Betty's (dudes22) 2019 Quilting Projects
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Hi everyone – My name is Betty and I live in the smallest state – RI. I like reading and quilting so LT is perfect for me to keep track of both things.
Well I didn’t make as much progress as I had hoped last year completing some of my UFOs, so I’m going to bring them forward to this year. Some only need a binding or to be taken to the quilter’s, but I’ll be away for most of Jan and Feb so I don’t expect much progress til I get back. I also started cutting out pieces of fabric to take to Florida when we go in Jan for a hand piecing project. This is one that I expect will take a long time, but I’m hoping to work on it at night too.
So, I think a list is in order:
UFOs I’d like to finish:
Flag wall hanging
UFOs to work on:
Halloween wall hanging
Projects to start: (and maybe finish)
La Passacaglia – hand piecing.
I’ll be adding and subtracting from this list, I’m sure.
The picture at the top is the first quilt on my UFO list. It's all pinned together and just needs quilting and binding, so that will be the first one I tackle when we get back from Florida.
My plan for now is to get the first three rows done on a bunch of the rosettes while I'm gone. Since they interlock starting at the 4th row on some and don't intersect at the same place for each rosette, I'll need to start trying to decide where they're going to go in order to know how many shapes I'll need on each row. There are 20 pieces just in the first 3 rows. I should probably have my head examined for starting this.
So these are the centers of the first three rosettes that I've done. All the rosettes have three center rows but then the number of pieces changes depending on how they intersect with other rosettes. So I'm just going to work on the centers while I'm gone and then when I get home, I'll put them on the design wall and see how I want them placed before I continue. Plus I forgot to bring any black fabric which is what I'm going to use in each block to tie it together. The black will be triangles that make a star in the next row. There are three bigger rosettes that I chose a cranberry for the triangles and it works so well with the blocks, I'd hate to change it to black. We'll see.
These blocks are also slightly concave/convex which I'm hoping is just that the papers are still in the back. I'm hoping it's not because I pulled then thread too tight to make sure you couldn't see it on the front. I'm not sure when I'll take the papers out. I could take out the first two rows just to see if it lies flatter, but I think I'll wait a bit. As you can see, I've been doing a bit of fussy cutting too.
In the world of wool, those who don't use black often overdye fabric aiming for the darkest of black watch, or espresso, or indigo, or berry colours to get that intense dark look, but one that works with the existing colours in their piece. Batiks might have the same effect in cottons.
That said, colour is one of the most personal ways of expressing ourselves, so if the author wants to use black, go for it.
In my colour world, I love your idea of using cranberry, which works with so many other colours without detracting from them.
Also, I think your fussy cutting is superb.
I agree with sassylassy: your fussy cutting is indeed superb!
This pattern, by the way, is called "la passacaglia" and is from the book "Millifiore Quilts" by Wendy Hammerstein.
I looked through the pictures I had "pinned" over on Pintrest to see if I could find one that would show an example. Here are a few links that I think show what I'm talking about.
And here's one that I think uses a lot of black:
And here's one where the person uses random colors that work within the rosette:
And here are a couple of close-ups of rosettes using colors that match the block:
blue for the first triangles and gray for the second set: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/386183736794490528/
I know that's a lot of links. Obviously if I was machine quilting I'd just do a couple of test blocks. But with hand-piecing it would be too much work to put in and then take out if I didn't like it.
I've also seen a couple that use white but I think my colors so far are too saturated to work with white.
You are ambitious! I'd be seriously tempted if I was doing more handwork.
As for your earing, I lost one of a pair that I really liked last year (red glass dangle) so I used the other one as a Christmas ornament on my tree this year.
So - what about my triangle color? What are your thoughts, Lois, after seeing those examples? Coincidentally, I got an email today from my favorite local fabric store (Rycos) and they have some new fabrics that might work if I go with the "not using all the same color". I could call and order some and it would be waiting when I get home or I could make a trip up there as soon as I get home (I have a Christmas gift cert I could use).
I could also wait til I get home and put my black fabric on the design wall with those centers that I have done and see how it looks. And then try some colors and see what I think of that. I just sort of want to go on to more than the centers and the triangle are next. (Ok - so I'm impatient)
I think if I counted right on my spreadsheet I'm keeping, that I need 33 centers.
Love how you combine fabrics and all those roosters going in a circle.
>25 SassyLassy: - No - the hearts were printed on the fabric. That's more than I would attempt. The width of those rosettes is about the size of a dollar bill. I like those roosters too.
The top one is from the doorway and the bottom one is from the opposite corner. The purple wall in the second picture is the insulation that will become my design wall once I get some batting to cover it. It doesn't show well but he put in lots of light for me and I can adjust some of the tubes in the ceiling to get a little more heat.
Seriously, it's really beautiful.
>33 lauralkeet: - Thanks Laural. We're lucky in this part of the country most houses have basements, so it made it a little easier to find a place for it. (But no windows)
How far are you from Amherst (MA)? I’m about an hour and a half, I’m guessing you are about the same. I thought it might be interesting but we could probably hold out for something closer, perhaps the 495 corridor?
I looked again at your photos above of your studio and imagined you back in it sewing away....
>42 avaland: - My sewing room is kind of cool because it's in the basement so I think I'll set my smaller machine in the guest room for a little while.
We went from a week of 50s-60s temps and then snow and freezing weather after all the daffodils were up. So frustrating to have any flower seasons cut short.
I like the basement studios I've seen in the group, they are much more spacious than my studio which often requires rearranging and gets messy very quickly (it would help if I didn't have three projects going at a time --- I do that with books, too).
I'm finally back to my hand stitching project. I have a bunch of rosette sets cut out and the paper on them so I'll work on those for a while. I'd like to try and do some of the triangles to see how hard it is to attach them because they are rather small.
>44 mabith: - I think so far I like the one with the owls the best.
day I just went for the pre-cuts or scraps. I did get a couple of pieces cut the 2nd day I went.
Did you go back?
I've decided that I should use the "leaders and enders" technique to get some pieces for another quilt done at the same time that I'm making another one. It's just that I need to organize so I can do it.
So this is the first block in my red/white quilt. Obviously hard to see in the picture but I am using multiple reds and whites. I've decided that I'm also going to try and clean up loose threads on the back before I stash it away. I hate doing that when I finish a quilt. And I might block the squares before I put them all together. The pieces are so small that I think it could really get distorted if I'm not careful. One of the other blocks is a "trip around the world" block made up of 1 1/2" squares, so I've decided to put some pairs together as my leaders and enders when I can. Need to cut a bunch of 1 1/2" squares first. There are other squares where I might do something similar.
I worked on a different block yesterday and did the two that are in the quilt. There are a number of blocks that use half square triangles of a fairly small size and with lots of them. So I've been looking at various ways to make them that don't require making a line on the back of the fabric. I saw one on utube that I liked but I'm always afraid I'll waste fabric. And there are a couple of blocks that I don't like so I'm going to try and find blocks I like to substitute.
I've decided to post once a week on the progress I'm making on my red & white quilt. I had a busy week and didn't get as much done as I wanted, still I made some progress. I made 4 of what I'm calling half log cabin blocks - a square with strips on two sides. I also started working on some churn dash blocks - I need 21 3" blocks. After I had made 4 1/2 blocks, I realized that the center squares were the wrong color. So I had to do some ripping out and now I'll try to fix things. That's it for this week.
I had a bit of a problem with the quilting on the table mat. I quilted the center and then realized that 2 of the half square triangles near the outside were going in the wrong direction. So I had to stop and pick apart a few seams to fix. Luckily it went pretty well although it took some time. All quilted and I just need to put the binding on it. So a picture of this will be coming soon too.
I've been thinking about assigning different projects to different days of the week. That way I think I won't get burnt out on one project and can still work on old UFOs or new projects too. I do have a bunch of charity baby quilts that need quilting. I noticed that I don't have anything crossed off from my list in post #1 so I need to do something to start finishing some projects. Or it may just mean more unfinished projects (LOL).
This is the tablemat that I made for the pastor and his wife (he's retiring and they're moving):
And here are a few of the red and white churn dash blocks:
I like the tablemat enough that I'm going to substitute that block for one of the blocks in the pattern that I'm not that crazy about.
>68 dudes22: Really like your table mat. As for the churn dash, it always amazes me how different the combinations can appear from the same two colours. How will you arrange them?
