Trip Around the World

I finished!!! Whoooop whoop!!

Yesterday I quilted and bound the Trip Around the World experiment quilt I made last month. I got done with just enough light left outside for pictures:

I don’t have any new patterns I want to try so it might finally be time to pull out my Rainbow Postage Stamp top and get it done… wish me luck!

Tata for now…

Finishing mode

Every now and again I get on a kick to finish projects I’ve left untouched and it appears I’m having one of those moments. In my last post I said I was itching to start a new project and I not only started one but I finished it too!!

Several months back I dug into my scrap bins and cut a ton of 5″ squares, since then I’ve made several quilts but I still had many squares left. I pulled them out last week and sorted them into light and dark and laid them out in an offset pattern; within a few days I had the top finished!!

The next day I pulled a beautiful purple print from an old Denyse Schmidt line out of my stash for the back and got it all basted.

I didn’t want to use my standard Dove Gray thread color so I pulled a pink from my stash and used that for the top and in the bobbin. It blends in pretty nicely on the back while giving a little pop to the top. Since I had all those perfect squares to fill, I went with a Heart Strings quilting motif and I love it!

I squared it up and used the same Denyse Schmidt fabric for the binding. This finished at 49″ square and will be going off to Quilty Hugs for the Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge 2020.

Next up, I pulled out this “Trip Around the World” experiment I started last month and got it glue basted with a pale blue print for the back. I plan to start quilting on it later today.

[These photos were taken before it was basted]

That’s about all for today…have a great rest of your weekend 🙂

Tops finished

I got two tops finished this past week and a I made a few more masks.

I’m not making masks in any production line way…just a few here & there when I want a quick finish. I talked to my Mother last week and she said she had only one mask so I made 7 up that night and put them in the mail to her the next day. She doesn’t go out a lot, in fact right now she’s only going out if she as a very important Dr appt but I wanted her to have enough so she doesn’t worry. Of course, in my haste to get them out the door I didn’t take any pictures 😦 The pattern I’m using is from Bijou Lovely, I really like this one because there are pleats at the nose and chin which give it a nice fit.

I made up a few more masks last night for a friend that asked for masks – these will go in the mail tomorrow

As for the tops, I finished piecing Modern Puzzle and then folded it up until I’m ready to make the backing.

Next up I turned to my Trip Around the World. I was stuck not sure how to move forward with what I had – the top section was two strips less than the bottom.

I was going to make that top section a pillow cover and work with the rest but then I found enough fabric pieces to make two more strips!! So that’s what I did…and then I pieced it into one big panel! I auditioned several fabrics to make the piece wider and found this lovely bright yellow. It doesn’t match the other shades exactly but I like it! This is where I’ve stopped, it measures 54×56. Next I’ll figure out the backing and get it basted, I already have an idea for quilting – I’m thinking about echoing the diamond shape out into the yellow using straight lines…we’ll see how I feel once it’s basted!

My Pfaff needs it’s annual cleaning and I was going to drop her off last Monday but I didn’t and as the week wore on I didn’t want to go through the weekend with out her so now I’m dropping her off tomorrow. They said it should only take about a week, I hope it’s less!

I’m also looking at getting a sewing machine table that I can ‘drop’ my Paff into. I’ve looked at several and dang they sure are pricey! I don’t need anything with drawers or moving sections…I just want a table to drop my machine in so it’s level with the top. I’m currently researching Eversewn “Loft” series and I’m leaning toward the Loft 3. I’m waiting to get the dimensions of the opening to be sure my machine will fit.

We celebrated our Sammie girl’s 12th Birthday yesterday…we spoiled her with lots of love and kisses and gave her a few extra treats!

That’s all for now…have a great rest of your weekend & stay safe 🙂

Trip around the world?

The good old days of planning trips, vacations and weekend getaways are lost right now, so I decided to take a little quilting ‘trip around the world’. I’m not physically going anywhere, it’s actually a type of quilt making method I first saw on an old episode of Quilt in a Day from Eleanor Burns. Thanks to the internet, I was able to find it on YouTube.

This was my first attempt at a ‘trip’ and I thought I had it down after watching her video – and a handful of others as well. I picked out 9 different FQ fabrics and cut the 4″ strips…this is where I made my first mistake. I realized later the number of fabrics I was using would make my ‘trip’ extremely oblong shaped, ‘Doh!

I sewed the strips together and wanted to get as many trip strips from each so I subcut at 2.25″… it only occurred to me later this means there are more seams which again would make the ‘trip’ very narrow, double ‘Doh!

Once I laid out the first half, it finally dawned on me this was going to end up more like a table runner and less like a quilt!! I made an executive decision to adjust the second half by shortening the remaining strips…now my ‘center’ is off center.

I finished piecing the ‘off center Trip’ and then I pieced the left over strips and put them up on my design wall together… now I’m torn! I could piece them together which would make my Trip centered but I’d need to remove the two outside strips …or… leave it as is and make a pillow cover from the left over section. UGGGGH! I’ve left it up on my wall for now, hopefully I can make a decision in the next few days 😮

As you can see in the photo above, my Modern Puzzle pieces are still on the design wall. I paused that project while I played with the Trip. I went back to it over the last few days to square up the blocks and I’ve got the first two columns pieced. I should have the top done later today.

Some of these blocks are not quite the same size which is due to some of the fabrics being cut from the length side of the fabrics but also because I don’t sew a consistent 1/4″ seam. I made a purchase about a week ago that has helped with my seams – Seam Tape from Cluck Cluck Sew. These next two photos are from her website; the tape couldn’t be any easier to apply – it’s just like washi tape and you line the red line up with your needle. It’s promoted to help with sewing diagonally, like HSTs, but I haven’t used it for that yet. I’m just using the 1/4″ mark on the right side to ensure I’m getting a scant 1/4″ seam and it’s been working great!!

The only hiccup is my bobbin case, mine is right in front of the needle area so I’ve had to lift the tape each time I need to replace the bobbin. I’ll address this in the future by making cuts where the bobbin cover comes off. I’m actually dropping my machine off at a local shop on Monday to get it’s annual cleaning – ugh…I’ll be without her for a few days…now I wish I had purchased a backup machine 😉 It’s OK, I really need to give my sewing room a good cleaning and organizing …maybe this will give me the push to do it!! If all else fails I can always find another pattern and start cutting!!

That’s all for now…stay safe & stay sane…and have a great rest of your weekend 😀