These big blocks for the Kansas Twister quilt sure do go fast. Right now they were on the wall but beginning to take up too much room so they are now stacked in a pile in color groups – I won’t get them back to the design wall now until I’m ready to sew. I think I will make a twin size quilt out of them as they look like they will make a really neat kids quilt with these colors don’t you think? They are in no particular order here – just slapped up on the wall. Do more kids use twin size quilts or full size – that might be the deciding factor in what size I make. I am linking to Judy’s Patchwork Times.
Here is Floral Fantasy spread out on the couch to show the border I am currently working on. The big blue flower and leaf are done and I am working on the pink/blue flower and then the leaf – still two more borders left to do. It sure is taking awhile.
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Hope you all had a good weekend – it sure was a rainy drizzly kind of weekend here – not downpours but just enough that you would get wet if you were outside. Stayed busy inside staying out of Mike’s way while he was working on the dining room/kitchen – close to the finish but the varnishing of wood will wait until Jessica and family head on out on Friday to visit with our son in laws family for a couple days before they head home to Wisconsin. Then I will get busy with the varnish and Mike will get the countertop done – we had left over ceramic tiles from the dining room floor that he will use for the countertop – and then I think we will be finished!
When working with little pieces of Tumbling into Insanity – the tumblers are 2.5 inches –it really helps me to keep them organized so I don’t loose track of where I want them.
First I lay out my ten rows that I work on at a time – I want to make sure I mix the colors up a bit so that is why I lay them out –
I saw just recently that they now have numbered pins – here is one from Nancy’s Notions – very expensive I think – don’t you? I wish a fabric notion company would ask me to try out some of their products and give a review – I bet on this one I would give a good review!
I might have to put them on my wish list for Christmas – this is what I do to keep track of my rows – I pin the number (with little applique pins) on the first tumbler on the right hand side – this keeps me organized so I don’t loose my spot.
I stack the rows of blocks by the sewing machine and chain stitch starting with the first two tumblers in each row – then add another to each row etc. until all ten are added – I clip the thread at the end of each row and put it next to the pile after I do all ten rows – then start with row number 1 again until all ten tumblers are sewed to each row if you understand what I mean?
I leave the numbers on until I am completely done sewing the rows together.
It grew so did the Kansas Twister blocks – although they are just cut and the white is sew on to the color and then just resting on the design wall. The pieces are sewn in rows so I will be stacking these by color until I get all the pieces cut and white sewn on – then I will take the tumblers down off the wall most likely and sew this one together – the pieces are big so it won’t take long I expect to put it together. (they still look like “tumble weeds” to me)
Insanity Revisited from Friday night.
Lots of hexies added Thursday night to the Diamonds are Forever quilt – I now have the top row of color prints added and need to add about 3 rows of white before I measure it again and figure out just how many rows have to be added.
the left side of the top border.
This is the corner I fixed on the right side – I need to move a couple into a slightly different place –
I got one more segment of 10×10 tumblers done and pinned to the design wall – I will need to move the big blue hexagon that is resting on the design wall – and like I thought the pattern is an old pattern. The blog called Sew French tells you all about it here and here. Thank you Deb for the heads up on the information – I knew this was an old pattern that is now being called “modern.” This is the Kansas Twister block!! (and other names) so I think that will be the name of the quilt for me too. I like calling my quilts by the names given to them years ago. (it kind of looks like a tumble weed too – in my opinion!)
I’m not sure if I will be working on both of these quilts at the same time but I do know that come Wednesday we have a full house and the quilting things will be put aside for a couple days – things will be stacked up on the sewing table and out of the way. Until then I will keep on working on them. The mini tumblers are sewed in rows and then pinned on the design wall so it is easy to take them off and work on the Kansas Twister instead. At some point though I will need to concentrate on one or the other I only have one permanent wall and one temporary wall that I have no place to put right now.
I thought I was done with all my painting in the kitchen but as I was putting away all my paint supplies away I happen to glance up at the ceiling and saw a few places where the old paint is showing through so today I will hurry up and fix those few spots and then put it all away – I will be glad to get this project done and out of the way!!
I always like to work on a few projects at one time – variety is good for me. But right now my sewing table might be a little too busy LOL. I just had it cleaned off earlier in the week and now it is covered to the point that I should open up the back leaf on the table to give myself more space. I decided to try out my new ruler and the pattern for the one called “Tiny Dancers”. I sewed six segments and placed the on the table – they are not sewed together as a whole because as the pattern shows you sew them in rows – half of the units at a time and alternate whole segments so that at the beginning and end you have half segments. I made five more rows of 10 for the tumblers and hope to do 5 more to extend that to 10 x 10 like I have been doing. I am not sure what size this quilt will be – I always like to make big quilts but with machine quilting some of them this one might be nice to do in a twin size or full size instead. This should be an easy one to straight line machine quilt. Same with the tumblers except for the size of it.
Here you can see better what I mean about half segments. The design wall will come into play for this – and that won’t happen very much until after Thanksgiving as the sewing room will have an air mattress on the floor for one of the kids. Jessica and family are coming from Wisconsin for a couple days next week and there will be air mattresses scattered and the motorhome parked next to the house for more sleeping space, refrigerator and bathroom! Times like this a second refrigerator would come in handy (and more bedrooms) – but I really don’t need one for most of the year so the small one out there will do. I am linking up to Sarah’s Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts and A Quilters Reader’s Garden.
This is the area on Diamonds are Forever border that I said wasn’t right – I noticed it after seeing the photo I posted yesterday. I did some unpicking and sewed it correctly.
And now that I see the other side (the left) I can see that I need to take one white out and move the top red color over one to the left to have it the same. I know I’m picky but it is in a place where it is an easy fix now and it won’t be later. I will lay it out first though to take another look and make sure I am seeing what I think I see there.
Dear Jane – Insanity Revisited from Wednesday night –
What are you doing for Thanksgiving? Full house or just the people normally in your house? Normally it is just the two of us and sometimes Melanie and Ric if they are available – now that they live down the road from us they will be here and with Jessica’s group too there will be 8 of us and way too much pie!! But we are a pumpkin pie eating family – breakfast, snacks ect – we love it and it is the only time of the year I make it – I like to keep it special
Yesterday Mike and I ran to Little Rock for my doctor appointment and some shopping. We did a lot of sitting and waiting at the clinic – every department seemed to be busy except the bone density people – that went fast – the doctor was slow and I don’t usually have to wait much on him – the lab was pokey and busy! Good news was that my bone density has improved after 10+ years of early osteoporosis (due to medication I am on) – the last two years of Reclast yearly IV injects are helping – so that was very good news. We didn’t really do all that much shopping – looked for cabinet inserts for organizing but didn’t come home with any we decided we liked the ones we saw at home at our local Lowes better than the others! I didn’t spend much time quilting until evening when I parked myself at the quilting frame and watched some tv while quilting.
I never did get around to answering comments from you all as I hate to do that on a little bitty phone and we were running around and I have to watch where I’m walking LOL. But thanks for all the comments you leave. I know I answered a few here and there.
On Tuesday night though I got some work done on Diamonds are Forever and this is going on forever it seems – it will be two years in February since I started work on this massive quilt full of one inch hexagons. Down to the final two borders but it will still take awhile to finish. Here it is folded in half so I didn’t have to move any furniture – I just wasn’t feeling like pushing and pulling that heavy coffee table out of the way – the area I worked on was the color prints at the top – I sure thought I got more accomplished while I was watching tv then I did. Of course in this photo I now notice one color piece on the very right side that needs to be moved over one segment when I put it in I didn’t think it quite felt right but couldn’t see any other way to do it – – oh well maybe I will get it fixed today so I don’t forget it. It doesn’t quite curve as it should. That is what happens when you make up a pattern as you go!
Yesterday while we were gone the mail lady delivered my ruler and pattern – now maybe I can make what should be an easy, easy quilt work out! Hope to get started soon. My colors are bright primary colors so I need to come up with a name for it.
Warm weather is back in our area and rain in the forecast too of course – oh well, hope the storms won’t be bad like you all in the north are getting.
Would you believe this quilt is about 1/5th of the way done! Wow, just adding two ten x 10 segments finished this width across. The quilt is 106 inches wide and 20.5 inches long. Now to make 4 more like this and maybe a segment that is 3 rows x the width. Hmm wonder how long this is going to take – I know for certain I won’t be working on it every day! Here it is up on the design wall – I actually have it wrapped around the corner on the left and held in place with a piece of tape If I didn’t have the fabric shelf on the right it would fit – but there you go – must make do! So here it what Tumbling into Insanity looks like for now.
And other insanity – Insanity Revisited – I forgot to take a photo on the end of the row again before I rolled it down – Monday night I quilted the end triangles – rolled it down and moved to the other end to start on Row #11 – I am linking to Freshly Pieced today and Sew Fresh Quilts.
The beginning of row #11
And the finishing line of the quilt is now in sight! I would love to finish this by the end of the year – but I have to keep reminding myself to not push it – stick to the every other day plan and not to get the hand pains acting up again now that it is pretty much under control.
To many quilts will be coming to an end too close together which means I will never get caught up on the quilting – Granny’s Got Style that I finished at the beginning of summer, the Diamonds are Forever hexie quilt is coming to an end and Tumbling into Insanity – maybe on that one if I keep steadily sewing away – all are going to want to be hand quilted but I know I will not be able to do that – and then of course once I finish the applique on Floral Fantasy that will be added to the list as well! I have two quilts waiting for me to machine quilt them hanging over the quilting frame to keep reminding me that as soon as the Thanksgiving holiday is over and company goes home that I need to get to work on one of them. I think next year will be a year of quilting – both by machine and hand. And we all know I will not be able to not make more tops – how about you – are you ever going to catch up and stay caught up?
Off to Little Rock today – doctor appointment (regular thing) and then some shopping – Melanie (my daughter) was supposed to come along – we planned it several weeks ago but she is on bed rest this week she had a sciatic flare and could barely move late last week and is on meds and bed rest until Friday at least. Gradually she is seeing some improvement. Mike is coming along instead – we will have lunch and get in some shopping – need to look for some cabinet inserts for the new cabinets in the kitchen – would like to be better organized – we well see what we can find.