>69 SassyLassy: I have not be successful in organizing my differing projects at any time in my life. I work mostly according to mood, with some exceptions. And I'm sure if I tried to structure it, I'd soon feel the need to rebel:-)
That's exactly what I'm afraid of - I know that spirit would soon emerge and then... chaos (even more that the usual quota1)
>70 avaland: - Thanks. I'm pretty sure that I'm going to use this block for one of the ones I don't like that much in the red/white quilt. I need to resize it though. The blue one is 16" and I think I need to size it to 12". Not too hard - just need to write it down.
RE: different days/different projects. I'm not sure it will work for me either, but I'm going to give it a try so I can finish some projects while I'm obsessed with the red/white quilt. I have quite a few baby-size charity quilts that I should finish up. I suppose I could use it as a chance to practice my free motion quilting too.
So here's my tale of woe. I saw a quilt on Pintrest that I thought I could figure out how to make. Really it's pretty simple. A square in the center with small blocks at opposite corners and white sashing then set on point. I had just gotten some Moda fabrics and thought they would look nice in the pattern. When I cut them out I cut the sashing and small blocks the wrong size (too big) and put a bunch if them together before I realized it. Not the whole block, just some of the sashing units. I also forgot the small squares were on opposite corners and not all four and cut out more small blocks and sewed some of them in. So I had to cut out more sashings since they were longer with only one square and cut some of the corner blocks smaller. I should have paid more attention. The hardest thing I'm trying to decide is how to press. I usually press toward the dark, but I'm thinking I might end up with seams that don't "nest" between blocks and that would give me large lumps.
I have one of those cutting tables which came from Jo-Ann's, I think. I bought the ironing pad for it and every now and again I use the table for ironing tops. The table is a bit wobbly these days, the hex screws can't be tightened any more.
I sympathize over your challenges with the Pinterest-inspired project. I had problems with that puzzle quilt top and I thought I had come up with consistent way of pressing the seams, but it still was screwed up. It still hangs on the design board waiting for a few seams to be pressed.
I did a block mock-up and notes about cutting,etc in excel. I suppose I could print it out and draw some lines to indicate pressing, but I might just put the blocks up not completely put together and figure out the pressing as I go. It will take longer, but probably give me more peace of mind. And probably will still not all work out.
oh - and BTW - The quilt that needs the binding is not the one in post #1. That one is still on a shelf. It's one I took a class in I think 2 years ago.
These are the fabrics I'm using on my newest quilt. Still can't see the pattern on the white-on-white, but I like it so much that I think I might go buy some more.
>82 Lyndatrue: What would we do without our design board/walls? I have come to be cautious around red and blacks; sometimes they are fine, sometimes not. I should not worry as you have plenty of experience.
I left you a private note, but here also I will thank you for your generous gift of brown scraps. I've never tried to count the number of different fabrics that go into one of these random scrappy quilts, because most of them are out of my four scraps buckets, but I have to actually manufacture scraps for the less-than-random ones. I want the random look but in a specific palette (and it takes quite a lot of fabrics to pull that off). So, thank you.
Glad you found the pattern. I spent some of yesterday on the screened porch on the back of the house off the kitchen watching (with a pair of binoculars) a beautiful, blue, barn swallow take up residence in my bluebird box. Today I dragged out the potting soil and played in the dirt before the sun drove me in. 'Tis the season.
I'm hoping to get a lot of my plants that I've bought planted this weekend. I think the temp is supposed to be good.
So I've been having some trouble with my trip-around-the-world block for my red/white quilt. Most of the rows ended up being longer than they were supposed to be by enough that I couldn't fudge. So I took out some seams and resewed but a lot are still too big. I thought afterwards that I should have been measuring as I went instead of waiting to the end of each row. I've kind of decided that it won't take too much effort to just start over. I find it a lot harder to work with these smaller pieces. There's not much room for error.
Feeling better about the trip-around-the world block. Starting over was definitely the way to go. I've been doing a lot more measuring as I go; like from one seam line to make sure what's left is block size plus 1/4". Seems to be working out better.
Glad you are more comfy with trip-around-the-world block. I think you are more a perfectionist than I. Sometimes I wish I were more a perfectionist, sometimes not.
Finished the trip-around-the-world block finally. Also spent part of yesterday using excel to create a diagram of how all the
blocks fit so I can substitute some blocks for ones that I don't like.
