Sunday, January 6, 2019

Tool Tote, Tula Pink's Stacks Quilting and a Baby Mystery Quilt

My holiday break is about over and my reading, listening to books (total was 54 this past year) and sewing is coming to an end.  I will be limited again on my time as teaching and getting well sucks it all!
So I spent several days this break sewing with Barb.  We have had plans to make Penny Stergis' Tool Tote for a long time now.  It has pages and pages of directions and so it is nice to have a friend to sew with.  We spent about twenty minutes just trying to decifier which pattern pieces went to which fabric placement.  She calls the outer pockets the lining and so since I did not realize they were on the outside of the bag I went with my lightest color for the lining.  Barb did too.  We were not happy when we realized that ALL of the fabric placement was not what we expected.  I wanted the black to be the main fabric, the purple an accent and the green inside. UGH.  Barb stopped making her bag and is going to recut things to make hers correctly.  Meanwhile we both worked on mine.  All told, this bag took 8 hours on day one and 3 on day two.  Not sure I will make another only other disappointment is that the pockets do not come up far enough on the bag.  We followed her directions and really the pockets should come up three or more inches on each side (they do on the short side) so IF I were to do it again (or if you are thinking of starting one) I would add three inches onto each of those "lining" pieces.  You can always hack off the bottom when you sew the center seam to the outer bag center--adjust at that time so your pockets are where you want them.
I took a zillion pictures as we went.

 Above is the part where the pockets should be longer....and a different color!


I was so excited that I knew how to use the walking foot to quilt better that I came home and figured it out on my machine.  Barb has a Bernina but not the same model as mine.  I have learned a ton from her showing me little things each time I sew there.  I told her she should give classes.  I first sewed my other mini leaf quilt (didn't upload picture this time) and then I went on to Tula Pink Stacks which has been waiting its turn forever! 
It is hard to see, but I quilted a few inches apart all down the quilt.  I plan to repeat that going in the other direction when I get time.
The very first mystery quilt I made was for my nephew Ben a dozen or so years ago.  I messed up some color placement but it turned out okay anyway.  This year on New Year's Eve I wanted to make a mystery quilt.  This was one of my favorite traditions but this year I did not find one I wanted to do.  So I got out the directions for this one and Kathy and I worked on it together.  I only had printed directions--no pictures other than my messed up one to help us.  There was some unsewing to do as I think there was an error in one of the clues--my guess is I followed the picture to get that right last time!  I read it many times, drew out what she was saying and still it did not match in the end this is what we had.  It has robots on it.  Not sure if I will add a border or not, but another baby flimsy ready to go.
Meanwhile, Bonnie revealed the mystery!  Good Fortune blocks are getting completed today.  I have all the stars done already and half a dozen of the four patch blocks. SEW much fun!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Tula Pink's City Sampler Blocks and Plenty of Good Fortune

 I have not have this project out in three years or so!  I got tired of making the blocks and put it away for just a bit...which turned in to far too long.  It is on my American Patchwork UFO list for this year and I realized that if I did not start making the blocks I would never get it done when it got picked!  So I have done a few of these blocks in the past few days while I wait for Bonnie to give us another Good Fortune Clue. My youngest son and his fiance have just about got the date of their wedding nailed down---the weekend after my daughter's wedding in June!  My daughter is okay with that as those of us traveling from Arizona can hopefully arrange to be there for both--at least some of us.
No. 61

No. 62

No. 63

No. 64
No. 65

I had to lay out all the blocks though my floor is not really large enough...ust to see what I have.  I think there are two extra blocks thrown in here that are the same size but not from the book--if I counted right.  I also discovered a dozen or so churn dash blocks that are the same size that I forgot I had.  This quilt it going to be huge when it gets sashing and a 10 x 10 setting. 

I also finished clue 7 of Good Fortune....Kathy is working on hers.  Cannot wait to see the reveal of this one!

Monday, December 31, 2018

American Patchwork and Quilting UFO Challenge 2019

 Last year I made a list of twelve UFO's and managed to sew six to completion and one other one made progress.  Considering how little I sewed (until recently) I am fairly impressed with that!  My blog post on that is here.  This year I thought I would make a blog list with pictures to go along with the paper list from the American Patchwork and Quilting UFO Challenge.
This quilt saw a stall when I was at a loss as to what else to add to it.  I am a pattern follower and just am not sure what to do next.  It may just be done as is, we shall see depending on when it gets picked.
2.  CIRCA 2016
I have a whole bunch of little blocks to make for this quilt.  I just have not had time to get back to it!

This one was the January pick and I pulled out the old stitching and requilted it and got it bound.  DJ originally quilted it and had trouble with the loops.  I am going to send it to my cousin Tara since her Christmas box for Koi hasn't gone out yet.

