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What I’m Working On…

Welcome to the sewing room.  I’ve spent very little time here this last week.  Our daughter Kalissa’s newborn was in the hospital with meningitis and I was duty to fill in with her family here.  I’m so thankful I can do that.  What that means for my sewing life, little happened.

You might remember my deadline quilt…that is with Carla of Longarm Quilting Inspirations.  Carla is doing an amazing job.  I can’t show you a big sneak peek…but here is what I can show you.

As is, it doesn’t look like much but trust me, it’s fabulous.

My sewing room looks like this…ready for me to get busy.

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What I’m Working On…

I had a super busy week…I had company and lots of time was spent getting my foster dog, Izzy settled.  I had one absolute must in the sewing room.  My deadline quilt HAD to get together.  I managed to get some sewing done working with other projects as leaders and enders as I sewed.

Before I get into all of that, I have a question from a blog reader.
Julie asked:
“You may have already addressed this in the past, but I have a question. Do you ever worry about the red fabric running when the quilt is washed? I love the color red and think your UFO is stunning, but I try not to use reds much if at all for that reason and it may just be that I am old-fashioned. Perhaps with prewashing and today’s fabrics, it is a non-issue?”

I don’t believe it is as much of an issue as it previously was.  I believe that manufacturers have worked to correct that but still, I know many are concerned about that.  I’ve had a problem here or there in the past but nothing big.  Just as a caution I use Color Catchers.  You can find them HERE on Amazon.  I regularly put about six of them in the wash with any quilt I put in the washing machine.  If they all send up saturated with color, I throw six more in and rewash the quilt without drying it.

If anyone else has an opinion on this I invite you to leave a comment in the comment section.

Now onto what I was sewing.  My Bowtie UFO was front and center as my leader and ender while I worked on the deadline project.

The first thing on my agenda was to fix the twisted block.  I’ve had several eagle-eyed blog readers tell me I needed to turn the block that is second down in the second row.

I ripped it out and then fixed it.

All better.  If you remember this was a UFO that a blog reader sent to me.  Part of me wonders if they quit on the project because they didn’t want to deal with the twisted block.

It honestly only took me about 10 minutes to fix.

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What I’m Working On…

You might remember in a blog post last week I showed you this UFO.  It’s my UFO number 5.  I’ve had this out on my sewing room island just waiting for me to have some time to finish it up.

Here is something funny.  I pulled this one out and decided to work on it for the last few days of September and then once October 1st came around and Mary at Chicken Scratch Country Threads pulled the UFO number I’d decided if the UFO or it if this project, my #5 would get my attention.  Serendipity.  Mary pulled #5 so there is no having to decide which project I want to concentrate on.  YAHOO!!  This one is going full speed ahead.

This came to me in a package from a blog reader as a UFO.  It was one of my favorite packages that came in the mail!!  I’ve had so much fun with this package and can’t thank that blog reader enough.

I had written about this project and was lamenting because I didn’t have more of the red fabric that the blog reader used when they started this project.

Then another package came in the mail from yet another blog reader and she sent the matching fabric to me.  She had gotten it in a box of fabric she bought at an estate sale.  The fabric was a perfect match!!  I was so excited.

You readers take such good care of me and I appreciate it so much!

Well, this week I decided to at least… Continue reading

What I’m Working On…

Early in the week, I told myself that I was going to spend all of my extra moments during the day in the sewing room.  I have so many projects that are started and need that last little umph to get them to the finish line.

Many of you reading this are going to think I accomplished so much…and I did, but it was out of willpower that I did it.  I was so ready to move on to other projects.  I wanted these all done and for me to have a clean slate to pull out something new or different to work on.  Plus I had the impending birth of my grandson to give me that extra push.

You might remember that I finished the quilt tops for my granddaughters Lucy and Lilly.  You might also remember that I took the centers with the panel blocks out of the original quilt and made a note to myself that I would finish these and use them as baby gifts.  Well…I wanted the mess cleaned up and I didn’t want to pack those centers away leaving me with a UFO so…what did I do??  I finished them.

If I have to make another quilt in this color scheme or with nine-patch blocks for a little while, I think I’m going to scream.  I was so ready to be done with the nine patches and these colors.

I do have to say that I’m super happy to report that my 2 1/2″ bright fabric scrap box is totally under control.  It might look like a lot to some of you but it’s actually really good.  Previous to making all of these quilts, I couldn’t get the lid on the bucket!

From there I didn’t let any grass grow under my feet.  I immediately picked up my True Blue quilt.  I sewed all of the extra blocks I made last week.  You might remember I was debating about putting on a border or making more blocks.  Making more blocks won out.

Here I am putting on the last row.

Next, it was time to get the iron out and start ironing…Can you believe I had FIVE tops to iron??

Here is True Blue.

There are two of these that I will gift as baby quilts…

There are two of these for my granddaughters.

After ironing it was back to the sewing room.  My deadline project needed a little attention.  Row #2 went on.  Thankfully there are only 10 rows in all.

I keep trying to work on this little by little and slowly I’m making some progress.

Next, time to make some backings.  I had several blog readers suggest that I needed to somehow make my granddaughters’ quilts different so they could tell them apart.  I already planned two different backings.  It’s the same print only in different colors.  I was able to purchase mine at Quilted Twins but it looks like it’s no longer available.

I loaded the first quilt on the frame and…

Finished it.  I did straight-line quilting and think it was a great option for this.

I get asked all of the time…YES.  I just eyeball it.  It’s not perfect and I don’t even try for it to be perfect.

From there… I did the other matching quilt.  I forgot to take a picture of it.

Then I made a giant backing piece long enough to be enough for both of the smaller quilts.

On smaller quilts, it takes almost as much time to load them as it does to actually do the quilting.  This way I only had to load backing once.  You can see the space in between the two quilt tops.

Here they are coming off of the longarm.  Rosie is supervising.

From there, I loaded my True Blue quilt onto the machine.  You might remember my saying that I got a nice blue sheet from the thrift store.  That is what I used for the backing.  Even though it was a king-sized sheet, I had to add extra blocks to the back to make it big enough.

My shoulder told me that I better give the work at the longarm a rest so I did and then decided to start binding quilts.

About 2 1/2 hours later, I had the four of them bound.  I took them downstairs so I could take pictures…but it was way too windy for that.

Picture-taking will have to wait for another day.

…and that friends was my progress in the sewing room.

I am absolutely thrilled to have accomplished so much.

Next week I hope to start my newly born grandson’s baby quilt.  That will be a crumb quilt with free from pieced ABCs around the border.  In the past, I’ve had so many people ask me for tutorials on how I do the ABC letters.  I’m hoping to work on videos showing you how I do that.

I am also going to be pulling out my Smores UFO and will work on that…hopefully a tutorial will come for using the ruler for those blocks as well.

There is much to look forward to.