Binding Blitz at JulieKQuilts

Hello everybody, if you did not know JulieKQuilts is having a binding blitz. I decided to participate because I have plenty of bindings that need to be finished and I am creating more all the time. Binding seems to be where I stall so what better way to be prompted to get the binding finished than to join a linky party.

Here is my quilt for the month and It was finished last night. There is nothing like finishing right under the wire.

Streak of Sunshine Quilt

Streak of Sunshine Quilt

This streak of sunshine quilt was made by one of the members of  Quilts of Love group and will go to a worthy organization for distribution for a child to love. I hope you have a great day and if you have not been to Julie’s website, you are missing a good quilty blog. I have been visiting her site for a couple of years and have enjoyed watching her quilting activities. To see other finishes visit JulieKQuilts.

Keep quilting 🙂

Terry

Time Out Quilt

I was so happy when I loaded the Jewel Box quilt on the machine. I was finally going to finish this quilt. A very long time was spent contemplating how the quilt was going to be quilted. After I decided, I changed my mind and thought I would do a different design. I kept thinking it needed to be quilted with something that had some soft curves rather than more square corners. It sat and waited for me to start but I kept putting it off. I finally realized that the quilt was just not happy with my decision on the quilting design. I decided to go with my original plan to use the spiral square pantograph on the quilt. Imagine my disgust when I got all the way to the end of the quilt to discover this. See bottom left.

Time Out Quilt

Time Out Quilt

I had evidently turned my backing the wrong way and it was too short for my quilt. I am sure that I know what I did, but that does not make me feel any better about it happening and will reinforce that I should measure, not assume that I know that I have the quilt turned the right way. Now the quilt has been named. Want to know the new name? Why Time Out of course, because it is in time out while I kick myself in that place that it is very hard to reach while doing it to yourself. I am now in the process of telling myself that I need to get that strip sewn to the bottom of the quilt and get it loaded back on the quilt machine and get it finished.

Happy quilting everyone! Remember do not do like I did and assume you have the backing turned right. Learn from my mistake, measure to make sure 🙂

Terry

Fabric Happenings

Edited to add: I am having trouble commenting on blogger. I type my comment and put in my credentials and hit publish and it returns to enter comment without publishing my comment. Any advice would be appreciated.

Good afternoon! I have had some movement in my fabric this week. I cut out the binding for a baby quilt that has been quilted and is waiting for finishing. I finished my double 4 patch into a flimsy and I also cut out the rest of the fabric needed to make the 3 strippie quilts. Even though it is likely that I will not sew these 3 quilts, I counted the fabric in when it was bought. That is the only way I can keep up with the fabric.

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Between all of these I ended up with some good outage this week.

Fabric out this week 4.46 yards

Fabric in 0 (yay)

Fabric out ytd: 9.71 yards

Fabric in ytd: 6 yards

Total 3.71 yards out (double yay!)

See Patchworktimes for additional stash reports.

Thanks for visiting and keep quilting 🙂

Terry

I Do Not Web Quilts

While I am in the process of putting together my Double 4 Patch I think about the different way that quilt tops are put together. There are some that web the top together in long rows and then somehow sew those rows together. While this is a great way to put the top together, this does not work for me. I absolutely hate sewing long rows together, so I work differently when sewing a top together. I join two blocks, then four blocks and so on.

Double 4 Patch

Double 4 Patch

In the picture above, you can see how I join the quilt. This quilt is 7X9, across the first row, I would sew two blocks together, two blocks together and three blocks together. When I have the first 2 rows sewn together I will sew them into a four patch another four patch and then a set of blocks that are three by two. I hope you can see well enough to understand how I sew the top together. If you have questions, feel free to ask.

Keep Quilting,

Terry

What a Day

Wow! What a day we had today! I work at a local college and this was the first day the students were back. Just having the students back makes everything busy. Add to that the fact that a whole bunch of people clicked on a spam email and got their email accounts hacked, just made for a very hectic day. In addition, my office mate was off today. She helps handle the calls and the walk in clients. With all of that stuff going on, that just makes today one of those days that I was happy to see end.

I think the image above sums up my day very well. I came home and plugged away on my blue double 4 patch for a little while.

