Saturday, October 31, 2015

Second Part of the 20 Year Project

So when I started this project some 20 years ago, I intended to make one large quilt for our full size bed.  Not sure what I was thinking, that was a huge undertaking for someone who knew nothing about quilting.  20 years later I am still learning something new every day.  

I have decided to make two quilts, one with the pink sashing and one with the red sashing.  The pink is eight blocks by seven blocks, with smaller sashing between.  The red will have a larger sashing and is seven blocks by seven blocks.  Surprisingly they came out to be about the same size, and fit on the entire top of my queen size bed. I did have a few blocks left over, so I can just imagine how big this would have been if I had finished it 20 years ago. 

Getting the red sashing together.

All set to start sewing.
Sewing the blocks to the sashing. I like this process and love how the blocks gather together.

Pressed and ready to connect together in a row of eight.
Sewing the sashing on the row of blocks.

I liked how the pink sashing quilt turned out, but when I saw how the red one turned out, I was like "WOW!"

Well that block got put in wrong, which threw off the sashing.  Since this is a practice quilt, I'm not to stressed about how it looks and it will give the quilt a little bit of character.  

Red and pink ready for a border. 
Hunted through my stash to find these two fabrics for the border.

Borders attached.

Ready for the quilting.  Not sure how I will do the quilting on these two.  All over stippling, go around each log cabin with squiggly line on the sashing or do each block with a different pattern.  I am heavily leaning toward overall stippling.

I will be posting pictures of the back shortly.  Not a plain back by any means.  This is a real scrap buster quilt.  

I think they are pretty.

Happy Reading! 


Friday, October 23, 2015

20 year project getting there

I went through my stash of material and found these too prints that I will use for the sashing and border of of my 20 year old project.  The pink I cut into 1-1/2 inch strips and the red into 2 inch strips.  

I had already shown that I sewed these strips all together.  I wind them up on my hand so they are not tangled on the floor.  This crank on my sewing table (lowers the insert) helps to hold it while I sew the blocks on to the strip.

Jimmy likes to help by getting under foot.

Trimmed to the size of the block.

Seven  blocks sewn together (here are two) and then another strip at the top the length of the seven strips

One row completely done.

All the rows connected and a final strip added around the edge.  I thought it came out pretty neat.  I like how the blocks stand out now.  I can see now that the last two rows do not match up, and when I looked at it closely I could see that one of the blocks is longer and narrower than the others in that row.  I still like the look of the quilt overall so I'm fine with that .

Need to put a border on this one then ready to quilt.  Getting anxious to do the quilting. 

Hope you stop by and see how this 20 year project progresses.  I am totally having fun with this.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

20 Year Project Continues

I have trying to make sure I sew at least for an hour a night.  It might not be sewing, it may be cutting or ironing, but I'm trying to get the quilt top finished as I am anxious to start quilting.  Some quilting bug bite me and now I am addicted.  

This is what I have been working on recently.   That 20 year old log cabin quilt. What I started years ago is turning out pretty well, I think.  Even though my seam allowance are not all a quarter inch, the fabrics are different kinds and some have stretched so the lines in the fabric look wavy, there is no rhyme or reason to the colors in this quilt, and I have used some questionable threads (hope it doesn't fall apart)  It is going to be a very scrappy quilt indeed. 

Take a look at some of my progress: 

I started to sew the sashing on the blocks.  I was getting tired of adding another row and another row and another row, I could have done this forever and had huge blocks.  I cut my pink strips 1 1/2 inches wide and started sewing several blocks to one strip.  I ended up with this 4-5 inch piece left over.  Why did I not remember to just sew all the strips together first, did I not learn anything this past year.  So I had to stop and sew the pink strips together (see the diagonal line)

A pile of pink strips being sewn together to make one long strip.

Sewing a diagonal line. Has anyone  noticed that green paper at the top of this picture in the previous post and wondered what that was?  It is a piece of a post it note.  These new LED lights they put in machines are extremely bright and it was reflecting on my foot, so bright it was blinding me and I could not see what I was doing.  So I covered the light up and this seemed to help.  However, once in awhile the paper will be hit by the shank going up and down then it is a bright flickering light.  Talk about nauseating.

