Quilting and Stuff by Knitnoid

Another Quilt Ready to Bind

This is my Moda U Block of the Month from 2008 – 2009. The fabrics from a Three Sisters line.  In addition to this being a piecing sampler, I’ve made it a quilting sampler.

As it turns out I’ve been working on it for a month, loading it on the frame September 21st.  In each of the large white blocks, I used the same quilting motif.

Most of the pieced blocks had some sort of outline stitch — either curved, or in the ditch – depending on my mood when I got there. I experimented with the crosshatching tool on my machine.

The first time I loaded the quilt, I just ditched the sashings and borders. At that point I took it off the machine to work on customer quilts.

A couple of days ago I loaded it back on to finish it.

The outer border has a feather motif with curly q’s and circles.  The inner border is leaves.

On this pass I also filled in the sashings.

After the 2nd pass,  I took the quilt off the frame, trimmed it leaving 3″ past the borders, pinned it back on the frame and quilted the side borders.

Check out the matching of the borders.

The quilt is now off the frame and trimmed for binding.  Now the challenge is finding something to use for the binding.  I learned a lot on this quilt and can’t wait to put some of the lessons to use on my other tops waiting to be quilted.

Thread Storage

Not too long ago, I was brought 4 quilts tops to quilt. It was the first time I had a customer in my sewing room. I discovered that thread selection was an issue.  She picked colors off my colors card, but of course, we had to try it on the quilt tops. She was standing on the back side of the quilt frame, I was on the front side, and the thread was in the 2nd drawer of the chest. There were so many spools of thread in the drawer to find anything you had to pull a bunch out.

It started me thinking about a better storage solution for my thread and where it should be in the space.

Monday, I found this cabinet on Facebook Marketplace.

My original plan was to fix glass panes so they didn’t need the backing, but after I broke the glass, I decided I didn’t need to see my thread.

My main thread drawer is empty.  Now I just need to figure out where exactly I’m going to put the cabinet.  For now it’s in the middle of my living room.

A Long 2 Weeks

It’s been a long 2 weeks.  I’m not sure what I was doing the first week of my absence – I can’t think that washing my quilts took up all that time, but I guess that is what I was doing the first week. I need to refold them to get them back into the cabinet, but for now, they are sitting on my bed protected from cat hair by a towel. I’m not sure what Sherbet is protecting them from.

The 2nd week, I know what I was doing.  Working long hours – and that was before anyone got wind of me being out of the office on vacation this week. Needless to say there was no quilting happening last week.

I finally was able to begin quilting this past Saturday – after I swapped out the ruler foot for the cup foot on my Innova.  Of course I first had to make a trip to the hardware store because  I couldn’t find my 6mm allen wrench. It has been in the top drawer for nearly a year. Who knows what happened. I’m sure it will turn up now that I’ve replaced it.

Once the foot was replaced I loaded the first of 4 customer quilts on the frame.   I’ve decided I will do a bit of computerized edge-to-edge quilting to help pay for my quilting hobby.

This is the back of the 4th quilt.

 

 

A Test Quilt

So, this is my practice quilt – well about 1/4 of it. Just tons of HST and blocks.   I have all the HSTs made. Half of them still need to be pressed and dog ears trimmed off.  I need to cut more neutral squares.  As for the practice, not only will I have something to practice my quilting on, I have discovered that I need to build the top differently to get the seams to nest together. So, this has been a great exercise.

As I’ve worked on these blocks I’ve added a few more Easy Breezy blocks. I think while I’m cutting the squares for the RWB quilt, I’ll cut squares to alternate with the Easy Breezy blocks. I have just about enough to make a toddler quilt.

 

Easy Breezy = 78

 

New Quilts in the Queue

Actually it is two new quilts.  My last post had me picking fabrics for a sampler quilt (Quilt #1). This is my final decision — but I haven’t started it since it was a crazy week at work and I never made it into my sewing room.  I was able to play a bit in EQ. I’ve designed a quilt for a wedding gift for my nephew and his wife.  They requested whites and creams with a hint of sea foam and lavender as shown in this color palette:

So Saturday I headed to Quilters Haven in Olathe,  Kansas to look for batiks.

