Monday, June 25, 2012

Design Wall Monday and Stash Report

So, now for something completely different on the design wall.  I'm making Arrowhead blocks using the technique for Anita's Arrowheads described in Rotary Cutting Revolution.  It's a fascinating technique that requires two 8" squares of fabric, starched together and stitched in a particular way.  Then you cut them in a particular way, press, rearrange, and sew again.  Advantages: these blocks make up fairly fast, and it's fun.  Disadvantages: you end up with bias edges on the blocks, and the starch builds up on the bottom of your iron.  Looking at some of the other patterns in the book, I think this is one of the easier patterns; the others looked like too much work and fuss for me, and I would go with traditional piecing for them.  But this one is great!  I started out just making one test block, and here I am almost 30 blocks later, making a purple bed quilt.  And purple isn't even my favorite color or anything, but I really like these.  I'm just trying to use up some stash.  It's kind of cool how colors that don't go at all with purple can go with purple in a quilt.

Thinking of a name for this quilt: maybe Olympic Mountains Majesty?  Inspired by this and other photos of the lovely Olympic Mountains on the Olympic Peninsula in my home state of Washington?  (And not, of course, meaning any denigration to the U.S. athletes competing in a sporting event to be held soon, but meaning a great deal of denigration to the corporation devoted to marketing and commercializing their efforts.)

I have a stash report as well:
Fabric used this week: 1 yard for backing for Jack's Chain baby quilt
Fabric used year to date: 49 yards
Added this week: 0 yards
Added year to date: 27 yards
Net used for 2012: 22 yards
Yarn used this week: 900 yards for a finished Color Affection
Yarn used year to date: 3406 yards
Yarn added this week: 0 yards
Yarn added year to date: 1308 yards (all handspun, not purchased)
Net used for 2012: 2098 yards

Gearing up for the Tour de Fleece starting soon... I'll be adding a lot more yarn yardage then.  And then hopefully knitting it all up in the competition formerly known as the Ravelympics.


Andee said...

I just started working on this one too! Love it!

LizA. said...

Lovely--and the Olympic mountains pic is perfect inspiration. Btw, I totally agreed with your earlier post re: ravelympics

Regarding starch, have you tried liquid, non-aerosol Niagra? You can get it at Wlamart or Fred Meyer and some Target stores. I buy it 2 or 3 bottles at a time. It doesn't build upon the bottom of your iron like aerosol starch does.

AnnieO said...

They are really really pretty blocks! I don't have much purple in my stash, though I sure wear a lot of it!

kwiltnkats said...

Your purple project is real nice. Purple happens to be one of the two (other being yellow) that I don't have much of in my stash. Not sure why that is. The photograph is really nice and the name you're thinking to use is perfect. Keep up the good Stash Reports! Sandi