Sunday, January 24, 2021

Monday Meandering 1 - 25 - 2021

Here we are with only 1 week left in January.  It hasn't been a whole lot better than 2020 but I "think" we may be making progress.  I have been able to sign up for my Covid vaccine but it doesn't sound like it will happen anytime soon.  I was just happy to get an email acknowledging that I'd signed up.  For the time being we'll stay home most of the time.  Snow may be in our forecast.  We haven't had much snow in the greater DC area for years ... or at least an hour south where we live. I will wait to see it before I believe it. 

First up Goals! 

1/18/2021

  1. Work on T Shirt Quilt: embroidery, star blocks ✔️I'm almost done with the star blocks, I did a sample embroidery of the name
  2. Continue hand quilting on Christmas Quilt✔️ It's done! 
  3. Begin cutting Ohio Stars R, W, B quilt ✔️Several blocks cut out; 1 sewn
I was tickled to get a lot done on my goals this week.  But I did get involved with a squirrel project.  Hopefully it will be shown by the end of the week.  (It's pink so all you RSC people might have a good guess about it.) 

Maybe the best thing I did this past week is finish the handquilting on the Christmas quilt.  My plan is to put the binding on this week.  I had a note on the binding fabric that listed June 2004.  I'm thinking that is when I finished the top.  Unfortunately, I had a surprise while I ironed some of the fabric I trimmed off the backing.  It BLED!  Yikes, it is red and gold -- the red was bleeding like crazy where a bit of water got on it.  I did a test to make sure and, yep, it's a bleeder.  I guess I started washing my fabric on a regular basis sometime after 2004.  After 16 years of dragging the quilt around to work on it and all the marking it definitely needs to be washed.  I will throw in 4 or 5 Color Catchers and hopefully the excess color won't adhere to the cream background.  I'll keep you posted. 
                                    
The red on the far right is the backing fabric.   

So what's up for this week? 

1/25/2021 

  1. Work on T-shirt quilt: borders, blocks, embroidery
  2. Embroider sweatshirt
  3. Bind Christmas quilt
  4. Quilt and bind one or more of my quilts 
I don't have much to show today so I thought I'd show the borders added to Cheese and Crackers.  By the way, that's the name of the pattern from Atkinson Designs, I haven't come up with my own title.  I really like this pattern and may use it again sometime.  You can see a picture before the borders here.  They really make a difference. 


That's it for today.  I hope you join me at the following linky parties: Oh Scrap, Monday Making, Design Wall Monday, and To Do Tuesday.  There's always new things to discover on quilters' blogs. 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 


Saturday, January 23, 2021

Meet My Friend Jack

Is Jack your friend too or perhaps a hated necessity in your life?  I've been keeping company with Jack way more than usual this last week or two. And, it isn't just one Jack in my life.  I hope you aren't doing the same thing.  Some of the Jacks in my current life.


And here are all the Jack the Rippers in my downstairs studio.  I'm pretty sure there are at least two upstairs. 


You might be asking yourself why I am being so friendly with Jack(s).  It's probably because I am having a heck of a time following directions these days.  It's been going on for the last couple of weeks.  I sewed several long seams wrong on the Cheese and Cracker top.  I didn't even realize it was more than one until after I finished ripping one out and had to rip the other one too. 

And, this little piece has way too many seams taken apart.  Thank goodness they were all short seams.  (I'll be showing the whole thing on Sat, 1/30 or there abouts.) 

And what do you get after you do all that work to remove a seam?  Yea, nothing but a pile of thread! 

Here's why there is a lot of pink thread up above.

Yep, that is supposed to be a Friendship Star block in RSC's color of the month, pink.  Didn't turn out all that well without Jack taking care of it for me. 

I thought since I'd just made 2 pink Friendship Stars I wouldn't have any problem with 16 grey with yellow stars.  Um, no, Jack lent a hand ripping out incorrect seams on a lot of the first blocks.  I'm hoping he can have a really nice rest once I get back to sewing the Friendship Stars. (The grey and yellow ones will be going in the T Shirt quilt I've been working on recently.) 

I've decided I need to get a handle on why Jack has become my best friend the last few weeks.  Here's what I've come up with:
    1. I've not been reading directions particularly well recently.
    2. I don't seem to realize that turning one block wrong wrecks the entire block. 
    3. Maybe I haven't been getting enough sleep at night.  (I'm not completely convinced of this one as I slept over 8 hours one night and still made mistakes the next day.)  
    4.  Maybe I just feel sorry for Jack languishing away in drawers throughout the studio.  

I'm looking for some great suggestions on how to avoid making mistakes while sewing.  I don't really mind ripping inaccurate seams but progress would be made a whole lot faster if I wasn't ripping out so much.  I'm hoping I can do much better over the next few weeks and months. Bye Jack! 

