Quilting and Stuff by Knitnoid

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No, It’s Not a New Quilt

It’s the backing for “Fireworks Over John Deere”.

Quilting Gallery Contest Entry

Quilting Gallery hosts a weekly quilt contest.  This week’s contest is Quilts for Little Girls.  I entered Kallikats.

I made this quilt for my niece when she was 8.  This was back when I thought every quilt you started needed a known destination.   Two or three days before I attended the Missouri State Quilt Guild quilt show, I called Kalli and asked her what her favorite colors were.  The conversation went something like this:

Me:  What’s your favorite color?

K:  Pink.

Me: What other colors do you like?

K: Hot Pink.

Me:  Any other colors?

K: No.

Me:  Ok, what types of things do you like?

K:  Kitties

Me:  Anything else?

K:  Girly things

So off to the show I went with the intent of picking fabric and a pattern to make my niece a quilt.

The pattern is Yellow Brick Road.  The cat silhouettes are from a Tuxedo Cats. It was in The Quilters’ Magazine – I’m not sure which issue.  If I remember correctly the quilting was pretty basic.  Stitch in the ditch between the blocks, outline the cats and maybe one or two cat outlines and a mouse in the center of the quilt.

In the border I machine satin stitched block letters.  The top border says MEOW MEOW.  The left border says KITTY KITTY, the right border  – PURR PURR and the bottom KALLIKAT — our nickname for Kalli.

My best guess is the quilt finishes at 69: x 96″ based on the pattern and that I added an extra border.  Kalli just got her room redone and the quilt fits in perfectly.

If you would drop over to Quilting Gallery and vote for my quilt — and two others.  They are giving away FQs to the top 3 quilts and I could always use more fabric.

Need to find my Groove Again

After finishing all of the quilts last month, my husband, niece, nephew and I went on a road trip and delivered quilts.  I can’t believe it, but of the 7 quilts we were delivering, I managed to only get pictures of 3.

Now that I’m home, I need to find my groove again.

I’ve not sat at my sewing machine since before the trip. But this does not surprise me.  It seems to me that after a big finishes (I’d say this counts) I tend to stay away from the sewing room.  Admittedly this go round after the finish there was a 12 day 4000 mile road trip, but I think I’ve just about recovered from it.

But there is the disaster that is my sewing room.    No, I’m not showing pictures at this time.  It’s just too bad.

The good thing is I want to get back in my sewing room.  I want/need to finish my sister’s quilt, I want to work on my niece’s bag (bought the grommets last night) and I found THIS.

Yes, I’ve been wandering around various blogs and I found Quilt2sr5.  Sunday she posted about her finish of Mountain Top.  I love the quilt.  I want one.  Yes, I’ve ordered the pattern. Now to figure out when I’m going to work on it.  There are a few things on my list that I need to work on first.

  • Design and write pattern for mystery retreat quilt by 8/1
  • Finish Crossword Puzzle/wedding quilt  – 9/19
  • Finish quilting DWR by 11/29
  • QIAD Christmas Row Quilt — to the top stage by 12/17
  • Mom’s 4-Patch Stacked Posies – to the top stage by 12/17
  • Purse for Kalli – by 12/24
  • Quilt for Frog – by 12/24

Oh — and I want to keep up with Judy’s UFO challenge.

Ok — clearly I’m simply crazy.  Cart me off now.

UFO Challenge Results

I can’t even remember what number Judy pulled for June. It didn’t matter because I was still working on my crazy challenge.  These four quilts were finished in June.  They were on my To Be Quilted” tab January 1st, so I’m substituting them for the June #.

For July the # is 2.  On my list this month is finishing the quilt top True Friends and/or quilting Fireworks Over John Deere.  Of course before I do either of these I’ve got to excavate my sewing room and finish up the crossword puzzle quilt.  These two things may take me all month!

See how others are doing on their challenge by following the links over at Judy’s.


Guess who has some frogging to do tonight?

Stash Report

Just a quick report this morning.

