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