Wedding bells are ringing

The wedding invitation
The wedding invitation

My sister-in-law is getting married, and we get to go to Israel next week to go to the wedding!  According to my Israeli husband, money is a more common gift than presents, but I couldn’t not make her something.  So, inspired by their wedding invitation, I am making a mini quilt for them. I scanned the invitation and my sister used her spiffy (technical term) software and cutting thingie (2nd technical term) to cut out patterns for me.  I then used those to trace on the paper backing of fusible web I’d ironed to fabric to make different silhouettes.  Lots and lots of cutting around little corners came next.

Tracing the pattern pieces
Tracing the pattern pieces

I quilted a background of squares from different white and ivory fabrics and ironed on the silhouettes and was so close to being done!  Just embroidering their names in English and Hebrew and the binding to do.

Pnina's wedding quilt - wrong order
This is actually a patterned blue fabric, but my camera makes it look black.

Which is when I realized that I am an idiot.  An idiot who should not be trusted with an iron. See, the thing about Hebrew is that it reads from right to left, unlike English.  Which means that when I laid out the figures in a left to right pattern, as I read the invitation, I had the events out of order.  The figures rushing to each other were representing the first meeting, which had to go before the falling in love. i tried to pry them up, but I’d done my ironing too well and it ripped the figures and left blue shadows and glue on the background.

The ruined background
The ruined background

At this point, there was much swearing and stomping of feet and gnashing of teeth and then more swearing. The redone and almost done wedding mini-quilt When I calmed down and became resigned, I performed an emergency amputation of the top half.  I sewed on new batting, cut out new squares, sewed the new squares to the bottom half that I hadn’t wrecked, re-quilted, re-traced, re-cut, and after REALLY CAREFUL examination, re-ironed.

Amputating the mistake.
Amputating the mistake.

I’m now back where I was an hour and a half ago, with just the embroidery and binding to go.  Whew!

The almost done and redone wedding mini quilt
The almost done and redone wedding mini quilt

Oceans BOM – February block

The Quilt Art Designs pattern is out for the February paper-pieced ocean theme quilt. This one is a sea lion pup floating in the sea. A great use of perspective. I really liked January’s sea turtle, but I like this one even more.

The pattern comes with layout pics for both colors and piece order.
The pattern comes with layout pics for both colors and piece order.

Lots of tiny little pieces with this one. Also a lot of browns, which I didn’t have enough of so it was off to the fabric store to get three more marbled fabrics is various browns to add to the little I had. For the water I had a great remnant from the bag that my friend gave me of all her marbled and batik quilting scraps.

As an example of how many little bits there are (running A – S, so 19 segments) in the paper pieces, here is one of the eyes in progress:

The start of the eye
More pieces added to the eye – seam ripper added for scale
The rather chewed up paper backing

All told, I think this block took me about seven hours to create. Definitely a good thing that there is only one a month! Of course, if I was more careful, and didn’t need the seam ripper so often, I’d have shaved at least an hour off that time.

Assembly in progress
Assembly in progress
She still needs whiskers, but she's a cutey!
She still needs whiskers, but she’s a cutey!

I’m very enthusiastic about the finished block. Though I plan to do some really simple sewing to give my brain a break!

The finished block!
The finished block!

Half square triangles quilt in progress (for now)

HST trimming

I’d rather neglected this quilt as shinier objects caught my eye, and I would really like to get the design wall back, so I spent some time squaring up HST blocks to 5 1/2″ today.

About 20 to go and then I can get it all sewn together in the arrow pattern I finally settled on.

Lots of little trimmings piling up.

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A dolphin family

I got another commission for a wall hanging, this time a family of dolphins. She wanted a mom, a teenager and twin youngsters to represent the family.

I went colorful rather than black silhouette with these, using two different marbled fabrics.

Then I made a tropical island with a sandy beach in the background and added some white caps.

I quilted both the water and the sky with wavy criss crossing lines before adding the dolphins, one leaping from the water and the others swimming below.

Next was outlining the dolphins, adding some dark blue (not black as it appears in the photo) underwater waves, a few clouds, and it was almost done. Just eye and mouth embroidery to do, and the binding to finish it all off.

Red and white – 6 & almost 7

Red and white – 6 – I cut these out yesterday but didn’t get around to sewing them until this evening.

I was worried I’d lose all the pieces for the two blocks, so I just put them into the book on the pages for their block and closed up the book to keep all the pieces together.

Red and white - mistaken block 7

Block 6 is Friendship Chain.

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Block 7 is called Aunt Nancy’s Favorite. I planned to change the corners to white to emphasize the X. Unfortunately I wasn’t paying attention when I sewed it, and I reversed the red and white in the corners and ended up with a star instead of an X. So this one will have to go on the orphan block pile and I’ll make it again.

The failed X-become-star:

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Red and white – blocks 2 & 3

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Block two for the red and white quilt is called Devil’s Claws, which is rather dark for a pretty block that didn’t cause any trouble. I’d have probably gone with a name referencing the hourglass, but we’ll go with it.

Now off to the treadmill and then to the fabric sale. I need some gray batik for a dolphin commission.

Update:

Got the third block done this afternoon. This one is called Next Door Neighbor, a friendly name than the last block. Two reds on this one, and I changed the color arrangement from the original as I’m emphasizing the Xs.

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