Fabric Happenings 5-30-16

A big Thank You going out to all of our military families and those who paid the ultimate price. You are what makes this country great.

After running some errands, I got off to a slow start in the quilt room. I did some more rearranging and going through tubs. I found the rulers that that I knew were lurking in one of the tubs, so next time I draw a number for me to work on, I can put my twister quilts on that list. If you would like to join me, see this post.

I managed to add some more nine patches, here is a picture of where I was at when I started.

Nine patches look pretty good with a sashing

Nine patches look pretty good with a sashing

I am trying to decide how to lay out the nine patches, I will have to play around in EQ and see what I can come up with for a design.

Linking up with Patchworktimes for design wall Monday.

Happy Quilting!

Terry

 

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Stash Report 5-29-16

Good morning! Just a quick update this morning because I am going to sew for a few minutes before church. I have been in my quilt room working on cutting my scraps into usable sizes again this week. That has happened more than sewing, but some weeks are like that. I did figure out why it always seems like I am behind in the scrap  department (although I knew this before, it really soaked in this time). Every time I quilt a quilt, I have to square it up, in this process, I am cutting more scraps that have to be dealt with. Not just a small amount of scraps, but an impressive amount on every quilt, I cannot just throw that fabric away. Now on a baby (small) quilt the amount is not that bad, but when you get to the size that is use to be my normal size, that amount grows a whole lot. It is like those rabbits have been at work while I am standing there working. Oh, well, such is the life of the quilter 🙂

On to the report, I loaded another quilt on the frame so that was a good amount out.

Fabric out  2.39 yards
Fabric in 0 yards
Fabric out ytd: 24.05 yards
Fabric in ytd: 20.0 yards
Total 4.05 yards out

Still in the black but I was sorely tempted this week with all of the sales going on this week. I have not caved so far, but I still might.

I have started doing what Kate does, trying to get in at least 15 minutes of stitching every day. I achieved that goal the last two week. It really is not that hard if you put your mind to it, sometimes you have to get creative and do this first, which is what I had to do Friday and will probably have to do a bunch in the month of June.

Days with 15 minutes sewing time in the last two weeks 7

See all of the other stuff going on over at Patchworktimes.

Happy Quilting!

Terry

I Have a Plan

Because of how I make quilts using leftover scraps, I have been sewing on many quilts at one time depending on the size and number of scraps on hand. At this point, I have several that in process. The quilts I have in process are as follows:

  1. Small Twister – squares cut out
  2. Large Twister – not sure where I am with this project, I cannot find my rulers so the twister quilts will have to wait.
  3. Tumbler – cut out and sewing has started
  4. Green Double Four Patch – Had blocks left over from a previous one, so this one is far along
  5. Blue Double Four Patch – Had blocks left over from a previous one, so this one is far along, but not as far as the green one
  6. Sunny Lanes – I have some squares but I am not very far along with this one
  7. Modified Blue Heaven – I have some blocks left over from Camp Gravett that I am going to use here
  8. Film at Five – I have squares but I don’t know if I have enough for this without cutting more
  9. Strip Twist – I have enough strips left over from the previous to make another
  10. Nine Patch – I have a few nine patches made
  11. Cathedral Stars – I have a few blocks made and squares for the four patches
  12. Batik Wave – I had enough left over from the first one to make another
  13. Gratitude – I have this cut out and have started sewing the 2″ squares

I am going to put eleven of these quilts in the random generator and choose two of these. One to be the primary and one to be the leader and ender quilt. So here we go!

Project1

Project One

Leader Ender Project

Leader Ender Project

I left off the first two because I do not know where my ruler is at this time.

If you would like to play along, grab your projects and put them in a random order and then get to work on #10. I am going to draw another one at the beginning of next month July (I just realized this month is over) so I hope to have this finished by then and have #3 well on the way. I will try to figure out my linky so you can post your projects starting next Saturday.

Happy Quilting!

Terry

Fabric Happenings

Before my mother got here Saturday I was able to get some quilting done, after she left on Sunday I was able to knock out the quilting on both of these quilts.

After I finished quilting on these quilts, I went in search of another quilt to load on the machine. I figured since I had 15 (I have since found two more) flimsys that needed quilting, it would be a simple thing to find a quilt to load on the machine. Well one thing lead to another and I was off chasing squirrels. I started out looking for flimsys and ended up finding one that was made by a 10 year old at a Quilts of Love  meeting where the tension was bad. Before I knew what I was doing, I started taking out the stitching so it could be repaired. There were two or three times during the day when someone yelled squirrel and I was off chasing a different task. Needless to say, if it had not been for finishing the quilting on those two quilts, nothing would have been accomplished over the weekend. Oh well, some days are like that 🙂

See other fabric happenings at these web sites

Patchworktimes
Monday Making
Main Crush Monday

Happy Quilting!

Terry

Stash Report

I am a little late with my Stash Report, I had company over the weekend. My mom came for a visit and we did some shopping.

I had a little outage last week when I found some pieces of neutral fabric with all of them being smaller than a fat quarter. I cut those up into 2.5″ strips to be used with the many quilts I am in the process of making. Some progress is being made on all fronts though.

Fabric out  1.79 yards
Fabric in 0 yards
Fabric out ytd: 21.66 yards
Fabric in ytd: 20.0 yards
Total 1.66 yards out

Happy days, I am in the black again! See all of the other stash reports over at Patchworktimes.

Happy Quilting!

Terry

Two Finishes

The gluing process on quilt 3 seemed to take longer. I do not know if it was because I was more tired than I was over the weekend or if it actually took longer. Overall I am happy at the speed in which I can finish a quilt. I still need to practice more on stitching in the ditch. I made the binding on all of the quilts 2″ and I think the next time I will start with a 2.25″ binding and see if that makes it easier to stay on the binding on the back of the quilt. On quilt #4, I did not use pins and was able to get it glued quicker without as much trouble as before. I think part of the slowness of my progress is my iron is not as hot as it should be, so it was taking longer for the glue to set. I have a different iron and I will try that one next time.

Alphabet Babies Quilts

Alphabet Babies Quilts

I have started quilting on two more quilts so I will have plenty more quilts to practice binding. I counted the quilts that I had ready to quilt and the number was somewhere around 15. I see a whole bunch of binding in my future. I think this needs to be the year of getting those quilts finished.

Anybody have any experience with the durability of hand stitched binding vs machine stitched?

I am linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Happy Quilting!

Terry

Glue Basting

Over the weekend, I used the glue basting technique to finish a baby quilt. I used the directions from Craftsy. My experience was that my gluing left a lot to be desired 🙂 I had glue all over my fingers from the glue squishing out. I would guess that I used too much. I had a difficult time holding the binding in place after applying the glue while I pressed the binding. I choose to sew beside the binding on the front of the quilt and I missed the binding in a couple of places and had to go back and stitch it again. This was the same issue that I had when I was pinning and sewing the binding down by machine.

Monday evening I glued another binding down, but I tried a different method of holding the binding in place. I came up with it quite accidentally when I was trying to get my corners mitered. I used long flowerhead pins about every 1.5 to 2 inches and glued in between. I found that I could pin, then press, then remove the pin. It was time consuming using pins to hold the binding in place but I do not know if it took longer than not using the pins. I sewed on the binding this time and I like the result better, but I like the look of sewing the binding down beside the binding on the top. I know that I will get better with practice so I will just keep doing it because I think the quilt will last longer with a machine sewn binding on baby quilts. Here is the result from the second attempt. I am currently working on quilt #3.

Twinkle Stars

Twinkle Stars

Have you ever used the glue basting method? Do you sew your binding by machine or by hand or both?

Happy Quilting!

Terry