Friday, April 21, 2017

Orange and (Black &) White Quilt – Done!

I finally finished this strip quilt…

I’ve been calling this the Orange and Black & White quilt for a while, because I don’t have a better name for it. I finished hand stitching down the binding yesterday, and since tomorrow is the spring UT – Knoxville “Orange and White” football game, I’m now calling this the Orange and (Black &) White quilt. Very inventive. And since this is also one of my goals for the Second Quarter of the 2017 Finish-A-Long, I can mark another project off my (long) list of “to-dos”!

I battled with the quilting machine while working on this quilt. I spent many hours over several days picking out quilting stitches because my tension just wasn’t working. Here are some of the stitches I picked out…

It doesn’t look too bad there on the top, but on the back are a whole lotta birds’ nests. Not pretty. So, I got everything un-quilted, then worked on it until I got the tension right. Finally, I was able to get it quilted with an overall meandering pattern.

Here is the back of the quilt.

The lighter fabric is left over from backing from another quilt, and the darker fabric is some black and orange from my shelves. I think it will work out just fine…but it was a pain in the neck to pick out the stitches of black thread from that dark fabric! 

I also used some cute black with white dots fabric for the binding.

Over all, I am very pleased with how it turned out. It measures at 54 inches square, so it will work nicely as a lap quilt on the couch or in the car. This is really all I have worked on for the past week, so there’s nothing else to show for my time 😊 But, it’s a finish!

I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! I will also link up at the end of June for the Second Quarter finishes for the 2017 Finish-A-Long at She Can Quilt.

For today, I have some computer work to do this morning, and I really need to do some cleaning and straightening up around here. We are expecting some nasty storms by this afternoon (and tomorrow afternoon) with large hail and 60 mph winds, so I may just hunker down with some crochet and hope the power stays on.

I hope all is well with you all, and have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Needle and Thread Thursday

Busy day today…I have to run some errands this morning and this afternoon, but I hope to spend at least a little time in the sewing room. If not, there is always the weekend.

Yesterday I finally finished off the 36 Quilts of Valor blocks…

These are large blocks, something like 12 inches finished. I was surprised at how long it took me to piece these! But they are done now and I can turn them into our guild so they can be pieced into a Quilt of Valor.

Next on my list is to finish this Orange and Black & White strip quilt…

This is one of my Q2 goals for the 2017 Finish-A-Long, and I’m ready to get it done.  I found some fabric to use to piece the backing…

The black and white fabric (in the middle) is left over from backing for the Easy Street quilt, and the orange and black fabric is about a yard long and was on the free table at the guild meeting this month. This morning I searched the sewing room and came across some fabric for the binding, along with some extra batting that will work. I hope to piece the backing today or tomorrow and then load this quilt onto the long arm frame. Maybe this weekend I can get it quilted. I think there is a finish in the near future!

I need to get moving. I have to run to the eye doctor for my new glasses (yay!) and then by the library. Today is hubby’s last day at work (retirement, yay!) and he will be home shortly after lunch, then we have to run out for a couple of more errands. For now, I will link up at My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday. Head on over for some wonderful projects.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Busy Week Ahead

I have a busy week ahead. I have some errands to do this week, plus I have Bee tomorrow, then I’m going to a (new to me) guild meeting Friday morning. On top of that, this is hubby’s last week of work. Retirement! Woo hoo! All of that to say that I hope to get some time in the sewing room.

Yesterday I finished up this crochet scarf…

Scarves are my “go-to” projects when I want to crochet something. In this case, I wanted to use up the remainder of a skein from another project. It worked out just long enough for a scarf.

For the past several days I have been working on blocks for Quilts of Valor. I have 9 completed and on my design wall…

I have kits for 27 more blocks and I am working on piecing the strip sets (4 to a block) to make up the blocks. It’s not hard; it’s just slow going. I plan on getting these blocks finished up this week.

Once those are completed, I plan on piecing a backing and loading the Orange and Black & White quilt onto the long arm…

I don’t have a better name for it right now. I think I will look for my largest black and white pieces of fabric and use those for the back. Maybe I will throw in an orange fabric somewhere, just cuz. I think I have batting for this, and I will probably just quilt it with black thread, so I have that covered. It’s just a matter of doing it. Finishing this quilt is one of my Second Quarter goals for the 2017 Finish-A-Long, so I hope to get moving on it this week.

Once that is on the long arm, I will get to work on adding the borders to the Jol quilt top…

I didn’t get around to this last week, so I hope to finally work on it this week. I am adding a 2-inch border around the blocks, then I need to piece a piano key border to add. I will see at that point if I am going to add any more borders. My initial plans for this was to make a wall quilt, but I will probably end up using it on a bed instead.

That’s my plan for this week. I still have a little more to go on Autumn’s Call…

…and I work on that when I’m upstairs while we’re watching TV or when I’m waiting on dinner, so I will work that project in when I can. I also have several crochet projects which are easy to pick up or take-along when needed. I’ll never be not busy this week!

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead and I will be linking up at the following:

Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
MainCrush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

RSC – April Kitten Blocks

I spent a little time this week working on the Kittens blocks for this year’s Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I finally made the second red Kitten…

This one has yellow eyes. I wanted to try it, because I plan to make a calico kitten at some point with yellow eyes in honor of our miss kitty…

Here is what the red Kitten block looked like when I finished it, with just the yellow eyes and no pupils…

Ummm…a little different. So, I just fused some black pupils to the yellow eyes to tone it down a little. I think it turned out just fine.

I also made two multi-color Kittens blocks for April. The first one I made turned out just fine and I’m pleased with it…

I’ve had this multi-color polka dot-ish fabric for quite a while and have been looking to use it in a project. This seemed to fit just fine.

The second multi-color Kittens block didn’t turn out so well…

Ugh. I really like this polka dot fabric, but I really don’t like this block. It looks like a rabbit. And I figured a pink nose would work better than black with this white “fur”, but no. It kind of gets lost in there. Also, there are five different block patterns in this quilt, and this particular face pattern is my least favorite, so I think that contributes to it. I am planning on trying this face pattern once more with light orange and cream colored fabrics, so hopefully that will look a bit better. I think I would prefer less contrast in the fur fabric on this block. I’m keeping it in the mix right now. It can always go on the back when the time comes to put the top together.

So now I have 9 blocks done for the Kittens quilt top…

I want to have a pretty even mix of facial patterns, so I will probably keep them sorted this way.

That’s it from here. We are having our (hopefully!) last cold weekend this spring. I’m ready to get into the garden! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Linking up with Angela at So Scrappy for the 2017 Rainbow Scrap Challenge.