Feb 02, 2012: Purchased.
Nov 29, 2017: The guy who has been helping me for a week with my new PC has selected this as his quilt. I am so glad someone likes it as much as I do who also still plays cards.
Dec 10: Prepped fabrics for cutting.
Dec 12: Did EQ7 rendition to check the discrepancies in the directions.
Dec 13: Got everything cut ready to sew.
Dec 14: Working on pinwheels & square in a squares.
Dec 15: Working on pinwheels and center medallion.
Dec 16: Finished square in a square & pinwheel blocks.
Dec 17: Finished the medallion center. That leaves 4 borders.
Dec 18: Two borders are on. Also pinwheel pairs in the four corners are joined.
Dec 19: Black border is on.
Dec 20: Last border is on and thus the quilt top is finished.
Dec 21: The backing is ready. Loaded & quilting.
Dec 22: Quilted. Binding is attached. Only hand work left.
Dec 26: Binding is done.
YBR = Yellow Brick Road
Nov 05: Decided to use flannel remnants to make a warm quilt for a dear friend, Van. Can't wait to get it to her as winter cold is rapidly descending on these ancient hills. Should be a very quick little project.
Nov 08: Made most of the strip sets. During the night, I started cutting since I couldn't get to sleep.
Nov 09: Blocks are made. Working just with what I have on hand, I must say the overall effect is off.
Nov 10: Quilt top is done. Back to loading Katrina.
Nov 12: Backing is ready.
Nov 13: Selected Pearl Swirls IQ pattern. Will do it rather loose (thinking 1.5"-2.0") so the wool with fill with air for warmth.
Nov 14: Loading.
Nov 15: Loaded. Quilted. Squared & binding attached. This little quilt has grown on me & I even kinda like it now. I love the soft flannel & Tuscany wool batting -- so light & soft.
Nov 16: Hand binding. And finished. Thus the quilt is finished.
A Wee Bit Wicked - Pieced 09/22/2017, Quilted 09/29/2017, Bound 10/01/2017, Wall Thingy finished 10/03/2017
Sep 19: Home from Greensboro, I decided to enter this quilt in a contest. (Changed my mind.)
Sep 21: Things have been crazy lately with back to back fraud compromised credit cards. I decided to create something.
Sep 22: Quilt top is pieced. Selected & bought my panto.
Sep 28: Started loading.
Sep 29: Quilted. Ready to hand bind.
Oct 01: Binding is done.
Oct 02: Made & quilted wall thingy.
Oct 03: Bound. Everything is finished.
Oct 16: Shipping this to a dear friend who loves to decorate for the seasons.
Aug 10: I fell in love with this Row By Row by my friend, Pattie, designed for Sew Original Quilt Shop this year. The kits were made by daughter, Joanne Jones, dba Appliqué USA. I asked Patti to do the appliqué & she agreed to make it as a sample while she taught the course. Went to pick it up today & to show off my Peaks quilt before it leaves here tomorrow. Pattie loves to show me her latest projects when I stop by. So much non-stop creativity in one great gal.
Aug 14: Started playing with borders & considering how to quilt this. I wasn't going to but it really needs something to hold everything together. Green seems to be the accent needed so I went looking. Peggy, another shop favorite, helped me look. Couldn't believe we found a batik with ALL the shades in the panel. I will only use 1/4" strips as an accent to pop against the Onyx Grunge. We shall see. Realize I have very limited wall space. Having played with many combinations of borders, I have settled on the one here.
Aug 15: Need a play morning. Got 1/4" inner borders on. Thinking I will quilt with a small stipple. Open to ideas. Well, the morning went well but this afternoon I kept getting tripped on one silly thing after another. Finally after 6 pm, this is ready to quilt. Even though it has taken far too long, today has been a nice break from longarming.
Aug 16: Played with several pantos I could as stippling. Decided on His Reflection quilted at 1.7" rows.
Aug 18: Quilted.
Sep 30: Bound.
