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.

Grandma’s Hourglasses

A number of years ago I assisted a friend in clearing out her mother’s estate. I was given a bag of hand-pieced vintage hourglass blocks. They’ve sat in my stash, waiting for inspiration to strike.

This past spring, I pulled them out and counted.  Not enough to make a quilt on their own, but I came up with a plan. I purchased the mint green fabric on a strip to Springfield with my husband in April or May and started hand piecing the blocks. Each block needed the stitching line drawn on it as they were not all exactly 3″ unfinished.  Fortunately, all of the edges were on the bias, so I don’t have to worry about the pieces raveling.  I only made part way through the second round of mint green before I realized that there was no way my wrist was going to be up to finishing it by hand – at least not more than one or two blocks a night. (I fixed this).

I took the bag of hourglasses and what I had pieced to the Mississippi Quilt Gathering in June where I took a class from Bonnie Hunter.  She reminded me that Finished is better than Perfect and there is no law that says I can’t finish the top my machine.  I still needed to draw the stitching line on the blocks, but I ended up finishing the quilt top by machine.

There was no question about how I was going to quilt it – it had to be done on the machine. The only question was what I was going to quilt.  In my mind I saw continuous curves in the hourglass blocks and feathers in the solid. But it’s been a while since I have done any free motion quilting and I had no idea how to tell my sisters computerize machine how to do what I wanted. In the end I did the curves in the pieced blocks, half feathers in the outer border then echoed them a couple of times.  In the center of the quilt I did a loopy thing.

For the backing I used a piece of vintage fabric I found in my stash.

Here is a better picture of the backing. Due the small symmetrical pattern, I was able to match the center seam.

 

I used 80/20 batting from Hunter’s Heirloom Quilting and when I washed it, it scrunched up and feels like a vintage quilt.  But as cool as all that is, there is one more bit of news.

I entered the quilt in my guild quilt show. When I arrived the guild president called out “Congratulations!”  The quilt placed 3rd in Best of Theme — A Stitch in Time.

Since I got it home, I’ve made a couple of matching pillow cases.

I still need to make the permanent label and wash the cases, then I’ll be able to deliver the quilt.

The quilt measures 60 1/2″ x 69 1/2″ after washing. I started it 5/6/2018 and finished it 9/18/2018.

Pastel Rail Quilts

These “twin” quilts are made from recycled shirts.  I stumbled upon several shirts that I thought looked good together and decided to make a simple quilt for Project Warm Embrace. When it came to the backing, I found a peach fabric, but wanted something a bit more gender neutral. Digging through my stash, I found a great vintage cowboy flannel border print. So much for gender neutral. Anyway, I made the larger quilt to fit the backing fabric that I had, then with the leftover blocks I made the smaller quilt.  It got the original peach fabric.  Both quilts were bound with fabric from yet another shirt.

Cowboy Rails

  • 46 1/2″ x 62″
  • 80/20 batting
  • Glide 60 wt in Mercury (top and bottom)
  • E2E Stetson and Boots by Urban Elementz
  • Started:  07/17/18
  • Completed: 09/18/08
  • Quilted on my sisters 26″ Innova with Mach 3

Cowgirl Rails

  • 39 1/4″ x 46″
  • 80/20 batting
  • Glide 60 wt in Mercury (top and bottom)
  • E2E Stetson and Boots by Urban Elementz
  • Started:  07/30/18
  • Completed: 09/20/08
  • Quilted on my sisters 26″ Innova with Mach 3

 

As for my task list for the quilt show – I just need to put the label on En Provence and take pictures of it and the Hourglass quilt. The quilts will be dropped off on Thursday.

 

D Minus 3 Days and Counting

Here’s the latest progress.

  • Gift Wrapped – new label, wash, and photograph
  • Jelly Roll Rug – label and photograph
  • Black & White Strip Twist – trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Large Pastel Rail – trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Small Pastel Rail – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Christmas Crazy Eight – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • En Provence – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Hourglasses – quilt, bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph

Yes, I’m down to just finishing up En Provence and photographing the Hourglass quilt.  And the hourglass quilt — I  used Hobbs 80/20 batting and it crinkled up so nicely it feels like an old quilt.

Here’s a sneak peek of it.

 

 

 

After I get En Provence done and the quilts turned in, I’ll do posts on each of the quilts.

D Minus 4 and Counting

Here’s the latest progress.

  • Gift Wrapped – new label, wash, and photograph
  • Jelly Roll Rug – label and photograph
  • Black & White Strip Twist – trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Large Pastel Rail – trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Small Pastel Rail – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Christmas Crazy Eight – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • En Provence – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Hourglasses – quilt, bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph

I have a few spots on the Hourglass quilt which need to be stitched down, then it’s ready to be washed. I’m doing temporary labels for the show, so I’ll put the label on after it comes out of the dryer.  I have the strips sewn together for the binding of En Provence, but it’s not been pressed.  I hope to get it on tonight so I can wash it tomorrow before the guild meeting.

D Minus 5 and Counting

It was a long day today.  I left my house about 9:45. I started off running to the store for a twin batt. Stopped in at the Guild Sew Day, dropping off items for the guild boutique and trimmed my En Provence on the floor where I could lay it out flat! I headed north stopped by a friends, then since there was a quilt store near by dropped in there before heading south towards my sisters. Stopped in at a third shop to pick up a ruler.  It was about 2 when I finally got to my sister’s to use the longarm and it was close to 9:30 before I was finished.

  • Gift Wrapped – new label, wash, and photograph
  • Jelly Roll Rug – label and photograph
  • Black & White Strip Twist – trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Large Pastel Rail – trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Small Pastel Rail – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Christmas Crazy Eight – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • En Provence – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Hourglasses – quilt, bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph

 

D Minus 6 and Counting

Should have pics over the weekend.  I made some progress, but still have a bit to go. Bound 2 quilts yesterday. I also washed both of the rail quilts — although they are waiting to be dried.  Today’s tasks are wash the poinsettia quilt and Gift Wrapped, make the backing for Hourglasses, and work on En Provence.

  • Gift Wrapped – new label, wash, and photograph
  • Jelly Roll Rug – label and photograph
  • Black & White Strip Twist – trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Large Pastel Rail – trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Small Pastel Rail – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Christmas Crazy Eight – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • En Provence – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Hourglasses – quilt, bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph

 

D Minus 7 Days and Counting

No pics today.  But I’ve got to get on a roll if I’m going to get everything done timely. The big accomplishment over the past couple of days was getting the binding made for two of the quilts and getting the labels printed for all of them.

  • Gift Wrapped – new label, wash, and photograph
  • Jelly Roll Rug – label and photograph
  • Black & White Strip Twist – trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Large Pastel Rail – trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Small Pastel Rail – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Christmas Crazy Eight – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • En Provence – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Hourglasses – quilt, bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph

 

D Minus 9 Days

Delivery Day is Thursday, September 27th for the quilt show.

So, here’s what’s left to get done.

  • Gift Wrapped – new label, wash, and photograph
  • Jelly Roll Rug – label and photograph
  • Black & White Strip Twist – trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Large Pastel Rail – trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Small Pastel Rail – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Christmas Crazy Eight – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • En Provence – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Hourglasses – quilt, bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph

It’s going to be a busy week.

Design Wall Monday

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a Design Wall Monday post. So, this is what my wall looks like at the moment.

On the wall is the Hourglass quilt which needs one more border of the green then I can quilt it. Peeking out from behind it is my first block of Now and Later.  It was my leader ender project as I was working on the Hourglass quilt.  I was stitching 2-1/2″ light squares to 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ rectangles.  That worked well.  Sewing the blocks units together as a leader ender, not so well.

On the back of the chair is the backing from En Provence.  It’s still needs to be bound, but first I need to trim the quilt. On the shelf on the right is the black and white Strip Twist which still needs threads trimmed and a label.  I found out over the weekend I do not have to put a sleeve on the quilt to hang it in the guilt show.

Literally under my needle is the larger of the two pastel rail quilts.  I sewed the binding to the back and I’m doing a decorative stitch to stitch it down to the front. I’m maybe halfway through.

In front of the table on the right is the other pastel rail quilt.  I will use the same binding.  I was able to cut the binding for both quilts from a single shirt — and I still have fabric left over.  I used the back, 3/4 of one sleeve and the right front.

On the left, is a bag of kits.  There are several pillow cases and zipper bags in that bag. When I get everything bound, I’ll work on them. They are sitting on top of Christmas Crazy Eights.

My goal is to have everything bound, labeled and washed by Saturday morning before I go quilt the hourglass quilt. I do not know if I’ll make it, but I’m going to give it my best.

Quilting On My Own

I’m making progress on the quilts for the quilt show.  About a month ago, my sister took possession of an Innova Long Arm with Mach 3.  Mach 3 is the computer. Anyway, since she got it, I’ve quilted the two pastel rail fence quilts, the black and white Strip Twist and my Christmas En Provence. Only the Strip Twist is bound, the rest still need binding.  Since my sister is off at a quilt retreat this weekend, she said I could use the long arm.  So, off I went with this  Christmas Crazy 8 which has been a top for a bit over 12 years (I finished it 9/1/06 according to my notes).

I managed to upload the digital pantograph I bought – Echo Holly by Dave Hudson for Urban Elementz. I was able to tell the computer what Size I wanted it to stitch out at get it to stitch.  I ran into one snag where the thread broke – it got caught on the back handles – I have no idea how that happened.  Then the last 2 1/2 row gave me grief.  I’ve about decided I linked them in the wrong order as it stitched out the bottom row, then the next to bottom row and finally the 2nd full row from the end.  But, even with that oddness, I’m very happy with how it stitched out.  So, now I have 4 quilts ready to bind for the quilt show.

The hourglass quilt is one round of hour glasses and the border away from being ready to quilt. The plan is to finish it up tomorrow and go back over to my sister’s to quilt it.