Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Molly Movers

As part of packing for the move, I am sorting through the various projects I have underway. I typically store each project in its own plastic bin, but I'm now moving projects I might complete into plastic bags, and the ones I won't finish go into the scrap pile. Here are some mice I began a few years ago as part of the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge. I think I switched to kittens, and then really, who can go back to mice after that?

I also uncovered these blocks. I was thinking that maybe I could make some more and make a baby quilt.

Molly thinks the blocks look better scattered on the floor.

She also monitors the packing to make sure no kittens get trapped in the boxes. Needless to say, my fabric stash provides a limitless supply of packing material.

I wrap quilts in plastic bags before packing them and Molly inspects these as well.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sheep tutorial: Left-sided

Today the green sheep would like to demonstrate how to make a left-sided sheep. Happily, most of the components of the sheep are the same whether it is right-sided or left sided. There are only four components that are different. The layout is very different, however.

You can essentially cut all of the pieces the same as for the right-sided tutorial, and also piece together the components such as the wool coat, the ears and the legs. The four components that are different are

1. the tail:  The tail is a 2 by 2.75 dark rectangle with 1.25 inch flip triangles of background fabric in the upper left corner and the lower right corner.

2. upper tip of wool coat (next to the sheep's face):  the 2 by 2.75 background rectangle has a 1.25 inch flip triangle of dark fabric in the lower right corner.

3. top left wool puff: the sheep has six 2.75 inch square wool puffs with two 1.25 inch flip triangles on one side. However, for one of these puffs, you add a 1.25 inch flip triangle of light fabric to form the sheep's cheek. For this version, you will take the top puff on the left side and add the 1.25 inch flip triangle of light fabric to the upper right corner.

4. largest dark triangle for sheep's side: Add a 1.25 inch flip triangle of the light fabric to the large 4.25 by 5 inch rectangle of dark fabric.

You can find the instructions for the Right-sided Sheep here.

After you cut the pieces and make the basic components, you can lay out the sheep into its four sectioins: the top of the head, the middle of the head/top coat, the front chest, and the side/hind end.

 The top of this version of the sheep is made just like the right-sided version, except the 2.75 by 5 inch rectangle of background fabric is now on the right side of the sheep. Or if you have the components laid out as shown, sew them together as shown above.

Hopefully, everything looks like this when you're done.

Now lay out the second layer of components. Sew the eyes on either side of the nose section. And sew the tail and the two wool puffs together.

Now sew the top parts of the wool coat on the left side together, then sew the sides of the sheep's face on either side of the eyes/nose. Then sew the 1.25 by 6.5 inch strip of background fabric to the top of the top section of the wool coat.

Next, sew the three sections together.

You have now completed the top half of the sheep.

There are a lot of pieces to this section, so let's just start with the lower section. Sew the two rectangles between the front legs together, and then sew the two front legs on either side. Sew togher the 2 inch lower left puff to the 1.25 by 2 inch strip of background fabric. Then sew a puff to the top of this piece and sew a 2.75 inch square of background to the bottom.

Now you can expand the layout to include the nose section and the upper puff. This upper puff has the flip triangle of lift fabric in the upper right corner. Sew this upper puff to the lower section of the wool coat. Sew the nose sections together, then sew the light/dark two-piece components on either side.

Like a cooking show, I've moved ahead and already sewn the nose section to the top chest rectangle. Once you do that, you can sew the front legs to the chest, and sew the wool coat section to the left side of the chest section.

Let's end with the back end. This should get interesting because Buddy is now up on the desk to help if walking on the keyboard can be considered helpful.

For this section, you will want to make sure you added a 1.25 inch square of light fabric to the upper left hand corner of the 4.25 by 5 inch rectangle of dark fabric. Sew the components of the right side of the wool coat together as shown. Then sew the background strips of fabric to either side of the short back leg. Then sew the short back leg section to the 2.75 by 3.5 rectangle of dark fabric. Finally, sew the long back leg to the short back leg section.

Now sew the leg section to the back flank. And then sew on the right side of the woolly coat.

Now you have all four of the major sections of the sheep completed. Sew the sheep's back end to its front end. Then add the eyes section. And finally add the ears section.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Green sheep

Oh dear. This sheep seems to have gone on a green drink detox. All so she can join the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge during the May celebration of green.

I provided a tutorial for a right-sided sheep here. And I plan to give instructions for the left-sided sheep tomorrow.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Squirrel Packing Nuts

I have made very little progress on my green sheep, so I will have to show a squirrel instead. I just can't keep up with Gayle at Mangofeet. And speaking of squirrel! That squirrel shoulder looks too blocky.

That's better. That should make it easier for the squirrel to escape any menacing cats by climbing up a tree.

Part of my excuse for less patchwork productivity is that I am packing for my move to Portland. And that sentence sure has its share of Ps. Since I document quilting with photography, I thought I might as well use my camera to keep track of inventory. The label to the side of the picture gets moved to the top of the box, and taped down as I seal the box. Then I can use the photo to know what's inside.

And of course I am supervised at all times.

And here are some butterflies flying free until I get them sewn in to a vintage butterfly block.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Spiderweb blocks

Drumroll please. All 72 blocks are completed. I really have 73, so one block will be odd block out. For the next step, I will be measuring and trimming. Some of the blocks are curvaceous. But I'm trying to make a quilt that is flat.

Buddy has stopped running away when he sees the camera...and is now willing to pay the price for being adorable.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Everything but patchwork

Molly says "Just say nope to taupe."

However, Buddy says "Taupe is dope."

Squirrel has been reading Gayle's blog Mangofeet and squirrel agrees with Gayle that squirrels are fascinating and should distract everyone...especially if you wanted to throw some nuts or seeds his way.

And here are the peonies putting on a show in the side yard.

And here's another close up of a mountain laurel that shows how the flower buds grow and then explode like tiny fireworks.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A look back

I got very little sewing accomplished today, so Molly said she would help me with this blog post. She thought you might like to see how I lay out the vintage butterfly block parts before I assemble them. But she thought you would rather see where she likes to sleep.

Molly thought you might also like to see what she was doing a year ago. I think Molly is trying to teach Buddy how to be a cat but has concluded that one really can't fight mother nature. (And yes, they are in front of the design wall where Molly has knocked down all the patchwork.)

Molly also thought you might like to see what was up on my design wall a year ago. Now you can understand why she is so determined to keep the design wall clear of clutter.