Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Scraps Finish for August and Goals for September

It’s a two-for-one day at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, so we are talking about our August finishes AND our September goals for our scraps. My goal for August was to continue stitching together my 2-1/2” scrap squares into two-piece units. I completed 155 pairs in August! Yay! And I pretty much cleared out my light 2-1/2” squares bin…

Not to worry. I pulled some more light 2-1/2” strips from my scrap bin and have them pressed and ready to trim up into squares. 

I hope to get through these today. I need to spend a little more time cutting more squares from my scraps, but I think it will need to wait until I have all of the blocks from the neutral Gypsy Wife completed. Once those are done, I will have a lot of lights that I can cut up. I also have a huge bin full (again) of scraps that needs some taming.

In September I plan on continuing with the 2-1/2 inch squares, as well as going through my bin and prepping some more scraps to use. I also hope to make some more kennel quilts using some of those scraps. I should be able to use up some 6-1/2” squares and 2-1/2” strips for those.

The only other work I have done in the sewing room this week is to start on a Christmas quilt using a charm pack and jelly roll from Moda’s Jol line of fabrics…

I’m just surrounding the 5 inch charms with jelly roll sashing to create blocks like this…

Quick and easy. I will probably just work on these blocks the rest of the week, then start back in on the Gypsy Wife next week.

I will be linking up at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for I May Have a Scrap Problem. I hope you stop by to see how everyone else is taming their scraps.

Monday, August 29, 2016

OMG Finish for August

My One Monthly Goal for August at Red Letter Quilts (#12 at the link-up) was to finish two Thanksgiving table toppers. I made these from a charm pack I picked up in June during the East TN Shop Hop and I sashed them with some gold fabric I already had.

The charm pack was enough to make two, so I plan on keeping one and giving the other as a gift.

In August all I needed to do was quilt and bind them, and I did it!

Yay! I’m glad these are done and ready to go. I have several other projects I would like to complete before the holidays, so I’m happy to have these done. They were nice and easy to finish up during this hectic month.

I will be linking up at the OMG Finishes Party at Red Letter Quilts. Head over to see the wonderful projects everyone has been working on, and have a great week!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Some Friday Finishes

I completed a few things in the past week in the sewing room. First, I was able to make a new flannel pillowcase for my daughter before she took off for school…

I love the skate flannel.

I also finished all of the sections of the batik version of the Gypsy Wife…

Most of this is pieced together, but I still need to wait until next month to put the entire top together. I’m really pleased with how it turned out, and I have decided to not put a border on this one, though I think I will on the neutral version.

Speaking of the neutral Gypsy Wife…

I completed Section 7 of the neutral version. I should have had this one done prior to this past Saturday's class. But now I’m caught up with this one. I will try to get the last two sections completed in the next couple of weeks.

That’s about it from here. I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! Head over for some great projects.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

One Gypsy Wife Quilt Down

Yesterday I finished the tenth (and final) section of the batik version of the Gypsy Wife quilt…

I still need to trim up the bottom, but I’ll do that when I get it all put together. So now, all of the sections for this version are done…

(Again, please excuse the packing boxes and the photo angle)

I’m very pleased with how it has turned out. I have decided to not put a border on this one. I think it would be too busy if I did. But I really like it as it is. Now I need to get caught up on the neutral version of GW. One bonus of making two quilts is that I have learned some things from making the batik version that should make the rest of the sections of the neutral one much easier!

I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Gypsy Wife is Almost Done

At least the batik version of GW is almost done.

First, I had to fix a problem. I needed to fix this little section…

I pulled out the bad, then re-made the strip set and put it in. Now it’s much better…

Then I sat down yesterday and put together what I had completed on the batik GW…

(please pardon the angle of the photo – I’m shooting around packing boxes!)

Nine of ten sections done! The top left can’t be attached to the right side of the quilt until I complete the final (bottom left) section. I’ll attach the top left to the bottom left (when done) and then I can put it all together! I already have the blocks done and the strips cut for the last section, so I probably won’t be able to contain myself and I’m pretty certain I will finish this top before the weekend (if everything goes as planned!) I’m pretty excited about it!

Other than that, I cut some 10” squares from Halloween fabric for a future project, and I was able to spend some time on the needlepoint cats. I’m slowly getting that project done.

