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2010 Final Countdown Task Two December 30, 2010

Posted by Pam in KC in Challenges, finish.
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Task #2 of the  Prairie Moon Quilts 2010 Final Count down challenge is:

Clear off a flat surface in your sewing area

I need to spend a couple of hours on the flat surfaces of my sewing room.  There are four of them – not including the floor or my desks and chest of drawers 🙂

1 – the ironing board

It’s not too bad — but then I had just dumped a bunch of stuff on the floor so I could play with some fabric.

2 – guest sewing table

It’s a flat surface, so what can I say, we come into the house from the garage and dump everything here.

3 – the cutting table

I recently cleared the guest sewing table and ironing board by dumping everything on to my cutting table.  When I need to cut something I pull out a mat and put it on the ironing board.

4 – My sewing table.

Ignore the open binder.  That’s a rolling cart with a work binder on it.  The pile of stuff on the right is a combination of personal and work papers I haven’t needed in a while.  Mixed in are parts and pieces of at least one quilt, and a windbreaker.

So what did I do instead of clearing these flat surfaces?  Made the pillowcase to go with No Blue Geese in my Tropical Garden.

It should count toward cleaning up – the fabric needed to be put up and  I needed a pillowcase.    Actually, I’m working on the  areas and have made progress on three of the areas.  Look for pictures either later tonight or tomorrow.

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No Blue Geese in My Tropical Garden – A Finish December 28, 2010

Posted by Pam in KC in finish, No Blue Geese.
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Early this morning (2 AM?) I finished sewing down the binding on No Blue Geese in my Tropical Garden.  I used the pattern Geese in my Garden by Mary Honas.   My quilt name reflects that there is no blue in the quilt top. At the time I started this quilt it seemed like every quilt  I made had blue in it.

Last month I took it down to Rocking Chair Quilts and rented time on their HQ16.  I loaded the top in sideways so I would have a good run for the feathers I did down the print and black strips.  The quilting is not award winning. At the time, I thought it horrible.  But once it was off the frame and washed, it’s not bad — still won’t win any awards.

The feathers in the top and bottom strip were done starting and stopping as I rolled the quilt up.  I obviously need to practice more with that concept.  Here are a few detail pictures. You should be able to click on them to see them larger.


 

It measures approximately 58 x 80.

Now to send an e-mail to Finn and let her know I have another finish for the year!

Chain of Stars is Finished November 27, 2010

Posted by Pam in KC in Chain of Stars, finish, UFOs.
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This is my Red, White & Blue Chain of Stars.  Started in 2007, this was the first mystery quilt pattern I wrote.  I did this scrappy version and a version in Pink & Black using just three fabrics.  The photo is not great, but if tomorrow is as pretty as today was, I’ll take it outside to see if I can get a better picture.

It is quilted with basic straight line quilting on the diagonal, through the blue chains and diagonal sides of the star points.  This extends to the red border. Stitch in the ditch between the red and beige border and then curved stitching in the red border reminiscent  of bunting.  At least that’s what I was trying to do.  I used my favorite khaki thread for the quilting.

The quilt measures approximately 62 x 79 and there are two matching pillow cases.

Although this is not one of the three UFOs I plan on finishing for Finn’s New Year’s Eve UFO Challenge, it was a UFO.

A Little Duffle November 1, 2010

Posted by Pam in KC in Duffle, finish.
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Tonight, because I clearly don’t have any projects to finish, I dug through my stash and found a couple of fabrics to make this little bag.

I used Karen West’s pattern A Little Duffle Do It, available at www.lovethefabric.com or your local quilt shop.

The pattern calls for a 20″ zipper on the large bag, but I only had a 14″ zipper. I made it work, but I definitely see where the longer zipper would make things easier.

The Row Quilt is Finished! October 19, 2010

Posted by Pam in KC in finish, RowQuilt.
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Last week I prepped the binding so I could start putting it on when I got home from Butler Sunday afternoon.  I took a nap when I got back, so I only got the binding attached.   I finished sewing it down (on the machine) during my lunch break, then tossed it into the wash.  I pulled it out of the dryer as I was leaving for quilt guild  (what an amazing program by Sally Collins — I think I want to do a small/miniature quilt now).

This evening, just before I lost all daylight, I  had my husband hang the quilt on the gutters — I’m no longer allowed to do this since I fell off the ladder in the spring cleaning the gutters.

