Wow – 14 months of hand piecing – 3,636 pieces almost 300 hours of work and I finished the top this morning!! At times I thought I would never get it done but here it is. Do I regret taking the extra 25 hours to applique the hexagon border down – no I don’t – even though the last week I was wishing I was done with it already. All of the 90 degree Hexagons were printed out using the Inklingo program – thanks Linda it made hand piecing these a breeze – if I had tried English Paper Piecing I would most likely still be working on it. I have tutorials on my sidebar for anyone that wants to learn how to put these hexagons together easily. The quilt is about 100 x 100 inches
Had to move that big old coffee table out of the way to get a photo and let me tell you that is one heavy table. It looks a little ruffled on the edges here and there but once it is quilted, washed and dried and given that crinkly old fashioned look from 100% cotton batting it will be A OK in my book.
The garden is just about gone – just the tomatoes still going strong! A couple cucumbers here and there and 2 eggplants. Oh and the mint of course and herbs. The mint is doing ok but hasn’t taken off and gone wild like so many told me. I love herbal mint ice tea – the plants are not keeping up with me.
Tomato plants gone wild! 3 plants – I had 4 foot cages around them which they out grew months ago. It was getting very hard to see if I had tomatoes and were they were. After seeing the snake last month crawl in there I needed to see before I reached in!! It has been so wet and much cooler than a normal summer for us – they are growing like weeds – it is so nice to not have a drought this year or extreme heat.
With Mikes help sawhorses went on each end and we slid 2 boards in to hold the plants up off the ground. I draped the tomatoes over the boards while Mike pushed them through. And you can tell from these two photos that they continue to grow – up and down! I only have green tomatoes right now. I have gotten a bit of fresh tomato sauce out of the tomatoes though this past month. I have about 2 to 3 dozen green tomatoes growing right now – the longest my tomatoes have ever gone in the summer – usually burnt up by now from the hot sun. I think next time I grow tomatoes I will be getting (or making) 8 foot cages instead to contain them a little bit.
The herbs – like I say I keep cutting the mint and it is not growing fast enough – I had hoped to dry a lot but the pint jars are still only half full as I keep cutting and not giving it a chance to grow enough to dry.
The darn watermelons do not want to grow – this is as large as they have gotten – this is the biggest out of 5 on this plant – I will let them keep going.
Two eggplant – I’m not sure how much bigger they are supposed to get – what is a good way to cook them – I have never experimented with them much – I hear you should slice thinly and sprinkle with salt and let it soak for about 30 minutes rinse them good and then use them – but how – what is a good recipe! This has been an experiment planting them – Mike says he won’t eat them, he has tried eggplant once I think – I guess he remembered it well?
The last stretch of POTC – I just turned my row and now have to stitch all the way to the end – about 3 hours of work at least – maybe 4 – I will work more on it today – it sounds like we might have a rainy day so might be home a bit.
Sunday night the quilting advanced on the Red and Green. I will be moving over into the big block now and have to mark the whole thing before I get to the quilting in that area – it will take a little time.
Love Entwined will wait until POTC is finished – I am getting so close I just need to concentrate on that one for my hand work right now and then get back to the LE and the quilt in the hoop – and I haven’t forgotten that the Uncommon Common Bride needs an applique border and the Diamonds are Forever needs many more hexies – I will get back to them before you know it!
I managed to finish side 2 of Patchwork of the Crosses – on to side three – I think I will take it to the quilt group with me this morning and continue to work on the border of side 3.
This is heading out on to the 3rd side so not all folded over and pinned yet.
On Wednesday night I got done with this much! Lots of straight lines go quickly.
I had to finally break down and do a plastic overlay for the Love Entwined quilt. I started to have problems with the zigzag border and the fabric is too hard to see through and no big light box. I have the design all traced out and laid the top under it.
These zigzags are the problem!! My fault, even though I traced all of stitch lines some did not come out perfectly – the fabric shifted, ect, I didn’t remember to stitch right next to the line but not on the line. These are all mistakes that I should know better with as much experience as I have in applique – I was in a rush! So what now? I will take these apart and do over again and check as I go to make sure everything is fitting in place and above all – take my time!! It is not big horrible mistake – it can be fixed and I will try to make sure I don’t do it again. I might even try the wash away fusible that I have now that I have figured out how to use it. (all of these fabrics will eventually be in the quilt – the little bits of color look pretty good I think.
I wish I would have cut my center square just a little bit bigger but I don’t usually have the problem that some appliquers have of their background shrinking up a bit – by laying every thing out and glue basting the way I do the fabric normally stays pretty flat – I will have a little bit to trim down to the size it is suppose to be after part 3 or 4 or is it 5 – I don’t know – we have a lot more to put in this 31 1/2 inch square (or dimensions close to that I forgot the exact number) I’m not sure how many more months we will be working on this square before we move on to the next piece – no body but Esther knows!
Nothing new to report – I have made it 3 days in a row to the fitness center – I’m on a roll – now can I stick with it?
Worked on the same old stuff – really nothing new there -
POTC still working on appliqueing the 2nd border side down – almost finished with this side. Woops I need to fix one of the reds – I actually do not have one side pinned down – amazing what you see sometimes when you post a photo.
Still working on my little bits of zigzag for the border on LE (border for inside medallion that is two more of these zigzag borders later on. I am nearing the end of this small of fabric – I have four of each color as it is scrappy and there are four borders.
Each night I am back to working on the Red and Green – that is why progress is moving slowly on the border for the POTC.
My new printer arrived today and although it looks a little sleeker than the old one it is basically the same and with a little temperamental problems got it installed and it seems to be working ok although I have not tried it on fabric yet – well try to get to that later this week maybe.
How is your week going? I am still listening to my Crazy Quilt class that I am taking from Craftsy. I have not devoted a lot of time to it though and I need to do that more – make time! Parts of it the instructor goes over how to construct a patchwork block – not all students are at the same level needing instruction – then she gets to the parts I want to learn – the embroidery and embellishments.
Does any one need wide back fabric? Hancocks of Paducah is having a sale on them. Some are as low as $7 a yard for 120 inch wide muslin and others are $10 to $15 for batiks and cottons 102 inches to 108 inches wide. I just got the advertisement e mail this morning.
I got a bit of work done today on Love Entwined. Seeing as I had finished the flowers around the compass although there are four more flowers to be made near the zigzag border I thought I would start on the zigzag border instead which I showed in yesterday’s post.
Freezer paper templates! wow yes a lot of them.
Fabric for the quilt ready to start going through – this will be a scrappy border so all of the fabric that I am using in this quilt has been taken out and little bits taken from almost all of it.
I keep all of my printed information in an accordion file and backed up on the computer.
Inside little tabs to keep things separate.
I am doing this in the same style that I did for both of my Dear Jane quilts – freezer paper templates – draw around the templates for sewing lines. It takes a little bit of extra time but worth it in the long run when you are hand piecing.
Going through little bits – what is worth saving LOL, I know some would say “to the trash” no there are actually little pieces that might be useable – not many but a couple.
I got a little more done on the border of POTC last night while the news was on – then in the evening more hand quilting on the Red and Green while the tv was on – photo tomorrow? I am still working on the 2nd side here.
In late June remember we went to Oklahoma for a short trip and I lost my camera battery charger – could not find it anywhere when we got home and I ordered a new one? Well – yes it turned up yesterday LOL – goes to show how little I have exercised since we got home from that trip – I had dumped out my exercise gear before the trip and packed my computer and other electronics in the tote bag that I use for fitness. Well I guess I must have put the batter charger in a very deep pocket because yesterday when I was putting my ear buds for music in my bag I found this!! (two days in a row I exercised ) It will go out to the camper now and stay out there so I have one when we travel.
I know I said I would be taking a break and I did! two whole days at least from hand quilting. I felt the need to get back to the Red and Green Applique Quilt if I am going to finish it for the holidays I must get going. So last night it was back to watching a little tv in the quilting room and quilting for just a short while. Of course I do not know if I will finish it by then but I will put in at least a mild effort. It seems like I did very little in this area but at least a little is more than nothing.
Different times I have had people ask me how they can learn to hand quilt – Craftsy is running a sale on a hand quilting class right now – I do not know how long the class will be on sale. I have not taken it of course as I know how but if you want to learn, click on the link: Hand Quilting – Heirloom Design & Technique.
During the day yesterday I also manage to work in a good work out – last week was a failure – I said I was going to exercise and I did – one whole day – laughable I know. This week I will try to do better – I got in slightly over an hour yesterday afternoon! I’m on a roll.
I also managed to get some applique done and have the flowers done on this round around the compass of Love Entwined. There are actually 4 more flowers to do but they are by the zigzag border I thought I would take a break from the flowers after I finish up this last one in the round and work on the border for awhile which will be scrappy – using all these colors from the basket that is put aside for this quilt.
I finished the flowers in this area.
And if you are wondering – these are the zigzags that go all the way around the edge of the above – there are 148 pieces and each of 4 sides - if I counted right – if not I will find out and the corners don’t forget. These are to be appliqued in place. I will make a chain for each side and then applique that down as I am doing on the border of the Patchwork of the Crosses.
Speaking of which – POTC – I worked on it Sunday - leaving the corner on the left to finish up when I start on that next end so I can get it all tied in right. Remember no rush on this quilt – I can’t quilt it right now anyhow – I had wanted to spend several weeks working on it but then needed to remind myself – no rush!