Thursday, November 20, 2014

I'm moving

We sold our house and have bought a new one.  I just hate the whole moving part, which is what I'll be doing this weekend. Good news is I'll get my own sewing room. Yay!

All my sewing stuff is boxed up and labeled. Let's hope the move goes smoothly, and I can find time to quilt in the next week--Quilting is my Sanity.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Update - Wheel of Fortune Quilt

So I didn't finish this quilt in time for my UFO challenge last month. 

Wheel of Fortune Quilt
 I tried, but I didn't give myself enough time to get all the quilting done.


I am really close to finishing it, but I have had to put it aside. Once the deadline came and went without a finished project, I've had to set it aside while I work on my current challenge and see if I can make THAT deadline.

So, here is the current state of my Wheel of Fortune Quilt.  I have quilted all the spirals.
Wheel of Fortune Quilt

My label is pieced into the back and quilted with invisible thread (mono-poly) so as to not detract from the label.
Wheel of Fortune Quilt

The borders are the only things left to quilt now. I've already made the binding, so that will be quickly added once the quilting is finished. And, yes--I realize my label says "July 2014." I really thought I'd have it done then when I pieced the back. I was optimistic. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

A Quilt Top Completed!

"I Looked Out the Window"

I'm moving right along on my challenge quilt. It has come together rather quickly and easily--that's part of the beauty of this's all free form. I just sewed randomly to form the flowers until I got the size I wanted. I did try to keep it looking like the light was coming from the upper-right hand corner, but other than that it was just random on where things were sewn.

I know this is kinda crazy, but I basted my quilt on my back patio. (Don't tell the Quilt Police!)

I didn't want to pin baste and wanted to try using 505. But, 505 is messy. I didn't want to have to move furniture off my tile and then mop up afterwards. So....I thought about my back patio. Why not? I taped down my backing. Then sprayed on a layer of 505 and smoothed down my batting.

After another spray of 505, I laid down my quilt top and smoothed it out.

I have to say that 505 is so fast and easy! Loved it! Let's hope it truly keeps things in place while I quilt it.

Now, I'm on to the quilting. Again, I'm nervous I will ruin it with my non-stellar beginning quilting skills. I need to have it completed next week!

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Challenge Quilt -- I Looked Out the Window

I am determined to finish my last challenge of the year.  With the upheaval of my life the past 6 months, I have missed all but one of my quilting deadlines this year. No more! I want to double my numbers. 

The UVQG challenge this year is to make a quilt no smaller than 120" circumference and no larger than 240" circumference with the theme of "I Looked Out the Window." You must have at least one traditional block somewhere in the quilt. It can be anything you see out our kitchen window, your front window, your work window, your car window, etc. 

I finally settled on an idea and drew out this pattern.
Babco Unlimited - Work in Progress

Can you find my traditional block? My mom thought it was the half-square triangles in the corner. Nope. My border is a churn dash block! I thought I was so clever to make my window a churn dash.

I had spent months thinking about what I would do. I had many ideas, but nothing I could settle on. Now, the deadline is fast approaching. Nothing like last minute panic to really force you to decide.
Oh, Calvin. How so very true.

Now, I'm taking strips off of tons of fabric in my stash and turning this... - Painting the Roses Red Quilt, I Looked Out the Window Quilt, Challenge Quilt
....into this....

Wanna hear the crazy part about this challenge? I need to have it completely done--quilted, bound, and labeled within 2 weeks. I started this 2 weeks ago. And, I was given the challenge way back in January. Oh, and I'm moving in 2 weeks. Eek! 

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