Quilting and Stuff by Knitnoid

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I made my first quilted item as a visual aid for a math project in 7th grade. Over the next 25 years quilting was hit or miss, but quilting took over all the other crafts I've done in 2003.

More Hourglasses

 

We replaced the light bulbs in my sewing room with 100 watt equivalent LED bulbs.  I can see!  I only mention it because I finally was able to get a decent picture of the work so far on the hourglass quilt.  It goes fast when I’m working on it — but I can’t work on it too long or my hand/wrist starts hurting.  I may have to resort to machine piecing the top.  The stitching lines will still need to be marked. These blocks are wonky.

What’s On My Design Wall

Several years ago when I was helping a friend clean out her mother’s home, I was given a bag of vintage hour glass blocks. They are hand pieced. They’ve been knows as “Jane’s Hourglasses” on my UFO spreadsheet. After counting the blocks and extra pieces in the bag I have 285 hourglass blocks that finish at 2 – 1/2″.

It took me a while to figure out what these units were going to be. Last year’s Leader/Ender challenge, which I did not do, apparently took hold in my brain. After drawing for a bit in my spreadsheet (my computer was just limping along and I couldn’t run EQ) I came up with a trip around the world design which will finish approximately 62″ x 72″.

There will be 5 rings of hourglasses separated by a 2-1/2″ ring of the solid, finishing with 5″ borders. I’m hand piecing this partly to keep with the original blocks and mostly because these blocks are not precise and have bias edges.

This much went pretty quickly, but I’m not holding my breath on finishing the top anytime soon. Hopefully the next time you see this quilt top I’ll have a decent photo. The photo color is not true, but I’m tired of messing with it.

Shop Hopping

Yesterday my husband and I drove down to Springfield. The reason for the trip? To purchase a French Horn case for his Conn 4-D horn.  Apparently his older horn is not wrapped as tight as the newer horns and it will not fit in just any case.

There are two great quilt shops in Springfield — Merrily We Quilt Along, and Quilt Sampler. Additionally there are two independent fabric shops in town The Fabric Outlet and FM Fabrics.

I wanted to make it the last two shops since they carry more than quilting cotton, but I allowed my husband to talk me into stopping at the quilt shops – he didn’t have to twist my arm too hard.

When I shop hop, if I don’t have anything specific I’m looking for, I tend to buy “neutral” FQs. The prices were so good at FM Fabrics, I purchased 1/2 cuts. The blue/green solid is to go with the vintage hourglass blocks I was given several years ago.

This wild fabric is an ITY — 95% poly / 5% spandex knit that I’m planning on making into a dress. Is it me? Who knows. but at $4.50 a yard I can use it to make another Agnes – this time with sleeves.

Oh, and the French Horn case? No, we did not buy it.

Socks and Quilts

I’m not one for patterned socks, but found these at the grocery store. I think I’ll wear them when I go the quilt retreat later this month.

Speaking of the quilt retreat — I’m  taking Bonnie Hunter’s Carolina Chain class. I’ve been busy cutting 2″ strips. I’m doing mine in “brights” and “neutrals”.  Lots of pinks, blues, greens, yellows, purples, oranges, bright on black, etc.  In fact similar to the colors in the last pair of socks. When I started gathering/cutting fabric my goal was to create 1 dark chain and one light chain from each fabric — that’s over 300 different fabrics – half “bright” and half “neutral”.

The “brights” were easy to come by. In fact I didn’t use everything I pulled.  The “neutrals” on the other hand surprised me. I never would have guessed that I could come up with 150+ neutrals from my stash. I was digging into my shirts, vintage, and music fabric to get there, but I did.  I even opened the holiday box looking for “neutrals”. No Christmas, but there is one Halloween fabric in the mix. I’m ready for class now.

This particular bag is big enough I was able to slip my book and 6 1/2″ ruler in a well.

Now back to cleaning the sewing room.

