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The Iron Man Quilt | Genius in Fe

My last post for 2015 is a quilt that I finished earlier this year in May. I completely forgot to blog about it! This is a quilt I made for my nephew’s birthday in mid-June. I had it finished by the end of May and mailed it to my sister before we left for our summer trip. I should have written about it then, but we were so busy getting ready to go that it just got put off and then forgotten.

Iron Man Quilt Front

Iron Man Quilt Front

My nephew loves Iron Man. I’m not sure if he still does, but I tried to make a quilt that wouldn’t scream “I AM IRON MAN” when he grows (grew?) out of it. I used Quilter’s Linen in Crimson, Ochre and Sky for the top and Metallic Crimson for the binding. I chose the Crimson and Ochre as they are obviously Iron Man colors, and the Sky represents the Arc Reactor in Iron Man’s chest.

McCalls Quilting Folktale Circle Ireland Quilt Block

McCalls Quilting Folktale Circle Ireland Quilt Block

The quilt block is adapted from the Folktale Circle Ireland Quilt Block found on McCalls Quilting. Sarah, of Georgia Girl Quilts, found this block for me earlier this year when she knew I was looking for some Iron Man quilt-spiration. I loved it right away, but wanted to make the blocks bigger. So I resized them from 12″ x 12″ to 21″ x 21″.

Iron Man Quilting

Iron Man Quilting

This is the first quilt I quilted on my Juki Sit-Down QVP-S quilting machine. I did a geometric all-over design in the background of the blocks.

Corners of the Blocks

Corners of the Blocks

The corners of each block were echo quilting. The center of the block was quilted to represent the Marc IV Arc Reactor design.

Iron Man's Mark IV Arc Reactor

Iron Man’s Mark IV Arc Reactor

Mark IV Arc Reactor

I have to admit, the backing is my favorite part of this quilt. As with the Spiderman Quilt (Radioactive Consequences) I tried to make the backing represent the alter ego of Iron Man, Tony Stark. In this case I found Science Fair Formulas by Rani Child for Robert Kaufman. It seemed perfect for a “Genius Billionaire”.

Backing of Fabric

Back of quilt

The fabric inspired the name of the quilt. I had a really difficult time trying to choose something other than “Iron Man”. After getting the backing fabric, and playing with it for a bit, the title “Genius in Fe” popped in my head and I knew that was going to be the name. My nephew is smart as a whip, so I figured he would immediately understand I used the scientific name of Iron (Fe) from the periodic table. I designed a label for the quilt and had it printed by Spoonflower. I did not want to have another fiasco to deal with like I did with the Radioactive Consequences label. What a stressful disaster that was! Learned my lesson there!

Quilt label

Quilt label

And with one hour and forty-two minutes until 2016 arrives I am caught up with all of my sewing posts for 2015! Whew!

For those who like stats:

Finished size
63″ x 63″
Pattern
Folktale Circle Ireland Quilt Block Pattern
Fabric
Quilter’s Linen by Robert Kaufman in Crimson, Ochre, Sky (Top)
Science Fair Formulas by Rani Child for Robert Kaufman (Backing)
Metallic Crimson (Binding)
Batting
Warm & Natural
Thread
Pieced with Aurifil 50 wt 2130
Quilted with Aurifil 40 wt 2250, 2600, & 5001
Binding stitched with Aurifil 40 wt 2250
Quilting
Free-motion geometric all-over design and echo quilting
Finished
May 21, 2015


To-Do Tuesday 1-27-15 | Finish one quilt; Start another

The second Moxie quilt has been finished and mailed to my niece. Woo hoo! I hope she will love it.

Timeless Treasures Sketch fabric

Timeless Treasures Sketch fabric

I started my nephew’s quilt today, right after mailing my niece’s quilt. His birthday is the middle of March, so I’m not wasting any time getting his started. He loves Spiderman, so I decided to go with Red, Sapphire, and Charcoal in Timeless Treasures Sketch fabric. I saw Piece N Quilt’s Urban Churn Dash Sewalong and her Urban Churn Dash block reminded me of a spiderweb. Her block is 24″ finished size, but I didn’t want the quilt I was working on to be as big as her finished quilt. So I recalculated the pieces to make a 21″ finished block.

Urban Churn Dash Block. Corners are on wrong and need to be flipped.

Urban Churn Dash Block. Corners are on wrong and need to be flipped.

I starched and pressed all the fabric today and cut out enough pieces to make one block. I wanted to test my measurements to be sure I didn’t miscalculate anything. I ended up putting the corner blocks on wrong (the red should be facing into the block, rather than to the outside). I will fix that on my next day off and continue cutting out all the pieces needed to complete the quilt top. Currently my starching and pressing is transferring some red to the ironing board, so before I continue cutting I will prewash all of my fabric. That’s not something I normally do, as I haven’t had any problems with bleeding in the past (and I thank my Color Catchers for that). However, I won’t be ignoring this big red flag, despite my desire to get this quilt done ASAP. I have a strong feeling it will bite me in the butt if I do.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Write Moxie 2 Quilt post
  • Pre wash Sketch fabrics for Urban Churn Dash/Spiderman quilt Done 2/1
  • Cut all pieces for Urban Churn Dash Quilt. Start sewing blocks Done 2/1

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To-Do Tuesday 1-19-15 |Back in Business

Quilting Brother PQ1500S

Ellie is all better!

My Precious is feeling much better after getting her new thread take up/check spring installed. I was very fortunate in that Mister put the tension knob assembly back together exactly as it was before. Which means that I had no tension adjustments to make! My settings are all the same as before, and what a relief that is! I immediately got back to quilting my niece’s Moxie quilt this week.

I have another 4 hours or so of quilting, and then it only needs to be bound. I was hoping to have it to my sister by Saturday, but I’m thinking that was an incredibly optimistic time frame. More like middle of next week.

This week’s to-do list is still simple. Get the quilt finished and in the mail! Next week I will be continuing to work on The F Word blocks along with Georgia Girl Quilts. Definitely looking forward to working on those blocks again!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish and mail Moxie quilt to niece. Done 1/26
  • Continue South Beach: Phase 2

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To-Do Tuesday | 2014 Wrap up | 2015 Sewing Plans

I didn’t mean to stop doing To-Do Tuesdays, much less go almost an entire month without blogging, but the holiday craziness and the new job just got the best of me.

My 2014 was fairly productive. Not as many quilts made as I had planned, but I did do a variety of projects.

Quilts:


The Vintage Quilt Revival top has only been pieced, not quilted yet. The MQG Southwest Individual Charity Quilt top blocks were created by members of our bee, I only sewed the blocks together into a quilt top.

Other Projects:


As I was going through my pictures I realized why I didn’t finish as many quilts as I intended. I was busy sewing other things! I made a set of Leaf hot pads, 10 Sew Together Bags (2 not shown), 6 boxy pouches (1 not shown), 2 purses, a stitched anniversary present for Mister, and a napkin and placemat set. In retrospect, I’m rather happy with my 2014 stitching!

My plans for 2015 are fairly simple. Absolutely no Block-Of-The-Months or Quilt-Alongs no matter how tempting they are to join. I have two BOM’s for 2014 that I still need to finish. I also have 4 quilts I must make; two for my nephews and two for my own children. Yep, it’s true that two of my three kids do not have quilts yet. I must rectify that this year!

I also participated in the Modern InstaBee 2014 last year, and I need to put together my blocks and make that into a quilt. I’d like to get my Vintage Quilt Revival quilted this year too.

I will be continuing to work on my F Word Quilt blocks along with Sarah of Georgia Girl Quilts. As I have time I want to finish my 2014 Sugar Block Club quilt and my 2014 Skill Builder quilt.

My other plan for this year is to join up with Leasa over at Project: Leasa for #SewMyStash2015. I have several fabric collections that I haven’t cut into yet (Hello Indelible!!) and I’d like to make something with them before I become a fabric collector.

That covers my 2014 wrap-up as well as my plans for 2015. As far as To-Do Tuesday goes, I’m currently working on my second Moxie quilt. The top was finished two days ago and I just finished piecing the back today. I work Tuesday through THursday this week, which means no sewing for me until Friday. Then I’ll have five days to get the quilt basted, quilted, bound and washed. I must ship this by the 13th so it will get to my niece in time for her birthday. So that is going to be my sole focus this week!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish Moxie Quilt
  • Write To-Do Tuesday post ahead of time
  • Start South Beach Diet and stick with it! Get Healthy!!

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