Thursday, 20 November 2014

Bonnie Challenge Week 5

Wow, week 5 is here already. Time to link up with Jo's Bonnie Challenge and see what everyone has done this week.
I’ve made great progress and can even imagine being finished Celtic Solstice by next week. Which would be a good segue,  the end of this mystery quilt and the start of a new one.
I marked a few swirls free had with chalk to start off the border quilting. Then once I had the pattern established in my mind, I did the rest with no marking.

That left just the trimming and binding. Done and half done.
binding tool

Since this is going to be “our” quilt, I took the opportunity to get familiar with the binding tool we bought when I first got this machine. I had been hesitant to experiment with someone else’s quilt so had held off other that a few test pieces. The big stumbling block for me was turning corners. The You Tube video that is recommended for learning this had a convoluted (to me) way of cornering. Fortunately while we were walking around the Quilt Canada Market, DH talked me into asking the Janome salesrep about the binding tool. She turned out to be an expert user of it and give me a quick lesson with a better way to do the corners. So today I am doing it her way, and it is working. Two corners done so far, just took a break to come post this.

Another success, still have the geraniums in bloom, despite the winter weather that has dumped on us. I’m loving sitting sewing looking at them.

In anticipation of finishing off Solstice, I’ve picked another UFO of Bonnie’s to work on next. Pfefferneuse (from String Fling) is ready for borders, so I dug out another 2013 project. Ring Around the Hexies from Bonnie and Mickey Dupree. I stuffed this in a box when I had some deadline quilts and never got back to it. RATH
Only three hexies left to finish that last block, and then the sashing HST. Time to “get’er done”. Not sure I can finish this in a week but at least it is back in active duty.

but first, back to the binding while the sun is still shinning in my bay window.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Week 4 Update

Here it is week four of Jo’s UFO Challenge and I am no further along than last week. Quilting totally halted this week while other activities took precedence.

One of which was my day job. No pictures of that to share. Although I was working on a unit where the patients have some beautiful quilts. A pineapple quilt that is just gorgeous with what I believe are 3/4 in pieces, all in 30’s prints. However, we are not permitted to have our phones with us while working or to take pictures of our patients and their stuff. So that’s the end of that story.

Next distraction was getting my geraniums out of the garden before the frost comes. I haven’t tried wintering them over before. Choosing instead to purchase new in the spring. However this year I really loved their colour and wanted to ensure I had the same next year. I’m trying three different methods, hoping that at least one will succeed. My ceramic pots I bought in Fancy Gap, Virginia, just came in as they were and are sitting in the living room bay window.
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These ones even popped out some new blooms after I carried them in. The Ones that were planted in the ground I dug up and am trying to dry them out to store wrapped in newspaper. Which is a method I read about but have never tried so have my doubts. And one of them I replanted from the ground into a pot.
Another project that had lots of time and attention was acquiring a car for my DD2. I think I mentioned last post how we were out looking at used cars for her. We almost lost the one that we liked best and had to race out  after work on Saturday to put a deposit down on it. Monday we went back and completed the paperwork.
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It’s a nice little Honda Civic which hopefully will last through the rest of her university years. We just have to get rid of the car in front of it now.

I did do some sewing on the Pfefferneuse blocks and am now sewing the hourglass units to the string units. And somehow I have miscounted again and am 9 hourglass units short.

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 Hopefully they are just lost on my cutting table.
Linking up with Jo's Country Junction to see what eveyone has gotten done this week.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Wednesday Update

Oops, yes I know it is Thursday. Things got busy here yesterday and I wound up doing a lot of running around instead of writing this. We are trying to find a new/used car for DD2 and had to go check some out with her. But this darn clock change, wound up trying to check out cars in people’s driveways after dark, not a great set up.
So here is my progress on Celtic Solstice this week: finished the free motion quilting on the body of the quilt, did two rows of walking foot around the first border. Next up is some curves in the last border.
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I love looking at all the fabrics in this quilt.  They range in age from my oldest, purchased to make the Storm at Sea back in 1989, to brand new oranges purchased on our trip last autumn. And everything in between. I can’t wait to get it done and curl up in it.
For the times I can’t be on the “quilting” sewing machine, I have been working on the Pfefferneuse blocks from Bonnie’s book String Fling.  Getting enough put together to see the pattern forming on the design wall.
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I don’t know who will get this one. My DD2 loved it when back when the book arrived but she is now in love with Easy Street.  The problem being she loves almost every quilt. Maybe the other two kids wouldn’t mind if she gets two, or I will just have to make two quilts for them.

Now to do the linky thing with Jo's Country Junction

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Progress on Celtic Solstice

I am very pleased to report in on my Celtic Solstice progress because I feel I actually have progress this week. It is down off the basting wall and under the quilting needle of my Janome. But wait there’s more….I have three rows of quilting done!
Here’s a shot of the quilting from the back. The line running through is a basting row I took . Well, actually I was going to do diagonal lines and this was the first one. Turns out I didn’t like where it was going and changed the quilting plan but left the two diagonal lines in for stability.  Once all the quilting is done I will  take these out.

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This is the front. The little flecks of white are bits of tissue left from the quilting pattern. I am using one of the long rolls of quilting patterns I bought on our visit to Keepsake Quilting in New Hampshire last fall. This is the last of it and I am making it go farther by tracing the pattern on tissue paper and sewing through that.

It takes a little longer to do this way. I have to tape the tissue in long strips and then transfer the pattern. I've  been using a Crayola Washable marker to do it as I like the way it marks and any transfer to the quilt will presumably wash out.   Last time I did this I put a layer of glass to protect the original pattern from bled through of the marker but not as worried this time as this will be the last use of this roll. When I get down to the last row I'll just use the paper pattern.  The first time I tried this tissue paper technique I used pins to hold it to the quilt top. Now I spray the back of the paper with basting spray to hold it in place. It is not a 100% adherence, you possible can see in the picture places where the paper has lifted when I moved the quilt. But it is working better than anything else I have tried so far.
Grand total of 3 rows quilted so far with the fourth under the needle. A cold snap this week has spurred my efforts to get this done as I have decided this will be our quilt.  The only thing preventing me from doing more will be my work schedule.

Now to do the link  up with  Jo's Country Junction  and see what everyone else has done this week.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

A UFO Challenge

Always up for a challenge, and when it dovetails with what I was planning to do that is kismet. Jo Kramer  at Jo’s  Country Junction issued a UFO challenge to finish something while waiting for the Grand Illusion Mystery and that is what I have been trying to do this week.
Number one for me was to get last years mystery completed. Well, so far I have it up on the basting wall and have sprayed it with basting spray. Just need to get some safety pins in it before taking down to living room to quilt .
Second was the Pfefferneuse that has been languishing for months. The string blocks were done, I got stalled on the hourglass units. As it happens one of the fabrics I looked for during summer vacation was red. At the time I was thinking about the Double Wedding Ring I had planned to work on during vacation, needing a few more reds and yellows for ends. So I pulled out the new reds and some neutrals and started cutting and sewing. Finished the hourglass units last night while watching Quilt Cam and started putting them together with the string units today. Grand total of 5 done.
Above the Pfefferneuse blocks are the three other blocks I have been working on. Some Split 9-Patches, a few Scrappy Mountain Majesties and at the far left a single Holy Toledo block. Those three will be the third item. The Split 9-Patch is an actual UFO that has been hanging around for over a year, the other two have just been started. I came back from vacation with a couple bags of shirts and started cutting them up
And cutting and cutting, a lot of cutting.  Then it came time to find a place to put all the cut fabric, the bin I had for small bits of plaids had a stack of pieces already cut for the Scrappy Mountains. It seemed perfectly logical at the time to cut a piece from all the new fabric to add to the stack, and while cutting the 8.5” piece, to also cut a 6.5” piece for the Holy Toledo that has been on my Bucket List
It is such a slippery slope into starting a new project, I slide down it with very little effort.
Now to link up with Jo's Country Junction and see what UFOs everyone else is working on.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Done, Done, (almost) done

The two baby quilts are done, hooray. Only one picture as I had the opportunity to drop one off to it’s destination and jumped at the chance.
 Here is the I Spy in all it’s finished glory. I’m really happy with the border.

With these two crossed off the must-do list, the next items were borders on the two mystery quilts that are still hanging around. I’m determined to get them done before starting another mystery. 009
They now have borders and backs are in the works. Celtic Solstice has it’s back, that is the blue plaid hanging behind it. And Easy Street has fabric hanging beside it that will have to be seamed. That quilt is huge, 96” last time I measured. If I don’t get it off the banister soon it probably will stretch another inch.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

A New Year, A New Beginning


Today we start a new year in the Jewish calendar, a time for a fresh start and meaningful renewal.  So my resolution, at least one of my resolutions, is to make a fresh start at my blog.

One of the others, is to finish more quilts. I have been unfocused and flitting from project to project. Maybe if I post a list on here it will keep be on track.  As a start, today I am going to tackle the two quilts that have been sitting for at least two weeks waiting for thread clipping and washing. Time to get’er done.

This one is the second Strip Twist I did, better picture will come after washing
This one is another I Spy for my girlfriend’s newest grandchild

So now that I’ve said it, I have to go do it.