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What I’m Working On…

If you didn’t see Saturday’s blog post, I am hosting an auction for the community quilt fund.  You can find it HERE.  Monies raised help support the community quilt project.

I was busy quilting this week.  I actually accomplished a lot but it’s one of those weeks that makes it look like I didn’t accomplish much at all.

My Two-Step made a little bit of progress…

The quilt is in this book. You can find the book HERE on Amazon.

I have all of the units made.  Now I all I need to do is start sewing them together.

Bitcoin made some progress.  I got a backing made for it and I loaded it onto the quilting frame.  The lighting totally washes the color out.  It’s much prettier in person.

That is a Bonnie Hunter pattern…and is this next one, Garlic Knots.

This project made some progress too.  I have all of the blocks sewn that I cut out.  I have 104 plus the ones in the basket that need to be ironed.  This is a UFO and I don’t know what I originally had planned for it.  Right now I have more blocks than it calls for so I’m guessing my intention was to make it bigger.  I need to do a little more investigation and math on this once the blocks are all pressed to see if I need more, or if I’m good.

Last week I had 36 blocks made and this week, I have over 100.  I was happy with that progress.  My goal is always to make some type of progress every week on the projects that I am working on.

This week I was working on four different projects.  The next project is what got most of my attention.  It is my…
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What I’m Working On…

I have so many projects that I’m working on.  Rather than stick with what I’m doing, what do I do?  I start another.  See this stack of containers.  I was so tired of looking at them.  They were right on my big sewing island and every time I sat down to sew, they were taunting me.

What’s in them you might ask…squares.  They are leftovers from my County Fair quilt.

I’ve left them out because I had seen this quilt, Two-Step, and thought rather than put the scraps away, why not just use them and make this quilt?

The quilt is in the same book as my County Fair quilt…

You can find the book HERE on Amazon.

I decided that the scraps aren’t going to sew themselves so I thought to start them as my newest leader and ender.  NOT!  Instead, I made a race with myself.  I got up just a few minutes earlier each morning and worked to see if I could sew everything in the box before I had to go down to work.

Each of the boxes is already sorted into colors.

In one of the boxes were these.  They were sent in the mail with other stuff from a blog reader.  They were sewn into twosies but the tension on the machine was wrong and they weren’t matched colorwise as I needed them to be.  I thought this quilt would be the perfect quilt to use them up in so I ripped out the stitching.

I ironed these after work one night to see how many I had.  I already have over 200 done.  At this point, I had only sewn the yellow, blue, green, orange, and purple.

I’ll be making my quilt bigger than the original so I need to keep sewing.  That’s good as I have more scraps to use up.

By the end of the weekend I was this far…

I ended up quickly sewing more colored units so I currently have all of the colored pieces sewn.

I just need to sew the rest of the white ones and then I can start assembling the quilt.

I know you are all wanting to check my sanity level for starting yet another quilt!!

I made some progress on my Garlic Knots quilt.  The border consists of two different units.  I made the one unit last week.  This week I made the other units.  Stitched in the morning…

…ironed at naptime.
Now they are ready to be sewn together.  Little by little I’m making some progress.

I worked a bit on the blocks for Garlic Knots too.  I had 32 blocks previously done.  I started sewing some of the others too.  These need to be ironed and cut before I can do more sewing on them.

Last week I finished the longarm work on my batik charm square quilt.  This week, I bound it.

Now I need to find some time to take pictures and write a blog post.  I can’t wait to really show it off. YAHOO.  This one is done in the sewing room.  CHECK that off the list.

I ended up with an unexpected day without kids so I ran to the sewing room and got busy.  I put my Show Off quilt on the frame and quilted it.

After that, I loaded these two doll quilts on the frame.  I’ve had them here for about three years waiting for me to quilt them.

I finally did.

I bound them too.  I’ll try to get pictures of these taken and show them to you.

I intend these for the childcare kiddos to play dolls with.

Believe it or not, I pulled another UFO.  You might remember that I am participating the the Dirty Dozen UFO project hosted by Mary at Country Threads Chicken Scratch.

The September UFO number was #9.  That is my Scrap Vortex quilt.  I really don’t have a lot done on it at all.

If you aren’t familiar with the quilt, it was a quilt along hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts.  She doesn’t blog anymore but she has kept her site operating so old items can still be found.  More info on the quilt HERE.

The quilt is just a mess of scraps…I love it.  I stole this picture from her blog so you can see what it looks like.

Please go to her site to learn about how to make the quilt.  When she first started talking about the quilt, I knew I wanted to make one.  A blog reader sent me a bunch of scraps and I saved scraps thinking I was going to start one.  Then Kelli came over for a sewing day and she was all sad that she wanted to make one but didn’t have the scraps.  I ended up giving her what I had…they were all bright prints like shown in the picture above.

Well…I decided I would start one in Civil War prints.  Honestly, I had wanted to make on in brights…not reproduction prints.  At the time, everything I was sewing was in reproduction prints and I wanted the change.  I wasn’t excited to make one in reproduction prints.

Now, it’s the opposite.  I’ve been sewing so much in other styles of fabrics that I’m thrilled to be working with reproduction prints.  Isn’t it funny how life circumstances change us?

Here is want I had…Not a finished block in the bunch.

I decided this is my new morning race project.  I will get all of these sewn together in the morning and ironed at nap time.  I’ve been sorting them into similar-sized piles so I can find pieces to sew together more quickly.

My 15-91 is on duty for this project.  When I sew on a project like this, it feels almost like a bomb goes off in my sewing room.  If I stitch at this machine, it leaves my other machine open so I can still work on the other projects on my to-do list.

A gal never knows when they need to patch a dog bed.  I have to keep the main machine open for that!!

The quilt is supposed to be 60 x 72 inches but of course, I’ll be making mine bigger.  I love sewing this method.  I’m so happy to be making this now.  I’m sure this is a UFO I am going to complete.  I just needed the right time and place to be doing it.

I did get the Bitcoin quilt ironed…now I need to make a backing and get that loaded onto the quilting machine.  She’s a biggie so that is going to take a bit of time to machine quilt it.  So far, I love this quilt!!  I can’t wait to see it completely finished.

I know it’s weird that I pulled up two more projects to work on but I finished three projects this week…so I guess that’s all good.  Right??  Stop back next Monday and I’ll tell you what I accomplished this week.  Fingers crossed I have some progress on all three of the projects.

What I’m Working On…

I got a lot of sewing time in this week.  It was mostly done in small spurts of squeezed in time but I’ll take anything I get.  I’m really on a push to finish up a few of these projects.

When I left you last Monday, this was the progress on my Bitcoin quilt.

Then on Tuesday, I told you that I put in a big push and got the quilt top this far.

The plan was to just add a row per day but then Tuesday night I said, “Heck with that plan, I’m finishing it.”  So after work, I went to the sewing room and an hour later, it was completely done.

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I’ve had limited time sewing this week.  But, I still think I got a lot done.  I think working in small amounts of time pays off.

First off did you see my Red Sampler quilt?

You can read all about it HERE if you missed it.  I’m so glad to have it finished.

What I have been sewing on…Bitcoin.  The door to my sewing room is serving as the home base for this project.  This is a Bonnie Hunter design.  The quilt is super easy but TIME-CONSUMING!

The punch sewn together are on the left if 26 strips worth.  On the right there are 10 strips sewn together.  In the middle there are seven columns sewn together.

I’m well over halfway done on this.  I started a new goal.  I want to add one row every day.  I take that back.  I want to sew on a MINIMUM of one row a day.

After I got this far I stopped and I sewed some more strips and I do want to add a few more columns.  I’m making mine bigger than the original quilt.  Over naptime this week I will iron these and cut them into segments.

It is totally doable to add one column a day. Knowing me, I’ll do that for a week then just sit down and finish it in one session. Either way, I’d love to see this done soon.  I have other things I want to SEW!!

My batik charm quilt really hasn’t seen a lot of movement but I vowed I would try to keep working towards getting all of the quilt tops quilted so even though I didn’t feel like it…I pressed on.

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