It has been fun designing all the 32 pieces in the Gaa Barge series. I have enough scraps taken from the wastebasket or swept off the floor to finish the remainder of my challenge. I had originally planned to make one a week for a whole year, but gardening got in the way and the series wasn’t finished. Maybe, I can finish the series next winter when the snow flies.
The cat and dog pieces were made with purple and other dark fabrics for the background and tan fabrics for the animals. The made fabric was made in the mile a minute method. The patterns for the animals came from a child’s coloring book. The cut out animals were fused down and then zig zaged around the edges with tan thread. The lines of the drawing were zig zaged with black thread.
Shortly after I made these two pieces, I taught a class on this procedure at a local quilt shop. The pieces were my sample pieces. They were at the shop when a photographer came to take a picture of the owners. One of the pieces was grabbed and put under the needle of a sewing machine. The colors went with a piece that was on the wall behind them. I enjoy seeing my animal in the picture on the wall when I go to the quilt shop.
The definition of perseverance, is sticking to a plan, dedication, determination, endurance, tenacity. Also, patience, diligence, purpose, stubbornness, steady persistence in a course of action. All of these came into play in the past week and one half. One of the days of the 21 day sewing room declutter is bins. While I was looking at what Karen said in her blog about processing the bins, I noticed that there were two blogs that proceeded the list of 21 days. I watched them and found out that I was supposed to set my timer for 15 minutes and work only that amount of time. It might take several 15 minute periods. That makes much more sense. I could check my bins in that time frame.
One bin was full of precuts. That sounded like a bin that would be quick and easy to organize. I had watched several You Tube videos that said the best way to organize your scraps was to make precuts and not put leftover fabric back into the drawers. It sounded like a good idea at the time. I had used the 2 1/2″ pieces as beginners and enders so some were sewn into two patches. Many more were not.
First, I would sew the single patches into two patches and then sew the two patches into four patches. How long could that take? I started to sew and sew and sew some more. The more I sewed, the more determined I was to completely empty the bin. I ignored the 15 minute periods. Two patches became four patches. The four patches became 16 patches. Pinterest gave me several settings and I started to sew the quilt tops.
Perseverance #1 44″ x 44″ It has 372 squares plus leftover white muslin.
Perseverance #2 38″ x 52″ It has 240 squares plus a leftover orange print fabric. It is bordered with leftover orange fabric that I won at the Maine Pine tree Quilters quilt show in 2019.
Perseverance #3 53″ x 68″ It has 516 squares plus some unusual white fabric that showed up in my stash. I didn’t buy it and don’t know where it came from. Probably from one of the sewing rooms that I helped clean out.
Perseverance #4 36″ x 52″ It has 384 squares and a red border that was in my stash.
Perseverance #5 48″ x 52″ It has 288 squares and left over white muslin.
There are 1,800 2 1/2″ squares in these five quilts. When the quilt tops were all together I had 22 squares leftover. They are with the Mile A Minute fabric. The bin is empty. I used all of the definitions of perseverance to accomplish the tops. The left over scraps will never be cut into 2 1/2″ squares again. They will go back into the drawers. ”
I will make fun quilts only for the next week and then go back to perseverance to quilt the tops. I want them to move on and not be UFOs.
The 21 Day sewing room declutter is about half done. I think that I should do rotary cutters and mats next. That might take only 15 minutes.
Because of the covid pandemic, we have had to have our Guild meetings on Zoom. Although it would have been better to meet with friends in person, we would not have been able to have speakers from Hawaii and California. Two months ago, our speaker was designer Karen Brow-Meier from Java House Quilts. We learned a lot and had a great time. Karen’s patterns are unique and fun. I decided to purchase one and chose Bad Hare Day. The thought of a rabbit stealing a quilt block was fun. This pattern was the start of Miss Molly’s Bad Day.
Karen’s patterns are accurate and easy to follow. I didn’t have the gray fabric for the background, so I ordered some on line. When it came, it was blue. That was not what I wanted, so it’s now in my stash, waiting for the right quilt to come along. When I checked my stash I found a white striped fabric that I had bought to make table runners. The background was striped gray and white. If I used the white striped fabric, I wouldn’t have to piece the background.
