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Bauble ‘n Beads is a Top

In between taking calls for work, I completed my  Baubles ‘n Beads top.  I then made the binding for Cascade, and I make the August block for Star Studded.

 

I thought that meant I could cross 2 things off my list, but the line says “Finish Baubles ‘n Beads”, not complete Baubles ‘n Beads top.

 

Easy Breezy = 53

 

Another List?

Yes, I’ve written out another list.  This is just the stuff I see sitting around the sewing room. I’ve decided I need to get a few things done to clear the deck so to speak before I start Shimmer.  Well, that and I have started 2 new quilts and figured I needed to work on my UFOs again. I suspect this is more of an attempt to keep myself from starting a new quilt that I can throw on the long arm and have the computer quilt.

I’ve always said I wanted to work my way into custom quilting and with Cascade I have confirmed that is what I want to do.  Which is good, since I have a stack of quilt tops that I want to do some sort of custom quilting on. The only issue is that if I’m standing at the quilting machine, I can’t be piecing.  I haven’t worked that one out yet. I guess I need to work on a few quilts which won’t benefit from custom quilting. But not today.

This is the 2nd weekend in a row I’ve had to work.  At the moment, it looks like I’ll be up early for a couple of hours, then will sit back and wait for a conference call at 4.  I wouldn’t be surprised if at least one more gets thrown in.  So, my plan is to finish up  Baubles ‘n Beads.  Then bind Cascade and make a hanging sleeve for it.

 

Easy Breezy = 51

Baubles ‘n Beads Progress

Bauble ‘n Beads is moving right along. After paper piecing the starbursts for Atomic Starburst, these “baubles” were simple to knock out in no time.

Applique is another technique I’m not real fond of either, but it’s moving right along.  Everything slowed down once I started the satin stitching.  Note to self – middle satin stitch, reduced to 3.0 wide, reduce pressure foot pressure to 5.0.

Easy Breezy = 49

Radiance Bundle Continues

Yes, this is the start of a new quilt.  Bauble ‘n Beads by Cat Nix Designs. The fabric is Radiance by Dan Morris for QT Fabrics.  If you think you have seen this before, you have.  It’s the same fabric that I used for Atomic Starbust, designed by Violet Craft.

Yes, I’ve finished piecing the top.  I now need to trim the top to size and get it quilted.

Easy Breezy = 48

Atomic Starburst Progress

Yesterday I added the sashing to all of the blocks.  I started sewing them together, but discovered quickly these diamonds have no nesting seams so it’s tough to get the intersections to match.  My seam ripper is going to get a work out as I put this top together.

But first, I need to prep more Easy Breezy blocks.

Easy Breezy = 43

No Purple Starbursts

My FQ bundle, Radiance by Dan Morris for QT Fabrics has 7 different patterns in 5 different colorways – turquoise, pink, yellow/orange, green, and purple.  I also purchase 2 tone-on-tone FQ in each of the colors with the intention of making 4 stars in each colorway, 2 from each fabric. When I made the first purple block I realized immediately there wasn’t enough contrast with the blue background. I made a star from the 2nd FQ and decided that the contrast works, but it is not vibrant enough to complete with the other stars.

I trundled off to the LQS where it was suggested that I use orange instead of purple.  I picked 2 orange FQs, but when I got home the thought of 4 yellow stars and 4 orange stars was too much.  Since I am only using 30 of the FQs from my bundle in the quilt, I pulled the tone-on-tone FQs from the bundle to make one star each – except for the purple.

There is at least one star from each fabric in the picture.  I think I’ve made at least one more star since this picture was taken.

Easy Breezy = 41

Then There Were Three

That is 3 starbursts that will go into my quilt. Each one gets a bit faster. Which is not to say they go fast. The last one I made took me about an hour.  I’m struggling with getting the background cut big enough, then orientating it in the correct direction so when I flip it back it covers everything it is supposed to cover.

Meanwhile, I finished the quilting on my SILs Narragansett Blues.  I’ll get both of the quilts trimmed, then I’ll box them up and ship them back to her to bind.

Easy Breezy = 40

 

Another Quilt is on the Frame

This in Narragansett Blues – not mine, but my sister-in-laws.  She gave me free reign, so I picked Overlapping Crop Circles as the quilting design and red thread.

Before I loaded it I need to piece the backing. Two widths wasn’t quite wide enough, so I quickly made some 4-patches and pulled out some blue bricks leftover from when I made my Narragansett Blues.

I have some work to do on the Guild website so I don’t  know that I’ll get it finished tonight or not. My sister is coming out to use the machine Friday, so I’ll have to have it done before then.

Easy Breezy = 40

 

Chicken Bobbin

As I was finishing the last row of quilting on my SIL’s Frolic I thought I was playing Chicken Bobbin.  In reality I was playing Chicken Cone.  I ran out of cone thread, but not before I had finished the quilting.

I still need to trim the quilt, then I’ll send it back to my SIL to bind.

While the computer was quilting, I finished my first Starburst from Atomic Starburst.  This one will be used for quilting practice when I get that far as there are two spots where I didn’t catch the fabric.

This is my first “real” one as there are no missed seams.  The piecing went faster tonight, so I might get this done sooner than I thought.

Since I’m paper piecing I haven’t tried to do any leader/enders, but now that I have a better understanding of what I’m doing, I might be able to do them. My Easy Breezy count currently remains at 39.

 

 

New Month – New Projects

I suppose technically the title of this post would have been more apt for Saturday, but I couldn’t figure out a better title given the various topics of today’s post.

The day started off way earlier than I prefer on any day, but especially on a weekend, but I had a go-live for work. As a result there was plenty of time to quilt today. First up my SILs Frolic. It’s nearly finished – I think there are two more passes before I can take it off the frame. While the machine was running, I pulled out a project box from 2019 and cleaned up the scraps.

I finished the pink and brown top back in the spring of 2009. I also did a small wall hanging a couple of years later. The folded “FQs” are pieces which measure at least 6″ x 20″. I fold them all to 5″ tall by 6″ high to fit into my fabric boxes.  As you can see I also added to my pre-cuts with strips, bricks, blocks, and strings.  The box of fabric from the purple and green log cabin quilt that I recently finished was also dealt with, leaving me 2 empty project boxes. Which I immediately filled up with these fabrics.

I have 3 quilts planned. Atomic Star Burst, Bauble ‘n Beads and Shimmer. The first two will have the blue for background.  I think Shimmer will have a light background, but as it is the 3rd quilt, I’ll worry about it later. Anyway, I started on Atomic Star Burst tonight. I will conquer paper piecing, but that first half starburst needs to be redone. One of the spokes didn’t get fully caught in the seam. So, what do you think? 1/2 a starburst a night? 20 starbursts would work out to 40 days.  No, I am not going to do do another challenge – at least not one so intense.

Easy Breezy – 39