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What’s On My Design Wall

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This past week has gone by in a blur – lots of errands and not much time at the sewing machine. The good news is I have finally finished the quilting on the Red Disappearing 9-Patch and I have the binding cut. This means I now have two quilts to bind as the Hardware Quilt still needs binding — and I don’t have those strips cut.

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While I had the cutting board cleared, I made one set of clue 2 of the mystery quilt. I started with just a single headless goose, using the Companion Angle ruler, which came out OK. But then apparently the next 3 I cut wrong as they almost have their head. I finished up the set using squares and the stitch and flip method – which I think I’ll use going forward.

Looking at this week, I have 2 evenings of activities which will limit my quilting time, so I doubt I’ll get much done on the mystery – I’ll have to focus on getting the Crazy Challenge quilts done.

See what others have on their Design Wall over at Patchwork Times and how others are doing on their mystery quilt over at Quiltville.

 

What’s On My Design Wall

MQ-1This morning I have a little bit of several things in the works. I started Allietare, the Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt — because clearly I don’t have anything to work on — 😉  Although I had all of clue 1 cut out, I only got 1/3 of them made since I got a chance to use the long arm.

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This is the Hardware quilt which I quilted on Saturday. It still needs binding which is on my list for this week.

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The Red Disappearing 9-Patch is maybe 1/3 quilted – I set it aside – I thought briefly – to work on Allietare and I haven’t gotten back to it. It too is also on my list for this week.

Hopefully I can get these two quilts finished up by midweek so I have plenty of time to finish up the rest of the Crazy Challenge II quilts.

I’m linking up with Patchwork Times for the Design Wall Monday post and Quiltville for the Allietare link-up.

Orange Crush – The Blog Post

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The time change and weather has not bode well for getting good pictures outside. I’ve put off this post waiting for a good picture, but have decided if I don’t record details now, I’ll forget them.

My Orange Crush was started April 1, 2008 — well at least that’s when the first clue was released. I finished up the top 7 months later on November 4, 2008. The quilt top needed to age – waiting for the perfect occasion to gift it. I quilted it on October 26, 2015 using Superior’s So Fine! #722 “Crikey!” in the top and pre-wound SuperBobs in white for the bobbin. The quilting pattern is Curley-Q, a pantograph by Aimee Mahan. The batting is Hobb’s Tuscany 100% Bleached cotton. Finally I bound it using Susie’s Magic Binding.  After washing the quilt measures…well shoot, I don’t have that information in the spreadsheet. I’ll have to come back and add it before it is gifted.

This was an October 31, 2015 finish – pulling it out of the washing machine that morning in time to be included in the November UFO Parade Aunt Marti’s 52 Quilts. It was also counted as a finish for the UFO Busting Report sponsored by Vicki over at Field Trips in Fiber. It is one of my finishes for the 2015 Finish Along off my 4th Quarter List and finally it is one of the Crazy Challenge II quilts.

I didn’t mention it, but the backing is the same Kansas City Chiefs fabric that I used for the pillowcase.

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Sew Scrappy Challenge Quilt – Week 7

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Last month I said that on Tuesdays until Thanksgiving I am working on my Sew Scrappy quilt as part of Jo’s “finish a UFO before Bonnie’s mystery quilt starts challenge”. Sew Scrappy is from Evelyn Sloppy’s book 40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts. I don’t think I have any Bonnie Hunter quilts in pieces, but I want/need to finish this one and I’ve been stalling for 3 years.  Monday I got it washed and hung to take a picture. These days it is too late to take pictures outside after work, so I hung it on my shelves. It has also been delivered.

The quilt measures 69″ x 83″ after washing.  All of the fabric is Kansas Troubles, including those really light pieces.  As I was working on the quilt, I’d pick up a light piece then go check the selvage to make sure it really was KT fabric.

The batting is Hobb’s 100% Cotton Tuscany and I used Cairo-quilt in Military Gold thread in both the top and the bottom.  It blends so well, I had a hard time telling where I had quilted! There was one spot that I added a bit of quilting to after I got home.

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The quilting was done free-hand – just a loopy flower that I do. The picture above is before I washed the quilt, the one below, after.

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This quilt will link up with Jo’s Country Junction, Aunt Marti’s UFO Parade, the UFO Busting – 2015 over at Field Trips in Fiber, the 4th Quarter Finish Along (list is here) and of course my Crazy Challenge II.

I nearly forgot.  Yes, there is a pillowcase to go with it.

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Sew Scrappy Challenge Quilt – Week 6

sewscrappybindingLast month I said that on Tuesdays until Thanksgiving I am working on my Sew Scrappy quilt as part of Jo’s “finish a UFO before Bonnie’s mystery quilt starts challenge”. Sew Scrappy is from Evelyn Sloppy’s book 40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts. I don’t think I have any Bonnie Hunter quilts in pieces, but I want/need to finish this one and I’ve been stalling for 3 years.

Well, the end is truly near.  The binding is attached and I’ve started to stitch it down. Since I’m finishing it by machine, it won’t take long — but I got a late start last night. It’s the middle of open enrollment at work and since I was out on vacation last week, I didn’t start to look at the options until last night. There’s more personal computer work on the horizon for tonight, but I expect I’ll finish the binding. Then it will be time to trim the threads, label and check for spots that need more quilting.

