I am questioning my happiness lately. I have no will to sew. I have not done much of anything. I don’t really want to do much of anything. I am not finding joy in my normal routine. I think the pandemic is really starting to affect my mind! Are any of you experiencing this? I am in quite a bit of funk. So not much scrappy sewing has happened this past month. (I somewhat feel like an old lady ready to yell at the first person who gives me any kind of crap. My intolerance of the once tolerable is odd and NOT me.)
I did get the spring brook blossoms quilt completed. That was not much sewing, I made one block and part of another. Sewed these large blocks together and added a border. I am still enjoying the quilting leg of my life, but I ran out of quilts! Mom has given one of hers to tide me over so I am currently working this.
No sewing, so I did get the design wall cleared and filled. I will probably bring this to a top next in my project pile. But I am just not feeling the sewing vibe lately.
I did find joy at the thrift store. I found two packages of rayon thread all brand new in their packaging.
This will eventually be put to use. I was thinking during some EPP. But I have no want or desire to do that either.
I searched out some scraps to cut down to 2 1/2 inch squares. Meh….eventually I will use these in something.
I searched my string baggies and fetched out some more neutral prints and made a scrappy binding for the spring brook blossoms quilt. The egg fabric always makes me smile….breakfast eggs/cracked eggs on fabric LOL.
I did get the quilt bound and had a finish, but it does not excite me. If anything for years, when I finish a project there is a let down after. The joy you had bringing the project to its finish, means that it is all done. No more to look forward to in that project. Does this make sense?
I just can’t bring myself to start much of anything.
And we all know all too well when we sew anything, we make more scraps! I have another pile ready to file away in my scrap system.
Apologies for not much scrap work to show you. But I am certain if you visit these other ScrapHappy bloggers you are sure too see some exciting projects!
When thinking of an exciting arrival, we all think babies! No babies arrived, sorry to disappoint! No new kittens, no puppies, no….not what you think. I suppose birthing of a quilt is an arrival, but I did not birth a quilt. That technique frightens the bejesus outa me. I will stick to making quilts as I know how.
So what arrived? I am happy to announce the arrival on my new design wall! I would promote this design wall, I paid $37 for. It did not say what it was made from. All it is, a piece of oversized felt. So for those of you who like to figure these things out without the price tag, just get you some 72 wide felt and cut it to size for your wall. You could probably staple the felt to the wall!
But first, lets discuss the goals I set last week.
Bind the nautical quilt
Finish hand stitching the binding on the Radiate yellow and black quilt
Tat some on the Jan Stawasz doily
Work on the spinning 9 patch pieces/quilt
This week was a great week for getting things done! The blue nautical charity quilt is complete. All binding is sewn. This quilt will be donated next year to the Sew Yeah Quilting for Alaska homeless. Since last weekend was National Sew a Jelly Roll Day, I opted to get the one in progress done!
I finished hand sewing the binding on the Radiate quilt! Yippee!!!! Now I am having second thoughts and may add a sleeve to the back of this because I am bouncing the idea of quilt show in the future. This quilt is very photogenic!
Here is the backing, this is flannel backed. It has a layer of toasty cotton batting as well as 80/20. With that plus the flannel this quilt is heavy! It reminds me of quilts from yesteryear that were nice and thick and really keep you warm.
This picture does not really do this justice. It is black with gold medallions all over it. And this quilt I tried loading a black bobbin and yellow thread in places in the top. I am pleased that my tension is flawless. I worried about this every time I loaded a different bobbin.
And with the arrival of the design wall, I can see this motivating me to get busy. Here are my blooms of the spring brook blossoms quilt along.
The last part of the pattern was released on Monday so I now have another full block done.
It tickles me the color combinations that I selected for these blooms. The Blue and mauve one above reminds me of Pajamas with that pajama looking background LOL.
I have since started on the last block. The stem is done.
And the upper part of the flower is partially done.
I decided on a bit of orange in this quilt block.
Not pictured are the 10 1/2 inch blocks at the bottom and tops of the empty slots on the design wall. Those are cut and added.
And for kicks, I decided to load the spinning 9 patch pattern up on the wall to see if I like it. Mind you, this is not the final cut, just an audition to see if it spins.
Does this spin to you? I see a circle of 9 patches. I did not think putting squares together could make a circle, but I think it does! This quilt will be fun to make scrappy, but I am utilizing some precuts and yardage to see if I like it. I am thinking I have reds through greens with all different shades in between of the yellows, oranges, pinks, and greens. I am thinking the 9 patch rings would be fun all in one color. We will see if I have enough of any one color to do that. Each jelly roll strip set (one white and one color) makes three blocks with a few 2 1/2 inch squares left over. Can you see all the different shades of pink? There are that many oranges too. The red 9 patches remind me of the chuckwagon logo of Purina pet food LOL.
In having fun with the design wall, I suppose if I get out many of my half done projects, this just might give me the kick in the pants to get going again. For those of you who crawl around on the floor, THAT is for the birds! I am too old and it is such a dang yoga work out. If I wanted a work out, I would work out LOL.
I am looking at the variety of my spring brook blooms and wonder what kind of border I am going to come up with. These flowers are rather loud, but humble. For size reasons I do think it needs a border. Perhaps a simple soft solid.
I failed to tat on my doily, which was a goal. But my excitement of my design wall, kind of over-ruled everything I had planned. If it weren’t for the doily, I would have far exceeded my goals.
Goals for the upcoming week:
Sew the Spring Brook Blossom and make a top
Select a border
Get a few UFOs out of their bins and put them on the design wall and see if I can start going in a different direction
Give away my padded walls
Sew a few more 9 patches
To make room for the design wall, these items had to come down. I will be rehoming these. The round la passacaglia is now a potholder in the kitchen as well as the left over pieces from En Provence to the left of the boot.
Out with the old, in with the new. And sometimes what is old, is new again!
I am headed out to go to Sew Becca’s Live stream on youtube. I did not realize how much I miss her live feeds until they were gone.
You know you have them! Might as well get them out to play! It is that time of year again! Happy Sew a Jelly Roll Day to you all!
I am going to be playing with a couple of jelly roll projects over the weekend.
I started a new jelly roll project two weeks ago. I am several 9 patches in! I am waiting for yardage to arrive so I can start piecing the 9 patches into a bigger block.
I also will be putting the finished edge on this homemade jelly roll race quilt. I pulled all my blues and grays out of my stash back in June and cut 40ish 2 1/2 inch strips. I decided after I sewed them together I had some bluish anchor fabric and made that the border. I had navy and ship fabric for the backing. I managed to quilt this over the last couple of evenings. And keeping with a nautical them, went ocean waves for the free motion quilting. Some ocean waves are calm, some are turbulent, and some are pipeline waves. This was quick to quilt.
Here is the backing. I will be working this for binding in the coming week. This is ready for some pressing and cutting.
And because I am back at my crafting table, that means the puzzle is done!
I have made some fabric purchases. I found backing for my 365 quilt block challenge quilt. I bought 10 yards which is too much, but I know I will have enough since this is kind of directional.
I have gotten a few more motifs done for the Jan Stawasz doily. I think before, the background I used to photograph it interfered with the true color. Here is it, blush!
I finally have a rhythm on this and now that I have those non-reversed chains figured out with alligator join goodness, this is going a bit faster and smoother. I have already used up a 50 gram ball. That is the thing with working from a pattern out of the book I have. No instructions! No quantities called out. Just stitch counts. A schema only, LOL!
My list of to-dos in the coming week:
Bind the nautical quilt
handstitch the binding on the radiate quilt
work on the spining 9 patch pattern
tat a bit on the Jan Stawasz doily V
Happy Sew a Jelly Roll Day! Thanks for reading my blog!
Winner of the tatted doily is……drum roll please……..
Karen Fulbright, congratulations!!!
I have emailed the winner. To the winner, you have a week to respond to my email or I will have to draw another name.
Well, as I suspected I have not gotten to much this past week. I did start custom quilting on a panel.
This is a panel my mother purchased. And she has very little money invested and no time. She asked me to custom quilt it, I said yes. *sigh*. As much as I wanted to say “no”, it is for mom. Not agreeing with my own logic, I just want to be done with it. Standing on my soap box, if I had customers who wanted me to custom quilt this I would say no. I do not have the right set up. I do not have micro handles for all this fine work. My quilting is sloppy. Time is precious…..I digress.
But I decided to make this panel work for me. I decided to change the way I float a top. I decided to baste this and then roll it on the belly bar attached to the batting and the backing. It is working, but the panel itself is wonky. Fabric connoisseurs we all know that some fabrics warp and weft are warped. This is one that is. Not badly. Hence why I basted it. In the coming week I look forward to finish the quilting of this panel. I also look forward to the fact I do not have to bind it. HAHA!
As far as piecing, I did manage a 6 inch block on Wed. This block had cuts up the K in the alphabet, geez. That is why I kind of put it off. I rather like how this 365 six incher turned out.
And whoa, this is rather blurry. I guess something got bumped on the touch screen of the camera. I highly recommend if you have a camera to turn that setting off! I am constantly bumping it!!
I sewed very little binding by hand this week. I tried to give my hands a break in the evenings. Excuses, excuses….may I be frank? I was just lazy. I have a bad case of no sewing mojo and am rather forcing it right now. We all know when the mojo is gone it is hard to focus and accomplish much with needle and thread. I think it is the time of year. I see through the years since I have learned to tat, I tat in August. Must be an natural algorithm for my hands vs time. I do have the mojo to do that, but I am afraid if I do pick that up, I will not do anything quilting related. And this is a quilting blog.
Accuquilt came out with a new die, which I purchased. It arrives shortly. I need another project start like I need a hole in the head. Serial starter……It would seem I have become this…..am I turning into my mother? Or is my focus just messed up?
Due to me binding the yellow and black quilt last week, I changed my seam allowance and did not change it back. All of the blocks in this post are now too small…..arrrrggggghhhhhh.
I noticed how off when I made these. I failed to measure the 6 inch block and when I did, it was almost a 1/4 inch off in size. These may get put in a special box that if I have enough blocks, I can opt out of these three. So the seam allowance is now where it should be.
I recently watched a YouTube video of Edyta Sitar. Her baskets pattern for 4 inch finished basket blocks is wonderful. I watched what she had cut out for pieces, and knowing that it is charm pack friendly decided to figure out her pattern. Many failed attempts, and charm cuts ruined I managed one. I probably should just break down and get the pattern.
I had ordered a new bobbin case. I did not chose the option to go with the manufacturer. Does this sound crazy to any of you longarmers? The longarm company listed the bobbin case for sale with the “real” manufacturing info on it. So instead of paying them 40 dollars, I bought it on amazon for $16. Turns out my bobbin case is made by Towa in Japan. The mark up of that is ridiculous!
So I wanted to throw something on the frame that I could quilt up pretty fast to see if it worked. Ah, I suspect my original bobbin case is actually messed up. I had no tension issued since using this case. So, every time I load a new bobbin, the incessant need to get tension perfect has vanished. I only struggled with this for 2 1/2 years. That is probably the definition of crazy. I have another on its way. And the new one has a different style back lash spring inside which I always wondered if I could use with my set up. Now I know.
This took less than 30 minutes to load, iron, and quilt. That is just what I needed on Monday, or was it Tuesday? This week all the days ran together.
Goals for the upcoming week:
Finish quilting the fall panel for Mom
Make new alphabities with a tutorial for those interested
Pick up the tatting shuttles and work the Jan Stawazs doily
make the 365 quilt blocks I have currently cut out at my sewing machine
glue baste more hexies that I cut last weekend from scraps
Can I do it? As bob the builder would say or even Barrack Obama, yes we can! Or in this case, yes I can!
Congrats to the winner of the doily, be looking for another giveaway in the coming month. I have a whole wall of pieced/quilted wall hangings that can have a new home.
Ah, the struggles of juggling life and our hobby, eh? One week is feasting on a finish, the next week is famine for one reason or another. I would not know how to react if I did not have several interruptions while trying to quilt, sew, or piece.
My set up goes between houses and all rooms of the house. The longarm is down the street. The ironing mat is in the kitchen with the cutting mat. The sewing machine station is in the living room. The fabric stash is in the bedroom.
As clever as we may be, our time is dedicated. I have a 40 hour work week (which by the way, overtime looms). And then there is the dastardly deed of cooking because of the hungry mouths to feed. And then there are the lovely distractions of quilting youtube channels. And of course housework. And the more people that are in the house, the more interruptions you will naturally have. Some days are better than others. This week was focused on responsibilities and children.
So what did I get done? The yellow and black scrap quilt is QUILTED!!!! YES!!! I am ecstatic! Binding is sewn by machine and lacks my hand-stitching around the perimeter. So close. The day I finished quilting this, I walked home in the rain. Sorry everyone no pictures yet. Today was our first day of no rain.
I decided to video the last part of the border. I went back to watch, the 30 plus minute video was kinda slow. As I was scrolling through my video, I paused at just the right time and saw my foot hanging in mid air. It made me chuckle. I fast forwarded through to another part in the video and again, it looked like I was dancing at my machine. So I decided to save everyone the woes of watching a boring video and sped it up! I call it the quilting dance. It is silly. I tried to put it to music, that is a tad funny as it is so unprofessional, it is clear I do not know what I am doing. I tried to figure out what the hum was in the background of my video. It could be one of two things, the hum of the window AC unit, or more than likely the hum of the deep freeze which was right below the camera. I would have had more footage but the darn camera battery died.
And because this video acted as a timing device I can accurately add up the hours it took me to quit this over several weeks.
I estimate the borders took 12 hours. Each row took about 30 minutes and there were 15 rows. Seven and half hours for the body and 12 hours for the borders which equals 19.5 hours which is half a work week. It took me longer to quilt it than piece it oddly enough.
And as with any quilt finish, so to speak, there is a let down time for me. While I bind, my mind kinda gets a little down because I have looked forward to this coming together for so long. Now my mind has to process the next thing to look forward too.
And because my tables were filled with binding and not much sewing happened.
I only got two 365 blocks done.
I managed to sew two more corriander quilt blooms.
I did some more scrap maintenance. I got out my larger strip pieces of fabrics and utilized the accuquilt cutter. I cut out papers for english paper piecing as well as fabric to cover the papers.
We had a large bin of caramel corn and I saved this for sewing storage. At the time I was not sure what I would put it in, but that was defined this week.
I glue basted and glue basted and glue basted. Everytime I had a spare moment while watching quilting on youtube, I was gluing away. I actually ran out of the good glue. I had read you could also use school glue. I reloaded the pen two more times with just stick elmers glue. Glue is glue eh? And because it is school glue it will wash out. I did make sure before I did all this work that the glue does release a few days later. My jar inventory grew. I still have some pieces to glue baste, but gosh I sure did utilize some fabric scraps that have been lingering for a very long time.
These are one inch hexagons.
This was several days worth. It will look nice to display while I am not doing anything with them.
So in the coming week, I will be doing overtime. *sigh*. I estimate I will be too tired to do much sewing. Hopefully I can finish the hand stitching on the yellow and black quilt and get a good photo finish. I look forward to bringing you that post.
I am now posing a question to those that watch my youtube videos, what content would you like to see on there? Please leave your suggestions in the comment section and I will do my best to meet them. Perhaps I need to have a giveaway to spruce things up.
For scrap enthusiasts, please visit my recent blog posts. You will be glad you did.
I have a Quilt Hop share, a weeks worth of quilting, and How to Catch Up your Quilt Along. Good tips on strategy, lots of quilters eye candy and my progress on stuff, scraps included. Usually on my scrap happy post I review my accomplishment for the month. I thought this month I would go back in time.
I have two shares in this post. Both of these quilts defined a more serious journey in my hobby. I will go with the oldest first. I call this quilt the No Name Yet quilt. I have never named this quilt. I have been naming quilts since 2008. This one was made around 2004. This was before the Pinterest and social media. When you made a quilt before this technology you visited books and turned pages or just dreamed it up in your head.
My first child was born in 1999. That milestone turned my life in a non-normal way. He was such a wonderful good baby. He has grown into a wonderful man. I am in awe of his smarts on things I am not smart on. He is really good about politics and people. He has charisma.
When he came into this world, it turned ours upside down. Anyone having a baby knows that you no longer think of yourself first. You now have a great responsibility to your child, to the community, to all of mankind to rear a human being who will be good. I now can say within 12 weeks I had bonded with him and then was forced to go back to work. I so wanted to stay home with him, but we could not afford it. Once I went back to work, within a couple of months, my marriage was no longer stable.
I can now say looking back the arrival of this perfect slate I was about to write on, unsettled my husband (now EX). I think he was jealous. He sort of went through a midlife crisis that never ended. One day I thought things were ok and the next the switch flipped and it was no longer ok. We legally separated. For the sake of my child, I accepted things in life I should not have. Would I have changed my path if I would have known? The answer is probably no, just because my son, now grown, is a good human being. I fear if I would have done things differently, that may not have been the same result.
