Scrap in a Box Finished!

Scrap in a Box started out as one of Charlotte Hawkes’s awesome scrappy mysteries about 2 years ago. Here are some pictures of the steps along the way!

First units untrimmed. A later step all trimmed up!

Some triangular units.Rectangular units.Some units all put together.   Look, blocks!Yep, it’s on point.   Next I had to choose sashing. This took awhile.Another sashing option.I did kind of like the black.This idea didn’t last very long.Red wasn’t too bad.

But eventually I went with the color I love most.Next up is this a possible border?Began putting the quilt together with sashing.Here’s the finished top! Note that I decided on a black border.Then it sat for a while waiting for me to get my sewing room together. And then it had to wait some more for me to get it cleaned up and find a place to baste it. A few weeks ago, I started that process.

As I quilted, I was not pleased with how sloppy my piecing had been. (I am not at all fond of the fabric in the lower left corner. As a matter of fact, I think it is the ugliest fabric I have ever seen in my life. It and the brown fabric – not a fan of brown generally – may be part of why it took me so long to finish this and why I didn’t feel like I liked it very much.)

I did a lot of ditch stitching and was thrilled to get to the border. (Yes, I did every single seam.)

Here’s more of a close-up.

Here’s a view of part of the quilted back.

Here it is all finished and washed.

And here is the back. Because it was a scrappy quilt, I decided to use the Quilters Dream Green batting that I had. I had never used it before and couldn’t even imagine how it could be soft like polyester or cotton. It is. I still don’t know how it works, but I’m happy with the choice for this quilt.

And now that the quilt is finished, I like it better than I did while I was working on it, which is normal for me.

This will also be this quilt’s official post for the Q4 Finish Along. My original post was here. I had listed five items. This was the only one that got finished. Sigh. I got awfully close with the 2012 FQS Designer Mystery BOM but not quite done. I’ll have to be more careful about making realistic goals in 2017.

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Boxing Day Sew-In Results

This will be a brief post. Then, hopefully later today, I will write a longer post about the Scrap in a Box finish, with even more photos. (If not today, tomorrow.)

For the Boxing Day Sew-In, I completed hand sewing the binding onto Scrap in a Box and threw it into the washing machine, although it wasn’t that easy to get the quilt to the machine. This was in the way:

Then I cut the borders for the 2012 FQS Designer Mystery BOM and got three of them sewed on. The fourth and trimming the batting and backing and pressing the backing had to wait for Tuesday. I will be dropping it off for longarming today! Then I’ll have to decide whether I’m really scalloping the borders or leaving them square. (Unfortunately, I have no pictures of the completed top. Sorry.)

Later today, I will need to do some printing and cutting for La Passacaglia so I can work on that during tonight’s football game. Maybe I’ll actually get the first Rosette 2 finished tonight.

I hope you’ve been able to get some quilting done this week too!

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Quilting This Week

I know that with today being Friday this week is not yet over, but this (unfortunately) this won’t take me long to write. It hasn’t been the world’s most quilty week.

I’ve only had an hour or so a day to work on it so, although I’ve made progress on quilting Scrap in a Box, it is far from finished. However, I am enjoying my first experience of quilting with my new sewing table!

What I’m not enjoying is having to relive how sloppily I put this together. Seriously! I love little pieces and usually try a lot harder to get things properly aligned than this. And this one is not one of the worst! I’m blaming it on that fabric in the lower left hand corner, which is one of the (in my opinion) ugliest fabrics I’ve ever seen. (To be fair to this fabric, my friend Carolyn really likes it.) That and the fact that I couldn’t picture all these fabrics together and happy. (Note to self: less scrappy.)I’m hoping to finish the quilting this weekend and then get it bound and completed. I chose to do this before putting the borders on the 2012 Designer Mystery BOM because I had used the MuVit foot for putting the binding on the table runner and it just made sense to do this while the foot is on. At least, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

What are you up to this week?

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This Weekend in Quilting

It has been a very quilty kind of weekend.

Friday was the church auction. The wholecloth quilt was this year’s quilt and sold for a very good price. Here’s the official portrait of the front.


It isn’t the best ever picture. I regret the wrinkles, but you get the idea. The back is blackish, darker than the picture below. I never got a picture of the whole back, but my friend Ellen did and shared it with me.img_5148

It was also Christmas decorating weekend in the upstairs. (Our daughter decorated her part of the house last weekend – way more decorating than I ever do). I wanted to use the Christmas table runner I finished back in April on my coffee table but there was a problem. My coffee table has a raised edge and the table runner covered that. I could picture lots of spills as we set drinks down unevenly. So I decided to do some editing and make it a little wider. It would have been faster if I’d just cut an inch or so off of it all the way around, but I really liked the binding so first I removed the binding. It felt like it took forever.


