Deep Thursday Thoughts

Not really. Don’t be shocked. Deep is not me. It really isn’t. And not much progress has been made around here on anything.

My Clue #2 of On Ringo Lake is all done except I need to press and trim up 60 more of the flying geese. I should get that done today. Then I think I will take a short pause before moving on to Clue #3. It’s not like I’ve been keeping up or anything like that.

I need to cut the fabrics for Charlotte’s Mystery Quilt, Summer Stars on Fawn Lake. I haven’t even started that yet, although I do have a project box waiting for it. I think the first clue comes next week, Tuesday maybe.

Jaye from Artquiltmaker asked a question about the 2009 Designer Mystery BOM. I finished that top before I ever began this blog, or shortly thereafter. You can see a picture and read about it here. It has been patiently waiting on my quilting frame to actually be quilted. It made it onto the frame shortly before my youngest daughter got engaged in 2012. That meant it had to wait for the wedding quilt to be hand quilted and then it also had to wait through parts of each year as the church quilts took precedence, but I hope this year is its year.

I fell in love with a knitted shawl kit on Craftsy a month or so ago. It was less than $20 and came with teal yarn if I wanted that color so I purchased it. I do not consider myself a knitter. I don’t even really like to knit, but this quilt was so pretty and I know exactly where to go for help so I bought it. It is not an easy pattern (do I ever like easy?) and I have cast it on and knitted and ripped it out three times now. I was sure the third time would be the charm, but I’m pretty sure that ship has sailed. I’m not sure how many times I will do this before I look for a crocheted shawl that I like almost as well. Sigh. Here’s a link to the kit, not an affiliate link though. Just a link. It is stunning.

And those are all my deep thoughts. All of them. Care to share some of yours?

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2017 in Quilting

What a year this has been! I feel like I’ve been very productive this year, more than any other year. I have completed more quilts this year than I ever remember finishing in a year. I finished some longtime UFOs and I began and completed a few other quilts. I took part in a blog hop. One of my starts was a Saturday Sampler and I was able to keep up with it. I did some machine embroidery on a project, the Quinceañera pillows, which wasn’t exactly a quilt project, but new to me in many ways.

Before I get to the month by month diary I’ve kept, let’s look at the 2017 Quilty Resolutions.

1. Finish UFOs. Not necessarily all of these and not necessarily in this order:
2012 FQS Designer Mystery BOM – DONE
2014 FQS Designer Mystery BOM – DONE
Disappearing Pinwheel 😔
Two quilts from Kimberly Einmo classes – Lone Starburst is DONE. I decided to scrap Spinning Stars.
The Chrismas jelly roll race quilt. 😔
The Jinny Beyer BOM 😔
La Passacaglia – I never expected to finish this one but I’ve made some progress
2. Make the Craftsy kit quilt that I bought for our bed. 😔
3. Make some bags – at the very least one. 😔
4. Use some jelly rolls and layer cakes. (Started Layer Cake Explosion. Also started a jelly roll race.)
5. At least start the supersecret project I’ve been designing in my head for years.😔

January

  • Assembled Birds in the Air quilt top
  • Assembled Birds in the Air backing
  • Cut out fabrics for Surrounded by Scraps

February

March

  • Continued Getting to Know Hue
  • Began Clue Three of Surrounded by Scraps
  • Finished blocks for 2014 Designer Mystery BOM
  • Assembled center for 2014 Designer Mystery BOM
  • Second 2017 Finish – My Birds Are Geese (AKA Birds in the Air)

April

  • Completed Clue 3 of Surrounded by Scraps
  • Continued Getting to Know Hue
  • Two Layer Cake Giveaways

May

  • Started Layer Cake Explosion
  • Finished Surrounded by Happy Scraps
  • Finished the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM top
  • Made the backing for the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM

June

  • Made the binding for the Designer Mystery BOM
  • Continued Getting to Know Hue
  • Completed the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM and gifted it
  • Attended the Shipshewana Quilt Show with Amy, Carolyn and Stephanie

July

  • Started working on the Kimberly Einmo Lone Star
  • Worked on Layer Cake Explosion

August

  • Began Quinceañera Pillow planning
  • Continued working on Lone Star
  • Attended the Grand Rapids AQS Show

September

  • Started the Jolly Bar Jazz quilt
  • Brushed up on the machine embroidery skills
  • Made Quinceañera pillows
  • Bought a new, smaller sewing machine
  • Completed the Jolly Bar Jazz quilt
  • Took part in my first blog hop
  • Made a fall table runner
  • Started several other table runners

October

  • Completed four more table runners.
  • Cleaned and sorted the quilt studio/sewing room

November

  • Finished Lone Star Explosion
  • Finished the Nativity Wall Hanging
  • Made another table runner
  • And continued working on Getting to Know Hue and started adding borders to the Christmas Jelly Roll Race quilt

December

  • Began the Bonnie Hunter On Ringo Lake Mystery
  • Continued to work on Getting to Know Hue, started preparing the appliqué blocks
  • Used the cutting table as a wrapping station, thereby derailing much quilting
  • Began a knitting project. Yes, I know. I hate knitting but this shawl is gorgeous and the kit was on a great sale. Sigh. And I can get lots of help with it.

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I’m Doing a Little Sewing

I really haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, but somehow a lot of sewing isn’t happening. Sigh.

I put the side narrow borders on the Christmas Jelly Roll Race from three of years ago, but haven’t done the top and bottom or the wider borders yet. In case you’ve forgotten what it looked like, here is the picture from 2014 when I made the center. I do hope to complete this in time for Christmas, but I jumped into a few other things, so I don’t know how this will go.

I jumped into the Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt “On Ringo Lake.” Her mysteries are intense, and I am not a fast quilter. Of course, I’m already more than a week behind. I did get a start on the 50 nine patch blocks. I’m almost done with those now. Here’s a glimpse of the first few.

Once I finish the nine patch blocks, I need to make the two blocks for my Getting to Know Hue BOM. Saturday is pick up day for the last two blocks but I probably won’t get down to pick them up until Monday. I have started prepping the appliqué blocks, which I think I will hand appliqué. There are four that make up the center medallion along with the center star. Even after I complete the blocks, there is still a lot of work to do on that one.

And I’m hoping to complete Layer Cake Explosion by the end of the year. That’s another very iffy possibility, but you never know! Stranger things have happened!

I hope your holidays are happy ones, whichever ones you celebrate.

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Update

Just a brief post to show you the little that I’ve been up to since taking the Lone Starburst to the longarmer.

Thursday I remembered that I needed to make my two blocks for the Saturday Sampler. I managed to get them cut out on Thursday and assembled on Friday. My hand slipped while I was trimming the top block to 15 1/4″ but I was too tired to deal with fixing it then. You can see the problem in the lower right hand corner of the top block.

Saturday morning I felt more like tackling the problem and fixing it. You can see the results in the picture below.

I also did some work on La Passacaglia during the football game watching portion of the day. I have the first star wreath of the third Rosette 2 nearly completed, but I haven’t taken any pictures yet.

I think next up really needs to cleaning up the sewing room.

What have you been making?

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Yep, I Have Been Sewing

And using my machine to embroider!

I mentioned the two Quinceañera pillows. I have gotten as far as getting the designs finalized and one of the fabric squares for a pillow actually embroidered.

I just have the bigger pillow to embroider and then some fancy assembly. I’m hoping to get those finished by the end of this weekend so they are ready for the party, which is a couple of weeks from now.

Now let’s rewind to last weekend. I got the center of the Lone Star quilt assembled and then put it away for awhile. I need to spend some time (that I currently don’t have) figuring out why one side is an inch longer than the other three before I put narrow white borders on it. So it is currently waiting its turn.

Then I made the blocks for Getting to Know Hue for last month since they are due this Saturday (or next Monday or Tuesday). Then I got started on my new project – the Jolly Bar Jazz Quilt. The Jolly Bar that I am using is True Blue by Zen Chic and it has some of the most beautiful fabrics. Look at them! I may need to purchase some yardage of a couple of those prints. So pretty!

On Labor Day, as I sewed, I watched some Craftsy classes during their All You Can Watch Day. One of the things that I learned doing this was that a mobile phone photography course is not a good choice for watching while sewing because you really have to look at the screen all the time to learn anything. The other major thing that I learned was that watching weaving classes is dangerous. Let me repeat all the time – I don’t need to buy any more equipment for a hobby. Seriously I don’t.

Because I just bought another sewing machine. Until Tuesday I was a one machine girl and that one machine weighs 50 pounds. Let’s just say I wasn’t taking that machine anywhere to sew days or classes! So since I was at the sewing machine dealer learning a few things about embroidery that I had apparently forgotten since I never do it, I bought a smaller machine. Maybe a little more expensive than I should have, but I had my reasons (different feed dogs and needle threader being two of them). She’s still in the box since I’ve been a little busy but I will soon get her out and then take Ella in for a cleaning.

I also purchased an upgrade kit for Ella. When I got it home and started to move in the direction of doing the upgrade I found that Brother apparently doesn’t realize there are actually homes without a Windows computer. Luckily Carolyn is willing to bring her laptop over and let me use it so I’ll get that done next week. I wanted to be sure my embroidery was done in case something went wrong.

What’s new in your neck of the woods?

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Still Plugging Along

I know that I haven’t been doing any blogging, but I have been sewing and quilting. Nothing too exciting, but something.

For example:

  1. Another round on the second Rosette 2 for La Passacaglia is now complete. 
  2. And I made this month’s Saturday Sampler block – it is the third of the blue corner blocks.
  3. I also cut the framing strips for the blocks and attached them to the 11 blocks I had completed. Then all the blocks had to be squared and trimmed to 15 1/4″. Once I had done that, I realized that the 8 completed blocks that were not the corners are actually the side borders for center medallion so I put them together. (Someday I may rant about what I think of the way this designer’s patterns are written, but I won’t waste time on that now.)
  4. And I have been working on the next few Lone Star block pieces. 
  5. Last, but not least, I have been doing some hand quilting. This is the block I’m currently working on.

What have you been working on?

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Finish Number Two for Quarter Two

I’m pretty sure that I could spend many minutes apologizing for my absence, but you aren’t here to read whiny stuff, so let’s get to the good stuff! I finished another quilt! Really. And it’s a wedding gift for a wedding that is not until July 15! I’m on top of it! I’ve handed it off to the bride’s parents to deliver so no one has to deal with it the day of the wedding. I think it is safe to post this because I don’t think that the bride pays any attention to my blog.

Yes, I’m pretty sure that this is my last finish for the quarter.

And which quilt was this? The 2014 Designer Mystery BOM! It’s not a bed sized quilt (well, maybe a twin), but the colors will look great on their couch I’m told. We have known the bride since she was five or six years old so she is almost family. Which makes her quilt eligible.

Amy and I originally decided to do this BOM together. (Hers isn’t done yet, but she’s been grandbaby watching.) I kept up with the blocks until about month 8 or 9. My original plan was to keep this one for myself, but I really can’t keep every quilt I make. I will run out of room very quickly. So.. a wedding gift it is!

I love the way this quilt looks. The setting by Edyta Sitar (who also designed the fabric) is stunning. All of the blocks were fun to work on since I like star blocks with lots of tiny pieces. Part of the setting process required a 13th block. I have never before made such large half square triangles or hourglass blocks either. There are several posts about this quilt if you’re interested in seeing more pictures of the quilt in progress. I’m just concentrating on the final project here.


I’m linking this to the 2017 Finish-Along.

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I’m Still Here

Okay, the third time should be the charm, right? I’ve already written this post twice and had it not post. I updated WordPress today and I’m wondering if that is the problem. We will see!

I am so sorry that I haven’t posted an update sooner. I’ve been doing a bit in the sewing room, but not as much as I would like. I have, however, been doing lots of reading, and I’ve enjoyed that.

I spent several hours fusing and trimming up some t-shirts to make a quilt for my husband. This is not a process I’m enjoying, so I don’t see myself making tons of t-shirt quilts.

I also finished the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM top, backing, and binding. Now I just need to make a decision about whether or not I’m doing the quilting. I need to decide soon because there is a plan for it. Here’s a very not professional picture of the top.

I also completed the blocks for this month in the Saturday Sampler Getting to Know Hue. I am not a big fan of yellowish greens, but I do like these blocks.

Loki still seems to be in love with Surrounded by Happy Scraps. It has become his upstairs bed. I still haven’t figured out exactly why he is so fond of this particular quilt, but he does seem to have adopted it.

And, if you want some more cute, here is an elephant Carolyn knitted. She knits the cutest animals and dolls.

What have you been up to?

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Sunday Evening Catch Up

If you missed the Craftsy supplies sale because I failed to post about it, I am so very sorry. It’s been a weird week.

But over the last couple weeks, I have done some quilting, other than the Surrounded by Scraps finish. For example:

I did a little bit on La Passacaglia during the knitting group get together almost two weeks ago now.

And I got some quilty mail this week. I really want to make this quilt, not that I know what I’ll do with it once it’s made.

And I did some work on the borders for the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM. (In the picture I somehow thought these were much smaller pieces. 

I have high hopes that that 2014 Designer Mystery BOM will be a finished top by the end of the day tomorrow. I would like to have it completed and ready to gift by two weeks from today if possible.

What have you been up to?

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Saturday Sampler Fail

These are the blocks for March for the Getting to Know Hue Saturday Sampler.

They always look better on the design wall, but I am not totally thrilled with them. Look at how the edges of the blocks turned out:

However, that’s not what makes this a Saturday Sampler fail. What does that is the fact that I didn’t make it down to Tecumseh to pick up my blocks on time. (Saturday, Monday, or Tuesday)

Why didn’t I? These blocks were done and ready. Well, real life arrived.

We spent Friday afternoon at the ER with my eldest daughter. They sent her home. Saturday morning we were back. They kept her in the hospital. They did tests. They found nothing. Tuesday they sent her home again. Grrr! Official guess is a virus that has to work its way through her system. I’m not so sure. Neither is she, but she is feeling a little better. And she’s home.

To be honest, this will only cost me $5. Not a big deal. But I do still feel sort of like a failure.

And if you haven’t entered the layer cake giveaway and it’s before 11:59 EDT on April 15, check it out here.

Quilt on!