Quilting and Stuff by Knitnoid

Vacation Squirrels!

 

I don’t have to go back to work until Tuesday, which is good because I’ve been distracted by a few ‘squirrels’.  First up, this lap quilt.  It’s a variation on Simple Simeon, a Villa Rose pattern. The top was first, then a pieced backing.

The binding is attached to the back, folded to the front and stitched with a decorative stitch.  I quilted it with a dragonfly pattern.

Squirrel!

Before I finished the dragonflies, I got distracted by some fabric in my stash.

I’ve had the cat and butterfly fabrics for a while.  The pink flowers are slightly newer, and the purple was bought for the border on the Log Cabin quilt.  I haven’t figured out a backing for this yet, but hope to have it quilted and bound before I go back to work.

Squirrel!

Monday or Tuesday morning I watched a video on what to do with your ‘ugly’ fabric. I like this better than I thought I would. I found backing and binding in my stash and made a ‘frankenbatt’. It should be finished tomorrow.

Squirrel!

A quilt shop about 30 minutes from me on the north side of town, is going out of business. I’ve not been able to get up there, but earlier this week I received an email. 75% off.  Since I was off, I decided to go to see if I could find anything.

Today’s adventures take me to 2 other quilts shops — the trip has been planned for a couple of weeks, but I may just have to swing back by the shop going out of business. I want to see if they have any of the ‘wheat’ colored fabric left. I bought 3 yards, but now I’m wishing I got more.

Squirrel!

I cleaned my sewing room, putting away the fabric which has been laying about as well as the fabric I purchased. There is still some on top of my boxes, but mostly backings.

With all of these squirrels, I have managed to cross a few things off The List.

Not only are Ruby’s quilts trimmed, she should have them this afternoon.

Easy Breezy = 66

A Shopping Trip

Hunters Quilt Mart in Centerview, Missouri is my Innova dealer. They have a great sale coming up in October – Fabricpalooza VI.  By getting a bag I’ll get an extra 10% off my purchase. Additionally, every month there is a special if you wear their tshirt or bring in the bag. For August it was $2 FQs.

This morning I went and picked up the bag for this year.  I hope that either my sister or I one can get down there as we are going to need another roll of batting and it will be on sale.

While I was there, I picked up the backing for Shimmer and Star Studded.  A few FQ made their way into my pile as did a Villa Rosa quilt pattern.

Since I’ve been home, I’ve made a few more blocks for Shimmer. Only 22 more to go.

Easy Breezy  = 62

Shimmer HSTs

The HSTs have been sewn and sorted. Each pile of fabric is a block for Shimmer – less the background fabric.  I did cut enough to finish a second block.  I can’t wait for my Simple Folded Corners Mini ruler to come in.  I’m a convert to pre-trimming the corners.  My units were so much better than when I stitched on the line. I think I’m going to add a dab of glue to hold the square in place on my next block until it’s sewn.

 

Easy  Breezy = 56

No Sewing, Just Fabric Cutting

I am making Shimmer using the same main fabrics I used in  Atomic Starburst and Baubles ‘n Beads.  It started with a FQ Bundle of Radiance by  Dan Morris for QT Fabrics.  Here they are laid out with background I used in those two quilts.

I only used a 5 1/2″ strip from the width of the FQs, so I had a 12 1/2 x 21 piece left.  Each block uses 3 fabrics plus the background.  To get the scrappy look, all of pieces of a block are cut from each FQ.  The pieces are separated by where they are used in the block.

The large square and rectangle are “A”, the small rectangle and squares are “B”. Not pictured here is “C” the medium squares for the HSTs. Since I didn’t have a true FQ, I opted to use the “solid” FQs (or what was left of them) for “C”.  I still didn’t have enough fabric, so each of the “starburst” fabrics I used in Atomic Starburst will also be used as “C” in one block.  The colors are not true in the picture below.

Needless to say, I simply cannot make any cutting mistakes.  There is no more fabric.  Each fabric was cut individually, as if I did make a mistake I wanted to limit it to a single fabric. Sure enough I did make mistakes – most of which I was able to recover from with no issues.  But one of the fabrics I had to find another solution.  I’m guessing when this unit is in the block and the top is quilted no one will notice.

I finished cutting and sorting A & B last night.

After I make the HSTs, I’ll add them to each of the block sets.  But of course before I do that I need to cut the background fabric. This is what I’m using.  I had 3 yards in my recent stash. I bought it for Frolic but didn’t use it.

 

Shimmer Begins

I crossed one more thing off The List and decided I didn’t need to wait to get ALL of the items done before starting Shimmer, a Cluck Cluck Sew pattern.

This will be the 3rd quilt from the Radiance bundle of FQs. After triple checking my cutting diagram, I counted my FQs and realized that I could get a twin size quilt from the remaining fabrics if I cut a pair of squares from each of the fabrics I used for the Starbursts in Atomic Starburst.  So, that’s the plan.

