Here's the inspiration.
|Lucky the rescue dog needs a quilt if he's going to nap on the new couch.|
Here's the plan:
- Roughly beach towel size quilt
- Easy beginner design
- Fun graphic colors
Here are the 1 1/4" strips for the front.
The pattern is Pick Up Stix from the June/July 2011 issue of Quilter's Home Magazine magazine article and was designed and sewn by Ali Winston of asquaredw blog.com
Why is this a good design for new quilters like me? Well, you start by cutting out 10" squares of a solid background fabric, white in my case.
Then you randomly add 1 1/4" strips by cutting diagonally and horizontally and stitch them into the square. The most matching that has to occur is making a strip continue at the correct angle when you add a piece crossing over it.
|Back side of one of my less than perfect squares|
Then you take an 8 1/2" square ruler and trim the whole block down to size to sew into the final number of vertical and horizontal rows you want.
The goal is to make it look "deliberately spontaneous" just like the children's game of pick up sticks all piled on top of one another randomly.
Here's a better explanation from a much more experienced quilter than I am...he used larger block sizes but same idea Paul's Block Party
I've sewn 35 squares so far and now will trim them and decide if I want to make it any bigger. Boring at times since I had nothing to try on and get excited about along the way but as one quilting friend assured me, "You know it will fit when you're done."
Now for those promised vacation pictures. Normally Mr. Lucky and I do not travel during the summer. We have so many fun things to do here in the Baltimore area that we don"t like to leave and miss any of them. But this year we took up the invitations from several Florida dogpark friends to visit them in their midwest home towns. We put 13 1/2 year old Sam the basenji in the kennel since he's not a people friendly visitor, packed up Lucky and set out to drive 1900 miles in nine days. What a fantastic trip!!
We set the GPS west for Ohio. Warm sunny day and thanks to the internet we made our first stop for a late breakfast at the Summit Diner outside of Pittsburgh. Honey, I did pack my cholesterol medicine, didn't I?
Continued westward well-fueled and got to Sandusky Point, Ohio in time to take the 4:30 ferry to Put-In- Bay, Ohio, on Small Bass Island in Lake Erie.
Terrific family vacation place, low key and relaxing and with great historical importance. The third tallest US National Monument is on the island and honors both Admiral Perry's victory in the Lake Erie battle with the British but more importantly, the peace treaty of 1815 which resulted in the long-standing peace between the US, England and Canada. Perry's Monument
|Town view from the top of the monument|
After a few lovely days, we left the island and headed further west. Lunch with my aunt, uncle, cousin and his wife in Adrian, Michigan then onward to stop for a day and night in South Bend, Indiana. We toured the Notre Dame campus, (yes, saw "touchdown Jesus in person view from Notre Dame stadium ) and enjoyed the very interesting Studebaker Museum. I'm not a car person but I enjoyed the historic perspective and design process of this now defunct line of American cars and Mr. Lucky was totally enthralled. Women and their sewing machines, guys and their cars, I guess.
After South Bend we headed to our western most destination and another Florida winter friend, this time from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Lake Michigan. Lucky loved seeing his dogpark pal, Riley, and we fell in love with Milwaukee. Our friend, Ginny, took us to the terrific Irish Festival downtown. I was amazed at the size of their festival grounds and the huge number of music venues within....then I realized why their festivals are so popular. Since Milwaukee is a town founded by brewers, their liquor laws are far more lenient than any we have in Maryland. Once inside the festival grounds you could purchase wine or beer and drink it anywhere....definitely not how things work at our Baltimore ethnic festivals.
|I sat and watched the building's "wings" move from this....|
|....to this, and back, in under 10 minutes.|
|Bigsby's Sewing Center, Elm Grove WI|
Thanks for sticking through the vacation pics. Who knew that sewing could crop up even on a trip like this. Hope your summers were adventurous
and your sewing is teaching you new tricks as well.
|Four legged friends enjoying each other's company once again.|
|Two legged friends doing the same.|