I have not been posting because I have not been quilting enough to even post pictures. We are in full packing and getting ready to move mode. Our house should be completed in four to six weeks and we want to get the current house on the market before much longer. That required taking down my longarm, and if that was not enough, (which I believe it was), my DH packed all of my fabric while I was at work today. He said, “I thought I was helping.” Earlier in the week, he “helped” by packing most of my sewing room.
We are now in the process of moving furniture around in the house and boxes out of the house to make to more attractive to buyers.
Here is the last thing that was quilted before the longarm was taken down.
Quilted Island Chain
Happy Quilting! Please sew some for me, I am going through withdrawal!
Yesterday I finished the borders on Island Chain. I was able to find a backing for the quilt in my fabric so ended up not having to buy any. Yay! I am at a point that I do not want to buy any more, I want to use some (make that a bunch) of what I have already on hand. I have no problem with having a stash but I have plenty. I would not go to the store to buy fabric every time I wanted to make a quilt. I used to do that but I ran into problems with the fabric color. It seemed what I wanted was not in style and I could not find it not matter how I searched. Where I live now, there is only Hancock’s, and their selection leaves a lot to be desired.
Fall is arriving
Here is my fabric report. I used some for the borders on Island Chain and the backing for Island Chain. I would be really thrilled to have 100 yards total outage before the end of the year.
Fabric out 5.889 yards
Fabric in 0 yards
Fabric out ytd: 97.948 yards
Fabric in ytd: 27.5 yards
Total 70.448 yards out
See Patchworktimes for additional stash reports.
For better or worse, Island Chains is a flimsy. It is not quite ready to load on the quilting machine because I have to clean up the back of this quilt or I will have threads showing through in the light areas. These fabrics raveled more than most fabrics that I use and there is such a big difference between the light and dark, that I do not want to take the chance of having threads showing through.
Island Chain Finally a Flimsy!
If I had extra background fabric left over I would have done a couple of things differently. I would have made the amount of background even on both sides of the strip of color in the border. Since the design was decided on after the first border was already sewn on, that did not happen. I am happy to have this one to the flimsy stage and I am ready to get it finished. However, I do not know what I am going to use for backing. I do not have enough of one fabric to make the backing and I am waffling between piecing a backing with pieces left over from the quilt or going to buy some fabric. I guess I will go look at Hancock’s (the only fabric store in our area) and see if there is anything that suits my fancy. (update, Hancock’s did not have anything that suited my fancy, but happily, I found something in the closet that will work.
That is how I am spending my Saturday. I hope you are having some fun with your too. Later, I am going to look at a quilting machine with Missy. I will let you know how it goes.
Well not a lot of stitching has been going on at my house. I did get some design decisions made and one border made. What I thought I was going to do for borders on Island Chains was thrown out after laying the quilt out and having the quilt thoroughly reject the borders (I hate it when they do that!). In that process this version was decided upon by the quilt. I think it is going to be much happier with this border (it better be because I am not changing again!).
Island Chain Border
That is it for my design
wall floor. I hope to get more quilts through the quilting machine before we move, but we are getting closer to the move and I have started the packing process so I am not sure how much more I will get done. You can see many great design walls over at Patchworktimes.
Well I am in a state of confusion. I thought I had cut some fabric this week, but when I look at my spreadsheet, it says that I counted the cream borders for Island chain last week. So I am going to have to say that I have no outage this week. I will have some next week though.
Saturday Missy and I got together and found a spot to lay out Island Chain. I had made some borders based on what we had decided would look good. I wanted to see the quilt laid out before I sewed the border together and, more importantly, sewed onto the quilt. I have always heard about a border seeming heavy or drawing the eye to the border and away from the quilt. That is what this border did. It was a nice layout, but completely distracting from the quilt. We played around some more and ended up with this.
Island Chain Border
This is an example of a 1″ color border and a 4-5″ cream border. That is what I am going with unless I change my mind again. I do know that this border does not draw the eye from the quilt and that is a plus. What do you think about this border?
See how are others are doing at using their stash over at Patchworktimes.
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