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WIP Wednesday

Well, hello there!

I didn’t mean to miss another whole month of blogging but, you know, I’m a busy gal.  I know you get it.

I have been doing some sewing, but generally, if I’m not blogging I’m not usually sewing much either.

On the completed pile:

I finished proofreading the latest issue of Fat Quarterly:  Kids.  Some of my favorite projects from this issue are Springtime Hues by Elizabeth Dackson, Scrappy Squares by Amber Carrillo, and Who’s Peeking by Brioni Greenberg.  The team also did a great job of highlighting many of the great kid prints on the market.  There’s so much goodness in this issue, you just have to check it out!

I also completed a FOURTH quilt in 4 months.  Big yay!  I didn’t do this one start to finish in 2012, but I did finish it (in April), so it counts!  This is actually one of the first quilt tops I ever made, so it’s been completed for a few years now.  I created the layout, such as it is: a bunch of 5″ squares from a charm pack plus a couple of extra prints thrown in.  Of course, they’re sashed in white because I love quilts sashed in white.  I read in Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison that quilts aren’t considered “modern” when they have a border.  Huh.  Who knew?  So it’s not very modern, but it IS very completed!  I even sewed a label on it. 🙂  I am donating this to Quilts For Kids.

Quilts for Kids

And of course, I also free-motion quilted it.  See?

Q4K closeup

I have never, ever done that on a quilt.  Boy were my shoulders sore after I was done!  The quilt is just 36″ square, but I quilted it in one sitting and when I was done I just sat there with my shoulders hugging my ears and tried to will away the pain.  Oy!  Let’s hope that gets better with practice.  And maybe wine.  Definitely wine.

The quilt is made primarily of prints from Santorini by Lila Tueller.  Start date (approximately) 1/2010, completed 4/29/12.

Also completed, blocks for 2 bees:

Pink zigzag HST strip (28 half square triangle/HST blocks) for Alecia in the April do. Good Stitches bee.  Truthfully, I doubt I will ever make this again.  I hate to say it, but I did not enjoy making this block.  I think it will be really pretty when added to the rest of the zigs from the bee, but because I have ongoing issues with my 1/4″ foot, and  because I had to make it the right size to match the rest of the bee’s strips, I had to rip and re-sew the whole thing.  Every.single.block.  AFTER I had already assembled it.  Sigh.  I do love the crispness of the pink and the white though.  Perhaps it will grow on me… 🙂

This little number is from the book 99 Quilt Blocks from your Favorite Designers.  Pardon my crummy mobile phone pic:

Missing Your Kiss

The block is called Missing Your Kiss and boy, it’s scrappy!  Amy was deliberate in wanting us all to step out of our comfort zone.  Everything came from her scrap bin and, although most of the prints were by Amy Butler, none of them “matched.”  Of course, I had to remake mine (again, note the theme here) because I was off by a little more than 1/8″ when I measured the final product.  Amy gave me extra fabric at last weekend’s sew day and she ordered me to NOT measure it (I think she was disappointed that I’d re-sew a block that was off 1/8″, but it mattered to me!!)

Next up:

May do. Good Stitches blocks for Kelsey

May MMQG bee blocks for Cindy

do. Good Stitches zippered pouch swap.  I am SO nervous about this one!  I’ve never made a pouch, never made anything with a zipper.  And the deadline for mailing is 5/12 (update:  5/19).  Gulp.

Linking up to Lee’s WIP Wednesday!

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Kitchen Window Quilt Done!

I’m so happy with the way this turned out.  I really liked every aspect of the creation and I think my friend will love it.  I finished it over a week ago now, but have been too busy (working a lot, getting ready for vacation) to post it.  Here goes:

The backing is an Ikea twin bed sheet that I bought last year for about $7.  The prints are all Anna Maria Horner, primarily from Innocent Crush.  The binding and window borders are Kona Berry and the sashing fabric is Quilter’s Only Solids in Tea Dye.

I was unable to free-motion quilt it, though that’s what I really wanted, because the tension on my machine is all messed up.  I quilted it at our quilt guild sewing day a few weeks ago and was all prepared to dig in without practice or preparation when my friend Amy said, “Um, have you ever free-motion quilted before?” (answer: no) “Don’t you want to make a practice piece first?”  In my mind there was no doubt in my ability to do it (mind over matter, you know, and a rare burst of confidence), I just figured I’d dig in and see what happened.

Thank God I had brought a baby quilt to practice on.  I totally messed it up.

In fact, my hands were able to make the free-motion quilting movements and I was really psyched about that, but every once in a while I’d hear a “clunk” from my machine that sounded suspicious.  Sure enough, when I turned over the baby quilt, there were huge amounts of thread that the machine threw out when it made the clunk noise.  Either that, or it would just make little knots here and there.  My friend Kait suggested turning the tension up to 9 (maximum) and see if that helped.  It actually helped a lot, but then the machine had a death grip on my quilt so I had to dial down the tension just to remove it.  I knew I couldn’t do the whole quilt that way.

I made a quilt sandwich from the remains of the bed sheet and practiced again.

Practice piece front

 

Practice piece back

You can see the front looks fine.  Not great, but fine.  The back looks OK too, but only at the bottom where I turned up the tension to 9.  At the top you can see all the little knots that were created from the loose tension.  I’m afraid that this problem isn’t going to fix itself, so I’m going to have to take the machine to be tuned up, or simply straight line quilt all of my quilts which isn’t a good solution.

In the end, the Kitchen Window quilting is diamond-patterned and really looks just fine.  It’s not what I wanted but it got the job done and overall the quilt turned out really pretty.

By the way, I think I mentioned this before but it’s worth mentioning again, the Kitchen Window pattern is from The Practical Guide to Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman.

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