Without going into many horrible specifics, my Ex was hooked on pain pills at the age of 26. His whole family was. Which made me staying with him the hard road to hoe. I never had any money. And then when my son was 6 months old, he quit is good paying job, which left me as a sole provider for a family. I could not let my baby down.
I made many sacrifices for about 5 years following. Living with a drug addict, you take the small things for granted. Receiving mail in the mail box. He would actually go hunt down the postal jeep and get the mail in case I came home from work early to hide the bank notices. I could not have any quarters, nickels, or dimes. If there was any change in the house, it was only pennies. The silvery stuff always seemed to disappear. I lived from day to day.
He would write hot checks and sign my name. I had a warrant out for my arrest for something I did not even do. His mother covered this up and helped him get that issue resolved. How? I have no idea. So many secrets with the family of druggies.
I seriously think, the pain killers then turned into a more sinister drug of choice. During our divorce, I demanded he get tested for drugs. He bragged in the courtroom, that he only tested positive for prescription drugs. That mentality told me I got out when the getting was good. He was on the harder stuff and had enrolled in narcanon. They had prescribed him methadone, which is what he tested positive for. The cat was out of the bag.
During those 5 years of a roller coaster ride leading to my divorce in 2006, was the advent of EBAY in the early days. I bought a box of precut squares, a quilt kit so to speak with a pattern for a whole 7 dollars. I have no idea what the pattern was called, but it was old enough it was typed out with hand drawn illustrations showing you how to make it.
So each day, or each bad day, I would sew nine patches. And then I learned to sew the star corners. And then I learned about how to make the sashing friendship stars. And before you know it, I had a nice size quilt. I felt so good that I made a nice large quilt top for only 7 dollars (plus shipping). And then it came time to quilt it. The local lady had just started her business, and I gladly took it to her. I think it cost me $54 for the quilting. She supplied the batting. And I did have to purchase backing. It was on the sale rack at the quilt shop and was $35. This was soooo much money when I could hardly keep the lights turned on and food on the table. But I made do. I wanted this to be a quilt.
This used to be very bright and colorful, but the chlorine in the water and much use has faded this quite a bit. This quilt has seen better days. And if I would have known then what I know now, I would have gotten the quilter to not use polyester batting. That batting acted as a scrub brush on the backside of the fibers and has slowly filled this quilt with holes.
The story does not end there.
During the divorce, contents were listed of who would get what. This was on my list to get. Of course, when I got back into the house, this quilt was no where to be found. I suspect that in a guilty moment, my ex returned it to my front porch in 2009ish in a garbage bag. The quilt (as well as a quilt my grandmother made) was wet inside the bag. I tried my darnedest to save my grandmothers quilt. The fibers were just too old and oxidized. That quilt disintegrated. But all the work I had done on this one, I had it back!!!! I was elated!! This quilt represented my struggles. It represented perseverance. It also represents the quilt of my grandmothers I lost. I am probably pretty sure that being in a wet bag for no telling how long probably deteriorated this quilt. But I have used it and used it and used it. It has held up well.
My points on this quilt were really good considering I was new to this. I was a bit disappointed when I got it quilted. I wanted it fancy. All the lady did was simply medallion pantographs or meandering. So, I had outgrown my longarmer. That planted a seed a long time ago, which changed my life. It steered me towards a longarm.
So you see, the heartaches you go through do have positive takeaways.
This was on the ground outside for less than 3 seconds before a large wolf spider came to check things out. YICK!
This quilt has become so thin. But it is oh so soft!
Much of this is starting to become holy! Scrap quilt enthusiasts, I ask you what I can repurpose this into? It has such a story and represents a younger chunk of time in my life. A time of good and a time of bad. I don’t need any pot holders, or appliance covers. I think it is too worn to make a jacket out of. It would make cute Christmas stockings, but we don’t celebrate Christmas. Ideas? Leave your suggestions in the comment section.
There is so much more to this story. That quilt holds all of that together for me. A memory I can gaze upon, and know I am in a better place in life. It sparked something inside me to continue to grow as a person, a mother, a human being.
So, fast forward to the start of Missouri Star Quilt Co. We all know how smitten we were with the tutorials every Friday. I still tune in every Friday to see what Jenny Doan magic has happened. That magic has slowly faded for me, but this is where the second part of my story starts.
