9.06.2016

OMG September: Library Quilt (one more time!)

I already know that from now through Thanksgiving things are going to get pretty crazy around here.  School has started again, so my free time is gone!  Book Fair.  Marching Band.  Middle School Musical.  Cross Country.  Dance lessons.  At least we're not doing Fall Softball this year.  So my sewing time will be limited.  I've been trying to come up with a project for this month, and I keep coming back to my library quilt project.  I completed the "book" blocks, and then summer vacation and activities took over.  I still need to do the lettering and finish assembling the quilt top.  So for September, I'm planning to focus on the letter blocks that will spell out the Library's name.  I would like to get at least one of the three words done.  I might have time for more.  I might not.  So I'm trying to be realistic.  I have all of the letters copied onto vellum and I have the fabric.  I just need to get sewing.

The finished quilt will look something like this, but the letters will be different.  I just mocked those up in EQ7 to get an idea.  I'm actually using the patterns from Quilt Talk.


8.29.2016

OMG August: Quilt Top for Quilts for Pulse (update)

I completed the quilt top and sent it on to Quilts for Pulse. Hopefully it wasn't too late to get quilted. Here's the finished top:

It came out pretty much the way that I planned. 

Here's a close-up of a few of the blocks:

I finally got my sewing machine back from repair, so I started putting the leftover/scrap bits together in a large mini quilt for myself. I had to make two more HST blocks to make it 7x6, instead of 8x5 blocks. Still not sure what I'm going to do with it when I'm done. 

8.07.2016

OMG August: Quilt Top for Quilts for Pulse

Last week was a crazy busy week.  High School band camp started, and because things I volunteered for started to overlap, I was at school all day, and exhausted when I got home (and I wasn't outside like the poor kids)!  I normally help out with fitting kids in uniforms.  This year the band got new uniforms, which meant a whole new process for getting the kids fitted into uniforms on Thursday and Friday.  But earlier in the week I was helping out with a giant sewing project for the half-time show--two 40-yard by 20-yard banners.  Yes, YARDS!  Which means measuring out 40 yard panels and stitching them together.  After a day and a half of that, my sewing machine gave up!  It just seized up and would sew no more.  So I am without my trusty machine for the next 2.5 weeks while I wait for it to be serviced.
Thankfully I do have an older backup machine.  But it's just not the same.  I'm most stressed because I committed to sewing a quilt top for Quilts for Pulse, and was hoping to have it done by mid-month.  I know I could just mail off the blocks I've made so far, but I'd really like to finish what I've started.  I had 5 blocks done last week, and I sewed 7 more on my old machine today.  And then a slip of the scissors, and I cut into one of the blocks.  Argh!  Had to cut a new piece.  Maybe I'll sew some more tonight.  Maybe it will wait until tomorrow.  But tomorrow also means back to band camp and uniforms and giant banners and ...
My goal for August is to finish this quilt top:
Wish me luck!

7.31.2016

OMG July: Blocks for Quilts for Pulse (update)

Call me crazy, but I decided to go ahead and make an entire quilt top for Quilts for Pulse, instead of just a few blocks.  So far I have everything except the sashing strips cut out (because I decided to do a bit different layout than the general one most folks are using).  I'm using batiks for the hearts, text/graphic prints for the backgrounds, the grayish Tula Pink for the sashing, and the rainbow batik for corner blocks.

The general idea laid out in EQ7:


My goal for July was to get two blocks made, and I've done that.  Here they are (all wrinkly and bad lighting):


7.09.2016

Finish-a-Long: 2016 Q3 List

I finished nothing in the second quarter.  I spent much of the time getting all the blocks done for my Library Books-for-Baby Quilt, so I haven't been completely unproductive.  Just nothing got to the quilted and bound state.  Somehow I got off track with my Project 48 Quilt and the Modern HST Quilt during the fifth (free) week at the end of April, which is when my focus seemed to switch to the Library Quilt.  I have done no quilty sewing for the last two weeks, and that won't be changing since I'm travelling the next two weeks.  I haven't had time to think about a travelling project.
So here's my UFO list for the Finish-a-Long (ones in bold are my main focus for the third quarter--but since I tend to be circular in how I finish things, meaning I go around and around, I can't say what will come next):
  • Paradiso Layers-of-Charm lap quilt (need to piece the back, baste, and quilt)
    Paradiso Layers of Charm Mini Quilt Top
  • Batik Pinwheel quilt (decide whether to turn into lap quilt by adding more blocks) 
  • SueBeeStar quilt (have the design, need the fabrics)
  • SueBee Stat Quilt
  • T-Shirt Quilt(s)
  • T-Shirt Quilt(s)
  • Charm Quilt "Sister Quilt" (have the top done, just need to hand-tie or quilt)
  • Charm Quilt "Sister" Quilt
  • Tulip Quilt (do something with tulip blocks from eBay) 
  • Tulip Quilt
  • Homespun Plaid quilt (something with all the homespuns I collected)
  • Homespun and some Batiks
  •  Fall Leaf quilt (just needs layered and quilted; have the backing fabric)
    Leaf Quilt
  • Heart Runner Quilt (finish borders and quilt)
    Heart Runner Quilt
  • Rainbow Batik quilt (not sure what, but I have a nice collection of batiks now)
    More Batiks
  • Books-for-Baby quilt for my local library (have started collecting fabrics) 
    Possible layout for quilt
    Some novelty print for Books-for-Baby Quilt
  • Elementary quilt (not sure what, but I have a layer cake of this fabric line that I really want to create something for me with; finally found some backing fabric for this old line) 
  • Elementary Fabrics
  • Square-in-Square Quilt (do something with S-i-S blocks from eBay)
  • Square-in-Square Quilt Project
  • Mystery Quilt (have the top done from years ago, just need to quilt)
    Mystery Quilt
  • Denim Quilt 
  • Hexies (make into quilt top; more long-term goal because I need to trade more hexies)
  • Hexie Friends Quilt Project
  • Text quilt (something with all the text fabrics I've been collecting) 
    Some of my text fabrics
  • Daysail Quilt (need to come up with a pattern for the charm pack/fabric I have) 
    Daysail Fabrics
  • Yellow Brick Road Quilt Kit (bought it long ago, but never assembled) 
  • Blue/White "All Star" BOM Quilt (blocks down, assemble top and quilt) 
  • Green/White "My Favorite Things" BOM Quilt (top done, quilt) 
  • Teal/Green "Mystery" BOM Quilt (quilt top done) 
  • "Threads from the Heartland" BOM Quilt (some blocks finished) 
  • "Century Quilt" BOM Quilt (some blocks done) 
  • "Sunny Days" BOM Quilt (some blocks done) 
  • Bright Floral BOM Quilt (top finished) 
  • Pink/Green/Tan BOM Quilt (top finished) 
  • Blue/Red/Tan BOM Quilt (top finished) 
  • Breast Cancer/Pink Heart lap quilt
  • Windmill Quilt (pieces purchased off eBay long ago)
  • do something with my stash that is scrappy (maybe cut them into pre-cuts--not a FAL goal, but I'm leaving it here for me)
  •  and do something with all the charm packs/mini charm packs I've acquired the past two years (ones I bought and ones given to me as swap extras; probably a half dozen projects in there) 
    Some of my charm packs


Quite a list, I know.  And that's only a small part of the projects swirling around in my head or that I have in my UFO pile.

7.07.2016

OMG July: Blocks for Quilts for Pulse


Quick post for my July goal. I received a fat quarter from Marcus Fabrics to make a block for #QuiltsforPulse. Not going to have much sewing time until later in the month, so not sure how many blocks I can get done, but I'm shooting for two. (If I get ambitious, it may be more.) I've been dragging my feet because I don't have many bright, rainbow colors to make the heart blocks. I may default to some bright batiks and my other text fabrics. I'd really like to sew my stash for these. 


6.30.2016

OMG June: Library Quilt Project (update)

Whew!  I spent the first couple weeks in June working on these things almost non-stop, or so it felt.  But all 30 book blocks are complete!  Here are some of the final 14 blocks I completed this month.

Not only did I complete all of the book blocks, but I got them sewn together into the main part of the quilt.  I played around with the layout in EQ7 quite a bit, after scanning each of the blocks into the computer.  Here's the final layout.  (It's final hanging place is going to be on a boring beige wall--I think it will "pop" nicely!)

Here are the sashing strips and corner blocks all cut out.  I used leftover pieces from the "binding" part of the books in the blocks.  I decided to keep it simple and went with 5 different fabrics in rainbow order (of course).

After coming up with the final layout, I sewed the blocks together in columns of 3 and then sewed those into groups of 6, before combining the final 5 panels.  (Unfortunately it's so huge, that I haven't gotten a picture of all 30 blocks together, yet.  So you'll just have to accept my pictures of the panels hanging on my pantry cabinet with less than ideal lighting.)





I did purchase backing fabric--Connecting Threads has some wide backing fabric that's affordable, and I chose a simple chambray-type fabric since the back of the quilt will never be seen.  And binding fabric--a fabric that looks like a library book barcode.  Now I have everything I need to finish the quilt--just need to get the large border strips cut and sew all the letters.

Somehow the rest of June was a bust, and I didn't get any other sewing done, and haven't moved on to the letters.  I think partly because I'm putting off thinking about how I'm going to find space to bind it, and how exactly to quilt this monster.