Quilting and Stuff by Knitnoid

Strip Twist Center Finished

Last night I sewed the last few seams on the center of my black and white Strip Twist. Now I’ve got to figure out what to do for a border.

To Read or Quilt?

I love to read. I love to quilt. So frequently I find myself listening to books on CDs. However, occassionally, I have to step away from the sewing machine and actually read a printed book. Earlier this week I read The Lover’s Knot A Someday Quilts Mystery by Clare O’Donohue. A little romance, a little mystery and a little quilting. Can’t beat that.

When I wasn’t reading or watching Leverage I got a bit of pieceing done. I’ve completed my 20 black & white Strip Twist blocks. This evening I sewed them into rows and even have two rows sewn together.

Tomorrow night I’m going to a school concert, so I hope I’ll get this top completed this weekend — or at least get the rows sewn together. I haven’t figured out what I’m going to do for a border yet. Time will tell.


One Down and 19 to Go

And I’m not talking football yardage. All my quarter sections are sewn and pressed, so now I need to get them into blocks.

Need More Light?

Recently the LQS and quilting cataglogs started carrying a stick on light for sewing machines. Some of my friends have it, but to me it costs more than I’m willing to spend at this time.

Today, while DH and I were out running errands, I found an inexpensive alternative. It is a Coast Tackle Box Light. At the time, I wasn’t positive that I would be able to use it on my sewing machine, but was confident, I could use it for something, and it was only $5.

Well, I must say, it does put a little light on the subject.

I’ve clipped it to the ‘hood’ of my sewing machine. It’s too heavy to for the hood to stay up, so when I’m using cone thread, I’ll have to figure something else out. But for $5, what a deal.

Now, back to the black & white Strip Twist.


Stash Report Week #5

This week I finished the Heart Appliqué wall hanging, using 1 1/4 yards from my stash. I also cut the strips for Strip Twist and if my math is correct, that’s another 5 yards for 20 blocks. So, 6 1/4 used this week.

On the other hand, I picked up the background fabric – twice – to go with the Fairy Frost I bought two weeks ago, along with the inner border and binding. I currently think I want to use FF Denim and it’s not in the current sample book at my LQS. Three yards of the brown fabric I bought with nothing in mind brings my weekly purchase to 9 1/2 yards.

Fabric Added this Week: 9 1/2 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 21 1/2 yards

Fabric Used this Week: 6 1/2 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 13 yards

Net Stash: +8 1/2 yards

Frogging and Other Wanderings

Argh! – I’ve just sewn 14 pairs of light and dark strips together with my needle moved the wrong way.

Earlier this evening I decided that instead of 12 blocks for the Strip Twist quilt, I wanted to make 20 blocks. So, I dug my fabrics out again and cut more strips. About half way though the pile, I realized that my needle looked funny. Yep, I moved it over one notch, but forgot to mirror image the move so instead of a ‘scant’ quarter inch I’ve a ‘plump’ quarter inch. So, I’ve got frogging to do (rip it, rip it).

I’m also questioning one of my fabrics. It was not in my original selection because it tends to look light against dark fabrics and dark against the lights. But since I needed more strips, I declared it ‘light’, but I’ve almost sewn it to the light fabric twice. It’s the button fabric in the pic.

Here in the photo it definately looks light, so I guess I’ll keep it, but make certain it between two darks and not on the outside.

As for the wandering portion of this post, I went to a new to me quilt shop — Fran’s Fabrics in Bonner Springs, Kansas. A group of six of us went, and I almost made it out of the shop without any impulse buys, but I made another pass while my friends were getting their fabric cut and I found this brown fabric.

It is In My Own Backyard … Autumn…by Becky Eme for Fabri-Quilt. I have no idea what I’m going to do with it. It reminds me of the ‘perfect’ brown fabric I used to have and used in the border of Which Way Is Up. I started with a FQ to make reindeer (which still haven’t been done), the decided it was the perfect border, bought what I needed, and a girlfriend bought the rest of the bolt. She no longer has what was left, because it was the ‘perfect brown’ for something else I was doing.

Which Way Is Up?

Well, off to frog.


Strip Twist Progress

Last night I cut 2 1/2″ strips from my black & white FQs. As it turns out, I have more light B&W than dark B&W fabrics. Then there are those great medium B&Ws that just won’t work for this (at least in my opinion). I guestimated that I had enough lights cut, but would be short a few darks (may be 4 or 5 strips?)

Tonight I started sewing them in pairs. Yep, short 16 or 17(?!) dark strips — . Since I already had cut 4 strips from each dark FQ, I dug into the MUSIC STASH. Just as I finished sewing the last of dark music strips, I turned around and hidden behind the box with my OTR, are the rest of the dark strips! Now I’m short light strips.

I could go back into the music stash, but there’s not a whole lot of light B&W music there – at least not where I could get an 18″ strip. So, into the CAT STASH.

A red letter day for sure — breaking into two of my largest stashes of fabrics.

Superbowl Twist?

I’ve been good so far this year. Finished 3 UFOs and the one new project I started I compeleted. Well, I’m about to start a new project. Bonnie Hunnter’s Strip Twist on Super Bowl Sunday.

Last night I pulled out the 2 1/2″ strip box and black and white strips jumped out at me, so to speak. So, I think I’m going to do this in Black and White. There is no way I’ve got enough strips in the box for the whole quilt, but I do have a stack of black and white FQs. So, I’m off to cut strips. I need something mindless for a bit.


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.