Archive for the 'Quilting' Category

April 21st, 2019 - Happy Easter

Just a quick post. My mom broke her leg so I’ve been running back and forth from the Complex Care place and home. Craziness! And I have managed to sew every day fro the last 2 weeks. Imagine that! Lots of hand stitching has been done while I sit around waiting for doctors and geriatric nurses to meet with us. And I’m still not finished my latest embroidery. Almost done but not yet.

One the stash front, all I’ve been doing is quilting a few quilts while my friend was away and getting the bindings on them. Three quilts out of the 6 quilted in the last month are already in use. I did sign up for a monthly box of goodies and I’m thinking I don’t need it but the price was right. Maybe quilty gifts for a few quilty friends. Or wallets in funky new fabric. Who knows? And I didn’t include it in my totals yet. Here are my numbers.

Fabric used this week: 1.94 yds

Fabric used YTD: 51.57 yds

Fabric added this week: 0 yds

Fabric added YTD: 19.2 yds

Net fabric busted: 32.37 yds

Linking up with Kate at Life in Pieces and Donna at quiltpaintcreate.

April 8th, 2019 - Squirrel!

Yesterday, I finished up the binding on 2 quilts. I have one project on the go but it doesn’t interest me today. I really should be cleaning the house and that doesn’t interest me either. But I saw a picture of a quilt on someone’s blog yesterday and I’m all gun ho to make it.


It’s from Jamie at L’ FAIR QUILTS I decided to make it a little smaller. Jamie’s version shown here measures 62×86 and that’s a little large for comfort quilts from The Quilters Three. I cut 2 rows off to make it 62×74, a perfect size. I need 50 plaids for the 6.5″ and 4″ squares. I dug around in my stash and I have 55 different homespun plaids. How cool is that! Now to start cutting all those fabrics. I will cut 2 at the same time. Our group needs some guy quilts and this is perfect.

April 7th, 2019 - New Additions

And it’s not fabric. Although I did sign up for a monthly box of goodies from Atelier Fiber Arts in Canada. For $35- CAD, which includes shipping, I get 2.5 m of fabric, thread and some other goodies. I thought it was a great deal and it’s small enough pieces of new prints that would be ideal for wallets. I think I will do this for the rest of the year and see how it goes. Some of the fabric and goodies will be gifts.

But the new addition is a Bernina 770 QE.

I’m very excited to have this awesome machine. There’s a big learning curve here but lots of YouTube videos to make it all so easy. I need to get my table reworked and have the machine set in. Once I get a large piece of Lexan (thick plexi-glass), my neighbour will do the changes for me. He is the best neighbour a person could have. He made my table originally and is ready for this challenge. My son works at a tool shop and will have the Lexan cut to the exact shape to fit the bed of the machine. Then the sewing and quilting will really begin.

I have not done much sewing as both machines were in for service. The 770 got a clean bill of health seeing as I bought it used. How can a person have this machine and want to get rid of it? I jumped at the opportunity. Anyway my Bernina 450 needed service and cleaning. It will be my back up machine and will be used for embroidery as I didn’t get the module for the 770.

In the stash department, I did a bit of sewing on my Featherweight. I had to sew something. So I started sewing 2.5″ squares together and made this quilt top.

Just thinking I need to put a few borders on this to finish it up. The only stash I used was the black, the rest from the scraps. Now for some numbers.

Fabric used this week: 1.17 yds

Fabric used YTD: 49.63 yds

Fabric added this week” 0 yds

Fabric added YTD: 19.2 yds

Net fabric busted: 30.43 yds

I bought a couple of king-sized flat sheets to use for my Dear Jane quilt top and backing but I’m not including them in any totals. I also bought another sheet to use as a backing for another quilt. We will see how that goes once I get it quilted this week.

On the 15 Minutes to Stitch Challenge, I have managed to stitch 24 hours in Week #1 and 28 hours in Week #2. Only missed one day of stitching. Lots of organizing and batting cutting going on in my sewing room. I need to make room for that big machine.

I’m linking up with Kate at Life in Pieces for the 15 Minutes to Sew Challenge and with Donna at quiltpaintcreate for the Stash Report.

Have a great week and happy stitching!

