Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday - Thread Chicken

Welcome to another installment of Wonderful Wednesday!!  It's been a while, but today I have some exciting news to share...

Bluff Quilt in Brown was loaded on the frame and ready to quilt.

SEW...

I chose thread and began quilting:



I wasn't sure how much thread it would take, nor was I versed in the fine art of estimating how far the end of a thread cone will go.  I figured that I would find out soon enough!!  (fingers crossed)

In essence, I played a game of "Thread Chicken."  This is the LAST corner of the quilt:



That was AFTER missing one section of side basting AND opting to pin the final roll of the quilt top!!

Care to venture a guess as to how much thread remained???

Not much!  Have a look for yourself:



Only the length of the thread path!!!  Yep!!  From the needle to the cone holder.  YIKES!!!  That was TOO close for comfort!!

Note:  The Baptist Fan template board was used on this quilt and ate less than ONE prewound bobbin for the whole thing.

Until next time...
Quilt tag!  You're it!!



Saturday, July 15, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC17 - Week 28

Welcome to Week 28 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  This week held a wonderful treat for me.  It included not one, but TWO Sew Days!

Let's see if that did me any good...

SUNDAY - Where did the day go?!  BlogLand.  I spent the bulk of the day catching up with the RSC Quilters, writing up the notes from yesterday's monthly Quilt Bee meeting, and getting a start on this post.  I like to work up an outline on Sunday, so all I have to do is drop in the week's activities as the days go by.  It works for me.

The Basket family went out to celebrate DS2's birthday.  
Unfortunately, his 1st choice was CLOSED!!  :o((

PERMANENTLY.  Much disappointment for the celebrant.

No worries!  His 2nd choice was delicious!!  :o))

MONDAY - I spent the day with a friend that I haven't seen in quite a while.  We had a fun-filled day by sharing some time with my Knit Group, scouring for bargains at the local Used Book Store, and enjoying a bite of lunch.  Not much got done once I got back home in the late afternoon.  I was involved in baking a birthday cake and yummy making dinner.

TUESDAY - This morning I added the finishing touches on this week's Tutorial Tuesday post and set off for a Sew Day at Diane's.

Wide sections of border assembled for Bluff Quilt in Brown:



Trimmed up Clue #1 of Kevin's Sapphire Star Mystery.  RSC Quilters, please notice the BLUE for July:


Attached the short borders on Bluff Quilt in Brown:



After lunch, I rushed off to an overdue hair appointment.  The evening was spent knitting with a friend.

WEDNESDAY - I hoped to get some quilting done before heading out to J's for the day.  The more important task became searching for a project to take along.

I ended up taking the kitchen sink!!

OK, not really, but my large IKEA bag was filled with a variety of projects to keep me busy for the day.  I made corner units for my Bluff Quilt in Brown and completed the top:



Finished cutting the squares for the Rainbow Picnic Sew-Along:



and

Came up with some quilting ideas for the Birthday Quilt:




All in all, it was a VERY good day!!  (Even if I forgot the book credits for the quilting designs.  Sorry random quilt book author!)

THURSDAY - That was FAST!!  I can't believe it's Thursday!  I stayed late helping my friend and then had to go grocery shopping. Do you have ANY idea how dangerous it is to shop on an empty stomach?!?!  Speaking of that empty stomach...

Dinner was late (because DH was late getting home.)  How does he manage to be late on the day that I am the hungriest???  LOL

Happy FRIDAY!!  Today was another busy day.  When I got home from helping my friend, I got ready to go out with some friends.

Tonight was our Triple/Double Date Night.  To commemorate the event, here is a photo from the "dessert" place, Dick and Jane's:




The photo above was taken as a nod to some of my knitting friends.

Note to self:  DO NOT go to Mebane Knights on Live Band night. The music is TOO loud!!


SATURDAY - It's my favorite day of the week.  LINK PARTY day!  The best part is that today, I have time to follow all the links and catch up with what the other RSC Quilters have been doing this week.  Won't YOU come along to see all of the BLUE goodness?


Linking up with Cynthia
over at Quilting is More fun than Housework.

Until next time...
Get Scrappy!!!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Tutorial Tuesday - QAL Waffles and a Quilt Top?!?!

Welcome the next edition of Tutorial Tuesday!!  I'm still running two weeks behind on my posts, but I suppose you're used to that by now.  I have to tell you how much FUN making this quilt has been.


Thank you, Amanda Jean, for sharing this pattern with us!!

What's with the title of this post, Joyful?

Well...  I chose the background and cornerstone fabrics and was all set to sew.  Then I laid out a portion of the blocks...

Week 4 - Assembly... or NOT.

I had an idea that I wanted to try out:



It took...


Several iterations...


Before coming to...


The right sizing for the space:


It also took one more look at where I began...


And a stack of Britt's black fabrics...


In order to verify this was what my June was asking for:


I got to work on finishing off the bordering of my cornerstones:


Before I knew it, I had used a variety of Britt's black prints:


You know what THAT means, don't you???

It was time to lay things out on the Design Floor:



We also tried out some additional setting triangle options:


Maybe black or a white on black print:



Or perhaps a print with a black background:


I'm also waffling about what fabric to use AND if I can realistically participate in Kevin the Quilter's Sapphire Stars Mystery, along with Rachel's Rainbow Picnic Sew-Along.  Only time will tell.

Time...

... A trip to my Weekly Quilt Group (that I've been missing for months) will tell:




Thanks for the use of your design wall, Joanna!  Thank you to the Cherry Creek Lane Quilters for their valuable opinions, too.

... And the very LAST minute!!!  See the clock in the photo below.

I present my June quilt QAL quilt top:


51 x 68

Seriously... I finished it at 11:55 PM on June 30th!!!  

Here is the quilt backing that I chose for it:




If YOU love this fabric, I've got about 8 more yards or so.  Leave me a comment to that effect and maybe we can work a deal.


Dropping a link @ Crazy Mom Quilts (on Friday)

Stop by to see all of the other June QAL quilt.  You are sure to be SEW amazed by the variation in a single pattern.


and

Dropping a link @ Oh Scrap!

There should be quite a few wonderful scrappy projects for your viewing pleasure.  I bet that YOU will find (at least) one that you will want to start sewing right away.

Until next time...
Quilting along is FUN!!!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

ScrapHappy Saturday - RSC17 - Week 27

Welcome the Week 27 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!  The sewing staycation continues...

Angie at Quilting on the Crescent suggested that I send a post card, so here it is from hot and sticky North Carolina.



SUNDAY - Started going through my BLUE scraps...



... And cutting for my Scrap Jar Star blocks, in BLUE:



The Sapphire (BLUE!) Star Mystery from Kevin the Quilter also occupied some of my time for Clue #1:




MONDAY - Knit Group, nails, and MORE fabric cutting!  The nails, of course, are BLUE and are decorated with fireworks for the holiday tomorrow:



I also posted the Summer 2017 (Ravelry) UFO Club results.  You can read about our productivity HERE.

TUESDAY - Happy Birthday, America!!  Hope all of my readers in the US of A enjoyed a BBQ and some fireworks today.  If not, I hope a needle and some thread kept you occupied (while I was sweating my butt off in the 80* heat.  And let's not forget the (disgusting!) humidity that does absolute WONDERS for my hair!!



Live Music = Fun Fourth!!


Before heading off to my family celebration at the in-laws, I posted this week's Tutorial Tuesday post.  Feel free to go have a look.  I'll meet you back here for tomorrow's entry.

WEDNESDAY - Hey!!  Guess what I did today?  MORE quilting!!
It was another Sew Day at my friend Diane's house.  Want to see what I accomplished?

I drew lines and sewed light blue squares to royal blue squares:



Then I did the same with the dark blue squares:


I even had time to sew the borders cut for my Bluff Quilt in Brown:



Thank you to Diane for hosting a productive Sew Day!!


I returned home to find that Alycia had released the fabric requirements for the A6 Mystery Quilt.  Time to go see what the stash has to say!!

The stash has spoken and hopefully, Alycia will chime in:



Ignore the pink on the right.  There will only be enough for binding (providing it would work for that part of the quilt-to-be.)

THURSDAY - Although, my staycation was extended for a few days with the holiday, it is well and truly over and it's back to the weekly routine.  I didn't even get up to the sewing room when I got home.  I was TOO tired to see straight.  :o((

FRIDAY - Another day, another trip to help my friend.  Hoped for an early afternoon... along with some MORE sewing time, but that wasn't the case.  All I managed was marking a bit of (double) sewing on my Sapphire Star Mystery this evening.  Because, bonus triangle squares:





Thank you, Bonnie Hunter, for my Bonus Buddy ruler!!

SATURDAY - How on EARTH did it get to be LINK PARTY day already??  This summer is flying by!

I'm headed over to Needleb's for a Sew Day with my Quilt Bee.  I'll catch up with the RSC Quilters this evening or sometime tomorrow. Enjoy the BLUE projects in the works.

Until next time...
Get Scrappy!!!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Summer 2017 (Ravelry) UFO Club - The List

In a matter of HOURS, sign-ups for the Summer 2017 session of the UFO Club will be CLOSED. ALL Club Members should post their 5 (or more) Quilting UFOs here or link to blog post listing them. Any qualifying finishes must be completed by midnight (EDT) on September 30, 2017.

My list is as follows:

6 "B" Quilts...

1. Blue/Green Quilt:

Follow LINK at bottom of the post.

2. Bluff Quilt in Brown:



3. Bluff Quilt in Blue:




4. Barn Dance QAL:

Follow LINK at bottom of the post.

5. Bargello Wall Hanging:



6. The Back/Front Quilt:




4 Mystery Quilts...

7. Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt (2014):



8. The Margaret Mystery:

Follow LINK at bottom of the post.

9. En Provence Mystery (2016):



10. Allietare Mystery (2015):




3 Swap Quilts

11. Art Bee Slice Swap:



12. Ravelry Red Swap:

Follow LINK at bottom of the post.

13. Snow Star Swap:

Follow LINK at bottom of the post.

7 Extra Alternatives

14. Circle of Friends:

Follow LINK at bottom of the post.

15. Like Deborah (Boschart) Only Not:



16. Where's Jackson?:

Follow LINK at bottom of the post.

17. Dr. Pete's Wedding Quilt:



18. My Christmas Quilt:



19. June Quilt QAL by Crazy Mom Quilts:



20. Dad's Ties for Molly:



NOTE:  To see the missing photos, please follow the LINK to last summer's UFO Club post.  You will need to scroll up and down to find the photos.  Sorry!

While it's an extensive list, I don't plan on finishing them ALL this quarter!!  The list gives me options for the ONE project that I hope to complete. Anything more is just icing on the cake.

Until next time...
Happy Finishing!!!