To-Do Tuesday 9-27-16 | Stitching ALL The Things

Happy Tuesday, my friends! It’s time to do our weekly check up on our to-do lists. This past week I rocked my list! I made the two replacement blocks needed for the Flying Geese Diamonds quilt, sewed the quilt top together, made the quilt backing, and basted it all together. BOOM! So happy to have accomplished all of that! Now I’m all set to get to quilting. Although I noticed when taking this picture that my quilting gloves are filthy. Time to put those babies on, squirt some Dawn dish washing liquid on them, and wash my “hands”. That’s the best way I know to get these gloves nice and clean!

Flying Geese Diamonds in Alpine fabric by Wilmington Prints

Part of the “ALL” in ‘Stitching ALL The Things’ happen to be cross stitching projects. I was really into cross stitching about two years ago. I was working on a couple of Halloween Stitch-Alongs, and ended up putting both aside at the same time. The first was Halloween Town by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. It started as a mystery Stitch-Along and I loved it until they released the third clue… Which happened to be a bakery. And almost the whole cross-stitchy community on Instagram went, “What the…??!!” I modified the third clue and created a cemetary instead. Then they released the fourth clue, the banner, and I was so underwhelmed by that time that I just stopped stitching. ALL of my cross stitching. Over the weekend I decided to find this WIP and get it finished. It’ll be done in time for Halloween… and only two years late! The other stitching project was Wacky Witches in Stitches by Clouds Factory. I absolutely loved that stitch-along, and I stopped because I messed up on the border. Not a bad mess-up, but enough to set it aside and “fix it later”. Later is now. As soon as I get Halloween Town finished, I will be getting back to work on Wacky Witches.

Halloween Town Cross Stitching WIP

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Quilt Flying Geese Diamonds Quilt
  • Bind Quilt
  • Finish Halloween Town cross stitching WIP
  • Get back to work on Wacky Witches cross stitching
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To-Do Tuesday 9-20-16 | Working on the Flying Geese Diamond Quilt

Happy Tuesday! How are you all coming along with your to-do lists? I am so happy to say that I think my Sewjo is back in full force! We have had a very busy week over here (including an ecstatic newly licensed 16 year old driver in the house), and I still managed to get all of the blocks made for the Flying Geese Diamond Quilt I am sewing up with the Alpine fabric I’ve been itching to play with.

Flying Geese Diamond Quilt blocks

Well… All of the blocks are made, but as you can see I goofed. There were two white tone-on-tone prints in the line and I didn’t want to use those prints with the white background. So I did some Christine Quilty Math and came up with needing two extra red blocks to complete the quilt. Ah… Yeah. But, no. My Christine Quilty Math lived up to its reputation of always being wrong. I ordered extra yardage to make placemats with, and I believe I’ll have enough of the grey with red ornaments print to make two grey blocks. Thank goodness. I am going to take two of the extra red blocks, and the two 10″ white tone-on-tone prints and make a pillow cover with them. Also, I just threw these blocks up onto the “design wall” pretty quickly, and I can see there is some rearranging that needs to be done. But yay for getting all (mostly) of the blocks done!

Flying Geese Diamond Block Seam

I did want to make some comments about this block. I really love how it looks, but i would not recommend using 10″ precuts for it. They are not always cut square, or even at a full 10″. The pinking on the edges is about an 1/8″ deep, and that can really make it difficult to have full seam allowances when your block is already a tiny bit short, as you can see in the picture above. This block also has 6 layers of fabric at the center seam allowance. It makes it a bit thick, but I had no problem sewing it. I think it will be fine to quilt over as well, but I did press all of those seams open because of the bulk.

This week I will finish up the block layout, add two borders (I hate borders, but this quilt needs them), sew the backing yardage together and baste the quilt.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Make two grey blocks
  • Decide on layout and assemble quilt top
  • Sew backing
  • Baste quilt
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Finished Friday | Churning Diamonds

If you’ve followed my blog the last couple of months you may know that I have been working on a Churn Dash quilt. And I finally have a finish! I am celebrating over here this week!!

Last summer I picked up a Feed Company by Sweetwater layer cake at quilt shop in Colorado Springs. I didn’t have any plans for it, but I loved the Church Cookbook recipes print in the fabric line. Earlier this year we purchased a house in Oregon and I started rummaging through my stash trying to find the perfect fabrics to make a quilt for the house. I noticed the layer cake and knew instantly that it would become a Churn Dash quilt for the house. It had the farm house feel I wanted to decorate the house with. The decor didn’t turn out quite the way I envisioned, but this quilt will still be perfect!

