I got more done in August than I realized. The Alphabet BOM blocks for the summer are done. R is for Rail Fence, S is for Spools and T is for Tile Puzzle. I made a pillowcase for “The Forgotten Quilt”; started a batik version of “August C”; cut out a quilt for Sydney to piece; quilted, bound and labeled Abbey Memories and finally finished the Eeyore quilt and made a matching pillowcase.
So, what’s on the agenda for September?
- The “U” block for the BOM
- Bind and label the DWR
- Finish the blocks on the Batik August C
- Quilt Scrappy Trips
- Start Kalli’s graduation quilt – which may just mean pull fabrics.
Then again other than doing the BOM and DWR, I may pull completely different projects to work on.
I really hoped that I would be able to show that the binding was attached to the DWR and I was stitching it down. But instead of working on the DWR last night I spent the evening assembling a grill — and it’s not done either!
True, I could have bought the grill already assembled, but then I wouldn’t have been able to get it home. Needless to say, if I don’t get it into gear today, we won’t be grilling tonight either.
But back to the DWR. Part of my hesitation on the binding was deciding how wide to cut the binding, determining how much binding I needed and then deciding if I had enough fabric left. There’s no getting more of this fabric — I bought it in September or October of 1989.
Well, the good news is I had a yard. Ok, I’ve got enough fabric. Next I measured around the edge of the rings: 13-1/2″. 30 rings – 405″+ need extra for seams.
I then pulled a piece of the leftover binding from the placemats to check the width. I basted it to the quilt and decided with width was good. That means I need 2-1/4″ binding.
According to to the chart over at Generations Quilt Patterns 3/4 yards of 40″ wide fabric (after selvedges are removed) will yield 449″ of binding which should be more than enough — especially since I have 43″ of usable width.
After I finish the grill, I’ll resume working on the binding for the DWR. 25 years is long enough for a quilt to be a UFO.
See what others are working on over at Patchwork Times.
Given that I didn’t get my sewing machine out until late Thursday evening, it should come as no surprise that there is no fabric used. Well, I did – the fabric necessary to make the “T” block, but since I’m waiting to count it at the end and the binding to Abbey Memories was counted last week, this week’s out count is 0. But then again, I didn’t add any new fabric.
Fabric Added Since Last Report: 0 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 147.067 yards
Fabric Used Since Last Report: 0 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 98.275 yards
Net Increase in Stash to Date: -48.792 yards — Holding at less than 50 yards added to the stash.
See how others are doing over at Patchwork Times.
This is Abbey Memories from Tricia Cribbs 8th Turning Twenty Book Stained Glass & Scraps. I started this quilt in a class in July 2012 and finished the top a few months later. It’s turn for quilting finally came up last week.
The fabrics — both the batiks and the black that I used for the leading came from Connecting Threads. The batting is Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 Black. The top thread is Fil-Tec T-40 Cotton/Poly Corespun in Black. The bobbin thread is Superiors Bottom Line in black. I used just less than 1 M-size bobbin.
The quilting is “A Little Bit of Fluff”.
After washing the quilt measures 55″ x 69″.
Another quilt off my UFO list!
The BOM for August is Tile Puzzle. This block brings me up-to-date, at least until the next block is released.
All of my blocks can be seen HERE. These are part of Dorothy Young’s Alphabet BOM that is being run on the Yahoo! group apocketfullofmysteries. It’s not too late to join.
Yesterday I posted that I needed to get it into gear. Well, the sewing machine is out but I’m still stuttering. It’s been a long time since I’ve had so many spots to fix on a machine stitched binding. But I’ll get it fixed and then move on to this month’s Alphabet BOM and the DWR binding. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.
It’s time for me to get it into gear. The sewing machine is still in its case and not on the table. On the other hand, I have put the design wall backup and cleared the ironing board. No, I don’t really know what I’ve been doing all week – but clearly not using my sewing machine.
This week it’s batiks. First up is a quilt that I just need to finish stitching the binding on. I made the top back in 2012 – started it in a class. The pattern is Abbey Memories from Turning Twenty book #8 – Stained Glass and Scraps. I quilted it Friday morning and took it to the quilt retreat to work on. The batiks are from Connecting Threads and I’m 99% certain the “leading” and binding is Kona Cotton.
After finishing the pillowcase and tacking down the label on Eeyore, I primarily worked on this batik project. All of these batiks also came from Connecting Threads. I need to press the last corner down then sew on a bright colored strip to either side of the block so far before I can start assembling them into a top. Right now this quilt is called “August C – Batik” a cheat sheet for the block can be found HERE.
So, what’s up for the rest of the week? Finish the binding on Abbey Memories, make and attach the binding to the DWR and make the Alphabet BOM “T” block. Then I’ll go back to work on the new quilt.
Linking up with Patchwork Times today.
The Eeyore quilt is done and delivered!! 2 years 11 weeks after the initial goal — which with my quilting is right on time. It is reversible on the off chance that at some point Eeyore is no longer a favorite character.
The back was cut from my music fabric collection. Sydney not only plays viola and string bass, but is in the Performing Arts program in school.
Now the quilt statistics:
- Started: May 12, 2012
- Finished: August 22, 2014
- Center is machine applique
- No pattern – I took a picture I found on the internet and printed it poster sized and made my pattern from that. The pattern for the letters were printed from my word processing software.
- I used Clover Quick Bias for the purfling (1/8″) on the bass and the strings (1/4″)
- The batting is Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 Fusible
- I used Superior Bottom Line thread in black on the back and lavender on the top
- Quilted on my home sewing machine
- Size – I forgot to measure Best guess is 65 x 80 before washing.
I need to say this UFO was on my lists in the following challenges:
Last week was productive. Didn’t get everything done by Friday morning as I hoped, but got enough done that I was able to get everything done at the retreat that I wanted to.
So, here are the numbers:
Fabric Added Since Last Report: 0.333 yards (someone’s “scraps” at the retreat)
Fabric Added to Date: 147.067 yards
Fabric Used Since Last Report: 8.308 yards (fabric for Sydney, 2 pillowcases, backing & binding for quilt)
Fabric Used to Date: 98.275 yards
Net Increase in Stash to Date: -48.792 yards — Yea, I’m back under the 50 yard mark!
See how others are doing with their stash over at Patchwork Times.