Category Archives: Quilting

2021 Quilty plans

In a previous post, I listed all the quilts that I plan to quilt this year. There are 7 of them. In this post, I will list the quilts I’m working on and my plans to get them to the to be quilted stage…. 

Jan Krentz Quick Star 01/01/2021

Jan Krentz – Diamond Star quilt. I’m not sure what this one is called but I started this in December (yup, just this past December 2020) in a workshop and I’ve got the inner top finished. I still need to do the border and I’m planning on putting some appliqued pieces in the center to make it pop. 

Grassy Creek Clue 3 – finished 12/26/2020

Bonnie Hunter’s 2020 Mystery Quilt, Grassy Creek – I’m currently working on Clue 4.

Scrappy Stars Around the Corner 3/6/2020

I need to figure out where I left on this project. I’m pretty sure I have a bunch of rows pieced together but I’m not sure if this top is done or not. I don’t think so but who knows… It’s been several months since I’ve pulled this project to look at.

Dancing with the Stars Linda Ballard 8/2020

Dancing with the Stars by Linda Ballard – I’m also not sure where I’m at here. I know I ran out of fabrics and I can’t make it a queen size quilt so I need to make a decision on what to do to move forward on this quilt.

Radiant Jewel Quilt by Kimberly Einmo – all the blocks are done and my plan was to get this up oh a design wall at a quilt retreat to figure out where the blocks will go and move forward on it. It looks like that quilt retreat will probably not be happening anytime soon so… we’ll see where we are at when this comes up in queue.

Gardenvale by Moda 7/12/2020

Gardenvale – started in 2020. I need to make a decision as to how I want to move forward on this. It’s been percolating and one of the ideas I’ve been playing with is doing traditional blocks around the new round in these fabrics. I need to do the math to figure out how big I want them to be and how many I will need to fill the round. I love these fabrics. 🙂

Allietare –  Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt from 2015 – I pulled this out in 2020 to start working on this but I had such difficulty figuring out where I was in clue 1 that I set it aside. I need to put my big girl panties on and just move forward on this one. I did not do too many of these so if I have to start all over, I’m okay with that.

Area Three Mystery Quilt from 2012 SoCal Quilters Run – I actually pulled this out in 2020 to start working on as well but something about it wasn’t sitting well with me. I had a kit of beautiful batiks and about 10-12 instructions and every time I tried to get started, I just couldn’t. So I scrapped it. I pulled the fabric out and it’s now in my basket to pre-wash my fabrics. When that basket gets full it will all go in the wash.

Civil War Diary Quilt – started in 2017 – I’m putting this on the list.

~Happy Quilting!

~Melanie

2021 – Tops to be quilted

Here are all the quilt tops I have ready to be quilted.

Staycation 9/22/18

I still need to prepare backing and the batting.

Good Fortune 1/6/2020

Part of the hold up (other than being scared of the Q20, and moving, and 2020) was that I didn’t know what design I wanted to use with the Q20. So I dillied and dallied.

Glam Clam Finished Top 1/13/2020

Back in the summer, I was given the opportunity to purchase some used quilting rulers. And they’ve been sitting here unused. After some thought and consternation, I decided to eff it all and stop thinking too hard on this. These are not show quilts nor are they the perfect quilts. I enjoyed working on them and love how they turned out. But I don’t need to have the perfect quilting motif.

SoCal Quilt Run 2012 Area 4 Mystery Quilt Kind of June 22, 2020

So the plan for 2021 is to take each ruler and use it on these quilts. I’ll put some effort in that I’ll match what I feel is a good design with the quilt. But that’s it. I don’t want another year to go by before I get theses quilted.

Goal #1- Use the Q20 and get comfortable quilting with it.

Goal #2- Learn how to quilt with a ruler especially the rulers I have. I’d like to take a ruler class when we can do those again and learn tricks and techniques. Until then, I’ll check out YouTube for the tutorials.

SoCal Quilt Run 2012 Area 4 Mystery Quilt Kind of Sept, 2020

So now that that’s been decided, I’m ready to move on to the next step. Prepare the backing.

Provence ~ BOM at my LS – top finished in 2019 (I think)

And then prepare the batting. I have a roll of batt so I will do these all at once. Somewhere I have measurements on all these quilts. But rather than look for those measurements I’m just going to re-measure. And then add the necessary inches to all the sides and cut the batting. I like big quilts so this is not an easy thing to do. But necessary.

There is one extra quilt top not pictured here. I didn’t even piece this quilt. At one of the August treasure hunts my Quilt guild hosts, I purchased a finished top for something like $5. My intention at the time was to use the quilt to practice Free Motion Quilting. Life just got in the way and it sat. That quilt will be finished this year. 🙂

Goal #3- Basting – Settle in a technique that works for me. I haven’t had to baste in years. We’ll really baste. I basted Celtic Solstice some how. I don’t remember. But I’m sure I was on the floor pinning and so don’t want to do that anymore. I had been renting time in a long arm which meant I didn’t have to baste and other than Celtic Solstice all the other quilts ready to be quilted have been waiting. I tried spray basting a long time. And I saw some great YouTube tutorials. I’ll try it out and if I love how it turns out I’ll share the tutorial with you. Until then,

~Happy Quilting!

