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To-Do Tuesday 10-4-16 | Quilting the Alpine Quilt

Happy October! I am so excited that Fall is here! We actually don’t experience too much of a “Fall” season here. No trees full of leaves turning gorgeous shades of red, orange and yellow before falling. No crisp autumn air where you can see your breath in the morning. Nope. It’s pretty much just a warm month. But this year we’re about 10 degrees cooler than usual, and so the beginning of October feels more like the end of October and I am taking that wonderful feeling of it’s-cooling-down-now weather and enjoying the heck out of it! How about you? How is the weather where you are?

Stitch ALL The Things | Flying Geese Diamonds quilting

As far as my to-do list goes, I did finish quilting the Flying Geese Diamond quilt and managed to get the binding sewn onto the front only an hour before writing this. I had a lot of trouble quilting this one.

Stitch ALL The Things | Flying Geese Diamond Block

A lot of the quilting problems seemed to come from a combination of things. The different thicknesses on the quilt from the blocks was a big issues. The weight of the quilt was another. The strain of moving the quilt would pull on the needle and that resulted in a lot of thread shredding. It took me all week to get this quilt finished simply because of my frustration with the constant breakage.

Stitch ALL The Things | Juki TL2200 QVP foot

After quilting one half of the quilt, I decided to check and see if I could raise my foot a little higher to accommodate the various fabric thicknesses. This foot needs the space of the thickness of a credit card in between the foot and the quilt sandwich. I was surprised to find that I had an extra 1/16th to lift my foot up and that made all the difference in the world! I still had a couple of shredded thread breakages, but nothing like when I quilted the first half of the quilt.

Stitch ALL The Things | Alpine Fabric Red Stripe Binding

I had to take a picture of this binding. It is absolutely, amazingly, spectacularly, and wonderfully perfect for this quilt! For ANY Christmas themed quilt, actually. I am so in love with this binding that it made all of the quilting struggles melt away.

Stitch ALL The Things | Halloween Town Stitching

In other stitchy news, I completed the Halloween Town cross stitch pattern. I will make this into a throw pillow as soon as I’m done with the Christmas quilt. I also started working on my Wacky Witches in Stitches WIP again. This is going to be really cute when it’s finished!

Stitch ALL The Things | Wacky Witches in Stitches WIP

This week I will be focused on stitching down the binding on the Flying Geese Diamonds quilt. I also have to come up with a name for it. The Mister is leaving this coming Saturday to go to the Oregon house, so I also want to get the Christmas placemats, napkins, and coasters done this week and send those up with him.

What is on your list this week? Do you have any Fall sewing or Holiday sewing in your plans?

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish Binding Flying Geese Diamonds Quilt
  • Make Placemats, Napkins & Coasters
  • Continue working on Wacky Witches WIP

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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


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 9-22-15 | Late Again

I dang near missed To Do Tuesday this week… AGAIN. Thank goodness for quilty blogger friends who check on you when things seem amiss. You know who you are… and I am thankful for you!!

Drool!!!

Drool!!!

I did not finish my grungy windows quilt. The weekend was filled with house cleaning and errands. Cleaning is such a dirty word… but I couldn’t avoid it any longer. I was really torn between sewing and cleaning, but gave in to the more practical and necessary (that’s subjective in my case) chore. Since I have no quilty progress pictures to show this week, I’ll share a picture of the Tula Pink Eden bundle that I received last week. This was a birthday present from the Mister. Love that he knows the fabrics I love. We won’t talk about the pre-order email I received that I forwarded to him along with a “my birthday is coming up” comment.

Fantastic book by Amanda Murphy!

Fantastic book by Amanda Murphy!

I also bought a book from Amazon by Amanda Murphy entitled Free-Motion Quilting Idea Book. It is fantastic! I always look at a blank quilt top and think, “Now what? What do I quilt? All over design? It would be fun to quilt the blocks individually, but…now what??” This book has ideas on how to quilt quite a few different blocks. Like a dresden, a churn dash, wonky star, log cabin, and many others. (I’m currently at dinner and don’t have the book in front of me to give more examples.) The designs are not difficult, and it’s simply a great way to get you inspired to quilt different designs. So happy I purchased this book!!

Ok, this week… I REALLY want to get this Grungy Windows top completed this weekend. Fingers crossed I will succeed!!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish Grungy Windows quilt top
  • Continue with the c25k program. Do the best you can and be satisfied with that!!!

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