Week 1 #ScrappyChurnDashQAL

Welcome! Today we will be making one pattern. This pattern will be used 4 times in the corners. Yup, we are making the churn dash corners this week.

Supply List:

  • rotary cutter
  • matching thread
    • Light to match the neutrals
    • Blue to match the blues
  • Fabric and scraps
    • This week we will be using the larger scraps with great variety.
    • I recommend at least 6 or more variations of blues.
    • I recommend at least 6 or more variations of neutrals.
  • Cutting Mat
  • Rulers
    • Standard cutting ruler you always use
    • and the Easy Angle Ruler if you have one
  • Frixon pen for marking if you do not have the Easy Angle Ruler or Seam Tape on the bed of your machine
  • Fresh rotary blade
  • New needle (I recommend 90/14)

These instructions will give two ways to get to the same point. We will call these methods. This weeks methods will involve cutting instructions for using the Easy Angle and cutting instructions for using the draw a line method in HST making. If you can get to the same point with a different method, feel free to use what works for you.

Method 1 HSTs Easy Angle Method

  • Step one cut a variety of blue and neutral strips that measure 4 1/2 inches.
  • Step two, with right sides together, align the black tip of the Easy angle ruler hanging off the fabric, and the 4 1/2 inch line on the fabric.
  • Step three, make your cut on the 45 degree edge of the ruler as well as making sure the 90 degree edge is trimmed as well.
  • Step 4, spin your ruler edge around to align with the fabric edge on the 45. Again have the point hang off one edge and align with the 4 1/2 inch mark on the ruler. Cut on the 90 to get another pair of fabrics cut.
  • Step 5, using a scant 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew on the long edge of your cut pairs of fabrics. Ensure that these are still right sides together. No need to disturb the set. Just cut and sew.
  • Step 6, finger press seam of HST to the dark side. Using a square ruler, verify your square measures 4 1/2 inches. Trim as necessary.
  • Step 7, repeat steps 1 through 6 until you have achieved twelve 4 1/2 inch HSTs.

Method 2 Draw a line

  • Step one, cut a variety of neutral and blue squares that measure 5 inches.
  • Step two, on the neutral square draw a line corner to corner
  • Step three, sew a scant 1/4 inch on each side of the drawn line. You can also skip drawing the line and use your seam tape.
  • Step four, cut your sewn square in half on the drawn line.
  • Step five, finger press your HST seam to the dark side.
  • Step 6 trim your HST to measure 4 1/2 inches square. (Note: For each pair of squares will result 2 HSTs.)

Block BOM

Each block you will make will require (remember you are making 4 corners so repeat this BOM three more times):

  • 3 HSTs of a blue and a neutral that measure 4 1/2 inches square
  • 3 neutral squares that measure 4 1/2 inches square
  • 3 blue squares that measure 4 1/2 inches square

Layout as a 9 patch

With right sides together sew your squares in 9 patch fashion. Press however you wish. I chose to spin my seams so the first row the seams were pressed outward. On the inner row, the seams were pressed towards the center block, and the 3 row was pressed just like the first row, pressed outward.

And Voila, you have a corner block. Repeat this process 4 times and make all your corners. Your finished block should measure 12 1/2 inches and will be 12 inches in the quilt.

If you are interested in following along, hop on over to my youtube channel and see my video. I am linking my playlist for this quilt along for ease of access to all the blocks/videos. You can also follow me on instagram to get some lovely short videos and pictures of my progress. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ScrappyChurnDashQAL and post pictures in social media so I can find your lovely blocks/progress.

If I have confused you in any way, please reach out to me in the comments section on any of my social media links and ask for clarification. It may need to be fixed for everyone (gulp). Yup, I am not perfect, but want you to have the best quilting experience you can with this quilt along.

Not sewing along? That is alright too. We all have projects at different points and we certainly live a life as our own. Please share this blog post as well as all my communications in social media. That will help me out to grown and become a better quilter (and better at the tech side).

And Thank you for reading my blog!

Pigtail, Furry Legs, Eyelashes, and Nostrils

What is the first thing that comes to mind in saying these words together? I think of human anatomy LOL, even with the furry legs, some are furrier than others hehe. All of these items became embellishments on the Farm Girl Vintage quilt. I am ecstatic how this turned out. After making the chenille bloom, I got the giggles because it added so much stinkin’ cuteness to this quilt.

