Design Wall Monday 6/29/15

Hooray! Island Chain is all laid out the the sewing of the blocks together has commenced! i am so happy with how this is looking and so grateful that Lori @ Dakota City Quilter had done the hard work for me. I was sewing pieces together and laying them back out so I probably got some pieces turned as I was laying them back out. It is hard to keep up with the direction of the blocks without consulting the book. I will consult the book again before sewing any more pieces together.

All laid out

All laid out

I took a little bit of a break for reading a couple of books or I would have been further along with this project. It is okay because they were great books. I put two on hold at the library expecting a long wait on one of them, but I was pleasantly surprised when I went to pick up the one that I received notification on, they were both there.

See more design wall happenings over at Patchworktimes.

Happy quilting!

Terry

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

I almost completely deconstructed the Island Chain quilt. I thought to would probably be easier than trying to rearrange what I already had laid out. This was determined after working on rearranging for a while Monday evening. I began the work on laying the quilt again and started from the top and I am working my way down. I think this works better for me because I am not getting as wonky this time ūüôā I would not be where I am with this layout without the example from Lori @ Dakota City Quilter, here is her quilt.

Island Chain again

Island Chain again

This picture was taking after dark as are many of my pictures, the only difference is I have daylight bulbs in the light fixture in this room. It sure took a bunch of the yellow out of the picture.

Happy quilting!

Terry

Inching Forward

Well slowly but surely, I am making forward movement on Island Chains. It would help if I had been home either of the last two weekends, but sometimes life happens. I had a good time both weekends, so no regrets.

My Island Chains kinda of got a little wonky, I cannot draw, write, or evidently lay a straight line to save my life. So I ended up at one corner having no room for one set of blocks. I worked across the top, partially down the right side, partially down the left side, and then across the bottom. That was when I discovered that I got off on the outside row on the right (last) side. This quilt is laid out from the outside in and the middle was not fitting like it was supposed to fit.

I had the quilt laid out on the floor and it is looking pretty good, (except the middle section) but I forgot to take a picture until after it was picked up off of the floor. So my picture is of the middle and the messed up section on the right.

Center of Island Chain

Center of Island Chain

Island Chains Layout

Island Chains layout before adding additional pieces

See the beautiful quilts in process on the Patchworktimes link-up.

Happy quilting!

Terry

Fabric Happenings 6/21/15

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a good father’s day. We celebrated with my dad yesterday so my DH and I just celebrated today, #1 son is on the road today. I had the opportunity to take a short trip with my DH on Friday evening and¬†returning¬†Saturday. He had a load going to Ponca City, Oklahoma and I decided to ride along. It was a quick trip, but I like being able to go and see things along the way. I especially like being able to go places I have never been. As expected, all the creeks and rivers were rolling.

On to the report, I used a little last week making background blocks and more pieces for Island Chains. This week there were more pieces for Island Chains. I am not sure if I have enough cut out of the batiks and background yet, but I am getting close. I am revamping the design to make it bigger so it is make some blocks, lay it out, make some more blocks and lay it out again, then make some more blocks again.

Edited: I forgot to add my totals.

Fabric out week 6/14/15 .75 yards

Fabric out week 6/21/15 .625 yards
Fabric in 0 yards
Fabric out ytd: 75.78 yards
Fabric in ytd: 27.5 yards
Total 48.28 yards out

See Patchworktimes for additional stash reports.

Thanks for visiting and happy quilting!

Terry

I Have a Confession To Make

I know that the general rule of thought is that you should not use steam on a quilt, but I do. When I do not use steam, I cannot get the seams to lay down enough to feel like I will not create a fold in the fabric. I know the main problem is the irons do not get hot enough, but there is nothing I can do about that.

What are your thinking on using steam? Do you use steam when you make a quilt?

Happy quilting!

Terry

Well Not as Bad as I Thought

Sometimes a little time and space helps you get our perspective. That is what happened to me. After looking at this quilt again and writing about it on my lunch hour, I decided it might not be wrong after all. I looked at the book and thought the layout was right but, I decided I needed to lay the quilt out on the floor and look at the quilt as a whole rather than one little section. After doing this, I discovered it was laid out correctly after all. You can imagine the little happy dance that I did knowing that I would not have to backtrack!

I have to make the pieces for the inner section and then I should be good to go to get the quilt sewn together. I am looking forward to seeing this quilt come together. Here is a picture of the progress so far, if you see anything that needs to be moved color wise, please feel free to let me know. I have already moved some of the green closed to you in the picture.

Island Chains Layout

Island Chains Layout

Happy quilting!

Terry

Well, Not Quite Right

I have been working and working on trying to find a good way to lay this quilt out without having to crawl around on the floor. I have a flannel sheet hanging on my wall but there was not enough room to lay the whole quilt out. I studied and studied and I finally figured out what I was going to do. I decided to lay the sheet on my table and pin the pieces to the sheet so I could lay the quilt out to make sure that I had the design right. This was a necessary step to make sure that everything was right since I was enlarging the pattern.

I got seven corners right, but when I got to this corner there was a slight problem.

Corners do not turn like they are supposed to turn

Corners do not turn like they are supposed to turn

I will get this straightened out after work this afternoon.

Happy Quilting!

Terry