WIP Wednesday: Lists

It’s been a busy week between fall break for school and two days in an actual office for work. I went back and reviewed my “to do” stream-of-consciousness list I typed out last week, and here’s where I’m at:

  • Twilter Round Robin – round #2. Finished and shipped! And now I got the next one so it feels like no progress. Gah.
  • Panel challenge project – finished!Burlap and Batik
  • Scrapitude Pieces – still in a pile, waiting to be cut
  • Overnight bag for pattern review in October – in process of sewing together. So many parts!
  • Fabric postcard – still in a pile
  • Pillowcases – finished!
  • Other panels to turn into a quilt top – still in a pile
  • Broken Lonestar quilting – still not sandwiched
  • New jelly roll quilt class next week – I bought fabric!

I ended up buying a jelly roll of a burlap print cotton from Robert Kaufman to use for my class next week.  We only need 40 strips for the project, but there are some duplicates in there, so I thought if I’m going for texture, I’ll mix it up with some additional texture with a couple batik strips from my stash in complementary colors.  Worst case, I get to class and they look horrible together and I just go with the burlap print!

I’ve also been working on the class pumpkins for my kids’ school which get auctioned off by the PTA.  I finished one this weekend, and am halfway through the other.  Pics up soon!

Sunday Stash – More Thread Than Fabric!

One finish to report this week as I just put the final binding stitch on my panel challenge entry! And a not-quite-finish as I log some usage for the Twilter Round Robin that I’m shipping out shortly.  I’ll have pictures of the panel challenge posted closer to my guild meeting (Oct 5), but if you attend the East Cobb Quilters Guild night meeting, you’ll get to see it then in a sneak peek!  I feel like with all the quilting in it, it would have logged more thread than fabric.  Thank goodness I’m not trying to track that!

Owly ImagesAlthough I just used one panel for a challenge, I got drawn into purchasing another panel at the AQS show in Chattanooga on Saturday.  One booth had a panel of cats pictures with a rescue theme, which is perfect for making fabric postcards for the Good Mews holiday market.  I also dove in and bought a FQ selection from Cherrywood fabrics because of the yummy colors.

The darker orange and tan on top are extra ones to round for a project the bundle is inspiring me to do. You’ll note, of course that this bundle matches: 1) my new purse which also matches a) Nina and b) my new kitchen color. So, yes, I’m in a turquoise & orange era. And I might be doing a Nina portrait quilt. And while I was planning this, I sort of got Lynn to get a bundle as well that matches her dog Josie.

And then I talked Lynn into getting a backpack pattern and kit. And we both talked each other into some patterns for various baskets and bags. And then I test drove some long-arms. More on that on the next podcast!

  • Used this Week: 2.5 yards
    • 2 yd for panel challenge
    • 0.5 yd for Twilter Round Robin
  • Used year to Date: 257.25 yards
  • Added this Week: 2.75 yards
    • 2.25 yd of Cherrywood hand-dyed fabric
    • 0.5 yd for Cat Rescue panel
  • Net Used for 2014: 168.25 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 96 yards (38% of total used)

See more Stash Reports at Patchwork Times!

WIP Wednesday – Piles

I feel like I have a million things in flight, which means I need to buckle down and finish something!  First up, the quilting on the panel challenge project. Last week I showed you the front of the sunflower, and now here’s the back. I’ve still got background fillers to do in two areas, and then the sashing, and then it will be ready for binding!

FMQ on the back of the panel challenge.Scrap-in-a-box FabricsWe also just got the cutting instructions for the Scrapitude “Scrap-in-a-Box” mystery quilt, and while we’ve got FOUR months to cut the pieces out, I immediately made a pile of what I’m pulling my scraps from.  This is going to be a gift for someone who’s favorite colors are red, black, and taupe, and save it from being a University of Georgia quilt, I’m pulling in a smidge of brown as well.  Since making my pile, I’ve swapped out my background to a single mottled beige, and am noodling on my medium value constant.

I’m also cutting out pieces for a new (to me) overnight bag pattern for a review in October, and a special project for Good Mews, and assembling some fabric postcard bits, and have some pillowcases cut out to sew, and I also may have cut up two other panels to make 2 tops since I found at least five more panels when I was going through my fabric stash. They are multiplying! And then I need to quilt the Broken Lonestar, and I have a class in two weeks to make a new jelly roll quilt.

Deep breath.

Cocoon Rockstar Bag – Finished!

Cocoon Rockstar BagI was due for a new purse, not because the old one was worn out, but because pretty fabric exists in the world. And also because apparently I needed to match it to the paint in my (recently painted) kitchen?

Anywho, I tested the Rockstar Bag pattern for Sara Lawson over at SewSweetness using a Valori Wells fabric lined called “Cocoon”.

