Friday, October 20, 2017

Flying Geese and Important Milestones

I had a busy day yesterday but I was able to squeeze in a bit of sewing in the morning. I got more of the flying geese for Old Tobacco Road made and I am getting close to being finished. I did a count and I have already made 58 of the 94 needed. I think it really did help that I started working on them as leaders and enders during the construction of the center of the quilt top.

Most of the day was spent attending our son Adam's convocation ceremony. He graduated with his Master of Arts in English and has already started working on his PhD.  We are so proud of Adam and the dedication and hard work that he has put into, and continues to put into, his education.
After the ceremony we all went out to dinner and spent a lovely evening together even though the restaurant was very noisy! :)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Old Tobacco Road and my Little Helpers

I had Old Tobacco Road laying on my sewing room floor because I had no room for it on my design wall. I had the parts all laid out waiting for me to sew them together as time allowed but I constantly had to keep setting things back to some kind of order.

This is what happens when you have two dogs that want to help especially when something other than them is the center of attention. ;) Honestly, as soon as I would start to work on the top the dogs would try to lay down on all of the pieces and spread them around.

These are the two culprits that wanted to help with rearranging the blocks. The quilt top has taken up so much of the floor space that their sheepskin has been pushed into a pile and there is barely enough room for them to lie on it. 
Molly stretching her paw out trying to slink onto the quilt top!
Molly really wanted to lie on top of the quilt as I was working and I had to keep telling her no! Peanut was happy to just observe the goings on.

Molly had finally resigned herself to the fact that she was not going to get on to the top and mess it all up...again.

Ta da....the center of the quilt top is finished and ready for trimming despite all of the help from Molly and Peanut. The next step is to make the borders and get them attached. I already have a start on the flying geese but there are still many to make.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Onto the Binding

trimmed and ready for binding
I really didn't have any plans to do any sewing yesterday other than to trim my latest quilt and tuck in the thread tails - but things changed. ;)

I had a few things going on yesterday, cleaning and then visitors later in the morning and an exercise class in the afternoon. Shortly after I got home I made dinner, took the dogs for a walk and then I sat down to read some blogs. Well, that was when I read Bonnie Hunter's post for the day and she said she was going to have quilt cam at 8pm. I haven't caught a live quilt cam since forever and I was looking forward to it.

binding while watching quilt cam
I don't have a good connection to wifi in my sewing room so I needed to find something to work on that was very portable and that I could take to my computer. I quickly made some scrappy binding for Crumby Kisses from 2"strips that I already had in my strip bins. The front of the quilt is very scrappy so pretty much anything goes but the back has dots of yellow, green, and orange as well as those blueish flower bursts so I chose those colours for the binding.  I figured I could hand stitch the binding while watching quilt cam. I was a bit hurried but whew....I got the binding attached by machine to the quilt just in time to watch. :)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Crumby Kisses is Quilted!

I did it! It really isn't a very large quilt so I did manage to get it finished yesterday even with a little 30 min rest. I can't say I had a nap but just resting did help. I had hoped to have it finished before I went to Tai Chi but I didn't quite get it done.

When I got home from Tai Chi I took the dogs for a walk and it was quite chilly and dark. The days are getting shorter and quilt weather is upon us.  I am glad I wore a jacket instead of just a sweater! The temps have been really quite mild for this time of year and we still have not turned our furnace on - normally we have it going right after we celebrate Thanksgiving. Crazy weather!

Anyway, when we got back from our walk I finished off the quilt and took it off the frame. I think it looks pretty good! My dog Molly was inspecting it as I was taking the photo and I got her little nose in the bottom right corner of the photo. :) I will trim the quilt and tuck in the thread tails today and then figure out what to use for binding. It is a crumb quilt so maybe something scrappy.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Kelly Cline and Beautiful Quilting

Sunday was a very rainy and windy day but it didn't keep me from driving to Elmira for the quarterly meeting of my long arm group - SOLO. Elmira, Ontario is in Mennonite country and it is a 1.75 hour drive from where I live. As I got closer to Elmira I was a little surprised when I came upon many, many horses and buggies sharing the road with me. I have never seen so many and I have never actually driven past horses before in such close proximity - usually they are in a field. ;) I did slow down and I gave them lots of room as I passed.

We had a guest speaker for this meeting and you may have heard of her - Kelly Cline. She works with linens and doilies and old tablecloths - lots of vintage and very beautiful pieces. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera and didn't get any photos but here is a link to her vintage page. Really, check out the links she is fantastic!

Kelly gave us a trunk show and then she gave a demonstration of her process using the long arm with these vintage pieces. She also uses a domestic sewing machine but I do believe she says she loves her long arm. Kelly does gorgeous work and during the talk she had certainly inspired me to think about doing some custom work of my own - maybe not on linens but certainly on my own quilts.

When I got home I visited her site and I saw a photo that contained the phrase 'She believed She could so She did'. When it comes to free motion quilting or ruler work I think I have to take up this phrase literally and believe in myself. Who knows where it will lead but maybe I can get the confidence to do custom work on my own quilts.

So after all that, today I am going to make a backing for this crumb quilt I made and I am going to do a pantograph that I want to practice. ;)

I don't know if I will get the whole quilt done today. I am feeling a bit tired today and I had intended on sleeping in but that didn't happen.  I think I have a cold coming and I hope I can fight it off. I have Tai Chi tonight and I don't want to miss it so I may need a nap.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Old Tobacco Road

When I went to the Guild retreat in September I did some prep work ahead of time on two quilts that I wanted to work on while I was there. They are both Bonnie Hunter designs, En Provence (2016 mystery) and Old Tobacco Road (free mystery pattern generously provided by Bonnie Hunter). Well, now that En Provence is ready for quilting it is time to give Old Tobacco Road some more attention.

When I last worked on OTR I had all of the sub units pieced and I needed to start sewing those together in the correct order (notice I said correct order) and then join them into rows and so on. Yesterday I started doing just that!

After sewing some of the sections together a thought came to me...there are a ton of flying geese in the border....maybe I should be using them as leaders and enders. :) And so I did!

It is looking pretty good so far except for that one solid looking black has got to go. It is sticking out like a sore thumb and my eye is drawn directly to it. There are other black rectangles being used but they blend in better because they have more texture or print and don't read as a solid. That strip is already attached so I will have to get my seam ripper out and get to work on it before I go any further.

Friday, October 13, 2017

En Provence is Ready for Quilting

I couldn't quite get the whole top into the photo...
I worked on the borders for this quilt top off and on over the past week or so and I finally got them finished and attached on Wednesday evening.  I think it looks really good and I can't wait to see it turned into a finished quilt.

This quilt top came together so quickly that I have surprised myself - I only started it in September and it is already a finished flimsy!

I think the next time I work on a pieced border like this that I will definitely do a line of stay stitching all around every edge - border and quilt top - before I start sewing them together. I did have a little issue with some of the stitching starting to separate so I did do some stay stitching but not until I had most of the borders attached.

This photo is a little dark!
Even with the little bit of frustration from the seams splitting I quite enjoyed making this quilt top and I am very happy with the end result!

The next step is to decide which backing to use and figure out which pantograph and thread that I want to use. Hopefully, the decisions come quickly!!

It has been dull, gray, and rainy the past couple days so not a lot of light coming into the house to take photos but...I did my best. :)