Sunday, September 29, 2019
Rail Fence quilts really are fairly quick and easy - no fancy curves or hsts, or even squares - just straight strip sewing and then cutting....lots of cutting. :)
Sewing the segments together should be a quick and easy process as well because there are no seams to match either. This is the perfect quilt design to make if you are a beginner quilter or if you need or want to make a quick and easy quilt.
If you take a closer look at my photo you will see some more strip sets sitting underneath the box of blocks. That is a sneak peak at the next quilt I am planning to make. :)
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
The quilt is a rail fence that I saw in an older American Patchwork and Quilting magazine and it was designed by Kathie Holland.
I have been zipping through sewing the long strips sets together and I have been trying to press the strips and cut the blocks to size as I go. When I started this sewing session I already had 59 dark strip blocks and 46 light blocks that I had made months ago.
Now, look at all of these blocks - I have just now added 43 dark/light blocks and 50 light/dark blocks to the ones that I had completed previously. These blocks really are quick and easy to make if you have all of the fabric strips cut to width ahead of time.
This will certainly be a nice, easy and quick quilt top to make and put together.
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Her quilt turned out so beautiful! I did my best to get some photographs of it before she took it home with her but it was already getting late in the day so not the best light. Who am I kidding - I am the worst photographer even if the lighting is perfect. :(
It was quilted using Cansew 6268 thread on top and we used a lavender (Tabriz Orchid) Magnaglide in the bobbin. The panto she chose to use was Tickle and it looks gorgeous on this quilt. The batting used was Hobbs 80/20 cotton/poly. Cheryl plans to give this quilt away as a comfort quilt and I think the recipient is going to love it - who wouldn't!!!!
Cheryl has been quilting for a few years now and she has designed and made many beautiful quilts and like most of us she has several flimsies waiting for quilting. I say that she needs to visit more often so that she can get them done. :)
The quilting process started out a bit rough because the machine was having tension problems and I tried everything I could think of to try and fix it. It was a bit frustrating and tiring because it was a very time consuming process but I eventually figured it out, overcame the issues, and we got it done.
Saturday, September 21, 2019
That is until I started having problems with the foot pedal. It started cutting out intermittently and it kept getting progressively worse until it pretty much stopped - so frustrating. My machine had been in the hospital since July 11 waiting for a new foot pedal and also waiting its turn to get a very thorough check up and cleaning. I have owned her and enjoyed her since 2011 when I purchased her used along with a Grace frame. I don't know how long the previous owner had her but I was told that she had just been in for a cleaning. Don't tell anyone but this was the first time I had taken this machine in for cleaning/maintenance...bad I know. In my defense I did oil her and clean the bobbin area and feed dogs on a regular basis. Needless to say I had been missing her terribly but she should be good to go now for a very long time to come. :)
The table this machine sits on is elevated with risers so that I can stand while I am sewing. I just love this setup....it is so very freeing to be able to walk up to the machine and sew and then easily walk over to my ironing table instead of being stuck in a chair. :)
I am so happy that we have been reunited and I can't wait to dig out a project and start sewing with her!!!!
Thursday, September 19, 2019
I am making great progress on the blocks for the Cheddarback Quilt although I doubt I will be caught up before the next set of blocks are released on the first of October. If I keep at it maybe I will be all caught up sometime in late October. :)
Adjustments were made to some block pieces and voila I have a block that will finish at the correct size - perfect - except that I have lost the points on the base. I can live with it. :) It really is a little cutie!
|from block set 3 on the left and block set 2 on the right|
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
I am currently making hsts for my Cheddarback quilt blocks and I find that Gay often gives the instructions in a way that you make the hsts larger. She uses the method of putting two squares together, mark a line on the diagonal and then stitching on either side of the line and then you cut them apart, press and trim them to size. I don't usually make my hsts this way because I just really dislike the fiddly business of trimming down to size.
Anyway....I am so not a perfectionist when it comes to that 1/4" but I did realize that the 301 presser foot is actually perfect for getting that 1/4" stitch line. It is exactly 1/4" from the left side of the presser foot to the needle....who knew...not me anyway. I am sure this knowledge will come in handy to me someday. :)
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
|Scrappy Friends - my first try at custom quilting|
|portion of finished flimsy|
Even though I was really excited about finishing the quilting it just seemed to take me a long time to settle in and get that darn binding done. Now I can check this one off my list and move onto the next quilt that is ready for binding.
The block design came from Block Lotto - such a simple block but it made up into such a beautiful quilt!
Friday, September 13, 2019
|not enough of this fabric...too bad :(|
I chose to machine piece all of my blocks but I did take the time to hand applique the basket handle.
Sunday, September 8, 2019
|First set of blocks|
I loved the way they turned out and even though I fell behind I really wanted to make the whole quilt. I have been diligently downloading and saving the blocks every month as they were released knowing that I would eventually get back to them. Friday night, or should I say Saturday morning, I had an opportunity. My little dog Peanut disturbed my sleep when she started retching at 3:30 and I jumped out of bed to get her into the bathroom and then, of course, I had to let both dogs outside for a bathroom break.
After everything was taken care of I just couldn't fall back asleep. So, in the wee hours of the morning I decided to print out the rest of the instructions that have been released so far - 6 more sets - and I started pulling my fabric choices for each block.
Most of the fabrics I am using are from my reproduction scrap bin so I figured I would just make one big mess and get my selections made all at once instead of rummaging through the scraps for each set of blocks. I worked on it throughout the day on Saturday and there are now 28 blocks ready for me to start cutting and sewing. :)
|I plan to make this block today :)|
Oh my goodness, I had such a great time....I love my scraps!
Friday, September 6, 2019
I need to pay careful attention when I am cutting my blocks to size. See the two upper blocks? The one on the left got trimmed a bit too small. I do remove the papers and press my blocks before trimming so I don't have the foundation paper to use as a guide. I accidentally trimmed it using the 5.25" line on the ruler instead of 5.5". :(
Thursday, September 5, 2019
I pulled out the crumb blocks that I recently completed and cut and added the sashing strips. It was a very long night so I even got the blocks joined together and added to my crumb flimsy. I added one full row and one full column and I think it is finished and ready for quilting now. My blocks are 8" finished and the sashing and cornerstones are 1" finished. The flimsy is currently approx 64" x 73" and I know that it will shrink a bit with quilting but it should still be a good size for cuddling on the couch.
I thought that 'Abstract' would be a really good name for this quilt because all of the colourful crumbs stitched together look like art to me. I love the way it looks now and I am pretty sure that once it is quilted it will look fabulous. :)
Monday, September 2, 2019
|first two test blocks|
I don't know exactly what size Bonnie was making hers - I am certain I could make a pretty good guess though - but I decided that I would make mine on 5.5" foundation papers. I don't have a quilt planned for them or even the slightest idea for a design but I think they will make a great quilt in some incarnation. :)
Just like my crumb bins I have overflowing string bins and I am happy to find a way to use some of them up. Really, I don't just want to use them up - I want to make lots of beautiful quilts with them. :) I have only made a couple test blocks so far and there are still plenty more to make before there are enough to make a quilt.
Now that I am back in my sewing room I just want to play a bit without thinking about all of my UFOs. :) They will still be there when I am ready and inspired to pick one back up and get back into it.