Friday, November 21, 2014

Most recent Projects

It's cold here in NW Ohio.  I think we are in for an awful winter.  Even my GG Marie would rather be sitting by the fire.  Most days my little Chihuahua mix won't come inside the house.  Oh, she comes in if I ask her to.  She runs in to see what I want,  gives me a nose bump and a kiss and runs out again.  Today is different.  Today she's inside.  Temperature on the back yard thermometer showed 23 degrees F. this afternoon.  Even lower now.

For the last two days I've gotten very little hand piecing or any part of the quilt making process done.  Computer issues.  Or not really computer issues.  Pop up ad issues.  Malware Issues.  If I ruled the world, I'd exact my revenge.  Maybe sit these small minded people (who force these adds on the computing public) in a locked room and make them listen to elevator music all day.  That would be oh so nice...and satisfy my revenge quotient in part.  I have more evil revenge scenes rolling around in my thoughts but oh well never mind.

So now all is fixed and working as it should, but the last two days are a bust for my quilt work. Last two days aside,  I have managed to do some piecing and finished two little tops over the last month. 

The Patchwork of the Crosses in Red and White is a small table topper I made using the Inklingo 90 degree 0.5 Inch Hexagon Collection.   The last time I posted about this top, a quarter of the blocks were pieced together.

One Quarter of  POTC in Red and White
Patchwork of the Crosses in Red and White
Now it's done as far as I plan to go.  The blocks went together nicely.  My friends are encouraging me to add to this quilt top making it larger but I want to move on to something else. There are so many potential quilts running around in my head.

My Prairie Women's Group is working on an English Paper Piecing Hexagon Quilt using one inch hexagons.  I used to piece my hexagons the EPP way.  I did a few quilts using this method, but so combersome.  I think the reason EPP is used is for accuracy plus all those Y seams make a Hexagon Quilt Top difficult to machine piece. 

I hand pieced my top using Inklingo's One Inch Hexagon Collection .  Accuracy is a snap and there are no Y seam problems when you use Inklingo.  Lots quicker and a lot more enjoyable for me. So while the group is still working on their EPP, wrapping their little bits of fabric around their little one inch  hexagon shapes,  I have finished my top and I can move on to quilting it or maybe make another top.  The top does call for some wool applique on the light center hexagon flowers, but I will do this after I quilt the top...this can be easily done with hand applique.

Hexagon Quilt Top
Made with Inklingo 1 Inch 60 Degree Hexagon Collection

So what next?  With EQ7, I've created a Rainbow Quilt top using 2 inch squares.  I can hand piece this a bit at a time very easily using 2 inch squares from one of the Inklingo Collections.  I already have the 90 degree 1 inch hexagon collection.  The 2 inch square is a bonus piece in this collection.

Bonus Pieces in the 90 Degree 1 inch Hexagon Collection
Or, our Prairie Women's Group will be working on a flying geese wall quilt.  I'd like to try this with Linda Franz's method of machine piecing flying geese using Inklingo.   (Sewing Flying Geese the Inklingo Way)

And I recently became inthralled with Dresden Plates. Using Inklingo  Dresden Plate Fancy Pieced Collection, would make doing one of these quilts so much fun.

So many possibilities.  I don't see how some of my  fellow quilters can stick to just one quilt project at a time!


  1. so agree Inklingo makes some quilts much easier to do with the cumbersome papers

  2. How disappointing that our printer ended up not needing to be replaced. :-( I don't feel confident enough of it to use it for printing on fabric ironed onto freezer paper. Good thing I enjoy EPP, but to be honest, I'd rather hand piece ... but the prospect of marking my lines the old fashioned way makes that something I'll probably not tackle. :-(

    1. Me too Kathy, I'd rather hand piece. I wiish I could help you with your printing. I've been able to help matter what your printer as long as it's an inkjet. I used EPP for a long time before I finally leaped into Inklingo. If you want me to walk you through it, I'd be happy to help. We can give it a try.

  3. Your work is just lovely. I've been tempted to try Inklingo, but just reading the tutorials, it sounds very complicated. I ordered any acrylic template since my tracing has resulted in some unsatisfactory POTC blocks. I'm hoping that will make a difference.

    1. Thank you Arlene. Inklingo is so easy to use really. It's just a matter of printing your pieces on fabric with freezer paper and an inkjet printer. I hope to see you using it. It's amazing what can be done with it. Try the free collection first, then move on to more if you like it. Here's a link back to my first project.

  4. Your red and white Patchwork of the Crosses is spectacular!
    I couldn't agree more about EPP - it is so tedious and, no matter how carefully I matched my thread to the fabric, I was never satisfied that my stitches were invisible. Inklingo makes everything so much easier and more fun.
    The Dresden Plate Deluxe collection will give you oodles and oodles of options. So far I've made two tops with it and am contemplating a third.
    I hope you're wrong about winter - although I have a sinking feeling you may be right,


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