Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Another Festival Quilt



Since we're allowed to showcase 2 quilts in the Blogger's Quilt Festival, I thought I'd show another one.


I made this one about 20 years ago.

My husband remembers his great grandmother, who was a quilter.  He had described one of the quilt patterns he remembered her making but he didn't know the name.  I immediately knew he was talking about a Lone Star quilt.  He didn't receive a quilt from her so I thought I'd do the next best thing and make the one he recalled without telling him.

Thankfully, my sewing room is the only room upstairs so secrecy was fairly easy.  Unfortunately, there wasn't much furniture in the room at the time so it wasn't very comfortable for me.  One thing the room was lacking was a decent chair!  I tried to finish this for him for Christmas but because it is so big (king-size) and I hand-quilted it, I didn't get it done in time.

I wasn't going to not give it to him at Christmas but I had tell him his gift wasn't finished yet.  I went upstairs and brought it down all folded up.  I unfurled it to let him see it - he took one look and left the room!  I thought, "He doesn't like it!".  The truth was, he appreciated it so much he walked away because he didn't want me to see him cry.  I do love my man!

Happy Stitching!

Stacy


Online Quilt Festival!



This one sounded like a lot of fun so I thought I'd join in.  For information on the festival:  Blogger's Quilt Festival.


This wallhanging was made through an internet quilt block swap.  Some of the squares were made by me, the rest came from all over the US.  These are string blocks in greens and purples (theme colors).  Because it was going to be a wallhanging, I did the prairie points all the way around.

I quilted it on my sewing machine in straight lines horizontally and vertically.  The spacing of the quilting makes each block look like it's a nine-patch.

This hangs on the wall going up the stairs to my sewing room.  It has 3 other "friends" hanging around with it.

Happy Stitching!

Stacy

Monday, September 18, 2017

It came!

Hi Everyone!

As some of you are aware, I had been saving for a Grace Z44 hand-quilting frame.  I wanted the Z44 because it went up to king-sized quilts.  After measuring my largest top (width is the only dimension that matters), I realized that I didn't need such a large frame, a queen-sized one would be enough.

Once I discovered this, I checked my savings and found I had more than enough set aside for the smaller EZ3 frame.  Of course, referring to it as smaller is ironic, it's actually massive!

Well, I ordered it through Amazon.  When I received my shipping notification, it had arrived at a warehouse in OH.  Then it arrived at a warehouse in IL.  Then it said it had never arrived at the OH warehouse!  The shipping company lost my order!  argh!

I had to wait a couple of days for it to be "officially" lost.  Once it was, Amazon was great about refunding my money (was refunded to my credit card the same day!).  They also offered me a free shipping upgrade if I needed it (I didn't - shipping was already free on the order).  Amazon suggested that I just reorder it if I still wanted it (duh! of course I wanted it).  When I went to reorder it, the price had dropped $5.

The "new" order arrived 2 days before I was expecting it!  Yeah!

I had to rearrange a bit in my sewing room so that I'd have enough room for the finished frame.  Once that was done, I set about assembling it.  It took me about 2 hours total.  It would have been less time, but I didn't gather the tools they said I'd need before I started working on it.  I had to rummage around hubby's shop looking for them and that took about 15-20 minutes.

After it was assembled, I had to make fabric leaders for each roller (3).  I just used some muslin that I already had - the instructions for the frame included how to make the leaders (saved money by making them myself).  In order to put my quilt on it, I had to remove the little bit of quilting I'd already done plus remove all the pins I'd used as basting.  The layers have to be separate in order to be put on the frame.

Here it is all assembled with my Bullseye quilt on it:


It's currently set up at full width of 90" (that's usable quilting width, it's probably 96"-100" wide total).  The entire top is 10 squares wide and the photo only shows a full 8 of them.

I have to tell you all, I am IN LOVE with this frame!  I did roll the quilt up so that I could start working on the bottom border.  I've already done about 1/2 way across the border.

If you want to get your own, here's a link:  (please note, it doesn't cost you more to use the link but I do earn a small commission if you buy via the link)


Happy Stitching!

Stacy

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Finish It Up Challenge

I know I haven't been "on time" about posting updates.  I get that way.  The odd thing is if I'm going somewhere, I'm never late.

I do have an update for my FIU Challenge!  I finished the Crumb Quilt top!  Whew!  Here's a photo of the top:


The crumb blocks are 3½" and are separated by squares of black.  The top measures 67" x 81" (170cm x 206cm).  I'll quilt it eventually but it will probably be awhile before I get around to it.  Maybe I'll put that on my FIU list for next year.

Here's my current FIU list:

  • Put all my loose floss on bobbins finished January 27th with new purchases done February 3rd
  • Stitch a design for the candlescreen that I have
  • Assemble my Happy Blocks quilt top finished 12 August
  • Assemble my Crumbs quilt top  finished 10 September
  • Finish hand-quilting the Bullseye Quilt
  • Finish the Log Cabin Star wallhanging
  • Hand-quilt at least 10 blocks on my Christmas Strings quilt
  • Finish my Through the Storm cross stitch as a free-standing block  finished 30 July
  • Finish my green Temari ball
  • Finish 1 of my Santa kits (not cross stitch)
  • Make bookcases for my sewing room
  • Decorate wooden "S" for my sewing room

  • I also (finally) received the Grace EZ3 hand-quilting frame that I ordered.  The first one got lost in shipping.  I will say that Amazon was great to deal with.  I was lazy and contacted them by email.  They emailed me back promptly and refunded my money immediately.  They suggested that I reorder it and offered me free shipping if it wasn't already offered (it was).  I ended up saving $5 because the seller had dropped the price since my first order.

    I assembled the frame for a crib size quilt because that's how big my Bullseye Quilt is.  Silly me didn't allow for the extra material dimensions of the backing fabric, so I have to extend the frame to queen size.  I also have to unpick the bit of stitching that I had already done.  The backing and front get rolled up separately on the frame and need to be apart.  

    I'm fine with that because I wasn't thrilled with the pattern I'd chosen anyway.   It will be at least a few days before I get the quilt onto the frame but I'm really looking forward to it!  In the meantime, I am working on another scrap quilt top and doing some online swaps.

    Happy Stitching!

    Stacy

    Monday, August 14, 2017

    God Speed progress

    Hello, Cross Stitch Land!

    Ooh, wouldn't that be a fun place to live!

    I finally finished a page on my God Speed from HAED.  It took me longer than normal because I have this perverse desire:  when it gets hot outside, I have the urge to make quilts.  I know, I know.  I'm nuts but at least I'll be warm during the Winter.

    Here's my God Speed progress:


    This completes the first 9 pages.  This is on 25ct., 2x1, full crosses*.

    According to my randomizer app, my next project to work on is Floral Finesse.

    * 2x1.  Anytime that you see this regarding cross stitch, the first number indicates the number of floss strands and the second number indicates how many fabric strands are being stitched over.

    Happy Stitching!

    Stacy


    La Belle...back from the fair.

    Here is how my La Belle Dame Sans Merci did at our county fair.


    The small blue ribbon on the right is for meeting the judging criteria:

    • Visual Statement - Visual impact.  Outstanding or special qualities.  Attractive.
    • Display - Clean and Neat.
    • Design - Traditional, contemporary, or original.  Unique use of pattern or design.  Balance.  Rhythm.  Design Flow.
    • Creativity or Originality
    • Color - Colors harmonious.  Accent color(s) added for interest and movement
    • Craftsmanship - appropriate technique used, control of materials, suitable fabric, precision of construction and finishing
    I received Excellent marks across the board.

    The small purple ribbon is for Best of Section (all cross stitch).

    The big, blue rosette is for Best of Show (all needlework).

    Hubby was teasing me about taking a picture of my "picture".  He's proud of my achievement(s) though.

    Happy Stitching!

    Stacy

    Sunday, August 13, 2017

    Finish It Up Challenge

    I know I haven't been doing regular updates on this, but until lately, I haven't been really working on it.

    Well, that's changed a bit.  I've actually finished another item on the list!

    My Happy Blocks* quilt top is all put together!  Here it is:


    I couldn't get a photo of the whole top because my cutting table is in the way.  The top is 7 blocks x 7 blocks.  Each block measures 6" finished.  The overall quilt should finish at 66" square.

    * How Happy Blocks work.  I have only done these as a swap.  You could do them yourself but it kind of eliminates part of the "happy" that come from swapping.  I sent 6, 4½" squares of fabric to each swap participant.  In this case, they were random pinks and purples.  Each person kept 1 of the squares for themselves.  They then put 2½" borders on each remaining fabric square and mailed the completed blocks back to me.  Of course, I was doing the same for them.  I did request that the borders be maroon/burgundy.

    Now here's the part that wasn't "normal".  I took the Happy Blocks that I got back and whacked them on the diagonal.  I then paired a pink half and a purple half to make the new blocks.  That's why they finished so much smaller than you'd expect from the original dimensions.

    Here's my updated FIU list:
    • Put all my loose floss on bobbins finished January 27th with new purchases done February 3rd
    • Stitch a design for the candlescreen that I have
    • Assemble my Happy Blocks quilt top finished 12 August
    • Assemble my Crumbs quilt top
    • Finish hand-quilting the Bullseye Quilt
    • Finish the Log Cabin Star wallhanging
    • Hand-quilt at least 10 blocks on my Christmas Strings quilt
    • Finish my Through the Storm cross stitch as a free-standing block  finished 30 July
    • Finish my green Temari ball
    • Finish 1 of my Santa kits (not cross stitch)
    • Make bookcases for my sewing room
    • Decorate wooden "S" for my sewing room
    Well, that's all for this update.  Hopefully, I'll have at least one more done soon.

    Happy Stitching!

    Stacy