All Day Sew Day

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I decided to stay home all day yesterday and get one project finished.  I’m tired of having so many started and really needed to finish Strawberry Shortcake – why did I start that one when I had so many others going LOL – because I needed a little change of course and a fast finish – of course it didn’t turn out to be a fast finish because of the mess up in the quilting the other day but yesterday went much better – I even got the binding machine stitched to the front before I finished with it for the day.  First I did a big X across the quilt on the diagonal to hold all in place.  It pretty much worked although I still had a little waviness in the middle.  I think that going round and round even with stabilizing with a big X is what the problem is.  I had never done a quilt like that before – going round and round.   It was not big enough though to take apart once again.  That kind of puffiness has never happened to me before on a quilt I did by machine and I have done quite a few of them now over the last 3 or 4 years.  The tension was just great and gave me no problems and no little quirks on the back either!

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Here it is with the quilting done and the edges trimmed, if you look to the center you can see the slight raising in the middle.

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This is the back, I did stabilize more with running lines down the other directions of the quilt also.

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Getting the binding pinned and started to stitch.

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I did sew together the 3 large strips of the fabric needed for the backing on the winter quilt as well – that didn’t take a lot of time and got that done first thing yesterday morning.  I really wanted to get that our of the way as well.  I didn’t get the strips cut for the border on the postage stamp quilt though – one thing at a time – first to finish this baby quilt and get it out of the way and have a finish for the year – small project so didn’t take a lot of time.


Last day of the sale on some classes! thanks to all of you that ordered.  I appreciate it, goes to the cost of running the blog.

To celebrate their 1,000th online class, Craftsy is giving you the chance to get 50% off the most commonly ‘wishlisted’ classes! That class you have had your eye on for a while might just be on sale. Why not see for yourself and browse these deals before they’re gone? Hurry, the offer ends Thursday!  There is a class by Edyta Sitar, several on how to use your walking foot for quilting instead of free motion – I took both of those classes and enjoyed them by Jacquie Gering, several paper piecing classes, quilting with rulers, several quilt as you go classes – all kinds of things and of course the classes aren’t limited to quilting there are also cooking classes, knitting, the list goes on.

Take a look if you are interested.

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Too Many Projects Going On!

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I bet we all feel the same way sometimes, that we just have too many projects happening at the same time – right now I feel like that with one quilt almost off the frame and getting another one ready to go on it within the week?  Also getting the baby quilt pinned basted again and clamshells and circles – halt!!  I must do one thing at a time LOL

Projects piled on top of each other on the table – Wagon’s West on hold for a little bit, the Postage Stamp quilt sits waiting for it’s border and clamshells piled up waiting to be used.   I am linking to Sew Fresh Quilts today and My Quilt Infatuation.

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In the living room fabric for the clamshells for the border on the Postage Stamp quilt sit here on top of the Caswell block that got buried and forgotten.

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On the quilting frame – yes somehow the stripe fabric moved from the cutting table to the quilting frame  – I managed to get the stripe backing cut in three pieces ready to piece together and trim down to size for the Winter Wonderland quilt which will then be put on the quilting frame as soon as the Diamonds come off of it.  Strawberry Shortcake somehow got pinned basted again and is ready for the machine work.  Now I guess I better remember to piece the stripe backing for the winter quilt before I get the baby quilt back to the machine.  I only have room for one machine out at time so better just do one at a time.

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But last night as always I called a halt to everything else and sat down and relaxed at the quilting frame with Diamonds are Forever and The Good Wife 5th season playing.  Getting so close to the end!  This area shown is what I did on Monday night.  I can’t quite reach the whole thing in comfort so well roll down once more – finish in a week?

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It will be rolled down one more time to do the final border.

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To celebrate their 1,000th online class, Craftsy is giving you the chance to get 50% off the most commonly ‘wishlisted’ classes! That class you have had your eye on for a while might just be on sale. Why not see for yourself and browse these deals before they’re gone? Hurry, the offer ends Thursday!  There is a class by Edyta Sitar, several on how to use your walking foot for quilting instead of free motion – I took both of those classes and enjoyed them by Jacquie Gering, several paper piecing classes, quilting with rulers, several quilt as you go classes – all kinds of things and of course the classes aren’t limited to quilting there are also cooking classes, knitting, the list goes on.

Take a look if you are interested.

(I am compensated for sales made through my links)

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More On Clamshells

Craftsy, Diamonds Are Forever, Postage Stamp Quilt, Quilty 365 (started 11/8/15), Winter Wonderland

Yesterday our heat got fixed first thing in the morning – that was nice as the wood fire was starting to bother my sinus’s – too many allergies to enjoy that – but I was out for a good part of the afternoon some of it in the windy fresh cold air and by time I got back home my sinus’s had cleared.  We were lucky that the fire kept going all night, I think we both woke up to check on it several times and the house was almost too warm with it – better than being too cold!!

I was able to work more on clamshells for the Postage Stamp border.  I got the next step of pressing done and taking out templates so I can start all over again making more of them.  I think I have close to 40 of them done.  When you take the template out after you have pressed from the front this is what it is like – you see this would be easy to press back down so it will be ready to work with.  Do be careful when you peel your template off – if you have been heavy handed with the glue stick you might have to tug – I used my fingernail to ease it up.   I am linking to Mrs Sew and Sow , Quilt Story and Esther’s Quilt Blog.

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Here are some stuck to the wall just to get an idea of what they are like – the lower row will have a strip of another border sewed over the lower area so it will be a straight line like in the photo I showed yesterday.  I know I will have to mark a straight line on the border to line these up on otherwise I know they would not be straight!

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This is Winter Wonderland folded in quarters – it is next on the frame.  I wasn’t sure at first if I would hand quilt it but then decided yes as I have no other quilt ready for the frame believe it or not – only one waiting in line – I remember a time about 2 or 3 years ago when I had about 7 in line.

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This is the backing – I have about 10 yards of this fabric that I got on sale for about $3.40 a yard – not a wide back I will need to cut and piece.

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Part of yesterday was spent getting some circles prepped for Quilty 365 –  hand work this week  – all of these need to be appliqued they are just pinned in place.

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The area on Diamonds are Forever that I was quilting on last night  — getting so close to the final border.

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Yesterday when I was out I went to the fitness center and then grocery shopping – completely forgetting to stop at Hobby Lobby to look for backing fabric for Strawberry Shortcake – that is ok I was busy enough without pin basting too – I will get to it this week.


To celebrate their 1,000th online class, Craftsy is giving you the chance to get 50% off the most commonly ‘wishlisted’ classes! That class you have had your eye on for a while might just be on sale. Why not see for yourself and browse these deals before they’re gone? Hurry, the offer ends Thursday!  There is a class by Edyta Sitar, several on how to use your walking foot for quilting instead of free motion – I took both of those classes and enjoyed them by Jacquie Gering, several paper piecing classes, quilting with rulers, several quilt as you go classes – all kinds of things and of course the classes aren’t limited to quilting there are also cooking classes, knitting, the list goes on. 

Take a look if you are interested.

(I am compensated for sales made through my links)

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Several Projects

Diamonds Are Forever, Postage Stamp Quilt

First of thanks for the opinions on the baby quilt oops.  No one really had an answer for what happened in the center of the quilt but I will try again in a couple days to get back to work on it.  I did get all the stitching out but I did get a couple holes in the muslin backing fabric so I need to get a new backing fabric – I will check out Hobby Lobby with my 40% off today if the repairman gets here early – we had hoped to go a whole winter without having to have our heat fixed – but no such luck – it went out yesterday afternoon so the repairman is on his way today.  We do have a fireplace insert so the house will be warm enough  – described the problem over the phone to the on call person and he knew he didn’t have the part and would need to get it first thing this morning.  Although it is to be cold and windy today it will still get into the 40’s and should be fixed before too late in the day I hope.  Maybe I can still get out to get the fabric, go grocery shopping and get some exercise in!

Strawberry Shortcake is all ready to be pin basted again a second time – all the threads cleaned off and now folded with the batting waiting a backing.

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Diamonds are Forever rolled down again – almost to the end!  I am linking to Cooking Up Quilts and Em’s Scrapbag.  I’m linking my info on clamshells to Quilting Mod: Lessons Learned – a new one to me.

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Some of the daffodils are opening – not the whole row right now.

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The clamshell border for the Postage Stamp quilt is getting started.

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I got down my boxes of 4.5 inch blocks and my 5 inch blocks and sorted out greens – so much easier than attacking the fat quarters.

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These are the instructions from the book

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and now I am getting started.  Draw my clamshell on the fabric and cut out with about a quarter inch seam.

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Cut out then put a little glue from a glue stick all around the top curve.

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Finger press the seam to the template.

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Here are some that are ready for the iron – next step is to press with a hot iron down from the front to crease the fabric in place – gently take the template out and press again- the clamshells are then ready to be glue basted – or thread basted in place.  I will be waiting baste in place on the borders until I have all of them ready to go so that I can mix the colors up good.

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Do any of you save your amaryllis bulbs when the flowers are finished?  As you can see I have two of them – so what now? cut back and put in a pot or cut back and let dry out until late summer and plant in a pot?

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Craftsy is having a sale on classes, To celebrate their 1,000th online class, Craftsy is giving you the chance to get 50% off the most commonly ‘wishlisted’ classes! That class you have had your eye on for a while might just be on sale. Why not see for yourself and browse these deals before they’re gone? Hurry, the offer ends Thursday!

(I am compensated for sales made through my links)

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A Big Ooops

Diamonds Are Forever, quilts

I really don’t know how this happened but the baby quilt got all screwed up and I’m taking the quilting out and starting over.  I’ve never had a quilt pop up in the middle before and I don’t know why it did that. It did not look like it wasn’t laying flat while I was quilting it – it looked just fine.   The darn center won’t lay flat – it is a big hill in the center of the quilt LOL.  Then when I was running my hands over it to smooth it out I guess I got frustrated and tugged too hard and some threads started to break!!  If the thread hadn’t started to break from a gentle tug I would have left it alone and finished it but once the thread broke that was it and I knew I had to take it apart.  The top was completely flat as you see when it was on the floor and the wall so it wasn’t due to any unevenness of the piecing as it was close to perfect.  Something about the thread and the quilting did it.

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So I’m taking out the quilting I did and starting over.  I don’t know if the thread was wrong or what.  The tension look great, the stitches perfect front and back.  The only difference from any other quilt that I did was that I got the pre-wound bobbins that so many of you mention – “bottom line” it is polyester compared to the cotton that I normally use.  I thought I would try it out as so many mention that is what they use in their bobbin.  I am using a Presencia on the top.  No more of that for me – back to my regular routine of cotton on top and bottom – works for me and I shouldn’t have switched.  It’s a baby quilt so it won’t take that long to take out the quilting and start over again.  It was about half way done when I laid it out to take a look at it.  the photo doesn’t do the big lump in the center right – it is worse than it looks in this photo!  So instead of the quilting being finished this weekend I guess it will be next week!  When I start it over I will do it a little differently.

On the other hand my hand quilting is going along great and I’m at the end of another row on Diamonds are Forever and it is getting closer to being done – hand quilting always works for me now I could do it faster and all the time I would get all my quilts done that way.  But machine simple quilting is something I must master if I will get all my quilts done.  For Slow Stitching Sunday I will join Kathy’s Quilts and get some ripping and stitching done.

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Strawberry Shortcake

quilts

That is the name of the baby quilt that I have been working on.  Several suggested the name right after another yesterday morning in comments and I thought yes that was it – there are even strawberries in some of the pieces of fabric and the fabric reminds me of the doll back in the 80’s called “Strawberry Shortcake” she might have had some buddies too but I don’t remember their names – I know my girls had one.

I got the backing ready and pressed, got some batting put together – two pieces with the iron on tape and I was ready to pin.  One side looks odd but I just hadn’t trimmed that side when I took the picture.

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And I set to stitching in the afternoon.

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I drew lines all around one inch apart, I started in the middle pulling my bobbin thread to the top and haven’t had to do that since – I am going round and round.

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As I complete each round I go straight down this line here and turn to the next go around.  I well add a line down the other three sides when I get done so they will all be the same.

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You can see what I mean here, by going straight down this diagonal area I do not have to keep stopping and starting.

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I spread it out a little so you can see how much I got done with yesterday – I quit when Mike got home about 5 and will start again today – I’m about half way done.

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Here are some of the strawberries!

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I had some green felted wool arrive yesterday – I had ordered one more bundle to go with the colors that I had gotten the week before for the flowers on the Postage Stamp border – I need green for the stems and leaves – the clamshells (grass) well be from green scraps of cotton.  This is the wool I have to work with.  Both times I ordered they sent 3 extra pieces half the size of the ones I ordered – a very nice “gift” it will help me get all my flowers made for sure.  This is from the Wooly Ladythe wool is pricey but the free gift is helpful in extending what I have it is like getting 3 extra pieces for free.  Thank you to whichever of my readers told me about this site when I first mentioned I was going to use felted wool.

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