Monday, October 15, 2018

My Stitching Week

My stitching week included some minor dabbling on the Sweet Land of Liberty, Colonial Bricks and Quilty Circle 365, but it was waylaid by a llama and an elephant, or should I say a squirrel project.

15 Minutes to Stitch

My progress as of Sunday was:

15 Minute sessions of stitching this week:  7 out of 7
15 Minute sessions of stitching this year:  240 out of 287 sessions
Success rate: 84%

If I didn't get waylaid by other projects so often, I would have bigger and more quilt finishes by this late in the year, but maybe it wouldn't be as much fun. It is hard to measure progress by the fun factor and easier to measure it by finishes and quilt progress, but looking at the quilts I made this week, let me tell you, I did have a lot of fun quilting this week.

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15 Minutes to Stitch
BOMs away

Thursday, October 11, 2018

I Llike You a Llot Llama

We interrupt regularly scheduled programming to bring you a very special Llama. I took a vacation from my vacation. I was running around thinking about all the things I wanted to get done before I went back to work, and decided I was going to take a pure vacation day that didn't entail getting ready to go back to work.

I watched this video.

I looked at my trash can. You know how I have been making circles out of my fabric trash. Well I can make other things besides circles too.  It's strange that the colors washed out in these photos since I did take the quilts outside to photograph them and it is bright outside. (edited to add: I took new pictures which are slightly better and replaced some of the old ones.]

The fabric scraps were mostly used as is, straight out of the fabric trash can, although I did have to make some skinnier. I didn't make sure they were all the same size.  I used double-side fusible web (Steam a Seam2) instead of liquid glue to  hold down the fabric scraps, and used a stick glue to help hold down the pieces that overlapped.

Then I cut out the shapes and fused them to the background.

Then I stitched the strips down. For this quilt, I used the wavy line stitch on my machine to avoid having to change feet. Then I added decorative stitches.

I birthed the quilt and then I stitched around the shapes with dark thread and added the words and ribbon. It was a lot of fun.

Those of you who know me are probably wondering why I used a llama instead of an elephant. "Don't you know you can use any shape with this technique?"

Way ahead of you. In fact, I finished the elephant before the llama, only because I had to piece the batting for the llama. I used scraps for everything - including the design, the background, the backing, and the batting. The size of the pieces were dictated by the size of the scraps.

The thread was new. This technique takes several feet changes, but by the time I got to the llama, I became more economical.

The circle was surprisingly in the right place to be an eye.

The border ribbon is made out of jute and polyester. I thought it worked well with the elephant.

Both of these were a lot of fun to make.

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Off the Wall Friday 
Friday Foto Fun 
Oh Scrap! 
Moving It Forward Monday - these quilts were a brief respite from making the Sweet Land of Liberty and the Colonial Bricks quilts.
Monday Making

Monday, October 8, 2018

Weekly Recap of 15 Minutes to Stitch

This is my weekly recap.

The sun was shining today so I thought I should take a group picture of Sweet Land of Liberty blocks while I could. I forgot the map is on the sewing machine for the applique to be sewn down so it didn't get to participate. I finally got the smart idea to make the houses improv instead of trying to copy the measurements of the Cheri's blocks.  These houses will now be fun to make. I will make more houses and fewer stars.

I kept working on sewing circles together and have almost finished sewing two rows of circles together. (They had to be done together because of the big blocks). I put them under the previous rows to make sure nothing stood out at me. I don't know if you remember, but there were a couple of rows that needed a coping strip because the rows did not match up.  I don't think I should have done that, because now those rows don't match up with the new rows.  Coincidentally the gap is about the size of the coping strip.

One of my rules for this quilt apparently is that I want to avoid ripping out seams.  (It was a rule I didn't know I had but came up when I decided I had to rip the row.)  I now have to decide whether ripping out the seam would be a good rule to break for the rule breaking rule, or whether I can adjust the rest of the borders and make it a non-rectangular quilt, or at least a nonrectangular border. I'm also tempted to add the new rows to the top instead of the bottom of the quilt. I'll decide later.

The picture is from April 24, 2017. The coping strip is the blue on the left side. Once I figure out what to do, I will have four rows I can add to the quilt.

15 Minutes to Stitch

I didn't work on the bricks quilt this week, although I am close to making a top so I should.  My focus has been on Sweet Land of Liberty and the circles as I explained already.

My progress as of Sunday was:

15 Minute sessions of stitching this week:  7 out of 7
15 Minute sessions of stitching this year:  233 out of 280 sessions
Success rate: 83%

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15 Minutes to Stitch

I've started to add more posts to my High Road Reader blog if you care to take a look.  I review books, and have started showing pictures of my library shelf.

