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Talavera Seahawks

Here is the finished quilt top for Talavera Seahawks by Desert Bloom Quilting!

Talavera Finished Top

The top has been finished for about a week and a half and it’s unfortunately taken me this long to share. I’m going to bind in the navy. I’m thinking of having it quilted in a blue and green variegated, but we’ll see.

Here are a few closeups of the blocks and my amazing mitered corners. I typically avoid mitering at all costs, but I made myself practice and they came out really well. The little green border is 1/2″ finished, so doing it with a miter made that much easier.

In a few days, I’ll be posting Month 3 of the QAL, so I’ve been gearing up for that. It’s never too late to sign up.

Talavera Seahawks – Blocks almost finished

I have been having a great time working on Talavera Tiles by Desert Bloom Quilting. Last weekend was an oddly event free weekend so I spent Saturday cutting fabric and Sunday sewing. I’ve had a little time to sew throughout the week and have finished 3 sets (of 5) of the blocks. As soon as I post this, I’m going to finish the last 2 groups of blocks and maybe even start assembling tonight.

I’ve forgotten how much I love sewing on batiks. The fabrics are so crisp and lie so flat.

Here is the center block. Square in a square units are not my favorite thing in the world and this was good to practice them. The pattern has a few suggestions to get everything to line up right.

Desert Bloom Quilting Talavera Tile quilt pattern half square triangles HST 4-patch four patch Prisma Dyes Artisan Batik Batiks quilt fabric solids Seattle Seahawks

For Block 1, there twelve of these guys.

Desert Bloom Quilting Talavera Tile quilt pattern half square triangles HST 4-patch four patch Prisma Dyes Artisan Batik Batiks quilt fabric solids Seattle Seahawks

And eight of Block 2.

Desert Bloom Quilting Talavera Tile quilt pattern half square triangles HST 4-patch four patch Prisma Dyes Artisan Batik Batiks quilt fabric solids Seattle Seahawks

I don’t think it was intentional, but the number of blocks goes down from Block 1 – 4, so I only have four of Block 3 and two of Block 4 to make. It’s a nice stepdown.

Back to sewing the last ones!

Talavera Tile – Fabric has arrived

Month 2 of the Quilt-Along is all ready to go on February 2. The center star looks amazing and I’m loving how the quilt in coming together. We also have received the prizes from American Made Brand, so those will be revealed soon.

In the meantime, the fabrics for Talavera Tile arrived on Friday. The Prisma Dyes are beautiful in person and I’m excited to get started on this. I didn’t intentionally choose Seahawks fabrics, but I unintentionally nailed it. The white is actual a light grey and it’s very close to wolf grey.

Desert Bloom Quilting Talavera Tile quilt pattern half square triangles HST 4-patch four patch Prisma Dyes Artisan Batik Batiks quilt fabric solids Seattle Seahawks

Just a quick post today to show off the fabrics. I’ve been petting them for the last 15 minutes, so it seemed right to share them with everyone. My plan is to spend the weekend quilting and I should get make some good progress on this quilt. The deadline to complete the top is February 28, and it’s looking like I won’t be working right up to the deadline (fingers crossed!)

Talavera Tile – Fabric Selection

One of my next projects is pattern testing for Desert Bloom Quilting. Jessica at Desert Bloom created a beautiful quilt and pattern called Talavera Tile. She’s releasing the pattern in 2 sizes and was looking for pattern testers for the larger size (55″ x 73″).

(After having the pattern for a month), I spent some time today and recolored it. I have been loving batiks lately so I will be using the Prisma Dyes batiks. The fabrics have been ordered and should arrive in a little over a week, which gives me slightly less than a month to make the quilt top.

Desert Bloom Quilting Talavera Tile quilt pattern half square triangles HST 4-patch four patch Prisma Dyes Artisan Batik Batiks quilt fabric solids

This is my re-coloring. I used Inkscape which can only color with a single color, rather than a pattern, but it gives an idea of the quilt. The fabrics below are the ones that I chose from the Artisan Batiks Prisma Dyes line.

Desert Bloom Quilting Talavera Tile quilt pattern half square triangles HST 4-patch four patch Prisma Dyes Artisan Batik Batiks quilt fabric solids

Once the fabric arrives, expect to hear more about Talavera Tile in February.

Also, I realized after I colored it and purchased the fabric that I used Seahawks colors. I couldn’t figure out why I was loving the lime green so much… now I know.

iPhone cross stitch case and scarves

Continuing with non-quilt projects…

First up is the Boo iPhone case that I stitched for my friend Brian. They sell rubbery cases that have the cross stitch holes cut into the case. You then design whatever you want (they provide some ideas) and stitch it up. His favorite Mario character is Boo and any time we play Mario Party or Mario Kart or such, we all know to give him Boo. And purple is his favorite color.

iPhone Android smartphone cross stitch case Mario Boo Mario Kart Mario Party ghost video game NES SNES Wii

I know that when I think about cell phone cases, I immediately think about scarves … so here are some scarves that I’ve made. I have trouble knitting with needles because I suck at it and it’s tough on my hands. I can crochet find but it takes forever. One day during a break in class, one of my students was knitting on a loom. She showed me how it worked and I went out and bought a set. Brian and I (oh, there’s the connection between iPhones and scarves) both took up loom knitting since it’s easy to do while you’re doing other things and is great for people like us who can’t sit still. Here is my loom with a scarf in progress.

