Wednesday, July 31, 2013

047- Flying Geese from Green Crumbs

47- Flying Geese from Green Crumbs


I continue to work my way through the too-small-for-most-projects scraps, color by color.


Without the lime greens that I used yesterday, I was left with a collection of dull and dark fabrics to use in today's quartet of flying geese.  It reminded me of my scrap quilt mantra, "Light, bright, dull, dark." On their own, they are quite uninteresting, but combined with the rest of the blocks made so far, I think that they'll be OK.

32 Crumby Geese

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

046 - Flying Geese from Lime Crumbs

46 - Flying Geese from Lime Crumbs


I'm still working my way through my scrap bins.  The green bin was over-flowing and so I firt pulled out the lime green scraps ... with more green geese to follow.


These 6 by 12 inch flying geese blocks were made as before, by first piecing a large square from scraps, then using the 4-at-once, no waste method for making flying geese.

Monday, July 29, 2013

045 - Flying Geese from Red Violet Crumbs

45 - Red Violet Flying Geese from Crumbs


There were enough red-violet fabric crumbs in the purple scrap bin, I made a second set of geese from the red-violet ones.


Here's how six sets of four large 6-by-12-inch flying geese and the smaller blocks I've made with the left-overs look on my design wall today.

Design Wall - July 30

I'm adding this post to the Linky list for Design Wall Monday.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

44 - Purple Flying (Geese made from) Crumbs

44 - Purple Flying Geese from Crumbs


More of the same ... 


A wide range of colors end up in my purple bin–enough for me to pull out the red-violet ones and put them aside to turn them into a set of their own ... coming soon.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

043 - Yellow Crumb-y Flying Geese

043 - Yellow Flying Crumbs


I continue cleaning out scrap bins, color by color.  I'm afraid my daily project will continue to be predictable for another week or so.


These 6 by 12-inch flying geese units are made as described before.

I have been making one large square for the flying geese and using up the rest of the mostly too-small scraps in smaller 6 1/2-inch squares.  They may become a border, part of the back or show up in a future project.

Yellow crumb blocks

4 Sets of Crumby Flying GeeseHere's how the 4 sets of large flying geese made from scraps look together.

I think it's starting to get interesting.

Friday, July 26, 2013

042 - Flying (Geese made from) Blue Crumbs

042 - Flying Blue Crumbs


More from my scrap bin clean-up


See the Pink geese for details on how these were made.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

041 - Large Crumby Red Flying Geese

041 - Giant Red Flying Geese


More geese made from fabric made from the crumbs in my red scraps bin.


Each flying geese unit measures 6 by 12 inches (finished size). Blocks are made using the 4-at-a-time, no waste method.

This is the second post today to make up for Monday, when after a sleepless night, I wasn't able to complete a daily feather.

040 - Large Pink Crumby Flying Geese

40 - Crumb-y Flying Geese


Pink Crumb SquareI've begun cleaning out the small pieces of fabric (AKA "crumbs") from my scrap bins, with the idea of making large squares of made fabric.

I plan to make a series of large flying geese units as part of this project.  These pink geese are the first.


Each of the flying geese units will measure 6 by 12 inches when sewn into a quilt.

I started by trimming the made fabric to 13 1/4-inches square.  I added 4 black 6 7/8-inch squares and used the no-waste method for making flying geese units.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

039 - "Improved" Feather and Fan Knit Dishcloth

039 - Improved Feather and Fan Dishcloth


When I knit the first cloth, I followed the directions, then decided I wanted to "improve" them to work better for me.


Two knitted dishclothsThis version of the Feather and Fan Dishcloth pattern makes a smaller cloth–this one measures 14 inches square–with edges on the bottom and top, similar to the one on the sides and eliminates the odd stripe in the center, which only seemed to be there as an artifact of how the pattern was written.

Detail from Feather and Fan Dishcloth


Materials Required

Worsted Weight Cotton - 1 ball of Lily Sugar 'n Cream
Knitting Needles - US size 8 (5.00 mm)

Knitting the Dishcloth

Cast on 45 stitches loosely (I used a larger needle).