Scraps Before and After

It’s gotten so deep in my sewing room I have got to stop and clean up.  Of course I’ve been saying that for about a month now.  I really meant it this time, but you know how that goes. A while back I was given a box of “scraps”. Some of it is truly scraps, then there are parts and pieces of project and some yardage.  While working on the cat quilt, I pulled some of the brights from the box. I’m not sure if any of it made it into the quilt. As I was gathering it up trying to figure out what to do with it, I thought I could sew it together and have a small baby quilt. Actually, I was eyeing the black print for Carolina Chain and when I realized just how much there was, that’s when I thought “baby quilt”.

This is what I came up with.

 

I cut a strip off of the large piece which I pulled out of another box and started chopping and sewing. There’s not enough of the green and black to do the backing, nor is there enough of the black for a binding (Yea! I can use it in my Carolina Chain). I found the light blue and plan to use it for the binding and also waiting to be put up was the purple which I will use for the backing. If I don’t get lazy, I may find that I have enough batting to do a Frankenbatt. The little quilt measures 33 inches square.

Of course the sewing room STILL needs to be cleaned up. But what is new.

The Wind Stopped Blowing…

…at least long enough for me to get a halfway decent picture of the Cat Quilt.

Stats:

  • Started 3/18/17 (I’m using the date that I made the star blocks as the start date)
  • Top Done 3/31/18 (3 AM!)
  • 100% cotton batting, lavender thread
  • Quilted by David Hurd of Quilting by David using the edge-to-edge design “Splat”
  • Bound using Susie’s Magic Binding
  • Measures 72 x 91 after washing
  • Finished 4/9/18

There is no pattern — I used two cat panels – Caterwauling and  Cool Cats, orphan blocks and some of my stashed cat fabric.

Step Away From the Quilt Shops!

Yesterday my sister stopped by on her way home from work. At this point, I can’t remember why — oh yes, I remember now — she was going to help me hang the cat quilt to get a good picture of it. Well given the wind has been blowing non-stop for what seems like days, that didn’t happen.  But she did buy me the May/June copy of Quiltmaker (I paid her back).  Before she left she asked if I wanted to run down to the Hunters Heirloom in Centerview, Missouri. It seems that today is their big customer appreciation day and everything is/was 25% off. Sure, why not. I’m still looking for the border fabric for Allietare.

The black Kansas Trouble print will be the outer border, binding and cuff on a pillowcase. The gold is the inner border and body case.  The red is to be the accent color on the binding. At the moment, I’m not planning on doing the scallops.  But hey, who knows what I’ll decide when I eventually get it quilted.

While there I picked up some FQs and a different seam ripper. My sister loves this one. I have no problem with my little cheap ones — except I can’t find them under the piles of stuff on sewing table so maybe I’ll be able to easily find this one when I need to use it. One the way out the door, I spotted an advertisement for a quilt show that was more or less on the way home. So we stopped in.  I picked up a couple of FQs from one of the vendors and  a couple of books and a color wheel from the guild garage sale.

I couldn’t remember if I had the Linda Taylor book or had borrowed if from the library. If I have a copy on my shelf, I’ll give this one to my sister.

At this point I need to stay out of the shops. I have plenty to work on.  Progress is being made on Cascade.

I think I’m up to 20 stars cut out for the Star-A-Day quilt. I have the border fabric for Allietare and the Alphabet BOM and I’ve started cutting 2″ strips for Carolina Chain and I’m considering cutting fabric for Diamond Tile.  Not to mention at least 4 other projects that need to be worked on; Blue/Green Strip Twist – blocks cut and just need to be assembled; Pineapple Blossom – pieces cut need to make the blocks; On Ringo Lake – blocks and sashing made, just needs to be assembled; and Candy Sunflower Seeds which simply needs the borders pieced and attached.

I wonder how many of these I can get to the top stage before the end of  May?

 

 

 

Busy Weekend

I started writing this post Monday.  I’m just now getting it posted. Ugh.

