Monthly Archives: August 2012

HtbaS - Episode 94

Alternate title this week: Death Stars are Stupid, or Cro-Magnon Teacup Babies. I talk about the baby shower, working on the Star Wars quilts, infestations, and hunky patriots. A veritable smorgasbord of topics!

  • The Curious Quilter hosts the charm swap I referenced - sorry I forgot your blog name, Mary!
  • Join us for the Labor Day Sew-In on Twitter with the #LDSI hashtag.

Wellspring Pinwheel Quilt - Finished

Well, we are getting Isaac rain right now in Atlanta, so I can’t take pics outside. And because we’ve just discovered on top of all the other problems, the cats have somehow gotten fleas, I am not going to lay this quilt out in my (carpeted) living room. So this is the best pic you’re going to get for a while.
The pinwheels are set on point in the quilt center, sashed by that light green print.  There is a strip of that blue fabric down each long side, and the final brown sashing/border completes it.  The back is that same blue fabric.  It’s twin-sized, and will go in the recovery house that Wellspring Living runs for girls rescued from human trafficking.
I also finished up this little item, made with leftovers from my Plume projects - these borders were too busy to work with my project, but they work great as a very fancy cat nap mat for Good Mews:
I had to stop mid-way through the quilting on it because of this:
 (and yes, I’ll wash this in hot water before giving it to Good Mews. Sigh)
And now I’m off to wash and seal all the quilts in my house so when I bomb for fleas on Thursday I won’t have to re-wash them. Double sigh.

Sunday Night Stash: A (Not So) Long Time Ago, In A (Not So) Galaxy Far Away…

It finally happened! I finished the first (of three) Star Wars quilt. I bet Sharon Schamber never figured people would use her applique method for droids.  Hopefully you’ve seen the pictures by now.
  • Used this Week: 9.75 yards
    • 9 yards for the R2D2 Star Wars quilt
    • 0.5 yards for diaper clutch for niece
    • 0.25 yards for Big Bloom flower
  • Used year to Date: 324 yards
  • Added this Week: 0 yards
    • (ssh… I may have bought some fabric that hasn’t been delivered yet)
  • Net Used for 2012: 93.5 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 112.5 yards (35% of total used)

See more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

May the Quilt Be With You: Artoo - FINISHED!

So maybe you heard I was working on a thing?

With robots?
And it had a handsome rogue?
Artoo - Han makes an appearance
And a bad guy?
Who likes to crush droids in trash compactors? (this tire fabric is one of my favorite parts)
I used a blocky meander around the center Artoo, straight line in the gray word border, and then a stipple in the rest (taking care to try to avoid stitching on anyone’s eye). The finished quilt measures 69×83″ which is sort of large, honestly. My dad is six feet tall so I guess it will cover him and a couple cats in the recliner. My parents will get it when they come to visit in a couple weeks!

HtbaS - Episode 93

WIP Wednesday: Distractions and Droids

I’ve gotten the first Star Wars quilt sandwiched, but it’s rather uninteresting to see a lump of basted quilt, so instead here’s a shot of what’s on my machine for a small distraction before going to town quilting an Artoo unit.  I also got all the last bits assembled for the second top with the exception of the applique. Once that’s in place, that top should come together quickly.

And by “small”, I mean 2″ squares, not small in quantity, because this is the 2nd group of these shapes I’m sewing for a total of 288 total. This is a new scrappy quilt that I’m working on that will remain a bit of a mystery until I get the kinks worked out in the design.

The Helper Cats have rallied a bit this week, so we are enjoying our time together. Zoom insists on sitting right next to or on top of what I am sewing on the machine, which is lovely if I was trying to hold it down, but not so great for actual sewing.

Scraps, Baby! in Pinks & Purples: Finished!

I took time this weekend to finish this second version of Scraps, Baby! for Project Linus in pinks and purples. I had a lot more 4 patches in pinks and purples than the first version, so you get a nice pattern from a distance.

Sunday Night Stash: Using the Force

I’ve gotten the first top of the Star Wars quilts done, and will sandwich it later tonight.  In the mean time I quilted and bound the pink/purple Scraps, Baby! quilt and will get it in the wash to take pictures of it tomorrow.  My two baby quilt finishes this week are earmarked for Project Linus so that’s bumping up the charitable use as well.

  • Used this Week: 8.25 yards
    • 3.75 yards for Periwinkle Posie
    • 4.5 yards for pink/purple Scraps, Baby! quilt
  • Used year to Date: 314.25 yards
  • Added this Week: 4.5 yards
    • 3 yards various grays
    • 1.5 yards of a Riley Blake layer cake
  • Net Used for 2012: 83.75 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 112.5 yards (36% of total used)

See more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS - Episode 92

Short and sweet this week mostly because it’s been a challenging week for me (and now I have a cold)- a review of Star Wars quilt progress to date, another Scraps, Baby! quilt, and the finish of Periwinkle Posie for Project Linus.


WIP Wednesday: This the Droid You’re Looking For

Having cut out the big squares for the border, the next piece of business for the Star Wars quilts is the applique design in the centers.  My parents requested an R2D2 for theirs, so I’ve been searching out line art or color pages, and lucked out thanks to the internet.  Because the centers will measure about 27×40.5″, I need a pretty big Artoo unit, although I may add some smaller elements or quilting detail once I see how this works out.  To make it big, I used the “poster print out” option on my printer to blow up a regular 8.5×11″ picture by 300%.  Here I am getting some helpering to tape it together:
After Zapper had drooled sufficiently on the paper, I pieced the rest of it together. Here I am helpering her to take a nap by making her give Artoo a mustache. Or sideburns. Not quite sure which.
Artoo measures about 16×25″. I’ve got the applique stabilizer cut out, and picked out my colors for him.  Next up is getting the fabric wrapped around the stabilizer and stitched down.