Quilting and Stuff by Knitnoid

Step Away From the Quilt Shops!

Yesterday my sister stopped by on her way home from work. At this point, I can’t remember why — oh yes, I remember now — she was going to help me hang the cat quilt to get a good picture of it. Well given the wind has been blowing non-stop for what seems like days, that didn’t happen.  But she did buy me the May/June copy of Quiltmaker (I paid her back).  Before she left she asked if I wanted to run down to the Hunters Heirloom in Centerview, Missouri. It seems that today is their big customer appreciation day and everything is/was 25% off. Sure, why not. I’m still looking for the border fabric for Allietare.

The black Kansas Trouble print will be the outer border, binding and cuff on a pillowcase. The gold is the inner border and body case.  The red is to be the accent color on the binding. At the moment, I’m not planning on doing the scallops.  But hey, who knows what I’ll decide when I eventually get it quilted.

While there I picked up some FQs and a different seam ripper. My sister loves this one. I have no problem with my little cheap ones — except I can’t find them under the piles of stuff on sewing table so maybe I’ll be able to easily find this one when I need to use it. One the way out the door, I spotted an advertisement for a quilt show that was more or less on the way home. So we stopped in.  I picked up a couple of FQs from one of the vendors and  a couple of books and a color wheel from the guild garage sale.

I couldn’t remember if I had the Linda Taylor book or had borrowed if from the library. If I have a copy on my shelf, I’ll give this one to my sister.

At this point I need to stay out of the shops. I have plenty to work on.  Progress is being made on Cascade.

I think I’m up to 20 stars cut out for the Star-A-Day quilt. I have the border fabric for Allietare and the Alphabet BOM and I’ve started cutting 2″ strips for Carolina Chain and I’m considering cutting fabric for Diamond Tile.  Not to mention at least 4 other projects that need to be worked on; Blue/Green Strip Twist – blocks cut and just need to be assembled; Pineapple Blossom – pieces cut need to make the blocks; On Ringo Lake – blocks and sashing made, just needs to be assembled; and Candy Sunflower Seeds which simply needs the borders pieced and attached.

I wonder how many of these I can get to the top stage before the end of  May?

 

 

 

Busy Weekend

I started writing this post Monday.  I’m just now getting it posted. Ugh.

Last week there were two shop hops in the area.  One was the Ad Astra Adventures, which included 10 shops over northeast Kansas – 286 miles round trip.  The other was The Heartland Hop with just two stores – one on each side of the stateline. Fortunately the stores were open late and we had 5 days to hit them all.  I divided it up in to 3 trips, starting Thursday night.

Due to budgetary constraints, I limited myself to 2 FQ at most of the shops – a neutral and a bright. There were a few exceptions. Three of the shops had fill a bag of scraps.  I bought or won as a door prize the scraps on the right. I picked up yardage to finish the Alphabet BOM, and at the last store I picked up notions.  Each shop also had a spin and win door prize.

I’ve already started playing with my new fabric.

This is Cascade by Cluck Cluck Sew. The pattern has two sizes of blocks — the smaller ones are used to make a crib quilt, the larger a lap quilt.  Naturally I’m changing it up a bit. I’m using the smaller blocks to make a larger quilt – however far my 2 yards of black fabric will take me. I see now that I need to be careful with my tone-on-tone fabrics. I need to make sure there is some movement in them.

 

I’ve also pulled out my Star-A-Day stuff and have cut 7 new stars and have 3 more sets of points looking for background and coordinating points. 13 stars and another 4 sets of points. After I took this picture I found another set of star pieces and another set of points.  Now to sit down and stitch a couple.

 

Finally, I finished the cat quilt, but I don’t have a good picture yet.

I’m trying to keep the cat hair off the quilt until I have help to hang it outside to get a good picture. I figured on the bed with the door shut was a good way to do that.

 

 

 

Quilted!

Saturday afternoon I  drove up to Saint Joseph, Missouri and dropped the cat quilt off with David Hurd of Quilting by David. Earlier in the week I emailed him to see if there was enough time to get the quilt turned around by April 17th and he assured me there was.  When I dropped it off, he offered to meet me at a local quilt guild meeting on the 12th.  Wow — that would give me the weekend to finish the quilt and get it on the bed before our guests arrive on the 18th.  Then Tuesday morning I saw this (the date stamp is wrong):

An email and phone call confirmed that my quilt was ready and I could pick it up that evening.

