Sunday, July 22, 2018

Baskets & 9-Patches, Another Finish

Not only has Baskets & 9-Patches progressed into a flimsy, the quilt is an actual finish!

The baskets were pieced in early June and quickly attached to the center of the quilt which was then delivered to the long arm quilter. I've finished hand sewing the binding and she's ready to be presented to the world!

Three Sisters Fabrics & Quilting were the long arm quilter. They do such a lovely job.
Paisley is my favorite design so I asked them to use paisleys in the quilting and they did! 

Usually when I took progress pictures, the sun was brightly shining and made the blue squares look white but I took these pictures early in the morning, soon after the sun peeked over the horizon. As you can see, the squares are a light blue.

For backing I chose this lovely whole cloth fabric. If I get tired of the pieced side I can turn it over and have a different quilt.

The pattern was designed by Karen H and is available here. Now her original quilt is cute but when you enlarge a pattern to king size (98" x 112"), it's no longer cute, just HUGE! Here is a link to her blog, Faeries and Fibres.

Of course I made a few changes from the original pattern. The top 9-patch border extends the entire length along the top of the quilt and I alternated my 9-patches so they would look more like patchwork. 

I used a foundation paper pieced basket for my quilt and I put the corner baskets on point. 

The bottom two corners were also blunted so the corners wouldn't drag on the floor.

The baskets turned out so nicely.
Here is a picture of the baskets on my design wall before I attached the blue corners. The top right applique is the center from my waiting to be finished Wilfred & Cloves quilt.

For now the quilt is not being used but come autumn, onto the bed she will go!

This is the 3rd king sized quilt I've made for our bed. I'm in a rut, all three quilts contain little 1" squares! I'd like to make two more quilts for our bed sometime but they will NOT made with little 1" squares.

Another quilt project crossed off the list. Slowly the UFQ's are being finished.

Linking to Kathy's Slow Sunday StitchingOh Scrap, Show & Tell Monday With Bambi, Em's Scrapbag, Love Laugh Quilt, BOM's Away, Fiber Tuesday,  Esther's Wednesday WOW!, Let's Bee Social, Needle & Thread Thursday, Finished Or Not Friday, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, TGIFF!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Nearly Insane - Finished!

Nearly Insane is quilted! I started hand quilting March 23rd and finished June 21st. When I started, I mentioned I hoped to have the quilting completed sometime this summer and I did, the day of the summer solstice! I've been very busy and it just took me awhile to get the binding completed.

And as I promised you way back in March, a picture of the back of the quilt.

A close up of a corner quilting.

More pictures of the quilt.

I've been asked what I'm going to do with this quilt. I'm not going to do anything, this quilt is for me! When I am no longer able to have my own home, then I will gift it away but hopefully that won't happen for a long time.
For now the quilt resides on a bed upstairs where I can look at at it every day. I'm enjoying the pleasure of this accomplishment. I started piecing this quilt as a challenge to myself to see if I could do it and I did!

Here is some general information. I used a Hobbes 80/20 batt. It took 13 weeks and 519 yards of thread in the quilting. The quilting thread was white YLI.

My Insane measures 88" square and was pieced from a variety of blues and yellows.

There are 4687 pieces in the blocks, 196 yellow sashing in between the blocks, 112 blue cornerstones with 564 pieces in the zigzag border for a total of 5559 pieces in this quilt. Of course there is a narrow blue sash all around the quilt center and then the outside border too which is pieced but I'm not counting them.

The first block of Nearly Insane was pieced on January 11, 2016. After 2 years and 6 months, this is the final post about this quilt, unless I decide to enter her in a quilt show.

A link to all the posts I've written about piecing and hand quilting Nearly Insane

Special thanks to Edith for lending me her Nearly Insane book.

These are the last week by week photos of the individual blocks with the quilting if you wish view them. The blocks are 6" finished. (There are a lot of pictures!)

Week 11 of quilting, June 3 - 9. Another rainy week so more time for quilting. And, since the Star Dance applique is completed, I'm using that time for quilting.

This is not a block that Salinda designed, I did. The original block was very scrappy. I made the first block according to the book and sewed it into the row. It just looked out of place and I hated it.

I took it out and made my own design. I think my block fits in better with the other blocks than the original did.

This block has 233 pieces in it. How in the world do I quilt it? The HST row seams are pressed open. 

