Category Archives: Quilting

Finished the first row on Well Blankie

I should probably consolidate all of these into one post…maybe I’ll do that when I’m finished.

Here’s the whole row completed:

First Row Completed

And here’s a pic of the concentric (ish) circles from the back:

Back

Took three bobbins and about eight or so hours of quilting to do one row.  I’m getting faster (and steadier) with the rulers, so maybe I’ll get a bit better time with the next row.

 

Getting ready to quilt Well Blankie

Though I didn’t have much time to work on it today, much progress was made on the Well Blankie project.  I ironed the top and backing, and got the entire thing loaded.  I decided to try floating the top, which I’ve seen my friend, Robin, do before, but have not tried myself.  We’ll see how it goes! Here’s some pix of the  progress made:

Backing on the frame
Backing on the frame
Batting on the frame
Batting on the frame
Here's the thread I picked, up against the backing (wrong side)
Here’s the thread I picked, up against the backing (wrong side)

 

And here she is, ready for quilting!
And here she is, ready for quilting!

I still have to baste the sides, and load all my bobbins. Not sure how many to do for this one.  16? 20?

Charity Tshirt Quilt is finished

Wow this one was a labor of love.  A couple weeks after I picked up the tshirts from the winner of the auction, baby T, my foster daughter arrived.  She was supposed to spend a couple of days, but ended up with us until recently. She arrived at 18 months old, and celebrated her 2nd bday with us.  What a handful!  Also I picked up a second job (long story) and started working about 70 hours a week between the two.  What a mess.  So this poor quilt got back burned more often than I would have liked.  But wow do I love how it turned out.  I’m glad I didn’t choose to just outline the tshirt blocks and move on.  There’s stippling in the blocks, and in the sashing is wonderful cinnamon roll swirls.

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“Well Blankie” is back and ready for borders

I sent the Well Blankie blocks off to my cousin to sew into a top. He asked me to make the top a bit larger, as this will be going on a twin sized bed.  So – I just need to add a couple of borders and then we’ll be ready to prep the backing and get this baby on the Handi Quilter!

Here’s a shot before the borders:

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ETA: Borders are on!

13567349_10154222241699854_4756332818102832517_nSize is now 69″x82″.

Boy is this true! Quilty Confidence

Gosh I’m having a down day.  I probably shouldn’t blog when I’m down, but maybe it will help others to know that we all have those days.  I’m seeing all the great “Best of Show” quilts coming through twitter and instagram from Quiltcon, and wow…I’m feeling mighty insecure.  Mighty is actually quite the understatement.

Where do I start?   “The backtracking is too obvious in my quilting.  That line is wobbly and those two lines are too close together.  I should have made this concentric swirl bigger and that one smaller.  My thread broke and now I have a start and stop in the middle of the quilt.  REAL QUILTERS would NEVER have those problems!!!!”

Does that voice live in your head too?  Mine goes on:

“No one liked my Facebook page today. There are no new views on my blog.  No followers on Instagram, still???  My twitch livestream only has 4 views.  Twitter? Oh don’t get me started!!!”

Yeah, it’s really bad today.  “I wonder why someone is paying me to quilt their top.  I should give them their top back and apologize for wasting their time.  I’ll just ruin their quilt.  I’m too new to charge anyone for doing this.  I just plain suck.”

Then I walked over to my piano, took this frame down, and took a picture of it:

Remember This!
Remember This!

“Comparison is the Thief of Joy” Teddy Roosevelt.

My best friend Sheri gave me this for my Birthday, or Christmas (I opened presents on reverse days – perils of being a December Baby).  Anyway.  Boy did I – Do I – need this today! My confidence in myself dipped way low…simply because I was comparing myself to the BEST QUILTERS IN THE WORLD.

So, of course I felt inferior.

I’m more of a worker bee at this stage of the game.  Which is fine, it’s just where I’m at.  Maybe some day I’ll be in a quilt show, or maybe not.  I don’t know.  For now I’ll continue to do what I do well, and try to just have fun doing it.

