Quilting and Stuff by Knitnoid

It’s Washed!



The one thing that terrified me the closer I got to finishing the Double Wedding Ring, was washing it.  I had to do it.  I’ve been lugging it around for 25 years, 7 or 8 moves, 5 cats and a dog. Not to mention different marking pencils.  The two things which concerned me about washing the quilt were:

  • Would the seams hold up? — Some of the seams were iffy. Did I fix enough of them?
  • Were the fabrics going to bleed? — I have no idea if I washed the fabrics when I bought them I usually did back then, but the piece I had for the binding didn’t look like it was washed.

So, to the laundry mat I went to use a very large (6 loads!) front loading washer.  3 Carbona Color Grabbers, a bit of Synthrapol and liquid All Free Clear in warm water. Fingers crossed.

No pink! Even the pink I spotted before washing it  (Was it Diet Dr Pepper Cherry?) came out. I thought for a moment it was the NAVY on a couple of spots, but after the quilt came out of the dryer I couldn’t find them.

The quilt is back on the bed. A full picture would not show the quilting or the crinkling (not as much as I had hoped), so the picture above shows the quilting.

Oh, I haven’t found any seams which ripped out either.

The rest of the quilt story can be seen HERE.

What’s On My Design Wall



More accurately, what is on my bed?


A long, long  time ago, in a land far away, a young wife and seamstress wanted to make a Double Wedding Ring quilt for her and her husband’s 5th wedding anniversary. She went to the local quilt shop in Montgomery, Alabama and signed up for the class and purchased the fabric.  The date was September 13, 1989.

The quilt shop ladies did their best to talk this young woman out of making this quilt as it would be only her second quilt, the first one a simple applique quilt made 5 or 6 years earlier in high school. But, she was not to be denied. After all, she had over a year to get the quilt done.



Material was purchased. The quilt pattern for the class was Mary Ellen Ingle Hopkins’ book The Double Wedding Ring Book.

In class, she carefully traced off the templates onto clear plastic, drew around them onto the fabric and cut the fabric with scissors.  This was after all 1989 and shaped templates to use with a rotary cutter and mat were not available for this pattern.


Over the course of the class, several rings were sewn together, a whole row or two were assembled, and then the young woman was on her own.  More rings were made, but then a few months later the entire project was gathered up and put away so she could focus on her pending discharge from the military and move to the Kansas City area.

It is a lost memory on whether or not the quilt was worked on during the next year, but she did make a few simple quilts as “model garments” for the fabric store she worked at during the evenings.

After a year in Kansas City, the couple moved to Texas where they lived for the next 7 years and three moves. During this time, the quilt was pulled out periodically to be worked on with the revised goal of the 10 anniversary (1995). During this time the quilt never became the sole focus, so although progress was made, it was never completed.

In 1999 the couple moved back to the Kansas City area. A new goal was set. Get the quilt done for their 20th anniversary.  The quilt was pulled out periodically and an effort was made to work on it, but now she had a serious case of quilt pox and had new projects to start.  Their 20th anniversary came and went.

The 25th anniversary was the new goal.

The quilt went to a couple of quilt retreats. A hand quilting class was taken in preparation of finishing the quilt. This was 2005 so there was still time to hit that 25 year mark.  But now the woman was a more experienced quilter and she figured out why she was having so much trouble.

It was those plastic templates that were being drawn around and cutting the fabric with scissors. If the cutting is not accurate, there is no way to make an accurate 1/4″ seam.  In 2009 she had a friend’s husband make acrylic templates from the original pattern so a rotary cutter could be used.  It was amazing what a difference it made.  Accurate cutting resulted in accurate piecing.


But what about the earlier piecing. Some of it had seams that would rip out if it was looked at hard.

The decision was made to fix those spots which absolutely had to be fixed and leave the rest. It would show how the quilter’s skill had grown over the years.

The quilt wasn’t ready for her 25th anniversary – but the top was nearly finished.  The last seam was put in the top on January 5th, 2010.