Fabric Added last week: 9.75 yards – borders, binding & backing for the Neutral Strip Twist
Fabric Added to Date: 86.769 yards

Fabric Used last weeks: 2.25 yards – borders & binding for the Neutral Strip Twist
Fabric Used to Date: 102.173 yards

Net Used for 2011: 15.404 yards

Checkout the links over at Patchwork Times to see how others are doing.

An Evenings Work

This evening I finished up the pillowcase to go with the Dresden Plate quilt (I’m still looking for a name — currently under consideration is “Metempsychosis”).  I also cut a 1 1/2″ square off of each unique strip in my 1 1/2″ strip bucket to use as leader/enders.  The thought is these will become a postage stamp quilt – well at least part of a postage stamp quilt.

Tomorrow I’ll dig for ‘ugly’ fabric to make hanging sleeves.

I think this qualifies, but believe it or not, if there is enough, I really want to use it on the back of my Texas Braid.

Backing Fabrics Found…

… and thread, stabilizer, needles, glue, more fabric and (not pictured) 10 yards of batting!

I drove down to Rocking Chair Quilts in Butler, Missouri today and quilted my Pink and Blue Carolina Christmas quilt and my Dragonfly quilts.  While I was there I looked at fabric for 3 of the 7 quilts I need to get done by the end of June.

I decided the Nancy Halvorsen 108″ wide backing fabric would work for two — the purple, yellow and green Old Tobacco Road and the green, peach and magnolia Chain Event.  The orange fabric?  Well, I just liked it.

Then, I made a stop at Jo-Ann’s and the in-store sewing machine shop for stabilizer and thread for the new-to-me embroidery machine.  I think the first thing I’ll make is a couple of quilt labels.  Finally, since the batting was on sale and I had a coupon which worked on the entire purchase – both regular and sale priced items – I picked up 10 yards of batting.  Other than scraps, I was out of batting.

Now I just need TIME to get the quilts quilted and bound. I setup two appointments in May to do more quilting in Butler.  There’s so much going on in April, I can’t get back down there.

Off to see about binding a quilt.

Another Favorite Product Gone

File this under the “Stuff” part of Quilting and Stuff by Knitnoid.

Dr Pepper Diet Cherry Vanilla is no longer available in the area.  This was my last can.  Drank it for lunch yesterday.

DH and I knew it was getting tougher to find.  Last week we checked every store that had 12-packs on sale, and a few that didn’t, and came up empty.  Then Thursday, DH asked the manager of our local grocery what the deal was.  There was a shelf tag, but no DPDCV.  The Pepsi distributor was in the store so the manager hollered at him.  The distributor confirmed that Dr Pepper Diet Cherry Vanilla is no longer being made in our distribution area, which includes Lawrence and Ottawa to the west and south, but didn’t know about other distribution areas.

Plain Diet Dr Pepper just isn’t the same, so I think I’ll just drink water and tea.  Probably better for me anyway.

It’s So Silly…

…but I  now have a pair of Tigger pajamas – or at least pajama pants.  A friend is embroidering a Tigger for me to appliqué onto the t-shirt.

Why do I have Tigger pajamas?  It all started so innocently.  I decided I wanted a new watch — something big enough for me to see.  Those Mickey Mouse watches where his hands are the watch hands are cute – but in my mind, a dime a dozen.  So I picked Tigger.

I’ve had this watch for about 12 years.  I’ve gone through at least 5 batteries and probably as many watch bands.  I really need to get the case re-plated.

I have a great gray Tigger t-shirt, but I can’t wear it anymore due to holes.  I have no idea how they got there.  Since then I’ve gotten a couple of other t-shirts, but they just aren’t the same.    A few years ago I picked up this fleece sweatshirt jacket.

Of course I have a few stuffed Tiggers as well.

The one with the red lilly travels with me to quilt retreats.  My quilts tops need “cat approval” and Seven refuses to travel with me, so Tigger fills in.

I’m sure if I dug deeper I’d find more Tigger “things”.   Instead I think I’ll go dig some more for UFO #10!