A Lovely Quilt for Cinderelly – More Piecing

I have completely lost my sewing mojo. I have a half-dozen projects in various states on completion lying around the room. Since some are gifts, and two are for Halloween, I better find that mojo soon!

Cinderelly was coming along well. I had all the fabric cut out from what was on hand, and even labeled the towers and measured everything to make sure I bought the right amount of additional fabric. But the problem with starting a project over a year after you bought the fabric…yeah, the purple was gone, gone, gone. Luckily my LQS was able to track down the name of the fabric, and I found it online – get this, from a quilt store in Spokane, where we used to live! Random.

So as soon as I finish the Dude’s Halloween costume, I’m putting Cinderelly back up on the design wall. Maybe having something up there will make the mojo return.

Charm Pack Quilt-Along – Starting the Blocks

I finally finished the four-patches on the Charm Pack Quilt Along, and started on the blocks. (Yeah, so it ended weeks ago. What’s your point?)

I have not been following the block instructions, because I’m a rebel, or something like that. I’ve been sewing together the three different rows, then when I have a pile of those, I arrange the colors and sew together a block. That way, if there’s too much yellow in one corner (see middle block), I can just swap another completed row.

(Someone knows the design wall is busy with something else.)

I am normally very OCD, but I love the randomness of this pattern. Too much blue in one block? Eh, put it next to a pink-er block. It all works out in the end. Love.

My niece, the Gator, informed me that she loves the colors in it. I’m so very not surprised. I had a feeling that’s where it would go from the beginning!

The summer-y charms have been alternating with a Christmas project. It’s a little confusing to have them both pinned and waiting for their turn on the machine!

Published in: on September 28, 2010 at 7:40 am  Leave a Comment  
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A Lovely Quilt for Cinderelly – Piecing

So… I’m trying to figure out equilateral triangles. Bought some rulers – a Tri-Recs set – figuring I need them for Mom’s 54-40 quilt anyway and maybe they’d help with the castle even though it’s not a traditional block.

It’s hard to figure out how much fabric I need for each block and I feel like I’m wasting a bit. To make 5.5″, the instructions said I need 6″ of fabric. But I have 1/2″ leftover. But I’m also afraid to contradict the instructions! Especially since I’m using batiks/Fairy Frost so I get confused about which direction I might need to cut 1/2″ less on. Because one side definitely needs to be (and I need to pay very close attention to my seams!)

So I’m cautiously cutting and sewing, pressing and checking before even cutting the next block. It makes for slow going…but hopefully less bad cuts. I’m still not sure it’s right – shouldn’t there be some extra on the side for where the next block will match up? At the top points? Yeah, I really don’t know what I’m doing.

Do you see the castle? Two towers down, six to go…

Of course, speaking of bad cuts, I cut the straight pieces wrong…twice now. Some of the bits can be re-used elsewhere in the quilt. The rest of going to the little pile of Fairy Frost scraps and FQs. Which doesn’t include a dark blue that I decided I need for prairie point flags. Guess I’ll be off to the quilt shop when I know how much more light blue I need!

What’s Behind Door #1?

Finally started cleaning out the office/sewing room. The closet is filled with office supplies and fabric, so the door stays open. So does the regular door, which leaves a 12ish” gap on the wall. I guess enough room to hang a picture, but not really anything else…except maybe…

Oh, yeah! Guess who has a design wall now? (Like, finally?)

In action, the Charm Pack Quilt Along. Makes me want to get moving on those four-patches and get more on the wall!

The back is pieced from a 4×8′ insulation board. I cut off 12″ and 6″ to make it about 78×60″. Tycho is very suspicious that this will make it harder to lay on top of quilts.

It’s covered in flannel, taped at the back. I decided not to go with white because I use a lot of white in quilts.

So now there will be less design RE-layout due to cats and kids having fun in the living room. And also, less walking for me! (Wait, that’s not a good thing.)

Published in: on August 30, 2010 at 7:38 am  Comments (1)  
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I Know What Boys Like – Quilting

The Dude went back to school, full day kindergarten, this week. I thought I’d have so much more time to catch up on posting, but somehow the errands I used to cram into three hours spread out into the six! I’ve been doing a lot of cleaning and organizing now that he’s not around – fridge, freezer(s), fabric. I’m tackling his play room next week. That should be a fun one.

And I have been working on sewing. I finished quilting one of the twins’ quilts. This was my first time using the walking foot, but I still had some annoying skips and stops.

See, on the top of the brown paw prints? It jammed up for a few stitches, then skipped when it started moving again. I thought using the walking foot prevented that? Grrr. I want to try free motion quilting, but how can I do that when I can’t even do straight lines?

