Project Update

I finished the wall hanging for the church auction. I am happy with the way it turned out and hope it does well at the auction. I am fairly certain that I am not a big fan of fusible appliqué, although I admit it was quick. I don’t think I will do it on Getting to Know Hue. I’m pretty sure that one will be hand appliqué.

Here’s the finished wall hanging.

I have also been working a bit on the third Rosette 2 for La Passacaglia. It is going to brighten up a bit in the next couple of rounds.

And I decided I was no longer feeling the look of the Kimberly Einmo Spinning Stars quilt I started at the same time as I started Lone Star Explosion. The first star block I made didn’t have enough contrast and I’m not really fond of the other block. 

I still like the fabrics so I will repurpose those. I haven’t gained a project box with this move though, because that one is broken and will have to go away. Sigh. But there is one less project to worry about.

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Finish-A-Long Q4 – Finish Number Two

After several years, I have finally completed what I’m now calling Lone Star Explosion, a quilt I began in a class with Kimberly Einmo at the 2014 Grand Rapids AQS show. Here are a few process photos.

Possible blocks

Layout possibilities.

Here’s another layout possibility.A possibile star.This layout?

A possible blockAnother possible block.

My final layout plan is a mixture of two of Kimberly Einmo’s suggestions. Here it is before the white borders were added.

Here it is all quilted, bound, washed and dried. The binding is a fabric from the collection (Ink Blossoms) that I found online and thought I might use as border fabric. When I tried it out, I didn’t like it, but it makes a great binding.

Here is the quilt in use for reading! It will actually probably end up on a wall somewhere, but for now…What have you been finishing?

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I Am Still Alive and Kicking

Yep, I am still hanging in here. I have even been doing some quilting and have a finish (and am very close to another. Honest.

I’ve been hand sewing the binding to the back of Lone Star Explosion and it is now washed and finished. Stay tuned for its official finish post.
Then I moved out of my comfort zone and did a bit of fused appliqué. This is a small wall hanging for the church auction.

Carolyn saw this wall hanging in an LQS and told me that if I made it for the auction, she’d buy it. So I was trapped. Here it is all ready to quilt.

I am currently in the process of finishing the binding on this and will post some finished pictures in a day or two.

Up next this weekend is my Saturday Sampler block since Saturday, Monday and Tuesday are block pickup days.

What have you been doing?

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Craftsy Class Sale

It’s hard to believe the holidays are on the horizon, but the good new is there’s still time to harness your creativity. Grab any Craftsy class at $19.99 and get to making something special for the season. This sale begins Friday, November 10 at 12:01 am MST and ends on Sunday, November 12 at 11:59 pm MST.

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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!

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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!

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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.

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