Last week there were two shop hops in the area.  One was the Ad Astra Adventures, which included 10 shops over northeast Kansas – 286 miles round trip.  The other was The Heartland Hop with just two stores – one on each side of the stateline. Fortunately the stores were open late and we had 5 days to hit them all.  I divided it up in to 3 trips, starting Thursday night.

Due to budgetary constraints, I limited myself to 2 FQ at most of the shops – a neutral and a bright. There were a few exceptions. Three of the shops had fill a bag of scraps.  I bought or won as a door prize the scraps on the right. I picked up yardage to finish the Alphabet BOM, and at the last store I picked up notions.  Each shop also had a spin and win door prize.

I’ve already started playing with my new fabric.

This is Cascade by Cluck Cluck Sew. The pattern has two sizes of blocks — the smaller ones are used to make a crib quilt, the larger a lap quilt.  Naturally I’m changing it up a bit. I’m using the smaller blocks to make a larger quilt – however far my 2 yards of black fabric will take me. I see now that I need to be careful with my tone-on-tone fabrics. I need to make sure there is some movement in them.

 

I’ve also pulled out my Star-A-Day stuff and have cut 7 new stars and have 3 more sets of points looking for background and coordinating points. 13 stars and another 4 sets of points. After I took this picture I found another set of star pieces and another set of points.  Now to sit down and stitch a couple.

 

Finally, I finished the cat quilt, but I don’t have a good picture yet.

I’m trying to keep the cat hair off the quilt until I have help to hang it outside to get a good picture. I figured on the bed with the door shut was a good way to do that.

 

 

 

Quilted!

Saturday afternoon I  drove up to Saint Joseph, Missouri and dropped the cat quilt off with David Hurd of Quilting by David. Earlier in the week I emailed him to see if there was enough time to get the quilt turned around by April 17th and he assured me there was.  When I dropped it off, he offered to meet me at a local quilt guild meeting on the 12th.  Wow — that would give me the weekend to finish the quilt and get it on the bed before our guests arrive on the 18th.  Then Tuesday morning I saw this (the date stamp is wrong):

An email and phone call confirmed that my quilt was ready and I could pick it up that evening.

It was in a bag with my name on it, and of course his logo and phone #.

I picked the edge to edge design Splat and a lavender thread for the quilting.  100% cotton batting was used.

 

I thought I had 2 weeks so the plan was to make a couple of pillowcases and the binding.  I found 2 yards of Tossed Cats while looking for a missing pattern in the disaster that is my sewing room. It was perfect for the cases.

Last night I finished making the binding. I’m using Susie’s Magic Binding so I hope to have the quilt finished in the next day or two. There’s no need to rush – the weather is going to be nasty over the weekend so I won’t be able to take pictures until sometime next week – if I’m lucky.  The calendar may say “Spring” and “April” but we had a record low yesterday (17 degrees) and are expecting snow and sleet over the weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

It’s A Top

Warning. This post is photo heavy.

I’m having issues getting the photo of the quilt top with borders off my phone. So, here’s a pic of it before I added the borders. It took up the entire design wall.  At this point it measures 62″ x 80″. The borders added another 15 inches to the width and length.

Now for close ups of the sections. — Colors are off, I was doing this late a night under my dining room light.

“Row 1”

 

“Row 2”

“Row 3”

“Row 4”

“Row 5”

“Row 6”

I’m not quilting this one myself. I took it to the quilter on Saturday afternoon and he says he’ll have it back to me by the 12th.  That will give me plenty of time to finish it by my deadline of the 17th. While I’m waiting, I’ll make the pillowcases and binding. Yesterday while digging in my room looking for my next pattern I found 2 yards of Tossed Cats (the cats in the lime green stars). I might have used that for the border if I had remembered I  had it, but instead I’ll use it for the body of the pillowcases.  For the cuff I’ll use the border fabric.