Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Unbeweavable Finished!

My second Unbeweavable quilt is finished! This was actually a quilt I cut out by mistake when I used my Cricut to cut out the first one. I was math-challenged and cut out twice as many pieces as I needed, only these weave in the reverse direction from the first quilt.

I used the Washington's Puzzle block (c. 1900) from my Blockbase software to export the svg file. 

The weaving color design was copied from someone else's design, only they are selling a special ruler to make it, but their minimum size block is 6". My finished blocks are 4". Without my Cricut Maker, I probably would not have attempted to make this, those little pieces would have been too fiddly to cut out by hand. I love my Cricut Maker.

Sadly, I made a quilt label for this quilt and then forgot to sew it on before I bound it. Oh well. I'm still new to making quilt labels so they haven't been added to my mental checklist yet.

For the pantograph, I used the Water Lily Allover pantograph, designed by Darlene Epp. It was included with my ProStitcher software. My goal was to align the pantograph curves so they matched the curves in the quilt. It was a bit of a challenge because I had to size the pantograph larger than the quilt and then crop it down to the dimensions of the quilt.

To be honest, I'm a little disappointed with my pantograph choice as I was not entirely successful in aligning it perfectly. It started out pretty well, but by the end, it was about a quarter-inch off. In future, I will likely be better off sticking with pantographs that align with smaller areas (like a row) or don't bother to use a pantograph that aligns.

On Friday, I'll be linking up with
Brag About Your Beauties
Finished (or Not) Friday
Off the Wall Friday
Peacock Party
TGI Finished Friday

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, December 5, 2022

Flowers for Nana Girl Progress

This project had been on my "want to make" list for many years. Joining the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this year finally gave me the excuse I needed to get started. This particular block design is another by Kim Brackett, from her book Scrap Basket Sensations

For my project, I decided to make these blocks entirely with batik fabrics and I also accidentally changed the block size. I misunderstood a diagram and I hadn't read all the words when I transcribed this design into Electric Quilt. It turned out fine though since I was using scraps and not a jelly roll (and Electric Quilt prints-out templates).

When I pulled out my RSC project bin I found I had finished twelve blocks throughout the year.

My original layout called for a total of sixteen blocks, but as I dug through my batik scraps again, I came up with lots more fabrics and I decided to add another row of four blocks.

I spent most of Saturday cutting out and making the additional eight blocks. Then, on Sunday, I spent nearly the full day making the sashing units and then assembling everything together.

While I was digging through my boxes of unironed fabric I ran across this amazing rainbow batik. It's perfect! I think it will make a great border fabric, and I think there might be just enough for the backing too. I really hope so.

Arlington Square

Since I doubt I'll do another blog post tomorrow (I've been way too busy sewing to write updates), I may as well add a list for this week:

  • Finish the borders on the Flowers for Nana Girl lap quilt
  • Make the backing and quilt it, too.
  • Finish the Arlington Square quilt project too?
I have been really excited about wrapping up these RSC projects by the end of the year. It feels good to finish some UFOs before I move on to Bonnie Hunter's latest mystery quilt.

I'm linking up with

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Friday, December 2, 2022

Bloom Quilted - FNwF

And just like that, it is quilted! I love my computer-guided long arm (when it works).

I spent a few hours the past couple of days assembling the Bloom blocks with the sashing and adding the outer borders. (These Bloom quilt blocks were designed by Kim Brackett, from her Scrap Basket Beauties book.) The borders were not scraps, they were from yardage, but all the rest of the materials were scraps.

By Friday evening, I was ready to quilt the Bloom lap quilt for my Friday Night With Friends project. I quickly assembled the backing and I even pieced some leftover batting pieces, which I really hate doing, but I thought it was appropriate for a scrap project. I used Quilter's Dream 70-30 Blend because I had a fairly large chunk of it left over.

I quilted it with the Let Love Bloom 1 pantograph, designed by Christy Dillon. I guess given the name, it seemed appropriate. LOL

I will probably wait until the end of the month to finish the binding as I'd like to make a quilt label for it. I may as well see how many more quilts I can finish this month and then make all the labels at once.

This finishes one of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects! Next up, Flowers for Nana's Girl. I need four more blocks and a whole lot of sashing units.

I'll go ahead and link up with
Brag About Your Beauties 
Finished (or Not) Friday and
Scrap Happy Saturday.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Bloom Progress

I decided to work on one of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects today. These Bloom quilt blocks were designed by Kim Brackett, from her Scrap Basket Beauties book. I've decided to add sashing in my final assembly so it will be easier to assemble them. This is my current plan.