This was the 35th Ave. BOM the first year we participated.  Kathy got hers done and gifted that same year.  Mine has the black borders on (could not find a picture of that) but the last border did not fit right.  At the time I could not figure out what I had done wrong and gave up on it.  I need to pull it out and see what needs to be fixed and make a backing.  Hopefully an easy UFO and I will be glad to get it in the quilting line.

 Barb gave me these cute little blocks awhile back.  I would like to center them in star blocks and make a baby quilt.

I have made two of these already.  This one needs border fabric (I want to get Packer fabric and need to buy it) and I have another one with the four patches made.  I have no shortage of people who want Packer quilts and I want to do one of these for my Godson Koi and no idea who the other is for at this point, but I know it will find a home.
I got tired of making these blocks a few years ago and so I put them away.  I enjoy making them but have not clear purpose for these so it lost steam.  I should try to do one or two each week so when this gets picked I have a chance to get it done!
I have this top together already.  I had planned on giving it to Barrett (soon to be born to my brother and his fiance) but they already have one I made at their house!  So I will get a backing and tie this one when its number comes up and it will find a home at some point.  Meanwhile, I think Barrett will wind up with the Betty's Choice and Amy blocks that I just got done with--if I can part with it!

This one stalled because the blocks are not all the same size and so I have no idea how to turn it in to anything.  I need to just dig in my other extra blocks and see what I can do with them or just add the to that bin!

I finally have all the blocks done from this long forgotten Rainbow BOM. I was waiting for Bonnie's book to come out to decide if I wanted to complete it the way she did hers.  She added a really pretty sashing between all of her blocks...that seems like a complicated process for me since my quilt it a rainbow of colors.  Not sure that will add anything to it.  I do like how she did her borders where she brings out the star points though.  Just not sure if I should sew the blocks together and attempt the outer border or attempt her sashing and see how it looks. 

Had to do this mini for myself.  It stalled out because I am always afraid of doing the quilting myself.  Barb showed me how to use my walking foot (Kathy got me for Christmas last year) and do a wavy stitch which actually looks pretty decent so I am hoping I can do this one justice!
Ditto for this little Bonnie quilt.  I am kind of excited to do this one with the wavy stitch and get it on the wall!

Good Fortune--Clue Six is Done.

 I had plenty of strings in my drawer to get to sewing for clue six of Good Fortune. 
 They are so fun to sew up!  I used a wide variety of fabrics to keep it interesting.

 Then I cut them into the sizes of the clue.  I had sewn too many of these so I have extras which will find a home in some quilt.  Here are all of my clues so far.
 Kathy did navy blues for her neutrals with a lot of help from me so she is all caught up too!
 On Christmas Day we recovered the ironing board too.  So nice to have it looking good again.  As you can see several of my drawers are OVERFLOWING with scraps from Bonnie's Scrap System...I need to keep on sewing with my scraps!
 I cut a bunch more hexagon trivets for gifts next year and a nice set for me too.  I made one, but need to get some more of the heat safe batting for centers to sew some more.

 Linking up with Quiltville for the Mystery Monday Linky for Clue 6!

Friday, December 28, 2018

In the Quilting Studio!

I am enjoying my vacation.  Still need to rest nonstop, but I can sew here and there and so far that is about all I have done besides read.  Whipped up a few trivets for Kathy's nieces for Christmas.  We have not been exchanging gifts with them, but her brother in law is dying of cancer so all the kids and their kids are in town for what is likely his last Christmas.  We gave him the Patriots quilt I had quilted for Kathy for Christmas.  She is going to keep her En Provence Patriots quilt instead so it is ready to be longarmed.  Kathy gave me this cool sloth mug for Christmas and I am working on book 53 for this year.  Not nearly enough reading this year for me, but more than the average ready anyway.

 I finished putting the binding on Kathy's On Ringo Lake.  This one will soon be gifted to Sam and Ashley on their wedding next March.  Baby boy Barrett due this March so wedding was delayed a year!

 Ros did a great job quilting it.  I was going to link to it on her blog, but I cannot find the post on it. 
 Since I (and Kathy!) are all caught up on the clue, I sewed, ripped paper, ironed and organized a ton of HST's and other random blocks we had so they might be more usable.
 I dug out this long ago given to me "Buttermilk" UFO.  Someone else made the cute little nine patches and I put them together in this little quilt.
 I really want to do a New Year's Eve or New Year's Day mystery, but so far none have caught my eye.  I may just work on UFO's or something instead.  Kathy has to work.  I am planning on joining in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge again this year on SuperScrappy's blog.  I was trying to decide between these two patterns but think I have opted for the easier one so I am able to actually get it done each month. 
Bonnie has posted clue six for Good Fortune, so now it is time to get to it!