Monday, June 13, 2011

Zipper Quilt: my first completed charity quilt!

 I have been a complete slacker and haven't kept up with my blogging.  So, here's a record of my first-ever charity quilt, all in one place.

Some great fabrics I scored on sale from Connecting Threads (January 23):

Apparently there was some crooked printing on one edge of the fabric (hence the sale price), though I mostly couldn't see it.  Just in case a more discerning eye than mine could actually see this defect, I decided to use a pattern with some small pieces, which would completely hide any crooked motifs.  Some pieces cut and ready to use January 24:

 Some assembled blocks January 29:
February 13: More blocks with the pattern, Zipper Quilt, from "The Modern Quilt Workshop" by Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle.  I'm really enjoying the book, by the way! 
 April 3: putting together the puzzle pieces!  Up till this point, I'd just been choosing neighboring colors by random, but once I had most of them together I needed to plan the rest.
 Here's the assembled quilt top April 10:
 I decided it was just a little narrow and was busy enough it could benefit from a border.  I added a 2" white border, and a solid brown that is 2" at the top and bottom and 4" on the sides. 
 Here's a corner of the quilt sandwich (the white on the outside is batting).  I decided to use a wonderfully soft brown flannel for the back. 
 June 7: finally done with the quilting!  I went with a straight-line design. 
 Here's a close-up of the quilting, which you can see even better on the solid brown quilt back:
And a completed quilt!  June 9:

I finished just in time for the charity event.  The Wisconsin Dual Sport Riders have very generously been doing a Ride for Research every summer to support cancer research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Our lab has benefited in so many ways; not only has their funding really helped us out, but all the WIDSR folks are amazing people, and their friendship has been invaluable.  Plus, the boss lets us out of the lab to go to the ride and say thank you! 

June 11: This was our (very small) part of their incredible event.

This photo is just awesome and self-explanatory.  I'll never be this cool. 

I was totally bowled over when they decided to auction off the quilt; I donated it as a raffle prize!  It was completely amazing to donate a quilt and have it raise $250 for cancer research.  A million thanks to Barb, the hospice nurse who was so generous with her bidding. 

All in all, an incredible experience.  It felt so good to enjoy my love of playing with fabric, then donate the resulting quilt to the folks who use their passion for "building community goodwill through motorcycling" to support the research I care so much about. 

Thanks, guys!

Monday, February 7, 2011


Yay! SeamedUP is here! Ever since I started quilting, I've been waiting for a Ravelry for quilters! Then I started hearing about some quilting podcasters who, instead of waiting for this magic website to appear, decided to make it happen! And I'm really glad they did.

I just got my account approved, and I'm very excited. They're not quite ready to be fully open to everyone yet, they're in the second round of beta testing, and I'm so, so happy to be allowed to play. They're currently letting "aunts and uncles" (folks who donated money to help get SeamedUP off the ground) set up accounts, and they should be ready for prime time soon!

So, if you have been wanting Ravelry for quilters (or sewing generally), and haven't supported SeamedUP, go visit them and see what you can do!

I confess, I'm currently at my least-favorite stage with this website; on Ravelry, entering my stash is my least favorite thing to do, but I love being able to do a virtual dig through it all, so I know it's worthwhile. I'm really excited to have everything up and running, get all my projects entered, start making friends...fantastic!

So, thanks so much to the folks who are making it all happen.

P.S. I'm Phosphorelated on SeamedUP, as well as on Ravelry, so feel free to friend me either place!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

two weekends, two quilt tops!

Last weekend I finished the Color Blocks quilt top; this weekend I finished assembling the stripey quilt top! Now it's time to get some quilting done. I'm trying to decide how to quilt both tops. For the stripey quilt, I'd like to emphasize the "woven" nature of it by quilting the warm and cool blocks differently, and I think I'd like to use a more organic quilting pattern to contrast with the linear nature of the blocks themselves. I have no idea what kind of quilting pattern to use, though. Or what color thread; a silver grey, or something bright? Different colors on the warm and cool squares? So many decisions that could give this quilt such different personalities.

Any ideas?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

stripey rainbow quilt

I've squared up my stripey blocks to 13.25" and I've assembled all the blocks I've got left from the first two sets of 2.5" precut strips. I think I like it, but I've only got 15 blocks, and I think I want 30 (for a 5x6 layout). I'm in the mood for large, colorful quilts to curl up under during these dark, dreary winter days.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

quilt top complete!

My Color Blocks quilt top is done! It sat around for a bit after I got the sashing between all the blocks done because I wanted it to be bigger. So I added an 11" border on each side, in the same grey (Kona cotton in coal, I believe), and it's now 60" square. I couldn't have planned it better; I bought the Kona cotton on sale at JoAnn's, and got a very odd amount (2 5/8 yard or something uneven like that) because I bought whatever was left on the bolt. There are only a few scraps of the grey left; a couple 2.5"x5" and a few even smaller than that. Talk about meant to be!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

stripey quilt

I've been playing with those bold-colored 2.5" strips some more. I keep thinking about my earlier ideas about a woven-looking quilt made of stripes going in opposite directions. It's very simple, but I think I like it.Cheerful, no?

Monday, January 3, 2011

color blocks

What I'm working on...