Monthly Archives: October 2017

I’ve been busy

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I traveled to Mom’s on Sunday and we’ve been busy. She’s decided to make some Xmas stockings so I found a couple patterns before I came and we’re experimenting! I think we’ve found the best process by combining some from both patterns and I hope to leave her with a stack of stockings to work on.  Doesn’t she look like she’s working hard? 


Finn’s stocking was first but we marked some diagonal lines for quilting on it with a blue pen and the reds ran when we sprayed it to get rid of the pen marks. I’m so glad I didn’t use this fabric in a Strippie as I’d originally planned. 

Now we’re just marking the first diagonal line with blue painters tape and Mom’s using her walking foot to space the other lines. 


We’re going to remake Finn’s although it would really be fine … I like the cuffs we’re doing better on the 2nd and 3rd stockings anyway and Mom says she doesn’t mind. 

Quick and easy

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I just finished binding the giraffe Strippie and thought I’d share another quick quilt idea. A couple years ago, Mom had a period where she wasn’t feeling up to spending as much time in the sewing room as normal but still wanted to keep making quilts so we came up with a simple “panel” quilt pattern that allowed her to add a touch of appliqué and have a quick quilt to gift. 

I’m using some of those leftover pieces in my Happy Blocks for Maine which made me think of them.  She has some cute applique dies for her Accuquilt GO but you could add any appliqué that you wanted. 

Animal Appplique Quilts

  • Cut center panel cut 27×35
  • Cut border and corner stones 6.5
  • Quilt will be approximately 39 x 47

Photos of a few more …

Assembled!

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Wow, does it feel good to be back to work even if I still have bins sitting on the floor waiting for me to finish sorting and deciding where to put the stuff in them!

The spool quilt is a finished top and will wait for quilting now until after I bring the longarm here to Florida. 


I’m linking again to the brief instructions on how I pieced my quilt – there’s also a photo of the vintage quilt that inspired me. 

Happy Blocks

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I had a couple questions about the Happy Blocks and I thought I’d share some of the quilts we did as part of a HeartStrings project years ago. 

This was the first one of mine that I made – they’re great for kids donation quilts. 


Then I made a twisted version


We collected lots and lots of blocks which volunteers assembled and quilted. These next two were group blocks that I quilted. We had so many blocks that we played with different color schemes.  This orange and blue one was fun.


This one was arranged in a rainbow setting. 


This is another one of mine – I started out with a charm pack for the centers of this one and pulled two fabrics from stash for the frames. 


If you’d like to make one I’ve got several links to help. 

The original happy blocks instructions 

The twisted version

The blocks we’re making for Maine have a larger center and those instructions are here. 

Finn and I had a great day – walks to the park, working in the sewing room ( I should have a finished spool top to show tomorrow), and for me a massage!

Finn has a little friend he looks for each time we pass this house. 

Progress

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It’s going to take a while but I’m starting to see the light at the end of this tunnel. I’m still waiting to hear when the stairs will be carpeted but I’m able to sew and that’s what counts!

The last of my clear bins arrived today and all my yarn is in the closet and sorted by either type of yarn or by type of project. Handling it all again makes me want to knit more. 

My little office area is set up – I’m going to try to be better st keeping it neat. I’ll sort, file, or shred when the bin gets full – or at least that’s the plan. 


The Elna is set up in the alcove where the desk used to be. I want to keep two machines set up even after the longarm gets here. I’ve always wanted one for piecing and another set up for binding, piecing backs. or other small tasks that would normally interrupt my piecing. 


I think I’ve also resolved the issue of where I’ll put the design wall when the longarm gets here by moving my printer.  

In addition to binding today, I made my first Happy Blocks for Maine and posted the instructions on the website.  They’ll be our project for next September although we’ll make the blocks during the year and assemble and tie the quilts when we get there. These centers and blocks are a little larger than our usual Happy Blocks. 

I sewed today!

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The quilt studio organization is not yet completed but I did quilt today!

Until I bring the longarm and bookshelves here mid January, I’m using the space in the middle of the room for my table, ironing board, and design wall. I admit I’m not sure where the design wall is going to fit once I get everything in the room but I’ll worry about that later! The lighting will be an issue initially too but something I’ll figure out as I go. I have lamps and overhead lights in both alcoves where the sewing machines are so it’s just the middle of the room that’s the issue.

First up today, I got the spool blocks on the design wall. I’m liking this a lot but before I start sewing the blocks together I’m going to look at it for a couple days and see if I want to switch around any of the blocks. 

There are brief instructions on the website for the spools quilt.
After getting the binding on the little doll quilt, I started the freemotion quilting on the giraffe Strippie. I’d done some straight lines before shutting everything down for the carpet install and I wanted to finish it up with some freemotion quilting in the larger strips.

As usual, I did some quick drawing practice first … I love these ferns and they’re actually really forgiving and by that I mean that they seem to look pretty good even with my wonky quilting.

While I’ve enjoyed the challenge of quilting these last few years on the regular sewing machine, I won’t lie, I’m looking forward to having the longarm here and being able to quilt all my tops on it. This doesn’t look too bad though! Wonky but not too bad!

No photos

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I’m having problems uploading photos to the blog again and have been too busy to take the time to call technical support so it will probably be at least a couple days but trust me I’m making progress. I sorted through a lot of bins and started setting up the sewing room. Both machines are set up and ready to sew, the ironing board and design wall are up and more bins were purchased.

Keith and I came out of a restaurant and he pointed to a store and said that it was a store just for me – called The Container Store and boy was he right – I dragged him over to look and two shopping carts later I had two types a bins, a small filing cabinet and a cork message board to hang above my desk! I’m definitely go back there when I have more time to browse.

EDIT: I’ve found a work around for loading photos for now so here are the ones from the container store. Keith was deliberately frowning for the camera – he didn’t mind stopping and shopping for my bins!

How is this possible

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How can I move all my stuff from a smaller room into a larger one and wonder where I’m going to put everything?! And it will just get worse when I move the GA stash and longarm here.

It actually looks worse than this because Keith brought all the stuff from downstairs. I move the last of the sewing stuff from the new “master” bedroom closet and built in. I have a feeling that some of this stuff is just going to be in a temporary spot and that I’ll have to do some adjusting.

EDIT: uploading some photos of the mess!