Monday, September 17, 2018

Juggling Multiple Projects

It has been a busy summer. I retired as of July 1. We made two round trips to Pennsylvania to pick up and return grandsons. They spent 10 days with us. We made two round trips to Michigan. The first to help our son after back surgery, and the second to attend the AQS Grand Rapids show. My Halo Medallion hung in that show. It was a trill to see the quilt hanging in a national show.

I picked the quilt up after that show because I stupidly did not enter it in Paducah or Virginia Beach. I intend to enter it in Daytona, Lancaster, and Spring Paducah. I also discovered that judge's comments are only given at Paducah, not at any of the other shows. My main purpose for entering was for comments. That was disappointing.

I took four classes from Bethanne Nemesh at the GR show. She is a fantastic teacher. I have lots to practice. I purchased her book, Sampler Smackdown. Her goal is to complete the quilting in 12 hours. I used her method to quilt my Crossroads quilt. I lost track of the time, but I don't think I made the 12 hour goal.

It is now hanging on the machine because my sewing room is completely filled with my Audubon's Christmas project. My binding is cut, but I don't have space to work on the binding. My ironing station, cutting table, countertop, and sewing table are filled with various parts of the project. When I worked on the owls and blue jays, I kept putting materials away. I found that I was wasting a lot of time because I was just putting away at the end of a session and taking things back out at the beginning of the next sewing session. I have allowed the mess to take over.

I have all of the chickadees sewn. Three of them are attached in this photo, and the other three are pinned on. I had to paint the leaves in order to get a good shade of green. I had fun getting various shades to look like light and shadow. The leaves are pinned on.

I thought that the two birds with black beaks looked more menacing than cute, so I removed the black beaks and replaced them with tan. When I have finished appliqueing all of these pieces, I will embroider tiny berries. This will look much prettier with the red berries.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

New FQS Project

Here is a sneak peek at the next FQS project I will be working on. This one is called Fat Eighth Fruitcake Quilt Along.

I chose a Fat Eight bundle called Winter Village by Basic Grey. I will be using Moda 'Bone' solid for the background and the cute, cute snowman print for the binding.

The big reveal is currently scheduled for October 23. I will put work in progress pics on Instagram.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

First Chickadees

Just a quick post to show the first two chickadees in the Audubon Christmas wallhanging.

I know it looks like I stabbed them, but they are just pinned to the design wall.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Audobon's Christmas project

First block in the Audobon's Christmas. This is item number 2 in my 18 in 2018 list. The original list can be found here. I think I have a pretty good start on this project. This is the owls block. I might add more embroidery on the faces. When I look at Kathy McNeil's version, there is a lot more embroidery around the eyes.

Blue Jay Block. I am pretty pleased with the way this one turned out. I actually individually pieced each part of the three largest pine cones. For the two smallest cones, I found some fabric that I could use to applique.

Close-ups of the jays. Male on the left. Female on the right. I am pretty pleased with how these turned out. I could have used some additional shades of blue for more differentiation, but I am pretty limited on fabric that is available locally. I painted the shading on the female's tummy and the white tips on the feathers of both.

I still have to cut the blocks down to the exact size. I will wait until I am ready to begin assembly of all of the blocks.

Now, on to the chickadee block.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

FQS Coffee Koozie

FQS is running some reboots on previous projects. I am participating on the Coffee Koozie reboot. You can check these projects out on Instagram at #fqsquiltalong #fqsremix #coffeekoozie.

I selected this Michael Miller fabric from the Eco collection. I don't know how long it has been in my stash. It seemed to be perfect for this project. The whole idea of the Coffee Koozie is to avoid using those throw-away paper sleeves. This little project protects fingers from the hot cup, and at the same time saves the environment.

I found this cute little flower button in my button drawer. So perfect.

I changed up the method a little bit. I didn't use mini-charms. I used a fussy-cut piece of fabric.
Then I fused it to the batting before making the sandwich with the backing.

This photo was taken before I added top stitching around the edge.

Thanks, FQS, for the reminder about this very eco-friendly little project.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Off the List Projects

I have worked on a few small projects that are not included on my 18 in 2018 list.

First, eight-year-old Little Missy visited from Michigan. I had the perfect project for us to work on together. We used the Accuquilt Go cutter to cut out these beautiful butterflies. This project was made with the free pattern that is included with the Edyta Sitar butterfly die.

Little Missy chose the color arrangement for the butterflies and the nine-patch flowers. She has a good eye for color. She identified the warm colors and cool colors. Kudos to her public school art teacher.

She also eyed a special piece of fabric in my stash that I had set aside with no specific project in mind. She wanted to use it so badly, but I didn't think it was right for the butterflies. After she left, I made a one-way zip bag out of it. I used Joan Hawley's method from my Craftsy class "The One-Zip Way." I didn't switch out the zipper pull with a different color because I didn't have another color that would go with the bag.

Fun projects. I have made several of these bags as well the the cute little Sweet Peas. I have been using the fabric leftovers from a table runner kit I made from FQS. This just shows how generous they are with the fabric for kits.

Another project that has been waiting for quite a while is the Sew Together bag. I bought the pattern quite a while ago, but was overwhelmed by the instructions. I wasn't sure that I understood them. After making the simpler bags above, I got brave enough to give this a try.

I am having so much fun in my retirement. Visits with the grandkids. Sewing without guilt. Cleaning and reorganizing the pantry. Baking nearly every day. If I keep this up, I will have to buy new clothes.

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

June Progress on 18 in 2018

I have been plugging away on my Diamonds in the Sky by Tula Pink project. This is #16 on my 18 in 2018 list. After purchasing the kit and starting the project several years ago, I discovered that I really do not like English Paper Piecing. This has been stuffed in a tote bag for, perhaps, three years. I discovered an iquilt class with Karen K Stone "English Paper Piecing by Machine." That is exactly what I was looking for. Her process is genius

You can hardly see the tiny zig-zag with invisible thread.

I have now completed all 13 rows. It is ready to be trimmed straight at the edges and quilted.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Exciting News 

Halo Medallion has been accepted in the Grand Rapids, Michigan AQS show. I am very excited. This is the first time I have entered a quilt in a show.

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Another Finish on 18 in 2018 List

It took me a while, but I have finished the 2015 Designer Mystery BOM from Fat Quarter Shop. This is project # 12 on my original list. You can see the list here.

I used Hobbs 80/20 batting and Glide quilting thread.

After completing the quilting, I had to sew buttons for the eyes and mouth of the snowmen. 

 Here is a picture of the completed quilt taken on my screened porch. The indirect sun makes for pretty nice pictures.

This one is for Little Missy. She will be visiting at the end of June, so she will have two quilts to take home with her; the Halloween/Thanksgiving quilt that has a hanging sleeve for display, and this one which will be used on her bed when her Christmas quilt is put away.

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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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