 79".

Since that would look funny on a queen-sized bed, I will keep this mosaic part of the quilt only the size of the mattress top, so the width should be 60" -- 120" of grid.  Therefore, it needs to be 76" wider (unfinished) than it is right now.  So I will be adding a width of gridded Pellon (it's 44" wide; I'll fill 38" of each width) to each side of the center piece I am working on now.  The borders will be about 18" wide.  I have a number of lighthouse and nautical patterns I plan to use for that.

Here is what's done so far.  It's mostly sky, with a portion of the lighthouse dome.  Yes, that sky looks sort of ... greenish.  Let's hope the rest of it will blue it up some! 
If it doesn't, well... we'll just pretend there's a tornado in the forecast, I guess.

It looks good in the printed picture, though; so I'll keep following it.

And here is the cross-stitch diagram.  The yellow part is the section that is done.