Also in my stash were several vendor fabric samples that I won at a drawing at the local quilt shop. I used one of the samples for the hexagons. The colors were coordinated. The hexagons were hand pieced while watching TV at night.
Soon the background was finished and I was ready to applique the bad rabbit. I thought that a dog would be better. I had bought Ruff Around The Edges and decided to use it’s running dog instead of the rabbit.
It’s a cute dog, but not what I really wanted. I had a “what if” moment. What if I appliqued a picture of Miss Molly stealing the block. She does “inspect” articles accidentally dropped on the floor. I would need a picture of a running Wire Fox Terrier. I checked Pinterest and the Internet. Apparently, no one takes pictures of running Fox Terriers. They jump, sit and stand. Then, I realized that Miss Molly doesn’t run with her prizes. She stands, looks at me and says ” It’s mine now and what are you going to do about it?’
Miss Molly went to the left side of the quilt, looking in, not running out the right side.
The question is – Did the block pass inspection? Is Miss Molly going to put it back?
The stripes were quilted with the walking foot with a serpentine pattern. I’m following Angela Walters’s machine quilting classes. The wood grain pattern was in the first lesson.
It’s a cold rainy day. We are supposed to have a Spring snow storm later today. I start my day by asking the lady who sits on my kitchen counter (Alexa) what the weather will be. She is usually accurate. She’s a very knowledgeable lady, although I have asked her questions that she couldn’t answer. The weather had been very nice and warm and I was able to go outside and start cleaning up the gardens. The best part of going outside is to visit with neighbors. Life is a bit more normal when you can do that.
I’ve been working on Dear Jane in the evenings. Row K has been completely pieced and quilted. It won’t take long to trim the thirteen blocks to size. bind them and sew them together. I saw a YouTube post of a different way to sew English paper piecing blocks together and will try to sew them together that way. I’ll try any new techniques to see if they work for me. The YouTube video showed how to piece curved seams. They were held together with painters tape on the front and sewn on the back. It’s interesting to find “new” ways of quilting. The patterns and technique sheets have been printed for the last two rows. It’s time to choose the fabrics. I like to stay close to the color that Jane used in her quilt.
Speaking of You Tube, I was scrolling down You Tube videos and saw one that said the correct way to fold quilts. I didn’t realize that I was folding my quilts incorrectly. It says that this method eliminates the creases and preserves the quilts better.
Start by laying the quilt out flat. It doesn’t matter which side is up. When all is done, the side that is on the bottom will be the side that you see. It’s a matter of choice.
Pick up the bottom left corner and fold it to the upper right, keeping the top seam even.
Flip the quilt so that the point is towards you.
Fold the point to the top fold.
Fold it again.
Fold both ends in towards the middle.
Fold it in half.
The quilt is then stored on end, not stacked on top of each other.
The quilt’s folds are on the bias and are loosely folded. That would eliminate the creases. I did find that the quilt that is folded this way is about double size of the quilt that is folded the old way. I refold all my quilts twice a year and am working to fold them this way for now.
I finished my 3-D mini quilt early this month. They are so much fun to make. I’m looking for a pattern for the May 3-D quilt. There are so many on Pinterest.
Kimberly Einmo designed a row of the month quilt for the American Quilter magazine. Mine just came back from the long arm quilter. It left here as an o.k. quilt but came back a dazzling beauty with absolutely beautiful quilting. The quilting made that quilt.
The backing on this quilt is a piece that I received as part of a prize at the Maine Quilt show two years ago.
A friend of mine is redoing her bathroom with a humming bird theme. I saw this small panel and made this for her.
I’m still doing the 21 day sewing room declutter. There is no way that I can complete each assignment in one day. The last assignment was threads. I worked for three days, part time, to just gather all the threads to one place. I found spools all over the place. They are all neatly, (no thread tails hanging out) placed in drawers and bins. I have a spot for regular sewing and basting threads, quilting threads, embroidery threads, specialty threads and cones.
My next assignment will be rulers. I know that I have duplicates and some that I just had to have and I’ve never used. This might take longer to organize because I’m thinking of making a block from each of the specialty rulers and placing them in a sampler quilt. I could use the basket of leftover fabric from the quilts that I made this winter. The rulers are in four places in the sewing room so maybe I should just organize them first.
The 21 days may go into 21 weeks. It will be brutal when the assignment is fabric scraps. I haven’t seen the video on the scrap organization, but maybe she means to just put them in their proper places, not use them up.
It seems as if I had one good week of focusing on quilting, but that is gone. I flip from one project to another. The non focusing started when I started the 21 day sewing room declutter. I did focus on that.
The 30 minutes a day of organizing magazines (day three) is still in progress. There is a pile of magazines to move on to someone else. I am taking the time to read the articles that I hadn’t before and am learning a lot of new things.
Days five, six, and seven are combined. Day five was patterns. Days six and seven was archives and resting. I combined the three days because I keep some of the patterns in a note book. I found a lot of new patterns that I just had to have and never made. The archives that I keep in folders and the file cabinet has been purged. I have three empty folders and lots of new ideas for quilts in my head.
Day eight is thread. This will take a long, long time as I have drawers and boxes filled with embroidery thread. It will be nice to have all that in order again. I did find some soft plastic to wrap the cones so the thread isn’t unrolled and tangled.
I jumped ahead to day 16 which was batting. I had already organized the batting so I can consider it finished.
This project will continue on. It will take many more days than 21.
Two more small pieces are finished, except for hand sewing the binding.
This one was machine quilted using the walking foot.
It used leftover half square triangles. I think that this pattern and coloration would be very nice in a bed quilt. I would extend the tan half square triangles into the border.
This little quilt was a single block that has sat around forever. I added a border and free motion quilted it.
The dark center was quilted using a leaf stipple that is an old standby. I left the star points and corner triangles unquilted. I have a practice piece of top, batting and backing that I use to audition free motion quilting. Using Angela Walter’s book about meander background quilting, I tried several of her patterns until I decided on a leafy meander.
This pattern is a keeper.
I have been working on other projects, but not finishing any of them. I’ve made eight Grandmother flowers for a wall hanging. I’ve started another Stay At Home Pandemic Round Robin.
I have three small pieces to hand sew the binding. I did a little free motion quilting on the Ugly Quilt. When I was cleaning the archives, I found the pattern for one of my ufos and put it aside to work on that project. It actually was the top one in the pile of ufos.
If I can get my focus back, maybe I can finish one of the above.
Spring is here and I’m in the process of refolding my quilts. I saw a You Tube video on how to “correctly” fold your quilts and am folding them this way for now. I didn’t realize that I folded the quilts the wrong way all these years. The Program chair of the Guild has asked me to do a demo on this method. As soon as I present the demo, I’ll explain it here. It’s easy and it makes sense.
It’s amazing what can be accomplished if you focus on one thing. I decided to focus on Dear Jane. Rows A and B needed attaching to the main body. Twenty five blocks needed to be made, finished and attached. That was completed and Rows A through J are finished. All the blocks are hand quilted, bound and sewn into the quilt.
There are three more rows to make before I start on the outside triangles.
Being focused, I continued on and pieced all thirteen blocks of row K.
My focus will be on something else now. These blocks will be worked on at sit and sews unless I decide to focus on Dear Jane later on. Focusing once a month on something is enough.
I am still following the 21 day sewing room declutter. Day 1 – remove garbage. That was easy. Empty the waste basket and sweep the floor. The only problem with that is it has to be done on a daily basis.
Day 2 Return items. That was done. Again, it has to be done on a daily basis. Put things where they belong when you are done with them.
Day 3 – magazines. I thought that was going to be an easy one. I keep my magazines in a Shaker bucket. It was overflowing.
It wouldn’t take long to clean it out. I found that I hadn’t read a lot of the magazines and had to stop and read them. It is going to take forever. A new magazine came yesterday. There are recipe, quilting and housekeeping magazines. All have to be looked at before they go to a new home. In order to continue on with the 21 day declutter, I decided to work on this project for 30 minutes a day. It will be done sometime.
Day 4 – books Fortunately, I had already alphabetized by author all of my books. The new ones haven’t been listed in the computer. I’ll do that after I finish the 30 minute purge of the magazine. Eventually both will be done.
Day 5 – Pattern pile. This will take more than one day. Most of my patterns are in a file or a note book. Sometime this weekend, I can gather them all together. Then I can divide them into three piles. Ones that I have made and want to keep, ones that I will make, and ones that I will never make along with the ones that I have made and will never make again. There are a lot of patterns that I just had to have and never made. There are probably patterns lurking in places that I will find later after I think that this is finished.
The March Mini quilt is ready to quilt. I saw this quilt on Love of Quilting show 3113. It is interesting because it is made with sixteen blocks that are alike. The block uses two cats cradle blocks and two double half square triangle blocks. The smallest cats cradle block on the cats cradle ruler is 1 1/2″ square. The half square triangles were easy to oversize and trim down. The blocks are 3″ finished. The nine patches on the border were made with 1″ strips. The finished size of the white inner border width is the difference between the length of the nine patch border and the length of the main quilt divided by two.
The “Ugly Quilt” is staring at me every time I open the closet door. It’s telling me to finish it and move it on. It’s basted and partially quilted. There is a story about how this quilt got it’s name. When this quilt is finished, I’ll tell you all about it.
Last week was the finish of the Stay At Home Round Robin. The last seven weeks went by very fast. We were prompted to use pinwheels on the last row.
The colored wall hanging was easy. I made four pinwheels, one for each corner. I had planed, all along, to use the Ginny Beyer border prints for the sides. I thought that it would pick up the border print in the center and be the finishing touch. I had just enough left to make four borders. When the cut border print was laid on the outside of the piece, it didn’t look right. On to plan B. I would use a piece of died fabric. There was just one piece left that was large enough to make the border. It was almost the right color. Things do work out. I can change the color somewhat with the quilting thread. It will be a design element.
Miss Molly examined the quilt and approves.
The black and white quilt needed a light last border. The white and black fabric stash was almost gone so I had to be creative in the piecing. I had enough of one fabric to use on one of the elements of the pinwheel. The second part was made with two different fabrics. After the pinwheels were made, the remaining fabric was in small pieces. I cut small pieces to sew between the pinwheels. That filled the row it looks as if I planned to make it that way. Looking at the photo, I don’t like the two white pieces on each side of the corner square. It would be easy now to remove them and add something at would look better. That’s a job for tomorrow.
The black and white is my favorite of the two. It looks much nicer than it does in the photo. I’ll quilt part with black thread and part with white thread.
One of my UFOs is finished. It was a sample for my orphan block demo. I still have several orphan block quilts to finish. This one was small enough to quilt with the walking foot. I like to free motion quilt, but I really love to quilt with the walking foot. I just aim for the spot that I want and the foot takes me there.
I’m following a blog from Ontario, Just get it done quilts. On the blog is a 21 day sewing room declutter. My blocks of the month are finished. I’m not going to start a new one so will do the 21 day declutter.
Day one was to take out the garbage. That was easy. I emptied the waste basket, swept the floor and put the small pieces in the trash can. The larger pieces went into the scrap basket.
Day two was to put everything back where it belongs. That took a little longer, but everything is back where it should be. The room looks nicer already.
Tomorrow is day three. Magazines. I don’t keep them in the sewing room. I do have a stack that I haven’t read. I have both quilting, cooking and housekeeping magazines. It might take more than one day to go through them. In the meantime, I’ll finish some more ufo’s, decide which new quilt to start and just have fun quilting.
My computer has been in the hospital. It’s amazing how much it was used and missed. Anyway, it’s home again and very healthy. In the meantime, I have been busy doing a lot of little projects.
Before the computer became ill, I downloaded several 3D or illusion quilt pictures. They are fascinating. I’ve decided to make a series of 3D mini quilts. One a month is my target. The mini quilts can be finished and will not hit the UFO bin. My first illusion mini is called empty boxes.
It is about 12″ x 12″. I have chosen the mini 3D pattern for March and will start it as soon as I finish the project that is on my sewing machine.
The Stay at Home Round Robin is in the seventh and last week today. I’ve checked the web site, but today’s last row is not there yet.
In the meantime, row 6 is a log cabin. I have a mini log cabin quilt on the back of a chair in the dining room. It is a miniature of a larger quilt in the Quilters Newsletter magazine. The article had small log cabin blocks with color coding. I printed the small log cabins and used the print out for paper piecing.
This quilt is 22″ x 22″. The block size was perfect for the Stay at Home Round Robin row, so I printed out several copies. The colored version was the first one. When choosing fabric, I wanted the Ginny Beyer fabric for one side. One of the stripes would be one of the logs. The stripe size was 7/8″. It didn’t fit the paper pieces so I cut all the logs at 7/8″ and squared up the block as I want along. The paper was put aside for now.
Now it was time for the black and white quilt. It was so easy to just sew the logs and not paper piece. I decided to cut the logs at 1″, square up the logs as I went and not use the paper. I don’t like removing the paper anyway. Now, I have a stack of paper and can piece a mini log cabin at some later date.
When the last row is posted for this challenge, it will be made with a light fabric. When I saw the picture, I noticed that it looks like a dark block on point in the middle of the piece. This is a learning point. Take a picture several times when designing a quilt. The visual effect will be obvious. If there are any color or hue mistakes, they will show up in a photograph.
I still like the black and white better than the colored.
Scrolling through Gail’s website, (she’s the designer of the 7th row), I found a wealth of information and new quilt terminology. Gail makes DREAMI quilts. Drop everything and make it. I call them squirrel quilts. She works for a PHD. Projects Half Done. I make UFO’s. She is very organized in working for her PHD.
I’m finally using the Cat’s Cradle ruler. It is made by Creative Grids. The block is used in a quilt on the Love of Quilting TV show. I’m making that quilt using the 1 1/2″ finished size Cat’s Cradle. The center is finished. It is tiny. The nine patches are made for the border. When it is finished, it won’t take long to quilt.
The Love of Quilting mini quilt is a new project. When it is finished, I have to finish three UFOs. That’s my rule. I should consider it working on my PHD.
Our prompt this week was a wonky star. Years ago, I made a wall hanging with a wonky star. I thought that I had invented a new block, but now realize that there is nothing new in quilting. That wall hanging now belongs to one of my beloved daughter-in-laws. She loves it. It was fun to make. No matching or cut off points. Just twinkling stars.
If we did not like wonky, we could make any star pattern. The checkerboard row was busy, so I thought that the wonky star row should be coping strips with just a few stars in the corners.
The colored SAHRR has just four stars, one in each of the corners. The wonky star is a nine patch. I wanted a narrow row so cut the patches 1 1/2″ square. That made a 3″ finished star. Running the pieces through assembly line method for the points was quick. I had Ginny Beyer fabric scraps leftover from the flying geese and the medallion center so used it for the points.
The black and white quilt is still is my favorite of the two. It is fun to just use value in choosing the fabric pieces. The fabric that I choose was too short to go the length of the row if I just had a star in each corner. I didn’t want to piece the length of the row. The corner of the previous row was 2″ not the 3″ measurement of the stars. It was time for a design element. The row would be 3″ wide so a 3″ star block would be fine in the corner. On each side of the star would be a 2″ x 3″ striped block. Then another star block. With all four corners made this way, I had enough length to piece the center of the border. That piece was strip pieced in the same configuration as the 2″ portion.
The 2″ flower block between the star blocks is a happy little accident. It looks as if it belongs there and I planned it.
I’m looking forward to the plan for the next row.
Now, It’s time to get some of the quilt thoughts out of my head and onto fabric. I have a lot of fun planned.
This has been a productive week. The Morehead mystery quilt reveal came last Thursday. This quilt was easy to put together. It consisted of several A and B blocks and one C block. The only matching seams were the corners of the blocks. The Morehead Mystery is a very pretty quilt, but it doesn’t have a border. Several participants have said that they are going to add a border. I’m trying to decide if I will add one or not. I do have enough red, blue and green fabric to add a border. There is very small piece of white left over but I can’t remember where I bought it. I’ll have to do a bit of research to find it. If I had more white, I could piece a border. I don’t want it to look as if I just added a border because I could.
