I made my son a superhero cape a few years ago and it’s been sitting, neglected in a corner. He never got into wearing it. It’s gold lame and blue sparkle have me almost ready to wear it around the house. After all, moms are superheroes and our families sometimes need to be reminded. But in the spirit if the season, I’m going to give it away (virtually) to my mom instead, who has been the superhero this week.
Let me back up a bit. Moms local grocery runs a yearly special on turkey. It really can’t be beat. Some years I have purchased a 20lb turkey for under $8. Each year she makes multiple trips to the store so we can all stock our freezers. This year I failed to plan ahead for the turkey run, but mom came through with a bird. I put it in the freezer thinking to have it for Christmas, since we had plans to be at mom’s home for Thanksgiving. That was all well and good until the kids were ALL sick last week. All the best laid plans were dashed as we focused on medication, thermometers and Kleenex. Mom and her turkey to the rescue as I scrambled to put together a dinner here.
Not only that (I am bringing this around to quilting), but she put a package into the mail for me. We decided to team shop for Celtic Solstice and some of my fabric was at her house. Since we were missing family dinner on Thanksgiving, I would not have all my stash to start the mystery the next day. Maybe not the biggest crisis, but certainly another cloud in an already stormy sky. SuperHero Mom put my fabric into the post so I could start with everyone else. She really deserves a cape after two rescues in one week.
Sick kiddos result in almost no hand quilting time. I was able to make progress on the Grandmothers Flower Garden, getting the next row ready to attach. This week I hope to add row 6 to the main body of the quilt. Here it is all laid out.
I did get my pieces for the small version of Celtic Solstice cut out and stacked by the machine. I seam a few each time I walk by it. Slow and steady wins the race. At this juncture, I have all the right sides sewn save eight because I miscounted my blue pieces. Easy enough to remedy. Ill finger press and start adding on left sides tomorrow.
If you want to check out this year’s free mystery from Bonnie Hunter, clue number one is here for a limited time. There is also a weekly link up here with other quilters completing their variations. I personally look at most of the blogs. I always find some ingenuity, creativity and a new friend (or many) to follow.
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With the new mystery starting in few days and a quilt top in the frame, I find myself starting the year-end UFO purge. It’s where I take stock of all the unfinished items and figure out what should see daylight again. So I started with some quick finishes.
The binding went onto this wall hanging. It’s from a class that I took at Chautauqua Institute on hand piecing like Jinny Beyer. The class focused on hand piecing technique, continuous stitching and border prints. I’ll hang this block in my studio and use it to hold show pins. Instead of a rod pocket, I inserted quick corners. Now to hit up DH for a 12″ piece of dowel from his wood shop.
The borders went onto my Easy Street.
I tackled the mending pile.
I am doing a repair in this wall hanging that is Great-grandmother’s. I could not get a rust stain out in this corner, so I am replacing it.
I started the early morning rise again so I can quilt before the kids wake up. I’m halfway across the 1st row of BonBons. It’s a much smaller quilt than the tee shirt one, so it is easier to see progress and use that momentum to propel it forward.
And there is cleaning out the studio. Since I am the only one to go in, it’s the last room in the house to get tidied. If I get away, I want to craft, not clean. However, I have a local cohort who is jumping into the Celtic Solstice mystery with me (hi, Mom!), and if I want to have a sewing session in my studio, I need to make room. I can easily make three work stations plus a cutting and pressing area and not have anyone bumping elbows. My goal is to have two stations ready to go.
Speaking of which, we will probably be sewing together on “deer day”. For those not in our neck of the woods, deer hunting season opens on Dec 1, so while the men are in the woods, the women folk are getting together to visit. In the meantime, I’m headed back to the UFO pile to resurrect another forgotten project.
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I am loading the quilt frame today with the BonBon quilt.
I decided to use the baptist fans across the whole surface. And since I am being a lazy quilter, I am going to mark it as I go. And rather than just use the frame to baste, I’ll just quilt it there. It will allow me to add row after row of fans, keep the quilt out of the main area of the house during the holiday, and get me started sooner.
There are some things I freehand, but for this quilt I decided on a stencil. My blocks are 11.5″ and the stencil is 12″. The size difference will move the pattern across the quilt without the fuss of lining up squarely on every block. I am going to use a pounce to mark one 12″ section at a time.
