Deep Sunday Morning Thoughts

Not really. Just a few random updates.

First, I now have a clean sewing room. Yes I took all the movable stuff out and rearranged and put things away. I still have several things to put back, but I’m very close to done and my cutting table is no longer a collector of junk.

Here’s how the room looked when I moved all the stuff out:

Part of putting stuff back in the room included setting up my new backup/class machine which is now named Sophia. (Ella, my big machine, is at the spa.) Here she is in all her glory.

Once she was set up, I had to make sure she worked. So she and I put together this block for Layer Cake Explosion.

We will probably do more later, because my Lone Star Burst came back from the quilter and it’s binding time. Of course, binding is a bit easier to make with Ella and her laser, but Sophia and I can handle this!

Quilt on!

Pondering Life’s Anomalies

Yes, that title makes it sound like I’m thinking deep thoughts today, but not really. I’ll explain.

Yesterday I got out the Lone Star top to put the borders on it. You remember this one, right?

The one that had one side a full inch longer than the others, right?

Well, yesterday I decided to get brave and do those borders, I measured through the center and made the borders for two sides, neither of which had to be eased to fit the border. I was a little confused because I thought one of those first sides was the long side, but I measured through the center again, cut those borders, and attached them. Still no easing required. Totally confused.

I had measured multiple times when I found that side was an extra inch long! All I can figure is that in pressing the heck out of it and whacking the seams to flatten them, the other three sides lengthened just enough… Oh well, never look a gift horse in the mouth, right?

I also pressed some of my wide backing fabric and trimmed it to fit and took this quilt over to my most LQS to go out to the longarmer. It should come back in plenty of time for a finish this quarter. I just have to decide on a binding color. I don’t have enough of the white background fabric to make the binding, at least I don’t think I do, so I either make a scrappy binding or use the yardage I have from one of the prints that I purchased. The borders are the white.

What have you been up to?

Quilt on!

Q4 Finish-A-Long Finish Number One

Yes, really! I have a finish already. Of course, it wasn’t a very big reach to finish these table runners.

In the previous post, you saw the first table runner finish – the Christmas table runner.Today I  basted and quilted and finished the other three table runners I was planning.

This one will join the Christmas table runner in the church auction.

And these two will probably live here with me, along with the Fall table runner from the previous post. These are all made from the same pattern and were very quick to make. I had originally thought I might try some free motion quilting but I decided that the walking foot quilting looked pretty good with this pattern. And it was faster since I feel somewhat proficient at it.

This will be the official finish post for these table runners and will get linked up with the Finish-A-Long post at the end of the quarter.

Quilt on!

A Little Progress Already

This week I completed all the original table runner tops. I also completed the Christmas table runner.

Here is the completed table runner with the fall table runner I had previously completed.

I had previously hand quilted the fall table runner with orange embroidery floss, kind of big stitch quilting.

The Christmas table runner got machine walking foot quilting. My hope is that by the end of the weekend, the other three table runners from the original fabric batch are completed. Then I will have one Finish-A-Long item done! I do have a couple other border fabrics to make table runners, but they were not included in the original count. I’d kind of like to find fabrics to do one for each season, but so far I haven’t found that. I will keep looking though!

What are you doing this week?

Quilt on!

2017 Q4 Finish-A-Long Hopefuls!

Yes, I am calling these all hopefuls. I am fairly close to done with all of these and do think this is a possibility. Seriously! Yes, there are six here. Yes, that seems like a lot but I am hoping!

Here’s the annotated list.

  1. The Kimberly Einmo Lone Star. The center of the top is completed. Once I add the borders, it will head off to a longarmer and then when it comes home I will need to bind it. At least that is the current plan.
  2. Layer Cake Explosion. I started this one in May. I have the four paper piecing blocks to do and then sashing to cut and assembly to do. It too will most likely go to a longarmer. Although it does need a little more work than the Lone Star, I also think it is doable.
  3. Christmas Jelly Roll Race. I started this on a whim a couple of years ago. It needs some borders and then I think I might quilt this one myself. I really want to have it done for Christmas, so I think it has a chance.
  4. Finish the four table runners I have started for the church auction. Yep, these will probably get finished. After all, most of them just need quilting and finishing. And the auction is an important impetus.
  5. Kimberly Einmo Spinning Stars quilt. I would like to see this finished. It is a bright fun looking quilt! I’m not sure what I’ll do with it when it is finished, but I do want to finish it. This has a pretty long way to go though, so it is probably the least likely to make it.
  6. Disappearing Pinwheels. I have enough blocks made that I could just put them together and make the quilt top, but I think I want to make a few more blocks so I have more choices. Then the left over blocks can go on the back.

