Sunday, March 19, 2023

Quilting Status


I participated in all six Project Quilting challenges. It is hard to take good pictures with quick deadlines, and even when there is time, in the winter, but this picture does show the scale and colorways of each quilt.

2023: 15 Minutes to Stitch Week 11

 I've been awful with providing updates, but I have been good at keeping stitching or working in the sewing room, cutting scraps or decluttering and organizing every day. This week, it was difficult to eek out time every day, but with the Project Quilting challenge, I pushed aside cleaning time and managed a substantial amount of quilting.

15 minute days this week --14 out of 14
15 minute days this year -- 77 out of 77 days
Success rate  = 100%
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Quilt Reveal: Fear of the Missed Deadline

 I was going about my merry way, planning today's post to say I have been quilting for the last two weeks but have nothing to show for it. Just cutting some scraps, organizing the sewing room, finishing quilting Boundless.

I even figured I could show you my library stack to keep the post from being too boring. I went to the main library recently and gathered these books.

Then I thought, is Project Quilting over? And sauntered my way to the website to find out. Nope, there is one last project, and it is due in three hours! I can't make a quilt that fast. I already used up the last of my scrap in last week's project.

Then I read the challenge post. It is about conquering a fear. Seriously?! It is daring me to make a quilt in three hours. Very tricky, people. Can I make it?

Step aside, I have another emergency quilt to make. Anyone who complains about the lack of vacuuming can blame the Kim and the Project Quilting people.


To make it quickly, I raided the Spare Parts box. That is where I put my orphan blocks that are leftover from other quilt projects. Since my project last week used leftover from another project and I got away with it, I decided to push the rules even more. What are they going to do, fire me? It is the last project of the year.

I figured I could use these pieces and fill in with the leftovers from the Boundless quilt and the box of scraps I am currently cutting for my scrap quilt.

I decided to just use the pieces based on their size and not worry too much about anything else. If it fits, that is where it sits.

I even took a break to make a scrappy lunch - throwing whatever I could find in the kitchen together to get it done quickly.


Ta-da! And because of the deadline, there was no time to take a lot of in progress pictures.


I had to edit this post to show you how close I came to missing the deadline.

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Boundless: Dust Off a Quilt Book

Welcome to Dust Off A Quilt Book blog hop. For this blog hop, I dusted off a book I kept renewing at the library. It is called Use Scraps, Sew Blocks, Make 100 Quilts by Stuart Hillard.


The library wanted it back, and I wasn't done with it, so I tried to buy a used copy, and they were out of stock so I tried and succeeded in buying yet another used copy. It's from a different library. Normally, I don't work that hard to buy something.

 What do I like about this book? Well, there are 100 quilts in it, as the title says, all made out of scraps. Although it includes some traditional patterns, they all have a little twist that makes them from looking like the same old quilts.  It shows you how to make the block, but it also shows you a quilt made with that block which I find really helpful. Most of them are virtual quilts, which only makes sense that it would be difficult for someone to actually make 100 quilts before writing a book.


It makes me think of Pinterest, lots of inspiration, but the limit of 100 keeps you from scrolling mindlessly and gives you enough choices to find something to make. There is one to three pages to describe each quilt, so there isn't as much hand-holding as a beginner might need. There is more reliance on the general instructions than a beginner person would get in most newer patterns. No pictures showing how to cut each piece and how to sew each seam. But if you read the general instructions and follow the directions, I think it tells you everything you need to make the quilt.

The book doesn't say the fabric requirements, except in a general way, or how many blocks you have to make. This is the quilt I made, and I did not have any trouble following the directions.You have to look at the picture and count the blocks and use the picture to figure out the layout. Or you can make whatever number of blocks you want and choose a different layout. I would have to do all that if I were copying a quilt from Pinterest.

It is a simple pattern using jelly roll strips, but to me, it doesn't look like a simple quilt. I can't imagine anyone saying I made a quick and easy quilt and didn't make any effort. The jelly roll strips have pinked edges, which is annoying to me, but I figured I could trim the block to a consistent size. Unfortunately, I trimmed after I put in the corner triangles.

This led to some improv-looking triangles. You can't see it very well in these pictures. I like to tell people when I make something improv so they know I did it on purpose. I knew before I started trimming that it would happen, but it doesn't bother me so I didn't bother to dust off the seam ripper. In fact, I like when things look improv because then I can chalk up any mistakes to improv too.

I didn't notice the flange in the border until I got to that part. But it is what makes the quilt special so I added it. I haven't used a one inch border before. 

If I make this quilt or border again, I should 1. o sew the flange to the border first, then attach the border to the center, and 2. make the outer border bigger and then trim it down to size before attaching the binding.

Finished quilt top, sandwiched. The pattern combined with the fabric gives the quilt an art deco vibe. 

I was in too much of a hurry to notice that I didn't lay out the blocks the same as the picture and wound up with five instead of four center diamonds. It looks fine to me.

Quilting in progress

Ahh so close. I have to admit that I wasn't able to finish it on time. I still have to finish quilting it and binding it.

Because of my limited schedule and because I would rather make a good quilt instead of meeting a deadline, I decided to show you what I have. I probably won't be done with it by the end of the blog hop. It will be finished soon though and I will show the finished quilt when it is ready. 

Thank you for visiting, and do come back to see the finished quilt.  Links to the other people who are participating in this blog hop are in yesterday's post on my blog.

Sunday, March 5, 2023

Progress on Boundless Quilt


I have been quilting the Boundless quilt which I am making for the Dust Off an Old Quilt Book blog hop. It is a baby size quilt that should fit on the curtain rod above of my couch. I am very happy with how it is turning out.

2023: 15 Minutes to Stitch Week 9

I focused on Boundless for this week's stitching so that I can be finished in time. The photo is the back of the quilt. I did cut some scraps for Unallocated so I can make progress on cleaning out the fabric room.  My separation anxiety book is due at the library so I had to finish reading it which limited some quilting time, but blog hop deadline kept me sewing every day.

15 minute days this week --7 out of 7
15 minute days this year -- 63 out of 63 days
Success rate  = 100%
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Zoey Update


I have been asked to provide updates on Zoey's communication, and I want to keep records of her progress. Here on the blog is a good place to do it.

She started out with two buttons, "Love You" and "Go Outside". One day it clicked to her that she could communicate with me using them. I definitely respond faster to what she wants when she pushes the buttons because I know what she wants, and because I want to make sure she understands what each button means to me.

Since then, I have added other buttons. And also some foam holders that helps keep the buttons in the same place. They move around so I will need to tape them down to the floor. One button is lost (I haven't taken the time to look for it), so I opened the new pack and only used one out of a pack of 6. Currently her buttons are:

1. Love You

2.Go Outside

3. Settle

4. Go Potty

5. Play

6. Eat

I moved the Go Outside button from the door to the foam. So now all the buttons are in one place, but there are two types of containers because when I bought more buttons, this set was cheaper. She didn't have any problems making the change, as far as I can tell. If she accidentally hit the wrong button, I may not know, since I have to respond as if it was on purpose so she knows what they mean. I pushed all the buttons and she tested all the buttons so she would know which one is which.

I am not sure she fully understands the Settle button means. I take her to the couch and tell her down and pet her when she pushes it. She may have thought it means "couch" since a couple of times she was way too excited to be settling. It turns out that there were balls that had rolled under the couch. But the last couple of times she pushed it, it was my bedtime. The first time she did,  I told her Yes it is time to sleep. It took me some time to get upstairs since I had to put the clothes in the dryer and dishes in the washer so I am not sure it was fast enough for her to make a connection. Last night (Friday), she pushed it again and I didn't realize the time, so I watched TV with her on the couch. It seems like I need more training than she does on how to use that button.

I don't think she knows the difference between the Go Outside and the Go Potty buttons. But it is something I want to know since I can tell her "Later" when she clicks the Go Outside button when the neighbors are out, but I don't want to say "Later" if she has to go.

I just put out the Eat button Friday afternoon, and she knows exactly what it means already. This morning she kept pushing the Eat button after she had already eaten breakfast. I kept telling her "All Done." Then I remembered that she needed to take her anxiety medication. So she was right, and I was wrong.

She doesn't push the Love You button much, maybe because she doesn't need to. She gets pets and attention if she just walks up to me.

It is very tempting to add another set of buttons, but I wanted to make sure she has enough practice with these first before adding more. As work gets busy, I am not going to have time to respond to every button push to train her on what it means.

Saturday, March 4, 2023

Quilt Reveal: Mended Heart

I am making a baby size quilt for the Dust Off an Old Quilt Book blog hop which starts this upcoming week. I will be sharing it on Thursday. But it means I don't have much time to work on the Project Quilting challenge. I promised myself that I would only participate if I can make something very quick and simple. Before I saw the challenge, I was thinking about an Artist Trading Card (ATC).

Then the Project Quilting challenge for this week was announced. Sew Not a Square. I figured that would be easy because it takes extra work to make something a real square. My elephant quilt last time was a very long rectangle. I don't usually dictate the size of my improv quilts. It is the size it wants to be.

Then I remembered that I had already posted the hearts that I made from a scrap sandwich. How cool would it be if I met the challenge before I even knew what it was! I quickly checked the date, and found that I had posted it last week. That doesn't meet the criteria that it has to be made during the challenge week. Bummer.


I dug around on the sewing table. I know I had recently thrown away a bunch of scraps and was hoping I hadn't thrown away the scraps from the hearts. I hadn't. Sometimes being lazy works in my favor.

 I could have made an ATC from these scraps, but I decided to make another heart. That way, I wouldn't have to worry about getting a specific size from the result.

So I cut and "pasted" by sewing scraps together to make a coherent whole.

To the back as well as to the front.


Here is the finished project along with its inspiration.

While I was at it, I made the front legs of Zou the Elephant a little bit longer and added a few other pieces.

It feels strange to call Mended Heart a finished quilt on my list of quilts since it is so small but since it is officially a quilt for the challenge, I have to add it. The other two hearts are incorporated therein and won't get their own finish row even though they were finished on a different date.