Child’s Play • Frivols 5

I am continuing with my determined goal to make all my Frivols tins this year.

Because this one was quite small, finishing up at 29″ by 32″ (different than what was measured on the tin), I finished it early, so I get to put an X on the circle of Frivols.

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Child’s Play • Quilt #202 • Frivols Quilt #5

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As mentioned in the last post, the fabric is by French General, and while it looked really dark in the tin, with the black and white four-patches added, it is fairly lively.  It reminded me of an extended game of checkers, and since the quilt is small, like a doll’s quilt, I titled it Child’s Play.

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I quilted it with a stylized flower.

ChildsPlay_Frivols5_4Every doll’s quilt needs some dolls, and I just happened to have my mother’s play tea set from when she was a little girl.  She’s celebrating her ninth decade this month, and because she’s turning ninety, she’s always saying things to me like “You’re not old.”

She’s right.  I’m not yet up to her age, but I am one lucky girl to still have a mom here to talk to when I need a cheering up.

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Because I’ve been thinking about my mother today, the chair above is an antique from “the farmhouse,” a place where my grandmother (my mother’s mother) moved when she married grandpa, a widower with a passel of children, and adopted — and adapted herself to — a life as a farm wife.  And then she had three more children, my mother being one of them.

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Mom, at age 12, holding her birthday cake

A photo of my mother when she was in college. My daughter, who is named for my mother, is with her on the left.  And below is a photo of my mother’s Magnum Opus, a quilt with cross-stitched designs, all hand done while we lived in Peru for two years.

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Since it is also Mother’s Day here in the United States, I hope you treasured some memories of your mother, and if she is still here — I hope you called her or visited her.

It wasn’t until I grew up that I realized that my mother (and father) gave me the greatest gift of all: a young life where I could pretend, and get dirty and dress up and have imaginary tea parties and fight with my younger brothers, and go to church, and roam the neighborhood, time to read books, and to hope to be like my older sisters.  While soon enough I would discover that there were real sticks and stones out there, she gave me a life sheltered from the world’s harsh realities.

She gave me Child’s Play, every day.

Happy Birthday, Mom, and Happy Mother’s Day!

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Life’s Dilemma–Frivol 4 is Finished

Thank you to all who entered the giveaway for Simone’s stack of fabrics.  The info about that is at the end of this post.

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I finished up the quilt from Frivol Tin #4, and named it Life’s Dilemma.  It’s quilt #201, which means I started a new listing of quilts, above “300 Quilts.”  When I get that list filled up, I guess that means I retire? Go to the Caribbean or something, and lay on the beach?  (But can I sneak my sewing machine into the hut on that elusive beach?)

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Maybe I named it that because I forgot to put on the final 3″ plain white border, and only realized this after I finished the quilting (so now it only measures 45″ square).  Maybe I named it this because two people stopped me in the hallway at church to talk about their divorces (one just starting, one wrapping up), and the design of this quilt made me think of that type of a maze.  But maybe I just was thinking about how simple, yet complicated life’s choice can be… that way leads on to way, and this quilt reminded me of pathways, both obvious and hidden.

I decided to quilt this using my new circles rulers.

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I placed it in the middle and put my quilting needle INSIDE the circle, started it and kept going.  When I finished the circle, I pivoted it it somewhere else, working my way to the outer edges, trying for coverage, but also trying really hard not to make it feel like work.  I wanted to just play with this.

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Life’s Dilemma, quilt #301

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So now I have another X on my circle of tins: four down and eight to go.  Progress.  Which is the name of the game at my house.

 

 

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Congratulations, Ellie!  Ellie is a faithful reader of this blog, and I’ve appreciated all her nice notes, so it was great to see the Random Number Thingie pick her.  When I was running this at first, I was perplexed, because I show more comments than 80, but when I went back through to read all these interesting and wonderful comments about placemats, not all were “comments” for the giveaway.  Eighty unique and individual comments were left.

If you didn’t win, you can buy the stack of fat quarters directly.

The On Your Mark Create! blog hop is still going on.  You can enter to win every day at the following places:

Tuesday, April 17: Simone @simone.g.b  ; Simone Bradford
Wednesday, April 18: Elizabeth (me!)
Thursday, April 19: Stephanie @spontaneousthreadsSpontaneous Threads
Friday, April 20: Linda @quiltlady63
Saturday, April 21: Joan@alaskanquilter
Sunday, April 22: Carol @carolanngillen
Monday, April 23: Sarah @nohatsquilts
Tuesday, April 24: Afton @quiltingmodQuilting Mod
Wednesday, April 25: Alison @quiltstudio62
Thursday, April 26@pbstudiofabricsInspired by Fabric

Frivols 3 Finished, and Frivols 4, and (oh, boy!): Mad for Solids 2018 Final Four

 

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Thank you to all who are participating in the Mad for Solids 2018 game, and thank you very much for your votes.  I’m happy to announce that I’ve made it into the Final Four of this quilty March Madness.  The penultimate vote in this process is today at 6 p.m. CDT, and if you wish to vote for my bundle, or vote for the bundle of your choice, please head here to cast your votes:

•  Paintbrush Studios Blog
•  Paintbrush Studios on Instagram
•  Paintbrush Studios on Facebook

The Championship Game (love these terms) will begin Sunday night 6 p.m. CDT, and according to the Paintbrush Studio website:

We’re now down to just four color palettes, and the voting won’t get any easier! We’ve also raised the stakes! Everyone who votes in the Championship Game (starts Sunday at 6 pm CDT) will have a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of the winning palette. But even if you don’t win, you can still play with these colorful combinations!

