May 20: First contact on Paula's "Be My Neighbor" quilt using her stash. She'll be sending this next week. Paula "Initially I wasn't even going to do it, but once I started, I couldn't wait to do the next block".
May 11: First contact about this quilt.
May 12: Donna selected Chantilly Lace like she chose for her last quilt. She asked me to choose the thread.
May 17: Quilt arrived. I've run out of places to photo an entire quilt so here is 1/4 of it. One of my most repeated partners with over 20 quilts posted here, I must say welcome back, Donna. I do believe this is an Ashley's Journey quilt layout (also a brickyard design). I choose Bottom Line Off White for the thread & we will use Warm & White.
May 11: Shana picked out this bear panel & I ordered it.
May 16: Met Shana at the local quilt shop to plan her borders that will expand this 36x44 to a king size mattress topper 90" wide. That is a lot of border. Found a unique fabric called Moondance that takes up most of the border. We are still trying to figure out the rest of the layout. Playtime.
May 02: First Contact. This quilt is for Carol's 13 year old godson. Chatting on the phone & learning he is a big sports fan, Carol settled on Hoops for the panto.
May 08: Quilt arrived. This is feel good quilt - makes me happy.
May 19: Started prepping.
May 20: Thinking about thread. First thought was best background blender but I thinking more color where the basketballs will show on the white blocks. Carol has chosen one with blues & green.
May 21: Bobbins, programming, etc.
May 03: Quilt arrived. We spent yesterday planning the panto & settled on the overlapping version of Wrought Iron. I'm thinking Bottom Line Light Yellow will do nicely & not over power the blues.
May 13: Prepping.
May 15: Finished prepping. Loaded. Quilting.
May 17: Proving to be a challenge, I point out how difficult this was to piece. I get lost just trying to follow the design. Making progress row by row.
May 18: Quilted. It is overcast outside so I can't get a good picture of the quilting. Actually the thread blends so well, this is pretty much the way the quilt really looks. I still can't figure out how Kathy pieced this Ye Olde Forest Mystery Quilt. Very interesting design, I think.
Ye Olde Forest Quilt shop has moved across the street more or less. Solicited to help, we had fun nonetheless while tolerating the heat, the work, the chaos, the meal breaks, did I mention the heat?, the concrete floors, the water--lots and lots of cold water. :Slowly things came together for the most incredible sale one could imagine. Batiks, grunges & other Moda bolts all on sale for ridiculously low prices plus an extra % off for end of the bolt. Patterns, Anita Goodesign CDs, needles, books, thread, so much more I can't begin to cover it all.
Fabric I picked up includes
AH! The sale has been extended all week
Apr 12: Joyce asked if there was fabric with Scriptures on it. Of course I showed her Dorothy's work and then went looking. I have fallen in love with this panel & been playing with layout options to show her. If she likes it, fine, If not, I've had some fun. I am physically ill from all the website stress lately so doing this is therapeutic/calming.
Apr 13: Fabric is on the way. Just ordered the teal from Fiberworks. Thanks Karol for very good prices.
Apr 17: All the fabric came in today. Bought a bit of border sashing since I can't use the top & bottom of the panels.
Apr 13: Met with Crystal this morning to get an idea of what she might like. It will be fun to see where we end up. WoW wowed her instantly. I pulled the greens and purples from my batiks collection & will plug them into the EQ7 rendition to see how it looks & what it might need. Also have other fabrics on hand that might do.
Apr 18: Went to Greensboro. Picked up a pattern & some purple & green fabrics.
Apr 24: Met with Crystal & showed her these options: Enchanted Pond & Rum Raisin. She liked them but Will O' Wisp will be her quilt.
Apr 10: Quilt top is here.
Apr 19: We have a plan. Thread change from white, to bright red, to dark red, to medium blue using Classic Stipple Meander all over (like this one). Will quilt sideways to maximize quilting area & minimize the number of times I need to roll the quilt.
Apr 20: Loaded ready to quilt. Had to tweak the programming some.
The technique is to create a panto for the entire quilt & move it out of the way. (BTW, this is for my benefit more than yours.) For the first row, I will
Apr 21: Quilting.
Apr 22: Quilting day 2. Hopefully things will go faster today.
Apr 23: Quilting day 3. All of the white is quilted. And all the blue is quilted. And all the red is quilted. Yep. All done!
Apr 05: Picked up a small brushed cotton project for the next baby/child that comes along. Love the delicate super soft fabrics. Planning to use a twist on my charm quilts (Charm Quilt, Shannon's Charm) wanting a bit more than a no-piece center this time. Joan saved me from this plan with some solicited & gratefully appreciated honest feedback.
Apr 08: While trying to resolve my website domain issues, I am playing here to refocus. I only have 4 fabrics to work with. My second plan is like my 2012 Baby Quilt which I love. "Much, much, better." Indeed. I think I got the rose & ivory fabrics switched in the pinwheel blocks. Hmmm. Guess it works either way.
Feb 20: First contact.
Mar 07: Sonya is looking at patterns. New to this whole world, she is exploring & discovering. Thinking ZZag, Triangles SD or Jennifer's Cables -- all geometrics. If I do my job right, I will guide Sonja to learn how to select a nice pattern. No, I do NOT know what will work ... yet.
Mar 08: Quilt arrived. I've done a quilt rendition & 3 rough overlays to get us started on selecting a pattern. Time for a phone discussion.
Mar 28: Have a plan using SINE curve.
Apr 24: Loaded ready to quilt.
