Sandra Peter is here
for us to longarm her
t-shirt quilt together.
Jun 29: Got started at 9 AM. We will use silver thread and Smooth Meander by Apricot Moon. Quilting ... until I goofed and didn't allow enough room for our nesting pattern on the first roll of the quilt. The only other issue we had was with one fabric. It wanted to move on us and ideally needed to be stabilized. Using freezer paper on top of that fabric did the trick to keep it from moving on us. Alas though, the hopper foot was faster than we were and kept getting under the paper. We had to stop, remove a few stitches and try again. We still finished in very good time--8 hours total. By 5 PM, Sandra was headed back down 421 and then 77 to her home. A very nice day indeed.
These Birdie Sling Bags
3 with UT theme &
1 with sock monkeys
are for Joan Taylor.
PS: Joan pieced that quilt on my bed.
Jun 28: Just got in fabric to make for hand bags for Joan.
Jul 01: Selecting threads. Will use The Bottom Line #639 Bright Orange on the UT bags and The Bottom Line #652 Statue on the sock monkeys.
Jul 02: Batting is cut.
Jul 03: Most of the fabric is cut. Still need more black handles.
Jul 04: Everything is cut now and ready to sew.
Jul 10: These have covered my work table for nearly a week (lots of planing work). Hoping I can start sewing this afternoon or evening.
Jul 14: Finally made a start. Doing the UT bags first. Pockets are done.
Jul 16: Making good progress with a lot of pin basting done. All set to start putting the parts together.
Jul 17: Attached bands & top stitched them, made the outer & lining bags.
Jul 18: Made & attached the handles. The bags are now in one piece. Only top stitching around the top edge & stitch-in-the-ditch just under the bands to anchor the outer and inner bags.
Jul 19: University of Tennessee bags are done. Starting on sock monkeys. Prepped to sew.
Jul 20: Zipping along. And finished.
Jun 26: Duane came by and looked at some ideas I had. We also searched Fabrics.com for more options. I went through my flannel stash and came across some tartans I bought several years ago. One really caught Duane's eye. Using EQ7, I showed him layouts using the red/black/white tartan & solid red flannel. Bingo! I ordered the red & backing flannels and started figuring out how to use the tartan.
Jun 28: Wanting to fussy cut the tartan blocks, I didn't have enough for the layout Duane liked. Also realized all those bias cut borders would have been very difficult to match plaids. On to plan 2.
Jul 01: Two wonderfully soft flannels are here. Red & tartan rows are pieced. Need to order the grey and black flannels.
Jul 09: Last of the fabric is ordered.
Jul 11: Fabric is shipped & expected Tuesday, July 15.
Jul 15: Fabric is here.
Aug 16: Discovering it is not so simple to figure out the exact dimensions for a diamond in a square block. Think I finally got it.
Aug 18: Finished the center. Started on borders. Got the first one (grey) on.
Aug 19: Finished the borders and thus the quilt top.
Aug 20: Pieced the backing. Auditioning patterns so Duane can choose one tomorrow.
Aug 21: Paw Prints it is. Wool batting. Silver thread. Loading. Quilting.
Aug 22: Quilted. Love it, I do. Binding is attached.
Aug 24: Hand binding.
Aug 27: Finished.
Jun 13: Contacted David: Yes, I would love to get this as a Christmas present. I know that she loved this pattern when she saw it...I don’t know about the colors or all the steps involved. I’m sure she would like fabric that feels nice to the touch. The colors in the picture are quite striking, but I don’t know if they would be good for our bedroom
Jun 27: Today David & I finally got down to business. We looked through lots of fabrics on Fabrics.com focusing on batiks. After our phone conversation, I auditioned fabrics into the EQ7 drawing & added a row of blocks.. We'll continue this process as David has time until we arrive at a plan.
Jul 01 & Jul 07: More fabric selection phone adventures. Over & over : They are all just so beautiful! David has made his main selections so I will now select coordinating fabrics for the 9-patches from David's vast list of favorites.
Jul 09: We have a plan. Looks so simple once all is said and done. David agreed to the simpler inner borders so the diamonds are gone.
Jul 10: Fabric is ordered. Must say David is a perfect gentleman & a pleasure to work with. So glad there is plenty of time before Christmas to enjoy the piecing and quilting as much as I have the planning.