Keep quilting,

Terry

What’s Going On In My World

Today I am trying to get these blocks turned into a double 4 patch flimsy. My day started out by creating a design wall. This was done by hanging a sheet from a quilt hanger in my hall. From there I put all the blocks on the wall and then rearranged and here is the result. In my effort to use all of my fabric no matter the age, this has some very old pieces mixed in with some newer pieces. I think they make a nice mix and that they add interest to the quilt. Please do not burst my bubble by saying they look bad. Besides, maybe someday the fabric will confuse someone who is trying to date a quilt.

Double 4 Patch

I might add this was done without having to crawl around on the tile floor. My body thanks me for that 🙂 When finished, this quilt is slated for Quilts of Love.

I think my next QoL project is going to be a Mock Trip Around the World. I like the asymmetrical layout and my husband likes the traditional. Which do you prefer?

Asymmetrical Mock Trip

Asymmetrical Mock Trip

Mock Trip

Mock Trip

You can see some fabulous quilts over at patchworktimes.

Keep quilting 🙂

Terry

I’m Seeing Bugs

And owls and giraffes, Oh My!

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Well I cut up part of that cute fabric I bought earlier. This is why is was purchased. They are slated to be used in strippie quilts for Quilts of Love. We have a lady that is part of our group that told me that she only wants to make this particular quilt because it was quick and easy. I try to have plenty of these cut out for her and I try to get several ahead so I do not have to worry about cutting one out every month. My goal is to have 12 of these set aside in the next month or so and then I will not have to worry about this one for the rest of the year.

Fabric out this week 2.25 yards

Fabric in 0 (yay)

Fabric out ytd: 5.25 yards

Fabric in ytd: 6 yards

Total .75 yards in

See Patchworktimes for additional stash reports.

Keep quilting 🙂

Terry

Stash Usage Report

Well this day did not start out like it should have, I way overslept. I took a Zyrtec last night and I did not wake up until 10 this morning. This is normally the time when Sunday School is starting at my church, but we had freezing rain and a little ice this morning. So fortunately for me, having overslept, Sunday School was canceled for this morning. The freezing rain turned to rain and I had time to get my act together and get to church services on time. I obviously did not have time to do my stash report before leaving for church.

On to the stash report. The usage just kind of fell into my lap yesterday. A friend and her husband stopped by, and when they got ready to leave she said she needed to go to Hancock’s. She miscalculated how much white on white she needed to make a quilt she was working on so she needed to get some more fabric. I said I probably had enough in my stash closet (there is no probably to it) to get her the fabric she needed without having to go to the store. So, without further adieu, here are my numbers.

Fabric out this week 2.5 yards

Fabric in 0 (yay)

Fabric out ytd: 3 yards

Fabric in ytd: 6 yards

Total 3 yards in

See Patchworktimes for additional stash reports.

Keep quilting 🙂

Terry

Working on Multiple Quilts at the Same Time

Do you work on multiple quilts? This is something I tend to do when quilting. It takes organization, which I struggle with at times. Those times when I have it all together are worth the extra work required to be able to work on two different quilts. Right now, I am working on three to four quilts, but before you get all gaga on me,let me explain my madness 🙂 I use the leader ender process that I see used on many websites. The first time I remember seeing it was on Bonnie Hunter’s site. Right now I am working on two quilts for quilts of love, one quilt getting ready for a BOM, and one quilt when I am out of pieces for any of the other three quilts.

Quilt one is the Easy Double Four Patch by Mollie Johnson. Quilt two is the Strip Twist by Bonnie Hunter. Quilts three and four are not important for this discussion except to say they sometimes get moved to the front of the line because I am out of pieces for the other two quilts and I do not want to cut any more. I am not to lazy to cut more, please let me believe my little white lie. Or maybe this is where my disorganization comes into play, because I have not cut more before I need more.

The double four patch is being made with assorted blues and neutrals and the strip twist is completely scrappy. I have a system that I use to make it easier to have parts for both quilts quickly. I sew 2.5″ strip sets that are long enough to cut a couple of pieces for the double four patch and at least one for the strip twist quilt. When I finish the double four patch, I will have blue and neutrals strips to go into the strip twist quilt. All you have to do is crosscut your blue and neutral strip set by 2.5″ and by around 9″. The 9″ crosscut will give room to sew to another strip set and square up. I have an example of how I do the crosscut.

web cutting example

The first cut is for the double four patch and the second cut is for the strip twist quilt. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Keep Quilting 🙂

Terry