I love to share my Quilting projects with other Quilters. My goal is to share my progress on projects that I am working on. I would love for you to follow along with me during my endeavors. I hope you enjoy watching me tackle new techniques and projects. Hopefully you can learn from my "hiccups" and mistakes and make your journey easier.
Well, Spring has sprung and I think Fall is in the Air! Yup – waiting on the Cold Front – no longer are they Vortex – Now we have Vortex Allergy Season. Love it – a name for everything!
Here is another Lucy Boston Block (potential) As you see I have not sewn them together – Can I take credit for doing this much (LOL). I am still on the look out for more Jinny Beyer border fabrics.
I received my new order of Jinny Beyer fabrics and this should be very interesting. There are many possibilities for Lucy Boston, not sure but may have to really work on incorporating colors. Good Exercise! Here are the fabrics. I may be yelling for help on this one.
I am very pleased with this shipment of fabric from another source. The fabric was cut not ripped, and I was given about 1 to 1 1/2″ for the shrinkage. It appears that this RJR line shrinks about 1 to 2 inches. There was some loss but not a lot.
I have finished the April Block for the Pat Sloan BOM.
Today my goal is to finish working on the Medallion for my Di Ford Mystery Quilt. I need to applique the stems down so I can cut out my flowers accordingly. There is not a lot of work in this Medallion, the time is in the selection of fabric in order to get the right colorway.
Have a Blessed Palm Sunday. This week for sure will be more productive as I “think” I am through with the fabric shopping. (for a while)
Well, this was the week that was! Spring is here and the leaves are absolutely such a beautiful green. The Bluebonnets are gone along with the Indian Paints. We had a wonderful wildflower season and such a surprise since it was such a dry winter.
It was a fun week looking for reproduction fabrics with flowers for Di Ford’s Mystery Quilt and finding new fabrics for Lucy Boston quilt.
Topic for the day is a discussion on whether or not to rip or not rip fabric. Years ago when we purchased fabric for our clothes, it was usually “ripped”, meaning that they would make a small cut and then rip the fabric off the bolt! Yup, that was then. About 12 years ago I had just started quilting and 10 years ago I started piecing as a “serious quilter” using the better grade of fabric from Quilt Shops. I remember in 2003 ordering (on the phone) some Robyn Pandolph Folk Art Christmas fabrics from a local quilt store. I was recuperating from back surgery and was unable to go for long drives, so they mailed the fabric to me.
Well, stupid me thought that “quilt stores” did not “rip” fabric for quilts, but I was so wrong. I made a quilt with the fabric and started to hand quilt it (before I had a long arm machine) and the first needle stab yielded a run in the fabric. This was caused by the fact that the fabric was “ripped”. In fact, on all of the Folk Art Christmas (which was heavily dyed) the thread breakage went about 2″ into the fabric and caused the threads to be weakened throughout the yardage. I did not think it was necessary to ask if they ripped or cut fabric, but after this experience I made it a habit of asking before purchasing.
That shipment of fabric cost me dearly. Each piece had to be trimmed and I lost at least 1 1/2″ off each piece. Muslin will shrink about 3″ and Moda fabrics always shrink about an inch, so a good quilt shop will make sure that you are given an extra inch to accommodate that shrinkage. This particular store did not.
A few years down the road, the fabric suppliers started putting tags on the bolts indicating that “this fabric should not be ripped.” I was so happy to see them do that and I thought that those “rip or cut” questions were over. One time I was in a store and forgot to ask and when I saw that they had ripped it I refused to purchase it. In addition, I do not purchase fabric from a store that has previously ripped the fabric off the bolt because the problem is still within that bolt.
So, shock of all shocks when I received an order from Jinny Beyer last week I could not believe my eyes – all fabric had been ripped. I had ordered 1/2 yards, plus a 1/4 of a yard of a variety of border fabrics. Strings were everywhere and I knew that I was the loser because by the time I had trimmed and washed the fabric I would have been lucky to have had 14 inches to work with as the pieces were cut right at 18″.
The mistake was on me for not asking “rip or cut”. This mistake cost me $12.00 in shipping, plus a 15% restocking fee for returning the fabric. I was advised by the store that they state that they rip fabric on their website. I found it embedded in their “Customer Service” so shame on me for not asking, or searching the web site for that information. Who would have known?
If you prefer to not have your fabric ripped you might want to purchase it from another quilt store. This is by no means a statement to slam Ms Beyer because I love her fabrics. It is a choice. There is a reason that some of the stores still “rip” at least this is what I am usually told, “it puts the fabric back on the straight of grain”. OK, but I would rather deal with that and not deal with fabric that I will lose 2 to 3 inches because it was ripped instead of cut.
In the meantime, I have dealt with quite a few shops over the US this week and I must say the Customer Service was wonderful. I have received most of my fabrics that I have ordered, along with my or of 3″ clam shell, 1/2″ Hexagons, and 1″ squares from paperpieces.com for my Lucy Boston.
I have also been working on Di Ford’s Mystery Quilt. Another blogger, Happy Appliquer had indicated that she had a problem with the second border and it really concerned me because I have never participated in a mystery quilt. If I have learned anything about patterns it is to make test pattern before cutting out all fabrics for the project. I am so glad I did because I left the squares at 2″, put a strip together and realized that it would have been too long. Whew! Saved myself some heartache! I decided that I needed to confer with someone regarding this so I contacted Homestead Hearth and asked about the border cutting instructions. We discussed the problem I was concerned about and after I spoke with them the light bulb came on in my head! Sue also sent me a confirming email this morning. Many thanks to them for clarifying the instructions for me.
Bottom line – the instructions are a bit confusing since they forgot to add one “itty bitty” piece of information which was to trim the 2″ square that has tiny appliqued circles on them, down to 1 7/8″ before you sew the pieces together for the 2nd border. Problem resolved.
I really have not accomplished a lot this week other than spend a lot of bucks on fabric, watch Hubby put a porch roof on our Studio, and had two doctor appointments. So next week I might have something more interesting to blog about! Oh yes, I did work on fabric selection for the center medallion of the Di Ford project. Doesn’t look like I accomplished a lot, but it does take time to make sure the fabrics will blend well together. (Good excuse?) I am still auditioning the final choices for flowers.
The Quilting world has changed so much in the 12 years I have been quilting. It is amazing how the colors were in the early 2000’s and now some of those colors are coming back. Reproductions were around, but not near as much as they are now. Batiks were just beginning to catch on and very popular. Needle turn applique was popular and many Quilters loved it. I began to quilt in 2002 and learned the popular Designers and their line of fabrics and patterns. I began to buy books and fabric. In 2004 I attended the Houston Quilt Show and was hooked! I progressed to making quilts to enter into Quilt Shows because it provided me a challenge and deadlines to meet. I enjoyed showing my quilts and it was so much fun to make friends with the Vendors and visit with other Quilters and see their work.
In 2004, the Artisans found the quilting world and things began to change. “Contemporary” quilting was becoming the “thing” and “Traditional” was getting shoved to the back of the room. For some reason, I always wanted to stick with the Traditional because I wanted to learn everything I could about quilting. Yes, I tried shortcuts, rulers, gimmicks, and all the things they sell to catch a Quilter’s eye. I continued to build up my stash and slowly added a heavy stash of batiks, along with Moda Marbles, Fossil Ferns, Thimbleberries, etc.
What makes this year so exciting to me is I realize I have found a whole new world of quilting which has been opened up to me through Australian Designer Di Ford and the Australian Quilters and their beautiful quilts by other Quilters. Their work is absolutely beautiful and Designers such as Di Ford provide one heck of a challenge to a Quilter who loves traditional quilting and the Reproduction Era quilts. I have also found Barbara Brackman’s Blog. What an exciting time for me. I have discovered Quiltmania magazine and Primarily Quilts (by Di Ford). I have also realized that I was missing out on so much. I was becoming board with the regular magazines and the Quilters who continued to make the same quilts. My original goal was to make a Hunter Star quilt, Feathered Stars, Log Cabins, etc as they are quilts that I have never made, but always wanted to.
I have a friend who has taken the Best of Show for the last 2 or 3 years at the local Quilt Shows. Last week I realized why! She loves the Reproduction Era and only stays with those quilts and fabrics. She does absolutely beautiful work too! What an eye opener! Another friend is also moving more toward the Australian Designer and Quilters. She and I are so excited and are making the same quilts, in fact all three of us will be working on a Di Ford or Quiltmania project this year.
So here I go – I have cancelled all of my magazines and will only subscribe to Quiltmania. It is an expensive magazine, but oh so beautiful and so challenging. I have purchased more of Jo Morton fabrics, Barbara Brackman’s Ladies Album, and one purchase that I will probably never do again is 2 yards of DenHaan & Wagenmaker’s BeHur border fabric called Island Marken Border Cream. I will use it for the Broderie Perse in Di Ford’s 2014 Mystery Quilt. Until last Friday I had never desired to try Broiderie Perse applique.
I have also discovered new quilt stores through Rosemary and Jan – Happiness Is Quilting, in McKinney, Texas, Reproduction Fabrics in Montana and The Quilted Moose. What a find! Also, my friend Jaydee who provides such wonderful insight to things.
This week was productive but expensive (LOL). It has been fun and now it is time to get serious and start quilting! Here are some pictures of my new fabrics and my first shot at Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (POTC). I have decided to use Jinny Beyer fabrics for this project. She has some beautiful border fabrics and for some reason while in Sierra Vista, AZ this winter I purchased quite a few of her fabrics.
LUCY BOSTON QUILT
PRAIRIE ROSE QUILT
JO MORTON LIGHTS
DI FORD 2014 MYSTERY QUILT FABRIC
Hope you have enjoyed the walk down memory lane and my graduating to the “Big Girls Quilting World”! And thanks to all who have opened the door and invited me in!
Well, I spent the day working on one Block. I do not care for paper piecing and I guess one pays for holding out. I used templates for this block on the large star points. I have some issues with the outer points, but hoping that it will be OK. If not, there is always time to remake the block. But for now, it is done and I am caught up on my BOMs.
I am thinking that I may start on Lucy Boston Crosses next. But then there is always Woodlands (some log cabin blocks) or that beautiful Prairie Rose quilt or if my Quiltmania magazines arrive I might start the Di Ford Mystery. Or I may just sit outside and enjoy the sunshine tomorrow.
Greetings from sunny South Texas where it is 87 degrees and 26% humidity – Nice pre-summer day!
Welcome to my new Blog Site. I love Word Press, now that I have learned how to set up a Blog. The quilt shown above is a quilt that I designed called Jacobean in Batiks. It was inspired by Pat Campbell and different Embroidery Patterns. It is needle turn applique and has embroidery around each piece and hand quilted. I am considering entering this quilt and 3 others in the Austin, Texas Quilt Show in September.
I have been working on playing the “catch up” game with my 2014 goals and projects. I have been inspired by all the projects that Rosemary Youngs has been working on this year. I met Rosemary when I ordered her CD’s that support her Civil War Books. I have learned so much by following her Blog. She has been so inspiring and helpful in guiding me through the world of Reproduction Quilts and introduced me to Di Ford’s work an Australian Quilter, Barbara Brackman’s Blog and her BOM and BOW for 2014, Country Threads, Jo Morton’s fabrics and the Quilted Moose Prairie Rose pattern, and Lucy Boston by Linda Franz. Di Ford’s book Primarily Quilts Book is absolutely a must for serious quilters to have in their library. I was at a crossroads in my quilting journey and I knew I needed inspiration to move to something different. Rosemary has introduced me to so many new avenues it is unbelievable.
I was able to acquire a pattern of Prairie Rose and was lucky to be able to find the fabrics that are used in this quilt at the Fat Quarter Shop. I hope to start on this soon. Di Ford has a Mystery Quilt in the Quiltmania magazine and I have subscribed to the magazine for the year through Homestead Hearth. I can hardly wait for the first 2 issues to get here! Friday I spent all day trying to find the fabrics for this quilt. Thanks to Reproduction Fabrics in Montana and Happiness Is Quilting in McKinney, Texas and Fat Quarter Shop. What great online shops and customer support! It will be a more time-consuming quilt, but oh so pretty. Di Ford has 2 other quilts in her book that I would like to also work on this year or next.
As I have stated in previous posts, I am now what I call an Organized Quilter! All fabric in its’ place and a great book that has all the patterns and information for my Just Take 2, Barbara Brackman BOM – Threads of Memory and the new one coming up – Austen Family Album BOW. I switched to Pat Sloan’s 2014 Mystery BOM from Country Threads. This is a great way to hone my quilting skills. I am using my EQ7 software by taking the patterns and inputting them into EQ7. Fun Fun Fun.
I am still working on my BAS blocks for the BAS auction in October. I need to begin pushing on these as they are due 8 Aug! I have made another friend through this project. What a great year I am having. How I wished I had been quilting when I lived in the DC area in the mid-1990’s. Espeically since I love to hand applique – I could have been involved with Baltimore Applique Society (BAS) in person, rather than from afar.
I find that I am learning how to really add movement through color to my quilts. This has been a goal of mine since 2010 when I realized I need to work on color and movement of color with my fabric. I have always been afraid to jump into scrappy quilts, but now I am beginning to feel more comfortable in using the beautiful stash I have. I will admit…. I have broken my promise to not purchase any fabric this year….Justification: I do not have that many reproduction fabrics….
OK – Now on to where I am in my Project Book.
Pat’s Mystery BOM is called Globetrotting and is based on places that she has visited. Pat is from the Washington DC area so it is appropriate that she designed the quilt around a block that represents that area. I am a visual person and she provides great visuals for this free BOM.
Tomorrow I will work on Block 3 for Barbara Brackman BOM and probably wash my fabric for Woodlands and Prairie Rose. I received my pattern yesterday and this will also be a fun quilt to make.
I have learned so much about how to set up and manage a Blog in the last month. What an experience. I have moved my original Blog to this site because there were issues on the previous site with followers receiving updates as soon as they were posted, or they were not receiving them at all. Word Press releases updates immediately after posting providing you have signed up to be a Follower. If you have not signed up as a Follower and would like to, please click on the button to the right, “follow this Blog” or enter you email address to follow me on this fun trip into the Blog world!
Have a wonderful day. It rained for 2 hours today. Pretty sure it was at least an inch or more!
Most of the time when I start on a project I finish it. I can remember starting a BOM about 3 years ago and the outcome was horrible. That was my fault. I did not pre-select fabrics that would blend throughout the quilt, so it did not turn out well. I started on one of my projects, but long story short – it bombed. The fabric selection for the Country Threads did not work out due to working with small pieces and fabric that frayed.
In previous years I would have kept pushing myself until the block was perfect, driving myself nuts while doing so, but this time I decided I would not do that, (another goal for 2014). So I quietly disposed of some of the parts, kept the usable ones, put the fabric back in the stash box, and decided to move on.
I decided to look for another project to replace Country Threads. I happened to find Globetrotting by Pat Sloan. I signed up for her blog http://www.PatSloan.com. The instructions are great, good visuals, and provides 2 color choices, along with how the quilt setting looks. So now back to fabric selection for this one. I am thinking I will go with batiks, OR I have some blues and might make a 2 blue quilt. The pattern is not difficult and will be a fun project.
I did finish Linda’s grandson’s quilt yesterday. If you ever wondered why it is so expensive to have a professional quilter quilt your quilts, let me share with you the hours spent in quilting this quilt. I sewed the back together which took about an hour. Then it takes about 2 hours to load the quilt. Care had to be taken to make sure the top was centered correctly since she used a print and solids side panels on the quilt back. It took me about 7 hours to quilt the quilt and trim it. I do mostly free motion meandering and really need to work on learning how to do pantograms as it would be time saving for me. Now most of the professional quilters have the machines that are computerized and all they do is input the design, turn on the computer and machine, and go bake a cake. I am still in the dark ages as mine is not computer driven. It is Nanette driven!
