Monday, September 22, 2014

Design Wall Monday 9 - 22- 2014

This is going to be a really busy week!  You won't see all that much sewing accomplished but I have some sewing related activities to look forward to. 

I finished the Mystery for Relay #28 by Saturday night.  And, I delivered it to the head of the auction committee on Sunday.  Glad to have fulfilled my commitment.  You can see how it looks here. Needless to say I am thrilled with Ruthie and all her enhancements! 

Now I am working on getting ready for the fall retreat. In just over a week I'll be heading up to the Harrisonburg area for 3 nights and 4 days of sewing. Yippee!  I am tickled because not only is Sharon joining us, (she has been for several years now) but Mary Beth is coming too.  We had a few open spots so I sent emails to a couple of the gals who go to the Maryland retreat and MB jumped right on it.  

I have been working on UFO's a lot this year so I decided I would pull out my "Wild Dogs" blocks and finish them off.  I thought I only had one or two left and all I needed to do was blanket stitch them on the sewing machine. WRONG.  I have 6 stitched and 2 that need to be traced, fabric picked, fused, cut, ironed on the background and stitched.  I thought stitching while at retreat would work well because it is pretty mindless work and I could talk and stitch.  Good thing I looked at this a week before I leave.  I will be tracing designs and getting everything prepped before I go so all I will need to do is stitch.  It'll just take a bit more time than I had planned! 


These are Amy Bradley's designs that I bought in 2006 at the FCQ show.  I was so in love with them that I went home and made one the night I bought them.  Eyes are missing and anything else that is embellished.  Those will be added after it is quilted.  All I hope to do is get the other three dogs appliqu├ęd in place.  I must say the colors are really washed out here.  The dog on the bottom left is on a bright orange background!  

Two of the three blocks ready to work on. 
I have also been making blocks for the most recent FCQ Equilter.  This is a an easy block and I am tickled to use up some of my cream background -- you know the type -- it looks like a city landscape because you've taken out so many bits and bites.  I need to get what is leftover into my scrap system.  I really like this block!  

Here's what I accomplished last week.  Yea! for getting things done even if it wasn't everything I wanted to do.
Week of September 15, 2014
Upload new pantograph patterns and try them
Make backing for mystery quilt to be given to church auction
Quilt mystery quilt
Bind mystery quilt
Finish paper pieced glasses from row x row (can’t find the pieces!)
Finish table runner from guild
Plan quilting for sailboat quilt
Attend Womans Club and bring part of lunch
Knit on sock

Week of September 22, 2014
Attend Hatched In Africa trunk Show & lunch w/friends
Lunch out Wednesday w/ woman’s club friends
Trip to Nags Head and the beach
Knit on sock
Load Sailboat Quilt on Ruthie
Prep last 3 wild dog blocks
Prep new quilt 

You noticed that last one didn't you?  Ok, I am starting a new quilt.  I've had a scrap pattern I bought from Marge of Mysteries for Relays.  I've owned it for YEARS.  I've had it in a basket on the sewing table for many of those years.  There is a rationale for starting this quilt.  First, it will be an ender for me.  (I don't usually use leaders but I use enders as much as I can.)  Second, I can't really get any more strips in my 2" drawer so I have to do something.  I hope to make a dent in it so I can put more in there.  Ha!  I bet I can take out enough for a lap quilt and not make a dent in those 2" strips!  Anyway, hopefully you'll see the result of that effort in the next few weeks. 

Time for me to get on with the day.  You can see other design walls by going to Patchwork Times. 

Happy Quilting All!  

Saturday, September 20, 2014

An Almost Done UFO

My mental deadline for this quilt came and went. But I was diligent and it will be done by the end of today.  I want to share it because I doubt I'll get good pictures when I finish it this evening. This was Mystery 28 from Marge's Mysteries for Relay.  I started it in March or was it April in 2013?  I worked on it on and off for a while and finally finished the top at the Faithful Circle Quilter's Retreat in June.  By then I knew we were computerizing Ruthie so I waited to quilt it until after the upgrade.  

This quilt is being donated to Manakin Episcopal Church's Gala Dinner and Auction to be part of the silent auction next Saturday. The binding has already been sewn on one side by machine and I am doing the hand stitching in the evenings.  

I need to make a label for it but have come up short on naming it.  I love the names Bonnie Hunter gives her mysteries so I'm trying to come up with something descriptive and interesting.  But I've got nothing, nada, nope, not anything.  So help me out folks.  I need a name for this.  If you can come up with something that would be helpful. Although the blue with red flowers is a Christmas fabric it really doesn't scream Christmas to me.  You have to look at the flowers to realize the flowers are poinsettias and are generally thought of as Christmas.  Any thoughts? Ideas?  Add them in a comment -- soon.  I have to have it done to turn over tomorrow. I'll check back early afternoon and see what has been suggested.  

Here's what the quilting looks like on the back.  I pieced the back with mostly fabric from the front except I purchased a piece of red that went well with the front.  The binding is the red from the front.  I love how precise the computer stitches out the design.  I will definitely be quilting for others with Ruthie now.  I have several more quilts waiting to be quilted one of which I need to do a little more custom type work.  That will be interesting to see if I can place partial rows of quilting.  Keep tuned, I'll be showing more finished quilts in the next week or so. 


Needless to say I'm going to have a very good month when I do my final monthly accounting of my stash busting efforts.  We'll be traveling for several days next week so I probably will only get one more quilt done but every one helps especially since I've acquired nearly no yardage this month.  Well, except that one piece I picked up at guild as someone is downsizing her stash. It was only ONE piece -- it could have been yards and yard. But, friends and I are going Tuesday to an embroidery event, lunch and then visit the new location for Quilting Adventures.  

I'm off to have breakfast and some ice tea.  I'll be in the studio most of the day in hopes of getting several more things either finished or farther along toward finished. 

Happy Quilting All! 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Design Wall Monday 9-15-2014

Last week was really busy.  By Sunday afternoon all I wanted to do was lay on the couch and read a book.  Which I did! 

Ruthie continues to stitch out beautifully while being controlled by a computer. This first picture was my 3rd quilt -- a wheel chair quilt made by Jane.  You can see how nicely the parallel part of the pattern comes out.
I also quilted a lap quilt for Colleen W.  I really like this quilt and am thinking using a similar pattern next year.  She wanted light quilting.  This turned out amazing.  Well, except for the hour or so I spent trying to figure out how to place a particular row.  I had a little issue because about 2" at the bottom wasn't quilted at all.  Now, how did that happen?  It may have been when I did the sizing to begin with.  

Here's a close up of the quilting on this one. I think it was the same pattern as the charity quilt shown above.  
I was really behind last week so I didn't even post goals and how I did on the previous week's goals.  I thought I would get to it later in the week.  Nope, didn't happen.  I did hand write some goals just to keep focused. 
Except for the mystery quilt everything got done.  The mystery quilt is close to the top of the list this week. 

Week of September 15, 2014
Upload new pantograph patterns and try them
Make backing for mystery quilt to be given to church auction
Quilt mystery quilt
Bind mystery quilt
Finish paper pieced glasses from row x row
Finish table runner from guild
Plan quilting for sailboat quilt
Attend Womans Club and bring part of lunch
Knit on sock

I'm linking up with Patchwork Times today.  Enjoy your browsing around Design Walls.

Happy Quilting All!