(Why did I choose the one spot on the quilt where my seams didn’t match?)

But I do like how it looks when quilted and squared. I used a variegated blue thread and stitched about 1/4″ off the ditch.

As a result, the back has 1/2″ and 1.5″ zig-zags. It was a pain to stitch four inches, stop, turn, stitch four inches, stop, turn… So I think the other twin will get a different design – maybe chevrons. Fewer turns!

I think I’m binding it in a plain cream fabric. There’s more than plenty pattern on the rest of it!

Published in: on August 28, 2010 at 2:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Charm Pack Quilt Along – Step Two

Poor, poor CPQA. It’s been relegated to leaders and enders in between the Zs of the I Know What Boys Like quilts. Everyone else is moving on to Step Three – ie, sewing the blocks together – and I’m still running a few four-patches through every day.

Of course, if you check out Step Two, you’ll figure out that I’m doing it the harder way so that each and every block has two different prints. Because I like making my life just a little bit harder.

At least I have this handy ruler to help. Another one of my 3-for-2 template purchases. This one was worth every penny and instantly easy to use. Plus, those little round things keep the fabric from moving. And how much do I love that extra 1/2″? A whole, whole lot.

Just need to remember, when switching between projects – cut 4.5″ for the Zs; cut 5″ for the CPQA…

Published in: on August 21, 2010 at 5:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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It’s a good thing I’m not doing a stash busting challenge

Because seriously?

I’d lose.

This weekend, we went to Branson, MO. Naturally, I had to hit up the one fabric-y quilt shop in town. (Tons of quilt-y quilt stores.) Lots of great patterns, lots and lots of fabric, not a lot of pre-cuts, and some really cool panels I haven’t seen before – especially the Thomas Kinkade Disney ones. And Maisy. The Dude is already clamoring for the Maisy one.

When I got home, I had the Popcorn Bear fabric in the mail, and the jelly roll and layer cake of Fruitcake. Those came from my newest weakness, Stitch Steals. Evil website. New deal every day, get it while it’s hot! My pre-cut collection is growing suddenly and rapidly.

But, Popcorn has already been attached as borders and one twinnie quilt is basted. The Fruitcake is for a table runner and placemats for my mom’s birthday. The blue sky is for my new nephew, which is next in line on the project list. So hopefully some of this stash will disappear before it really has a chance to settle in.

Published in: on August 18, 2010 at 9:08 pm  Leave a Comment  
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I Know What Boys Like – Tops

Despite the “assistance” from the cats, I finished up the tops of these and finally decided on the borders and backing. It took me a long time to find the actual fabric I decided on, Quilting Treasures’ discontinued Popcorn Bear line. The key word being “discontinued.”

I finally found it at Bernina World of Sewing and spent a tense weekend waiting to see if they still had it in stock. Which they did! The fabric arrived today, borders will go on next week and I’ll be quilting soon. And the twins aren’t even born yet!

Twin A’s

Twin B’s

Notice the change? There’s a Z of monkey faces in white now. I discovered when ironing…

…something isn’t quite 100% cotton. And kind of melty.

And I have two yards of it. Yippee.

Published in: on August 13, 2010 at 10:05 am  Leave a Comment  

Charm Pack Quilt-Along – HST Done!

A week behind on the Quilt-Along, but I was running these through the machine between strips for the I Know What Boys Like Quilt and pressing seams during Buffy episodes. I love streaming Netflix.

Also, I like this ruler. Not quite love, but close. I had a coupon for “buy two, get one free” templates at Prairie Quilt’s Fat Quarter Frenzy. (Not discussing how many FQs I bought.) I bought a 4.5×8.5 ruler (that I do love) and a set of triangles that I plan on using for Cinderelly. Grabbed this one figuring if worse came to worst, I could use it to square up 6.5″ blocks.

It works fairly well, once you figure out how to line it up properly. It’s nice to have the smaller size and fewer markings – my other square is a full 12.5″ with markings all over it. However, it is slippery as all get out, so I need to borrow Freckled Whimsy’s tip and rubber-cement it. The instructions claim you can square it before pressing, but I’m not brave enough to try that. Not on this project, at least!

Ahhh… So glad that’s over with!

Published in: on August 12, 2010 at 10:25 am  Leave a Comment  
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I Know What Boys Like – Cats

Wedge thinks Tycho has been getting too much blog exposure.

There’s a huge inherent problem with using the floor as your design wall when you have cats.

This took them about a minute.

“Wow, Mom, this is like a puzzle! We just, uh, wanted you to have fun putting it together again.”

Published in: on August 11, 2010 at 7:24 pm  Leave a Comment  
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