Monday, July 31, 2023

Charity quilt - Strip Happy pattern

I sewed the top for this charity quilt from the pattern "Strip Happy".  Our guild provides the pattern and the material.  It was super easy to make and only took a few hours to cut and sew it together.

The pattern calls for 1 yard of 3 colors - in this case, white, light purple, and dark purple.  It's 42" W x 62" H.

I hope someone likes it when they get it!

Monday, July 24, 2023

Synaptic - Part Two

This is a continuation of the first post about the making of the Synaptic quilt.

I was so glad that I had tackled the 1-1/2" strips first, as the pattern called for.  Only after doing them was I able to tackle the really skinny pieces (1-1/8") and get them to fit correctly.  Once the components were sewn, it was relatively easy to sew them into quadrants and then finally sew them together.  Here is the top all sewn together.  

I love it and hope you do too!

Monday, July 17, 2023

Sisters outdoor quilt show - July 2023

I was thrilled to be able to take a bus with other quilters from Vancouver and Longview, Washington to the fantastic outdoor quilt show in Sisters, Oregon.  There were 49 of us on the bus and we became fast friends on the ride over and back.  1100 quilts were in the show and they were displayed all over town.  It was a gorgeous sunny day and we had 6 hours to view them all, do a little shopping, and enjoy central Oregon.

Here are some of the quilts that I took pictures of.  Enjoy the show!

Monday, July 10, 2023

Synaptic - Part One

Synaptic was a pattern that was released in 2023 by Prairie and Ocean.  I just loved it!  Although I don't buy patterns very often, this was the second one this year that I decided to make.  Hmm?

Janice Reimer was the pattern designer and she provided several different color versions with the pattern.  Of course, I had to make it my own, so I colored in several options.   Here is the version that I liked the best.  

Most of the pieces were cut at 1-1/2" wide, and I had enough fabric in my stash to get the colorway that I wanted.  What I learned early on is that with this narrow of a strip, the pieces had to be cut accurately and sewn accurately!  (I think its because the pieces are cut on the cross grain that they stretch and wobble just a little more than if they were cut on grain.)  I also had to make sure and size the pieces as I sewed; and trimmed/marked to get the exact measurements.  They were very tricky to sew, even for an advanced sewer like me.  I crossed my fingers that it would all work out.  

Here are the first 3 blocks sewn and on the design wall:

Stay tuned to see how the extra skinny pieces got sewn!