Here is the before picture:


And here is the after picture as it sits on the coffee table:

fullsizeoutput_1e66The other quilty decoration is my tree skirt. The very first church quilt I ever worked on was a Cathedral Window quilt. When there were too many blocks made for the size quilt we were working on, we made a tree skirt. Guess who got it at that year’s auction! (We also had enough parts left to make another tree skirt the following year.) Here’s my tree skirt, hanging off the table on which we put our downsized Christmas tree.

img_5143The other quilty thing I got done this weekend is that I got Scrap in a Box basted. I didn’t get a good picture, but I did want to show you where I need to do this now. (I used to use the JoAnn’s cutting table, but I don’t have that anymore.)

img_5149Yep, that is a tile floor. My knees are not happy with me. I don’t want to do this too often. I need to figure out something else.

How was your weekend?

Quilt on!

Project Updates

I have made a little progress on a few things in the last couple of weeks. Honest!

First, I have sewn together the center of the 2012 FQS Designer Mystery BOM. Please excuse the picture – I don’t have a good way to take a straight on picture of it.


Now I’ve just got to cut the border fabric and attach the borders, which one would think I could easily do, right? Somehow I just haven’t done it yet. Sigh. It is currently my plan to send this to a longarmer, but I’m not 100% sure that I really want to have this one all-over quilted and I’m not sure I can afford custom quilting. And my free motion quilting is not really anywhere close to being ready for this. So we will see what happens. I will take any and all suggestions.

I’ve been working on my first Rosette 2 for La Passacaglia. I am farther along than this picture because I have the stars made and am attaching the star wreath to the inner section pictured below. I had hoped to have that done by the end of the weekend, but I kept starting to put the wreath on wrong and had to take it apart TWICE! That should be done by next week, though. Maybe even a couple of other layers added.


I have not yet layered and basted Scrap-in-a Box. I’m still trying to figure out exactly where I will do that. I used to do it on my JoAnn’s cutting table in the basement, but that is no longer an option. Maybe the kitchen counter will work. Crawling around on the tile floor doesn’t sound like fun! Here’s a very bad picture of the back on the aforementioned tile floor. It is my plan to ditch quilt this one myself on my machine. img_5048

On Sunday I quickly put together an 18″ table topper as a gift for some new friends who are returning home after a year-and-a-half here at the University of Michigan. Here is the Michigan side:


And here is the Michigan side:


Yes, that fusible appliqué was a pain to do! I found myself wishing I lived in Colorado or Utah or another of those smooth bordered states. But at least I think I got the Upper and Lower Peninsulas in the right places.

That’s everything for now!

Quilt on!

A Very Little Progress

Not much sewing has gotten done around here. Last week I worked on the backing for Scrap-in-a-Box. Here are the first couple of rows.img_5016

Of course, there was the unfortunate bobbin running out near the end of a seam.fullsizeoutput_1e4a

I did finish the back, but I don’t have a picture of it right now. I’ll try to remember to take one when I baste the quilt.

Time out for a little music humor I saw on a bumper sticker.


In preparation for Saturday’s hand piecing, I printed and cut quite a few shapes. And then, like an idiot, I made the star out of the exact same fabric I used in the first rosette star. Grrrr! They will have to stay away from each other in the quilt!

Then I had to decide on what the next round would be. Here is the picture I took to try and determine which of three that I liked best.

img_5033I couldn’t really make up my mind that way so…img_5034Here’s one option all laid out.img_5035Here’s another. Working against this one was the fact that this was what I used the last time too!img_5036This one just screamed no to me. Not a solid here. At least, not this one.img_5040And here is the finished first two rounds. I will be chauffeuring my DH to church tonight, so you can picture me working on the next round or two and watching Criminal Minds on Netflix.

Sunday I had planned to baste Scrap-in-a-Box right after my DH left for the evening service. Unfortunately, as the day wore on, I realized I was coming down with a cold and just sat on the couch drinking liquids and playing iPad games. So that still needs to get done. I have also started playing with the idea of a scalloped border on the 2012 Designer Mystery BOM. I’ve never done one of those before. I may need to remind myself how to do that in Finishing Schools: Edges & Bindings, Mimi Dietrich.  At least I think that is where I saw it. I may have to look at some of my other classes too. And online tutorials and…

I hope to get a lot more done this week – but first I have to feel better.

End of September – Nothing Finished

So it is the end of September. But now that I think about it, I did have one finished. I finished the little cloth Christmas book that i mentioned last weekend. fullsizeoutput_1e46But that is my only finish for the month (and quarter, if we must be brutally honest. Sigh. But we knew that this quarter was going to be touchy. But I’m pretty sure that next quarter will be much better.

Here’s what I did get accomplished this month (which is the only time I really got to sew this quarter due to the whole move the studio thing.

  1. Started La Passacaglia.
  2. Decided on a setting for the 2012 Designer Mystery BOM and began to assemble the top.
  3. Pieced a backing for Scrap-in-a-Box.
  4. Finished that book.

