Gravity – Ultraviolet

It feels like such a long time since I’ve really had the opportunity to sit down and do some sewing, and it was nice to be able to get back to my Gravity quilt and knock out these Ultraviolet blocks.

This week has been a week full of houseguests, so I feel as though I’m being somewhat rude by sitting down and writing this.

Ultraviolet Jaybird Quilts Gravity

I was a little nervous about the seams in this one, because it involves sewing a partial seam, and returning to it later.  I was sure that it would never match up, but once I’d gotten the directionality of those half hexagons down, everything came together very well.

Gravity Jaybird Quilts UltravioletNow there are only six blocks remaining.  I’m hoping to get them all finished shortly, maybe in the next month or so, but we’ll see.  The backing seems like quite a monumental task, but I know that I can get through that in a couple of days if I can only find the time to book myself in to the studio.

Fingers crossed that after Saturday when we have the house to ourselves again, I’ll be able to get some solid sewing done.

Here’s my progress so far:

Until next time, happy piecing!

Jane

Gravity – Celestial

I was trying to wait until the blog was updated and returned to it’s regular address to post as posting now creates some issues with permalinks and backlinks, but there’s just been far too much going on, and I really would rather not leave myself a huge backlog when the blog gets up and running. Hopefully I’ll be able to easily sort the link problem out once I have my regular domain back.

I’ve been making progress on my Gravity Quilt quilt. It’s such a fun project! I’ve never made a quilt with so many different blocks before, and I’m really enjoying the variety.Celestial Gravity Jaybird Quilts

The Celestial Blocks blocks are really just an extended version of the block from Day Break, so I’ve had a lot of practice putting these together.

I did forget my own advice here, and got a little ahead of myself with the cutting. Fortunately I had some suitable fabrics in my stash, so hopefully no one but me will know which colors Julie didn’t choose. Not that it matters at all.

.Jaybird Quilts Celestial Gravity

Oh, and the Day Break quilt is almost done. Getting those inner curves on the binding was a bit of a pain, but it’s all attached now. I just have to do the hand-finish on the back then it will be all ready to go out.

My Gravity progress so far:

Until next time, happy stitching!

– Jane

Marquise IV

I haven’t had much opportunity to woe on any of my slow sewing projects recently, so Marquise is taking a bit of a back seat.  I had planned to be working on it for a while, and it will get finished eventually.

Here’s my latest block:

Tula Pink Marquise Block

And my progress to date:

If you’re so inclined, you can read my previous posts on my Marquise quilt by following the links below.

Installment One

Installment Two

Installment Three

Until next time, happy stitching!

– Jane

WIP Wednesday #4: Gravity – Orbit

Let the diagonal seam matching commence in earnest!

Orbit
Orbit

Honestly, these also came together very easily.  I’m really enjoying how fuss free these last two sets of blocks have been.  Hopefully it keeps up.

Orbit
Orbit

Here’s my Gravity progress thus far:

You can read about my Horizon and Constellation blocks too if you’re so inclined.

I’d love to hear from others who are making this quilt.  Please leave me a comment if you are.

I’m linking up again for WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Until next time, happy quilting!

– Jane

Gravity – Constellation

The Constellation blocks came together really easily. I’d expected that there would be a little more in the way of fussy seam alignment, but Julie’s rulers are great at eliminating that.

Here’s my little bit of Gravity progress so far:

If you’re so inclined, you can read about Horizon here.

Until next time, sew happily!
– Jane

Gravity – Horizon

I’m catching up on some very belated posts. Fortunately it looks like I’m getting up to date with the photographs, so hopefully I’ll be more on top of keeping my posts timely from now on.

A few weeks ago I started work on the Jaybird Quilts’ Gravity kit that had been sitting around for a while. Here are my Horizon blocks:

Jaybird Quilts Gravity Horizon

My advice on this quilt so far: read the instructions several times, then start cutting. The four and half inch diamonds used in this block are slightly too large to get two complete pieces out of the width of the ten inch squares provided. Because the ruler/template gives the option to take a notch of the long corners for easier piece alignment, the pattern suggests cutting the pieces in such a way that the seam allowance in those corners hangs off the edges a little. Of course, I read the instructions when the kit first arrived, and didn’t look at them particularly closely when I went to cut, so I did cut the first piece incorrectly, and only got two diamonds out of it, rather than four. Fortunately, there was so much excess fabric in this block that it didn’t matter.

Aside from the cutting issue, which was very quickly resolved, and a few return trips to the design wall, these blocks came together really quickly. I should hope so, after the number of Rock Candy tops I’ve made; it’s the same process on a larger scale.

Jaybird Quilts Gravity 2

As I was already cutting small triangles for the bonus pillow, I decided that I’d put one of each color aside that, and to cut all my excess to the same size. Hopefully I’ll end up with enough of them to make something wonderful at the end of this project. It all depends on the amount of left overs I get from the other blocks, and what colors I end up with.

Jaybird Quilts Gravity Horizon 1

And I know I said I was going to mix the blocks up a little, but to be honest, when I really sat down to it, rearranging everything made my head hurt, so I stuck with original colors for the blocks. Julie mentioned something in a recent blog post about the likelihood of all the owners of all the kits using the exact same color placements as each other, and I thought about it, and decided that with over one hundred shades in the quilt, there have to be thousands of ways of arranging them, right? I think I’ll stick with Julie’s colors from here on out, but try to place them differently within the blocks

Until next time, happy quilting!

– Jane

WIP Wednesday #2: Marquise II

It’s unsurprisingly been a hectic and disordered week here. I didn’t get nearly as much accomplished as I’d hoped, but obviously there are some things that have to be prioritized over quilting.

Tula Pink Marquise V

I always feel as though I need a certain amount of time to make getting the machine up and running worthwhile, but paper piecing is something that can easily be done a little at a time. I managed to get through a nice chunk of my Marquise quilt this week.

Tula Pink Marquise VI

As I determined that swapping the fabrics within the blocks was a little complicated, I decided to make the blocks a little out of order, as I was getting a little tired of working with the same fabrics, so things will be popping up in a bit of a random order from here on out. I was really fun to dip in to some of the colors I’m a little more drawn to.

Tula Pink Marquise IV

There’s a downside to the way I’m making this. The kit provides enough papers to make the quilt row by row, but that’s it. As I wanted to make all the blocks then put them on my design wall (or the floor, because they’re undoubtedly too heavy to stick to the flannel) and play around the layout a little, I’m very close to running out of papers. Fortunately I found a website where I could order some more – is that horribly wasteful of me? I just can’t devote the time to hand cutting card from a template, and I haven’t seen a punch for the honeycomb hexie yet – so I’m waiting for those at the moment.

Tula Pink Marquise III

For anyone who’s interested, I’ve worked out that it takes me around four hours to complete each full block. I made the Indigo block in one go, and honestly, it’s not something I’d ever do again. By the end of it I could barely see, but I was so determined to get it done. I’m incredibly happy that I purchased the matching thread, although I was skeptical about the need for so many at first. Having really closely matching thread really makes such a difference. I’m very happy to admit that my stitches are less than even, but I absolutely don’t think it’s going to be a problem once I have this quilted. The one thing I’ve learned so far regarding the thread is to match the darker colored fabric. Light thread seems to show much more obviously against a dark background than darker thread does against a light one.

Tula Pink Marquise Collection II

That’s it for this week’s WIP Wednesday update. Hopefully I’ll have something from the machine to show you next week.

Until next time, happy sewing!

– Jane

Here’s what I have so far: