Staying true to my goals for January (easy to do when just starting out), I completed three Jacob’s Ladder blocks yesterday.
Only 42 more to go for the month. I have decided that 100 blocks per quilt will be too many (see previous post). It would make it 120″ x 120″. That is a very large quilt. The suggested size quilt for a king-size bed is 108″ x 95″. That would be 9 x 8 blocks which is only 72 blocks. That will also accommodate the king-size bats much better and the wide backings. So the demand just went down. I guarantee ya that I’m not a bit upset about that. LOL
This morning I made the four tiny Log Cabin blocks and sewed them together to form a single block which measures 5″ unfinished. Yep, each tiny Log Cabin block finishes at 2 1/4″. There is a center and 12 logs in each one. I guess you could say I’m a glutton for punishment, but I’ve always enjoyed working with tiny things. After all, I did teach myself to sew on Barbie doll clothes at age 13. Yikes! Here is a picture of it bigger than life.
I’ve already pulled the fabric for the next four blocks. I’m hoping to finish them by the end of the week.
Now I’m off to see about loading a quilt on the longarm.
Complete a project for each month of 2017. That is my goal for this year. I may not actually complete one project during each month but will be working toward completing twelve projects in 2017.
I have plenty of projects already started to choose from:
- Four quilt tops waiting to be quilted and bound
- An 18″ doll pattern that is half written
- A set of tea towels that are half done
- The High Tea Crochet Fusion quilt which needs the blocks sewn together and the final crochet edging put on it
- A pink doll cradle that I’ve started frillying up
- A Log Cabin quilt that is barely started
- And I started three Jacob’s Ladder quilts today
And then there are all those kits that I have and all those quilt and doll clothes ideas dancing around in my head.
For January? Let’s see… As I stated earlier, I am working on three Jacob’s Ladder quilts. If I make all three king size, I will need 300 blocks. I made three blocks today all from the same fabric. Tomorrow I will make four tiny Log Cabin blocks from the leftovers of that fabric. So I plan on making 45 Jacob’s Ladder blocks and 60 Log Cabin blocks this month.
And in my spare time, I will work on the pink doll cradle. I would like to have it completed by the end of January. And I will get one of those quilt tops loaded on my longarm and at least partially quilted.
Can I do it? Since my goal for 2016 was to complete twelve quilts which I surpassed, I am confident that I will reach my goal for 2017.
After taking a break to machine embroider three dozen tea towels for Christmas gifts, I have finally finished the Confetti quilt.
Please excuse the bed pillow in the corner. I just threw everything off the bed so I could get some quick pictures.
I used Quilters’ Dream wool batting and Omni thread top and bottom. It was my first time for both of these products. The batting has a bit more loft than what I have used before, and I was surprised at how light this quilt is considering it is a king size.
The corners are angled on this quilt. Gives it a different look.
The quilting made a very interesting plaid design on the back and diamonds in the borders.
My goal was to finish it by Christmas. Goal met. Yay!
Happy Holidays and Happy Quilting,
The Same Stalled Project
The High Tea Crochet Fusion quilt is still on hold. I’m continuing my exploration of different methods for joining the squares. Here is what it looked like last time I showed it to you, and it is still what it looks like.
I finished sewing the X Marks the Spot quilt top. I didn’t have enough of the blue fabric to use exclusively for the backing and the binding, so I will be adding some of the cream and a left over block to piece a backing. The binding will also be pieced.
I now have the Confetti quilt on the longarm and have quilted one pass. I wanted it to look rather old fashioned so am simply quilting 1/4 inch on each side of the sashing seam. I use the word simply rather loosely here since this quilting requires the use of a ruler to help me keep things going somewhat straight. It’s not as bad as stitching in the ditch but is still considered custom quilting. I may wish I had used a pantograph by the time I’m finished as it would go much quicker. But I believe I am going to like the result.
Well, let’s start with the stall. I am ready to sew the squares together on the High Tea Quilt (see last post). But I didn’t like doing it the way it was described in the instructions. So I’ve done some research and am going to try another way of joining the squares. When I get ready. LOL
Now for the start. While working on the last braided border of the Confetti quilt, I didn’t have anything to alternate piecing with so that I could chain piece. So……….I pulled out some leftover blocks from another quilt I did earlier this year, arranged them in a design pleasing to me, and started sewing. I would sew one piece onto the Confetti quilt and one piece onto this new quilt. That way I could chain piece. Yay! I call this new quilt “X Marks the Spot”.
There are 15 blocks in all and will make a large throw.
Now for the finish. Did you guess? Yes, I finished the top for the Confetti quilt. It is the largest quilt top I have made to date. And it sure took me a good while. Now to decide how to quilt it.
Or Progress On My Projects
Well, I finished crocheting the edging around each block and have blocked each and every one, and that stack now looks like this:
I’m now ready to start joining the blocks into rows.
But what does that have to do with the heading on this post? Well, it doesn’t. That heading refers to the Confetti quilt. Last post I had half the inner part of the quilt together which was shaped like a very large triangle.
Well, I completed the other half of the quilt and sewed the two halves together this morning.
Now to continue working on the borders. Oh, yeah, the batting came in yesterday! Quilter’s Dream Wool. It will be my first time to use this batting but am very excited to try it. It came highly recommended by a quilting friend of mine.
Both projects are coming along nicely, don’t you think?
Confetti is flying as I celebrate the Confetti quilt being half done. And it is going to be plenty large enough for my king-size bed once all the borders are on it. See for yourself.
I have one of the white borders sewn onto the top of the quilt and have sewn a little more than half of the braid border. There will also be another white border. Progress is slow but, nonetheless, it is progress.
I’ve already started putting the rows of blocks and the sashing pieces for the other half onto the planning wall. Once I have it all on the wall, I will start sewing that half together. Meanwhile, I will sew a white border down the side of this half.
Now I think I will look online for a pantograph for quilting this one, and I also need to order the wool batting.
Until next time happy quilting,