Quilting and Stuff by Knitnoid

New Starts

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What good does it do me to finish quilts off my UFO list if I’m just going to start more? Yes, I’m being a good girl and counting this as three quilts.  I’m making Disappearing 9-Patches using recycled shirts. Each quilt will have a different center square.  The orange one will be roughly 65″ x 80″ for a twin bed and the other two will be roughly 80″ x 95″.

For each quilt I’m cutting 4 squares from each quilt. Some of the fabric is in all of the quilts, some is just in two of the quilts, and I think there is at least one shirt that I  just had enough to cut 4 squares. My squares are cut 5-1/2″.

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While I’m at it, I’m also cutting fabric for Rectangle Wrangle from Bonnie Hunter’s Scraps and Shirttails II. I started cutting these back when I was finishing up Checkerboard Plaids and starting Nifty Thrifty and now have 101 strips and I think only 1 is a duplicate.  But I have a way to go, I need at least 300 strips, so perhaps I should have been cutting 2 from each shirt.

Well, these three bring my UFO Count to 64. Perhaps I can find something small to finish over the long weekend.

The Garden Report

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Yesterday, I harvested some of the lettuce. It needed thinning.

Here’s what the garden looks like today.

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Salad – Lettuce, carrots & spinach

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Red Beefsteak

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Super Sweet 100 Cherry Tomatoes

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Baby tomatoes!
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Purple Cherokee

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Cucumbers — I replanted Sunday

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Lima Beans

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Black Eyed Peas

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Corn

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Photographing Quilts

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Photographing my finished quilts is always something of a challenge.  I don’t really have a good spot in the house to photograph large quilts. Lighting has to be right. Camera angles have to be right.  I know these things – but doing them is sometimes a challenge.

For Eye Fooler we got close. I promise the quilt is square — but the camera angles were off. Orca Bay on the other hand, I think I pretty much nailed it.

A few years ago my husband built me a quilt rack from some PVC pipe to fit on my fabric shelves.  The supports are permanently attached to the shelves, but the long rail stands in a corner somewhere.  Last night it was in the corner of the garage.

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It’s two 8-foot pieces of 1 1/4″ PVC pipe (that’s the interior dimension) joined together in the middle.  To try to keep it from sagging we slide a 5 foot piece of PVC in the center. On both ends he drilled a hole for an S-hook.  Then another S-hook is hooked to it and the gutter. That gives me some place to hang the quilt.  But now I need a sleeve.

I don’t always want a permanent sleeve on my quilt — and I read something several years ago on Bonnie Hunter’s blog.  She was having to un-sew the bottom edge of the sleeve.  The KC Star photographer said they would crop out the sleeve above the quilt. So, with both of these things in mind, I made a temporary sleeve.

I took a 9 inch long piece of 108″ wide fabric (it was left over from Eye Fooler) I folded it in half and took a 1/2″ seam.  108″ is wide–it’s what I had on hand, and it allows me to hang a king size quilt if needed.

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I lined up the cut edge along the top of the quilt and used my quilt basting pins to pin along the seam.  Sure the pins show from the front up close, but do you see them in the pictures up above?

Once outside, with help from my husband, we slid the pipe into the sleeve and hung the quilt on the gutter. The excess sleeve simply bunched up on either side of the quilt.

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What’s great about this is there is no tell-tale lump at the top of the quilt.

This picture was taken around 7:15 PM.  The sun was far enough over the roof line I still had light, but no glare.   The camera was put on a tripod and I pulled out a level to make sure the camera was square to the world – horizontally & vertically.  Also it must be square to the quilt.

As it turns out the gutter is not square to the world.  So, once I uploaded the pictures to my computer, I used my photo editing software to make the top binding horizontal to the top of the picture.  Then I cropped the photograph from there.

As for the sleeve?  It, the pins I used and the s-hooks are all together waiting for the next quilt to be photographed.

Smaller quilts may still get photographed in the house — but I’ll use my new sleeve to hang it on the shelves instead of pinning the quilt to the shelf.

Orca Bay is Finished!

