Tuesday, July 25, 2017

side borders

I have two borders on Mill girls. I needed to piece these using the monthly blocks that were made in the first months of the block of the month. The setting triangles were cut as part of month nine.
All the dark setting triangles are for the side towards the quilt. And the lights are for the outside edge.

only 2 more to go

3 more glitter blocks ( Jen Kingwell)

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too cute tuesday

Monday, July 24, 2017

New week, new border

I have the border on Star Gazing (quiltville), but it seems to be missing something. hmm... I added another row of blocks and it is more square than rectangle. I prefer a rectangle quilt. Which do you prefer? But it is big enough for a bed.

I have a few more box kite (quiltville) blocks done. I am having fun digging through my 2 1/2 inch squares for the centers.

In preparation for borders and squaring mill girls, I have been cleaning off my cutting table ..again.
When I measured for the borders for star gazing, I realized it had been a very long time since I have seen this much of the table top  lol. I had to document it.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Stash report July 23, 2017

My purchase this week is more about the machine than fabric. I have a new old Singer 401. Everything looks great on her. She needs a good cleaning and oiling and she will be running like a top.

I bought these blocks at the guild silent auction. The name of the fabric (Maypole) was included in the package. I looked online and was able to find a yard of the green in this line from Moda to buy for a border. It should make a cute lap size quilt.

I will be adding hexies to my hexie quilt for slow sunday stitching.

Stash report

Fabric Used this Week 12 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 250 1/2 yards

Fabric Added this Week:1 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 240 yards

Net Fabric for 2017: 10 1/2 yards used more than added.

I will be adding hexies to my hexie quilt for slow sunday stitching.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017


My goal for the rainbow scrap challenge this month was to get this quilt to the flimsy stage. I spent my time at small group getting it this far. I need to trim it up and decide on borders. The pattern is a crafty ol' broad pattern called Oh my stars. I think I have been calling it floating stars
I used a very soft blue for the quilt. I took a class with them through our quilt guild.

This is my friend's Linda O's farmer's wife and it is spectacular.She just got it back from her longarmer.

On Saturdays, I am trying to include string piecing into my day with my treadle sewing machine.
I have been working on 45 degree diamond string blocks. I blogged about cutting the papers here and covering the papers here

I've made progress.
I have enough done that I can start to think of creating a quilt with them. But it will have to wait it's turn.

If you are working on a string project, send me a link, I would love to see.

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Friday, July 21, 2017


I can't resist a glitter block or two while I am working. They are just like little mini quilts in and of themselves. This is a Jen Kingwell pattern from Quilt Lovely book.

And since all my box kite ( also Bonnie Hunter) blocks are cut, I enjoy throwing them in as leader/ enders while I am sewing. They are such fun. Since there are 120 blocks, I will be showing them for awhile.

I used my treadle to stitch the border together for Star gazing.I really enjoy the process of treadling. I knew it was not necessary to have this perfect, so it was an option. Although I do have a seam guide on it, I usually just string quilt so that I don't have to be sure it as accurate.

And I have the inner border of gold on star gazing. It certainly is not an away project any longer, too big, needs too much focus.  More about this here and here. So what will I take today to small group? I have several quilts that are ready for borders or assembling. I don't like taking those, and since I don't want to start something new, I will have to rummage through the project bins to find something that works away from home. And then I will be off on a new tangent.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Star gazing

I have made a little progress on Star gazing ( Bonnie Hunnter - quiltville ) from the book Scraps and shirttails.

  I have 2 or 3 rows to go. I have enough extra blocks to add another row, if I want to recut and sew some sashings. and figure the change to the pieced border. The sashing fabric is really much greener than in the picture. I think what happened was I started this quilt as a the free pattern on Bonnie's site, and I made the number of blocks for that one which doesn't have sashings. Then the book came out and the same pattern had sashings and I couldn't decide if I wanted sashings ,so I put it aside.
When I got it out recently, I decided I would do the sashings and get it off the UFO list. The sashings were perfect for an away project. And I think I will use all the blocks.

I spent 15 minutes cutting scraps again. I am trying to do that every week. Today the 3 1/2 inch strip cutter was in the accuquilt, so I did that size.  The second set from the right is flannel. I am collecting enough flannel strips for a donation quilt. So any flannel gets cut to that size. Do you think I will ever "use up" all the scraps?  sigh...

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I have been following the 12 days of Christmas and really enjoying the projects. I am also starting to hum Christmas Carols

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mitered borders

After, I had the fussy cut border on Mill girls, it was time to miter the corners. The pattern called for varying lengths of strips in the border, preparing for the miter. I folded the quilt block itself on the diagonal, and that helped line up the borders on two sides. I pinned and pinned and then pinned some more. One hint: at the attached part of the border make sure the seam allowance in pushed up away from the border toward the quilt.It helps to find the sweet spot to start sewing.

I slid the ruler, using the 45 degree line on the actual stitching line until I reached the point where the stitching stopped. I drew the line with a frixion pen. And stitched on that line from the quilt outward to the corner.
And then I cut off the extra. oooo scarey. I pressed the seam open and the tip at the quilt down toward the miter.

And I was thrilled with how well they mitered. All the lines were continuous. yipee.

It is getting bigger and heavier. Next round will include all the 6 inch blocks that were made in the very early months. I thought the blocks would be the hardest to do, but seems easy peasy at this point.
I am still not happy about the four patch border being a little big. I wish there had been some measurement guidelines along the way to know if it was going to fit.

Summer has been a blur.....

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

red borders

I am adding the red borders to mill girls. I am matching the centers and working out toward the edges which, with fingers crossed, will be mitered.

I have a few more box kite blocks finished. I sew these in between other sewing.

and three more glitter blocks ( Jen Kingwell). These were more practice than anything else.

I think I have a system for the glitter blocks which is working. I have tried several different options. I will have to share that later.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

A Crumby quilt

I lost all my linkys from the sidebar, and I am slowly trying to find them again. If you have any great ones let me know. I think it has to do with trying to clean up that photobucket thing. How do you make a button? I would love to know.

I finished this crumb quilt over the weekend. The top was done, I just needed to load it on the longarm, quilt and bind it.

I had a little fun with it. I included a spiderweb and snap, crackle, and pop words in the quilting. I used an old hunk of fun fabric for the backing. I love using perfectly good stuff from my stash that I might not ever use on the front. And apples on cereal could be yummy.

I can't find anywhere that I blogged about this. I started by string piecing 3 x 8 1/2 inch rectangles -112 of them. I cut matching gray rectangles from my scraps of gray. It was meant to be a scrappy quilt that used up little bits of scraps.

Bonnie Hunter of quiltville has said that we should always have a string project going in addition to our other projects. I agree. There is something satisfying about using the leftovers bits that would have been added to a dump somewhere. I like that it is mindless sewing, and it doesn't cost anything. And some of the fabric pieces have memories and make smiles.

Still, my favorite string/ crumb quilt is this one I finished in 2016.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Stash report July 16, 2017

I have hand binding to do today. I am super excited to have finished quilting this string quilt. I chickened out of "organic lines" quilting and just did a meander, with 3 spiderwebs thrown in and the words snap crackle and pop. It's a utility quilt, meant to be used and fun.

After a much needed break from Missouri star quilt shop, I bought a fourth of July special.

It included blue skies, 3 sisters, and storybook Americana jelly rolls. And some gifties. I bought a yard of a cute neutral from the storybook group. so so cute!

Stash report

Fabric Used this Week 0 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 238 1/2 yards

Fabric Added this Week:10 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 239 yards

uh oh, I have slipped into the red.....
Net Fabric for 2017: 1/2 yards added more than used.

I had better finish something quick:)

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

paper foundation and blue

A few more blue maple leaves for the rainbow scrap challenge in July.

I have Streak, a string quilt on the long arm frame. Everything is ready to go, thread chosen, basted down, and bobbins wound. Everything except the decision of how I want to quilt it. There has been a trend in the quilting world -quilting that most are calling organic lines. I like it when I see it on other quilts, but I am not sure I want to do it. But if I am going to do it, this would be a good candidate for it. Most of the quilts I am seeing the lines are very close. I don't want lines very close, and I don't know if it would look as "cool" spaced wider. So I am deciding.

For my new Saturday string project, I started with 3 1/2 inch by length of  phone book pages and a 45 degree ruler. To cut my strips I used a paper cutter from my scrapbooking days.

I lined up the 3 1/2 inch on the top and the bottom edge on the bottom and cut the angle with my rotary cutter.

Then to cut the other side, I turned it around.

I needed to line the 3 1/2 cut line and angle on the left and cut the angle again.

I decided to cut 100 diamonds and string piece them. I am hoping to make stars. At first I thought about piecing the fabric and then cutting the diamond from the fabric. But after a few samples, I enjoyed using the paper foundation. It used alot of small pieces of scraps.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Progress is progress

I fussy cut and pieced the next four border pieces for Mill Girls. I measured and measured and measured. I am so afraid I will cut these next pieces and make a mistake and not have enough fabric to finish. These borders are to be mitered sigh.....

 I tried 3 glitter blocks (a design by Jen Kingwell). I am getting better at piecing them with each one I make. I am using scraps from the estate sale, oldies but goodies.The quilt is big enough that I can sneak in some uglies. Maybe I will learn to love those pesky y seams.

I have made several box kite blocks ( Bonnie Hunter). Most of the prints, I cut for two . But with 120 blocks, I don't think anyone will notice. These are really easy to assemble in 9 patch style. And so cute! The bottom right fabric is a vintage piece, only 36 inches wide. I think it will fit right in with the others.

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