Stitch ALL The Things | Churning Diamonds Quilt

I did struggle trying to finish this quilt. I was following THIS Churn Dash tutorial by Missouri Star Quilt Company. I loved how snowballing the corners of the block added diamonds to the quilt. I chose a red print from the line, but the print was just too subtle of a red. It didn’t give the quilt the pop I was expecting. And that’s when I started to lose my love of the quilt. It really took my Sewjo away. With the suggestion of a reader here, I decided a darker binding would help create a frame for the quilt and, in the end, I loved the way it turned out. I really had to force myself to get this one done, thus the “Churning Diamonds” title. The name incorporates the Churn Dash block, the diamonds created by the snowballed corners, and exactly how I felt trying to finish this quilt.

Stitch ALL The Things | Feed Company by Sweetwater Quilt Backing

I chose the Church Cookbook print for the backing. I wanted only that print for the backing, but didn’t order quite enough yardage (as usual). I added the aqua plaid print because that happens to be my second favorite print in the line. I agonized overhow to quilt this for a while, and ultimately settled on an all-over swirl flower with a ribbon swirl and a leaf motif.

Stitch ALL The Things | Churn Dash Quilting Motif

The border is a simple ribbon swirl. The quilting took longer than I expected because I was constantly stopping to check the direction I needed to go for the next flower. Despite that, I felt really comfortable quilting this, and didn’t worry so much about any mistakes I’ve made. I feel like my free-motion quilting is improving with each quilt. Knowing I was keeping the quilt for myself really took a lot of pressure off to try and make it “perfect”. Like that’s a real thing in quilting. Ha! I should note that I normally use Aurifil 40 weight for quilting. However, last summer I also bought a cone of Superior Omni 40 weight thread and decided to try and use that up. I didn’t realize it was a poly-wrapped poly thread until after I quilted it (so much for my paying attention to labels). It quilted fine, but I’ll see how it works out on my quilt once it comes out of the dryer.

Stitch ALL The Things | Quilt Border

I am glad this is done, and that I’ve fallen in love with it again. It will be heading to its home in three weeks! Now, for those who like details…

“Churning Diamonds”

Finished size
76″ x 88″
Pattern
Churn Dash Quilt
Fabric
Feed Company by Sweetwater Layer Cake, Kona Snow Layer Cake (Top)
Feed Company by Sweetwater Butter Churn print in Red (Border)
Feed Company by Sweetwater Church Cookbook and Aqua Plaid prints (Backing)
Feed Company by Sweetwater Bandana in Navy print (Binding)
Batting
Warm & Natural
Thread
Pieced with Aurifil 50 wt 2309
Quilted with Superior Omni 40 Wt 3002
Binding stitched with Aurifil 40 wt. 2000
Quilting
Free-motion all over Swirl Flower
Finished
September 14, 2016

Linking up with:
TGIFF hosted by Adrienne of chezzetcook
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop hosted by Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finish It Up Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts
Finished {or Not} Friday hosted by Busy Hands Quilts

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts


To-Do Tuesday 9-13-16 | Time to Bind

Quilt Binding

Yay! I did it! I finished the quilting on the Churn Dash quilt and I couldn’t be more excited. I completely drug my feet getting this quilt done, and I can’t explain why other than I really did seem to lose my energy for this quilt halfway through. I do love the way the quilting turned out on it. Although, the quilting took more time to accomplish than I expected as I had to be very careful not to quilt myself into a corner. I ended up having to stop after finishing each flower swirl motif and plan where the next motif was going to be. I am so happy to be done with the quilting on this one. I sewed the binding to the front and have hand stitched down approximately 1/3 of the binding to the back. Two more evenings of stitching that and I’ll be done. I’m excited to have a Friday Finish post this week!

secret-project

The picture above is a sneak peak of a quick secret project. I promised a friend an easy tutorial for a guest post. I spent Monday sewing and taking photos of the process, and hope to get the tutorial written and pictures edited and uploaded on Tuesday and sent to my friend by Wednesday.

Alpine Fabric by Pink Chandelier

In anticipation of getting started on my Christmas quilt, I pulled out my stack of Alpine fabrics. I can’t wait to get to work on this next quilt!! What have you been up to? Are you getting ready to start any holiday sewing?

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Write guest post
  • Finish stitching Churn Dash binding
  • Start Christmas Quilt
  • Write Finished Friday post
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