See how others are doing on their project over at Jo’s Country Junction.

What’s On My Design Wall

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I am happy to report that Sew Scrappy is quilted! It’s amazing what can get done if you stay focused. I found out Tuesday or Wednesday that I would be able to use the longarm Saturday afternoon, so I scrambled to finish up the quilt top — then changed my mind about simply binding it, opting for a 3 1/2″ red border. Then the challenge was to get a backing ready.

I cut 9″ squares from my FQ (they had already been chopped into) and used a length of fabric given to me by a friend. But changing horses in the middle of the stream, I decided I needed a bit of the backing fabric for a matching pillowcase, so I pulled the blue fabric in to get the backing large enough.

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Here’s a look at the quilting from the back.

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Now to get the binding on the quilt.

See what others are working on over at Patchwork Times.

Sew Scrappy Challenge Quilt – Week 5

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Last month I said that on Tuesdays until Thanksgiving I am working on my Sew Scrappy quilt as part of Jo’s “finish a UFO before Bonnie’s mystery quilt starts challenge”. Sew Scrappy is from Evelyn Sloppy’s book 40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts. I don’t think I have any Bonnie Hunter quilts in pieces, but I want/need to finish this one and I’ve been stalling for 3 years.

As it turns out, I’ve been puttering on this quilt now for a little over a week. (I’m now stalling on a different project.) The blocks were finished up over the weekend, so all that is left is to sew them together. The plan is to go borderless and bind in red.

These days I sew my quilt tops into quarters so there is only one long seam. As soon as I get these pinned blocks sewn, they’ll be attached to the top section.

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It will be a bit more than half the quilt, as there are only 10 rows. The last 4 are up on my design wall.

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I’m off from work this week, so I should be able to focus and knock this out, but all those things which get put off while I’m working are taking up my day, so I’m not getting much more time to quilt than I do when I’m working.

Hop over to Jo’s Country Junction to see how other’s are doing with their challenge quilts.

 

What’s On My Design Wall

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Sew Scrappy, from Evelyn Sloppy’s book 40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts is what I’ve been working on the past couple of days. What can I say? I really didn’t want to swap out my walking foot again. I still have a few of the really light lights clumped together, but I don’t know that I’m going to worry about trying to spread them out. It looks much better than it did last week.

I hope to get the top together today or tomorrow, then it will be back to the Green & Cream Swap blocks. Although something was said about cleaning the front gutters…

See what others are working on over at Patchwork Times.

UFO Busting Report

 

 

 

UFO Busting 2015

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It’s the first Friday of the month and time to report in on October’s UFO Busting progress.  I’m thrilled to say that I finished 4 UFOs. The Blue & Brown Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler Swap from August 2009; Aiming for Accuracy from August 2013, Orange Crush from Spring 2008 and the Green Disappearing 9-Patch from May 2015 — hardly able to classify it as a UFO.

In addition to finishing these 4 quilts, I started and completed a quilt top.

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The UFO Busting Report.

  • Projects In Process October 1 – 59
  • Projects Completed – 4
  • New Projects started – 1
  • UFOs re-purposed – 0
  • Projects in Process October 31 – 56

If the weather is as nice tomorrow as it was today, I hope to get “good” pictures of the last two quilts I finished.

 

Sew Scrappy Challenge Quilt – Week 4

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Last month I said that on Tuesdays until Thanksgiving I am working on my Sew Scrappy quilt as part of Jo’s “finish a UFO before Bonnie’s mystery quilt starts challenge”. Sew Scrappy is from Evelyn Sloppy’s book 40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts. I don’t think I have any Bonnie Hunter quilts in pieces, but I want/need to finish this one and I’ve been stalling for 3 years.

There was no baseball game to distract me, but distracted I was. Our cat Butterscotch occasionally likes to go out into the garage and ‘hunt’. Yesterday afternoon she asked to be let out and our other cat Gracie decided to go out with her. About 4  hours later, I heard Butterscotch at the door so I let them back in the house — only Gracie wasn’t with her.  Called her. Got the laser light out — both cats come running to the sound of the key chain rattling on it, no matter how careful we are picking it up. Flapped the feather, as Gracie will come to the flapping noise.  Got a container of instant Rice-A-Roni out and shook it.  Nothing. Didn’t hear any rustling noises or meowing.

We were confident she couldn’t get out of the garage, but she’s our baby and we wanted her inside. So every 10 or 15 minutes one of us would go out into the garage and call her.  Finally I just sat out there and finally heard her.  That resulted in us moving a file cabinet thinking she might be behind it. Nope.

Moved more boxes and called to her. She was talking back now, but still couldn’t find her. Gave up. Went inside.  Then we heard her by the door.  Except she wasn’t.  But when I called her, I saw her run from one side of the garage to the other, so I knew she wasn’t hurt.  That’s when I was finally able to sit down and work on Sew Scrappy.

I managed to get a few strip sets sewn together and pressed.  That’s all I accomplished on the quilt.  I have high hopes for next Tuesday, as I’ll have the entire day to sew.

Oh, and  Gracie?  She meowed one more time at the door and this time was ready to come in.

Pop over to Jo’s Country Junction to see how others are doing the UFO they’ve picked to finish before the mystery starts.