An Exciting Arrival!

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.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog!

Sew a Jelly Roll Day!

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!

Scrap happy September!

Not much going on here of late. I cleared off the craft table to have some family time in the simplest of tasks. A good ole’ fashioned puzzle! A doozy too!

Not much going on because of this. In the past month I have finished quilting the Laundry Basket Quilts mystery of 2021. I have the binding machine sewn and it will just have to wait for the hand stitching finish.

I have tamed a bit in the scrap pile using the accuquilt. A bunch of glue basted hexies for display for now.

I have the backing stitched ready to load a jelly roll race quilt.

I was gifted a couple of jelly rolls and am making some 9 patches. I have had a bit of vertigo lately. Life spins way to fast without this too!

And I have made good progress on the Jan Stawasz doily number 5.

This round is a is going to take a while.

A couple more scrappy flowers bloometh from the corriander quilts free quilt along. This month is the final month for those. I am waiting for another bloom to be released. I see a finished quilt top soon.

Please check out all the other scraphappy bloggers posts. Amazing stuff!

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A week’s worth of quilting

This past week has flown by!

I have accomplished much!

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.

Much accomplished…sew much more to go!

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog!

A Quilty Kind of Week!

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!

Patriotic Rosette

I have been having fun with the orphan blocks! I dug deep in my shelves and found a few easy projects, and a few that are not as easy. I got two quilted this week!

This block did not make the quilt, not because I did not like it, but when sewing it and it was the first one, I did not know what I was doing. It ended up small enough that it would have been too big of an “ease” to put it in with the others. This was from the quilt Stars Upon Thars.

And then there was the Spools quilt orphan blocks. Only one spool showed itself in this pattern. It almost looks like a scrappy ribbon.

The spools orphan came from sewing this.

The backing for the star block was just a fat quarter. I had purhcased electic elements fat quarter bundle and enjoy using up these non-ordinary prints.

This was quilted in a free panto pattern by Urbanelementz.com called Argyle. This looks like a modified honey comb to me.

And the backing of the spool orphan is the panto you see above is no longer offered by Urbanelementz but was by designer Lorena. Sorry I do not know the name. The backing ended up being this.

I purchased this rug printed fabric from Hobby Lobby some time ago. This print of fabric is still available there if anyone is interested.

I managed to get the Jelly Roll Race quilt bound! And Gifted!

And I finished the first rosette for the La Passacaglia Millefiori quilt.

I started what is considered rosette 4. There are several of these to make. I decided to make this one patriotic.

And I got to the star points, but did not get any further.

I love the way you can manipulate the shapes in these cogs for a totally different affect each time. The fill in between all the points I am still pondering. Do I fussy cut something? Do I go with stripe, do I go with solid? The jury is still out on this decision. I have all weekend to figure that out. YAY! I made it to the weekend and got much accomplished along the way.

Goals were met that were set last week.

Goals for this week:

  • Finish patriotic cog
  • bind Stars Upon Thars orphan
  • bind Spools Orphan
  • Tat a little

I follow a few tatters on youtube and am delighted that there is new content going on!!!! If you are interested in learning to tat, you can learn how through a few instructional videos. For less than $10 in supplies you can get a tatting shuttle and a ball of lizbeth thread, maybe two.

You can choose if you want to learn to needle tat or shuttle tat. Here is a link to the youtube channel. They show you the basics or tell you where to go for the basics and then they assign homework and teach you how to read a pattern. Will you have a go at it? It is very relaxing. A wonderful tatting community out there. There was a massive overhaul of the former Georgia Seitz site. I guess she is elderly and not doing so good, but in the joy of keeping tatting going, others have taken over. It’s all good. And there is also older content out there by Gina Butler’s channel. I had the privledge of being taught by her in person. Her youtube tutorials can get you started. Frivole on youtube is also a wonderful teacher of this gentle art.

I am off to a wonderful start to the days between Friday and Monday! Have a great weekend and thanks for reading my blog!

A Quilter’s Journey

As a quilter, you have quite a journey from the first project you have ever done to years worth. there is no comparison on accuracy of losing points vs perfect points, perfectly nested seams vs scootched seams.

When I started quilting was back in 93. I made two quilt tops. This was long before the internet capabilities. You were limited to being taught by a loved one, family member, member of the church, or learning from a book at the library.

Those two quilt tops I made, I used 5/8 seam allowance and the pattern I chose for my first two quilts was snails trail. This was a rather complicated pattern. I had a olfa rotary cutter, but had no mat. I actually cut my pieces using an old school binder like a trapper keeper. As you can guess, the trapper keeper did not make it to the end of the quilt journey.

Once I got the two tops made, I stalled. I had no idea how to proceed. I kept those two quilt tops through about 3 moves. And alas, purged them and sold them for the price I paid for the fabric was in them (it was bargain fabric and I think I had $15 in them). So I priced them for $15. And they sold and were appreciated by a quilter (who was the crazy lunch lady at school). I wish I would have kept those tops because I would be able to look at them today and see how far I have traveled skill wise as a quilter. Back then, I had no idea how to go to the next step. I had never heard of a longarmer, and my grandmother passed in 94 so I could not ask her (she was the person who could fix anything or figure out how to make delicious lemonade out of lemons).

In her passing and then my grandfathers passing, I decided to do the right thing and took grandpas clothing, and grandmas fabric and make a quilt for my parents, a memory quilt. I look back at that quilt and see lobbed off star points (I made a farmer’s daughter quilt block as grandpa was a farmer). I can visually see how far I have advanced in my hobby. I also made myself a memory quilt and used the dickens out of it. Because it has polyester batting, it has started to erode away the cotton fibers in the quilt top. And due to a CLR (Calcium Lime Rust cleanser) error in the washing machine, it turned some green fabric that I added, to a weird pink. This chemical reaction with the synthetic dyes in the new fabric, and using some of the old fabric, caused the fabric to oxidize and erode too. I used a drunkerds path block. The block really had no significance but I liked the difficulty and it made a beautiful pattern. One day I will showcase these quilts. They are put up for now.

Each week on this blog, you read about my quilt journey for the past few days in my quilting journey. Most weeks you see progress. Some weeks are pretty meager. This is natural and even thought I strive to show you something, I pride myself to show you quality, not quantity. So this is one of those meager weeks.

Last weekend the weather was absolutely beautiful. My good weather days are running out, soon it will be too hot to quilt. So I wanted to quilt up something.

Many moons ago I made this quilt.

This was a free pattern that was offered by I can’t remember who, but here is the link to my original post so you can click the free pattern link. I called this baby booties, as this was for a newborn. I had an orphan block left over that did not make the count. I snatched it up and loaded it on the longarm and had it done in less than 20 minutes. It was fun to quilt something so small.

I did not measure this, but it is not big. And then I got to thinking about walls filled with pictures. Why could I not just quilt all my orphan blocks like this making small quilts and then hang them all together on the wall?

This would be fun and so up my alley and a great way to change things out with the seasons. And the potholder stack will not grown either LOL. So this is now the new plan. I have one, and I have no idea how many more to go, I will have to dig and play some more.

And then there was a jelly roll race quilt lingering since the quilt hop of 2018. I bought it that day, and took it home and immediately raced it into this quilt top. I finally got it quilted. Fabric dying and all. I will be binding this sometime this week. I used a new panto on it. It has a gentle wave pattern and was perfect for this baby quilt. And because of the simplicity of the pattern it took about 2 1/2 hours to quilt. Perfect for anyone who is pressed for time!

And I did some handstitching on the La Passacaglia Millefiori rosette. I did not get my round done, but will certainly have this finish this week. I look forward to the fabric pull for my next rosette. I know now not to select such a dominating fabric for the larger hexagons. I decided I wanted to distract a bit from that teal. I opted for white. I utilized fussy cutting on the stripe and putting white to the small hexagon on the last round. This is helping break that up a bit, like fabric magic!

I will get that last hexi star blade combo set in tonight, and then proceed to sew the remaining points on the stars. I am loving this! It is slow, enjoyable and more the pace of what I need to be doing instead of fighting for time during the cooking and cleaning and bathing and other family duties that need my attention that take the fun out of my blogging and hobby experience.

My goals for the upcoming week:

  • Bind the Jelly Roll Race quilt
  • Gift the Jelly Roll Race quilt
  • Dig and find an orphan block(s)
  • Start a new rosette for the Millefiori quilt
  • Enjoy life as much as possible, but not at the speed of light! LOL

I have worked my way through the week, now it is weekend time! Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog!

La Passacaglia How To

When starting a quilt of this magnitude, you have to “gain your bearings”, meaning you have to have a method to your madness, have a direction to drive this project!

Choosing the right fabrics is key for the rounds of the rosettes. After only a couple rounds of the rosette, I have figured out one key note that I want to pass on. I also want to share my method to anyone who may be trying to figure out what works. *Disclaimer, what works for me, may not work for you.

Fabric selection. If you really don’t want muddy rosettes you will need contrast between each round. These pieces are small. Here is my start:

These two colors are perfectly porportioned together and contrast just right. But notice the dark teal below. Once I added this, I realized my first mistake. This is the largest piece of the rosette. This becomes very dominate. I highly recommend the hexagon to be fussy cut out of a print that is multicolor that you coordinate throughout the rings of the rosette. I am going to call this a mistake. It will be fine, but it sure is a lot of teal. It overpowers all the other work I done. Contrast is perfect, but too much color. Your eye goes right to it.

See how much this really disrupts the La Passacaglia? The meaning of the word basically translates to harmony of music. That teal OVERPOWERS!. This should have been a print. Where ever I put this in the quilt, it is going to stand out loudly. I like loud, but this volume will be louder than other cogs. Lesson learned.

I have had trouble at the begining trying to match my corners perfectly. The more I have stitched, the more accurate I have become in this. And like someone pointed out to me, once the papers are removed, it will be perfectly stitched together.

My process:

There are two types of cuts, one of which is fussy cutting. I took note on something Tula Pink spoke of in one of her videos. She does not purchase fabric for fussy cutting EPP unless she can get several cuts or the repeats are many. She designs her fabric this way too. I have utilized that technique with the striped fabric. The repeat of the bands was just a hair longer than the star tips.

The second type of cut would be making the most of your fabric. Strips. I cut a strip first.

The great thing about EPP, it is very forgiving, my strips are not perfect and that is ok. These templates have 3/8 seam allowance. When you hand stitch these, the seam allowance is completely lost and therefore that precision becomes irrelevant.

I subcut my strip. I was able to do this with the stripes too. I just cut rectangles with the 3/8 inch seam allowance included where I wanted the paper piece to be set.

Then I glue baste my paper.

The key to this step is rolling the fabric over the piece tight! If your corners are sloppy, it will be harder when all these angles are stitched together.

And it is now ready to stitch.

And then you have little scraps of strip left over. I am trimming those down as I go and adding them to my new bin of 1 1/2 inch scrap squares.

There will probably be more lessons I learn as I proceed. I will share as I go.

And then there is a quilt top, jelly roll race.

I have had this quilt top stitched to this point since July of 2019. I have been in search of the perfect backing. I have found nothing in the past 2 years. I had a thought. The bolt of muslin I have is specially formulated. It is to be used for dying your own fabrics. I have never dyed fabric and and thought about this. I already have the muslin, so no fabric purchase necessary. This would be about 3 yards of fabric at a cost of about $30. But for $3 I can dye my own batch and match this just as good as any solid.

Here is my morning muslin! I washed and dried this last night to prep for this morning.

I am attempting to set the color with vinegar and heat.

And here it is muslin in the morning turned to afternoon sun!

This was relatively easy. I had everything except the dye. I will be washing this later today to see how much of this is retained. I hear rit dye washes out over time. Hmmmm. Any of you textile goddesses out there have a remedy to prevent this let me know. I tried to set the colors with cold water, salt, vinegar and then dry in the heat of the dryer. I presume this will work good enough to keep this from bleeding. Unsure….

In reflection of goals last week,

  • Finish binding the Elizabeth Hartman quilt
  • Gift the Elizabeth Hartman quilt and the churn dash quilt
  • Get one round sewn on the rosette for the La Passacaglia
  • Select fabric for the next round of the orange rosette above

I met and exceeded my goals!!!!! Horah!

My longterm goals are,

  • Work on the last round of the tatted doily
  • Bind the Midnight Alaska quilt
  • Sew the hexagon quilt top
  • Start quilting on the Me and My Sister Designs quilt top
  • Work some on my 365 Quilt Block Challenge

All of these would be nice to cross off my list, they are still my long standing list.

My goals for this week:

  • Finish one rosette for La Passacaglia
  • Sew backing for the yellow jelly roll race quilt
  • Start quilting the jelly roll race quilt with a pantograph

My UFO piles shrink, my WIP piles grow, I smile with finishes!!!

Thanks for stopping in and reading my blog!

Deeds

In last weeks post, I set some goals. Let’s see how I did…

I wanted to start on the last round of the tatted doily. Almost there….

I did complete the rosette round, but have failed to start the last round. Not sure I will get back to this in the coming weeks.

I finished the binding on the churn dash quilt, this will be gifted to a coworker soon.

I have failed to snap a photo of this with binding. (Pretend it is there in a blue)

I have had this jelly roll race quilt lingering for MONTHS….I am so close to calling this one done.

A year ago this was on the longarm, tsk tsk tsk. The binding is on and one side is hand stitched. I aim to finish this over the weekend so I can gift this to a coworker who’s baby is now almost one (I hesitated gifting due to the virus.)

I have started two new projects one of which I excitedly shared with you midweek. I have managed the remaining strip sets transforming them into half hexagons. I have also cut several triangles. This is almost ready to sew all together. I am putting it away for now. Soon enough.

Since I have cut out the triangles, I have decided to go with this layout. The quilt will be in the shape of a large hexagon. I have never made a circular quilt, this will be interesting to the eye.

And while digging around I found a Me and My Sister Designs scrap start. Well, this too has been lingering. This started out as a Moda scrap bag. The scraps were 3 1/2 inch strips. I sewed them together and ended up with about a 3 ft by 5 ft piece of not much,LOL. I visited the quilt shop and bought some fabric I liked. The photo does not do this justice, it really pops before the naked eye.

This has plenty of negative space to have some fun with quilting. But, I will decide and do that later. Probably not happening for a couple of weeks.

I ordered supplies weeks and weeks ago and they all arrived this week. Let the La Passacaglia commence! La Passacaglia is a Millefiori quilt pattern that is all by hand, and has many small pieces. Here is my start. I am going to try to work with much directional fabric. As I have been studying this concept, I am fascinated by the movement of fabrics and fussy cuts. There are many of these that people use the same fabric for the whole rosette. I am going to refrain from doing that. I think it looks muddy. So much work for the eyes not to see from across the room. Yup mine is gonna be loud!

I have the hexi’s ready to sew the next round. I have not thought past this round. I will enjoy figuring that out this week as well.

And my stitches, even though I am only taking two threads worth of fabric with my needle, my stitches still show. A long time English Paper Piecer commented about the stitches. She said “my stitches are lovely and very rhythmic and even. This is a hand project, show off those hand stitched pieces”. I have been reading much about this and have found out, once the papers are removed and you quilt this, those hand stitches that you see now, disappear. I tried to do the ladder back stitch, nope not happening.