Create Edge

Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: Knit.

Begin Feather and Fan Pattern 

Row 1: K2. *YO. K4. (K2Tog) twice. K4. YO. K1. Repeat from * twice more. K1
Row 2: K2. Purl to last 2 stitches. K2.
Row 3: Knit.
Rows 4-6: Repeat Rows 1-3.

Repeat Feather and Fan Pattern, rows 1-6,  eight more times, then rows 1-3 once more.
Repeat two Edge rows, then bind off loosely knitwise.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

038 - Bird Appliqué as Logo Camouflage

038 - Bird Appliqué Logo Camouflage


Camouflage is suggested as a theme for Day 12.  I was happy with the thread-painted feather I used to cover a logo on a shirt (as my number ??) and thought I'd tackle another logo'd shirt in my closet.


The bird is fused, raw-edged appliqué which will have stitching added later.  Fabrics are a combination of batiks and commercial prints.  It covers a logo that measures 1 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches.

I don't know if I'll wear a shirt with a silly tweety bird on it ... but I know I would have NEVER worn the shirt with the logo showing.

Monday, July 22, 2013

037 - Feather and Fan Knit Dishcloth

037 - Feather and Fan Knit Dishcloth


The pattern  for this project was one that was returned for my feather search on Ravelry.  I've always looked at knit dishcloths made by others and thought it was a good idea.  The Daily Feather gave me a reason to finally knit one of my own.


Detail from Feather and Fan Knit DishclothI fell asleep last night while I was knitting yesterday's daily feather and so it is still not quite finished. I'll update this post with another photo when I finish.

The cotton dishcloth will measure approximately 15 inches square. It is knit from Lily's Sugar `n Cream from a free pattern on their site. (Visitors will need to create an account to access it).

The pattern is a traditional knit pattern called Feather and Fan.

I like the nubby texture and how the pattern is reversible.  But I don't like the narrow panel down the center and think I'd find something a little smaller more useful–no size or gauge was provided with the pattern–and so I will likely knit an improved for me version in the future.  I will probably an edging at the bottom and top, similar to that on the sides, too.

037 - Completed Dishcloth


Here's the completed project, ready to be put to work in the kitchen.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

036 - Feathered Star Variation

035 - Feathered Star Variation


Making these feathered star blocks has turned out to be a little like eating potato chips for me.  They're addictive and I am becoming anxious to see how a bunch of them will look together and if these scrappy blocks will play nicely together.  I can't stop :-)


This is another of the 12 inch square, foundation paper pieced, feathered star blocks from the book, A Flock of Feathered Stars.  This quilt block, which is block number 10 in the book, is named Feathered Star Variation by the author.

Now that I've made 5 stars, I couldn't resist putting them in an on-point orientation on the design wall. I still don't know how many I will ultimately make, nor what the layout/design for whatever I make from them will be.  Right now I am just enjoying/perfecting the process.

Five Feathered Stars on Point

Friday, July 19, 2013

035 - Maribou Feather Fans for a Tiny Dancer

035 - Maribou Fans for a Tiny Dancer


I wanted to make something from real feathers, but when I went looking to buy some, my options were very limited. These small marabou feathers made me think "fan dancer."


The fans span about 5 inches. The dancer is a 12-inch wooden Artist's Model.

The feathers were hand-stitched to a small cardboard base. Each fan is made from 6-to-7 feathers.

The model is dancing on the Feather table mat.

Dancing on the Table Mat

Thursday, July 18, 2013

034 - Coasters

034 - Coasters


Inspired by FabricWhen I came across some small scraps of this black and white print of birds and birdhouses, I thought it would be perfect for the quilt with birds and birdhouses and lots of black and white prints.

But because it was a very small scrap, I decided to try to use it in the corners of the flying geese border of the crib quilt ... but after making the square in-a-square blocks didn't like them for the quilt.

The four blocks became coasters.


