Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Quilt as You Go....Double Sash/Binding method

" I'm a material girl – want to see my fabric collection?" -unknown
 QUILT as you Go....Double Sash method
So I've long wanted to another big quilt, but not deal with the bulk when machine quilting. I used to hand quilt all the time, but not anymore. Found a few quilt as you go methods and have decided to try them out and see what I like best.  First one I found was this Sash method. Not sure where I've been all this time, my head under a rock, possibly, but was really excited to find this. This makes a reversible quilt. It's fine, I think, till you get to the binding ( sash) part.....not real crazy about it.  But here it is anyways ( can hardly wait to try the other ways...see if I like them  more)
 First, make a couple of quilt squares. I chose a Sawtooth
 And  a square designed  and named for Princess Charlotte.
 Then cut out a backing for each. I did different material for each.
 Two backings. Two quilt squares. Ready to go.
 Next, grab your flat batting. I chose fusible fleece. ( Mostly cause it was on sale)
 Cut fleece out.
 Layer Back, batting, top together.
 You can pin the layers if you want. Here and there. I find pinning annoying, but one to hold is okay.
 Set your machine for quilting with the walking foot. Make squirly wirly designs.
 Two squares quilted with swirls and wirls. All ready for next step. So far, so good.
 Cut sash ( binding) strips to meet the sides. Don't cut too narrow or it will be difficult.
 Iron the binding. Make a hem on one side if you wish. Some of the quilting sites  wait to do this, but I found it easier.

 Sew BOTH sash bindings to either side of one quilt square. This is fiddly. This is the part I found annoying. It works, but you have to match both sides......
 Open up and sew to other square.
 You might want to trim the edge.. Sew carefully. Tends to get tangled right about now.
 Turn hemmed edge over to sew down. You can also do as a hand hem stitch. Two squares completed. Not fond of the double sash. BUT  it works. Now to try another way.  Another blog I will cover a single sash on the reversible side and seams on the other. Will see how THAT turns out......But still a cool way to quilt. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Cooper's Hawk in January.....

 THE HAWK by William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)
Cooper's hawk

 Call Down the hawk from the air
 Let him be hooded or caged
 Till the yellow eye has grown mild
 For larder and spit are rare.
 The old cook enraged
 the scullion gone wild
 "I will not be clapped in a hood
 Nor a cage, nor alight on a wrist
 Now I have learnt to be proud,
 Hovering over the wood
 In the broken mist
 Or tumbling cloud."
 What tumbling cloud did you cleave
 Yellow-eyed hawk of the mind,
 Last evening? that I, who had sat
 Dumbfounded before a knave,
 Should give to my friend
 A pretence  of wit.......
 Photography 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

January on the West Coast

 "There is one spectacle  grander than the sea,that is the sky:there is one spectacle grander than the sky,that is the interior of the soul..." --Victor Hugo (Les Miserables)
 At Discovery Passage
 On the East coast of Vancouver Island.
 Coast Mountains
 Bathed in sunset at 4:15.
 And Quadra Island in the mist of blue. Incredible.
 "Listen to what the sky is telling you....." - A.D. Posey
 Hard to believe.....
 This is January
 Where rain forest meets the ocean
 And Mt. Washington Range  binds them all together.
 Blue during the day
 To sunset at 4:30pm
 "Night has come, and her planets safely risen; a safe, still night.We know that God is everywhere.....
 But we certainly we feel His presence most when His works are on the grandest scale spread before us;and it is in the unclouded night sky where his worlds wheel their silent course...
 That we read  clearest His  infinitude,His omnipotence, His omnipresence...." -Charlotte Bronte
Photographs: 2018 Campbell River, B.C. East coast of Vancouver Island