Sunday, April 22, 2018

April Progress on 18 in 2018

I have another finish on my 18 in 2018 list. Yeah! My original post can be found here. I have finished the Red and Cream Mystery BOM quilt from Fig Tree Quilts (#8 on my list).

As I was sewing the binding on, I noticed one seam on the sashing that I had not done SID. I pinned it back on one of the leaders, draped the rest of it over the belly bar. I used some plastic clips to give a little more tension and carefully fixed the seam. All is well now.

 I used red Glide thread in the center star, but cream Glide everywhere else. Hobbs 80/20 batting.

The lighting is terrible today. I managed to get a few pics of the blocks.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Wild Geese Straight Furrows

This is another Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along project. I don't think I have ever seen this block pattern before. Kimberly Jolly has a video to help you with the construction of this block here.

I chose a piece of fabric that I have had for a long time. I bought it because I really love the teal with purplish/bluish colors. The problem was that I could never put it into any project because those colors were never right with any of the 'normal' colors. I thought this would be ta great project to use that fabric. A two-color quilt is the perfect solution. The colors do not show true in any of my photos, so don't judge.

I used Triangles on a Roll for a 2" finished triangle. I must be a really terrible sewer because these never seem to be any more accurate for me than when I sew them with traditional methods.

I laid them out on my small design boards so I wouldn't turn them around. Yes, that is another problem I have.

First block done. I really love the graphic nature of this block with two colors.

Six blocks done. The pattern is really starting to show even with so few blocks. I will continue to work on this small project.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Pumpkin Patch Lane Finish

Pumpkin Patch Lane was on my 18 in 2018 list to be finished this year. The original post is found here. I had stopped working on this BOM project before finishing the first block. I experienced problems with the bobbin thread being pulled to the top on my zig zag stitches. I tried switching to mono-filament top thread, but had the same problem. I saw Edyta Sitar say that she always uses a size 70 microtex needle when she sews with mono-filament thread. That did the trick. I was able to finish this project.

This project is going to my granddaughter. I quilted in 4 spiders for her to find.

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

March Progress on 18 in 2018

This is my last update for March on my 18 in 2018 list. My original post can be found here.
First up is my Red and Cream Mystery BOM quilt from Fig Tree Quilts (#8 on my list). I am getting very close to finishing the quilting on this. I have one row left to finish. Here are some detail pics.

 I decided to use red thread (Ruby Glide) in the center star only. All other areas are cream Glide.

 Lots of feathers. They don't show at all in the checked fabric.

Next, is the Pumpkin Patch Lane BOM quilt. This is # 18 on my 18 in 2018 list. I solved the issue about bobbin thread being pulled to the top. I heard Edyta Sitar say that she always uses a Microtex 70 needle with monofilament thread.  That did the trick. I had the upper tension at zero.

I have one more pieced border to complete. This is a very cute project.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Halo Medallion Ta-done!

I love spring break. I completely finished the Halo Medallion today. This project was number 1 on my 18 in 2018 list. Here is a link to my 18 in 2018 post.

Here is a pic of the last row when I finished quilting. Still on the machine. I made and attached the binding yesterday. I saved the hand sewing for today. Done. I also attached my label and the hanging sleeve.

This is the first quilt that I am satisfied with enough to consider entering it in a show. I would really like to get judges' comments.

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Progress on Halo Medallion

I had another two great sewing days. I feel good about what I completed. I worked on the center medallion. I saw this corner triangle design on a quilt on Pinterest. I was able to recreate it. The first one was the easiest. It was the upper left corner.

 Fingers crossed. Three more to go. Two of them are upside down.

I am pretty stoked about the way this turned out. Love those feathers. A lot of geography covered in a few strokes. Such a change from the circle flying geese blocks.

Ta da! I finished the medallion. 

I am now more than half finished with this one. I should get it finished next weekend.

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Hanging Minis

I have had several minis ready to be hung on the wall for quite some time. DH and I put them up in my sewing room yesterday.

