Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Kolor Katchers is complete.  This BOM Win from Sunshine Quilt Guild January 2017 (and a little extra blocks) came out terrific.  This was a win that Kerry accepted and I finished.  It is my #7 2020 UFO.
I can't tell you how happy I am to have ordered this 10 1/2 inch Trim-it Ruler for Lori Holt designs.  It has already paid for itself with my very first block of her Autumn Love project.
My crow's legs were a wee bit to small, but now corrected.  I would have been so unhappy if when the background was trimmed down to the final size and the legs didn't fit correctly.  They are a bit longer than they need to be, but they won't be too short!
Block 2 is glued in place using that very important 10 1/2 inch Trim-it Ruler.  It looks like the wheel on the left needs to be moved up just a bit.  Amazing what can be noticed from a photo =^.^=
Adding to my "want to make" list is from my subscription magazine McCall's Quilting September/October 2020 called Spooky Friends.  It is foundation piecing and should be quick to make table runner.
Another add to my sewing queue will be a quilt of these fabric colors for my hairdresser's soon to be first baby.  Baby girl is expected in November.  I am excited to make a quilt for this baby.

Hope you are getting over the hump today...the rest of the week is soon upon us!  Take care friends.

Design Wall Monday, July 27, 2020

Here is where this week's sewing has me with Nines in Blue.  I have all four block types sewn, pressed, and the all important squaring up.  Squaring up is important when you get to this size block.  Well really it is important all the time to make the work best, but with larger blocks there is more leeway for "adjustment". 
Block 1
Block 1
Block 2
Block 3
Block 4
I have not started putting all the pieces together.  Next post...maybe a finish...anyone reading want to wager?  LOL
Let me close with another pattern find that has to be made.  Jovial is a FREE Moda pattern.  I am pretty certain that I have seen it before and liked it then.  This time it will not get lost.  I have printed out a pattern and will start collecting Christmas scrap...that should not take long =^.^=

Have a great week everyone.

Sunday Stash Report, July 26, 2020

Autumn Love Block 2 pieces are all ready for the next step in the process.  I held off putting the pieces stable for applique until the Trim-It 10 1/2 inch ruler arrived.

And it did on Saturday =^.^=  I was a bit concerned that it wasn't protected more in the shipping bubble bag, but nothing was wrong with any of the corners.  It was a snug fit in the bubble bag...

While waiting for it I worked on making and attaching the binding on Kolor Katchers.  Check out the quilting.  Don't you love the teal thread and the design?  I like this quilt more and more and then some.
I also got a good start on Nines in Blue.  These are the four #4 finished blocks.  Yep they are tiny.  The size of the blocks are all 2 inch at this point.  Sixty #1, twenty #2, and twenty two #3 blocks all cut and sewn just this morning.  They require pressing and trimming up so you will see them tomorrow if you return.  Nines in Blue will likely be on my design wall for that post!  Any suggestions on a name for this project?

Nothing moves the numbers, but Nines in Blue is getting close for a change next week.

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  82.75 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  14 yards
Net used in 2020: 68.75 yards

Design Wall Monday, July 20, 2020

Autumn Love looks the same as the last time you saw it.  Now though the pins are removed and the pieces have been glued in place.  Stitching started last night and only the stem, crow body and wing, along with the sunflower bloom are left to finish. 
Next up is the block with the wagon.  Cutting pieces first and hoping that the 10 1/2 inch Trim-it Ruler is here before I need it.  I also ordered Sue's Glue as Lori suggests, but Roxanne's that I already have is probably just as good.  We shall see...
An lastly, the start of another project #4 2019 UFO Nines in Blue.  Tiny, tiny =^.^=

A bit of an update on Greyson's Open Heart Surgery that was today.  My great nephew got through it with flying colors.  He's on his way to a full recovery from this first surgery.  Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers.  Enjoy your week ahead.  I'm going to be looking in the Northwest sky again tonight for the comet

Sunday Stash Report, July 19, 2020

Krispin is complete!  Yippee another UFO from 2019 finished.  This project had me using a new stitch on my Pfaff that otherwise would have continued to be just one more stitch the machine offered unused =^.^=  Krispin will be headed to Kerry's Quilting this week along with the January 2017 BOM Win from UFO 2020 list (project #7) that became two charity quilts.

Mom sent fabrics from her stash for the backs.  The nautical one is my favorite. 
Two other fabrics large enough for backs came from Mom as well.  I think the patriotic batik was mine to begin with LOL.

The mail also brought the last of the tools ordered for Lori Holt projects that are in my queue.  There are three projects now of Lori Holt's so they will get use.  The long awaited 1 inch and 3/8 inch bias tape makers and the turning tool she says is her favorite.
For my friend Bonnie, I completed a project she was stalled on.  It is a panel of flowers and humming birds that she was outline quilting.  It is ready for binding now, but Bonnie will see this part through.

So turn the numbers to account for the finish of Krispin...a whopping 1.25 yards!  Another 2019 UFO will begin this week; #4 Nines in Blue by Pam Buda.

Used this week:  1.25 yards
Used YTD:  82.75 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  14 yards
Net used in 2020: 68.75 yards
My Great Nephew Greyson goes in tomorrow morning at 7am eastern for Open Heart Surgery to repair two parts there that are not as they should be.  It is very scary, but a procedure that isn't too uncommon for the surgeons.  It will be a long day for our families.  Keep this strong little guy in your thoughts and prayers.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

A Hump Day Post!  Krispin with all leaves ready for stitching.  Will be using the perle cotton thread.
Autumn Love with crow legs and flower stem.  I'm ready to touch glue these pieces down then applique stitch around the shapes.  There is a vine to add with floss between the leave and stem of the pumpkin, but that comes after the applique work.
This is the cut pieces for the next project 2019 UFO #7 Starry, Starry Nines by Pam Buda.  The largest cut is 2.25 inches square and the smallest is 1 inch square.  I may need tweezers!
A kit was being offered for this project at a good sale price.  I don't usually get kits, but thought if the deal was good enough...  As it turns out I already have the pattern!  I have been going to the wagon/truck Christmas decor so this one will fit right in.  It could end up a smaller version than this one.  Maybe, just maybe it will be made after all my UFOs are done from 2019 and 2020 =^.^=

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Design Wall Monday, July 13, 2020

Today it is all about Krispin.  This is where it stands this morning, but I am very excited to get back to it as soon as my work day is complete =^.^=

The technique to use for the couching (the stitching for the vines) had to be figured out first.  Will it be by hand or by machine?
My Pfaff is a wonderful machine!  I found stitch 6.2.1 to be perfect for my needs.  You probably can't detect unless you look very closely, but the stitch connects at the center and locks in place before moving to complete the next stitch.  So you can clip away the connector stitch without losing anything.  I'm still debating whether it is necessary.  Let me know what you think, please.
The vine is just 1/8" wide!  The next part is to get the leaves in place.  Here I'm not certain what thread to use.  The thread from the sewing machine or perle cotton that was planned.  These leaves are about the size of a watermelon seed.  Again I'd value your experienced position on what thread might be best to use for the leaves.
At this point only the vine that is eight separate pieces is sewn down.  I used fusible web to secure the wool on the background before stitching.  In an earlier photo of my practicing you can see the backside of the fusible web on the wool that is being used for the vines and leaves.  This fusible web can be put through an ink jet printer to get the pattern printed directly onto it.  I traced with pencil this time which is also an option.  The product is called Barely There by Swirly Girls.  I became aware of it from a class by them I took at Road to California a couple of years ago.  I've used it a lot since then.  It is very light weight, much like Steam-a-Seam 2, but lighter.  Lot's of places offer it; just search for the product to find other distributors.
I'll be tracing out seven more leaves and then putting them in place with the fusible web.  Deciphering what thread to use for stitching down the leaves and away I'll stitch.  Everyone be safe and enjoy the middle of July this week =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, July 12, 2020

Because I needed some quick gratification not to mention the need to complete UFOs...  I pulled out #7 2020 UFO to finish.  This was a Sunshine BOM Win where Kerry got lucky a few years back.  It was offered by Terrie as the January 2017 BOM.  There were lots of members who participated, 37 to be exact.  I split up a few of the blocks to make the borders on each of these.  Nearly every participant chose to make the block with the white out.  So for the blue version one of the blocks was reassembled.  Terrie supplied the blue and we were to provide a light neutral in either white, cream, or beige.  My Mom has backs to send me for both of these that will end up as charity projects.  Kerry will quilt them and I'll finish them up with binding.  #7 2020 UFO COMPLETE!
Do you notice the different layouts?  They aren't very obvious I will admit.  This is the white version.  Each of them will finish around 43" x 55".
This is the cut pieces of the next UFO from 2019 this time.  It is #4 a pattern by Pam Buda called Nines in Blue.  This one finishes at 18" x 20".  I haven't been to a quilt shop for fabric in it seems forever =^.^=  My stash is getting me through this time to stay at home.  
These threads arrived on Friday from Primitive Gatherings.  One of the greens will work and the burgandy for Krispin (formerly known by the pattern name Back In Time).  Crispin Glover played George McFly in the movie Back to the Future.  

Nothing spins the numbers although there has been two finishes in #7 2020 UFO.  I have lots to show tomorrow on Krispin's progress.  Head back tomorrow if you have the time.  Until then do take care of yourself!

Used this week:  0 yards
Used YTD:  81.5 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  14 yards
Net used in 2020: 67.5 yards

Design Wall Monday, July 6, 2020

Back in Time is tiny!  This was my progress until the threads arrived for Wooly Nutcracker.  The are the unfinished unts laid out just before sewing into rows.
When my sewing day ended yesterday this much had been sewn into rows.  The corners will go on last.
This is what remains for me tonight.  The piece of wool on the right will be used with the couching stitch that make up the vines on the outside border.  I'll be heading to Primitive Gatherings online for more thread ordering.  I don't have a deep red or green that will work...  It will be nice to have this 2019 UFO done, but first I'll need Primitive Gatherings to bring thread!

Does anyone know if there was a character or place in the movie Back to the Future that would help me with a name for this project?  Everyone take care =^.^=

Sunday Stash Report, July 5, 2020

The longer weekend for me saw a finish with my Wooly Nutcracker project.  Enjoyed some fancy stitching while hanging out on our backyard patio along with the lovely breezes.  My friend Candi came up with a nice name for the project, but alas Kristoff is a frog =^.^=  Nice to have a 2020 UFO finish even if it only accounts for 1.25 yards...front, back, and binding!  Now to look for a name...
The threads arrived that the project had been waiting on before the holiday postal day off.  I did pretty good making the selections with Primitive Gatherings through their website.  The natural probably should have been a shade darker, but it worked just fine.  Frankly unless it was way off it would have been used regardless.
Friday time was made for my seventh block (Block 12) of Fit to Frame.  At first I thought the design was only two fabrics, but upon closer inspection at the pattern there were actually six fabrics.  I found three new suitable themed fabrics to add in to what has already been used.  The time is upon me to really consider continuity among the fabrics.  It didn't start off being anything different so it needs to continue that way or the odd blocks will really stand out.

I did find time to get ready for my next project a 2019 UFO and a repositioning of Autumn Love's first block.  Come back tomorrow for a peek into Back In Time because that is what's next on my sewing table.  Until then do take care of yourself!

Used this week:  1.25 yards
Used YTD:  81.5yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased YTD:  14 yards
Net used in 2020: 67.5 yards