Monday, 11 September 2017

Going Down The Rabbit Hole this weekend.

Saturday morning my friend Tricia invited some friends to spend the day sewing in her condo's amenity room.  I laid out my four rows of houses with the fabric I plan to use as a small border with my medallion to see how they looked.  I moved only two houses I think as I had one corner that had two different yellow fabrics that bothered me.  Otherwise I was good to go with sewing them together.
 Here are the four rows laid out at home.  You can see that there are repeats of fabrics but nothing is in an identical spot.  The fourth house from the left has two different grey and coloured prints working with the same orange and pink dot fabric.
 Remember my Dresden plate half wedges I prepped?  Well I figured out a way to sew them together and maintain my starched curved edge for hand applique.  I've tried to do needle turn many times but can't get a smooth flat edge so my preference is a template or freezer paper and then use a paint brush with liquid starch.  For curves I do a running stitch that gathers to pull up the edge along the heat resistant Mylar.
 I sewed the blades in pairs and opened the seams on the back.  Then fours, a six and finally the ten.
 At first I opened the seam and tucked the curve over.  But after a couple of tries I decided that if the curve is pressed down with the seam opened after it will seem less bulky.  I may find this not so when I finally hand applique them.
 Here is a bit closer look.  My basting stitches are still in the curve and will be removed just before hand sewing them.
 Flipped over but only pairs sewn at this point.
 Smaller wedge sewn together and pressed.  It is almost 180 degree with the 90 degree straight on despite the illusion of the photo.
 Here is one of the larger wedges.
 And the two wedges layered on top of each other with the half circle to cover the ends.
No I get to applique the small quarter sunflower corner blocks.  Trim the house heights to the proper measurement and then I can sew them on.  Next step is first sewing the Dresden wedges and adding a larger quarter Sunflower to the ends of both wide borders.  Then there is the quarter large Sunflower corner block that has a stem and when all is sewn together the large leaves.  Then I get to cut 80 elongated hexagons and I'll be all caught up!

Here is a picture of Sarah's quilt to date that I borrowed from the Facebook bom group I belong to.  You can still sign up at her website here is a link to the information. Patterns are sent directly to your inbox and templates are available for purchase.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

I've taken to trying to remember to put month markers on my Instagram account and I think this one says September to a T.
 Yesterday I walked along the quay to go to Angelina's for breakfast and this is what our smoky skies look like.  We had a nice stretch of blue skies but fires in B.C. Alberta, Washington, Oregon , California, Idaho and Wyoming are burning fiercely and affecting air quality all up and down the coast and inland.
 We are more fortunate than others but I'm hoping Mother Nature keeps her promise of rain by the weekend to help the firefighters and the lands along with animals and people affected by this devastation.  Hoping that Texas and Louisiana dry out and that Florida and the east coast don't get hit by the next hurricanes.  Not to mention all the devastation in S.E Asia.
 The lighting did prove to be nice for pictures.  Caught another busy bee on these pretty purple blooms.
 I think I stared a picture of a very small white star flower, well they've died back and look what's happening.  Another flower is emerging.  Will share those in a day or two most are still tightly closed.
 Some tiny white cyclamen against drying grasses.
 Love these delicate succulent blossoms.
 A similar colour combination.
 Check out the pollen sacs on this bee!

 Another September marker I made.

I finally started sewing my houses together these are the four house 1.
 House 2.
 House 3.
 House 4.
 House 5.

 Remember on Labour Day not all workers get the day off!
Once I've sewn all the houses I'l share each side with you.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Down the Rabbit Hole, Murals, Sunset, Eclipse, Dresden Plate idea, Bees and Flowers.

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I've been stuck with a step with my Down The Rabbit Hole Quilt.  The next round are 40 houses and I've been trying to figure out what colours to use.  I finally bit the bullet and have cut them out and so far have sewn four roofs for house 1.  There are ten of each and the roofs are done with paper foundation piecing.  Then there is the actual house that has windows in it.  No pictures yet but a start.

I have come up with a plan for the next couple of months.  The picture below is combining two different months.
 The smaller quarter circle and points with be the corner block of the house row.  There's a difference in size as there will be a narrow border before we start the next row.
 I've decided to have different colours rotate around the flower and have cut multiple prints in each of the sizes.  I've got four different petal prints which will also be rotated.
 I'm still playing around with how I'll be pairing them up when I finally applique them down.
 I can't do needle turned applique to my satisfaction so I have made heat resistant Mylar templates to aid in turning the points on the petals.
 I also made templates for the quarter circles.
 I'm also playing around with different prints for the leaves.
 I think I've flipped the leaf that the wider end will be near the stem and the skinnier end the top.
 Yes I've five choices.  I think I'll mismatch them also and then will make a fifth one as a pillow, or even part of my label for the back.
 So many choices I may have to make a mini sunflower hanging.
 I also have to choose what to use as a stem, but I think I've got a couple of options from what I used on the smaller flowers in the medallion centre.
 There are also four half Dresden plates in the middle of the row with the larger quarter circle flowers. This was my first layout but then I realized that those four Kaffe fabrics blend together.
 So I swapped them with polka dot prints to help play with the contrast.
 Vancouver had a celebration of revealing some new murals earlier in the month.  I took my mom to see some of them last Sunday.
 This mural wraps around the corner of the building.  I couldn't get a good photo to share but will go back again and take some more.  They are located in the alleyway just off of Hastings and Hawks street.  In the area called the Downtown Eastside.  It is Canada's poorest neighbourhood.
 This one was in the same area, nice to see the neighbourhood brightened up with some street art.
 This reflects some our indigenous First Nation heritage.  The N to the right is one of I believe three different indigenous languages that all say the same thing.  I need to go back and get photos of it and find out the translation.
 It was a gorgeous day to take these photos.
 More art from the alleyway just off of Main Street above 6th ave.
 This one was incredible but I don't recall ever seeing magnolias and giraffes together when I was in Kenya.
 Love his long tongue coming out to sample the tidbits.
 This photo was taken on August 20th just before Eclipse Day.
 Can you spot the guy walking along the train bridge?  It was safe as the swing bridge was open and he was probably leaving at shift change.
 No flash was used for these photos.
 That small group of window on the top right is our Light Rapid Transit called the SkyTrain, it's elevated at this point of the route.  This is the Expo line that opened up in 1986. It was an alternate mode of transport when I worked if the road conditions were too snowy for my liking.
 One of the last shots for the night.
 My one and only picture on Eclipse 2017.  I didn't have the right filter or protective glasses so I took this just before the eclipse started and then stayed indoors.
 I thought I'd share my plans for the Dresden plate curved top. I made pencil marks in the three holes at the top of the cutting template.
 I then made a smaller heat resistant Mylar template of the curve and connected the dots.  Ending where the seam will finish.
 Just a smidge away from my drawn line I did a running stitch that I had knotted the thread.
 Thread cut and ready for the next step.
 I pull the thread and then press it in place.  Then I use a paint brush to paint liquid starch and press it again over the template.
 I flip it over for another quick press.
 Here are the larger blades being prepped.  Ignore the stains from the starch on my old pressing square.  The pins hold the template in place.
 I'm holding the template in place and pulled the thread taunt to mimic the curve. To take the picture I've caught the thread under my fingers.
 My first press to stablize the curve.  Then I paint it, can't show that one handed.
 Iron the wet fabric and make sure there are no peaks.
 Then I flip it over and make sure it is completely flat.
 Yesterday I went out for breakfast and walked along the quay.  It's interesting how the flowers planted along it mimic my fabric choices.  Now remember I started making my choices in February before the colour of the flowers were chosen and planted.
 Love this pink/purple.
 Lots of bees and bumble bees visiting the flower beds.
 This guy was extremely busy.
 Farther down these purple flowers were also well visited.
 Love this guy balancing on the edge of the blossom.
 This plant reminds me of Lanterns.
 Wonder how this snail managed to climb up on this leaf?
 Love that pop of yellow against the soft pink against the succulent purple/grey/slate tones.
Off to make some house roofs and the the building and windows.