Melanie

Sunday Stash Report – Week 2, 2021

I received a bag of fabric from a friend who is destashing. She’s been destashing for a few years and I’ve been the recipient for a lot of fabric.  Recently – within the last year, one of my knitting friends has expressed desire to learn to quilt. So now whenever I get free fabric I send them her way to help her build her stash.

All of that to say that I have a bag of fabric. One of those pieces is 7 yards so you can imagine how that will impact my stash report.  The good news, I haven’t decided what will stay with me and what I’ll gift on.  So, for now, I’m not adding it to my stash. I hope to get to that this week for next week’s report.

I’m very busy with work so far (as I generally am this time of year) so we’ll see how much I get done.

And at last week’s post, Susan was able to point me to QuiltPaintCreate who now hosts the Sunday Stash. I’ll be linking up there this morning.

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 0 yards
  • Used year to date: 0 yards
  • Added since last time: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 0 yards
  • Net used for 2021: 0 yards

For yarn:

I also haven’t used or added anything.

The yarn stash:

  • Used since last time: 0 skeins
  • Used year to date: 0 skeins
  • Added since last time: 0 skeins
  • Added year to date: 0 skeins
  • Net used for 2021: 0 skeins

~Happy Sunday!

~happy crafting!

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

Sunday Stash Report – Week 1, 2021

I stopped reporting my stash mid 2018. And I officially stopped in 2019 when I said in the beginning of the year that I was going to stop. And since then, I’ve accumulated fabric and yarn by the bins.

I’ve decide to start reporting my additions and usage again. I’ve been leading to this point. I know that I tend to buy fabric when I’m not quilting as much and the same goes for yarn and any other craft I do. When I can’t craft, I support the habit by buying.

Anyway, I’m doing this again because I want to encourage myself to use up my stash.

This does not mean I cannot buy fabric or yarn but I will report it. I will buy fabric and yarn for these reasons only:

  1. I buy monthly from my LQS to support them and it’s part of my monthly budget. And I only buy yarn from Voolenvine to support her (and I only buy yarn in her Wolke base in a colorway I LOVE).
  2. I buy what I need to do or finish projects I want to do. For example, I’m starting the Orient Express shawl once my Jimmy Bean advent shawl is complete. For that project I needed 4 more skeins and more beads.  I bought what I needed, it arrived and now that project is waiting on me to finish the Jimmy Bean shawl. In quilty land, I tend to buy backing for my quilt tops.
  3. Supplies for a class or workshop. My guild is doing workshops via zoom so as with anything, I look to my stash first. And if I don’t have something I’m looking for, then I go to my LQS to buy something.

So far, for the first few days of 2021, I’ve not used anything nor have I added anything. whew!

The fabric stash:  

  • Used since last time: 0 yards
  • Used year to date: 0 yards
  • Added since last time: 0 yards
  • Added year to Date: 0 yards
  • Net used for 2021: 0 yards

For yarn:

I also haven’t used or added anything.

The yarn stash:

  • Used since last time: 0 skeins
  • Used year to date: 0 skeins
  • Added since last time: 0 skeins
  • Added year to date: 0 skeins
  • Net used for 2021: 0 skeins

In the past, I used to link up to other blog posts specific to the Sunday stash. Where are those held now?

~Happy Sunday!

~happy crafting!

~Have a quilty week!

Melanie

Grassy Creek, Part 3.c – finished

Here are the important links: Bonnie’s Blog, Bonnie’s Website, Grassy Creek Tab

Clue 3 is finally finished. It took me 3 weekends and that’s pretty much the norm when working on Bonnie’s mystery quilts.

Grassy Creek Clue 3 – finished 12/26/2020

Clue 2 – 12/12/2020

Grassy Creek, Clue 2 Finished December 12, 2020

Clue 1 – 12/5/2020

Grassy Creek Clue 1 Finished 12/5/2020

Happy quilting friends!

Melanie

Grassy Creek, Part 3.b

Here are the important links: Bonnie’s Blog, Bonnie’s Website, Grassy Creek Tab

Last week, I was only able to do 1 set of clue 3 and I cut all the neutrals, half of my blue (red) and that was it. This weekend, I was able to cut all the necessary pieces for clue 3. But I was only able to complete another 3 sets and then I was done for the weekend. I did print clue 4 so I will have that ready to do when I finish clue 3.

Clue 2 – 12/12/2020

Grassy Creek, Clue 2 Finished December 12, 2020

Clue 1 – 12/5/2020

Grassy Creek Clue 1 Finished 12/5/2020

Happy quilting friends!