This is going to be slow going unless I get up the gumption to cut more than one FQ at a time.  The block uses chevrons, reverse chevrons, snowball corners and seam which are pressed open.  All of which slow me down.  But I’m confident it will be worth it in the end.

After struggling last night with the chevrons, I ordered the Simple Folded Corners Mini from the Quiltville Store. I’ve resisted ordering this, but last night I ended up trimming one of the chevron units then stitching it with a 1/4″ seam.  I really liked the results and it means I don’t have to keep fiddling with my needle position going back and forth between a 1/4″ seam and stitch on the line.

Easy Breezy = 55

Progressing on the List

Progress was made this past weekend on The List.   Two pillowcases, 2 Flying Dutchmen blocks, and I finished Cascade with binding, a hanging sleeve and a label.

Easy Breezy = 54

Bauble ‘n Beads is a Top

In between taking calls for work, I completed my  Baubles ‘n Beads top.  I then made the binding for Cascade, and I make the August block for Star Studded.

 

I thought that meant I could cross 2 things off my list, but the line says “Finish Baubles ‘n Beads”, not complete Baubles ‘n Beads top.

 

Easy Breezy = 53

 

Another List?

Yes, I’ve written out another list.  This is just the stuff I see sitting around the sewing room. I’ve decided I need to get a few things done to clear the deck so to speak before I start Shimmer.  Well, that and I have started 2 new quilts and figured I needed to work on my UFOs again. I suspect this is more of an attempt to keep myself from starting a new quilt that I can throw on the long arm and have the computer quilt.

I’ve always said I wanted to work my way into custom quilting and with Cascade I have confirmed that is what I want to do.  Which is good, since I have a stack of quilt tops that I want to do some sort of custom quilting on. The only issue is that if I’m standing at the quilting machine, I can’t be piecing.  I haven’t worked that one out yet. I guess I need to work on a few quilts which won’t benefit from custom quilting. But not today.

This is the 2nd weekend in a row I’ve had to work.  At the moment, it looks like I’ll be up early for a couple of hours, then will sit back and wait for a conference call at 4.  I wouldn’t be surprised if at least one more gets thrown in.  So, my plan is to finish up  Baubles ‘n Beads.  Then bind Cascade and make a hanging sleeve for it.

 

Easy Breezy = 51

Shopping via Facebook Lives

These days a number of quilt shops are doing Facebook Lives to bring the quilt shop to their customers virtually. Although it’s not a new phenomenon, there has been an uptick in the number of shops which offer this service.  The first event I remember attending was for First City Quilts in Leavenworth, Kansas the summer of 2019.  I caught the tail end of the event. That’s where I first saw Baubles ‘n Beads and knew I wanted to make it.  Now that I’ve started it is coming together quickly.

Stitch On Needlework Shop in Lawrence, KS offers 2 live events each week.  Monday and Thursday at 11 AM Central. Although it wasn’t a live event, a summer 2019 FB post is what drew me to the Radiance collection of fabric.  Just recently they showed Shimmer during a FB live. I plan to use the rest of my Radiance bundle to make this quilt.

I was recently introduced The Quilted Cow in Branson, Missouri via their FB Live Party in Your PJs.  That’s a lively hour or two.  Interestingly, it’s possible to not get everything you “order”.  The first party I attended I ordered a panel and something else, but by the time my order came up in the queue, they only had the panel.  I  have no idea what I’m going to do with this panel, but I do like the free pattern the designer has which uses 2 placemat panels and a couple of coordinating prints.

This past week, I ordered a few more things including this humming bird panel. I think I will just quilt this and call it done.

Show-Me-Quilting does their event a bit different.  Beth records the show and hosts a Watch Party where she answers questions live and you can request your items. This week I fell in love with this Ol Saint Nick panel by Hoffman Fabrics.  It was shown twice. I passed on it the first time, but the second time it was suggest that cutting it up and using it in an attic window block would make a cool quilt. I watched the Missouri Star video on how to do it and decided I had to have the panel. Fortunately there were still some left.

It’s time for me to stop shopping for a bit.

Over the past 2 weeks these items came in the house, mostly via a FB event.  The purple (or is it navy?) with gold dots is from Show-Me-Quilting. No idea what I’ll do with it, and after the trouble I had locating more of the Kansas Troubles Fabric I bought 3 yards.  Speaking of the Kansas Troubles,  I called Kansas Troubles Quilters and asked if they had any FQs of the fabric I needed for binding Cascade. They were able to find 2 Fat Eighths!  The rest of the items are from my 2nd Quilted Cow purchase.

I think it’s time to put down my mouse and get back to the sewing machine.

 

Baubles ‘n Beads Progress

Bauble ‘n Beads is moving right along. After paper piecing the starbursts for Atomic Starburst, these “baubles” were simple to knock out in no time.

Applique is another technique I’m not real fond of either, but it’s moving right along.  Everything slowed down once I started the satin stitching.  Note to self – middle satin stitch, reduced to 3.0 wide, reduce pressure foot pressure to 5.0.

Easy Breezy = 49