Quilting and Stuff by Knitnoid

Finished (or Not) Friday – 4/2/2021

The April Fools joke was on me.  I went back to the gym for the first time in a year and it wiped me out.  As a result absolutely nothing got done. Of course the trip to Walmart and the grocery store probably didn’t help either.

What you see here is Shimmer, a few of my  Easy Breezy leader/ender blocks, my latest Addicted to Scraps block and the corner of Atomic Starburst.  Perhaps over the weekend I can get Shimmer on down the line and will have figured out how to quilt Atomic Starburst.

Meanwhile, check out the other quilts on AlyciaQuilts Finished (or Not) Friday.

One Monthly Goal – April

Decisions, decisions. What do I pick for my One Monthly Goal, a challenge hosted by Elm Street Quilts. Do  I pick finishing the top to Shimmer…

quilt and bind Atomic Starburst…

or quilt and bind Baubles ‘n Beads?

Yes, there is a theme here — all of the quilts I’ve made with my FQ Bundle of Radiance which I purchased in July 2019.

I think I’ll go with Shimmer.

Addicted to Scraps – Part 2

Yesterday the May/June issue of Quiltermaker was delivered.  That means it’s time for another round of Addicted to Scraps blocks.  This month’s block is Butterfly Bush — it’s the top left block.  Since it is so small, I made 4 of them and sewed them into a single block.  The large block in the middle is Antique Tile from the September/October 2011 issue. Outside In from July/August 2014 is the pink and brown block.  The last block is Box Kite from the May/June 2014 issue.

I have all of the blocks gathered on one page HERE.

While I was making the blocks I finished 3 Easy Breezy Blocks.

  • 350 Challenge March = 68
  • 350 Challenge Cumulative = 182
  • Easy Breezy = 138

 

One of These Things is Not Like the Others

As I sat at the other end of the sewing room talking on the phone, I realized that one of these blocks is not like the others. And this time, there is no way to fix it without an extra seam.  Will I? Who knows.  I’ll worry about it another day.  I still have 16 more blocks to make.

  • 350 Challenge March = 61
  • 350 Challenge Cumulative = 175
  • Easy Breezy = 135

The Continuation of Shimmer

Work on Shimmer continues.  After another cutting mistake I’ve decided I’m stitching then cutting.  I have no guarantee that I’ll have fabric to replace my mistakes.  I’ve discovered that some of my fabric pairing choices don’t have enough contrast, but I’m going to leave it.

I’m also contemplating quilting ideas for Atomic Starburst. I haven’t settled on anything yet, so I haven’t loaded the quilt.  Of course I need to make the backing first.

Also on my list of things to think about is how I’m going to set my Easy Breezy blocks.  I only have 6 left to make. After that I’ll need to find something else for my Leader/Ender project.  In the short term I may just pull out my Postage Stamp pieces.

  • 350 Challenge March = 58
  • 350 Challenge Cumulative = 172
  • Easy Breezy = 134

Design Wall Monday – 3/29/2021

Today’s design wall appears to be a throw back to August 2020.

I know you are thinking — didn’t she finish this quilt top last summer?  The answer is  Yes, but no.

When it came time to trim it up, (back when I could see my hearth) it wasn’t right, but I couldn’t put my finger on what the problem was. Look close – see the blue and yellow star?

It’s not lining up. I couldn’t see it last summer, but yesterday when the top was uncovered by my cleaning, I spotted the problem right away.  Apparently this top needed to be in timeout for a while.

Gracie helped me rip out the seam.

Once it was in two pieces it was easy to see where the mistake was made.  I think this was the last seam.   I  haven’t decided if I’ll trim it before or after I quilt it.  I’m leaning to after.  So, I’ll spend a day or two trying to figure out how  I want to quilt it.  I have to keep in mind, that — oh, this is March — I was thinking in the next 2 weeks I needed to load my nephews graduation quilt on the machine to quilt — but there’s  8, not 4 more weeks to graduation.  So, I will be able to keep this on the frame for a couple of weeks and still get his quilt done.

As for my piecing project,  I’ve pulled Shimmer out.  It went into time out because I made 2 different cutting errors on the same block. Since the above picture was taken, I’ve finished cutting the white for the rest of the blocks, and completed a block.

This is not a quick sew. I watched 2 episodes of Deep Space Nine without commercials in the time it took to complete this block.  I have 21 left to make. Hopefully it will get faster.

I’m linking up with Small Quilts for Design Wall Monday.

  • 350 Challenge March = 53
  • 350 Challenge Cumulative = 167
  • Easy Breezy = 132

What’s Next

After a busy week in the sewing room I splurged and purchased a yard each of the Muppets and Kermit. I have no idea what I’m going to do with either print.

I briefly pulled my MQA BOM Blocks out, thinking it would be another quick finish.  Ha! The multi-colored stripe on the left was my color inspiration.  I’ve used it a couple of times, with plans for it to be the border, but in the end have gone with something else.  So I dug deep into my yardage stash looking for possible options.  I think I’m going with #5 — keep looking.

Since I was digging through the yardage, I pulled it all out and sorted it.  Stripes, floral, tone on tone (2 boxes!), paisley/leaf, cat/novelty, neutral/batik, everything else.  I’m not sure I’m going to like this, but what I had wasn’t really working.  I slid note cards both the yardage boxes and the “FQ” boxes so I know where to begin looking.  The “FQ” boxes are roughly sorted by color.   Neutral/Tan, Pink/Red, Orange/Yellow/Green, Green/Indigo/Blue, Blue/Violet,  Brown/Grey/Black, Halloween/Cat/Multi, 30’s, KTQ.  My Christmas box has both yardage and “FQ”.  There are also 2 boxes of vintage, a box of flannel, and a box of denim.  The final box is kits. The larger bits of music fabric are stored in the former thread drawers.

Up top there is a box of UFO, Misc Sewing Stuff, upholstery samples, ties (washed), and batting scraps.  Not show below the shelf are smaller batting scraps, clothes to be deconstructed and …

A box of “fabric” vs. “scraps”.  There’s the music yardage I was looking for to use on the back of the crazy quilt. It’s just as well. I think the other music fabric worked better with the black and red on the front of the quilt.

Also in this box are the red and white FQ I collected for the Winter Wonderland quilt I’m working on, some Halloween fabric, a couple pieces of yardage and a few bits and pieces.  Clearly I need to sew faster.

With all of the fabric shuffling around my sewing room is looking halfway decent.

I’ve even exposed more of the design wall.  That’s not to say there is still not more to do, but the room is in pretty good shape.  I have a pile of batting scraps I want to deal with, then I need to spend some time in the rest of the house.

Finishing the Week

Test 2 is bound.

Louisa Lattice is bound and washed.  This one is going to my Guild’s Cancer Center project.

Yesterday after binding Louisa Lattice, I pulled out the box with these pieces in it.  The crazy squares I purchased at auction a couple of years ago.  This is the 2nd quilt I’ve made from the blocks and there are at least enough blocks to make 1 more quilt. The sashing is from Quiltville’s Dancing Nines. I quilted this with “Bubbles” in Candy Apply Red thread.  The back is a piece of fabric I bought to make my husband a shirt.

2 more Easy Breezy Blocks were made.

Finally, I got the cable company to come remove their box and cable from the house to the pole.  I haven’t had cable in a number of years. Earlier this week I was up in the terraced area of the back yard and had to duck to go under the wire.  Now to get the phone company to pull the DSL line and tighten the phone cables.  I’m ducking under those too.

  • 350 Challenge March = 51
  • 350 Challenge Cumulative = 165
  • Easy Breezy = 131

 

 

Finished (or Not) Friday / One Monthly Goal

I’m starting with One Monthly Goal — Finish the wedding quilt. It still needs to be washed, but I’m calling it done. I think next month I’ll pick something a little simpler.

I used 9 Big Dream Dance in the Hummingbird colorway for the backing.

For Finish (or Not) Friday, I also have Louisa Lattice.  This was made with a bit of yardage from my stash and a layer cake called Louisa that I won during Fabric Bingo.  I’ve made a scrappy binding from the leftover squares. The back is a vintage Peter Pan floral which my mom bought years ago.

I while I was assembling the top, I made 2 more Easy Breezy blocks.

  • 350 Challenge March = 37
  • 350 Challenge Cumulative = 168
  • Easy Breezy = 129

 

Quilting and Piecing

The last of customer quilts is done. I had to learn a new skill  – masking. That’s when stitching out an edge to edge design you mask a spot you don’t want to stitch.

It’s not the best picture, but the “straight” lines is the boundary where I told the computer to skip.

Once I got past the masked area, I was able to do a bit of piecing.  These are the rest of the pieces for “Louisa Lattice”.  I also finished one Easy Breezy block.

  • 350 Challenge March = 17
  • 350 Challenge Cumulative = 131
  • Easy Breezy = 127