Thursday, 22 June 2017

No excuse

There really is no excuse for the delay in posting this UFO update. I had a finish, actually it was two and the second was finished on Monday. However,  yesterday slid out of control when my hubby decided I should go along with him on a trip into the city. It was a fun trip but I got next to nothing done here.
Since my last post I have finished binding both quilts.
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2017-06-21 10.57.46 However, I am not that happy with my Pfefferneuse.  There was quite a bit of bleeding of the red/pinks into the neutrals giving some of the blocks a blurry look.
2017-06-20 18.00.17I have re-washed with more colour catchers than I used the first time and am looking into other solutions. But there is enough of a problem that we decided it would not do for the present it was intended. In addition to the colour bleed, some of the string blocks are parting at the seams. I guess my seam allowance wasn't sufficient  for the fabrics and they are fraying apart.
Lots of quilters on Facebook protested when I declared that, saying that all quilts are beautiful and other comments about it being good enough. But the point is; while it might be “good enough” , it is not my best work. And I am certainly not sending off to distant relatives second rate work.
That means I have to pull out another UFO and finish it up. I guess this is where doing all sorts of sew-alongs online is paying off.  I have Bonnie’s Orange Crush or Garden Party to choose from.
I was favouring Orange Crush because I thought it was further along but then discovered there is a pieced border not done. Whereas I think I have enough of the setting blocks done to put together a smaller version of Garden Party. Off to the sewing room to debate with myself.  But first to link up with Jo.
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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

UFO update

I held off posting about my progress last week thinking I would have a finish in a day or so. Alas not really a complete finish.
I was quilting Pfefferneuse and while I did get all the quilting done by Thursday, it is still waiting binding and labeling.
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The reason I dropped work on this, was to finish a dead-line project. A customer wanted their quilt by the 16th so I had to speed up on it. And I succeeded in getting all the quilting done on it ( Smokey Mountain Stars ).
2017-06-14 09.37.46I am really going to be pained to give up this quilt. The whole time I was quilting it, I fell more in love with it. definitely going to have to do another one.
So that leaves me with two quilts in the queue for binding. Tuesday I spent making bias binding for the both of them. I forget now who I was talking to but someone mentioned that the trouble I was having with my Janome binding tool might be because I wasn’t using bias binding. So I resolved to master making bias binding.
Several mistakes happened including marking my lines the wrong was the first time I did it.2017-06-13 14.59.43
But I persevered and have both cut and ready to go into the tool. So that’s where I’ll be today after I link up with Jo's Ufo Update

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Another finish

Yes ! Another finish, this one an actual UFO from deep in the pile. Probably from 2015 although I haven’t scrolled back through my posts to see the actual date.  It is a pattern called Film At Five and is supposed to be a  5 X 5 grid of blocks but I gave up at 3 X 4 and called it a wrap. At the time I was working on it I remember being exasperated at how long a process it was to get all the sashing done.  Now that I have it quilted I am in love with it again and want to make another.
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I finished hand sewing the binding down last night but wanted to wait and get daytime pictures before posting.
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I thought about an all over quilting pattern but decided to go with outlining the sashing and blocks to emphasise the film strip look. And then a big daisy in the block to anchor the batting. If it had been Warm and Natural type batting  I might have done a  stipple in the block but I was using a high loft polyester batting and that seems to  pucker when I try and stipple it.
All in all very happy with the end results and even happier to have a finish to link up with Jo

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Excuse me…

Could some one please help me? I think I have lost a month somewhere? It starts with A, has 30 days and has totally slipped away on me. Thanks.
Yes, April slipped by me and I did no machine sewing at all, let alone UFO finishing. What was I doing? Well, the first 10 days were part of our vacation on the west coast. I did take along some hand work and sew a few pieces on my long, long time Double Wedding Ring project but nothing significant. Most of the time it was simpler to knit.
And I did give away two quilts that were finished in March.
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The Bricks and Stepping Stones ( a free pattern on Bonnie’s blog).





