Yes, I finished something! This is my Zipper quilt. It is a Missouri star quilt pattern. I think I chose to do this quilt becasue I had a couple of charm packs and it is charm pack friendly. Had to wash this quilt, why? Well, My little Ruger AKA, Polly Pissy Pants, felt the need to mark it as his because it was hanging off the edge of th table. Super annoying but I still love him.
I did long arm this quilt, just some swirls, nothing fancy. But it was easy and was much quicker than doing it on my domestic.
The back was something I had in my stash forever. It works!
The news – So the past year has been super trying for me. The loss of my sister, the loss of my job etc. So, I took a new job last April that I knew that I was way over qualified for. I hated it. Met some really good people, but just not for me.
I started interviewing for a different job about a month later. It took from May until now. I start tomorrow. So, while I have always worked on Columbus, I now have a job 5.5 mies from my house, paying more money. Honda North America is right around the corner and I have wanted to work there. Finally, I got a job in IT for them. I had interviewed for a few other jobs there, but finally got a good one. I was driving 50 miles to work, and now it will be less than 6 miles and I am not overqualified. In comparison my benefits are leaps and bounds better. There are way more and they cost less. Please be the dream/last job I will have. Gosh I hope so. So, I am hoping that this is one more step in the right direction of me feeling like me.
Mystery Quilt Along….AKA the Fluffer Nutter Butter Quilt.
OK, so while I like the Mystery Fabric, I found it weird. Not a bad weird, but a good weird. When I purchased the fabric, I though it was grey. However, when I received, it was sort of a light green/grey. I had one thing in mind and then had to change gears when I actually got the fabric. So, I went into my stash and decided to use my weird batik. Not sure why I call these my weird batiks, They just struck me as odd, not in a bad way. So, Here is what I started with to get to my block. This block is about 6 1/2 inches square, so I will need quite a few.
Hand Quilt Along
So, not tons of progress here…..but some. The Dog Bone dresser runner is at about 38″. i think it will never end and since I need it to be 54″, it may not.
THe hexie flowers are coming along. There are about 24 1/2 half of them completed. I have no idea how many of the I actually need. I thought I was going to get a lot done today at the swim meet, but ended up not even finishing one. Too many distractions. I really need to get more of both my hand projects done.
So, this is not what I had in my head. I believe this is referred to as a Zipper Quilt. I was laying out my colors in a way I thought would complement the design of the “Zipper quilt”. I mean, it is OK, but somehow I had something else pictured. Not sure why. I laid it all out first, but then when it is all together I am surprised. Usually, I don’t things things on my design board and like them better when they are sewn together.
The positive about this quilt, is that the blocks sew together really fast. I chain pieced them, but in a sort of odd way. I had 2 charm packs that I cut in half. Then I cut 2.5 inch strips and sewed each of my 2.5 by 5.5 charm pieces to each 2.5 inch strip. I had a 42″ strip with a bunch of my charms sewed to it and then just cut it apart. Can’t remember how many strips I used, maybe 5. Then it was just a matter of arranging and sewing them all together.
I do plan on quilting this in the near future. May get brave and do something new (at least for me). I will have to do some practicing first though.
I am still not quite 100% after getting pneumonia, however I did manage to go near my studio and determine what my May monthly Goal would be. I am at about 70%. Back to work, but by the time I get home, I am totally done. It gets slightly better each day, but at this slow rate, Ugh….
So, my daughter Haley laid this out for me. She sometimes like to think of her self as the “Designer” These are from Mini charm packs. I love them and usually use them for my English paper piecing, but I had multiple of the same ones. So, I decided that I would make a smaller piece. mostly because I want to try to make a scalloped border. I have never done it before and bought one of those fancy scalloped border rulers. I figured this would be the perfect thing to try it on.
My goal is to sew together all the little tiny pieces for the center. I also need to get them off of my design wall so I can put something else up there.
I do have to admit, the One Monthly Goal does prevent me from being a total slacker or letting my quilting ADD take over.
Treasure your Family
Thanks to everyone that entered my charm pack contest. I did the non nerd version of a drawing. Basically put everyone’s name in a bowl and then drew out a name.
These beautiful charm packs go to one of my email followers.
Congratulations to Lynn Parker.
Treasure your Family
I made this quilt for my Great Niece Addison. I used charm squares of reproduction fabrics. I love precuts, but often find them a bit expensive. I have found a couple of places that has very reasonable prices. I would suggest Missouri Start Quilt Co. https://www.missouriquiltco.com/. They offer a daily deal and very often it is on precuts. On April 1st, they sold a pack of precuts for 25 cents. I just bought the daily deal the other day for $1.95. Now, you do have to pay $5.00 for shipping, but I bought an extra pack of Daily deals at the regular price (8.95) and also received a free pattern for spending over $10.00. I belive my total was less than $16.00 for two charm packs and a pattern, delivered to my door in just a couple of days. Well worth the money.
My other favorite place to buy discount precuts, is http://www.craftsy.com/. They have a clearance section and have had up to 70% off. Shipping is also very reasonable. Craftsy is also a great place for ideas and patterns. More on that later.
I am not paid to say any of this stuff. Just want to pass along good information to fellow sewers/quilters.