Category Archives: Kayla’s Thirties Quilt

WIP Wednesday – 8/28/13

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

I didn’t get a lot done the last week as I’ve been out of town.
1. Raining Cats and Dogs – I got a lot done on this one since its all hand applique and easy to do while travelling.  I surprised myself in that I finished everything that I brought with me.  I was disappointed that I didn’t bring more so I could finish the block – but how was I to know!  Usually I do not even take it out of my suitcase so I’m happy that I was able to finish what I did.  As of today, everything is basted and I just need to applique a few items down.  I’m almost done with the stem, then I’ve got 3 leaves, the flower, and 1 umbrella.  I’m really trying to get this done this month since it’s been on my get it done list these last 3 months. 🙂

2. my hand quilt – I still need to get through half of that inner border.  I finished one side of the border on Monday and I’m hoping to do the other 3 sides over the next few days.

3. Easy Street – I plan on touching this one over the weekend so we’ll see how much I’m able to finish.  I really want the first two done this week so I’ll be working on those before I touch Easy Street.  But those are hand work and this one is machine work.  And I easily get tired of hand work when I’m in the presence of my machine so I will probably just jump between these three projects depending on my mood.

On a personal note – the kids start school today so we’re all excited.  Not only is it the first day of school but it’s the first day at a new school.  They’re scared and nervous and I’m right there with them.

~Wish I was quilting…

Melanie

Kayla’s Thirties Quilt – finally a finish!

This is the updated page in my quilt gallery –

Kayla’s Thirties Quilt

Year: 2009 – 2013

Size: 72″ x 86″

After I took “My First Quilt” class at my local quilt shop in Los Angeles, Quilt Emporium, I took the next class “The Next Step” (or something like that) specifically to make something for my daughter, Kayla.  The top is 100% cotton but the back is a red fleece so that it is soft to the touch.  I chose bright colors from the thirties because the colors bring me feelings of joy and happiness – and this was Kayla at age 8.  She was bright and joyful and happy.  Now she’s a twelve year old girl full of hormones and tween issues.  But the quilt still reminds me that underneath all the tween stuff, she’s still my bright, happy little girl.

I took the class in 2009 and finished the top pretty quickly.  I took a machine quilting class and found that my machine at that time wasn’t very good at machine quilting.  It would work fine when I went forward or backward but any kind of sideways or slants would cause the machine to skip stitches.  So I set the top aside while I saved up some money for a sewing machine.  In 2012, I purchased my Bernina 330.  I’m sure I could have gotten a different machine with more features but I wanted a Bernina.  So I got the Bernina I could afford.  After about 6 months of getting acquainted with my machine I decided to start quilting Kayla’s.  I absolutely hated quilting it.  Here’s a project where I loved the quilt top and felt that the quilting was making it ugly.  I kept stopping because of this disappointment.  However, now that it is done, it isn’t ugly at all.  I think it is beautiful.  You can see all the ugly quilting on the back of the quilt but who cares?  It’s finished and Kayla loves it. She already has me planning her next one.

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Finished on 8/19/2013

Stash Report – 8/25/13

A Finish!  I finally finished Kayla’s Thirties Quilt!  Yay!!!!  That’s 12 yards finished!  woohoo!

Then I bought 3 yards from my LQS since I’m in LA and I had to say hi to everyone.  But Kayla wants me to work on Judy’s Road to Brenham quilt at Patchwork Times so I’m getting yardage for a project – versus buying it just because.  So it’s okay, right? 🙂

Stash count:  **I started counting 5/23/13…

Used this week: 12 yards
Used year to Date: 15.5 yards
Added this Weeks: 3 yards
Added Year to Date: 99.75 yards
Net Added for 2013: 84.25 yards

see more stash reports at Patchwork Times.

On a side note – Pam mentioned me again on her podcast Hip to Be a Square and again I’m giddy with joy.  My family is in awe that I got mentioned twice. 🙂

WIP Wednesday – 8/21/13

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

I’m at Oakland Airport waiting to board my flight to Los Angeles and decided to stick with the program and let every one know my WiP progress.  I’m still working on my August goals:
1. A little bit of applique on Raining Cats and Dogs – not nearly where I want to be at this point but it’s all I brought with me on this trip so hopefully I’ll have a lot of it done by the time I get back up north.
2. Kayla’s Thirties Quilt – It’s all done!  yay – I finished it on Monday as quickly as I could.  Kayla wanted to use it right away.  She wouldn’t even let me wash it.  However – it’s been way to hot here in Fremont so it’s nicely folded at the edge of my bed waiting for her to take it.
3. Easy Street – Bonnie Hunter combined a bunch of things on that final step, didn’t she?  I finished the 16 blocks for the first block on step 8 but I still have to do the next one.  Then it’s time to combine it all.  I’m pretty sure that it will not be done this month but I am well on my way to finishing that top pretty soon.
4. my hand quilt – I still need to get through half of that inner border.  I’m back up north Monday, the 26th.  Ideally that would still be enough time to get what I need done before the end of the month but I’m not sure.  Kayla and I have taken to watching the first season of Once Upon a Time so it’s definitely possible. 🙂

Well – I’m off to LA!

~Wish I was quilting…

Melanie

Staycation is over with a vengeance…

today's sewing area / living room/ easy street gone wild

today’s sewing area / living room/ easy street gone wild

My staycation is over!  I’m sad but I’m happy to be at work getting all the things I need to get done done.  Here’s how I left my sewing area last night.  I really wanted to get the first Easy Street block from step 8 done (all 16 of them) but wasn’t able to do it.  I have one last row to finish on that block and they are done.  So Easy Street has gone wild in there.  There is the fabric on the piano, row 5 on the ironing board, the rest of the blocks are on the sewing table and then fabric on the little center table underneath the sewing table.

On a finish note – I did get the binding done on Kayla’s thirties quilt last night.  I started the label.  It’s almost done and then I’ll sew it onto the quilt.  I’m doing that part by hand just because its easier for me to.

I’ve decided to baste all the little pieces of Raining Cats and Dogs but I only had enough patience to do 3 pieces yesterday.  We’ll see if I have time to do some after work.  My momma wants to watch a movie later and my uncle is coming over, then I absolutely MUST go to yoga tonight so I probably will not get anything done.  But I hope to get something done if only a little thing. 🙂

I am going to try to continue to post every day now that I’m starting to get into the habit.

 

Have a quilty day!

Melanie

 

Stash Sunday and June – Get It Done!

I haven’t done my stash report the last few weeks. I have only unpacked the bare essentials to live and work. Life is crazy. We had a washing machine overflow a couple of weeks ago so the house flooded and now we’re waiting on the floors getting done before we unpack everything. I do have my sewing machine out to keep me sane (it’s one of those bare essentials!) So I’ve finished up a few things on my goal list this month. But before I move on to my goals I’ll catch up on my stash report. I haven’t used any yardage as they are all packed up. I did purchase 6 yards for a class I enrolled in (before the floors flooded). But last week they called to tell me I was the only one enrolled so they cancelled the class. I was sad but at the same time – the universe works in mysterious ways as I’m crazy woman right now. Well not me – just everything around me. I had to pack everything that we had unpacked back up so that when the floor guys come Friday to fix the floors there aren’t a lot of loose stuff around. And I only kept out one project for me to work on. So with that over the last few weeks I used a big fat ZERO and purchased 6 yards!

Used these last few Weeks (since the last report): 0 yards
Used year to Date: 1 yards
Added these last few Weeks: 6 yards
Added Year to Date: 41 yards
Net Used for 2013: 34 yards

see more stash reports at Patchwork Times.

SPOILER ALERT – I purchased fabric on the internet Friday that is due to arrive Monday or Tuesday so next week’s report will more added yardage! I don’t think I have a whole lot of fabric around so I think that’s okay. Well – all my fabric is stored away so I can’t actually see how much fabric I have. Maybe I have a whole lot I don’t know. When I am able to unpack everything I plan on counting up all the yardage so I can find out. How much total fabric do you have? I want to know if mine is a lot, a little, or about average!

June – Get it done!
With everything that has happened the last few weeks I am proud to say that I got 2 of the items on my list done.
Goal #1- put that label on Jacob’s crib quilt. – DONE
Goal #2- hand quilt one block on my first quilt – DONE
Goal #3- finish quilting Kayla’s quilt – HALF DONE
Goal#4- finish the next step for Easy Street – DIDN’T EVEN GET TO THIS.

I really like “getting it done” with Judy. By putting listing my goals I try to focus on getting them done so I can say what I’ve got done. I was able to finish #1 pretty quickly and #2 not as quickly but it got done. Goal #3 took much longer than I thought it would. Partly because I needed to buy a new foot to get it going. I really hate the quilting on the quilt. It is my thirties quilt that I am making for my daughter and I finished the top a couple of years ago. And I believe I posted the back story as to why I haven’t quilted it but I decided that I have no more excuses and to just get it done. It’s really only my second attempt at quilting so I am cutting myself some slack. I will learn from this attempt and hopefully my third will be much better. Here are my goals for July:
#1 – Finish quilting Kayla’s quilt
#2 – next step for Easy Street – I checked and I am on the last step. woohooo!!
#3 – Hand quilt the sashes on the first quilt
#4 – one block for “Raining Cats and Dogs”

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The finished hand quilted block on my hand quilt project.

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The label that took me 4 years to do. lol

And the first week is done… moving, darn foot, sewing area

We’ve moved. Moving is hard. I absolutely dislike it and will not willingly choose to move if I could help it. It’s even worse moving into my Mother’s house and I have absolutely no place to put my stuff.  It’s been a week and my husband and I are crammed into a little den. Literally there is a 2×4 walking space. All other space is taken by the couch, the twin bed, and all of our clothes in suitcases and hampers. The kids’ stuff is in the room with us but they’re sleeping in my nephew’s room since he has a full sized bunk bed. It’s only going to be like this for another week. Next week my sister and her family are moving out and we can move into her space. In the meantime, no boxes have been fully unpacked. So I’m practicing patience since I know she’ll move out next weekend and then I can start to figure out how I’m going to arrange my stuff.

I have my “office” laid out in the living room and I have a great view of the front yard.

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This is one great thing about having my own business. I do miss my desk, though, because right now I’m on a folding table with no drawers. So while I work all my stuff is under the table or around me on whatever surface I can easily reach. Another great thing is that the hubby sits next to me while he plays WOW and we can enjoy each other’s company while doing our own thing. You can’t really see it but to the left of my chair is my mom’s treadmill! It gets really loud when she’s on that thing!

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And finally… the very first thing I did when we arrived (after sleeping and resting) was reunite with my Bernina. I unpacked it, cleaned it, set up another folding table, took the quilting bins that I felt I needed out and placed them under and around my table. I didn’t actually do any quilting. I just arranged everything. In terms of quilting this week, I’m happy to say that I finished putting the label on my son’s quilt. It’s not fancy or anything – but it’s done!

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Next I’m working on the hand quilting on my first quilt. I’m on track to getting one block done this month. It’s SO slow! And I cannot just do that! So in addition I’m trying to also get comfortable enough to machine quilt my daughter’s thirties quilt. I am watching the Craftsy class, Machine Quilting, with Wendy Butler Berns, and it has been very helpful. What I noticed was that the foot I bought to quilt with (not the walking foot) didn’t look the same as Wendy’s. So I did some research online and found that I’m supposed to be using the #9 Darning Foot. I’m not sure why the place I purchased my machine gave me the #20 embroidery foot. I think (and I’m guessing) that they didn’t have the darning foot in stock so since I had no idea which foot I needed and was trusting them to give me what I needed they just gave me what they had. I could probably play around and use that foot (I have no idea) but it really made me mad Wednesday night when I wanted to put it on my machine and play with quilting. It’s been about a year and I’m now 400 miles away from that shop so it’s not like I can just go in and return it. 😦 Anyway I believe that bad things happen for a reason and something good always reveals themselves at some point. Because of this foot issue, I went to Bernina’s website to locate a store close by. I found Eddie’s Quilting Bee in Sunnyvale which is about 12 miles away from me. My daughter and I went there last Thursday and I was amazed at how big it is, how much fabric they have, and all the sewing machines they showcase. This looks like a shop I can love! I immediately enrolled in a machine quilting class because as much as I like Craftsy – nothing beats a real hands on class. Not to knock the quilting shops in Fremont but – this shop is huge and they have classes! The shops closer to me (and there are 2 I know of not including the box stores) are a lot smaller and do not offer classes. So today I am going through my class supply list, pulling my stuff out to make sure I’ve got everything and then I’ll go back to the shop today or tomorrow to purchase anything I need. I will also see about getting my machine serviced as it has been about a year since I purchased it and the supply list indicated that the sewing machine should be serviced before the class.

