Quilting and Stuff by Knitnoid

Ready To Sew

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Well, ready to sew may be a bit premature. But, I have 90 10-1/2″ squares – half light, half dark and a stack of 5-1/2″ shirt squares ready to layout into a backing for the Blue Disappearing 9-Patch. There’s also a stack of 2″ and 1-1/2″ strips for a future quilt.

What’s On My Design Wall

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Off and on all week I’ve been working on the shirt backing. I’m cutting 10-1/2″ and 5-1/2″ squares, then from what’s left, I’m cutting 2″ and 1-1/2″ strips. The rest of the shirt goes into my shirt scrap box. Ideally, I need 90 large squares and 20 small squares as I need the backing to be 95″ x 100″. I think I’ve got 24 large squares cut so far.

But I felt the need to piece. So instead of pulling out any of my numerous UFOs that could be worked on, I pulled out Tuscan Sun, the JoAnn BOM from 2006 that my mom collected.

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I didn’t get far. The pieces are pre-cut, so no thought required there and just what I needed. Unfortunately, either the cutting was off or my piece was off. I suspect it’s a little bit of both.  Each quarter section is supposed to measure 8″ unfinished. They do not. So this is going to require a bit of thinking.  For now, I think the whole thing is going to get put back in its packaging and put back on the shelf.

But I did make progress on the Tumblers.

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A group of 8’s  sewn into a group of 16 (there is a dark tumbler just outside of the picture on the left.)

Now back to cutting shirts.

See what others are working on over at Patchwork Times.

Changing Direction

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Just to say that I have, I made one blocks for Alletore. The pieces are now packed away. I’ve also folded up the rest of the fabric, including that for the setting triangles and bundled it together. The project box and fabric bundle will go with me to the quilt retreat next month.

So, to the change of direction. I have two quilts that I really need to finish, and have picked the backing of the Blue Disappearing 9-Patch to work on next. What can I say? I really want to work on the Tumblers, but can only do that as a leader/ender and piecing the backing will allow me to do that. But first I have to cut the squares for the backing out of what’s left of the shirts.

Would you believe this backing will be the 12th top/backing I’ve made from the shirts? – Oh wait — I forgot about the Alphabet Blocks since they haven’t been set yet. So, that’s 13, not including the occasional use of shirting is various blocks. Needless to say, the there’s not much left to the shirts.

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Since, I’m a Scrap User’s System convert, there’s too much fabric to just throw away, but quite frankly, I’m not sure what to do with it. For now, it’s going into one of the shirt bins, nice and flat.

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Here’s my stack of cut fabric — 10-1/2″ square & 5-1/2″ squares for the backing and 1-1/2″ strips and 2″ strips.

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I see a whole lot of cutting in my future. Perhaps I should change the blade on my rotary cutter.

What’s On My Design Wall

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Clue # 4 of Alletore is done! Now on to Clue # 5. Oh wait. I didn’t get that clue downloaded and saved. But no fear – I can use Clue # 6 to back into Clue # 5. This evening I’m going to finish the cutting which I’ve skipped — the pieces for the outer edge of the quilt center and then pack everything together so I can work on other projects which need to be finished sooner than later.

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Meanwhile, the  Tumbers Leader/Ender project has been moving along. 400 more seams and then I’ll be ready to sew rows into a quilt top.

Check out what others are working on over at Patchwork Times.

2016 Finish Along – 2nd Quarter

Oh, my. Such grand plans for the 1st quarter and no finishes to show for it. I did complete 2 quilt tops, but those don’t count for this challenge. I nearly decided to not enter the 2nd quarter challenge, but why not. The worst that can happen is I don’t finish anything again.

As with the 1st quarter (not that it helped me) I’m going to list everything that I have started, or am considering starting. But first the main objectives.

April – May – June

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  • Green & Cream Swap
  • Compass Lone Star
  • Blue Disappearing 9-Patch
  • Music Throw
  • Turquoise and Green Strip Twist
  • Monochromatic Tablerunner
  • Alletore

It’s unlikely that I’ll finish all of these projects. I’ve promised myself I ‘get’ to work on Alletore through Saturday night, then I’ll resume working on the Green & Cream Swap quilt. I’m attending two quilt retreats this quarter, so I’ll work on Alletore, Strip Twist, and the backing for the Blue Disappearing 9-Patch.

But just in case I come up for air, there are tops waiting to be quilted:

tops2016Pink & Brown, Christmas BOM, Scrap Patch Hearts

Black & White 4-Patch Stacked Posies, Christmas Crazy 8’s, Moda U

Raising Cane, 2012 Spring Mystery #2, 2008 Retreat Swap

Baby B&W 4-Patch Stacked Posies, Whitework, Stack ‘n Wack

Thangles BOM 1, B&W Strip Twist, Old Tobacco Road

Machine Quilting Sampler, Fairy Frost Sunset, Twin 2011 Mystery

QIAD Christmas Row, Mom’s 4-Patch Stacked Posies

Baby 2011 Mystery, Estate Doves in the Window

And quilts still in pieces:

PiecesLee’s Baskets, Mom’s Thangle BOM, Hancock Stars BOM

Border Class Sample, Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas #2

Sheryl’s Churn Dashes, Green & Cream Swap, Alphabet BOM

Hexie Hand Project, L/E Tumblers, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas #1

Mom’s Sweatshirt, Sister’s Swap Blocks

Just Takes Two, Estate DWR, Compass Lone Star, Candy Sunflower Seeds

QAYG Strings, Postage Stamps, Faux Applique, Blue Strings

Redwork Snowmen, Jane’s Hourglasses, QIAD Flying Dutchmen, Allietare

String HST Wall Hanging, Lee’s Christmas Blocks, Lillbet’s Garden, Star-A-Day

Not to mention a few kit’s I’m considering for this year:

challengekitsTuscan Sun BOM, MayPole Bags(?), The Night Before Christmas

more kits

“Aug 2013 Quilt A”, Triangle Frenzy Runner

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Squedge Ruler project – hopefully a 12″ x 30″ table runner

See what other’s are planning for the 2nd quarter over at the Link-up.

Clue # 3

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I’m plugging along on Allietare, finishing clue # 3 last night while listening to the ball game. Now it’s on to clue # 4 where I need to begin by cutting fabric.

What’s On My Design Wall

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Work & life continue to cut into my quilting time more than I would like, but I was able to spend several hours working on last year’s mystery quilt. This past weekend I spent most of my quilting time simply cutting fabric and digging deeper looking for more golds and blacks.

I’m going to allow myself one more week of “quilting for me”, then I have several projects that I must get done.

See what others are working on over at Patchwork Times.

Lots of HST

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This evening I finished Part 1 of Allietare – the 2015 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt. I don’t think I’ve ever finished one of the mysteries “timely”, but that’s OK. I’ve taken this week to work on something for me — or at least something of my choosing — instead of something I “have” to work on and it’s been delightful. I need to remember to work a few minutes of “my stuff” in when I’m doing other things to keep my sanity.

Next up “Santa Hats”.

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I finished one set back in December and I’m not sure how many groups I need to make — but I think all the fabric is cut.

What’s On My Design Wall

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I am very happy to have March behind me. Too much work and not enough time relaxing at the sewing machine, let alone to blog. My day job had me up at 12:50 AM Sunday morning and again at 6:45 AM, so late Saturday night I decided to work on something for me – or at least of my choosing.  I pulled out the project box and pressed fabrics for Alletore to see about making progress on it. The only problem was the HST units I had completed (about 100 of them) were not in the box. Neither were the pieces I had cut — and I had cut all of clue 1 and clue 2 before I set the project aside to finish up the Christmas gifts.

Then I finally noticed a salad box on another shelf. It contained the missing pieces.

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So, yesterday while waiting for stuff to happen at work, I stitched a few more HST Units. I used my new Bloc-Loc ruler to trim them. I must say they look pretty good. Progress was also made on the Tumbler quilt. I’m now stitching groups of 4s into groups of 8.

As far as how I like the Bloc-Loc ruler, I think I like it, especially now that I have Invisi-Grip on it.

See what others are up to over at Patchwork Times.

Stash Rport

It’s taken two months, but I finally have some fabric usage to report. Last week I finished the Blue Disappearing 9-Patch top. That’s a chunk of fabric. I’ve not bought any new fabric since the first of the year, but I did purchase a ruler yesterday.

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  • Fabric Used Since Last Report: 9.264 yards
  • Fabric Used Year to Date: 9.264 yards
  • Fabric Enhancement Since Last Report:  0 yards
  • Fabric Enhancement to Date: 22.932 yards
  • Net Fabric to Stash: 13.668 yards

See how others are doing with their stash over at Patchwork Times.