Sunday, April 9, 2017

Quilt Me a Cubicle Cover and an upcoming blog hop

I like to surround myself with beauty and art. One of the ways that I do that is to create quilted fabric wall hangings and covers to decorate my cubicle space at work. At my previous position, I had a partition that needed coverage here. This is about my process. I taught myself by books and YouTube tutorials how to make half square triangles (hst). The bear paw block has been one of my goals for over *coughs* forty years.

This is the second in the series of my 4 posts for the aprilalternativechallenge. This is also my quasi-introductory post for the 2017 New Quilters Blog Hop.

A bright floral charm pack along with a brown floral batik were the fabric inspiration for this project.

The block at the top of the image was my first attempt at a bear paw, I had the wrong section in the wrong place (and have since corrected it). The second block isn't totally on point, it will be saved in remnants. The third and fourth blocks were spot on. What did your momma tell you about keeping to that 1/4" rule?

I corrected my errors on this creation. On previous projects when blocks or pieces would misalign, I would just cover the mistake with applique. Because I want to produce a competition quality quilt someday, I engaged in ISR (irritated seam ripping), rather than ASR (angry seam ripping) and fixed my mistakes. 

My blocks now completed, I combined fabric until I was satisfied with the combination. This piece had to be no bigger than 17"x56" to fit into the space I had measured.

I whip stitched salvaged pieces of cotton batting together. The detail shot shows free motion quilting of the meandering aka stippling stitch with a variegated brown thread. I am not happy with the thread. At first, I thought it was me and my inexperience but when I came to a juncture where the fabric was the thickest, the thread would jump. Once committed to this thread, I wanted to finish the project, thankfully a small one.

One thing I have discovered with photography and quilting is I see my mistakes clearer when I am looking at an image than when I look at the actual piece. Must be my ADD or something, after I had put the quilt sandwich together, there it was missing a yellow border. I have done that more than once, missed a border or cornerstone.

I had hoped to finish this project by post date, I am keeping to my 4 post challenge. I have once again chosen detailed free motion quilting stitches. I used a can of tomato paste to mark my big circles and then with my trusty quilt pencil, I drew the additional circles. I will update this post with the finished creation. 

To go with my cubicle cover, I splurged on a retro green clock from my favorite secondhand online retailer.
Can't call myself Thrift Shop Commando if I don't detail my finds!

The Mr. has lost a bit of weight so I snagged a couple of men's Stafford brand lounge pants at $1.50 a piece. The $1 bag of remnants and BH&G 1978 publication Needlepoint were part of my $6 total.

Sally Stand-In is showing off my $6 Charter Club find earlier in the week from Salvation Army and $4 jewelry purchase at another weekend thrift shop. When I saw the necklace, I knew it would go perfect with the summer dress print.

The 2017 New Quilters Blog Hop begins April 10th.

2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop Schedule

  • Blog Hop Week 1 – April 10th
  • Blog Hop Week 2 – April 17th
  • Blog Hop Week 3 – May 1st
  • Blog Hop Week 4 – May 8th

I am in the Blooming Quilter’s group under the direction of Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl. Members of the "hive" are listed below.

Amandy @Mommy’s Projects

Danette @Nettie Sews
Look for upcoming posts this month and next and linkbacks to this amazing group!

Linking up with Leanne at for:
Ending the post with a Pattern of the Day from 1972, part of my weekend thrifting lot.

Do you create anything special for your workspace?

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