March 24th, 2019 - Using Up The Stash

And it does not appear to be getting any smaller. I wanted to finish up some small projects that need a little quilting but my machine needs servicing as it’s skipping stitches. So I started cleaning up my scraps from a few projects.

I had all these weird angle pieces from the Sheep Shape quilt and I thought I should sew them together. I made the diamonds and then had to figure out how to make the solid white pieces. I looked a few things on the net and needed a specific ruler. Checked my ruler list on my phone and low and behold, I had the right ruler! That’s the second time the ruler list has come through. Anyway, all the white is from the scrap bins. The only fabric from the stash is the pink and green borders.

Then I decided to work on a kit. Oh but this kit needs some crazy quilt stitches. My machine did not skip a stitch during this process. Only when straight sewing or trying to do a little free motion.

I made this wall hanging which ended up being way too big for any walls in my house. It’s not quilted yet so I’m thinking of taking it apart and maybe making a 4 patch table topper/wall hanging and a few pillows. Very undecided about it. Here’s a close up of one of the blocks.

I love all the stitches along the edges. Most came out great but a few really pulled the fabric in. I didn’t use stabilizer but lots of starch. Next time, I will use a stabilizer. I also cut out 2 wallets that sit there, half sewn. I got tired of unpicking the top-stitching. I have since taken my machine in for service. I’m hoping in the upcoming weeks, I will be able to cut out a few kits and get them all prepped for sewing. Now for some numbers.

Fabric used this week: 6.17 yds

Fabric used YTD: 48.46 yds

Fabric added this week: 0 yds

Fabric added YTD: 19.2 yds

Net fabric busted: 29.26 yds

Now on to the 15 Minutes to Stitch Challenge. During the first week, I managed to stitch every day for a grand total of 23 hours. Last week, I only managed to sew for 10.5 hours. I missed 3 days but in my defense, I do have some sort of cold thing and am on antibiotics, trying to clear up the congestion in my lungs. I don’t feel all that bad but I don’t feel like sewing.

I’m linking up with Kate at Life In Pieces for the 15 Minutes to Sew Challenge and with Donna at quiltpaintcreate for the Stash Report.

Have a great week and enjoy this spring like weather. I hope it lasts!

March 10th, 2019 - Still Stitching

I finally have the time to do a blog post. I have not posted for 4 weeks. My plan was to post at least every 2 weeks when my grandkids are not here but sometimes that doesn’t work. Oh well. The only good thing is that my numbers look awesome and then you realize that’s for 4 weeks. Still, I managed to get some sewing time in except for one day out of 4 weeks. Overall, I stitched on average 3.5 hours each day. And I have not made any dents in this stash.

I made backings for 2 quilts out of the flannel I purchased in January. I made a binding for a comfort quilt. Then I just had to make this quilt from a picture I saw online.

It’s huge. This is why patterns are good. Sizes! I think it’s called Sheep Shape. Anyway, it will be for a very large baby.

Then I decided that I cannot make any more quilt tops until I get some of them quilted. So I started working on some kits that I have in my stash.

Ship Shape. And it’s a quilt. This is a paper pieced project that I thought was hard. Seeing as there are not that many pieces in each block, I was done in no time. On to the next kit.

Sew Square table runner (folded in half) Completely finished, just waiting for the fall to use it.

This little kit took me a whole 2 hours to make. And another quilt. There’s a date stamp in the selvedge, 2007, so I’ve had this for a while. Wonder why I never made it.

And another quilt! I just finished this one on Saturday. It’s only been in the stash since last fall. I can’t wait to quilt it and hang it up in my dining room! I love this quilt. Maybe that’s why it’s called Colour Love. It’s from the Mini Wonderful Curves book using the QCR Mini. I added a few fabrics as some of the colours in the kit didn’t work for me.

I better work on the kits that are table runners and smaller things that I can quilt myself. The “To Be Quilted” list has 30 items on it. Some I can do myself but my machine needs to be serviced as it is skipping stitches. I check all my seams to make sure there are no skipped stitches. Funny how I was just thinking that it must be about time to get it serviced and then it starts skipping. Then the service icon comes up. And the place I take it to is about 2.5 hours away. I was hoping to take it in when the weather gets nice. If that ever happens!

Now for those numbers.

