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Whoot, whoot!
The Bon Bon quilt is out of the frame and bound. I really need to review my math as I had over 80″ of binding left over. The quilt is 60″ not 90″, which makes a big difference.

20140603-145833.jpg. I love the texture that the fans added to the top. So pretty and a pattern that I plan to use again.

The frame did not stay empty for long as I have pinned in and started Celtic Solstice.

I debated for a long time on a quilting pattern. I’d lay it in the floor, drape it on a chair, fold it over the banister and just plain stare. I have a couple good ideas for a more artistic treatment, but in the end, I’m quilting by the piece, in the ditch. This will be a heavy use quilt, I want those seams secure. I don’t particularly enjoy all the quilting through seam allowances, but this time, it seems necessary.


Now the particulars for my own reference
Top: various reproductions
Pattern: Celtic Solstice by Bonnie Hunter
Batting: Quilters Dream Poly – mid loft
Thread: Coats and Clark’s Star machine thread in Falling Leaves (red, orange, green). It’s reading mostly orange and should satisfy the oldest child.
Backing – Bella solid – a yellow color




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I’ve been walking on the edge with the BonBon quilt. My spool of thread is not going to make it to the end of the quilt. And I probably will be playing chicken with the binding too. In all the excitement of almost being done, I just started cutting strips without the usual ciphering to compute the length needed. I wanted a slightly wider binding, but that little extra means that I only got 8 strips from the fabric instead of 9. I think I’ll be 5″ to the good, but let’s hope I don’t end up like the thread.


So this week I’ll need to run to the store for another spool to finish the last 12″ of quilting. And oldest child has decided that Celtic Solstice needs to be quilted with orange thread. I don’t like orange and do not have orange thread in the house. I know YLI does not make orange hand quilting thread, so I’ll need to look at other brands.

But I needed to go to the store anyway. This past weekend, we worked at bring home items from my grandmothers house before Goodwill
and a dumpster arrive. I was blessed to bring home two cabinet machines – one White Treadle and a Morse.

Here is the White. I think I can handle the cleanup on this one. It does have the bobbin and case, but is missing the cover. The lift mechanism on the cabinet is also broken, but looks easy to repair.

It turns out that my Grandfather once worked in sewing machine repair. I don’t have that ability, so when I make the trip for thread, the Morse will take a run to the repair shop for a once over, especially the electrical. I’m not sure that last time either was used, but I’ll put them into my studio and give them a good home. In order to make space, I may need to divest my Singer Vibrating Shuttle, but I’m going to try and move furniture first.

In the meantime, I’ll mark the Celtic Solstice and pin it in the frame. I counted seven tops still waiting in queue so let’s get quilting!


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The spring rains and warmer weather are upon us. I’m spending the morning emptying dressers of sweaters and the like and finding lighter wear to fill them for the summer months.

I have rolled down the Bon Bon quilt for the last time. It is so good to see the final edge of a project. I was hoping to have it ready for the Bloggers Quilt Festival, but it’s not going to happen. While I quilt this final stretch, I’ll be contemplating what will be marked onto the Celtic Solstice top.

I also started hand piecing the sashing strips for the Compass quilt. I know I said I did not want to go this route, but I needed some handwork to do during tv time.

20140527-085811.jpgI am starting with cutting up the compass centers, after all, it is good fabric and I’d rather use it than have odd shapes in the stash. Out comes the Easy Angle and Companion Angle Rulers. Now a stack of triangles.

20140527-085824.jpg I am surprised at just how far these centers go. From just 4 of them, I have completed 6 vertical sashes with more pieces waiting. I should get most of the inner sashing done without cutting yardage. Once I have the center assembled, I’ll make decisions on the border. I think that this will measure around 60″ without a border.

I’ve been plugging away on the Grandmothers Flower garden as well. Pictures of cream hexagons are not all the exciting, but this completed stack is another story. Next up are all the green connectors to make a row. This is row seven of nine. I had planning to leave this “gated”, not making two sides even, but now I’m not sure. I’ll have to see how much fabric is left after all the rows are assembled. I purchased for this quilt over 6 years ago and trying to source matching fabric will be almost impossible. Today’s theme seems to be the quilts will dictate their fate.


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And there is not much to share. Life has come in like a flood and not much quilting has been accomplished as a result. It all started three days after my last post. DH and I were headed to an early Valentines celebration when we got a call to pick up the kids from the babysitter. My middle one hit a fever suddenly and it lasted for 5 days! Doctor did an exam and pronounced it a viral flu. The others followed suit. Nothing scarier than having the little ones with very high fevers despite meds, cool baths, etc. We had a few days respite, then it was a stomach bug. And the litany could continue. The kids and hubby are all well, while I am working through lingering stuff.

I did roll down the BonBon quilt so it is officially half done. I have been discouraged with the slow pace, but nursing 24/7 for almost four weeks was a big hindrance. Here is a picture of it almost ready to roll down again. Only two rows left so this should be done before Spring is over.

20140414-105040.jpg And after this morning’s quilting session. The top edge is just in sight at the top rail. >


I am also still plodding along on my February block from the Spring Bouquet. I need to place stems and the finish four flowers and nine leaves.


Little Miss has seen enough quilting to know what to do with thimbles. She loves all things shiny and it is hard to convince her to give them back. She is still not old enough for her own sewing kit, but someday. Mummy’s next project for her will be some fabric “paper dolls”. I’ve been looking at various pre-printed panels but have not settled on which one I want.


I’m also home full time now. I have one more day left at my employers convenience to complete training of a replacement. I’m planning for blogging to become a bit more regular, so look for posts on Thursdays. >

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The Olympic Games have begin Sochi much to my delight. I enjoy pausing to watch feats of athleticism that I will never achieve. I might win a hand piecing sprint, but so far, it is not a qualifying event. Instead I cheer, educate the children who have never seen some of these sports, and stitch away on my applique.

Here is the Bouquet block waiting for more pieces to be added.


I also have turned down the Bon Bon quilt and am starting on this side again. This pass is the halfway point so I will enter the downhill portion of the quilt by months end.


But this weeks virtual gold medal for innovation goes to Jinny Beyer and her team. One of the portions of either piecing or applique that can be so tedious is template making. Jinny posted a tutorial on printing templates to template plastic with an inkjet or laser printer. Brilliant!!!

For some applications, using freezer paper is practical, especially if I am only making one of something. But for blocks that I want to make in multiples, printing directly from EQ, BlockBase, or a pattern is both accurate and time saving. I have not experimented with this technique yet, but want to add it to my repertoire.

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We have been spoiled with mild winters over the past few years but this year has been bitterly cold. The extended weather forecast does not look like it will warm up anytime soon. All of us are getting a touch of cabin fever.

But the cold weather is ideal for quilting. I have made more progress on the BonBon quilt and hope to roll it down again next week.

One of my show and tells this week is a completed Spring Bouquet block. This is my version of block one. I am glad to achieve my personal goal of completing this in a month. All the templates are done for block 2, so Ill need to find a few minutes to iron them onto fabric. Since February is a short month, it will require some quick stitching in my part. I’ll get a good start while watching the Super Bowl. My team us not playing, but I enjoy a good game of football, so I’ll stitch as I listen.


Celtic Solstice is also a flimsy! The child receiving this quilt requested that the borders be turned and I obliged. That little bit of personalization will make this unique. We also went on a shopping expedition to pick up batting and a backing. I am glad that I took my helper as the backing chosen is not at all what I would have picked. It’s a primary yellow solid. Who says the back needs to relate to the front?

20140205-165400.jpg I have no great pictures as my baby insisted on trying it out every place I tried to lay it. Here is one of a few blocks

20140205-165807.jpg. I literally sew with one hand while standing holding the Little Miss on one hip. So I found a few of these while ironing where my seam allowances slipped. I’ve marked the spots with safety pins and will fix them before putting the top into the quilting pile.


It is also great to have an adult quilting buddy. Mom was kind enough to remind me of my goals for the year so I did not succumb to a BOM. The local shop is running Hampton Ridge for $10/month. I love little blocks and this is a steal!!!! but it does not meet my criteria for the year. The colors are not for me and it does not help work down my UFO pile. So I have to pass. Now that my machine is free, I’ll need to play in my stash to pull a new project, but there is no hurry due to the backlog waiting for the quilting frame. My second child now requesting a quilt, so that is percolating in the back of my mind.

I’m linking up over at Quiltville. This is the last link-up so check out all the variations around the web.

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In January some great things happen in blog-land. The new Block of the Months start on many designers websites. Others have spent time compiling link lists so I’m just going to highlight the few that have caught my eye this year.

I love to follow what Barbara Brackman does as she marries history and quilting. This year she is highlighting real stories of escaped slaves in the US prior to and during the civil war. So much discussion has happened in quilt land regarding the use (or lack thereof) of quilts to communicate on the Underground Railroad. Brackman is quick to point out that she is not advocating this theory, but has designed a quilt to reflect real life stories. More can be found here. I have not made one of Brackman’s quilts, but I follow along for her textile lessons.

Another of my favorite quilt designers has put out an applique BOM on her website. Pearl Pereira of P3 Designs is offering an applique wall quilt titled “Forever Blooming“. I really admire the detail in Pearl’s designs. I’m not in a position to start this quilt, but I am pattern collecting. I have been preparing templates to start “Baltimore Liberty” next month, but more on that in an upcoming post.

The last Block of the Month is from Just Takes 2, the duo of Brenda of Dear Jane and Gail of Sentimental Studios. This, their third collaborative effort, is a replication of a Baltimore Album quilt given as a presentation piece to Benjamin Biggs. At a pace of one block a month, this quilt will span several years. I missed the “Beyond the Cherry Tree” quilt that was released several years ago. At this point, I’m on the fence about jumping in. I love Baltimore applique and have an extensive collection of books and patterns in this style. I have an idea for a non-traditional color scheme and the fabric is even in a online shopping cart. I’m not sure about the long-term commitment on my part. So unless something changes, I’ll pattern collect for a month or two while I work on clearing the decks.

Which brings me to the weekly update. I rolled down the Bon Bon quilt today. Here is a picture of the beginning of the next row. I have the stencil pinned down and ready to mark. I am really pleased with the texture the fan quilting is giving me.


The first Spring Bouquet block is ready for more pieces to be basted onto it.


And Celtic Solstice is moving along. I have a bunch of block B completed, but ran short of chevrons, so I’m back to making the missing parts. It should be ready for final assembly next week, life permitting. My piecing on this block is less than stellar, but I am not going to start over with new components. For this, “finished is better than perfect”, chopped off point, easing and all. This quilt is do-able as far as complexity goes. My divided attention is the culprit.


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