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Conchalea 05-31-2021 01:10 PM

I've been absent from the board for an extended time, due to very long rides with my motorcycle group, and I attended my grandson's high school graduation, 9 days after his 2 year college graduation. That one was all virtual. But I found time in between all this to buy some fabric. K & I found a quilt shop in Stephenville, TX, about 40 miles from home! Sadly, she was in closing down mode, but lots of fabric was on sale. We each got FQ's, yardage, & I got some 108" backs & a TX panel to make a square pillow to go with the western quilt I've started. I bought the first fabric for it when Covid shut-down first began & have added to it since moving here.


oksewglad 06-02-2021 11:36 AM

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From 5/30/21 post here's T shirt quilt #1 in the layout stage and then the completed quilt with the happy recipient.

Conchalea 06-02-2021 03:03 PM

Great Tshirt quilt, OK. I made 2 for the family of a dear friend, and I know how difficult it can be to stabilize the decals & sew together several that are all different sizes.

retiredteacher09 06-02-2021 05:27 PM

Wonderful t-shirt quilt, oksewglad.

Conchalea: I’m glad you are still finding fabric for your Western quilt.


Conchalea 06-03-2021 12:17 PM


Originally Posted by retiredteacher09 (Post 8488375)
Wonderful t-shirt quilt, oksewglad.

Conchalea: I知 glad you are still finding fabric for your Western quilt.

thanks. I think I found plenty. I may have enough for pillowcases

rryder 06-05-2021 02:29 AM

Oksewglad- great t-shirt quilt! Congratulations on getting it finished!

Rob

happylab 06-05-2021 05:45 AM

I went on a mini show hop mid May. At one store I found a scrap bin where you stuff as much fabric as you could get in a bag for $7.00 dollars. I bought 2. 2/3 of the pieces were just an inch or 2 short of a FQ size, or long pieces 4-8” by LOF. Definitely useable pieces for QAL’s and scrappy. I bought a dragon twin top kit for grand nephew and several background pieces, etc, etc. a very fun trip.

my project this month, finish a quilt for my niece. It’s a pattern from Missouri star quilt company (simple pattern). On the back when we went there for the last birthday bash they had 2 years ago, she found some minky cow spot pattern to use on the back. She lives out in the country and raises cows occasionally. This project will reduce a fraction of my stash. Oh well, it’s the enjoyable life of a quilter. LOL.

Happy sewing and quilting everyone.

acheela 06-05-2021 07:17 AM

Another top done
 
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Got this one done last night. It started out as a twin, but it has over a foot of overhang on my queen. I知 in the preplanning stage of trying to figure out what quilting to do on it. Being a newby to all this, I知 a little intimidated to try anything other than SND or meander. I did find a couple of books at an estate sale this morning with tons of ideas for FMQ. I think I知 going to look through those and take the plunge. This one really lends itself to custom quilting I think. Any suggestions for designs would be welcomed.

acheela 06-05-2021 07:23 AM


Originally Posted by Conchalea (Post 8487841)
I've been absent from the board for an extended time, due to very long rides with my motorcycle group, and I attended my grandson's high school graduation, 9 days after his 2 year college graduation. That one was all virtual. But I found time in between all this to buy some fabric. K & I found a quilt shop in Stephenville, TX, about 40 miles from home! Sadly, she was in closing down mode, but lots of fabric was on sale. We each got FQ's, yardage, & I got some 108" backs & a TX panel to make a square pillow to go with the western quilt I've started. I bought the first fabric for it when Covid shut-down first began & have added to it since moving here.

wow!! I used to live in S致ille years ago. I ride as well... moved to Wisconsin a couple years ago.

oksewglad 06-05-2021 08:43 AM

Lovely quilt acheela!

juliasb 06-05-2021 09:04 AM


Originally Posted by Conchalea (Post 8487841)
I've been absent from the board for an extended time, due to very long rides with my motorcycle group, and I attended my grandson's high school graduation, 9 days after his 2 year college graduation. That one was all virtual. But I found time in between all this to buy some fabric. K & I found a quilt shop in Stephenville, TX, about 40 miles from home! Sadly, she was in closing down mode, but lots of fabric was on sale. We each got FQ's, yardage, & I got some 108" backs & a TX panel to make a square pillow to go with the western quilt I've started. I bought the first fabric for it when Covid shut-down first began & have added to it since moving here.

