Saturday, October 31, 2020
Friday, October 30, 2020
The "Quilt of Squares with Pink Border" is on the frame. I have decided to quilt it with the Circle Lord giant template board called 7 Treasures of Buddha. I took a photo at this angle so that you can see it. I'm not worried how the size of the circles is going to line up on the quilt blocks. It is an edge-to-edge pattern. I think it will look nice.
The temperatures are starting to drop. I need to get it finished soon before it is too cold to longarm quilt. It's in the low 40's here today. For those of you that are new to my blog, my longarm is in a house that is not finished. It has heat, but it costs a lot to heat it to a cozy temperature and keep the head of the machine a constant warm temperature. When it's cold, the stitches start to skip. I hope to get three more quilts done before Thanksgiving.
Saturday, October 24, 2020
I finally finished putting together my Garden Party quilt top. I am going to sew a 2.5" constant red strip around the end to make the longarmer (me) happy. Then that strip will be trimmed so that it doesn't take over the quilt. Garden Party is a Bonnie Hunter design.
Friday, October 23, 2020
Right now I am keeping to my promise to reward our son with magnet fishing when his remote learning is complete for the week (including passing all quizzes and exams during the curriculum.) Magnet fishing is done by throwing a rope with a small (2.5" to 3.5" diameter) magnet on a about a 30-40 foot rope into the water. The magnets are quite powerful. The one I use is rated for 888 pounds! I doubt if I could pull 888 pounds out of the water or at all, but if we find something I can pull, it definitely catches hold of it.
The Ohio weather yesterday and today was 72-75 degrees! It was a beautiful fall day. Glad we got all of our work done so that we could take advantage of these gorgeous days!
After seeing Vicki's post at Vicki's Crafts & Quilting, I immediately knew what I wanted to do with a charm pack that has been sitting in my desk drawer near my sewing area for a couple of years now.
She directed us to the Building Blocks Baby Quilt on the Moda site. This is a FREE pattern designed by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs! It uses one charm pack and a little yardage.
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Well, it's not really NEW, but it's a project on my list. I pulled out my Go 4 It Blocks and piece parts. I love how the blocks are set on point in this quilt. I have turned the corner on the quilt top, so it is more than half way done. I love the bright colors running through the miscellaneous neutrals. This will be a cute throw in the living room.
I have been making 4-patch blocks for the RSC (Rainbow Scrap Challenge) for quite a while. I have a big bin on them. The squares are 1.5" (1" finished). The block size of the 4-patch is 2.5". I really like to play with 1.5" squares!
The pattern for the quilt that I am working on can be found in the magazine, American Patchwork & Quilting, April 2015.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
I'm super excited that now all my Garden Party (design by Bonnie Hunter) blocks are together. I added a few blocks to make this quilt larger. I never did the math and didn't plan on it being square. But here it is...
My next step will be to put a border on it. I really do not like all those little pieces on the edge when I longarm it. I'm sure with all the different types of scraps in this quilt it will have a little stretch when I load it onto the frame. It does lay really nice and flat. Pressing these blocks and rows as I go was key.
The friend that noticed my Garden Party blocks partially sewn together and inspired me to finished dropped off a quilt last week. It has been added to my long to-do list. I'll just call it the Quilt of Squares with Pink Border. I added to the back of this quilt yesterday so that I can be loaded onto the longarm frame.
Owen has been showing his love of art lately. Here he is doodling during one of his remote learning classes. I love that he has the ability to pause the teacher and write down what he thinks is important. I'm not sure if he has ever taken notes before in class. Remote learning is definitely ideal for him. He's a modern kid that loves technology. Pausing the teacher slows down the class for him and he regulates things in his own thoughts. It's actually amazing.
He's super happy with this project. He is definitely building self confidence in some of his skills and subject areas. Although remote learning pretty much doesn't allow me to go to school and work as a substitute teacher any more (at this time), it's definitely working out for Owen. We may have to make this our new way of learning for a couple more years.
THANK YOU, LINDA! What a great idea. I have already ordered him a scratch art pad so that we can alternate art projects now and then.
Saturday, October 17, 2020
When my friend dropped off a quilt for longarming this week she noticed my Garden Party quilt on the shelf. She said, "Boy that's pretty! Look at all those little pieces." I proudly got it out and showed it to her. That motivated me to work on it again. I took the time to finish laying out the last eight rows on our bed.
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Here's the next quilt in line for the longarm. To keep track of it on my list I'll just name it The Quilt of Squares with the Pink Border. I'm not sure what design I will put on it. I'm thinking 7 Treasures of Buddha right now, but I'm not sure how they will line up with the size of the squares. Time will tell. I may choose the Jester pattern... Hmm...
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Monday, October 12, 2020
Sunday, October 11, 2020
Saturday, October 10, 2020
Today I am sewing ends to a backing for a friend’s quilt using “Dora”. I don’t normally name sewing machines, but this one was given to me when my mother-in-law passed away a few years ago. Often times the quilt backs my friend gives me are just big enough for the quilt and I need a little extra fabric to load it onto the long arm.