Crab Apple Finished!!

I am VERY happy.  My Crab Apple quilt is FINISHED.  This is the HUGEST relief for me.  This quilt has been a HUGE trial.

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I had to paper piece.
I put the sewing machine needle through my finger sewing the blocks together.
broke the needle threader on my machine making the quilt.
I had a HUGE shredding thread problem when I tried to quilt it.
I had issues with the binding fabric not matching and going on a hunt to find matching binding.

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I did mitered corners on this as the border fabric had a stripe to it.  I’ve done them before and they aren’t hard if you measure….but…I didn’t measure.  I had a piece of fabric and sewed it on.  UGH!  I had to rip all four borders off.  The second time…I measured.

Like I’ve said, time and time again, this quilt has challenged me.

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But…I love the quilt…and it was TOTALLY worth it.  As much as I’ve whined and complained about the process, I’ve learned a lot and I love learning…even if it comes with a little pain (like a sewing machine needle through the finger).

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The backing fabric is something that was left over from my stash of fabric.  The binding was done by machine.  I am not a hand binder.  I used this method.

The quilt is from Bonnie Hunter’s Leader and Ender book.  I think it is my most used quilt book EVER….for me the book has been well worth the money.  I have a couple more quilts from the book it various stages of completion.

So for all the blog posts that I have written that complain or whine about this quilt, HONESTLY, the trials were worth it!

I’m a Crab Apple…Again

I swear…this quilt is going to the be the death of me.   It’s been a bit tense around here lately so last night I decided to just give up on trying to accomplish anything else and go upstairs and quilt a bit.  Usually that’s relaxing….last night…not so much.

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After stalling out on the paper piecing for this quilt, putting the sewing machine needle through my finger while sewing the blocks together and a bad border experience (I’ll explain that fiasco in a different blog post), I figured it was time for something with this quilt to go right….WRONG.

I got the quilt loaded in the machine, got the bobbins filled and decided it was time….after 3 years of owning this machine, it was finally time that I learned to use the needle threader.   Yes…I never learned to use the needle threader.  I just thought it was easier to thread it the regular way.  (in truth, I HATE learning anything new)

Well my eyes aren’t what they used to be and my glasses probably need to be replaced because the bifocals just don’t seem to be helping much anymore.  To thread the machine I have started to take my glasses off.  This is what prompted me to learn to use the needle threader….so, I found the manual, found the page, read the directions and the first time I tried it worked!  I was doing the happy dance and kicking myself at the same time.  Why had I waited so long to learn.  How easy was that?!

I quilted the width and was making the second pass when…UGH.  The thread broke.  I looked at the needle threading directions again and it threaded again…WOW.    I didn’t pull the thread tails long enough so it came unthreaded.  I went to thread it again.  In my excitement at learning how to use the threader, I pulled the threader down then realized the needle wasn’t in the highest position so I put the needle down.  That’s when I broke the needle threader.  I didn’t put the threader back up before I put the needle down. Well that ended that.  On the day I learned to use the threader, I no longer can use it….yes.  It’s that broke.

I went to see if Hubby could do anything about it.  He’s snoring on the couch…..oh well.  I guess I’m go back to taking my glasses off to thread the needle….and once again, I’m a crab apple.

I’m a Crab Apple….

Here’s what I am working on….Crab Apples….

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I had started this project a LONG time ago.  It was my leader and ender project until I had all the sides and small piecing finished.  I bought all the fabric to finish it and then it sat…

See I love the quilt but apparently I hate paper piecing more.  I don’t know why but the thought of paper piecing those trees left me, well, crabby.  My daughter Kelli is home for a day of sewing and I decided….time to do those crab apples.

So I am crabbily sewing along….paper piecing the crab apples.  The next time I think I am going to make a quilt with paper piecing PLEASE remind me how much I dislike paper piecing.

P.S.  Thanks to all you bloggers who are making this quilt.  Seeing you beautifully sewn quilts has encouraged me to get sewing on mine again.

What I’m working on: Crab Apples

Over the last month, I have been working with my 1.5″ scrap bucket making nine patches for my Crab Apple Quilt.
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I have the pieced borders done and I have the top of the blocks pieced.  Now I need to start working on the tree trunks.  When I looked at the pattern I figured I would put a big dent in my in my scrap box…but it really didn’t.  I still have enough in there to make another quilt.

The pattern is from Bonnie Hunter’s Leader and Ender book.  I was hoping there was another quilt in the book using 1.5 strips but there is not.  It looks like I will be moving to my 2″ scrap bucket next.

I have been piecing a lot lately….but I really need to get a few things into the quilting machine and get them quilted.  Unfortunately, the quilt machine is upstairs and there is no air conditioning there…UGH!

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