Melanie

Grassy Creek, Part 3

Here are the important links: Bonnie’s Blog, Bonnie’s Website, Grassy Creek Tab

I finished all of clue 1 –

Grassy Creek Clue 1 Finished 12/5/2020

And all of Clue 2

Grassy Creek, Clue 2 Finished December 12, 2020

I got a start on Clue 3 –

1 set of Clue 3, 12/12/2020

I cut all my neutrals, half of the blues, and none of the purples.

This is the first year I selected different colors. I’ve never been confident about my color selection and in previous years, just took the easy way out and picked standard colors. For the few weeks between the intro and the first clue, I was talking to a bunch of guild mates and I kept saying how I’m not good at picking colors, etc. etc. and I just heard myself say all these negative things. Finally I picked myself up and said, I sound so pathetic, I’m going to challenge myself and pick different colors. I love purples, pinks and blues so those are my colors, in addition to Bonnie’s neutral and gray. I hope it all turns out and if it doesn’t, it’s okay. I’m sure someone will love it.

So for Clue 3, I spent much of my Saturday going through and pulling fabric. I don’t usually pull fabric before the clues are released. I use these mystery quilts as scrap busters and I like to go through my scrap system first before touching yardage. I went through all my neutrals and cut what I needed. Then I went through my blues and cut as long as I could. I really wanted to finish cutting the blues before calling it a night but I didn’t want to mess up and that’s what happens when I try to go on to long.

Sunday, my guild had our first zoom workshop and it was with Jan Krentz. Here’s a pic of my WIP…

Jan Krentz Quick Star 12/13/2020

Don’t mind the messy floor. I need to get a design wall set up but that’s going to be sometime from now so design floor it is.

Happy quilting friends!

Melanie

Grassy Creek, Part 2

Here are the important links: Bonnie’s Blog, Bonnie’s Website, Grassy Creek Tab

I finished all of clue 1 –

Grassy Creek Clue 1 Finished 12/5/2020

It looks almost the same as last week but with the additional sets I needed to call it complete.

I also got a good start on Clue 2 –

Grassy Creek Clue 2 – 12/6/2020 First set complete

And here is where I finished the weekend at:

Grassy Creek Clue 2 12/6/2020 Not complete

I was able to get 1 set fully complete. 2 sets pressed but I still need to trim the dog ears off. a ton of the sets sewn but not pressed, and 3 left that still needed to be sewn.

I feel like the clues are a bit easier this year. A friend told me it might be that we have better tools and better skills which I think is part of it. But I also think the numbers that are being asked are not nearly the quantity that we used to have to do. I’m okay with that. I’m able to keep on track with everyone and that makes me happy.

Happy quilting friends!

Melanie

Grassy Creek, Part 1

I got a good start on the first clue.

Part 1

I miscounted somewhere and I’m short a few sets!

In this clue Bonnie introduced me to a new way to make HSTs with the simple folded corner ruler. I really liked this method. But I only know how to make the number and size she gave instructions for and I’m not sure how to adjust if I want to make different sizes. So, while I like it, I wouldn’t go buy the ruler just for this. I happened to buy it when I bought Bonnie’s essential triangle ruler so I had it handy. I may have enabled a few friends to buy it when I was showing them the technique. I’m sure there are other things we can do with the ruler going forward. 😬

There are a few hours left this evening but I’ve decided to spend the rest cross stitching. I’ve been on a bit of a break for Thanksgiving and I go back to work tomorrow.

Happy quilting friends!

Melanie

My weekly crafty update ~on quilting

Last week I turned my sewing machine on again after 2 weeks of not touching it.

Dancing with the Stars
Still in pieces
Linda Ballard
9/7/2020

I pieced more pieces of Dancing with the Stars so I can make more blocks to fit a queen size quilt. I think I may run out of fabric and I went to Joanns to find something similar and I failed.  It may not be queen size. or, I’ll have to keep hunting.

I do not know why I stopped turning the machine on. It became too hard. My Lowery stand and my big cross stitch frame was in front of my table and the room was just messy enough that I didn’t want to disturb the piles by moving it so I can sew.  That’s not usually something that stops me. In addition, I had enough of a mess on my cutting table that I didn’t want to clean it up so I could cut fabric.  And I was at a perfect stand still in all of my projects. Most WIPs needed something pressed or cut or both before I could move into actually sewing on the machine.  And I didn’t want to press or cut. I wanted to sew.  It’s the kind of motivation or unmotivation -demotivation? – well I was immobilized by my inability to make a decision of what to do next and so did not do anything.  On Labor Day, I finally stopped with the inaction and pressed and put the pieces to Dancing with the Stars under the needle.  🙂

2012 Southern CA
Quilt Run
Area Four
Mystery quilt
3/8/2020

And over the weekend I pulled this quilt from my retreat luggage. I already had the first 2 rows pieced. I sewed all but the final row pieced together. I just ran out of energy and had to call it quits for the week.  I hope to finish the top in the next couple of weeks.

~ keep on quilting!

Melanie