Quilting and Stuff by Knitnoid

D Minus 3 Days and Counting

Here’s the latest progress.

  • Gift Wrapped – new label, wash, and photograph
  • Jelly Roll Rug – label and photograph
  • Black & White Strip Twist – trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Large Pastel Rail – trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Small Pastel Rail – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Christmas Crazy Eight – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • En Provence – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Hourglasses – quilt, bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph

Yes, I’m down to just finishing up En Provence and photographing the Hourglass quilt.  And the hourglass quilt — I  used Hobbs 80/20 batting and it crinkled up so nicely it feels like an old quilt.

Here’s a sneak peek of it.

 

 

 

After I get En Provence done and the quilts turned in, I’ll do posts on each of the quilts.

D Minus 4 and Counting

Here’s the latest progress.

  • Gift Wrapped – new label, wash, and photograph
  • Jelly Roll Rug – label and photograph
  • Black & White Strip Twist – trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Large Pastel Rail – trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Small Pastel Rail – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Christmas Crazy Eight – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • En Provence – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Hourglasses – quilt, bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph

I have a few spots on the Hourglass quilt which need to be stitched down, then it’s ready to be washed. I’m doing temporary labels for the show, so I’ll put the label on after it comes out of the dryer.  I have the strips sewn together for the binding of En Provence, but it’s not been pressed.  I hope to get it on tonight so I can wash it tomorrow before the guild meeting.

D Minus 5 and Counting

It was a long day today.  I left my house about 9:45. I started off running to the store for a twin batt. Stopped in at the Guild Sew Day, dropping off items for the guild boutique and trimmed my En Provence on the floor where I could lay it out flat! I headed north stopped by a friends, then since there was a quilt store near by dropped in there before heading south towards my sisters. Stopped in at a third shop to pick up a ruler.  It was about 2 when I finally got to my sister’s to use the longarm and it was close to 9:30 before I was finished.

  • Gift Wrapped – new label, wash, and photograph
  • Jelly Roll Rug – label and photograph
  • Black & White Strip Twist – trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Large Pastel Rail – trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Small Pastel Rail – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Christmas Crazy Eight – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • En Provence – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Hourglasses – quilt, bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph

 

D Minus 6 and Counting

Should have pics over the weekend.  I made some progress, but still have a bit to go. Bound 2 quilts yesterday. I also washed both of the rail quilts — although they are waiting to be dried.  Today’s tasks are wash the poinsettia quilt and Gift Wrapped, make the backing for Hourglasses, and work on En Provence.

  • Gift Wrapped – new label, wash, and photograph
  • Jelly Roll Rug – label and photograph
  • Black & White Strip Twist – trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Large Pastel Rail – trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Small Pastel Rail – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Christmas Crazy Eight – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • En Provence – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Hourglasses – quilt, bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph

 

D Minus 7 Days and Counting

No pics today.  But I’ve got to get on a roll if I’m going to get everything done timely. The big accomplishment over the past couple of days was getting the binding made for two of the quilts and getting the labels printed for all of them.

  • Gift Wrapped – new label, wash, and photograph
  • Jelly Roll Rug – label and photograph
  • Black & White Strip Twist – trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Large Pastel Rail – trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Small Pastel Rail – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Christmas Crazy Eight – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • En Provence – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Hourglasses – quilt, bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph

 

D Minus 9 Days

Delivery Day is Thursday, September 27th for the quilt show.

So, here’s what’s left to get done.

  • Gift Wrapped – new label, wash, and photograph
  • Jelly Roll Rug – label and photograph
  • Black & White Strip Twist – trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Large Pastel Rail – trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Small Pastel Rail – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Christmas Crazy Eight – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • En Provence – bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph
  • Hourglasses – quilt, bind, trim threads, label, wash and photograph

It’s going to be a busy week.

Design Wall Monday

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a Design Wall Monday post. So, this is what my wall looks like at the moment.

On the wall is the Hourglass quilt which needs one more border of the green then I can quilt it. Peeking out from behind it is my first block of Now and Later.  It was my leader ender project as I was working on the Hourglass quilt.  I was stitching 2-1/2″ light squares to 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ rectangles.  That worked well.  Sewing the blocks units together as a leader ender, not so well.

On the back of the chair is the backing from En Provence.  It’s still needs to be bound, but first I need to trim the quilt. On the shelf on the right is the black and white Strip Twist which still needs threads trimmed and a label.  I found out over the weekend I do not have to put a sleeve on the quilt to hang it in the guilt show.

Literally under my needle is the larger of the two pastel rail quilts.  I sewed the binding to the back and I’m doing a decorative stitch to stitch it down to the front. I’m maybe halfway through.

In front of the table on the right is the other pastel rail quilt.  I will use the same binding.  I was able to cut the binding for both quilts from a single shirt — and I still have fabric left over.  I used the back, 3/4 of one sleeve and the right front.

On the left, is a bag of kits.  There are several pillow cases and zipper bags in that bag. When I get everything bound, I’ll work on them. They are sitting on top of Christmas Crazy Eights.