A Quilt for Ana becomes Ana's Memory Quilt - Pieced 08/08/2017, Quilted 10/12/2017, Bound 10/18/2017
Where We Started
Plan Change to Memory Quilt
Jun 29: Ana has changed her plan from a heart quilt to the same heart in the middle of a memory quilt. She wants t-shirt aspect kept secret from Ted for now. We are using the same flannels bought for the first design. Together we worked out the sashing & borders. I borrowed Joan's sashing design from the quilt she made for Margaret.
Jun 30: The more Ana & I talk & work together, the better this gets. I am hoping Ana will be very much a participant in piecing her quilt & she seems very interested. From ANA "LOVE IT!!!" (pictures) & "I got my blue ridge parkway shirt so that's one down." BTW: The shirts will be places she & Ted have visited together. Researched fusible interfacing also called stabilizer--the stuff that turns t-shirts into something substantial enough to quilt them. Turns out Ana changed jobs & is not available at all. Hmmm.
The rest of the progress notes
Jul 01: I decided on Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex® because is is 100% cotton & highly recommended by several experienced memory quilt piecers. Ordered from Joann's on sale at rate of $0.09/in.
Jul 02: Made a few sample heart blocks to determine their size when cut from 2.5" strips. Blocks are 2.75” (finished size 2.25”). The heart is 8 blocks across & 7 down. The finished heart will be 18 x 15.75 (W x L).
Jul 09: Started working on the heart. Got triangles cut out & trying to arrange them. Having to use my Fire HD tablet to see what goes where.
Jul 10: All the pieces are in place. The blocks for the lower 3 rows are done. I won't connect the blocks until I know what size the t-shirts are.
Jul 12: All the blocks are done. This is as far as I can go until we decide on the t-shirts. Ana has 6 of 12 so far.
Aug 05: Ana let me know she has all her t-shirts now. Also gave me a layout for her shirts.
Aug 06: Drew the layout & posted it above & even got it right.
Aug 07: Got word that Ana may not have a chance to come here at all to help plan shirt & heart sizes. I am on my own for better or worse--not at all what I signed up for or wanted.
Sep 06: Picked up the last of the shirts that have been in Marty's (our courier from Nissan in Boone) truck all this time. Included is a couple of layouts & other instructions. All blocks are to be the same size even if I have to crop a design. Didn't have to.
Sep 18: Time to get familiar with the shirts & decals. Widest decal is 13". Tallest is 11.5. Ana wants the quilt wider than it is tall.
Sep 23: The blocks need to be cut 14" x 12" to allow for seams. Finished blocks will be 13.5 x 11.5. Finished quilt will be approximately 69" x 61". Started cutting the shirts. I have separated the shirt backs from the fronts tossing the sleeves.
Sep 24: Fusing shirts & interfacing. One done, all cut out ready to fuse. It heart is now in perspective in the EQ7 rendition above.
Sep 25: All shirts are now fused. Ready to cut them down to 14 x 12. T-shirt blocks are done.
Sep 26: Back to the heart ... rows are together ... working on joining them. All rows are now joined except the top row. I want to piece the gray dots but I also want it to look like a continuous matching grey background. Tricky but I think I can do it ... tomorrow.
Sep 27: Well, probably can't do it but trying. The heart is done...just needs background around it. Added side borders to shirt blocks.
Sep 28: Finished shirt block borders. Cut the sashing and previewed the quilt. This is so time consuming. I am taking a break for a few days.
Oct 04: Finished the heart block.
Oct 05: Top & bottom rows are together, side blocks are together. One more day, maybe two to finish the quilt top.
Oct 06: Ready to add blue border to the heart block. Next add sides to heart block thus the center section will be in one piece. Add the top & bottom rows.to the center section making 1 total piece. Add a grey border and then a blue border to complete the quilt top. Piece the backing.
Oct 07: Got the grey border on.
Oct 08: Attaching the final blue border. At last, the quilt top is finished.
Oct 09: The backing and the binding are ready. Loading.
Oct 11: Loaded ready to quilt. Quilting.
Oct 12: Quilted. Binding is attached. Only hand work left.
Oct 16: Started the hand work & got half way.
Oct 17: Learned last night that Ana has shared her secret with Ted over the weekend so I have taken the time to revise this post to include all the previously hidden information. Everything is now public & here.
Oct 18: Binding is finished & thus the quilt is finished. Delivered it to Ted to give Ana.