After we announce the Champion on Monday, we’ll be selling fat quarter bundles of the four Painter’s Palette Solids color palettes that made it to the Final Four. Any of these Final Four palettes can be yours! Watch for more details Monday. 

I was happy to see that, as I really love a lot of the bundles that quilters have put together.  I promised another border, and it will come soon, but the fabric (I ordered more from Pineapple Fabrics) is on its way.

As fun as all this is, it’s time to go back to our regularly scheduled show, now in progress.

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And that regular show I’m working on is sewing my way through my series of Frivols tins.  I finished up what I started about a month ago, when sewing on Frivols #3, with fabrics from Betsy Chutchian’s line titled “Eliza’s Indigo.”

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What I did in between the last filled-up tin photo and the above quilt picture.

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I ditch-stiched in-between the squares, then quilted circles around the inner squares.  Really imaginative, but hey–I always remember that quote I printed at the top of all my syllabi when I taught college English to incoming freshman: The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good.  And in this case,  The Done.

The back is a tea towel from Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee that my son brought back to me from his trip to London.  The title is Betsy’s Quilt, borrowing not only from the name of the designer, but also from a childhood nickname of mine, and since I’m also named Elizabeth, I thought it was fitting.  I came in from photographing it and set in on the kitchen table, which is next to our family room.  Sometimes small quilts can hang around like this, adding a nice touch to the same old same old.

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This is the third Frivols I’ve finished, so that means I’m one-fourth of the way through my  year-long quest to Make the Frivols. So I don’t completely bore you with my attempt to clear out those tins of their fabrics and finish them up, I’m combining Finish #3 with Start #4.

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Tin #4 is a collection by Brenda Riddle, titled Windermere, and there on the end you see the definition of Frivol: a quilt packed into a fanciful limited edition tin.  Although you can still buy them on Amazon.  Maybe I should stop sewing these up and just re-sell them?  I suppose I could, but I follow Mary Poppins advice: “A job once begun is a job half done.”  I’m pressing forward.

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Yeah, it only took me three tins to realize that I should look at the bottom of the tin for relevant info, such as additional fabrics and how big the quilt will be.  I’m using Paintbrush Studio Solids in white from Pineapple Fabrics for my background.  I think I should buy bought a bolt of this stuff.  It’s really so great to sew with.

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The tins always have these things:

  1. roll of 7″ squares
  2. make-it card, with instructions
  3. cardboard “frame” for the stuff inside
  4. an extra…and this tin’s extra was two skeins of embroidery floss that accent the quilt’s colors.  Maybe I should take the hint and plan on some hand-stitching?  That is to be determined, as this quilt is bigger than the others, measuring about 50″ square when finished.

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All pieces cut.  Now to start sewing.  Thank you all!

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We’re back for another episode of Make Those Frivols! 2018

Today I’m working on Frivols Tin #2, with a line of fabrics from Moda’s Minick and Simpson.

Of course the cute little giveaway in this tin, a personalized label, was caught in a blurry photo, so the above photo came from  Moda’s blog.  The fabrics are traditional, but with a grouping of 7″ squares, they’ve crafted an interesting little quilt, which finishes at approximately 26″ square.

I pressed all the fabrics flat, as they had a nice little curve in them from being stored in the tin for a while.  I checked and re-checked but there were no Errata posts on this tin, so I just started cutting them out.

But here is your caution: The strips, above, are the dark borders and the light borders.  THE DARK BORDER IS SUPPOSED TO BE WIDER.  Okay, there’s my oops.  I liked the look of the wider border, so after piecing as instructed (see below), I sewed another coordinating strip onto the blue to bring it wider.  I didn’t have any of this fabric, but did have some navy “primitive” fabric, and it worked okay.

I did not pencil in all the center lines when sewing the half-square triangles, like they asked.  I put a strip of masking tape extending out from the needle stitching line, and used that to line up for sewing.  My needle position is set 1/4″ to the right, so I have to pay attention to where I line up my point so I stitch on either side of that imaginary center line.

The cream-coloredborder strips are stitched end to end, but the blue is stitched with a diagonal seam.  After I sewed, I trimmed.

I pressed all the half-square triangles to the dark, but didn’t have time to start trueing them up. Getting this far gives me a good start on my February goal.

You can see the extra strip I stitched on the blue border here (the darker fabric on the left).  I didn’t worry about the width of the border, figuring I would trim it when I got back to the sewing.  I tell you all this as a cautionary note: pay attention to, circle, highlight, make notes to make sure you follow the cutting directions.  However, since this is just a fun little quilt in a fun little tin, you can adopt a happy attitude, even in the face of cutting mistakes.  Just sew another strip on and go, because I’ve paid off all the Quilt Police so no one will ever find out if yours is different than the directions.

I have a tailor-made little tin to store it in while I’m away from this task — another benefit of those Frivols tins.  See you at the end of the month, when I report in again on my little quilt.