Loom Knit Knitting Instructables Knifty Knitter Lion Brand JoAnn Jo Ann plastic loom Red Heart yarn green and navy blue scarf Seahawks Sounders

With the loom, I learned some basic stitches and made some scarves with 1 or 2 colors of yarn. Usually, the color blocks are horizontal. I wanted to figure out a way to make them vertically, so I came up with my own technique. It makes a cool zipper effect in the middle. This one used Red Heart yarn and is Seahawks colors for my friend who is a Hawks fan. And I liked it so much, I made myself an identical one.

Loom Knit Knitting Instructables Knifty Knitter Lion Brand  JoAnn Jo Ann plastic loom Red Heart yarn green and navy blue scarf Seahawks Sounders

After doing a few scarves like this and the regular technique, I wanted to see if I could make patterns in the loom. It’s not quite as straightforward as it would be with needle knitting. I started with a Doctor Who / Tardis scarf for my other friend. I used a wider loom than the one above, and I’m really happy with how it came out.

Loom Knit Knitting Instructables Knifty Knitter Lion Brand  JoAnn Jo Ann plastic loom Red Heart yarn Doctor Who Dr Who Tardis blue scarf

The next pattern was a heart. This is probably my favorite so far. I don’t have a finished picture anywhere, but I did finish it… I think. It has a heart on either end. I was thinking it might be cool to have a whole poker series of scarves.

Loom Knit Knitting Instructables Knifty Knitter Lion Brand  JoAnn Jo Ann plastic loom Red Heart yarn heart scarf red white beige Valentine Valentine's Day

Christmas ornaments – Tutorial

Recently, I was invited to a white elephant exchange. For those who haven’t done one, you bring a gift and it can be nice, weird, random junk, etc then everyone picks numbers and chooses a gift. Later numbers can steal from earlier numbers. I like bringing nice or weird gifts, rather than junk, and I wanted to make something. I knew that the participants were all big Seahawks fans so I started googling around for ornament tutorials. I found this wonderful YouTube tutorial that showed how to take a clear ornament and glue an image on the outside. It seemed easy enough, so I bought some supplies and made a test ornament.

I bought clear glass balls in 2 sizes (2 5/8″ and 3 1/4″) as well as plastic ones (2 5/8″) that snap in half. I could see pros and cons for both types so I wanted to get both to play with. For my white elephant ornament, I used a glass 2 5/8″ ball.

I also purchased Skittles and Jelly Beans to fill the ornaments with. One of the key players on the Seahawks, Marshawn Lynch, loves Skittles, so Skittles is sort of the unofficial candy of the Seahawks. I’m also making ornaments for my office and jelly beans are our official office snack during non-football season (Skittles during football season, of course… gotta support the Seahawks!)

Glass plastic acrylic ornament ornaments Christmas DIY tutorial how to make an ornament Seahawks Skittles Mod Podge Doctor Who Galaga Marshawn Lynch blue green ribbon Jelly beans Jelly Belly

Additional supplies: Mod Podge glue, paint brush, and ribbon for the top of the ornaments.

Glass plastic acrylic ornament ornaments Christmas DIY tutorial how to make an ornament Seahawks Skittles Mod Podge Doctor Who Galaga Marshawn Lynch blue green ribbon

Step 1) Print out the decals that you are going to use. In the YouTube video, the gal uses an old Seahawks program. I didn’t have one of those lying around. The left is the Seahawks logo. Then the top is the Dalek and Tardis from Doctor Who, the ship from the video game Galaga which my boss and I are fiercely competitive at (though I have the top 3 high scores right now… just saying), and then the bottom right is my office logo.

Glass plastic acrylic ornament ornaments Christmas DIY tutorial how to make an ornament Seahawks Skittles Mod Podge Doctor Who Galaga Marshawn Lynch blue green ribbon

2) Cut out the decals

Glass plastic acrylic ornament ornaments Christmas DIY tutorial how to make an ornament Seahawks Skittles Mod Podge Doctor Who Galaga Marshawn Lynch blue green ribbon

3) Take out the top of the ornament. Fill however far you want with whatever you want.

Reject Skittles

Glass plastic acrylic ornament ornaments Christmas DIY tutorial how to make an ornament Seahawks Skittles Mod Podge Doctor Who Galaga Marshawn Lynch

4) Using the paintbrush, brush a small ring at the top of the ornament and glue in the top piece. Then brush a light layer where you are going to glue the decal.

(Sorry, no picture. iPhone plus gluey fingers plus an unsealed ornament seemed like a horrible idea)

5) Lay the decal onto the ornament. Brush another layer of glue on top. *Important* Have an idea of where you’re going to set this to dry. Oops… I frantically grabbed my tea ball holder.

Glass plastic acrylic ornament ornaments Christmas DIY tutorial how to make an ornament Seahawks Skittles Mod Podge Doctor Who Galaga Marshawn Lynch blue green ribbon

6) Let the ornament dry.

Glass plastic acrylic ornament ornaments Christmas DIY tutorial how to make an ornament Seahawks Skittles Mod Podge Doctor Who Galaga Marshawn Lynch blue green ribbon

7) After it’s dry, tie the ribbons on the top to make it look nice and pretty. I forgot to get a picture of the final ornament before it went to its new home … next ones, I will make sure to get pictures.

For my next batch, I plan to put the logos higher. I also had a few creases in the paper. But overall, I am thrilled with how it came out. Though I didn’t anticipate the lack of crafty people at the gift exchange and had to explain that you don’t crack it open Easter egg style to get the Skittles out. Or throw it at people as a Skittle/glass bomb. Luckily the gal who took it home understood what not to do.