These quilts are commissioned by my neighbors, Tina Wiggins & Denise Munday, for a set of twin beds in their cabin.
The only difference will be the backings.
Oct 2015: While working on the Grey & Grey, Please quilt ideas for Suej, I came across this fabric. Decided it was too cute to pass up so I have purchased enough fabric to make a version of my Red Flannel Quilt, a simple quilt with just three fabrics plus a backing, yet not boring. Ordered the fabrics & can only hope they will really match. If they don't, I'll use them &/or others in a different way.
Oct 07: Fabric shipped.
Oct 09: Fabric is here & everything matches.
Jun 26, 2018: My neighbor, Tina, just stopped by. She wants me to use the fabrics here to make her a pair of twin no-piece quilts.
Jun 30: Tina & Denise stopped by. Making progress.
Jul 14: Tina & Denise selected this layout over lots of other options. The quilts will be identical except for the flannel backings. Fabric not on hand is ordered.
Jul 20: All fabrics came in yesterday & today. All set to start piecing.
Aug 07: Pre-washed. Always a good idea and especially since these quilts will be used by young girls. Flannel backing shrunk a bit too so I am very glad I did this.
Aug 08: The backings are pieced ready to load. The bindings are ready to attach after quilting. The pics are awful but the best I could do. My camera has a mind of its own I can't always master.
Aug 09: Borders cut and ready to sew.
Aug 10: The women chose Acorns and Oak Leaves for the panto. I choose Bottom Line Silver thread.
Aug 11: Both quilt tops are pieced ready to load.
Aug 12: Presented a couple of overlays at 10" & 7.5" rows for consideration. First quilt is loaded ready to longarm.
Aug 14: Density is settled. Quilting. First quilt done.
Aug 15: Second quilt is loaded ready to quilt.
Aug 16: Quilting in one room, attaching binding in the other, blogging in the third.
Aug 17: 2nd quilt is quilted.
Dropped the blogging ball here but can say I was hand binding until done with both quilts.
Aug 25: 2nd quilt is bound.
Aug 26: So glad Tina asked for pictures of the binding as I had completely gone brain dead. Realized I had a lot of pictures I hadn't posted. Now posting in the Gallery.
May 01: I suddenly had no water. Time to call David Braswell who dug & has serviced my well since 2003. After the work was done, I started talking to David about a quilt for him. He was more interested in me making quilts for his daughters, Caroline & Alison.
May 23: Caroline & I have been working hard on fabrics & quilt designs with a nautical theme. Yesterday things started to come together & today we finalized the design. I ordered fabric. Waiting to hear from Alison, the 2nd daughter. There is enough Sea Cottage fabric for a second quilt. Would need sashing, border & backing fabrics.
May 24: Fabric is on the way.
May 26: Fabric is here except one small piece. It is wonderful with a very soft feel.
May 27: Worked out a map for the small squares. Need to help Caroline select a longarming pattern.
May 28: Piecing. Cut the border, backing & strips except for the one not here yet. Still need to cut the sashing.
May 30: Strip sets are together except for the Creme Damask not here yet. The last fabric came in. All 7 strip sets are done & cut in block size sections.
May 31: Got the small blocks done. Will use them to connect the large blocks...tomorrow.
Jun 02: The columns are done.Only the sashing & border remain.
Jun 03: Quilt top is finished. Backing is next.
Jun 04: Caroline is working on choosing her pattern.
Jun 05: The backing is ready to load. Caroline wants the Seashells at 13" rows.
Jun 06: Using Magnifico 2170 Old Lace on the top & in the bobbins. Loaded. Quilting. Forgot to reconnect the power cord after programming so IQ died without a whisper after the first row. She'll be good to go in the morning.
Jun 07: Quilted. Ready to bind.
Jun 08: Squaring the quilt.
Jun 13: Attached the binding. Clipping for hand work.
Jun 20: Binding is done & thus the quilt is done.
Jun 21: Met David at the Linville Post Office to show him the quilt. Together we shipped it to Caroline in Florida.
When I priced potholders (OUCH!) recently, I decided to make my own. The fabric I am using is the first I ever bought back in 2008 from the Marie Osmond line. It is a perfect match to my kitchen rug--mauve & teal..
May 05: Crosshatched mine. Very substantial with 2 layers of Warm & Plush 100% cotton batting and crosshatching. Should probably use cotton thread but I am sticking with Bottomline Gold with Tan bobbins. Using a coordinating cream fabric--2 actually as happens with remnants--for the binding.
May 06: Making a second set for my friend, Van. Her kitchen is black & white. Went to see her with a stash of fabric so she could select what she likes. Using black thread & solid black binding.
May 07: Crosshatched Van's. Made a small test potholder. Binding & loops for hanging are ready to sew. Will machine bind everything.
May 08: Only got one finished. Finding too many other interesting things to distract me.
May 10: Finished my set. Attaching the binding to the black set.
May 14: Finished the black set.
