Apt 29: First contact by phone. She got my business card from "Sew Original", our local quilt shop.
May 03: Not often I get to post progress photos of the planning/piecing. Thanks, Barbara.
May 12: Ready for quilting ...tomorrow. Will use Bam Meander at 7.5".
May 13: Barbara is here. Those nice border corners left 3 of her 4 borders a bit wavy. We fixed those before loading. How? We pinned each border straight on the work table the way we wanted them, sprayed with a bit of water (non prewashed cotton will shrink ever so slight), a hair dryer then & an iron--voila! Perfectly flat. Needed to do a custom area around a thick pocket so only completed 3 rows of 7. Barbara will return to help finish tomorrow.
May 14: Quilted.
Jul 03, 2016: Barbara throws an incredible Fourth of July picnic for family, neighbors & friends. This year I was able to go. I met Adam, the grandson for whom this quilt was made. It was very nice to meet him & hear his excitement over his quilt that covers his bed at Yale.
Mar 28, 2015: Purchased Wimpy fabric from the local quilt shop, Sew Original with no idea how I might use it.
Apr 23: Purchased the rest of the fabric for making a "Just Can't Cut It" quilt, thanks to Sew Original.
Apr 24: Cut out the top. Ready to sew.
Apr 25: Piecing the top.
May 08: Thought of a way to enhance this quilt significantly ... or so I think. It means taking out 18 seams.
May 23: Bought backing - Moda Grunge Ocean. Took out those seams. Ready to trim and sash those Wimpy blocks.
May 31: Trimmed the Wimpy blocks down from 12.5" to 9.5". Found enough Onyx (black) Grunge to make the sashing.
Jun 14: Pieced the quilt center. I like it! Now for the border(s). Thinking I won't go for the red. Maybe just a thin black & white swirl. We'll see...
Jun 15: Decided to go with the original plan after all. Quilt top is pieced.
Dec 24: Made the backing. Selected Zen Roses for my panto. Bottom Line Silver thread.
Dec 25: Before I was a longarmer myself, I bought a piece of Tuscany Wool batting I purchased from Ye Olde Forest Quilt Shoppe that I am going to use. I usually like everything--fabrics & quilting pattern--to fit logically & aesthetically but this quilt bears the dichotomy of a young boy's casual journal drawings & classy quilted roses. So be it. I think the Ocean Grunge backing is going to be stunning. Loaded & quilting.
Dec 26: Quilted.
Jan 05, 2016: Made & attached the binding.
Jun 28: Clipped and started hand binding.
Jul 19: Binding is finished. I'm keeping this one.
Jan 28, 2019: Well, it's 2.5 years later. Only used one season, I figure Wimpy needs a better home where it can be loved instead of boxed up in a closet. See note at top of this post.
Apr 23: I was browsing the local quilt shop, Sew Original, when these dogs stole my heart & wouldn't let go.
Apr 24: Cut out the top. Ready to sew.
Apr 25: Piecing the top. Center done. Needs borders and need to buy backing.
May 23: Bought backing
Jun 16, 18: Added borders. Quilt top is finished. And my granddaughter, Monica, wants it. YES!
Jun 20: Monica wants Paw Prints.
Jun 27: Will do the pattern at 7.5" so each paw is about 3.25". Thread is Art Studio #204 Scarlet Macaw. Using Quilters Dream batting.
Jun 28: Made the backing. Saved enough for the binding. Added several inches of the dog toss fabric to the top edge of the backing. Binding is ready. Loading.
Jun 29: Basting & testing tension.
Jun 30: Quilting. Lots of thread break problems.
Jul 01: Quilted.
Jul 02: Squared, attached binding & clipped...so ready for handwork.
Jul 12: Binding is finished.
Apr 15, 2015: Just bought this project lest I have nothing to do ... yeah, right! Okay, because I couldn't resist ... (What I get when I dare to leave the cabin & browse Sew Original, our local quilt shop.) Fortissimo by Kaufman along with some Moda Grunges and various other fabrics I hope will coordinate. Pattern is called Points & Peaks.Purchased fabrics. Drew EQ7 rendition.
Apr 16: Botched first attempt at 1/2 rectangle triangles. Did manage to start some blocks.
Apr 18: Added fabrics to EQ7 & updated the rendition.
Apr 23: Bought 1/2 rectangle ruler.
May 23: Bought backing fabric.
Aug 30: Made some progress after many mistakes. Finally have this & the tool figured out. The quilt is made with only 2 blocks. Block 1 is around the edge. Block 2 is in the center. I am glad this is a small quilt. Finished "1" blocks.
Aug 12, 2016: Resuming the piecing.
Aug 13: Piecing the Block 2's.
Aug 14: Piecing the Block 2's.
Aug 15: Blocks are done. Layout is done. Started putting rows together. On hold for now.
Aug 21: Quilt center is done.
Aug 23: First border is on.
Aug 26: Pieced the backing. Outer border is on. Quilt top is finished.
Mar 30, 2017: My good friends, Angelina & Eddie Gomez, are here this week from Florida. Today it occurred to me that this quilt is Angelina's. She selected Folk Art Flower panto which will be stunning on the navy Grunge backing. I will use a cream thread to match the background & Warm & White batting. Just need to get this quilted before Eddie & Angelina come up from Florida next time, well, actually before they leave to go back home next time.
Aug 07: Eddie & Angela got in yesterday so I want to take a break & get this done this week. I have until Saturday. Prepped & loaded ready to quilt.
Aug 08: Quilted. Squared the quilt & made the binding.
Aug 09: After attaching the binding, I will be doing the hand work until finished, hopefully tomorrow. This is a relatively small quilt (52 x 64), so it shouldn't take so very long even though I am very slow at hand binding. I have never been able to speed up the process since I only do a ladder (invisible) stitch. Been trying to talk myself into doing machine binding on this one but just can't get there. Just can't.