Scraps of Time…Day 18 & 19.

Well it’s done and in the FedEx office ready to be picked up in about 10 minutes. I had my doubts about finishing this quilt before the December 23rd 5:00 pm pickup time. Lets just hope it actually does make it out to Edmonton and that Jonathan does pick it up.

Progress shots.
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Extra material being added to the backing to get the needed width.

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Quilt layered together and being pinned.

The two shots above were actually from day 17 but I took them after I’d already blogged. I was pretty low after having blogged thinking I’d never get the quilt done in time since I was a whole day behind in my schedule but somehow I got over that hump I don’t know why. My husband helped me with laying out the quilt and we did a pretty good job of it. The width was really tight as the backing matched the quilt top exactly so we fiddled around a lot trying to match the sides evenly.

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Here is a shot of my MegaQuilter and the quilt in it. I spent most of the day – about 8 hours quilting. I quilted diagonally through the blocks with a walking foot so fairly fast with lots of short pivots at the ends. Then I made the decision to quilt along the borders and along the vine with the walking foot as well. I didn’t bother with the leaves although it bothered me but I was in a time crunch so made the decision to leave them for later if I had time.

empty pin container
All through this project I’d been very careful when transporting my pin container making sure it was closed when not in use. The only time I forgot to do this was the other night when I was layering the quilt. Well wouldn’t you know it as I grabbed the camera to take the picture of the quilt in the machine I also grabbed the lip of the pin container. I looked down and saw the empty container.

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Then I saw this. Of course this only happened because I had the extra time to pick the pins up off the floor, don’t you know.

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Attaching the binding with the walking foot.

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Back side of the quilt after the binding had been trimmed. This shows the extra fabric added to the quilt, most of it has been trimmed away. At this point I’m hoping the light fabric will be hidden by the binding.

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The binding has been sewn down by hand. I spent 3 hours at night and then the next morning working another two hours before I finished. It took me a lot less time to sew the binding then I’d figured on so I was pleased. This shot shows a little extra fabric that didn’t quite get hidden. I had only two spots about six inches long each so it worked out fairly well.

quilted leaves
I finished the binding this morning at 10 am so figured I’d have time to quilt around the leaves in the border. I’m really glad I had the time to do this. It may not have been the most pretty job but it looks tons better with them quilted than not quilted. It really made the leaves pop and secured the loose batting.

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Finished quilt on the bed. I finished at 2:00 pm and got the parcel in the FedEx store by 3:00 pm and it’s supposed to go out at 5:00 pm.

On the label at the back of the quilt I renamed the quilt “Never give up, never surrender”. At night on day 17 after feeling like I was never going to get the quilt finished I rallied somewhat and that phrase popped into my head – “Never give up, never surrender”. Galaxy Quest is a fun movie that’s a spoof on Star Trek. Throughout the movie during all the action scenes when the going gets tough the actors are all saying “Never give up never surrender”. I don’t know why it popped into my head but all last night (when I’m sitting there sewing binding at 12:00 am with a headlamp on) and today when I was feeling sore and tired I’d just say to myself never give up never surrender, you can do this. I then got to thinking that’s not a bad phrase for life and a good name for a quilt. When things get tough don’t give up just keep going.

YES!! The quilt is done and on it’s way!

Karen

Scraps of Time…Day 17.

Well I’m not where I was hoping to be at this time. The game plan was to be almost finished the quilting and I haven’t even layered the quilt together :( Last night saw me spending time sewing down the vines in the mitred corners and then realizing that yes I was going to have to add more leaves to fill in the empty space there. I ended up sewing down an extra 14 leaves. I must say that it was worth the effort because it really was the finishing touch for the borders. I guess when the instructions called for 120 leaves even though 110 are pictured there was a reason. Although the pattern shows 110 leaves I ended up with 126, go figure.

And because I couldn’t decided which picture to post of the corners here are two:

corner of border

leaf vine border

So here is a picture of the finished quilt top hanging over the bannister. It’s all done and just needs to be quilted now and the binding sewn on.

quilt top finished but unquilted

Of course because I’m in a time crunch the next item to go wrong is the backing for the quilt. I was so happy to find the backing and I still am but when I looked at the yardage requirements on the pattern I had an oops moment when it called for 8 5/8 yards of backing. I only ordered six yards, I mean I’ve never had a queen-sized quilt that calls for more than six yards before so usually it’s my go to number. The quilt is bang on at an unfinished 87″ x 98″. The six yards cut in half and sewn together minus the selvages comes out to 88″ wide not enough to use and have extra allowance for quilting shrinkage. I did think of taking some extra off the length but there isn’t enough so I guess I’m going to have to see if I have enough leftover fabric to somehow piece a border to add in some width and maybe hope after the quilting is done and the binding applied that nothing shows.

