Saturday, July 20, 2019

FNSI Results

Whew.  It's hot here in Ohio.  Last night I got a couple more rows sewn on to my Ugly Fabric Quilt.  The pattern is Cafe' Mocha by Amanda Murphy.  I honestly don't think these fabrics are ugly at all.  It was part of a quilt challenge several years ago.  Another person thought that several of the fabrics just weren't her thing anymore (75% of the brick fabrics).  The goal was to use these three or so yards of fabric pieces and put them together and make a quilt project.  I added the brown and the cream and just a couple of the pinks.  I think it's lovely!  Here's where this quilt (16 rows) stands now:

Sorry for the dark photo, but it is a Friday NIGHT Sew-In...  This is what the quilt looked like (13 rows) before the rows were added (in nice lighting):

I'm also linking up at Powered by Quilting for Friday Foto Fun just to share what I'm working on.

Pink 4-Patch Blocks

Part of my sewing activities this week was to clean up my desk after being done with the pinks for the month.  (I'm done cutting... I still have some owls to sew.)  I made a bunch of 4-patches.  I use 4-patch blocks as leader/enders often.  I love Bonnie Hunter designs.  They often take 4-patches.  Although I don't know where things will end up, I usually have a supply of 200-300 4-patches at any given time in a box.

I made these on Monday

Tuesday was busy.  I had time to make these and clean up a couple of other colors that were just sitting there in the bin.

Oh, before I forget to tell you.  I found a ton of cool FREE patterns here.  It's time to start thinking of my 2020 RSC projects!

Then I sewed more things with pink scraps this month and threw the left overs on a pile.  Finally I put in a good dvd (Night School with Kevin Hart was really funny).  Hunter Killer was good...  and made more four pink four patches...

On Wednesday I decided to mix it up a bit and finish Clue #1 of Kevin the Quilter's SSSSQ but with 1.5" squares.  Yes, I already completed Clue #2 with the 2.5" squares.  I'm an over achiever every once in a while.  This is SSSSQ quilt #2 in a different size.

MORE 4-patches on Thursday

And then there was a time for a little sewing on Friday!

The funny thing about working with scraps of a specific color is that when I'm done making my block(s) for the RSC19 is that there are MORE scraps left over.  While making something I throw my scraps on my computer desk (which is located directly behind my sewing machine.)  I like to cut them into usable pieces while watching a good movie.

I usually keep my scraps as such:
Big pieces (over 5" square) and yardage in totes by color
2.5" strips in art bins (all colors/prints in one; all neutrals in another)
1.5" strips in art bins (all colors/prints in one; all neutrals in another)
strings (in totes by color)
2.5" squares (in one stack-able crate--all colors/prints in one; all neutrals in another)
1.5" squares (in one stack-able crate--all colors/prints in one; all neutrals in another)

I'm linking up with Angela at SoScrappy for the RSC19.  Check out all of the creative links today at RSC19.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Customer Green Patchwork Quilt -- A Friday Finish

This week I finished the longarm quilting on this green patchwork customer quilt.   I'm happy to cross another item off of my long list of projects!

I longarm quilted it using my R&S Design template boards (merged with Urban Elementz).  It is called Mola.  It is a set of six blocks.  There is a fish, gecko, butterfly, bird, flowers, and leaves with a tropical/tribal vibe to it.  I used white thread on both sides.  I continued to rotate the boards so that the pattern was different in each row.  These boards are 

Here's a picture of the back with the sun shining through.  The customer gave me a gently used sheet for the back.  There was only one inch on the bottom and 1/2 inch on the top extra.  Whew, that's close.  Yes, I charged her extra for me to sew my own fabrics to the top and bottom so that I could attach it to the longarm frame.  Normally I require 5" on all sides of the quilt for longarm services.

I'm linking up with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or not Friday.

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Thursday, July 18, 2019

OMG! I Found my OMG!

I have been looking and looking for this Cafe' Mocha quilt.  I finally found it!!!  The bag was in a project container (one of those under-the-bed storage totes.)  It was UNDER my kid's trampoline that is in the longarm room!  Here's it current situation:

It's all coming back to me...  I measured the 1/4" inch seams and they aren't a true 1/4".  I need to set my stitch-to-edge to 0.8 for the seams to come out just right.  It's important that the seams nest for this to be a great quilt pattern.  Note to self...  push the button on your sewing machine three times move the needle to 0.8 so that the seams come out on this project.

I also remember I was having trouble figuring out where to put the colors...  These fabrics were received during an "ugly fabric quilt challenge".  Someone else thought these fabrics were ugly or not their cup of tea.  I believe we swapped about three yards of fabric.  I added a couple of pinks and a rust to the mix.  They are playing nicely together in this quilt pattern called Cafe' Mocha by Amanda Murphy.  Speaking of that... I need a cup of coffee and I'm putting in the dvd Bumble Bee that I got from the local library.  Then to start sewing these blocks together.  Let's get 'er done!

I'm so excited I found it!  Can I get the piecework finished, a back made, and the quilt quilted by the end of the month?  We shall see.

I'm linking up with Wendy B. at Sugarlane Designs for Friday Night Sew In -- FNSI.  Looks like I'll be sorting out quilt pieces, cutting a few more to make it wider, and trying to get it into a quilt top.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

WIP Wednesday 7.17.19

I think I was productive this week.  Here's what happened.

I won the Wings of Spring blocks in the Block Lotto back in March (2019).  I only needed one more block to make the suggested quilt layout by Sophie.  I moved that project along this week.  I found the blocks accidentally when I was looking for my OMG quilt (next photo).

I wasn't planning on working on this quilt yet, but I continue to root through boxes and bins of projects trying to find the bag with my July OMG project...  It looks like this:

It's a beauty!  I hope I find it in time to finish it before the end of the month!

While searching for the above, I also found a Ziploc bag full of  blocks that I made during a QA with Beth at Love Laugh Quilt back in 2014.

I longarm quilted and advanced a green patchwork quilt for a customer.

I'm putting a fun design on it called Mola.  It's an R&S board (now Urban Elementz.)

Here's my Ohio quilt on the line.  There are special cities to our family (and/or Ohio landmarks) that have the names of the cities embroidered on them.  This was one of my slow-stitching projects.

This quilt was planned for our son.  After I added the grey inner border and the red border it was bigger than I anticipated but just happens to fit our California King bed.  Next I need to make a back.

I finished Clue # 1 in the SSSSQ -- a mystery quilt along with Kevin the Quilter.

I finished a pink Soul Searching block.  Pink is the color this month for the RSC19.

I finished longarming this quilt for a customer.  It turned out great.  I quilted it with Loopys.

The cleaning of the longarm room continues.  These bins need to be sorted into light, medium, and navy blues so I can start on the first clue of the Mosaic Mystery QA at Meadow Mist Designs.

I currently have 67 on-going projects.

Pieces Still Need to be Cut & Sewn
1.  Cheddar Jack cat pattern from Mama Spark's World 
2.  Digging up Bones (Owen's dinosaur quilt)
3.  Rock Island Campfire Quilt
4.  Picadilly Circle
5.  ...And Sew On BOM at Quiet Play (one block to go)
6.  Go Four It! -- Scrappy 4-patches started as leader/ender June 2017
7.  Patriotic Folk Animals (from Americana Quilts Book) -- hand work for school
8.  Parallelogram Strings -- 2019 String Along at Humble Quilts, started 1.31.19
9.   Leah Day Building Blocks QA
10.  Love Laugh Quilt Christmas Improv QA
11.  Classic Meets Modern BOM
12.  Mod Mod QA (turning this one into a baby quilt) (from block Lotto, mostly circles w/lines)
13.  Owl's Well That Ends Well (RSC19 project started 1.26.19)
14.  Linen and Threads - Mystery Sampler SAL Sew-to-go bag project started 1.21.19
15.  Temperature QA (2019 block-a-day according to high and low temps--changed to table topper.)
16.  Kite Girl (RSC14)
17.  Amish Country BOM (from Lynn, Johnna's mom)
18.  Cabins at the Lake (from Fons & Porter Magazine) (only one house block complete.)
19.   2.5" Scraps from Dani making "cracker" blocks
20.  Sand Castles -- Bonnie Hunter string quilt started January, 2019 -- an RSC project
21.  Little Houses (3.5" blocks)
22.  Pumpkins & the Beanstalk (a second quilt.)
23.  Set of note cards and envelopes
24.  Simply Summer Sensational QA with Kevin the Quilter 2.5" blocks (started 6.27.19)
25.  Slabs with White Rectangle (RSC14 started -- need blocks each month)
26.  Bonnie Hunter Box Kite class from March, 2017 (Will make baby quilt.)
27.  Super Mario QA
28.  2015 Orange, pink, grey kite blocks (from Accuquilt die, RSC17)
29.  Maroon Sampler Quilt
30.  Gypsy Wife QA (started again with Angie at Gnome Angel, August 2017) (2019 QA)
31.  Kathleen Tracy’s 2019 Mystery Quilt -- Facebook QA started in March, 2019. 
32.  2016 Plus Blocks (from left over pieces of Soul Searching blocks)
33.  RSC16 Folk Art Birds
34.  Kevin the Quilter's Sapphire Stars Mystery (started Summer 2017) 
35.  Mosaic Mystery Quilt with Meadow Mist Designs (started July, 2019)
36.  Jelly Roll Rug
Blocks Still Need to be Made
1.  Bluepatch Mystery Quilt
2.  Scrap Crystals (working on blue pieces for RSC15)
3.  We Can Do It Skill Builder Sampler
4.  Amanda Murphy Designs (ugly fabric quilt)
5.  Finding Nemo Scrappy Trip quilt (my seams don't match Julianne's seams...)
6.  Drunkard's Path Variation baby quilt
7.  Kim Diehl's Table Topper from her book Simple Charm (Started August, 2017 for to-go bag.)

Blocks are made but need to be sewn together (and/or some sashing)
1.  Block Swap Adventure Orange/Yellow Sampler (2011-2012)
2.  Cruise blocks won from Libby
3.  Orange/Blue Fish Blocks (that I won)
4.  Split Stars (blocks won from Block Lotto; October, 2012)
5.  African Violet baby quilt (Block Lotto inspired)
6.  Tall Fly (blocks won from Block Lotto, February, 2013)
7.  Fortune Teller (RSC14 started)
8.  Sonja's Windows string quilt 
9.   Block Swap Adventure (2013) Churn Dash Blocks 
10.  Tula Pink's City Sampler 100 Modern Quilt Blocks (New QA starting 5/7/17 Gnome Angel)
11.  Flower Baskets (blue and white with some applique) Block Lotto win 10/1/18
12.  Pre-printed cross stitch pillow sham (May, 2018 sew-to-go bag)
13.  Bonnie Hunter Garden Party (started 3.18.17.)
14.   Cathy's CRAZY BY DESIGN.  It's the Dot Dot Dash Bag. (new to the list April, 2018)
15.  Block Lotto December Scrappy Stars (blue/purple) -- I won the star blocks December, 2018.
16.  Wings of Spring -- Block Lotto win 3.31.19
17.   Soul Searching -- needs a fun, scrappy border (possibly piano key?)

Quilts back needs to be made (tops are done) 
1. Card Trick (pink and blue) HUGE charity quilt for local quilt guild
2. Hunter green large (bubbly -- will be a challenge to longarm) charity quilt for the local guild
3. Bubble Gum pink and navy charity quilt for local quilt guild
4. Good Fortune -- A Bonnie Hunter Quiltville Mystery started Thanksgiving weekend, 2018

5.  O - H - I - O quilt 2.5" blocks

Ready to longarm
1.  Catchin' Some Rays needle turn applique crib quilt started March, 2018 (adding EPP hexies!)
2.  Customer green patchwork quilt (CM)

Recently finished
1.  Customer quilt with special block in the center (CM)
2.  Danni's cat quilt

I'm linking up with Susan at Quilt Fabrication for Midweek Makers.


I'm linking up with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The "Chair" Part of my Nolting 23XL

When I was teaching a teen to longarm last week, I explained one of my theories:  the chair part.  What is the chair part?

You see, my Nolting 23XL sits in the living room of our "new" house that we have been building ourselves since 1998.  The room has everything I need for a great longarm room.  The floor is still plywood and is not finished.  I put the batting that has not run through the quilting process yet on chairs so that it does not touch the dirty floor.

The chair part is when you have quilted enough on the quilt to be able to move the chairs and the batting does not hit the floor.  That's when I get excited that the quilt is almost done.  Why is the batting for this quilt so wide?  That's what the customer gave me to use.  I leave it attached and give it all back to her for use on another quilt...

Monday, July 15, 2019

On the Frame -- Customer Green Patchwork Quilt

I have a fun experimental project on the frame today.  I'm playing with my R&S template boards (now Urban Elementz).  This is a six board set called Mola.  It has a tropical feel to it with a bird, fish, flowers, leaves, and a gecko.

I don't like the Urban Elementz boards as much as I like the Circle Lord boards because of the quality.  The etches are sharper to me (when I rub my finger across them).  It really has no effect on the quilting. I just don't like that they have a little burr on them.  The boards are held together with o-rings.  There isn't a good place on the board on the end to tape it to my table.  Even though they have gripper tape pieces on the back of the board, they do not stick to my table.  I often times have to hold the board with one hand to secure it while I am guiding my longarm with the other hand so that the board does not move.  Urban Elementz does offer many, many different design boards, so the selection is there.

I'm so thankful that God chose to give me this talent!  Doesn't this look great?

Sunday, July 14, 2019

The Ohio Quilt -- Slow Sunday Stitching

This is my Ohio Quilt.  Something took hold and I started working on it this week.  I should be working on my OMG project for July, but I was inspired to finish this before we go on our road trip.

Do you think I need to replace the "washed out" blocks that aren't dark enough for the border of the state?  This is just going to be used in the car and in our living room.  It's not a show quilt.    Since I have taken this picture I have been working on replacing most of the "washed out" outline blocks.  
Oh never mind... I picked all of the "too light" blocks out last night and replaced the outline blocks!  It was too dark for another photo, but I'm glad I did it.  It looks much better.

Here's the new pictures:

Ahhh.  The borders of the state look much better.

Here's a picture of Northeast Ohio.  We live in East Canton -- the yellow star.  The red star is Canton which is where the Football Hall of Fame is.  The next red star west is Dalton where I lived the first 27 years of my life.

Here's the culprits I removed.  It didn't really take that long to fix (less than two hours). 

I sorted the light 2.5" squares and the dark 2.5" squares.

I'm sewing these blocks together by machine.  It doesn't count as "slow stitching" to me.  I am using the "slow stitched" blocks with embroidery...

I finally got to some of the embroidered blocks (which may or may not look familiar to you.)  (I haven't had this project in my sew-to-go bag this year at all.)  It's time to put them all together.   I carefully put them together in sections according to the map of Ohio I made on graph paper.

Except for the embroidery stitched on the cities, it has been my "Secret Ohio" quilt.  My plan was to write a pattern for it and sell it on Etsy.  I'm not that thrilled with the new shipping idea on Etsy.  I know that the pattern could be digital and that would eliminate that.

Next I will add an inner border and another border so that this quilt is just a smidge bigger.  I longarm quilt my own quilts.  I LOVE to have a nice solid border (vs. a pieced border) to longarm.  It's so much easier to do an edge to edge design.  Happy stitching, everybody!

I'm linking up with Kathy at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Slow Sunday Stitching

I'm also linking up to Cynthia's blog, Quilting is More Fun Than Housework for Oh Scrap!

Quilting is more fun than Housework