Another Rainbow Quilt

December 15, 2018 at 3:32 pm | Posted in Patchwork, Quilting | 3 Comments

I’m just now getting around to write about the quilting project that slowed down my embroidery for a while this summer. My favourite Quiltshop was celebrating its 20th birthday with a competition titled “Feuerwerk der Farben” – hard to translate, but approximately “A fireworks of colours”. The task was to create a quilt 45cm wide and 70 cm high fitting the theme. Anybody who’s been reading here for a while knows that I love making things in all the colours of the rainbow, so of course I had to play.

My early ideas were very ambitious and didn’t quite work out for one reason or another, so my design got simpler and simpler as time was starting to run out. The relatively small size requirement didn’t help, either. That was the point where I started collecting all my not-quite-solids and cut squares out of them. Here’s one of the earlier layouts:

Early design with diagonal squares.

I really liked this one, but couldn’t quite nail down a harmonious layout, and the construction would have been fairly complicated. So in the end, I went for a very simple layout:

Rectangular layout of quilt.

After that decision was made, the actual sewing was fairly easy. I went for a stained window look with black strips separating the tiles. Here it is proudly hanging in the exhibition:

The exhibition has been over for quite a while, but you can see what everybody else came up with on the shop’s website. The colours were much more vivid in real life than in the pictures, though!

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SAL Update: Green Iguana #22

December 2, 2018 at 1:29 pm | Posted in Embroidery | 14 Comments
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Not that much excitement this time around, but I continued filling in the background and went from this:

Green Iguana - 2018-11-09

to this:

Green Iguana - 2018-12-02

Just a bit more filling in, and then I’ll move the frame so that that empty roundish area to the lower left is in the middle and tackle his eye, which will be back to confetti central!

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie and Clare.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Green Iguana #21

November 11, 2018 at 8:28 am | Posted in Embroidery | 12 Comments
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Progress! Here’s where I was last time:

Green Iguana 2018-10-21

First I filled in some of the missing area in the middle:

Green Iguana - 2018-10-27

Next I moved the frame, so here’s a picture of what he looks like overall at the moment:

Green Iguana - 2018-10-27

And here’s the new position of the frame:

Green Iguana - 2018-10-27

… which I used to fill in the upper right corner:

Green Iguana - 2018-11-09

Yay, background! It really is that much faster than all the confetti that make up Mr. Iguanas skin. As you can see from the full picture, though, there’s still quite a bit of his face missing – the area around his eye as well as most of his mouth. So it’ll be back to confetti soon enough.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie and Clare.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Green Iguana #20

October 21, 2018 at 6:53 am | Posted in Embroidery | 13 Comments
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While it may not look like much, things have happened this time. I’ve gone from this:

Green Iguana - 2018-09-30

to this:

Green Iguana 2018-10-21

The last “tooth” is pretty much done, as well as the area immediately to the left of it. When I’m done there, I’ll fill in the area below before moving the frame. After that I’m not quite sure yet what’s next. I could either move the frame to the left, where the eye will be, with lots of fiddly stitching of course, or I could go up for the background area, which goes right up to the upper right corner and is of course much easier to stitch.

Should I continue with doing the hard parts first or give myself a bit of a break? I guess I’ll decide that when I get there.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Catherine, Deborah and Connie! Also a very warm welcome to Clare, the newest member of our SAL!

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Green Iguana #19

September 30, 2018 at 8:51 am | Posted in Embroidery | 18 Comments
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Not that much progress to show this time, since I spent two of the last three weeks on vacation – without Mr. Iguana. The remaining week was still productive enough to go from this:

Green Iguana - 2018-09-09

to this:

Green Iguana - 2018-09-30

There’s progress on the last “tooth”, with mostly the lighter colours missing, so you can get quite a good impression of what it’s going to look like at the end. The bit of outline at the left of it goes along the top of his head, so he really starts to take shape now!

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Catherine, Deborah and Connie!

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Green Iguana #18

September 9, 2018 at 12:21 pm | Posted in Embroidery | 15 Comments
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Working on Mr. Iguana’s crest is quite motivating, since for once it’s not just one itty bitty scale after another. So, during the last three weeks I went from this:

Green Iguana - 2018-08-18

To this:

Green Iguana - 2018-09-09

Three of the four “teeth” that make up his crest are finished, and you can see the outline of the fourth. Before working on that one, which is much more confetti-heavy than the other three, I decided to finish the page the three other teeth were on, which also had the area immediately to the left of the teeth. And I can say, I managed to do so right before taking the picture! This means that five of the twelve pattern pages are completely finished now.

I also broke down and bought another kit by the same producer. It arrived last Friday. The colours are very pretty, but it turns out this one is going to have 36 pattern pages – three times what Mr. Iguana has! Better not think about how long that one will take, given that Mr. Iguana is now officially estimated to be a two-year project.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Catherine, Deborah and Connie!

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Green Iguana #17

August 19, 2018 at 9:32 am | Posted in Embroidery | 19 Comments
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We’ve got something to celebrate today! Last time:

Green Iguana - 2018-07-28

Yesterday:

Green Iguana - 2018-08-18

And yes, if you squint at the little zero to the right, that means I’m halfway done with him, however you count it. Time to move the frame, and an opportunity to show him in all his glory:

Green Iguana - halfway done!

I started him almost a year ago, so if I keep up this rate, it’ll be only another year till I’m done. Can’t wait!

Here’s how he’s looking with the frame in the new position, as reference for next time:

Green Iguana - 2018-08-18

Here you can also admire the grime guard I finally managed to make for my qsnap frame. What took me so long?

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Catherine and Deborah. We also have a new member joining us today, welcome Connie!

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Green Iguana #16

July 29, 2018 at 8:26 am | Posted in Embroidery | 17 Comments
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With the quilt mostly finished, I got quite a bit more done this time around. Here’s where I was:

Green Iguana - 2018-07-08

And now I’ve almost finished that section:

Green Iguana - 2018-07-28

Once I’ve finished the last few stitches under the zero line, I’ll move to the right, where his crest starts. There will even be some background in there!

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Timothy and Catherine. We also have a new member joining us today, welcome Deborah!

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Green Iguana #15

July 8, 2018 at 1:16 pm | Posted in Embroidery | 12 Comments
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Not much progress during the last three weeks, but I do have an almost finished quilt to show for my time. I promise I’ll post about it one of those weeks!

So, here’s the last update:

Green Iguana - 2018-06-17

And the current state of affairs:

Green Iguana - 2018-07-08

I managed to fill in some of the current area, but it’s going slowly, and overall there’s lots of light colours involved, which makes progress even harder to see.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Timothy and Catherine.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Green Iguana #14

June 17, 2018 at 8:26 am | Posted in Embroidery | 13 Comments
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I’ve slowed down a bit this time around, since I’m working on a quilt with a deadline in parallel. Mr. Iguana is addictive enough that in order to do something else complicated, I need to put him away for a bit.

So, here’s the last update:

Green Iguana - 2018-05-19

And today I’m here:

Green Iguana - 2018-06-17

Still working my way towards the halfway point, which is at the red line with the number zero on the right side. Doesn’t look that much, but there’s still plenty to do till I’m there.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan and Timothy.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

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