The first one is mini Cherry Pie, pattern by Joanna Figuero at Fig Tree Quilts. So cute. I put it next to my TV and above my ironing station. 

This wall is getting pretty full. The two on the left have been around for a long time. They are probably around 30 years old. The Amish design is hand quilted. They are both a bit faded (or maybe they are dusty). This wall is to the left of my DSM. I use the side table to trim blocks and press as I am sewing. Cut, Press, Repeat has been hung since 2016. I have two versions of mini Blossom (also from Fig Tree). One is scrappy and the other is red and cream. The top right is mini Twirl (also Fig Tree). I have a full size flimsy of Twirl which is on my 18 in 2018 list. 

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Halo Medallion Progress

I got Halo Medallion loaded on the longarm this weekend. I had two days of quilting. Everything worked out great. Good tension. Lots of ideas from the quilting of Angela Walters on the Quilt Show sample and ideas from Margaret Solomon Gunn from her blog. She quilted a customer quilt that was Halo Medallion. I have taken ideas from both of these wonderful quilters.

You will notice that I am putting the double bubble, or olive in the solid green 1" sashing. I have no ideas for the other 1" or 3/4" sashings. I will not quilt inside the half inch or smaller sashings. Any ideas? Should I just leave them empty? I have done SID on both sides. Is that enough?

The cross-hatching is really hard. I don't have a curved ruler that matches that curve. I am using my Quick Curve Sidekick ruler, but I have to adjust every inch or so. I am concerned that I will really mess up as I will need to complete these in different directions. I do not want to have to turn the quilt to complete the sections.

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

18 in 2018 January Finishes

This is a very late post. I finished all of my easy-peasy projects from my list in January.

This is the Wanna Build a Snowman wallhanging. I just had to bind, label, and add a hanging sleeve.

I finished the lap quilt and table runner Double 9-Patch, a Fat Quarter Shop project. I had to bind and label these.

I designed the quilting based on Judi Madsen's iQuilt classes.

Original 18 in 2018 post here.

Zoo Nouveau

I finished Zoo Nouveau on February 16. That is another finish from my 18 in 2018 list.

In this photo, it is pinned to my design wall with the Halo Medallion showing behind it. I am really pleased with how it turned out.

I didn't attempt to thread paint the frogs the way Ann did. I found fabric in a layer cake that I had purchased with the intention of making an I Spy quilt for my grandson. The frogs are very realistic. I love the way the seem to shine.

I fixed a few details on the Peacock. I rearranged the white tuft on top of his head so the center feather now shows. 

Instead of making snails, I cut out some lizard shapes that I found in the same I Spy layer cake. The colors are perfect. 

I am thrilled with the way the fish turned out. Thanks so much to Ann Myhre for this project that really took me out of my comfort zone.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Planning Ahead: 18 in 2018

18 in 2018 is being hosted by Lynette on What a Hoot! I am in!  No prizes. No sponsors. Just personal motivation. I love this.

I am really counting on this list to keep me focused. My Quilting ADD has to get under control. I have promised myself that I will not be distracted by all of the fun-looking BOM's that come along in 2018. (I am already vacillating, however. The Patchwork Barn BOM project from The Quilt Show is very tempting.) I plan to allow myself to take on some Fat Quarter Shop projects as they come along. I had a lot of fun doing several of those projects last year.

I have selected projects that I am very excited about, some that will be fast finishes, and some that are problems that need to get worked out. I hope to actually finish some of my older projects that have now matured to the point where they are ready to be finished.

Big Projects:
1. Halo Medallion Quilt - designed by Sue Garman. This was the 2017 BOM from The Quilt Show.

The remaining steps are: design custom quilting for each area, load on long arm, trim, quilt, add binding,and label.
Finished March 13, 2018.

2. Audubon's Christmas Quilt - designed by Kathy McNeil. This is my big project for the year.

I am sure you have all seen this award-winning quilt. I have purchased the full pattern set. I have purchased an iQuilt class through AQS taught by Kathy McNeil to help me along the way. I have begun to purchase some of the fabrics that I plan to use. The fabric search will be time-intensive. There are not many quilt shops near me and I do not want to buy fabrics for this project online. I really want to know what I am getting.

