One would think that being I had time off that I’d have gotten lots of sewing done. I got a fair amount done but not a lot.
The garden has been calling…or rather tomatoes have been calling. Mine are producing like crazy. But, we’re not here to talk about that. Onto quilting!!
I am not pushing myself on my UFOs but I don’t want to completely forget about working on them so early last week I pulled the UFO for the Dirty Dozen. My designated UFO is this…Show Off. It’s a Quilted Twins free pattern. I had all of the shirt plaids cut for this but I didn’t have the whites.
I brought it down and set it on the island in the kitchen. I told myself if one of our kids call, I would cut out the white part.
That’s exactly what happened. I used a light muslin for the white.
Here they are all cut and ready to go. If I get no other sewing done on this, at least it made it one step closer to a finish.
I told you that I like to have projects to do when my kids call. So even though I had other things I should have been sewing, I was up early one day and started sewing together some strips for my Bitcoin quilt.
Sure enough a half-hour later one of the kids called and I spent our phone conversation ironing the strips.
Later in the week over a phone call, I cut them into segments.
From there I moved on to working on the baby quilts. You might remember that I making tractor quilts for Kelli’s boys.
As I said before, one quilt will have a blue tractor as that’s the kind of tractor Papa Moo (Kramer liked). The pattern is in Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage book. Find it HERE on Amazon.
I got all 180 and of the blocks done. Next up I need to make the tractor blocks for the quilt.
They were doable but time-consuming. There are 26 pieces in the block. There is an odd seam that requires some partial seam sewing too.
It really wasn’t hard. I fretted about way more than it was worth.
While I was sewing the tractor blocks I was sewing the border pieces for my Show Off UFO quilt that I told you about…it’s only a little progress but I’m taking it!!
After the tractor blocks were done I started sewing the quilt tops together. I got Emmett’s this far but couldn’t find the strip I needed to add to the top. UGH.
I decided rather than hunt for that, I would just start sewing Eli’s together. I got this far and again, I couldn’t find either top.
What the heck?! I know I sewed the tops pieces. Where are they? I know I made 180 pinwheel blocks. WHERE ARE THOSE STRIPS??
Rather than fret too much about it, I decided that I would just start making the backs. The strips would likely show up as I puttered around the sewing room.
I pulled out Lori Holt’s book Spelling Bee. Find it HERE.
I used her letters to make the boys’ names for the back of the quilt. Her letters are so quick and really, really easy. Here is a start to the letters.
Here is the backing for Emmett’s…
…and this is Eli’s. Nothing fancy. I just grabbed stuff in the backing fabric pile.
Darn. I still didn’t find those strips. I’m starting to wonder if they ended up in a bag of the Halloween fabric I shipped out…or did I put them in the charity quilt box by accident. My sewing really isn’t that messy right now. In fact, I had forgone a morning sewing session this week in favor of cleaning up.
So this is where the quilts sit. Now top row of pinwheels on either of them. I think I’m just going to make new pinwheels blocks. It will only be 22 more. There are worse things.
You know, just by the law of chance, the second I get them made the originals will show up. UGH.
I did forge ahead on my Red Sampler Quiltalong quilt. Here it is…a complete top. It needs a backing…and longarming…and binding. Oh my, not counting the baby quilts, I think that makes four that need to be machine quilted. I hate when my list gets that long. Oh well…I love to piece so it’s a perpetual problem.
On another quilting note. Remember I told you yesterday that Kalissa and I had gone shopping on Saturday? We went to the Amish. I got two new cutting mats. The one I have upstairs has a slit all the way through it at the zero mark. I’ve been making it work and I adjust my cutting to stay away from it but it’s a pain. The one downstairs isn’t far away from the same problem so I bought two. I thought it was a decent price…
$22.10 each. I came home and looked them up on Amazon. They were only $22.50!!
Why have I waited so long to get a new mat?? Why did I think these were a lot more expensive than that??
Had I know I would have replaced mine sooner. I guess it’s kind of like a rotary cutter blade. You don’t realize how nice life is with a new one!!
That’s all I have for you. I’m so hoping I can finish those baby quilts this week. I have a couple of days off so fingers crossed!!