034 - Coasters for my Cuppa in the studioThe coasters measure 4 1/2-inches square and are made from quilting cottons.

The pieced square-in-a-square is paper foundation pieced. They are layered and quilted simply, along the seam lines, AKA stitch-in-the-ditch, with yesterday's quilted feather design in the turquoise triangles. They are bound, like tiny quilts, in a traditional way with solid black cotton.

They will live in a drawer in the studio, ready for the morning latté or iced water or tea that is I often have sitting next to the sewing machine or keyboard.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

033 - Quilted Feathers Design

033 - Quilted Feathers Design


Quilters often use feather-inspired designs in quilting.  I wanted to attempt a more literal interpretation and attempt to draw recognizable feathers with the sewing machine.


This is an unmarked design, free-motion quilted  on a scrap of muslin layered with batting. It measures approximately 4 by 5-inches.

One of Nolan Scalin's skull projects in the book is a thread-titched skull, produced by sewing only forward and backward.  I wondered why no one explained how a sewing machine could be used to stitch in any direction by using the free motion technique.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

032 - A Dozen (more) Flying Geese

032 - A Dozen Flying Geese


A miscalculation left me a bit short when I was putting together the baby quilt made from the bird blocks and flying geese and so I made a dozen more.


Making Flying Geese 2 WaysLike those in the large flock of Flying Geese units I previously shared, these measure 2 by 4-inches when sewn into a quilt.

After pulling three more black and white prints from my scrap bin, I ended up using 2 different methods to make the flying geese blocks, based on the size of the scraps I used–both methods are described on my flying geese tip sheet on the Tips and Tutorials.

Almost Finished quilt top - Tweet

Monday, July 15, 2013

031 - Feathered Star #4

031 - Feathered Star #1


This is another of the blocks from the book, A Flock of Feathered Stars.  It is the first block in the book, named "Feathered Star  #4" and is coincidentally, the fourth of the paper pieced Feathered Star blocks I've made for this project.

I confess that I definitely like some of the blocks more than others.  I've challenged myself to make at least one block from all sixteen 12 inch block patterns in the book over the course of this 365 day project.


This 12 inch quilt block is the least complex in the book.  It would be a great place for a beginner quilter/paper piecer who wanted to make feathered stars to start–the triangle "feathers" are larger and fewer than most feathered star blocks.

I have now completed four of the feathered star patterns in the book.  Put them all together and they look like this.

4 paper pieced Feathered Stars

Sunday, July 14, 2013

030 - Tall Love Birds Quilt Blocks

030 - Tall Lovebirds


The quilt I'm making from the flock of five birds needed to be taller, so I added two more tall birds.


The birds are separate blocks, each measuring 8 1/2-inches square. They were made in the same way the bird blocks made as my Daily Feathers # 15 through 19. I used my Bird Block pattern (which you can download from the Block Patterns page on my Sophie Junction blog, making long legs, and adding sky to the sides but no sky above the birds to create a square block.

Here's how the quilt-in-progress looks so far.

On the design wall

Saturday, July 13, 2013

029 - Finley Feathered Star Quilt Block

029 - Finley Feathered Star


The daily feather has given me a different approach to making blocks for a quilt. Before, I might never had decided to make a set of (at least) 17 complicated blocks like these for a quilt. But when I thought of those 17 feathered star blocks as 17 out of 365 projects over the course of a year, it didn't seem like such a big effort.


Detail from Finley Feathered Star This paper foundation pieced quilt block is Block #15 in Carolyn Cullinan McCormick's books,  A Flock of Feathered Stars.  It measures 12-inches square. It is the third feathered star block made from the book.

If I use my blocks in a quilt like McCormick's Stars of the Night, there will be 16 twelve-inch feathered star blocks, one 24-inch block, set on point, in the center and a pieced border.

Look close and you can see that I ran out of background fabric and made do, with another pale blue print.

Friday, July 12, 2013

028 - Feathery Abstract Journal Cover

028 - Feathery Abstract Journal Cover

Journal Cover Detail


Begun as a stretch goal, I wanted to attempt a more complex quilt block using curves.

