End of the Line with the Wovens

In an earlier post found here, I mentioned the fact that three of the quilt patterns I used/completed this year had the word “woven” in them. Those patterns were named Woven Star, Woven Double Wedding Ring and Woven Links. The first two were completed last spring.

Woven Star quiltJanni’s Woven Star

Quilt in blues and greensMegan’s & Madison’s Woven Double Wedding Ring

Quilt in blue, green, gray, and purple shadesWoven Links (sorry about the lighting or lack thereof)

And thus ends my foray into the World of Wovens. What did I learn from this? I’m not sure at all. Maybe lesson number one is that quilts always look better after they’ve been washed. I just don’t know. Why were there three quilts in my life this year with the word “woven” in their titles? I don’t know. Was there any deep cosmic meaning in this? I don’t know.

Do you?

 

The Other Finish

My second finish of the quarter caused me to be a quilt sweatshop for 3 or 4 weeks. (It had taken longer to finish the first quilt than I had expected and the second quilt had a strict deadline.) But all’s well that ends well, so this story has a happy ending.

The second finish of the quarter was Megan’s & Madison’s Woven Double Wedding Ring. Here is the original post after it was finished: Megan’s & Madison’s Woven Double Wedding Ring. And here are some other pictures:

And here is the post announcing it as one of my goals for the Q2 Finish-A-Long: Q2 Finish-along Goals.

Megan’s & Madison’s Woven Double Wedding Ring

The neverending hand quilting project ended and was delivered about a month ago. Then it was full speed ahead on the paper pieced quilt for my niece and her fiance. (Just for the record, I do not recommend that your first paper pieced project include 256 paper pieced sections, most having seven different areas to cover.)

The first 32 sections looked something like this (with variations in color placement):

The remaining 224 sections looked like this (with variations in color placement):
This quilt turned out far scrappier than I had intended because of a math error. The original pattern (Woven Double Wedding Ring by Paper Panache) was 40″ x 40″ and I wanted to make an 80″ x 80″ quilt so it would at least cover the top of their queen sized bed. My big math error was forgetting that in doubling the size of the length and width was quadrupling the area. So, instead of doubling the fabric amounts, I should have quadrupled them. So I had to make a few trips back to the quilt store to get more fabric. It is dangerous to walk into the batik section!
Here is how the quilt looked over my railing at home:

And here is the lovely bride examining it closely (yes, we are in a warehouse for a production company where my nephew-to-be works):

 And here is the full quilt being supported by the bride and groom quilt rack!

Yes, It Has Been Awhile

Yes, blogging was interrupted by the whole quilt sweatshop thing I had going on here for a while. Yep, 8-10 hours a day paper piecing, stopping only to eat. But I did finish the top, got it to the longarmer, and got it back in plenty of time to bind it and wrap it up for this coming Friday’s wedding. I’ll post a picture once the gift has been given. Later this week, I hope.

But I can do a little bit of ruminating on a few aspects of the experience. First, the paper piecing. I don’t ever plan to paper piece a quilt this big again. 256 sections to piece was a little bit of overkill for me. And I’m not sure what I am going to do with all the scraps from this quilt. Maybe more paper piecing.

Another problem was my math error. The original pattern was for a quilt measuring 40″ X 40″. I doubled that (and was going to add borders but it looked so perfect without!) and, instead of figuring on quadrupling the fabric amounts, I doubled them. Yep, forgot I was dealing with area. This meant several fabric store trips and building up my batik stash a bit. (Some of the fabrics I brought home didn’t really work so into the batik stash they went!) But I like the scrappiness of it for a wedding quilt.

My daughter asked me yesterday what is next since I finished my other daughter’s quilt and now my niece’s wedding quilt. I think she thought I didn’t have any plans. Ha! First there is the finishing organizing the former family room into a studio. Then there is the other quilt for the guest room to finish. Then there is the American Beauty BOM to finish. And the Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery BOM 2011. And soon I will be getting blocks for the 2012 FQS Designer Mystery BOM. And I plan to hand quilt the 2009 FQS Designer Mystery BOM.

And let’s not forget assembling the top for the church quilt for this year.

I think I have plenty to do! I’ll bet you do too!

Quilt on!

Too Much Quilting Going On

Did I get you with that title? Is that ever possible? Whatever could I mean by that?

Well, I’ll tell you! I have been spending 3-6 hours a day working on paper piecing my niece’s wedding quilt. (Yes, I procrastinated!) While I quilt, I listen to all my favorite quilty podcasts. When I spend this much time quilting, I run out of quilty podcasts to listen to, so I have been listening to podcasts about how to podcast. (Don’t ask why; it was the first thing to come to my mind!) And do you know what happens when you listen to podcasts about podcasting? You start to wonder if you too should have a podcast. I don’t think that is going to happen because I would need a good topic and…. Besides, my entire family will tell you that I am the one who does not like microphones!

So I have spent this morning downloading podcasts to try out. I am even downloading some Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski. He has so much energy, he makes me tired sometimes when I try to listen to him. But I will give it another try, because I know he has great guests. But all that energy…

I have fewer than 100 paper pieces to do! Yeah, that is not even close, but it more than half complete. And I’ve gotten the paper backing off of almost all of those! That’s some progress, but will it be enough? Will I get finished by the end of next week? Will the longarmer be able to get it back to me in time? Stay tuned and

Quilt on!

