zubeneschamali: (landscape)
Wow, it's been a long time. Short version: I had a very busy semester, I'm writing a book that's due at the end of the summer, and my state is at the front of the pack in the race to destroy public higher education in the U.S. I'm back at running (one more half marathon under my belt), and I just got back from a wonderful two weeks in Colorado. I'm really struggling with fic writer's block right now, but that's a story for another time. I've shown up for the first time in months to ask for your help with another quilt!

Last year I made this one based on the patterns people were able to get for me from across the country. The Row by Row experience is back, this time with over 3000 quilt shops across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Each store came up with their own 9"x36" pattern based on the theme of "Home Sweet Home." The patterns are free -- but you have to go to the store to get them. Most shops also have kits, but I'm just looking for patterns. Can you help me out? Before September 5th?

List of places with really cool patterns... )

If you live in any of these places, or will be traveling through, or know someone who does, I'd love to hear from you! As always, I totally understand if you can't get to a store or aren't willing. No worries. But if you can help, I'll send you a little something quilty as a thank you. :)
zubeneschamali: (landscape)
Hi! Thanks so much to everyone who has offered to visit their local quilt shop (or send a friend to do so) and get a Row by Row pattern for me. I really appreciate it, and a little something is forthcoming to show that appreciation. :)

I looked through the Facebook pages associated with the hundreds of stores participating in this event, and I found a few that I really must have. Some of them for tentacle reasons, some because they're just gorgeous, some because I want them on the wall of my office. I'm sure I won't actually get them all, but if anyone lives in or near these places or will be passing through before September 8, would you be willing to pick up a free pattern for me?

List below the cut... )

Bonus: If I get one of the tentacle patterns (marked with ~~), I'll make it as a donation for the Wincon auction. (If not in time for this year, then next year.)
zubeneschamali: (fallquilt)
I've been on vacation in the Pacific Northwest/Vancouver (JUST missing the filming of both SPN and XF, which makes me bitterly unhappy), and in my travels to various quilt shops in the region, which is an important part of any vacation, I discovered this thing called the Row by Row Experience. There are over a thousand quilt shops across the country who are participating, each designing a free pattern for a row of a quilt around the theme of water. These are some of the designs:

Pics below the cut... )

The kicker is, you can only get the pattern from the physical shop, not online. And there are some really cool patterns from all over the country, and given my love of geography and of quilting, this seems like a natural challenge for me to take up. So if you live in the US or Canada, would you be able to help?

Details below the cut... )
zubeneschamali: (fallquilt)
Thirty-One Days will resume in a moment. First, I mentioned a few months ago that one of my grad students was getting married and that I was making a quilt for them. The pics of that one are here. A second student of mine is also getting married this fall, although it turns out that he's going to drop out of the Ph.D. program in order to get a job that makes more money than a TA. Which I can't blame him for, really. Mr. Z joked that now I don't need to give him the quilt, but since it was designed for him and his fiancee, I kind of have to.

Quilt pics... )

But on with the Thirty-One Days!

Heh. This one is ironic: Things you've learned that school won't teach you.

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zubeneschamali: (fallquilt)
Day two: educate us on something you know a lot about or are good at.

That's a dangerous thing to ask of a college professor... )
zubeneschamali: (fallquilt)
Good morning! I'm at the airport on my way to Wincon, and I finished the quilt two nights ago. When [livejournal.com profile] wendy first suggested I do this a year ago, I had no idea how right I was when I thought I could finish it within a year, but just barely. Self-knowledge, yay.

There were two final steps yet to go when I last posted. One was to bind the edges of the quilt, which means folding fabric over the raw edge of the quilt and sewing it into place. I am incapable of doing that without resulting in a wavy edge, but since this quilt is intended to be used rather than displayed, that's not a big deal. :)

The other step was something I haven't mentioned before because I wasn't sure I was going to have time for it, or that it would work out. Well, it mostly worked out:


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zubeneschamali: (fallquilt)
It's back! I have been making progress on the quilt, but I keep forgetting to get the photos off of my camera. *facepalm* Well, here they are, and today's installment explains what makes a quilt a quilt.

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zubeneschamali: (fallquilt)
Progress on the SPN quilt has been slow because of...well, a whole variety of reasons, from the baby quilt for my best friend's little one to my two long trips to rediscovering a whole bunch of fabric that had been locked up in a room that was inaccessible because of a leak in the roof and what followed after, and ooh, shiny....ANYWAY. I have finished piecing all of the individual blocks, so what remains for the piecing is to put them together into one large (48" square) quilt top. Here's what the blocks look like all laid out:

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zubeneschamali: (fallquilt)
I did say it might be a while...

My friend had her baby, and while little Corwin's quilt has been pieced, it has not yet been quilted, and is therefore not pictured here yet. :) Not like he needs it for warmth at the moment anyway, so I will get to the quilting once I've finished piecing the first half of the SPN quilt blocks. It's good to have goals. :)

I have, however, managed to finish five of the sixteen "Kansas Troubles" blocks, and here's one:

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zubeneschamali: (landscape)
Let me preface this by saying this is all [livejournal.com profile] wendy's fault.

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zubeneschamali: (wildflowers)
This has been the weekend of finishing quilts: I was thisclose to finishing one that I've had in progress for *mumble* years, and then I unexpectedly am going to visit one of my best friends this week; she had a baby over the summer, and the quilt for him was also 90% done. So after some frantic sewing and dashing to the store and only poking myself with a pin hard enough to bleed once, here we are!

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zubeneschamali: (alhambra)
One of my best friends from college had her second child this spring, and in the process of making a quilt for the baby, I realized I should also make one for the four-year-old, since she might be feeling a little left out with the new guy in town. Also, we were busy moving four years ago and I didn't make a baby quilt then. I found this cool fabric at a shop in Seattle last spring that looks like a nature journal, and it seemed appropriate along with some bright but not too-bright colors.

And then I found a local quilt shop that rents out time on their longarm, which meant the actual quilting got done in, no kidding, two hours instead of probably a month. Of course, it's taken me another month to get around to finishing and binding it, but oh well. The kids probably don't want quilts in the summer anyway. :)

Here's the results... )
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I didn't want to put this up until I knew I could finish it, which is why it's so late, but I'm offering something for [livejournal.com profile] help_japan . It's not fic...it's a small quilt (which has yet to be quilted, so this is technically just the top), 41" by 50". Pics below the cut.

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