Category Archives: Quilting

Stash Report – Week 22, 2017

Nothing Used. Nothing Added.  I’m slowly working on projects but can’t add to my stash report just yet.  I’m binding Missing Ivy so that will be in the finished department soon and those numbers will bring me closer to the black side.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used this week: 2 yards
  • Used year to date: 9.5 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 23 yards
  • Net ADDED for 2017: 13.5 yards

Slow Stitching Sunday

And for Slow Stitching Sunday with Kathy at Kathy Quilts… I will continue to work on Block 7 for A Rainbow Garden!

Here’s where I was last time:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 7 – still in process
5/28/2017

 

Here’s where I am now:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 7 – still in process
6/4/2017

I got a lot of progress done on this block and I’m loving it again.  I need to put the last two of the leaves and then I’ve got 4 flowers to stitch on.  I have some finishing stitches to embroider on and then it’s done.  I hope to get this done this week.

~happy crafting!

~Melanie

see more stash reports at Quilt Paint Create’s site  and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching and Quilting is more fun than Housework

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

 

Civil War Diary Quilt: Block 3

Conscript Law

Civil War Diary Quilt
Block 3
Conscript Law
5/29/17

See details of this quilt on my project page: Civil War Diary Quilt.

 

I needed 12 HSTs. I couldn’t figure out how much to cut the squares to get a finished 1.5 HST.  I couldn’t figure out how to get EQ7 to tell me how to do this.  If you know, please let me know.  To be fair, the program comes with tutorials and things and I’ve only watched the first video.  I plan to spend time each week learning the program but I’m not there yet so… it’s the user, not the program.  Anyway, this site calculates it for you.  All you need is to enter the finished size of the HST and it will tell you how big to cut the squares.  Since I needed 12 HST I chose to use the 4 HST method. 🙂

The blocks in this quilt will finish at 6″.  I cut my squares to 4″.  To be exact, it would have been cut at 3-3/8″ but I cut it larger to trim down.  I trimmed the HSTs to 2″.

Then I needed to make this little block:

That baby is probably about a 3″ square.  I trimmed it down to a 2″ square. I do not know the name of the unit.  There probably is a name for it.

To get 4 of these I needed to cut:

  • 2-4″ squares of the red and the white
  • 1 – 4″ square of the turquoise, then cut on the diagonal twice for 4 triangles

For the red and white squares, I put the right sides together and drew a line on the diagonal. sewed a quarter inch from each side of the line; cut on the line and then cut on the diagonal. you’ll get a total of 8 half triangles. put aside the ones with the white fabric on the left and keep the ones with the red fabric on the left.

Then I center the turquoise triangles onto the red/white triangles and sewed on the long edge.  I press fabric into the turquoise but I assume you can press in the method you like.

Then I trim to 2″ squares. And put all the little pieces together to make the final block.

Civil War Diary Quilt
Block 3
Conscript Law
5/29/17

 

And here’s my back so you can see what that looks like:

Personally, and I don’t mean to brag, but I am so amazed at how far I’ve come in my quilting journey.  I’ve been quilting for about 10 years now and I’m loving how my points are matching and how flat this block is.  I’m happy that I took the time to learn the steps and practice and learn things over again.  Practice makes perfect.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t but I love how my journey is progressing. 🙂

~happy piecing!

~Melanie

Stash Report – Week 21, 2017

The weekly stash report is being hosted at Quilt Paint Create’s site.  Thank you for hosting!  I enjoy it each week even though I’ve been out of the loop the last few weeks.

I pulled fabric to make my Maxwell Bag –

The outer and inner parts put together

It’s not finished yet so I’m a little hesitant to add the usage.  However, it’s almost done and I’m afraid if I do not add it now, I will forget to add it later.  And I really do not know how much to count as usage.  I pulled fabric from my scrap bins.  I’ve had these little owl scraps and other beautiful pieces forever and didn’t want to put it in a scrappy quilt.  I didn’t want the fabric to get lost in a scrappy quilt.  I love how they are being used in this bag.  Anyway, I’m just going to say 2 yards because there was a lot of fabric used and bits thrown away.  I could grab the pattern and get the real amount of yardage to add but I am too lazy right now.  So, I’m just going to say 2 yards for now and when I get together with the ladies to finish up this bag I’ll count up the real amount of yardage for my stash report.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used this week: 2 yards
  • Used year to date: 9.5 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 23 yards
  • Net ADDED for 2017: 13.5 yards

Slow Stitching Sunday

And for Slow Stitching Sunday with Kathy at Kathy Quilts… I will continue to work on Block 7 for A Rainbow Garden!

Here’s where I was last time:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 7 – still in process
5/14/2017

Here’s where I am now:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 7 – still in process
5/28/2017

 

~happy crafting!

~Melanie

see more stash reports atPatchwork Times and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching and Quilting is more fun than Housework

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

 

Civil War Diary Quilt: Block 2

Oath of Allegiance

Civil War Diary Quilt
Block 2
Oath of Allegiance
5/20/17

My blocks will finish at 6″ once pieced into the quilt top.

There are faster ways to put this block together but since I’m only doing 1 block and not 50 of them, I cut each individual square at 1-3/4″ and then pieced them together.  First in pairs, then in squares, and so on until the block was done.

I’m still loving it!

See the first block and all the details on my project page at Civil War Diary Quilt.

~happy piecing!

~Melanie

Stash Report – Week 20, 2017

It’s been about 10 weeks since I last posted a stash report.  And I really do not have much to say other than over the last 10 weeks, I attended my LQS anniversary sale, I was gifted a ton of yardage, and I didn’t finish anything other than a few drawstring bags.  I didn’t count anything in or out but I want to start back at it.  So I’m just going to say that I added 15 yards net in the last 10 weeks.  It might be over or under but if I try to be accurate I’m never going to jump back on this saddle.  And I really want to get back on this saddle.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used this week: 0 yards
  • Used year to date: 7.5 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 23 yards
  • Net ADDED for 2017: 15.5 yards

A few weeks ago I was about to give up counting stash altogether.  But since then I’ve gone to my LQS a number of times and bought more fabric.  Some of it was for projects I was working on or planning like my Civil War Diary quilt but there was a lot that I bought just to buy.  That’s when I knew I was in trouble and that I had to get back to my weekly stash reports.  I recognize that I purchase more fabric when I’m not quilting.  So by the third visit I decided to stop going to the LQS and really start using that time to quilt.  In addition, I also decided not to count my craft spending any more.  It really doesn’t help me reduce my spending and it just makes me feel guilty about how much I do spend.

Since I last posted a Stash Report, Judy decided to do away with hosting the linky for the Sunday Stash Reports.  Where is everyone posting now?

 

Slow Stitching Sunday

And for Slow Stitching Sunday with Kathy at Kathy Quilts… I will continue to work on Block 7 for A Rainbow Garden!

Here’s where I was last time:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 7
4/30/2017

And here I am now:

A Rainbow Garden
Block 7 – still in process
5/14/2017

I’ll be working on that big center flower today and hopefully get that done.  I’ve still got a bunch of little pieces to add so I’m not sure how much longer it will be before I can count this block finished.

~happy crafting!

~Melanie

see more stash reports atPatchwork Times and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching and Quilting is more fun than Housework

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

 

Civil War Diary Quilt

If you follow me on Instagram (@thousandneedles) you saw all these pictures already.  But I wanted to go into full detail while I still have all the details…  I’ll prepare a project page for future reference at some point.

Fabrics used:

Kona White

Red/Salmon (Medium): Doodle Box Red, Cori Dantini by blend – The Adventurers

Turquoise Blue (Dark): The fabric line is not on the selvage.  Also, the front looks exactly like the back.  I hope when all is said and done, you won’t be able to tell.

Also, I am planning on using other fabrics as I go through each block but I’ll be starting with these three for now.  I am also planning on staying within the colorways.

I’ve had the book Civil War Diary Quilt by Rosemary Youngs since the rage a few years ago.  But didn’t make the quilt for one reason or another.  I decided one morning that I wanted to start.  I’d been thinking about modern quilts and traditional quilts and I grapple between the two.  I have not made a “modern” quilt as I’ve been trying to finish up some things over the last few years and the urge to stop what I was working on to work on other things was kept at bay.  Now, my sewjo has left me again and the old tactics I’ve used in the past to get it back are simply not working.  I think it’s time I start something new.  And how fun it would be to create this traditional quilt normally created with civil war reproduction fabrics in my current 2 favorite colorways.  Actually salmon/pink is my color and somehow this red took over.  I plan to put more salmon/pink in the quilt to reduce the red effect.  I love how the turquoise blue looks with the salmon.

The intro of the book provide instructions on how to do the blocks by hand with templates and foundation piecing.  It seemed overly complicated to me.  So I purchased the Civil War Diary add on from Rosemary Young for EQ7.  I have EQ7 but I’m not proficient in it and very rarely use it.  I bought it because I knew I would use it for this book, Dear Jane, and other quilts I want to make in the future.  Since this is the first real project I’m using EQ7 I’m struggling.  Any pointers would be much appreciated.  I was able to get the Civil War Diary blocks into EQ7.  The blocks are not in the same order as they are in the book and there isn’t a way to search for them.  If you know of a way to search, please let me now.  For now, I have to scroll through all 121 blocks and examine them closely to see if it resembled the first block.  Of course, the first block in the book was the last block in the program.  I’m rearranging them as I find them so that the first block is really first in my block library for this project.  To be fair, I haven’t taken any of the tutorials for the program.  I do plan on taking them one of these days to help me get my bearings.

I figured out how to print the block with “rotary cutter” instructions.  It’s kind of helpful in that it gives me the measurements of what to cut.  But it’s not completely intuitive.  For example, the first block finished looks like this:

Civil War Diary Quilt
Alarming Conditions
Block 1
5/14/17

There are 12 HSTs in this block.  EQ7 provided the measurement for the HST.  But I like to do my HSTs where you cut the squares, draw a diagonal line and with right sides together, sew a quarter inch on each side of that diagonal line, cut on the diagonal line and that will provide me with 2 HSTs.  The problem? I didn’t know how big to cut my squares so that the HST would finish at 1-3/4″ I basically cut them big (2.5″ squares) and trimmed the HSTs down to 1-3/4″.

In addition, there are 8 pieces that use the tri-recs ruler.  Again, the program gave measurements of cutting the fabric along with the degree of the angles.  That’s way too complicated but I guess if you didn’t have a tri-recs ruler, that would be the way to get these shapes.  I don’t know.  I’ve had the tri-recs ruler for so long I don’t remember ever making these without them.  Or how to do it without them.  I wonder if there is a way to tell EQ7 what rulers I have so that instead of giving me the measurements, they tell me where to cut the tri-recs at.  I cut them at 2″ and once the little pieces were put together, trimmed them down to 1-3/4″ again.

Block #1 – Alarming Conditions

 

Civil War Diary Quilt
Alarming Conditions
Block 1
5/14/17

I generally try not to work with directional fabrics and I didn’t realize I had purchased it in this case.  I normally don’t care or pay attention to them.  But this time around, I feel like paying attention to them. It takes longer and some fussy cutting but I am enjoying to process right now.

Civil War Diary Quilt
Alarming Conditions
Block 1
5/14/17

Civil War Diary Quilt
Alarming Conditions
Block 1
5/14/17

 

Civil War Diary Quilt
Alarming Conditions
Block 1
5/14/17

 

Civil War Diary Quilt
Alarming Conditions
Block 1
5/14/17

 

Civil War Diary Quilt
Alarming Conditions
Block 1
5/14/17

 

Civil War Diary Quilt
Alarming Conditions
Block 1
The back
5/14/17

As much as I love the finished block, I wanted to point out that back. A lot of times, people do not show the back of the blocks.  I really paid attention to my pressing as there would have been a lot of bulky seams where the points met.  In the places that were extremely bulky, I went to the back and spun the seams.  Is that what it is called?  I learned this from Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt-a-longs each year.  The block lays pretty flat and I’m happy to have the first one done!

~happy piecing!

~Melanie

More quilt show pictures

 Karen Van Den Brink
Who was the featured artist of the show.

A week has gone by and I never got a chance to show more pictures from the show.  Karen Van Den Brink was the featured artist and I love the quilt above.  It is reverse applique and very simply quilted.  If you could see, it’s just straight lines diagonally across the quilt from corner to corner of each solid block of fabric. I told her how I liked her choice to quilt it simply and she laughed saying that she quilted it herself on her domestic which is why it’s so simply quilted.  I thought it was a design choice and thought the simplicity really made the complexity of the blocks stand out.  I liked it!

 

We will Never Be Royals
Dottie Cincis

 

The Shaman
Marty Boles

Golden Rain
Victoria Crayne

There were so many beautiful quilts at the show and I am extremely grateful to be part of a guild with the talent that was exhibited at the show.  I’ve taken note of my favorite quilters and I’m hoping to track down the ones who still give classes.  Some of them do periodically at the quilt shops around here.  I personally love the applique and the hand quilting.  One day I plan to start working on practicing hand applique and quilting on smaller projects.  I generally make big quilts and hand quilting a big quilt takes too much time.  I do not enjoy that process.  I’m already hand quilting Raining Cats and Dogs and I barely touch that 1-2 times per month.  I hope I can get to it more.  Now that basketball season is over for my Clippers I’m going to have to find an evening each week to spend some time quilting that project.

On the personal side: The hubby is back from the Philippines and we’re having friends and family come over today to welcome him back.  I hope to get some crafting done before they arrive.  I’m still having trouble staying motivated and working on things.  Knitting is easy because it’s small and travel ready.  I’ve picked up a copy of Love at first Stitch by Tilly Walnes.  It’s all about garment sewing for the beginning garment sewer.  I’m familiar with my sewing machine and quilting but have not ever done anything on garment sewing.  I’m intrigued by the #memademay movement and I’m inspired to start on the path of dressmaking.  I’ve struggled to find the right fit and the right look at commercial stores and pretty much only wear t-shirts and yoga pants on a day to day.  I hate shopping.  If you don’t know about Me Made May it’s all about wearing something you’ve created every day in May.  It’s meant to encourage crafters to use their handmade items more regularly and incorporate it into their daily wear.  I don’t have much of anything to actually wear so I’m just watching from the sidelines.  It’s a wonderful concept and I’m looking forward to trying out garment sewing.

The problem with starting is that I’ve got a backlog of other projects that I haven’t finished up yet.  To be honest, it’s like a weight around my neck. I don’t want to start anything new but I can’t find the motivation to finish anything.  I have an idea of a new quilting project and I want to get started.  I’ve had the book The Civil War Diary Quilt forever and I’ve always wanted to work through the book and make each block.  But I haven’t for one reason or another.  I woke up one morning with an idea to just start with some colors in mind.  I’ve been gathering the items I need and have finally gotten the background fabric I’ve decided on.  I was getting stuck on this and I decided not to get a lot of fabric.  I decided to just do one block at a time and see where this takes me.  There are 121 blocks in the book.  I do not know if I’ll make all of them.  But I’ll start with one and I hope to get at least 1 done every week.  That’s about all I’ve got for right now.  This is very different than how I normally work.  Normally I have a pattern or a plan and I follow it to the bitter end.  This is the first time I feel I’m winging it.  I’m kind of excited about this.

Those other unfinished projects… they’re going to have to remain unfinished.  I need to get my sewjo back and I hope to get that by starting this new project.  If you’ve worked on the Civil War Diary Quilt, any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.

~Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

 

 

 

SFVQA – Quilting in the Valley Quilt Show! Recap

I had a fabulous time.  Everyone was mostly pleasant and a blast.  There were a handful of grumpies but that’s normal so we can ignore them.  I was able to help the ladies run the credit card app and I traveled between locations to be on hand for any troubles.  They were pleased with my presence and I’m glad to have been of assistance.

Sorry I wasn’t able to post pictures last night.  One of the issues we ran across was that an older tablet was not connecting to the internet properly so I left my phone with that location so they would be able to use the credit card app on it.  I was not able to take pictures on Saturday.  But today, Sunday, I knew exactly which pictures I wanted.  Here are some pics of the quilts I enjoyed.  I didn’t get all the details (like whether it was machine appliqued, a pattern from someone else, or anything like that) but I am including the main quilt maker’s name.

Flower Pot #4
Lois Christianson

“Rainmaker”
Sue Rasmussen

 

“At Home in the Garden”
by Becky Kokkinos

“Fun and Fancy”
Zena Thorpe

“Guess who’s coming to Dinner?”
Victoria Crayne

“Leftover Stars”
Francine Landau

I’ll post more pictures tomorrow.

~Happy quilting

~Melanie

Quilting in the Valley quilt show!

I’m heading off to our guild’s quilt show this weekend.  I’m supposed to be helping the ladies with taking credit card payments.  🙂  I’m not sure what to expect but hopefully, all will go well.

I’ll post pictures on Instagram.  @thousandneedles

I plan to post pictures here later this evening.

Slow Stitch Sunday

Yesterday, I took her Glam Clam class with Latifah Saafir.  It was fun and exciting.  Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures because I’m awesome like that.  😉  And today, I’ve got family in town so I just wanted to get this out this morning!  My slow stitches for today –

Block 7 of A Rainbow Garden!

Here’s where I was last time:

 

Here’s where I am now:

4/30/2017

 

see more hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie