Thursday, June 21, 2018

Need a recipe for Chili Pot

Oh don't you love it when the doing goes beyond planning and then turn around and bites you? I've made a bunch of these blocks (randomly placed) 

and then decided I like them better in the next layout (also randomly placed).

The problem is I'd like to fill those 2 inch holes with something dark, but have no idea how to sew it together without a whole mess of partial seams. If I started out with making a pattern with wide and narrow rows, it would have worked, but that would remove the ability to do much rearranging.

Sigh. Does anyone have a recipe to make this change? Or maybe the first design looks better anyway? All comments and opinions appreciated.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Mid-month Progress

I don't set time goals for quilts because this is supposed to be relaxing, right? But this quilt has not been (no, I'm not going to whine). Now I'm quilting it. Here is a small section partly done. Actually, this part was fun. The leaves are dark enough that my jiggles and jerks are not too visible.

This is a relaxing break from the beach scene. The pieces are all 2.5 x 6.5 making blocks that will finish at 6" x 10" - I'm making about 81 or more of them, and likely a border. Good stash buster that will require more thinking/planning when the blocks are all finished and need a better arrangement.  At the moment, sewing them is like a coffee break (I don't drink coffee) when free motion becomes tiring.  I will use a panto on this hot chili pot!


Thursday, May 31, 2018

On the long arm and about 1/10th done...

Scott's king-size is on the long arm, but instead of showing a picture of it partly quilted (will later), here is a picture of the backing. Before pinning and rolling up some of the front, it was draped over the machine and looked like a 4-person tent! This particular backing is 120" wide.

I let the photo stick out to emphasize how I feel about working on this monster. I've never procrastinated so much in my life over anything else.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

A quick finish: Over the Waves

This is my 'cure' or therapy for keeping on when a project takes so much energy... make another project using a panel. This one is simple and cute. I used a panto on it for practice. The only 'extra' is the yellow piping with the red binding. I used the method explained by Susan Cleveland and her excellent tool to help make it. 

Our city has a group known as "Basically Babies" who collect a year's worth of items for layettes to give to needy families. Quilts are welcome, so this one is designated for them.

I have several other quilts ready to go on the longarm, so back at it...

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Checking in

I've been frustrated with too many things in my sewing room. It is large and envious, but like a blank wall cries out for graffiti -- or empty drawers demand to be filled... you know how it goes. So this week after a harsh look, I moved some furniture. My hubby has been coming in to 'visit' and watch TV but my big lazy chair was not in the right place. So now it is. I put an awkward cupboard beside its twin and moved the TV at an angle so that chair affords a perfect view of the hockey games.

And a desk (for drawing, etc. and guest quilters) is now under the window where it should have been in the first place. One ironing board is beside it so that works. Also, I've been folding fabric for days now. It was a jumble because I'm too busy to put it away properly. Besides, I knew if I did, I would be inspired and frustrated because life will be too short to use all those pretty fat quarters, yardages, and the stuff in the overflowing scrap bins. But now it looks like I intend to!

I made this large runner (18" x 72") for a charity silent auction. It is from the 2nd book "Skinny Quilts and Table Runners." All scraps. Those things are like rabbits and multiply in the dark when no one is looking! The hexagone one below it is also from scraps and for the same auction, but the 'picker' didn't pick it. I'm not into pink/purple, but it will find a home.

Also, I finished another one (which will likely be a Quilt of Valour) that is 56" x 73." It is hanging with a backing, batting, and binding. It is golds, oranges, browns and went together fast. No photo yet. There is a baby quilt on the machine, so the four others ready to quilt will have to wait awhile.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Ready for quilting

It is nice to have a few quilts ready to quilt, and the tarp off my machine which was there to protect it from flying plaster/dust. Now to get at it...

Scott's king-size is draped over my craft table, ironed, all the hiccups fixed, etc. Hi Edith... It looks much better than it did when you were here. I washed the backing and it came out smoother and no wrinkles at all. The batting was one long piece equivalent for two kings, so hubby and I rolled it on the bar under my machine. It needs a trim but it is ready too. This has been a huge challenge, and if anyone has made a king, you know 'huge' is the correct word. That backing is 120" wide. The batting is like wrestling an alligator. The quilt top is too large for my design wall and for the table it is folded on, but it looks great on a bed. Glad to get this far!

Others: The purple slab hangs with batting and backing, ready to put on the machine. I have a wonky log cabin in the same state of readiness and a large crib quilt also. Right now, there is a large table runner pinned on the machine. I just need to have my lunch, put supper in the crock pot, add the correct thread and do it! Yeah. 

Also have neatly folded four shelves of fabric. Only about 20 left, but this is progress. Neat makes me feel ambitious.

Onward and upward... thank You God! 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Purple Slabs

My scrap bins are about 10" x 15" and 9" deep. The purple one was nearly full. It still has 4-5" left at the bottom and the rest went into these 12.5" slab blocks. Sashing is 3" and I've made a bunch of 5.5" ones to use in the border. It will finish 73" x 88" so is a good size.

I am amazed at how far the scraps go, and how relaxing it is to sew them like this. Not a lot of planning, just sort to sizes and think log cabin but not too accurate. The sashing is a red-purple fabric that will go between all rows, around the outside, and likely be the binding too. So far so good.

Oh after taking this picture it is easier to see the values, so I moved a few of the blocks around. Purples do not like the camera either. I'm not much of a purple lover so am surprised at how many scraps were in that bin!