Saturday, September 21, 2019

Jelly Roll Day

For the past three years in September quilters have celebrated the jelly roll precut with National Sew A Jelly Roll Day. This phenomenon of precuts has really changed the quilting world and since their inception some 20 years ago, I would guess that the marketing of precut-friendly books, patterns and products has been quite lucrative.

So today has been the day that has been designated Jelly Roll Day for 2019. I have known about this for awhile, and had pretty much zero interest in making another JR quilt. I have plenty on my plate at the moment.

But then I got on Instagram about 3pm today, and then I saw pretty quilts and pretty jelly roll fabrics, and then I couldn't help myself. Like a squirrel with short attention span, I put aside my Kaffe Fassett sewing, and dug in.

I have several jelly rolls in the stash, so when I opened the drawer where I have them stored I found these two partial rolls, so I just decided I would use them.

Both jelly rolls are La Vie en Rouge by French General/Moda. I am guessing that I took a particular strip or several strips out of these - I've long forgotten the project.

The last thing I need to be doing is starting another project.

But I did. And who needs a pattern?? I had an idea that I could make up a design that would create diagonal lines of red one way and white/neutral the other way. I made four blocks. I didn't want to make more if the idea didn't pan out, so I arranged them and took this picture.

Then I pulled up a photo-editing app on my phone to create a collage - this gives the effect of a quilt.

I think this is going to work! I can see those diagonal lines the way I wanted. I am definitely going to go ahead and make more blocks - I have no idea how big this will end up being, nor any idea how many blocks I will make. I will go until I run out of jelly roll.

Short and sweet. Gotta make the midnight deadline!

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Just a Little Move

A little over a week ago, we had some neighbors here to help us move a garden shed. To us it seemed like such a monumental task, but to neighbors with the correct equipment, it was an easy hour's work.

Daniel and his son Harlan came to our rescue with an industrial-strength forklift. Our shed is close to 30 years old, so worn, but still functional. It was serving no real purpose in the location above - other than to house a lot of stuff, aka junk.

DH wanted it emptied and moved to the other side of the back yard so that it could be put to use for wood storage. We have had a wood-burning furnace for about five years, and have not had the best system for wood access. A different nearby shed, not nearly close enough, and a wood pile covered with a tarp - these worked, but it was definitely laborious.

So we emptied out the junk. Trashed some of it; sorted and repurposed some; gave some away. We still haven't dealt with it all.

 Then we scheduled with Daniel and Harlan to come over with the lift. It was quite a sight to see.

We leveled it as best we could, but some adjusting still needs to be done. We need to get a few more blocks to put under the corners, so that work awaits us. For now, we are thrilled to have a shed near the wood burner to make the job of heating our house this winter an easier task.

Our neighbors are just the greatest. I told you back in May about Daniel's wife making me that angel food cake, and I have shared quilts from two daughters Kathaleen and Betty. We couldn't ask for kinder folks.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

September Quilter's Planner Blocks

Just a real quick post today to show you the September blocks for the Quilter's Planner Sewalong. Each month participants make two blocks for the sampler quilt. Simple and easy. I have been using leftover fabric from that 9-patch quilt I made in January; it's called Memoire a Paris by Lecien. Very fine cotton that feels sooo good.

The photo below shows the magazine with the quilt that we are making. Quilters who participate can submit their monthly photos to groups on FB and IG, which I have been doing. It is so interesting to see all the variety.

As promised, short and sweet. I have a to-do list a mile long to get busy on!
Happy Quilting, Friends!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

A Wedding Quilt

We had an incredibly great weekend as we added a new member to our family. My nephew Will married his sweetheart Kristi in a beautiful outdoor ceremony on Saturday afternoon. We had perfect weather conditions at Rocky Fork Lake's Chapel in the Woods. Later, the reception was held in the barn at my sister and brother-in-law's farm. The food, the dancing, the fellowship - everything! - was so perfect. How is it possible to smile and laugh and love so much?! I grabbed this picture of the new Mr. and Mrs. from my sister's Facebook page. Aren't they adorable!!?

So with the wedding dispensed, I can now reveal the quilt I made for the newlyweds and some of you may recognize that quilt from the retreat last April at Canter's Cave.

 The pattern is called Blue Lagoon (details in this post) and is jelly roll-friendly. I had a Minick and Simpson jelly roll along with a neutral background and finished the top at retreat. I added borders which were not part of the quilt instructions, because I wanted a larger quilt. Click here to read about the retreat sewing.

I quilted this quilt on my friend Terry's longarm machine about three weeks ago. (Read about it here.) I don't recommend closely inspecting the workmanship, but if you do, please be kind. It is entirely freehand loopy meander quilting and I was totally winging it. Rookie effort, you know?

The backing gave me a bit of a challenge. I knew I would have to piece it, and I put together a backing I thought I could live with, but at the last minute I changed my mind. I took out one whole section and added the lighter blue print shown above. I was much more satisfied with it.  I also used that lighter blue as the binding.

Early in August, I gave the bride a preview of her wedding gift, when my bridal shower gift was pillows and pillow cases made to match the quilt; not exact matching, but close enough.

I have been missing from the blog for several days. I am guessing that as I move on into the meat of the semester, this will be normal. I will do my darnedest to stay caught up with both school work and quilting and blogging.

One more pic from the wedding - my siblings and I teamed up for a fun picture at the reception. Tell me, is there some familial resemblance here or what?!? The groom's mother is in front. We may have had a good time. *wink*

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Here's The Plan

We are one-third of the way through September already and I have teased about my upcoming plans long enough. Here's what's on the horizon for me - hopefully all by the end of the month.

