Thursday, October 20, 2016

Needle & Thread Thursday

We spent a few days early this week camping. It is so nice to get away into the woods and be away from technology…although it also means time away from sewing. We do trailer camping, so I could take my sewing machine, but I choose not to. I usually take books and some hand stitching. This week I mostly worked on a crochet project. We are camping once more this fall before we close out the 2016 camping season, and I’m looking forward to some peace and quiet once more.

Yesterday (in between laundry breaks) I was able to finish up sewing strip sets for the 9-patch blocks for some charity quilts.

I have 60 strip sets which will give me somewhere around 150 9-patch blocks. I believe that will be enough for 6 of the quilts our guild is putting together. I need to get these finished by next weekend. Hopefully I can accomplish that.

For today I plan to try to finish up FMQ on the batik Gypsy Wife…

I have all of the walking foot work done; now I just need to get all of the blocks done. They will be quilted very simply, so I’m hoping it goes quickly. My goal is to have the quilting done and binding attached no later than Monday. Then I should be able to take it to Tuesday Bee next week and hand stitch the binding.

That’s about it from here. I need to run some errands and continue with the laundry pile from camping. In the meantime, I will be linking up at My Quilt Infatuation for Needle & Thread Thursday. Head over for some great projects.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday Finishes

I had one finish earlier this week. I completed the quilt top for the neutral Gypsy Wife! Yay! Here it is on our new loveseat…

Now I need to figure out a backing for it and then quilt it. I hope to get to the quilting before the end of the year, but I just don’t know if it will happen. I guess if I make it happen it will happen. I have a few other items I would like to finish up for Christmas, so I will have to put this in line behind those.

Another finish this week will be the final Gypsy Wife class tomorrow at the local quilt shop. It has been a fun experience for me, and a nice way to get my feet wet in quilting classes. We started back in January and met once a month to go over each section of GW. I never would have completed even one of these tops, let alone two of them, if I hadn’t taken the class.

Once I finished the neutral GW top I pieced the backing of the batik version and started quilting it. I think I am almost done with all of the quilting I plan to do with the walking foot. Right now I have just done a serpentine stitch down the seam lines of the background strips and a straight stitch around each block…

I don’t know if you can really see the quilting in the photo. I’m using a YLI 70 weight Khaki colored piecing thread that I love. I don’t want the quilting to really stand out on this quilt because the pattern is so busy, so I like how this blends in well and is thin enough to not be too obvious. I am still thinking about how to quilt the blocks. I will probably use a simple square/diamond swirl in the square in the square blocks, and possibly more stitch in the ditch in the more complex blocks. For right now, I’m happy with my progress.

So that’s all for this week. Today is laundry day and more quilting on the GW. I hope to get that done and the binding attached by next weekend. Completing the GW batik quilt is my One Monthly Goal for October, so I’m glad to be on my way to completing it. For today I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop!

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe weekend!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wednesday Quilting

This is what is under my sewing machine needle right now…

I started quilting the Gypsy Wife batik quilt top this week. Right now I’m using a serpentine decorative stitch with my walking foot to quilt along the background strips. I haven’t decided exactly yet what I am going to do with each block, but I’m leaning towards free-motion quilting each one. Some may just be stitched in the ditch, but I’ll probably make that decision when I come to each block. Right now I’m thinking swirls would work in some of the filler blocks.

I was also able to complete the quilt top for the neutral version of the Gypsy Wife, and I will share that on Friday.

Today I am planning on spending as much time as possible working on quilting. Our last class for this quilt is Saturday, so I would like to have all of the background strips quilted by then. Hopefully that will happen! Other than that, I have some burrito fixin’s in the crock pot, and that will be dinner tonight (plus plenty for the freezer!)

I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, October 10, 2016

So Close…

I am so close to finishing my second Gypsy Wife quilt top. Over the weekend I was able to finish the four parts that make up the last section of the quilt top…

We were busy doing little things all weekend, and I just didn’t take the time to finish it up. But this morning my plan is to piece together this section, then put the top together.

This morning I have already started laundry, I started making English muffins, and I made another batch of granola. So when I am done here, I will go work on the next step in the muffin process, then I can head to the sewing room and finish up the top. I may try to get backings put together for both Gypsy Wife tops. And who knows? Maybe I will start quilting one of them!

I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!

Linking up with:
Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times

Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts