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Finished (or Not) Friday – 3/12/2021

Thursday I attended my first “public-ish” event in a year.  My nephew’s senior project was directing a one act play. Masks were required, they were taking your temperature at the door and like a big exclusive event your name had to be on the list. I enjoyed myself and hope he gets a good grade on the project. Needless to say, it was 10:30 by the time I got home.  Fortunately I had all the pieces cut for this block. It’s the 2nd one from my Guild’s BOM. This is the “Finish”.

As for the “or Not”, the wedding quilt is still on the frame with no new progress and the music theme ‘jelly roll race’ quilt is still hanging for inspiration. If you look real close you’ll see an Easy Breezy Block.  A third of the month is gone and I’ve only made 2 blocks this month.

 

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

  • 350 Challenge March = 2
  • 350 Challenge Cumulative = 116
  • Easy Breezy = 124

 

Squirrels!

This afternoon I looked out my window to see what got Butterscotch’s attention.

It was a squirrel!

It ran up and down the side of the house a couple of times.

She wasn’t the only one distracted today. The layer cake that I won playing Fabric Bingo last week was delivered. In anticipation of it’s arrival I started searching for layer cake patterns.  I ended up with Layer Cake Lattice from the Fat Quarter Shop. I found a length of a solid off white in my stash for the background, so all I’ll need is backing and binding.

I had thread/tension issues today, so just finished the circle feathers before the thunderstorms rolled in.  I’ll keep quilting in the rain, but when lighting starts flashing I shut the machine down.

 

Design Wall Monday – 3/8/2021

I’ve reached the halfway point in the computerized quilting of the wedding quilt. This is the center block of the quilt.

I started the next row of circle feathers and got a notice I was running out out of bobbin thread. I decided that was a good time to stop as I need to wind more bobbins.  I started with 4 bobbins. I’ll wind another 4, but expect to need a couple more before I finish the rest of the quilting.

While the computer was quilting, I was cutting and piecing.  A number of years ago I cut 2-1/2″ strips from all of my music fabric to make a jelly roll race backing for a quilt.  When I was finished I had a 44″ x 70″ piece left over. Over the past few days I’ve cut strips from the music fabric – as it turns out over twice as many as I needed to add a enough to make this 60″ x 70″. Of course now that it’s “a top”, I’m not sure I like it.  I feel it needs “something”.   So, I’m not sure this is really a “top” yet.

I’m linking up to Small Quilts and Doll Quilts for Design Wall Monday.

The Perfect Ruler

That is this is the perfect ruler for those continuous curves in the broken dish units of the wedding quilt.  I put a little Grippy spray on the back of the ruler and marked a couple of lines for reference. That shallow curve is the perfect size.

Now these are curves that I’m happy with.

This quilt only measures 30″ so it didn’t take much time at all to finish up the quilting. Here’s a view of the back.

I still need to figure out a binding, but I’m in no hurry to get this done.  For fun I hung it on the shelves with the first test quilt.

Fuchsia and purple vs red and blue. Would you believe the larger quilt shrunk nearly 6″ in both length and width?!  Of course now it nice and soft.

The backing for the wedding quilt is made.  9 Big Dream Dance in the Hummingbird colorway.  Tonight’s project is loading the quilt and winding bobbins.

Stash Enhancement

It was a beautiful day here in Kansas City.  I think it got up to 60 degrees Fahrenheit.  I started the day at the local phone repair store.  What I thought was just a crunched screen protector was actually a crunched screen on my just paid off phone. After I dropped it off I had 2 hours to kill, so I headed to the LQS where I had a gift certificate.  I found these neutral FQs which just had to come home with me.

After picking up my phone, I put the binding on the Alphabet BOM. I folded it and the Wonky Dishes quilt up to take over to another LQS and set them down while I went into another room.  I was out of the room for not more than 2 minutes and Butterscotch had found the quilts.  She actually let me pick them up and walk to the door before I decided she HAD to get down.  My cats are good Quality Control Cats.

