Saturday, July 30, 2011

I'm sewing again!

DQS11 - Progress has been made, do you like it so far?

I'm back from Hawaii and sewing again. I have finished the top on the DQS11 miniquilt. It's blue-green-purpleness reminds me of the ocean. It has 32 nine patch blocks and 31 white blocks, for a total of 63 blocks. I think that those proportions are about right, many of my full size quilts have about 63 blocks.

DQS11 on my original Irish Chain

You can see the size better sitting on my regular size Irish Chain quilt. The size right now is about 13.5" x 16 " with the larger borders. I think I will cut the borders down so they finish at 3/4" which is half the size of the blocks which finish at 1.5" squares. The little squares in the nine patches are all 1/2" squares. Some are a bit wonky, I decided to leave them that way, for charm and because there is no way I can do it any better with regular piecing.

Oops! I noticed an iron burn after the DQS11 mini quilt top was done

This photo was taken this morning. That is the piece I excised last night when I noticed I had burned it with my iron.

DQS11 - repairing the burnt piece

I just ripped it out of its spot and reinserted a fresh one. You can see from this photo that I was doing that well after dark. It was far easier than I expected to do this. As the recommendation is to use a much smaller stitch length with a mini quilt, the less seam ripping the better, and all I had to do was rip out the square and a few stitches on all sides of it to insert the replacement square. I hope you have trouble locating where it was done in the first picture.

Binding choices - what do you like?

Here are my binding options, opinions are welcome. The one on the bottom left is far more lime green that this picture suggests. All are K. Fassett, the prints were used in the top and the solids are shot cottons.

Hawaii, at the beach

Last week we were in Hawaii, on the Big Island. Here is one of the beach pictures. This water was like going into a nice refreshing and warm tub. So most of the time we were in it.

Hawaii - Turtle

There were turtles.

Hawaii - fish

And beautiful fish.

Hawaii - fish

More fish. I will figure out their names and show you some more later. My son took these while snorkeling with our waterproof point and shoot camera.

Good-bye Hawaii

Here is my good bye Hawaii shot, taken at the airport last Sunday night before we boarded our plane, flew all night, stopped in two airports, then took two ferry boats, and arrived safely at my cottage on a small island in the Salish Sea (now you would recognize it as the Pacific Ocean). Jet lag, unpacking, laundry, settling in, etc. have taken most of my week but now I am sewing again.

I hope your summer is going well.




MariQuilts said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

Linz said...

Ooooo!! I love the Doll Quilt! It's so cute and little! GReat job on fixing the singe too!

Glad you had a wonderful trip!! I am so jealous!! :)

Happy Turtle said...

I am just amazed at the size of those blocks! wow!

Marg said...

Wow it looks amazing, such tiny blocks. It's beautiful.
Great photos from Hawaii too.

Debbie said...

Darling little quilt!! IMHO - the binding would be the dark blue print on the right or the blue solid at the bottom....tho of course, any would look great!
LOVE your Hawaii pics! We were there in March - paradise to be sure!

Manda said...

Your holiday looks amazing!
And those of teeny tiny squares! Love them! :)

Michelle @ the quilted tortoise said...

Gorgeous quilt! It really is a "normal" size quilt shrunk down, too cute! Funnily enough I am on holiday in Hawaii now and we visited the Big Island yesterday.

Fiona @ Poppy Makes said...

Your holiday pics are lovely, and your doll quilt is beautiful. I like the darker kaffeeklatsch prints for binding but they are all great and whatever you choose will be gorgeous :)

The AfterCraft said...

Wow looks amazing. I LOVE LOVE irish chains!! beautiful job :)

Sheila said...

That is a fabulous wee quilt Leanne - perfect scale. So sorry you had to unpick, so frustrating. I like the blue print on the right.

Judith, Belfast said...

Love your DQ & really like the fabric on the right. What patience you must have. Jxo