Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I have been working on a lap quilt for a friend who I want to send a bit of cheer to. My friend makes braided rugs and is working on a new one for her bedroom that has blue, green, plum, and brown in it and my quilt fabrics were chosen to go with that. 
Cutting blocks for Linda's Quilt
The design for Linda's Quilt
The pattern is a tessellation using the block from the Ursula Reike's baby quilt I made recently. The blocks in the baby quilt are cut at 6 inches, these are cut at 4.5. I think I would like the design with the blocks cut even smaller, but that was the smallest ruler I had. Smaller would also require a lot more blocks, so for this particular project, which I want to get done fairly quickly, I am happy with the size. The arrangement of the colors was inspired by the traditional Trip Around the World quilt. 

I'm linking this up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Saturday Snapshot




Today was the New England Regional Homebrew Competition. This is a group of French and Belgian ales lined up ready for judging in a mini-best-of-show round. Linked up with Saturday Snapshot.



Saturday, October 11, 2014

Saturday Snapshot

When we visited San Francisco in June we went to the Aquarium. There were these amazing jelly fish as part of the exhibit where you walk through a tunnel with all these fish and other SF Bay-dwelling creatures swimming  around you. Overall it wasn't the greatest aquarium, but the tunnel exhibit was very cool. The jellyfish were amazing to watch, as they are constantly in motion and their tentacles wave around them.

Linked up with Saturday Snapshot.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Finish Along - Q4

I am giving these projects one more quarter in the Finish-Along at The Littlest Thistle. I didn't get as much done as I had hoped in the previous 2 quarters, but I am chipping away at the list and substantial progress has been made on individual projects. 

In the words of Yoda, "there is no try, there is only do." I am going to finish these projects by December 31. 


Here is my finish list for 2014 Q4:

  • Make yellow & gray skirt (pattern has been cut out and is ready to sew)
  • Complete William's quilt (three sections are quilted, they need to be joined and then bound)
  • Finish two purses (both are put together and just need handwork done to finish them up)
  • Complete one flag quilt (It is basted and about half quilted)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Done: Zoo Baby Quilt

This quilt is a baby quilt made from a pattern I came up with years ago. It is my go-to baby quilt and is also good for lap quilts for any occasion. It uses a theme fabric and then draws colors from that for 3 color variations of 9-patches to give a diagonal design.
Zoo Baby Quilt - designed and made by M. Russell
This one is quilted with a stipple pattern across the body of the quilt (in blue variegated thread) and then a wavy line pattern (in blue and yellow variegated thread) in the yellow border. The back is mostly the red zoo print fabric with a brown border.

Zoo Baby Quilt -- Corner detail of the back
This is one of the projects on my Q3 list for the Finish Along at The Littlest Thistle.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Saturday Snapshot

I love how photographs of objects taken super close become textural more than representative. These are hops my husband was putting into a beer he was making a while back.
Linked up with Saturday Snapshot.