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Time Estimations

Clearly, I cannot estimate time when it comes to quilting. What I thought would take me 10 or 20 minutes took closer to 1-1/2 hours between running out of bobbin thread and the machine eating my sashing pieces.  All of my sashing units are pieced and waiting to be paired together. I’ll sew the pairs as I add the last row to the blocks.

I really don’t want this quilt to become a UFO, but I have a deadline approaching for one maybe two quilts, both of which are in progress, so we’ll see how far I get before I get distracted.

The first one is a cat quilt. About a year ago I cut into my Cool Cat panel and came up with 12 blocks and the plan to make a kids quilt around 44 x 58.

But now, I need to morph this quilt to at least 60 x 85 and possibly 70 x 90. Well, either this or some other cat themed quilt. So my thought is to mix these blocks (and the 3 leftover cats from the panel) with the Caterwauling panel.

Part of that plan is to use some of my cat themed fabric that I’ve collected.

Anyway, I’m excited about the challenge and can’t wait to get started.  As for the 2nd quilt, it’s the blue and green Strip Twist, which is still just a stack of blocks at this point.

This will be a queen size quilt.

Music, a Walk, and Books

Tuesday my husband and I attended a talk and concert at the library. My husband wanted to hear David Amram speak. Mr Amram plays jazz and grew up knowing the jazz greats such as Charlie Parker, Thelonious Month, and Miles Davis.  Wikipeida has a good article on him.  What we didn’t know is that after the talk he was performing with Victor & Penny. It was a great evening.

Wednesday may have been Valentine’s Day, but we did it low-key. I improvised spaghetti in my Instant Pot. Most of the recipes I’ve found say brown the meat, add the spaghetti, pour a jar of sauce over it all and add water.  Not having a jar of spaghetti sauce, I  used a dry season package — the type where you add water and tomato paste — or less water and tomato sauce. After we tasted it, we decided it needed more tomato. Turns out the 8 ounce can of tomato sauce was not enough tomato. I rummaged in the refrigerator and found a partial jar of pizza sauce which worked in a pinch. Afterwards, we walked the mall simply to get out of the house.

That brings us to books.  Do not turn us loose in Half Price Books. It’s dangerous.  I innocently pointed out a book on a cart at the drop off counter and walked on to the quilt books where I found 3 or 4 things but couldn’t remember if I owned them or simply had checked them out from the library.  My husband comes and finds me and says ‘let’s get out of here’ because he has 2 or 3 books in his hand and he hasn’t made it to the counter where they are holding a book for him. I follow him in a moment, only to discover the music section is between the quilting books and the cash register. If the section had been in the back we would have made it out of the store with fewer books. I’m looking forward to reading a couple of these myself.  But only after I get a bit more quilting done.

I’m still working on On Ringo Lake. I’m guessing I can start assembling blocks after another 30 minutes of piecing. I might even begin assembling the top this weekend.  No new picture of ORL, but here is a pic of last year’s En Provence.  I brought it home half quilted before Christmas and dumped it on the end of the ironing board.  Butterscotch has decided it makes a nice bed.

On the design wall in the background is my postage stamp quilt. Since this picture was taken I have one more block made bringing my total up to 24.

The Daily Progress Report – February 2, 2018

Half the sashing pieces are finish and there’s only one unit left to add to the rows. The plan is to alternate adding the last unit to the row and add the first flip corner to the sashing so that when all the rows are finished I’ll have one end done on the rest of the sashing.  The other end of the sashing will be added as I sew the top row to the middle row. Finally I’ll join the sashing together as I finish the blocks.  At that point, I’ll need to revisit the directions.

11 Hours of Piecing

It’s more than 11  hours since I started the quilt, but I know I spent 11 hours piecing this weekend.  It’s been a long time since I pieced all weekend.  I was listening to Constant Fear by Daniel Palmer on and off.

