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Orange Crush – The Blog Post



The time change and weather has not bode well for getting good pictures outside. I’ve put off this post waiting for a good picture, but have decided if I don’t record details now, I’ll forget them.

My Orange Crush was started April 1, 2008 — well at least that’s when the first clue was released. I finished up the top 7 months later on November 4, 2008. The quilt top needed to age – waiting for the perfect occasion to gift it. I quilted it on October 26, 2015 using Superior’s So Fine! #722 “Crikey!” in the top and pre-wound SuperBobs in white for the bobbin. The quilting pattern is Curley-Q, a pantograph by Aimee Mahan. The batting is Hobb’s Tuscany 100% Bleached cotton. Finally I bound it using Susie’s Magic Binding.  After washing the quilt measures…well shoot, I don’t have that information in the spreadsheet. I’ll have to come back and add it before it is gifted.

This was an October 31, 2015 finish – pulling it out of the washing machine that morning in time to be included in the November UFO Parade Aunt Marti’s 52 Quilts. It was also counted as a finish for the UFO Busting Report sponsored by Vicki over at Field Trips in Fiber. It is one of my finishes for the 2015 Finish Along off my 4th Quarter List and finally it is one of the Crazy Challenge II quilts.

I didn’t mention it, but the backing is the same Kansas City Chiefs fabric that I used for the pillowcase.


Out of the Blue


The top for Out of the Blue came about a few years ago as a desire to get my orphan block box closed. A few weeks ago I was asked if I had something I could quilt quickly for a 7-year-old girl and immediately thought of Out of the Blue.

I finished the quilting on it and got it bound last week, but it still needed a label, threads trimmed, washing and the pillowcases for the girl’s siblings made. Now that all of that is done, I have a good picture of the quilt.

Quilt Statistics:

  • Top Started: 7/19/13
  • Top Completed: 8/3/13
  • Quilt Completed: 9/17/15
  • Yardage Used in Top and Binding – other than Orphan Blocks: 1.825 yards
  • Yardage Used for the Backing – 2.667 yards
  • Batting: The same batting I used in Dancing Flowers — I’m not sure what it is other than a black batting.
  • Thread: Superior Threads Omni Thread in Green Turquoise # 3092 top and bobbin
  • Measures  45-1/2″ x 58-1/2″ after washing

This quilt is on my list for the 3rd Quarter Finish Along – but only because I gave in and listed EVERY UFO. I’m sending it to Aunt Marti for the UFO Parade. It’s also being sent in for the 2015 UFO Busting over at Field Trips in Fiber.  It is of course part of the scope creep for my Crazy Challenge II which started August 15th.



Thursday Night Quilting



I’ve bounced between Out of the Blue (hanging off shelving) and Nifty Thrifty the past two days. Wednesday I started sandwiching Nifty Thrifty and got the backing spray basted. I even rolled the top onto the 1 x 6, but walked away at that point to work on the binding of Out of the Blue. Tonight I spray basted the top of Nifty Thrifty, then finished the binding on Out of the Blue.

Once I finished the binding, I cleaned the machine, changed the needle and wound 6 bobbins so I could begin the quilting on Nifty Thrifty. I’m doing simple cross-hatching so I don’t think it will take long. I hope to have the quilting done so I can take it with me when I go hear Bonnie Hunter on Sunday, although it won’t be bound. I have no idea what I’m going to use to bind it — maybe the red that I used in the Red Disappearing 9-Patch?

Frankenbatt & Challenge Creep


I have managed to piece together an 80″ x 88″ batt from my batting scraps. Since this is Hobbs Tuscany 100% cotton (bleached & unbleached) batting I’ve ‘saved’ $18.



As for the Challenge Creep, Out of the Blue is quilted and the binding is attached. I still need to stitch it down, clip miles of thread off the back, label and wash it. But this is not the only ‘creep’ on my challenge. There are at least 6 maybe 7 pillowcases not associated with the quilts to be made and the SBS Brown & Blue Swap quilt got added to the list. I really hope that’s it. My notes indicate that both the binding and the backing are made, but not counted in my stash report.  I’ll have to dig it out in the next few days. I need it sooner than the rest of the quilts, but after this one will be shipped off.

What’s On My Design Wall



This is Out of the Blue. I finished the top about 2 years ago. This is not one of the 12 quilts on my challenge list, but fortunately one I listed in my 3rd Quarter Finish Along since I listed ALL my UFOs. 🙂

Over the weekend a request came in — do I have something for a quick finish for a 7-year-old girl. This top immediately came to mind. It has come together rather quickly. Digging through my stash I found a length of black batting, a fun dot print for the backing and a bright green to make the backing wider.


And I finally got to open the spool of turquoise thread I bought on sale a while back. I was smart enough to cut the binding strips when I made the top, so I hope to finish up this quilt tonight after work.

See what others are working on over at Patchwork Times.