Monday, April 30, 2012

A Flimsy, Finally

Here's some early May Day flowers for you!

My granddaughters came over on Saturday, and A~ wanted to make paper flowers.  I kept making them after she left!  They were fun.  I used this tutorial.  They call them carnations, but I think mine look more like ranunculus. They were fun to make!  A~ and I made more and different flowers than this, but I forgot to get a picture of them.  She wanted some flowers for the pottery vase that DH made for her - how sweet!  

I have to put these up where Dunkel can't get to them, because he gets them and carries them around the house at night.  When I woke up yesterday there was one lying in the upstairs hallway.  At least it wasn't in bed with me!  (Have I ever mentioned what a crazy cat Dunkel is??  He often brings his toys and puts them in bed with us at night.)

The pipe cleaners were still out on the counter when The Kid got home and made a disturbing discovery with his package of Twizzlers.  Weird, huh?  Is all that food coloring even good for you?  I'm guessing Not.

OK, enough silliness - back to quilting now!  Here is my Liberated Log Cabins from the other day.   I finally got it all sewn together and the first border on it.  

I had started the Liberated Equilateral Sawtooth border in the class with Gwen Marston last year.  Gwen had demonstrated it for us.  I was a little worried because I couldn't quite remember how to do it.  So you can imagine how relieved I was to find that the instructions are also in her Liberated Quiltmaking II book! (page 67)  It was easier than I remembered it.  I had so much fun I made 2 borders!

The 2nd border I managed to get even wonkier.  I got brave enough to play around with it, and I'm really happy with how it worked.  I like it so much I may have to make a whole quilt like this someday!.

I thought maybe all triangles in the borders might be overpowering for the log cabins, and I wanted to mix things up some, so then I made the pieced insert borders.  Those were fun too.  Finally I tied it all together with more of the plaid that is in the centers of the log cabins.  And look, there's even points on some of those triangles!  So, it's now a liberated not-really-but-kind-of-medallion!  

And this is all that's left of the plaid fabric.  Enough to do a little something on the back of the quilt, hopefully.  Which I will try to do sometime this week.  I want to get this basted and ready to quilt soon.

My crumb blocks quilt is back from the long-armer, and I'm currently getting the binding done.  I'm almost 1/2 way around the quilt, so pictures to come soon!  Which is a good thing, because the next quilt is already in the mail and on it's way here.  Whoo hoo!  I LOVE getting quilts back from the quilter!


  1. i LOVE your quilt! And the picture of the pipe cleaners and the candy blows my mind. Making paper flowers sounds fun. I used to know how to do those... a few million years ago.

  2. Thanks for the flowers - I can just see Dunkel carrying that around, lol!
    I am blown away by your liberated quilt - s.t.u.n.n.i.n.g. I LOVE IT!!!!! I want to make one just like it [and yes, I know that defeats the whole purpose of liberated quilts, lol]. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!

  3. Your liberated quilt is wonderful. Love the colors and great borders.

  4. Wow! I love that! I'm so glad you put the triangle borders next to each other. At the top of the post I was hoping you would. ;- ) I'm heartbroken that I can't participate in the workshop Gwen is teaching in Belllingham this month.

    The Twizzlers may be dangerous to consume but they sure are pretty to look at!

  5. LOVE this liberated quilt! Will get even better with quilting. I look forward to seeing your finished crumb quilt.

  6. Great liberated quilt. It looks like it was a lot of fun to make too.

  7. Sharon - this is great! You might have just kick started my lost mojo.

    The difference between pipe cleaners and Twizzlers? No E numbers in pipe cleaners!

  8. love the quilt. think you're going to enjoy Gwen's new book about medallions. still envious you got to take a class with her! love the idea of Dunkel carrying around the flowers. you should make some just for him.

  9. Oh, I love your liberated quilt. The colors are great, the borders are great, the medallion is great. I think it is really GREAT! I have never seen Twizzlers in such vibrant colors. Do you think our insides turn those colors when we eat them?

  10. Your liberated quilt is so much fun to look at. I love the green with the blues and other colors. Nice one!

  11. This quilt is really cute! When I got down the plaid strip picture...I wondered, where was the plaid?? She used plaid in the quilt. I went back to look at quilt...hmmm...where did she use the plaid?

    Good grief, it took me awhile to realize that the border was NOT a cutting mat!
    Three cheers for being sick, vaporizers, and being closed off in a sewing room!!

  12. OK....I WANT THIS QUILT!!!!! Oh yes, I do!!! The colors you used just sings WONDERFUL!!! LOVE!!!!

    Have a nice Mother's Day!!!

  13. You said "afraid the triangles in the border would overpower the log cabins" ... silly girl, that is the whole point of that lovely wonky quilt!!!! they might ... ???

    LOVE it!


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