The ups and downs

With last weekend being a holiday weekend, I got so much done! Each of the passes on my longarm I Have timed. To quilt 3 panels is about 4 hours. I have 12 hours left of quilting to achieve a finish! Drum roll please…..and the quilting motif goes to……..CROSSHATCH as a solo.

Yeah I know I said I wanted to do crosshatch only in the negative space. Novel idea, but quilting some of the squares out in no mans land in this quilt, would have been problematic for a different pattern in that area.

So I am whipping out my bearpawquilting ruler and am doing it the long way. If I would have had enough fabric I could have turned the quilt on point on the longarm and quilted it using my lockers. But, glad I did not even attempt that. Oddly enough after getting the top loaded and taking measurements and ensuring it is centered using the centering tape, one end is 60 inches, the other end is 61 inches?????

I attribute this to how I sewed the first panel pieces which seemed to eat up a sliver here and a sliver there. It added up. As square and true as us quilters assume we are, without lack of trying, we are not perfect. So, I will just chalk this up to some “fail” under my belt which equals a better quilter in the long run, eh?

I love how the crosshatch takes the normal square and creates shadows and plays with the lighting to make it seem like they are QSTs. And what is even better about this? I almost forgot to tell you. Bear with me here.

When I purchased my longarm in 2018, I was told by the rep that the only thread the machine would really like was perma core polyester thread. It is cheap thread, I have purchased about $150 worth over the years. It has served me well. I recently recieved a gift certificate and found the perfect thread color for this, but it was 100% cotton, made for longarm quilting. That cone of thread was $24. I would never have gambled my own money on this thread because it is so expensive. So I used the gift certificate and gambled with someone else’s money so to speak. AM I GLAD I DID THIS! I used superior threads king tut Mummie Dearest for quilting of this. That thread blends with every color in this quilt! And my machine loves this thread! I have had no thread breaks! So now I will need to venture out and find other brands instead of the only thread I have used up to this point.

I am kind of sad that I was given poor advice. And when I view the longarm company’s videos, I thought they must have done something special to use GLIDE thread in the video. Why did the rep do that to me? I was naive. I should have known better! So now, I have a new chapter in my quilting life and will enjoy exploring the new options of that door that opened.

I also have been working on some barnyard madness. I was informed last week that the baby I am making this for came three weeks early at 9 lbs 7 oz. So I feel terrible that I have missed the deadline. I reached out to “mom” and she informed me she did not make the deadline either LOL!

This weekend I will work on a better layout and make a gob of crop blocks. And now knowing that it is a little girl, will not feel so bad to put more pink in this!

All of these blocks are different sizes. The barn is 14 by 12. The cows and milk jugs are 12 by 12. The tractor is 16 x 20. The hay trailer is 16 x 22. I will figure out this puzzle. I have enjoyed making this! It is nice to follow a pattern every now and then. I wish I would have made the tractor more girly. But when I was making it, I didn’t know. I tried to make it look like the color of rust, which is not very baby friendly. But the baby won’t care will she?

So you have seen the ups and downs of my needle this week. What you have not seen is the drama that can happen behind the scenes. As you all know I am a youtuber. I have a group of gals in youtube land that I have gotten to know pretty well. This group is very supportive and such a wonderful group of people. I cannot remember if I was watching a live on Saturday or if it was a live on Wednesday, but there was a question posed by one of the gals. It was a harmless question, but it was also a question I wanted to ask, but out of respect for those making the videos opted NOT to ask it.

A moderator on the live chat firmly told the individual to drop it, that is was no one’s business. And the question asker, stated it was their loss, meaning that whatever transpired up to that point, it was a shame that it could no longer be like it was before. I may not have typed those words, but I sure would have thought it. And we all know that words in the form of text are emotionless unless someone reads it differently. The moderator of the channel got very ticked at the “their loss” comment and really got nasty.

And just like that it was dropped. Not sure if it was because one of the chatters left, or just did not read it (because when you are sewing you miss alot of what is written during a live stream). But, it surfaced today. On a completely innocent channel of all of this but with the same moderator.

The youtuber cursed, and I will paraphrase, told people to be nice, and then stopped the live because it really upset her. I can assume if I was in her position I would have been very upset too! And she ended the live. I think she was crying.

Those of you out in virtual land, please be respectful of others. Sometimes keeping your comments to yourself is the best course of action. A completely innocent person got pulled into this. And she is definitely owed an apology. I feel very bad this happened. Even though I was there and not saying anything to anyone, I witnessed it. I feel full of guilt that such a minor thing got blown way out of proportion and escalated fast into anger.

Everyone, if you are having a hard time keeping your inner peace, do not make others miserable. Get yourself some help. And Everyone, please be kind because everyone is fighting a hard battle. No matter what the circumstance, be nice. Try to be respectful more than you have ever been. I am seeing a trend lately where America has completely lost respect for their community even their neighbors.

If someone does something to you that you do not like, be nice. It is so easy to take words out of context. You have no idea what these people are going through, nor what hardships they face. We all are always a few steps from absolute catastrophe. Please be kind. What you put out there is what you get back.

And thank you for reading my blog!

The Milk Cows

Due to a longer weekend last weekend, I got a gob of stuff done. Mom’s Dresden is quilted. Turned out beautiful.

And I got this one quilted, sorry no quilted photo.

I made a chicken pincushion.

And I started piecing a new baby quilt. I had just received my copy of Farm Girl Vintage 2 and skimmed through it, and then got out the Farm Girl Vintage book to plan on making a barn quilt out of 2. I changed my mind and enjoyed piecing a cow block. And what goes with cows? Milk Cans of course. I hope the mom to be is not offended by this theme. It is cute, but you never know eh?

This picture is the bom cut out of all the pieces for the larger cow.

This block sure has a high alphabet count!

And just like that it turned into this.

And I got borders put on the blue boy quilt top. All this is, three 2 1/2 inch strips sewn and trimmed to each side. Each side had a left over 10 inch or so piece. I turned my 6.5 square on the strip set on it’s diagonal and made each corner. Looks like a fancy churn dash (which was unexpected). Love, Love, Love how this one turned out. Sometimes the fun of just winging a quilt design has a wonderful outcome. #Scrapathon2023 And who says that a quilt needs 90 degree corners. I rather like this design element.

The weather is still cooler than normal so hopefully I will get the blue quilt quilted soon. Other stuff on my to-do list, I have a couple of bindings to install, but there is no rush.

I also got this sent off to see if it will make the cut in a quilt show. I have a little more work to do on this. The binding is complete, there are quilting stitches that need ripping out. I need to install a sleeve as well as a label. I have plenty of time to do all this, but the ripping out is very time consuming.

Wish me luck! And thanks for reading my blog!

Summary of the week

Summer came and we reached highs of 97, and then just like that it was way cool for this time of the year. Usually May is a muggy month where we have a bunch of gulf stream moisture with highs between 85-92. Last weekend a cool front came and cooled us off to highs in the 60s and low 70s. It has been a quilting kind of week!

I have been working on mom’s quilt. It is 90% complete. And the weekend is long so maybe I will get that finished up and get something else on the frame.

There is mega texture in this echo quilting AND it took the fullness out of the spots that needed it.

I am down to one seam left in the scrappy buckeye beauty quilt. I will probably add borders this weekend. I did place a poll on youtube for selecting a border. At the beginning of the poll, the two fabrics were neck and neck in the percentages. Make sure to go check that out so you can vote too!

And a while back I was viewing another Nolting longarm on youtube and noticed they had a CLX like mine but their handles came further to the front of the frame. I reached out to the owner (Ann) and she let me know that those are just extension bicycle handles (only $10 dollars on Amazon). She actually added two sets to make it more ergonomic for her. I only added one because I do ruler work. This changed has taught me a few things.

So for the few years I have owned this machine, I would leave my machine with a back ache. I mean the belly bar is a fulcrum on the body and you have to bend over to reach the rear of the quilt while quilting. This helped tremendously with that! My arms are bent at 90 degrees and kept by my side which is a very natural position. I did not need any technology to make this change but a screwdriver. And because I removed the foam pads that were original to the machine, when I do ruler work and grab that right handle, it fits marvelously in my hand. Those handle cushions are too big, which is not ergonomic for these chunky dunky hands (those handle grips were made for man’s hands….hmmm not well thought out Nolting). Was I able to do more quilting for longer periods? YES! I wish I would have asked a long time ago.

I did have a tension hiccup. I got jammed and the machine went into fail safe mode. I thought I broke the machine! I oiled heavily and left it rest for 24 hours. That dislodged a large piece of lint put off by the green thread I am using on the backing. My eyes don’t see green very well any more. I cannot see the lint below in the machine. My machine is still not just right. I presume there is another hairball this cat needs to hack up.

May is almost over, what does June hold quilt wise? Well, I am still waiting on grid interfacing! Yeah, after the wrong stuff was shipped, I ordered AGAIN and because I am relying on a drop ship, it has taken all month. I had hoped I could start on this.

I have decided to enter this 365 quilt block challenge in a quilt show. It has been on my table needing the binding added now for months. I did work on that a bit this week. As I see it all rumpled up on my table, I see how accurate my points and nested seams are. This quilt deserved to be seen! I will be making arrangements for a label as well as a hanging sleeve. I know when other quilters see it, they will be inspired and they will know how much work went into this. And I finally measured the quilt. It turned out to be 90 X 90. I was shocked by the measurement haha, it is spot on. In the description box to tell a bit about the quilt, I am listing I now hate red hahhahaha. Other quilters are going to relate to this.

Have a wonderful weekend! Be safe! Summer is officially here! Thanks for reading my blog!

Quilt Judging

We all have experience with the quilt police. We all have been told by quilt police something where they try to push their ideals on you. Many of us quilters have a quilt police story. I can think of a couple of stories that I could share, but want to keep the blog more constructive and less negative. Do you have a quilt police story? I would love to hear about it. Use #quiltpolice anywhere on any platform in social media. I will be reading your story. Or, you can just leave a comment below.

Last weekend I worked. No sewing happened. And, last weekend summer abruptly showed itself. Fall will show itself in Nov. That’s usually when it cools back down. Stitching did not happen at all this week.

I worked last weekend to prepare to be off during the week for county fair judge training. I am now a certified judge.

In this process, my mind started churning about very negative feedback my peers have given me over the years. I never really got any constructive criticism. I entered a quilt in my county’s fair back in 2006. I lost out to the only other quilt entered. I never understood why. I was up against a master quilter first of all, but that is neither here nor there. Normally when a quilt is judged you get a constructive criticism piece of paper. I never got that. I felt jaded all these years. I never understood why I lost. That chapter has closed.

On Tuesday May 17th at 7:30 pm central time, I will be live on youtube with the very quilt that was judged and I will be going over why my quilt was NOT a blue ribbon. I will also be covering what judges look for when they are judging a quilt. If you have comments or questions you will be able to ask me direct during the youtube livestream. My chat preferences are set. You have to be a subscriber 24 or more hours prior to my live. Does this interest you?

This video/forum will not tolerate quilt police. I will take comments in the chat very seriously. Quilting is art and deserves constructive criticism. I want my readers/subscribers/viewers to know that the quilting community wants to help not hurt.

While in ”learning to become a judge”, I was surrounded by other quilters. The quilt police came out in that meeting. But, I also saw constructive critique and the benefits from that.

In addition to judging quilts, I learned about photography, painting, crochet, knitting, rug hooking, as well as all sorts of other that is thrown into the textile medium and can now judge all of these. I am now in a database for county fairs in my state to call on me when they need these categories judged. No, I cannot judge in my own county.

I learned the most from the photography and painting segment since I do not really dabble in those things. Hopefully what I learned in those categories will get some better photos onto the blog!

I also started a vlog on making the embroidery flower quilt. Unfortunately I ordered some grid interfacing and they sent the wrong kind. The new interfacing will not be here until the 19th. This project has stalled. But, I managed to shop the stash for almost all of my fabrics. Putting those tidbits and scraps to good use.

I have finally started binding my 60 degree stars quilt. If I am on the couch, these edges will be coming together.

Today I will be back to work on quilting the dresden quilt and will do it in the weeee hours of the morning to keep cool.

If I am recalling info correctly, these dresdens I am quilting are made from happy birthday fabric. Isn’t that fun?

Well I have one more thing. A few weeks back, I posted about content and asked my readers to tell me why my numbers have dropped off. Well I figured it out. WordPress deleted all but 4 of my email followers. Shame on you wordpress! This has greatly impacted my traffic. Bummer. It took me 6 years to get those followers, some of which I have had since day one. But my numbers are not the only numbers down. I really think people are exercising their freedom to move about in the country now that most are vaccinated. We are practically hamsters left out of the cage, right?

And for those of you who read my blog regardless of the goings on, I thank you! I know you are here. It warms my heart.

Happy Mother’s Day 2022

I have been busy, but then again I haven’t.

In my last post I pondered who would win the battle of the backings. I am pleased to announce my Mom won that battle. I am custom quilting a dresden quilt with a dash of embroidered butterflies. I have uploaded a video of how to quilt and make a flower border using a circle ruler. The way the quilt is made, makes echoing around the dresdens the way to go. I have posted a video on youtube. I will share that here.

And last weekend I started making the Embroidery Flower Quilt. This is a free pattern offered by tilda fabrics utilizing solids. Click here for the pdf. I did a massive fabric pull and went through 2 cans of starch during the cutting and ironing. After deciding on which swatch matched what fabric best, I managed to find 44 different fabrics in my stash that were either blenders, solids, or a very close match calico print. I had to make a trip to my LAQS to get the remaining two fabrics. I have cut all my color pieces. I lack cutting the background. I have cut some squares. I have cut some strips. I will be assembling this using the grid interfacing method. Be looking for that tutorial soon. And I will refrain from cutting so many small blocks and utilize the strip method instead for large hunks of background fabric

My method for this? As I paired a fabric to the matching swatch, I wrote on a sticky note the fabric number assigned and how many squares to cut. After cutting I bagged the squares and the sticky note together and hung them on my design wall. I have seen this particular pattern done using the paper plate method. I do not have room for 46 paper plates to be lain about. So, I am now a bag lady! I started a Vlog on youtube to document this journey.

And because I pulled the majority of these fabrics from my stash I am claiming this to be #Scrapathon2023.

As of now I am a bit stalled waiting for the interfacing to arrive. I worked my day job today (on a Saturday, I know right?) to prep for my time towards county fair judge training this week. So not much sewing this weekend. This will work out just fine with a little time. I can’t wait to sew and my whip out a project from my open gates quilt box. Not sure yet. The body pillow pattern they enclosed look lovely. Perhaps I may stitch a bit on that.

Happy Mother’s Day! Take it easy ladies! Today is your day! Enjoy!

And thanks for reading my blog!

Lazer Light Show

Did you catch me live? No worries if you didn’t. Here is the replay. I was at the longarm quilting this.

I basically explain my thought process on how I came up with the quilting design on this quilt. Some free motion and some ruler work. One baby quilt, done!

And then last week I also got some feathered star blocks completed. This too will be a baby quilt for someone. I came up with a simple border idea.

And in case you missed that live you can see it in the replay.

The first 4 minutes is me rambling and a dark screen. Oops the lens cap was on!!! I can laugh at myself, but gosh people must think I am an idiot!!!!

So instead of sewing my blocks together I came up with the idea of making a border and attaching it to each block in the opposite color of the block. I have one strip to complete and this will be a quilt top in no time. I have retired that accuquilt die for now. I will revisit it when I can go with a similar color scheme as the pattern is written.

I speak a bit of this in my video. I am not going to lie, but because I used a garment in the making of the memory quilt. The whole kit and caboodle was not square. My first thought was I would square it up with my lockers and stitch my cut lines. But I had purchased this inexpensive lazer level to trim my quilt corners and make everything truly square. I am happy to report, that the memory quilt was the squarest corner I have ever made and cut after the fact. Normally the ruler goes wonky and I have to make due with a line that veers. This worked peachy!

Because that quilt top was black, I opted not to photograph, but you basically lay this out on your cutting table at the corner you want to square. The line will run down the whole side of your quilt. You may have to actually use the floor for bigger quilts. It worked marvelously.

Most husbands have something like this in their tool box. Take it for a spin, I think I purchased this one on amazon for less than $15. That folks is cheaper than an acrylic ruler!

And now I will be thinking of another baby quilt build. I am not certain if I will go in this direction, nor what colors I will select. I am thinking FGV2.

Upcoming on the longarm will be one of three quilts. I have my jack’s chain. My mother has a very pretty dresden. And I was actually contacted by a fellow quilter to quilt her Alaska row by row. Not sure which one of these will make it on there next. The alaska quilt needs a backing. I have not reached out to her to see if she has acquired it yet. And Mom’s quilt needs a backing too. I need to sew the backing for the jack’s chain. It appears to be a race of backings at the moment. hahahahaha

I aim to get back to my pillow case lace.

I have curved this lace to get it all in the picture. But it is made as straight lace. I have it stacked the motifs on one another in the picture below.

I have signed up and will be taking training to become a county fair judge for textiles and photography. I am excited to learn about this process. And I am hoping the photography aspect of it helps me with this very blog. Plus it will help me get out of this house and see some quilts, and a carnival to boot. Maybe some cotton candy tasting. Gosh it has been years, but sounds delish!

In the meantime, I need to get stitchin’!

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog!

Small Steps towards ???

If you read my last post, my longarm broke. It was a simple repair. I am now a longarm technician as I fixed it myself without instructions, just small baby steps to figure it all out.

I made a video to assist those who have my brand longarm, if this part ever breaks on them, they have this video as a reference as the manufacturer has NO INSTRUCTIONS or VIDEOS anywhere on the net.

I lacked a few passes of work to get the quilt top shown in the above photo done. So I ensured while stitching this one out, that it worked and all was well again with the machine. The octagon quilt is done. I will bind this later when I am not in a pinch.

And so the memory quilt will make it to the longarm very soon.

I now have all the new pieces added all appliqued down. I am going to line this polyester quilt with muslin to help prevent bearding. I am brainstorming on a quilting motif. I am thinking linear lines that follow the rays with bubbles quilting to add to the texture in the negative space. I am to start this in the coming week. Baby steps and you get to where you want to be.

And a while back Accuquilt introduced the feathered star die. This block has been on my bucket list for years, but the difficulting of cutting this puppy out made me turn my cheek and opt out of the idea. Well, anything that will assist cutting a difficult block with weird angles precisely is worth a try.

Soapbox/advice with this particular BOB die (block on board). This block the cutting is easy. However, the instructions provided with the die, do not tell you how many pieces to cut out for a block like mine above. The pattern they provide is for 3 and 4 color blocks, so you have lots of figuring out to do since you are only doing two colors. I had a bunch of seam ripping. Ultimately I got there in baby steps. Very easy to get turned around with this since there are so many weird angles. And it has a Y seam. So ease of cutting makes up for the difficulty of construction I guess. I would say of all the blocks I have ever done in my entire life, this is by far the most difficult to set together and get it right.

When using this die, I cut 9 1/2 inch strip wof to pass through the machine of both colors. What the pattern does not tell you and what is not obvious, the die has two small squares that are different sizes. There are also the perimeter HST pieces that also have two different sizes. So, if you construct this, make sure you use your alphabities to keep things straight.

The picture below is the opposite of the first one I sewed. This also added difficulty because you are copying the block you just did in the opposite. So even on the second block there was some seam ripping because I would get turned around a little lost. I even laid out the pieces on my design wall to keep them straight.

There is a particular order you have to sew the block in, NO DEVIATION or the block will not come out to the right size. Above is the Y seam I was speaking of. Because of the funny tips on the star, those on the bottom row and top row can be sewn without Y seams, but the middle row with different sized pieces HAS to be sewn in a Y seam. I do not recommend this block for those of you who are beginners or intermediates. If you are a beginner or intermediate you will need to just use a similar colorway with the diagram they give. And to all skill levels you HAVE TO FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS precisely.

This will become 4 squares in total and a baby quilt with a simple border of the same color solids. It is a beautiful block, but it BITES!

And a couple of months ago Tilda’ offered a free pattern that had me swooning as soon as I saw it on the website. And before anyone posted about this on instagram I wanted to do it. But I have TOOOOO many projects going to start it. Well now that some of those projects are a bit better controlled I will be able to start cutting my fabric pull into 2 inch square to use as a leader ended. Although I am tempted to use the grid interfacing to make this work even faster. Some of my colors are not solids, but to think of going and purchasing more fabric when I have the fabric that same color just in a print sounded ridiculous to me. So I shopped the stash and really toiled over a couple of these prints not being close enough. But, I am not totally decided and after the fabric pull I have not determined if I even have enough of some of these smaller scraps.

This is called Tilda’s Embroidery Flowers Quilt because it resembles a needlework design.

Stunning isn’t it? I do not have background fabric this color so I may opt to go with a white. Black would be beautiful. That part I am undecided about. A dark green would be marvelous too. I think you can purchase the quilt kit right now with or without interfacing.

And last Saturday I went live on youtube. I will be doing this again and hopefully next time in a more primetime slot. I am debating either a Saturday night or a Tuesday night.

As I write this it is very warm in the house. It is that time of year again when the nights are not that cool, so during the heat of the day, the house temperature rises to a “too warm” level. It makes you not want to do chores and be lazy. The humidity sucks the energy right out of you.

Wish me luck at staying energized! And thanks for reading my blog!

The Longarm is Broken

This title probably sounds worse than it is. I sent a text to my son telling him I would not see him in the morning at work because my longarm is broken. He was just waking up and read it as I broke my arm! Thank goodness THAT did not happen! So, like I said, it is not as bad as it could be.

The tension spring broke.

I have about two passes left and this will be done. When my last bobbin ran out, I did my normal routine by winding a new bobbin and threading my machine by pulling the thread through, because it is already threaded. That’s another post all together.

When I started quilting, I always start on the edge of the quilt (which will be hidden in the binding edge in case my tension is not good..) Everything seemed fine. I moved to the center of the quilt where the bobbin ran out, and after a few stitches, the machine sounded different, had different drag. I stopped, checked the tension on the bottom. All was good and I proceeded to continue quilting. What I did not know, the tension spring completely broke off.

There are no repair videos out there to replace it. My machine has about 5 months left before the warranty is out, but without even asking, I don’t think the spring is covered because this is something that is made to wear out. I can go back to the manufacturer and purchase one for less than $10 and then pay to have it shipped and be down for a week or more. Or I can trudge myself to the big city and locate one there through a longarm parts specialists. It seems there is may cost around $5. Or I could order it online and spend gobs of money to have it shipped 45 miles.

And the urgency to get this fixed is REAL. I was planning on having the 60 degree stars quilt off the frame this weekend so I can get back to this and quilt it up.

Last week you can really tell that spring has sprung. We have new kittens. And I have never seen newborn kittens responsibility to be shared within two days of being born to another mother!

And for fun this weekend, I decided to try my hand at Indigo dying. It was fun and I will do it again. I learned much and look forward to this process again soon!

I decided to do some random stuff. The balloon experiment was a great success, so were the glass furniture coasters. The binding clips were neat on the edges, but really not much to write home about in the folds.
Even the stir stick turned out neat!
In the speed queen they go.
And here they are nicely pressed and folded. I used my kona white and my unbleached muslin. In the end, it did not matter which one I used, they both worked.

I went live on my youtube channel. And I was not alone! Yay! If you missed the live you can always go back and watch it after the fact.

I presume I will be posting a repair video for my longarm and will learn this as I go and video it, so I can go back and make sure I have re-assembled it correctly according to how I took it apart.

Wish me luck! And thanks for reading my blog!

The Memory Quilt Start

Last week I posted about the less than optimal garments I had to start a crib sized memory quilt. I must admit that sometimes my mind just gets in the way of my own progress. It is off to a great start and I should have never doubted myself!

These circles are drawn on the back of these fabrics that I applied interfacing. I pin them to my design wall and if I like it I take my school glue and glue them to the black fabric (which by the way is one of the garments). Pleased as punch! I have gotten out my many-stitches machine and found the applique stitch and am stitching around all these circles, which will take me a while. The rest of the black background I will populate with random black/red pieces. The baby this is going to will not even care, but the mom and dad will love it!

And while I have black thread loaded I decided to stitch up a small project from the Open Gates Quilt Subscription box. It had a small piece of cork, a key chain device, a zipper, and pattern to make this!

