Quilting and Stuff by Knitnoid

Time Estimations

Clearly, I cannot estimate time when it comes to quilting. What I thought would take me 10 or 20 minutes took closer to 1-1/2 hours between running out of bobbin thread and the machine eating my sashing pieces.  All of my sashing units are pieced and waiting to be paired together. I’ll sew the pairs as I add the last row to the blocks.

I really don’t want this quilt to become a UFO, but I have a deadline approaching for one maybe two quilts, both of which are in progress, so we’ll see how far I get before I get distracted.

The first one is a cat quilt. About a year ago I cut into my Cool Cat panel and came up with 12 blocks and the plan to make a kids quilt around 44 x 58.

But now, I need to morph this quilt to at least 60 x 85 and possibly 70 x 90. Well, either this or some other cat themed quilt. So my thought is to mix these blocks (and the 3 leftover cats from the panel) with the Caterwauling panel.

Part of that plan is to use some of my cat themed fabric that I’ve collected.

Anyway, I’m excited about the challenge and can’t wait to get started.  As for the 2nd quilt, it’s the blue and green Strip Twist, which is still just a stack of blocks at this point.

This will be a queen size quilt.

Music, a Walk, and Books

Tuesday my husband and I attended a talk and concert at the library. My husband wanted to hear David Amram speak. Mr Amram plays jazz and grew up knowing the jazz greats such as Charlie Parker, Thelonious Month, and Miles Davis.  Wikipeida has a good article on him.  What we didn’t know is that after the talk he was performing with Victor & Penny. It was a great evening.

Wednesday may have been Valentine’s Day, but we did it low-key. I improvised spaghetti in my Instant Pot. Most of the recipes I’ve found say brown the meat, add the spaghetti, pour a jar of sauce over it all and add water.  Not having a jar of spaghetti sauce, I  used a dry season package — the type where you add water and tomato paste — or less water and tomato sauce. After we tasted it, we decided it needed more tomato. Turns out the 8 ounce can of tomato sauce was not enough tomato. I rummaged in the refrigerator and found a partial jar of pizza sauce which worked in a pinch. Afterwards, we walked the mall simply to get out of the house.

That brings us to books.  Do not turn us loose in Half Price Books. It’s dangerous.  I innocently pointed out a book on a cart at the drop off counter and walked on to the quilt books where I found 3 or 4 things but couldn’t remember if I owned them or simply had checked them out from the library.  My husband comes and finds me and says ‘let’s get out of here’ because he has 2 or 3 books in his hand and he hasn’t made it to the counter where they are holding a book for him. I follow him in a moment, only to discover the music section is between the quilting books and the cash register. If the section had been in the back we would have made it out of the store with fewer books. I’m looking forward to reading a couple of these myself.  But only after I get a bit more quilting done.

I’m still working on On Ringo Lake. I’m guessing I can start assembling blocks after another 30 minutes of piecing. I might even begin assembling the top this weekend.  No new picture of ORL, but here is a pic of last year’s En Provence.  I brought it home half quilted before Christmas and dumped it on the end of the ironing board.  Butterscotch has decided it makes a nice bed.

On the design wall in the background is my postage stamp quilt. Since this picture was taken I have one more block made bringing my total up to 24.

The Daily Progress Report – February 2, 2018

Half the sashing pieces are finish and there’s only one unit left to add to the rows. The plan is to alternate adding the last unit to the row and add the first flip corner to the sashing so that when all the rows are finished I’ll have one end done on the rest of the sashing.  The other end of the sashing will be added as I sew the top row to the middle row. Finally I’ll join the sashing together as I finish the blocks.  At that point, I’ll need to revisit the directions.

11 Hours of Piecing

It’s more than 11  hours since I started the quilt, but I know I spent 11 hours piecing this weekend.  It’s been a long time since I pieced all weekend.  I was listening to Constant Fear by Daniel Palmer on and off.

 

The Block Units are Complete

All of the units needed for the On Ringo Lake blocks are made. I’ve even have the center rows done. On the other hand, the sashing units are just the same as they were back on December 27th…

One of each direction made and bagged up waiting for me to get to them.  I’ll add these into the mix as I sew my completed units into rows.  10 of each then get up and press.

Shoot. I thought I had all my fabric cut except for the setting triangles, but I just realized I need cornerstones to go with the sashing. Good thing I’ve not started cleaning up.

