Thursday, February 23, 2012

Steady Progress on Sunday Paper

I have been working steadily on my quilt for past few days. Once I figured out the foundation piecing, it has been a smooth sailing. Thanks to all the friends who suggested to use phone book paper instead of the newspaper, drafting, cutting and folding of the paper has been a lot easier.

Should have paid attention to those friends who were working on their quilts with foundation piecing, would have learned a few things then!

'Sunday Paper' in progress

At this point, I am not happy with the color selection but I am going to continue with this quilt and let this one be a design lesson. 

I am sure I will be making another version of this quilt at a later time.

By the way, If you are making this quilt and would like to add your name to the list on the side-bar, let me know. I will be happy to add your link.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sunday Paper

Sunday Paper

Here it is! Well a section of it! 

I have been working on this quilt for last three days. It took me a while to get used to the idea of foundation piecing. The pattern is quite simple yet amazingly interesting.

The key to this pattern is to start out the center of the diamond with the shape that resembles the blade of the ceiling fan. 

Thanks to Barbara Brackman who already had done the hard work of figuring it out. You can read about it in my last post.

 Option One

I used Fons and Porter's 60 degree diamond ruler which I bought from local fabric shop for the template.

Option 1. Template for Simple Spiderweb Hexagon

To make your own template, use Fons and Porter 60 degree diamond ruler.
Trace the diamond on a computer sheet. Cut the diamond.
Fold it in half at the center. (Marked as dashed line)
Open it up and  mark 1 1/2" on one edge and 3/4" on the opposite edge as shown above.
Connect those markings and draw a line.
Refold the diamond with the lines facing outside
Trace this line using a light-box or on a window. You will have a mirror image on the opposite side.
Use this template to make foundation pieces for your quilt.

To make a quilt similar to the one above, choose the back ground for the fan blades. The triangle on either side will be dark and light solids. Stay consistent with placement of dark and light fabric for the triangles to achieve the alternating look.

Stay consistent with the placement of dark and light fabrics

Hexagon block for Simple Web


Option Two

Option 2. Connecting Spiderweb Hexagon

Follow the instructions for drafting basic blades (background) on the diamond template. Add two more lines as shown above at an angle. I have given the measurements I used for my block.

Fold and trace so you can draw identical lines on the opposite side.

Hexagon block for the connecting spiderwebs
I decided to use assortment of background fabrics that looked like newsprint.


Option Three
Option 3. Randomly placed strings
This would be the easiest one of all. You only draft the center blades and don't have to worry about the placements of dark and light fabrics.

In this quilt, the maker started out with orange strips next to the dark centers and then followed with random placement of strings.

I used newspaper for the foundation. My very old and handy light box was quite helpful in making endless foundation pieces. Very tedious process.. I am a free piecing girl.. This was a little too much work for my taste but I am thrilled with the results.

While cutting the templates I was transported back to my childhood.  
When I was growing up, except for the Sunday paper the daily newspaper was printed in black ink.   The Sunday paper came with front page and Arts section printed in color! 
I have to name this quilt, 'The Sunday Paper'
The colors and textures of the paper I used for foundation piecing influenced the fabrics for this quilt 
I will 'read' all the 'print' and remember the story behind this quilt for a long time!
Thanks, Barbara for another great inspiration!

It's quite late as I write this post. If something doesn't make sense, feel free to send me an email with a question.

Are you ready for making your own Hexagon quilt? I chose the largest size of diamond so I can piece the hexagons with ease. I will post about the corner and edge pieces as I get closer to finishing it.

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Mystery Solved!

Spiderweb Hexagon
A scrappy Hexagon Spiderweb
Two weeks ago quilt historian and author, Barbara Brackman posted about Victorian puzzle of spiderweb hexagon. I can't tell you how excited I was to see this quilt. As much as I enjoy making improv quilts, my inspirations always come from old and antique quilts. Needless to say, I got sucked into this puzzle like none before! 

It was the morning of my class in Philadelphia but I was so excited about this pattern that I had to solve the mystery right away. Barbara had already figured out the centers of the block. I did the rest!

Although the mystery was solved and I thought I would make a small sample before I post about this quilt. Sadly, I realized this morning that I am not cut out for foundation piecing.
I have never attempted to make a quilt using paper foundation.

For a girl who loves to just get her fabrics out and start cutting, or pick up the scraps and piecing, this method is a LOT OF WORK! Those of you who have worked with foundations piecing, this should be a piece of cake!

But since I figured out the pattern, Barbara and I thought it would be fun to start a quilt along, I am going to learn how to foundation piece and make this quilt.

Betsey Tellford Goodwin's Rocky Mountain Quilts
Are you interested in making this quilt?

Leave a comment and let me know if you are.

If there is enough interest, I will post on how to draft this block. You will have to figure out how to piece the hexagons.

Visit Barbara Brackman's Material Culture to learn more about these quilts and her process on the quilt she made!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A group challenge

I am participating in a year long 12x12 challenge with my friends. We decided to make up our own challenge and revealed our first quilt of the year yesterday.

This is my quilt!


Each month I will be making a house quilt from recycled old clothes and stitch old and new memories in it.

Story behind this quilt..

The day after a snow storm in January...
Driving on the back roads of Lancaster...
Celebrating one of our relatives' 82nd birthday...
and thinking of the Kite festival in India...

How much can a small quilt pack?
Clearly, a lot for me!

An elephant for Terry

We celebrated Terry's birthday yesterday. Each of us made a block for her to mark the events of her 60th year. Check out what Cheryl made from the blocks.

If this elephant could speak, it would tell you about...
A grandchild's arrival, funny stories of making of a stuffed elephant for the baby and a very memorable trip to India.

It was a lot of fun to surprise her with our little gift.
  I did some baking today! Long time ago I had promised a blogger friend that I would post the recipe and never got around it. So here it is! My family loves these cookies.

Brazilian Coffee Cookies

Here is the recipe from Betty Crocker cook book

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup shortening
1 Tbsp milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 Tbsp powdered instant coffee
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder

Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
Mix first six ingredients in a medium bowl.
Stir in remaining ingredients.
shape the dough into one inch balls.
Place them two inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Flatten to 1/8 inch thickness with the fork dipped in sugar.
Bake for 7-8 minutes or until golden brown.

About 3 dozen Cookies.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Workshop Pictures!

As I had mentioned last week, I taught 'Organic Piecing' at Philly Modern Quilt Guild this past Saturday.
The retreat was held in the art studio of Waldorf school in Philadelphia.
Here are some pictures of the students' work.
Fall colors!
Bright and cheery vintage curtain fabric in use!
Cool winter hues
Little bit of Spring and Summer
Background for an applique
Jessica Levitt of 'Juicy Bits'
Jessica Levitt
Jessica taught a class on color theory before my workshop. She is also an author of a book. Visit her blog to find out more about her work.

It was a lot of fun to be surrounded by quilters who were already thinking outside the box.

Here are some pictures of artworks in progress by the students of the school.

Students learn how to make a soft sculpture of themselves before they graduate.

Have a wonderful day!