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  • Pattern:  Orca Bay by Bonnie Hunter, in her String Fling book.
  • Batting: Hobbs Tuscany Collection 100% Unbleached Cotton
  • Top Thread: Omni thread by Superior Thread Color # 3172 – Verbena
  • BobbinThread: Superior Threads Super Bob – Orange (1-1/2  size M’s)
  • Quilting design: AMPANTO03 Curly Q by Aimee Mahan
  • Quilting time: approximately 3 hours
  • Size before washing: 75″ x 84″
  • Size after washing: 70 1/2″ x 79 1/2″
  • Started: As part of the 2011 Mystery 11/18/2011
  • Finished: 5/17/2015

This quilt was on my UFO list in several challenges. I’ll add the links when the corresponding post goes live.

  • Aunt Marti’s 52 Quilts UFO Parade.
  • 2nd Quarter Finish Along (goal list is here)
  • UFO Busting at Field Trip in Fiber
  • Blocks counted toward 350 Block Project at Prairie Moon Quilts

What’s On My Design Wall

Last week there were big finishes.  First was Eye Fooler — at about 4:00 AM Saturday morning. Nothing like finishing with only hours to spare.

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A full picture of the quilt can be seen in Saturday’s post.

The second finish is Orca Bay.  The binding is stitched down and now I need to get it washed, photographed and shipped off.

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So what’s next?  Catching up on laundry and deep cleaning the kitchen. Along the way,  I need to put up the extra fabric from the quilts – I’ve already taken care of the backing and batting, but I need to put up the brights from Eye Fooler. After I get that done, I’ll start cutting the recycled shirts for my nephews’ quilts. Now if I can find the note card which tells me how many squares I need to cut….

See what other’s have been working on over at Patchwork Times.

Stash Report

A big finish and a near finish finally has my numbers going in the correct direction.

This past week I finished Eye Fooler so I can count all of the fabric — top, backing, binding and the pillowcase.  That’s 16 3/4 yards!  Additionally, I quilted Orca Bay so I am counting the backing this week as well.

The only thing I bought last week is flower head pins — ran out about midnight pinning the quilts to the zippers!  Good thing Walmart is open 24 hours around here (or not — I think I spent $25 and I only wanted a $5 box of pins!)

Fabric Added Since Last Report 0 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 178.11 yards

Fabric Used Since Last Report: 22.926 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 43.423 yards

INCREASE in Stash to Date:  134.687 yards

See how others are doing over at Patchwork Times.

The Graduation Quilt Is Finished!

The Graduation Quilt is finished and delivered.

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  • Pattern:  Eye Fooler from Quail Valley Quilts
  • 16 3/4 yards of fabric in top, backing, binding and pillowcase
  • Batting: Hobbs 80/20 Black
  • Top Thread: Superior Threads So Fine! Color # 722 – Crickey!
  • BobbinThread: Superior Threads Super Bob – Black (nearly 2 size M’s)
  • Quilting design: AMPANTO03 Curly Q by Aimee Mahan
  • Quilting time: approximately 3 hours
  • Binding: Susie’s Magic Binding
  • Size before washing: 78″ x 96″
  • Size after washing: 74″ x 90″
  • Started: 2/18/15
  • Finished: 5/15/15

This quilt was on my UFO list in several challenges. I’ll add the links when the corresponding post goes live.

  • Aunt Marti’s 52 Quilts UFO Parade.
  • 2nd Quarter Finish Along (goal list is here)
  • UFO Busting at Field Trip in Fiber
  • Blocks counted toward 350 Block Project at Prairie Moon Quilts

Six and a Half Hours of Quilting

orcabutterMy cats are new to Quilting Quality Control.  Apparently they don’t inspect tops, but wait until the quilting is done.  This is Butterscotch on my version of Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay. I gave the future owner the choice of orange or black binding and she has chosen orange.  I’ll do it next week.

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Gracie inspected my version of Eye Fooler. This has to be finished and gift wrapped by Noon Saturday. It will get a gold binding with a black flange following Susie’s Magic Binding.

After the quilts are finished I’ll post a longer post with more information about each quilt.

 

 

Ready to Quilt

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Both Orca Bay and Eye Fooler are pinned and ready to quilt. It’s going to be a long afternoon/evening.

The Garden Report

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As near as I can tell, everything is still looking good.  A couple of my original black-eyed peas finally came up and this morning there was a new sprout from last week’s planting. Since these pics were taken (about 8 AM this morning) another pea has sprouted.  It’s hard to believe it’s only been 3 weeks since I planted.