I needed 8 more blocks to finish my design so I built them all today, in assembly-line fashion. I didn't put a lot of thought into what colors I used; I just used scraps kicking around on my tables.

It would be lovely to get this flimsy assembled by the end of the week.

I'm linking up with Midweek Makers.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Dunrobin Quilt Finished!

Jeff decided to name his mother's quilt Dunrobin, after her family's castle in Scotland. Back in around 1997, Jeff and I went on a trip to Scotland with her and were able to see it. It is a special memory for us.

I designed and pieced the quilt. Jeff quilted it. We made this quilt for her 92nd Birthday and it will be sent off to her in the next few days.
Excuse the poor photo, we're having rain today. I will
try to get a better photo before it gets mailed.
Jeff decided to quilt it in blue glide thread with three different pantographs on the blocks that were specially designed for the Irish chain block. And he quilted the small blue squares in a contrasting yellow thread. It is a pretty fun quilt. Though, this was the first time we've used glide thread. It is beautiful thread, but oh my gosh it is slippery and stitches come out very easily. I definitely will need to start editing pantographs so there is overlap at the beginnings and endings to help lock down the stitching.

This completes my November One Monthly Goal. I am surprised, and pleased, I managed to finish this project despite losing more than two weeks to a severe cold. Thanks to Patty at Elm Street Quilts for hosting the monthly link-up.

Rather than dive into Bonnie Hunter's Chilhowie Mystery quilt, as I am eager to do, I have decided to spend the rest of the year finishing projects and cleaning up my sewing room. I have too many piles of unsorted fabrics and unfinished projects languishing on the tables and floor in the sewing room.

My list for the rest of the year includes:
  • Finish the 3 quilts I've quilted, but not sewn on the binding. 
  • I've got four sets of blocks I made during the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I would like to see if any of those have enough blocks to finish into quilts.
  • Quilt the Paducah log cabin flimsy.
  • I still have quite a few flimsies that are all prepped, along with backings, I could quilt....
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Sunday, November 27, 2022

Attempting Quilt Labels

As Jeff approaches the end of the long arm quilting his mother's quilt (we decided to name it Dunrobin), I figure I'd better get cracking on the quilt label. Eventually, it would be nice to figure out something more permanent, like embroidery, but at the moment I have to use what I have.

I found a really good video by Lisa Capen where she compares all her different methods of affixing laser printing on fabric so I decided to give her method a try. 

First, I did a couple trial printouts on paper to see if I liked the size and style of the fonts. Then I attached muslin to a full-sheet label and printed them as she suggested.

One of the labels smudged when I attempted to remove it from the label before heat-setting the toner so I didn't do that again. 
Then I soaked all the labels in Retayne for 20 minutes and ironed them dry. I'm not convinced these will last a long time with regular washing, but hopefully, they will last a few years and maybe I'll be able to eventually replace them with something more durable.

I am prepped and ready to start sewing on bindings and I'm pushing to finish the Dunrobin quilt before the end of the month. Really, though, it would be nice to finish before Tuesday so I can report the finish on my recurring ToDo list blog post.

Monday, November 21, 2022

Tuesday ToDo #56

I made more progress on my current quilt over the weekend. I was happy to get all the larger filler triangles finished. Now, I only have the 4 small ones for the corners left, but I can add those after I've assembled all the rest of the blocks.

As I was assembling the filler triangles, I ran out of the pre-cut blue triangles
so I started using leftover squares. I'll trim off the excess at the end.
Also on my list for last week, I started loading the Paducah quilt on my long arm, but I realized the 108"-wide backing had shrunk so much, it was barely wider than the 98" quilt itself. (Do any of you know of brands of extra-wide quilt backs that don't shrink so much?) So I added muslin pieces to the edges, but I actually made them too wide, and then it was about 2"-wider than my 10'-frame and I needed to fold over an edge. So it was a struggle to get it loaded straight enough. While I did eventually get the backing on my frame, I think I'll probably end up taking it off and cutting down the muslin strips so they aren't wider than my frame. I am not confident I got it loaded straight enough and I'd rather try again after I remove a couple of inches. I'll get back to this quilt in December.

And now that Marianne's quilt is close enough to be ready to quilt, I'll just let it jump the queue and get quilted next. If I can get this quilt assembled by Thursday, there should be time to quilt it. Since it's a gift for his mother, my husband Jeff is actually going to quilt this one and he'll likely have time off work over the Thanksgiving holiday. 

I will be very pleased if I still manage to finish my One Monthly Goal, despite being sick for more than two weeks.

With that in mind, my list for the coming week:

  • Finish Assembling Marianne's quilt and add the borders
  • Assemble the backing
  • Get it on the Long Arm frame
  • Make the Binding
  • Try Making a Quilt Label (this will be my first time)

I'm linking up with Design Wall Monday and Tuesday ToDo.

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Nov Friday Night Sew In

I was finally feeling well enough to get back to sewing so I joined this month's Friday Night Sew-In. I worked on the last 8 Providence blocks for my current project, sewing them all at once, assembly-line fashion. Around 9:30PM I got tired. Usually, I would power through until I finished, but not this month. I've been sick for more than 2 weeks so I'm trying to not be stupid about my health.

Anyway, I had to spend a couple of hours on Saturday finishing up the square blocks.

I'll still need to finish up all 18 of the filler triangles, but that will wait for another day.

Thank you Wendy for hosting the monthly link-up. It's fun to go see what everyone else was working on.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Tuesday ToDo #55

I thought I was going to get tons done during the past couple of weeks. I was wrong. On the night of FNWF, I started to feel sick. I shouldn't have stayed up so late. And I stayed up too late on Saturday too. By Sunday, I was wiped out with a severe cold/flu. I don't think it was COVID because my home test came up negative, but they've been known to be wrong. But it has been pretty bad and I haven't been able to do much of anything.

A few days ago I thought I was better and spent most of the day sewing and making 12 of my Providence blocks, but then I clearly overdid it and felt crummy the next day so there wasn't any more progress.

I think I am finally better enough that I can start expecting to have the energy to sew again. Today I had to spend catching up on errands, like grocery shopping, but I think I'm mostly done now. I hope to finish up the rest of the 8 Providence blocks and then I can get started making all the filler triangles.

I am still hopeful to be able to finish this quilt by the end of the month, but if this cold doesn't go away the finish will be delayed.

My list for the rest of the month:
  • Finish 8 more Providence Blocks
  • Finish the 18 Filler Triangles
  • Assemble the quilt!
  • Load the Paducah Quilt on the Long Arm so I can work on that while I sew the blocks.
Thanks to Linda for hosting the Tuesday ToDo linkup.

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Nov Friday Night w/Friends

I can't believe it's already November. It was time again for Friday Night With Friends. This month, I got started on yet another quilt. This one is for my husband's mother's 92nd birthday. I kept changing the plan for this quilt; this was at least my third. Since I'd already cut out a whole lot of 2½" squares for an earlier design, I wanted to come up with a new design that would use many of them.

This is the design I finally came up with in Electric Quilt. This is the Providence block and Double Irish Chain block in an on-point alignment. And it uses a lot of the 2½" squares. Not all of them, but more than half.

I had originally planned to cut Marianne's quilt all out of scraps, but then when I settled on this design, I decided to cut it out with my Cricut. It's just so much faster. I merged together some of the small pieces so I wouldn't have to make all those small hourglass blocks. I still cut out all the 2½" squares by hand.

By 2AM on Saturday morning, I had finished assembling all twelve of the Double Irish Chain blocks.
And I've started assembling the setting triangles.

I won't be surprised to have this quilt finished by the end of next week. And because I would like to get this quilt finished as quickly as possible so it can be mailed to my mother-in-law as a belated Birthday gift, I am going to make this my November One Monthly Goal.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Tuesday ToDo #54

I've finished quilting both the Snake River log cabin quilt and the Unbeweavable lap quilt. Once they're totally finished, I'll write a post with more details.

I'm having a hard time prioritizing my projects for the coming week because I want to work on everything at once, obviously. So, I think I'll just make my list, in no particular order, and work on what I feel like working on.

  • Bind the Broken Bricks lap quilt.
  • Bind the Unbeweavable lap quilt.
  • Bind the Snake River log cabin quilt.
  • Figure out the plan for Marianne's bed quilt. (I'm not happy with the current plan so I'm reworking it.)
  • Quilt the Paducah log cabin quilt after the wide backing comes.
  • Figure out where I'm at on the RSC blocks. If I have enough, start putting them together.

I'm linking up with TuesdayToDo.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Paducah Log Cabin Flimsy

It is finally finished! This is the Paducah Log Cabin pattern from Judy Martin's Extraordinary Log Cabin Quilts book. I made it with a number of reproduction William Morris cotton prints. I started this project for my mother-in-law, but there was a miscommunication about the size she needed, so I ended up changing the size and made it queen size for our bed.

This was a lot of work; I definitely underestimated how long it would take to finish. Though, in fairness, having to make an additional 48 blocks added at least a week to my schedule. I'm just happy to have finished the flimsy before the end of the month!

When the finished size changed, I ordered a navy blue wide backing and it still hasn't arrived. So, my option right now is to either make a pieced backing or wait for the wide back to arrive. Since I've already paid for the wide back, I'm inclined to wait for it. This will have to do for my One Monthly Goal.

I am quite pleased with how it has turned out so far! I've already got the quilting plan, so I should be able to finish that part as soon as I get the backing. 

I'm linking up with

Finished (or Not) Friday
Needle and Thread Thursday
Off the Wall Friday
One Monthly Goal
Peacock Party
TGI Finished Friday

Monday, October 24, 2022

Tuesday ToDo #53

This was one of my most productive weeks in a long time. Most days this past week I started quilting after breakfast and then worked on quilt projects until it was time for bed. I think I only spent one evening watching some TV with my husband.

Paducah Log Cabin in Morris Fabrics. Designed by Judy Martin
from her Extraordinary Log Cabin Quilts book.

I spent a whole day cutting out the pieces to finish the Paducah Log Cabin.

And then I spent several days slowly building the strips for the Paducah Log Cabin block.

By Sunday evening I had all of the strips ready to finish the quilt. The pieces along the left side are all the strips for building the central quilt blocks. The pieces along the right side are all the strips for the border blocks.

Now I can just sit down for a couple of days and finish assembling these units. I am hopeful I'll be able to finish this quilt in the coming week. My one monthly goal is to finish it entirely by the end of the month, so I don't have much time left.

Also, since I finally had a plan for how to quilt it, I put my Snake River Log Cabin on the long arm and got started.

It turned out that working on this was really compatible with sewing all these strips. I would set the area for the block, align the pantograph, start the long arm stitching, and then I could return to my sewing machine or ironing board for the several minutes of time I needed to fill. I spent all weekend doing this.

I have nearly finished quilting it. I have done all of the central blocks and the top and bottom borders, but I need to rotate it on my long arm to do the side borders. Unfortunately, I made the backing for this quilt before I had the long arm so it isn't quite oversized enough to make it easy to put it on the long arm; I think I'll have to sew on a strip of muslin to add a few inches, but it can wait until after I finish these Paducah blocks.

In the next week, I hope to finish the Paducah Log Cabin quilt. It is my one monthly goal to finish it, so I am going to focus exclusively on it until it is done. Luckily, I have already figured out the quilting plan so that part should be able to get started as soon as I finish the quilt. I don't really know how quickly the pantographs will stitch up, but it may potentially take more than a day to do all the quilting.

I may spend my Halloween sewing on binding. LOL

Thanks to Linda for hosting the ToDo Tuesday linkup.

Friday, October 21, 2022

Oct Friday Night Sew-In

I got started early again for Friday Night Sew In. I went back to work on my Paducah Log Cabin quilt because it has become clear that I won't be receiving the new fabric from Hancock's in time to finish before the end of the month so I figured I may as well finish something.

I started sewing after breakfast and sewed all the way until after 10PM, with a couple breaks for meals/washing dishes.

This morning, I started out with a bin of strips and the smaller pieces already sewn together.

Then I spent all day assembling strips. These are most of the pieces for all 48 border blocks and the first two strips of the remaining 44 quilt blocks
This pile will probably take me a couple hours to iron, so tomorrow I think I'll put my Snake River Log Cabin quilt on my long arm frame and alternate between ironing and quilting all weekend. I would really love to finally be able to have one of my Judy Martin quilts finished. They've been in my queue for way too long.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Tuesday ToDo #52

I wasn't nearly as productive as I was hoping during the past week. But I did manage to quilt up three flimsies; two of them were paid gigs for other people.

While my husband was out of town, I spent way too much time streaming TV, but I was usually working on planning out future quilting projects. I ordered a blue and yellow print for the border and backing of Marianne's bed quilt so I put off cutting out the fabrics because I'd prefer to make sure to use fabrics that coordinate well with it.

Island Batik Petals Provence Flowers

Hopefully, the fabric will come in the next week or so and then I'll be able to get started on that project. Assuming it arrives soon, I still think I can finish by the end of the month.

Also, I think I finally have a plan for quilting my Snake River quilt flimsy

When I ran across this border block in Donna Kleinke's Aspen line of pantographs, it seemed like it was practically tailor-made for the Snake River blocks.

I added the triangle pattern to the corner and made a
few minor changes to the completed block.

I played around with a lot of the pieces to make the units for the border and I think this is going to be a fun, but challenging, project. I'm hoping to get started on it after I finish Marianne's quilt.

I'm linking up with Tuesday ToDo.