After discovering MSQC, I found their forum! It was a magical place of strangers from all over the world asking questions, showing their quilts, a true network of minds. I enjoyed the forum for years, but spend very little time there now. In their forum they had groups. Each group had their own thing. I joined a group for a fabric swap of nothing but polka dots. So you would send 40 ten inch squares of your polka dot yardage cut up to the admin, and then when all members sent their squares she would divey them back up and send them back. So my large blue and white polka dot yardage turned into a layer cake all all different polka dot fabrics from all over the United States. It was so neat to be in a fabric swap. You could take something out of your stash and turn it into a layer cake with great variety.
I dreamed up the idea of an all polka dot quilt at that time. My mother had just purchased the accuquilt go baby with the tumbler die. And boy oh boy was it easy to fold your 10 inch square twice and then run it through the machine for perfectly cut tumblers. I am thinking this happened in 2009ish??? Because I no longer had money issues I had amassed a stash of fabric which included polka dot fabric. I had one large piece for the backing, and I had a smaller piece for all the sashing. This was 100% polka dots.
No fanciness to this. When it became a quilt top, by this time Pinterest was out and I wanted to quilt this in pebbles. And I knew my longarmer would not do this. So this is the quilt that started free motion quilting. This quilt took about 3 1/2 months on constant quilting. I tugged and pulled, stitched, and bound this twin size quilt. All of this took place on my 6 1/5 inch throat space machine. I honed and refined, my set up was established. This quilt represented the baby step I took to my big quilting machine. Without working hard at this, night after night, I would not have gotten to the journey where I am today. Persistence prevailed. This quilt is very worn. This went through potty training two little girls. It has been washed oodles and oodles of times. It is now faded and worn. What can I turn this into? Can I recycle this into something useful? I know someone is bound to have a great idea.
The polka dot fabric on the back, you can no longer see polka dots, I swear there were there. They have faded into oblivion! Can you see the holes near the tumblers. Yeah, this one is worn beyond worn. But again, it is oh so soft.
The binding on this one is furry too! LOL
Now back to present time, I am back at my 365 quilt block challenge blocks. I have travelled 2 months in time in the past month. I was in mid August patterns. I am rounding out of October now. That means I have less than 45 more blocks YIPPPEEEEE!
As my reds narrow in volume, it is getting harder and harder to pair things together that have contrast but also resemble a quilt block!
One of these is kinda muddy.
And I am very close to being finished on my yellow and black laundry basket quilts mystery. It has gotten hot it Texas, and I am going to let it be for now. This weekend it is supposed to cool off. I lack the border at the bottom of the quilt, and it will all be custom quilted.
Life is rather 365. A journey of a quilter. I go from novice, to quilter, to longarm quilter. This 365 quilt block challenge red quilt I am working represents perfectly where I am today, where I have been, and where I am going.
Thanks for reading about my scrappy life! Thank you for visiting my blog!
I managed to quilt on this only one day because it is HOT in Texas! Summer finally arrived.
Not sure how good these angles are, but this is how I am quilting my Laundry Basket Quilts Mystery of 2021. I managed to sneak this in while I was on a zoom call. I joined up with Sew Yeah and we made the jelly roll race pattern during this long distant sew along call. I loved this!
Last week I cut these strips from my stash and love how the scrappiness shows through. I madly went through my stash later that evening to make sure I did not need any fabric for future progress. I found border and backing! It pays to shop the stash!
Border found, cut, and stitched. Backing selected. I probably will still need to seam this to make a bigger piece. I have 4 pieces of this that was gifted to me. I know one of these pieces is at least 5 yards. Quilt backing it is!
That project was a bit of a squirrel in my plans, and a last minute decision. So, a bit of time for two weekends took way from my UFO that I am working. Those UFOs stand for unfinished objects and by golly represent all my good intentions. At least I am not stalled and am progressing.
I finished two more blooms from the corriander quilts quilt along. These blooms just make me smile! They are so happy!
I managed to get to my goal of 7 blocks this week. I like some of these, and some just look like mudd. I could extend my stash and sew with new pieces of fabric for the reds, but I am getting down to the nitty gritty of things and want to try NOT to do that just yet. Some marry well together, some are surprises in the marriage, and some should divorce! But it will be great variety in my quilt and that is what I am going for.
The last block I sewed for the 365 quilt block challenge was this little 3 incher. It contains covered corners (which I think I have mastered) and mitered corners which are doable, just hard and you have to be oh so careful to be really precise. This one I am pleased with!
I am all the way to October 4th!!!!! I am in the home stretch! I am kind of wanting to get this out of the shoebox and shelf and see how many blocks I need to go. I have been sewing the extras, so I may be close.
This is the favorite part of top making, bringing the blocks together. I have had this much done for quite some time but have stalled because, well….this is a gob of work. And sometimes you have to work on something else so you don’t spoil the milk in your MOJO!
My parents neighbor has a fancy 3d printer and printed a seam ripper of all things. This is nice and heavy in the hand. And if you have a relationship with “jack” like I do you can purchase on of these for $30. If anyone is interested let me know and I can try to hook you up. All of them are different. I love mine because my parents gave it to me, but also because of the color! One end is the ripper, one is the stiletto or awl. I hope I don’t have to use it, but will enjoy it if I do LOL!
I had my demonstration today on chenille quilting. If you missed the how to’s of chenille quilting you can click here and read all about it and there are some lovely videos included. I think the demo was successful. I think I had one very interested person. I had engaged questions. I hope I sparked some creativity with those who are the keepers of fabric stashes. 🙂
I got to see some amazing quilts today and be around people other than work or grocery store! I got to thinking, this is my first outing since Sept of 2019. I also got to see my quilts hanging and snapped some better photos of those. I will try to work on the upload and get those posted next week.
In the meantime, I have cut out several paper plates worth of patterns for each block. They are stacked and ready to sew.
The AC has been not working in the garage. The culprit? Birds….
How is it possible for a bird to build a nest when they are too large to get into the AC? There was a massive nest on the inside chassis blocking the fan. My son and I struggled on Wednesday but got it out, cleaned it out, and now I have a cooler ride with the quilting buddy called the Longarm!
This was just in time too as the temperatures are expected to rise in the coming days to more muggy and hot. My neck fan came in as well so we should not only be cool, but breezy LOL!
Progress report for the week:
All that sweat has gotten me halfway complete on the yellow and black quilt. I snapped this photo because it really shows the orange peel quilting. I will continue to work on this as I can each evening.
The 365 quilt blocks are coming along nicely. I have many more to add to the shoebox!
I just LOVE the basket block! I will be working towards a new goal for the upcoming week on these.
And tomorrow I will be involved in a zoom meeting for a jelly roll race. I looked through my jelly rolls and have 4, but none were manly themed. So instead of splurging for a new jelly roll at the NEW HIGHER PRICES, I decided to do a major fabric pull of blues and make my own.
I also added some white and grays for eye appeal. And because most of my stash is somewhat scrappy size, I cut what I could and then sewed those together for a longer strip. I am all set for the group sew!
Goals for the past week almost met and exceeded.
I still have yet to work any on the La Passacaglia. Because of my busy schedule I am not going to put this on my list for the upcoming goals. Eventually things will settle down and I will be back at it.
Goals for the upcoming week:
Write a tutorial on chenille quilting.
Quilt as much as possible on the yellow and black quilt
Sew the new flower blocks for the corriander quilts sew along
sew at least 5 blocks for the 365 quilt block challenge
Make a video using my new camera equipment during the quilting of the yellow and black quilt.
I will be giving a demonstration on Friday on Chenille quilting, wish me luck!
Have a great weekend, and thanks for reading my blog!
A few weeks back I purchased a kit to make a wallet. This wallet was relatively easy to make, except for the very last part.
The zipper went in flawlessly. The pockets were perfect. But the hemming stitch around the perimeter was a fail last weekend. My machine DID NOT WANT TO STITCH. I figured out it was operator error times two! When sewing through faux leather, you must use a walking foot…duh. But the true secret to get the last edge of the wallet almost perfect (still room for improvement) is to glue baste it down with a bunch of wonder clips and glue. GLUE being the KEY to SUCCESS! I am happy to report this Sallie Tomato Two Dollar Wallet has been gifted! It is not everyday you can sew something useful for an important man in your life!
This wallet did not cost two dollars as the name would make you think. It actually was a $27 kit plus shipping. It was a nice little project.
And I only managed to get two more 3 1/2 inch blocks sewn for my 365 quilt block challenge. This weekend I will probably manage a few more of these.