I'm linking with these linky parties: Can I Have a Whoop, Whoop?,  Finished or Not Friday and Bolt to Beauties Beauties Pageant. Join in the fun to see what folks are up to.

Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 


Sunday, January 17, 2021

Monday Meandering 1 - 18 - 20021

It's another Monday and time to announce my goals for the coming week and review how I did last week.  

So how did I do last week?  Fabulously actually -- or at least I think so!  Here's the list: 

1/11/2021

Finished Glorified 9 patches✔️ and sewed them together.

Continue hand quilting on Christmas Quilt✔️

Finish Cheese and Cracker to top stage✔️

Begin cutting Ohio Stars R, W, B quilt  nope, didn't get anything done on this


And here's what I am going to work on this week:  


11/18/2021

Work on T Shirt Quilt: embroidery and star blocks 

Continue hand quilting on Christmas Quilt

Begin cutting Ohio Stars R, W, B quilt


I'm only listing three items as I really need to make progress on the T shirt quilt.  I've had several weeks of doing my own projects.  It's time to get the T shirt quilt to top stage.  That means I need to embroider a name on the upper border, make some friendship stars to go above the embroidered name and on the bottom to bring the quilt to twin size.  I have to decide how I'll put the borders on: sides first or top/bottom. I won't make the decision until I get the embroidery done and make the stars.  I expect that will take a lot of my time this week. 


I'm happy to report I really am making progress on the hand quilting.  I figure I have about 24" more of the border to do times 8!  I don't know why I chose a design that has 8 lines of quilting in the border.  So, yes, big progress but I still have quite a bit to do.  I'm hoping to get all the quilting done in the next two weeks.  


Here's something I did off list.  Do you read Kat and Cat blog? Kat runs a charity called Covered in Love, (CIL).  She describes CIL as a quilting charity that provides comfort quilts to patients who pass away in the hospital. It started small with 8 quilts and has now given away over 700 quilts.  Kat has block drives to help her with this project.  Right now there is a string drive going.  You can find the directions here. She's looking for string blocks done mostly with one color and a pop of a second color.  You'll have to send an email to Kat to get the address to know where to send your finished blocks.  Here's the three blocks I'm sending.  


Later this week I hope to show one of the tops I finished last week.  I am still deciding on whether to add a border to my glorified 9 patch blocks. 


On to the linky parties.  Please spend some time checking out these parties: Oh Scrap, Monday Making, Design Wall Monday, and To Do Tuesday.  (Hopefully I'll remember to link my post to To Do Tuesday.  I forgot last weeks!  Oops.) 


Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Monday Meandering 1 - 11 - 2021

It has been an unprecedented week.  Like many, I was watching what was unfolding an hour north of where I live. But in the end, I was and am shocked to see fellow Americans who rioted and broke into the U.S. Capitol. January 20th can not come fast enough for me.  I pray that Mr. Trump doesn't create anymore chaos. 

Back to my quilting life. Here's my to do list from last week.

1/4/2021

Cut 10 more Glorified 9 patch blocks; sew together✔️ all cut out, more than half sewn. 


Begin cutting Ohio Stars R, W, B quilt On hold until this week

Quilt something on Long Arm ✔️ customer quilt finished and returned.

Continue hand quilting on Christmas Quilt✔️ It's going to take quite a few more weeks.


This week I'm going to be working on. . . 

1/11/2021

Finish Glorified 9 patches

Continue hand quilting on Christmas Quilt

Begin cutting Ohio Stars R, W, B quilt 

Finish Cheese and Cracker top 



Cheese and Crackers is a pattern by Atkinson Designs.  Years ago I decided I'd use it for my Thirties fabrics.  Several months ago I cut out and sewed all the blocks and the units needed for the border.  This is as far as I got because I ran out of the background fabric, Kona Snow.  Luckily, my local JoAnn Store had a yard of it left. This picture makes the fabrics look dull.  (I sure hope the whole thing perks up as I finish it.)  If I can, I plan to get the borders on and then finish sewing the units of the border together.  (The lines are a flannel fabric behind the quilt.  I'm surprised how much they show through.) 


In between what I was working on I did get a few odd blocks done.  Here's a bright Easy Breezy block. Once I get my design wall cleared off again I'll take my collection of Easy Breezy blocks out and see how they look.  


Check out these that I link to each Monday. Oh ScrapMonday Making, and Design Wall Monday. Tuesday I will post on To Do Tuesday. 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

To Do Tuesday 1 - 4 - 2021

Two days in a row?  I haven't blogged that much for a while.  But yesterday's Monday Meandering was full of what I did last year.  Now I'm on to my regular weekly goal report. 

So here's last week's list.  