This project took about 15 minutes from start to finish and I love how it turned out! This cork came from Sallie Tomato so I went and looked this up, it is a free pattern! I love how chic it looks (and it beats my old keychain which was some pony beads, a moda fabrics tie from a fat quart bundle, and some perler beads. This keyfob’s actual purpose is to keep your phone charger in. Each side of the charger sticks out the side slant at the top and all of the cord in maintained nice and neatly behind the zipper. So you can carry it with you and it won’t tangle all up in your purse.

March 2022 Open Gates Quilts Mystery box hit it out of the park. I got some fabric and thread to make a table runner. The fabrics are gorgeous. Also included was a large bargello quilt pattern. It takes two jelly rolls, which I don’t have two matching at this time. But that will make a beautiful quilt one day.

And this week had some fair quilting weather. I managed to get more than halfway on my 365 Quilt block challenge quilt. Watch my video below for a chit chat about quilt related stuff. Please share and subscribe too!

The weather is cold and foul today and we are supposed to get snow again. But next week will be very nice, I aim to get this beauty done!

Well, I am off. I have many circles to stitch around. Wish me luck on getting that finished!

Ta Ta for now and thanks for reading my blog!

60 Degree Stars!

About 5 milestones took place this week. The major milestone was completing the 60 degree stars top! I chose to make this quilt Octagon shaped for fun. This UFO is now into the ready for longarm pile.

Lets discuss some other milestones. Its been about 5 years since I sorted through my scraps. And since then the scrap system got wild! This needed a zoo tamer team! I have a 4 over 4 chest of drawers for my main system. Two small drawers are for my neutrals and neutral scraps. One small drawer is for fat quarters. One last small drawer is for Kaffe. And the 4 large drawers at the bottom held fabric a lot less organized. I had one for sheets, one drawer for unfoldable odd shaped fabrics, one for feed sack, and one for ”the everything else” category. To make room for some fabric purchases, I removed the sheets from the drawer and placed those with the tote of vintage sheets. The feedsack drawer got folded nicely and only took up 1/2 a large drawer. The other two drawers were dumped on my table. Large cuts, 108s, 5yard , and 3 yd cuts move to the other 1/2 of drawer. Two drawers were left for yard or larger cuts and were folded nicely and placed on edge to easily see pattern and color. This allowed me to condense and fit my new fabrics.

And there are fabrics I have been hanging onto, I purged some that were ugly or ones I knew I would never use. Also purged were the 1980s prints that I have used to the point of never wanting this to take up valuable real estate anymore. (1980s mauve print was used in the making of the silverware placemat as the trim fabric below).

What’s left? I still have a table full of odds and ends that either need to run through the accuquilt or donated to someone else. Enough is enough. Scraps will over take you if you let them. Tackling Mount Scrapmore is quite a job!

Last week I had a run of good luck! My sew yeah mystery bundle had $20 in it. And, Becky Goldsmith has her giveaways every Wed. I left a comment and won a paper pieces package for EPP to make a nosegay quilt. I never am this lucky! Thank you @BeckyGoldsmith! @PieceOQuilts blog.

Additionally my Basics Subscription box from Sew Yeah Quilting arrived. Am I going to rush into this project? Nope….not really fond of the pattern this month. The thread and fabric is pretty!

I got some placemats made! Felt good to sew this fabric up! For a great cause, hospice placemats for the meal when they call the family in to help to transition from earth to heaven. Hopefully things will be regarded by recipients as a nice compliment to that time.

Because my design wall is empty I want to get out another UFO and work that for a bit. Or perhaps I will start something new. Undecided….

Goals for the week:

  • Tackle Mount Scrapmore on the table.
  • Make progress on one of my UFOs
  • Determine next scrappy project (new or old)
  • Trace quilting designs onto clean newsprint of 6 inch squares

Some time has lapsed and after asking the quilt masters of the mystery quilt, I cannot show any of the mystery quilt yet. I could have shown my fabric pieces cut out, but failed to take the stinkin’ picture. Doh! Next month I will be able to share some sewn snippets of that completed project. Until then it will remain a mystery!!!

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And speaking of sew a longs there are some free ones going on now

These all appeal to me, but there are not enough hours in the day!

Hmmmm…off to decide what I should do. I will let my heart take me where it wants quilty style. Leaving logical mind behind for now. I will let you know how this goes LOL!

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