Apr 25: Quilted.
Mar 08: Mary has a lot of printed quilt top fabric with coordinated backings along with a large supply of polyester battings. She spent the day here but we kept running into various problems not worth detailing. After learning a lot about prepping for longarming, Mary took her quilts home to wash & inspect them carefully.
Mar 16: Trial run for Mary. We prepped, talked, loaded, talked & started quilting. The pattern backtracks almost 100% so quilting time was over 6 hours. Most quilts this size take 1.5 to 3 hours.
Mar 17: Quilted.
Mar 03: Reed and I have been working on a quilt design for several weeks now. Finally have a plan & fabric is ordered.
Mar 06: Thread Bear Fabrics are here. The Stitch n' Ship fabrics are on the way.
Mar 08: The final fabric is here.
Mar 09: Finally got around to photographing the fabrics together. Hmmm. Do not like it.
Mar 10: Went to local quilt shop & left my friends looking for matching fabric while I went for a much needed hair cut. Finally decided to have Reed drive over the very short distance from where he works. He had no trouble making a selection.
Mar 26: Prewashed all fabrics.
Mar 27: Finished pressing them all out for cutting.
Apr 25: Cutting. Using the method taught by Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Co. for half square triangles, namely, sew 2 squares together all around the outside edge then cut diagonals. Yields 4 half square triangles.
May 01: Continuing with the cutting. Will have 64 blocks: 16 light squares & 48 half square triangles (16 half floral/half light, 16 half floral/half blue, 16 half blue/half light).
May 06: Now making progress. Sewed the cuts squares together all the way around & cut into half square triangles.
May 07: Planned the layout. Ready to sew the rows. Got 5 of 8 done.
May 08: All 8 rows are pieced & pressed ready to join.
May 09: Working on joining the rows - very slow going matching the points.
May 11: Finally got the quilt center done, i.e. in one piece. Borders next.
May 13: Added 2 of 4 borders. May have a problem with wavy borders I will have to stop and fix. (This is not the first time I have considered starting all over again on this quilt.)
May 19: All day long just to add one white border after doing what I could to fix my wavy issues.
Feb 17: I am not the only one who loves Haberdashery. Cameron wants a blue one. We've got it planned & fabric is ordered.
Feb 23: Fabric is here.
Feb 24: Prewashed.
Feb 13: I learned a new quilting word today that is actually quite common--Quatrefoil. Per a Missouri Star Quilt Company video, I am going to use a fabric that grabs me whenever I dare to enter Sew Original. Truth be told I am not crazy about the EQ7 rendition this time. I think & hope the real fabrics will look so much better.
Feb 14: Started off with a horizontal quilt layout but like the on-point rendition better. Once I get a block or two made, I will have a better idea of what I what to do. (There are some RWB version on XYZ.
This is another in Joan Taylor's RWB collection.
From Joan: I love it and can't wait to give it to my friend. I hope I'll be able to get him
to let me take a picture of him with it to share with you. Thanks so very much.
From the very beginning, working with & for Joan has been a delight. It is a joy that I can be a part of her special project.
Sep 08, 2016: Saw an unusual navy batik at the shoppe today I couldn't pass up. I like the casual feel & the way the lighter shade in it pulls in the lighter fabrics. So this 3rd Americana quilt is planned for some day in the future.
Feb 07, 1017: The nice thing about plans is that they can change. I saw a quilt that I revised to make into a RWB for the Joan Taylor Rwb project. And this has become my 2nd, not third, Americana quilt for Joan's project.
Feb 14: Once again, I looked up the quilt that inspired this one. I missed the amazing story: 2011 - Jim's Altered Lemoyne Star before & am so glad to share it now.
Feb 17: I want to make one block today. It was hard enough to decide which block to make so I asked Joan to choose. Now I can't decide between a 16" block or a 12" block. You'll know when I do. Hmm...I guess a 3/4 block will do for a trial run.
Feb 18: After my trial run yesterday, I have decided on 18" blocks which has even 1/2" dimensions. I prefer the larger block look over the 12" stars. I also admit I like the idea of 12 stars over 20 stars. Did a second trial run on half a star & got the dimensions right this time for the 18" block.
Feb 21: Cutting strips.
Feb 22: Have enough strips cut to get started piecing.
Mar 05: I've finally started the piecing phase.
Mar 08: Trimming diamond segments.
Mar 09: Joan gave me a tip ... big help.
Mar 13: Have enough 1/4 blocks from my first set of strips to make 9 of the 12 blocks.
Mar 14: Making stars. First 9 done. Also cut all the remaining pieces including corners & borders.
Mar 15: Picked up some backing fabric. Made last 3 stars. Cut & pressed corners so they are ready to sew.
Mar 17: Finished the 12 blocks. (Turned out to be 17.5" blocks but who is measuring?)
Mar 18: Rows are together. Quilt center is together. Now the borders.
Mar 19: All borders are on and this the quilt top is finished.
Mar 20: Pieced the backing. Loaded ready to quilt.
Mar 21: Quilted. Joan will do the binding.
Mar 22: More pictures.
Jan 31: First Contact. We've already been working.
Feb 06: Quilt is here. The color is a warmer casual navy than the royal blue showing in my pictures. The backing, actually a bed sheet, is a light denim blue that completes the top nicely adding to the casual affect.
Feb 07: Will be quilting Deb's Swirls using So Fine! #50 #434 Misty Blue & Warm & White batting.
Feb 25: Prepped & loading.
Feb 27: Quilted.