My goal is to have everything bound, labeled and washed by Saturday morning before I go quilt the hourglass quilt. I do not know if I’ll make it, but I’m going to give it my best.

Quilting On My Own

I’m making progress on the quilts for the quilt show.  About a month ago, my sister took possession of an Innova Long Arm with Mach 3.  Mach 3 is the computer. Anyway, since she got it, I’ve quilted the two pastel rail fence quilts, the black and white Strip Twist and my Christmas En Provence. Only the Strip Twist is bound, the rest still need binding.  Since my sister is off at a quilt retreat this weekend, she said I could use the long arm.  So, off I went with this  Christmas Crazy 8 which has been a top for a bit over 12 years (I finished it 9/1/06 according to my notes).

I managed to upload the digital pantograph I bought – Echo Holly by Dave Hudson for Urban Elementz. I was able to tell the computer what Size I wanted it to stitch out at get it to stitch.  I ran into one snag where the thread broke – it got caught on the back handles – I have no idea how that happened.  Then the last 2 1/2 row gave me grief.  I’ve about decided I linked them in the wrong order as it stitched out the bottom row, then the next to bottom row and finally the 2nd full row from the end.  But, even with that oddness, I’m very happy with how it stitched out.  So, now I have 4 quilts ready to bind for the quilt show.

The hourglass quilt is one round of hour glasses and the border away from being ready to quilt. The plan is to finish it up tomorrow and go back over to my sister’s to quilt it.

An Auction

Last night I attended an auction. The ad that my husband saw on one of his social media accounts had a guitar featured. When he saw a quilt, he sent it to me, then we found fabric and more fabric.  The top picture was just part of what was on that side of the warehouse — there were bins of notions on that side as well.  On the other side of the warehouse were more of the “pre-cuts”. I really wanted the boxes of 6″ squares and 2″ squares, but I was on a limited budget and was conservative spending my sister’s money as well.  The photo boxes went anywhere from $17 to $30 dollars.  Very accurate cutting, well worth the value – but not having space or a plan I skipped those.  Besides, there was a sewing table and the fabric and books on the other side of the warehouse that I was interested in.

The fabric covered foot locker had quilt blocks and tops it quickly went out of my price range as did the round bin.  What you don’t see is that it had several rulers in it, including a 6 x 24 Olfa ruler.  But I was waiting for those color sorted bins.  The first 9 went for either $45  or $65 EACH! The last 5 were either $25 or $45 each — way more that I was willing to spend.

I did get the sewing table for my sister.  This is a screen shot from the auction house preview pics.

 

The big blue bins went for $45 – $60. More than I was willing to spend – but in some instances well worth the money.

Those crates have quilting books in them.  The first box went for $20.  It was most of the books from the Better Homes and Gardens Quilt-Lovers’ Favorites collection. After that, the crates of books went for $10 – I discovered two more books in a second crate. I have no idea what else is in that crate as I didn’t look closer and it’s still in the car.

The best buy of the night for me was the two boxes of fabric.  These smaller boxes were $10 each.  The top box is all fabric:

The bottom box was a weird mix. I was after the turquoise fabric.

My sister has someone she’s planning on giving the denim to.

There was also a Pop-Tart t-shirt, micro fiber glass cloths, a polyester gray curtain and this quilt themed needlepoint.

I want to figure out how to finish this to hang in my sewing space.

All in all a fun evening. I think I did well on my quilting purchases and probably over spent on my non-quilting purchases, but in the end I still didn’t spend too much.

 

 

What I’ve Been Up To

What I’ve been up to?  Well the sewing room/office is getting there.  Boxes are still stacked in the living room, dining room and my space. Some definitely go to the basement, some definitely come back into my space and some still need to be gone through. But the good news is I can get to both of my computers (work and home), I have a lap top hooked up to a television for watching DVDs, my ironing board is doing dual duty as my cutting table and most importantly I can get to my sewing machine.

Last weekend I got the binding on the black and white Strip Twist quilt. I still need to bury some threads and wash it, then it will be ready for it’s official portrait. Meanwhile the two pastel rail fence quilts are still waiting to be bound.  I’ve got to figure out which box the shirts ended up in. There are two dark blue houndstooth shirts I’m going to cut up for binding. But meanwhile, I’ve turned in paperwork for 5 quilts to hang in the guild quilt show at the end of the month and they need to be prepped.

Who am I kidding — I need to finish them.

  • Gift Wrapped.  It needs to be washed again and a new label made for it. It has a sleeve.
  • Jelly Roll Rug – I need to get a temporary label and possibly hanging sleeve on it.
  • En Provence. It’s been quilted, but needs binding, a label, sleeve and washing.
  • Christmas Crazy Eight. – Needs to be quilted, bound, label, sleeve and washing.
  • Vintage Hourglasses – I’m still piecing this one.

Here’s where I am on the hourglass quilt.

 

I still have to add 2 more rounds of hourglasses, then I have to figure out how I’m going to quilt it. I need to quilt it somewhat close as most of the hourglass blocks have a very narrow seam allowance where they join together.  The good news is they are all bias edges, so the blocks are not raveling.  I also want to evoke a vintage feel.

It’s going to be a busy couple of weeks.