Jun 08: Marty & I have been talking about a quilt for his mom every since I finished his last year. Somewhere along the line I learned that purple is the theme. Marty's Mom has been dealing with serious family issues & just has not had the time to be involved in the planning stage. Today, Marty & I agreed that we need to go ahead and plan a quilt and let it be a surprise. Marty's aunt (Mom's sister) has cancer. The plan is to give the quilt to her (purple is her favorite color) knowing that one day it will pass on to Mom. So I have put together some possibilities for Marty to consider.
Jun 09: Ordered fabric for the quilt above. Things have changed dramatically since Marty & I started this project just 2 days ago. In the last 24 hours, the aunt/sister has gone from serious to only days. I didn't know this when I placed my orders. Whatever else this quilt may be, it is a prayer for all these dear people.
Jun 10: Finished all the ordering. I found the bits and pieces from 5, no 6 vendors.
Jun 15: Pre-washed 4 of 5 fabrics.
Jun 16: Started cutting & piecing. Prewashed last fabric that came today. Got 4.5 borders done, 2.5 to go.
Jun 17: Piecing finished. Marty came by to brainstorm backings. I learned his aunt died about a week ago. He decided on the dark teal from the Mystic Garden line, Donna Kleinke's Leaves & Ribbons for the IQ pattern and Bottom Line Ivory thread. Fabric is ordered & so we wait.
Jun 21: Backing is here.
Jun 22: Prewashed the backing. Cut, pinned, ready to sew the seam.
Jun 23: Ordered batting. Binding is ready. Backing is ready. Started loading the backing but didn't get very far. I did notice the backing fabric is directional. I guess if one wants the back side up, the quilt can be turned 90 degrees.
Jun 24: Batting is here in only 1 day.
Jun 28: Loading.
Jun 29: Quilting.
Jun 30: Quilted.
Jul 01: Binding is attached & clipped ready for hand work.
Jul 04: Binding is finished & thus the quilt is finished.
Mar 03: Reed and I have been working on a quilt design for several weeks now. Finally have a plan & fabric is ordered.
Mar 06: Some fabric is here. The rest is on the way.
Mar 08: All the fabric is here.
Mar 09: Finally got around to photographing the fabrics together. Hmmm. Do not like it.
Mar 10: Went to local quilt shop & left my friends looking for matching fabric while I went for a much needed hair cut. Finally decided to have Reed drive over the very short distance from where he works. He had no trouble making a selection.
Mar 26: Prewashed all fabrics.
Mar 27: Finished pressing them all out for cutting.
Apr 25: Cutting. Using the method taught by Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co. for half square triangles, namely, sew 2 squares together all around the outside edge then cut diagonals. Yields 4 half square triangles.
May 01: Continuing with the cutting. Will have 64 blocks: 16 light squares & 48 half square triangles (16 half floral/half light, 16 half floral/half blue, 16 half blue/half light).
May 06: Now making progress. Sewed the cuts squares together all the way around & cut into half square triangles.
May 07: Planned the layout. Ready to sew the rows. Got 5 of 8 done.
May 08: All 8 rows are pieced & pressed ready to join.
May 09: Working on joining the rows - very slow going matching the points.
May 11: Finally got the quilt center done, i.e. in one piece. Borders next.
May 13: Added 2 of 4 borders. May have a problem with wavy borders I will have to stop and fix. (This is not the first time I have considered starting all over again on this quilt.)
May 19: All day long just to add one white border after doing what I could to fix my wavy issues.
May 28: Quilt top is finished. Still need to piece the backing.
Oct 23: Pieced the backing. Squaring something so large is NOT easy. Prepping.
Oct 24: Prepped ready to load. Loaded ready to quilt.
Oct 25: Polished off the programming. Quilting.
Oct 26: Quilted. Now the binding.
Oct 27: Binding is attached ready for hand work.
Nov 07: Binding is done & thus the quilt is done. Going now to deliver it.
Feb 17: I am not the only one who loves Haberdashery. Cameron wants a blue one. We've got it planned & fabric is ordered.
Feb 23: Fabric is here.
Feb 24: Prewashed.
Jun 20: Cut everything out. Pieced 2 of 3 borders.