Plans are that I will send the 2012 Designer Mystery BOM out to a longarmer to be quilted. I already have the backing fabric and batting for it. I will be quilting Scrap-in-a-Box myself, hoping to get it basted tomorrow in the early afternoon. I should be able to finish those two quilts pretty quickly – I hope. Stay tuned for more definite fourth quarter plans!

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Q3 Finish-A-Long Goals

How do I make goals for this quarter? I can’t even seem to get any time to sew or cut or… You get the picture. The big sorting, emptying, moving stuff around project is consuming our days and nights here. Sigh. At least there are only a couple of weeks left of the intense stuff. Then we will gain our two new roommates, and we will all be settling in and getting used to the new living situation. But more about that later.

I think my quilty quarter won’t actually start until mid-August after the AQS Grand Rapids Show.  That being said, I still have some goals from my Q2 list to accomplish so… Here’s the Q2 list. Completed items have been crossed out.

  1. Scrap in a Box (piece backing, layer, baste, quilt, bind)
  2. Christmas table runner (layer, baste, quilt, bind) – I’m actually hoping to complete this this weekend.
  3. 2012 FQS Designer Mystery BOM (assemble top, layer, baste, send out for quilting, bind)
  4. Heart Quilt – bind

So, basically, for this quarter I really want to finish Scrap-in-a-Box and the 2012 FQS Designer Mystery BOM. Two things. That’s all. Here’s what they each need:

  • Scrap in A Box needs the backing made, sandwiching, quilting and binding. I’m pretty sure I plan to quilt this one myself because I think I want all walking foot quilting on it.
  • 2012 FQS Designer Mystery BOM – I need to finalize my block setting ideas and complete the top, send it out to be longarmed, and then bind it.

If I actually accomplish these, I will feel very good about this quarter even though I will have spent half of it not quilting at all.

Quilt on!

I’m Ready

Since there are so many football games on over the next few days, I spent some time last night cutting the fabric for hand piecing the next blocks for the two Designer Mystery BOMs I’m hand piecing.


I also have completed the Scrap in a Box top. I opted not to use the batik I had bought for the borders and just used black Fairy Frost. (I had to get some Fairy Frost in there somewhere.) I haven’t decided yet whether I will quilt it myself or send it out. If I quilt it myself, I’m pretty sure it will be ditch quilted.


Quilt on!

Update Before Football Sewing – and a Craftsy Sale

First, I’ll update you on my quilting progress. Then I’ll tell you about the Craftsy sale, which makes the last part of this post and advertisement. Now you’ve been warned.

I did get the wedding quilt top finished in time to get it to the quilt shop by Tuesday when the longarmers pick up the quilts for quilting. Of course, I had to stay up until about 2:00 AM to accomplish that. Unfortunately, I did not get a picture because I couldn’t find a spot to lay it out (all 90″ of it!) and get a picture. Imagine the image below with lots more white space.


Needless to say, after that late night I was not good for much for the next couple of days. Well, I did finish the book that I needed to return to the library. Other than that, only the hand quilting on the church quilt as far as sewing and fabric. (Unless you count doing laundry as dealing with fabric, that is!)

Last night I made a secret project block. Today I made another. No pictures because….SECRET.

During football sewing today I plan to finish the block I’ve been working on for the last two weeks. Once that is done, I’ll start block 10 of the 2012 Designer Mystery BOM.

Future machine sewing plans include catching up with the Jinny Beyer BOM and finishing the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM. I only have three blocks of the 2014 to cut and sew. I already cut the finishing kit for that one. The Jinny Beyer, AKA 2015 Craftsy BOM, looks intimidating but only because of the appliqué. I’ll get over it.

I also need to finish Scrap in a Box. I think I’m two borders away from completing that top.

I also want to start working my way through the lessons in the Anita Goodesign book to learn more about machine embroidery. I am determined to learn to use my machine for that.

Okay, I do remember that I haven’t shown all the goodies that Katie sent me. I will, I promise. I just need to do some major cleaning in my sewing area. (AKA, the entire family room.) Especially since I have somehow misplaced one of the 2011 Designer Mystery BOM. I haven’t actually figured out which one yet, but whenever I count, I’m one short. I assume it is somewhere in the family room so it’s not a crisis, but it does require family room cleaning and organization. Sigh.


Now a reminder (because I am assuming you may have heard about it elsewhere) that Craftsy is having a ‘Pre-Holiday Stock Up Sale‘ with up to 70% off all supplies! (If you use the link, my Craftsy Affiliate account will get the credit for the sale and you will be helping fund this blog. Now you’ve been warned.) This includes project kits, yarn, fabric, art supplies, cake decorating / baking supplies and paper craft supplies. The sale runs from now through 10/13 @11:59pm MT. I’m still fighting the urge. I have my eye on the Christmas Checkers quilt kit using the Winter’s Grandeur fabric line. I shouldn’t but I do.

As for you,

Quilt on!