Let’s talk about specifics first, when doing embellishment chenille, you need to determine if you want it done before or after quilting. Both decisions will change when you bloom the chenille. I did mine on the longarm, but you can certainly do it with any sewing machine at any point. Make sure you use polyester thread for the chenille. Rubbing the fabrics vigorously, can shorten the lifespan of cotton thread. My advice, watch my video on tips for this technique.

Lets see some pigtail!

I am not gonna lie, but the pigs eye is a bit scary. For those of you who have ever gazed into a pigs eye, it is scary! The fuzzy tail is so darn cute!

And eyelashes, of late, the longer the better is the trend. So if humans can wear false eyelashes, so can cows! Some eyes are open watching over the others, and some are closed. These gave me the giggles because it added that special touch that was lacking.

And with eyelashes, come the nostrils, not as cute as the eyelashes, but then again, what nostrils are really cute anyway. HAHAHA

The curved uni-brow eyelashes had me in hysterics. Watch out for cousin Guido cow, you will end up at the processing plant. HAHAHAHA

Here are some ridiculous odd colored legs, it is fun though, eh?

My least favorite cow is the one done in blue eye shadow ahhahaha, still funny though. And magical through the eyes of a child! What is not shown in any of these pictures, I did not have any brown scraps at my quilting machine, so I waited to chenille those under my featherweight foot. The cows all now have brown fuzzy tails too. 🙂

And farm girl vintage quilt top got bound and is ready for gifting. I bound the binding in brown, which surprisingly worked! The backing was two homespuns that were a very light orange or sherbert. This is quilted with pink thread, which you can just see a glimpse of above. And here is the whole sha-bang.

I wanted to use the barn fabric border for a tote bag later. But using it up now is preferred. Shopped the stash with delight.

I actually got much done this week. Even though I have met most of my goals and even went the distance to create and complete more goals, the week ended on a rather sour note. My mind was in a miff today. It caused me to be a tad angry. And a tad sensitive. And a tad of question mark. Even though I should be happy, I was not. I cannot put my finger on it. But I was off today, which interfered with getting more done. I got in the way of my own self….hmpt.

I sewed the open gates quilt box pattern that I got in last months box. It took me about 3 1/2 hours. This was a simple wall hanging that was very enjoyable to make. And it quilted very quickly too. And I think I nailed the quilting on this. It reminds me of the action lines of north and south poles of a magnet with the attraction in the corners. Ribbon candy in the border, and orange peels in the center motif. This turned out way better than I ever imagined. This is all bound and ready.

And you can see the finished pillow case lace next door. I had to tat 4 more motifs to get that to fit the pillow case I made. Some of the churn dash pictures you will see the pillow case peeking out from behind. I did not snap a photo of the pillow case because it is just a simple pillow case with one color fabric.

Last week I was tatting a doily from the WorkBasket magazine. I finshed another round on that and actually got out my doily setter and pinned it out and misted it with some spray starch. It turned out perfectly round and very pretty. I failed to get photos of that. I will try to snap a photo in the coming week.

Today after a meh day at work, most of it meh, because of my mood, I gravitated towards the garage for quilting on a clients quilt. I realized before I loaded the quilt, I needed to clean up a bit. And then I realized that instead of the backing she supplied being 108 by 108, it was 108 by way longer than 108. It took some finesse to get it on my rollers.

For those of you who purchase lovely 108 fabrics, do yourself a favor before sending them to your longarm quilter, it is best to pre wash them. Think about how much warp is in standard 45 wide fabrics. And then take that times 3. Warp and Weft can really cause havoc and not be true nor square. Washing it tends to get that snapped into the right shape. I fiddled with that so much I ran out of time and did not even get the batting or top loaded onto the longarm. Goal almost met.

My goals from the previous week were:

  • Quilt the Farm Girl Vintage quilt check the box
  • Chenille the Farm Girl Vintage check the box
  • Do a quilt tutorial of the chenille process check the box
  • load a customer quilt (yes I am getting paid to quilt for others)
  • start either a bag pattern or a NCW pattern (necessary clutch wallet) Check the box

I was very close to checking all my boxes. Tomorrow is another day. And I got a call this week telling me I won a prize from our quilt hop. I won a $25 gift certificate to a local longarm quilter who does amazing work. Not sure if I will ever use it. But I can reach out to her and see if she sells fabric, cuz $25 worth of free fabric sounds great!

