Finally Getting Around to Finishing… Some

My “To Do” is an ever changing – and growing – myriad of chores. It seems that every time I cross one thing off the list, two more get added. But I don’t have to tell you, I’m sure its the same for every one of you.

So, since I recently finished up the dollhouse, successfully started my fund raising on IndieGoGo and finished the big cross stitch, I finally feel like I am getting things done. The bad side of that is I tend to get a little too confident… and I started a couple of new quilts. Sigh.

But on the upside, I did manage to get the binding on five of the quilts that I had quilted. Seems a million years ago, just because I can’t seem to stay focused, but I have a wonderful friend Becky, who does my longarm service, Collis Country Quilting. (If you’re interested in contacting Becky, you can reach here on her Facebook page: Collis Country Quilting. She can also be reached via email at: rebecca_collis@yahoo.com. Just let her know that I sent you!)

I goofed on this quilt, first in measuring and then in cutting the backing. So I usually do a fold-over type of binding, but since I measured wrong, I had to do the reliable method of separate binding. Believe it or not I had to look up instructions, I do this so little.

DSCN5093But this binding turned out pretty good, if I say so myself. I ended up making about three times too much, but I guess I can hang on to it in case I want to do this again sometime.IMG_4311The fabric came from a stash where there were a various number of colors in the same pattern. I think it would make for a man’s quilt, as the colors are pretty muted and far, far away from any pastels!DSCN5094The back was more of the same fabric, just to use it up. You can see the great quilting pattern here!DSCN5096This quilt is one of those little challenges that I dream up for myself. I did this one a while back, so not sure if this is a charm quilt or not. There are some really beautiful fabrics in this one and would make for a great baby quilt.IMG_4312The backing is a understated green with a darker green ivy type pattern. Like I said, understated.DSCN5097This next quilt is called ‘Fire and Lightning”. Another pattern that I saw somewhere – a magazine, Pinterest or somewhere else online. Of course, I had to try it!dscn5099.jpgAgain, this would be an extremely easy pattern to do in pastels or colors to match a nursery or an quick way to spice up a living room with some color.dscn5100.jpgFantastic quilting that really pops on these colors though. Becky takes one look at my quilts and just knows what to choose.IMG_4314Love the meandering of this pattern!DSCN5101Simple red backing to keep from stealing the thunder of the colors and style.dscn5103.jpgIts funny when as much time passes as it does for me from concept to binding. I actually forget many of the quilts that I make! It makes for a fun surprise when I unpack these quilts and get ready to bind them!DSCN5103I know this one was inspired by a pin I found on Pinterest. In fact when I looked back to the original pin, it was almost the same colors!dscn5104.jpgOver the years I keep a vigilant eye on the discount fabrics and pick up fabrics on bolts to use later as backing. That is where this fabric came from.IMG_4313I am especially in love with whites… and add to a large stash whenever I can. Just makes for more interesting quilts.dscn5105.jpgNow on to my absolute favorite of my quilts: orphans. You know the ones, the extra blocks you made or did to try a pattern. I put effort into these blocks and am determined to never let these go to waste. Hence, “orphan” quilts. This is my third in recent months, the first one went to The Kid and the second one is on my bed.DSCN5105IMG_4315The back is another of my bolt purchases and goes nicely with the colors in the quilt.DSCN5107So, there you have it. I have about another ten or so to finish with binding and then I’ve got about three new denim quilts that will need borders and backing. I have one that is especially unique and am excited about finishing it and showing it here.

Thanks for stopping by! And happy quilting!

julie

Better Late Than Never, Right?

So based on my post last night, the orange quilt I finished up wasn’t for my friends’ – Lucien and Jenn’s – second daughter, but for their first, Maxine. Who, according to emails we exchanged today, is six and a half. That has to be a record for late baby shower gifts, six and a half years! And, much to my chagrin, never even started a second quilt for their second angel, Eloise! Wow… I know things get busy, but I gotta do better!

But, I have filled you in on the unfinished pile, right? I’m estimating that there is something like a hundred more quilts just sitting and waiting. Waiting on money mostly. 😦

DSCN3256So, I have completed two more. They were long arm stitched for me and returned. I just needed to do the binding. And sew on my little label.

