I finished my Technicolor Galaxy quilt this month! This was Alyssa Lichner’s (Pile O Fabric) Skill Builder block of the month from 2015. I did really well for the first half of 2015, then my motivation dropped. I finally picked it up again in January. I only had 4 blocks left to do and then I could assemble the quilt-as-you-go (qayg) blocks.
I’ve got to admit that I really struggled in assembling this quilt. Glue basting worked well on the individual blocks. But glue basting the long wedges together was frustrating, having to redo them several times before I was able to stitch them. Also, I had to resew the center a couple of times, so I’m not entirely confident the center seams will stay together if I wash it. Despite all that, I learned a lot.
The best skill I learned was QAYG. I had heard of this method before, but had never used it. I also didn’t realize we were using QAYG when we first started the quilt. So my design choices were based on tradition piecing. When it came time to piecing all the wedges together it took me a long time to decide how to do the binding. I didn’t want defined lines, so I pieced strips so the colors meshed.
I think it turned out really beautiful and cohesive.
Name: Technicolor Galaxy
Designed by: Alyssa Lichner
Started: January 2015
Finished: April 2017
I’m learning Inkscape. After adding up the monthly cost for using Adobe products, I’m having a hard time justifying the cost for a hobby. I find myself spending at least half my design time searching out tutorials or videos to show how to do a specific action in the program. Now a month in, I feel like I’ve gotten a handle on the basics.
I added a lot of these books from the Modern Mrs. Darcy’s post on 20 books to take you around the world to my “to-read” list. First up is Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr. (He wrote one of my all time favorite books All the Light We Cannot See.)
I finally hung up some quilts in my sewing room. I need to create a mini quilt to fill in that one last bit of white space. The quilt on the left is the first quilt I ever made!
In an attempt to be more consistent in the time I spend designing quilts, here’s Design Dienstag (Tuesday in German).
I’ll spend Tuesdays doing designs on the monthly theme and post them at the end of the month.
February’s color palette:
Love (Valentine’s day and our anniversary. And it’s national heart health month.)
Birthdays (2 of ’em)
Cabin Fever (when will this snow stop!)
Ice (my starting point was icicles)…and a 2nd version
I’m a big detective novel reader. But every once in a while I try to stretch myself. And my kids are good enough readers now, that I’ve started to involve them in this. In January, we read through Science Magazine’s Top 10 Breakthroughs of 2016. Now we’re reading a little bit of poetry. I’ve had “Map: Collected and Last Poems” by Wislawa Szymborska on my to-read list for awhile and finally picked it up at the library. I wasn’t really sure what to expect. But the majority of them are short one-page poems, so the boys and I have been reading one or two each night. I’m pretty thrilled that they enjoy them.
Every week I look forward to Shutterbean’s “I love lists” post. Some of my favorite links these past couple of weeks: pictures of frozen Lake Baikal, this article on making friends at any time of your life, and words to ban from your vocabulary. I enjoy finding reading and seeing things through her eyes and occasionally find a new blog to follow or recipes our family ends up loving.
This winter I decided to do a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). We get a weekly bag of greens and a dozen eggs. We can also order off the al a carte menu. I love when I make a CSA meal. This past week was a breakfast casserole with leftover sour dough bread, sausage, kale and eggs. The only thing I added that was non-CSA was some sharp cheddar. Delicious!
We take Sunday walks. Some beautiful things can be found in the dead of winter.
These Canadian Geese were hanging out on the lake right where the frozen lake became unfrozen. Very cool…and then my kids scared them to the other side.
This is the last quilt I started on last year, during my year of series. My original plan was to play around with the scale of one block.
But then I got this itch to explore it in a different way. When I first designed this block, I thought it reminded me of an Amish design. Was it the colors? solids? block design? So I decided to explore a little bit by doing one side in solids and the same design on the back, but in prints. I kept the same colorway.
The quilt came together really quickly. The hardest part was lining up the front and the back while I was making the quilt sandwich. Lot of pins to mark where edges and corners were.
Adding in the prints, completely changed the feeling of this quilt for me. But this is my favorite side. It’s also a little ode to Cotton & Steel. I’ve loved all the fabric this company has come out with, but this is the first time I’ve done a whole quilt in their fabric.
Started: December 2016
Finished: January 2017
Dimensions: 91.5″ x 67″