And speaking a bit about the last checked off item on my list was to start and NCW or a bag. I have started gathering supplies for my Barbara Bag from Sallie Tomato. I had to make a list of what I needed. I went to moms to see what kind of stabilizer or interfacings she had. I got some bosal foam. And I found some woven interfacing that was left over from a tshirt quilt a did a few years back. Looks like I will need to purchase a couple of 8 inch zippers for the NCW. Somewhat started, I know it is started enough to make it look like a mess on the table. hahahaha

Goals for the upcoming week:

  • Work on customer quilt (a finish would be a plus)
  • Work on building the Barbara Bag (purchased thread today to sew some vinyl)
  • Find the right fabrics and zippers for the ncw
  • Find matching thread for the pillowcase and lace marriage
  • Pull fabrics for a dragon scales baby quilt
  • Try not to let my 40 hour paying job wear me out (it wears on my patience and poops me out most days).

Yay! Let the Happy Weekend commence! And thank you for reading my blog!

Catching up

This week was hot, up until yesterday. As much as I wanted to get to the hot garage and quilt, my energizer batteries were depleted. So no quilting. I am going to share a few makes that I have made in the recent weeks but failed to get a picture taken and uploaded.

This is the Open Box Quilts subscription box project from last month. As much as I loved some months, I would never make the patterns that they put out there. And as far as the fabrics, they are really pretty each month, but as pocketbooks tighten, I am no longer interested in the surprise each month. Some fabrics were great and right up my alley. The last box was all halloween, and that is not something I do. I do not sew ANY holiday themed projects. I would much rather have my $50 in my pocket to happen upon a deal or get exactly what I want as far as fabrics go. Most all patterns were gifted away. I had this for 7 months. Meh….some people like it. I wanted to cancel months ago, but just kept forgetting.

During the quilt hop, Helen done a fabulous demo of cathedral windows the old fashioned hand stitching way. She gave me all of her demo supplies so I could play with it. I learned much. And this is on my bucket list, but it would take me years. Not interested right now in anything that will take years.

Starting on Monday evening during a trip to the library, I started this doily. The center is a rose with lovely greenery around it’s center. There is an error in this pattern and found it before too much tatting occured. I found a lovely website with a gob of free Workbasket magazines from the past. If you quilt, knit, sew, crochet, tat, macrame, and the list goes on, click here to go to that website.

I purchased this magazine for $1 at the antique store. As I thumbed through this, I was surprised how much things cost back in 1978 as compared to today. I recall we were going through inflation times back then as we are now. But somehow back then it was different.

This is a nice pattern, and I will not have enough thread to finish it. I have very little left for the roses. So I will either have to change colors, or order more, or not put any in the outer perimeter. No worries, I am enjoying it, no matter how it turns out!

And luckily enough, while at the thrift store this week, I came across some cebilia tatting thread. You cannot purchase this new in the states anymore. Not sure the story behind this, but my guess is, there is not enough demand for it. I will treasure this thread. And I will have to get really good at tatting because this is size 30. Size 10 or 20 is my go to. That is another great thing about tatting patterns you can change the thread size and it will not matter. This will make something very delicate and pretty one day.

I also found a Laura Heine pattern at the thrift store. I gifted that to my mom. It was only $2. The retail cost of that pattern is 19.99

Goals for the week:

  • Quilt the Farm Girl Vintage quilt
  • Chenille Farm Girl Vintage
  • Do a quilt tutorial of the chenille process
  • load a customer quilt (yes I am getting paid to quilt for others)
  • start either a bag pattern or a NCW pattern (necessary clutch wallet)

Glad the week is behind me, I have had the blahs this week. I am thinking this is probably due to my diet this week. There was way too much junk food at work, everyone pushing donuts at you. It is hard not to socially eat. Do any of you feel compelled to eat because everyone else is eating? I do. I hate that. Not sure how to change it other than potentially being rude.

To close is a video compilation of a quilt show. Lots of photos. Enjoy!

And thanks for reading my blog!

360 degrees 365 scraphappy

For those of you who do not know, the amount of degrees in a full circle is 360 degrees. A full circle my 365 quilt block challenge quilt has come.

I entered it in a show for all to see and appreciate. That was all I entered it for. I knew my fellow quilters would see the hard work and scratch their heads how I persisted. There was hard times and easy times, whether it was building a block that took 7 hours, or a life event that made going on difficult. I persisted. And I won. I won the battle of procrastination. In the quilt journey, the destination was always a finish. The finish was the win.

