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”.
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.
Close-up of the leaves and vine applique, done with invisible thread.
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.
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
Applying starch to the fabric leaves.
All the finished leaves for borders.
One border with pinned leaves on it.
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.
Showing the binding going on the border fabrics.
Rough layout on the bed.
Hopefully tomorrow will see the binding sewn down and the start of adding the leaves to the borders.
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.
Block sewn together for quilt top.
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.
Thirty sets of blocks and triangles waiting to be sewn together.
Layout for the block.
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.
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.
Instruction pamphlet and my own calculations.
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.
Next up will be cutting 13 fat quarters and sewing 30 of the above blocks.