More Olympic Patchwork

Olympic Patchwork, Russia,
We are now well into the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Thoughout the broadcast I’ve been admiring the quilty motif on the competitors and around the venues.

Fun and bright colors patched together! Right up my alley!

There’s been some additional patchiness. Burton Snowboards designed the snowboarding team uniform jackets look like patchwork.


Here’s what the Burton press release says: “To design the uniform for the 2014 Sochi Games, Burton once again turned to America’s heritage for inspiration. And nothing represents Americana more than handcrafted patchwork quilts and the American flag, which are both at the heart of the 2014 uniform. After a long hunt, Burton designers found the perfect vintage quilt at an antique fair. Then, they brought it home to Vermont where it was deconstructed and re-constructed by a veteran Vermont quilt maker in order to get it ready to replicate onto the outerwear fabrics. Following this, Burton developed a method to print exact replicas of both the quilt and a vintage American flag onto the fabric of the jackets. The end result is that the quilt pattern on the jackets looks like it was hand-stitched with patchwork squares – just like the original. And an exact duplicate of the vintage American flag is proudly featured on the jacket’s sleeve. “


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Double Wedding Ring Quilt and Cutting Tips

piecedgoods Double Wedding Ring Quilt
This quilt has been on my list of quilts to make. Curvy pieces everywhere!Double Wedding Ring  329
EZDWRChallengeBlogLogo-1-235x300The Darlene Zimmerman EZ Quilting templates made cutting much simpler.

I missed the deadline to link up my quilt to the challenge with the NYC Modern Quilt Guild’s EZ Double Wedding Ring Quilting Challenge (Gah! December 1st!) but other bloggers’ posts lead me to the EZ Double Wedding Ring Templates by Darlene Zimmerman + the Single Arc template.

Click on the icon to the left if you want to see more about the challenge.  You can see the double wedding ring quilts that made the deadline clicking under the three categories (Small, Traditional, and Modern).

My quilt is not bound yet.  That’s what I’ll be tackling later this week.  I’m trying to decide what to bind the quilt with.  Probably one of the greens prints? White?  A completely different color?

I want to mention that though the templates made cutting out the fabric way easier, that the instructions for both piecing and cutting that went with them were not great.   I posted a review on to that effect.  This is not a beginning quilter’s quilt by any means, even taking the simpler way out like I did, and using the simplified arc for the rings vs. the little pieced bits that come with the main double wedding ring quilt template set.

A few tips on cutting:

1. Use a fresh rotary cutting blade.  A sharp blade makes a smoother cut.

2.  Be careful.  I think this bears saying even though it feels like a ‘duh’. The templates are curved.  Your blade is razor sharp.  If you’re at all worried or know you have problems in this regard, quilting and sewing stores sell gloves you can wear to protect your fingers.

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3.  For the single arcs,  I was able to cut four layers of fabric at one time.  Since it takes four single arcs to make a circle, that was convenient.  Fold 44/45″ wide fabric selvage to selvage, and then fold the folded part to the selvage edge. The single arc template just fits unless the selvage edge is especially wide or the fabric is a bit narrow.

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4. For the melon shaped pieces, cut strips of fabric 2-1/2″ wide and fold in half. (I pressed it in half) Then cut lengths 7-1/4″ long. Cut out the arc by lining up the black line on the folded edge.

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5. For the little squares, I lined up my long ruler against the square lines on the template and cut strips that I subsequently cut into squares. Using the template alone was unwieldy for me. (Maybe because I’m left handed?)  Either way I think it’s easier this way.

The squares are a tiny bit bigger than 2-1/2″ square.  To do it right, use the template as a guide for your long ruler.
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6. For the big pieces, cut squares out and then align the larger inside arc template along the edge of the square. Again, I was able to cut through 4 layers at once.

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I’ll post more later on how I sewed things together. Many instructions on the web have the arcs bristling with pins.  I don’t like to pin that much.  If you’re like me, stay tuned for more.

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Outstanding in the Field

Outstanding in the Field at Jacobs Farm Pescadero

Outstanding in the Field at Jacobs Farm Pescadero

Outstanding in the Field puts together more than 80 dinners across Northern America each year, roving the country in their Outstanding bus, setting up long long tables in farms, fields, beaches, gardens, hillsides, and barns. farm DinnerJim Denevan  353

They pull together local food, vintners, farmers, foragers, fishers, mixologists and cooks and attract foodies all over the country.  Jim Denevan, above, founded the concept..Katy is like the COO of the operation.
DSC05297 The event starts early typically with drinks and appetizers, sandwiching a little talk about Outstanding in the Field and their mission and journey; then a hike or walk with the local food purveyors talking about the land/soil/water.

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It ends with an extraordinary meal at a very long table.DSC05306 The finishing touches on the food are done on site with local chefs grilling, plating and serving up generous communal platters of beautiful and delicious food.Gnocchi  356Sturgeon  358 Chicken  357
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It was wise to dress in layers. Eating in the field meant a much bigger change in the ambient temperature once the sun went over the hill.
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But it was beautiful.
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Dinner ended all too quickly. Chocolate CakeNew friends are always made sitting a table like this, sharing great food and wine.  And we’re grateful for the entire experience.DSC05328 DSC05326
chef thanksA huge round of applause for the chefs and we hiked back to our cars in the darkening night with a rising full moon. light show  363

Jim Denevan, who is an artist as well as a chef (well, chefs are really artists anyway, right?) had mentioned that he and staff would light the way back.Solar Lights by Jim Denevan

And he did.

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