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Stashbuster Sunday – Sew Much Progress

Mid-Year Update  –  This year is half gone already? I feel like I’m just getting started! There were a few weeks of no motivation, but I’m once again pumped! So far this year I’ve had nine finishes, two of which I cannot show because they are gifts. Three of the finishes are charity quilts which makes my heart sing! Before retirement my goal each year was to complete two charity quilts. I have no set goal now, but should have completed at least six by the end of this year – Yeah!!

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My newest project is Tula Pink’s True Colors Sedimental quilt. I cheated a bit on my progress chart and posted that this project is cut. Well, it will be all cut in about an hour or two. These fabrics are just so yummy and how fun to work with so many different colors!

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Having three quilts at the long arm quilter’s is a pretty big deal for me. It’s usually one at a time. I should have them back in a few weeks and will have several days of binding. Now that I do most of my bindings by machine, it’s not too bad and goes quickly compared to binding finishes by hand.

Year End Goal – to reduce my Works in Progress to fifteen. Twenty-seven projects is just more than I want to even think about! Do other quilters set goals? Do other quilters keep track of their projects? Please share – I’d love to know!

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Workin’ It Wednesday! Borders

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What would I do without my design walls?! A couple of weeks ago I sketched a medallion quilt pattern and hubby put it on EQ for me. The plan was to use all Kaffe fabrics in blues and greens. After much sewing – flying geese and half square triangles, and much arranging and rearranging on the design wall, it just wasn’t working. I left it alone for a few days and then decided to just rearrange the pieces. This is not even close to the original design, but I do like it. Now it’s border time! I think borders help to make a quilt come alive. I will do a pieced outer border but need to decide on the inner border. Here are my three choices:

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Choice #1 – Too Busy – a NO.

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Choice #2  ??

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I know #1 is a definite “no.” Help! Which do you think works better – #2 or #3?  Your help would really be greatly appreciated.

And what about my original quilt design?  I still have two bins full of Kaffe fabrics. I’ll happily pull some out and have another go at it another day!

Many Hands Make…

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Many quilt blocks! At each retreat, each person receives pieces of fabric and a block pattern and has the opportunity to make a block that will go int0 a charity quilt. This year the fabric and pattern made two hourglass blocks. This activity is totally optional, but since there is a drawing for a great prize, everyone participates. I truly believe that even if there wasn’t the possibility of a prize, they would all sew a block. The generosity of quilters has no bounds!! There was enough of one color to make a child quilt. This top will go to our guild’s fearless charity quilt leader who will quilt it, return it to me, and I will bind it.

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And there’s more – enough for a lap quilt! I’m attending a workshop for a few days and during my free time will piece these blocks together.

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I love that while we are treating ourselves to time away, concentrated sewing time, and so much fun, we are doing something special for others. What a great way to share our talents! And this year there is a second opportunity to join in on the fun at the Quilt & Sew-In, November 10-13, 2016. Sign-ups have begun, so secure your place for fun today!

Although the list has grown, I do continue to make progress on my projects. Hopefully my next project update will be reduced in numbers. But…I’m still having fun!

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Kaffe Table Topper

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As if I didn’t have enough projects in the process, I started a new one about a week ago. I was going through my bin of Kaffe Fasset fabric and decided I wanted a small table topper for my dining room.  I began sketching 6″ finished blocks and away I went. On the eighth block I had more than a screw loose – I lost it completely! I had to take it out six times! No, it wasn’t difficult – as you can see, none of them are. My quilting brain had just gone to sleep (comatose more like it)!

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The spiral quilting really shows up well on the back.

 

As soon as I had the blocks together I cut my backing and batting and sandwiched it so it was ready to quilt the next morning. I was going to do a sort of loop-d-loop free motion and then realized it would be the perfect size for a spiral. I have wanted to try one for quite some time now. It was really easy! The very beginning is a little tough, and you can see in the pics the center is a little wonky, but once I got going, it was easy. I just followed around with my walking foot. At one point, though, I had to stop for a minute – it was making me dizzy! I did the loop-d-loops on the borders, got the binding on, and had the table topper on my dining room table that afternoon. Instant gratification! Now I am a bit more motivated to get to a project or two that has been hanging around for a long, long time.

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A New Machine!

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This makes number 4!  I have my Bernina that I do most of my sewing with, and it never leaves home. Then there is the Singer Featherweight.  It is a collectible and sews like a little dream, especially if I have straight sewing that I can chain piece, it is now my go-to machine. I have a Pfaff Passport – weighs only 17 pounds and travels to retreats and sew-ins. It doesn’t even live in my studio – it goes from the hall closet to the car and back. And the newest addition to my sewing family – the Babylock Sashiko! I have been eyeing this specialty machine for some time now. Basically, it’s stitches look like hand sewing. If you’ve ever seen hand Sashiko stitching, it’s quite lovely and can now be done by machine.

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I’ve been getting the feel of it and learning how to thread it. It uses a bobbin thread only and is very different from standard sewing machines. I Sashiko quilted this table runner. It’s a lot of straight lines because I wanted to get the feel of the machine. I have more projects lined up and will next try curve stitching . I am not a collector of sewing machines, so this is my last addition. Pretty sure…

Works in Progress – I have decided to only keep track of actual WIPs, not projects in boxes that have not actually been started. The list is a now a little easier to swallow and not quite so daunting. (green highlite depicts progress made)

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Can’t Wait to Start a New Year!!

I ended the year with a few more finishes I couldn’t show earlier because they were gifts. For my son and daughter, I made them each a table runner for their home. The brown was for my son and the green for my daughter is not pictured – it was camera shy! On the back of each instead of the usual backing, I pieced it and appliqued leaves. Now they each have two table runners for the price of one. I also made six matching placemats in the brown. Here’s the problem with placemats – now you have 6 bindings, 24 corners and 6 finishes. Seemed to take forever.

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My sister is a snowbird coming from New York State to Florida each year after Christmas, stopping at our place as it is about half way and an “A-1” accommodation. And, the price is right! I was inspired to make her a quilt for her Florida home – a lap quilt for the now and then cool days. I bought some of the fabric while in Hilton Head, drew a row-by-row out at home and hubby put it on EQ for me. She is not on the shore, so dolphins, beach, whales and so on would not have been appropriate. She is on a lake, so fish and sunshine won!  There were some adjustments along the way but I really like the way it came out.

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I won’t post all my 2015 finishes as a final post of the year, as it would be over 30. Yikes! Of course, I have no idea what 2016 holds. Most of the projects awaiting my attention are fairly detailed, so I don’t foresee any quick finishes, but I do plan to enjoy all the processes. After all, I’m happy as long as I’m sewing!  Happy New Year to you and happy creating!!

My New Adventure!!

Great news! Last week I retired!! I have grand plans to do a lot of sewing. There has been much celebrating and meeting friends for lunch. Things will soon morph into my new normal and the studio awaits me. I have already done some rearranging – even set up my mini Keurig. Now how’s that for a sign of commitment?! Pohutukawa (Large) small block (Large) My big tackle right now is this wall quilt. (Also knowing what day of the week it is!) It is a pattern from New Zealand’s Kiwi Quilts called Pohutukawa (New Zealand’s Christmas flower) by Mary Metcalf Designs..  What I have left are eighteen (18) 3 1/2 inch blocks that have nine pieces each. They are shapes, not rectangles. And the fabric is different in each. I have really been challenged but am determined to complete this. I don’t have enough of the fabric I need to complete one of the borders, so I will be searching. It will be joyous when I get to the borders! Please join me and follow me on my new adventure. There is some travel ahead. I plan to reconnect with my garden. Many books are waiting to be read. And mostly, I will enjoy every wonderful moment I have been given.

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I am so excited that my Polka Dot Village is done! About 3 years ago Ellen Guerrant did a workshop for our guild using her “Tartan Town” pattern. It is a fun and whimsical design. There were about 20 of us and we all brought our piles of small stash pieces – colorful and whimsical. We shared mightily – as though none of us had ever seen so many different fabrics! In true quilter fashion the project got put away when I got home. Finally, about 2 year’s later, it once again saw daylight. I had more fabric choosing to do – who knew I would spend so much time for little windows and doors?

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Now it is done and is hanging above our stairs leading down to our family room and my sewing studio. (Not a good place to get pics, but I wasn’t about to have us get the extension ladder to get it down.) I love how cheerful it is. Each house block has a bird – even an owl on the one rooftop! This is also another one of my UFO finishes for our guild’s challenge.  Only 3 more to go!

Stashbuster – Charm Pack Quilt

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Last year a friend and I went to a textile wholesale warehouse sale.  I was looking for neutrals (I seem to have everything else!) I found a great white on white and a gray and white pinstripe.  Of course, I had to check everything else out!  We found batik charm packs at a great price and we loved the fabric line.  We each bought several as our plan was to each make similar quilts from the charm packs.  I found a pattern that we both liked and I began the process. (This is also one of the UFOs from my guild’s challenge).

Hint: If you are going to use a charm pack, check the pieces before you begin to cut and sew.  I assumed that the charms, being die cut, would be perfect 5″ squares.  Not the case.  I have a die cut machine and my cut pieces come out perfect. In this case, I had to square up each and every charm.  Some were just a tiny bit off, others were 1/8″ off.  Add all those up and it will really mess up your work!

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But I am not sorry that I purchased these.  I used a variation of the split nine patch – 2 of the corner squares are pinwheels, then you “split” the nine patch.  I love the end results.  The pink border and brown binding really make it pop.  This quilt is intended as a gift and now just needs a name and a label.

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By the way, I am not recommending you avoid precuts – but do check them.

The Last Christmas Quilt

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This is another scrapbuster! I got my son’s Christmas quilt done earlier in the year and then it was time to do one for my daughter. I used the scraps from the first quilt. This quilt started out as a traditional French braid.  Seems like I never succeed at typical.  A couple of the rows were wonky. Not wanting to embrace my seam ripper for hours, I decided on a redesign.  I cut, added borders and sewed.  I think I liked this better than the original plan!  After I added the borders I felt like it just needed more – thus the holly appliques in the corners.

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I believe this has become one of my favorite quilts ever.  It’s bright, cheerful and So Christmas!