I love the shape of this bag, and combination of straps (both short handles and a longer shoulder strap).  There is a lot of hardware in the bag, but it’s not an insurmountable number of pieces.

I like that the exterior pocket is big enough for my phone, and I put the badge for work in the small zippered part.

Cocoon Rockstar BagI did my interior in orange, and it has two zippered pockets.  I haven’t quite figured out what to put in my second one yet, but the other has typical “lady needs” like lipgloss and such.

And although I didn’t fussy cut, I did end up with a nice big butterfly on the exterior pocketless-side.

The piping is optional, but I did like the pop of structure it gives to the side seams. The bag is constructed by making the main and side panels and facing the wrong sides of the interior and exterior pieces, then sewing them together so the joining seam is visible on the interior of the bag.  You then cover that seam allowance with the equivalent of quilt binding; if I had it to do over again, I would have cut my interior binding a bit wider so it would have been easier to manipulate!

I foresee using this purse for a while – the bright colors cheer me up. And like I said, it matches my kitchen!

The pattern is available through Sara’s website at www.sewsweetness.com.

Kitchen Mini-Makeover

Kitchen corner - beforeWhile I love our house, there is no closet to store a vacuum cleaner. This occasionally troubles me, and is not particularly germain to this effort other than to explain why the vacuum cleaner is featured prominently in the “Before” picture of this area of my kitchen.

This is a weird corner that should be a pantry, except there’s already another one just opposite this shot. Or maybe the wall on the right should be knocked down and the coat closet that just to the right expanded in footprint, except there’s a GFI outlet in the wall we’d be knocking down and a floor vent behind where that bookshelf is. I don’t know what the architect was thinking with the vent – it’s in the WORST place so any piece of furniture blocks it.

Anywho, what you also can’t see is the cubby system I had built for the kids just below the chair railing to off screen to the right of the photo above. Except we built it when they were both about a foot or two shorter, and it’s in the way of foot traffic into the kitchen.

UntitledSo here’s what this area looks like now, post renovation.

The bench I bought through Overstock.com, and the two drawers act as the kids’ “junk drawers”, one for each. This is for swim goggles, tidbits, party favors, and various the flotsam of childhood.  The top of the bench is now where backpacks and my purse sit when not in use (if on the floor they block the stupid floor vent!). Please note my new purse matches the new kitchen wall paint. A post on that purse coming soon!

The two wall shelves I built and painted using a circular saw, Kreg Jig and a cordless screwdriver. In theory there’s now a double hook for everyone for various jackets that we’re too lazy to go around the corner and hang up in the coat closet like actual people and not the uncultured, jacket-wearing, heathens that we are. Also, Fred’s leash now has an official spot other than “on top of my purse”.

The bins on top hold various things – one holds all the sunscreen, one holds all of Fred’s accessories as he didn’t rate a junk drawer of his own, one for the kids’ hats/gloves/etc, and one for fabric grocery bags and spare wallets or purses.  I’m still contemplating making some decorative sleeves for the bins (which were $5.25 a piece at Target) to jazz them up a bit. I have enough purse fabric to further coordinate, but that might be pushing it!

I’m very happy with how it turned out, and even happier that it’s just DONE. I’ve been thinking about this stupid corner since we moved in 10 years ago!

But I still don’t have a good place to put the vacuum cleaner.

Sunday Stash – I’m Kind of a Big Deal

Um… so my “Every Comment on Every Quilt Blog Ever” funny post went viral thanks to Bonnie Hunter and Quilting Gallery.  And Missouri Star Quilt Company.  Yowza! My excuse for not finishing more things this week is that I was busy moderating comments! Yeah, that’s why!

Only “finished” project this week was the bag I pattern tested, and expect to post pictures of this week. My Autumn Splendor panel challenge is still being quilted, and I hope to finish it this week. My friend Judi from guild gave me some fabric this week to make things for Good Mews, so when I say, “Thanks, Judi!”, I mean it both genuinely (for the generosity in helping the shelter) and sarcastically (for messing with my stash numbers!).  She knows the facial expression I’m giving her for the sarcastic one. ;-)

I did use that fabric to cut enough for 4 pillowcases I’ll donate to see at the “Meowiday Market” for the shelter in December, and use the rest to make fabric postcards.  I discovered in sorting through my holiday fabric for other postcard ideas I have about 5 more (Christmas) panels I forgot about, which, GAH.  Why do I buy panels? Why does anyone? I could totally blow out this guild panel challenge, that’s for sure!

  • Used this Week: 2.5 yards
    • 2.5 yd for Rockstar Bag
  • Used year to Date: 254.75 yards
  • Added this Week: 4 yards
    • 4 yd of cat-themed Christmas fabric (thanks, Judi!)
  • Net Used for 2014: 168.25 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 96 yards (38% of total used)

See more Stash Reports at Patchwork Times!

