Week In Review 1.26.2014

How can a week pass by so quickly? Especially when I have to look back and wonder what I did.

I was sidetracked this week by making the Disappearing Pinwheel block by Missouri Star Quilt Company. A mistake challenged me to make alternating blocks. The top is pieced and I plan to write details on what I did and why.

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I made more progress on Scrapitude, my current leader/ender project. I also spent time chain-piecing this when I only had a few moments to sew and no time to think about where I was with other projects. As a result I made quite a bit of progress on this.

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Another sidetrack, sample name badges for sewing club, details on the technique are here.

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I finished the border and pieced the backing for these two quilts. They are in my queue for quilting. 4-DSCN55033-DSCN5525This is still on my long arm,  I am about 1/2 done on this. I have switched up the design a bit. Many of the seams were not very stable so I am doing a curvy stitch to reinforce them and I am also practicing stitching without the stitch regulator.2-DSCN5532

One night when I couldn’t sleep, I decided to put on paper a quilt design that wouldn’t leave my mind. Naturally what was in my head needed revision to work out in fabric. A new project to start……….2-DSCN5613

I decided to see what it would look like if I outlined the lettering on my whole cloth quilt with more stitching. It makes a huge difference. One letter down, 6 to go. I hope I don’t open a can a worms and decide the entire quilt needs to be stitched again.

1-DSCN5616Lastly, I did my part for the economy and visited my local quilt shop, Show Me Quilting, to take advantage of 20% off on bolt fabric. No plans yet, just ideas with no clear direction floating in my head. 1-DSCN5607

I seemed to have a lot of distractions this week, but again when I look back, I can see I accomplished more than I thought.

Did your sewing take you down a rabbit trail this week?

Reflecting on a distracted Journey, Jackie

Getaway Sewing

I am away for a long weekend “mini” vacation break. On a whim I decided to bring my sewing machine and a couple of small projects. I knew there would be “down time” and if I had the opportunity to sew, I didn’t want to regret leaving my machine behind.

We generally camp because my allergies prevent me from staying in hotels. We were assured by the agency we worked with that they could provide a room that would be safe for me to stay in. I have to say it didn’t start out well, and we thought we were going to have to head back home. After a bit of time, we were moved from a room to a 1 bedroom condo!

With it came room for me to set up my machine. My husband thought it was the perfect place for me until he noticed the TV had been moved. :) He brought books to read and a sermon to prepare for, so he had other things he planned to do.

First project, rope bowls using clothesline and 1 1/2 inch strips of fabric. I had cut up yardage I have had forever to crochet rugs a long time ago and never did anything with them. They are perfect for the bowls and will be great for little gifts this Christmas.

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I also have a quilt in my head using a layer cake that I started on last week. These are ready to be trimmed to 4.5 inches:

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And these are ready to be sewn:

DSCN5023Even though the plan is for a layer cake I am testing my idea using fat quarters from Connecting Threads. I must admit that I now have new ideas in my head that I will test on another bundle of fabric when I get home.

And while my head is swimming with ideas for a layer cake quilt, the bathroom tile layout seems to be a perfect charm square quilt waiting to happen. Of course it will not look exactly like this, but this is a jumping off place of design in my head.

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What ideas are percolating in your head?

Resting on the Journey, Jackie

Don’t forget to check out the fabric sale at Craftsy, there is still time. Craftsy fabric sale! Save up to 65% on fabric for 48 hours, November 15 & 16.

Hurricane Sandy Quilt Headed South

This went in the mail yesterday:Hurricane SandyTo Oklahoma for those impacted by the tornado that hit Moore not too long ago.

I started this quilt last fall and while making it decided I would send it east for Hurricane Sandy. I never finished it in time. Sadly I knew there would be other disasters where it would make its way to a new home. And it has.

It is the Tossed (or Disappearing) 9 Patch pattern in which I started with a 10 inch square collection from Connecting Threads. I added a cream for the centers and more fabrics for the borders to make it larger.

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It finishes at 80×93 so it is fairly large. While the weather is warm now, they will still be rebuilding when the seasons change. Hopefully it will make a difference in someone’s life.

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If you are interested in helping by making a quilt or in other ways more information can be found at Totallystitchin  and he Oklahoma City Modern Quilt Guild.

I sent my quilt to:

OK Quilt Drive
c/o Ellen Medlock Studio Store
10032 S. Sheridan Rd, Suite H-1
Tulsa, OK 74133

Enjoy the Journey, Jackie

BFSI Pictures

Black Friday is officially a “sew-in” day for quilters on Twitter. Shop or sew? Anyone that knows me, knows that is a silly question.

Here are the projects that kept me busy on Black Friday:

Set of Christmas cards for a friend:
These were made from left over scraps, strips of fabric from 1/2 to 3/4 inches wide. I didn’t have a plan, I just started piecing.

Selvage Edge Stockings:

Tutorial will follow.

A little bit of pebble quilting on a space cheater cloth:These are pretty tiny so it is slow going.

Sandy hurricane donation quilt:

This is made from a Connecting Threads layer cake that I have had for some time. I have ordered border, binding and backing fabric and in the meantime I will ponder the quilt design.

Finally, I finished up my Christmas wrapping:I have a few presents on order that will need to be wrapped, along with the gifts for my students and friends to finish up.

So how did you spend your Black Friday?

Enjoy the journey, Jackie

No Bake Layer Cake

I purchased this layer cake quite a while ago as it was on sale and I was intrigued by the whole “pre-cut” idea. I have a set of shelves that are decorated with sewing “pretties” (layer cakes, honey buns, jelly rolls, charm squares, and other sewing memorabilia) where this layer cake contentedly sat for months.

 I pulled it off the shelf where it would be in my range of sight so I could contemplate how I wanted to use it.

My thought was, why purchase a pre-cut and then cut it up into more bits and pieces. If you are going to cut it up why not just buy yardage? Having worked a little with a Honey Bun and Jelly Roll, I now know why but I still was hesitant about cutting up my Layer Cake.

With that mindset, I decided to piece solid colored triangles into each corner to make octagons.

A little boring so I thought about piecing the triangles cut from the corners to make a very small square to place in the center of each solid square.

A little better but still unexciting.

Because I wasn’t sure if I would like this setting I only made 4 test blocks. I basted my pieces and didn’t cut my corners. Can you tell I didn’t want to commit to the design?

I am not impressed by my ideas. It sounded and looked better in my head than it does in reality.

Time to seam rip and go back to the drawing board. Or should I say the kitchen?

Enjoy the journey

Jackie