I was in the sewing room feeling a little downhearted. It’s been so long since I was able to really sew. I feel like my sewing room is standing still in time and I’m moving on. I don’t love that feeling. I feel disconnected and out of touch with my projects.
I thought about just walking out and settling in with some cross-stitch. It would be so easy to do. But I love quilting too. I just needed to dig and start in on something.
To be honest, the out-of-touch feeling makes me want to start something new…but NO. I can’t do that. I’ve been on a roll of getting things done before I had my break from quilting. I needed to do something even if I didn’t have the enthusiasm for it. If I did something, maybe the enthusiasm would come back…so, I settled on working at the longarm and my Bitcoin quilt.
I got passes done, rolled the quilt forward, and discovered this…UGH.
A hole in the batting. UGH!! The quilt has been hanging on the quilt frame for so long. Rosie runs by it and that was likely about all it took to make a hole. Hobbs’s 80/20 batting is great but it isn’t the best as far as stability goes. So what’s a girl to do??
I just slapped a scrap in there, tacked it down, and called it good. This quilt isn’t getting any younger and would do no one any good if it didn’t just get finished.
I finally got to the last pass. I feel so bad that I didn’t have great feelings about this quilt. I loved the top when I made it but I left it sit too long. It seemed more of a burden than a blessing. But it’s almost done. Quit whining I told myself. Just do it.
…and I did. The quilting is all finished. It’s off the frame. I’m moving on.
Don’t get me wrong. I love the quilt. Once it’s finished I’ll likely be singing its praises. I just wasn’t in the mood for it anymore. I think you all can relate. That’s why we all have so many UFOs…right??
Sadly, the thing I was moving on to I didn’t have any ambition for either. I still have the rest of these Frolic leftovers to deal with. BUT WAIT…
I do have some good news about Frolic leftovers. Remember my quilt made with the first batch of Frolic leftovers? This one…
Well a blog reader made the suggestion that if American Patchwork and Quilting wasn’t going to accept it for submission, how about contacting someone else…and that’s what I did.
This will be featured in the Fall issue of Quilter’s World Magazine. Carolyn, the editor there, was quick to pick it up.
I opted to hand it over to Carla our friend at Longarm Quilting Inspirations to work a little of her magic on it. My shoulder had been acting up and longarming isn’t the best for it. Carla will do her best on it and make it shine.
But back to those other Frolic leftover blocks. Yep…all of these. UGH.
I was a little inspired as when I looked at the green blocks, I suddenly had an idea. YEP. I liked the idea too. That’s progress.
I didn’t work on them but YES. I had an idea and that’s what I’ve been waiting for all along. I feel much better about them.
I had 12 blocks left of the blocks that were used a lot in the first big quilt of this adventure. They are blue and pink with an aqua background. I decided to take them and sit down at the computer with EQ and come up with something.
This is what I came up with. As is it’s 44″ x 52″, if I remember right.
Here is the design with the lines taken out.
I showed it to Karl and as I was looking at it, I decided that I’m only going to make it in a 3×3 setting so it will be 44″ x 44″ for a baby quilt.
I’ll use the other leftover three blocks on the back or put them in an orphan pile. There will likely be some other blocks leftover at the end of this adventure and they can be used then…we’ll see.
I did take some time over the weekend to start sewing it…
Oh my…I love these vibrant colors!!
I wanted to sit and sew the entire quilt but told myself no…It was getting late and I’m not supposed to burn the candle at both ends. So I quit here…
I am in love with this. Seeing this was just the zip I needed to get me out of the funk I was in. I think this is going to be a really cute baby quilt.
I need to sew the rest of the cornerstones, sew the sashing together and add the borders. It shouldn’t take long.
Did I tell you I loved this?? I really do.
I also continued my slow progress on my Remainders quilt. I have all the pieces sewn at this point. Once I get them all ironed and trimmed, I might have to make more. I didn’t count my blocks. For now, it’s an iron and trim game. There are so many to trim though…720 to be exact. I’m about 1/4 of the way done on trimming them.
I popped in a new rotary cutter blade. I accidentally cut sticky board with the wrong cutter and blah. My blade is dull now. I’ve been trying to not go to town again so I ended up ordering blades through Amazon. I thought they were really reasonable. $13-sih for a 10 pack. I found them HERE. At this cost, I’ll change my blade more often. I looked at Joann’s it said, $11-ish for TWO blades. WOW. Yep, I’ll be changing the blade more often and I will be ordering them from Amazon.
I went to get my small ruler to square the blocks up but couldn’t find it. Some time ago a blog reader had sent this ruler. I thought I would try it. I made two cuts and decided I didn’t like it. The red line is too thick and I can’t see the edge of the fabric the way I want to. I ended up putting it in the donation box to the thrift store.
That was my opinion on the ruler. No formal review…just a straight-up, not for me. Thanks so much to the blog reader who sent it so I could give it a try.
I went upstairs and looked. My small ruler somehow ended up in the sewing room up there. Normally I keep it downstairs.
Ruler and rotary cutter in hand I started to go to work trimming. Oh my. It was going to take a long time to trim all of these.
Kalissa used her phone the other day and did a time-lapse video of us packing her stationary. (by the way, it’s in stock and you can find it in her Etsy store HERE. Order quick if you want Christmas delivery)
Anyway, I decided I needed some motivation to get one of the stacks of my Remainders blocks trimmed so I set up my camera to time-lapse and started cutting. Gannon was at my house at the time and you can see his guest appearance in the clip. Just push the arrow button to play.
I ended up trimming this stack. There were 107 blocks in the stack. Doing the video was the motivation I needed.
That’s where I am this week. Plans for next week include:
-Trimming more blocks. I’d love to have them all trimmed but I don’t know if that will happen.
-Finish the baby quilt top.
In the midst of all of that, I did submit a quilt design to Quilts and More magazine. They accepted it. I need to figure out fabric and get that on its way here. The quilt isn’t due in house there until mid-Febraury so I have time…I just don’t know how I’ll be feeling so I want to keep working on things along the way. It will be a layer cake quilt so if you bought one of the layer cakes on last week’s auction and don’t have plans for it, you might want to wait until you see the new design.
That’s all for now in the quilting department…