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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.

A New Project?!?

Back in December I gave myself a 2 year subscription to Quiltermaker magazine.  That is the magazine with Bonnie Hunter’s Addicted to Scraps column. At the time I pondered putting together a quilt using the patterns from the column, but that was as far as I got.  Then Thursday I received the March/April issue and Friday I received the January/February issue.  This prompted me to start the project.

Pictured below the Easy Breezy blocks (#110 & 111) are In & Out from the J/F ’21 issue, Around the Corner from M/A ’21, Spinner from M/A ’10, 4 Patch X from S/O ’10, and Carolina Chain from M/J ’10.  I pulled Carolina Chain from my orphan block box. It was leftover from my Carolina Chain quilt which I started in May/June 2018.

I’ve setup a page to track my progress under Quilts In Progress. For all I know this may go the way of other long-term projects.  I’ll get there eventually.

As for the Wonky Dishes quilt, I’m still ripping. I got about 1/3 of it ripped out.  I’ll work on it some more in the morning.

 

  • 350 Challenge February = 36
  • 350 Challenge Cumulative = 92
  • Easy Breezy = 111

Don’t Get Cocky

My free-motion quilting will never improve if I keep using the computer on my quilting machine, but when it looks so good (and wasn’t cheap), it’s hard not to use it.

Yesterday I had a half-baked plan and I’ve tweaked it. The spots with the Xs I’ve done.  Well, I’ve done more but didn’t go back and take a picture.

I wanted my feathers to show motion. This is what I came up with.  The tail will point the direction, going around in a circle.  Of course now that I look at this, maybe I should have pointed the far right blocks toward the top center.  Oh well.  That is what a practice quilt is for.  Anyway, the center block has no point. On the second row of blocks, in the middle I ran out of bobbin, then my program shut down.  Fortunately it was only the last two feathers in the wreath, so I did them free hand as it was easier than trying to realign the software.

I need practice (see opening comment).

But that’s not when I got cocky.

I dropped my motif in what I thought was a boundary.  I thought it was a bit large on the screen, and ignored my instincts.  I started up the machine and it started where I thought it was supposed to. I went back to my lap top to search for the perfect pattern for the small neutral blocks (I think I found it).  With about 3 feathers left to stitch I realized the machine was stitching all over the HSTs – not because it was doing something wrong, but because I told it wrong.  I stopped the machine and started ripping out.  That will be tomorrow’s after work activity.

I’m second guessing my thread color now as well.  Originally I was going to use a red, white and blue thread on the top and a blue bobbin. But I changed my mind and opted for Linen on the top. Not wanting to deal with blue coming through to the top, I used Linen in the bobbin.

When I wrote this post, I forgot that I needed to link it up to Finished (or Not) Friday over at Alycia Quilts.

A Partial Decision

I’ve come to a partial decision.  I’m going to use  Feathered Square Block # 1 in the larger neutral areas.  If you look closely you might see the “tail” in the top right corner.  I’m going to rotate the block so that tail “leads”. It’s not exactly what I was visualizing, but I hope it will at least evoke in my mind what I was after.  As for the rest of the quilt — who  knows.  I have 4 more of these to do before that decision needs to be made.

 

Quilting Design Dilema

Sunday afternoon I pieced the back for the Red, White, & Blue Wonky Dishes quilt.  Yes, when it comes to plaids, they must match.  That goes way back to my garment sewing days.  That was the easy part.

The quilt is loaded. but now I have to figure out the quilting design.  I want to use this quilt to practice the quilting for the wedding quilt.

About the only thing I know is that I want the quilting to enhance the ‘rings’.  I’m just struggling with what the motif to use.  I guess I need to pull out a big white board and start doodling until I figure something out. This quilt is on my 2021 Personal Challenge #1 list and is the quilt I want to show at the Guild meeting later this month.

 

Design Wall Monday – February 8th

Yes, the Wedding Quilt top is complete. I finished it Saturday afternoon, then took this snowy picture. It measures 120″ square.  512 Lavender/Neutral HST, 512 Seafoam/Neutral HST and 320 Neutral squares.  The Broken Dish units and Squares measure 5″ finished.  This is my own design, so there is no pattern.

I also finished the last two blocks of the  MQA BOM. Of course a few Easy Breezy blocks were made along the way.

  • 350 Challenge February = 30
  • 350 Challenge Cumulative = 86
  • Easy Breezy = 109

Linking up with Small Quilts and Doll Quilts for Design Wall Monday.

Saturday’s Stitching

My quilt guild has stared a BOM. The quilt will be the right size for our Cancer Center Project.  It will be a mix of different size blocks.  The first one was released on Friday and is the largest one we’ll do. It’s 24″ square.

A few more Easy Breezy blocks were made and I made a bonus pinwheel from the BOM.

  • 350 Challenge = 82 for the year 26 for February
  • Easy Breezy = 107

 

 

 

Fabric Bingo

Friday night my quilt guild got together on Zoom to play Fabric Bingo.  We each made at least one Bingo card.  The colors were the letters — Red – Green – Pink/Purple – Yellow/Orange – Blue.  The colors could go in any order except the Pink/Purple had to go in the middle since the Black square was the “free”.

The numbers were the categories — batiks, dots, florals, geometrics, hearts, leaf prints, metallic, holiday, novelty, paisley, plaid, solids or tone on tones, stars, stripes, and 1930’s prints.

The call might be “Green Novelty” and I’d place my marker on the lemonade stand on the left block.  The way we played, fabrics could fall into multiple categories.  For instance the 2nd green square from the top of the second block could be Green Leaf, Green Floral, or Green Metallic  (there is a silver outline around the flowers).

The first two or three games we played straight lines and I won the first game — a $10 gift certificate to a LQS.  Then we played ‘corners’ and finally blackout.

There is talk of playing monthly, so I’ll need to make a couple more cards, this time digging into the stash instead of relying on my precut 2 1/2″ squares and strips.  Just today I found ‘Blue Hearts’ when I started digging out fabric for the guild BOM.  I need to pull out some 30’s fabric and locate some more paisleys.

At some point, we’ll gather all of the “cards” and put them together for a charity quilt.

The Late Edition of Finished (or Not) Friday

This is the Late Edition of Finished or Not Friday.  My plan was to finish the wedding top for today’s post, even if it meant posting at midnight. Had I not discovered the circled mistakes, I would have powered through.  The larger circle is after I ‘fixed’ it. I spotted the turned block in the smaller circle when I was double-checking to see if anything else was wrong.  Needless to say, I decided to call it quits for tonight.

I’m linking up with Alycia Quilts for Finished (or Not) Friday.

 

  • 350 Challenge = 76 for the year 20 for February
  • Easy Breezy = 105

Bingo Blocks

Friday night my guild is playing Fabric Bingo, so I needed to make a couple of Bingo blocks.  I started this project when the instructions first came out, but didn’t get very far. It’s a good thing I didn’t make the blocks then because I needed t re-read the instructions. Hopefully I’ll have good cards.

If I don’t get in gear, I’m not going to have the wedding quilt top finished by/on Friday.  Show-Me-Quilting is having a virtual Skinny Bolt Sale at 7 PM Thursday night so that might be distracting for a while.  But if it’s done by 11:59 PM that counts, right?

  • 350 Challenge = 60 for the year 4 for February
  • Easy Breezy = 103

A New Door Wreath

It’s February, so time for a new door wreath.  This has been hanging in my sewing room for a few weeks.

Two thirds of the seafoam HST are made and trimmed.  I’ll knock the rest out after work and start assembling the broken dish units.  I really would like to have the top done by the time my backing fabric arrives.

I bought a Big Dream Dahlia and a Big Dream Dance panel in the Hummingbird color way to see if they would work color wise with the wedding quilt .  The answer is a resounding Yes.  I’ve ordered another 8 of the Big Dream Dance panels and will make a big 9-patch to use for the backing.  I expect the panels to arrive on Friday, but it will be at least a week before I start to quilt this quilt, as I’ll do the practice quilt first — just as soon as I figure out how I’m going to quilt it.

  • 350 Challenge = 57
  • Easy Breezy = 102