And that is pretty freaking awesome.

 

Exploring Videos on quilting

So I’ve been talking to my hubby and my son, and both are very much encouraging me to take my blogging to the vlogging level.  To that end, I’ve developed a YouTube Channel.  And a Twitch Stream.  So what’s Twitch you say?  (Yeah, everyone knows what YouTube is.)

Twitch.tv is a website for game streaming.  But they also have a cool “Creative” channel, which is just starting to take off.

There are a couple people streaming some sewing, some crocheting, and NO ONE doing quilting.  Well, Until NOW!!!  That’s right, Yours Truly is the FIRST quilt topic in the Creative channel.  (ETA, found someone doing lots of quilting videos, not sure why he didn’t show up in all my searches prior to making my video.  But cool!!!) Interesting, huh?  Will it take off? It’s hard to say.  If you build it, they will come; I hope!

Link to my first Twitch Video

Link to my first YouTube Video

Yeah they are the same topic. I don’t get out much.

Teamwork! Double square star quilt!

IMG_2815I’m so proud of this quilt, yet I can only claim like 1/8 credit for any part of it.  My boss’s wife was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, so my friend Robin and I conspired to send her a “care package.”  It contained, among other things, ginger and peppermint (not together! ick!) lozenges and teas for nausea, washcloths for having a cold compress, comfy PJs, comfy slippers, chapsticks of several varieties, lotion, etc, etc.  And of course a quilt because Robin is an awesome quilter and because I want to be!

Well, after broaching the idea with Robin, I get a text message that said “Do you trust me?” and then instructions for where to go spend money.  Trusting Robin is EASY because she is simple the nicest, sweetest, most generous person you could imagine.  I simply did as told and several days later a package arrived on my front step.

We then planned a Saturday to piece the quilt top, and Robin ambitiously thought we could finish the top in one day!  In reality it took Sat, most of Sunday, and several evenings during the week. IMG_2814 But by Thursday, if I recall correctly, we met back up in a conference room in my wonderful company and arranged the blocks.

IMG_2816 Quickly we came to realize that the conference room tables were great for plotting world domination, but were not up to the task of quilt block arranging.  So we moved to the floor.

12507650_10153794484164854_4827931145234582403_nWe discussed how to arrange the fabrics, and I immediately jumped at the chance to do a light-to-dark arrangement.  I’ve always loved these quilts, and this set of batiks was just perfect for the chance to make one of our own.  Robin went along with my crazy plan and after lots of squatting and kneeling, we had the layout.

Robin’s fantastic daughter, Rachel, numbered all the post-it notes (as well as wrangled my foster daughter while I pieced with Robin!), allowing us to quickly identify the placement so that Robin could take the quilt home and finish piecing the top.

IMG_2818So then Robin graciously agreed to quilt the top for us, which rocked because she is not only the best quilter I know, she’s also set land-speed records at quilt completion.  Did I mention she’s an AWARD winning quilter? Oh yes, there’s that.  So, ARod was my pinch-hitter, what are you going to do?

12644637_10153801520779854_2068069085341045901_nShe added an awesome border and then quilted it in the most beautiful manner possible:

12644665_10153818473889854_7677283024111887766_nI should have taken a picture of the basket when we were finished it, but it was so awesome.  I’ve heard that the whole thing was well received, though I seriously look forward to hearing how the quilt looks once it’s washed (I love a washed quilt SO MUCH!).

Anyway this is hands down the fastest quilt I’ve ever completed, owing entirely to the fact that I didn’t actually complete it.  But this is also the first Joint project I’ve ever worked on, and it was finished in about 2 weeks? Start to finish?

I couldn’t have done it without Robin.

She chose the pattern, the Double Square Star. She chose the fabric.  She made this happen, and I learned so much.  She was kind enough to offer advice on the mistakes I made in a gentle and encouraging manner, and then she had the audacity to not even take credit for how awesome the whole project turned out!  Am I not the luckiest quilter on the planet?

Thank you, Robin and Rachel, from the bottom of my heart!

Donna