Fabric used since the last time: 24.72 yds

Fabric used YTD: 42.27 yds

Fabric added since the last time: 2.2 yds

Fabric added YTD: 19.2 yds

Net fabric busted: 23.09 yds

I’m linking up with Donna for the Stash Report at quiltpaintcreate and with Kate at Life in Pieces for the !5 Minutes to Stitch Challenge.

See you next time you visit. Have a great week!

February 10th, 2019 - Still Stitching

I’m still plugging away in the sewing room. I decided that I cannot make another quilt top until I get some of these tops quilted. And to try and use fabrics in the stash. Right! I went to a couple of quilt shops on Friday. At the first one, I checked on my wallet sales, I sold 2 and then I spent the money on some flannel for backings. At least it wasn’t for the stash.

 At the second shop,I went to pick up some buttons I ordered and bought some more fabric. Once again, it’s not for the stash but for a commissioned quilt. Funny thing about this quilt. A while back, I donated a quilt for a fundraiser and my friend from work won it. She now wants another one in similar colours for her granddaughters bedroom. Well, the first quilt was a BOM in these weird purple, greens and blues. I found some tiny leftover pieces, enough for a square or two. Nothing similar in the stash. So I bought some fabric to go with this quilt even though I didn’t have a scrap of the original fabric with me. Lucky for me, it was a  pretty close match.

Now for those numbers

Fabric used this week: 4.6 yds

Fabric used YTD: 17.57 yds

Fabric added this week: 17 yds

Fabric added YTD: 17 yds

Net fabric busted: .57 yds

Yippee! I’m still in the good. After I wash the flannel and cut it for backings, I will be back up there.

On the 15 Minutes to Stitch Challenge, I managed to stitch every day but one. The first week, I stitched every day for a total of 19 hours and last week, I missed stitching on Monday but managed to stitch all the other days for a total of 13.5 hours. Not bad, if I do say so myself.

I’m linking up with Donna at quiltpaintcreate for the Stash Report and with Kate at Life in Pieces for the 15 Minutes to Stitch Challenge.

Have a great week and stay warm!

January 27th, 2019 - The Year of The Stash

Or so I hope. So far, so good. I have not added any fabric even though I was really tempted yesterday. It was Support Your Local Quilt Shop Day and one of the shops had some great deals. But I resisted. Also I decided that I can’t make any more quilts until I get some of these tops quilted. So I have been playing around with some itty bitty bonus HSTs and making some itty bitty things from them.

How could you throw away that many cut off triangles? These are all from On Ringo Lake, Bonnie Hunter’s 2018 mystery quilt. Now what to make with them.

Anyway, there are 1278 HSTs plus lots of other bits and pieces. And I had to press and trim all those HSTs. That took me a few days. If these blocks finish at 3.5″, how many do I need for a quilt? I don’t have enough to make a lap quilt but I’m sure there’s enough for a doll quilt or two. And lots of pin cushions. And it’s fun to try all the decorative stitches on my machine that I never use.

Even though I decided to not make any more quilt tops, I do have a few that are in the process of being finished. I finished up some Heart applique blocks that just need to be assembled and it’s a top. Plus 2 Christmas quilts that I didn’t finish from last year.

I finished this Christmas quilt top. My friend had this pattern and loved it but thought the instructions were over her head. So she asked if I could make head or tails of the instructions. So I had to make a quilt and see how difficult it was. The hardest part was the fabric selection. And then once I pieced the top together, I noticed I didn’t center the long skinny gifts correctly. Oh well, no one will notice once it’s quilted.

Now for those numbers.

Fabric used this week: 12.97 yds

Fabric added this week: 0 yds

Net fabric busted: 12.97 yds

In the 15 Minutes to Stitch department, I have managed to sew every day this year but 1 day. Even if it’s only cutting off the little dog ears from the bonus HSTs, I was in my sewing room doing something.

Week 1: 14 hours with no missed days

Week 2: 22 hours with no missed days

Week #3: 24 hours with 1 missed day

Week #4: 21 hours with no missed days

I think I’m getting the hang of sewing every day. Let’s hope I can keep it up.

I’m linking up with Kate at Life in Pieces for the 15 Minutes to Sew Challenge and with Donna at quiltpaintcreate for the Stash Report.

I’m linking up with Kate at Life In Pieces for the 15 Minutes to Sew Challenge and with Donna at quiltpaintcreate for the Stash Report.

Have a great week! Stay warm and toasty in your sewing room!

December 31st, 2018 - 2018 Final Stash and Stitching Report

I hope all is well and everyone had  Merry Christmas. My brother receiver the best gift of all, a new heart! He is doing well, up and walking about and he started physio-therapy today. The doctors are pleased with the new ticker, it’s working as it should. Many, many thanks to the donor and their family for this wonderful gift.

Now on to the quilting and stitching news. There really isn’t any. I did make a few stockings this year but that’s about it. Embroidered names and quilted fronts. I don’t think I even took a picture of them. And if I did take a picture, who knows where it is. My dear hubby bought me a new laptop for my birthday and I’m still learning all the great things it can do. Best of all, it works like it’s supposed to. My old laptop was possessed! Drove me crazy!

My final stash report of the year is as follows

Fabric used this week: 3.3 yds

Fabric used YTD: 196.94 yds

Fabric added this week: 0 yds

Fabric added YTD: 257.23 yds

Net fabric busted: -60.29 yds

I have been keeping a running total year to year since I’ve been doing stash reports. So this year’s 60.29 yards added to the running total of 169.675 yards means I am 229.965 yards behind. But what that really means is I have to use 230 yards of fabric before I buy any more fabric. I really, really, really  would like to see if I could accomplish that in the coming year. I know I can do it. And think of the money I will save.

Now for the 15 Minutes to Stitch news. I stitched only 4.6 hours the first week and 12 hours last week. Christmas and family took over my house and time. My sister did come over and we stitched one evening. And when we start stitching and chatting, then we start laughing and then the hysteria sets in. Then no stitching gets done.  Anyway for the year I have managed to stitch on average for 2.75 hours per day. Next year goals are the same, at least one hour per day. I hope!

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

I hope everyone has a Happy New Year! Drive safe!

August 13th, 2018 - Canadian Summer Quilt Along 2018

Here it is, my week already. I have not even had a chance to make any of the blocks in this quilt along. Time is flying by so fast this summer. Today, my neighbour motivated me to clean out the garage. The van is loaded up with stuff we are getting rid of – 5 years of junk, ready to go!

My block is all about being Canadian. Living in a border town, we are very American here. There’s only one local Windsor tv channel so most of the local news and weather comes from Detroit. I love going over there shopping and visiting family. It’s just that sometimes I think we should be more Canadian and be proud to show it, hence my block. My sister lives in the US and all her quilt patterns that come with an American flag are changed to Canadian flags.

Here’s the link to my block.

Canadian Summer Quilt Along Seasons Block

 

July 15th, 2018 - The Stash

The Stash which never seems to get any smaller even though I do sew.  No fabric was purchased to make this cute Safari Friends baby quilt. This picture looks blurry but I think it’s just the grey and the white that makes it look that way. Anyway, I had to learn how to do machine embroidery applique which was super easy in the end. And now that I made and sold this quilt, I’m going to make another one for a niece. Hopefully all from the stash as I have loads of grey and white fabric.

 

Isn’t this the cutest giraffe ever! There were 22 thread changes in this design. First time I did all 22 but the second one I used a light coloured thread to do all the tacking down of fabric and then only changed the thread to do the satin stitching. Much quicker.

 

 

I just finished this quilt in three days. All that’s needed is a label. Started on Thursday evening and had the binding on last night. It’s maybe the fastest quilt I ever made.

 

 

A little close up of the quilting. The pantograph is Hot Cocoa by Urban Elementz. It’s my favourite go-to pantograph for comfort quilts. I just love the motion in it and it’s quick and easy to quilt.

 

 

Now for some numbers.

Fabric used this week: 9.61 yds

Fabric used YTD: 123.24 yds

Fabric added this week: 0 yds

Fabric added YTD: 139.31 yds

Net fabric busted: -16.07 yds

I’m slowly getting out of the hole. I cannot buy any more fabric this year. That’s my story and I really am trying to stick to it.

On the 15 Minutes to sew challenge, I have not sewn every day. The first week of July, I only sewed for 2 hours. But last week, I sewed for 27 hours. The only day I missed sewing was Wednesday. I was tired from having the munchkins for 2 days. I managed to sew on Tuesday with them here. There was a lot of stopping to tend to them but I sewed for 4 hours in total.

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

Have a wonderful week!