If the quilt has too much play/slack when marking, the lines will not be crisp. So I place my stencil, hold a board under the quilt, then pounce against the hard surface. A small section of foam core that is easy to manipulate with one hand works well. I can place a pin or two through the quilt sandwich into the foam core to prevent the stencil from sliding. I’ll also place a pins in the registration mark and leave them in the quilt to help align the next row.
And away we go!
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Here is a humility post. The kids each have a new toy so while they were occupied this morning, I thought I’d throw the seam into the quilt back for BonBons. No big deal. It’s only 66″ and it will be done. Wrong.
At least I cut the lengths right, but after that is a big mishap. I had the seam halfway done when I remembered that I had not checked the print for directionality.
. Here is the back. And unfortunately for me, it was directional. Those red hydrangea have stems only pointing in one orientation. And I had not seamed the panels so the were both pointing South.
While I was busy with my seam ripper, another lightbulb moment hit. Those hydrangea run diagonally across the yardage and I had not left enough length to match the print across the seam. Big sigh. So now I remember why I bought the excess yardage that I just cut off.
The seam is back in and I am going to have to live with the jog. I doubt anyone else will notice, but I now have a note pinned to the fabric so it will be put into the frame right side up. That way no flowers, or quilting patterns will be standing on their heads. And before I do that job, I’ll finish my cup of coffee.
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The Bon Bon quilt is nearing the end of construction. I am ready start final assembly. All the blocks are done and a few need to be pressed. This will be top #1 of my personal UFO challenge.
My second will be a bit of a cheat. I found the perfect fabric to border my Easy Street on sale for $5/ yd. Craft Town Fabrics is having an inventory clearance sale. (Not affiliated, etc, etc). So once Bon Bon is a flimsy, four straight seams to finish this up. Now to save up for backing and batting.
More packages have arrived for Celtic Solstice. It is starting to come together. Still having problems with yellow and orange. Some if the fabrics that I purchased have hit the reject pile as they read tan. Not at all what I am going for. My “chore” for this week is to locate shirtings.
Otherwise, progress has been made on the Grandmothers Flower Garden. I have eight rosettes surrounded by white. It’s enough to add another row to the quilt after green hexagons are placed onto three sides. For anyone keeping track, that’s row 6 of 9. Still a ways to go. This top will carry over into next year.
I was putting away the magazine that contained the pattern for Match a Patch Stars when it fell open to this
. Oak Leaf and Reel in Christmas colors. SWOON! How did I miss this one? I have too much in the works right now, but I have flagged it for later.
As I sew tonight I’ll be contemplating the quilting patterns to use for BonBons and perhaps running to the store over the weekend for deep brown thread. I’m debating between an outline type design or Baptist fans all over. I love fancier quilting, but this is a couch-cuddle quilt and serviceable is still beautiful.
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article and sideshow here
The kids are studying early colonial America and I stumbled upon this article and sideshow from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation on historical quilts in the Williamsburg collection. I always enjoy peeking at textiles that have survived the centuries and they have some excellent examples to share.
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I have all the bits cut for the BonBon quilt , so I decided to sew up one block which led to another and another. I finally stopped at 14 blocks – almost three rows of the quilt. And then I kept going. The kids like removing the papers as I anticipated, so I have not had to do that step all by myself. The husband was quite dismayed when I casually dropped “the kids are busy quilting” during a phone conversation earlier today. They are happy. I am happy.
I also am starting to have packages roll into the house. I can’t get Bonnie’s mystery off my mind, so I’m in again this year. The title is Celtic Solstice and she has posted the fabric requirements on her blog. This year features two sizes – 77″ and 111″ square. I’m going with the smaller as it will most likely be adopted by one of my kids. The fabric colors are green, blue, orange and yellow plus neutral background. Last year I chose my own color way. This year I’m following along, but this is not my preferred palate. After giving ORANGE some thought (that color does not exist in my quilting life) I realized this is the perfect opportunity to do a reproduction-styled quilt. Think poison, cheddar, chrome and indigo with shirtings. Here is a taste. More will be added to the pile for variety over the next two weeks.
. It has taken a while to source out all the fabric as some of these colors are not as frequently reproduced as turkey, madder, chestnut etc. Now I know why quilter stash! I’m debating if I share/sell the excess due to minimum cuts, or hoard it. Hmm….I’ll considered it while I finish sewing Bonbons.
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