So there are my fourth quarter hopes and dreams! We’ll see how it goes!

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Jolly Bar Jazz Quilt

I have the distinct pleasure of participating in a blog hop to introduce The Fat Quarter Shop’s Jolly Bar Jazz quilt pattern. If you want to see more examples from the blog hop, you can head over to the Jolly Jabber Blog!

I’d also like to add that

In case you were wondering, a Jolly Bar is a pre-cut exclusively available at the Fat Quarter Shop. It measures 5” x10” or half a layer cake. This pattern uses 2 Jolly Bars and some background fabric yardage. I chose Zen Chic’s True Blue. The colors fit my living room perfectly and the prints are beautiful. For example:

For background yardage, I used Michael Miller’s soft white cotton couture. I already had a bolt in my sewing room!

This pattern was a delight to make. I don’t usually make quilts with big blocks (or big pieces, which you know if you regularly read this blog), but it was fun to assemble 12 blocks 17 inches in size. It felt so fast. Here’s an example of one block:

Yes, that is some spiral quilting in the block there. I did it with a walking foot and it is far from perfect, but it looks good here. I alternated the spiral quilting with some straight lines in the blocks. This is what that looks like:My original plan had been to bind it with the background fabric with the remaining Jolly Bar pieces interspersed. Then I looked into the yardage closet and the first thing I saw was the perfect blue Bella solid.I also practiced sewing my binding to the back and then machine sewing the front with a zigzag. This is the second time I’ve done that and it was better than the first time.

And now, here is the finished product!

The finished quilt measures 65” x 84”. The pattern is available from the Fat Quarter Shop. So,of course, are the Jolly Bars. There is also a YouTube tutorial. It’s quick and gorgeous!

Thank you, Fat Quarter Shop, for this opportunity to take part in my very first blog hop. Remember to check out the Jolly Jabber blog for links to other posts with this quilt. Also, you can find in progress pictures on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #JollyBarJazzquilt.

Quilt on!

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Been Quilting Up a Storm

I spent several days quilting the Jolly Bar Jazz quilt for Friday’s Blog hop. I did not feel good about some of (let’s be honest, most of) the quilting I did, but I only ripped out a very little bit of one spiral. I can’t show pictures of the finished product until Friday’s blog hop post for that.

My first thought had been that since the quilt blocks were so square, we needed some curved quilting. I thought about a huge walking foot (because my free motion really needs some work before it sees the light of day) spiral. Since there really wasn’t a great place to start in the middle, I decided to do individual spirals in the blocks. Do you know how many times I spun that quilt through the machine to make these way less than perfect spirals? AAARGH!

Here’s the beginning of one. If you look closely, you can see how bad this really is!

After the first spiral, I decided that just to be on the safe side in case I got really sick of these spirals, I should quilt alternating blocks with the spirals. Then, if after six, I was really sick of them, I could do something else in the other six blocks and it would look planned.

As it turns out, that was a very wise plan. I was sick of the spirals after two. I think I wouldn’t have gotten so sick of them if I had felt like they looked at all good. Of course, once they are washed, they look fine. Especially from a distance!

I decided to do straight lines in the alternate blocks. I think those actually took quite a bit longer than the spirals because there were so many starts and stops.

As you can see from the above picture, I also did the same  straight line idea in the sashing . In the borders I did three wavy lines. 

I didn’t want to quilt it too heavily because I wanted it to be soft and usable. Wool batting puffs up perfectly so I got my wish.

Come back Friday morning for the final reveal!

Quilt on!

Catching Up

It has been a busy couple of weeks around here – at least in the sewing room. And on the couch while watching football games. Want to see some pictures?