Jun 21: The quilt top is pieced. The 108" backing only needs cutting, no piecing. Cameron is well over six feet tall, so I made this as long as possible. Using Easy Swirls IQ pattern. Using Tuscany wool batting. Loading.
Jun 22: Quilted.
Jun 23: Binding is attached ready for pinning & hand binding.
Jun 27: Binding & thus the quilt is finished.
Jun 28: Hand delivered the quilt in Boone. Cameron is very tall so his quilt is very long (if you were wondering)--even longer than he is tall. Nothing warms the heart of a quilter like a grateful & enthusiastic recipient. I'm smiling.
Sep 08, 2016: Saw an unusual navy batik at the shoppe today I couldn't pass up. I like the casual feel & the way the lighter shade in it pulls in the lighter fabrics. So this 3rd Americana quilt is planned for some day in the future.
Feb 07, 1017: The nice thing about plans is that they can change. I saw a quilt that I revised to make into a RWB for the Joan Taylor Rwb project. And this has become my 2nd, not third, Americana quilt for Joan's project.
Feb 14: Once again, I looked up the quilt that inspired this one. I missed the amazing story: 2011 - Jim's Altered Lemoyne Star before & am so glad to share it now.
Feb 17: I want to make one block today. It was hard enough to decide which block to make so I asked Joan to choose. Now I can't decide between a 16" block or a 12" block. You'll know when I do. Hmm...a 3/4 block will do for a trial run.
Feb 18: After my trial run yesterday, I have decided on 18" blocks which has even 1/2" dimensions. I prefer the larger block look over the 12" stars. I also admit I like the idea of 12 stars over 20 stars. Did a second trial run on half a star & got the dimensions right this time for the 18" block.
Feb 21: Cutting strips.
Feb 22: Have enough strips cut to get started piecing.
Mar 05: I've finally started the piecing phase.
Mar 08: Trimming diamond segments.
Mar 09: Joan gave me a tip ... big help.
Mar 13: Have enough 1/4 blocks from my first set of strips to make 9 of the 12 blocks.
Mar 14: Making stars. First 9 done. Also cut all the remaining pieces including corners & borders.
Mar 15: Picked up some backing fabric. Made last 3 stars. Cut & pressed corners so they are ready to sew.
Mar 17: Finished the 12 blocks. (Turned out to be 17.5" blocks but who is measuring?)
Mar 18: Rows are together. Quilt center is together. Now the borders.
Mar 19: All borders are on and this the quilt top is finished. Will use SINE Curve Mine with Bottom Line #623 Silver & Warm & White batting.
Mar 20: Pieced the backing. Loaded ready to quilt.
Mar 21: Quilted. Joan will do the binding.
Mar 22: More pictures.
Jan 05: Started planning.
Jan 11: Before I could hear back from Ted, some of the fabrics I selected were no longer available. Redesigned a simpler quilt. Ted loves his dogs so we needed a quilt that would be compatible. The fabrics are all flannel & I will use wool batting. Since Ted sleeps in the dogs' bed .... I mean since the dogs sleep in Ted's bed ... they should all be comfy.
Jan 12: Sent Ted this plan. Hope he likes it because I ordered the fabric last night. He does. I bought enough extra plaid & fabrics to get free shipping & to make a 2nd smaller quilt for me. Will be piecing both at the same time.
Jan 23: Fabric is here. Prewashing.
Jan 24: Everything is cut ready to sew.
Jan 27: Borders are ready to attach.
Jan 29: Backings are pieced. Attaching borders.
Jan 30: Quilt tops are finished ready to quilt.
Feb 01: A true mountain man very familiar with firearms, Ted selected Ellen Munnich's Revolver pattern. For the 2nd one I am thinking a 50% offset version of my honeycomb pattern.
Feb 17: I am not the only one who loves Haberdashery.
May 03: Prepping for longarming. Decided on Tangerine thread, a new one I picked up last weekend at the moving sale. Programmed the revolvers.
May 04: Loaded ready to quilt.
May 05: Quilted. Now for the binding. While attaching the binding I noticed some loose thread then discovered the horrific tension on the back. Looks like one entire row is like this. It will be very easy to take out but I will have to reload to re-quilt the row. Such is longarming.