I am happy to report, that not only have I won bragging rights to finish this behemoth red monster, but I have also got a ribbon to show for it. Yes, that is right. I got a ribbon! The quilt journey has come full circle. What a journey, worth the prize at the end. But here is the thing, the 365 quilt will continue to have more 365 days ahead, probably years. And so it will come full circle, every time it wraps me in warmth, for every time it nurtures me in sickness, for every time it hugs me at bedtime. Let it be known that through all 34 yards of fabric, it was worth it! 14 -19 yds in the piecing, and 15 in the backing and binding. I have a bit of backing left over and every time I use up this scrap in another quilt, the 365 will put a smile on my face again, because the fabric I spent, and the time I spent created a marvelous memory. It will also weave in time to create a marvelous story, long after I am gone. The biggest scrap quilt of my life is completed but it goes on. For now it will be stored (I am afraid to get it dirty now in the summer months of the high Texas heat. Ground temperature water is running at about 84 degrees or higher. The water would certainly make the red fabrics bleed).

I had anticipated to have a completely different post, but I was so moved by this journey, the words easily found their way out of my brain, into my fingertips and onto the screen.

Never underestimate yourself as a quilter. Regardless of your success or failures, you are making a story that will last. The story becomes a legacy. And someone else will treasure that legacy even more. Never underestimate the power of a quilt. It sure can be mighty, and it sure can be good.

Now onto more scrap happy events/news. Today I will join Gun and Kate to spread scrap happiness! Please make sure to visit all the links below to see all the scrap goodness, and how the gang is all making out with their scraps. (I feel like I am losing the scrap battle, because the more I make, the larger my scrap bag gets)

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Claire, Jean, Jon, Dawn, Jule, Gwen,
Bekki, Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue L, Vera,
Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, Bear, Carol,
Preeti, Edith, Debbierose and Viv

This has been a very good week. I managed to get a couple fat quarters sewn into a caddy for my sewing desk. Sorry did not snap a photo. I did start quilting on the farm girl vintage baby quilt.

And below are progression videos on a churn dash pattern/kit I got in one of my open gate quilts subscription box. I put this together in an afternoon.

I think I have finished my pillowcase lace. I will now have to make the pillowcase to see if it measures up. I laid this out on a pillowcase I am using and it looks to be just about the right length. I enjoyed tatting again. I need to get my shuttles out more often.

Probably a good thing I have finished this when I did. When I started this lace, I had a whole bolt of fabric. I have made many quilts and backings with that bolt. I know I have enough for a pillowcase, but it went fast. And time is flying by!

I am sharing a video of behind the scenes of picking up my quilt from the quilt show. It is very orchestrated, but had some kind of flaw where 35 quilts were unaccounted for. This delayed the pick up lines by an hour. I think everyone left happy. I know I did.

I kind of chuckled because as I was waiting in the hallway, the quilts were being carted into the big room for their departure/pick up. Because most people used white pillowcases, it looked kind of like the quilts had done their job and pooped out in layers on the carts. You will see a bit of this pandemonium in the video. I completely had to remove the sound because there were hundreds of happy/chatty quilters talking in the room. It was a roar of sound, and all was good.

And lastly, don’t forget I am having a quilt along that starts at the end of September. All you need to do is read and follow this blog, my youtube channel, or follow me on instagram or read my posts in the QuiltSpace app. This is a scrappy quilt along and all of you are welcome. I will be posting fabric requirements mid sept. The quilt will measure around 50 by 50. The picture below was designed in EQ8. In summary, it is free and my gift to you for believing in me and following me. Thank you!

Well, I need to get going on chores and tidy up a bit to prepare for my quilting adventures in the coming week. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blog!

The not much post

Readers, my goal is to bring content. In the past several weeks, all I have accomplished is quilt show prep. Sleeves sewn. Quilt labels on. And surviving the heat wave of this summer. That heat wave makes one want to move as little as possible to survive and stay non-sweaty so to speak.

And then there was the quilt hop which I dedicated two whole days too, so not much sewing has occurred.

I did sew a tid-bit on the Farm Girl Vintage baby quilt. After staring at it for weeks on the design wall, I opted to remove the tractor and trailer. It messed with the Feng-Shui of the quilt. I am sick that I spent all that effort and am not going to use it. Without all the “rust” from the tractor, this looks a little more baby friendly. Because it was so large it drastically affected the layout. Before and After photos.

It needed the sparkle of color!

After looking at this a bit more I have also decided to add chenille for the tail, nostrils, and eyes. I want to sew buttons for the eyes, but am more worried about baby safety, so I will just make some eyes with bias.

I will be piecing this and aim to get this done with a nice girly border and hopefully start quilting it next weekend. But gosh, did I tell ya how hot it is here? It is supposed to cool off and not reach a 100 for a few days this week, so maybe that will add energy to my caboose!

I swung by the antique store today on my way home from work. The last time I was in there they had old copies of the workbasket, and because I did not have my glasses with me, I was not able to really see any of the fine print and patterns in the books. So today, glasses on, I enjoyed looking through them specifically for tatting patterns. And I found one that I will eventually make! Along with that I have been collecting old feedsack fabric and found a few of those bargained priced.

And amazingly I found a Jenny Beyer quilt kit (I KNOW RIGHT, at the antique store of all places). The pattern is called tessellating cats and it is no longer offered, but this kit back in 2001 originally sold for $140. I purchased it for 10. It looks like they cut out all the pieces in the correct shapes for foundation paper piecing, which is puzzling. I will attempt to make a go of it one day.

The kit I got seems to go to blue in one corner. The fabrics are rich and beautiful and the border print is gorgeous!

Well, like I said not much happened, perhaps in the coming weeks I will have a little more exciting posts. 🙂 And thank you for reading my blog!

The quilt Hop

Well, it has come and gone. Friday was HOT and rather miserable to hop around from place to place to see the quilts. There was a subtraction this year. Our public library did not participate. They did add a pub. It was oddly out of character and place to wait until 2:00 in the afternoon to see quilts with the smell of beer wafting in the air. I disliked that place the most and wondered why the event coordinator made that decision.

Because a new director to the tourism board was running things this year, changes were made. The flow of things had me scratching my head. But first I have compiled two videos of stuff going on with a gob of pictures of the quilts. Let me share those with you first.

First is the quilt walk in the park. This walk had little kiosks with quilt info about the names of blocks and some history regarding the subject matter in our local park. Again at 7:00 pm at nightit was around 104 degrees. Not ideal.

And below are the pictures of the quilts.

The pros and cons

  • Pros
    • The places we visited were air conditioned
    • The quilts were displayed nicely
    • Great networking amongst quilters
    • demos with make and takes
    • very knowledgable demonstrations
    • Scissor sharpening guy

  • Cons
    • The heat kept people away
    • Inflation and high prices kept people away
    • Pay for classroom learning was held at the same time as other activities
    • Tags on quilts were to small to read
    • demonstration room was too hot
    • not very many vendors
    • the demonstration schedule was printed before the list was compiled. No one had previous knowledge of some demonstrations (low turn out)
    • Website info was updated only 4 days before the show
    • 300 quilts advertised which was probably inaccurate by 150
    • demonstrator schedules had cancellations, others were assigned to take their place, and then within 24 hours of the demo the cancellations uncancelled
    • People who signed up for demos did not show up
    • having the demos in a different room meant that passers by could not listen and get interested
    • fat quarter bingo area was utilized inappropriately
    • The director that made many decisions about the quilt hop is not a quilter

All my quilts made it back safe and sound. Each year I am a bit surprised by this.

I did go to the Texas historical commission where some quilts were displayed and talked to the staff asking about the quilts. I was horrified by what they told me. The Briscoe collection is located between Austin and San Antonio. Some of the quilts cannot be displayed there because their timeline does not have significance to the historical representation of the display so they are just stored in boxes never gazed upon unless another historical curator asks for them. They are not kept in pull out drawers in textile museums. They are under appreciated. These quilts are not owned by the historical commision but the parks and recreation of the state. That is who the original owners donated them too. *sigh* Here are some of those quilts. The handwork is amazing. For those of you who have never hand quilted, making an arc, a circle, or a curve is not easy with a needle because a needle is straight.

The grid of hand quilting is smaller than my finger tip. WOW!

Doesn’t this look like a more modern Moda quilt kit??? It looks so familiar to me!

Have you ever seen a quilt with a burned edge? So this fabric is handmade. It has foil in it. A block printed fabric. It was interesting, but the burned edge was different. We all know that if your house catches fire, you can wrap yourself in a quilt and escape. Everything is flammable, however cotton’s flammable level is very low so it will singe, unlike polyester which is more of a fuel source for fire.

Just look at that quilting!

The pictures do not do this justice. There actually looked like there was extra batting placed in some of the motifs for a very raised surface. Is that called trumpato?

The starburst quilting is hard to do in modern day with modern tools. This is beautiful!

I told the historical commision employee that I could see that some of these fabrics were velvet. And I also told her it just makes me want to reach out and touch it. This quilt was also a bunch of beautiful silks. So pretty!