12/28/2020

Continue hand quilting on Christmas Quilt - Finally some done Monday night.

Start working on borders of T shirt quilt - On hold waiting for decisions.

Sew the red and black blocks together ✔️ Find pictures of it here

Quilt one of my quilts ✔️ I got the Dalmatian top quilted and bound. (see above.) 


Here is my first list of goals for 2021.


1/4/2021

Cut 10 more Glorified 9 patch blocks; start sewing together

Begin cutting Ohio Stars R, W, B quilt 

Quilt something on Long Arm 

Continue hand quilting on Christmas Quilt


Over the weekend I spent quite a lot of time reviewing finishes, UFO items, not cleaning as much as I should have, and sewing off goals list.  Here are a couple of pictures of what I worked on last week that weren't listed on the goals list. 


First up a project that must be an antique. There are 56 1.5" squares pinned on a a folded piece of muslin.  The three missing have already been sewn together.  As I was plowing through my various UFO bins and boxes I ran into this.  I figure it is probably 10+ years old.  I eyed the very nice red ball pins and the muslin.  It dawned on me I could put both things to work doing something else.  So, I'm stitching this as an ender project.  I've gotten two and a half rows done.  I have no idea what I'll do with it but it will get done sometime in the next month or two.  


The other project is making blocks for FCQ Equilter, Beth. She picked a Missouri Star quilt call 4 x 4. You can find the directions here. It also has a video link.  Beth wanted us to use brights and white.  Here are the  first 9 blocks I'm making for her. I'm to happy to use some of my supply of 2.5" blocks I cut when I'm cleaning up from other quilts.  I plan to make several more and then ship them off to her.  


That's it for now.  It's time to link up to a couple of parties and then get on to actually piecing.  (Or if I was really good cleaning up the cutting table. Nah, I'll keep playing with my fabrics!)  Check out To Do Tuesday at Home Sewn By Us, MidWeek Makers at Quilt Fabrication, and  Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation.  Here's my challenge.... I will need to come back Wednesday and Thursday to add the links.  Let's see if I can do that.  Don't forget to visit some other blogs from these linky parties.  You never know what great things you'll find!  Kudos to me -- I linked to all my regular parties. And . . . 

Linky News Flash:  I'm linking up to a new party that will be available every Wednesday to Tuesday at Life in the Scrapatch.  Join me today at the first Stitch, Sew and Show linky party.

Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie  




Monday, January 4, 2021

Monday Meanderings 1 - 4 - 2021

 2020 Quilting Recap 

My overall impression of 2020 is it was a bummer. I missed seeing family, traveling, quilt retreats and doing what I wanted when I wanted. On the other hand my quilting time was off the charts!  Don't look for my goals today as I have way too much to share on what I accomplished in 2020.  First up is stashbusting statistics. 

2020

Fabric In Month

Fabric In Year

Fabric Out Month

Fabric Out Year

Total In or Out Year

Dec

6.250

95.750

8.75

95.625

0.125




I'm totally amazed that I almost used as much fabric as I acquired.  Yep, that is all of 1/8th of a yard more this year!  Not bad at all.  In fact, I could have listed some blocks I'm sending to one of the FCQ Equilters later this month but decided to include all in January's outgo as I'm still making them.  But over all, I am really pleased. How about a quick peak at what I've done since I first started keeping in coming and out going fabric.  It's been 11 years so far. 

Year

Fabric In 

Fabric Out Year

Total In or Out Year

2010

  65.000

 70.250

  13.000

2011

186.500

 72.000

114.500

2012

113.545

108.970

    4.575

2013

100.710

103.015

    2.305

2014

108.250

  79.750

  28.500

2015

  66.205

  77.150

  10.945 

2016

  83.375

 55.375

  28.000

2017

118.625

108.125

  10.500

2018

85.375

94.250 

8.875

2019

55.830

66.625

10.705

2020

95.750

95.625

0.125


You might notice a huge increase in 2011.  My guild was having an auction of quilty things donated to the guild.  This is a small guild and people weren't bidding so I bid to try to get things going and the next thing I knew I had "purchased" a LOT of fabric.  I don't have records of what it cost but it was dirt cheap. 

It was definitely a good year for finished quilts.  Here are a few of my favorites. (You should be able to click on all the pictures to enlarge them.) 
Table runner was a mystery pattern from my friend Sharon.

I wanted to try this style quilt.  The cute fox fabric was leftover from  grandson Theo's baby quilt. Everything else was from my stash.  

Carousel was probably my favorite quilt from this year.  The bright fabrics were a gift from my daughter at Christmas.  Much of the rest was from stash.  But what really made me love it is the quilting. 

And the wonderful quilting pattern is "Diana" from  My Creative Stitches. 

I really love this quilt but I didn't press the seams correctly so had rather lumpy junctures where too many seams met each other.  It might be time to try another one of these and iron more efficiently. Maybe a clapper would help too. 

Another quilt I just love.  Told the hubby I didn't think I'd give it away.  It might be perfect for a great grandson. (Note, oldest grand is 10 so this isn't happening anytime soon!) Pattern setting from MaryQuilts.com -- Twisted 9 patch.

Diamond Chains pattern from Missouri Star Quilters. 

I make Happy Quilts all the time. Or so it seems.  This is one of maybe 5 I made this year. The original pattern came from MaryQuilts.com. This quilt was one of three I made for triplets.  It was part of the 11 (or was it 12?) quilts I sent to a school district in Washington state to be given to all the students whose families had lost their homes in one of the major fires. 

A quick finish using my Go die cutter and several fabrics in my stash. It's amazing how different a basic sawtooth star looks if you change up the colors a bit.  I used 2 navy blues Then I changed the corner square colors and points.  

Dalmatian fabric started me off.  Pattern available free at ShopMartingale.com.  Go to the bottom of the page and look under Help Center.  You have to sign in before you can access the patterns. Look for Nest. There are a lot of other freebies available. Super easy quilt. I was happy to use a lot of smaller leftover pieces.  (Not that I finished any of them but I do have more interesting scraps!) 

I surprised myself with how many quilts I finished this year: 22.  I made a lot of tops which I didn't include in this count.  Yep, I still have a lot of quilts to finish.  My biggest issue is not having enough backing fabric.  I don't want to buy fabric but I suspect that is what will be happening to finish off more quilts. 

Next up: my thread usage.  I've been keeping up with the number of spools I empty every year since 2012.  Now, you would think I would have used a huge number of spools this year, but, sadly, no, I didn't.  My spool usage number was 16. 
Spools used in 2020. From left: Guttermann, Mettler  Silk Finish,  Presencia.  (The new spools from Mettler are purple -- old ones are white.) 

My highest number of spools used was in 2017 when I used 30. (I have no idea what I was doing unless I finished up a lot of long arm thread and embroidery thread.) My lowest was 7 the year we moved to Northern Virginia.

There is a reason I didn't use as much thread this year as in the past.  The main reason is at the beginning of May I put in a thread order for all three types of thread: regular sewing, long arm, and embroidery.  I purchased 2 2000 yard cones of Mettler Silk Finish thread in white and light grey.  Light grey is my preferred piecing thread color.  I've probably used 2/3rds of the grey.  I'm counting on having it be empty some time this year.  I also have maybe 3 or 4 spools where I can see the plastic spool so if I ever use those colors I'll have a nice start of thread usage. And, on the first quilt on the long arm I used up a cone of thread.  Not a bad start. 

I hope you enjoyed my little trip down memory lane.  I spent quite a bit of time this weekend looking at UFOs, finished quilts, tops waiting to be quilted and projects I've started recently.  I also gave myself a little list of what I want to get done both unfinished projects and new projects. I'll probably enter them on a list on the computer, print it out on colored card stock, and hang it in a prominent spot in the studio. 

Are you ready for some great linky parties?  Check out these that I link to each Monday. Oh Scrap, Monday Making, and Design Wall Monday.  I'll save To Do Tuesday to post my goals list tomorrow.  

Happy Quilting! Bonnie 
  

Friday, January 1, 2021

The Last Quilt of 2020

I succeeded in finishing one more quilt this last week of 2020.  It's been nice to have everything for the holidays done so that I could do some things for me.  I got this Dalmatian fabric from a purchase of novelty fabrics through SewItsForSale@groups.io in November.  I took a big hit on my stash busting statistics that month so I was eager to get a quilt done with some of it.  

The pattern is called Nest and is available free at Shop Martingale. The pattern called for the 12" blocks to be set 5 x 5 but I chose to make it rectangular -- 4 x5 blocks. The blocks went together really quickly.  After my sample block I showed here, I cut all the pieces out.  Because I wanted to even out the black prints and the red prints, I divided up the fabric so that each block had 2 red pieces and 2 black pieces.  I wonder how it would look if I just randomly selected the pieces?  I did try to keep the fabric patterns  evenly spaced out as I laid out the blocks.  But that is a job that could be worked on for hours.  I finally said enough and started sewing the blocks together. 

The quilting pattern is African Samba by Apricot Moon.  I used a red So Fine thread.  For binding I used the same solid black as I used in the quilt. Last quilt of the year finished! 

I'm linking up with My Quilt Infatuation, Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop?, and Finished or Not Friday. Enjoy some time seeing what new quilty projects are showing up on the Internet. 

Happy Quilting All for 2021!  Bonnie