Little Interruptions

December 6th, 2016

Ever so slowly she worked on a quilt.

Sigh. I was hoping to have all the appliqué flowers stitched in place and borders sewn on the Timeless Tradition quilt. But life happens. I came down with a killer of a headache Friday afternoon while visiting my son and his family at their home 2 hours from here. It was just a quick day trip hubs and I were taking. Saturday and Sunday the headache lingered on while I did all the tricks to try and relieve the stubborn thing.

Timeless Tradition is waiting for me. Before the headache, I did get all the flowers fused in place.

Monday, finally feeling better, I blanket stitched the blue flowers. But put it on hold because of a new project I agreed to do.

Sunday night I got a phone call asking if I had time to make a t-shirt quilt by Christmas. NO! was my first thought. But, the lady had the shirts all prepped – fused and cut, and my longarm quilting friend had told me about this possible quilt job a few weeks ago. We both figured it was not going to happen now that we are already in the month of December. The lady said the longarm quilter promised her she could finish it by Christmas, so I figured that meant I should go ahead and take the job. Guess what I was doing today?  Yep, working on a t-shirt quilt. Got to rush through it and get back to the appliqué!

I am thinking I am legally crazy! Have you ever agreed to do something you thought was crazy?

Wish me luck on getting these done! And maybe I’ll have time to look for that flannel for the pj bottoms I promised to make.

How did I do on last week’s To-Do Tuesday List?

  1. Finish appliqué and outer borders for the Timeless Tradition quilt.  NOPE! Appliqué in progress. ✗ Not to borders yet.
  2. Sew November Machine Quilting Block Party pattern. ✗
  3. Purchase December’s Machine Quilting Block Party pattern. ✔️
  4. I promised to make flannel pj bottoms for a young friend. I’ve misplaced the fabric! Got to find it! ✗

To-Do Tuesday List for this week:

  1. Piece new t-shirt quilt
  2. Keep plugging away on Timeless Tradition appliqués. Hopefully get to borders.
  3. Find that flannel for the pj bottoms!

Linking to To-Do-Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

Celebrations!

November 29th, 2016

My family who gathered with my husband and I had a wonderful time together this past Thanksgiving Day and weekend! I hope you did as well. We filled our  time by visiting, laughing, playing games, taking a walk at a nature preserve, eating!, enjoying a 2 year old’s antics, and even a little bit of Small Business Saturday shopping. Plus we fit in a Birthday Celebration! My daughter in law turned 31 Thanksgiving day!

On to quilting!

I’ve made just a little bit of progress on the appliqués for Timeless Tradition.  Leaves and stems cut and fused in place. Next up is blanket stitching around them. Then there are flowers to add.

This Honor Flight t-shirt quilt was delivered today! What a wonderful organization that honors and celebrates veterans and their service to our country.  I like how it turned out. Longarm quilted by Simply Sue. She did an all over design called Stars and Stripes.

I have two projects I’d like to have completed in time to ship for Christmas. The Timeless Tradition quilt and also a pair of pj bottoms. How about you? Do you have any Christmas or holiday sewing to finish? Eck! December is just 2 days away!

How did I do on last week’s To-Do Tuesday List?

  1. Cooking! ✔️ Youngest daughter and I cooked up our Traditional Thanksgiving dishes Wednesday afternoon. Thursday morning I popped the turkey in the oven.
  2. Enjoying family and friends! ✔️ We had such a wonderful time with family and friends. Good food, good people, fun games and nice walk.
  3. Continue working on appliqué for Timeless Tradition quilt. ✔️ I didn’t get as much accomplished as I hoped, but hey! it was Thanksgiving week!

To-Do Tuesday List for this week:

  1. Finish appliqué and outer borders for the Timeless Tradition quilt.
  2. Sew November Machine Quilting Block Party pattern.
  3. Purchase December’s Machine Quilting Block Party pattern.
  4. I promised to make flannel pj bottoms for a young friend. I’ve misplaced the fabric! Got to find it!

I’m linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

November 22nd, 2016

I hope all my quilt-y friends & family are having a lovely time as they prepare to celebrate this year’s Thanksgiving Day!

