Fabric Happenings 5/31/15

Well things went a little more smoothly yesterday than I figured they would. I ended up getting both of the quilts trimmed up and the border completed on the baby quilt. I did what looks like a feather stitch using a stitch length of 6.5. I like how quick it went, obviously, and I like the decorative stitch. I hope to have the other one finished this week also.

I also managed to get a few more pieces cut for the Island Chains quilt. I also hope to get the rest of the pieces cut for Island Chains this week. Altogether, I had a little fabric outage, without buying any fabric.

Fabric out 1.58 yards
Fabric in 0 yards
Fabric out ytd: 70.66 yards
Fabric in ytd: 27.5 yards
Total 43.16 yards out

See Patchworktimes for additional stash reports.

Thanks for visiting and happy quilting!

Terry

Saturday Happenings

I do not have many plans for today. I have two quilts that I need to trim up and get bound. I will be happy to just get them trimmed up today. I am also working on getting some more batiks cut so I can make more blocks for the Island Chains quilt. I figure that I have about half of the first set of blocks made. I am going to make all of those and then lay it out again to make sure there is a good color mix.

I also have a birthday party to go to this afternoon. Yesterday was my dad’s birthday and we are meeting in a town in-between where we live. It will be good to see everyone again.

We had some awesome clouds roll through Thursday evening before a big thunderstorm. I was watching the clouds as I was driving home hoping I could get a good picture when I got home. The clouds were behind the trees but I managed to get this peek.

Storm Clouds Rolling In

Happy quilting!

Terry

Binding Piles

After writing the post last night, I decided I needed to get into gear and get the binding pressed so I could get it sewn onto the quilt. I have two different quilts that needed the binding sewn on. They were both cut, so I just pressed both of them while I was pressing. I hope to have the binding on both by the end of the weekend.

Binding pile

Binding ready to go

The dark blue fabric is from Connecting Threads. I love the feel of the fabric and it is good quality, but it just ravels so easily. It makes me not want to work with it because of the raveling.

Happy quilting!

Terry

Still Chugging Along

I finally finished the quilting on the Double 4 Patch quilt. It seemed like every row took forever because the pantograph that I used was quite detailed.

Quilting done on Double 4 Patch

Quilting done on Double 4 Patch

Close-up of quilting on Double 4 Patch

Close-up of quilting on Double 4 Patch

I have the binding sewn together but not pressed. I thought I was about to have to break down and buy fabric because I did not have enough of the border for the binding. Lets not talk about how old the fabric is that is on the border, there was no way I was going to find more of that fabric. I went searching through my blues because I did not want a light fabric for the binding, nor did I want the backing fabric for the binding because it was lighter also. The border fabric is an unusual color of blue and I was having a hard time getting something close to that color. I found two blue pieces that I though would work but both were short on the amount needed. I measured one and it had around 15.5 inches, but I knew where I bought the fabric, and had already searched to see if it was still available. First, though, let’s search through my fabric bins (my DH helped). Finally I came up with a 2 inch strip of fabric and I believe that will do. My strips were cut 2.25 inches and I only needed a small strip according to my calculations. Time will tell 🙂

I am praying for my neighbors to the west. They surely needed rain, but I do not think they needed it all at one time. We are still getting rain, but it has slacked off tremendously.

Happy quilting!

Terry

Design Wall 5/25/15

Thank you to all who have served our country!

Thank you to all who have served our country!

I just want to take this opportunity to thank all of our service members. Their dedication is what makes our country great!

I hope you had a good weekend and are blessed enough to have today off. It is supposed to rain all day today so for the most part I will stay inside and sew.

This is what I laid out this morning on Island Chain by Kim Brackett so I could get a general idea of whether I needed to move colors around, and to see if the size of the quilt was as big as I wanted. I still have to cut out some more pieces because I decided to make mine queen sized so, undoubtedly, the colors will be rearranged again.

Layout of Island Chains

Layout of Island Chains

I was having a horrible time trying to upload my pictures to WordPress and restarting the computer fixed the problem. Note to self, when having problems uploading pictures, restart, do not think that it is just a problem with WordPress.

See all the great quilts in progress over @ Patchworktimes. I hope you are having a good day. Happy Quilting!

Terry

Fabric Happenings 5/24/15

Good morning, we had a beautiful and cool Friday. We had employee appreciation day at work and after feeding us lunch they turned us loose for a long weekend. We managed to go for a boat ride for a little while but it was very cool after a just a little bit on the water. Saturday was beautiful also but it was a bit warmer. It is supposed to rain again on today and Monday and then get very humid after the rain stops.

