{wip} wednesday: many works

This week has seen the happy finish of Turquoise delights, which I wrote about earlier this week:
turquoise delights: orbits quilting

the quilting is to make it a happy two-sided quilt if need be.
turquoise delights: orbits quilting on the back

It is large enough that it can snuggle on a couch, but it will spend time as a baby quilt, so will probably see the floor quite often. Off it has gone in the post to its new home far over the sea in Boston.
turquoise delights snuggles on the sofa

There has also been the Stash Bee block for July, a Stained block to be in bright colours:
Stash Bee July

and a little bit of stashing. Some lovely Ink and Spindle linen for a laptop/messenger bag I want to start soon:
Soon to be a bag

and an Auntie Cookie print for the flap of the bag:
white and gold, wood and possum

The rest of this week has been basting the winter sunrise quilt. Trying closer basting, pins all <3" separation, to see if I can avoid wrinkling in the finished quilt. Now all done and ready for quilting with some lovely variegated King Tut in the next few days. Once I decide on how to quilt it!
solstice sunrise gets its basting

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


turquoise delights has made it!

There have been many bits of slow progress in the last few weeks. For lo: a finish! I give to you: Turquoise delights.

Originally inspired by duzza bear’s version (below) of a Film in the Fridge quilt, I used the dimensions here: a number of 3.5″ square and 7.5″ x 3.5″ pieces, sashed with 1.5″ strips.
Rectangle cubed quilt

And so I began on Turquoise delights.
She started small and blocklike, inhabiting a corner of the carpet:
First, start with a few squares and rectangles...

then became sashed, little by little:
...sneakily, they grow

The idea for quilting turned out to be straightforward once the backing presented itself (yes this is going to a very small person):
I added the dolphins on the side mostly as their background colours were similar enough. Piece of string and water-soluble pen to get the lines for the quilting.
ETA: How to get the quilting effect:
1. Cut string long enough to go across all of quilt (roughly).
2. Tie string around pen securely-enough.
3. Hold string in centre of where the circles will be centred from. If the arcs are going to get larger than your armspan (nearly did for me on this size quilt!), tie string to a basting pin or similar. Don’t tie too permanently as it’s going to be adjusted a lot.
4. Gently get string taut at radius of desired circle. Draw arc on quilt, keeping pen vertical. If your pen doesn’t stay vertical, the line won’t stay consistent. Doesn’t have to be super-precise, but care helps.
5. Lengthen string – draw another arc. And another, and another…
6. Quilt along lines.
7. Voila! Orbit quilting.

A pile of binding followed:

And some embroidery for the recipient:
(I didn’t have quite the right needle for that diameter of embroidery floss, so I am glad she has a short name…)

Machine binding for a change (and durability), and all done. This photo after washing and resulting crinklification.
turquoise delights: orbits quilting

Off it will go to its new home this week!