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To-Do Tuesday 9-20-16 | Working on the Flying Geese Diamond Quilt

Happy Tuesday! How are you all coming along with your to-do lists? I am so happy to say that I think my Sewjo is back in full force! We have had a very busy week over here (including an ecstatic newly licensed 16 year old driver in the house), and I still managed to get all of the blocks made for the Flying Geese Diamond Quilt I am sewing up with the Alpine fabric I’ve been itching to play with.

Flying Geese Diamond Quilt blocks

Well… All of the blocks are made, but as you can see I goofed. There were two white tone-on-tone prints in the line and I didn’t want to use those prints with the white background. So I did some Christine Quilty Math and came up with needing two extra red blocks to complete the quilt. Ah… Yeah. But, no. My Christine Quilty Math lived up to its reputation of always being wrong. I ordered extra yardage to make placemats with, and I believe I’ll have enough of the grey with red ornaments print to make two grey blocks. Thank goodness. I am going to take two of the extra red blocks, and the two 10″ white tone-on-tone prints and make a pillow cover with them. Also, I just threw these blocks up onto the “design wall” pretty quickly, and I can see there is some rearranging that needs to be done. But yay for getting all (mostly) of the blocks done!

Flying Geese Diamond Block Seam

I did want to make some comments about this block. I really love how it looks, but i would not recommend using 10″ precuts for it. They are not always cut square, or even at a full 10″. The pinking on the edges is about an 1/8″ deep, and that can really make it difficult to have full seam allowances when your block is already a tiny bit short, as you can see in the picture above. This block also has 6 layers of fabric at the center seam allowance. It makes it a bit thick, but I had no problem sewing it. I think it will be fine to quilt over as well, but I did press all of those seams open because of the bulk.

This week I will finish up the block layout, add two borders (I hate borders, but this quilt needs them), sew the backing yardage together and baste the quilt.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Make two grey blocks
  • Decide on layout and assemble quilt top
  • Sew backing
  • Baste quilt
What’s on your To-Do List this week?

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Finished Friday | Churning Diamonds

If you’ve followed my blog the last couple of months you may know that I have been working on a Churn Dash quilt. And I finally have a finish! I am celebrating over here this week!!

Last summer I picked up a Feed Company by Sweetwater layer cake at quilt shop in Colorado Springs. I didn’t have any plans for it, but I loved the Church Cookbook recipes print in the fabric line. Earlier this year we purchased a house in Oregon and I started rummaging through my stash trying to find the perfect fabrics to make a quilt for the house. I noticed the layer cake and knew instantly that it would become a Churn Dash quilt for the house. It had the farm house feel I wanted to decorate the house with. The decor didn’t turn out quite the way I envisioned, but this quilt will still be perfect!

Stitch ALL The Things | Churning Diamonds Quilt

I did struggle trying to finish this quilt. I was following THIS Churn Dash tutorial by Missouri Star Quilt Company. I loved how snowballing the corners of the block added diamonds to the quilt. I chose a red print from the line, but the print was just too subtle of a red. It didn’t give the quilt the pop I was expecting. And that’s when I started to lose my love of the quilt. It really took my Sewjo away. With the suggestion of a reader here, I decided a darker binding would help create a frame for the quilt and, in the end, I loved the way it turned out. I really had to force myself to get this one done, thus the “Churning Diamonds” title. The name incorporates the Churn Dash block, the diamonds created by the snowballed corners, and exactly how I felt trying to finish this quilt.

Stitch ALL The Things | Feed Company by Sweetwater Quilt Backing

I chose the Church Cookbook print for the backing. I wanted only that print for the backing, but didn’t order quite enough yardage (as usual). I added the aqua plaid print because that happens to be my second favorite print in the line. I agonized overhow to quilt this for a while, and ultimately settled on an all-over swirl flower with a ribbon swirl and a leaf motif.

