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To-Do Tuesday 7-11-17 | A Sleepy Hollow Finish

Hello friends, and happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a wonderful Independence Day and were able to check an item or two off of your lists.

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow

This past week was a whirlwind for the Mister and I. We spent most days trying to hunt down furniture for the bedroom, with not too much luck. The evenings were spent working hard on Sleepy Hollow to get that finished. I completed it Sunday evening! I have to admit to actually getting a bit teary eyed over it. I loved stitching it, but it was a little sad putting the final stitches in it and knowing it was done.

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow Headless Horseman

This project introduced me to stitching with silk (the moon is stitched with Caron Waterlilies in Lemon n Lime), metallics (Kreinik), and beading. I was a bit nervous about using the metallics and doing the beading, but quickly got the hang of it. One minor change I made was to switch the stallion’s eye from DMC 304 to red Kreinik. It gave it a great fiery sparkle. I also loved how the Kreinik sparkles on on the stirrup, the saddle, and the bottom of the cape. That stuff is fantastic!

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow Beading and Metallics

The border around the scene felt like it took as long to stitch as the scene itself. Eash completed skull, bat, or jack-o-lantern felt like a mini-finish though, so it didn’t feel too tedious. I will note that there is a whole lot of back stitching in this pattern, so if you don’t like backstitching, this is not the chart for you! The chart labels it as a “generous amount of backstitching”. Um… yeah. Most definitely.

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow Signature

I finished the chart with my signature in the bottom right corner of the scene. It’s a long signature, but I think it’s extremely important to sign and date your work for future generations. So long as those future generations do not donate that hard work to Goodwill.

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow Hoop Butt

I’m also incredibly proud of the back of the work, also known as the “hoop butt” or “hoop booty”. I made a real effort to keep it as neat as possible. I knew that I would be sending this piece to Jill Rensel for framing, and I wanted to make sure thread tails wouldn’t pop and that there were no threads run across the back that would show through to the front after being stretched and framed. I will post a picture when I get this back. It should be around 12 weeks or so.

This was a super fun stitch. I loved everything about it! For those who like stats:

Chart: Sleepy Hollow by Glendon Place
Fabric: 17″ x 26″ 28 count Lugana in Haunted by Picture This Plus
Finished Stitched Size: 12″ x 17.5″
Stitched: 2 strands over 2 threads
Flosses: Called for DMC and Caron Waterlilies in Lemon n Lime
Started: January 16, 2017
Finished: July 9, 2017
Total Stitching Days: 69

This week’s To-Do list:

  • New cross stitch start – Ghoul Tidings by Plum Street Samplers
  • Continue working on master bedroom

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Friday Finish | Grungy Windows Quilt

My first Friday Finish post for 2016. And January is not even over yet! I am so excited!

The quilt looks wonky in the pictures because of the wind, and the quilt was too long for my fence. Would have been nice had I thought to just drape it over the fence rather than use those dang hangers.

Grungy Windows, Twin Size

Grungy Windows, Twin Size

I started the Grungy Windows quilt in the summer of 2015. This was a pattern tutorial I created to use up charm pack and jelly roll precuts. You can find the tutorial HERE. I only had enough time to piece the quilt and write the tutorial over summer vacation. I recently had time to finish sewing the backing and baste, quilt, and bind it for a quilt finish. This quilt has been a blast to make from beginning to end!

The quilting really pops on my improv backing!

The quilting really pops on my improv backing!

I was a little torn on how to quilt this quilt. It took me a couple of months before I realized that I should look at this quilt as an opportunity to practice my free-motion quilting skills. The quilt was going to stay with me (I ended up giving it to my daughter), so I freed myself from any stress of not making it “perfect”. My mental record player kept telling me that if I had thread breaks, I was going to rethread and move on. If there were wobbles, then no unpicking… move on. If I quilted myself into a corner (and boy did I ever… a bazillion times), then find another way out, even if it wasn’t perfect, and move on. And I actually listened to myself and did just that!

Free Motion Quilting bookspiration

Free Motion Quilting bookspiration

I chose to quilt a different motif/quilting pattern in each block. I had 6 blocks in each row, and I had 8 rows. Which equaled 48 different motifs. I did fairly well for half of the quilt, but then quickly ran out of my standard ideas. I grabbed all of my quilting books and whenever I ran out of quilting ideas (often), I’d open them up and look for some inspiration. After coming up with a different motif, I used my huge free-motion quilting journal to practice drawing before quilting. I scribbled over at least 25 pages. I struggled coming up with a plan for the last few blocks, but I was able to have a different pattern in each block. Some were the same motif done in a varied way, but I still counted them as a unique blocks.