Isn’t it a shame that these do not get displayed properly for the public to see? Tsk Tsk Tsk, the bureaucracy behind the story needs a matriarch to take charge of this and do what is right.

But I am thankful that I got to gaze upon them for a few minutes. And I am grateful to be able to bring them into your home.

On one more note, they had set up a game of dice. These dice were about 4 inch square dice, but instead of having numbers on them, the printed off the pictures of the quilt blocks and placed them on the dice. You could play quilters yahtzee with them but they called it Quiltzee. The shaker was a large flower pot. Any of you retreaters or quilt guilds looking for a game to play this looks like it could be fun.

Well, that was a gob of information wasn’t’ it? LOL

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog!

Busy Busy Busy

I am preparing for two quilty events. As you may already know, I am prepping for a show as well as a hop. The hop may consist of me doing a demo. Covid is rearing its head stronger than ever right now, so I have volunteered my time to take someone’s slot if they get sick.

And due to a very positive response from my last post, I will be having a sew-a-long. No mystery included. For those of you interested I will start this towards September time frame. After all the shows and hops are over, and after two more baby quilts are completed, I will be pattern writing for the below quilt. I will be sewing along with you

My goal is to list fabric amounts/requirements by the end of September. I will use my blog and youtube to show how to make the blocks. One block a week until it is done. Counting these it could be between 8 and 16 weeks. I will probably combine the 3 inch blocks to make a 12 inch block. And the center and corners may be given during the holidays to give you a break and to catch up or not.

The skill level of this is some beginner and some intermediate. I will try to give several ways to achieve the same block.

Those of you who have said yes, helpful tools in your aresenal would be a triangle in a square die for the accuquilt cutting system or the TriRecs ruler. The easy angle and companion templates will have you whip out blocks fast.

Because of the small pieces, it is recommended to pre-starch and iron your fabric before sewing and cutting. This was designed for scraps. I recommend to save your money and use those up. The color way will work best with the primary color being a darker color than the neutral. I have chosen blue, but you could select any primary or secondary color. I do not recommend yellow. And for your neutral palette, try a high contrast. I am going white, off white, gray, and maybe even a little tan. You could certainly use black and grays as your neutrals. I will explain more on this when the time gets closer.

And in the meantime just start thinking about your color ways. Dream your quilt. I will try to also give you a coloring page so you can figure this all out ahead of schedule.

And I will probably ask everyone to chip in and help me name this clever churn dash. In the meantime, happy quilting and thanks for reading my blog!

Electric Quilt 8

Hello fellow quilters, readers, and friends!

I had a recent oportunity to spend free money on amazon. I chose the EQ8 program because there is really nothing I needed or wanted from amazon. (Free spending points were gifted from my employer).

Would anyone be interested in a sew a long? It would be a quilt consisting of 3 inch and 6 inch blocks, churn dash style. Something like the design below? My intention of this design is to use scraps.

Let me know in the comments section. I would have to write instructions, and this would probably be a weekly block pattern.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog!

Scrap Happy July 2022

This past month has flown by! And in the past month I have gotten much scrap happy scheduled in. First, I have the milk cows quilt that has grown into barns, pigs, sheep, tractors, hay bales, and hay wagons. None of this fabric was purchased, all working with scraps. I found that I did not have very many brown scraps so I opted for more color in the quilt for more appeal to the eye.

I have added very colorful crops to this, but this is now on the back burner, even though the baby has been born (gasp!)

I focused a few weekend mornings while it was cool quilting my embroidery flowers quilt. I was over thinking the quilting for this. I worried that if I did a lattice work, it would X out the design. It didn’t. The tricky part was selecting a thread that blended with most of it. I think I was successful!

As you can see I still have some trimming to do and of course binding. This is on the back burner too.

I am focusing my attention on quilt shows. I have sleeves to add, a description label, as well as some ripping of quilting stitches to remove. I was waiting for my glasses to arrive, it took over a month!) Now I can see very well close up on details that need to be detailed, LOL. I will post pictures at the end of July and then again in Mid august to show the stuff at the shows.

If you are interested in seeing others scrap happy blogs, please click the links below. And I would like to take the time to thank Kate and Gun for hosting this lovely monthly event! It is the wind in my sails. You keep me sailing with my scraps, scrap happy enthusiasts!

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
JanMoira, SandraChrisAlys,
ClaireJeanJon, DawnJuleGwen,
Bekki, Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue LVera,
NanetteAnn, Dawn 2, Bear, Carol,
Preeti, EdithDebbierose and Esther

And thanks for stopping by and reading my blog!

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!