What has all of my focus this week, is the quilting job above. So, originally I decided to do an orange peel that would radiate from the center. My template was too small. So, each 4 inch block got two orange peels. I stopped in my LAQS and found a handiquilter half moon, that was perfect. So in all the blocks that I had already put two small orange peels, I then outlined in the same direction with a large orange peel.
And then I got to the center of the quilt, and wondered how I would make it cohesive, but make it different at the same time. I accidentally quilted it the wrong way. I put too many orange peels going in all different directions. That mistake, I fell in love with. So I went back and filled in all the directions of all the orange peels.
And remember the AC is out in the garage. So it has been bucket sweating HOT! But I am determined. If I manage a few minutes or an hour a day, I will eventually get this quilted. A pass of two rows of blocks and the outer borders takes longer than an hour an a half. It is all ruler work. Enjoying as it is, it is still hot!
I came across this on Amazon. I am going to get this ordered and try it out. A neck fan!
I had never seen or heard of one of these and was on there looking for a fan for my desk at work, my $5 fan from 15 years ago that I dry my tennis shoes when I get drenched walking into work in the monsoon season finally kicked the bucket and would not turn on. Gosh, the old dollar star bargains were really good stuff in the day. I don’t think I could find this again in the dollar store. So I will let you know if it works. You see, I cannot run a regular fan with my quilting machine. The company told me it would give me thread/tension problems. And I do not want to mess up a good thing!
Did I meet my goals from last week? The answer is YES!
Got the yellow quilt to a flimsy status, started quilting on the yellow quilt, and revealed my next UFO project to my readers.
My latest goals:
Quilt as much as I can on the yellow and black quilt
sew at least 5 blocks for the 365 quilt block challenge
Stitch some on the La Passcaglia rosette
Start working out details for the demonstration for the Quilt Hop. These details will end up being a tutorial for readers. More on this in the coming weeks.
In additional to my weekly goals, I am also reaching a bit farther into the future and setting a monthly goal as well:
Try to get some tatting time in on the Jan Stawasz doily
I have been messing with scraps this past month. I have broke down my scraps to manageable pieces utilizing my accuquilt.
I now have ooodles of 2 inch squares again! The tubs are full. In the back of my craw, I see a postage stamp quilt. Perhaps I will just set these beside my machine and use as leader enders? I have not worked out the geometry of this quilt yet, but I see a 2 inch scrap squares quilt in the near future.
First thing is first. I opened a poll and let readers determine what I would work on next. It would seem I have many unfinished objects (UFOs). There was a tie. Not sure how to settle a tie. I supposed since one is machine piecing and one is hand piecing I should be able to work both?
The viewers have spoken and they want to see progress on the 365 quilt block challenge as well as the La Passacaglia quilts.
I have a whole stack of blocks cut out for the 365 quilt, and managed to get one sewn before I ran out of weekend!
I presume as I watch many live feed videos on youtube that the handstitching will commence on the La Passacaglia.
Last month I showed you the Scrappy Laundry Basket Quilts 2021 mystery. This quilt I donated to charity.
I also completed the Moda Scrap bag quilt. This really was nothing special but fun to have the freedom of no pattern. This has also been donated to charity.
And because I donated the Laundry Basket quilt to charity, I wanted to make one for myself a tad bigger with a border selected by me. I made this in the same pattern as the green one, but what a difference contrast makes! I think the border along with the color scheme really makes the scrappy quilt radiate! I am feeling good that this was just an idea of color in my last scrap happy post. And now it is sew close!
Top sewn, I have it on the longarm now. I have decided to quilt the body of this quilt in an orange peel that radiates from the center out. I have taken the yellow part of the delectable mountains border and made lines that radiate out from the center. The black in the border has more of a art deco style with some ruler work.
The AC is currently not working in the garage so any quilting accomplished is a major electrolyte dump. Although it is a cooler summer here, the concrete pad is like a weather rock, if it is humid, is absorbs the moisture making your body condense at the speed of light! I suppose condense is not the right word….perspire……profusely. If it is hot, that concrete slap absorbs that energy, so there is no escaping the sweat shop environment. No pain no gain!
I have committed to quilting one more charity quilt between now and August 15th. Due to this commitment I do not want to leave this on the longarm long because I do not have a clue when the charity quilt will show up. A race against time. I made pretty good progress on this today, and have gotten down in to the orange peel part. The borders will be the time consumer. Hopefully this weekend I can utilize the weekend cool mornings and progress to the end.
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