The steps in this project are: fabric search, template preparation, applique each block, quilt, bind, label, add hanging sleeve.

 Nearly finished:
3. Wanna Build a Snowman? by pattern by Dana Michelle.
This wall hanging has been fully quilted and is off the machine.
The remaining steps are: trim, bind, label, add hanging sleeve.
Finished 1/16/18

4. Double 9 Patch from Fat Quarter Shop.
This is off the long arm, fully quilted.

Remaining steps are: trim, bind, label. Easy-peasy.
Finished 1/15/18

5. Double 9 Patch Table runner - using left over blocks from project above, I created a table runner.
Three blocks are set on point with setting triangles filling in. This is quilted in the same pattern as the quilt above.

Remaining steps are: trim, bind, label. Another fast one to check off the list.
Finished 1/16/18

8. Red and Cream BOM from Fig Tree Quilts
I can't believe that I never took a picture of the assembled flimsy. Here are a couple of blocks.
I finished the blocks and assembled the flimsy in October or November, 2017.

Remaining steps: load on long arm, quilt, trim, bind, label.

9. Red and White - 2017

10. Star Crossed from Fig Tree Quilts. Sewn in 2017
I bought this as a kit from Fig Tree Quilts.

Remaining steps; load on long arm, quilt, trim, bind, label.

11. Sherbet and Creams by Fig Tree Quilts
This was a mystery project from Joanna. I made some changes to the pattern. I made smaller circles and squares at the intersections. I preferred to have more of the curves visible. 
Remaining steps: load on long arm, quilt, trim, bind, label.

12. 2015 Designer Mystery BOM from Fat Quarter Shop
I think this is too large to hang for display, so I will finish it for a bed.
 Remaining steps: load on long arm, quilt, bind, label.

13. Vice Versa BOM from Gen W Quilters
 I think this was from 2014. I never quilted it because I was not confident enough. This really needs a modern quilting plan.

Remaining steps: design quilting plan, load on long arm, quilt, trim, bind, label, add hanging sleeve.

14. Twirl Quilt by Fig Tree Quilts

I didn't take a picture of the assembled flimsy.
Remaining steps are: load on long arm, quilt, trim, bind, add label.

15. Wild Card

Believe it or not, I still have many additional tops that need to be quilted. I will allow myself to chose one that I feel inspired to quilt.
Steps: load on long arm, quilt, bind, label.

 Challenging Projects:
16. Diamonds in the Sky - by Tula Pink

This is an English paper piecing project. While I love the fabrics and Tula's fabrics and design, I really hate English paper piecing. I just don't have the mojo to complete this by hand. I discovered an iQuilt class taught by Karen K. Stone called English Paper Piecing by Machine. This is the perfect solution for this project. I need to get this out of the tote bag it is stored in and get it finished.

Remaining steps are: complete piecing, assemble flimsy, load on long arm, quilt, trim, bind, label.

17. Zoo Nouveau by Ann Myhre. This was a summer sampler project from The Quilt Show. I have a good start on this, but I was not satisfied with my work on the Frogs and Traveling Snailsmen installment. I am not happy with the colors of the textile paint I used. I could only find a few colors at Michael's. I need to practice paint mixing so I can come up with better colors. I plan to paint over the part I have already done.
Remaining steps: repainting side sections, complete the remaining sections, assemble, label, add hanging sleeve. Finishing Details here.
Finished 2/18/18

18. Pumpkin Patch Lane - 6 installment BOM designed by Arlene Stamper and Melissa Harris.

I finished one installment, but wasn't happy with the machine applique my sewing machine produced. I used monofilament on the top and regular thread in the bobbin. Top tension set at zero. The bobbin thread kept getting pulled up to the top. No matter how good a job I do with the zigzag, the bobbin thread really ruins the look. I have all of the project parts. I have to get up my mojo to solve the bobbin thread problem. Finishing details here.
Finished 4/14/18