This week I finished the quilting my “El Camino” quilt, which I started piecing in May 2014. This was a block of the month pattern by Nancy Rinks using her fabric line of the same name. The blocks were fun to piece and I liked the colors and patterns of the fabric line. As I was finishing the final pass of quilting, I noticed this:
The sashing strip in the top section of this block. I did a double-take, NO! I thought, how could I have missed this? This quilt top has been on and off my frame three times for various reasons. I have unpicked the quilting from all its outer borders, I re-squared its backing, I have been over it, under it and around it for months. My next question to myself was “Can I fix it?” I could remove the piece as there was no quilting on it yet, but it was near the center of the top, no way to machine sew it back in. Could I appliqué it back in? No, it wouldn’t look straight. I am going to have to live with it. This quilt is for me anyway, and after all the trials and tribulations that have gone into its making, I am ready for it to be finished. I finished the quilting and relocated it to the binding needed pile.
In other news, I bought a new sewing machine. When I bought my current machine, I traded in a Juki TL2000 for credit towards the purchase price. I miss that machine, it was a straight stitch only, but it could sew through just about anything. I have been hesitant about doing the upholstery for my armchair with my Bernina, it just doesn’t seem like her “thing”. I heard about the Sailrite machines from another Yahoo group I’m on. They have portable, walking foot, industrial machines made for sewing canvas sails, boat covers, upholstery and awnings. Sort of an industrial Featherweight, but it weighs over 45 pounds. When I started thinking of all the things I am reluctant to sew on Bertha (Bernina’s name), it made more and more sense to get the machine and enjoy sewing with it. Not having to worry about the “grinding gears” picture/prompt that shows up on Bertha when she’s not enjoying a particular task will be nice too. Fixing horse blankets and pads, sewing upholstery, denim quilts, fabric purses, bags, dog collars and leashes. This machine can sew through 12 layers of denim with felled seams thrown in the pile with ease. I got a piping foot and a zipper foot too. Did I mention it is blue? It’ll be here in six days, I’m excited!
Well, forty-one blackbirds and one bluejay baked in a pie. I finished the Blackbird top this morning. It’s from a pattern by Lorna McMahon at Sew fresh Quilts. Hers is called Blackbirds and features a red accent bird. I used blue for mine because we don’t have any red birds around here, plenty of Stellar’s Jays though. This was a fun quilt to put together, all straight line sewing and easy cutting. The tough thing was that there are 42 of the birdies. I made do with chain piecing and ironing and cutting. I’m a “process quilter” I enjoy the repetition and streamlining of the block making process. Plus having a great audio-book to listen to makes it go quickly.
This week I also completed two more Farmers Wife blocks, Nellie and Old Maid (which reminds me of two seahorses).
I am hoping to get to re-covering my arm chair this weekend, finishing El Camino and making two more Farmers Wife blocks. The blackbird quilt was a distraction, I really like it though! I was thinking of calling it “One in Every Crow(d)”.
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Linking up with Sarah today for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop Friday.
This week I worked on a top made from a pattern called “Lombard Street” by Sassafras Lane. It is foundation paper pieced. This is the smallest size about 34 x 46 inches. I haven’t driven up or down Lombard street in San Francisco, I have walked up it though. It’s very pretty when the Hydrangea bushes are in flower. I used about half of a layer cake (Little Ruby) and 3 yards of Caribbean Bella solid. There are 100 blocks, each with 5 pieces, this little quilt was labor intensive. I used some wash-away paper that I had for about half the blocks and regular printer paper for the rest. I liked the wash away, as it was easier to tear away, but I didn’t get to wash it away as the regular paper would have made a mess. Not sure how I want to quilt this, diagonal lines, or something graphic, have to think on it.
This week I want to finish the quilting on the El Camino quilt. I am about 3/4’s of the way through it, and I need to get the next baby quilt done soon (July due date) . Plus there are two more Farmers wife blocks to make, almost forgot about those.
I ordered a bunch of fabric this week for two more quilts I’d like to make. The first is one I saw recently on the Moda fabrics blog. It uses four patches and squares in a diagonal set. I have a bunch of fat quarters of French General fabrics that will look great in this. The second is a cute pattern called “Blackbirds” that I got recently from Sew Fresh Quilts. Lorna McMahon has a bunch of cute animal themed quilt patterns, you might have seen her “Dog Quilt”, I really like the squirrel one too for some reason. I got some Essex fabric in a pretty blue for the background of that one. I liked using it for the Pointy quilt I did recently, and I’m using it in the Fancy Forrest BOM. Wow, lots of animal quilt blocks going on here. I made the eight Bunnies this month, next up are the owls ( I think).
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Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday. My design wall is in my mind this week!
You may recall that I had been merrily sewing along last week, trying to finish up the 209 nine patches for my rendition of Bonnie Hunter’s Rick Rack Nines quilt. Well, on Wednesday I saw a quilt top I liked better and since it was also 2 ½” square friendly, I switched gears and made my nine patch blocks into 9, 21, and 49 patch blocks.
The quilt I saw, on Confessions of a Fabric Addict was called “Growing Up Odd”. There is a tutorial here at Wedding Dress Blue . The quilts name was the first thing that caught my attention. There is a series of books by Dean Koontz about a man named Odd (first name) Thomas (last name). All the titles have Odd in them like “Forever Odd – a novel” if you like Dean Koontz, and science fiction/fantasy try them. Deanna, of Wedding Dress Blue, explains that the quilts name is due to all the odd numbers of parts that are in it. I like that it used up almost 2500 of my 2 ½ inch squares and it was relatively simple to put together. My version is a bit bigger than the tutorial one, as I used 2 ½ squares so my finished size is 122 inches square. Which should give a nice drape to it on my queen size bed. I am using the color Feather in bella solids. Here is a picture of my layout without the sashing strips in between the rows and columns.
Thanks to Sara at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for inspiring me to use up some scraps and then showing her readers some beautiful ways she found to put them together. I’m linking up with her today for her Can I get a Whoop Whoop? post.
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