WIP Wednesday – Vacation Edition

Yep, I’m on vacation. Or rather, staycation I guess … we had all these great plans to go to the Smokey Mountains and see the sights and then real life intervened, and we decided to stay home instead. So for the most part, this vacation consists of some fall cleaning, some quilting and canning some homemade tomato sauce (not spaghetti sauce, just pure tomatoes).

I mean, check out these beauties we picked up at the farmer’s market yesterday.

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I’ve finished Heather’s quilt (more on that in a later post) and I’m trying to get this Halloween quilt made so we can enjoy it this season.

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After I am done with this one, it’s on to Pam’s quilt, which will actually be a double Irish chain (I swear this time it won’t morph into something different). Once I have Pam’s quilt done, it’s on to my daughter and son-in-law’s wedding quilt. And then … who knows? I have probably 10 quilts at least that are either in some form of UFO-ness, or ready to be started. It’s my mission to get as many of them done as possible in the coming months. I had to tear myself away from buying an adorable piece of fabric on Monday at Sew Contempo in Clear Lake, and now I’m kicking myself for it – I should have just bought it and held on to it until I have time to do something with it. Check it out …

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Isn’t it awesome? I might need to go back and pick up a few yards of it … or at least I want to, then I look at this and decide maybe I should wait a little while.

 

Current Fabric Stash

Current Fabric Stash

 

But if I wait … will it still be there when I go back?? Ahh, the quilter’s dilemma!

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WIP Wednesday

Things are going pretty slow right now, with the wedding and everything, but I have managed to make up all the squares for my Halloween quilt.

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Right now, I’m trimming the tips off the squares that are created when sewing half-square triangles together.

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You’ll notice that I’m pressing the seams open on this quilt, which normally I don’t do. But after reading how Leah Day presses her seams open to prepare for free motion quilting, I thought I’d give it a try.

Also, I’m still rinsing the dye out of the backing for Heather’s quilt, but I’m pretty sure this is the last rinse; by the time you read this, it should hopefully be dry, and ready to sandwich Saturday. I have high hopes because I really am ready to get this quilt done and out the door to its new home. I think the backing is going to be just beautiful; what do you think?

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Things will be quiet …

At least, this week, they will be fairly quiet around here. My daughter is getting married on Friday, and while it’s not a big wedding there will still be a small reception at our house on Friday night. So, between the cooking and cleaning and generally getting ready … don’t expect a lot of activity here on the blog this week.

However, I can give you a brief update on Heather’s quilt. I dyed a backing and hated it. It came out lighter than I wanted it to, and it had a bunch of white spots throughout, so I decided to hang on to it and over-dye it for another project and start fresh on backing for this quilt. Right now, the backing is sitting downstairs in a storage box full of dye water, waiting for me to rinse it out and get it ready for use.

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This one is a sunrise orange color, which I love so far, and I cannot wait to see the final product! I think it’s going to be simply gorgeous. 🙂 Since I’m using this color for the backing, I am seriously considering using something similar for the quilting thread on both front and back. I really cannot wait to get it done!

Also in progress is a Halloween quilt that I’m hoping to have done shortly. It should be really cute, and I have high hopes for it. 🙂

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And finally, I’ve got another commission quilt to be started shortly, for my friend Pam. I just need to go pick out the fabrics to go with what I already have. I am excited about it because I am considering doing a double Irish chain, which is what Heather’s quilt was to be originally, but which I think will really be spectacular with this new quilt.
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I’ll try to set up posts for WIP Wednesday, Throwback Thursday and Photo Friday in the next day or so, so there will be activity here, but I will otherwise be pretty silent. But I’ll be back next week!

 

September is National Sewing Month

And while I don’t particularly need a designated month to set aside time to pursue my favorite hobby, it certainly doesn’t hurt to have a reminder! Taking a glance at various local sewing shops, there are many classes being offered for beginners and vets alike this month. The internet is also a great place to start; just run a search on “sewing for beginners” and you’ll find hundreds of pages devoted to getting you moving down the right path to sewing nirvana. So if you’ve considered learning to sew, maybe this month is YOUR month to get out and find a class, or pick up a book and start learning.

That said, this month my goal is to try to get Heather’s quilt completed and to make a quilt for practicing free motion quilting. Further, I’d really like to get the serger running so I can use it to make myself some clothing. And finally, I’d like to get the Halloween top pieced that I’m working on. Although that may not sound like a lot of projects for an entire month, it seems like quite a bit to me, and I have my fingers crossed I can get through them all! Fortunately, I made excellent progress on Heather’s quilt yesterday so I am fairly confident it’s within my power to finish it this month.

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I have made a pledge to try to sew at least a little bit each day for the remainder of NSM. I think it’s the only way I can get through all my projects in a reasonable amount of time.

For the record, I now know that National Photography Month is May, and I’ve already marked my calendar for that one in 2014. I didn’t know there was a National Photography Month until recently, when I googled it while pondering NSM. Yeah, that’s how I roll. 😉

Ugly Quilt Completed!

OK, I know that some folks don’t think it’s so “ugly” and I can respect that. My husband chose the fabric and pattern for this quilt, as it is his, and overall I think it came out ok. There are things that are wrong with it, but as my Mom has always said, those things will never been seen on a galloping horse (don’t ask, I don’t really know). So, after much anticipation, here is Ugly Quilt in all its finished glory …

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And this is the backside – I dyed the fabric myself. There are still threads to be cut, so it looks sort of odd, but I need to toss it in the washing machine so we can use it tonight. My current bed quilt, made by an old friend of my mother’s when I got married to my first husband 22 years ago, is falling apart, and we need a replacement.

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I have a couple other quilts I need to get finished soon, so it’s unlikely I’ll get to a bed quilt any time soon, so until I do, this quilt, though too small for a king sized bed, will have to suffice. 🙂

Next up is a baby quilt, which I hope to have finished soon, so I can a) get my money back from the household account, as I buy all fabrics for quilts out of my “mad money” account, then reimburse myself when the quilt is a gift and done; and b) move on to a very cute Halloween quilt I’d like to get made before the holiday!

Happy quilting,

Jill