How to Catch up in Your QuiltAlong

Anytime us quilters start a project we have very good intentions of finishing. At the beginning we are all excited about the process, and then something happens…..TIME. It may be we don’t have time, or something else is consuming our time, or we ran out of fabric, or we are looking for the perfect fabric in the next step. Fill in the blank, stuff happens. It is possible that a life event steers us out of our sewing time and then we fall behind.

First I would like to say, for any quilter who feels they are behind, DON’T! Most quilt alongs have steps published at a regular interval. That regular interval is for those quilters who currently are not having any life interruptions (lucky!) Let’s face it, we all work at our own pace. Some like to be the tortoise while others like to be the hare. This is what makes the world go round. Regardless of what pace you are, you do not have to keep up. Notice the phrase “quilt along”. part of that last word is long. Long can equal time span. Keep this in mind the next time you want to rush. Sometimes rushing takes the fun out of it and panic sets in. Chill, it is just instructions and some fabric. If you work to your own pace and ignore the need to catch up, you have mastered the best part of quilting. Quilt at your own pace. This post will help those in a quilt along that have fallen behind, perhaps by months, years, or decades. No matter how much time has lapsed, it is still a project you want to finish.

I have learned this lesson the hard way. Let me explain what happened to me. And then we will discuss a great way to be organized and work those blocks to completion. Bare with me here….

In December of 2019, I stumbled upon the 365 quilt block challenge. I was currently sewing the quilt along Frolic by Bonnie Hunter.

The clues for frolic were kind of meager and I was going along and it may have been an evening worth of work. So, why not two quilt alongs? I am one who likes to sew everyday.

And so approx mid December I signed up for the 365 Quilt Block Challenge. This was probably not the best time of year to sign up for a quilt along, plus I was joining at the end, instead of waiting a couple of weeks for the actual beginning. This quilt along is perpetual so it just goes on and on all for free. (Which is great for those of us who fall behind).

I built the blocks that I could at that time and was enjoying it so. The easier more basic blocks presented themselves at the beginning of 2020. Those blocks could be accomplished in about 30 minutes, give or take. All was well with both of these quilt alongs and then then the final clue was released for frolic. It was a clue that would take me months to complete. Frolic done me in. I decided I would never do another Bonnie Hunter mystery. I kept up every week, but the execution of the pattern at the end was complex and time consuming enough that I could sew, and sew, and sew. And the completion would just not come. (Note: the pattern she did not want revealed until the end, so it was done different from previous mysteries).

The completion of Frolic eventually happened (me working diligently every day) in mid March of 2020 as the pandemic presented itself. Was ecstatic to be done. And glad I had another quilt along to jump back into. Because it was mid march, this left me behind by 2 1/2 months already. And then because of the virus I started working nights. And the sewing free time that seemed so easy on my other shift was neglected until June when I said enough is enough, I am going back to days.

At this point I was 3 months behind. It made me a little anxious. I was worried that I would miss out on something by being on a different time line than everyone else. That was a worry for naught.

And during this time, supposedly from the corona virus and folks working from home, the computing software that distributed the clues would not be deposited to everyone by mail chimp each day. To curb that disaster the admin of the quilt pattern Katherine Kerr, started the quilt along midstream to a different website totally. I had to sign up for yet another account.

The good news I had everything in my inbox through April. But, the way the new system worked, you had to login to the database at teachable.com and get your daily pattern. The patterns were only out there for 3 months. If you did not print them off or download them, they would be gone until the next year.

And then July 4th holiday of 2020 happened. With most things locked down, including fireworks. That meant it was a stay-cation, and I sewed what I could for the 365 Quilt Block Challenge. I can’t remember if I took a week off or it was longer than just 3 days. But, I got so much done! I did not catch up. I was still months behind.

By this point, I had grown tired of not being timely and started other projects. Quick quilts! I needed it.

I kept busy, but not at the right project. I found the mess I would make each day to accomplish a block was just not working for me.

And finally Christmas of 2020 came around. I had saved up oodles of vacation time and chose I would play catch up for the quilt block challenge.

And then another squirrel presented itself and it was a scrap one. I had plenty of those scraps already cut. So another project happened. At this point I decided to totally ignore the 365 project. And I continued to ignore it for months with many more projects.