Another thing is the batting. This really is an odd-sized quilt because my queen-sized batts are 90″ x 108″. Again that gives me 3″ divided by two so 1.5″ extra allowance on either side. I’m going to see how the quilt fits the batting before deciding if I need to add any. I might just quilt the blocks and then make the decision whether or not to add extra if I need it. All in all a pain and I’ve pretty well given up on getting this done and out the door by Tuesday.

Karen

Scraps of Time…day 16.

I have developed a loathing for little itty bitty leaves. I’ve finally finished sewing all the leaves on the quilt – I think. I guess it depends on whether or not I want to fill in the corners a bit after I finish sewing down the last of the vine in the mitred corners. I took a day off after cutting out all the leaves because of my back and now I’m regretting it because that extra day might be the one I need to get this quilt finished on time for mailing out to Edmonton, oh well.

On average each leaf took about 4-5 minutes to sew down. Of course there was extra time for all those mishaps like broken threads, bobbin changes etc, etc. It’s been a pretty intense couple of days but at last the vine border is finished or will be after I work on the corners. I still need to put a final border on the quilt, piece the backing and then layer the top, batting and bottom together. Then I have to quilt the whole thing. Looking at the blocks I’m just going to do a quick and dirty job of using the walking foot to quilt rows and rows. The hard part, once again, will be quilting the leaf and vine borders.

Once the quilting is done (please let it only take a day or less) I have to attach the binding and sew it down. I’ve never sewn a binding for a queen-sized quilt in one day. I’m not sure I can do it. Each border will probably take me at least 2 hours maybe more; I’m hoping my elbows and fingers hold out. The quilt needs to be at the FedEx depot by Tuesday at 5:00 pm to make Christmas, if not the back up plan is to finish the quilt, take a picture and say, “It’s in the mail”.

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Eeek! Yes that’s a single cut thread in the fabric done when trimming thread. Kind of amazed I only cut through one thread of the material but disgusted with myself that I did it at all. Lets hope the Fray Check works.

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Close-up of the leaves and vine applique, done with invisible thread.

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A picture of the blocks with the leaf/vine boarder attached. I keep taking these pictures at night and the photos look like crap. I still have to sew the vine down in the corners and attach another darker outer border before layering the quilt together. Bonus for the backing is that I actually ordered backing material at the same time I ordered the kit. I’d forgotten all about it and found it when looking for backing material stashed in my closet. Lets hope I ordered enough.

Karen

Scraps of Time…Day 11.

Well I spent about half of the morning and all of the afternoon working on making the appliqued leaves for the borders. I pinned up one border to show what it looks like and I’ll finished the rest of the borders later on tonight and call it a day as my back is pooched. As painful as it was to make the leaves – 118 of them – I must say that the border does look spectacular with them on it. The real challenge I guess will be to figure out how to sew the leaves down. From what I can gather on the Internet a machine blanket stitch is the way to go. I have a feeling it’s going to be a couple of days worth of sewing.

I prepared the leaves by cutting out templates from freezer paper and then ironing the freezer paper cutouts onto the wrong side of the fabric. I cut out the templates leaving a 1/4″ border and then applied spray starch with a paintbrush and then ironed the applique. I picked up this method of doing the applique from a tutorial created by Joanna Figueroa from Fig Tree & Co. The Sew Mama Sew website hosted the tutorial and it can be found here: The Starch Method

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Applying starch to the fabric leaves.

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Ironed leaves.

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All the finished leaves for borders.

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One border with pinned leaves on it.

Karen

Scraps of Time…Day 9.

A few quick pictures taken just now at night of the borders and bias binding used as the stem for the leaves to come. The borders were constructed by sewing two strips of material together in a waving line of stitches. The material was then cut away along the top side of the stitching and the binding pinned (for now) along this line of stitches.

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Showing the binding going on the border fabrics.

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Rough layout on the bed.

Hopefully tomorrow will see the binding sewn down and the start of adding the leaves to the borders.

Karen

Scraps of Time…Day 8

Well today is day 8 of working on the Scraps of Time quilt, ouch where did day 5, 6, and 7 go? I was working on the quilt but took time off to read and do other things. I really could have gotten this top done two days earlier but I guess I couldn’t take the pace. Anyhow here is a picture of the finished blocks sewn together. I still have half a day to start working on the borders so hopefully I’ll at least get a good chunk of that done. I have eight days left until the Dec 20th deadline for sending this quilt FedEx out to Edmonton. I might have to send on the other stuff I have for my son and his wife and leave the quilt to send on later.

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Block sewn together for quilt top.