I am glad I pushed to get it finished as I am now through with my commitments (except for the BAS projects) and can really start having some fun.
Here are some pictures of the finished work:
Until next time, have a wonderful day – make a quilt!
Happy Saturday, a Spring Humid Day in Texas. Now tomorrow will be Fall. Isn’t this fun?
Today I have all my block patterns ready to cut out for my Country Threads 2014 BOM. I am trying to get back on track for my 2014 projects, so this morning I decided I would pull fabrics for this project. I am going to try to use up some of my scraps and fabric left over from other projects. Moda had a line of fabric a few years back by Joanna Figueroa from Fig Tree Quilts and I finally made the House quilt – is it put together, NO. Maybe sometime this year. I was not pleased with the outcome as there were problems with the pattern, of course.
OK, I have digressed. Here is a picture of the fabrics I will be using for this 2014 BOM. I have added some Moda Marbles, and old Marble Mates that were popular about 8 years ago (I think). Anyway, I am hoping it turns out – should be interesting. I usually tend to gravitate to the darker shades of the colors, but this will be fun to try something different.
Greetings, it is Spring Time in Texas, at least for a few days!
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.
I used my EQ print out for rotary cutting and soon found out that the software is programmed to follow the “standard” rule in rotary cutting. So I made a sample block from scraps to identify problems: Here is a picture of the Center Star. To achieve perfection, I had to add 1/4″ to the star points (flying geese) strips. I tested it without and did not have enough fabric to trim them. My points would have been cut off when sewn to the rest of the block.
Here is a picture of the finished sample block. As you can see, there are issues with the Quarter Square Triangles (QSTs). I did not increase the cutting size that EQ7 provided as to identify any problems I might encounter when using my best fabric. As you can see the secondary brown triangles around the Center Star do not line up together.
Here are the finished blocks for January and February. The lesson I learned in this project is that EQ allows the Quilter to input the desired seam allowance size, but it uses the standard rotary cutting rule that all Designers use. So if a Quilter cuts according to the pattern instructions, it is best to use a “scant” quarter inch when sewing the block together. Or, the alternative is to add at least 1/4″ when cutting strips and use 50 weight thread when sewing the project. Might make things a little less frustrating.
Tomorrow I plan on working on my Country Threads BOM. The other 2 monthly projects are applique and I think I might have to wait to start them as I am still working on my BAS projects.
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:
Here is the “After” picture:
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.
As I was refolding all the fabric, I kept asking myself, “What have I been doing”? All of this fabric and I still purchase more? Well, today I am no longer subscribing to some quilt stores – Yup, need to start using this fabric and quit collecting it. I still have some in the house that I purchased while in Arizona and Oklahoma this winter. Almost nowhere to put it. So now that I am so totally organized, and rested from this ordeal, I am going to start working on my 2014 projects.
I have completed all the preparation work for the BAS blocks, just need to start working on them. Time now to go play and work on my Threads of Memory, Benjamin Biggs, and Country Threads. The Austen Family Album quilt BOW is starting in April……….Yikes!
It is a nice day today here in Texas. We are hoping for rain this weekend. I have been working on the preparation work for the 2 Small Quilts for the Baltimore Album Society Internet Auction.
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.
Next week I will start quilting Linda’s quilt for her Grandson. Linda and I try to get together twice a month and quilt. She did a great job on this quilt.
My goal is to have it quilted by the 21st of March, probably sooner. Linda was able to find some matching fabric for the back.
I do not know how I did this today, but it is quilted. Of course, in my quilting life nothing really goes easy. The stitch regulator on my Handi-Quilter decided to act up, and when I got to the last row to quilt, I realized that the backing was even with the top and no extra wiggle room. Now this is a nightmare for a long arm quilter. The rule is to add 4″ to the quilt back on all sides so there is plenty of fabric to “float” the quilt top. I figured that it seemed to go well with this quilt – probably a payback for letting it sit for almost 14 months. After I took it off the frame I realized that I had squeaked on this one. It came out just right – do not know how this happened, but as I said before, my quilting life is not all that perfect.
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.