Things I Have Learned In Quilting

Let me just start with Red is not your friend in quilting projects. I used a red sharpie to outline the lines on my Accuquilt die and after a long period of time, the color still seems to come off on certain fabric. I have since gone to silver which I have not noticed on any fabric, but just be aware that it might if you use it.

 

Also, I used a red marker on a white board and it did not want to come off completely. Rubbing alcohol took the remains off of the board and it is usable again. This is only part of what came off, it took three scrubbings to get it all off. 

Second pass at cleaning

Second pass at cleaning

Ah, but it is clean now. I am still working on getting the stitching removed from the quilt, but I had to take a break and try to get my quilt room in a semblance of order after tearing it apart on Friday. Hopefully the changes will be good.

Happy Quilting!

Terry

Sister’s Choice Progress

There has been some progress made on the Sister’s Choice blocks. I have decided to set it on point and I think I am going to use a light color for the setting triangles. I was auditioning fabric before my quilt room got torn up and I think this is what I decided (well kind of decided).

Auditioning fabrics group 1

Auditioning fabrics group 1

I am going to use one of the lights in this group or the next and the tan floral as a border.

Fabric group 2

Fabric group 2

I’m sorry, I just realized this is a very bad picture of the light tan, but I think I am going lighter than that fabric for the setting triangles. I am happy for opinions if you can see the colors well enough.

I am linking up with Jo over at Jo’s Country Junction for a finish a Bonnie quilt Wednesday. Click here to go check out the great blog and other quilters doing the same finishing.

Happy Quilting!

Terry

Fabric Happenings 7/24/16

For the fourth day in a row, it clouded up and thundered and lightened, but yesterday it finally rained. With the heat index being at 110+ all week, today’s 105 heat index doesn’t look so bad.

I managed to make some progress on a top that I am trying to finish, this past week. I have been joining Kate doing 15 minutes of sewing a day in the quilt room and used part of that time the last few weeks to get that top from nine patches to Sister’s Choice blocks to sashed blocks. I would like to say that I would have a finished top to show tomorrow, but alas, I doubt that is going to happen. My quilt room got turned upside down Friday and I am still in the process of putting it back together.

This week, I have been quilting on my mother’s EHC quilt and I made a grievous error in measuring. I cut the backing too short. Where I thought I was allowing 10″ more then the quilt top, I must have measured 10″ shorter than the quilt top. Note to self, do not try measuring for backing while taking medicine that makes you “stupid”. This is twice I have done that in recent history, maybe I need someone to come along behind me and measure. I guess I will be picking out all of my quilting on that quilt, cut a new backing and quilt it again.

I had outage for the sashing strips on the Sister’s Choice top. I count my outage as I use it because I have trouble keeping up with my useage as I use the fabric, and I think I get a more accurate usage account as I use the fabric. I do not count my precut scraps again as they are used, only yardage.

Fabric out  1.11 yards
Fabric in 0.00 yards
Fabric out ytd: 33.526 yards
Fabric in ytd: 43.21 yards
Total -9.684 yards out

Days with 15 minutes of sewing time this week: 7 out of 7 days. When doing this I have much better usage of stash and much more outage.

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

Happy Quilting!

Terry

Stash Report 7-16-16

I had some good things happen this week, finishing up a couple of quilts, getting another one quilted and getting one loaded (see yesterday’s post). Then I had something not so good happen for my stash numbers, I went shopping with a friend. Of the fabric I bought, I got a few three yard cuts thinking I could get two lap sized quilts out of those. I got some end of bolt stuff and will probably only to be able to get one out of that fabric. About all that Hancock’s had left was mascot fabric so that is what I purchased.

Mascot Fabric

Mascot Fabric

Mascot Fabric

Mascot Fabric

The fabric was $2.40 a yard unless you got the end of bolt and then it was $1.20, so even though I hurt my stash numbers, I did not hurt my wallet too bad.

On to the report, I loaded a quilt on the frame so that was a good amount out for the backing, but not enough to offset my purchase.

Fabric out  2.56 yards
Fabric in 20.46 yards
Fabric out ytd: 32.416 yards
Fabric in ytd: 43.21 yards
Total -10.794 yards out

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

Happy Quilting!

Terry

Finished, On the Frame and Off the Frame

Well it has been a decent week, I finished quilting one quilt, got another quilt loaded ready to quilt, and got two completely finished. First up are two baby quilts were finished last weekend. This quilt was made one of the ladies from Quilts of Love. She likes this quick and easy pattern by Mary Johnson.

Butterfly Strippie

Butterfly Strippie

Next up is a Jelly Roll Race quilt made by a different member of Quilts of Love. Both of these quilts got a nice stripped binding that amazingly matched the fabric. I bought the butterfly fabric above and the strip fabric that was used for a binding at separate times without knowing they matched. The fabric below was not provided by me and I had fabric in my stash that went with the butterfly fabric for a binding.

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Racing Butterflies

This Strippie Quilt was made by a granddaughter visiting her grandmother who came to Quilts of Love. It was the first quilt she ever made and she had a blast. When she made a mistake and had to rip out some seams, she got discouraged so we made a game out of it. I said she would have to be like a frog and rip-it, rip-it. That made her laugh and kept her from getting to discouraged. It was quilted freehand with hearts, loops and flowers, the second picture is of the back showing some of the quilting. I am giving this to her and I will turn it over to her grandmother for binding.

Cats

Cats

Cats back

Cats back

Last up for today is the quilt I just loaded on the machine. I am quilting it for my mothers EHC group. They raffle it off to raise money for a scholarship for a high school student in their county. I will be able to count the backing out so that is a plus because I went on a shopping spree, damage report tomorrow.

Nine Patch

Nine Patch

That is it for me today, I hope you have a quilty weekend!

Terry

This Makes it All Worthwhile Design Wall

Yesterday I had the privilege of taking part in gifting quilts to the girls from our church. Their expression made all of the time and work worthwhile. They took the quilts and hugged them to their bodies and said how pretty they were.

Quilts Of Love

Quilts Of Love

When their guardian took them to carry them outside, the youngest one said mine and was told that the quilt was taken to keep it from getting dirty. She was also told that she would get the quilt back when they got in the car.

This is what is on my design floor this week. I think I have the layout I want figured out, I just need to find the material to compliment the quilt. I love having a stash because most of the time I can find fabric to finish a quilt without having to go shopping. On a different note, I hate it that Hancock’s is going out of business, now I will just have Hobby Lobby if I need fabric. There are no quilt shops in our town.

Sister's Choice

Sister’s Choice

I forgot to do my stash report yesterday so here it is. I did buy a jelly roll while on vacation.

Fabric out  .681 yards
Fabric in 2.75 yards
Fabric out ytd: 29.856 yards
Fabric in ytd: 22.75 yards
Total 7.106 yards out

I did go back a little, but I will have some backings going out for some quilts to be completed in the very near future. See what everyone else has going on @ Patchworktimes

Happy Quilting!

Terry

Completed

I just finished putting the binding on this quilt yesterday evening. I must say that I sure enjoy hand stitching the binding rather than machine stitching, but on the quilts for Quilts of Love, I am going to continue practicing my machine stitching skills so that the quilts will have more durability.

Butterfly Quilt Bound

Butterfly Quilt Bound

We have been on vacation up in the Dakota’s and the weather there was splendid. Lows in the mid 50’s and highs in the mid to upper 70’s, I could put up with that for a long time. There were posts that I had scheduled to post did not for some reason. I had a time and a date set, so I do not know what went wrong. I will experiment with that again and see if I can figure it out. I have successfully scheduled before and it posted without a hitch.

It must be time to quit because I cannot figure out how to rotate the above picture (which I have done many times) and I did this while making another binding.

Woops

Woops

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Better

I hope you have a lovely weekend and have plenty of time to quilt!

Terry