It was in a bag with my name on it, and of course his logo and phone #.

I picked the edge to edge design Splat and a lavender thread for the quilting.  100% cotton batting was used.

 

I thought I had 2 weeks so the plan was to make a couple of pillowcases and the binding.  I found 2 yards of Tossed Cats while looking for a missing pattern in the disaster that is my sewing room. It was perfect for the cases.

Last night I finished making the binding. I’m using Susie’s Magic Binding so I hope to have the quilt finished in the next day or two. There’s no need to rush – the weather is going to be nasty over the weekend so I won’t be able to take pictures until sometime next week – if I’m lucky.  The calendar may say “Spring” and “April” but we had a record low yesterday (17 degrees) and are expecting snow and sleet over the weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

It’s A Top

Warning. This post is photo heavy.

I’m having issues getting the photo of the quilt top with borders off my phone. So, here’s a pic of it before I added the borders. It took up the entire design wall.  At this point it measures 62″ x 80″. The borders added another 15 inches to the width and length.

Now for close ups of the sections. — Colors are off, I was doing this late a night under my dining room light.

“Row 1”

 

“Row 2”

“Row 3”

“Row 4”

“Row 5”

“Row 6”

I’m not quilting this one myself. I took it to the quilter on Saturday afternoon and he says he’ll have it back to me by the 12th.  That will give me plenty of time to finish it by my deadline of the 17th. While I’m waiting, I’ll make the pillowcases and binding. Yesterday while digging in my room looking for my next pattern I found 2 yards of Tossed Cats (the cats in the lime green stars). I might have used that for the border if I had remembered I  had it, but instead I’ll use it for the body of the pillowcases.  For the cuff I’ll use the border fabric.

 

 

 

The Cat Quilt – Week 2

 

I  need to pick up the pace if I plan to have this top finished by Friday. Essentially two rows are completed.  The third row is a work in progress.

One Row Completed

Tonight I finished one row of the cat quilt. It’s a funky size 16 3/4″ finished. That’s due to those black and bright 4-patches set on point. Hopefully other sections will have a nice round length.

The black and bright 4-patches were left over from Eye Fooler.  The yellow and paw print blocks were bounce pieced from a sample block, which will probably end up in this quilt and the black and white squares, well, I’m not sure what they are from. They were in a couple of strip sets which I cut down. The bird is from the border fabric from a BOM I cobbled together years ago.

While I was at it, I make a new block for the quilt from my hoarded cat FQs.

 

Now on to the next section.

 

What’s On My Design Wall

No, I have not finished On Ringo Lake.  I’ve got a deadline!  Which is probably my number one reason for most of my UFOs. I either set something aside to work on a deadline project, or the (soft deadline) passes and I didn’t get the project done, so it’s set aside to work on the next project.

The deadline is mid-April. This quilt is going to be a mix of two different panels — Cool Cats, which I’ve made a dozen bright stars with lime green backgrounds and Caterwauling which I’ve simply cut from the panels.  But if I did my math right, that only accounts for about half of the quilt top.

So, I’ve gone through my orphan block box, pulling blocks and pieces which I think will work (in the foreground). So far I have bonus HST units from Carolina Christmas (pink and white), a practice star for a table topper I made a few years ago (the stars in the topper were 1/2 inch larger), leftover pieces from Fireworks Over John Deere, and Gift Wrapped. I can’t remember where the purple and white HST came from, but I suspect they were bonus  HST as well.

Nothing like designing a quilt on the fly.

 

 

 

The Blocks Are Complete

The blocks are finally complete. The sashing too.

 

So, next up is cutting the cornerstones and reading the rest of the directions.  I’m going to do with brown cornerstones, but I haven’t decided figured out if I want the turquoise border to be as designed, piano keys or HSTs.

ORL Progress

Progress is being made on On Ringo Lake.  I plan to use the sashing as the quilt was designed, but it doesn’t fit on my design wall with the sashing. At this point I’m just looking for obvious spots of color pooling. Once I get the last of the blocks made, I will also have all of my sashing made. Then it will be time to decide on cornerstones.

 

I have some brown and some turquoise cut. I tried both out.

I can’t decide if I like the turquoise or brown better.  I best get that decision made soon as it won’t be too long before I’ll need to start cutting the corner stones.

 

 

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.