You remember that I was sick last weekend. It ended up leaking into Monday so even though I was scheduled to have Kalissa and Kelli’s kiddos here, I ended up having Monday off.
I had spent too much time on the couch and was out of patience for couch time so I decided to head to the sewing room, under the weather or not.
I started out doing some simple things…Making a backing for my Red Diamond Crumb Quilt was on the top of the list.
I’ve had this orange and teal fabric forever. I bought it some time ago thinking the orange was red. I bought it online and the coloring in the photo was bad. I couldn’t use it on the intended quilt. I never make orange quilts so when would I use it??
Happily one of the advantages of making a quilt like this…
is that anything can work for a backing. I thought this quilt was my best chance to use up that orange and teal fabric. Sadly I only had six yards so I have to do some piecing. I had some leftovers from the top so they made their way into the backing too. I’ll show it all to you once the quilt is finished.
After that, I made …a pillow for Gannon just like the pillow I made for Carver using a men’s shirt.
You can find the tutorial to make a pillow from a shirt HERE.
I’ve been collecting things for Gannon’s preschool quilt and pillow. I don’t need this all to be done until August when he goes to school but every little thing I can do now will be appreciated then. I had been watching the thrift store for a red and blue shirt. I’m making him a quilt using a Case tractor panel. It will have his name on it too.
Other good news, on one of my last thrifting trips I found the red flannel fabric. This is going to be the backing. There are 3 1/2 yards so plenty for his quilt and it was only $3. I was super happy with that.
From there I decided I would start longarming my Garlic Knots quilt that was on the frame. True confession here…Longarming is my least favorite part of quilting. I put it off all of the time. I purposely load a quilt as soon as I get one done so if ever the mood should strick to want to longarm something, it’s ready to go.
This day, the deal I made with myself was that I would use up two bobbin’s worth of thread OR do enough so one row of machine quilting was done.
I figured that would make my life easier the next day when it was time to tackle that quilt. Well, one thing lead to another and being I was feeling equally crappy if I was standing at the machine, or sitting on the couch, I decided to just keep going…
…and…I finished the longarming. I did a simple stipple. That’s really my go-to with a busy quilt. It’s a quilting motif that is the least busy and intrusive so I just go with it. That way the design and color of the quilt can take the spotlight rather than the quilting motif fighting for attention too.
So that left space for another quilt top to get loaded…
There is no lack of quilt tops here. I probably should have put my double wedding ring quilt on the frame but instead, I put my red diamond crumb quilt. I needed something easy that didn’t require a lot of concentration as right now…I’m looking for quick finishes!!
I didn’t stick with that though…remember working at the longarm is my least favorite and having finishes is my very favorite…so, I decided to bind my Garlic Knots quilt so I could check that off as a finish!!
In the past, I haven’t used sewing clips, just pins. I have sewing clips but aside from clipping things together for organization, I haven’t used them much. I was talking to Kayla the other day and she was singing the praises of these clips. So I decided maybe it was time for me to give them more of a try. I did and loved them. THIS is the set that I have.
That was done in no time at all…next I decided to fix a glider protector for my swing set.
I used THIS pet screen. It was $19 but there is enough to fix it several more times. It’s the same stuff that is used in bag-making.
You can see my old screen…completely shot.
Here is the new screen I made. I really wanted green colored but could not find it at all. So I finally gave in a got black. It’s not my favorite color but at least there is protection there for the kids.
I ended up finishing the long arming on this quilt. I am absolutely happy with how this quilt turned out. WHOOT! WHOOT!!
Rosie was up for a little modeling work so here she is showing it off.
I am so happy with the quilt. I can’t wait to get it bound and ready to show off to you.
Oh, it’s such a happy quilt.
I also pulled out my Hawaiian Sunset quilt. I did a little counting to see where I was at. I’ve barely started. Next up I need to make 600 flying geese. YEP, you read that right. 600 flying geese. This one won’t be a fast-finish UFO for sure. But, I’m thrilled I pulled it out again and if I don’t pull it out, it will never get finished.
That’s about what happened this week in the sewing room. I had a busy week with the garden and had a chunk of the grandkids here…plus early in the week I was sick…oh, and I painted Karl’s dining room. WOW…I guess considering all of that, I actually got a lot done!!
If you missed it, I showed off these two over the weekend. You can read about them HERE.
Check-in later in the week because I’ll be taking pictures of my Garlic Knots quilt and will get a blog post written up about it.
I’m so excited that this UFO push is really starting to pay off!! Hmm. What else can I work on??