Quilting and Stuff by Knitnoid

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I made my first quilted item as a visual aid for a math project in 7th grade. Over the next 25 years quilting was hit or miss, but quilting took over all the other crafts I've done in 2003.

A Weekend of Quilting and Flowers

My second Easy Breezy is bound.  A couple of weeks ago I quilted it in either Lilac or Lavender wt Glide thread using the E2E design Dragonfly Dance.  I used the left over backing from Violet’s quilt and used it as the piping as well.  The quilt measures 40 x 48.

My little mini hex quilt is quilted. Now I have to figure out how to bind it.  I’m leaning towards a facing.

This 2008 Retreat block swap quilt. This used up the last of the roll of batting. I used 40 wt Glide in Magic Mint. The E2E design is Dragonfly Dance. I hope to get this bound to take to the Guild meeting on the 6th.

I’ve been working backwards through the weekend which brings me to this blue and green Strip Twist quilt. I didn’t pay attention to the width of the quilt backing when I purchased it. I just loved the colors.  It is a 108″ wide backing by Quilting Treasures. I finished the quilt after I purchased the backing and made it 105″ square. It was after I had the backing loaded that I realized I was going to have trouble.   So I stapled, yes stapled, a 12″ piece of muslin to the top of the backing and loaded the quilt about 1″ from the edge.  When I got to the bottom of the quilt I stapled another piece of muslin to the backing. That’s the bottom edge at the bottom of the picture.  I squeezed in a 105″ quilt on a 108″ backing, but I’d rather not do that again.

 

The previous owner planted these flowers.

This is my Autumn Twist Azalea.

 

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This is the 2nd Painted Lady Hibiscus, which I got planted Saturday morning.  I still need to move two of my gardenias and figure out where to put my hydrangea.

6 Years to Make Strip Twist

Six years ago, I started this blue and green Strip Twist quilt. It’s a free pattern from Bonnie Hunter.  You can get it HERE.  I started it at a retreat on the Kenmore Ultra that I used to have.  I was struggling with my 1/4 seam and the blocks weren’t going together correctly, so I tossed it in a bag. At some point I pulled more fabrics to make more blocks, but those too got shoved in the bag. I finished it a a sew day exactly six years to the day I started it.  This morning I loaded it and I’ve started the quilting.

I pulled the blocks out last weekend and discovered the 1/4″ seam wasn’t that bad and more importantly discovered I was putting the blocks together WRONG.  No wonder I was struggling with the quilt!  I stopped in the quilt shop and looked for something to use for a border, but ultimately decided to just make more blocks and bind it with a striped fabric.

I found this batik and plan to cut the binding strips lengthwise instead of crosswise to give the illusion of stripes.

 

 

Two Finishes

Over the weekend the long arm saw 5 quilts.  I started off with 2 mystery quilts from the Brandon Quilters. Friday night I quilted my SILs, then Saturday morning I quilted my version.

This is Starflower, designed by Tyanne Agle. Tonight we are bringing our finished quilts (or tops) to show as last month we got the final installment.  After washing the quilt measures 45 1/2″ x 61″. I used the E2E design Pretty Paisley by Jodi Beanish of Willow Leaf Studios. The thread is 40wt Glide in Lilac. The batting is Legacy 80/20.  I used the same backing fabric as I did on the Go! Big Crazy Quilt, but I pre-washed the fabric.  I didn’t have near the shrinkage as I did on the other quilt.  This quilt was started 1/15/22 and I finished binding it 5/1/22. It will be donated via the Brandon Quilters.

Auction Crazy String #3 is done.  This quilt is on my UFO list as “Pink & Black Auction Crazy Strings”. When I decided to enlarge it to fit a twin bed, I needed more fabric.  This quilt will be donated to the Mississippi State Veterans Home via the guild.

I used Anne Bright’s B2B design “Bubbles”. It is quilted with 40wt Glide in Kiwi and had Legacy 80/20 batting. After washing it measures 72″ x 86 1/2″.

The other 2 quilts are still waiting to be bound, so I’ll show them then.

Retreat Week – Photo Heavy

This past week I attended a quilt retreat where it looked like I was speed piecing.  I’ll let you in on a secret – I pre-cut sashings and had blocks already made.  This first quilt is on my guild’s UFO list as “Pink & Black Crazy Auction Blocks”. But after the list was made I decided to make the quilt bigger so swapped out the sashing and border fabrics.  Over the past few weeks I made a few extra blocks and apparently miscounted as I ended up with an extra block.  This was the first quilt I worked on.  Just added my precut sashings and instant quilt.  I used the sashing from Bonnie Hunter’s Dancing Nine’s.

Since I wanted to make sure I got up and walked, I chain stitched 10 sashings, then did a leader/ender.  My first L/E project was assembling this Easy Breezy quilt top.  I found it when I opened a box. I really thought I had finished it.  I think I had to assemble 3 or 4 rows.

Next up were these Shimmer blocks.  I had 5 ‘new’ blocks to make and had to remake 2 of the blocks, then I started assembling.

A couple of years ago I bought a FQ bundle of Radiance by Dan Morris plus 10 blenders. This is the 3rd quilt I made from that bundle and I’m going to try and get a 4th.

This was my leader/ender project.  These were 16-patches, so only 3 seams per blocks.

Now this was a quick sew. I purchased this fabric on my way to the retreat.  It’s a 3-yard pattern – Roman Holiday from the Quilt as a Wink collection.  I did make the borders wider.

Having run out of 1-1/2″ squares, I pulled out my Garden Party blocks to use as my leader/ender project. I’m not sure how many more of these blocks I need to make. I need to kit up more blocks.

This was my final project for the week – I had one block cut out and one flying geese made.  Decided how to assemble the quilt on the fly.