Now that the top was finished, a backing had to be found. The backing was found in the stash. A shirting fabric picked up on a retreat with plans to use it on quilts made from recycled shirts.

A khaki thread was chosen. Quilters Dream Cotton Request was used for the batting. This Gloria Hartley stencil, purchased when the quilt was started and slightly modified would be the quilting design.

The quilt was first loaded into her Q-Snap frame. The couple’s cat Seven approved of this.

Later she switched to a lap frame stuffed into a laundry basket which took up less space.


The woman quilted on the quilt on and off for the next 4-1/2 years. Well, 3-1/2 years. There was a year where it sat in her living room untouched.

Just before the last stitches were put in, she had her husband do a few stitches.


The last quilting stitch was made on July 10, 2014.

Now it had to be bound. Most of the time the quilter machine stitched her binding both onto the quilt and then down, stitching in the ditch. But given the curves of this quilt, there was some questions as to if it would be possible.  Not to mention she had to make bias binding something she seldom did. So there was a delay. The binding was finally attached to the quilt on September 3, 2014.


She decided to hand stitch the binding down.  There are 30 rings along the edge of the quilt and could easily stitch one ring an evening. But there were other quilts to work on and new help to train.


Butterscotch & Gracie joined the family toward the end of September and became the new Quality Control Cats.

The final binding stitches were put in the quilt on November 22nd and the  label was made and attached to the quilt.


The next day, before washing, it was placed on the bed for a photoshoot.

She still needs to wash it to get the marking and 25 years of accumulated dirt out of it, but it’s finished and in time for their 29th wedding anniversary on November 29, 2014.


This quilt has been on so many UFO Challenge lists I’ve lost count. I’m linking up to Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday, and when the 4th quarter 2014 Finish Along opens I’ll link up there as well as the DWR is on the 4th quarter list.

Life Happens



I feel like I’ve fallen off the face of the earth. I haven’t, it’s just that “Life Happens”. I tend to keep everything (especially my quilting) going through crises real or imagined and then collapse when it’s all over. The past couple of months have been a whirlwind and it has caught up with me.  Two new cats, two trips, in between DH in the hospital for 3 days (thank goodness(?!) it was during my vacation) with a cat bite and mi$cellaneou$ car/home/yard maintenance that had to be done NOW.

So, I’m slowly getting my act together. The living room got a once over after watching a video of the cats jumping at a feather toy. I’m sitting down and working on the DWR – I’ve got about 5-1/2 rings left to bind, then I’ll add a label, photograph the quilt, wash it and photograph it again. (I’m terrified of the reds bleeding, but I really need to clean it before we sleep under it on a regular basis). Gracie was helping out a couple of nights ago. Last night Butterscotch was keeping an eye on me.


Earlier this week I’ve finished a few more of the batik blocks – I had pinned the strips to the center before the last trip so this required no brain.  There are 14 more blocks to finish.


We aren’t going to talk about the Stars or the Alphabet BOM until after Thanksgiving.

In the meantime, I really need to do a bit of housekeeping.  It’s so far behind it’s beginning to bother me.




What’s On My Design Wall



This weekend I was on call for work, so while I was waiting I finished up a few more blocks for the Batik quilt. I have 21 more blocks to finish then it will be time to start arranging them.  Right now I’m just tossing them up on the wall as I finish them.

I’m also up-to-date on my Star-A-Day blocks. I need to get busy and trace the templates. I only have stars traced to get me through Thursday and 3 of them are not cut out.  The section I’m working on now will have 32 stars in it.

Finally, I’ve rounded the 3rd corner on my DWR. The chart is updated on my sidebar.

Check out what others are working on by visiting Patchwork Times.

The Forgotten Quilt – Gift Wrapped



Some of you may remember. The week before I left for my June quilt retreat I received an e-mail asking when the picture of “Gift Wrapped” would be available.  My first thought was “Huh?”  Then I dug through my e-mails and realized that in January I had committed to making this quilt but I couldn’t start working on it until “spring”.

