Archive for September, 2006

Stashbuster’s Weekend Retreat



I got an early start this morning – up and cutting out my Autumn quilt at 6:30AM. Very unusual for me because I usually sleep late (not just on the weekends either!) which is one of the wonderful things about not working.

I debated which pattern to use for this year’s Autumn quilt – I really like Judy’s October quilt for an hour pattern – Leaf Season but I’ve been wanting to do Bonnie’s Pineapple Blossom for a long time too. In the end I chose to do the Pineapple Blossom because I think it will best with my fabrics. Do you see some purple in these blocks? Last year was the first time I’d used purple in one of my autumn quilts – trust me it works!

Keith won’t be home until dinner time and I hiked 10 miles yesterday so today will be spent working on this top.

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Quilt Pink


I finished my top tonight – I started out making Judy’s Quilt but as you see it became my Pink Quilt inspired by Judy’s 1 hour Quilt. I had so much fun seeing everyone’s version of this quilt and I loved playing along and creating my own.

Once it’s quilted it will be donated to help raise money for the fight against Breast Cancer through Quilt Pink.

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Copyright discussion

I’m going to add to the discussion I’ve been reading about on other blogs and on the Stashbuster list.

I bought two books last week in Virginia – Big ‘n Easy by Judy Hopkins and Bundles of Fun by Karen Snyder and both books had a version of a half log cabin quilt. I also made a quilt using a half log cabin block last year. I posted a picture on my blog after some discussion on the Stashbuster list about a pattern called Bento Box which uses a half log cabin block AND Jeanne posted a picture of a Mystery quilt she did which was basically the same quilt.

So who gets credit for *designing* this quilt? Is everyone else (including me) guilty of *stealing* the design?

I am inspired by quilts in books, at shows, in magazines, and on the internet but 9 times out of 10 when it comes time for me to make a quilt I sit down at my computer, open EQ5 and design my quilt.

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Tools of the trade

A new ironing board cover to go with my new iron – such a treat!
I don’t think I mentioned it in my blog but my iron died a couple weeks ago and I replaced my Panasonic iron which I liked with a Rowenta iron that said it was anti-drip at low temperatures. With the automatic shut off I was getting some spitting as the iron was heating back up.

I’ve read a lot of negative feedback about Rowenta irons but I LOVE this iron. It’s like the difference between a vacuum with great suction and one with not so great suction. You work a lot harder going back and forth over the same area if your vacuum doesn’t have good suction. Well with this iron, one pass will do – you don’t have to go back and forth over the seams or over the block or fabric. It’s great!

On another note – I was having trouble sewing over seams in my 1 hour quilt – the seams were a little thick but nothing that should have been a problem. I adjusted my presser foot height but still struggled.

Finally, I opened up my bobbin case to clean it out and took a look at the feed dog area. I found a lot of compressed lint between the feed dogs. I’m really good about cleaning the lint out of my bobbin case but had never noticed it building up in this area before. I picked out the lint and my blocks are feeding through beautifully!

Chesty’s found a new spot to sit when I’m piecing
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Piecing again

After a week or so away from my machine I managed to squeeze in a couple hours today to work on my 1 hour quilt.

It’s veering slightly off course but that’s pretty typical for me. It’s not unusual for me to change a pattern as a quilt goes along. Sometimes it’s a simple change in quilt size or in the borders, sometimes a change in setting. I think I’ll leave you guessing for now since I won’t post a picture until I have more blocks finished.

Since I didn’t meet my goal of loading and starting the quilting on my Aunt’s top before my last trip to Virginia I’ll make that one of my goals for this week.

I’m sure you all have sticking points in your quilting – the one step that you put off – for me that step is loading a quilt on the longarm. Once it’s loaded I quickly finish the quilting and if it’s my quilt the binding gets done right away too. I don’t know what it is about loading a quilt that stops my progress.

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Home


No quilting this weekend. I got home from Virginia late Friday – we hiked 15 miles on Saturday and then went to a friend’s house for dinner. Hiked 15 miles again today and after eating take out I started to work on a hat and scarf for my Mom. The hat is crocheted but I’m knitting the scarf.

Keith will be traveling this week from Tuesday through Saturday so I hope to get some quilting time in while he’s gone.

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Virginia

I’m back in Virginia for the week and Mom had her 2nd cataract surgery this morning. It went well and we’ve just been sitting around this afternoon – I’m feeling lazy so I’m working on a knitted baby afghan rather than quilting.

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1 Hour Pink Quilt

It’s Saturday night and we decided to come home after dinner rather than in the morning so I had a chance to get started on my 1 hour Pink Quilt.

I had two fat quarters with a white background and I debated whether there would be enough contrast to use them for the blocks. After sewing up one set of 1/2 square triangles I felt there was enough contrast to see the block pattern and since I have limited fabric choices for this quilt I decided to leave them in.

As you can see from the picture I used Thangles to make my half square triangles. I use them for block sizes 4 inches and smaller otherwise I use the square method – drawing a line and sewing on either side of it to get 2 1/2 square triangle blocks.

I also rummaged through my stash and found two light pink fabrics that can be combined for the backing – I was afraid I wouldn’t have anything that would work and would need to buy more fabric. Since I piece almost all of my backs from my stash I was glad I had something that would work – after all my goal is to use what I have whenever possible!

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Applique

We’re up at Big Canoe until Sunday morning so I can’t start my 1 hour quilt yet but I did do some knitting this evening watching TV. I’ve been working on this baby afghan a while since it stays here at the condo and I don’t usually do more than a few rows at a time.

So many Stash Quilt members share their wonderful applique projects I thought I’d share one of mine. My favorite quilts to make are scrappy, pieced patterns but every now and then I like to do some simple applique. I’ve tried several methods but pretty much stick to one now – I pick large simple pieces, I use fusible web, and then I blanket stitch them by HAND. I dislike machine applique and I don’t have the patience for intricate needle turn projects.

This quilt was made last year from one of the McCall’s magazines and I gave it to my sister Ann. For some reason I don’t have a picture of it with the binding on.

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