Every Comment on Every Quilt Blog Ever

Every Comment on Every Quilt Blog EVERI was inspired by The Toast’s post on recipe blogs and my own experience. You’re welcome, CoralQuilts!

  1. Did you make that yourself?
  2. Is that modern?
  3. I don’t want to spend the money on the book you used for the pattern. Could you write up a tutorial on that?
  4. OMG how do you finish so many quilts? I never have time to sew, so I’m curious how other people get so much done.
  5. Didn’t (famous quilt blogger) already make this?
  6. Would you sell that to me? I can PayPal you $50! (ed. note: obviously from a non-quilter!)
  7. I tried this pattern, but all my blocks came out to 11 7/8″ instead of 12 1/2″, except for the one I did on my mom’s machine which came out to 13″, so I think the pattern is wrong.
  8. Did you label it?
  9. I’ve never heard of a half-square triangle. Did you invent that?
  10. I just started a fabric diet, so I’m hoping you can tell me how to make it this bed quilt with 3 fat quarters and half a jelly roll. Do I really need the background fabric?
  11. I only work in orange.  Could you re-write the pattern and tell me what Kona colors I should buy?
  12. I made this pattern, too, but swapped out the values and made my stars wonky and eliminated the sashing and used burlap for the binding.  The quilt isn’t very attractive, so I don’t recommend the pattern.
  13. Could you show me a picture of your cut pieces? I’m not sure I got the count right.
  14. What does the back look like? I made the top, but the pattern didn’t include instructions for the back and I’m out of fabric, so I guess I can’t finish the quilt.
  15. I only use 110% organic certified batting made from the dreams of baby llamas.  There’s only 1 yard produced per year, so I don’t think I can make this quilt.
  16. Did you press your seams open? I think if you press the seams open, it releases the quilt chakras too quickly and it disintegrates within 3 washings.
  17. I can’t believe you pressed your seams to one side. That totally creates bumps and disrupts the quilt chakras.
  18. I hope you pre-washed your fabric.  The sizing causes cancer.
  19. Where do you buy your fabric? You must be rich to have such a fabric museum in your house!
  20. I ran out of background fabric partway through so I substituted another fabric and my quilt looks a little jacked up. What would you recommend?
  21. Could you post instructions for making this a crib quilt?
  22. Could you post instructions for making this a lap quilt?
  23. Could you post instructions for making this a twin quilt?
  24. Could you post instructions for making this a full-sized bed quilt?
  25. Could you post instructions for making this a queen-sized bed quilt?
  26. Could you post instructions for making this a king-sized bed quilt?
  27. Could you tell me how you basted it? I tried using Nice McQuilter’s method, but instead of 1″x3″ boards, I had to use twigs I found in my yard.  I also didn’t have basting thread so I used some twine from the kitchen we use at Thanksgiving to truss the turkey. I wouldn’t recommend that basting method.
  28. How long did it take you to make it? Three days?
  29. Spray basting causes cancer and shreds the hopes of small children.
  30. I had a bad experience on a road trip through Ohio, so I can’t make any Ohio stars for any quilts. I wouldn’t recommend this pattern.
  31. Oh, it’s too bad your fabric isn’t the same as the picture in the pattern. I guess you could donate it to charity.
  32. The pattern says the border needs to be 64″ long, but I don’t have a ruler that measures 64″ so I couldn’t finish the quilt.  Where did you find a 64″ ruler?
  33. I tried to cut the pieces for this pattern, but my rotary cutter kept leaving little bits of fabric connected when I cut them. I don’t think this pattern is very good.
  34. I only had a size 70 needle to quilt this and my machine kept skipping stitches. The pattern writer should have told us this would happen.
  35. Could you make me one?

Edited: I’m closing comments on this because instead of being a fun banter, there are starting to be some blocks in a bunch over hurt feelings and general unloading on unsuspecting targets.

WIP Wednesday – On Time and Under Budget

Oh, hey, finally got a WIP Wednesday post up on Wednesday! And actual progress to report, too!

The #LDSI Labor Day Sew In was pretty productive for me.  I got two quilts bound, a top pieced, made a new purse, put finishing touches on some luggage tags, and made the top for my official Panel Challenge piece for the Atlanta Modern Quilters Guild.

This is the (unpressed) panel I’m starting with.  It’s very tempting to just add a border to it as it and quilt it, but I was thinking through where I’d like to put it. I didn’t have a spot in my house just calling for this quilt to be hung on a wall, so I went another way.

A way that involved a lot of geometry and angles and bias edges.

Anywho, the top got pieced (after much swearing and sighing) and sandwiched and I started quilting it last night. I’m doing custom quilting on it and using a number of different thread colors to match.  Here’s a close-up of some of the quilting in one of the sunflower centers.

Autumn Serenity - Quilting Detail