A mad dash to Hobby Lobby for fabrics, a weekend of intensive piecing, another week to get it quilted and I finished Gift Wrapped.


  • King Tut Morning Sky thread on top
  • Bottom Line pre-wound bobbins in Gold
  • Measures 63″ x 84″ after washing
  • In the background I used Double Plume by Keryn Emmerson
  • The “bows” have continuous curves
  • The “ribbon” has “figure 8s”
  • Batting is Hobbs Tuscany Collection 100% Bleached Cotton



The pattern is in this month’s issue of The Quilt Pattern Magazine. Also in the magazine this is the 2nd part of Cardinal Points, a mystery quilt in 6 parts.



Stash Report

Nothing in, nothing countable used.

Last week I pulled all the fabric for the November stars, but I’ll count all of the fabric when the quilt top is finished — next August!  I’ve also resumed working on the Batik quilt, but again that fabric won’t get counted until I get the top finished – with luck on next week’s report. There are a couple of big purchases looming — the background for the graduation quilt and the backing for the batik quilt, but I’m not purchasing either until the batik top is done. At least that’s my story right now.

Fabric Added Since Last Report 0 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 197.074 yards (92.45 is recycled)

Fabric Used Since Last Report: 0 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 99.275 yards

Net Increase in Stash to Date:  -97.799 yards

See how others are doing over at Patchwork Times.

61 Stars


Two months down and 10 to go. I finished the 61st star as the Royals scored 7 runs in the 2nd inning, then I went on to make star # 62, the first one for November and the last of the prepped stars.


I’ve been digging in my 1-1/2″ strip box for fabrics for my star points and have found these. They still need to be matched up with a background fabric.


Butterscotch is holding down the rest of the 1-1/2″ strips that I pulled from the box and that need a mate.

Tonight during Game 7, I think I’ll stitch on the DWR. I need want to get the next three rings stitched down by the end of the month. That will leave me with 11 rings and a label to get done by mid-November so I can then get it washed and on the bed by our 29th anniversary on the 29th. Totally do-able. Of course at one time I thought I’d have the quilt finished for our 5th 10th 15th 20th 25th anniversary as well, so who knows.

What’s On My Design Wall



More stars!

For those of you keeping count, my start date on the stars is September 1st.  That means as of last night I should have 57 stars completed at one Star-A-Day.  As you can see, there are a few extra up on the wall.  The extra stars are because 1 – I prepped a month’s worth of stars in advance and 2 – there was a lot of sitting and waiting going on last week.  One more star (and I just need 3 background pieces attached) and I’ll have all of October’s stars done.

There are a few more rings stitched on the binding, but I’m not sure how many. Maybe later today I’ll have some time to figure that out.

See what others have on their design walls by following the links over at Patchwork Times.


Stash Report

It’s been a long week. Extra stars were made. Binding was stitched down on a couple of rings of the DWR. The boxes of magazines were removed from my house (I still have the batting scraps and fabric “confetti”). But there is no change in my stash report.

Fabric Added Since Last Report 0 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 197.074 yards (92.45 is recycled)

Fabric Used Since Last Report: 0 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 99.275 yards

Net Increase in Stash to Date:  -97.799 yards

Linking to Patchwork Times

What’s On My Design Wall



At first glance it doesn’t look like anything on my design wall has changed.  But there are more stars on the wall.  I’ve been keeping up with them.  Now that the scraps and magazines are gone through, it’s on to cleaning up the sewing room. I’ve taken 2 steps already.

Yesterday afternoon I  helped a friend baste her king size quilt. We decided the backing really needed pressing, so I had to clear the ironing board off. Some of the stuff ended up on the cutting table, the scraps I had been digging through ended up in a scrap bin, but the large stuff got put away appropriately. The 2nd thing I did was put away the piles of fabric I had pulled out for the Grand Illusion Mystery. I haven’t given up on doing the mystery, I simply need to clear the decks to get a few other things done first.

Linking up to Patchwork Times.  Be sure to go over and see what others are working on.