Nostalgia Twist · OMG · Paper Piecing

October OMG Blown Away

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OMG 2018 October

Earlier this month I linked up my goal for October.  Each month Patty with Elm Street Quilts hosts a linky party which we can document our quilting goals.  Once the month is over we can link up again with our accomplished goals.

I’m glad to say that this month I did a real good job and blew my goal away.  I had seventy-two pin wheel blocks to make.  I was scared to say that I’d be able to do all of them so my goal was only to get half done.  Happily, I’ve finished all of them.  And….

Star block

 

I was also able to add them to my Nostalgia Quilt.  I’ve been testing a pattern for Denise @ For The Love of Geese.  You can see below the progress I’ve made since the last time I’ve posted about it.  I think it is coming out great, and I can’t wait to finish.  The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter.  It’s getting quite big and I’m starting to have trouble getting it all in a picture.

Pinwheels on

I only have 1 1/2 rounds left.  There will be a row only at the top and bottom of geese blocks and a border of solid blue.

Well that’s all I have for now.  I did some marathon sewing on the weekend to get this done.

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to and  leave some comments and encouragement.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie

 

 

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Piecing · Pinwheel Roundabout

Redo

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From time to time, more often than I’d like to admit in my quilting journey, I make things that aren’t quite right.  Last week I wrote about my attempt at a jelly roll rug that got out of control.  I’m glad to say that I was able to redo it and all is well again in my world.

I’ve also been working on a BOM project with my local quilt club and the block I made a couple months ago just wasn’t quite right.  My problem with it is that the blues I chose didn’t have enough contrast in it.

August Block

The nice thing about sewing is that with a little effort things can be fixed.  So while I was shopping in MO a few weeks ago I kept an eye out for a different fabric that would be a better contrast.  Luckily, I believe I found what I was looking for.  I got cozy with my seam ripper which I have been doing too much recently and took the block apart and made it again.  I’m much more pleased with these results.  I hope you think so as well.

 

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In the background, I’ve been working on my pinwheel blocks for nostalgia twist quilt.  I have to make 72 of these blocks.  I was a bit intimidated in the amount of the blocks, but they are going together pretty fast. I’ve already got 50 of them together.  I might be able to finish all of them before the end of the month.  That would just be fantastic, as there is only one row left after this one, so I’m getting to the end of this top.  I’m getting excited to have it done.

Star block

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to and  leave some comments and encouragement.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie

 

2018 Finishes

Something Different

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While at my Quilt Club a couple of months ago, one of the members made the cutest jelly roll rug.  Her’s was made with bright colors and will look so happy where ever she chooses to put it.  It reminded me of the rugs at my Grandma’s home when I was a child.  She had one of those braided rugs in dark colors in her living room.  I hope that everyone remembers one of them.  A fond memory of mine is when I would run any available hot wheels cars around it in a car race using the rows as a track.  I spent hours doing this while my parents visited and I needed something to do.  With these memories in mind, I just had to give it a try.

I have a rug in my bathroom that has seen it’s better days and thought this rug would be nice and absorbent to get out of the shower on.  I’m notorious for dripping all over the place.  I just need to get out of the shower and have room to move around and dry off.  Well, that might be too much personal information, but there you go I’m putting it out there.  I chose a jelly roll on sale from MSQC about a month ago.  It is called Chicks on the Run Favorites Pinwheels  by Cheryl Haynes for Benartex.  I believe it was about $27 at the time so I thought it was a pretty good deal.

Another supply needed was 2 1/2 in strips of batting.  They sell batting already cut in strips but I’ve been saving all the edges of batting I’ve been cutting off my quilts.  My intentions at the time was to use them to make practice FMQ sandwiches.  So I cut up my left overs saving a few more dollars.  I didn’t really measure it, just cut all I had hoping that it would be enough.  So here it was all ready to go after I sewed my jelly roll together.  I used some left over fusible light weight interfacing to attach the edges of the batting together to make that big roll you see.  I was left with a half-dollar size roll of batting so if you count the inches on my mat you can see about how much you would need.

Supplies

In honor of the pattern designer, I will not provide the specifics to that pattern.  If you are interested the pattern is here.  As you will see a little later in this post I had to reach out to her with a question and Roma was very helpful.

Here I was folding the batting inside and clipping it to hold it together to get it to the machine to be sewed.  Those clips done a wonderful job.  I could have probably folded it as I sewed, but I have a bit of OCD and everything has to be just right.

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Once I had the whole strip sewn together, I then started zig zagging the strips around.  It all started well and good.  I would sew a couple of rows and then take it off the machine and press it as flat as it would go using much Best Press.  I covered my kitchen island with a beach towel so I had a pretty big flat surface to iron on without damaging my counter.

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But then it all went to pots.  I didn’t take a picture of it but I’ll just say as it got bigger the edges began to have wavy edges like a green leaf lettuce.  No amount of pressing would fix it.  This is where I reached out to Roma on Etsy and she was fantastic.  She emailed me back right away and said I had too much ease in my rug and that I’d probably need to rip it out.  So you know the saying, it at first you don’t succeed…  So I began ripping.  I enlisted my husband to help and to my amazement after three requests for help on my part he relented.

Once we were done ripping I began sewing the rows together again.  This time pulling the loose strip more firmly when I butted them together.  And VOILA!

done

If you want to give it a try and have any questions please let me know.  It was a fun project to make something very useful.

I’m happy with my results.  It won’t be put to use until I bring it to Quilt Club and show it off next month, but after that I’ll be walking all over it.

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to and  leave some comments and encouragement.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie

 

 

 

 

Nostalgia Twist · Paper Piecing · Piecing

October 2018 OMG

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A couple of weeks ago my husband and I took a road trip to MSQC for their 10 year birthday bash.  I had a great time.  I saw some demos, watch the hilarious cake walks for prizes, and  looked all over for a photo-op with Jenny or Rob.  Well, I didn’t get that photo I so desperately wanted.  The funny thing is that the only time I saw them that I might have been able to get a picture was when we were driving back to our hotel.  So I said to my husband stop, Stop, STOP the car!  I need a picture for my blog.  He looked at me like I was a nutcase and said too bad.  I could have jumped out of a moving vehicle, but thought better of it.

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I have to tell you that I’ve never seen so much fabric in my life.  The main words out of my mouth the whole time was ooooh and aaaah.  In nearly every store there was bins of fat quarters each were $1.  So I increased my stash with a few of those.  I picked up quite a few fat quarters while I was on my shop hop back in August, so I can see a scrappy quilt in my future.  One of the shops on the hop gave me a free pattern that I’m inclined to put on my to do list for the future.  Here’s the fat quarters I picked up in MO.

MSQC FQ

I also picked up a lovely fat quarter bundle that I can see a future quilt from.  I just love the greens and purples in it.

MSQC FQ bundle

One of the demos I saw was by Vanessa with Lella Boutique.  She shows us how she makes her Mini Open Heart Pin Cushion.  She gave us the pattern for free as well and a mini charm pack of her Garden Variety fabric to make the pin cushion.  I guess this will also be on my to do list.  Boy, that list is getting overwhelming.

MSCQ mini

Another demo I saw was by Terri Degenkolb.  She was showing us her applique technique that she used on her Going Places Quilt.  She had the quilt with her and I must say it was stunning.  One day when I try my had at applique I will have to try that.  She gave us a charm pack of here Road Tripping fabric.   I’m not quite sure what to do with this one yet, but I’m sure something will come up.  Maybe place mats or a table runner for a friend who has a camper.

MSQC Charm

And finally, I received gifts for my purchases from MSQC.  A couple of charms, 500 quilters cash points, and a bag to hold fat quarters.  I believe I probably need a few more to hold all the ones I have, but this can help me organize a few of them.

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Now that I’m back from vacation, I’m back to working on my Nostalgia Twist pattern test.  I finished another row, but was unable to hang it up and take a picture due to the weather here.  It has rained every day for at least three weeks.  When I say everything is wet, I am not exaggerating.  The grass is out of control and once it dries enough to cut, I will probably have another pile like this from last year.

grass pile

I guess all this rain is better than a hurricane.  We have been lucky so far in my area.  Once it cools off we will be out of the woods, but I am heart-broken for the ones on the east coast who are recovering from theirs.  I know how devastating it can be.

My goal for October is to work on the next row of blocks.  I only have two rows left so I am starting to see the end of the tunnel.  However, this row takes seventy-two blocks.  I don’t think I can do all of them this month so let’s say I complete at least half of them.  Here’s a picture of one of the blocks I finished yesterday.

Star block

I’m linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal.  This link up every month really helps me focus of accomplishing something every month and keeps me on track.  Otherwise, I’d probably be all over the place.

OMG 2018 October

Other linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to and  leave some comments and encouragement.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie

2018 Finishes · Regatta Quilt

2018 Bloggers Quilt Festival 2nd Entry

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This is the second year that I’m participating in the Bloggers Quilt Festival hosted by Amy Ellis at Amy’s Creative Side.  There are many generous sponsors giving away wonderful prizes.  Please click on her site and visit them.  I’m sure they have something you just got  to have.

My second entry is my Regatta Quilt.  I joined in with Roseanne’s QAL earlier this year.  I just love her QAL’s.  They are no stress and no deadlines.  It’s really easy-going.  She follows us and features them on her blog from time to time.

The pattern was from Daniela at Block M Quilts.  It was a fairly easy pattern and came together very well.  There is nothing more soothing to me than sewing long strips together.  I’ve heard it called mindless sewing.  It really does clear the mind.

