Quilting and Stuff by Knitnoid

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Batting, Backings and Thread

Saturday, I drove down to Centerview, Missouri to Hunters Quilt Mart. It was their customer appreciation day sale.  The big draw?  A 30 yard roll of 96-inch wide Legacy Batting for $89.  Backing was 30% off and 45″ Moda fabric was only $5.99 a yard.  Then because I bought the bag, I got another 10% off my entire purchase. Needless to say I think I showed great restraint.  I went in with a shopping list – batting, backing for 3 quilts, 1 yard of Grunge Basics in Berry, a list of thread that my sister is low on, a thread color card, and maybe something to help keep the thread from tangling in my drawer.

The impulse buys were the long arm side clamps and the cleaning brush.  My sister-in-law asked me to purchase Row-by-Row kit.

The green backing is for the BOM I worked on a number of years ago.

The orange Grunge Dot will be the backing of “Candy Sunflower Seeds”.

The Berry Gunge Basics will be pillowcase cuffs to go with my Good Fortune quilt — I miscalculated when I bought the fabric for the borders.

I didn’t find a backing for my swap quilt, but that’s OK. I have backings for all of my other (20 +/-) finished quilt tops (and some of my unfinished tops) which have been waiting patiently for me to get around to quilting them. I’m sure I’ll find the perfect backing for this quilt when it’s time to quilt it.

This week will be busy.  Monday, I need to finish moving my office from the sewing room to the guest bedroom. This will require running cables for the internet and taking apart my desk or removing the door to the room to get my desk into the room.  Tuesday, I have family coming in to pick up family furniture that I’m giving to my niece and nephew, not to mention I have to work a go-live. Wednesday is my small quilt guild meeting, Thursday I have a quilt class for a BOM I’m starting, Friday is the last chance to prep my sewing room before the longarm arrives on Saturday.

Yes, I’m getting my own longarm quilting machine.  It’s a 26″ Innova with Lightning Stitch and Mach 3.  I hope to be able to clear out some of those quilt tops I mentioned earlier — and possibly quilt the occasional quilt for hire.

Binding the Tumbler Quilt

 

The past few days I’ve been working on the binding of my Tumbler quilt. This was the 2015-2016 Leader & Ender Challenge over at Quiltville.com. The instructions can be found HERE.  I’ve had “help”.    The first obstacle I had to over come was whether or not there was enough fabric in my husband’s red shirt for the binding.  As you can see from the above picture I did.  Cut at 2-1/4″ wide, it took the back of the shirt plus half of one sleeve.

 

The next obstacle was getting my cats off the quilt long enough for me to sew the binding on.

I’m hand stitching the binding down so it will be a week or so before this quilt is finished.

Blogging

I started this blog to have a place to record my quilting adventures, and anything else which stuck my fancy.But I haven’t kept up with it.  I’m going to give it another stab. Who knows how well it will go.

Last week I turned in two quilts to hang in my Quilt Guild’s Show.  If you are in the Kansas City area Friday or Saturday, stop by the quilt show. The show is open 10 AM – 5 PM at the Abdallah Shrine Temple, 5300 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS.

 

 

There was such a response to the call for quilts, they then had to ask those of us who turned in more than on to prioritize them. I had 3 registered – Carolina Chain

 

On Ringo Lake

 

and Good Fortune

 

I quilted the first two quilts I guess in early August – I took them to the Old Man River Quilt Fest where I took yet another class from Bonnie Hunter.  They were not bound though.  I got them bound about 2 weeks ago, and have not had a chance to hang them on the line.  Good Fortune I quilted Saturday with the intent of getting it bound so I could deliver it to the hanging crew Thursday. Given the request to prioritize for space, I’ve withdrawn this quilt so I’m not under so much pressure.

Then today I quilted the Leader/Ender Tumblers quilt.

My plan it to get these bound by mid-October. I’ll have my show quilts back by then, so I’ll try get them hung on the line for good pictures.

 

Fabric, Storage, and the Tree

Turns out I missed a requirement on the Block Swap — no Christmas elements so the resulting quilt can be used longer.  So, out with the holly and in with a cardinal.  Last night I cut out all of the cardinals I needed using the AccuQuilt.

Saturday I spent the morning at a couple of quilt shops.  At  First City Quilts in Leavenworth, Kansas I picked up the pattern on the left – Baubles ‘n Beads. I purchased it during their Monday night Facebook Live event. The pattern on the right – Atomic Starburst I picked  up at the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival.  I fell in love with both of these patterns.

Also on Facebook, Stitch On Needlework in Lawrence, Kansas posted a picture of Quilting Treasures Radiance they received in.  When I saw the whole collection I knew I wanted to make these two quilts with those fabrics. Stitch On only has 13 of the 35 fabrics of the collection. I bought the background fabric, the inner border fabric for Baubles ‘n Beads as  well as the “solids” for Atomic Starburst from them, and the FQ bundle from Shabby Fabrics.  The colors are off on the first picture. The second picture is a truer representation of the colors.

There may have been a couple of other pieces purchased as well.  I think I’m good on fabric for a while.

That evening I went to my storage locker to get the empty crates to sort into. I decided since I was there I should bring a few boxes home.

I have not gone through them yet because the next morning I got up to find that the storm damaged one of my trees.

This picture was taken after I worked on it.  What you can’t see from this view is the limb in the top left corner is still partially attached to the tree!

Well the weather is cool – when compared the heat wave we had last week, so I guess I’m heading out to go through some of those boxes!

 

 

 

 

Guild Block Swap

I’m a member of 2 quilt guilds. This past week the smaller group had their meeting and a spontaneous block swap was announced.  We are doing snowmen. The blocks will be due at our February meeting.  The guidelines are pretty simple:

  • the blocks must be 12 1/2″ to finish at 12″
  • any technique
  • all blocks must be identical

We had been talking about using Crayons to color quilts so I plan to incorporate that in my block.  I went on line and looked for coloring book pages and found a snowman face with a top hat that I’m using for inspiration.

I plan to use crayons to color the nose. I’m not sure if I’ll embroider or paint the head, smile and eyes.  I have access to an Accuquilt system with a die for holly and berries and plan to cut those out next week.

 

 

More Trophies

 

I thought I  had more bowling trophies. I found them this morning when I went to my storage unit to retrieve a couple of chairs I was selling.  And look, the missing plaque! These were boxed back up and put in the car. I dropped them off at the thrift shop this afternoon.

Today I spent most of the day going through boxes of stuff – mostly old school records my husband kept.  I’m rather certain I do not need 20 year old practice records from his former students. I loaded up 5 boxes of paper to haul to the recyling center along with a couple of broken folding chairs.  I’ve also been posting stuff to sell on Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist.  It’s true — one persons trash is another’s treasure.  This today I sold a couple of sand chairs, a couple of nice chairs Ted and I planning to recover but never got around to doing, and a lawn mower. Additionally, I was able to give away a plotter that I had picked up off of Craigslist a few years ago.

Next month I think I’m going to take some of my smaller stuff to a “Junk in the Trunk” event next month.

Trophies

Back when I was in high school I bowled and my teams won a few trophies. Excuse the mess behind the trophies. I’ve been cleaning the garage. These are the ones that were up in the attic until last summer when I got a new roof.  I’ve not bowled in years, have no place to display the trophies (or desire), and I’m trying to clean out 33 years of accumulated stuff.  I decided these were going out, so I took a picture of them, and close-ups of the plaques.

 

According to the note on the box the 5th plaque read  “King Louie West The Bowling Bunch 1981 Champs”. The plaque was not in the box.

I decided I needed to keep one of the trophies. So I kept this one:

“King Louie West” Valentine Jr-Maj Tour. 1981 Champs”.    I cleaned it up and for the moment it’s on the desk in the second bedroom.

Ironically today I saw this posting on Facebook.

I wasn’t part of the Clinton Band, but my husband was.  I’m going to ask my sister-in-law to see if there is a trophy from 1977-1980 and get it for me. Not that I know where I’ll put it either.

Quilting As Opposed to Piecing

This past weekend I took 4 quilt tops out to my sister’s to quilt. Turns out that was a bit ambitious given that it’s been over 8 months since I used the long arm — and I was on my own. My sister was at work.

First up was Carolina Chain.  I took the class from Bonnie Hunter at the Mississippi Quilt Association June Gathering last June. I want to take it FINISHED with me when I take a class in August with her.

 

I used the panto Overlapping Crop Circles by Urban Elementz and Strawberry  Blond Glide in both the top and the bottom.

 

At this point I called it quits for the night, choosing not to load the next quilt on the frame in case I didn’t make it back out there.  But I did.  Day 2 was much better.  This is On Ringo Lake. I used the same Strawberry Blond Glide in the top, but Zaffee in the bobbin. The E2E design is Dragonfly Dance by Christy Dillon at mycreativestitches (I resized it to 13″ tall).  There were absolutely no tension issues.  I started loading the quilt around 1:40 and this picture was taken at 7:30.

 

I considered loading another quilt, but decided, I really should get home, but it’s ready to go another day when my sister’s and my schedules align (she’s not using the machine and I’m off work).  Now, to get these bound and labeled.

June

It’s been a busy 6 weeks since my last post.  The Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival happened. I was responsible for delivering the Guilds quilt entries, I took 3 classes, took a shift at the guild booth and as a white glove volunteer, before collecting the quilts and seeing they got back to their owners.  There was a tiny bit of shopping at the vendor booths as well.

The following week, my storage unit was broken into.  Ugh!  I doubt I’ll ever know what if anything was taken.  On the other hand the break-in has been the catalyst to get me going through the junk in the unit and the garage.  I hope to clear the unit out — or at least down size significantly over the next few weeks.  I’ve even made some money selling stuff that was just taking up space!

Then the last weekend in June was my husband’s Celebration of Life/Memorial Concert.

 

 

Skipping Clues

Yesterday I ran a few errands that took me within shouting distance of Show-Me Quilting, in Raytown, Missouri. Naturally I stopped in. I knew I was running short on the lime greens and oranges for my Good Fortune quilt, and I will need more blues for my Narragansett Blues quilt that I’m making in November.

The oranges were used immediately in Clue #4. Shh! Don’t tell anyone, but I have Halloween fabric in this quilt. Can you spot it?  I did refrain from using the candy corn fabric.

With the completion of Clue #4,  I now have all the pieces for the blocks.  I suppose that is an advantage knowing what the finished quilt looks like.  There are two more piecing clues.  Those pieces are used in the border.  So, instead of going to clue #5, I started on clue # 7.

Clue 7 part 1.

Clue #7 part 2.

I knew I had corner bees in the block, and spotted the two pink fabrics next to each other when I pressed the block.  I did not know I had two of the “wire” pieces in the block. I’m still not ripping it out.

As for skipping Clues #5 & #6?  I need to decide how big I want to make the quilt.

I can’t remember how big En Provence, the 2016 Quiltville Mystery was originally, but I enlarged it to fit on my bed. I recently got a new bed and would like to skip the dust ruffle — it just picks up cat hair – and I like the wide wood planks on the side of the bed.  However the foot of the foundation is exposed which I do not like. When I changed the sheets a couple of days ago, I pulled out En Provence and it is large enough to leave the wood exposed and cover the the foundation.  En Provence was 108″ x 108″ before it was quilted and washed.  Anyway, I am going to make the blocks then circle back to the borders.