 

The Block Units are Complete

All of the units needed for the On Ringo Lake blocks are made. I’ve even have the center rows done. On the other hand, the sashing units are just the same as they were back on December 27th…

One of each direction made and bagged up waiting for me to get to them.  I’ll add these into the mix as I sew my completed units into rows.  10 of each then get up and press.

Shoot. I thought I had all my fabric cut except for the setting triangles, but I just realized I need cornerstones to go with the sashing. Good thing I’ve not started cleaning up.

ORL Part 7 Is Done

I’ve finished Part 7 of On Ringo Lake and have started sewing them to the 9-patches. Meanwhile I am still piecing the combination triangle units. I’m not quite halfway through those.

Slow and Steady

Since I picked up the extra peach/coral FQ for On Ringo Lake, I thought I would go ahead and cut it up – not that I’m finished sewing the geese together.  I’m just past halfway on that clue, but stopped to sew a few of the corner pieces together so I could see a whole block.  Tomorrow it will be back to stitching geese together.

 

More Stash Enhancement

 

I took this afternoon off for an appointment on the other side of town which ended significantly earlier than expected. So, naturally, I looked for the nearest quilt shop, Quilter’s Station in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.  It’s been a while since I’ve been in there. The first thing they told me when I walked in the door, was new fabric had been added to the sale room.  The quilts I could make just from the fabric in the sale room.  But alas, I’m on a very limited budget and my goal is a few more corals/peaches for On Ringo Lake. None were to be found in the sale room.

Next I hit the FQ bin.  I found the fabric shown above – my colors appear to be off slightly, but they  blend well with what I bought Saturday and will work my quilt.  Since they were there, I picked up a couple of turquoises and a brown which I thought might be good for some sort of a border. Unfortunately they only had this FQ, but I know it’s a Hoffman as I found it in black. I’m not sure where my borders are going, so it’s really too soon to be worried about them.

 

 

Creativity Returning

It’s been a while, but my creativity is beginning to return. It’s evidenced by the new projects I’ve accumulated over the past few weeks and older projects I’ve pulled out to work on. There’s 7 projects on the table and there are a few more which I didn’t get into the dining room.

The oldest project on the table is last year’s Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt, En Provence.  I hope to get it quilted in early December. I’m waiting on a pantograph to come in so I can schedule rental time. But that’s OK, because my husband wants to start wearing waistcoats to work and I’m certain I can make them for less than the few he has found to purchase.

But when I went to the store I found the plaid I fell in love with last fall and there is enough on the bolt for a skirt or dress for me as well as his waistcoat. The color is off in this picture. The dark blue will be the lining for the waistcoat and the lining in the dress will be the bright turquoise with matches that tiny line running through the plaid. The goal is to get these 2 pieces, and find/make a blouse, by November 29th. I may pull my hair out as I work through altering the patterns.

Altering the patterns, is primarily why those knits haven’t been cut into – that and I think I’ve changed my mind on what I’m using the print on. I don’t know that the print has enough recovery to make leggings. This project goes to the bottom of the current list.

Which is where the lingerie is as well.  The lace I bought recently, the solid I’ve had for YEARS. Again there are fit issues. But baby steps. I haven’t wanted to sew for myself in years.

Front and center is the fabric for this year’s mystery quilt – On Ringo Lake.  I need more neutrals and more aqua/turquoise. I’m not planning on getting through the clues each week, so I have time to gather more fabric.  Why the delay?

This way overdue quilt. After I get through the waistcoat & dress, this becomes my #1 priority except for the day I quilt En Provence. There’s also the green and blue StripTwist I’ve been working on — which is piled on the ironing board, cleaning the sewing room (which really needs to happen before I do anything), the shirting Pineapple Blossom, the borders for Allietare, the new ruler and pattern I bought last month, and of course any of the 30 other quilts I have already started….

Yes, I feel the creativity coming back. Stay tuned.

 

 

 

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