WiP – February

Ah, finally February – no one was sick! There was a few more snow days than I would have liked, but we mostly survived them. And I got back into the routine of sewing, which led to lots actually getting done for once.

Like my brother-in-law’s Army uniform quilt – a Christmas present finally received!

And my pink flying geese swap mini!

And my own table runner, finished before Valentine’s Day! {Give or take five years.}

I also finished another t-shirt quilt – I’m waiting for my friend to receive it before I post about it.

Made three sets of BOMs Away – two Tic Tac Toe blocks for an Instagram friend and four Jack’s Chain blocks.

And the second Eternal Bloom block, which was…not the easiest. But done!

I pulled out a mini-project, which turned out to not be quite that mini. It’s the leftover pieces from Shivaun Place – the pattern contained a mini pattern for the half- and quarter-square triangle cutoffs. I changed it a bit to echo the design of the quilt, and it ended up about 30″ square. It was supposed to be a pillow for my sister-in-law…I suppose everyone needs a giant pillow? Anyway, finishing it is my OMG goal for March.

In addition to the other t-shirt quilt, I made three more t-shirt quilt tops, and I’m working on piecing the back for one of them. She asked for her Half Fanatics number as the backing – those letters are 20″ high! Should be an awesome back.

And I pieced a random little top! I dragged the Little Man around the quilt show last October, so he got a reward at the end – these pilot bears panel and a fat quarter. I was going to fold them up and put them in a box while cleaning, but…I had some time, so I threw the top together. So it’s a little closer to being an actual quilt!

And for my leader/ender, I worked hard on getting this QOV nearer to being an actual quilt. I’m down to the last four patches to get it all together – whew! I feel like I’ve been making four patches foreeeeeeever.

So that’s February! I’ve got a good bit of stuff to quilt in March, so hopefully the snow tapers off so I can get to the rental place more often. Seriously, now – it’s currently snowing and I’m scheduled for Wednesday…

See also: Monday Making, Main Crush MondayFabric Tuesday, Scraptastic Tuesday, Rainbow Scrap ChallengeOh Scrap!Whoop WhoopNeedle & Thread ThursdayLet’s Bee SocialDesign Wall MondayWiP on WednesdaysOne Monthly Goal, Midweek Makers

Always I Fought On – a Finished Memory Quilt

 

A finish that’s a nice reminder that not all memory quilts need to be t-shirt quilts – my sister sent me a few of my brother-in-law’s military uniforms and asked me to make a medallion quilt from them. Since a medallion quilt has been on my bucket list for a while, I jumped at the opportunity.

A wee bit of a slow jump, though – it was supposed to be a Christmas present. A friend of hers was supposed to send the green BDUs to me, but by the time we decided that wasn’t going to happen in time, a Christmas finish wasn’t going to happen. And then I was sick for most of January, and had trouble tracking down a set of green BDUs locally, and…well, it’s there now. Only two months late.

It contains his blue wool Virginia Military Institute uniform {same college my husband went to!}, his current Army uniform, and the old one. Plus some random bits of Army fabric in that border.

The centerpiece is an Army Star, which I searched foreeeeeeever for a pattern with no luck, then someone posted a comment on this blog post and boosted it back into Google’s notice. Thank goodness! Pat very generously shared the pattern with me, I blew it up about 300%, and voila!

Each section is quilted individually – stipple in the star, loops in the white borders, orange peel in the uniform blocks, wiggly through the flying geese – but my favorite is the outermost border. I spent the entire time saying, “oval, oval oval, out” – I’m sure driving everyone else nuts at the rental longarm place! But it turned out perfectly, and the corners {which I forgot to take a picture of} flow so nicely, and I’m very happy with the whole thing.

A detail so small I had to circle it – at my sister’s request, I added the initials of a friend of his who was killed in Afghanistan.

The back is the same Army fabric that’s in the blocks. And yes, it was snowing when I took the pictures. I was already late, I couldn’t wait for a sunny day! We don’t seem to have lots of those!

And proof that I do actually fill out the labels before mailing them! Oh, and I did remove all the uniform buttons before quilting it, then sewed them all back on. That was a lot of fun. //sarcasm font//

One reason I’m glad I still go to the longarm rental – I wasn’t sure where to start quilting {I guessed the outer borders}. But the experienced quilters showed me how to baste across several parts of the top {the black lines to the left and right of CC} to hold it in place as I rolled, and told me to always start in the middle. So now I know! And also, I can’t put it on the floor to remove basting stitches without CC being a photogenic brat.

76″ square

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BOMs Away! – Eternal Bloom #2

 

Whew. Guys, if I had started with this block last month, I’m not sure I would have kept going with this BOM. There was a lot of seam ripping, and it pretty much took me all of Saturday and Sunday to get it together.

I need to start counting total pieces and record this in my quilting bullet journal, just to see if it beats Ripples and Reflections. The centers of these pansies – including those HSTs – measure 3/4″ finished!

It still needs green bias strips added {as does block 1…and pretty much all blocks till the end when I figure out how to do that…} But boy am I glad to have this one done for a month. As I was cleaning up, I noticed that the first block was #2, and this block was #8. Perhaps I should put them in order…

{Pam Bono’s Patriotism’s Eternal Bloom}

How about you? Work on any BOMs recently? Stab fabric with a seam ripper?

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Pink Flying Geese – a Finished Mini

Well, I’ve had quite the week. Shortly after I posted my finish last week, my website was hacked {along with about 1.5 million others!} and I spent the weekend desperately trying to recover from that {with the help of a very patient friend, because I know nothing about coding.} Even now, I’m removing backdoor scripts and cautiously deciding which plug-ins to enable again. {Spam check is back on, because spammers know exactly when you’ve let your guard down.}

So I apologize if I tried to sell you some Canadian drugs last week. I certainly hope it won’t happen again. And it really cut into my sewing time! I had sat down to bind two quilts last Friday afternoon when my mom told me I was hacked, and only one is nearly finished now. So instead of mini-Monday last Monday, I’m playing catch-up.

And so, the finish! It’s for the pink mini swap on Instagram – my first swap in a very long time. My partner said she likes flying geese, ombre, and non-traditional colored backgrounds. Check, check, and check! I’ve had this design pinned for a long time, and jumped at the chance to use it. I have a huge amount of pink scraps, and I think I sorted through about thirty different ones to get the proper ombre effect – and even then, I had to borrow one from my neighbor.

A quick non-tutorial on doing one like mine, with four blocks containing one geese in each fabric.

Mine is made with traditional flying geese, cut the traditional way {I normally do them like “speed piecing method B,” but in this case, the backgrounds wouldn’t end up on the correct sides.}

You need six 3-3/4″ squares, cut twice on the diagonal, and twenty-four 2-1/8″ background blocks, cut once on the diagonal. If you’re using two different backgrounds, it’s twelve of each. You’ll end up with 1-3/4×3″ geese {1-1/4×2-1/2″ finished}. Eight background pieces of 8×3″ unfinished – or four of each.

It makes a 15.5″ unfinished block, which is the perfect size for a mini!

I used Hawthorne Threads’ in-house arrows collection for the grey background, and an unknown aqua. {I ordered a scrap pack from HT, so the aqua was just shy of the amount needed to have a readable selvage. And the clever scrap-pack-packers made sure to get several of the in-house designs in there, which was great because I wanted to feel their base fabric.}

The pinks were: Lizzy House butterflies, Sandy Gervais leftover charm, unknown polka dots, Lizzy House pearl bracelets, Heather Ross Mendocino, unknown chevron

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Bad Romance Table Runner – Finished!

 

Ooh, so – look at this! A holiday thing done in time for the holiday!

If you ignore the fact that these are scraps from Bad Romance, which was finished in 2012. {Which, also, was started in January 2011…}

And it was quilted three years ago when I was just starting at the longarm….which definitely shows. {What was I thinking? This obviously should have been cross hatched!!}

But hey, I finally put on the binding, so… It’s doing its job, covering up the spot on the table where the Little Man enthusiastically overshot the paper with markers. With holiday flair!

10×36″

The Kona was Baby Pink, and everything else was scraps.

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BOMs Away – Jack’s Chain – Aqua

 

A little switch up this month – Jack’s Chain is my first BOM this time. An Instagram friend asked for aqua/grey Tic Tac Toe blocks to complete a bee quilt, and since I knew aqua was the RSC color of the month, I made both sets while the scrap bin was out.

Pretty simple set of lovelies! And now her blocks are ready to mail, and Jack’s Chain is tucked into the box to await the next color!

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WiP – January

 

January was pretty much a vast wasteland of upper respiratory infections here. I suffered through a two week cold, had a whole week of healthiness, then the young petri dish brought home a fresh version and we all went down again with the crud…one by one…

I spent the last weekend disinfecting every inch of the house and spraying disinfectant in the face of anyone who coughed. {Okay, not that dramatic…but I did tell both kids not to touch anyone at school.} So my sewing was limited to a few blocks and adding the binding to stuff that was already close to done.

Like Flying Four – it was quilted back in June, so finishing it was pretty easy.

And my FMQ Sampler – just needed binding for over a year. It’s a good thing I keep these things around, huh?

The other major thing I managed to do was finish the Army Medallion and quilt it. Which taxed all my energy for two days, so I haven’t tackled tying off all the loose threads…or even unpinning it from the longarm zippers. Which is my OMG goal for February, because this was a Christmas present.

Oh! I did manage to put this together during my brief healthy period. Everything was cut out, so it just took 90 minutes to lay it out and stitch it together. Now I just need to get a backing and add it to the quilting queue!

I also pulled out my sister’s wedding signature quilt and started peeling the squares off the card stock. Shouldn’t be too hard to finish this one off, either.

Oh! And I finished my OMG goal! Added the last border, and even made the binding before putting it on the to-be-quilted pile. It needs a backing, too. It’ll be shopping time soon. When I feel like I can face the public without disinfectant wipes.

Other than that, it was a few blocks when I felt like sitting down at the machine. Purple nine patches for my Rainbow Scrap Challenge….

…the mini for a pink Instagram swap…

…and my first Eternal Bloom.

I’m really looking forward to feeling better now, and getting some more things done. Please, please, let this current round of health last!

See also: Monday Making, Main Crush MondayFabric Tuesday, Scraptastic Tuesday, Rainbow Scrap Challenge, Oh Scrap!Whoop WhoopNeedle & Thread ThursdayLet’s Bee SocialDesign Wall MondayWiP on WednesdaysLeader/Enders/A Quilting Chick,  One Monthly Goal, Midweek Makers

Flying Four #2 – A Finished Quilt

 

Second verse, same as the first…I mean, pretty darn close, at least.

This is Flying Four – again. Back in May, I pattern tested this for Jennie at Porch Swing Quilts, and made the full twelve block version. Then, my son’s teacher announced he was having a baby girl, so I ripped off four blocks and made it into a baby quilt.

And then I made another four blocks into a second quilt, quilted it the same day, and then it sat foreeeeeeeeever until I really just needed a finish to call January a win. {There’s been a lot of sickness in my house this month. I really needed one win.}

The backing is the exact same Maywood flannel fabric as the first one, except in yellow. And it’s every bit as soft and lovely. The binding is a green polka dot – I did, actually, want to use the same binding as the first one, but I can’t find it right now. And I rather like the green on this version, anyway.

The whole time I was prepping this photo shoot, I kept thinking there was one last thing I was supposed to do. No, not write the label…goodness knows, I never remember that. But this time I even forgot to stitch it down! Quickly remedied.

Started with a bundle of Bella by Amanda Murphy, then added my own scraps.

48″ square

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BOMs Away – Jack’s Chain – Purple

 

And now for my second BOMs Away of the month, and my second BOM quilt! As mentioned when I started cohosting, I did the Rainbow Scrap Challenge in 2013, 2014, and started one in 2015. The 2013 one is…getting closer to finished, the 2014 one is finished, and the 2015 one…I did three months of blocks and then quit.

Well, that gives me a good starting point for 2017, right? I’m already ahead of schedule!

The pattern is Jack’s Chain, which is traditionally done with Y-seams. Which…yeah, no. Luckily someone else said yeah, no, too – and wrote a pattern without them! I’m using the 6″ nine patches, because I typically have a lot of 2.5″ strips in my scrap bins.

The months that I’m “ahead” {blue, pink, and yellow} I plan on cutting the setting triangles, so that I’m ready to assemble at the end of the year.

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FMQ Sampler – A Finished Mini!

 

So, I rent time on a longarm, which is an awesome experience. My place is decently priced, the other workers there give me tons of advice, and I don’t have to worry about maintenance or keeping CC off the machine.

But…it’s not great for expanding my skills. I don’t want to try something new, screw it up, have to pick it out and start all over when I’m paying for every precious minute there! Which is why almost every quilting design I do is a variation on loops.

Finally, last year {uh, September 2015…that’s still last year, right?}, I took a class at my longarm shop with Pam Clarke, a Gammill superstar.

And this is the result! She provided the quilt sandwiches – the strips of fabric were there for us to quilt in or ignore, depending on the design. It’s both the most modern and most not modern mini I have – those are some seriously old calicos in those strips.

We wrote on it with green “washable” markers from the Dollar Store – which was terrifying. But since it then sat for a year {and four months} before washing, and it all came out, I’d say it’s a decent endorsement. Still not sure I would do it on a customer quilt!

Some designs were easier than others. Kudos to anyone who likes pebbling, because that tiny section in the middle there was enough to convince me I never want to do that again!!

I thought I was doing awful on the onion design, but now that it’s washed, it looks pretty good!

Teeny tiny orange peel was my favorite.

She sometimes had us use the lines of the fabric to learn control, and sometimes we drew in our own lines. I especially like the stuff in the top middle, going down in an invisible stair-step. {More orange peel-ish?}

From a distance, it starts to look much cooler.

I had to block it to get it nice and straight after washing – with the heavier quilting and a year {and four months} in a box before finishing, it was fairly warped. But it did block well, and now hangs evenly.

And now I’m starting a new mini wall for the bigger pieces! {Ignore my wall color. It’s a rental house.}

26×30″

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