Monday, June 21, 2021

Backing the Quote Quilt

Sometimes when making a quilt, it stalls, sometimes for no discernible reason. I prepared a backing for the quilt at the beginning of the year. The plan was to move forward and finish it. I had a sheet I could use for a backing, and since it showed the stitches from the quilt, I pressed a fusible interfacing to a big sheet to use as a backing. All I had to do was to join the front and the back together. But it stalled.

The fusible was a little bit stretchy, but since it was fused, it probably wouldn't stretch the quilt, but it added a soft layer to a quilt that already had a soft layer, and while I wanted the quilt to be comforting, I didn't want it to feel like a comforter. I knew from experience that the layer flattens very easily, so quilting it would probably be all it took to smash it down, but it would require dense quilting so the quilt stalled.

I decided a couple of weeks ago that I should listen to my hesitation and move on to a plan that will actually get the quilt to a finished mode.  I found some dark blue fabric that will hide the  stitches, which made me feel more motivation, but not enough to actually piece the fabric. The pieces were not wide enough to fit the width of the quilt so it would take some piecing to put the backing together.


I decided to take a quick look to see if I could find a wider fabric and found this angel fabric. There is a sticker on the fabric so I must have gotten it at a really good price at a sale, because I don't normally buy this kind of fabric. I have no idea how to use it. But it is perfect as the back of this quilt. It adds to the comforting factor, and there is enough to cover the width of the quilt when used horizontally. I also found another dark blue fabric that will fill in the rest of the length of the quilt and looks like it will be big enough to use as a binding as well.

I was watching a Zoom session from a library in California about making portraits on fabric for Juneteenth and decided to do some stitching. I added a motif from the backing fabric to the front of the quilt to tie it together.

2021:  Week 25 of 15 Minutes to Stitch

I spent the week working on the quote quilt. I sewed the backing fabric so it is now ready to be sandwiched. I also added some embellishments by hand and some embroidery stitches by machine. I continue to hope to sandwich it soon.

15 minute days this week --7 out of 7
15 minute days this year -- 156 out of 171 days
Success rate  = 91%

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Monday, June 14, 2021

2021: Week 24 of 15 Minutes to Stitch


The weeks are going by so fast.  In week 24, I worked on the backing for the Quote quilt. I had made the decision in week 23 to use a dark blue backing and had chosen a couple of batik pieces that would work.

 This week, I looked again in the closet and found a different blue backing fabric that I liked better. This fabric is wider so will require less piecing, and I think it fits the theme and age of the quilt better.



2021:  Week 24 of 15 Minutes to Stitch

I spent the week choosing, washing, drying and pressing the new backing fabric. I thought I would have the backing ready this week, but I had more appliances breakdown, the dishwasher, the oven, and the internet, so finding workarounds took a lot of my "free" time. I am still taking full credit this week to be kinder to myself.

15 minute days this week --7 out of 7
15 minute days this year -- 149 out of 164 days
Success rate  = 91%

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

2021: Week 23 of 15 Minutes to Stitch



2021:  Week 23 of 15 Minutes to Stitch

If you recall from my last post, the Amalfi Coast quilt changed sizes between the time I was measuring and cutting the inner border fabric and the time I sewed that inner border fabric to the side of the quilt. I put the Amalfi Coast quilt on a timeout because it needed some time to think about what it had done. By the way, Barbara Brackman did a post about the quilt block. Apparently it is called housetop and not rooftop, so it is a good thing I am calling the quilt Amalfi Coast.

While it is in timeout, I have focused my attention on the Quote Quilt. I have been reading Rhonda Dort's instructions on how to make a hexagon crazy quilt and she recommended a particular kind of stabilizer, which I bought for that quilt. I haven't started the hexagon crazy quilt or the million other quilts I want to start because of my lack of time, and because there still have enough momentum in the quilts that have already been started to continue to move them along.



Anyway, I decided to add some of that stabilizer to the back of the heavier parts of the Quote quilt - the booklet and the quilter. I need to sew more of it to secure it on before sandwiching. I also made the decision to use a dark blue backing fabric instead of the sheet/interfacing combination I have already prepared. That sheet which already has the interfacing fused on will become a Kawandi quilt once I am ready to start new projects.