Also – I did end up buying the darning foot – a different one as the sales lady suggested I use the darning foot with a clear end to help me see better. I’m not sure it helps and I may end up getting the open darning foot just to see if that works better. I practiced some when I got home Thursday night. I started out thinking I was doing great – at least as great as a newbie could do. But when I turned it over I realized that I had some bobbin issues. Then I took my bobbin out re-threaded it and put it back in. That fixed the bobbin issue.

20130615-075616.jpg – the stitching on the middle and right side is the one with the bobbin issue.  This is the picture of the back side.  The stitching on the bottom left is after I fixed the bobbin issue and is the front side of that practice bit.

And here’s my little sewing area.  20130615-075610.jpg As you can see, lighting is a huge problem!  During the day it’s not so bad but I work until about 4pm so it only gives me an hour or so to do any quilting (after eating, resting and socializing with the family).  It helps if I turn the light on in the curio to the right of the table, but I will need more light.  I’ll see how this goes over the next few weeks and hopefully a solution pops up.  Everything is so up in the air that my sewing area may move over time.  So I don’t want to purchase something for now if I may not need it later. 🙂

Happy Saturday!  Happy Quilting!

~Melanie

Get it done – June 2013

I found another great quilty blog recently and I’ll add her to the blogs that I follow list soon. But when I posted my first stash report I linked the Hip To Be A Square podcast as that was where I first heard of it. Reading her stash report last Sunday I noticed Pam, the blogger there, linked another blog and that was Patchwork Times. Apparently that was where Pam at HTBAS got it from. So I started reading it and I absolutely love it. From her chickens, to her garden, to her quilts… Just wonderful stuff. She also knits and probably a bunch of other stuff that I’m not as interested in but her blog is really cool. And she posts quite often…multiple times a day which I love.

Anyway, that long intro was my precursor to explain that one of the things that Judy at Patchwork Times does is list 4 goals each month and then allows other bloggers to link their posts. I’m a big lists and goals person so I decided I want to do this too! Here’s my June list…. I know I’m moving this month so I will be pushed for time but I figure that if I have a goal I’ll have direction as to what to do when I have time. If I don’t do anything or I don’t have time….I’m going to have to be okay with that! And if I do one thing….well I will definitely be happy with that!

Goal #1- put that label on Jacob’s crib quilt.
Goal #2- hand quilt one block on my first quilt ever which was entirely done by hand…and is still not done. From what I remember I’m almost done hand quilting one block so I just need to finish that block this month.
Goal #3- finish quilting Kayla’s quilt- this has been so hard to finish and my daughter has been waiting patiently for it. This was my quilting nightmare. The top was beautiful…primarily red with bits of yellow…it’s 30’s repro prints so it was bright and lively, which my daughter is! I finished the top and when it came to quilting it I took a machine quilting class because I wanted to do more than straight lines. Well, I knew my machine at that time sucked but didn’t realize until I tried to free motion quilt how bad it was. It skipped stitches! It was fine going straight up or straight down. As soon as I went diagonal in any which way it SKIPPED stitches. That put a stop to me doing her quilt. Then after a little while I just wanted to get it done so I started quilting it with a straight stitch. I hated it. Then I tried to quilt on the ditch since technically that is a straight stitch and that wasn’t working because it’s a full size quilt and it was too big for that machine. This quilt is the primary reason I bought my Bernina 330. Anyway I bought the Bernina in August 2012 and I’ve been scared to quilt with it…lol. I’m going to move past that fear this month!
Goal#4- either finish the step I’m on for Easy Street or do the next step… I want to finish this before her next mystery quilt!

…until next time….
~Melanie