Monday, September 1, 2014

Park Bench Finishing Steps

Rabbit, Rabbit. It is the first day of another month. Yeah! We have all made it to another month. I will no longer lament about how time flies. It is something to be celebrated.

I have caught up with the Park Bench blocks. I finished both installment 7 blocks.

Here is the last installment of the Park Bench project. Block 8; just one block, not two.
Here are all 15 blocks on the design wall, ready to be put together.
Here is an interesting twist. It was fortunate that I was not all caught up with this project. I received an email from FQS that there were two corrections to the finishing instructions. How did that happen? Usually, I am on the wrong side of such occurrences. This time, it was a good thing that I didn't move ahead as soon as I got the fabrics. There were two corrections that needed to be noted in the instruction book. I have now cut all of the pieces to finish the quilt.
I hope to get to this soon. I have complained about having a 9-month contract, and work that never seemed to stop. I now have an 11-month contract and a REALLY steep learning curve. My real work is really interfering with my hobby. Such is life. Stop by again soon.

I am linking up with Anything Goes Mondays, Fresh Sewing Day, and BOM's Away Monday (Links on right).

Karen



Monday, August 18, 2014

BOM Block

I whined a couple posts ago that I am seriously behind in my BOM projects. I am working on four BOM projects currently and have gotten behind this month. On Sunday afternoon I was able to get this block finished.
This is block #3 in the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM from Fat Quarter Shop. This is the third Designer Mystery quilt series I have worked on from them. I really love this series. FQS always sends generous cuts of fabrics. I can always make something with the leftovers. Such fun.

Now I am only behind by four blocks in the other BOM's.

I am linking up with BOM's Away (button on right).

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Row Along Quilt Finish

Another finish for 2014. I completed the Lori Holt Row Along quilt today. (Book with these patterns and more can be purchased here.) I sewed the quilt in 2013, but didn't get it finished until today.

I used an extra mitten block as the label. When I sewed the row, I decided that I had too much red in that row.  Instead of making a pillow (my first thought), I used it for the label.
I made a scrappy binding as Lori did in her quilt.

Quilt specs:
Hobbs 80/20 batting
Glide thread on top and bottom

I am linking this post with Fresh Fabric, Freemotion by the River and Freshly Pieced (links on right).


Row Along Finish

I finished the Row Along quilt today. (Pattern by Lori Holt can be purchased here.) I thought I would share a bit about the binding process. I ALWAYS look at my favorite binding tutorial from Deonn at Quiltscape, found here. Pay close attention to the direction of the binding when joining the two ends so you don't get it twisted. Ask me how I know. That is why I look at the tutorial each time I bind a quilt. I don't bind often enough to remember without looking.

I had an additional issue this time. I made a scrappy border because that is what Lori did. That means that there are lots of small lengths joined with diagonal seams. See what happened at this corner.

This seam allowance came right at the corner. I have a hard enough time making nice corners with binding. I certainly don't need extra bulk. What to do? I trimmed off 2" at the diagonal seam and resewed the diagonal seam.
That shortened the section before the corner and brought the diagonal seam well before the corner.
Ta dah! Actually this happened twice when I bound this quilt. The first time it didn't occur to me to take pictures. I hope this is helpful to someone.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Another Ready for Binding

I haven't been able to touch Lucey for two weeks. Today I finished quilting the Lori Holt Row Along quilt. It is now off the frame and waiting for binding.

 I took the quilt off the frame and turned it so I could have a full width sweep to fill the separator strips with double bubble. I used painter's tape to mark the spacing for the bubbles. I wasn't anal about it; I just didn't want to have a bunch of small or large spaces. After quilting each row, I moved the tape and marked the next with the air erasable marker.




 I really like the e's and l's that I used in the apple core blocks. It really looks like teeth marks in the core. Is that too gross?
 For the borders, I decided to use piano keys. I really like the straight lines as a contrast to all of the detailed quilting in the blocks.
 Here is a picture of the corner. I am really happy with how this turned out. I hardly had to fudge at all.
I have really gotten behind in my planned sewing times in August. I am working on 4 BOM's this year. I have five blocks that I have yet to complete as of this month. I was really doing well at keeping up until this month. First day of classes on Monday. Then I will get really busy. Oy.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

On the Frame

The Lori Holt Row Along Quilt is on the frame.
I have once again put the quilt oriented with the top of the quilt on my right, and the bottom of the quilt on my left. I had to piece the backing, so I didn't want the seam to roll on itself on the backing bar. That is why I turned it.
Here is an example of how poor my color memory is. Do you see the backing on the far bar? That is the fabric I bought at the Quilt Box in June. I wrote about it here. I thought this would be the perfect match for the turquoise fabrics I used on the front. Take a look. Far from it. The backing has a creamy background and is a soft turquoise. The turquoise on the quilt front is very bright and the background is quite white. I should never buy fabric unless I have samples in hand. Oh well. It is just the back. I can live with it.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I'm a Winner!

I actually won this before I went on vacation in May. I just haven't blogged about it until now. I won a $25 gift certificate courtesy of Canton Village Quilt Works from Sharon McConnell's blog at Color Girl Quilts.

So how did I spend my money? I bought the Polka Dot Bikini kit from CVQW. Here it is. All ready to be cut up and sewn.


You say you haven't heard of the Polka Dot Bikini quilt? How could that be? Take a look at this and this to see what I am talking about. The pattern was designed by Sharon McConnell and it was quilted by Jenny Pedigo from Sew Kind of Wonderful.

I fell in love with this quilt when I saw this. In my dreams, I will quilt it like that.

So many things to sew...so little time.

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