Quilting and Stuff by Knitnoid

Creativity Returning

It’s been a while, but my creativity is beginning to return. It’s evidenced by the new projects I’ve accumulated over the past few weeks and older projects I’ve pulled out to work on. There’s 7 projects on the table and there are a few more which I didn’t get into the dining room.

The oldest project on the table is last year’s Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt, En Provence.  I hope to get it quilted in early December. I’m waiting on a pantograph to come in so I can schedule rental time. But that’s OK, because my husband wants to start wearing waistcoats to work and I’m certain I can make them for less than the few he has found to purchase.

But when I went to the store I found the plaid I fell in love with last fall and there is enough on the bolt for a skirt or dress for me as well as his waistcoat. The color is off in this picture. The dark blue will be the lining for the waistcoat and the lining in the dress will be the bright turquoise with matches that tiny line running through the plaid. The goal is to get these 2 pieces, and find/make a blouse, by November 29th. I may pull my hair out as I work through altering the patterns.

Altering the patterns, is primarily why those knits haven’t been cut into – that and I think I’ve changed my mind on what I’m using the print on. I don’t know that the print has enough recovery to make leggings. This project goes to the bottom of the current list.

Which is where the lingerie is as well.  The lace I bought recently, the solid I’ve had for YEARS. Again there are fit issues. But baby steps. I haven’t wanted to sew for myself in years.

Front and center is the fabric for this year’s mystery quilt – On Ringo Lake.  I need more neutrals and more aqua/turquoise. I’m not planning on getting through the clues each week, so I have time to gather more fabric.  Why the delay?

This way overdue quilt. After I get through the waistcoat & dress, this becomes my #1 priority except for the day I quilt En Provence. There’s also the green and blue StripTwist I’ve been working on — which is piled on the ironing board, cleaning the sewing room (which really needs to happen before I do anything), the shirting Pineapple Blossom, the borders for Allietare, the new ruler and pattern I bought last month, and of course any of the 30 other quilts I have already started….

Yes, I feel the creativity coming back. Stay tuned.




Stash Report

There’s been virtually no quilting in my studio this past summer and no quilt shop hopping. Well, that changed yesterday. My sister asked me if I wanted to ride with her to Hunters Heirloom Quilting in Centerview and then up to Missouri Star in Hamilton.  I said yes.

At Hunters, the Cascade pattern caught my eye so I picked it up and the ruler to go with it. Although the pattern is FQ friendly, I will work from my stash. I’m considering using my Kansas Trouble fabrics, but time will tell. I also picked up FQs of neutrals since they can always be used.

Then it was off to Missouri Star. I may be the only quilter in the world who does not get excited at the prospect of a trip to Hamilton. I seldom use a single line of a fabric in a quilt  – even when I make a non-scrappy quilt. So if I find an inspiration fabric in the Floral Store (loved those butterflies on turquoise) I can’t pull other fabrics, except what is in the Floral Store to go with it. As a result I leave the fabric there.  But I digress.

Since this was my sisters expedition, we started at the north end of town, skipped Primitives and Batiks, crossed the street. In the main store I finally bought the triangle papers and mini-ruler. All I could remember yesterday is that I didn’t buy the ruler and papers when they were first available since there was so much on my plate, so I couldn’t remember what quilt it was. Turns out it’s the Mini Periwinkle quilt from the first Block magazine. I need 2 more packages of papers. I’ll worry about that after I figure out what fabrics I’m going to use. I also picked few more neutral FQs.

Somewhere along the way it was suggested that the Floral Store might have what my sister was looking for, so we stopped into the Mercantile on the way to Florals where I picked up the shirting charm pack to use as backgrounds on my Star-A-Day quilt, then went to the Floral store.

On the way back to the car, we popped into Primitives since I’m considering Kansas Troubles for the Cascade quilt and I’ll need background fabric. Once we were in the in the store, I couldn’t decide on a background. I did find great black fabric, which happens to be a KTQ fabric, and decide to use for the Cascade quilt with bright prints from my stash. At least that’s how I talked myself into buying the fabric.

By now we’ve done every store except Batiks, so we can’t skip it. That’s where my sister found the last fabric she needed for a quilt she’s working on.

A few weeks ago I also stopped in at The Quilted Sunflower since I was in town to drop off my quilt for the quilt show in Spring Hill. A charm pack and 2 neutral FQs came home with me.

Before I can play with these purchases, there’s a quilt that I need to finish that is way overdue. My goal is to finish it before Thanksgiving so I’ll be ready when the first clue of the Quiltville Mystery quilt is released. But even before I can do that I  have to get through the next few crazy weeks at work.







She Sews!


What’s On my Design Wall


Since I posted about finishing the Blue Disappearing 9-Patch yesterday, there’s not really anything new to report on this week.  I started setting up my sewing machine to work on the Cream & Green Swap blocks, but then discovered I can’t find my thread. I’m using the same thread I used on the D9P, but have no idea where I put it when I collapsed the treadle machine.

See what others are working on over at Patchwork Times.


The Blue Disappearing 9-Patch


Yesterday was gorgeous – sunny, light breeze, 74 degrees – not something you see often in Kansas City in February, but it was perfect for a quilt photoshoot. Ever since we cleared the jungle, I wanted to hang a line to hang quilts on.  It took two tries, as the weight of the quilt caused the first line to sag.


This quilt is made from recycled shirts with the exception of the blue accent squares and binding. Even the back is from recycled shirts.


I started this quilt January 5, 2016, finished the top February 24, 2016, then started working on the backing.  I finished the backing some time in June 2016 — possibly at the quilt retreat I went on.  Then the quilt sat, ageing, until I pulled it out this January and began quilting it on my treadle machine.


The binding was applied and stitched down on my main machine. I also made a pillowcase to go with the quilt using the binding fabric and a shirting that I bought a whole bolt of 10-15 years ago.


This is my first finish for 2017 and is one of my 1st Quarter Finish Along Goals.

What’s On My Design Wall


Over the weekend I made the pillowcase for the Disappearing 9-Patch and trimmed the threads from the quilt. I’m washing it, so do not have a finished picture yet. Then I pulled out the Cream & Green Swap blocks.

I’m quilting this block by block and can’t remember how I’m connecting the blocks. So, I’m making it up as I go.  Actually, I think it got set aside because I had a ‘brilliant’ thought on how to connect the blocks and then realized it wouldn’t work.  I had that same thought and acted on it last night, only to come to the same roadblock.  I’ve revised my thinking, but didn’t get a chance to act on it.


Also this weekend, my husband and I took some furniture up to my nephew for his new home – got to love Craigslist finds. Anyway, they live about 15 miles from Crossroads Quilting and 30 miles from Missouri Star Quilting. I knew I couldn’t get a trip in to Missouri Star, but we did drive up to Crossroads.  I picked up 4 FQs. Since I don’t “need” any fabric, I tend to look for neutrals.  I’m not 100% convinced about the top FQ, but it will be OK once it’s cut up.

I’m linking up to Design Wall Monday over at Patchwork Times.  There’s also a link up at Quiltville’s Quips & Snips for En Provence which I posted about Friday. You can see my En Provence top HERE.

En Provence Is a Top


Last Saturday I finally got the borders on En Provence. I opted for the nutcrackers to be feet out and put the borders on log cabin style.  So with the exception of a future label and/or hanging sleeve, this quilt will have no top or bottom as it finishes at 108″ square.


Now to find or make a wide enough backing. I’m leaning toward THIS from Nancy’s Notions. In the meantime, the top is folded up with the extra blue, red, and nutcracker fabrics.


Here’s the final link up for En Provence.

What’s On My Design Wall


Saturday the final borders were put on En Provence — post coming soon. Sunday,  I got the binding on the Blue Disappearing 9-Patch.  Yes, with the exception of the blue, those are recycled fabrics from shirts I’ve picked up at garage sales and thrift shops. I still need to clip threads, make one, maybe two pillowcases then wash the whole thing before it’s ready to be delivered. But in the meantime, I’ve pulled out the UFO which was supposed to be a Christmas 2015 gift.


I’ll have to sort through this pile to see where I left off. My goal is to get this quilt finished by the end of February. Hum…just over 3 weeks.  We’ll see.

See what others are working on over at Patchwork Times.

What’s On My Desgin Wall


This blue Disappearing 9-patch might just become my 1st finish for January and the year. I finished quilting it yesterday afternoon. Diagonal lines through the squares and then horizontal and vertical lines through the middle of the blocks.  There is one more edge to trim, then it will be time to bind.

See what others are working on over at Patchwork Times.

Quilting on the Treadle


The quilt is basted and the first two lines of quilting have been put in the quilt via the treadle.  I’m using the treadle machine for two reasons.

  1. My “new” 15 year old machine is getting harder to repair and it’s making noises that I don’t like.
  2. The 100 year old treadle machine has 1/3 more harp space and it easy to repair.

Some time in the near future, hopefully several years out, I’m going to be in the market for a new sewing machine. Given my wish list, I may end up with two – an older mechanical machine that makes a beautiful straight stitch that is a workhorse and easy to repair and a newer machine which has needle up/down and a thread cutter. Then again, do I need a thread cutter if I don’t paper piece?