I was sooooooo excited to finish this quilt – the first quilt I’ve actually finished in 2014, I apparently forgot to post it. Wooooooow … This one was ridiculously easy, but for some reason it took me freakin’ forever to do the binding. The entire quilt could easily be done in a single weekend, but I managed to drag it out for more than three months, because that’s how I roll.
Yes, that IS my son holding up the quilt while sitting in bed, because he was too lazy to stand up and hold it up for me. Fortunately, he has ridiculously long arms, so it worked. And I don’t have to apologize for his funny faces he makes while holding quilts as I take photos. LOL
This week, though I’m on vacation, I have yet to spend any real quality time in the studio. However, that should all change today, as my only plans for the day involve sewing, although I suspect that at some point, I will end up leaving the house; isn’t that what always happens? But my focus today isn’t another quilt – it’s t-shirts! I am tired of the baggy, ill-fitting t-shirts that are just not really my style that I keep finding in stores these days. I’m certainly no seamstress, and alterations terrify me, but I am really not impressed with the RTW clothing I’m finding lately. The t-shirt pattern I’ve chosen seems to be a fairly easy one, that has some fitting already. I’m sort of hoping I can get two of these shirts made, if not today, definitely this week.
If this goes well, I may be ordering tons of knit fabric to make some t-shirts. I have lots of ideas, including some embroidery and other embellishments. 🙂
It’s been a crazy month in the studio. First off, I bought a new machine, a Brother DreamCreator VM 5100 which I named George. He’s a beauty. I’m really happy with the stitch quality, and the extra space in the harp is just so great. That makes two machines that I now have with a harp that’s at least 11″ and I doubt that I can ever go back to a “regular” sized machine because they all seem so small.
Secondly, I am still working on the Green Eggs & Ham quilt, and there is progress. The top is completely put together, the quilt is sandwiched and I started the “quilting” late last week. I’m using George to put stars on the quilt, both in the blocks and on the sashing.
I’ve also started another quilt, one that cannot currently be discussed because it’s a gift for someone. I wasn’t really pleased with it at first, but I’ve worked out a better plan for it, so I’ll get that going this evening.
The great thing about having George and Ricco (my Janome 8900) is that I can have George putting stars on the GE&H quilt and I can piece on Ricco. I’m VERY happy with this set up, though Ricco needs to go into the shop for a cleaning. When that happens, I’ll use either the Viking #1+ or one of the other Brother machines I have. See, having multiple machines is a great thing, and progress doesn’t stop when one has to go to the shop!
Because I was at first getting ready to go to London, and now I’m IN London. And since I couldn’t bring a sewing machine and/or fabric to London because I’m on business, there’s been nothing to post because there’s nothing going on in my studio. But I’ve been thinking about future quilts. I think the next one I make will be my future grandson’s quilt. Well, one of his quilts … 😉
Next week, I’ll be back in Houston and back in the studio, so I’ll post when I’ve actually accomplished something.
Continued progress on the practice quilt … hopefully tomorrow I will be able to start determining layout.
I’m also considering new projects (because that’s what I need – NEW projects). I have one quilt I’ve been collecting fabrics for, and I think I’m almost ready to get that one started. And I still need to dig out the UFO’s and see what I have that can be completed.
And finally, I’m beginning to think about Christmas gifts I can make this year – I know it’s early but when you have so many people to make things for, you get an early start. Some of those projects will be “silent running” as some of the potential recipients can see these posts. First I guess I should make a list of people I want to make gifts for this year.
I’ve not been in the studio the last couple of days because I was in a course for work, and by the time I got home last night, it was after 7 pm and I still had some “homework” to do, and then tonight I went to dinner with my husband and son. The course was a real brain drain, but everything should be back to normal tomorrow.
On Wednesday, though, I decided to put aside the Dr Seuss quilt for a little while and start piecing the practice quilt for the Craftsy class Free Motion Fillers vol. 1. I began cutting pieces out for it and realized that I’d already cut one of the fabrics up – and each piece is one inch too small. And I seem to have misplaced some fabrics, so I need to get in there and see if I can find everything so I can do this quilt.
Tomorrow, hopefully, I will be able to get back to the practice quilt piecing and post some photos of my progress by the end of the day.
I made fairly good progress on the Dr Seuss quilt today. I sewed together all of the squares to make up the four rows, then I sewed the rows together to make up the main body of the quilt.
The main body of the top of the Dr Seuss quilt
I’m not really thrilled with this quilt, though Travis’s friends Jayben and JT really seem to like it (Travis expressed no real opinion). There is too much going on here in the quilt, so when I make the Green Eggs and Ham quilt, I will use more solid and/or tone on tone fabrics to even out some of the busy-ness of the fabric. Also, as with all panels, this one wasn’t printed on the square, so some of the sashing is way off the row above it. It’s not a huge deal, I guess, and this section of the quilt is square … but the asymmetry of it bothers me a bit.
Tomorrow, I am planning to attach the borders (there are two, a thin one to frame the center and a larger one that has corner sets in each of the four corners) and start sandwiching it so I can get it quilted and bound. I started this quilt on December 28th, 2013. If I manage to make the progress I’m hoping to make, I will have it finished by next weekend – about 2 weeks from start to finish. I think that might be the fastest quilt I’ve put together in a long time.
Once this quilt is finished, I want to piece the free motion quilting practice quilt for the Craftsy class Free Motion Fillers. And once I have that pieced, I want to start working on some of the UFO’s I have laying around the studio (there are several, but I haven’t counted them; I probably should, to keep track of progress).
I have also set up a Facebook page specifically for my quilting stuff. It can be found here. Not sure what I’ll do with it yet but maybe I’ll figure it out as I go.