Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Still piecing ...

This traditional quilt block design is called Lady of the Lake and dates back to the 1850's. Very traditional.


Seven more Lady of the Lake blocks need to be pieced, which involves another 112 Half Square Triangles which are still in the process of being pieced.  These blocks will not be sewn together as pictured above, a set of alternating blocks is also yet to be pieced.


I also thought I would also introduce you to my new best friend. The Lint Roller.  I use it often on my quilts, (especially after quilting to remove batting fluff) and on my clothes before I walk out the door.  The battle of the endless threads continues.

47 comments:

  1. this is absolutely divine ... and i hear you re the lint. i get it on me constantly from cutting cross stitch threads.

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  2. I so enjoy the bright green with all those colorful little HSTs. It gives the traditional pattern such a fresh feel

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  3. Stunning! I like how you make traditional patterns look so modern with your fabric choices :)

    And I'm forever walking around with cat fur and loose threads... it's a never-ending battle!

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  4. I love your fabric choices! This quilt looks so much more modern because of it! looking forward to your progress!

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  5. This has to be my favorite creation I have seen on your blog since I have started following! I may have gasped out loud. I had to details lurk just o tell you : -)
    I also must ask- are the bottom left squares little triangles going a different way in the very first picture or are my eyes playing tricks on me?
    Thank you so very much for sharing your gorgeous work.

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  6. Threads and dog hair....lint rollers ought to be available by the case somewhere!

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  7. These look just wonderful! I just bought a ton of lint rollers from the clearance section @ Target...I always miss the thread until it shows up in my picture!

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  8. Holy cuteness! It is amazing. I love love love it!

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  9. It may be a traditional pattern but you have made it come alive with your wonderful selection of vivid, bright fabrics!! Just stunning!!
    Paulette

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  10. OOO - the lint brush. I totally forgot about those! Since I don't work in a place where I have to 'dress up' anymore I have completely forgotten about those. But for a quilting working mom it'll be great to have those around again.


    Thanks for the memories!

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  11. Wow, that feature green is just beautiful! Another amazing piece of piecing :-)

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  12. So stunning with that limey green, white and all the bright colors. My husband has made Lady of the Lake in fused glass. Tiny little half square triangles that he cuts in glass, but he also doesn't have to worry about 1/4 inch seam allowances! http://aroundtheblockdesigns.danemcoweb.com/shop/product/lady-of-the-lake-1/

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  13. can't wait to see it finished...the design may date back to the 1850's but your quilt will be anything but traditional.

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  14. lovely!!!

    ...as always...

    xo
    eva

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  15. Fabulous! It looks so amazing now, I can't imagine what will happen with the alternating blocks!!

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  16. Alternating blocks? Hmm, I do love it the way it is.
    This is a perfect example of what I've been tackling on the blog about modern quilting really being a throwback.

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  17. Oh that is so funny about the lint roller - I only looked down at my skirt this morning and thought I should brush off those pesky threads!

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  18. I never thought to use my lint roller on my quilts!

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  19. Stunning quilt and colours, I love it.

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  20. The top is gorgeous and Mr. Lint Roller is a big friend of mine.

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  21. This is gorgeous! All those points scare me but you have done a wonderful job!

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  22. Oooooh thank you Rita for the much-needed inspiration....I had pieced hundreds of little HST's only slighty bigger than yours with the intention of making a full quilt out of them and then stopped mid quilt top when i realised the enormity of the task i was undertaking....Inserting those great big HST's will help me go the full distance and get the project started again. Look forward to seeing your alternating blocks and what more you can do with this. Wonderful interpretation of a traditional pattern. thank you for sharing.

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  23. I need to get an extra lint roller and place it in the quilt room!
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  24. I can't believe that your quilt is the same pattern as the traditional one. You have such a talent for make the old seem modern. I love it.

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  25. lady of the lake...what a pretty name for a block

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  26. You have such a great eye for color. I OD'd on HST a year ago and haven't touched one since. I love the lime green in this. You brought this pattern right into the 2010's.
    The lint roller it a godsend. I have one on my ironing board, and one at the door so I can clean up before I leave the house.

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  27. I love that color of green you are using and can not wait to see this completed. I also love seeing all the lovely little bits of fabric you are using ... they all come together so well.

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  28. I am so jealous of your perfect points! I can appreciate traditional block patterns more when they use bright and cheery colors and I love what you've chosen. It looks so modern and eyecatching!

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  29. Looks so cool--but my eyes glaze over just thinking about making SO MANY of the same thing. Just. can't. do. it. I wish I could, then I would have something as cool as you. :)

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  30. You always inspire and amaze me. Your work is beautiful and your color selections just make me smile from the inside out! Thanks for adding such beauty to my world!

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  31. wow! this quilt looks fabulous as is. i look forward to seeing the alternate blocks.

    great idea with the lint roller. that would be a lot easier than the packing tape i have been using. :)

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  32. Rita, you amazing. I swear you must live on caffiene and no sleep!! This is just gorgeous.
    Stunningly so!
    Can I ask... is there a "trick" to piecing this many HSTs? I am a relatively new quilter, and there are so many tricks i know i am missing out on! LOL! I think i would go absolutely nutty cutting and piecing this many triangles! Can you strip piece and mass cut? Or are you literally cutting little bitty squares, lining them all up and chain piecing bazillions of these?
    I absolutely LOVE the look!! But the few quilts i have done with hst's - i am about fed up with them by the time i finish the quilt! LOL - and they were MUCH larger than yours!! :D

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  33. LOL -- and I thought I was weird for using a lint roller on my quilts, blocks, and fabrics. Really gets the little snippets and crucial when I leave something out and a cat finds a new napping spot!
    Love your lady of the lake blocks :)

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  34. Lady of the Lake is such a cool block! Fun to see it used with modern colors.

    I am a slob and do not think to lint roll my clothes. But you can bet it's my partner in crime when it's quilting time! :)

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  35. I love the bright green too. I need some of that colour in my life! I need a lint roller too...

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  36. What an incredibly, happy quilt. Can't wait to see this one quilted. Wonderful!

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  37. Another beautiful. Happily watching the journey Rita!

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  38. I have been following your blog for a few months now and I am wondering what detergent do you use to wash your quilts for the first time and do you do anything else special in the process? Thanks for your input!

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  39. gorgeous! me and threads just go together and especially black pants! terrible look when you have to do the preschool pickup and I realise in the car!!!!

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  40. Fabulous.!!!Love the Fabrics.
    cheers

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  41. Just gorgeous!! I love, as another reader said, how modern you've made such a traditional pattern look! I had to laugh at the lint roller, I use mine all the time for that very purpose! Well, that and a cat who loves to lie on freshly pieced squares. =)

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  42. I use the roller too, but never ever pull the old sheet off and put it under your arm to carry it as your hands are full and you know why not?

    It b%&#$ hurts when stuck to the soft skin on the inside of your arm.....
    Guess how I know...

    cheers
    Christine

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  43. I am loving that green!!! What a gorgeous block and I love how you "updated" it with your fabrics and colors!

    PS- I {{heart}} my lint roller too!

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  44. Beautiful! :) Hmm, I wonder where/why the original term 'lady of the lake' originated???

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