I decided the easiest way would be to just stitch down the center of the rows each way. 

The center blue strips are pressed to the side so they are stitched in the ditch. The blue center of the star is stitched in the ditch and I managed to stitch the corners of the star.

This block has the fan design.

Also that is a stripped fabric in between the dark strips, not pieced strips.

Row 6-1/2, yes, I completed 2 rows this rainy week.

Right side triangle and block 1.

Block 2. In the center I just quilted through the center of the block both ways but now I see I missed quilting the bottom row one direction.

I've quilted the missing stitches but I didn't bother to take a new picture.

Block 3. I remember piecing this block. It was to fussy cut the fabrics.

Close up of fussy cutting on block 3.

Blocks 4 and 5.

Block 6 and left side triangle which is the same as the right side triangle.

Row 7 and the inset top triangles. I'm getting close to the finish!

Quilting week 12, June 10-16. Finally, a week with lot of sunshine so we could work outside. The last of the soybeans were planted on Saturday the 16th. Harvesting is going to be late this year with crops planted this late.

I didn't get a whole row quilted but I did quilt 5 blocks. 

From the left side, blocks 1 & 2.

Blocks 3 & 4.

Block 5 by itself.

These blocks are from row 7, the last row of whole blocks in the quilt. You can see in the picture the half blocks on the top. I'm getting closer to the finish!

Week 13, another dreary, rainy week. There is such a things as too much rain. If I could, I would redirect the rain to places that are having drought. But rainy weeks do give me plenty of hand quilting time.  

First I finished row 7, blocks 6 & 7.

Then I started quilting the top triangles. I don't know why I didn't take 2 triangles in one picture but I didn't. 

Top left corner.

And the rest of the triangles.

Finally, top right corner which looks just like the other corners.

I rolled the triangles down then quilted the zigzag border and then finally the blue outer border. I used a white Sewline chalk marker. It was very hard to see with the white flowers. I had thought of using a different color but I was afraid it wouldn't brush out like the white does. I didn't want to try something different on this quilt. Some of my quilting is rather wonky but that's the way it is.

The next quilt to go in the hand quilting frame is The Pastor's Attic quilt but the marking hasn't happened. Marking quilts isn't fun but I will make it happen sometime this summer. 

Linking to Kathy's Slow Sunday StitchingOh Scrap, Show & Tell Monday With Bambi, Em's ScrapbagLove Laugh Quilt, BOM's Away, Design Wall Monday, Esther's Wednesday WOW!, Let's Bee SocialNeedle & Thread Thursday, Finished Or Not Friday, TGIFF!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

A Secret Challenge

Last fall a friend and I issued a challenge to our quilt guild. We each purchased enough yardage of a different fabric to cut 10 fat quarters. We took the fabrics to the guild and challenge people to join in the challenge. There were two groups since there were 2 different fabrics. Nine people (besides Lynn and I) signed up for each group. We handed out the fat quarter fabrics. 

At the next meeting, each of the participants were to bring 10 fat quarters of a fabric that coordinated with the focus fabric. These fabrics were passed out to the respective challenge groups. We are to bring our finished flimsy to show & tell at the June 2018 meeting. We were allowed to add some fabrics if we wished to.

I could not come up with an original idea for my project.  I had decided I was NOT making a large quilt, I wanted something small, maybe around 36" square. In January, Country Lane Quilts started a mystery BOM called Friendship Garden. This mystery started in January and ended in June, and it was for a 30" finished wall quilt. I also like the name Friendship Garden, it was my friends from guild participating in this challenge.

I've followed the mystery and this is my quilt. She measures 26-1/2" square. This is smaller than what the instructions said it would be, but everything went together fine and I didn't want a large wallhanging. 

These are the fabrics my group used. The focus fabric is on the left. The right fabrics are the challenge fabrics from the group. The separate black at the bottom is only I added from my stash. 

I've linked to Country Lane Website and the mystery quilt. The mystery was a free BOM. I don't know how long the free pattern will be posted.

I don't know when this wall hanging will be quilted or what I'll do with it but I accomplished the challenge!

This challenge wallhanging is #8 on my list of projects for the year.

It was hard to get the true colors in the pictures. All that shiny gold is hard to photograph!

Linking to Oh ScrapShow & Tell Monday With Bambi, Em's Scrapbag, Design Wall MondayLove Laugh Quilt, BOM's Away even though this wasn't really a scrappy project.