Saturday, July 2, 2022

Sewcialites Quilting Progress

Since my husband is enjoying playing with my Handiquilter so much, I told him he could quilt whatever he wanted to on my Sewcialites Flimsy. I'm sure some of you recall the Sewcialites Sew Along with the Fat Quarter Shop last year; it was a really fun project. I obviously departed from their final construction by a lot, but all the blocks are there from their design. I was learning EQ8 at the time and I wanted to do a custom layout and this is what I came up with.
Anyway, my husband has started quilting it and I'm super impressed by his block quilting. We've only had the long arm for a couple of weeks; maybe I'll be doing the edge-to-edge and he'll be quilting the customs. LOL These are some of the blocks he has already quilted.
This is a combo of a frame and a motif

This is another one with a block inside a frame. They go well together.
We're off to visit friends for the holiday so nothing more will happen on this quilt until next week. But it has been fun watching Jeff's progress.

Friday, July 1, 2022

Rhododendron Trail Finished

I spent all day wrestling with the Rhododendron Trail quilt to get it trimmed down and get the binding on there. Phew. I don't really like that part, but being so close to the end can usually carry me through to the finish.

I made this quilt with Bonnie Hunter's Rhododendron Trail Mystery Quilt earlier this year. It was really fun, though I will be honest, I followed a different layout suggested by another participant because I really liked it. The quilt is pretty big, about 78"x96" so it's a little big for my husband to hold it up for me. I'll try and get some better photos over the holiday when we visit some friends.

Jeff did a great job with the quilting.

The backing. I thought it would be fun to make one gigantic black.
As I said before, my husband Jeff actually did all the long arm quilting. I had it on the machine and was planning to do it, and I found him in there playing with the computer so I just let him play. I did suggest some blocks but he did nearly all the layout work. He's a mathematician and likes geometric puzzles.

I still need to do some thread clean up, but I wanted to catch the light before it was gone for the day.

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

June One Monthly Goal Finish

I clearly set my One Monthly Goal way too low this month. I had hoped to finish quilting a quilt on my new long arm. I actually achieved that goal just a few days into the month.

Then I went on to finish four more quilts in June!
I am delighted with how many quilts I've gotten finished. It feels good to finally reduce my number of flimsies.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Tuesday ToDo #40

 Last week I said I would like to finish binding the Scrappy Log Cabin quilt, and I finished that last Friday.

I also wanted to continue working on my RSC projects and get caught back up this month. I've been partially successful. I finished most of the Arlington Square and Bloom blocks and I got started on the green stained glass blocks but then our weather turned so hot that I didn't want to run the iron all day so I set that project aside for now.

I also wanted to finish quilting my Rhododendron Trail quilt. The quilting has been finished, but I must admit, I did not do it. My husband did. My husband⏤who has never expressed any interest in my quilting endeavors before I got the long arm⏤is suddenly interested in playing with my ProStitcher computer. I worked with him to choose the stitching designs and then he finished quilting the entire quilt while I sewed with my friend who was visiting for a week.

I also got a little distracted this week with a small scrappy project. Our friend in town wanted to sew while she was here so I ended up working on something that was easy to cut out and work on. I found this Groovy Garden fabric on clearance and I thought it would be fun to use these colors for another Broken Bricks pattern scrappy quilt.
For next week, I would like to:
  1. Finish the borders on this Broken Bricks scrappy quilt.
  2. Bind the Rhododendron Trail quilt.
  3. Get back to working on my stained glass blocks.
  4. I also put my Sewcialites quilt on the long arm frame and I'm hoping we'll make progress on it this week. I told my husband he could design the quilting however he wanted to. I believe he is planning to put a different block design on every square.
Thanks to Linda for hosting Tuesday ToDo.

Friday, June 24, 2022

Another Finish Scrappy Log Cabin

The purple 4-patches actually started out as a leader-ender project but by the time I had a big pile of them I had to figure out what to do with them and I came up with this project. I wished I had done a little more planning in my light-dark color arrangement, but overall I'm happy with the project.

This was our first attempt at custom quilting and it went well. I am surprised by how much my husband is enjoying playing with my long arm. Between the two of us, we're getting through these flimsies fairly quickly. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Meadow Flowers Lap Quilt Finished!

Meadow Flowers is finished! This was my first attempt at English Paper Piecing. I finished the flimsy nearly a year ago so I am pleased to finally have it finished. Overall, I am happy with how it turned out.
Though, to be honest, I am not enamored with these pantographs (quilting patterns). I had planned to use something more flowery, but the set I bought ended up being way too big and I wasn't going to spend yet more money for just this little lap quilt. Pro-Stitcher came with quite a few patterns so I found some that would work. I assume I'll eventually have a pretty good collection of quilting patterns, but since I just got started, I don't have many yet.
As for my other Tuesday tasks, I finished cutting out a leader-ender project. And I am in the process of working on my blocks for RSC. I finished the blocks for one of the projects, but I still need to finish them for two others. 

For next week, I would like to finish the following tasks:
  1. Finish binding the Scrappy Log Cabin quilt.
  2. Continue work on my RSC projects. I would like to get caught back up this month.
  3. Now that my Rhododendron Trail quilt is on the frame, I'd like to work on getting that quilted. It would be nice if I could finish it this week, but I don't mind taking my time.
Thanks to Linda for hosting Tuesday ToDo.

Saturday, June 18, 2022

June Friday Night Sew In

I got started a little early for June's Friday Night Sew In. I'd chosen a task to get caught up on my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks because I missed them the last two months when I was busy with house projects. I had intended to spend all evening on them, but after a couple of hours I got thrown into cleaning mode. My sewing room is a disaster and it was getting hard to work in there. It would be nice to have that room usable again so I can focus on my projects and not looking for things.

Anyway, I got started on my blocks for the Arlington Square quilt. I have been intentionally using uglies because I want this to be a really scrappy quilt and I think they give character. =) I may have to start cutting white fabric off of yardage because I've gone through nearly all my white scraps with all my recent scrap projects. 

This is the design of the finished quilt. I may end up doing the sashing during next year's RSC.
I'm linking up with Friday Night Sew-In and Finished or Not Friday

I hope you all have a good weekend. I'll likely spend it cleaning my sewing room.