Week in Review May 4, 2014

Quilted swirls on this veteran lap quilt made by Ann. 2-DSCN6857Sewed these at work on my Bernina win.1-DSCN6869

Practiced using my seam ripper to eliminate an over-zealous attempt at practicing with circles.

1-DSCN6844Much better results.

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Waiting for the right time to take pictures of Scrapitude finish.1-DSCN6172

A little progress on selvage edge squares.

13-DSCN6622In the hand sewing area I started the white border on my doll quilt and some fussy cut 1/2 inch hexagons.

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What results did you have this week?

Plodding along, on the Journey, Jackie

We Honor Veteran’s April’s Quilts

This month Ann, Marji and Rosie worked on their quilts with an additional little helper, Noah. Noah and his sister Grace were spending the night. Grace helped make the cookies for our event and Noah wanted to make a quilt.

I set him up with 8 1/2 inch squares, and he sewed 5 pairs together. The rest we will work on another time.

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Ann finished piecing a strip quilt. It will be added to my stack of quilts for the long arm.:)

7-DSCN64764-DSCN6486Rosie’s quilt is slowly coming together. I expect that next time she’ll finish the top.1-DSCN6483 5-DSCN6482

Marji added a border to her strip quilt so next time she will be ready to quilt it. 6-DSCN64811-DSCN6491Check out the We Honor Veteran’s organization over here or my page with details on our local efforts.

Grateful on the Journey, Jackie

July Veteran Quilt Sew In

There were 4 of us and while few in number we made a dent on the veteran quilts.

Ann started a new one:

July 2013 Sew In And really sent to town:July 2013 Sew InKathy was trimming, cutting and preparing binding:

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 Working with Mary on applying her binding:

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July 2013 Sew InI even had a chance to sew:

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Taking a look at Ann’s progress:July 2013 Sew In

Our goal is to have another 12 lap quilts by this Veteran’s day.

Ladies, we need a name for ourselves. Any ideas?

Enjoy the Journey, Jackie

 

 

Two Starts and Two Finishes

I am one to have several projects going at once at various stages. That allows me to choose based on time availability, particular interest at the time, or succumb to my attention span issues.

I actually get panicky if I am finishing up a project or two and don’t have others beyond the mental planning stages.

I was starting to get to that panic phase as I finished up another leader/ender Veteran quilt:

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and Grace’s Birthday quilt (more on this one later):

Grace Quilts

While it may not sound like it is a positive thing to panic over a hobby, I am finding that it helps me get past the planning stage. I tend to get stuck there. Afraid to plunge in. I guess that means I am more afraid of not having a project to work on, than I am of making that commitment and cutting into fabric for the first time.

So I started cutting on my Black, White and Red Quilt:

Black Red & White Quilt

and my Hope quilt:

Hope Quilt

Long weekend ahead, so hopefully that means extra sewing time…….

Enjoy the Journey, Jackie

Veteran Quilt Sew-in May

Once a month several women show up to sew lap quilts for the veterans in a local hospice facility. I started this a year ago when a chaplain in the facility asked me if I would make a quilt to donate. I thought sure, but after giving it some thought, I decided to open up my studio to others who may also be willing to help regardless of their sewing skill. More on the organization and our progress can be found on the “We Honor Veterans” page.

Typical of the group some fun statements emerge as we sew and since our quote queen was also present…..

“My mom would be proud to see me use an iron, but don’t tell her I …..”

“It’s a good thing fabric is so “fixable.”

“How did I manage to do that?”

Whoa…. slow down (talking to the sewing machine):

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Okay now, stay, stay, please stay flat (pressed seam):

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“No hurry on my account, I’m more than happy to have a Hershey Kiss break:

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Is this the mushy stuff you put in the middle?:

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I think with practice, piecing could be my favorite part:

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And more pictures:

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And because every classroom has one:

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Enjoy the Journey, Jackie

Mid May Wip’s

I am quite pleased with the amount of quilting I managed to get done on Saturday evening and a few minutes stolen since then. My May projects can be seen here.

I have managed to work on everything I had listed, but my main focus became the Dresden plate (dilemma here).

I decided I was ready to be done. I didn’t want to make any more blades to make either of the quilt options larger and went for one large quilt. I used a print for the sashing and solid for the cornerstone. I think the sashing width should have been larger, but I am done.

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While piecing the Dresden plate quilt I used the sashing pieces to this quilt as leaders and enders so this one is now ready to baste, quilt and bind:

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The other major project I worked on was the quilt for my Granddaughter Grace. I found the backing while on vacation and now was as good a time as any to work on it. I just have the binding left to do:

DSCN4026 (800x592)Here is the back:

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Side note. Has anyone used this fusible adhesive spray before:

DSCN4021 (600x800)I used it to apply my Dresden plates and centers to the quilt squares. I wasn’t going for a permanent hold but I did have difficulty with the results. Have you used it in the past? Did you like it? Why or why not?

It was amazing how much I was able to get done in a short period of time. I am goal driven  for much of my life so I try to not be so much so in my quilting life. It’s a good feeling to have accomplished something but I am sure I will go back to my playing self.

Enjoy the Journey, Jackie

Hosting a Sew-In Part One

No sewing this month.

Instead of quilting tonight many of the sewists are busy with:

Waiting for a new grand baby
Attending a teen event
Helping with a teen event
Out with an injury
Two out with an illness

I thought I would post what I did to get these women quilting even though they hadn’t quilted before or in some cases even sewn.

To make it easy on me and all of them, I started with cutting an assortment of fabrics into 2 1/2 inch strips the width of the fabric.

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Squares 8 1/2 inches:
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Ignore the fact that some of the seams are sewn incorrectly, it happens to the best of us.

Five inch squares:

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Some “cheater” fabric:

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Mary 3And most importantly, chocolate:

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My plan was to have pattern options based on how difficult or how much sewing the women felt they could handle.

The previous posts of our progress can be found on the We Honor Veteran’s page.

Enjoy the Journey, Jackie