No cutting going on this week, but some sewing has been happening. This was my progress after Friday’s sewing. I got some sewing done on Saturday also but I did not get the pieces on the wall before taking this picture. Monday I will have a picture with of all the blocks that I have made to date.

A few more blocks made

A few more blocks made

Fabric out 6.63 yards
Fabric in 0 yards
Fabric out ytd: 69.08 yards
Fabric in ytd: 27.5 yards
Total 41.58 yards out

See Patchworktimes for additional stash reports.

Thanks for visiting and happy quilting!

Terry

Too Much Rain

You can tell you have had too much rain in a short time when you backyard visitors are water fowl. The other day, I showed this picture which I believe to be a Green Heroin.

Backyard visitor

Backyard visitor

Today I came home and this is what I have in my back yard.

Canadian Geese

Canadian Geese

We have Canadian Geese around at times but they usually do not bother to stop in our yard. I believe most of the Geese have already migrated north but a few usually stick around the area. We counted nine of them out there in our yard.

I am still plugging along on my Island Chain and will show an update on Monday, but I just realized that we are coming up on the end of the month and I do not have the quilting finished on my quilt so I can bind for the binding blitz over at JulieK’s. I think that I will have to look to see if I have one ready for binding.

Happy Quilting!

Terry

Progress Being Made

Parts for the Island Chain quilt are coming along. It is a slow project, as I am sure you know. 🙂 Until recently, I did not live close enough to work for me to go home during lunch. Living close enough to work that I can go home for lunch has really helped my production. Since I get an hour off for lunch, I try to get in a little bit of sewing on the days I am at home. Every little bit helps and sometimes I can get a surprising amount done. I generally get some done during the evening too. It helps that I am an empty nester and my husband is gone for work often too. What’s a girl to do but quilt, it keeps me out of trouble (grin). Here is a picture of what is on my wall right now. The colors are definitely more vivid in person!

Just a little progress

Just a little progress

Happy quilting!

Terry

Tomato Plants

Well I guess better late than never, we got tomato plants. We have a very small raised bed that we fixed up last year for tomatoes. For us summer is just better with tomatoes. I always get two cherry tomato plants regardless of how many plants I get in total. Cherry tomatoes are my favorite because you just pick them and eat them, no slicing. My favorite plant is the Super Sweet 100, it puts out hundreds of tomatoes per plant and they really are super sweet.

The other two plants I got were Parks Whopper and the Big Boy. The Parks Whopper is my experimental tomato plant because I have never planted it before. I got it because they are a quick maturing plant while the Big Boy said it lasted until frost.

I was just doing some reading on the Parks Whopper and they said that the plant lasted until frost also, so hopefully I will have plenty of tomatoes all summer. I might go back and get an Early Girl because the put on tomatoes very quickly.

I hope you have a great day! One of our former student workers came back to visit yesterday (all the way from Rwanda) and made my day.

Happy quilting!

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.  Franklin D. Roosevelt

This one is appropriate to quilters

Terry

What Type of Ruler?

I have several rulers that I use on a very regular basis. One of the rulers is the Shape Cut Pro by June Taylor which is a very large 2.5 inch strip cutter. It is 20 inches by 23 inches and comes in very handy if you are cutting a lot of pieces that are 2.5 inches. On the quilt that I am currently working on, I needed a bunch (this is a technical term) of 2.5 inch squares. I used this ruler to cut 8 strips at a time. After getting these strips cut, I turned the strips around and used the ruler to cut the strips into squares. I stacked 2 to three strips on top of each other and made quick work out of cutting those squares.

Shape Cut Pro Image from Joann's

Shape Cut Pro Image from Joann’s

A second ruler I use is the Shape Cut Slotted Ruler by June Taylor. This ruler also lets you make quick work of cutting multiple strips of different sizes. I used this ruler for cutting strips of a different size for my quilt. You have to be careful when using these rulers, just like with others, because they will slip easily due to the size of the ruler.

Shape Cut  Image from Joann's

Shape Cut
Image from Joann’s

I also use an Omnigrip ruler that is 8.5 inches by 24 inches. This ruler is great for cutting wide pieces that are more than 6 inches wide. I have a 6 inch ruler that I used all of the time until I got the 8.5 inch ruler. I liked it so much that I quit using the 6 inch ruler and started using the 8.5 inch ruler all of the time. I think it is much easier to see the lines on the neon colored ruler for me.

8.5 Omnigrip Ruler

8.5 Omnigrip Ruler

I am always interested in different rulers. What type of ruler do you use? How do you like it?

I hope you have a great evening! I am going to go sew!

Terry