The Quilting Machine

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Throughout my quarantine time I was at the machine most every moment I was able.  There were so many quilts here…Quilt tops were coming out my ears!!  There were 27 charity quilts here…and 25 of mine and Kelli’s (ALL VERY LARGE) quilts and 4 of my cousin Donna’s quilts.

After that experience I can tell you a few things for sure…

1- I will never let the stack of quilt tops around here EVER get as high again.
2- I am not going postpone doing quilt because I ‘m afraid to pick thread color or quilting motif.
3-I made a new page about charity quilts and hopefully that will help with the influx.  I love doing charity quilts but only a few at a time.  I did make a Frequently Ask Question page to help with that.
4-I found a couple of other people willing to bind and machine quilt some of the charity quilts so I am going to share the load.  Thanks to all who offered to help.

As my quarantine was ending I counted up my quilts that were left here….

I have 3 charity quilts.
I have 7 of mine and Kelli’s.
I had 4 of Donna’s.

Comparing the numbers..no wonder I was pooped out.  A LOT of quilts got out of here!!!

Just about then my cousin Donna messaged me and asked if I could finish up her quilts and mail them to her.  Donna lives in Alaska and typically doesn’t like to spring for postage (I don’t blame her) so she picks them up when she’s here in the lower 48 states.  She mentioned that she wanted to get a couple finished and donated to people who had a fire her way.  Although I was VERY tired of my life attached to the quilting machine, I decided what’s another two more days at the machine??

She had some very nice quilts.

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My favorite was this one.
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UFO Progress: Rick Rack Nines and More

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From now until Bonnie Hunter’s new book comes out in September you’ll find me right here on Wednesdays sharing my progress on a UFO (unfinished project).  My hope is to get some finished so I won’t feel guilty sewing on new projects from her new book.  It’s not to late to join in the fun.  You can find my first post about it here.  You can see my listing of all my Bonnie Hunter UFOs here.

Last week when I wrote about my UFO progress I thought I was stuck.  Kelli and I share all the fabric around here and she had taken the 2″ scrap bucket.  That left me unable to make the setting triangles to keep on working on Rick Rack Nines.

I thought I would just set the whole project aside but then I read a note in the comment section from Tina in NJ that said, “Doesn’t it sort of defeat the purpose if you work on a different UFO each week? Oh well, at least they’ll each be further along. ;)

That got me thinking…was there something more I could do on this project?  I did want to keep the project moving.  Then I decided there was something I could do.  Looking at the pattern I noticed that most of the rows need to have two of the nine patches sewn to each other so I started sewing the nine patches together.  Then I noticed that I’d need quite a few rows that needed to start with a background setting triangle so I sewed a bunch of them.

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So some progress was made on this project…not a lot but enough to make me feel good..enough to keep the project going.

Kelli suppose to be coming home today so I’m hoping she remembers the 2″ strip bucket so that next week I can get the pieced setting triangles sewn.  So far, I’m really liking my plan with this one…Getting those triangles pieced is my goal.

I ended up grabbing another UFO…  Rectangle Wrangle.  I hadn’t sewn a stitch on this.  I have all of the shirts and black cut for the center of the quilt but that’s it.  I decided to start leader and ending the strips to make the blocks.

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Happily I got about 10 done.  They are pressed but now need to be sewn into a tube then cut into strips.  This project was closest to the machine and I could leader and ender it for now so that why this one moved up the list and got started.  I’m not sure if I’ll jump into Rectangle Wrangle full force once Rick Rack Nines is done or if I’ll keep working on it leader and ender style.  I do know that at some point I need to cut the star blocks that go around the outside.

Much of my time over the last week was spent finishing up the baby quilt that I needed for a baby shower this weekend.  If you missed seeing that, you can find it here.

I should probably be sewing on more quilts for upcoming weddings this year but for now, I’m not going to get too worked up about them…I’m enjoying working on these UFOs.

See you back here next week…I sure hope Kelli remembers the 2″ scrap bucket!

Stash Report

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Hubby doesn’t care a drop about what I buy or don’t buy…he does tease me about boxes that come in the mail though.  No matter what comes he’ll say, “Let me guess, you didn’t order anything…right?!”

I’ll admit that I do order lots from Amazon…it’s convenient especially when we live an half hour from a Wal-Mart and an hour from any other store that’s bigger but typically the packages that come are from blog readers.  This day’s package was no exception…..

Goodies from the Vestal’s in Florida.  There wasn’t a note in the box.  I looked and looked but the return address said Vestal’s…THANKS so much!!  I’ve gotten several packages from the same Florida address and I sure do appreciate it.  I’m in love with the neutral fabrics.  I have such a love of neutrals…especially after making the quilts like Garden Party and Thanks to You.  Fun printed neutrals is really what makes those quilts sing.

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I was especailly excited about these…Yep, baby prints.  The pink is out for now being our new little grand baby is a boy…but the others…I LOVE THEM.  I think they need to find a way into the quilt…whatever it is I make.  I’m still not sure yet. [Read more...]

Lozenges is FINISHED!!

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I finished the Lozenges challenge quilt.  If you’re a Bonnie Hunter fan you know that Bonnie sent out over a year ago to make a Lozenge quilt.  I’ve  had mine done for a long time…over a year and a half ago.  We lived at the farm when I finished it up….alas, I just never got around to quilting it.

I’ve told you that we have LOTS of weddings this year and I often give quilts as a wedding gift…that left me sorting through my quilts wondering if I could sacrifice any for a wedding gift.  For me, Lozenges was the perfect pick.

I like the quilt and wouldn’t mind keeping it but:
1-I can’t keep every quilt.
2-There are so many colors in the quilt that it will likely match at least one room in a house.

I’m happy to have this one done…

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a little sad that I took so long to finish it.

I know you’re used to seeing Ruby on the quilts but today was a day I was puppy sitting Betsy.  Kalissa’s been working 12 hour shifts and Craig has been taking EMT classes so he’s not home in the evenings either so it’s up to me to keep Betsy.  It’s fine…Ruby likes it.  In fact she’s trying to teach Betsy how to model.

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Not bad…ah??

I think the long hours of work that put into the house left me really behind with the quilting projects…so behind that it was hard to ever catch up.  I’m a bit thankful that I was able to have time off to catch up….surely I wish it wouldn’t have come with a cancer diagnosis but it’s one of those situations…make hay while the sun is shining…or in my case, catch up while you can.

The quilt was bigger than 90″ wide so I needed a little more to make the backing work.  Although I love Ila’s 6 yard backing plan, I do like to simply do this if I have extras..and I did so it worked.

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I hope this quilt brings joy to the couple that receives it.  I know I put lots of love and time into making it.

Today we’re sharing our finished quilt at  Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts.

You can find the free pattern to make Lozenges here.

I’m hosting a UFO Challenge on Wednesday’s here on the blog.  I’m working to finish up more Bonnie Hunter quilts before her new book comes out.  Make sure to stop in on Wednesday and check out my progress and the progress of our readers.  You are welcome to join us!