Recently, I had a poll asking what viewers/readers wanted to see. They wanted to see that 365 quilt DONE! So I put my big girl pants on and dived right in where I left off. You see, a quilt along, you can dive back in at anytime. There is no race…you set the pace.

I do a lot of reading with my hobby. A research sew to speak. And I came across the paper plate method which worked well for me for months. But it had its drawbacks. Those round plates take up valuable real estate on my sewing table. And if a stiff wind blows, it will blow your pattern as well as your pieces all over the place.

This weekend I made a bunch of quilt block boards. This is a Lori Holt idea and I have been using one for a couple of years. It holds my alphabities my mother made from felt. They are always stuck to the board when not in use. The boards stack like the plates, but because they are a mini design wall you can stand them more upright out of the way, and everything stays put.

This tutorial works for me. It may not work for you. You sometimes figure things out as you go. It took me over a year to figure this out. It makes the whole process speedy!

Step one:

  • Pick your fabrics for your blocks. I find some days my picker is broken. But, that design element will add lots of different appeal to your finished quilt. Notice below that I have stacks of block patterns. Between each pattern are a variety of fabrics. Since I am going scrappy, this method really helps me use fabrics at the bottom of the fabric pile. I tend to gravitate to the same fabrics each time. This helps get rid of that redundancy of fabrics.

Step Two:

  • Starch and iron each piece in the pile. If you starch it heavy enough, it will save you ironing time which can wait until the end.

Step Three:

  • Assign your alphabet to your pattern values. For those of you who do not have alphabities, start saving your bread tie plastics. Make your own set. These are homemade as well. These have saved so much confusion. Let’s face it, if your block BOM goes all the way to letter P, if you have a pile of pieces it is hard to keep track of which is what.

Step Four:

  • Cut and then sub-cut according to the pattern

This is ready to sew, but hold off. While you already have all your tools out at the cutting and ironing station, you might as well take advantage of the time you will save if you do a bunch of repetitive work at the same time.

Step Five:

  • Each board has a new assignment of A, B, C, D, E, etc. Stack the boards with the pattern of the block. You are ready with the copious amount of sewing.

Step Six:

  • Sew and repeat the sew with each board. Finger press your pieces, they are crisp enough you don’t need to press until the end. After the final pressing trim. I find this method helps me do 5 or 6 blocks in a day. And it is very satisfying to accomplish a goal set before you. These are baby goals. If I looked at how many months I am behind, it seems like a monstrous goal. That monstrous goal is not monstrous, it is just filled with many baby steps along the way. Think baby steps and you will get there.

Since the beginning of this quilt block challenge, during the making of Frolic, I decided to keep a calendar handy to place a star on each day I made the block. I would put two stars for the days I would make the block and the bonus block. This has helped me keep track perfectly where I am. I am so glad I decided to do this. In the beginning I had great intentions of finishing early. That did not happen. And that is OK.

This selection of fabrics was not the best. But finished is better than perfect. This will add lovely character to an area that does not have this grouping of fabrics.

I thought about deleting the first half of this post. It felt like excuses. Life IS an excuse. Cut yourself some slack. Quilt at your own pace. Enjoy your results. Baby steps.

In one day I have made these blocks. Some of these have many pieces. This is the key to my success. I hope you will use my key for your success. Good Luck with your quilt along!

On an additional note, do not be fooled. Many of these pieces are cut and sewn on the bias. The good news is that the pattern calls for oversized pieces. After you sew and finger press you trim to the exact size you need. This added effort adds precision every time. Some blocks are perfect. Some are not. As quilters we know all too well about the fudge factor. I intend to fudge these all together when the time comes. In the meantime, I will not worry about it.

A couple more hints before I go, change your needle and rotary blade often. I upgraded from my omnigrid ruler to a creative grids. A good grip ruler will help you with any quilt at any time. If you rotary cutter is pushing the fabric moving it underneath the ruler, it is time for a new blade. Invest in the things you use the most. You will be glad you did.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog!

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Uneven Odds

This week, I hesitated posting! I thought to myself, I have hardly sewn. Two nights this week I worked overtime. One evening I mowed. One afternoon I got the car tags renewed (that was an experience!). And I thought my meager picture post, readers/subscribers would be less than enthused. And then I downloaded the photos to edit, and realized, I got a lot sewn! So my thoughts got in the way of evening the odds.

I present to you, this weeks 365 challenge blocks.