Stitch ALL The Things | Churn Dash Quilting Motif

The border is a simple ribbon swirl. The quilting took longer than I expected because I was constantly stopping to check the direction I needed to go for the next flower. Despite that, I felt really comfortable quilting this, and didn’t worry so much about any mistakes I’ve made. I feel like my free-motion quilting is improving with each quilt. Knowing I was keeping the quilt for myself really took a lot of pressure off to try and make it “perfect”. Like that’s a real thing in quilting. Ha! I should note that I normally use Aurifil 40 weight for quilting. However, last summer I also bought a cone of Superior Omni 40 weight thread and decided to try and use that up. I didn’t realize it was a poly-wrapped poly thread until after I quilted it (so much for my paying attention to labels). It quilted fine, but I’ll see how it works out on my quilt once it comes out of the dryer.

Stitch ALL The Things | Quilt Border

I am glad this is done, and that I’ve fallen in love with it again. It will be heading to its home in three weeks! Now, for those who like details…

“Churning Diamonds”

Finished size
76″ x 88″
Pattern
Churn Dash Quilt
Fabric
Feed Company by Sweetwater Layer Cake, Kona Snow Layer Cake (Top)
Feed Company by Sweetwater Butter Churn print in Red (Border)
Feed Company by Sweetwater Church Cookbook and Aqua Plaid prints (Backing)
Feed Company by Sweetwater Bandana in Navy print (Binding)
Batting
Warm & Natural
Thread
Pieced with Aurifil 50 wt 2309
Quilted with Superior Omni 40 Wt 3002
Binding stitched with Aurifil 40 wt. 2000
Quilting
Free-motion all over Swirl Flower
Finished
September 14, 2016

Linking up with:
TGIFF hosted by Adrienne of chezzetcook
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop hosted by Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finish It Up Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts
Finished {or Not} Friday hosted by Busy Hands Quilts

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts


Finished Friday | Stepping Into Tranquility

Two weeks ago I posted my first of two quilt finishes for the Stepping Stones Quilt Along that Jennifer Fulton, The Inquiring Quilter, hosted. This week is all about my second quilt finish from that quilt along.

Batik Stepping Stones Front

The previous quilt was for one of my best friends, Ana. This quilt is for her mom, Cristal. In the last post I talked about how I met Ana and how we worked together. I really got to know Cristal well when I agreed to work with her and Ana at a local dermatology office. Working with those two women was an amazing experience, and I am so grateful they asked me to be a part of their team.

Batik Stepping Stones Back

Working with Cristal and Ana was frosting on the cake compared to having them become a big part of my life. Cristal is one of the hardest working people I have ever met, and she is always striving to learn more, do more, and help others do their best as well. She is, hands down, the best manager I have ever worked for. She is a woman with a huge heart and a generous spirit and not only do I consider her a friend, I see her as my family. Whether she knows it or not, she’s stuck with me for life!

Batik Stepping Stones Close Up

I chose to make her quilt from Timeless Treasures Tonga Batiks in Romance. I thought the colors were a good match to the decor in one of her rooms and they just felt like Cristal when I saw them. I was nervous using batiks, having heard that they are sometimes difficult to sew with. I made sure to use a smaller needle than usual and used Aurifil 50 wt thread and had no problems at all piecing the quilt.

Batik Stepping Stones

I did have a bit more struggle with the quilting as my thread broke several times. I think it’s because I used 50 wt thread instead of 40 wt and my Juki TL-2200 QVP-S sit-down quilting machine loves the 40 wt. Still, only three or four thread breaks? That’s awesome compared to how many I used to get using my Brother PQ1500-S for the quilting! The only other trouble I had was hand stitching the binding down with a different thread brand. I usually use Aurifil for all my quilting, but had some left over Superior King Tut 40 wt variegated thread that matched the binding fabric better than any Aurifil I had on hand. This thread would not pull smoothly through the binding fabric at all, and it constantly tangled on me. I had to cut shorter lengths of it as it would start to shred if I sewed with the same length of thread for too long. It was a good thread for quilting when I used it before, but horrible for me when using it for hand stitching. I’ll be sticking with my favorite Aurifil from now on!

Batik Stepping Stones Label

I designed the label and had it printed by Spoonflower on an 8″ sample square. I really like doing this, as I can make sure my labels won’t wash out after a while. I pieced it into the back so that it becomes a part of the quilt and is quilted over as well. The name for the quilt usually pops into my head while I start working with the fabrics. These fabrics remind me of a tranquil place, and since the pattern name is Stepping Stones, “Stepping Into Tranquility” just seemed to fit perfectly.

Cristal, you are part of the family I got to choose for myself. I love you and I am so grateful to have you in my life. Thank you for all of the encouragement and love you give to me. I am blessed!

And for those who like quilt stats:

“Stepping Into Tranquility”

Finished size
69″ x 80.5″
Pattern
Stepping Stones by Jennifer Fulton
Fabric
Timeless Treasures Tonga Batik precuts in Romance (Top)
Timeless Treasures Tonga Batik Reeds print from Romance (Backing)
Timeless Treasures Tonga Batik Stained Glass print from Romance(Binding)
Batting
Warm & Natural
Thread
Pieced with Aurifil 50 wt 2370
Quilted with Aurifil 50 wt 2325
Binding stitched with Superior King Tut 40 wt 927
Quilting
Free-motion all over swirls
Finished
May 17, 2016

Linking up with:
TGIFF hosted by Iris of Crazydutchbirdquilts
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop hosted by Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finish It Up Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts


To-Do Tuesday 5-10-16 | Wrapping Things Up

I am finally approaching the light at the end of the tunnel with my projects.

Pink Stepping Stones Quilt

Pink Stepping Stones Quilt

I finished the Pink Stepping Stones quilt on Thursday night. Just in time to take pictures on Friday morning and give it to my friend as a present on Friday evening. Whew! I’ll write all about it in a Finished Friday post later this week.

Time to bind!

Time to bind!

I also quilted the Batik Stepping Stones quilt and sewed the binding to the front. I will be hand stitching the binding down to the back during the evenings this week and will hope to have that finished and off to it’s recipient sometime next week.

Quilting Supplies

Last week I said I would talk a little about why I was feverishly trying to get all of these projects done. This is the time of year where Mister and I prep for our summer. We’ve arranged for house sitters (Special thanks to my friends for helping out this year; You know who you are!!), and now we are spending the next couple of weeks scrubbing down the house and packing up the motorhome. We have an extra-exciting summer planned as we are in the middle of purchasing the most adorable little house in the Pacific Northwest. I have hardly been able to contain my excitement over this! Everything is going smoothly so far, and I’ve been making lots of decorating plans the past month. I have fabrics picked out for two quilts that I’d like to get done while I’m up there to help make it a bit more homey. I’m going for a farmhouse theme à la Chip & Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper and Magnolia Market, so I plan on making a quilt out of my Feed Company by Sweetwater fabric. I think it will be perfect!

I will continue on with To-Do Tuesday over the summer, although my posts won’t always be sewing related. I do have a question for you though… Would those of you who have linked up a couple of times or more be interested in hosting a To-Do Tuesday? I thought it might be helpful to me during some of our travel times when I don’t have much internet access and fun for some of you to take a turn hosting. It won’t be hard at all. I will provide you with the linky code to insert into your post, and I will be sure to have a corresponding post directing people to your blog to link up. You won’t have to post the rules, because they’ll already be posted here. All I ask is that you post the To-Do Tuesday image with a link back to my blog. That’s it! If anyone is interested in hosting, please email me directly at christine@stitchallthethings.com and let me know if you’d only like to host once, or if you might like hosting twice.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish Binding on Batik Quilt
  • Write Finished Friday Post

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up using the InLinkz linky below.

Rules:

  1. Link up to this To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky below. Don’t forget: you can link up Instagram photos! The link up is open all week, and you can link any post for the week even if it’s written on the prior Sunday or Monday. It simply needs to be related to setting, working on, and/or completing your weekly goal(s).
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  3. Include a link back to my blog. Feel free to grab the blog button from the sidebar to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday.
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