Quilting and Stuff by Knitnoid

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.

Music, a Walk, and Books

Tuesday my husband and I attended a talk and concert at the library. My husband wanted to hear David Amram speak. Mr Amram plays jazz and grew up knowing the jazz greats such as Charlie Parker, Thelonious Month, and Miles Davis.  Wikipeida has a good article on him.  What we didn’t know is that after the talk he was performing with Victor & Penny. It was a great evening.

Wednesday may have been Valentine’s Day, but we did it low-key. I improvised spaghetti in my Instant Pot. Most of the recipes I’ve found say brown the meat, add the spaghetti, pour a jar of sauce over it all and add water.  Not having a jar of spaghetti sauce, I  used a dry season package — the type where you add water and tomato paste — or less water and tomato sauce. After we tasted it, we decided it needed more tomato. Turns out the 8 ounce can of tomato sauce was not enough tomato. I rummaged in the refrigerator and found a partial jar of pizza sauce which worked in a pinch. Afterwards, we walked the mall simply to get out of the house.

That brings us to books.  Do not turn us loose in Half Price Books. It’s dangerous.  I innocently pointed out a book on a cart at the drop off counter and walked on to the quilt books where I found 3 or 4 things but couldn’t remember if I owned them or simply had checked them out from the library.  My husband comes and finds me and says ‘let’s get out of here’ because he has 2 or 3 books in his hand and he hasn’t made it to the counter where they are holding a book for him. I follow him in a moment, only to discover the music section is between the quilting books and the cash register. If the section had been in the back we would have made it out of the store with fewer books. I’m looking forward to reading a couple of these myself.  But only after I get a bit more quilting done.

I’m still working on On Ringo Lake. I’m guessing I can start assembling blocks after another 30 minutes of piecing. I might even begin assembling the top this weekend.  No new picture of ORL, but here is a pic of last year’s En Provence.  I brought it home half quilted before Christmas and dumped it on the end of the ironing board.  Butterscotch has decided it makes a nice bed.

On the design wall in the background is my postage stamp quilt. Since this picture was taken I have one more block made bringing my total up to 24.

The Daily Progress Report – February 2, 2018

Half the sashing pieces are finish and there’s only one unit left to add to the rows. The plan is to alternate adding the last unit to the row and add the first flip corner to the sashing so that when all the rows are finished I’ll have one end done on the rest of the sashing.  The other end of the sashing will be added as I sew the top row to the middle row. Finally I’ll join the sashing together as I finish the blocks.  At that point, I’ll need to revisit the directions.