How many times have you started a project and ended up either putting the unfinished project it in a drawer, giving it away, use the fabric for scraps, or just throwing it away. I started piecing in 2004 and it is 10 years later and I now understand exactly why this happens. I have just completed my 2 blocks for Barbara Brackman’s 2014 BOM. She does not provide cutting instructions for the blocks, so I used my EQ Software to reproduce the block.
In 2009 when we doubled the size of our “play” Studio, we had a great indoor carpet laid by one of the best companies available. Each year it appeared that there were problems with the installation. The carpet in one of the rooms appeared to have bubbles in it. Long story short – the company came out and advised us that they would rip up the existing carpet and re-install new carpet (and at no charge to us – just move everything out of the room). Wouldn’t you know that the room just happened to be where I keep the majority of my fabric for quilting and my computer area. I really dreaded having to just move the fabric from one room to the other because I knew that would be a chore in itself. But, my 2014 promise was to get organized, so I decided that there might be a better way to put the fabric back on the shelves. I took each piece of fabric that I have (1 to 10 yard pieces) and folded them into flats. It was a good idea, but the entire process took over 4 days to complete. Hubby was the real unlucky one – he had to tear down the computer desk and put it back together. This was not his favorite part of the party and I do not blame him.
Here is a picture of what the stash looked like before:
This fabric is on the opposite wall in the same room. I decided that I just had to refold all of this fabric into flats to make better use of my space. It worked (so did I):
Here is a picture of my computer area. Hubby made this from cabinets and a counter top from Home Depot years ago. I love it. He customized it for me this weekend – see the little shelf above my CPU on the left? He built that for me to put my external hard drives and help remove clutter from the desktop! He also built the pull out shelve for the keyboard. Clever guy!
Here are some pictures of my sewing room. See the plastic bins? I emptied 5 of them. It is always nice to have a quilting friend who can use the scraps and fabric that I know I would never use.
This is my Handi-Quilter. The table was one that they sold in 2005 when I purchased the machine. Terrible engineering. Hubby remade it for me and it works great.
When I first started quilting I used a regular ironing board, and we all know how much fun it is to iron a 2 yard piece of fabric on one. When we added this room I purchased the Elfa cabinets and Hubby cut a piece of Mahogany for me and I covered it with muslin. Wonderful ironing board.
This corner has two wonderful windows where I can watch the birds and squirrels when I am working on a quilt.
I have traced all pieces for each block and now I am ready for fabric selection. I have not decided whether or not to do them in batiks, reproductions, or other fabrics. There are approximately 100 pieces in each block. The Hervey Quilt block will be the easiest to applique, but the Lady of Victory Block will take a little more time. My goal is to have the fabric selected, freezer paper pieces pressed and marked and ready for applique by Monday. I will need to have them appliqued and quilted and ready to go no later than the 8th of August.
The preparation work is usually the most difficult. Selecting the colors and fabric are fun, especially as I applique the pieces onto the background fabric. It always amazes me when the project is complete!
Here is a picture of the background fabric I have selected. One might barely see that I have traced the pattern onto the fabric. I am using Michael Miller Krystals number 1008-D.
Below is the pattern for the Hervey Block. A few pieces to work on.
Below is the pattern for the Lady of Victory Block. A few more pieces to work on. I have not worked on a Horn of Plenty block before, should be fun.
The quilt measures 88″ x 100″ – WOW. I did free motion meandering and I used a gold thread. Well, I am now half blind and have eye strain and I think my back will be sore. I had to almost lay on the quilt in order to see where I was going (LOL). Anyway, I will never leave a quilt in the frame as long as I did this. 2013 was not the best year – do not think it was a good one for anyone – I am just glad to have finished the project. Now for the binding.
I really love all aspects of the quilting, but somehow we quilters feel that we have “finished” a quilt when the top is complete, but lo…… there is one step left – making the sandwich and quilting it, then the joy of binding it! I just love making tops, not sure about all the work that goes into either machine or hand quilted quilts, and the binding on a large quilt like this is just not fun to do.
Have a great evening. Next project – finish the preparation work on my 2 Baltimore Album quilt blocks for the BAS Auction. The quilt is so large it is difficult to get a good picture, but I am pleased with them.
I have cleaned out tons of downloaded patterns from 2000 that will never be made, or used for that matter. The trash man loved me yesterday! We were in the Spring mode this last week-end – now we are back to Winter, with a little rain. So as we all do in Spring, it was time to clean things out. Time to move new things in.
I have finally started quilting the Dutch Triangles, the poor quilt that had been loaded in the frame since January 2013! I found the pattern on the back of a 2007 Quilter’s Newsletter magazine. The original quilt maker is unknown. I chose fabrics that I had purchased in Branson, Missouri in 2002. They were probably some of the first reproduction fabrics. When I decided to make the quilt, I had realized that pinks were really not my favorite colors, but since I had purchased the fabric line, I shut my eyes and made the most of selecting the fabrics. This quilt was also my first attempt at making a scrappy quilt. I made the blocks up but a friend come over and helped me with placement. Here is a picture of the quilt that was in the magazine:
Now this was not a “planned” picture, I just happened to catch the famous Oscar Picture Tweet – Interesting.
This is my Handi-Quilter (of 2005) and the now infamous table that did not stay on the market very long – Hubby had to re-engineer the table because of its’ instability.
Until next time, relax, have fun, and enjoy quilting.
This year I decided I would set project goals and so far so good. The Irish Mist put me behind about 3 weeks, and I volunteered to be a Moderator for the Applique Boutique Yahoo Group. I am enjoying all of it. It is so nice to connect with other Quilters and see their work and learn new ideas or challenges.
I am now starting on my 2 Baltimore Album Quilt Blocks for the Baltimore Applique Society (BAS) fund raiser. I volunteered to make 2 blocks. So I am now in the process of tracing the pieces from the pattern on to freezer paper, cutting them out and putting them in baggies. The next step will be to select fabrics. Now that can be fun, because I must decide whether to make them both traditional Baltimore Album’s or maybe make one with Batiks – I love batiks but of course, batiks were not on the market in the 1800’s!
Here are pictures of the blocks that I have selected. I have until August to complete them. They will be auctioned off on the BAS Internet Fund Raiser Auction at a later date.
I will post my progress. Along with this project, I will be quilting a Civil War Reproduction quilt that I made using some fabrics I purchased in 2002. The fabric line came out in 2000. I finished the quilt in 2006, but I have let it gather a lot of dust and it is time to finish the quilt!
Have a great day and stay warm, cool, or dry – whichever weather you are blessed with!
- Review the pattern completely. Try to match the cutting instructions to where the pieces will go in the quilt.
- Consider adding an extra 1/4″ to cutting instructions for Flying Geese, HST, and QST’s. This will allow the Quilter to have extra fabric to “square” or “trim” the piece.
- If the pattern does not make sense, or if measurements are not provided to sections of the quilt (i.e., like the triangle that I had problems with in this quilt), call the Designer and ask for those measurements.
- Do not give up on a pattern when you run into a problem. Designer’s really do not mind questions to clarify and assist.
This is the first time a Designer actually indicated that a “scant” quarter inch seam allowance was used throughout the quilt. This really assists the quilter in knowing whether or not to adjust their sewing machine. AND all machines are different. I have Husqvarna Designer and a Husqvarna Sapphire. Each of them are different in setting the seam allowance. I always thought that my 1/4″ seam allowance on the Designer was exactly that. Well, it a “generous” 1/4″. Last year when I was working on my Floating Stars quilt I realized that I needed to “adjust” that 1/4″ seam. I keep a note on my table that has the settings for a full 1/4″ and a “scant” for both machines. This way I do not “forget” and have to rip, rip, rip, of which I have done a lot of “ripping” to achieve a quilt that is square when completed. This information is so critical for new quilters because it can be the deciding factor if the have problems when making first time quilts. I firmly believe that this is why many newbies give up. It is so frustrating to make a quilt and when completed it is not squared, points are cut off, seams do not match, etc.