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Once I got to the quilting, I watched a Jacquie Gering class on walking foot quilting.  It was called Next Steps With Your Walking Foot.  I used her braid technique.  I learned from her classes that you can do very interesting quilting without FMQ.  You can see the quilting better in this photo.  Some of the rows only show the first pass, but once I was finished each had a braided look.

Quilting

I’m feeling pretty proficient with my walking foot quilting and will move on to giving FMQ on my domestic machine a focus.  I have tried it out on a couple quilts so far, but I don’t think I’m very good at it.  I mentioned yesterday that my UFO pile is growing so I am hoping I will get some good practice on them in the near future.  I’m a long away from a long arm so this will have to do for now.

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to and  leave some comments and encouragement.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie

2018 Finishes · Finished Quilts · Stained Glass Quilt

Bloggers Quilt Festival 2018

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This is the second year that I’m participating in the Bloggers Quilt Festival hosted by Amy Ellis at Amy’s Creative Side.  There are many generous sponsors giving away wonderful prizes.  Please click on her site and visit them.  I’m sure they have something you just got  to have.

This year for me seems to be the year of piecing.  I’ve only completed a couple quilts so far, but I’ve been piecing up a storm.  I’ve convinced myself not to start another project until I can finish some of them.  That commitment may or may not last.  It’s always exciting to start a new quilt, but then again, I must remember how good I feel when I complete one.

I must confess that I’ve been wanting to do a jelly roll rug for my bathroom.  A lady from my quilt club brought one for show and tell and I am just in love with it.  I’ve purchased the supplies, but my good machine has been in the shop for two weeks now.  I need to wait until it comes home as I doubt machine number two is strong enough to sew through all those layers in a good way.   Maybe this new project won’t count since I understand it can be completed in a couple of days.

Alright, to the matter at hand.  Earlier this year I made a Grandma Window’s quilt.  I called it a Stained Glass quilt.  I had a good time with it.  The ombre fabric was fantastic.  My son grabbed it up as soon as it was done.  I did some custom walking foot quilting on each block and I used up the leftover fabric on the back.  I was very happy with the finish. I hope you enjoy it as well.

Stained Glass Quilt

Stained Glass Quilting

Stained Glass back

Thanks again Amy for hosting this festival.  I can’t wait to click on everyone’s entry and see their finishes for inspiration.

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to and  leave some comments and encouragement.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie

Nostalgia Twist · Paper Piecing · Piecing · Triangles Quilt

Check In Time

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I’ve been set to silent last week.  We had some crazy things going on.

I had some tires put on my car and had to wait on them for three hours.  I won’t be doing that again.  Next time my husband can go alone.  We had them done at Wal-Mart and they were so busy.  I guess I thought I would shop for my groceries while they were being installed.  I finished shopping and went check on the car.  It wasn’t even in the bay yet.  I stashed all my cold items in a freezer on the end of an aisle so it wouldn’t defrost while I was waiting.  Then went back for them when it was time to check out.  Do I have to say that we left with way too much groceries?  Maybe I won’t have to shop for a couple of weeks.

Our recessed microwave broke.  Boy, I didn’t realize how much I use that thing.  I can remember the day when we reheated everything on the stove or in the oven.  This appliance has spoiled me with its ease.  It’s been having trouble for a while.  Since it sits above my stove, when I boil something, it tends to steam up the touch panel and not all the buttons work until it dries out.  Well it finally wasn’t going back to normal any more.  Another issue we were having this summer is that a wasp nest set up house in our vent pipe.  I would come how from work every day and there would be a wasp in the kitchen.  We must have killed a dozen or more of those things.  Just when I thought I got rid of them (I hadn’t seen any for a couple of weeks) the nest fell into the exhaust fan.  You could hear it popping around in there.  So you can see why we finally gave up and got a new one.  It was quite the ordeal to hoist that thing into the space.  It was a very tight fit.  Anyway, it’s now pretty and new and hopefully will last another sixteen years like the first one did.

Well that’s all the drama going on let’s talk about something fun.  I’ve gotten back on focus on my Nostalgia Twist Quilt test pattern for Denise @ For the Love of Geese.  The next row is flying geese with block in a block corner stones.  I have these Geese blocks done and still have another 20 or so to do that have six geese on them.  I am hopeful that I can finish them by the end of this weekend.

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I will be taking a road trip the following weekend to Hamilton, Missouri.  I’m sure all my quilty friends know what is there.  Missouri Star Quilt Company is having their birthday bash and I’ll go bash with them.  I’m hoping I can get a selfie with Jenny or Rob.  I’ll certainly share it with you when I get back.

The other item I’ve been trying to work on is Roseanne and Sue’s Sew Along.  I mentioned it earlier in a post here.  I’ve started putting a couple blocks together and you can see two of my color ways.  There are two other color blocks, I’ll show them off soon.

 

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to and  leave some comments and encouragement.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie