Quilting and Stuff by Knitnoid

UFO # 3 for 2009

I finished up this hand appliqué top Sunday evening. It was early enough that I could have sandwiched it and started quilting it. But what to use for the backing and batting? Most of my batting is Warm and Natural, but I wanted white batting for this quilt. As for the backing, I had no idea, so I left the top hanging on my shelves.

This evening I came into my sewing room with the intention of piecing something. But the little quilt top keep calling to me. After all it’s only 26” square, how long can it possibly take to quilt it? I still had to figure out what to use for the batting and backing.

I dug through my stash. Most of it’s FQs. I thought about piecing the backing from my pink stash, but I like those pink fabrics and don’t want to ‘waste’ them on the back of a wall hanging. Finally, I decided to dig though my novelty prints. Found a 2 yard piece of a bright yellow I originally bought to use for a swap and decided against using. Perfect. Who says the backing needs to match the front of the quilt?

Oh, and the batting? I have some fusible batting I bought to make some bags and didn’t use.

Mardi Gras Frogs


Yes, the little guys are wearing beads. And funny hats. And apparently are doing a take on the three wise monkeys (hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil). I’m not certain what that’s about.

Pam

Stash Report Week #4

This week I quilted and bound the mystery quilt that I’m presenting at a retreat in April. I also made 5 blocks for a BOM quilt. 3 will be used in the store sample, the other 2 were in ‘test fabrics’. On the other hand yesterday my quilting buddies and I went to several shops. The primary reason was to sign up for the Kansas Trouble Stash Society — that’s not going to help me bust stash — oh well. Anyway, I only came home with two patterns, a package of appliqué needles and 2 yards of fabric – Mardi Gras frogs. I’m going to use that for backing on my Old Tobacco Road Quilt which I’m doing in yellow, green & purple.

Fabric Added This Week: 2.0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 12 yards

Fabric Used This Week: 2 ⅞ yards
Fabric Used to Date: 6 ⅞ yards

Net Stash: +5 ⅛

Pam

Did Someone Say Appliqué?

I love the look of hand appliqué. I like to get things done fast (ok, so I’m going on 20 years with my DWR) so I can finish them (ignore the fact that I’ve counted 33 Projects in the works). Bottom line, these two things don’t mix, so each time I’ve seen an appliqué project that I think will be neat to do I start chanting the following:

I don’t do appliqué, I don’t do appliqué, I don’t do appliqué.

Ususally it works, occassionally, it results in me buying an appliqué book – you’ve got to have eye candy for inspiration, right?

Even my LQS owner will say “Pam, there’s appliqué in that quilt” to remind me that I don’t do appliqué.

I’m not certain what happened. I ended up in a hand appliqué class. A three week long class this past May. Nine different preparation methods – some I liked better than others.

Tonight (ok, this morning as it’s after midnight) I finished the last of the appliqué.

Pam

Corns and Beans

My local quilt shop, Heritage Fine Fabrics is using the book Kansas Spirit and Kansas Troubles fabrics for a Block of the Month. I’m making the store sample blocks. The first 3 blocks were made in October or November and this week I’m working on the second 3 blocks.

The first two this week went together really well. Which was good, as it was late. I decided to go to bed before working on the 3rd block. This morning I discovered it was Corn and Beans. Oh, I am so glad I didn’t decide to work on this block while I was tired.

Blocks cut with 7/8s mesaurements, squares cut on the diagonal and flying geese made with a large square and 4 small squares – a technique I’ve only read about. Deciding I didn’t want to use ‘real’ fabric, I pulled fabrics for a test block. Recently one one of the many lists I’m on, it was suggested that when making sample blocks, use a collection of fabrics so at some point down the line you’ll have enough blocks to make a quilt top. It seems like a good idea, so I pulled fabrics which together read ‘Christmas’ to me. I’ve got a Christmas sampler in progress (going on 4 or 5 years now) that I want to make bigger than the pattern, so I’ll toss this block into the mix.

Anyway, the block is done. It’s definately ‘fiddly’. Friday we’ll make a decision if we are going to use this block or pick one of the others in the book — an option since we are only doing 12 and there are 15 in the book.

Pam

Another UFO Finish for 2009

I’ve just put the final stitches in my latest UFO, moving to the Completed List. Alas, I can’t show a picture here, as it’s the mystery quilt for a retreat in April.

Back to piecing now. Probably blocks from Kansas Spirit.

First Finished UFO of 2009

I’ve finished my first UFO of the year. This baby quilt is headed to my manager and her 8th month old. Now to figure out what to work on next. It’s not like I don’t have a ton of quilt tops needing to be quilted, or tops that needed to be completed.

Pam

Weekly Stash Report


If my goal is to reduce my stash, I seem to be going backwards. I only used ¼ yard on the sweatshirt. There was another ¼ yard pulled for a narrow border on a baby quilt, and the 1 ½ yards for the backing and binding. The quilt is quilted and the binding is made. I should be able to get it in the mail on Tuesday.

There were two fabric purchases this week. Last Sunday I purchased a few FQs to round out a bundle I got at Thanksgiving. I also picked up some dragon fly fabric that I had been looking for. Then today, I stopped in at Heritage Fine Fabrics and spotted two things. The first is the pattern Sunset by Sunflower Hill Designs the second is Kona Bay Print in the pic.

Needless to say I thought the two would work well together and started pulling Fairy Frost FQs to go with it. I still need the background and will probably use a Moda Marbles for the background.

Fabric Added This Week: 8.5 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 10 yards

Fabric Used This Week: 2 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 4 yards

Net Stash: +6

Pam

First Finish of 2009

Finished!

About 11:45 this evening I finished the sweatshirt for my friend C. I’ll give it to her tomorrow night.

Next up, quilting a baby quilt that should have been done months ago.

Pam

Procrastinating


Procrastinating

I know I’m in trouble when I start watching the evening news, cook dinner, seriously start thinking about cleaning the house and actually READ a book instead of listening to it on CDs Either the house is a disaster even in my eyes (and it takes a lot to get to that point), or I’m putting off something.

Although I love to read, I’ve taken to listening to books on CDs so I can continue sewing. Lately, I pick up books at the library and then read them in a hurry right before they are due because I’ve been quilting. Not this time. Friday before leaving town I picked up two books: Old Maid’s Puzzle by Terri Thayer. and The Pagan Stone by Nora Roberts. I started on Old Maid’s Puzzle on the trip, finishing up Sunday morning and then read The Pagan Stone Sunday and Monday evenings. I enjoyed both of them.

So what I have been procrastinating about? The Lone Star Sweatshirt. There are two pieces to making this shirt which I’m not overly fond of. One is ripping out the neckline – I hate the thread – but I can do it while I “watch” TV and the other thing is turning the edges under so I can appliqué it to the shirt. My original desired date was January 2nd (of this year), but I missed that. So, I’ve adjusted my ‘due’ date to this Friday. See, I’m improving, in the past, it would go into the UFO pile and I’d work on something else. Since I had previously decided I wanted to finish this before working on anything else (ok, I did cut out charm squares, but there was no sewing), I made a deal with myself this evening. If I got the edges turned under by 9 CST, I could watch Leverage while I ripped out the neckband. I had 3 hours, surely I could do that.

Well, the good news is I was able to get it done, even though I stopped to watch the local news and pet Seven who hopped up on my lap without me calling her. I even ripped out the neckband so I could start sewing it to the shirt before I stopped to watch the show.

However now, I’ve got to rip. I’m not sure what happened, but my sewing machine kept sewing after I took my foot off the pedal. My thread matches so it’s nearly impossible to see. I’ve got to wait until morning to work for better light. I think it’s time to go to bed.

Pam