Thanks, Laural. I've wanted to do a red/white quilt for a while now and although the overall pattern is shown as a scappy quilt, I liked a more "refined" palette for mine.
I have one of those canvas-covered, gridded ironing mats that I use for ironing while sitting at the sewing machine, but I have seldom used the grid.
>108 dudes22: Now that's thinking ahead!
The weather is rainy here today so I spent some time making some more blocks for my red/white quilt. There are 9 of these cornerstone blocks in the quilt. This time I made all the white the same and just varied the reds. I also learned from the "trip" block and I squared each block every round. Sometimes it was just a few threads and sometimes around 1/16"or 1/32". Each block will finish at 5". I did 6 this morning and will finish the other 3 after lunch.
HST Block #1 - 14" x 10" - 2" finished hst
HST Block #2 - 12" x 12" - 2" finished hst
HST Block #3 - 12" x 12" - 1.5" finished hst
>118 avaland: - Thanks, Lois. I'm going to set this aside for a couple of weeks. I'm going to take my machine in for a good cleaning. So I'll work on other stuff with my machine in the sewing room while it's gone. This pattern that I bought is actually shown as a scrap quilt, but I thought it was so busy looking that the patterns didn't show well. Could have been the photography. I'm thinking I might do another one that is scrap but with a restricted palette of colors - I'm thinking green, blue, peach and yellow. We'll see.
I took out the black check and put in a dark grey and added the dark green square on the bottom, but I'm still not happy with it. So I think I'll take out the dark grey, add at least one more dark green and I found another print that I think will work. I might take out/substitute some of the pink/salmon colors as there might be too many and one of them might be too dark. I also haven't cut the white setting triangles yet.
My daughter thinks the yellows in my pineapple-in-progress aren't quilt right, so I told her yes, they read lighter than the other colors but that I didn't care as none of my quilts are meant to hang on a wall, and in one's lap they will be fine.
Betty, does your machine have a bobbin winder? Omg, I wind 10 or so when I need one (one after the other), because I hate running out in the middle of a good run of sewing.
Anyway, I got all my rows put together. Then I had 11 blocks left over from the ones I switched out. I found some floral with a black background that I had used for a backing so I'm going to make some HSTs and maybe make a tablemat or something. I'll have to make some more of the blocks from the quilt because most of what I had was black and dark gray but I think I'll do one like the bottom picture in post #116. We'll have to see what it looks like when I get some more HSTs done.
ETA: You're a genius. I also tried to enhance the photo which I think helps too.
I obviously did it get it pinned exactly straight.
>132 dudes22: I love it! I love the effect of the tiny squares. They create a kind of downward movement, like rain. How big are the central squares?
>134 lauralkeet: - I never would have thought that did it. Thanks for the help.
>135 avaland: - I took those with my Ipad. I thought the last time it worked just fine. I cut the middle square 4 1/2" and the sashing 1 1/2 " so I ended up with an unfinished size of 6 1/2". I'll need to trim the new blocks to 5 1/2" but I got two squares from one, so not so bad.
I was thinking last night about how to use the new blocks and how many more I'll need to make. And how many blocks I can get out of that floral. I think I'll need to go figure that out first.
So this is the quilt I made with some of the blocks left over from the quilt in post #132. I had to make more blocks so I added in some new fabrics. I think I'm just going to use a skinny green border and then bind it with the black check ( if I have enough).
Anyway - I got my other machine back today. So I'll be going back to my red and white blocks, I think. I was considering making a quilt like the one in post #132 in Christmas fabrics, but maybe I'll wait.
I think holiday fabrics would look fabulous in that pattern! If you need some prints, I have quite of collection, from elegant to novelty (in fact, I was just searching through them to see if I had any holiday florals suitable for the small center of the pineapple blocks).
>149 lauralkeet: - Thanks, Laurel. It didn't start off well. I cut a bunch of pieces the size they said in the pattern. (1" wide") But after sewing the first round, I realized that I would be better off cutting them a little bigger and then trimming. (so I went to 1.5" wide) More waste, but less stress.
This is my finished quilt that I started 2 1/2 yrs ago (or maybe 3 1/2) in a class on the wall in my guest room. Finished size is @ 76x65. I'm not usually a pastelly person, but because of the # of fabrics I needed, I went with colors similar to the sample.