As these become more difficult, it is more difficult for me to schedule them into an evening. And I really don’t want to cut one night, and sew another. I may get confused! I mean the flying geese chevrons have 45 pieces! But I have worked on a solution, we will see how this goes in the coming week.

What is my solution? Well, yesterday a youtube channel I follow, called Daisy and Grace, posted a project pocket tutorial. And I had all the materials to make it so. And sew I did, LOL! I did not have the cute ribbon, but I did have fat quarters bundled in the fabric makers logo, so I used that on the first one. I substituted their poly for marine vinyl, and a quick project happened, one in which I can cut out a project, and sew it the next day.

I must say for those of us who do english paper piecing, this is genius!

Here is my first attempt, and pretty lack luster, but has value, and I will use it.

My daughter saw what I was making and wanted one. It was very late in the evening, and said in the morning you can pick your zipper color and then your matching fabric.

Her fabric picker is probably better than mine!

Because I used marine vinyl, I was able to skip the ribbon step, which I wish I would have done on the first one above. Here is hers:

She placed a bunch of hodge podge stuff in hers, but it held quite a bit. And if you have a larger zipper you could certainly make this the larger size with a larger zipper. For mine, I only have 7 inch zippers.

And at work, we have been wearing masks, for about a month. And I was tired of having to do a load of laundry mid-week to wash them, so I made several. Here are a few of those. I used an old tshirt I cut up for the ear straps. They are very comfortable. As long as my eyeglasses rest over the cloth, they do pretty good at not fogging.

I have ordered a gob of Spoonflower fabric with specific work related cloth to make for me and some coworkers. Spoonflower fabric is back logged by about 4 to 6 weeks due to the virus. I know a lot of online fabric shops have been slowed by this, I assume they are staggering shifts and therefore my order may get filled on a Friday night after UPS or whatever shipping service has ran. I also suspect, like at Christmas time that the shippers are extremely overwhelmed right now, which slows it down even more. And perhaps, the slow boat from china is the new norm LOL. Most things are made in China, and I do believe this is another hold up.

I am off to make my beef mix, and then transform that into tacos! One kitten (Firecracker), given away. So many more to go, but they are not yet quite old enough. I aim to be down to one cat, who will get fixed. She is such a sweetie.

For Father’s day, I gave away my On Ringo Lake. They are my Dad’s colors. I did not mean for it to happen that way, and it took me a while, but it was the right thing to do. My house is busting at it seams, and it is one less thing in it. I washed it up for him, and told him to use it. I hope he liked it.

This concludes another chapter in life, called the week. As it winds down, so am I, LOL. Be safe! And thank you for reading my blog!

One Bound, one to go!

I can finally say that #FrolicQuilt is finished!  Got out today and took pictures.  I found a fence, had a devil of a time getting it to stay.  A passer by said it was beautiful, I am as proud as a peacock!

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I chose the backing to use for binding, which was stripped floral fabric (very loud).  It adds to the already loud (smile).  It feels good to get this mystery done.

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Some star quilting showing nicely in the high sun, which by the way today is almost the perfect day.  Temps in the low 50s this morning (with the windows open left a nice chill in the house) highs in the low to mid 70s, and the house is warmed to the perfect temp.

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I finished it and then the next mystery starts, yeah Bonnie Hunter is starting another mystery.  Not sure if I am going to participate in this one, but I sure would like to do a red white and blue version of what she has in the mix.  It will be a medallion quilt.

A medallion quilt is on my bucket list.  The 365 quilt block challenge already is a medallion so, I will probably not participate.  Who knows what the future holds.

I am still binding the disappearing pinwheel basket quilt.  I think I am halfway done.  Will probably be able to finish it up tonight.

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I have the SewQuester Mystery Quilt pieces cut.  This was quite an undertaking.  The cutting itself was easy.  The digging through the stash not so much.

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After digging out completely of my one large 50 gallon tote, I found some very complimentary neutral, and the piece was large enough.  For those of you quilters not getting out for a fabric run, we all thank you.  Odds are you have something in your stash, you just have to do the archeology dig to find it.  🙂 Me included!  This was an all day chore of finding something in the too heavy tote to move to the room where I was working, laying it against fabrics, seeing if there was enough and putting in in a maybe pile.  But then the perfect piece presented itself at the bottom of the tote.  Even though I have no idea the direction this mystery will take, I am trusting my quilting gut.  And to keep my baggies straight I have either labeled them with a marker, or I have pinned the fabric to the cutting step instruction completed.  I have totally taken over the kitchen table with this, and am just waiting for clue 3 to present itself.

