February and March quilting finishes

(Quilting, because I ain’t finished any cross-stitch lately and I’ll save the WIPs for whenever I get to my next FlossTube video in a couple weeks.)

First, one thing that is not yet a finish, nor will it be in time for this week’s guild meeting, but at least I started working on it again after who knows how long it had been folded up for. (I think I unfolded it and took photos a couple months back and swore I would get working on it but didn’t and just refolded it, sigh…)

That is the black and blue quilt above. I think I started it in 2013 or 2014 with the intention of having something soft to sit on on the floor of my old jam space where it wouldn’t matter if the dye from my cheap Old Navy jeans bled a bit and discoloured it (I had a Persian rug with some large beige areas that wasn’t soft to sit on and was then starting to show some discolouration from me sitting on it anyway).

It was the first time I’d done any really complicated (to me, anyway) piecing as anything before had been large simple blocks with appliqué for the fiddly bits, and mostly I’d just done a couple art quilts where I didn’t care if I was precise. Which is to say the corners where I have 8 triangles coming together are all lumpy because I knew nothing of fanning out seams, and I screwed up with placements so many of those have two or more triangles being the same damn blue.

But whatever. I still want to finish it, plus I have a new scratchy rug to sit on in the winter (ie, the low pile beige carpet in the basement, where I like to sit on the floor directly in front of the woodstove in the winter) where I could use a kinda crappy quilt to sit on instead.

I swear it’ll be finished before this coming winter. Maybe.

Anyway, I’ve just got the blue bits to quilt and I’m alternating between the wonky square spiral above and pebbles.

Now, actual finishes.

In the last couple months I’ve finally gotten around to doing a few quilted postcards for the Canadian Quilters’ Associations Quilt Canada postcard challenge.

I take workshops from Karen occasionally, so I just hand them in in person rather than mailing them, but so far I’ve done five and hope to get at least a couple more done by the deadline.

Here are the ones I’ve done so far:

Above: made from scraps.

Below: scraps, but also appliqué of cheesecloth for a net texture and a shiny yarn for waves. The fish is made from scraps of printed sheer fabric cut off from hemming a pair of curtains that I used in the last house (that didn’t really fit anywhere in this one, so I’ve set them aside for now).

Above: free motion quilting on a kinda dreary polka dot that reminded me of Vancouver.

Below: a couple I made from improvised weavings. Major pain in the ass to quilt – there’s a reason you don’t see those two art forms combined, lol… but they turned out OK and I learned things I can later apply to art quilts of the future.

Like “there are some things that will just have to be hand-quilted if you insist on using them.”

The blue one wasn’t quite so bad, since all the yarns had a similar weight and by then I’d learned that you can’t really free-motion this shit, you need to put on a zigzag foot, raise the feed dogs, and use one of those stretch/multi zigzag stitches that is the bottom “three point zig zag” mentioned in this blog post (I tried to type in an illustration with the front and back slashes, but it came out wrong when I hit publish, so a link will do… you can sorta see it in the photo of my weaving, though.)

Etc. and adjust the width of that to get a stitching line. I still managed to go around over curves, just turning the work slowly and sometimes stopping to raise the presser foot.

Lastly, in my last workshop with Karen over at Kaleidoscope Quilt Company, we were working with using watercolour pencils on fabric (for wallhangings that will never be washed ONLY, naturally). I made a little landscape based on a photo I took in Crofton Harbour a few weeks back, and I finally got the binding done on it with a mottled grey:

Now I just have to figure out where to hang it.

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