Quilting the Streak of Sunshine (transportation)
Last post I had been dithering about the quilting on this one. I opted to quilt a quarter inch on both sides of the seam. Something I had seen on other quilts and it worked very well.
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When we returned from vacation I did start cutting a new quilt for my niece’s wedding present. This one is going to be from Jo’s book, her Bohemian Rhapsody. And since I am trying to get all the pieces cut  before I sew, it is still on the cutting table. Which has been changed out twice in the past three weeks. This has resulted in a lot of moving around and reorganizing but has resulted in more floor space and a higher cutting surface.
The rest of the month had been occupied in yard work as the weather permitted. We have lots to do and needed to be out doing it when it ever possible.
I do hope to have more UFOs completed this month. In the moving of boxes to accommodate the table shuffle  a few almost complete tops surfaced and I am trying to finish them off.  Got one to a  finished top stage .
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This is the “Big Block” quilt made with Kaffe Fasset fabrics, I was working on before we moved.  It just needed the top and bottom borders, which I put together yesterday. Part of the urge to finish it off was to free up fabrics for cutting the the Bohemian Rhapsody.
And now to link up with Jo at Jo's Country Junction.com and see what she’s been working on.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

UFO link up

Whoop, whoop. I have an almost finish. Maybe that was too exuberant as it is still to be quilted.  I found out about a co-worker expecting while at work Friday ( I think I had known and forgotten). So Saturday I looked through my partially completed tops to find something that would finish up fast.  And there it was, one of Bonnie’s Streak of Sunshine free pattern tops I had done in a transportation theme. All it was missing were the borders. Surprisingly, given my previously slow border making, these went together quickly. Of course it is only a baby quilt and only needs one WOF for each side. Plus it had a theme  which simplified picking fabrics. And while checking it over, I realized it was missing boats so that make the final border choice simple. The darker blue interior border is a space-themed fabric which echoed the colours of the interior well.

The rest of the weekend was spent working on the En Provence mystery, so I didn't get back to this until yesterday.
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This is me trying out the basement stairwell as a basting wall. It might work but I was leery of the pins I use scratching up the drywall. For the tryout I only used painters tape.
Fortunately, we are having incredibly mild weather this week, so I opened up my shed and used the basting wall I set up in there.  I was even able to work out there with no heater on and the doors open it is so mild.  Now I just have to get it quilted.
The hold up is an internal debate over the quilting pattern. I have used a diagonal line through the blocks on this pattern in the past and not been thrilled with it. Right now I'm thinking of  either doing an edge to edge squiggle or quilting a quarter inch away from the seams but can’t seem to make a choice. 
So while I’m thinking it over, I’ll link up with Jo over at the Country Junction and see what everyone else is doing.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Final Monday Link up

Oh my, I had such good intentions last weekend for my final link up. I spent all Sunday during Quiltcam getting my blocks finished. All 16 completed, ta da. That was such a great feeling.  I only had three incomplete and three partially incomplete to finish off. Then it was the last set of tri-recs to tidy up, done.  Now, if I could only get the sashing strips together.
And that’s were it still sits. Almost a whole week and no further forward. But it is the last night to link up so I must take a picture of what I have and be content with that. Although I am not content. But a hectic week and a possible case of food poisoning have hampered my efforts at getting more done.  So “no whinning”. It is what it is and possibly further along than last mystery, without further nattering here is is.
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And now off to link up with Bonnie at Quiltville before it closes.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

A few finishes


Most of my finishes lately have not been of quilts but I have been sewing and getting stuff done. Done is good. Quilts done would be better but there are other things that quilts to make.
First was a teapot cosy. This was a project from the group I joined at the village seniors centre. It is listed as a quilting group but so far the three days that I have attended (only meets monthly, the first Tuesday) the projects have been a wreath; a Santa pillow; and now the tea cozy. They did have a small bit of quilting on the last two. Here’s the cozy. teapotcozy

Another finish was a pair of placemats, using a novelty panoramic fabric that I had bought some time ago.

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Then some new covers for the couch cushions. My sister sent me a book on ideas for making things out of shirts and also sent a Facebook link to making these covers. The book and link used both the front and back of the shirts but I had a bunch of fronts that I had saved to make aprons. So I pulled them out and paired them with some of my big novelty nautical fabrics.  pillowbackspillowfront
The credit for my increased productivity would be the new sewing area in the basement.  I’ve gotten two of my machines set up down there. I was just focusing on getting the Janome in place but then while doing the tea cozy, I realized that I need another machine often if I have the Janome set up for quilting, or binding. So I rearranged things so I could set up my Featherweight in her card table.
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 The ironing board is behind me which means getting up to go iron but that can be a good thing.
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Still some work to do on making it an efficient sewing room but it already is proving it's worth it. Most important now  is getting my design wall back up. It is scheduled for a repair as  the grommets on each end tore out while it was hanging in my bedroom. 
Now off to see if I can get some actual UFOs done. There being no shortage of UFOs in stock down there. And to link up with Jo over at the Country Junction