In reading of the cutting I have done, I suspect we will be making 4 patches with color and neutrals and trimming them with another neutral, and then the strips we will be sewing and cutting using the tube ruler (which I do not have, but will use my companion angle just the same).

Today has been a productive day, I made chocolate chip cookies!  They will probably be snarfed down within 24 hours.  It has been a very long time since these cookies have seen my oven.

Tonight it is chicken on the grill meat removed and then smothered in BBQ sauce making a nice sandwich.  Tomorrow it is supposed to rain.  I hope to quilt tomorrow. My machine is at my parents.  I would feel horrible if they got sick because of me.  If I quilt tomorrow, I will not go into the house, perhaps have a conversation through the high tech doorbell thing.  I will wipe down the stuff I touch with alcohol, yeah I have a quart of this stuff and have had it for a long time.

Normal things taken for granted before, are not really American now.  If you go to the grocery store, no more bags to bring in.  They make you wait in a line to enter the store, staying at 6 foot marked intervals by tape.  You no longer have your freedom to move about.  And please if you get out, do not cough on anyone or anything, you could be charged with a terroristic thread, a Felony!

I am proud of American’s for behaving themselves.  Crime is at an all time low.  I have not heard of rioting over consumables like water and toilet paper.  Polluted cities have cleaner air.  Perhaps this was natures way of resetting things and teaching us how to better protect the environment.

Make the most of this time, as we are writing history now.

Happy sewing, and thanks for reading my blog!

The Bar is gone!

The little sewing that I did manage this week was on frolic.  I have half of the bottom border to quilt and half of the last half row.

My mom fell yesterday and broke her shoulder/arm.  She has already done this to the other arm this year.  Ladies, quilting can be dangerous.  If you have a large hoard of fabric, when you decide to sift through it make sure you are not alone.  She fell off the step stool and could not get up.  Laid there from just before 11:00 to past 3:00.  And the ambulance driver asked her if she sewed alot, my mom’s reply was, “You Think?”.  So her and Dad visited the hospital.  For those of you who are oblivious, they are doing “crowd” control at the hospital.  Only 1 visitor and you are escorted, in some instances, you are escorted by police.  Not because of anything you or yours have done wrong.  I figure the hospital stuff is all made in China and they are controlling potential looting before it is a realization.

I am going to work the graveyard shift at work to minimize my contact with the 6000 other pea-tree dishes that I work with.

This blog may go silent for awhile.

Sunday, I took the belly bar off my quilting machine.  I was always floating tops and only using the leader to keep my quilts square.  Two hex head screws and now it resides on the garage floor.  This may make camera access at a better position, for future youtube quilting videos.

Before, the belly bar.

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After belly bar removal.

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In looking at this photo, the portion of this hanging down, only half of it is left.  I am almost there

I lack one side from having this bound.

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Because the weeks to come are so sketch, You may or may not see any progress on my blog.

I am looking at getting the “circle thingy” it is kind of a hartley fence for the quilting machine.  For those of you who do not know what this is, I am including a video that shows it.  Basically it is a gyro spiro-graph like attachment for the machine.

Mine will make spiral circles, if I get it.

Toodles, and thank you for reading my blog!

Let the Quilting of Frolic Commence!

My daffodils bloomed beautifully.  Their gnarled blooms almost look normal this year.

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And here are Mom’s daffodils.

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Been a productive week, this is going to be a big post.

I got the center medallion made, turned out great, and enjoyed the bigger pieces.  365 is on the back burner until further notice.  I will have no trouble of catching up as needed.

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Made a baby quilt, sewed two charm packs together and to make a long story short, I need to bind, tis almost ready.  Want to see a quilting video Free Motion?  Click the link to see the machine in action.  

It was nice to get this out of my stash, and to get rid of this dated dusty rose I reckon from the 1980s.  *Disclaimer* it has only been in my stash 2 years.  🙂

I sewed another jelly roll race, not pictured, and aim to have it done soon too!

Started another baby quilt, am still piecing this one and it will reveal itself as a top hopefully this weekend.  A gob of manic sewing!

And I got the itch to quilt.  Got it so bad, that I just pieced some backing.  It ended up being two pieces sewn at the selvages and then I was just short a few inches in length, so I added a strip of pink.  The backing is loud, but complimentary of the top.  Let the quilting of Frolic commence!!!

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I have uploaded videos of how I am quilting each design.  I have one for the borders, one for the star and one for the secondary block.  I am about halfway done, quilting a bit each night.

Here are the closeups of the ruler work and free motion.

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The Dallas Quilt Show commences this weekend.  I Have my ticket purchased, but am weary about going with all the COVID-19 speak.  I am not afraid of the flu, I am afraid of bringing it home to my loved ones.  I was planning for Sunday, still thinking.  I will re-evaluate the situation when the time is here, nothing to worry about now.   I want to pet pretty fabrics, and have a craving for replenishing the stash.    The weekend is almost here, and after a week of this dang daylight savings, my biological clock wants normalcy and to sleep a tad longer.

Overtime has been announced, so I suspect the crickets will be chirping in my next post as I will have nothing to show.  I will get something for your quilting eyes to feast themselves upon.  Until then, thanks for stopping in and reading my blog!

The Photo Op

Well another week has gone buy with a whooosh!

My goals from last week are met 100%!

  • Got the dream big panel bound and I opted for a scrappy binding from the leftovers of the homemade backing.dream big boundbinding
  • The weather permitted for a Frolic photo opportunity, say cheese!  You can tell spring is on its way.  While spreading this out, I Had to stop as I stepped in fire ants, they were running slow, but I still got bit.  I chose to wear my slip on sandals to just get out and snap these.  My foot feels itchy and on fire!  But, alas the picture is taken as wrinkly as can be LOL.frolicfull pic finished
  • The pot holder is bound, sorry no finished photobasket quilting
  • And I have worked about four of the 30 blocks I am behind for the 365 challenge.  Now that my sewing space is a bit more free, I will be starching some fabrics for this and using my scrap system called an old wooden clothes dryer to hang everything on and use as I need.  (it has worked for all the mystery quilts in the past)catching up

Last week I showed you some vintage fabric I picked up at the antique store.  I have done a little reading and asking others.  This is definitely block printed fabric.  There was an insurgence of this type of fabric back in the 30s during the discovery of the ancient Egyptian tombs.  Although this is not Egyptian, I believe this may be block printed in India.  All of this tells a story, just not sure what.  For a while I thought this was African, but it is too folk artsy for that.  I am still waiting for this to speak to me just a bit more so I can glean the right information from the right source.red fabric

Goals for the upcoming week:

  • I have been asked to commission a quilt for a coworker.  She will be supplying me with fabric and as soon as I get this will start piecing.
  • I will be working towards my TOGA swap blocks                       56C7A639-B457-4BC2-BCA8-0111BA734508
  • And I aim to start quilting this flower basket layoutI have trimmed all the edges and backing, ready to load.  Instead of doing custom work on this, I think I am just going to quilt a grid.  I will make my lockers on the machine do all the work.
  • And do some more catch up work on the 365 blocks all together

This is quite a lot for me to accomplish.  I find if I set goals I check them off one by one, it makes it less overwhelming and helps me see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Enjoy your weekend, and thank you for reading my blog!

DONE!!!!!!!!

It is 4:15 PM on Feb 9th, and……

I am done piecing Frolic together!!!!!

It has taken me three weeks to sew all 3400 pieces together.  They are now together forever.  As big as this project is/was, I am glad to move onto a smaller project with more instant gratification.  This just kept lingering, taking up space, preventing me from really working on anything else.

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Today is not the best day for photos.  Drizzly, dreary, and too damp with a chance of showers for most of the week.  A photo op will happen, but probably not before my next posting.

I will be working my 365 blocks as now I am over three weeks in the hole.  This will be a welcome sew time each day again.

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I have a skirt planned to make for my oldest daughter.  That will not take long.

In the meantime I will be dreaming about how to quilt Frolic.  It deserves a custom quilt job.  But I have spent enough time on it, I do not want to showcase the quilting, I want to showcase the piecing.  My mind will brainstorm until the right thought hits the cloth.

Yesterday, I wanted to quilt.  I went through my quilt pile and found an orphan block from this.