ORL Part 7 Is Done

I’ve finished Part 7 of On Ringo Lake and have started sewing them to the 9-patches. Meanwhile I am still piecing the combination triangle units. I’m not quite halfway through those.

A Few More Pieces and Planning a Road Trip

Today I mixed it up. Did a few combination triangle units from Part 6 of On Ringo Lake and stitched a few geese together from Part 7.  I’m 3/4 of the way through Part 7, so when I finish those I guess I’ll circle back to Part 3, which turned out to be the sashing.

In the meantime, I’ve started thinking about my Memorial Day week road trip to Jackson, Mississippi and the Mississippi Quilt Association June Gathering. Over the years we’ve taken several different routes:

  • Kansas City – St Louis – Memphis – Jackson
  • Kansas City – Fayetteville – Little Rock – Jackson
  • Kansas City – Springfield – Jonesboro – Memphis – Jackson

The route depended on the weather, where exactly in Mississippi we were going and when we needed to be there. Stopping at quilt shops has always been hit or miss. Frequently we pass by the shops outside of business hours, but you can bet your rotary cutter I knew where the shops on our route were and stopped at them if they were open.

On this trip I have the luxury 4 or 5 days off before I need to be in Jackson, so I can plan my trip around quilt shop hours. Earlier today I asked on Facebook if there were any MUST SEE shops along the route and was reminded that Paducah is not that far off the first route.

So the first route is the one I’m going to investigate first. I’ve always wanted to go Paducah – ideally during Quilt Week – but it’s never worked out. I’ve been through Paducah twice. Once when I was still in college and before I started quilting. The only thing I can remember about the second time was it was Saturday just after business hours.

 

Slow and Steady

Since I picked up the extra peach/coral FQ for On Ringo Lake, I thought I would go ahead and cut it up – not that I’m finished sewing the geese together.  I’m just past halfway on that clue, but stopped to sew a few of the corner pieces together so I could see a whole block.  Tomorrow it will be back to stitching geese together.

 

More Stash Enhancement

 

I took this afternoon off for an appointment on the other side of town which ended significantly earlier than expected. So, naturally, I looked for the nearest quilt shop, Quilter’s Station in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.  It’s been a while since I’ve been in there. The first thing they told me when I walked in the door, was new fabric had been added to the sale room.  The quilts I could make just from the fabric in the sale room.  But alas, I’m on a very limited budget and my goal is a few more corals/peaches for On Ringo Lake. None were to be found in the sale room.

Next I hit the FQ bin.  I found the fabric shown above – my colors appear to be off slightly, but they  blend well with what I bought Saturday and will work my quilt.  Since they were there, I picked up a couple of turquoises and a brown which I thought might be good for some sort of a border. Unfortunately they only had this FQ, but I know it’s a Hoffman as I found it in black. I’m not sure where my borders are going, so it’s really too soon to be worried about them.

 

 

First Post of 2018

Well, here it is February and I’m just now making my first post of the year.  I hope to do better this year with my blogging than I did last year, but I’m making no promises.

Since I last posted, I got about halfway through the quilting on the 2016 Bonnie Hunter mystery, En Provence. I had allowed 4 hours to for quilting, but that didn’t take into consideration, stabbing my self with my nips resulting in lots of blood, or the fact that my quilt is 115 ” square — significantly larger that most of my quilts.  Soon, I will have to schedule more time on the long arm to finish quilting it.

I’m working on the 2017 mystery, On Ringo Lake, and making progress. As each clue came out, I cut the fabric and sewed at least one clue – at least up through clue # 6. Technically I had enough fabric, but it would be predominately just two fabrics and that would require knowing where in the quilt those pieces were going. In the meantime, I kept sewing the pieces for the clues, skipping # 2. I think I’m halfway through clue #7.

The LQS had a sale on FQs – $2 a piece. I really wanted 5 peachy/coral FQs to round out what I had, but was only able to find the 4 pictured above. I’m considering changing my setting squares, so picked up a couple of turquoise FQ and of course a couple of neutrals on general principles.

Also while out and about, I found 101 Fabulous Rotary-Cut Quilts by Judy Hopkins & Nancy J. Martin at Half-Price Books. There are six quilts in the book that I want to make, so it came home with me.