HST Checkers & Succulent II {finishes}

Over the last year, I have been feeling more of a need to give back to the community. I originally started by donating quilts to NC folks that were recovering from one of our hurricanes. I really enjoyed making these community quilts.

This year at QuiltCon I had picked up an amazing 100 x 5″ square charm pack with Alison Glass fabric. When COVID-19 stay at home orders were issued, I decided I needed some mindless sewing to do. For me that was making Half Square Triangles (HST) with the charm pack and a some Kona Snow (I has on bolt). IMG_0691

I had enough squares to make 2 quilts, with a couple of additions from stash. I chose two designs, a simple grid based combination of snow and a 2×2 block and a previous one I used for my succulent quilt (just larger blocks this time). IMG_0713

Both the quilts were:

  • Backed with Speckled print from Ruby Star Society, one with yellow and one with teal.
  • They were also both long-arm quilted by Cary Quilting Company with and edge to edge design.
  • Bound with an older Alison Glass print.

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This is the final quilt for the Succulent remake which finishes at 76 x76″. The placement of the colors are to highlight the radiant movement of the triangles. Starts with Blacks, Greys, Low Volumes, Oranges, Blues & Teals, Yellow, Pinks & Purples and finishes with the greens. There are no repeat print in the same color way. I love how this quilt turned out. IMG_0892

The other quilt, the gridded layout, matched up the colors again but this time in sets of 4. My goal of the block placement was to make sure there were minimal repeats of colors in  a row or a single column. This one finishes at 64″ x 72″. IMG_0959

These two quilts, I plan to try something different with. Sometime late July – early August I plan to Auction these quilts off and give the proceeds of the auction to @together.rising (also check out their web page for general information and also how to donate and support their COVID-19 Assistance Program). This charity I have been supporting almost a year and does amazing work in the community. There is one more quilt which I’ll post about over the weekend, Pineapple, which will also be in the auction.

Stay tuned, I will post Auction information on my instagram account @ml_wilkie.

Mid-year check-in

Wow, can you believe it s already July? There’s not much I can say about the year. I am doing things I could never have predicted I’d be doing. I never thought I would be working from home while helping a middle school remote learner, and maintaining a household. I never thought I would be leaving the house no more than once a week. And when I do leave the house wearing a mask.

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I feel that this is the time to listen and educate myself. I am a foreigner in the US and I had a lot to learn about the importance of Black Lives Matter and the history / events that has lead to this point. What I learn will help me be a better manager in my day job, a better mother to my child as I pass on and help him understand, and a better person.

Anxiety has gotten the better of me, some weeks. As I mentioned before, anxiety has only been an issue for me the last 3 years. There are days where I think I am dying from some pain or symptom that I feel, and I have to keep telling myself that if I wake up in the morning it is just a panic attack. It’s ok.

I am finding balance though, even though it is something I have to work on. I have started to exercise (walking to start), focused on eating better, enjoyed cooking and baking for us, and using quilting as my stress reliever. For quilting not to be a stressor, I did have to change my self imposed expectations. I had timelines, a book and projects that must be done. I decided none of these mattered. I would just work on whatever I felt like. Surprisingly, I am feeling more creative at the moment, I procrastinate less and I am enjoying being behind my machine.  I feel I accomplished a lot so far this year.

  1. Completed quilts for Baby Gifts for my employees (Squircle, Lines Drawn)
  2. Finished 3 Charity Quilts which I plan to Auction off on Instagram.
  3. Finished up these WiPs ranging all the way back to 2016 – Q3 2019 (Study no. 3, Home, Map of Mannheim, Isolation)
  4. Finished a couple of new quilt tops (Covid Mash-up, Ford & Son)
  5. Worked on progressing other WiPs (Tree-Lined Streets (hand appliqué), Snow (redoing quilting with hand quilting), Art Deco Medallion (piecing the top))
  6. Then other smaller sewing projects which include my second ever piece of clothing I made and a bjillon masks for family and friends.

I am really pleased I finished 12 projects so far and made progress on the others. Many still need to be blogged about (I am always behind). I have no thoughts yet on the rest of the year so let’s see what happens the second half of this year.

I hope you all have found a way to survive 2020 and are doing well. Thank you for letting me share. I’d love to see your projects, especially your favorite one, so feel free to include a link below.

Quinary {a finish}

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Idea

Back in 2018, I was had a give away every month. One of the give aways was I would make a mini quilt for the winner. The winner said her favorite color was blue.

At the time, I was looking for a way to design stacked circles/ovals and I discovered Leon Polk Smith. He uses shapes and lines within other shapes to get these interesting nested pieces.

Design

I designed this piece, which I new straight away that I would piece in the dark blue but raw edge appliqué the circles to the background.

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As I cut the three circles (using the olfa circular rotary cutter), they reminded me of Mickey Mouse ears. So making a change in design I added two more circles.

Create

This piece went together really easily. I had backed the circles with Pellon Shape Flex 101 Interfacing to stabilize the raw edges and I then basted and stitched the circles in place.

Quilt

I keep the quilting simple with just straight lines. Keeping me company the weekend, I made this, I also had my Sewtopia buddy Corrina staying. She helped with the photoshop (LOL) of the finished quilt. This was a fun quick project and I love how that secondary square shape can be seen though it is not complete.

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Details

Name : Quinary
Design:
 Original Design
Fabric: White, Alegra, Indigo Kona Solids
Dimensions:
26 x 33 in.
Quilted: 1/2″ Straight line and gridded quilting using Aurifil white #2847