So, I have been working on a “secret” project, meaning that I could not blog about it until it was ready. I have tested a pattern for Denise at For the love of geese. I volunteered to test this pattern for her, mostly because I really don’t paper piece but wanted to do it/get better/be less chicken. That way when I see some of the beautiful paper pieced patterns, I won’t just dismiss them because they are paper pieced.
I previously attempted to paper piece a quilt and gave up. So, I am always up for a challenge and really wanted to be able to paper piece confidently. By the time I was done with this quilt, I was pretty confident with it. It looks so hard, but it really wasn’t.
I actually like this one so much, I am going to finish it and put it up for my future grandchildren. Funny thing was that I did not find the paper piecing difficult at all. What I found harder was putting the blocks together. I wanted to make sure all the points were perfect. They are not, but not too bad.
Now the dilemma, How to quilt it? I will have to think about that one for a bit. If you are interested in this pattern, please visit Denise at “For the Love of Quilting“.
OK, so I tried out the freezer paper method for quilting. The results are good, but there are a few things I would do differently. So, I ironed on all my circle drawings to the whole piece. I found this not the best approach. So, with the all of the freezer paper over the entire quilt, I found it difficult to move the quilt around without crinkling and loosening the designs. Plus, since I was making a complete circle for each one, I had to totally turn the quilt around on each piece. That is a lot of turning and manipulating. So, I took them all off and only put on those for the area I was directly working. Once I did this, I did not have any more issues here. So, I think that circles are hard. I found that I had to go very slow, which is OK. I also found that I could not quilt a circle with feed dogs down, but rather did a lot of pressure foot lifting.
So, you can see from my photo, that my quilted circle is not too bad. It is not perfect, but I’ll take it. The first one I attempted, I took out, but once I figured everything out, I was good to go.
So, I finally successfully used my knee pressure foot lifter (for the most part). I find it very hard to remember to lift my foot before lifting the pressure foot with my knee. I did eventually manage to coordinate this, but it took me getting everything in the right spot. Then, I found it easier to quilt the circles. I will continue this freezer paper method for this quilt and will likely use it again.
So, this was my conversation the other night with my significant other. The conversation started because I was telling him that Lynn and I were going to do our own “Sew In” in our dining room. One thing led to another and he informed me that only little old ladies quilt.
“So, I am a little old lady?”(me). His response was, “well if the shoe fits”. Then he went on to tell me that his Mom did this stuff. What stuff?(me) “You know did things with yarn” (him). “You mean like crochet?”(me) “Yah, that kind of stuff”(him).
Well, just for your information, not all the people in my quilt guild are old”. (me) The majority, the average age?(him) !!%%%&&& (words I should not type). “Just so you know I have done this my whole life, not just since I have known you” (me). “Why are you getting so offended?” (Him). “Well, I think you just called me old, and all my friends.” I am tempted to give you all his phone number and email address to set him straight, however this little old lady may find alternative methods of showing him the error of his ways. Lynn can punch him when she sees him.
I now have all my blocks for my free quilt top from Red Rooster quilts. I was pleasantly surprised to see that week 26 was binding. Gosh I love free stuff, especially quilt stuff. I hope they do it again. So now, I need to put it all together. I already have the backing, so I should be good to go. I really do like Orange.
M friend Lynn was harassing me because every time we go to a Guild meeting I am bringing my stuff in a Kroger shopping bag. So, I made myself a guild bag. What could be more perfect for the crazy dog lady? A dog bag made with pet screen. I always wanted to try something with pet screen and had bought a piece a while back. No pattern, I just sort of winged it. I like it. It is sturdy and functional.
So, my one monthly goal for December, is to put together my top for the I wish you a Merry Quilt along. It will be a lot considering that Christmas is right around the corner. I do have some vacation, but who knows what we will be doing. So, I will have to make block #12 and figure out how to put it all together before the year ends. Fingers crossed.
So, last week at my monthly guild meeting, there was Quilt ship visiting. Of course, they brought stuff to sell. I thought this was such a cute pattern and I needed to make it for my door for Christmas. I will jungle so nicely every time the door is opened. I liked the fabric they used and just bought the “kit”.m that way I did not have to go out and look for bells I could sew on. I imagine that I could find them, but this way, I did not have to risk it.
It turned out, that there is quite a lot of fabric left over, so I may make a holiday table topper with it. I do like the fabric.
At the beginning of the month, I participated in the guilds “Quilt Wars” However, because we all finished at different times, I did not get any pictures. So at the last meeting they brought all the quilts that were made. The quilt my group worked is the second from the right. All these quilted were made with “Miss Rosie’s Quilt Cp.Cake Mix Recipe #4. If you have never used them, it made creating these quilts super simple. It calls for layer cakes, but any 10 ” squares will do. From each recipe you can create multiple designs. All of these quilts were created from the same cake mix. Oddly most of came up with the same design. They are available all over the internet and at my local quilt shop. All of the quilts from Quilt Wars are finished and donated to Charity. It was a fun time.
I almost forgot my Hand Quilt Along. Kathy from Sewing Etc, a=has stqrted this. I currnelty have 2 hand sewing projects. I will have to post a photo of the other one later. I am currently trying to finish my last and final dog bone dresser scarf. I refer to them as “Sit on the Couch Projecrs”. Take a look and Join us.
Well, I managed to get something done after my “Hot Tub Incident“. I didn’t exactly follow the instructions for this block. I guess I had something else on my mind. I think it goes well with all my other blocks and I got to use more of my snowflake fabric.
Thank you to everyone for their well wishes. It was truly appreciated. A special thank you to Nanette Chopin Cook for calling to check on me. It really made my day. Quilters really are the nicest people.
Today was my quilt guilds “Quilt Wars”. We drew cards to determine what group we were in and were given a bag of fabric. Then we had to work together to create a top. It was quite enjoyable. They will all be quilted and given to charity. I was so busy I neglected to get any pictures. I am sure they will bring them to the next meeting. Glad I felt well enough to attend. It is good to get out and be with like-minded people.
So, for my One monthly goal, I finally got to work on the test dog block. I got everything cut out and even started sewing it.
My mind is always wandering to other projects, but I have so many already started, not to mention the holidays are right around the corner. Must get to work
I wish you a Merry Quilt Along
Well, I this is new to me. Seems like a really good idea. I have had much success with the One Monthly Goal. I am hoping that this one will give some extra incentive to get projects done. I have ambitiously put 6 projects on here. Yikes! I hate to lose, so I hope I can get them all finished along with the 10,000 other projects I will start along the way. If you are interested in Participating, Please go to She Can Quilt.
So, for Quarter 4 I am going to finish the following:
#1 Flannel Baby Quilt – Needs quilting and Binding.
#2 Safari Baby Quilt – Needs quilting finished and Binding
#3 – The Ugly Quilt – Needs quilting and Binding. Jeez, I hope I can stand it. still Might have to change something on this in order to tolerate it.
#4 Zipper Quilt – Needs quilted and Binding.
#5 The Fourth and Final Dog Bone Dresser scarf. This is an EPP project and is partly pieced. I am so tired of these, since it is the fourth one I have done. Ughhh. The last one is taking forever.
#6 – Table Topper that has been laying around for quite some time. Needs borders, quilting and binding.
Spent Saturday at the local quilt guild’s Quilt-In. They had a guest speaker teaching free motion quilting. I learned quite a few things, many techniques I was not familiar with. I actually made quite fantastic feather. However, somehow I do not have a photo of it. I think the biggest thing I got out of it was how not to be too critical and be adventuresome with new designs. I actually feel like I my be able to venture out. First I will have to finish my “One Monthly Goal” for June, then I can move onto another top where maybe I can try a new technique. It was also interesting to see that many others struggled with the actual quilting part the way I do. I am not alone.
Treasure Your Family
In July, the quilt guild is having a garage sale for quilting fabric/items. I was going through some boxes looking for things I could part with (more like make room for more) and came across this embroidered item.
Right away it brought tears to my eyes. I made this from a kit that Oma sent me from Germany. She knew I was crafty and often sent me something she knew I would like to do. She also sent me a piece of silverware for my collection. I so remember looking at that silver fork and looking at my mother wondering why I always got silverware from her on my birthday and at the holidays (along with the crafty items). My mother would always tell me that I will appreciate it later. While I hated getting utensils as a present when I was a kid, Mom was right. I certainly do appreciate it now. I have an entire set of silver for 12. It is something I truly cherish. Every holiday I think of her and my mother when I get it out.
Since Oma died when I was in my late teens, I imagine this piece is pretty old. Maybe 40 years or close to it. Once I ironed it, it was perfect. Originally I think it was made to hang on your front door. I may still do that, but not until I add something quilty. I am thinking it needs to be colorful, hot pinks, oranges, lime greens. Not sure of design yet, but I may keep it simple so not to take away from the embroidery and Oma’s memory.
Tomorrow I am going to a quilt in. Yeah. Can’t wait to spend the day with my friend Lynn doing what we love.
Treasure Your Family
So the local quilt that I participate is making string blocks for quilts that they will sell at a fund raiser for the group. They pass out block kits to members. I made mine, but have a hard time imagining that I will like this quilt. It is a great way to use scraps for sure, but I am not sure I will like the end product. But, I guess I don’t have to like it, it is not for me. They used foundation paper from Missouri Star Quilt, which did make it simple and fast. They are wonky looking because they have not been trimmed.
Epic Fail on my one monthly goal this past weekend. I sat down and started to sew. I got about 12 inches and realized that something did not sound right. Yep. 5 trillion loops on the back side. Somehow my machine was suddenly threaded incorrectly. Of course i started pulling it out, but it is just not possible because I can’t really get to the underside of the quilt when it is on the frame. I think I will just have to go on and pull all of it out after I am finished and have taken the quilt out of the frame. Now I am mad at it (more myself) and don’t want to work on it. Ugh….
I went o my second quilt Guild meeting and I still like it. They are having a quilt supply only garage sale next month. Looking forward to getting rid of a few items i will never use. They are also have a Saturday all day machine quilting thingy. They have someone teaching free motion quilting or you can just sew whatever you like. Looking forward to a day not doing the usual Saturday activities. Fortunately, Kev is very supportive of these things. Always encourages me to get out of the house.
Treasure Your Family