Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Little of This...

...and a little of that.  That's kind of what I have been working on lately: a little bit of everything!

IMG_2397 Busy!
Busy Studio!

For some reason, I got out some hand-dyed fabrics I bought about 20 years ago and started playing around with them over the weekend.  Finally.  I've been wanting to have a go at an off-set "modern" log cabin -- different sized "logs", sort of a cut and deal the pieces around as you go type of thing.  For whatever reason, I thought the hand-dyes were the way to go.  Why not?

Our internet/cable/phones went out Monday morning, so I actually got way more done than I normally would have.  Here's a look at the log cabin blocks:

IMG_2419 Modern Log Cabin

I would not normally put those colors together (that's just an iPhone shot... which seemed to tone everything down a bit) - but it all sort of "worked".  And Dave, GDFTCB didn't object, so I figured I was good to go.

Here's a look at how things stood as of yesterday afternoon:

IMG_2421 Modern Log Cabin

I should have it together in no time! (Except that now that I've seen the inner Studio in this photo, I feel the need to clean and organize....)

Remember the blue and white table runner I showed you a while ago? I mentioned in that post that I had made two. I finally quilted the other one over the weekend, too, and got the front part of the binding sewn on.

IMG_2402 The other Blue/white Tablerunner
Just finished quilting!

That's pre-binding. I shot a couple pix as I was binding it (just with my iPhone - I really need to remember to take the camera downstairs!) and will share those soon. Too often, people make binding a quilt seem WAY more challenging than it has to be, so I thought I'd share a couple tips. Look for those soon!

Oh! And the gloves? That's the tip for today.  They are machine quilting gloves, sold in any quilt shop - very lightweight, with rubberized fingertips.  You wouldn't think something like that would make a big difference when you machine quilt, but oh, my, yes, they do!  You need some.  Even though you'll feel compelled to imitate Mickey Mouse when you wear them.  Not that I'd do that...

Thanks for reading!

3 comments:

BeadedTail said...

I love the colorful quilt! I also love the heart one on the chair! Your studio looks very organized to any place I work in! :)

Huffle Mawson said...

Why is it called log cabin? And why do you need gloves for machine quilting? Inquiring minds want to know!

Joni said...

I treasure my KZK bag! That quilt is beautiful. Dave has great taste!