Since he was out there with me, here’s a picture of the backing –ignore the stuff in the garage:

Finally a closeup of the quilting — it’ won’t win any awards, but I’m very happy with it:

Cross a UFO from 2005 off my list!

September Recap September 30, 2010

Posted by Pam in KC in finish, goals, Modern DP9.
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A road trip to visit family, two weekends with visiting family, plumbing issues and work.  I may not have accomplished everything I set out to do this month, but I sure got a lot accomplished.

  • At least 8 SBS blocks – Made 4
  • The September KVQG BOM – No
  • Finish Quilting and Bind Oklahoma Backroads – Yes
  • Quilt at least 15 rings on the DWR – 6 done
  • Make progress on the Cream & Green quilt – No
  • Make progress on Star Struck – Yes – all blue stars are made and significant progress on the red stars

In addition to the above, I finished 5 more embroidered dragonflies, made a nap quilt for Head Start, made significant progress on Blue Ridge Beauty, tested a new pattern for a mini quilt, tested a quilt block, then made a large quilt top, and pieced, quilted and bound a baby quilt.

I haven’t posted a full picture of the baby quilt yet so here it is:

This is the quilt I quilted on HandiQuilter at Rocking Chair Quilts.  I have an appointment next month to go back.  I haven’t decided for what I’m taking to quilt.  I do have a “few” tops which need to be quilted.

99 Pyramids August 10, 2010

Posted by Pam in KC in 1000 Pyramids, baby quilt, finish.
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99 Pyramids. Back in April 2008 I took a class to learn how to use my Wonder Cut Triangle Ruler.  I quickly finished up the front and then pieced together a scrappy backing and binding from the leftover pyramids and green fabric.

At one point I even had this quilt quilted — but the tension was really bad, not to mention the quilting design didn’t work as expected, so I ripped the quilting out.  It wasn’t very hard given the bad tension.  A couple of weekends ago I decided the quilt had aged appropriately (that, and I have a great-nephew on his way sometime this month) and this quilt needed to be quilted.

There’s lots of love pieced and quilted in to this quilt and it will be great for dragging around when the baby gets big enough to drag it.  Most importantly it has no pink in it.  My niece told me she “hates pink!”.  As soon as the baby get’s here I’ll add a label and get it to my niece – not that there’s a big hurry — there’ a heat warning through Thursday.

May’s Quilting Goals May 1, 2010

Posted by Pam in KC in finish, goals.
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It’s time to figure out what I want to accomplish this month. Again there’s probably too much on my list, but at least I know I’ll have one thing crossed off at the end of the month. I finished the pillowcase to go with the 4-Patch Strippy this morning!

  • Keep up with the SBS BOW  & make a few extra blocks
  • Work on Scrap Basket – specifically blues and neutrals
  • Complete the Carolina Christmas Top
  • Finish Dancing Flowers
  • Ship out 2 baby quilts
  • Resume hand quilting on the Double Wedding Ring
  • Make 4-patch pillow case – DONE!

Wednesday’s Tasks are Done April 22, 2010

Posted by Pam in KC in finish, goals, pincushion.
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Provided the hanging sleeve stays stitched to the Music Lessons while it goes through the wash, I’ve finished my goals for this week. Shhh, don’t tell anyone, but I machine stitched the BOTTOM of the hanging sleeve to the quilt. It was a case of if I didn’t, it wouldn’t get done. I used the blind hem stitch on my sewing machine and the ‘bite’ only bit through the backing and batting. All I have to do now is check it when it come out of the dryer.

The second task was stuffing the pincushions. Again machine stitching to the rescue. This time, a zig zag with monofilament thread in the top and black thread on the bottom.

Now off to look at quilt books.

Strippy 4-Patch is Finished April 20, 2010

Posted by Pam in KC in finish, Quilts.
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Monday I finished the binding on the Strippy 4-Patch. This quilt was started in January 2008 as a leader/ender projects. The top was finished April 5th and I found the a plaid fabric in my stash that I didn’t think was the best. It turned out to be perfect.

Since it’s a plaid, the photo just doesn’t do it justice, so here’s a close up and if you look carefully, you can see a bit of the quilting. Nothing fancy — outlined the 4-patches and diamonds in the unpieced strips and borders. I used a pink Fairy Frost to bind the quilt.