Wednesday my youngest daughter and I will be making many of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes to prepare for family and friends invited over for Thanksgiving Day. Several of my adult children will be contributing to the meal as well. It will be nice having our out-of-town kids and grand child home for an extended visit!

On to quilting!

This past week I completed and delivered a t-shirt quilt top to the long arm quilter.

Here is a sneak peak of sashing with stars:

and another block:

I’ll show a full picture next time, as it will be coming back to me for binding.

Happy Thanksgiving!

How did I do on last week’s To-Do Tuesday List?

  1. Got to bind the Christmas Tree Skirt so I can give it to my daugther Thanksgiving day! ✔️
  2. Cut out appliqué for Timeless Tradition. ✔️
  3. Piece t-shirt quilt. ✔️

To-Do Tuesday List for this week:

  1. Cooking!
  2. Enjoying family and friends!
  3. Continue working on appliqué for Timeless Tradition quilt.

I’m linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

Rowing!

November 15th, 2016

Timeless Tradition is finally looking like a quilt! This past week I sewed the blocks in rows, and today I got the rows sewn together.

Next up is cutting more appliqué for the four corners that are looking rather bare right now. I plan on doing that Thursday at my Curvy Quilters sewing day. Once I get the appliqué machine stitched in place there are 3 borders to add. I am pleased with how the quilt is turning out! I have stuck to my self imposed guide line of only using fabric from my stash. I wish that meant my stash is looking thinner, but sadly, it is not.

Customer quilt: this quilt is made of Minky fabric squares. The longarm quilter meandered in black thread and the back is black. I attached the black binding. Binding is a simple task I don’t mind doing, but some quilters avoid binding at all costs! That’s ok with me, as it gives me a few dollars in my pocket!

As I was sewing today I listened to Modern Sewciety Podcast. Episode 103. Stephanie was interview Amy Smart from Diary of a Quilter. Stephanie asked Amy if she longarm quilts or domestic machine quilts. Her answer was she sends her quilts out to be longarm quilted. (I have heard this referred to as “quilting by check”) They went on to chat about how it is fine to NOT do the part of quilt-making that you do not like. I have to agree with that! And I’m happy to help people out by doing binding or other tasks for them! BTW, that chat was just one small part of the interview. Go take a listen for yourself! I love listening to podcasts while sewing.

Is there a part in the quilt making process that YOU don’t like? Are you willing to pay someone else to do that step for you? Or maybe even swap a job with a friend?

I have even cut out quilt pieces for ladies that hate cutting the fabric/pattern pieces in prep to sewing!

How did I do on last week’s To-Do Tuesday List?

  1. Bind Christmas tree skirt. ✗  Got to get it completed this week!
  2. Continue piecing Timeless Tradition quilt top. ✔️Rows sewn. Time for more appliqué.
  3. Bind client quilt. ✔️
  4. Prep t-shirts for client quilt. ✔️Interfacing fused on, and shirts trimmed.

To-Do Tuesday List for this week:

  1. Got to bind the Christmas Tree Skirt so I can give it to my daugther Thanksgiving day!
  2. Cut out appliqué for Timeless Tradition.
  3. Piece t-shirt quilt.

Linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tueday!

Tra La La, Happy Sewing

November 8th, 2016

This was a good sewing week.

The Christmas Tree Skirt I’ve been working on is quilted and ready for binding!

I think I’ll do a scrappy binding, it’s on my to-do list for this week.

The May One Block Wonder table runner is also quilted and the binding made and attached!

I learned something this week. When attaching the binding to the May Blossoms table runner, one of the corners just would not turn into a nicely mitered corner.

I fiddled and poked and pressed and fussed, and just could not figure out what I did wrong on that one corner. So I googled “mitered angles” and found this youtube: Mitered Binding for Different Angles.  It seems that I didn’t fold the binding down far enough on that one corner. Live and learn! I’ll be ready to attach a nicer binding next time!

The above mitered corner looks so much nicer than my ‘oops’ one.

Timeless Tradition BOM is coming along. I have sewn the set triangles on to the pieced blocks and trimmed them to 12 1/2″. Next up is sewing the blocks into rows!

Thursday, I picked up a quilt from a client to bind for her. I cut and pieced binding strips for her 90″ x 102″ quilt today. I also picked up t-shirts for another quilt. Prep and trimming are in the plans for this coming week!

