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?
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?
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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?
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 know that I haven’t been doing any blogging, but I have been sewing and quilting. Nothing too exciting, but something.
- Another round on the second Rosette 2 for La Passacaglia is now complete.
- And I made this month’s Saturday Sampler block – it is the third of the blue corner blocks.
- 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.)
- And I have been working on the next few Lone Star block pieces.
- 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?
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?
Yes, I’m going to try this again this year. Last year my best quarter for finishes was the first quarter – maybe because it is also my LQS’s UFO finishing contest also, so I’m extra motivated. So this year, I’m aiming high again for the first quarter.
First of all, I am pretty sure I can finish my 2012 FQS Designer Mystery Block of the Month. After all, it is currently at the longarmer’s and then will only need binding.
I am hoping to finish my Birds in the Air quilt also. I need to decide about borders and then I think I will quilt it myself – unless I change my mind about that.
Disappearing Pinwheels is another that shouldn’t take impossibly long to finish. I have a couple more blocks to finish and then construction and quilting to think about and complete. Here’s a picture of one of the blocks.I only have three more blocks to finish in the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM and the finishing kit is all cut out, so that could be another finish. That’s kind of an outside chance, but worth the thought. Here’s are a couple of pictures to remind you of what some of the fabrics look like for that one. I also (if sewing time is abundantly available) could hope to finish the Lone Star quilt that I started at the AQS show a couple of years ago in Kimberly Einmo’s class. That’s a real longshot though! But worth the mention. And that is my plan, including some longshots! How about you?
I’m linking this to the 2017 Q1 Proposed Finishes at Rhonda’s Ramblings.