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June 14th, 2018 - Binding Love

I just love this new to me method of binding.

 

I made a 2″ binding. Sew it on the back and then use the #71 foot on my Bernina 450

 

 

 

 

Then stitched it down on the front. This foot guides the binding to the right spot, just covering your stitching.

 

 

 

 

And in no time at all, the binding is sewn down, all neat and tidy. This was my 6th quilt using this method. I finished the binding on 3 quilts in less than 4 hours.

 

 

 

And today, I gave Lindsay her birthday quilt about 8 months late. But you know what they say. Better late then not at all! The munchkins and their cat gave it their seal of approval.

 

 

See you all later.

June 10th, 2018 - Canadian Summer Quilt Along 2018

Canadian Summer Quilt Along Badge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It starts tomorrow! Check it out at  Canadian Summer Quilt Along.  Anita LaHAy from Daydreams of Quilts put out a request for 12 blocks for this idea she had for a quilt along. ‘What Canada means to you’ was the theme. I can’t believe the blocks. Gorgeous!

Every week a new block comes out on Monday with bonus blocks on some Thursdays. And you don’t have to be Canadian to participate. Plus there are prizes too! Check it out here.

My block comes out in August.

Get your needles ready and your machines fired up for this epic event!

June 10th, 2018 - More Fabric

There is never the right fabric in my stash. I want to make a quilt for a friend who is into biking and I can’t believe that I don’t have any bicycle fabric in my stash. So I went shopping and found the perfect guy bike fabric. Plus I needed to get a fat quarter pack for my contribution to the 2018 Canadian Quilt Along. I didn’t even count that in my stash because it’s already mailed out.

Now isn’t that the perfect fabric? And a nice flannel backing too. Plus I bought a lot of grey fabric at the shop hop that will go great with this one.Once I finish my quilt top in greys, this will be the next one up. Of course, neither of these quilts are on my list of quilts to make but will be added on the Tops to Quilt list.

 

 

Here are this weeks numbers.

Fabric used this week: 8.17 yds

Fabric used YTD: 104.55 yds

Fabric added this week: 5.42 yds

Fabric added YTD: 139.31 yds

Net fabric busted: -34.76 yds

I also made 2 Necessary Clutch Wallets (NCW) this week. I have so many fabric combinations that I could possibly make that it’s slightly overwhelming. Too bad one wallet uses only about 1 yard of fabric.

 

The black and silver NCW is listed on my etsy store, TheQuiltingJunkie.

 

 

 

This one I made for a friend. She helped make it too which is a good thing seeing as I sewed the main piece and thought something was wrong with it. I even topstitched it too. Then I realized I forgot to sew the flap on. What a dough head! Too much talking going on! Anyway my friend unpicked that mistake and then I sewed it back together the right way.

 

 

On the 15 Minutes to Stitch front, I sewed for a total of 22 hours this week. Some days, I don’t get to sew at all but I certainly make up for it on the days I do sew.

I’m linking up with Donna at QuiltPaintCreate for the stash report and Kate at Life in Pieces for the 15 Minutes to Sew.

 

June 4th, 2018 - The Stash

So much for trying to use up my stash. I was looking for a particular grey and guess what? I don’t have any. So the shop hop was going on in my area and I went on it.

 

 

 

 

Many yards and yards of fabric later, I found the perfect fabric.

It’s a gradiated fabric,  Sound in the Woods, by Robert Kaufman. I just love it! First I made some pillowcases and they look great against the wall in my room.  Well, then I had to design a quilt that would showcase the colour differences in the fabric. Hmmm…. time to fire up EQ7 again.

 

 

Nice and easy pattern, just the right size for my bed. I’m really just learning how to use EQ7 and while it’s not all the hard, it’s not all that easy either. Lots to remember.

 

 

Needless to say, the stash took a hit. Too bad that I found this fabric at the last store on the shop hop. Here are my numbers.

Fabric used this year: 96.38 yds

Fabric added this year: 133.89 yds

Net fabric busted: -37.51 yds

So, I still have to cut out the quilt and I did get backing for it also. Maybe this week I will get some major sewing done. I never seem to have time to do what I want. Sounds like I’m whining but I’m not. Just a busy life.

But I did get to sew a bit this week. My friend was gone and I used her long arm to quilt a few quilts. Three of my own and one for my sister. No pics, next post. I did manage to sew for 19 hours this past week.  That incudes long arm time too.

I’m linking up to quiltpaintcreate for the stash report and Life In Pieces for 15 Minutes to Sew.

Have a great day!

 

 

 

May 6th, 2018 - The Stash and Time To Sew

Well, here I am, back again. I guess I’m just not a regular blogging kind of person. I read blogs daily but I’m not really into posting daily or even weekly.

So my stash has taken a major hit. I went to a quilt shop with my sister looking for a particular fabric and ended up buying some plain white batik and a raspberry Toscana from Northcott. And then the wallet making bug hit me. I just love the Necessary Clutch Wallet from Emmaline Bags. I ordered the pattern a while ago and then was on the search for the hardware at various quilt shops. I had some cork that I bought at Bittersweet in Pinconning MI and Delphine’s in Gaylord MI.  I ended up ordering the hardware right from Emmaline Bags. And then there’s the stabilizers needed. I can’t believe how much money Fabricland here in Windsor wants for that stuff. Actually I can’t believe how much they charge for all their stuff. It’s like a Joann store in the States but much more expensive. More expensive than a quilt shop too! I bought a little bit of stabilizer then went to Joann and bought 2 bolts of it for a fraction of the price. Lucky I live in a border town and it takes about 40 minutes to get to a Joann store. Here are my numbers for the last 3 weeks.

Fabric used these weeks: 5.91 yds

Fabric used YTD: 86 yds

Fabric added these weeks: 15.2 yds

Fabric added YTD: 91.11 yds

Net fabric busted: –5.11 yds

I signed up to create a block for a Canadian Quilt Along. It’s due mid-May and even though I already have the block designed, I needed to get it into EQ7. I don’t know how to use the program at all but I did a crash course, design as you go. Lots of cursing involved! Anyway, it’s done, saved to a PDF and ready to be emailed to the host. I don’t think this software is user friendly and I don’t know how all these people even figure it out. I usually just use a piece of paper, draw it out, add sashing, add borders and then assemble. I’m pretty good at figuring out sizes and such, even remembering the seam allowance when adding borders. I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks. Now I’d like to learn how to add a pieced border in EQ7 as I’ve seen a few really intricate ones.

As for my 15 Minutes to Sew, let’s say I sew a lot. I average at least 22 hours per week.  Sometimes I’m not actually sewing but like last week, working on EQ7 or helping other people sew at my house. I don’t count reading blogs or computer time even though my computer is in my sewing room.

April 15-21: 16 hours

April 22-28: 18 hours

April 29-May 5: 27 hours

I’m linking up with Kate at Life In Pieces for 15 Minutes to Sew and  Donna at qiultpaintcreate for the Stash Report. Have a great week and enjoy this beautiful weather. I think spring is finally here!

February 6th, 2018 - Jelly Roll Flimsy

And here it is, the Jelly Roll Flimsy. All ready to be quilted.

 

 

Linking up with Freemotion Quilting by the River. I hope I did that right.

February 5th, 2018 - Jelly Roll Quilts

Here’s what I learned about making a Jelly Roll Quilt.

#1 Make sure you sew all the fabric with right sides up. Apparently I sewed one strip right side up on one end and the wrong side up on the other end.

#2 When using only 20 fabrics, with 2 strips of each colour, change up the order of the second set of strips.

#3 Before sewing the first long, long seam, make sure your strips are not twisted at all. Boy when I got to the last couple of strips, I couldn’t even sew them together because it was a so twisted. I had to cut the end to finish sewing.

#4 Have fun pressing when it’s all done. I should have pressed half way through just to make it more manageable. But then again, it might have been too long for the ironing board.

 Here’s the body of the quilt. All it needs now is a couple of borders and it’s a done deal. Well plus the quilting part of it.

 

February 5th, 2018 - Buyer Beware

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I bought a couple of bolts of flannel at Joann fabrics. I always measure my fabric before I wash it to check for shrinkage. The bolts are marked as 8 yards. Never assume that there are 8 yards on the bolt. The last one I measured was short a few inches. After washing it, it’s going to be short more than a few. Anyway, moral of the story is, always have the bolts measured. Don’t ever assume the label is correct. I was thinking of emailing Joanns but this isn’t worth it. Next time I buy a bolt, I will be getting it measured.

 

January 14th, 2018 - The Stash

Nothing really new here. I’ve been working on Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt, On Ringo Lake and I’m only just finished Part 2. Holy mackerel, it took forever to finish. And the next part has even more pieces. Looks great though! I’m really anxious to see the colours all together. I decided to stick with Bonnie’s colour choices. I’ve seen some other colourways and I like Bonnie’s colours the best.

 

Here’s a peek at my pieces. I want to hurry up and make some of the blocks with just the aqua and brown. I did use 2.91 yards for Part 1 and 2  and there has been nothing added. Hopefully next week, I will have the final totals for this quilt.

I’m linking up my stash busting at Quilt Paint Create.

 

I also joining “15  Minutes to Stitch” with Kate over at Life in Pieces. I’ve excelled at sewing this week. I’ve  managed to sew for 20 hours and 35 minutes. And I’m just starting Part 3! You’d think I was a really slow sewer but I’m not. First I had to pick my fabrics, then I needed to press them, then I made Part 1 and then Part 2 which took me a couple of days. And I actually cut some pieces for the other parts too.

Another cold week. Stay warm.  Stay in and sew!

January 6th, 2018 - 2017 Sewing Recap

Here’s my 2017 accomplishments

I made 76 fabric items which includes the following:

-12 pillowcases

-39 quilts completed entirely

-11 quilt tops

-6 embroidered tea towels

-2 embroidered pillows

-1 embroidered t-shirt

-1 pajama pants

-2 Featherweight case covers

-2 custom pillows

and I’m sure there is more that I forgot to record. Here is a small sampling of my 2017 projects.

I finally figured out how to do some embroidery on my machine rather than just names on stockings and Pin wallhangings. I made 9 Pin wallhangings and 5 Christmas stockings. Then all of a sudden, one day I just decided to embroider multi-colour projects. I even bought a couple of patterns from ETSY. Some are good and some not so good. At least they are relatively inexpensive.

My favourite thing from 2017 is the “Marvel-ous” pillow I made for my oldest son. I love the embroidery and the fabric that I just happened to have on hand. How cool is that!