 

Purchases were made, but I’ll save that for another post.

Go! Big Crazy Quilt is Finished

This is the Go! Big Crazy Quilt. It was cut with the 10″ finished Accuquilt die.  I pulled 50 fabrics from my stash and cut them into 13-1/2″ squares before taking them to Twin Oaks Crafts and using their die. Since the pieces had the dog ears cut off, the blocks went together very quickly. The borders came from my stash after the fabric I bought simply didn’t work.

The backing is new.  I have enough to use on at least one more quilt.

Stats:

  • Started: 3/11/22
  • Top Complete: 3/29/22 – measured 71″ x 91″
  • Quilted: 3/30/22 – measured 69 3/4″ x 90 1/4″
  • Bound & Washed: 4/3/22 – measures 65″ x 84″
  • Batting: Legacy 80/20
  • Thread: Glide in Basil
  • Pattern: Overlapping Crop Circles

2020 MQA Block of the Month

My Mississippi Quilt Association Block of the Month from 2020 is finished!  The pattern is available on-line HERE.

I started this quilt 12/1/20, finished the blocks prior to April 2021, then finished the top 9/30/21. The quilting was completed 3/28/22 and the binding was finished 4/2/22. This quilt is on my guild’s UFO Challenge list.

After washing the quilt measures 51-1/2″ x 63-1/2″.

I used Glide thread in Mercury on the top and bottom.

The Edge-to-Edge design is Circle Drama.

The batting is Legacy 80/20.

 

 

 

Progress, a Finish and a Start

There was plenty of machine time Saturday.

Progress: Catching up on the Brandon Quilters 2022 Mystery Quilt – Starflower.  Monday we’ll get the finishing instructions.

A Finish:  The Mississippi Quilt Association 2020 Block of the Month. I waited until Saturday to stitch the binding down as I had to order a walking foot for my Singer Genie. Formal portrait to come soon. At the moment it’s in the dryer.

A Start:  I found more of string blocks from the auction in 2018.  These were separated because they were slightly smaller.  I’m trimming to them to 6-1/2″.  I have just enough that with a 1″ sashing I can set them on point and get a twin size quilt.

Up next, is the binding on the Crazy Quilt.

 

Brandon Quilters President’s Challenge

After moving to Mississippi I joined two quilt guilds – I was already a member of the state guild, Mississippi Quilters Association. The president of the Brandon Quilters issued a challenge.  Make a potholder and bring it to the April meeting. She even provided a fat quarter for us to get started out of her stash. I was given the brown with white flowers.  I used it in the center, binding and backing. It just shy of 8″ square.

For this Folding Star, I used the Plum Easy Patterns’ directions. Given how thick the top is I opted to use Insul-Bright instead of batting.

For a while, I thought this might become a UFO.  I was struggling to get the binding ends joined.  It’s normally not an issue for me, but I haven’t bound anything for over a year and I didn’t have much room to work in. It wasn’t until I was joining the binding on the MQA quilt that I could see how to do the join.

 

Go! Big Crazy is Quilted

Wednesday ended on a good note. I finished quilting my crazy quilt. I used my go-to quilt design – Overlapping Crop Circles. I wondered if I really was going to get it done.  I started quilting before work and got the top partial row and the first row quilted before I sat down for work.

Mid-morning I reached for my earbuds to make a call on my cell phone and there was only 1 in the case which made no sense to me.  I checked to see if I made a call after I got home the night before and I had not. So, a quick walk was in order. The case fell out of my pocket the night before when I rode my bicycle over to Ruby’s.  I picked up the case, but didn’t think to check to see if both earbuds were in the case. Clearly a mistake as the right one got run over by a car!

I hightailed it home for a couple more hours of work and snuck one more row of quilting in during lunch before the storms hit.  We were under a tornado warning for nearly 2 hours. After the storm cleared I took a quick nap then went to the gym.  When I got home I was finally able to finish the quilting.

Thursday there were no storms, but I didn’t get into the quilt studio until after 9.  I need to sew the joining seam on the binding of the MQA quilt and then stitch it down.  Then there’s the crazy quilt and the pot holder – all that need to be done by Monday, not to mention doing my taxes.

 

Quilting and Box Shuffling

After a night’s rest I was able to resolve my tension issues and started quilting.  This is the first quilt I’ve done in almost a year.  Prior to this one the last quilt I quilted was April 4, 2021. Four days later I decided to move and I started packing.  This is the Mississippi Quilt Association‘s BOM from 2020.  They are running it again. The blocks are available HERE.

Boxes were moved, one at a time.  Books are heavy. They’ll hang out in the corner room until my bookshelves are built.

The front bedroom is the audiovisual library.  78’s, LPs, 45s, CDs, cassettes, DVDs, and VHS.  A box of LPs are heavier than a box of books — including the yearbooks.  All of this will be gone through and thinned out eventually.  This will go in the den after that room is finished.

The instrumental music library.  Clearly it all won’t fit in the piano bench.  I’m pondering storage solutions.  

I’m considering an Ikea Kallax.

I would use these inserts, put it on legs and fashion some doors.  But that’s a future project.

While shuffling boxes I opened the next to last box the movers packed and finally found my silverware.  I’m not sure what I thought was in the box.  It was not labeled.

I found MORE of the auction blocks.  These are smaller than the others.  I have enough for yet another quilt. I’ll sash them and set them on point after trimming them to the same size.

Moving all of the boxes means I’m able to setup my quilting space.  It’s not done, but I have a work space.

Last night the borders were added to the crazy quilt. I used straight pins to hang the quilt on the wall. I really need to get my design wall put up, but it’s on hold until the trim is caulked and that is on hold until my patio door is installed.

The quilt was loaded last night. This morning before work I started the quilting. I’ll do another pass at lunch.