The Stitch TV Show – Episode 217 Audio Only

In this episode of The Stitch TV Show, In episode 217 of The Stitch TV Show quilting talk show, Pam and Lynn answer the very pressing question “How Should I Quilt This?” with a number of sample tops from our UFO piles and the studio audience from Red Hen Fabrics in Marietta GA.  Visit The Stitch TV Show website for pictures of the 7 quilts we talk about (and to see some of Pam’s weird facial expressions).

Our next Virtual Stitch-In is May 12, 2017  at 7 pm US Eastern!

This is the audio-only version of the YouTube video, produced as a quilting podcast. See show notes, links to the various things we talk about, photos, and more on The Stitch TV Show page!  I’ll be back next week for the usual solo geeky fare!

Stay in touch! Follow my personal Instagram @Pantsfreesia, or my adventures with Lynn @TheStitchTVShow.

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Maxwell Bag – Finished!

In lieu of WIP Wednesday today, I bring you a finish! On Sunday I was agonizing(ish) over fabric choices for the Maxwell Bag but I made some change-outs and then just plundered ahead before I could second guess anymore. And then I finished it!

I chose to do the pieced version of the main panels rather than the whole fabric, hence the indecision on the fabric assortment.  Because these main panels are also quilted, there’s another layer of prep involved. That part can be a bit maddening – mostly because I wanted to do something different in each panel and not just straight lines in varying widths, but I did find it easier to leave a couple panels on the Soft and Stable and quilt them as one piece (akin to having them all loaded on a longarm machine).

For the side panels, there are nice deep pockets. I bet you can fit a bottle of wine in there!

On the interior, I think I was on a quilting roll and quilted the interior more than was called for in the pattern. Oh well – it’s not a bad thing but took a little more time than originally planned.

A word about the handles. You start with a thick cording and wrap it with a foam interfacing (a.k.a. Soft ‘n Stable). Then you make a fabric tube and feed the foam covered cording through it; that part was the most tedious and was also prone to things getting skootched out of place. Because the cording frays easily, there’s not a good way to catch it and pull it through with a crochet or similar small hook, so you are literally pushing a rope. It took a while, but was doable. I did find I probably trimmed a bit more than put in the directions on order to have all the ends line up and have enough of the fabric tube left over to appropriately cover it with enough overlap to handstitch it in place. So, in sum, handles are irritating but worth it because they are super cushy and stand up on their own, and won’t drag on the floor!

Sunday Stash – Onward

Two projects wrapped up this week as the wheels of progress continue to turn! I managed to wrap up two of the three pillow covers I’m working on (the other involves handpiecing), a donation quilt, and a totebag of sorts.

Here was my starting point for the bag fabric; I did sub in a lime green houndstooth, a black polka dot, and a darker teal for three of these to bring a better value range to the assortment.  I think it will make a good project bag to tote around, but is a bit too open to be a replacement purse.

  • Used this week:  9.25 yards
    • 5 yd for baseball donation quilt
    • 3.25 yd for the Maxwell Bag
    • 1 yd for two pillow covers
  • Used Year to Date: 72 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yard
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used YTD: 14.75 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 16 yards (23% of total used)

You can see more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS – Episode 302

I recap the disappointing cruise we went on (no fault the cruise line, and no compensation due to us), getting back in the quilting saddle with some small projects, a number of book reviews, and what projects I’ve got coming up in the short term!

Books:

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WIP Wednesday: Back At It

This week I’ve been trying to get back into the groove and finishing some things before the next wave of giant projects hit.  I’ve been remiss in finishing up a couple things for my mom, so I’ve been working on some alternative throw pillow covers and various projects.  I’m trying my hand at a cathedral window-style cover; it looks better than I’d thought it might for a first try!

And it’s also time to get back to quilting; I took the cover off Cindy to find the table bed cover had buckled, like maybe the cats had skidded onto it so much that it skootched it over? I peel up the double sided tape and smoothed it all out again, so easy enough to fix,

Sunday Stash – It’s Getting Ugly

This was another slow usage week as I focused on getting well from the mega-cold I caught on vacation. I managed to eek out 2 small projects, both of which made use of the “ugly” snowman fabric that Lynn showed on episode 215 of The Stitch TV Show. They’ll both be going to good homes shortly!

 

  • Used this week:  2.75 yards
    • 1.25 yd for snowman tablerunner
    • 1.5 yd for the snowman tree skirt
  • Used Year to Date: 62.75 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yard
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used YTD: 5.5 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 11 yards (18% of total used)

 

You can see more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

The Stitch TV Show – Episode 216 Audio Only

In this episode of quilting chat with friends, Pam and Lynn talk about having a quilt in the Paducah spring show, handpiecing, and the finer points of entering a quilt challenge.

the coffee cup is a lie

Our next Virtual Stitch-In is April 14, 2017, and again on May 12 at 7 pm US Eastern!

This is the audio-only version of the YouTube video, produced as a quilting podcast. See show notes, links to the various things we talk about, photos, and more on The Stitch TV Show page!  I’ll be back next week for the usual solo geeky fare!

Stay in touch! Follow my personal Instagram @Pantsfreesia, or my adventures with Lynn @TheStitchTVShow.

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HtbaS – Episode 301

It’s a time-warp-cast! In this episode of the Hip to be a Square quilting podcast, I talk about catching my breath between travel, where I’m sitting when this episode gets released, how the first few weeks of commuting again has been, and general reflection on what’s to come.

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WIP Wednesday – Just Beachy

Beachwalk QuiltI may or may not be on a beach right now, but I will be shortly! In honor of that, here’s a picture of the Beachwalk quilt I made a couple year ago.

Before getting to the beach, however, I managed to finish the two Saturday Sampler blocks for this month.  We’re coming up on the end for Summertime Blues (only one block left), so I need to start thinking about layout.  I think I want to set it in an alternate sort of layout to make it a bed size quilt and take advantage of the giant digitally printed cat I got from a Moda kit. That will require me to bring in a bit of lime green to match the cat eyes, and maybe some additional blocks to fill out the setting. Mostly I want a bed size quilt to donate to Good Mews for their auction this year since I know those sell better!

Sunday Stash – Wishful

This week I managed to finish one last quilt before vacation. No pictures of it since it was of a personal nature, however. This is the “get well” quilt for a co-worker that had messages and names written all over it, so just imagine it looks good!

In the absence of  picture of a quilt, here is Nina, practicing her “cubicle face”. #ThatsJustHerFace.

I also managed to hold off on buying fabric this week so I’ve finally crossed back over into the light on the net used statistic this week!

  • Used this week:  8.75 yards
    • 8.75 yd for the “get well” quilt
  • Used Year to Date: 60 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yard
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used YTD: 2.75 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 11 yards (25% of total used)

You can see more stash reports at Patchwork Times!