It is good you are back now with all you have had going on. It will be fun to see what you get done with all the fine fabrics and the panel you bought.

juliasb 06-05-2021 09:09 AM

I was biting at the bit when my sister called me this morning and told me about an estate sale that had everything from a quilting machine to fabrics and frames and book and so much more. Selling what ever will fit in a bag for $5 tomorrow. I had to take a deep breath and remind myself, do I need any of these things? Or do I let common sense? Today common sense rules. No fabrics or other things. My sister bought 2 large containers of buttons and many brand new books. She is very happy with her purchases. Of course this sale is on the sidewalk right next to a LQS. To much temptation for me to even get close. The plan is not to get dressed today.

Conchalea 06-05-2021 10:13 AM


Originally Posted by acheela (Post 8489001)
wow!! I used to live in S致ille years ago. I ride as well... moved to Wisconsin a couple years ago.

My paternal g-parents had a farm on the Lingleville Hwy when I was small, then moved to town. My parents met at Tarleton. S-ville is a booming town these days.

ckcowl 06-06-2021 04:36 AM

Well I did it....went on 10 days of vacation and didn’t spend a single cent on quilting. First time in 20+ years we didn’t visit a single shop, it was a very nice vacation, traveling through Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and South Dakota. Stayed in a cabin in South Dakota took lots of pictures and came home with over $1000 in vacation money- that’s never happened before either. I am ready to load up the next quilt on my stack to be quilted and continue using what I have.

joe'smom 06-06-2021 08:24 AM

Congratulations, ckcowl. That is an amazing milestone.

acheela 06-06-2021 08:56 AM


Originally Posted by Conchalea (Post 8489064)
My paternal g-parents had a farm on the Lingleville Hwy when I was small, then moved to town. My parents met at Tarleton. S-ville is a booming town these days.


Oh my god! I used to live on the lingleville hwy. that house in between Lingleville and Desdemona on the south side of the road. Crazy small world!!

retiredteacher09 06-06-2021 04:55 PM

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happylab: You got a great deal on those scrap bags.

acheela: Very pretty quilt!

juliasb: Good restraint on not checking out the estate sale.

ckcowl: Way to go on saving your money and still enjoying your vacation!

I finished several tops for my church quilting group. They are 60” by 80”. I also donated some fabric to a fundraiser garage sale so the fabric stash is going down a tad. 🙂

Here are 2 of the tops:
First one is a Log Cabin setting. 2” black strips were found in a donation (I needed a minimum of 1.5”) and they were close to the length I needed. The colorful strips were in my 1.5” drawer. A learning lesson: I sewed some that started with dark logs and some that started with light logs. Oops! Oh well! I made the same number of each style and put both styles in the block and it created an interesting design.

In the second picture, the bigger blocks were leftovers from a Wanda quilt by GEDesigns and extra blocks from Accuquilt’s Crazy Quilt die.



WMUTeach 06-07-2021 02:43 AM

Retiredteacher09, Very interesting version of the Log Cabin. I don't think I have ever seen it with the black logs that create floating colored strip "flowers". A creative concept that proves everything old is new again.

rryder 06-07-2021 03:32 AM

Great use of scraps in both, Connie.


oksewglad 06-07-2021 04:03 AM

Oh I really like the Log Cabin, Connie. Kudos to your continued sewing for your church group!

Conchalea 06-07-2021 05:12 PM


Originally Posted by acheela (Post 8489291)
Oh my god! I used to live on the lingleville hwy. that house in between Lingleville and Desdemona on the south side of the road. Crazy small world!!

I'll look for your old house next time I travel that way.

Rff1010 06-07-2021 05:50 PM

Spent the evening "scrap processing". Cut some 5" squares. Made 10 spot in the middle blocks 6.5" and took a bunch of leftover flannels for an improv pieced back. Always astonishes me how much fabric was in those leftover strips from the long arm lady. Work was fairly brainless which is good considering the heat wave we are in.

Think I'm ready for a scrap nickel quilt soon. That's a nice feeling.

oksewglad 06-09-2021 04:26 AM

I am pleased to announce that I finished a quilt top with no new fabric...sorry to say that none came from stash either. Tshirt quilt top #2 is finished with no added fabrics. I did piece some rail fences/chevrons and four patches from the t shirts which took quite a bit of time. now to get it on the LA and start #3 quilt!

retiredteacher09 06-09-2021 04:26 PM

Rff1010: Great job of scrap processing!

oksewglad: Wahoo to tshirt quilt top #2 finish!

oksewglad 06-10-2021 08:52 PM

I was stoked...thought I'd get tshirt #2 quilted tonight...get down to the bottom and I'm short on fabric! I think I put the backing fabric the wrong way as I have plenty on the sides...I should've noticed it at the beginning. Oh well have plenty to piece but it's going to be a hassle to do it by hand while rest of quilt is rolled on the LA.

Irishrose2 06-11-2021 09:09 AM


Originally Posted by oksewglad (Post 8490166)
I was stoked...thought I'd get tshirt #2 quilted tonight...get down to the bottom and I'm short on fabric! I think I put the backing fabric the wrong way as I have plenty on the sides...I should've noticed it at the beginning. Oh well have plenty to piece but it's going to be a hassle to do it by hand while rest of quilt is rolled on the LA.

I just did this. Pulled out a stored quilt to FMQ. Rolled the batting and both pieces on their boards. When I started to pin, the backing wasn't wide enough. Ran to the store and purchased more'. When I got to the end, I had enough backing left that I wouldn't have had to buy that yard of fabric. I had it turned the wrong way. Oh, well. I wasn't about to unpin it, so now my binding will be from the leftover. Glad I'm not the only one.

happylab 06-11-2021 06:16 PM

I need to go to a LQS tomorrow when they open. I need some stabilizer for a LA embroidery class project for tomorrow afternoon on zoom. I need to get all of my supplies together tomorrow morning. I have everything else. I知 excited to see how my project turns out. Then towards the end of next week I will be going to the Kansas City Regional quilt festival a couple of days. I知 sure I will increase my stash some. I知 looking for long arm items and thread. I don稚 need any fabric, but I expect a few pieces to follow me home. I知 looking forward to going. So the bottom line my UFO will not get done until next week.

I enjoy seeing the completed projects everyone is completing. Such creative use of your stash for the church quilts Connie.

ckcowl 06-12-2021 09:41 AM

I loaded up my next quilt to be quilted- it is only 57” x 76” so I didn’t want to use one of my queen battings for it so I started pulling out left over pieces and pieced a batting for it from scraps. I Just butt the edges together and use a wide zigzag- you can never tell once it’s all quilted. Sometimes I’m just too lazy but I only have 4 packaged battings left and don’t want to waste them on small quilts when I have totes of scraps- pieces cut away after quilting. I also ( although behind) pulled stash fabric to make my next National Quilt Museum BOM block, it’s a quilt as you go project so I’m using smaller pieces of scrap batting for it too. I don’t feel as if My stacks of ufos and projects are diminishing much but I keep trudging along, using what I have and doing what I can.I’m still spread a little thin but I do feel better when I put forth the effort to work on something- even if only for half an hour. I have been enjoying the ( challenge) to find pieces on the shelves- some quite old and making use of them in current projects. I really need to spend a few days just sewing scraps though- the basket is overflowing again.

Iceblossom 06-12-2021 10:09 AM

I've been sort of stalled and lost in a blur of days... Mostly bad physical health and a rougher than normal patch of insomnia so not much to report but that means I haven't added any fabric to my stash either. Some days, we take what we get :)

Feeling better and ready to start moving again on Aunt Debbie's quilt. That's the plan today anyway and it seems feasible, I think I just need to go reintroduce myself to the project.

happylab 06-19-2021 04:05 PM

I went to the LQS and bought fabric for future embroidery projects. I will play with that later this week.

Yesterday I went to the KC regional quilt show for 6 hours. I did not buy any fabric. I did buy thread, a ruler, a chock board kit that can be made into a quilted wall hanging. I may switch out some of the fabric pieces to make it more my liking. Then I bought a massaging pillow for my quilting room and a lint brush that cleans with soap and water to remove lint and pet hair. No more having to buy tape for the current lint rollers. And that was pretty much it. Basically just had a fun day with my niece.

acheela 06-19-2021 04:10 PM

I知 about to fall miserably I知 afraid!!
 
I have been on a cross country motorcycle trip the past two weeks. I知 on my way home now, and Monday I am staying in a motel near Hamilton Missouri I知 positive my motorcycle is going to be strapped down with fabric sigh but how can you go to quilt city and not buy?? Lol

maryb119 06-20-2021 03:33 PM


Originally Posted by acheela (Post 8491835)
I have been on a cross country motorcycle trip the past two weeks. I知 on my way home now, and Monday I am staying in a motel near Hamilton Missouri I知 positive my motorcycle is going to be strapped down with fabric sigh but how can you go to quilt city and not buy?? Lol

You could mail it home...LOL

acheela 06-20-2021 08:03 PM


Originally Posted by maryb119 (Post 8492034)
You could mail it home...LOL

yes, but I made room on purpose for this very thing. Just depends on how much I splurge.

Rff1010 06-24-2021 04:05 PM

Am I doing this right?
 
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Working on my first lone star. What I'm doing basting with my longest stitch length (5.0), checking my points and then going over with regular stitches (2.2). Literally. Right over the same line.

Is there anything I need to worry about? Sewing over the same line twice.

Iceblossom 06-25-2021 03:49 AM

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Rff1010, is looking good! I have a project that in the planned pile (its for me even) that will have 9 lone stars in it, but I am lacking motivation...

I did get the airplane quilt for my Tuesday Group hostess quilted, posted that in the Virtual Weekend Thread. Since I'm posting anyway, I'll throw the picture here too. Our usual group quilter lost her husband at the end of last year and had to bow out of this project, she just wasn't up to it. The person getting the quilt is the 2nd quilter in line and we are trying to surprise her. 3rd quilter in line is having shoulder surgery and not allowed to be lugging around quilt top... And then it was my turn in line! I did a basic serpentine grid, which is the go-to answer for Janice and how she quilts about 90% of her tops, so it was a nod to her within my skill set. (Not that we are counting but I was able to take the backing -- true vintage!!, 1952-3 could be dated from a rare printed selvedge, the border, and the sashing fabric all out of stash)

edit if in time, top is at next person for binding to be attached (5th machine quilter in line but beautiful handwork) and the final person, our newest member and while has vast garment skills, her blocks in this were only her second quilt blocks. Her first were for the quilt we made for the No. 1 quilter last year...

I am slowly back to work at Aunt Debby Bleeds Blue, I got my 2nd order of fabric, and have that cut. I have begun to make the star blocks, the centers are cut and I'm doing the yellow points. I have to cut and make the fan blade sections after that, then the fan blocks and then put it together, the background and the pie pieces are ready to go.

It is hot here for us, no AC in my house and sewing room is the hottest room in the house. Good thing I get up early when it is cool.

Sort of got into a happy place there of looking at online fabric and such, can be dangerous. I don't think I've gotten a back for Debbie's yet -- I'll have to go back and double check, but am doing well otherwise resisting buying more.

rryder 06-25-2021 04:57 AM

RF1010- those star sections are looking good. I’ve stitched over basting thread before and not had any problems. I use the same thread for both the basting and the final stitch line- usually Bottom line (60wt) and it works really well for getting things matched up without adding bulk to the seams.

Rob

Rff1010 06-25-2021 08:26 AM

Thanks so much for the advice everyone. The grey's are all scrap fabric and this is a "practice piece" before making a little something for myself.

For those considering but have never done before: Nancy for "On Point TV' did a whole tutorial series that I am finding helpful.

Iceblossom 06-25-2021 08:40 AM

So wait -- are you putting together all those little diamonds and not sewing in strip sets? Double hats off to you!

I'm going to try and look like snowflakes instead of the more radiating type stars -- but it will be strip sets and I'm hoping for some serendipity but I think I'm going to just have a few more stars than I actually use...

joe'smom 06-25-2021 02:33 PM


Originally Posted by Rff1010 (Post 8492803)
Working on my first lone star. What I'm doing basting with my longest stitch length (5.0), checking my points and then going over with regular stitches (2.2). Literally. Right over the same line.

I am working on my first lone star, too. But mine is only a 6" block. That basting sounds like a good idea!

Iceblossom, that is a darling quilt!

retiredteacher09 06-25-2021 04:36 PM

Rff1010 and joe痴mom: Have fun making your Lone Star quilts.

Iceblossom: That backing is my age! Lol! Cute quilt!



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