Quilting and Stuff by Knitnoid

One of These Things…

is not like the other. Well, none of them are alike, but one doesn’t have the muslin.

DY-BOM-A-R

 

Yes, I’ll be making a new Rail Fence Block. And starting over on the Spool block for July.

What’s On My Design Wall

coastersdone

There’s not much on my design wall today.  I’ve done virtually nothing in the sewing room for the past two weeks.  I did finally finish these coasters.  The  bias binding was driving me crazy. They measure 3-1/2″ across so it’s a tight turn as compared to other curves I’ve done in the past. This is what I learned:

  • Cut the bias binding at 1-1/2″
  • Do not double it as on quilts
  • Use a 1/4″ seam
  • Do a straight join

I was even able to machine stitch the binding down.

On the wall proper is the June BOM for the Alphabet BOM. R is for Rail Fence.

DY-R

 

This week the weather is supposed to be relatively cool, so other than the block for July, I’m not sure if I’ll get any more time with the sewing machine.  There’s more yard work to do before Friday night.

Hop over to Patchwork Times to see what others have on their design wall.

The Windmill

windmill

 

The windmill has been hidden behind all sorts of brush and trees in the jungle backyard. Last week we uncovered it and decided it needed a new coat of paint. The only question was what color. We wanted it to stand out against the trees. I  think bumblebee works.

Stash Report

I have not fallen off the planet, although the amount of posting I’ve done recently may lead you to believe that. Nor have I been caught up with non-stop quilting.  It’s been yard work.  We’ve been trying to clear the jungle that is in our backyard. It’s also been reading.  I’ve re-reading all of the main books to the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon in preparation to reading Written In My Own Hearts Blood.  Looking at my new position on the waitlist at the library it looks like it will be about 4 weeks before I get my hands on a copy of the book in any form.

During my absence, I did get the binding on the placemats and coasters. I also moved the bag of shirts from the living room into my sewing room. Finally last night I pulled the shirts I need for the June and July Alphabet BOM.

There were a few quick trips to quilt shops but I only brought home two black batts which were on sale at 50% off for two quilts which need to be completed by the end of the year.  I go back to work tomorrow, the  yard work has taken on a new urgency (we’ve hired a truck to haul off the trimmings Saturday morning) and I still haven’t cleared off my cutting table, so there’s no telling when you’ll hear from me again.

Fabric Added Since Last Report: 0 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 146.734 yards

Fabric Used Since Last Report: 1.717 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 86.702 yards

Net Increase in Stash to Date:  60.032 yards

Other’s reports can be seen over at Patchwork Times.

What’s On My Design Wall

dw0713-mats

There are all sorts of things laying about my area in the midst of mid project. Pictured above are some placemats that I made over the weekend. They still need to be bound. I’m rusty on bias binding, so I’m using the tutorial over at Generations Quilt PatternsIf this goes well, I’ll be willing to tackle the binding on my Double Wedding Ring.

dw0713 dwrbias

I sure hope 3/4 of a yard will make enough binding – there’s no way I can get any more of that fabric. I suspect I’ll cut this binding will be narrower than my usual 2-1/2″.

dw0713 equilt

I’ve also started marking the cable into one of the borders on Eeyore.  I have the sides and bottom to mark then I can start quilting again.

Then it will be time to decide if I’m going to go with straight or bias binding — which I suppose will also depend on how well the first two projects go.

dw0713 ebindstraight

dw0713 ebindbias

At least I don’t have to worry about not having enough fabric – I have at least 2-1/2 yards left.

dw0713 case

Percolating  in the back of my mind are the pillowcases I need to make. The one above for a quilt I’ll show towards the end of the year; Eeyore; and a pair for the DWR. I really need to make one for both of my Ladder to the Star quilts, along with labels for all of the above.

dw0713 tripback

A few weeks ago I started working on the backing for the Treadle Scrappy Trips. I want to match the seam, so I’ve started pinning it together.

dw0713 table

I need to clean up my cutting table.  That pile of fabric in center either needs to either be put up or I need to come closer to finalizing the quilt pattern – given everything on my plate I think putting it up will be my best bet.

dw0713 shirts

Then there are the shirts. Not only do I need to deal with these now that they’ve been washed, the box standing on end under the cutting table contained washed shirts too.  Looking at that pile and knowing it doesn’t take that many shirts to kill a stash report kept me from the thrift shops yesterday.

dw0713 snow

Finally, there’s the snowmen family block from the Christmas BOM. This is one of the two blocks I have left to finish before I can finish assembling the center of the quilt top.  The pattern called for appliquéd arms, pipe and nose and I decided they could be embroidered. Since I had finished the quilting on the DWR before Stitch & Chat, this is what I worked on. It’s gone back into the busy bag for another time.

I need to just work on this one bite at a time so I don’t stall trying to figure out what to do first.   Stay tuned to see what I get done this week.

In the meantime, check out what others are doing by following the links over at Patchwork Times.

Stash Report

Nothing in, nothing out.  Not that I haven’t been working on things.

Fabric Added Since Last Report: 0 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 146.734 yards

Fabric Used Since Last Report: 0 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 84.985 yards

Net Increase in Stash to Date:  61.749 yards

Other’s reports can be seen over at Patchwork Times.

The Last Quilting Stitches

dwrTed

 

These weren’t the last, but toward the end.  My husband made them. He wasn’t too keen on the idea, but knew it was important to me, so he did a few stitches.

dwrlast

 

That stitch which I’m pointing to is the last stitch.

Now to trim the quilt and get the bias binding made.  I do hope I have enough fabric. Anyone know how to calculate the length of binding needed for a scalloped edge quilt?

dwr0710

 

Once I get the quilt trimmed, I’ll see about getting a picture of it.

Have You Noticed?

I’ve been updating the image of the Double Wedding Ring on my sidebar the past few days. This is where it started:

dwr0209February 9th

dwr0706July 6th

dwr0707July 7th

dwr0708 July 8th

dwrleftcornerIn the “flesh” so to speak.

As soon as I get this “corner” quilted it will be time to bind the quilt. I might just finish it in less than 25 years. – I bought the fabric in September 1989 and took the class in September/October of that year.

dwrrightcorner

What’s On My Design Wall

eeyorecenter

 

This weekend I finished quilting the grid “behind” the applique.  Now it’s time to figure out the borders.  While debating ignoring that question I did a bit more on the DWR. I also spent a good bit of time re-reading (again) Drums of Autumn.

Follow the links over to Patchwork Times to see what other’s have been up to.

 

Stash Report

Short and sweet this week. All  I bought this week is a spool of green thread and a roll of painter’s tape.

Fabric Added Since Last Report: 0 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 146.734 yards

Fabric Used Since Last Report: 0 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 84.985 yards

Net Increase in Stash to Date:  61.749 yards

Other’s reports can be seen over at Patchwork Times.