Quilting and Stuff by Knitnoid

What’s On My Design Wall

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And then there were six.  These are the first of 365 3″ finished LeMoyne stars I need for the Star-a-Day quilt by Karen Styles.

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The idea is to stitch one star a day and at the end of the year you’ll have enough stars to make an 81″ x 81″ quilt.  The designer recommends that the quilt be assembled in sections as you go along so you don’t end up with a pile of stars at the end of the year.  I need a few more stars before I try to assemble my first section.

As for piecing them one a day, I can see an advantage to that – I did three last night and I can feel it in my wrist.  Given that I need to also be working on the DWR binding, I need to pace myself.

As for the DWR, I need to get it back to the sewing machine.  There’s a section which I need to re-stitch. It won’t take long, but it does require swapping the pressure foot on the machine and changing thread. I guess I’ll do that after work today.  That is after I stitch a few more of these blocks.  There are six laying on my sewing table ready for me to stitch the 2nd strip to them and a whole stack that need both strips.

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See what other’s are working on by following the links over at Patchwork Times.

Star-a-Day?

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I’m not sure I can call this a Star-a-Day — yet.  The top left star is #1.  It measures about 3″ instead of the 3-1/2″ it should measure.  It took me nearly a week to get it finished.  Hand piecing is right up there with applique. Which of course explains why I’m trying to embark on making 365 stars by hand.

Star #2 is the turquoise and brown. I started working on it before I finished the first one and it’s just not going together well. It will have to be taken apart and made over again.

Star #3 – the lime, blue & pink one.  Well, this is about the 3rd time I’ve put it together.  I discovered starching the fabric really well before tracing the templates makes it much easier to line the pieces up.  However, my thread (a silk thread I use for applique) kept pulling out so I set it aside to work on star #4.

Star #4, the one with the lady bugs,  I finished earlier this evening. It’s not quite 3-1/2″ but it’s close enough and I switched threads. Once I finished it I ripped out the stitches on star #3 and started over.  It wasn’t until I tied off the end of my thread that I noticed I have a couple of pieces in the wrong place.  My husband suggested it was a design element.  Nope, simply the lack of concentration.

I’ve been told it takes about 10 stars to get in the groove.  I wonder if doing stars over counts.

What’s On My Design Wall

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At the moment, my design wall is empty. I’ve started sewing strips to the double square in a rectangle pieces.  Haven’t gotten very far.

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On the other hand, I  have the binding on 7-1/2 arcs stitched down.  It’s beginning to look like a finished quilt. Only 22-1/2 arcs of binding to go.

See what others are working on by visiting the links over at Patchwork Times.

Stash Report

Although I was in multiple quilt shops this past week, I only came home with a single spool of thread and multiple patterns.  I even managed to pass up the fabric at a moving sale of a local fabric and quilt designer! The only used fabric is the binding for the DWR.

Fabric Added Since Last Report: 0 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 147.067 yards

Fabric Used Since Last Report: 0.75 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 99.025 yards

Net Increase in Stash to Date:  -48.042 yards

See how others are doing over at Patchwork Times.

 

Pattern Week

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This week I’ve been buying patterns.

On the right is Terry Atkinson’s pattern All About Me. I first saw this quilt done up in University of Kansas fabrics and immediately thought it would be a great pattern for either my cat fabric or music fabric.  I bought my copy of the pattern at Stitch on Needlework in Lawrence, Kansas.

The middle pattern is Eye Fooler by Krisanne Watkins. I first saw this quilt on Subee Sews Quilts, but then forgot that’s where I saw it. So I searched ‘net and found a version of it at Rouge Quilter. where I found a mailing address. I could have saved myself a bit of time and ordered the pattern on-line, but by the time I found Quail Valley Quilts, I had already sent a check in. I’m planning on making this quilt in brights on a black background for my niece’s graduation.

The pattern on the left is Star-a-Day by  Karen Styles. I’m not even certain how I tripped over this pattern.  I picked my copy up at Quilting Bits and Pieces in Eudora, Kansas. The idea is to make one 3″ LeMoyne Star every day for a year – not repeating any star fabric. They are set together alternating with 3″ squares.  I’m not a handwork person and I am in the process of hand stitching the binding down on my DWR, there is the hexie project in my busy bag along with some red work, a few applique pieces and a bit of embroidery, so there is no reason for me to start a new hand project. But as you can see, there is the first little star waiting for the rest of the setting pieces….

Seven

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The Binding Has Begun

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Today I attached the binding to the DWR and started sewing it down.  Most of my bindings are stitched down on the machine. In fact 5 or 6 rings are stitched down by machine, but I’ve decided that I’m going to stitch this down by hand.  There are 30 rings – well edges of rings – on this quilt. My goal is to stitch at least one down each day. At this rate I’ll finish the binding by the end of the month.

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August Recap / September Goal

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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.

What’s On My Design Wall

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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.

 

Stash Report

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.