Tuesday, January 29, 2013

ugly weather = lots of sewing

The weather has been absolutely horrible in the last couple of days as we alternate between extreme cold (all the way down to -20F a few days ago) and totally unseasonal warmth (60F today) with rain pouring like crazy. Oh, it would be nice to go outside without either getting completely drenched, or frozen. One can always dream, right?

So, to brighten things up, I started working on a few new projects. 


I finally decided on the fabric for my triple- zip pouch for Debbie's sew along


My pixelated heart pillow is finished, pictures coming as soon as the sun decides to show up.


The project that needs my attention right now, though, is this bright log cabin quilt top. I got totally stuck on how to quilt it. I'm really tempted to use this tutorial (thanks, Kelly) to quilt it in concentric circles but I worry that it will make for a very stiff quilt. Any experience with this kind of quilting?


Before I go, here's a little peak at my latest project inspired by these gorgeous flowers on my kitchen table.


Hope you all stay warm and dry. Have a lovely day, friends. Svetlana

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26 comments:

  1. The weather may be ugly, but your projects look like spring!

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  2. Such beautiful projects! I don't think he quilting would make it any stiffer than doing straightlines. My baby quilt feels quite floppy :)

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  3. That log cabin quilt is so bright and cheerful! Love your trip-zip stack (is that Dr. Suess?). I didn't know there was a sew-along, but now I think I will have to join!

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  4. We've also had temp swings from cold to pouring rain, but ours stuck between about -2C and +10C. Alas, I had to go to work so couldn't play with pretty fabric like you did :o(

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  5. If you keep the c.circles wider apart you'll keep the fluidity of the quilt. Good luck! Jxo

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  7. Very cute projects. Seems to me the concentric circles would make it stiff since they are so close together. Good luck!

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  8. Oh boy. That is terrible weather. Your projects look like so much fun!!

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  9. I have a similar quilt I'm working on and have decided to quilt it with Baptist fans. I think the quilted semi-circles will look nice with all the squares and rectangles. Bonnie Hunter has a tutorial on her blog & several examples. Good luck - it's a beautiful top!

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  10. I did concentric circles on the Chrysalis quilt, but I did them about 2" apart so it didn't make it stiff at all. http://craftingdotdotdot.blogspot.ca/2012/03/chrysalis-is-finally-finished.html The one you linked is done very densely.

    Love your triple zip fabric choices.

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  11. All beautiful! I don't think that circles will make it any more stiff that close together lines, and those don't make the quilt stiff, I have done that. I think a circle would be a great way to quilt the log cabins.

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  12. Love all your sweet projects and cheerful fabric choices. Thanks for linking to my tutorial. The stiffness of the quilt will definitely vary based on the width of space between lines. I chose to space my lines densely for wall hanging quilts, but I have since done one that is not stiff at all, and the spaces varied between 1/2 inch to 1 and 1/2 inches or so. I think it gives the quilt a very modern look with a cozy feel.

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  13. I just LOVE your fabrics for the triple-zip!

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  14. Nice colors on the quilt. I recently quilted concentric circles on a quilt about 1.5 inches apart and it's not as stiff as I thought it would be. After washing it softened up a bit.

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  15. I was going to say I hope you get some nice weather soon, but not if it stops you making beautiful things!

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  16. Your projects definitely cheer me up! I love your handstitched binding. The exposed stitches look amazing! :)

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  17. lovely projects.,,,really love the heart

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  18. The pixelated heart is so cute! Perfect for February.

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  19. your pixelated heart is so cute xxx

    lucy
    blog.crazyforpurple.com

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  20. Love the pixelated heart pillow. It is so sweet.

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  21. I haven't done circles, but I've done close lines and close s-type curves all over, and in both cases it makes for a quilt that is not stiff, but it does have a different texture than a less - heavily quilted quilt - kind of a springy texture - it drapes more like jersey than like cotton.

    We've had that weather here, too. Yesterday I finally took my baby and 3 yr old out anyways - the rain had melted the ice off the sidewalks, and it was good rubber boot puddle splashing weather. Bizarre for January, isn't it?

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  22. let me know how that circle quilting goes. I want to try it but it looks exhausting

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  23. Lovely bright projects to warm you up. Could you please tell me what the grey fabric at the back in the first photo is.

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  24. Lovely as usual - and I love your triple-zip!!

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