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!

Quilt on!


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!


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?

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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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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?

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Last Batch of AQS Show Quilts

I have so many pictures of quilts from the show that I could fill several more posts. Maybe I would if my photography skills were better, but I tend to hold my iPhone at a strange angle and the quilts look wonky. So this will be the last batch.

First of all, this quilt is one that I had seen in American Quilter magazine’s coverage of the Paducah show this spring. I even told my daughter that I hoped it would be in Shipshewana so I could see it in person. It wasn’t there but I did get to see it in Grand Rapids. This is Barbara’s Quilt by Beth Nufer and Clem Buzick. Enjoy. The colors look more muted in the distance pictures than they did in person.  Next up was this interesting quilt. It is Sunrise by Cristina Arcenegui Bono. Each of the circle sections was different so I had to take pictures of each one. This next quilt is Graffiti Doodle Diamonds AKA – Negative Space My A$$ by Teresa Pino and Pat Lang. The quilting is soooo awesome. There are many more, but I really think this is enough for now. In my next couple of posts I’ll show you what I’ve been doing!

Quilt on!

AQS Show – Quilts by People I’ve Heard Of

When you go to several of the big quilt shows, you see quilts by the same people year after year. This is kind of fun because you can get used to their color choices or their quilting style. And sometimes you see quilts by people you’ve actually met. The quilts in this post are some of those.

First up, Margaret Solomon Gunn. You know I’m a fan from a previous post. And maybe this post was a clue. She had two quilts in this show. One was in the author’s section and I’ve shown it before. This one. The Jester’s Folly.

She also had a new one in the show. It is called Taking the Unmapped Road. 

Here is a closeup of her edge finishing. It is amazing.As is her quilting. Sigh. Another quilting closeup.

If I ever produce a quilt really close to perfect, I may have Margaret Solomon Gunn quilt it for me. It’s a bucket list item.This next quilt was designed, hand appliquéd and hand quilted by someone I’ve actually met. She used to work at my LQS. Her name is Teresa Yielding Rawson and this quilt is Contentment, made to celebrate her twentieth wedding anniversary.

This next one is by Tim Latimer of Tim Latimer – Quilts, etc. He has won awards for his hand quilting in the past. This one is a snow dyed (I think) wholecloth quilt that he quilted on a treadle machine! (He has videos on his site if you want to see how he does it.) It’s called Peacock Treadle. (I feel like I know Tim because of his blog.) Here is a closeup of some of the quilting.

You’ve already seen Vicki’s quilt in a previous post so here is the last person I have any personal connection to. Christa Watson’s quilt Feathered Chevrons. (By the way, if you accidentally order two copies of her book at different times, she catches it and asks if you really wanted two copies. Ask me how I know. Or don’t.)I have no personal connection to any of the rest of these, except having seen other quilts of theirs in other shows.

Here is Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry’s Lepidopteran #5.

Janet Stone was well represented. I think this is one of my favorites of her alphabet series. This one is called The A-E-I-O Ewes.

This one is from Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchison. It’s called Cardinal Points.

And here is one that may surprise you a little. It is Standing Strong by Janet McTavish and Karen McTavish. The quilting isn’t quite what you expect.I think this is a big enough post for today. There were other quilters whose names I recognized, but I figured I can’t show you all of the quilts so…

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