I have some errands to take care of today, so I will decide what I will work on when I get home from my “running around.” Have a terrific Tuesday!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Back to Sewing

I was able to get back in the sewing room and actually make something this morning. I made another flannel pillowcase for my daughter before she heads to the northeast. I used this tutorial from Strawberry Patches for making the pillowcase. I love this pattern because it is quick and easy, and it makes a lovely pillowcase. If I would stay put at my sewing machine, I think it would take me about 45 minutes to put one together. However, I tend to wander sometimes, so this took me a bit over an hour this morning.

I started off cutting my skating flannel fabric…

I love this fabric. I bought a few yards of it several years ago when I was having a very hard time finding flannel fabric with skates on it. About a month or so after my first purchase (and searching high and low for more skate fabric) I found an entire bolt at Joann’s, so I bought it…yes, 8 yards. So I have quite a bit of this fabric now. And wouldn’t you know that now I’m starting to find more and more flannels with skates on them. Well, I love this fabric, so that’s fine. I plan on using it up (at some point!) The black accent fabric is left over from the backing of a quilt I made a while back as well. I also found a lovely bright pink fabric that I plan to use with subsequent pillowcases.

So any whoo…this isn’t a hard pattern, but you do sew the largest piece of fabric rolled up inside of the cuff of the pillowcase, then pull everything out right side out. Once that is done, you have the accent piece (black in this case) at the edge of the cuff. This makes about a one inch “flange” type thing-y, and I don’t like that piece flapping around, so I choose to stitch that down with an overcast (or blanket) stitch on my machine. Here I used black matching thread to stitch it down…

I’ve adjusted the contract and brightness on that photo so hopefully you can see it. If not, here is the back…

Once that is done, you sew around the outer edge of the pillowcase with a French seam so the raw edges are enclosed in the seam allowance…

Then you turn it right side out and ta-da!

You have a pillowcase!

I’m banished  ;) to the sewing room through Wednesday (my daughter works from home on the phone, so I can’t really hang out upstairs running the vacuum or watching TV), so I guess I will tough it out sewing until she takes off on Thursday for school. This afternoon I will fix Section 6 of the batik Gypsy Wife.

The vertical strips in this upper left corner turned out too short for the space. I have no idea how, because all of the measurements were correct according to the pattern. Another woman in the class said she had a similar problem with that part, so at least I wasn’t alone in it. When I put this section together, by the time I got to this portion I wanted it done, so I figured just adding a horizontal sash there wouldn’t be a problem – it’s such a busy quilt, nobody would notice. But I just can’t live with it. So, I found some more of the same fabric strips and I will remove that section and replace it with a longer strip set so it will work. I think once that is done I can actually put the entire right side of the quilt together, so that may be on my to-do list this week.

I will be linking up at:

BOMs Away at What a Hoot Quilts
Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts

Friday, August 19, 2016

Topped Off

I finished hand stitching the bindings on both Thanksgiving table toppers this week.

I was hoping to take them to the guild bee this week and do them, but we had car issues and I wasn’t able to make it. Good news – I got a loaner on Wednesday…

A bit sporty, but it got me around to my errands just fine.

I have done nothing else this week in the sewing room (or stitching chair). We are in a bit of upheaval here with my daughter moving next week, so my sewing room is now a storage room. Once she is off on her new adventure next week, I will be able to actually sort through some things and make the house more livable (though parts will still look like a storage unit until next summer when she gets her furniture!) But it’s OK…we will make it work.

Tomorrow is another Gypsy Wife class, but I didn’t work at all on the neutral version of GW. I’m a bit ahead on the batik version, so I can spend more time in September on the neutral one. I also have a lot of other things I would like to work on, but for right now while things are in disarray, I will probably only be working on the needlepoint cats when I’m able to spend some time sitting in the evenings. Hopefully I can make some progress on it.

For today, I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! Head over to see some wonderful finishes for this week. In the meantime, I will be off sorting boxes! Have a great weekend!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Slow Sunday Stitching

After a couple of weeks of binding quilts and hemming pants, I finally got some time this week to sit down and do some stitching on my needlepoint cats again…

I know it’s hard to see what was accomplished, but I can tell! I plan to spend some serious time today working on this project. I can almost feel it getting closer to finished…though I have a long way to go! Right now I’m working on the stone fireplace and hope to finish that up in the next few days. It just seems so close once that is done (though I still need to do the flames and the cats). I am thoroughly enjoying this project and I always look forward to sitting down with it. That’s a great feeling!

