Red and White and Documentation

There’s an online/virtual show of Red and White quilts going on right now, and I thought I’d participate. I started looking through my photographs and came to the realization that I have never actually made a red and white quilt.


I was sure I had made SOMETHING, but as I thought about it, I realized that whenever I make a quilt with red and white in it, there is always another color — blue, black, green….

I had decided I was going to write a post showing off all of my almost red and white quilts, and started to look through photos with an eye towards that goal.

And then something even more shocking happened: I found pictures of a quilt that I had made, that I hadn’t remembered making, until I saw the pictures. Now that I’ve stared at these pictures long enough, I do remember this one, but I have no idea where it went. I’m thinking I probably gave it away as a baby gift. Maybe? As far as the design itself, I think it was probably something I made up on my own, probably after seeing something like it on the Internet somewhere. The pictures were taken in December 2006, so I’m assuming a late 2006 creation timeframe.

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Unfortunately, none of the pictures I have of it are actually very good. It was quilted using my Meandering Magic technique, using the swirly feather variation. It’s really pretty cute!

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So, there’s my one red and white quilt. As mentioned in a previous post, I’m thinking about a Radiant Star quilt, in red and white, and even if I don’t do that, I’ll definitely be making SOMETHING that is just red and white!

This has led me to another realization though: I need to do better about documenting the quilts I make. I have started a notebook in Evernote, and made a template note that has headers for the different kinds of things I would want to keep track of for the quilts I make.

A lot of things are probably buried here in the blog, or on MQResource, and I’m going to take a wild guess that this red and white quilt was probably documented on, but that site’s archives are long gone. I’m going to start trying to put existing quilts into my journal in Evernote, and while a lot of it will say “unknown,” it will be something. After I get some time and experience under my belt with a system, I’ll share more about using Evernote for this.

I did poke around to see if there’s some software for quilt journalling, but I didn’t find much. I think using Evernote will work pretty well for me, but we’ll see. I’ll be going through blog archives, too. Even though the information might be HERE, on the blog, it’s buried in with everything else, and I think I like the idea of using a single repository in Evernote, so I can see ALL of the quilts I’ve made. It’ll be interesting to eventually figure out how many that actually is.

Question for other quilters: do you do something to document the quilts you make?

Call to action: go visit the linky page for the Red and White quilt show, sponsored by SewCalGal. And think about participating, too! You have until the end of the day tomorrow to share your red and white quilts!


Work in Progress Wednesday {Week 5}

The quilt on the frame doesn’t really appear much different than it did last week — I have made some progress, but didn’t get as much done over the weekend as I hoped.

The pink/blue/green quilt I’m piecing doesn’t look any different either — although I do have some more small units put together.

Today ended up being a day off of school (snow and cold. blech….) and so, instead of doing something like straightening up or putting away my laundry or anything useful like that, I pieced something new. I’m allowed: it’s a gift, with a deadline in March. I had some color ideas, and bought some fabric last night, but had no idea what I was going to make. I made some abortive attempts at a few things, and then poked around Pinterest where I found exactly the right thing (the sample was even made in the colors I wanted to use!).

And…I got a LOT done today:

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The pattern is called “Helix,” it’s from an ebook by Emily Herrick, called “Geared for Guys.” I was trying to figure out how to make it myself, based on pictures, but that only lasted for about 5 minutes before I realized I was being stupid and making myself crazy, and there’s too much crazy around here already.

Several episodes of Castle, Bones, and Elementary later and…I’m nearly at the point in this where I get to whack off the corners at 60 degree angles and then continuing adding pieces to make it a rectangle again. Quilting is funny, isn’t it? Cutting things apart and then sewing them back together….

I can’t wait to finish piecing this, I think it’s going to be great fun to quilt. As I said, it’s a gift, so I’m not going to say much more specific about it until later, but this will probably show up for the next little while as it moves through the process.

We are on a two hour delay for tomorrow, and hopefully we’ll actually have school. It’s the second day of conferences, and Friday is already scheduled to be a day off, as a comp day for the teachers, so…I suspect I’ll get a bunch more sewing and quilting done during my three day weekend!

Project 365 2014 {Week 5}

January 26, 2014 Let us in, it’s a blizzard out here! (The wind is howling, the house is creaking, school for tomorrow is cancelled, U.G.H.)

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January 27, 2014 Brrrrrr. Day off of school due to cold. Ran outside with the dog to try to take some pictures, it was too cold for me to actually do anything more than shoot a few and then we all ran back inside.

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January 28, 2014 Back to my desk. This picture makes it look neater and nicer than it really is. You can’t see that immediately to the left is a wall….my office is very narrow…..

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January 29, 2014 “Lively” — she’s sure a lot more lively then any of the humans in the house at the moment….the ones that are glued to their laptops….that she is standing on!
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January 30, 2014 The necklace and initial charms were a birthday gift, the cherry was received at Christmas. Kind of stretching for today’s picture.
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January 31, 2014 “Do you want me to smile?”
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February 1, 2014 Mark and Madeline, chatting about her bracelet.
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One whole month down! Here’s January in review (and yes, there are more than 31 pictures, January 3rd had two, that I had originally combined into one picture for the “official” picture.

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More than half of my photos are from my iPhone. It may not be the “nicest” camera I own, but when it’s the only camera I have with me, that automatically makes it the “best” camera for the job!

Let there be light

The quilt on the frame has 32 “block” motifs to be quilted — I’ve now got 9 of them done. Because it’s cream colored thread on neutral fabric blocks, I’m having an interesting time trying to see where I’m going.

With my overhead light and my machine light on, this is what it looks like:

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Talk about quilting blind!

Luckily, I have a really lightweight light fixture that gives off a beautiful white light. It’s light enough I can set the whole thing up on the quilt itself. I turn this on, get it as close as I can to where I’m stitching. I also turn off the machine light.

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And that which was impossible to see, is now visible:

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I’m really pleased with how this quilting is going. I can do this particular block design all at once, continuous curve, pebbling and feathered motifs. As you can see, I draw in the big curl thingies, to remind myself of approximately where they go, but as you can also see: I don’t actually quilt what I’ve drawn, because they are usually too wonky! Mostly, I’m reminding myself which one is supposed to be big and which is supposed to be little.

I’m using a purple air erasable marker to mark my guidelines. I just have the one right now, and I keep losing it. It’s the only thing I have right now to mark light colored fabric, so I need to (a) stop losing it and (b) get another one!

Throwback Thursday — Radiant Star Edition

On Tuesday, I spent more than a little time looking at old posts about this quilt that I made in 2009. It was a commissioned project, one of Mark’s coworkers had me make this for him to give to his wife for Christmas that year.

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Long time blog readers no doubt remember this project. It took me months to make and quilt this baby, I started piecing in August, and the final “finished” post was made in December. This was never “my” quilt to begin with — it was always the customer’s quilt, so I didn’t have any trouble handing it over at the end, although, I do occasionally wish I had asked for visitation in the contract.

All of the posts about it are here: Radiant Star posts, from the very beginning of the piecing all the way through to the finished quilted piece. All of the photos that I used in those posts are also collected on Flickr, if you just want to look at those: Radiant Star on Flickr.

To confirm that I’m a little bit insane, the reason I’ve been looking at these pictures this week is because I’m contemplating recreating this quilt in some fashion. Possibly with the same color scheme, maybe not. Maybe a similar setting, maybe not. I know there will be Feathered Stars. I know there will be red and white fabric. I know that when I quilt it, I will go over the top and try to make it spectacular.

Obviously, I have many more details to work out. I just thought I’d warn you.