May 06: Fixed the bad row, finished attaching the binding. Quilt is clipped ready for hand work.
Jun 03: Started hand binding.
Jun 07: Binding is finished & thus the quilt is finished. Will deliver this afternoon. Ted loves his quilt so much he wants one for Ana, his girlfriend.
Dec 22: I was asked by each of two friends for a black quilt. Hmmm. I looked about for black fabrics & I ordered the hearts & backing when I first saw them to round out my order.
Dec 23: Ann is one who requested a black quilt. I offered her Bee Creative or this fabric. She chose this. I just ordered more of the hearts & backing plus the border fabrics so I will have enough to make a 2nd quilt. Had to get the Grunge Onyx from a different vendor for the best price I have seen for a grunge.
Dec 28: The hearts and backing fabrics are here. The Solid Grey Grunge is not going to work though--wrong shade.
Dec 29: The Onyx Grunge is here.
Dec 30: All the fabric is here & now prewashed.
Jan 04: Found the right shade for the middle border at the local quilt shop.
Jan 23: Prewashing the middle border.
Jan 24: Everything is cut ready to sew.
Jan 27: Borders are ready to attach.
Jan 28: Quilt top & backing are pieced & ready to quilt.
Feb 04: Ann chose Zephyr for her quilting pattern & Warm & Plush batting.
Apr 30: Prepping & loading.
May 01: Quilted. Now the binding. I'm not happy with the pictures but maybe after the binding I can get a better one.
May 02: Made & attached the binding ready for hand work.
May 27: Finished the binding just past midnight.
May 28: Hand delivered.
Dec 12: Saw this piece of Michael Miller flannel for less than $5/yd. Why not? Not doing much with it...just adding a black border to the front. Using the same fabric on the front & back. With wool batting this will make a very nice cuddle quilt to take off the chill.
Dec 20: Pieced the back.
Dec 21: Top is pieced ready to quilt. Using Bottomline Gold thread.
Dec 22: Quilted. Note quilting only shows on the black border.
Dec 23: Attached the binding. Ready for hand work.
Dec 29: Binding finished. Hand delivered.
Nov 30: My friend, Laken, who asked for a quilt for her daughter, Timberlin, now wants one for herself. She loves all things Chevron & animal skin prints. I suggested a Chevron with alternating fabrics being skins.
Dec 02: Took time to start playing with options. Laken loves my design. Ordered fabric.
Dec 08: Fabrics here from Fabric.com.
Dec 09: Fabrics here from eQuilter.com.
Dec 31: Prewashed all the fabrics.
Jan 14: Cutting strips. There are many ways to do half square triangles. Here I am using the strip tube method where I sew both sides of a pair of strips then cut the squares from that using The Strip Tube ruler or something similar. Actually I am using Quilt in a Day's Triangle Square Up Ruler because I like the markings better.
Jan 18: Back to work. I need 10 identical blocks per row.
Jan 19: Finished cutting all the blocks. Have enough fabric for a second quilt.
Jan 22: Sewing the blocks into rows.
Jan 25: Rows are done.
Jan 31: Joining rows.
Feb 01: Quilt center is done. I cut the borders.
Feb 02: Don't like the Milk Chocolate grunge I bought for the border. Found a dark batik at Sew Original. Prewashed it.
Feb 03: Borders are on and thus the quilt top is finished.
Feb 04: Backing is pieced. Ready to quilt using Dream Orient (silk & bamboo) batting & Zany African Animals.
Jun 07: Prepped & loading. Batting is cut.
Jun 08: Programming.
Jun 09: Quilted. Binding is next.
Jun 11: Pre-binding pictures.
Jun 12: Attached binding.
Jun 13: Started hand binding.
Jun 14: Binding is finished.
Nov 20: We still need to come up with the usual longarming details--what to quilt on it, thread & density. You know how doing the wee hours you can't get a thought out of your head? This morning it was Modern Squares like I did on Around Town. Thinking silver thread. I showed Kathy what Joan & I did on the WVU quilt. so she is considering something like that or footballs like on several of Joan's sports quilts Still TBD.
Nov 23: The fabric is here & perfectly matched.