Goals for the upcoming week:

  • Finish binding the Elizabeth Hartman quilt
  • Gift the Elizabeth Hartman quilt and the churn dash quilt
  • Get one round sewn on the rosette for the La Passacaglia
  • Select fabric for the next round of the orange rosette above

Long Standing goals before me now and will work in the upcoming month:

  • Work on the last round of the tatted doily
  • Bind the Midnight Alaska quilt
  • Sew the hexagon quilt top
  • Start quilting on the Me and My Sister Designs quilt top
  • Work some on my 365 Quilt Block Challenge

The deeds before me are many. I know I can pull them off. How soon is the question. Weekend, here I come!

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A WIP Surprise

Happy Easter Readers!

It is a beautifully pleasant day in paradise. Not too hot, not too cold, not too humid. On this perfectly pleasant day, I am indoors doing some household chores. In between washings in the laundry load dept, I have the rosettes done on this round of the doily, one more round to go.

I did not iron this before I snapped the photo, it is a bit unruly in places. That could be because I just plopped it down and snapped the photo not taking care of what was turned which way.

And I am working on the binding on the quilt below. I had to get into the thread bin to match the blue backing/binding I am using.

And there on the shelf, in front of the thread was a quilt kit I was gifted from my Mom and Dad for Christmas. The kit is to make two twins size quilts using the Lust Have and the Basic Grey fabric line.

This is beautiful fabrics! When I opened the pattern, the quilt shop it was purchased at, figured out a way to make a quit twice as big tweaking the directions. Mom was very excited to give this to me. After looking at the instructions, I was a bit flummoxed. Did not like how complicated it was. And technically there were two jelly rolls, and some white grunge as well as 16 more jelly roll strips. Ah-ha, the quilt shop did not really figure out a way to make the pattern with twice the quilt power. It figured out to sell a kit with double the fabric in it. I have the pattern but will probably not ever use their pattern.

A few weeks back MSQC showed a video of a spinning star that I KNEW I wanted to make. I got the template in and when I reached for the thread to do the binding, I thought, there is probably more than enough fabric in the kit, I could make this spinning stars quilt top pretty easy.

And so last night and some of today, I made that happen. An unplanned work in progress (WIP).

I cut and sewed my strip sets last night. And then subcut into 10 inch squares, and then subcut two more times how the video said. Here is their clever video explaining this in detail.

And As much as I like the pattern, I am a bit disappointed by the waste.

Each strip set I can get 8 sections of the pie. This leaves two sections not matching up. I suppose you can make this scrappy. And now wish I would have slowed down a bit and pondered that extra un-needed pie section 10 inch subcut.

A few tips for those of you who do make this. Two thirds of the cuts are on the bias, so either use starch or be careful not to stretch your seams. I learned when sewing the pie wedges, if you place the non bias edge on the bottom when making the seams, it eliminates some stretch. When you press, have the non bias edge on the top and press towards it. This helped my piecing all come together better at the center point.

Here is the stack of left over stuff. The triangle blocks themselves can be made into another quilt, no biggie on those, but that 3 to 6 inch pieces….not liking that. And not a fan of the pieced back.

I especially do not like the gob of cutaway on the right. But I suppose the geometry of the design negates this waste. It is a quick thing to make. Time is money, fabric is money. That scale I suppose balances itself.

This is the layout in MSQC video.

I am liking the second layout better. I will have to cut some muslin triangles. And I will make this a hexagon shape quilt, kind of round like. I certainly have enough of these strips left I could do some kind of strippy triangle accent in the center of those. I am currently brainstorming. The ruler certainly would do that trick easily enough.

If I use the second layout I will need to make 4 more blocks. I have those strip sets made, I just need to start subcutting. But I am afraid I have ran out of time this weekend. It just wasn’t in the stars.

I am off to do more laundry and get supper going.

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