At the shop, I picked up one last bolt of fabric from the Bolt sale.  I plan to use this floral as the backing for the Sampler quilt I working on.

2021 Personal Quilting Challenge #1 – The Results

On January 13th I challenged myself to get a few things done.  You can read the complete list HERE.

I’m happy to say I accomplished nearly all of the list.  I still need to write the instructions, but I have time to get them in the mail as my sister-in-law is out of town until Monday.  Quilting the Alphabet BOM top was on my double stretch list, but I thought I might just get to done in time for the Guild meeting. It was quilted, but I didn’t get it bound. For that matter it’s still not bound.  Tuesday was the Guild meeting and Wednesday after work I went grocery shopping for the first time since early February. I think for the next few weeks I’ll just putter in my space, but I think there will be another challenge in my future.

 

 

Wonky Dishes – The Test Quilt

Wonky Dishes, my test quilt is Finished!  This is the snow pic that I hurried to get on Saturday before the thaw.

The quilt measures 70″ x 80″ before washing. I have no idea how many different fabrics are in the quilt.

I purchased the backing twice.  I totally forgot I had my backing when I found this on the clearance rack.   It’s from a kid’s line — Space Camp – or something like that.  It had cute little space shuttles instead of color dots  — and no other identifying information on the selvage.

I quilted it with Glide in Linen on both the top and the bobbin.  I used a combination of computer controlled feathers manually placed in each “block” and continuous curves in the broken dish units.

I used the backing fabric for the binding, which I stitched down by hand.

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A Long Productive Day

Saturday was the my guild’s Zoom Sew Day.  I’m happy to report that I was able to finish framing the blocks and building the rows.  Saturday evening I managed to get 4 rows together. This is the next to last thing on my Personal Challenge.  I still have to write the instructions for the BOM.

At 5 o’clock I was racing to finish up the last 10″ of binding before the sun set so I could get a “snow pic” and I had help. I should have pictures of the finished quilt tomorrow.

 

  • 350 Challenge February = 52
  • 350 Challenge Cumulative = 108
  • Easy Breezy = 118

Progress

Friday I made more progress than expected on the wonky dishes binding.  I think I have less than 40″ to stitch.  I know there are many who enjoy this last step, but I’m not sold on it yet.  I will say, I am getting faster at hand binding.

I set aside the binding to circle back to the Sampler blocks.  The big 12″ block goes into the sampler.  I simply made lemonade from the mistake that I made and now have 2 new orphan blocks to add to the box.  Once the block was made, I pulled out the Alphabet BOM blocks to see what my next step was going to be.  I had 4 or 5 which I needed to adjust the seams on to get them to 9 1/2″.  Once I did that I started framing the blocks. I’m a bit over halfway done. During the Zoom Sew Day I hope to finish the framing and get the sashing and cornerstones attached.. I’ll also have to finish kitting up the rest of the Easy Breezy blocks.  I think I only have 2 more ready to go.

  • 350 Challenge February = 49
  • 350 Challenge Cumulative = 105
  • Easy Breezy = 115

 

Finished (or not) Friday – 2/19/21

As the deadline for my 1st Personal Challenge of 2021 looms, progress is being made.  This is the 3rd of the 4 blocks in this set of blocks for my sister in law.  I was on track to have the last block made, but apparently wasn’t paying attention when I was cutting the fabric and got my turquoise and pink swapped.  Since it will make a difference to the design, I need to cut more fabric.

Binding on the wonky dishes quilt is proceeding. During the evening the cats took turns briefly sitting on lap. It wasn’t until the 3rd cat got on me that things slowed down.  Although she wasn’t on the quilt, she was sitting in such a way that it was making it difficult to see what I was doing.  I suppose it’s fair my goal was 40″ and I was at about 48″.

Tonight I plan on pulling out the Alphabet BOM and making my final plan.  Tomorrow is the Guild’s Zoom Sew Day and I hope to make progress on the top.

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

  • 350 Challenge February = 42
  • 350 Challenge Cumulative = 98
  • Easy Breezy = 111