What do you think? Does it need a border?
The border could be one of these fabrics or a combination of them. Decisions, decisions!!! In the meantime, I’ll work on something else and just think about it.
On Wednesday morning, I realized that I hadn’t checked for the next row of the Stay At Home Round Robbin. The prompts come out on Mondays. This week, the prompt is a checkerboard. Checkerboards are fun to make.
Two 1 1/2″ fabric strips are sewn together. They are pressed, cut into 1 1/2″ segments and sewn back together with the colors reversed. This is the fabric that I used for the lighter part of the checkerboard.
When it was cut, it looked as if I had used multiple fabrics. I paired it with a darker fabric. When sewing the borders on the quilt, I found that I was one checkerboard short and all the darker fabric was used. It was time for a design element. With a bit of unsewing, and adding a solid piece to the middle of all four sides, it worked out. The corner squares were fussy cut from the center of the flowers .
The colored piece is a little larger than the black and white. I wanted a calming border so chose not to use the Ginny Beyer border fabric. The hand dyed fabric was Ombre dyed and gives subtle color tints and tones.
The Quilt Guild had a secret valentine exchange. Those who participated received a name with some background of another quilter. Each one either bought or made a gift for their secret Valentine. We had a wonderful exchange party. Three of us wore masks and social distanced. It was so good to have other people in the house, even if it was for a little time.
Absolutely beautifully made wall hanging from Adriana. It will be on my wall for the month of February.
I received this in the mail from a very dear friend.
This week’s stay at home round robin was hosted by Anja Quilts. She chose a flying geese row. I like to make flying geese so this was fun.
I spent the better part of an afternoon trying to design a curvy flying geese. I wanted a narrow row, so this didn’t work. The curvy geese needed the space of a wider row.
There are several ways of making flying geese. One is to make a rectangle and sew small squares on the diagonal on each end. No specialty rulers are needed.
I have two flying geese rulers. When I want a single flying geese, I use Kimberly Einmos flying geese ruler. I used her ruler to make the Temperature quilt. For that quilt, I made one flying geese a day for 365 days. That was a fun quilt to make. One flying geese a day didn’t take long to make.
My other ruler is the Lazy Girl x 4 flying geese ruler.
You can make four flying geese at a time with this ruler. All the math is done for you. To make four flying geese, you cut one large square from the solid lines and four small squares from the dotted lines. The ruler makes several sizes of flying geese. I chose to make size B which finishes at 1″ x 2″.
I wondered what would happen if I fussy cut a large square from the Ginny Beyer border fabric. This was a “what if” that came out better than I expected. I’ll use this technique in another quilt someday.
You Tube has several tutorials on this method of making flying geese. The tutorials tell you to cut large and trim down. With the Lazy Girl, there is no trimming. With accurate cutting and sewing, the flying geese are the correct size. You do have to remember to divide the number of flying geese by four to get the amount of geese that you want. If you want twenty geese, you sew five. This is a fast and accurate method.
Draw a diagonal line on the small squares. Place two on the larger square as show in the picture and sew 1/4″ on each side.
Cut between the two sewn lines and press.
Add another small square with a diagonal line. Sew 1/4″ on each side of the line. I used two different fabrics because I wanted each side to be a different color.
When using two different fabrics, you will have a mirror image. This was perfect because I wanted the geese to fly up on opposite sides of the quilt.
The black and white geese were flying in no time. Both skies were the same color. I chose to have them fly around the corners of the quilt.
It’s different planning a quilt with just values, not tints and tones of colors.
It is fun to make two quilts using the same criteria.
I look forward to each Monday to have another prompt. It’s fun to see what the other quilters have done with the same prompts. Everyone has a different idea.
Deb Tucker also has a flying geese ruler, the Wing Clipper. The flying geese is made in the same manner as the Lazy Girl, but the block is made large and trimmed down.