As we approach the end of this year, I hope to ramp up my sewing and quilting efforts again. I had a couple of weeks off, caused by the use of my cutting table and a dull rotary blade for present wrapping. (Jaye, just so you know, we still have rolls and rolls of wrapping paper from my MIL’s stash to use up before I feel like I can switch to cloth bags, but I am looking forward to that concept.)
Christmas brought some quilty goodness – a puzzle, Angela Walters’s most recent book, a Jaybird Quilts table topper pattern and the Mini Pineapple Trim tool. Yay! My daughters and sister provided some awesome future quilty fun. (And that is without mentioning the awesome puzzle board that my sis sent along.)
And then yesterday there was the gift of sewing time! I started Clue 2 (yes, I am that far behind) of Bonnie Hunter’s On Ringo Lake mystery. I got 70 of the 200 flying geese done but I haven’t taken pictures so you’ll have to settle for the pieces before sewing. (Just a note, a fat quarter of that pink fabric provided those 70 quarter square triangles.) In case you’re wondering about all those little pieces, I used my Kimberly Einmo Flying Geese ruler. It may not be as fast as some methods, but it is very accurate – and when have I ever worried about fast?
What have you been up to lately?
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.
Here’s the second finish from my Q4 Finish-A-Long list.
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.
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?
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?
I have been getting a little bit done and making a little progress on various things.
First, I did get about an hour in on the quilt in the living room frame that I’m hand quilting. No pictures there, but I really am hoping to get it done this calendar year.
As of yesterday, the Kimberly Einmo Lone Star looked like this:
Today it looks like this:
Now I am going to take a break from it because a few other things need attention.
- I have a book I need to read and get back to the library.
- The Saturday Sampler block needs to be ready to go by August 11. I picked up the fabrics for the center areas last time I was in the shop, so I’d also like to get started on the dreaded four appliqué blocks.
- I need to get some fabrics prepped for my La Passacaglia rosettes. I’m kind of at a point where I can’t do anymore until I do.
- I need to get the stuff ready for my class at the AQS Grand Rapids show.
- I need to clean up some things in my sewing room.
I’m sure there are more things, including more hand quilting, but we’ll just leave it for now at that.
What are you up to?
In the midst of the strangeness that is currently my life, I have actually been doing some sewing.
For example, La Passacaglia Rosette 2 (the second one) now looks like this (note that it won’t be pressed until it is completed):
Also, I got one of the projects from a class with Kimberly Einmo at Grand Rapids a couple of years ago and have started working on it again. Here’s what I have so far:
Each quarter star is its own block and should measure about 10 1/2″ according to the directions. Mine aren’t very close to that. Mine (even the one that I started in Grand Rapids) all measure about 9 3/4″. I can’t even imagine how scant Kimberly’s quarter-inch seams are!
I also got Clue 2 of Layer Cake Explosion completed:
The next clue is pretty quick, so maybe I’ll work on that this week also. (This quilt got its own official project box this week. The one vacated by Surrounded by Happy Scraps.) And, of course, in the next week or so I’ll need to make my Saturday Sampler block for Getting to Know Hue. It’s another one of the blue corner blocks, so it is definitely something I’ve done before. It shouldn’t take so very long to do. I was also able to pick up the kit for the center of the quilt which involves some appliqué and one of three star choices. I’m going to do the one called Improv Star because I really like the look of that much better than the big Lone Star .
I just realized the other day that my husband’s t-shirt quilt is the most improv thing I’ve ever done. And the fabrics were the most directional fabrics I’ve ever worked with. And I like it much better now that it is done! Which is usually the case with my quilts. But that doesn’t mean I will ever again make one of those!
What have you been working on?