All my pick strips sewn together, end to end. They are all connected by a few stitches so I don't have to cut the thread after each one.  Once I cut the connecting stitches it will be one long pink strip.  I think I could make a grass skirt using this method, though I wouldn't know why or when I would need to. 

So there is the diagonal line again.  Just going to cut that corner off so there is a quarter inch seam allowance. 

Fold it over and press it for a nice even seam.  Well the edges are a little off.  I'm getting better though.

All pressed and ready to sew on to the quilt blocks. 

Time for a break:  

I wasn't feeling like sewing one evening so I started to go through by big pink bucket I got at Rural King to hold my scraps of material.  I cut them into different size squares to be used on a future  scrappy quilt.  I have blocks that are 5, 4,3,2-1/2, 2, 1-1/2 inch square. It was very relaxing to just stand there and cut smaller and smaller blocks.. 

Stacks of blocks.  I put them in zip lock back by size. 

And this mess is what is left over.  Into the trash bin it went.

An interesting find:

When I'm not home sewing, I am with my husband in a hardware store. While my husband looks for stuff for his project, I look for crafting items.   I came across these triangle rulers marked on clearance.  I asked my husband if he could use these and he got one, and I got these two.  Some guy who was looking at them also said they were for roofers, little does he know. I'm sure I can find something in my sewing room to use these for.   
More on the 20 year project next time.  Thanks for stopping by.  

Happy Reading! 


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Small helpful project

I was going to start on my 20 year old project again, but wanted to make something for myself that would be very helpful in my sewing.  I saw a tutorial on line for this and thought I should make one for myself. 

I cut two pieces of shelf liner, stacked them and started sewing binding around the two.

Folding the binding over and stitched it down on the opposite side.

All stitched and ready for the 'pillow'  Made a tube and with additional shelf lining I rolled up and put in the tube.

Sewed the tube on the end of the mat.  Finished.  Not quite the one in the tutorial, but it will work. 

For the sewing machine foot pedal.   I got tired of chasing my foot pedal when I was sewing.  It was always sliding on the carpet, chair mat or hard floor.  I sometimes would stick a box behind it from sliding, but that ended up being awkward when trying to move around and here is a box in the way.   This little mat worked great, where ever I place it on the floor it stays put.

I have come up with another ideas on my own for binding and strips of fabrics.  I made a prototype and am working on making something a little more permanent.  Will share soon. 

Happy Reading! 


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Camper Update

So my husband has been working on his camper. Not every day or weekend, things come up or he is just too tired after work to work on it.  Slow process. I don't know if we will be able to use it this year or not.

Before he painted it, we should have gotten pictures, he put metal strips on all the corners and seams.  He used a black undercoating over the metal strips so that the paint would stick.  Did a primer coat and then painted it with Rust-oleum Restore 10x.   Color is Sage.

No doors on the back yet.  Still need to  be made.

Small opening in back will be for the air conditioner.

The line is the edge of the metal strip that covers the corners.

So impressed with the paint, he decided to paint the trailer itself.

The trailer was baking in the son, he decided to turn it around and bake the other side.

Two windows on this side.

The front with the metal strips covering the top, center and bottom edge.

Up close of the strips.  He had gotten some really nice fasteners then realized they would not be seen once painted.  We can still make out the shapes.

One of the corner posts.

The air conditioner opening.  Finished metal edging and painted thoroughly.

Up close of the fender. The paint is so thick he had to dab it with a paintbrush on the metal to get a good coverage.

One of the sides.

He got a ladder out of the garage so he could take pictures of the top of it. 

I went up stairs on the balcony to take pictures of the top.  
All this work to haul that motorcycle to new locations for us to explore. 
He has started the doors this week.  Can't wait until he gets these on.  He also needs to finish the floor.  Right now it is just 2 x 8 treated wood planks with large gaps between them.  He is planning on covering it with plywood and then using foam seal underneath to close those gaps.  

I think it looks great.  I like the color. It will be exciting to be able to use it, hopefully soon.  

Happy Reading!