I hope you will be able to enjoy some Slow Sunday Stitching today. I will be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts and sitting back stitching with the Olympics.

Have a great Sunday!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Friday Finish

I’m pretty excited that I finished quilting and attaching the binding to both Thanksgiving table toppers this week. Here they are…

It is very simple horizontal quilting with the walking foot. I really like the fabric on the back of them…

This was a piece of fabric about five feet long by width of fabric that I found on the free table at a quilt guild meeting. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE the free table?? This fabric makes me very happy. This project is my One Monthly Goal for August, so once I get the binding stitched down I will have met my goal. I will probably wait until next week and (hopefully) get to the guild sewing bee on Tuesday and work on the binding then.

I had one other finish this week and that is Section 6 of the batik version of the Gypsy Wife.

I may make some changes to this, as I had to “adjust” some things while putting it together. Now that this section is done, I have one more section to complete for this quilt top. It’s pretty exciting getting so close to done on this.

That’s about it for this week. I will be linking up at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! I hope you head over to see some great projects…and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Batiks, Turkeys, and Scraps

Yesterday I was able to finish Section 6 of the batik version of Gypsy Wife…

I believe this is the largest section in the quilt. Only one more section to go!  For Section 6, I had more problems again with fitting it together. The strange thing is that all of my blocks and strip sets are the correct finished lengths, but they don’t fit together the way they should. If you look at the top left, you can see a dark brown horizontal strip. I had to add that because that left hand section was nearly ¾ of an inch off. The bottom is also very uneven. I know seams can be different, but because I have had similar problems in other sections I have been extremely careful about measuring and checking as I go. There have been others in my class who have mentioned similar problems, so I really think there are issues with measurements in the pattern…but it could also just be me. When I make the neutral version of this section I will try to make the strips in the top left corner longer. There are a few other spots in this section I will have to fudge some as well.

So, that was a finish for yesterday. I also finished up the second Thanksgiving table topper top…

I am making this one without the strips on each end. It is still over 40 inches long, which makes the other one nearly 50 inches. Today I will start quilting this using this King Tut thread from Superior Threads…

I picked up several spools of King Tut from a former quilt guild member who was clearing out her sewing room. I bought a few dozen spools of a variety of threads for about $15 last year. I figured it was an inexpensive way to try out some different brands.

And finally, a Scrap Problem count…so far in August I have been doing quite a bit of piecing so I have stitched together 87 pairs of squares as Leaders & Enders (and In-betweeners!) I will be quilting for a few days so I probably won’t get as many done in the next week, but I’m off to a good start with them for this month.

That’s it from here. The pupster is at the vet today having minor surgery, so it should be pretty quiet here. I will likely spend quite a bit of time quilting. I hope you all have a terrific Tuesday!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Gypsy Wife Monday

Here is what’s on my design wall today…

On the far right are the completed sections of the batik Gypsy Wife BOM (7 so far). On the left are the blocks remaining to put into the final two sections of the quilt top. These last two sections will go along the bottom. I’m thankful to have a nice big wall to have two design wall sheets put up, because I tend to spread out with my projects!

Over the weekend I started putting together Section 6 of this quilt. It contains the blocks in the middle of the design wall and will go in the bottom center of the top. I hope to finish this section up today, then I will try to finish up the two Thanksgiving table toppers this week. Here is one…

By next week I hope to get the neutral version of Gypsy Wife caught up, so it will be ready to take to class in a couple of weeks. Here is where the neutral Gypsy Wife is…

I really like how these two quilts are turning out. Also, taking the monthly class has made me keep up with it and not set it aside half-done. I have plenty of those half-done projects hanging around!

That’s about it from here today. I’m ready to get sewing, and then I hope to do some cleaning/de-cluttering this afternoon. I hope you have a wonderful Monday!

I will be linking up with:
Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times
Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts
BOMs Away at What a Hoot Quilts

Friday, August 5, 2016

August Scraps

I have been linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for “I May Have a Scrap Problem.” I know I do! She took July off from the Scraps linky party, but I still worked a little bit on mine. I have loads if 2-1/2” squares, so I have divided them into lights and darks (with some mediums in each) and I am sewing them into pairs for a Leaders & Enders project. I am not sure what I will do with all of these pairs of squares, but I’m leaning towards a scrappy 4-Patch quilt with some solid alternate blocks. I’ll figure it out when I get more squares put together.

For June I had been able to put together 115 pairs. In July, I only worked on the L&E for the first week or so, then I spent the rest of the month quilting. So I only stitched together 68 pairs of squares in July. Still, I have made a dent in my squares bins…

I have put my bins back on my sewing table, so I plan on working more in August with this L&E project. I will probably need to spend a bit of time cutting more squares later in the month. My scrap bin is overflowing all over the floor now.

I will be linking up over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for I May Have a Scrap Problem. I hope you head over for some fun projects.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Needle & Thread Thursday

This week I have been working on my batik Gypsy Wife quilt. I have the top sections completed…

Now I am working on the bottom sections. I completed the section in the far right bottom corner…

The past couple of days I have been working on the blocks to put in the final two sections. This is a Block of the Month class I am taking at a local quilt shop, and I am working ahead a little. But the last two sections are the largest sections of the quilt and I wanted to make sure I could get them done (plus I am making two of these quilts, so the more I can get done ahead of time, the better). During the most recent class the instructor helped us identify which blocks were used in the last sections (it’s not completely clear in the instructions) so now I know what needs to be made to complete them. Here are the blocks I have completed so far this week…

The blocks on the left side are complete and are for the last section (Section 10). The blocks on the right are for the section we are supposed to work on after our August class. I still have 7 or 8 blocks to complete for that section.

So that’s about all I have worked on so far this week. I hope to get the rest of the blocks done today (if I find the time), then I will probably start to put these sections together. I’m at a point where I am anxious to get these tops completed.

For today, I will be linking up at My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday. Head over for some great projects.

Monday, August 1, 2016

A New Week and a New Month

It’s hard to believe it’s already August, and time to look ahead to a new month. It will probably be another busy month, but I hope to spend some time in the sewing room. A couple of projects I plan to work on are up on my Design Walls. First are the border stars I have made so far for the RSC Sawtooth Stars quilt…

I have surrounded the stars with 1-1/2 and 2-1/2 inch strips so they can be turned and “float” a bit in the border, much like the blocks in the quilt top…

I hope to get some more border stars made this month. If not, it will be a focus project in September. I hope to have this done before Christmas.

On my second Design Wall is what I have completed so far in my Block of the Month class for the Gypsy Wife quilt.  This is the batik version I’m working on…

This is the entire top portion of the quilt. There are three sections that run across the bottom and I have the blocks done for one of those sections. I have had the strips cut for the whole quilt for a while, so this will be what I focus on during this week in the sewing room. I really want to get this next section done so I can start on the last two sections. They are really big sections and will require a bit more time than the previous sections of this quilt. I will probably be spending most of my sewing time in August working on this quilt, along with the neutral version of the Gypsy Wife. I’m getting excited to get these two tops done.

The only other item I plan to work on in August will be my One Monthly Goal (at Red Letter Quilts). I want to finish up both of my Thanksgiving table runners. Here is the one that is pieced…

I made this out of a Benartex Charm Pack I picked up at the Shop Hop in June. I have the parts ready to piece together for a second one, and then I want to get them quilted and bound and ready for the table. They are actually “fall-ish” fabrics, though they do have some turkeys in them, so I think I can put them out in September and no one will really mind. I don’t have any fall table runners right now, so these will fit the bill. One will probably actually be a Christmas gift.

Not much on my list for August, but it will be a month of moving my daughter back into the house from her apartment for a few days, then sending her off to school out of state (again!) Plus, we are still purging the house of “stuff” and plan on a big yard sale at the end of the month or early September, so I will be busy, busy, busy! In the meantime, I hope you all have a great Monday and a wonderful August. Enjoy what remains of summer!

Linking up with:
Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times
Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts
BOMsAway at What a Hoot Quilts
OneMonthly Goal at Red Letter Quilts