Dec 20: Made a couple of practive y-seams & attic windows. Not too bad.
Dec 22: Got out the UNC fabric to see how the fussy cutting would go. Since fussy cutting wastes a lot of fabric, I realized I needed 2 more yards for good measure. Two yards is exactly what Fabric.com had left so I ordered it at once.
Dec 28: The rest of the fabric is here.
Dec 30-31: Prewashing.
Jan 01, 2017: Cut feature fabric squares & all strips including backing.
Jan 02: Piecing the window blocks. Done.
Jan 03: Rows are done.
Jan 04: Rows are together & thus the quilt center is done. Only the borders are left.
Jan 12: Sashing border is on.
Jan 13: Guess what? Iam not perfect...yet. I was adding the white border & got curious when I had not cut enough strips. When I checked back over everything, I found my error. I had the blocks as 10.5" which is what I was supposed to do. Instead, I did the fussy cut blocks at 10.5" to get that nice layout making the blocks 13". The quilt has grown from 50x80 to 64x93. I cut the backing way back when instead of waiting until the top was done. Of course, it is too small now. Ordered fabric for larger backing. And so it goes.
Jan 18: Quilt top finished. Using Vickie Malaski's Football pantograph with even rows offset 50%.
Jan 19: New backing is in & prewashed.
Jan 20: Backing is pieced. Ready to quilt.
Feb 04: Prepped.
Feb 05 Loading.
Feb 06: Quilted.
Feb 07: Binding is attached. Started hand work.
Feb 15: Binding is finished. The quilt is finished.
Upgraded Cutting/Ironing Station
Nov 05: Kelley (Ye Olde Forest Quilt Shop) gave me an ironing board (he made several for the shop) & the table that fits perfectly where my old one did. So much better. So much sturdier. Much better cutting surface. YES!
Nov 09: I imposed upon some neighbors to help get my table inside & the legs back on.
Nov 10: Time for pictures of course.
Nov 11: Decided to try to fit the old work table into the sewing room. Knew it would be close. Turns out I like it so much better. Moved the small desk into the living room beside the new work table.
A Bit Of History
Oct 24: The meeting was fun. After a nice dinner, we received patterns & sewing directions, a numbered tag/label to sew into the back seam and logo fabric for the bottoms of the feet. The entire supply on hand was picked up by the attendees. More will be ordered for those still wanting to make some bears. We do all the sewing but leave little slits for another team to do the stuffing--legs, arms, head & body. I am going to try to longarm some flannel to make the three I have agreed to do. Stay tuned.
Oct 25: I tried the quilting using a variegated thread. It was beautiful but puckered too much. I abandoned the idea as too time consuming. Started cutting out body parts. Using 3 colors of Dit Dot flannel.
Oct 26: Cutting.
Oct 28: Finished cutting. Started sewing. Having trouble doing the eyes. Hope to farm that task out to someone else. HA! Learned how to free motion on my Janome so the hardest part is done.
Oct 29: Made the heads.
Nov 06: Made the bodies & legs.
Nov 07: Made the arms. Got the bears into 1 piece each. Whew! Three rare bears are ready to ship for someone else to stuff.
Oct 10: I have tried for over 3 years to get an idea of what a friend might want in a quilt. Now I have it: blue (slate) with cream (not grey), floral or geometric or blenders okay, no flannel, no wool. Starting the process.
Oct 11: Found a quilt pattern I love on GourmetQuilter.com & bought the pattern. Glad I did because I did not realize from their picture that the squares alternate between light & dark which works perfectly for me. I have modified it into a 52 x 70 lap quilt. Fabric is ordered.
Oct 15: The fabric is here - several charm packs, 1 mini charm pack & yardage for inner border and backing. Yes I was going for free shipping so I bought a bit more than I need. Bet Joan can use some of the leftovers in her veterans quilts.
Oct 18: Started piecing. The quilt is 9-patch blocks alternating between lights & darks.
Oct 19: Completed the layout plan.
Oct 24: Top center completed. Opted for a simpler single border. Quilt top is finished. Backing is pieced. Ready to quilt.
Oct 25: Considering 2 patterns. Loading. Going with the wedding vine--gently flowing with the ups and down of a happy life! Using Dream Orient batting with Bottom Line Cream on top & Silver in the bobbin.
Oct 26: Quilted.
Oct 29: Squared. Binding attached. Clip basted. Started doing hand work.
Oct 31: Finished the binding. Will hand deliver today.
Sep 22: Babies grow up into toddlers, yes they do. Three years ago, I made a pair of quilts for baby boy twins. I hope they love this one too & can share it.
Sep 27: The fabric is here. Prewashing. Started with the dark fabric to see if it would bleed. Woah yes indeed! And this is a Robert Kaufman fabric. I emailed Kaufman & got an immediate impressive & caring response. We are working through the issue. I love quilters! And our suppliers. The fabric is fine.
Sep 28: After pre-washing & because when I bought fabric, I didn't take into account directional borders & backing, I had to adjust my quilt dimensions. I also wanted to utilize the extra backing width for the side front borders. Tricky stuff out of the norm. My quilt is now 61 x 84 & I am using every square inch of the fabric. After all that complicated work, I went ahead & cut out everything while the details were fresh in my mind and then started adding borders. Still have one left plus the backing seam which I am going to try to align.
Sep 29: Added final border & thus the quilt top is finished. Pieced the backing. Loading. You may wonder why I am going forward with longarming this quilt. The pattern I am using is one that gave me fits on the last quilt using the same design. The machine is now perfect for this design. I am taking advantage of this before I make adjustments for the next quilt. Doing the design rather small at 1" rows. Quilting my ZZag pattern using Warm & Plush batting with Bottom Line gold thread.
Sep 30: Got back & batting loaded. When loading the top, I realized I didn't have enough backing. It was barely 1-2" wider than the top, not enough to allow for the clamps. (I had forgotten that I intended to add leaders.) I went ahead and basted the top trying to convince myself I could be the clamps. After a sanity break, I came back home & unloaded everything. Now adding leaders all the way around for good measure. (Don't tell my longarmer I don't know how to properly piece a backing.) The leaders are on so back to loading. Loaded.
Oct 01: Quilted.
Oct 06: Squared & attached binding.
Oct 13: Finished binding.
Oct 14: Delivered.
Sep 21: A someday kid's quilt. No particular plans as of now.
Sep 23: The fabric is here.
Oct 06: Today a friend of mine asked for a quilt for her daughter. Oh yes, I have one! Now all I need is time.
Oct 08: Pre-washed all the fabrics.
Oct 14: Cut all the borders. Still debating with myself where to trim the "friends"border stripe. Added first 2 borders - yellow & blue.
Oct 15: Added 3rd border.
Oct 16: Added 4th border. Debating on whether to add the last border. Added it & thus the quilt top is finished.
Oct 19: Pieced the backing. Need feedback from Laken, Timberlyn's mom, before I can proceed.
Oct 21: Met with Laken. She decided the silk (Dream Orient) batting was best & just red binding was a large enough quilt. I totally agree with her choices. Prepped. Loaded. Quilting.
Oct 22: Quilted. Squared the quilt. Attached the binding.
Oct 27: Binding is finished & thus the quilt is finished.
Sep 20: I've known Shannon for years. Yesterday I learned she needs a soft, cuddly quilt for these moments in her life. Her favorite color is yellow ... oh and orange (... and blue & pink--I tried but couldn't work them in).
Sep 21: Originally, I planned to come up with a whole cloth quilting design. Found a Donna Kleinke sashing pattern Joyful Teardrops that I really like.
Sep 23: The fabric is here. Pre-washed the flannel and border fabric (everything except the charm squares).
Oct 03: Started cutting & piecing.
Oct 04: Quilt center is done. Added 1st border.
Oct 05: Added last 2 borders and thus the quilt top is finished. Loading. Decided to use wool batting.
Oct 06: Quilted. Squared the quilt. Attached the binding.
Oct 09: Binding is finished.
Oct 10: Delivered.
Sep 12: Had 5 yds of the pink so when I saw the main fabric, I grabbed it. I am making another one of my no-piece quilts for Lu Ann's project. Top & backing are pieced & ready to load. Thinking modern squares quilted rather small with silver thread.
Sep 13: Quilted. Joan will do the binding.
Aug 22: Been toying with some ideas for one of Joan's veteran's quilt. This is a modification of my Sharp Sewing Supplies Logo Quilt design I did back in early 2015.
Aug 23: Fabric is ordered.
Aug 24: Working on a cutting guide for strips & squares. Specs are in my Strip Tubing book.
Aug 25: Stonehenge Eagles fabric is here.
Aug 26: Can't find the ruler I used to make half square triangles from strips but found one better suited for this project & ordered it.
Aug 27: Fabrics are here.
Aug 29: Practicing & testing my cutting chart.
Aug 30: Pre-washed the fabrics. Ruler is here.
Sep 01: Cutting strips & corner squares.
Sep 02: Strips are cut. Tubes are sewn.
Sep 03: Cutting half square triangles. Only cut one strip of each color combination for now.
Sep 04: Working from the center star out. Finished the center 1/3.
Sep 05: Added sashing above & below center section.
Sep 11: Where does time go!! Cutting more strips into squares.
Sep 14: Piecing more stars ...
Sep 18: Piecing more stars ...
Sep 19: Have cut out everything I need for the last 5 stars.
Nov 21: Finally got back to this quilt and finished the last 5 star blocks. Sashing & borders left to do.
Nov 22: Today we shall know. The sashing will tone down & make this quilt, I think. Got the vertical sashing & rows done in the midst of an otherwise chaotic day.
Dec 04: Adding horizontal sashing & inner blue border.
Dec 05: Quilt top is finished. Will use ZZag Mine with Bottom Line #654 Oatmeal thread & Warm & White batting.
Dec 06: Backing is ready & half loaded. Stopped to illustrate my process for cutting the batting. If I forget to do this before I start loading, I do it before I pin the bottom side of the backing so nothing is in the way. (Yep, I have been known to finish loading the backing, realize I am ready for the batting & it is not cut.) Trimming threads before I load the top. Loaded. Need to program then ready to quilt.
Dec 07: Quilting ... mostly without hassles.
Dec 08: Quilted. Joan will do the binding. This will go to one of her high school class veterans.
This project--and precision laser cut appliqué in general--is what most attracted me to the
Ye Olde Forest School House Event. The kit is for a 22" x 32" wall hanging--not my thing. Ah, but two kits ... hmmm ... and something to tie everything together ... hmmm. When I found the grey on black dots I was hooked on the project enlarged now to a lap quilt size. See this & other available kits here.
Let me know if you see something you like & I'll help you get it ordered.
Aug 24, 2014: Just had to play via EQ7 today with my new project. Took awhile to get something I liked.
Jul 26, 2016: With a lull in pressing longarming projects, I am going to finally try my hand at appliqué. Made the blocks (seamed the squares & ironed on theappliqués -- the easy part).
Jul 27: Have cut samples so I can practice, practice, practice (as Joan has advised) before stitching the edges.
Jul 28: Ready to sew. After 14 turtles, I should be a pro. If not, well, this is just for fun & to get a feel for the process.
Jul 29: My stitches were off so got that fixed and finished 4 more blocks.
Jul 30: Finished all the blocks. Starting on sashing.
Jul 31: Sashing is done. Now working on 18" half square triangles in the corners. Did you know that polka dots (at least the ones on this fabric) are not lined up in an evenly spaced grid pattern? Having to redo the side triangles so they will match the 1/2 square corner triangles. Can you tell I have never worked with dots before? And I don't like the way the black looks that I was going to use for an inner border to break things up a bit. I can wait for a different shade of black or stick with just dots. Hmmm. What about red? Oh, yes.
Aug 01: Ha! My daughter still has a bit of the red which is all I need so this project is on hold until I go down to Greensboro Aug 8.
Aug 03: Since, like this one, I prefer my quilts to only cover the top of the bed with no drop, I ordered a reversible two ply flannel blanket to use as a bed cover under the quilt top. Just hope it works.
Aug 08: Picked up the bit of red I need to complete the top.
Aug 10: Added 2 of 3 borders. Cut the backing, the binding and the rest of the borders.
Aug 11: Quilt top is finished. Backing is ready.