I didn’t accomplish nearly what I wanted to in April. Spring fever is my excuse. I just couldn’t resist going outdoors on those beautiful sunny mid-70s days. I just walked around checking out all the new leaves coming out on the trees and all the early flowers. But on the rainy and/or overcast gloomy days, I did sew.
Thirty-six more Jacob’s Ladder blocks are now tucked neatly away with the previously completed ones.
For those who are just tuning into my blog, I’m making 3 king-size Jacob’s Ladder quilts each of which require 72 blocks. It will take 6 months on the schedule I’ve set to complete enough blocks for them. I currently have a grand total of 144 blocks and only 72 to go.
I did find time to make my sister some fabric baskets as an apartment-warming gift. She loves butterflies and purple, so these were perfect for her. She is already dropping loose change into the smallest one.
I also repaired a blouse for her. It is black. I hate working on black because it is so hard to see your stitches on it. The hem had come out of one of the sleeves. The original hem had two rows of stitching. The fabric is slinky and stretchy. So I knew I would not be able to put two rows of stitching back in that sleeve and make it look good. So I removed the hem stitching in the other sleeve and hemmed both sleeves with a blind stitch. Took me longer to remove the stitching from that other sleeve than it did to hem both of them because it is so blasted hard to see black stitching on black fabric. Oh, I said that already. LOL I finally went outside in the sun so that I would have some brighter light. Well, it’s done and looks decent.
I made my quota on the Jacob’s Ladder blocks with a week to spare so decided to put a quilt on the frame and get it quilted. I completed the quilting in 2 days. But this quilt top had problems. It was completed by someone that I don’t know back in the mid-60s and given to one of her children on May 25, 1965. I know this by some writing on one of the sashing pieces. It was hand-pieced and then washed causing it to fray. Some of the fabrics were loosely woven and frayed more than others causing some of the seams to open up. There are also some holes in some of the pieces. I knew that since I was quilting it using a pantograph that there would be some tucks and puckers here and there in the quilting. I don’t like holes and frayed seams and tucks and puckers. Now what am I going to do about it?
Then it hit me. Appliques! I’ll cover the flaws with flowers!!! And I did it with my longarm. It was so simple and so much fun to do. I just cut the flower shapes and some roundish centers, stacked them on the quilted quilt where I wanted them and stitched away on the appliques not worrying about the raw edges. They will fray with time and washings, but they will not come off since I put so many rows of stitching around the edges. And I think they added a bit of whimsy to this vintage Bowtie quilt.
Then another problem arose before I could get the binding on the quilt. We had hurricane force winds come through central Oklahoma which knocked down a lot of power poles which caused a power outage for almost the entire area, and, yes, we were one of them. I couldn’t iron the binding, and I couldn’t sew the binding. Or could I?
No power; no problem. Out came the Singer 66 treadle machine my granddaughter gave me for my birthday one year. Did I know how to use it? No, but I could figure it out. I like to have worn myself plumb out winding the bobbin, but after a rest I managed to sew the ends of the binding together. Not bad, but how do I press this binding to finish preparing it to go on the quilt?
I know. My Little Wooden Iron! I’ve had it for years but had never used it. It worked like a charm. Made a wonderful crease and didn’t take much longer than using an iron.
Now for the sewing.
I really got the hang of it. But I do have to say that I was glad the power came back on before I was ready to sew the binding to the other side of the quilt because there were just too many pins which would require a lot of stops and starts. The starts are the troublesome part as the machine sometimes wants to go backward instead of forward. That makes a bit of a mess with the stitching.
Well, after all the challenges with this quilt, I’ve got plenty of memories, new skills, and a whimsical, bright and cheery new quilt.
April may not have been one of my most productive months, but it certainly proved to be interesting.
Happy Crafting and Quilting,
Besides moving my sister and her husband and doing some mending for her, I managed to meet all of my goals and then some. Whoohoo!
The number one priority goal is the Jacob’s Ladder blocks for the three king size quilts I need to finish this year. I did reach my goal of 36:
In addition to these blocks, I completed 12 of the quad Log Cabin blocks which is more than I’ve been able to complete in a single month so far:
Then I decided it was high time I finished a set of 7 tea towels I started the first week of December 2016. I learned a lot about my embroidery machine working on these since the lettering would not fit in my 4 x 4 field. I used a movable hoop and learned how to mark things and line them up. I’m pretty new to this embroidery machine game. LOL
And since I had the embroidery machine stuff strewn all over the place, I decided to make a set of 5 tea towels for one of my granddaughters for her birthday:
After I finished the embroidery, I did a bit of cleaning and straightening in my studio. While I was whistling while I worked, I had a brainstorm. My shelving for my fabric stash and other treasures is made from two shuttered bi-fold closet doors and 5 boards. It dawned on me that those shutters showing on the end could work harder than just holding up 5 boards. They could also hold my cones of quilting thread. Here is what my husband and I came up with:
Now isn’t that just handy dandy?
Oh, and I almost forgot about the doll dress I finished. I did the embroidery whilst all that stuff was out, and then I put the fasteners on the jumper and the tee:
Maggie really likes the bee on her red corduroy jumper.
Then I finished a blanket my youngest granddaughter started about 4 years ago:
And to finish off the month, I took a strip of fabric and folded it just so and sewed it up, added a pair of folding scissors, and then put it with the other stuff I made for one of my sisters for her birthday:
I think that’s it. Like I said, it’s been a mighty busy and productive month!
Okay, something happened to my first post for these finishes. The title stayed while the body of the post disappeared. So am attempting to recreate it. As Winnie the Pooh would say, “Oh, bother.”
My first finish of the year was the Crochet Fusion quilt. I ripped out the last two rounds of crocheted edging three times before I figured out what was wrong. The count was off because I used 5″ squares of fabric rather than 6″ squares as in the original pattern. I had to make some adjustments which happily are indiscernable unless you actually do some counting or look very, very closely. Now who would do such a thing! LOL
I am pleased with my finished blanket:
My second finish of the year is a doll cradle. My niece gave me some pink and ivory decor fabrics some time back, and then I found this cute pink doll cradle at a yard sale.
After much thinking and draping of fabric and cutting of fabric and sewing of fabric and lace, it now looks like this:
My little antique dolls love their new bed.
Remember these? The squares for the High Tea Crochet Fusion quilt?
Well, while watching TV yesterday evening, I looked at a few more ways to join crochet squares and decided on one – the single crochet join. I’ve done all the horizontal joins and am ready to start the vertical ones. It went pretty fast once I made a decision. Here is what it looks like now.
Here’s a closeup in case you can’t tell what I’ve done.
This pretty little quilt may very well be my first finish of the year although I’m nearing completion on another that I’ll post before and after pictures once it is finished. In the meantime………………………………..
After several days of working on the Crochet Fusion Quilt, I have made some progress, but it is slow going. I trimmed the corners of all 42 squares, turned them right side out, and top stitched 1/4 inch from the edges. Then I started working on the blanket stitch. After getting the blanket stitch completed on 6 blocks, I wanted to see how the crochet would look so did the crochet around 1 of the blocks. I currently have the blanket stitch completed on 7 blocks, started the blanket stitch on the 8th block, and have completed the crochet around 1 block.
My progress on the Confetti Quilt is also slow going at this point. I’ve trimmed 225 four-patch blocks and have 50 remaining to be trimmed. Hopefully this next week I will get the borders and sashing cut for this quilt and start sewing the rows together.
Hope your projects are showing a bit faster results than my current ones. LOL
Or Should I Say Projects
After spending 40+ years on my last project……Well, there were moments when I didn’t work on it. Now there’s an understatement. LOL Well, anyway, I was anxious to start on something new. So anxious that I’ve started two new projects.
The first involves about 270 four-patch blocks that finish at 3 inches. In less than a weeks time, I have all the four-patches sewn together and have started squareing them up.
I’ve trimmed 75 of them so far, and my thumb on my right hand is now officially sore from all that trimming. So to give it a rest, I’ve temporarily moved on.
I ran across a tutorial for the sweetest baby blanket. You can see it here, but don’t forget to come back and see what I’m doing with it.
Welcome back! Isn’t it just the sweetest ever? And about the time I found this tutorial, I received an email from the Missouri Star Quilting Co. with their daily deal which was FREE SHIPPING. I love free shipping. So I went to their website and shopped their charm packs. I found the most delightful one which also included 250 bonus Quilter’s Cash points. So I promptly ordered two packs. That was on Friday. On Sunday I noticed that my order would most likely be delivered on Monday, so I got busy cutting 5 inch squares of batting from my batting scraps. I needed 42. Done.
As expected the charm packs came today, and I got busy sewing and before I knew it I had turned this
The first step is complete. Now to trim the corners and turn each square right side out.
Until then, Happy Quilting,
I finished my first great grandbaby’s quilt today. Now to get it to the precious one. Aspen Rain made her debut weighing in at 6 lbs 13 oz and 20 in long. She looks like her mama. I haven’t got to see her yet but will definitely see her soon and take her the quilt.