First, the second Rosette 2 of La Passacaglia is done and pressed. The center started out with cool colors and then it heated up on the way out to the outer rings.

And I finished some three dimensional sewing with embroidery! (Embroidery is kind of fun. I could get used to this.) Yes, pillows are about as three dimensional as I get! The blue is more of a royal blue than it looks here.

I completed the quilt top for the blog hop quilt. And today I pressed the backing

I did run into a small problem when trying to baste the quilt.But I did get it done, so quilting will start tomorrow. Unless I decide to make the binding first, that is.

Yesterday was Sew With a Jelly Roll Day, so after I finished the quilt top, I got out this jelly roll.

I guess technically it’s something other than a jelly roll since it is not a Mode Fabric. It is Oasis from Robert Kauffman.

My first plan was to make a Missouri Star Quilt Company pattern called Stack and Flip so I started sewing strips together for that. I didn’t like the way it was looking so I took it apart. Before I did though, I noticed that these two strips had matched amazingly. I couldn’t do that if I tried.

So next I decided to just go easy and make a jelly roll race quilt. Only for me it did not go easy! First, I got the strips sewn together with no problem thanks to my lovely laser on my machine. Then it all went downhill from there.

I started the first long seam and got to the end of the first strip (or two depending on how you look at it) and realized that I had forgotten to cut off a few inches. Yes, I could have left it like that, but I don’t really like the look of all the seams lining up, so unsewing happened there.

Then I re-started joining the ends and got about four (or eight) strips in and realized I was sewing the wrong side of one strip to the right side of the other. More unsewing. But eventually I got the first seam finished just in time for bed.

Today I sewed the second seam, but today’s real goal was to get the quilt layered and basted. I will probably finish the next three seams tomorrow before I start quilting just to call it a done center.

What have you been doing?

Quilt on!

Enough About Famous Quilters, Let’s Talk About Me!

Yeah, for those of you who know me in real life, that is some sarcasm. Just a little. Oh, and before I get to that, some exciting Craftsy news for those of you who do not want to spend money right now. On Monday, September 4, 2017 starting at 12:01 AM MT and ending at 11:59 PM MT, Craftsy will celebrate Labor Day with a free All-You-Can-Watch Day. That means if you have a free Craftsy account you can watch all the videos you can fit into that time for free. I will attempt to post a blog post that starts at that time to remind you. I promise. If you don’t already have a Craftsy account, you can click on the icon in the sidebar to sign up for one so you are prepared for Monday.

Okay, on to what I’ve been doing with my quilty time. I have been making some progress on La Passacaglia. I am about to start the last round of the second Rosette 2, but I don’t have any pictures. So you’ll just have to take my word for it right now.

I’ve also been working on my Kimberly Einmo’s Lone Star quilt from the class I took a couple of years ago. The goal this week was to get all the blocks completed and put it away for a couple of weeks so I could work on other projects with earlier deadlines. So, I got all the blocks completed. (Each block is 1/4 of a star.) Sorry these pictures aren’t the greatest. Then I couldn’t brink myself to put them away so I played with them until I found a layout I like. And now the top half is completely sewn together and the bottom three rows are ready to be attached to each other and sewn to the top. Then I will either put it away to quilt later or send it off to a longarmer. It is kind of wonky so I’m not sure I wouldn’t be too embarrassed to have a longarmer work on it. Not like I have any great piecing reputation to uphold or anything, but it just doesn’t feel right.

Coming up next, two Quinceañera pillows to make and a quilt for the first ever blog hop I’m joining. It’s for the Fat Quarter Shop and it is their Jolly Bar Jazz quilt. You’ll hear more about that later, but I’m very excited to get started on that one. And I want to make a fall table runner with the border fabric I bought at the quilt show and it is already September 1.

The other day I was bemoaning the fact that although I had hoped to finish several quilts before starting more this year, I had already started three quilts this year and I’m about to start another. Sigh. Then I realized that of the three I started, I had already finished two of them plus three more this year so I’m still ahead of the curve. Making real progress. I guess I don’t need to be too hard on myself yet.

What have you been up to?

Quilt on!