I seldom buy fabric in one go for a quilt – especially if it is going to be scrappy, but that’s what I did.   So this is Quilt #2. But before I start cutting into the fabric I want to make certain I have the pattern correct – not to mention have a quilt I can practice my quilting on when I get that far.  So I pulled red, blue and neutral FQs from my stash to make some practice blocks. Thus Quilt #3 – although it’s the one that is currently being worked on.

 

 

Fabric Choices for a Sampler Quilt

If you’ve read my blog or followed me on Facebook, you know that I’m a scrappy quilter, so only using 3 fabrics — the same 3 fabrics throughout a quilt is a challenge. Especially since until recently I didn’t have much yardage.  Now I have yardage, but very little in the way of prints that could be used for borders.

I think I found 4 maybe 5 prints with enough yardage, but then finding 3 fabrics to go with it was a challenge.  I came up with these 2 options.

Background –  Soft yellow, “Dark” – Fuchia, “Medium” – Turquoise

or

Background – Gray/White dots, “Dark” – Fuchia, “Medium” – gold/yellow

The plan is to use the black with gold sparkles as the accent border and sashing.

Now I’m wondering if the second set of fabrics works with either the butterflies or abstract print.  I guess I’ll be sleeping on this for a bit until I get the pattern worked out.

 

 

 

New Collage Pictures

Since I was up early this morning for a work thing, I worked on updating the collage pictures. I found pictures of all of the tops waiting to be quilted.

I found pictures for all but 5 of the quilts. I wasn’t able to locate 2 of the projects. I suspect they are in a bin under my longarm.  I’ll dig them out before the first of the year.

Updating the Blog

This blog has been neglected for the past few years, so tonight I updated my “Finishes”. Not all the pictures are great, there aren’t blog posts for every quilt and there are no dates listed.  But the “Finishes” are up to date.  “Tops to Be Quilted” has a current list, but picture is out of date. The “Quilts in Progress” has been updated in the same way.

Moda U is Loaded

Saturday I turned in my Suffrage Quilt. I’ll post a picture as soon as I can.  The next thing on my list was getting the Guild Challenge quilt webpages built. Once that was done it was time to find something to work on.  I pulled this 2007 -2008 BOM out of the box – primarily because I have a wide back for it.

This Moda U BOM was presented by Heritage Fine Fabrics in Belton back in 2007-2008.  The patterns were simple line drawings with the measurements – no instructions on how to sew the pieces together.  Connie, the shop owner, asked me to write instructions and put together a couple of quilt layouts. I designed this one to leave plenty of space to show off quilting.

With the quilt loaded and thread picked, I started to wind a bobbin.  The winder wouldn’t wind!  Nothing I did could make it work. I called my longarm dealer and they didn’t have any in stock.  I posted my lament on Facebook and a guild member offered me hers as she won’t be using her machine for the next few weeks.  I was back in business Sunday afternoon.

I have no idea what I’m going to do in the border & sashing, so for now, I’m doing stitch in the ditch and I’ll come back later.  In the meantime, my sister showed me how to drop a block into a boundary. So each of the unpieced blocks will have this wreath.

 

I’m making up the rest of the quilting as I go along.  I tried a bit of computerized cross-hatching in the background of this block.

Keeping Busy

A few more things have been crossed off the list — including the pillowcase for Narragansett Blues which I decided not to make. I planned to use the backing fabric, but since it bleed so bad….

As for the quilt, I mentioned I fixed the spot on the binding.   Here’s the quilt hanging in my living room on a temporary sleeve. There’s just barely enough space on that wall.

I finished the two Flying Dutchmen quilts from the February 2009 Lotto blocks.  Both of these quilts were give to Hope House.

Then I temporarily misplaced this piece of banner fabric.  This is what I am to use in my Suffrage Quilt.  Needless to say, I was in a panic trying to find it.

I suspected it got grabbed up and stuffed in one of my fabric boxes by accident, so pulled all of the “FQs” out of their boxes looking for it. I didn’t find it.

So I asked if any of my quilting buddies wanted to come help me look.  Karen said she’d come over.  That morning I found the fabric in the bag of stuff I needed to cut into strips. Karen came over anyway and helped me put all of this back together.  She boxed while I finished folding the cat FQs.

Then I got to work on the Suffrage Quilt.  I’m happy to report that it is quilted and just needs to be bound. I’ll show  picture of it as soon as I’m able.