My quilting chicken scratch notebook

My quilting chicken scratch notebook

My free-motion quilting machine is a Juki TL 2200 QVP-S (her name is Josie!), which is a long arm head set into a sit-down table. I wound 5 size M bobbins for my Juki, with 40 wt Aurifil in 2021. Those bobbins are huge, and I wound them three times while quilting this quilt! I started with a fresh cone of Aurifil, and I still ended up with some left over. I gotta tell you, Josie the Juki LOVES Aurifil.

Love my Aurifil!

Love my Aurifil!

So not only did I have the fantastic experience of free-motion quilting in a humongous harp space, I also had very few thread breaks, and not much lint to clean up between bobbin changes. I should admit that the thread breaks came from my over exuberance during free motion quilting. Specifically, when I would be going one direction and quite abruptly, and forcefully, switch direction. Yeah, it was bad jerky movements and inexperience that led to the breakage. I really need to work on coordinating machine speed with moving the quilt around. I also had a difficult time remembering to slow down when coming to a point or a turn in my quilting. So I have some thread blobs on the back due to my not slowing down and quilting in the same spot for too long. Definitely need more practice in that area.

Top left of quilt

Top left of quilt

Ok, now on to all the quilt patterns! My favorite patterns on the top left of the quilt are the puzzle block, the swirly flourish block, the triangular petal flower block, and the hearts block.

Top right of quilt

Top right of quilt

My favorite on the top right are the two on the top; the leaf block and the daisy block. I also enjoyed making the clamshell block.

Middle left of quilt

Middle left of quilt

In the middle left of the quilt my favorite two blocks were the holly leaf block (I actually had that idea on my own! Although I’m sure it’s not new, but it felt new to me), and the swirl & leaf block. They are the very top- and middle-left blocks on the edge of the quilt.

Middle right of quilt

Middle right of quilt

I like almost every block on the middle right of the quilt. The flame looking feather in a center block, the clam feather, the swirl feather, the hook swirl, and my very favorite was the orange peel block. That one was a real challenge to free-motion quilt, but I was so happy that I was able to do a half-decent job with that one!

Lower left of quilt

Lower left of quilt

The bottom two pictures of the quilt were taken in different lighting, so they will look different than the other pictures. My favorite block on the bottom left is the swirl flower. That one was a lot of fun to quilt, and it makes it look so fancy!

Lower right of quilt

Lower right of quilt

I liked making every single block on the bottom right. The echo triangle was challenging trying to get the middle to look right when echoing back out. I liked the vine leaf, I think that is a great border pattern. The triple loop/flower-ish looking pattern was an easy and fun block to make too. All in all, I had a fantastic time quilting and trying out new patterns!

Grungy Windows Label

This quilt was the first opportunity for me to use the Spoonflower quilt labels I designed and ordered last year. I like that it matches the backing!

Callie snuggled under her quilt

Callie snuggled under her quilt

And after a morning of trying to take decent pictures, fighting the wind, the glare, the quilt dragging the ground and attracting all the teeny tiny fallen flower petals from a nearby bush, I finally washed, dried it and gave the quilt to my daughter who promptly snuggled under it with a book. And THAT RIGHT THERE is why I quilt!

Quilt Stats:

Finished size
63″ x 84″
Pattern
10.5″ block; Disappearing 9-patch with solid border
Fabric
Moda Grunge charm packs and Kona Snow jelly rolls (Top)
Various Kona Cotton solids and left over quilt blocks (Backing)
Oasis print from Amy Butler’s Hapi (Binding)
Batting
Warm & White
Thread
Pieced with Aurifil 50 wt 2605
Quilted with Aurifil 40 wt 2021
Binding stitched with Aurifil 40 wt 4654
Quilting
Various free-motion quilting designs
Finished
January 24, 2016

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To-Do Tuesday 6-30-15 | Quilty Progress

Happy Tuesday!! How has your week been? Your weather? It’s been H.O.T. around here. Normally we keep the a/c set at 79 degrees at home in Arizona. Here? That baby is set at 76 degrees! All that tells you is that I’m a total wimp when it comes to humidity. There really is something to the saying “It’ a dry heat”.

Grungy Windows block

Grungy Windows block

I did have a flimsy finish with my Grungy Windows top. I don’t have a picture of it yet, but should get one later this week. This was such a great quilt to make that I’m going to write up a quick tutorial for it. Not like any of you experienced quilters would need a tutorial, but if I were a newbie quilter I think this might be a quilt I’d like to know how to make… and with precuts!

Checking Color Values

Checking Color Values

These Grunge fabrics all look so saturated I needed to use the black & white setting on my camera to check color values. I ended up moving a couple of the blocks around. This is an area where I am very weak as a quilter and need to work at improving my skills.

December Aurifil Designer BOM pattern

December Aurifil Designer of the Month block

I was supposed to start working on my Paradiso quilt, but changed my mind and worked on a WIP instead. In January of 2013 I joined the 2013 Aurifil Designer of the Month BOM series and made all of the blocks except for the December block. Yeah. I made 11 of the 12 blocks and then stopped. Because I am a quilter and what else would I do but start, and finish, a bunch of other quilts before completing one that was most of the way done? I finished the last block on Sunday and will be putting them together into a top this week.

They're screaming, "Make us into a quilt for crying out loud!!"

They’re screaming, “Make us into a quilt for crying out loud!!”

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Assemble 2013 Aurifil Designer of the Month blocks into a top.
  • Start Paradiso square in a square quilt.

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The Spiderman Quilt | Radioactive Consequences

"Radioactive Consequences"

“Radioactive Consequences”

I am so excited to have finally finished the Spiderman themed quilt I’ve been working on and share it here!

My nephew, who just turned 14 years old, loves Spiderman.  I have been making all of my nieces and nephews quilts this year for their birthday, and while I know he loves Spiderman I didn’t want his quilt to be made out of novelty fabrics.  I would imagine he may outgrow Spiderman soon, and I can’t imagine him at 30, married, and his wife’s pleasure (or rather displeasure) at him dragging out the “Spidey” quilt.  I’m sure it would end up at the back of a closet somewhere.  Or at Goodwill (God forbid!).

Sarah, of Georgia Girl Quilts, mentioned the Urban Churndash sew along by Piece N Quilt a while back, and when I saw the block I knew I had found the right pattern for a Spiderman-themed quilt.  I didn’t follow with the sew-along though, as I made this quilt after it was finished. I decided to make a quilt out of Spiderman colors, and tie the theme together with spider web quilting.  I found the perfect fabrics in Timeless Treasure’s Sketch fabrics in Charcoal, Sapphire, and Ruby.

I did adjust the pattern, because it called for 24″ blocks, plus 2″ sashing in between the blocks.  I did not want a quilt that large, so I nixed the sashing and resized the blocks to 21″.

A spiderweb quilted in each block

A spiderweb quilted in each block

My quilting plan was to free-motion quilte a spiderweb in each block. Then I had the idea of putting the spiderman logo in the center block.  I had a small-ish hiccup there, but all turned out well, I think. I used my favorite thread for quilting: Aurifil 40 wt. I chose to go with black, #2692, and it gave the quilting exactly the look I wanted.

Center Block with the Spiderman Logo

Center Block with the Spiderman Logo

When choosing the backing I had what I felt was a pretty brilliant moment of inspiration (they’re very rare, so I feel like I can brag a bit about this one).  I realized that the back of the quilt could represent the other side of Spiderman… Peter Parker.  So I went looking for camera fabric.  When I came across That’s Hollywood by Maria Kalinowski for Kanvas I knew it was exactly the fabric I needed for this quilt.  I used the leftover trimmed off corners from the Flying Geese that made up a part of the quilt blocks to add some interest to the back of the quilt.  I also printed a label for the back, and you can read about that fiasco challenge HERE.

Radioactive Consequences Back

Radioactive Consequences Back

I also had another moment of inspiration coming up with the name of this quilt.  I wanted it to tie in with the Spiderman theme, but not have “Spiderman” in the title.  “Radioactive Consequences” sprang to mind and that was that… The quilt had its name.

One issue of note with this quilt (other than those previously mentioned) is that I used a different batting.  Normally I use Warm & Natural, but I purchased some Quilter’s Dream Batting to try out and used it with this quilt.  This batting bearded all over the quilt.  I was constantly using my lint roller while quilting it, after quilting it, and after washing and drying it: twice.  I noticed when I was wrapping it up yesterday that I was still finding little batting lint all over the place. I don’t know if it’s because the fabric was dark, but I have not had this problem with Warm & Natural so I will continue using what works for me.

The whole idea of this quilt, and the little inspirational moments I had that brought it up another level (in my mind, anyway), has made it my favorite quilt so far.  Normally, I am an uncreative quilter who just follows patterns really well.  And, while I did follow a pattern, I was able to make some changes and then add different elements to the quilt that made me feel more creative than I have in quite some time.

The quilt is packaged and ready to mail, so I will be excited to hear of my nephew’s reaction when he receives it.

Quilt Details:

Finished size: 63″ x 63″
Pattern: Urban Churndash by Piece N Quilt
Fabric: Top: Timeless Treasures Sketch in Charcoal, Ruby, and Sapphire. Backing: That’s Hollywood by Maria Kalinowski for Kanvas. Binding: Sketch in Ruby
Batting: Quilter’s Dream in Natural Select Dream 100% Cotton
Thread: Aurifil; pieced with 50 wt 2692, quilted with 40 wt 2692,
binding stitched with 50 wt 1103.
Quilting: Spiderweb design
Finished: March 17, 2015

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