Paper Piecing

I am starting to get the hang of paper piecing and feeling a bit less negative about it, I think. I started out hating it. I’m still not sure how much of it I will do, aside from things like Mariner’s Compass and other very complicated quilts. And I’m pretty sure (but never say never, of course) that I won’t do an entire queen-sized quilt in paper piecing again.

Part of this is my own fault. I waited until too close to the date I need it finished to start this quilt. I am afraid that I am going to have to give up on getting it done by the wedding (but I’m still trying). And I made a lot of mistakes to start with and unsewing those tiny stitches was a big pain. But I am less than half done with the block sections – way less – and I still have three days of work next week.

Here are a couple of pictures of what I have done so far:

I find myself having to make a choice between using less fabric or moving faster. I guess for now I have to choose moving faster, but I am saving a lot of scraps from this quilt. Sigh. And I probably need to buy more fabric soon unless I want to make this a very scrappy quilt – which I am leaning toward.

Q2 Finish-a-long Goals

Yes, I know that I didn’t participate in the First Quarter Finish-a-long hosted by Rhonda at Quilter in the Gap. I knew there was no way that I was going to finish anything.

This quarter I know that there are two queen-sized quilts that must be finished by mid-May. I have no choice. I sort of felt like that might be cheating (especially since one of them will be finished by the end of next week!), but Rhonda assured me that was not the case, so here goes.

The first quilt has been fondly nicknamed “The Never Ending Hand Quilting Project” and has been over four years in the making. (There will be a detailed post later this week about why you should never take four years to finish a quilt, trust me.) The real name for this quilt is “Janni’s Woven Stars” and part of it looks like this:

The second quilt is a paper pieced quilt for my niece’s wedding. It is from a pattern called “Woven Double Wedding Ring” that I purchased at Paper Panache. I have all the pieces printed but only a few done. Here is one:

The third thing I plan to finish this quarter is the quilt studio rearrangement and organization. I had to put it on hold to be working on these finishes. I’m not sure that the organization counts toward the Finish-a-long, but I wanted to put it in this post so that I would make myself finish it as soon as these quilts are done! No pictures of that yet!

Wovens

So this is just a brief post to catch you up on what I’ve been doing lately.

Mostly at home I’ve been working on finishing the quilting on this:

I am actually on the last border row so it looks more like I will be done with the hand quilting by tomorrow! Yay!

I have also done my very first paper piecing:

I still have a long way to go, but it is a start!

At work, I have been pretty busy, but I did manage to complete 48 of these:

Now I need to trim them up and attach them to the 12 blocks of the American Beauty BOM.
So far, you may be wondering what the title of this post means. Well, now you get to find out!
The other day I was thinking about the three quilts that have taken up most of my time this year: Janni’s Woven Star (for which the pattern was named Woven Star), the church quilt (for which the pattern is named Woven Links), and the quilt being paper pieced for my niece’s wedding (for which the pattern is named Woven Double Wedding Ring). Anyone else see a trend here? It makes me wonder if there is something I am supposed to be learning from all this. Or is it just a weird coincidence. After all, I didn’t chose the pattern for any of these by myself. 
What do you think?

BOM Block 12 Finish

Yes, I just finished the American Beauty BOM block 12! This is the last actual block, but there is much sashing and setting triangles stuff to still be completed before the top is completed. Which brings up some questions in my mind. Questions such as: Do I use this as my hand sewing at work project so I can get it done or do I go back to the 120 blocks project? Do I wait and finish it on the machine after I complete the piecing of my niece’s wedding quilt? (I do have until the end of the year to complete it after all.) If I go back to the 120 blocks project, do I alternate those blocks with the Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery BOM 2011? Or do I force myself to wait until I have really finished the American Beauty BOM? Feel free to weigh in on these weighty questions! Meanwhile, here are the last couple of steps.

Here is the next step. I promise it is different from what follows it!

And here is the completed block – only hand pressed remember!

Miscellaneousness

I would like to thank everyone who sympathizes with my disappointment with the whole FabShop Hop thing. Even if you didn’t leave a comment, I appreciate your sympathy or empathy or something.

So here I am at work (actually having a busy day, comparatively speaking) without anything to sew. I think the next block I cut (hopefully tonight) will be the last block of the American Beauty BOM. That way at least I will have all the blocks pieced even if I don’t have the sashing done or the whole top assembled by the end of the year. That will at least keep me from feeling like a total failure in meeting that particular goal this year.

If I have some extra time today, I will be checking out videos on paper piecing so that I can get to work on my niece’s wedding quilt. I need to get it finished in time to have it longarmed by mid-May, so…..  I have never paper pieced before so I am a bit nervous. Add to the fact that the pattern is originally for only a 40″ x 40″ quilt, and I have been doing some major math since I didn’t want to just double the size of the blocks. The pattern is Woven Double Wedding Ring by Linda from Paper Panache. Linda very generously gave me permission to make as many copies of the foundations as I need to complete the quilt in the size I need. You can be sure that if I find I like paper piecing, there are more of Linda’s lovely patterns that I may try out! Not only is she generous, but there are several of her patterns that I find very enticing. (Can patterns entice? I know fabric does!)

Quilt on!