Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Splendid Sampler and Milleflori La Passacaglia


Blocks 1- 3 top row; Blocks 4-6 2nd row; Block 7 bottom

In February, Jane Davidson and Pat Sloan, began their 100 block year long odyssey, The Splendid Sampler.   Each week 2 blocks are published after being created by the 80 + Splendid Sampler Designers.  It's been fun for me to prepare the blocks so I will continue to post my progress here from time to time.   I encourage you to visit the site to learn more.  

I love to hand piece so I've been busily converting the blocks to hand piecing friendly but for those of you who would rather machine piece, there are excellent instructions for each block from it's designer including tips and different ideas for piecing.

I've posted my first 7 blocks in the photo above.  Converting to hand piecing is simple when I use the Inklingo Shape Collections.  

I use the Inklingo Shape Collections whenever I can.  There is a list of shapes on the Inklingo site created by Cathi Godwin that is a valuable tool I use all the time.  If I know what size and shape patch I need, Cathi's list leads me to the shape collection where I can find it.

Block 1 - Hearts Aflutter: 3 inch squares and  1.5" squares from Storm at Sea 9 inch

Block 2 - Wings: 1 inch squares from 1 inch log cabin and 1 inch half square triangles from TRI HST 00b

Block 6 - Focal Point:   I used HST 00b collection and 1 inch log cabin again.

EQ7 is also a valuable tool.  I create the blocks in EQ and then make templates for my piecing. Below are Block  3 - Lots of Love on the left;  and Block 5 - Simple Simon on the right.  Each block shows the templates on the back of freezer paper.  

Block 3 and Block 5

Blocks 4 and 7 are hand appliqued and hand embroidered...which I love to do just as much as hand piecing.  They went together quickly.  
Appliqued and Embroidered Blocks

I'll be working on Block 8 - Friends Around the Square .  This lends itself well to EQ7. 



In between I continue to hand piece La Passacaglia with the aid of Inklingo Shape Collection for this project. This is a big project and will take considerable time.  

Rosettes 1 and 3 joined top left.  Three of the required, completed  Rosette 2
I'm currently piecing Rosette 4.  There are nine of them.  As you can see, my colors are all over the place but I have a little of blue and white in each rosette.  Hopefully this will tie it all together.   More photos of progress to come.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

La Passacaglia

Like one of my blogger friends, I've been in a blogging slump.  I've had some major changes and upsets in the  year 2015 and it was hard for me to get back to being me.  The upheavals changed me for a time.  Now I'm back (I hope) to just being me and doing what I love.  I love blogging, really do, but for months sitting at my computer was difficult for me.  Lately I find I'm really enjoying it again. And I'm really enjoying hand piecing again.  All sorts of quilts are spinning in my head.  What to do next?!!

My Carpenter's Wheel is coming along.

 I've put borders on it and it's ready to be basted for quilting but then I got distracted by Passacaglia.   This is my life story, endless distractions.

My interpretation of Willyne Hammerstein's Passacaglia from her book Millefiori Quilts  is a difficult piece for me.  Not the piecing process.  It would never be that.  But the colorways and the size.  I'm not good at big things.  Hard for me to picture.  Small has always been better for me. And of course I'm making the Rosettes even bigger than Willyne Hammerstein intended.
Millefiori Quilts

Willyne Hammerstein in Millefiori does all her quilts by handpiecing with the running stitch.  I chose to do mine the same way.  I could have gotten templates or I could go to Linda Franz Inklingo and used her shape collection.  Being a big fan of Inklingo, I went there.  Using English Paper Piecing is out of the question for me.  Some may want to pursue this burdensome method and actually enjoy it.  I've tried it and can do it with some skill, but don't enjoy the process.  Hand piecing with a running stitch is so much more relaxing for me and a ton of time faster and I don't have to deal with those papers - stitching or gluing them to fabric, piecing together, taking out the papers...not for me.

So back to bigger than. Willyne Hammerstein calls for the use of 3 cm shapes.  Inklingo comes in 3 cm or alternatively in 1.5 inch shapes.  Three cm is equal to 1.181 quite a bit smaller and probably easier for me to manage...but no, I decided to try the bigger.  Even when I finish it, I'm not sure what I will do with such a large piece.  My BFF says well put it on a bed.  Hmm.  yes that might work.  I do have huge wall space in my new home in Florida but probably not that large and they all seem to be taken.

And what about matching all the rosettes to each other in some color way?   I think I'll just do what I always do and use what's in my stash.

My Stash.  Excuse the messiness.

Here is what I've done so far.

Rosette One ( I made this one first)
Then I began on Rosette 2.  The plan calls for three of them.

2nd inner rosette made

Third Inner Rosette Made
This is the fourth inner rosette with almost all the rows added and of course it's quite large by my standards..

First Rosette 2 almost done.  Last partial row of stars needed.
I embroidered wee snowmen on the inner pentagons, probably because I'm now in the South and actually miss snow.
Inner Pentagons of first rosette 2.

So I will continue to work on my rosettes for La Passacaglia.  I think it will be very interesting when done and will include many of  the fabrics purchased in my years as a quilter...20 years as of 2016.