Karen

Scraps of Time…Day 4

Here are a couple of progress photos of my Scraps of Time quilt, two were taken yesterday and the last was taken today. I might do a few more blocks but after about four hours I’m kind of blocked out. Still pretty good progress when you figure this is the fourth day I’ve worked on this.

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Thirty sets of blocks and triangles waiting to be sewn together.

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Layout for the block.

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Fifteen blocks on the bed. It gives a pretty good idea of how big the quilt will be as I’ll be adding a ten inch wide border after sewing the blocks together. The blocks are laid out on a queen sized bed.

Karen

Scraps of Time Quilt….continued.

Last night I put together a little tooth fairy pillow or perhaps a treasures pillow for Jake. It’s got the Scraps of Time test block on the front and on the back I sewed a little pocket for him. I hate stuffing pillows but tried my best.

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Front of pillow.

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Back of pillow with a little pocket.

I also managed to cut out most of the fabric for the 30 blocks I need for the quilt and this morning I finished the job. This afternoon saw me sewing strips together, which I’ll sub-cut tomorrow into blocks for the larger block. The strips are easy to sew, the blocks I’m sure will take longer probably a couple of days so I’ll check back in when they’re done.

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Setting triangles for blocks.

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Fabric strips with block.

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Thirty different groupings of strips and small blocks waiting to be cut and sewn into the larger Scraps of Time block.

Karen

Scraps of Time Quilt.

When my son and his wife got married three years ago I asked her which quilt kit she’d like me to do as a wedding quilt. Needless to say I’m just getting around to starting it. The quilt kit was Scraps of Time by Nancy Rink and the kit was one I bought on sale at Hancock’s of Paducah. I can’t quite remember when I bought the kit but a Google search on Paula Barnes “Reflection of an Era Past” showed the fabric was released May 2010 so I guess it’s safe to say I’ve had this kit sitting in the closet for about 4 years now.

As I was reading the instructions several things struck me as out of place and not right so I did a Google search on the quilt trying to find errata anywhere on the net for the pattern. I did find Nancy Rink’s website but there wasn’t anything up in the Corrections section of her web page. I sent off an email but either it went to her junk mail or she just didn’t have time to answer my questions. So I went through the instructions writing and measuring out things and today I decided to make a test block out of some fabric scraps before I went ahead and cut out all the material. When you wait four years to do a quilt kit odds are pretty good your fabric is no longer available so you want to get it right the first time. Needless to say there was another error in the diagram labeling so I decided to do another web search on this quilt, nothing.

I can’t find where anyone has ever blogged about sewing this quilt. I’m sure there are quilts out there I just don’t see them on the web. This leads me to the next point…what I did find out was that 16 quilts were taken from Nancy Rink’s studio and one of them was this quilt. What usually happens when someone’s quilt get stolen is a call goes out to the quilting world and people keep an eye out for the missing quilts. Now since I’m paranoid to a certain degree and since I normally just blog a finished project, this time I’ve decided to follow the quilting progress so I have a record of making this quilt as the last thing I need is a bunch of quilters pointing a finger at me saying “There, she’s the one who’s got one of your quilts”. As I said I’m a worse case scenario type of individual, besides which showing progress will give me blog fodder for the next month or so.

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Instruction pamphlet and my own calculations.

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Working on testing the block for Scraps of Time using leftover material from my grandson’s quilt. Might just turn this block into a Tooth Fairy pillow or some such thing to match his quilt.

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Finished block.

Next up will be cutting 13 fat quarters and sewing 30 of the above blocks.

Karen

A Quilt for Charlie.

I finally finished Charlie’s quilt last night. It’s based on the Sisters Forever quilt pattern from Sew Emma by Springs Creative Fabrics. I wanted to keep the pink border from the panel in the quilt since Charlie loves pink so my quilt is bigger and has more snowflakes.

The quilt itself wasn’t that hard to do but the snowflakes were a bit tricky since they were made up of half block triangles. I had some Thangles in my stash from a Value Village buy and so I ended up using those. Another part of the quilt that bothered me was the actual machine quilting because I’d never really done free form quilting aside from a meandering stitch in my quilts. Like most things once I got going on the quilting it wasn’t that scary after all. I followed advice from one of the local quilt shop owners and didn’t quilt the actual faces but I did quilt the rest of the panel. I particularly like the how the hair turned out.

I’ve decided to post several shots of the quilt because I found it really hard surfing the net to see any pictures of how people quilted their Sisters Forever quilts. I’m not saying this is how you should quilt your panel but hopeful it might give a few suggestions.

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two sisters

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close up of blue dress

close up of cloak

close up of dress

snowflakes

All in all glad to get this one done in time for the party and it’s on to the next quilt.

Karen