I did have to read the first sentence about three times, though. It's a quilt that you started in a class; it is now on the wall in your guest room.
It's just lovely.
>157 lauralkeet: - Thanks, Laural. I liked the geometry of it which is why I took the class.
>158 avaland: - Thanks, Lois. There are a couple of small prints. Most are tone-on-tone prints. Want me to try a close-up?
I've offered one of my small baby tops to a friend for a new baby. So that will probably be my next project in addition to working some more on the red/white quilt.
I see that the Concord (MA) Piecemakers are having their bi-annual show the first weekend in Oct. If I'm free I may go, as it just a hop and a skip south of here (they hold it in Acton). It was a fun local show the last time I went (although not too much in the way of vendors, if I remember correctly).
I'd also like to figure out how to resize the quilt in post #1 to a block size. I'll have to find where I put the pattern and the put my math hat on.
Short version. The angle for the half rectangle that meets the corner of the center square is 90º so the other two angles are 45º. Technically, it's only a rectangle because it has to add for seam allowances. Seems the simplest way is to redraw it the size you want and take measurements. Or, take the pattern diagram to Staples and have them enlarge to roughly what you want.
Back in post#147, I showed you the first of the pineapple blocks that I needed to make. (I need a group of 3, one of 4, and one of 9) So I made a group of three that will look like this in the quilt:
Then I made a group of 4 that will be this block:
The top one is not put together because it would be bigger than the container I'm keeping the parts in. But I did put together the bottom one. It's a 10.5" square and has 148 pieces.
Now I need to figure out the 9 block square. With only two colors, (well three if you consider the red& white fabric as a separate color which I am) it's difficult to get a pattern. I might do alternating colors around the center of each block. I suppose I'll have to try a block and see how I like it.
ETA: Actually, I guess I have 4 colors: whites, solid reds, red with a little white, and white with a little red. I'll have to see what I can figure out.
Here are a couple of pictures of a baby quilt I just finished for a friend to give to a friend. The alphabet fabric is a flannel on the back. I was pushing to finish it before we go to Houston on Wed. I'll be taking some pictures there at the Quilt Festival and will post some inspirations on the kitchen thread.
>191 dudes22: I sympathize about the curse(?) of "too many projects".
How's your renovation going? I assume that's what's been keeping you from quilting.
At least you have plans...I've got nothing in my head at the moment.
However, today was another quilt documentation day at the New England Quilt Museum, so I spent the day again helping with that. It's always interesting to see what comes in. A man bought in a large box of six old quilts in great shape (they only document pre-1950s). One was made entirely of 1/2" squares. It was something like 155x130 tiny squares, all hand sewn & quilted.
I've been baking and freezing cookies for a few weeks now. I've done 15 different kinds so far - some I bake, then freeze, others I freeze first and bake later. Also a dozen small cranberry breads and 7 small fruitcakes. I give a lot of food gifts as well as being the family cookie baker. I'm not sure if I'm done or not. I might do a couple more vegan ones if I have time. I sent my one package that has to be mailed yesterday and the line wasn't that bad. Considering the time is so short this year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I'm really doing well this year.
Holy baked goods! And I thought I was overdoing it! I'd be interested in a list of what cookies you make. Just curiosity. I've made about 8 different ones in the past, but you are a cookie-making machine!
gingerbread (trees this year)
2 kinds of jello sugar cookies (black cherry for red, and lime for green) these are mostly for the kids
peppermint hershey kiss cookies
apple pie cookies
maple walnut cookies
date nut balls
red velvet crinkles
I don't always make the same kinds although some are standards. I've been trying to add more vegan cookies. When I was still working, a tray of cookies was my gift to my co-workers as I didn't want to have to buy something they may or may not like. So even now I do a bunch of cookie trays as gifts ( nail tech, hair dresser, mailperson, friends). Gives me an excuse to make them. Once I make up the trays next week, I'll take a picture of a tray.
*Macaroon “kiss” cookies
*Fudge type cookies (fudgey cookies with the cracked conf. Sugar coating
*Pistachio bars (I’m not sure what these have to do with pistachios). A bit more labor intensive so still thinking about this one. But they are yummy.
*Chocolate Rice Krispie bars
There are alternates in case I flag...
So if I don't make it back here later - Merry Christmas (or your chosen holiday). Time to start thinking of next year's projects.
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