15 minute days this week --2 out of 7
15 minute days this year -- 142 out of 157 days
Success rate  = 90%

What a big drop from 93% to 90%! Last year at this time, I was at 91%, so I am not too far behind. My work schedule is dramatically opening up again so I don't think I will have any trouble with catching up.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

2021: Week 22 of 15 Minutes to Stitch



We are in the heat of peak season here at work, so quilting time is severely limited. But since I am working from home, I realized I could take my 15 minute breaks and use one of them for quilting!  The 15 minutes is less than 15 minutes because it includes a bathroom break and commute time back and forth to my desk, but it is only fair, since the time we count for work also includes breaks. Normally, 15 minutes of quilting winds up being more than 15 minutes when I am on a roll, but then, work does go over sometimes too as it takes time to close up everything.

2021:  Week 22 of 15 Minutes to Stitch


I added the two rows of sashing to the Amalfi quilt, formerly known as Seaglass Rooftops. I also measured and cut the inner border strips.  I sewed a side of the inner border, but it was too small (did I stretch the fabric when I was measuring?), so one of my breaks was used for ripping.

15 minute days this week --7 out of 7
15 minute days this year -- 140 out of 150 days
Success rate  = 93%

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Sunday, May 23, 2021

2021: Week 21 of 15 Minutes to Stitch



We have suddenly reached summer, heat-wise, and Zeus is ready to take off his winter coat. I bought a trimmer and have been playing amateur groomer. I weaved that rug from strips cut out of jeans a few years ago and when I brought it down, Zeus has claimed it for his own.

I planted a couple of tomato plants and a flower. My lawn mower stopped working last week so I hired the job out to someone who was cutting the neighbor's lawn. I thought that would help free some time this weekend. They whipped around my yard so quickly, but didn't use the mulching function. With all the rain we have been having, there were glass clippings everywhere and I had to spend the time I normally spend mowing to rake the clippings.

2021:  Week 21 of 15 Minutes to Stitch

I didn't take a lot of photos this week, so here is an old quilt I made for my daughter. It's called Kanji Wishes. Fabric from this quilt is also in the quote quilt, and other quilts. 

I worked six days this week, so quilting had to take a backseat. I can again take credit for two days.  I spent one day cutting inner border strips and cornerstones, and another day sewing the sashing rectangles to the cornerstone squares. All this for the Amalfi quilt, formerly known as Seaglass Rooftops.

15 minute days this week --2 out of 7
15 minute days this year -- 133 out of 143 days
Success rate  = 93%

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Week 20 of 15 Minutes to Stitch

 I want to thank everyone on their input for the border fabric for the Amalfi quilt. It is so nice that there is consensus about the solid inner border and the floral fabric for the outer border. I can now move forward with confidence without any second guessing. I really liked that combination too, but I was thinking that the criteria I was trying to give the eye a place to rest and the floral fabric does not fit that criteria.  I now realize that a fabric that is too calm would not fit with the overall mood of the quilt.

2021:  Weeks 20 of 15 Minutes to Stitch

I had a 100% success rate in quilting for 15 minutes a day this year, until this week.  I knew there was no way I would be able to keep it up, but I managed until now. This week, I can take credit for two days.  I spent one day auditioning the border fabrics for the Amalfi quilt, formerly known as Seaglass Rooftops. On another day, I fussy cut the fabric for the remaining sashing.

15 minute days this week --2 out of 7
15 minute days this year -- 131 out of 136 days
Success rate  = 96%

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Decisions, Decisions

 I haven't cut or sewn the remaining sashing on the Amalfi quilt yet, but my thoughts have already moved on to figuring out what I will use for the border. I will need to add an inner border to separate the busy sashing from the outer border.

 As a reminder, here is what the blocks look like, although they are now put together and pressed and don't look as chaotic.

What say you?


Solid inner border, floral outer border.

Dark inner border with polka dot outer border.

Lighter inner border, polka dot outer border.

Dark inner border, lighter outer border.


Here are the same photos, smaller, so you can see them side by side to compare.

Or some other combination thereof?

What about the binding? What I don't use in the border can be used for binding.

Robin wanted to see the dark border with the floral.  It is taken in different lighting conditions, but hopefully it still gives you a good idea about how it will look.