Jan 08: Needing a car detailer, I remember hearing of one here in Fleetwood. A couple of phone calls later, I met Marty & thus made a new friend & business acquaintance when I took my car by for an estimate. With an insurance claim involved, he has had to go above & beyond the ordinary. Quilt time.
Jan 14: When he came to get my car, I showed him some quilts & handed him some books. One quilt kept holding his attention so we knew this was going to be his in time. Practiced piecing a block and then watched several how to videos. Feeling more comfortable as I go.
Jan 15: Started this blog. Priced fabrics. Played with the placement of fabrics. The right light fabric will make this quilt. So far, I haven't found it. I thought finding a delicate blue on white would be easy but it isn't. I save $100 on this quilt shopping online but just lost 1 of my key fabrics to someone else. Aaaargh.
Jan 16: Ordered fabric.
Jan 17: Pieced a sample block using the technique in this Designs by Dianne video.
Jan 18: It has occurred to me that Wedding Ring digital quilting patterns should fit this quilt nicely. I found a number of options and have posted them with overlays for Marty to consider. I have my favorites so curious what he will like. So far our design tastes sync perfectly.
Jan 28: The fabric is here.
Feb 24: Prewashed all the fabric.
Feb 25: Cut squares and enough strips to get started sewing.
Feb 26: Started piecing. Got the first round of white fabric added & trimmed.
Feb 27: Got the first round of blue added. Trimming.
Feb 28: Decided to go ahead do all the rounds on 4 blocks just to see how it will look. Done.
Mar 01: Four corner blocks are done except for their black corners.
Mar 02: Finished the corner blocks. Working on the remaining 8 center blocks & all 14 side blocks. I ordered fabric based on information in EQ7. Usually they estimate more than what is needed. I admit I am a bit nervous that I have enough of everything since I have not tried to calculate how many strips of each color I actually need.
Mar 03: Finished 2 full rounds. Have 2 to go.
Mar 04: Persisting sluggishly.
Mar 05: Blue 3 is on & now needs pressing & trimming.
Mar 06: Trimmed.
Mar 07: Adding last round of light. Marty selected Traditional DWR pattern set by Darlene Epp (Trillium House Designs). I've been sampling a couple of pattern sets & prefer this one by far.
Mar 08: Well darn. I am 2/3 of a 1.75" strip of light fabric short to complete the blocks. Can still can get a lot done while waiting on more fabric already ordered on Sunday. Bought the Traditional DWR Set.
Mar 09: Worked on IQ using pattern set to program the layout plan including border layouts. Needs tweaking but I have a working plan.
Mar 11: The light fabric is here. Been working on the blocks as I find the time.
Mar 12: Prewashed new fabric.
Mar 13: Finished piecing the blocks except for black corners.
Mar 19: Finished trimming the blocks. Now need to add black corners. Quilted the sample I pieced back in Jan.
Apr 15: After a much too long break, I am adding the rest of the black corners...
Apr 16: The corners are on & the binding is made. Just needs pressing.
Apr 25: Full speed ahead until piecing is finished. Blocks are finished. Squaring blocks as I go & opening seams I have to match. One row done. The fabric is very forgiving as I press after matching points.
Apr 26: Power was out most of the day but still got all the blocks squared and seams that need to be pressed open.
Apr 27: Finished sewing the rows. Next press rows and then sew 5 long seams to finish the quilt center. Sewed four & basted the 5th.
Apr 28: Quilt top is pieced!
May 17: Prepping. Using wide backing. While pressing the backing, I noticed a streak about 1/4" by 2'. Strange since I pre-washed this fabric on Feb 24 with all the others, pressed front & back & refolded. Don't know how I missed it. As much as I don't like vertical backing seams, I will seam around this. Cut the seam.
May 18: Sewed the seam with acceptable results. Prepped. Loaded. Ready to quilt. IQ patterns need tweaking to be quiltable.
May 19: Finished programming the patterns in IQ. Design looks the same but vastly different technically. After a deep breath, I'll start quilting. A note: the time to sew this layout is minimal. The time to set up each block & pattern will take patience & time. I have plenty of both today. Quilting.
My needle is skipping stitches. Need to take out & redo the top border after I adjust the needle. Well, that didn't help so I stitched the bottom section from left to right. That worked. It also means all other places on the borders programmed from L to R need to be switched.