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I pastorally quilted this.  Made a basket with a lone flower and some leaves.  This was an excellent way to try quilting on for size with the orphan block.  I doubled the batting, and it will be placed on my Grandma’s vintage 40 inch 1951 stove that I use every day.  An extra large potholder it is!

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This is a disappearing pinwheel block.  All the raw edges in this are bias, hence the uneven edge, which is my fault for not blocking it correctly on the longarm.  I will make sure to avoid this in the life size version.

I visited some antique stores this week.  I love looking at the old textiles.  I came upon this.

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It was marked vintage red fabric.  When I picked it up and felt it, it did not have the vintage feel.  But I bought it anyway because I like it.  This looks to be block printed fabric.  But with block printing, usually it is the same block over and over.  This is not like that.  Each square repeats but at quite a distance.  It almost looks like vintage cheater cloth.  I really think this is old and handmade.  I figure it will bleed severely.  But it looks like it has already been washed by the frayed edges.  I will be doing a bit more research on this.  The color is right for it to be about a hundred years old.  Perhaps this is African fabric?  If anyone knows, please leave your wisdom in the comments section.

Yesterday was a glorious day spent with my son and my parents.  It doesn’t happen this way enough.  I should be ashamed and make this happen with greater frequency.  A good day spent quilting in the morning, antiquing in the afternoon, and eating a meal out with family.  Puts a little more gladness in the heart!

During the antiquing, I found a Fireking swirl jadeite bowl (my reproduction bowl broke a few years back and I have been looking for its replacement ever since, how I have missed that bowl!)

The bowl was purchased for a measly $25.  I thought it was a repro.  Got home, compared it to the known repro I have.  And I’ll be danged it is the real deal!  I paid more for the repro new at the dept. store than what I paid for it’s antique counterpart.  I am very happy.  But am a little afraid to use it, because I know it’s value.  I bought it to use as a popcorn bowl for our Friday nights (how the last one was broken).  But gosh, perhaps I will only use it for special occasions.

I am going to set some goals for the upcoming week:

  • Bind the potholder basket blockbasket quilting
  • Bind the Dream Big paneldreambig
  • Work on the 365 blocks that I am now three weeks behind on.
  • Make a skirt for my daughter

Life is full, this makes me happy!

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Frolic and Dreaming Big

My two halves are joined!  Two sides of HSTs are sewn together!  I am so ready to be done!

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This Frolic quilt top reminds my mom of Spring!  And boy howdy, here in Texas the skies are blue, not a cloud in sight, and highs are in the 70s.  Windows are open, fresh air is IN!  Because of the climate warming up, I was able to get in the garage for some quilting time.

I wish I could do this every day, it is most enjoyable.  On my frame is the orange dream big panel.  It has been 1/3 of the way quilted for a couple of weeks.

These are the first photos I showed a couple of weeks ago.  Today, it quilted!  I look forward to binding this one in the coming weeks.

I put a smiling sunny face in the center with rays radiating.  I rather like the child like appearance of this flower.

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I tried to do a different doodle in each petal.  I have no idea if I made that goal as some of this was rolled up in my previous quilting which happened and my memory fails me now.

I certainly got creative with what I put in each petal motif.

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Yes this is green grass….er weeds behind that come up every January and last through Feb in the yard.

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I actually spelled out “dream big” and “sun shine” in text on the petals.

Sun, moon, stars, even a pair of lips made their appearance.  I enjoyed this skill builder.  It really makes you think about what to doodle, and in using the petal shapes, made my brain go in certain directions.

Here is the backing.  I had just barely two pieces big enough but needed a tad extra.  So the orange print got added, rather than going and purchasing fabric.  It works!

This also has franken-batting as a layer.  I don’t stitch mine together like some, I just over lap a tad.  Tis fine.  And perfectly suited for small projects such as this.

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Looking at this, it looks kind of like candy corn, YUM!

This will make its appearance at the quilt hop in town and then gravitate to one of the children’s beds.  I know the last dream big purple panel I did was latched on to by my oldest daughter.  She sleeps with it every night, not that it is even big enough to cover her.  The more this panel gets washed, the more it becomes like old faded denim.  Where it is quilted reminds me of seams of well worn jeans.  Soft and comfy.

I am not going to set any goals for the coming week as work will be in the way.  If I get to stitch, it will be a productive week, if I don’t get to stitch, I will get to rest my weary feet.  Either way will be a win win!

Thanks for stopping in and reading my blog!

 

The Goal Is In Sight

Frolicking along, still LOL.  This last tidbit of construction is a doozy, taking a good amount of time.  Today I will work on half blocks.  I think I have used my seam ripper more with this quilt than all others combined!

Working towards a finish:

  • sew half blocks
  • sew sashings
  • sew sashings to blocks
  • sew blocks together
  • sew 2 half blocks to row of blocks
  • sew sashings to other sashings
  • attach sashings to row
  • And repeat many many times

Last week I had this laid out on the floor

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And then I had a corner!

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And then I had another row with the sashing unattached.

5 row unsewn

And then I have two halves, which happened after I snapped this photo.  I am getting excited as I progress.  The quilt is saying cheese.  Interesting color combination I have, probably not the best, but I used up my stash and am happy with the black as it gives it an old timey feel.  I like eclectic and old timey.

I am seeing, as I progress, the saturation of the pinks and the blues/purples be so close together they get washed out.  But my quilt is not the only quilt affected.  I noticed some of Bonnie’s blocks are like that.  So, I am deeming it ok and am putting those blocks on the left.

I am told when looking at a quilt, you read it like a book starting very briefly on the left, but mostly you look at it dead center and your eyes carry you to the right.  So all the “ugly” blocks are staying on the left.  The next one I make, I will make sure that does not happen.  I have more “wisdom” now.  Each mystery teaches me something, this one especially.

I noticed when I joined 3 block row with 5 block row, one of my sashings was turned.  NOT FIXING IT.  I am feeling amish at the moment LOL.  The old saying goes the amish would purposely put a mistake in a quilt because they know god is perfect and man is not.  After watching “Oh God, you Devil” with George Burns playing God years and years ago, I formed my own opinion, God is probably closer to human.  George Burns pointed out several animals with the knee caps on backwards:  cows, horses, cats, dogs, etcetera.  That line always cracks me up and does make you wonder.  So I am going AMISH STYLE with this one.  If I catch the mistake before it is sewn into a row, I will fix it.  If I don’t, it will be perfectly imperfect!  These things used to bother me, but I let it go.  I so enjoy the process differently than years ago.

I have not worked on anything else since last Friday at my sewing table.  I do look forward to moving on!

Agenda for today is making Shake N Bake chicken drumsticks from scratch for supper.  Interested in the recipe?  It is offered free on my other blog thecookbookproject.wordpress.com. 

Click here for the shake and bake mix recipe.

….oh and of course I will be sewing too!

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog!

 

Frolic is coming together!

#Frolicquilt by Bonnie Hunter is starting to resemble a quilt.  I got all the pinwheel blocks sewn.  This was marathon sewing Sat and Sun in between cooking and laundry and vacuuming.  Then this evening I had 7 to go, two of which lost parts LOL.  So I went through the scraps created and matched up and got those checked off the list.  The pastel part of the quilt I am really not liking, but, I am in love with the black aspect.  It really makes the secondary block pop.  I am liking the ease of this going together so well.  And I may just do this scrappy colorway for each block and revisit this again with a better color scheme.

frolic coming together

I am manic to get this done as it is taking up so much work space I cannot work the 365 blocks and am a few days behind.  Do you ever have creative episodes of manic sewing?  I am sew focused and enjoy those days when I am enabled!

The optical illusion of the central block with the chain-link white and black fabric has a neat looking floating out of block experience!

Sashing neutrals cut, tomorrow will be working towards cutting the blue squares.

That last reveal clue was a doozy.  Those of you sewing along, it is gonna take some time to get it done.

In social media I have read up on this quilt and lots of ladies have just dropped out because they did not follow instructions.  The key instruction is explained by putting the raspberry on top of the blue when cutting pieces for the flying geese wings and the central pinwheels.  If you failed to follow instructions this would not go together correctly, and it would not be a matter of just ripping and resewing, it would be getting all new strips of fabric and starting over.  I did struggle with remembering to place the raspberry strip on top right side down.  If you worked this in batiks, it would not be a problem, nor with solids or homespuns.  And on another note, the instructions were clear but took me several reads to comprehend, because I did not mark my clues by their number and I did not use the assigned color, it confused the situation that much more.

Perhaps this weekend will showcase a few rows of completion.  That is the goal I am aiming for.

TTFN (TA TA for Now!) and thanks for reading my blog!