How has your week gone? Have you learned any quilting tricks this past week?

How did I do on last week’s To-Do Tuesday List?

  1. Sandwich and quilt Christmas tree skirt! ✔️ Next up, binding.
  2. Finish quilting May Blossoms table runner. ✔️Ready to use Spring 2017!
  3. Continue piecing Timeless Tradition quilt top. ✔️ Just a little bit of piecing and trimming.
  4. Enjoy family visiting this weekend. ✗  Sadly they got sick and didn’t get to come for the planned visit. But our middle daughter surprised us by dropping by Sunday night. It is always nice to visit with our children!

To-Do Tuesday List for this week:

  1. Bind Christmas tree skirt.
  2. Continue piecing Timeless Tradition quilt top.
  3. Bind client quilt.
  4. Prep t-shirts for client quilt.
I’m linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

 

Organized Craziness!

November 1st, 2016

Last week, while being sidetracked from my to-do list, I made up a spreadsheet of the quilt tops I’ve completed over the past year. Some were WIP, Works in Progress from previous years. Some were new quilts, and others are from One Block Wonders BOM, Block of the Month, I joined for this year. I’m pleased to say, I got the tops all measured, batting all cut, and even some have backs and binding ready! The large tops I placed on hangers and they are neatly stored in my sewing room closet.

While organizing the tops, I came across the cute May Blossoms table runner I made back in the Spring while participating in the One Block Wonders BOM. I allowed myself to be sidetracked once again to finish the table runner instead of sandwiching and quilting the Christmas Tree Skirt, which is what I should have been completing.

When I set aside the May Blossoms table runner, the top was pieced and appliqué fused in place.

This past week, I blanket stitched the appliqué, sandwiched, and started the quilting.

Shucks, its not done, but well on the way.

If you are interested, Sandy of Upstairs Hobby Room has 8 of the 12 One Block Wonders patterns listed on Craftsy. She plans on posting all 12 patterns soon. For the BOM, Sandy provided instructions for one pieced block each month. Then we used the block design anyway we wanted. For May I added stems, leaves, and buds to make the table runner. I pieced 3 blocks for each end of the runner to be form a flower.  Sandy is now has expanding the instructions to make full size quilts, available on Craftsy.

At my Thursday Curvy Quilters sewing day, I worked on piecing star points on to pieced and appliquéd blocks for the Timeless Tradition BOM.

Oh, and I selected, prep, cut appliqué pieces and fused the pieces in place for 4 blocks before going to Thursday’s sewing.

I’m using all fabrics – so far – from my stash for the Timeless Tradition quilt and I’m liking how it is turning out. Using from my stash was just a little challenge I decided to try. So far so good!

This weekend we have out-of-town family coming for a visit. That means I need to do a little sprucing up of guest rooms. I’m looking forward to spending time with them!

One of the quilting Facebook groups I follow posted this today: Quilting makes me feel ______. How would you fill in that blank? I’m feeling accomplished right about now!

How did I do on last week’s To-Do Tuesday List?

  1. Piecing star points on BOM Timeless Tradition blocks. ✔️
  2. Select, prep, cut appliqué pieces for 4 blocks of Timeless Traditions BOM. ✔️
  3. Sandwich and quilt Christmas tree skirt. ✗
  4. Purchase November’s Machine Quilting Block Party pattern. ✔️

To-Do List Tuesday for this week:

  1. Sandwich and quilt Christmas tree skirt!
  2. Finish quilting May Blossoms table runner.
  3. Continue piecing Timeless Tradition quilt top.
  4. Enjoy family visiting this weekend.

I’m linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

Sidetracked

October 25th, 2016

I got sidetracked this week with my quilting plans! I was going to pull out the huge roll of batting to cut it for the tree skirt. I hate pulling it out, unrolling it and cutting it.

So I thought, what if I measure all the tops I have waiting to be quilted* and cut batting for each while I have the batting out. That would save me some time by not having to pull it out multiple times, right? So I started measuring the tops, and then decided to create a chart to catalog tops, backs and batting size needed, all for easy reference.

 

Then I got sidetracked from THAT! Because, I decided to measure out some fabric for a few backs too.

Besides that lovely idea, I am working on a WIP (work in progress) BOM (block of the month) Timeless Tradition – started in the winter of 2015. I dropped out of the group, but since I’m making the quilt at the request of my brother, I do need to finish it. My goal is have it ready to gift for Christmas 2016. So, back to being sidetracked. In my stash, I found a fabric that would be great for the star points of the BOM. But it would also be great for a back of another quilt. See where this is going? I stopped measuring the quilt tops and looking for backs and switched to focus on which fabrics to use for star points and which to use for the back. After more digging in the stash, I selected the fabrics and even cut out the star points. (I plan on taking that project to this Thursday’s Curvy Quilters sewing day. So actually, that was not time wasted. See how this noggin works?)

The deep blue triangles and burgundy triangles (above) will be star points on some of the blocks for the Timeless Traditions BOM.

Now my handy Tops to be Quilted chart is organized with nine quilts listed. I still have table toppers to list. In a way, I’m actually ahead, because this is something I planned to do before the New Year, 2017. *I have saved these tops because I’m determined to quilt them myself on my domestic machine instead of sending them to the longarm quilter. 2017 is going to be my year to concentrate on  improving in free motion quilting, walking foot quilting, and maybe even learn some ruler ‘play’ quilting.

One of my goals from last week was to mark and quilt the October block for Leah Day’s Machine Quilting Block Party. I did accomplish that!

There are two more months and blocks to this BOM. Leah has already shared how to connect the blocks with her Quilt-as-You-Go method. It might be January before I start that process.

How did I do on last week’s To-Do Tuesday List?

  1. Mark and quilt block for Oct Machine Quilting Block Party. ✔️
  2. Complete Christmas tree skirt, sandwich and quilt. ✗ top completed, but still need to sandwich and quilt

To-Do List Tuesday for this week:

  1. Piecing star points on BOM Timeless Tradition blocks.
  2. Select, prep, cut appliqué pieces for 4 blocks of Timeless Traditions BOM.
  3. Sandwich and quilt Christmas tree skirt.
  4. Purchase November’s Machine Quilting Block Party pattern.

I’m linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

Something Completed

October 18th, 2016

The Grow with Me Monkey quilt is finished and on its way to baby Emmett. Hopefully you can see the quilting in the photo: squiggles in the sashing and meandering in the pieced blocks. I also outlined the monkeys and rings they are holding on to with coordinating thread.

And look a mouth! My son noticed that I had forgotten to add a mouth, I used a black Pigma pen to draw the mouth and then stitched over it with black thread.

I really like how the name turned out. I completed the quilt with a flange binding, green print for the binding and white print for the flange.

Here is block 10 for the Machine Quilt Block Party.

I was a bit brain dead when cutting the sashing. I cut it at 2″ wide instead of 2   1/2″ wide. I was wondering what in the world I did wrong that this month’s block was so much smaller than all the rest. Dah! I had some ripping out and recutting to do to accurately complete the block.

I’m also sewing up a Christmas Tree Skirt for my daughter. This week’s progress:

My daughter asked for gold and cream prints. I selected 16 different prints and I sure hope she will be pleased with the outcome! I was hoping to have it sandwiched today, but decided to add another row to enlarge it.

I bought fabric to make pumpkins table runners, but have not gotten to them yet. They were kind of purchased on a whim.

I really have to finish up Christmas gifts before I allow myself to start yet another project. My goal is to complete the Timeless Traditions BOM for a Christmas gift this year. I’ve been working on for almost 2 years. Egads!  And of course the Christmas Tree Skirt, which I’d like to complete by Thanksgiving. Maybe I’ll get to the pumpkins and they can be Thanksgiving decorations – maybe!

Are you working on any Holiday quilting?

How did I do on last week’s To-Do Tuesday List?

  1. FMQ and bind baby quilt.✔️ Quilted, bound, and delivered!
  2. Select fabrics & sew Oct Machine Quilt Block Party block.✔️ Pieced.
  3. Christmas tree skirt.✔️In progress.

To-Do List Tuesday for this week:

  1. Mark and quilt block for Oct Machine Quilt Block Party.
  2. Complete Christmas tree skirt, sandwich and quilt

Linky parties! To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday

Monkeying Around

October 11th, 2016

One of my goals for this past week was appliquéing 3 monkeys on top of a pieced baby quilt. I’m happy to say I got those completed.

Or so I thought! Do you see what is missing!? The mouth! My son noticed it while taking pictures for me and pointed it out!

I also appliquéd the baby’s name on to the quilt.

I was just about to sandwich the quilt when I remembered I needed to add the baby’s name! I used the font Arial Rounded at 425 points for the lettering (but I took the little curl off the bottom of the ‘t’.) Where was my brain while working on this project? No monkey mouths and almost no baby name! I’ll go back and add the mouths to the three monkeys. Then I’ll finally be ready for some FMQ.

Thursday, I hosted my quilting group. At which time I stitched up the last 4 pieced blocks for the Timeless Tradition BOM. I’m using fabrics from my stash and making it very scrappy. Each month there are two 6″ blocks and one 12″ block to make. But there was an extra 12″ block this month, so I decided to use yet another set of fabrics for it. I think this last block is my favorite, the cream, red and green block. I like how the pieces are intertwining around the center square.

There are 4 appliqué blocks to make for the Timeless Tradition BOM. Then the setting triangles. I’d love to have this quilt completed in time for Christmas, it will be interesting to see how fitting it in goes with everything else I’d like to accomplish.

Last Christmas my daughter asked if I would make a Christmas tree skirt for 2016. Of course I said yes! I inquired as to what style she was picturing and also what colors. We looked at lots of patterns on line, and I dug out a few I already owned. She selected Tula Pink’s Moxie pattern that IS NOT a tree skirt, but should work well with some modifications.

I was lucky in that a local quilt shop had their Christmas fabrics 50% off between Christmas last year and New Year’s Day. Only thing was that I had to buy one yard pieces. The pattern calls for fat quarters, so I have enough fabric to make 4 tree skirts! I’m making 2, and will figure out another project with the rest of the fabrics. My daughter selected golds and cream prints for the skirt. This past week I cut out the fabric and my plan is to have it finished by Thanksgiving. That way she will have it for decorating this upcoming Holiday Season.

How did I do on last week’s To-Do Tuesday List?

  1. Appliqué monkeys on to baby quilt. ✔️
  2. Sandwich baby quilt and begin FMQ. ✔️ oops! add those mouths then FMQ.
  3. Select fabric and piece next set of Timeless Tradition BOM. ✔️
  4. Select fabrics for Oct Machine Quilt Block Party block. ✗ Nope, didn’t get to that.

Tuesday To-Do List for this week:

  1. FMQ and bind baby quilt.
  2. Select fabrics & sew Oct Machine Quilt Block Party block.
  3. Christmas tree skirt.

I’m linking to To-Do Tuesday List and Linky Tuesday.

Optical Illusions in Quilts and Legos

October 4th, 2016

Back in August I went to Brickworld, a gathering of Lego enthusiasts who build wonderful creations and share them during Brickworld events. One gal had some optical illusions built from black and white Lego brick that I thought would make cool quilts.

This log cabin one is my favorite.

I’m keeping these in mind, there might be an optical illusion quilt in my future.

There is a free pattern offered through Craftsy, which I’ll keep in mind as my first attempt in piecing an optical illusion quilt. 3D Op Quilt by Pippi22

It is lovely!

Have you ever made an optical illusion quilt? I’d love to hear about it. Do you have patterns to recommend?

New baby quilt under way!

Pieced top complete and now to add appliqué.

Three appliqué monkeys hanging from rings, fused in place. Time for blanket stitching. Oh, and adding the mouths with some thread stitching. Pattern: Grow With Me for Moda.

September Machine Quilting Block Party all quilted.

How did I do on last week’s Tuesday To-Do List?

  1. New baby quilt to make, prep & piecing this week. ✔️ Top pieced. Working on appliqué.
  2. Mark and quilt Leah Day’s Machine Quilting Block Party, block # 9. ✔️
Tuesday To-Do List for this week:
  1. Appliqué monkeys on to baby quilt.
  2. Sandwich baby quilt and begin FMQ.
  3. Select fabric and piece next set of Timeless Tradition BOM.
  4. Select fabrics for Oct Machine Quilt Block Party block.
I’m linking up with Linky Tuesday sponsored by Freemotion by the River and Tuesday To-Do List sponsored by Stitch All the Things.