Monday, July 11, 2016

3rd Quarter Finish-A-Long

2016 FAL
 
 
It's time to link my list of proposed finishes for the 3rd Quarter Finish-A-Long. I managed to get three projects finished last quarter in spite of lots of interruptions and a tough schedule at work. We'll see how it goes this time.
 

1) Finish the quilt for the pulse nightclub victims.
 
2) Binding and label for this quilt:
 
 
This one was on the list last quarter, but never made it to the finish line.
 
3)  Binding and label for one I finished quilting last quarter.
 

4) Finish this monster:

It needs two more borders, quilting, binding, labeling.

5) Get my top made from last quarter's list (it is cut out now):
 
 
6) Make a couple of hair bands: 
 
7) I hope to get at least two more quilts made for the Quilts for Kids charity.  
 
8) Two American Girl outfits need to be done, and

9) This American Girl doll quilt needs to get completed:




 
 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Third Finish

I had to add a seperate post to link the third quilt. The original post is here.


I don't know if I'll be able to get a fourth finish done or not, but probably not. I'll add everything I didn't complete to my third quarter list. Hey, it was a pretty ambitious list.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Another Delay

I should be working on my Finish-Along list; I think the second quarter projects are supposed to be finished by July, but I took a slight detour.

The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild is asking for help with their charity quilt project for victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. Specifically, 10" heart blocks or finished quilts with a heart theme that measure at least 48"x60". Rainbow colors. The details can be found here.


I do a lot of charity quilts and feel motivated to help with this cause. I think it's okay to delay the other stuff I need to do and get this one done.


It's going pretty fast; about 8 more blocks to make, and I can get a top put together. 

Is any one else participating?

Monday, June 13, 2016

Paper Piecing

I finally got the June Saturday Sampler block done.

The block is 16"x20". I don't think I realized it wasn't square until I got it made, and then I was a little surprised. It also took longer than I expected. I'm glad it's finished.  

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Saturday Sampler

What happened to the weekend? It passed so fast. My Saturday Sampler group met Saturday morning at Quilters Patch. I've been participating every year for about the last 15+ years. Every month we get a new block and also get to see the all the new fabric lines, books, BOM's, etc. The 2016 Saturday Sampler is a quilt called Star Gazing. The block so far:
 January (r) and February (l)
 
 March
 
 April
 
 May
 

 
The June block is paper pieced. I'll get it done this week and post a picture.
 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

It's Gotta Be Done

No sewing happening here. It's hard to sew when the sewing machine is covered with "stuff". My friend Alan had helped me about a month ago in an attempt to reorganize my sewing room, but after moving stacks from one side of the room to the other, we came to the conclusion that true organization was going to require emptying the room. That's not what I wanted to do.....the very thought filled me with dread. On the positive side, the room is carpeted, and I have wanted to change the flooring for some time. Also, the current organization system is not working and I need to re-think everything.

I have been busy moving things (fabric, lots of fabric) out of the room. I think it will just have to be stored for a while. I had no idea how much fabric I actually have--every time I move some out, I keep finding more. In the meantime, everything is a huge mess. I know there are bloggers who post pictures of their mess in hopes of maintaining accountability during the process, but no way am I going to post a picture of the current chaos! That seems to me like publicly beating yourself up for things that have gotten out of control. You know what? It happens. My sewing space is not shared with anyone else, so I have no obligation to straighten up each time I leave. Compound that over time, and it's a mess. Add in the fact that sewing itself is a messy hobby, and double the mess factor. Again, it's my room, and I am not going to beat myself up over it.

I have, however, looked at lots of pictures on Pinterest of finished sewing rooms, and that was fun. I learned a couple of things from the pictures. First, I don't want a space that has no color. The solid white walls and solid white furniture and solid white cabinets don't inspire me. Second, spaces that are totally uncluttered (like when everything is inside drawers and cabinets) seem really sterile to me. I don't want my favorite room in the house to look like the operating room in a hospital. I've already said I don't want carpet, and that reminds me that I don't want the popcorn finish on the ceiling anymore either. So, that gives me enough of a plan to forge ahead. I just have to keep at it until it's done!














Friday, May 27, 2016

String Star Tutoral, Part 2

I'm happy to say I completed 5 blocks in less than an hour last night. The construction is pretty mindless once all the background squares are marked and ready to go, and while I'm not always into mindless sewing, it's pretty therapeutic after a long day at work.


Here are the instructions for how I added the strings to the background squares:



Lay the first strip against one of the drawn lines, right sides together. Note the white line is not the stitching line, it's just a guide for placement of the strip. The stitching will be 1/4" from that edge. Remember the 3-1/4" measurement? The reason I added the quarter inch was to accommodate the seam allowance. The sewn strip will actually be 3" from the corner.  I pinned the strip down so it wouldn't shift under the presser foot.

Once the stitching is completed, iron the strip open:

One thing to remember: don't skimp on the pressing. The strips need to be very flat before the next one is added.

Do the same thing on the other drawn line:

Right sides together, and placed just inside the white line. Then add the next strip to the outside of the previous one:

I drew a pink line of the last picture to show which edge to stitch. After stitching, open the strip out, and press it. Keep adding strips until the black on the sides is completely covered.

At this point, I didn't try to trim them to the correct size, but I did some rough trimming (about 1/4" outside the black square) just to reduce the bulk.

I'm really pleased with the way they are turning out and can't wait to get some more done!

Stay tuned for more progress. By the way, it you try this tutorial, leave me a comment and let me know how it worked out for you. Feedback is good! I'd love to see pictures of your blocks and will post them here if you want to email them to me.