Jan 02, 2018: Jon picked this as his quilt today. (Made this quilt for Ann in 2017 using Onyx Grunge.)
Jan 03: Using a dark batik on the outer border, back & binding. Should show the quilting nicely on the back.
Jan 06: Fabric is here. Has a bluish tint that just happens to match the large symbol in the fabric. Can always use grunge for a blacker look but the batik is growing on me.
Jan 08: Jon likes the blue.
Jan 13: Prewashing the batik. Went ahead & pieced the backing so it is ready to load.
Jan 15: Borders & binding are cut ready to sew.
Jan 16: Borders & binding are pieced ...
Jan 17: ... & pressed. Binding is ready. Started on borders but didn't get very far.
Jan 18: All 3 borders are on & thus the quilt top is finished. Can load for longarming tomorrow.
Jan 19: Going through the longarm setup process. Need to fine tune my programming to match the real quilt size. We are doing an intentional placement of the panto so the borders will show off the pattern nicely.
Jan 20: Quilting.
Jan 21: Still quilting.
Jan 22: Quilted. Squared ready to attach binding.
Jan 23: The binding is attached and clipped ready for hand work.
Feb 02: Half way done.
Feb 08: Bound & thus the quilt is finished.
Feb 09: Hand delivered.
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.
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.
Dec 2018: Having enjoyed this on my wall for over a year, I decided to give this to a special lady in the business of helping lots of mountain folk with physical issues.
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.
Shana asked me for a quilt. I said no. It just didn't feel right. It seemed she could make her own quilt. As I got to know her better, she often talked about she extreme medical issues so I changed my mind.
May 11: She picked out this bear panel & I ordered it.
May 16: We met at the local quilt shop to plan the borders that will expand this 36x44 panel to a king size mattress topper 90" wide. That is a lot of border. Found a unique fabric called Moondance that takes up most of the border. We are still trying to figure out the rest of the layout..
Aug 28: Hope she is coming today to help plan & start cutting her quilt. She did but only for a little while - family crisis called her away. We got all but the outer border cut & I started adding borders. That was the only and last time she helped on the project.
Aug 29: Finished the "gold" (Moda Persimmon Tan) border & documented how I do borders.
Aug 31: Added the 3rd (black) border. Hmm. Don't have enough Moondance for mitered borders. Have barely enough for the sides, top & bottom. Need something for the corners so started playing.
Sep 01: Searched and found out I could order more Moondance but she now prefers the new complicated corners (18" blocks). Oh dear, what was I thinking? Okay, I wasn't thinking. Ordered another yard of the Moda Persimmon Tan (hey, better than 2.5 yards of the Moondance). Have plenty of the Milk Chocolate & Onyx Grunges on hand. Figured I better try to make a block & see what I have gotten myself into.
Sep 05: The ordered fabric--Moda Persimmon Tan--is here.
Dec 27: I picked up more of the Onyx Grunge I need for the pinwheels.
Dec 28: We have selected a pattern-Sashiko by Donna Kleinke. Well, I did and waited & waited until she looked at options & agreed with me. It was not her first choice (cabins & bears & such) but she came around.
Jan 03, 2018: Cut out all the pieces for the pinwheel corners. Thinking brown binding as shown above in large image.
Jan 04: Assembling the corner pinwheel blocks.
Jan 05: Finished the pinwheels.
Jan 06: Finished the quilt top. Backing is cut & pinned, ready to sew. So is the binding.
Jan 07: Backing is ready to load. Going ahead with longarming since the huge backing and quilt are prepped. Loaded ready to quilt.
Jan 08: Quilting. Binding is ready to attach.
Jan 09: Quilted.
Jan 22: Squared ready to attach binding.
Jan 23: Shana finally came by today & saw her quilt. (She comes within 2.5 miles of my home twice every weekday to drop off & pick up her fiance.) I showed her how to hand bind using a ladder stitch, She has decided to do her own binding. Good since it would take me at least 3 solid days to do it. We agreed that when she has another chance to stop by, I will attach the binding & let her take it home to finish. That never happened.
Feb 11: Unable to sleep, I got up at 3 AM and attached the binding & then delivered the quilt in person. Married yesterday so while never intended, this was just in time.
Mar 02: The events of the past week or so have driven an irreparable wedge into our former relationship such as it was. I started it when I said something to which she took immense objection. Nothing I said changed that. The end result was that she gave me back this quilt. Only today have I seen what she was doing with the binding. Removed the atrocious work & re-clipped the binding ready for hand work.
Jun 16: This quilt now has a home with a neighbor who serves our little log home community tirelessly. Thank you Tina. Now I am motivated to get to work on the binding.
Oct 21: Binding 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.
Jan 05: Started planning a quilt for Ted.
Jan 11: The fabrics are all flannel & using wool batting.
Jan 12: 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.
Dec 27: Prepped & loaded.
Dec 28: Quilted.
Dec 29: Made & attached binding.
Dec 30: Starting hand work.
Jan 14, 2018: Finished the binding & thus the quilt. Only took a year - LOL
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.
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.