Monday, March 23, 2015

Update on the CW Mini Quilt Finishes

It took a while to get pictures of the finished mini quilts.  Here they are all together:

And here is each separately:

 "Reproduction-print Table Topper" from the American Patchwork & Quilting website (approximately 26" square).  This one was quilted with the Baptist Fans stitch pattern using a walking foot because the free-motion stitching plan I originally had was not working out.  Below is just a portion of the back showing that I used the monogramming function on my machine again to do the label information (as was also recently done for this quilt). 

Next up was the quilt Inspired by Judy Rothermel's "Hummingbird" design in Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting. March/April 2004 .


You can see the quilt stitching (also all done with a walking foot) better from the back. 

I did not piece the blocks using the patterned method but did them using the piecing techniques by Sue Bouchard of Quilt In a Day and the Lazy Angle Ruler (and is approximately 22" square).  I hadn't yet written the label information on the back of the quilt when this picture was taken, it will be added before it is hung for display.

Last but not least is the "One Patch Doll Quilt" from  Kathleen Tracy's  book "The Civil War Sewing Circle" (approximately 25" square).  I admittedly copied this one pretty much "word for word" since I already had a lot of scraps in the same or similar colors to those in the book.  It was quilted with a simple hanging grid pattern (again with a walking foot).  This one also has a fairly light backing so label information was written directly onto the back.

Now that these are done,  I can start mounting  my display in the upstairs staircase with these and the Merrimac Dresdens quilt.  There are CW reproduction quilts already mounted at the top of the entrance stairs.  I still have to quilt the tops for the Kaye England sampler lap quilts and the Civil War Chronicles BOM quilt.  I do have an issue there:  my machine really needs to be brought in for service making it hard to do free motion and why all of these were done with a walking foot.  In the past that has meant being without a machine for a few weeks so we'll see if I can get anything done on the rest before I'm forced to do that. 

Once all the quilting is done, I will be diving into what's left in the stash box because I want to make a cot quilt.  After that we'll see how much of these fabrics (and/or scraps) I still have left and if I can come up with other ideas to use them or whether the remainder of the stash will be mingled with the general stash piles.  However, at this moment I am in the process of finishing up the last block for my Heart & Home Wool BOM and will be trying to bring that project to the flimsie stage before the month ends. 

I hope you enjoyed your National Quilting Day this past weekend and have a bunch of projects (not necessarily quilt related) lined up to continue celebrating March as National Craft Month!  Check here for information about the Craft & Hobby Association's "Crafty Selfie Contest".  Above all, have fun doing what you love!!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Steadily Working.....

I thought I'd have a bunch of finishes to show by the end of last week but as usual it has taken a little longer than planned to complete everything.  The good news is that I am finishing up the last of the quilting on the Civil War mini quilts (you can see the tops here). 

This one should be finished by the end of today and then I will do a big post about them all.  I'm glad to be finally getting the quilting part done but it has also set me back a bit as I had hoped to finish them a lot quicker so I could also quilt the lap quilts (seen here). 

Hopefully, I will get those layered up later this week but first I'll knock out the next block of the wool Heart & Home BOM.  I also want to finish that whole quilt by the end of this month (you can see the last two blocks completed here) and feel I need to knock out those blocks little by little in order to accomplish that.

The biggest casualty in all of this has been my Quilt-As-You-Go project for Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching link up.

I haven't been able to get to it in the last two weeks but admit that mentally, I NEED to get the CW quilts finished for quilty peace of mind!   Looking forward to a productive week!!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

FYI: When 'Ya Gotta Rip, Make it Zip!

Just saw this posted on Nancy's Tattered Garden Quilting blog.  I have to agree with her, it's definitely a Du'oh moment watching this!

Simple technique tips that make work short are always welcome!  Also always good to see another left-handed crafter.  Go lefties!!

Friday, March 6, 2015

March BOMs

So far this year, I haven't been getting to the BOM blocks until the end of the month so I decided to get an early start on them this time.  This way I can focus on the rest of the "Get It Done" list (especially the overdue stuff) for the rest of the month.

I was able to get to the store earlier this week for more Daiwabo fabric so finished the borders on last month's "Heart & Home" block:



 I only have three more blocks left for this BOM.  The plan for now is to try to finish them all and the whole quilt this month but we'll see how that goes.  I decided to start with the easiest of the remaining blocks so that at the very least a block for this month is also done.

Block #12 on the design wall.

The next stocking for the "Warm Hands & Feet" BOM is also done for the month:
This was another easy one and I was able to get the embroidery details done by machine again which helped speed things up.  I do have another wool project I had hoped to start but I'm going to try to get the quilting done on my Civil War quilts first so I can finally take them off the "To Do" list.  Hopefully there will time left towards the end of the month for the other wool project.   

Project Recap: Vintage Cherries for Valentines

I reported this in my February/March Get It Done Recap but now need to give the full update on my finished Valentine's Day quilt so I can link it to the finish list on the sidebar.  Here's the finished quilt, front...
"Vintage Cherries" from the Martingale book "'Tis the Season" by Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks

...and back.  I pieced "canning jar" blocks along the sides to fill out the backing.  I bought the precut novelty rectangles of candy and sweets on Ebay.  For a closeup of the blocks see this post.

For the label, I tried something new:  about this time last year, I saw a post on Judy's blog Quilt Paradigm where she had stitched her label onto the binding.  When I emailed her about it, she said she originally got the idea from Sharon Pederson's book "Reversible Quilts" and then sometime later I also saw it referenced in a reader letter in the May/June 2008 (back) issue of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting.  It's a simple technique if your machine has a monogramming function.  Only thing is I should have used a higher contrast thread so it may be a little hard to see here. 

So now along with this....

....this one is on the shelf until it can be unfurled next year to display for the Valentine's Day holiday!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Getting It Done in 2015: February Recap/March List

Another month begins and so it's time to look back at the month that passed.  Here's what I had hoped to work on for February:
1.  UFOs:  Quilting on the Civil War lap and mini quilts, this time hopefully with finishes. 
These are the minis.
2.  Wool/BOMs: Continued work on the next blocks for the two wool BOMS, finish the Valentine's Table Topper: DONE

Although this one needs some additional fabric and finishing.
......and start on a new one:  another topper that will be a kitchen wall hanging NOT DONE

3.  Hand Work:  I'll continue or finish the "Slow Sunday Stitching" Redwork. DONE
 ..... AND if I finish it, I will restart an old Quilt-As-You-Go project. NOT DONE
4.  Holiday Quilts:  I'll finish the blocks, top and quilting on "Vintage Cherries".

5.  Gift Quilts: I need, need, need to start work on the baby quilt (its now long overdue!!!

So what's on board for March?

1. UFOs:  Quilting on the Civil War lap and mini quilts.  Hopefully the third time on the list will be the charm!
2.  Wool/BOMs: Continue work on the next blocks for the wool Ornament and Heart & Home BOMS.  The plan is to finish the last three Heart & Home blocks and complete the quilt this month as well. 
3.  Hand Work:  I'll continue "Slow Sunday Stitching" restarting work on my old Quilt-As-You-Go project.  I'd also like to mount the finished Lincoln/Obama Redwork from last month onto the quilt it was made to be added to.
4. Gift Quilts: Once again, I need, need, need to start work on the baby quilt (its now long overdue!!!)
5.  New Project/Challenge:  I'm going to cut out two new solids projects because I want to use the leftover stash from them for the FMQ Mystery at Lori's Inbox Jaunt and another solids project down the road.

Onward Quilting Soldier!!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

February BOM and Wool Doings

As February draws to a close, it's time for the BOM update and this year, for me that also means talking about working with Wool!

For my wool ornaments project:  the next stocking (#2) is now done:

The stitched details on these are supposed to be done by hand but I've been trying to see just how much I can get done by machine since I already had one hand work embroidery project going (well,  finished now).  For this stocking, I was able to get everything stitched by machine (using Perle cotton) except the little leaves and berries detail under the cuff which was done by hand.  My Janome can do a makeshift French Knot which allowed me to do the snowflake motif in the center of the mittens.  It doesn't have the raised texture of a hand done knot but in a pinch (or a hurry) it can certainly be an acceptable substitute.

For my Heart & Home project:  block #9 was mostly finished:

Unfortunately, what was supposed to happen was those log cabin blocks were to have one more round added to them and then be split in half along the diagonal and added as corners to the on-point applique center unit.  Based on a picture that came with the block kit, the dark strip on the lower right looks like what was supposed to go in that round.  Problem is, there is not enough of that fabric to add rounds to both blocks.  In the picture of the designer's original quilt, the log cabin blocks are not bordered with dark strips (and I do have enough extra fabric to do it that way), but I admit I kind of like the dark border finish.

I've got to make a trip into Manhattan next week which gives me an opportunity to go to the City Quilter store.  They carry some Daiwabo fabrics there so I'm hoping to find something I can use to finish the blocks.  If not, I will finish the blocks with lighter fabrics and either way, the block will be  completed along with next month's BOM work.

Looking back through my posts on this project, I realize I never posted about the second row (blocks 4 - 6) and block 7 when they were made back in July and August of 2012.

For the second row, the three blocks were made separately, then when the majority of the center and left blocks were finished, they were seamed together and the overlapping tree branches and leaves  were appliqued across both bocks.  

For block 7 I also used the French knot function on the machine to stitch the detail in the center of the flower buds.  It's a little hard to see but I liked the fact that since I've been stitching these all by machine (using Aurifil Lana wool thread), I was able to do that detail by machine as well.  The plan as of right now is to finish the last three blocks of this BOM and the quilt in March.  Stay tuned to see if that happens!

Continuing on the topic of wool, I also finished the "Warm Heart" table topper this month:

This was supposed to be the companion to my "Vintage Cherries" quilt for display for Valentine's Day.  I'm still working on getting the quilting of the quilt also done before the month ends today.  At least both will be ready for the holiday next year!

I had to change the design of this a little because I only had one piece of pink wool in my stash when I went to make this.  Most of the wool stash I have (separate from the Heart & Home BOM) was received when I subscribed to a monthly "Wool Gatherers" stash builder program from Primitive Gatherings during 2011 -2012.  When I went to cut the center heart for this one, I was a little short of length:

So I cut the tip as a separate piece and layered it onto the bottom of the heart and placed the branch and leaf details to cover the join. 


Because all the details sat a little lower on the piece because of that, I added additional heart flowers at the top to balance out the original design.  This was also all machine stitched using Perle cotton thread.    And yes, even this little project has a place on the back to write in the label. 

A labelling post is on my list of topics to cover on the blog one of these days!  Well right now, I really need to get back to the quilting.  I'll also be back tomorrow with posts for the "Get It Done" update and "Slow Sunday Stitching".  See you then!