2015-05-01 17.39.24First up is this green nine patch set inside framing triangles. I have this thing with color families. It really helps to reduce the fabric stash – well, not really – but I will take what I can get. I love when I get this many shades of a single color, although in quantity, some of these color would be garish and definitely clash, but in small amounts it all works.

2015-05-01 17.37.48There were a couple of centers that differed from the norm. All of my sewing machines are also embroidery machines and when I brought home the first one, I embroidered every single design. There were a couple of quilts that had quite a bit of embroidery, some have but a little. These were obviously one of the first attempts at embroidery and they came out well. And I can never throw anything like that away. So, as I was working on this quilt, I trimmed out these two blocks and included them in this quilt. Just a little something extra: a pine tree…

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…and a bow in green.2015-05-01 17.39.51And to switch the color, the final one is in red. Shades of red. It seems that red is the one color that doesn’t really range far… there is really two base shades of red; One with the underscore of blue and the other with underlying orange. If it gets too bright, its pink and it gets too dark it becomes maroon. But I think it is one of the most happy colors there is and I love it.

2015-05-01 17.38.42You see that this one is displayed on one of the two country rustic benches that I recently finished. Base construction is two twin head-boards and foot-boards, and the addition of a few boards and a seat, these benches were born. If you want to read more about it, you can read here.2015-05-01 17.36.42I tried a little different technique on the corners and while I like how the concept, I am not exactly thrilled with my execution. I definitely want to explore more options as to finishing techniques.

Most of my projects have been completed, although we have two of the antique victrola cabinets remaining and a small wood table. After that, I am going to have to start coming up with new ideas!

Ah, the weekend has arrived. Even with the fact that I am not actively working – a so called ‘9 to 5’ – the weekend holds different tasks and schedules. And it starts with sleeping in. LOL

julie

My How Time Flies When You’re Quilting!

Okay, for the last four days I have been working on a new quilt. Well, technically it is going to be more than one, but the intent was to create one.

While organizing and cleaning up my sewing room – ostensibly for the purposes of trying to finish any- and everything that I have started. I get like this occasionally where I will vow not to start something new until everything I have already started is done.

In this exercise, I found a large ziplock bag with 3″ squares sorted by color. LOTS of 3″ squares. So, I thought I’d make one of my favorite quilt patterns (used on one of the quilts on my bed) and zip through this pile of squares.photo

It starts with a nine-patch (5 colored/4 white) and then adds the triangles to each side. I am guessing that there is an “official” name to this, but I like to think this is my own doing. 🙂

So, with this large stack of 3″ squares, I started making 9 patch blocks. It’s amazing how long this can take, especially since this time around, I wanted to keep each block in the same color family. So, after sorting and sewing – about 12 hours worth – I ended up with this:

photo 8The next step would be to cut and sew the four triangles onto each side. I didn’t have these pre-cut, so it occurred to me that I would have to delve into uncut stock, and I was looking to reduce the amount of precut that I had. So, I had an idea… each of these blocks would be set with a block pattern called a “snowball”. Basically a square with each corner replaced with a triangle corner.

UnknownI have found the easiest way to produce this, is to place a block at each corner, mark it and sew it diagonally. I got The Kid to help with drawing the lines. I had way more blocks than originally anticipated. Isn’t that they way it goes?

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In order to not waste the part that is cut off is to sew a secondary line about 1/8″ away from the original line.

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Then cut between the lines (removing the pins, of course):photo 10

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To make all the cuts, again I roped The Kid into helping. I hope that he is gaining an appreciation of what goes into the quilts I make. He has laid claimed to at least a dozen so far. 🙂

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Once separated, you simply iron everything. Depending on how many squares you have, this may take a while. I think I watched a whole movie while doing all this ironing!

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The larger block will compliment the nine-patch and I will use the smaller blocks for a smaller quilt. Or maybe a border on another quilt.

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So, next up is to connect the nine patch to the snowball. I am going to deviate each line of blocks so that it staggers the placement of each block. I may actually have more than enough for a single quilt top, and perhaps might divide it into two. The colors I have most is blues and greens, and it might be enough to spin into two separate quilts of their own.

For as long as I have been quilting, I never seem to be able to accurately estimate the number of squares or blocks I need. I guess that is why I seem to end up with extras, enough to create “orphan quilts”. Some day when I don’t have anything to write about, I’ll do a post on those.

julie

 

 

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