Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Ambitious Thinker Here: Third Quarter Finish-A-Long Projects

Ambitious, yes. Motivated, yes. A Finisher? Maaaaybe?

It seems I have started way more projects than can fit under my needle, so I have written them down here, and will print them out, mark them off, and be thrilled when they are all completed! Do you have to do that? Keep specific track of your quilting projects because you leap over to a new one now and again? (Mostly again....)

At any rate, thanks to the Finish-A-Long, I am declaring that I shall strive to complete the following projects by September 30, 2018.

Blue Quilt patiently waiting to be quilted


1. Scott and Lauren's Quilt - cutting it out now. Needs to be completed by Sept. 28 for their wedding!!!!
2. Christmas Bed Runner 1 - Binding
3. Christmas Bed Runner 2 - Binding
4. Christmas Table Runner - finish quilting and binding
5. Quilt Blue Quilt - Quilting
6. Quilt Yellow/Blue/Red Quilt - Quilting
7. Finish Manger Quilt - piece, quilt, bind
8. Quilt Animal Christmas Wall Hanging

I think that's it! I really need to concentrate on #1. Our son is getting married at the end of September, and they will be using this quilt in their ceremony. And it's the project that needs the most work. No pressure here, lol! I know I can do this and they will love it (the "loving it" part is a given 💕).

Okay. Off to start the process. What are your goals for the rest of the summer? I find I actually sew/quilt more when it's too hot outside to do much!

Quilting with a smile,
Barb

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Wedding Quilt Blues

So, a funny thing happened on the way to making this quilt:  I didn't.  My son and soon-to-be daughter-in-law picked out this pattern nearly two years ago. I searched out the right colors for it, bought them, and they have tucked neatly away in a storage bin since then.


Why? Fear. Those curves through me for a loop. And the foundation paper piecing! You have to cut out templates for it. Good grief!  You'd think I'd never touched a sewing machine before. Just get over it, Barb, and get this quilt made, for goodness sake.

Even with all my procrastinating, I did do something to edge closer to the start. This winter, I took an online class to learn how to properly do curved piecing. You can check out my blog post about it here. Appears that was w-a-y back in early February!



Okay, I was prepared for Curves Ahead, but why didn't I just start then? Too many reasons or excuses. Now, however, I have no excuse, because they will be getting married at the end of September and would like to use this quilt in their ceremony. It must be done. No pressure here!

Actually, I'm thrilled to have a deadline to get this finished. So my goal for July is to get the quilt top all together and ready to quilt. That's a hefty goal for me, considering all the other irons I have in the fire, but I want to do it. Today I begin cutting....

Wish me luck!

Quilting with a smile,
Barb

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

The Quilt That Was Loved To Pieces

How endearing is it when your grown son asks you to 'fix' the quilt you made for him when he went away to college? Priceless, right?



So when I went to visit him in Portland this spring, I took a look at the quilt. It was a very, very simple patchwork quilt, one I had made back in 2002 before I really began my quilting journey in earnest.  I had cut six-inch squares from old, denim, used-up jeans, along with some new corduroy, sketched a layout design, and stitched away. The backing was a soft cotton, and the batting was??? I usually used old sheets or those blankets you sometimes win playing Bingo at the fair. In this case, it was that cheap 100% polyester from Joann's. (Don't use that batting - I'm telling you this from experience!)  I hand tied the quilt with yarn, at the intersections of the squares (terribly difficult to do). And wha-la! I made a quilt!

What a total newbie!

I did take a couple of shots of the original quilt, but I surely can't find them now. Drats! But suffice it to say, that quilt was in dire straights! Not only was the back shredding to pieces, but the squares on top were simply falling apart at the seams.  It was faded. It was seeping batting out the back. It was a disaster.

That quilt had been loved to death! I like to think that over the years it provided a connection with home. Or brought him some comfort. Or was just a great quilt to snuggle beneath.

There was no way to repair it, so I made him a new one!

 
I salvaged one square from the original quilt to include in the new quilt. It was the one I had embroidered with my sewing machine that said "Happy Birthday, Scott, March 25 2002."  (Notice how it looks gray? It was originally blue!) I pieced that into a bottom section of the new quilt top, and then created a new square that said "Happy Birthday, Scott, March 2018".


Blue is his favorite color, so I found some fabrics that he might be pleased with. Unfortunately, I didn't buy enough of the dark blue background fabric, so I had to have a friend pick up more for me from a quilt shop 150 miles away. Doh!


I had no pre-planned sketch for this one. I tried to make it fit his 6-foot tall body, so I kept adding rows. About four more than I counted on! This time around, no yarns were cut up in the making of this quilt! I quilted it with a fun, modern design, perfect for a guy. I even bought extra wide Minky backing so he could get the full Cozy Factor out of his new quilt.


The extra-wide Shannon plus fabric is a delight to work with, by the way. I had not considered making an adult size quilt with a Minky backing before, but this was truly awesome!

He and his girlfriend were delighted with this 'new' quilt. Which makes the process of creating a quilt all the more worthwhile. And they are getting married soon, so having a fresh, new quilt to start their journey is especially rewarding.

Quilting with a GREAT BIG smile,
Barb

P.S. This was also one of my second quarter goals for the 2018 Finish-A-Long.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Hailey's Star Quilt Quilted!!!

I did it! I got this 80x80 inch quilt completely custom quilted. And before the end of June! Which accomplishes my June OMG goal. YES!


In fact, I got it done about a week ago. But life has been busy, and I haven't been able to photograph it, or write about it properly.  So today, I'm just giving you a sneak peak so I can link up with the One Monthly Goal Finish page.

Whew! Have you ever had a project that just seemed to take forever to finish? I do have the binding on and am trying to get it stitched down in the evenings, but that's going ever so s-l-o-w-l-y. So, with summer and family commitments, that will probably be my July goal - get the binding finished up.  At least for now, I'm glad to have accomplished my goal of getting it quilted. I'll write more about this quilt after the Fourth of July. Lots and lots of activities locally in our tourist community. Time to enjoy the summer heat!

How about you? What are you planning for your July Fourth celebrations?

Quilting with a smile,
Barb

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Just Get It Done, OMG for June

I can't remember when I've had such a difficult time completing a quilt! It's been two years since I finished piecing this quilt, and now it has sat on my longarm for almost a month. Seriously, who does that?
First to iron this nicely!

I, of course, have good reasons for not getting this gem quilted. (We all do, don't we?) First I was sick, then we spent a week out of town moving my in-laws to assisted living, and then we've been on a much-needed vacation.

But aside from that, I was having a hard time coming up with my quilting plan. I finally got a start on it before we left town, but still don't have the full picture.

Stitch in Ditch and Echoing

 I want to do some heavy, custom quilting on this, as a way to practice marking and spacing and rulers and techniques. That was the reason I made this quilt in the first place. All that negative space is just crying out for some fancy quilting! When I do get home, I should just start in again, get a plan in place, and just do it!

Rudimentary beginnings


So that is my OMG goal for June. Just do it! Get this quilted so I can get to my customers' quilts that are patiently waiting in line.......

Quilting with a smile,
Barb

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Lewe The Ewe Baby Quilt

Baby quilts just seem to be my thing lately! Something must be in the air, because I am just drawn to making them!



My latest baby quilt was this cute quilt made with a center panel of cute little lambs from the SusyBee collection. I may, or may not, have gotten carried away with the FMQ on this one! You know, when you're on a roll, you just go for it!



I'm a member of Quiltsy, a team of quilters on Etsy who have shops featuring our favorite quilted wares. The team is just finishing up a Challenge to create a baby quilt with the sheep/balloon focal fabric.



There were many entries, and all of them were different. It was so fun to see how creative the other quilters were in developing their own ideas about this challenge quilt.



You can see more of the challengers' quilts on my Pinterest board, Lewe The Ewe Quilt Challenge.

Quilting with a smile,
Barb


Monday, April 30, 2018

Turtle Baby Quilt Finished for April OMG




It's been quite a month for me! First my husband officially retired after 34 years with his company. We had a big celebration, and a fun time was had by all.


That was the first week of April. Then we got sick. I got the shingles and then I caught the flu. He has the flu crud, too. Not exactly how we wanted to begin our retired life, but we're on the mend now, so I'm playing catch up.



I did get my OMG April Goal finished, which is also on my list for the Second Quarter of the 2018 Finish Along! I had to quilt and bind this cute little Turtle Quilt. I really like the navy blue in it, along with the lime green. Perfect for a little boy!  I had fun doing all sorts of fun free motion quilting on it. Loops and swirls and curves and lines and curlicues. I tried hard not to over-quilt it. That's always a challenge......but it turned out nice and soft and should wash up just great!




I haven't had time to think what my May OMG will be. We will be busy moving parents into assisted living and selling their home, and then taking a much needed vacation. So I basically have one week to do any quilting. Maybe I'll skip May. Life takes priority often times.

Quilting with a smile,
Barb

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Ambitious Thinker Here: Third Quarter Finish-A-Long Projects

Ambitious, yes. Motivated, yes. A Finisher? Maaaaybe? It seems I have started way more projects than can fit under my needle, so I have wr...