Thursday, August 28, 2014

As It Ends

Too soon. Mid - August and the trees are beginning to change already.

I snapped this pic Mid-August.  I couldn't believe the leaves were already turning and falling.

Despite the on going heat or as most people are calling it, Suddenly Summer, I've got two more Lil' Twister Stockings in the making and they're almost ready for quilting.  These will be for Chris and I.  I'm also sketching out Fiona's RenFaire costume to make up in the next 2 weeks (fingers crossed).  I'm attempting to make it without a pattern.  It's very hard to find patterns in her size for what I'm looking for and really if I were better at writing up patterns I'd publish a few for other people to use.  Wish me luck!

Happy Stitching!

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Feather Quilt (DONE!)

Allison's Wedding Quilt

It's DONE! Completed, boxed up, lovingly given and well received.

I'll admit to being extremely attached to this project.
It certainly was a love/hate relationship with all the pattern woes, but I am so immensely proud of the final result.  I even got a little weepy before wrapping it up.  It's hard to part with something you've put so much effort into, especially knowing you'll never see it again.

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The main backing fabric looks so uniform, which surprised even me seeing as it's split down the middle and sewn back together to make 2 seperate pieces.  Even the pieced section looks remarkably "intentional".

Pieced backing

And those points.  I feel like I could've almost entered this in a competition.

Perfect Points

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Even if it's hot (Summer finally showed up over the weekend here in the Midwest) never underestimate a good final quilt snuggle.

It's MINE!

If you'd like to see how this whole project came together from beginning to end follow the link below:


Happy Quilting!

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Feather Quilt (Part 5)

Allison's Feather Quilt 2014

Check it out!  The Feather Quilt is all quilted up!

Thanks to Missouri Star Quilt Co. for doing another fabulous job and staying true to their turn around time.  I haven't measured the quilt since I've got it back, but I swear I lost about 2 inches on all sides from the density in the quilting.  While I'm not nuts over how the quilting pattern turned out (the loops were alot closer together than I thought they'd be) it will work out for the best.  Quilts that will see lots of use and wear should be quilted more densely than, for example, a wall hanging.

I'm trying to decide if I'll bind it in the backing fabric or do a scrappy binding from left over fabric remnants.  I'll need to sit down and look at it first, but that also means I'll need to clean my floor of all the thread bits again.  I've been going back and forth about washing this one before giving it away.  I wash 90% of all my quilts before gifting them mostly because I'm paranoid of stitching pulling out or colors running. Since this quilt is dominated by white space, it's probably in my best interest to wash it prior to wrapping it up. This means I'll be throwing in 5+ SHOUT color catcher sheets to make sure the white stays white.

This quilt's absolute completion date is set for August 22nd.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Peeking Out

The Last One. Project GRREAT comes to a close. A few more odds n' ends to tie up and 60 pups will be shipped out early next week. Feels strange to be done sewing these and a little bittersweet as I won't be doing these ornaments "en mass" anymore.

The Last One. Project GRREAT comes to a close. 60 pups will be shipped out later this afternoon. Feels strange to be done sewing these and a little bittersweet as I won't be doing these ornaments "en mass" anymore.

I've been sick the last week too which has made finishing up this order all the more challenging, but they're still arriving 3 weeks ahead of schedule.  That always makes me feel good and helps lighten the load for other projects.

I know a busy schedule has prevented me from blogging much this summer, but I hope you've all been enjoy the Summer (especially those of us here in the Midwest).  We had record low high temperatures last week, thanks to a mini Polar Vortex.  It meant highs only reached into the mid-70's in the middle of JULY!  That's nuts people! 

My project list continues to expand and contract as commissions come and go.  I've busy looking thru my fabric stash to begin binding The Feather Quilt too :)  It came back from the quilters at the beginning of July.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Cutting It Out

120 pieces of felt are all cut and ready to start the next stage of assembly.

40 pcs. is about 3" high.  Arthritis yo.

40 pieces of felt is about 3" high.
That's enough to give me phantom hand aches just thinking about it again.
Now imagine 3 stacks of these and you'll have an idea of why it took me nearly a month of constant cutting in the evenings to get them all done.

I've started embroidering these ornaments already and am making nice progress now that the Feathers Quilt is gone for a few weeks.
There won't be too much to report for the next month as I finish this order up, but I can promise you that I already have my sights set on a second quilt and Fiona's Renaissance costume for this year, not too mention completing 2 more Lil' Twister Stockings for Chris and I (before Christmas!).


Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Feather Quilt (part 4)

 38 blocks are squared up.

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Laid out, sewn together and neatly pressed to make 5 rows of funky feathers.  Those rows are about 72" long, this is a very huge quilt.

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 Sadly, the backing fabric I had fallen in love with only had 5 yards left on the bolt and I most definitely needed 5 1/2 yards of fabric.
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 I went ahead and bought the 5 remaining yards not sure how I was going to add in another 1/2 yard of fabric.  Once I was home and laid everything out on my floor I realized that I may have just "painted myself into a corner".  I had to walk away for a full 2 days before I could look at it again, I was that aggravated. Finally, after tearing thru my fabric stash and much creative cursing, I found a few coordinating strips of fabric from an old Moda jelly roll.

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I was hesitant to cut my backing seeing as it was already short, but I did it anyways and in the end it was the smartest move I could have made.  Not only did it give me enough length to complete the backing, but it added another mod feature to the normally "boring" back of the quilt.

It was shipped out Memorial Day weekend for quilting and I couldn't be more relieved to have it off my sewing table and floor for that matter.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Feather Quilt (part 3)

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I'm in the homestretch now and it's been a long and tiring haul.  I'm at the point where my sewing studio is looking more empty as the last bits of fabric are cut up and sewn into the quilt.  There's been a copious amount of seam ripping and cursing and new template cutting too.  I've also sewn thru 876 yards of thread so far.

Thread for days.....

I'll be switching to white thread for sewing all the rows together, but first things first, I have to lay out all 38 blocks and find the smallest one so I can square all the other 37 blocks to that measurement.  The hubby is excellent for helping me get thru this stage.  I cringe every time I need to square a block up.  It's hard to cut off a sliver here and there to make sure everything is as perfect as possible.

I still think everything has come out very nicely despite the terrible scaling issues with the pattern we've had to overcome.  I'm very pleased with the accuracy of all my seams and am still keeping my fingers crossed that all my obsession with perfect 1/4" seams will pay off overall.

Nailed it!

I will not miss the enormity of the ironing I had to do with this quilt either.  As I was sewing the last blocks together I noticed that I had been simply throwing them into a pile on my ironing board.  

Getting ready to iron
 
Some things you just get so tired of doing, even if it's for the greater good.
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