May 20: Got the top borders done & turned the corners. Start on blocks tomorrow.
May 21: This is HARD!
May 22: After 2 days of struggle, while I was napping, I figured out what I need to do. Last 2 rows look so much better. After I finish, I am going back row by row & redoing them.
May 23: Finished the borders. Redoing sections that need it. Only one more day I hope.
May 24: Quilted !!!!!!! Attached binding.
May 31: Started hand work.
Jun 04: Binding finished.
Jun 05: Marty stopped by to receive his quilt. He left a gift bag on the table. I forgot about it and didn't open it until long after he left. Oh, yes! Just the other night, I wanted to go to sleep to candle light but didn't dare. Now I can because these electric lights are on a timer.
I bought what was left this fabric when Dennis fell in love with it. The quilt--a son's (Dennis) gift to his mom (Audrey).
Design is a joint effort by Dorothy Wonder and myself.
I am making two very similar quilts thus the redundancy.
Fabrics include Arts & Craft by Michael Miller, Moda Navy Grunge, Moda Manilla Grunge & Kona Cotton Cardinal.
Jan 09: Dennis loves the quilt that came to mind when I knew I wanted to make him one. That would be To Sir With Love. He also loves my Arts & Crafts & has commissioned me to make one for this mom. I reserved the rest of the fabric at the quilt store until I could get there Monday. I have met Audrey over the phone so she is involved in some of the choices. Great to work with since Dennis doesn't have a clue except for when it comes to what he likes.
Jan 10: Worked out the design with Dorothy Wonder who wanted the rest of the fabric. I had just enough for two quilt tops.
Jan 11: Bought the feature & some of the border fabrics.
Jan 12: Bought the rest of the border fabrics in Greenboro.
Jan 13: I will use Warm & Plush batting & Medium Blue Bottom Line thread.
Apr 26: Power was off today so I got this out and cut the center panel.
Apr 29: Cut all the borders & binding. Binding is ready to attach. Added 4 of the 5 borders.
Apr 30: Finished piecing. Made the backing. Programmed IQ. Ready to load & quilt tomorrow.
May 01: Quilted.
May 02: Squared. Working on the binding.
May 04: Binding finished & thus the quilt is done.
When Dorothy saw this fabric--I had enough for one more quilt--all that was left to do was decide what size & how to get there. This is a joint design effort with lots of trial & error until we got it right. Enlarged from my little quilt to cover a queen bed, my simple no-piece quilt has become a daunting challenge of adding 5 borders without creating any waves. The narrow navy borders are 1.5". The light blue & white are 1". Total quilt size 68 x 85. (Mine is 56 x 74). Fabrics include Arts & Craft by Michael Miller, Moda Navy Grunge, Moda Vanilla Grunge & Moda Bella Solids 30's Blue.
Jan 11: Bought feature & some of the border fabrics.
Jan 12: Bought the rest of the border fabrics.
Jan 13: Dorothy wants Dream Wool batting . I will use Medium Blue Bottom Line thread.
Apr 26: Power was off today so I got this out and cut the center panel.
Apr 29: Cut all the borders & binding.
Apr 30: Don't have enough of the backing I was planning to use so thinking flannel. Dorothy will also select a pattern(s) (perhaps whole cloth) that will show up dramatically on the solid backing.
May 03: Ordered two flannel backings. Back & forth with Dorothy on pattern layout ideas.
May 07 Backings are here.
May 11: Started programming some pattern ideas in IQ.
May 15: Worked out several plans including one I really like.
May 16: Dorothy likes it too. All the designs are by Donna Kleinke. Needs some work but at least we have a plan.
May 18: Pre-washing the flannel backing--Mottled Royal Blue by A.E. Nathan (fabric.com).
May 20: Programmed IQ.
May 22: Colored in the light blue to mimic the backing whole cloth effect.
May 24: Added the first border.
May 26: Finished piecing the quilt top.
May 27: Loaded.
May 28: I will be quilting a mirror image so it will appear as shown on the back. Getting the tension right on the grapes is proving to quite a challenge. Think I finally have it. Wow--38 minutes just to quilt the top border! Quilting underway.
May 29: Still quilting.
May 30: Still quilting.
May 31: Quilted. It's raining so pictures are a challenge. Dorothy will do the binding which I have ready for her to attach.
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