Friday, October 5, 2018

More Sweet Land of Liberty blocks

Another couple of blocks are made for Sweet Land of Liberty.  This one isn't one of the better blocks, but hopefully it will add to the primitive feel of the piece. I didn't position the birds close enough to hold the heart and they are pretty far from the banner so I might leave them the way they are without adding their legs. I know the pattern has long legs but these legs will be even longer. Maybe I can add a branch that can hold the banner.

Some applique and embroidery are left to be done. I hate putting pins on faces, but I gotta do what I gotta do.

I've also been sewing together some Circle 365 blocks to make a couple of rows. I'll show them to you when I am finished.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Rogue Sweet Land of Liberty Block

I've made another block for Sweet Land of Liberty. You may not recognize it in the original pattern or the quilts others have made because it is a rogue block that comes from another pattern. I want to make mine wider, and am not sure if I will make mine shorter, so I figured rogue blocks would fit right in. Or it could replace another block I don't feel like making in the future. It may make it harder for me to figure out how the blocks work together, but there is enough background fabric to fill a big space, and sashing or bordering the block is always an option if it needs to be even bigger.

I really like this block, since I have been wanting to make a map quilt like this for a while. Even though the purpose of making this block for this quilt is to get it out of my system and my to-do list, I'm now debating whether I should make another one for my small quilt collection.

The directions require fusible applique and since I am all about following the rules, I made this one fusible. I still need to sew it down.  But the bonus we got out of this block is that fusible applique is now on the table for future blocks.

There's some good news here.  The flag bird is back.  I was hoping to find it on the ironing board all nice and flat, but nope, it was with scraps of fabric.  There has been more whispering, because the bird did not return with the star.  There is a betting pool for whether it has been a big break up, the star ran off with someone else, or if the star was disappeared. 

P.S. The Orphan Block box is where the circles are stored.  During some reorganization a few years ago, the orphan blocks were kicked out of the box. Don't worry, I'm sure they were moved to a nicer home.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

More Circles 365

Here are a few more circles I made for my circle 365 project.

Circle Block 251

 I've probably made a sun like this before, but this fabric really wanted to be made into a sun.

Circle Block 252

I know I've  made a face before, but that fabric looked likes eyes to me, and my other face needed a friend or soul mate.

Circle Block 253

These are just scraps thrown together on a background. They didn't say anything to me, but the background did say "ouch" when it was pulled too hard by the machine.

Circle Block 254

A pretty lacy fabric. I sewed it on a background circle and then put the circle on the background with a decorative stitch. I also decorative stitched on the lace itself to make sure it wouldn't snag too much on anything.

Circle Block 255

This one is an attempt to copy a design I have on a blouse. The blouse is made in India but says dashiki which is an African design, so I don't know if the motif is Indian or African.

Circle Block 256

Leftovers from Sweet Land of Liberty.  I copied a circle I saw somewhere, but it had a white inner circle and didn't have a dark background, so pretty much the only thing I copied was using a stripe for a circle and putting something on top of it to make an O. I don't know if it will be in this orientation or rotated in the final quilt.

15 Minutes to Stitch

I am late posting my progress for last week, as usual but I definitely sewed all seven days working on the bricks quilt and the Liberty quilt and the circles quilt. It looks like I missed a week of progress report, but I know I've been diligently quilting every day, usually more than 15 minutes, so I am going to go ahead and give myself full credit for the missing week.  My work is going to start getting busy again soon, and I want to finish the year above 80%.

My progress as of Sunday was:

15 Minute sessions of stitching this week:  7 out of 7
15 Minute sessions of stitching this year:  226 out of 273 sessions
Success rate: 83%

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Week 39 Stitching Report

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Sweet Land of Liberty Progress

I am very late in starting this quilt, which is a quilt-along with Lori Humble Quilts. She broke out the pattern into months, and I started on the last month so I could at least keep up with the group for the month. They are in their last month and I am in the first.

I have made almost all of the last month's blocks and a couple of other blocks. I just put them on the table - this is not the final layout.

The flag bird appliqued leaves has run off with the star from the moose bird on star vase. It may be a scandal, but I do know that fabric morals are different from people morals, so I'm not sure what to make of it.  I didn't want to mention it, but I did notice that circle block 248 had some fabric from the Sweet Land of Liberty as well as the Colonial Bricks quilt, both of which are just babes and hardly old enough to be having offspring, so it does seem suspicious.  I think that is normal and not only acceptable, but actually encouraged here on the High Road, so I don't know if blocks and block pieces running off together are all right, as long as they return on a timely basis.

Do you know what the name of this style of quilt is? I would love to know what to call this type of quilt. A Life of Plenty is similar - with folk art blocks, pieced and applique, a collage of sorts, but I imagine it has a name.

Circle Block 249

This one is a well behaved block, as far as I can tell.  The star fabric did look more blue at night and looks more purple during the day, but with the other scandals going on around here, we will let this go.

Circle Block 250

This one looks innocent, using fabric from Sweet Land of Liberty, but that cream triangle is from A Life of Plenty.

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Humble Quilts