The Seagull block inspired a quilt design idea, using Judy Dale's technique for curves, but I knew it would become more complex and I would need to improve my skills.


The design is a variation of another of the patterns in Judy Dale's book, Curves in Motion, called Practice Petals. It is offered as a challenge to those of you who wish to try long, skinny curves, or those who just wish to hone their skills. It was a challenge for me ... which means, I'll probably give myself a second chance for something similar in the future.

028 - Feathery Abstract Journal CoverI added fabric to create a rectangle large enough to cover the composition books I use for my morning pages–three pages of stream of consciousness written in the morning to clear my head and capture ideas. I layered it with a lightweight batting and backing and quilted it with unmarked free-motion quilting (which was pretty stream of consciousness, too.

After quilting, I added flaps on each end (to hold the cover on the composition book and bound the edge.

The open cover measures 10 inches high by 16 inches wide.

Open Cover

Thursday, July 11, 2013

027 - Feather Embellished Cotton Cuff

027 - Feather Embellished Cuff


Old Jewelry-the starting point
When I read the author's suggestion for Day #76 (yes, I have been reading ahead):

Make something inspired by and/or that fits on or around an ear (yours or someone elses)

I was reminded me of an old piece of costume jewelry which was designed to fit around an ear and, coincidentally, had some feather charms hanging from it.

I decided to de-construct and recycle it into something slightly less hippy-dippy.


The cuff measures 1 1/4-inch wide with a circumference of 7-inches when it is closed. 

Here's how I made it. 
Auditioning FabricsI removed the tarnished charms from the old piece of jewelry and cleaned them. This photo shows the shiny clean charms and selected fabrics.

I sewed and quilted the band, added embroidery, then added two of the feather charms and the smallest of the circular elements.

I sewed on a simple snap for the closure.

027 Feather Embellished Cuff - open

On my WristAnd it fits ... though I didn't manage to take a clear photo of it on my wrist.

I think if quilters made friendship bracelets, they might look like this :-)

I plan to wear it to one of the International Folk Art Market events this week.  

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

026 - House with Feather Stitch Tree



Feather stitch detailI want to try all fiber-related "feathers" as part of this project.

Feather stitch is an embroidery stitch that is often used in crazy quilting to decorate seams. It is also used for plant life, as I have used it in this embroidered square.


I drew the design for this embroidered block, inspired by examples I found online.  I included the flag in hopes that, despite it's more folk-art style, it might work, along with Yankee Doodle and the feathers in a future quilt project.

The fabric square will be trimmed to 12 inches (finished size).  The design itself is approximately 8 by 10 inches.

Four Blocks on the Design Wall

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

025 - Sea Gull at Sunset

025 - Sea Gull in the Sun Set


I always give myself the luxury of a second try before deciding something is beyond my ability ... in quilting and in life.   This block is a second try of Judy Dale's bird block, which I made as my Daily Feather #8, but wasn't happy with my effort.

I can't remember if Noah Scalin ever suggests giving yourself a second chance as a project in the book,  365: A Daily Creative Journal ... but don't we all deserve a second chance at something? 

Reversed Template on back of Fabric


Like Feather #8, this bird block was made from the pattern in  Judy Dale's book, Curves in Motion, however my approach in making it was completely different.  

I created a mirror image version of the drawing, printed it on card stock and cut it up to create templates which I could use to trace the seam lines and all those registration marks for matching the curves onto the back of my fabrics. 

Same Bird Pattern - different processesI hand stitched the pieces together. Hand stitching allowed me to see the markings on both sides of the seam as I sewed to make sure everything was perfectly matched.

When I machine stitched the first block, I pinned the entire length of the seam before sewing. When hand-stitching the seams,  I focused on a smaller increment of the seam ahead and only worried about the next pair of registration marks.

It may be hard to see in the photo, but the result is that the hand stitched bird block has no puckers and is perfectly smooth and flat. (Click the image to see the original on Flickr for a closer look.)