The biggest project on tap is dismantling one of our bedrooms and bringing the long-arm machine upstairs and out of the basement. I never have enjoyed spending time in the basement, and it was not something I could see changing sans extensive remodeling. Since our kids don't really come home for overnights anymore, it just seemed that two guest rooms was one too many. Now this bedroom will be dedicated to the Tin Lizzie.

The bedroom furniture was Grandma's and came here after her death in 2015. It consists of a bed, two dressers and a nightstand. All of these will be going to my sister's house in the coming week. Additional items in this room include a cupboard for quilt storage (shown below) and an old sewing machine table which is used as a bedside table.

Scrolling back through the blog, I am sure you'd see the sewing cabinet. Actually, a bit of it shows in the mirror in that first picture. There is no machine inside it, although at one time it did have and I actually sewed on it. Ages ago. 

So after the furniture is out, DH and I will paint the walls and steam-vac the carpet. Then I will move the long arm up. I am totally amped about this change. I know I will be quilting here very soon.

Other projects include finishing a Halloween table cloth that I started a couple of years ago. I have never been one to go crazy with decorating for Halloween, but I saw a really cute table cloth on Pinterest that I wanted to replicate. I stopped because I didn't have Wonder-Under. Geesh, woman! Go get some! It will be such a fast and easy finish. I am determined to do just that before month's end.

The orange pumpkins will be appliqued around a round brown cloth and made to fit my round kitchen table and/or my round porch table. Here's a link to the inspiration picture from Pinterest.

Other projects include quilting this baby quilt for Graham, my newest grand-nephew who was born late last month. I have yet to meet the little fellow, but the quilt must be finished!

As cooler weather is surely on the horizon, I want to get back to that white denim jacket - the one I am embellishing with embroidery. (First mentioned here.) I'd like to get it to a point where I would actually wear it; I can see myself continuing to add to the embroidery even as I wear it.

Of course, stitching on Lake Effect will be ongoing. I am ready to cut the long borders and trace the applique designs on them.

I will continue this new project I have started - Diagonal Madness. I have managed to make some progress on it this week - minimal, but still progress. It has been quite a treat to sift through all my KF fabrics and mix and match them for the 4-patch blocks.

And finally, I need to put the binding on the OSU quilt, which DH needs by the 21st. Not a pressing deadline, but I don't want to put it off too much longer.

That rounds out my month, project-wise. Always plenty to keep me busy. In addition, there are many things around the house we are doing, plus the school work will be picking up as we work into the meat of the semester. 

Speaking of school, it's time for me to move! Two classes this afternoon, then grocery shopping. 

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Diagonal Madness

I love the name of this quilt - Diagonal Madness. It's a Kaffe Fassett quilt from his book Country Garden Quilts. I figure I will be exhibiting a fair amount of madness as I try to work on this through a busy fall semester.

This is the quilt featured in the book. I have had it earmarked for several years. My selection of this quilt was made largely for the use of many fabrics - none of which is needed in large amounts. I have lots of his fabrics, but very few are cut larger than a half yard or a full yard. I would be hard pressed to come up with extensive yardage for less scrappy-looking quilts.

I spent some pleasant bits of time throughout this weekend perusing my options from these books. Not shown in this picture is a view off all the tabs sticking out of the tops. I use sticky note tabs to mark quilts that I like; and then over time, if I have forgotten patterns, the ones I like are easily identifiable. Interestingly, I have gone back through old books and magazines and wondered what I was thinking with a few that I find marked. The photo below sorta' shows some tabs at the top of the book.

I LOVE the riot of color so characteristic of Kaffe's fabrics. This quilt promises to be really fun to work on!
The 4-patch blocks are 4 inches at this stage. These will be sewn with plain 4-inch blocks, and they will be laid out on point. I am going to use a distinct fabric for the setting triangles - probably light - something that will frame the center. Then I will think about the 9-patch border on down the road.

I plan to have fun working on this quilt. I am not putting any pressure on myself to work hard at it, as I know the school work will be picking up in a few weeks.

In addition to the school work, I have two or three other projects to focus on this month. I will put together a blogpost about those soon.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Returning The Favor

I spent a happy afternoon yesterday at my niece Abby's house. She needed some assistance on a home decorating project she'd begun.

Here is Abby, comfortable in her dining area where we were set up for sewing. See that cool map behind her? I will explain how that was done at the end of this post. First, I need to take care of the sewing project.

Back in early August, Abby came here to help me with a project with the express purpose of learning how to do these sorts of jobs herself. She was a huge help in making a chair slipcovering which I shared in this post. We worked and stayed at it until finished! I surely would have quit midway had she not been here.

Now back at Abby-Doodle's house. (Doodle - a loving nickname) While Abby's ultimate goal is recovering her sofa, she started out with something way more manageable - a porch swing cushion. When I got to her house, she had already taken apart the old cover, used it for a pattern to cut the new, and had pinned the pieces together, right sides together. She was stumped on the back closure. Her plan to reuse the original zipper failed as it was most likely dry-rotted and disintegrated as she was removing it from the fabric. We thought an envelope-type fold would work, or maybe attach some buttons or Velcro, or even ties.

We left it at just being pinned, as Abby decides what she prefers doing. I have every confidence that she can handle it from here. Doesn't it look great? The original cushion had piping, but it looks perfectly fine without, and it was definitely a faster job for omitting it.

Here is the sofa which will be recovered. Whoa! That's a whopper! It intimidates me, but she is sure she can do it! Yikes!

And here's that cool graphic artwork behind the dining table. You will not believe how this was made. Ingenious.

The map began as a shower curtain. It was cut into thirds and stretched onto frames that they built to fit the length and width of each section. Then the panels are simply leaned against the wall. Does it not look fantastic? It has major WOW-factor impact for an inexpensive DIY. What smart kids!

That's all for today, Peeps. We have some work to get done before Buckeye football time!

Happy Quilting, Friends!