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I just made a backing this afternoon! I was going thru some more donations and came across a roll of fabrics 8” wide that all seemed to coordinate. And a light bulb went off!
So, I went digging in my “finished quilt tops” cabinet and found a top I had pieced from left over pieces LONG ago!
While the fabrics are not the same, they are the same coloring and style! Now to send it to be finished for charity! A Win Win for me!
Here is the picture of the finished quilt.
Here is what I spent my time doing in May and June. Woodburning this sign for my brother's birthday gift.
Today I pulled out a quilt sandwich that is about ten years out to free motion quilt. You know its been along time since you free motioned anything when you no longer have any practice sandwiches made up to practice on. Not really into it but in a mood to have things finished.
Not really into it but in a mood to have things finished.
I hear ya on that.
I had to try just one block. And like you, I need to have one right in front of me to keep the pieces going the right way. I have a small rug loom that I wasn't using any more so I put chicken wire on the back to clip things on and the nails were great for holding thread. I put it right behind my sewing machine so I could have the sample block right in font of me. I may have to go off my piecing diet and make some more ric rac blocks!
I like it. I just got finish cutting up my scrape and ready to make a quilt.
Uh-oh. Lynne's gonna get in trouble.
Jo your quilt came out really nice. It looks very vintage.
When the visual clutter rises to a certain level and exceeds my (exceptionally high) threshold, I feel compelled to reorganize or purge or move things around. Typically, I end up "losing" things because I've put them someplace else where it seems more reasonable, even though I know I'm going to be looking in the old spot until I retrain my memory. :-)
Unfortunately (you knew that was coming, right?), in order to clear out item A and put in location X, I need to first create some space at location X, which means I need to move the items currently at location X. It's a cascading event.
This time, I was looking at the Featherweight in a crate/cubby/box underneath my sewing/cutting table. It's very visible when you enter the room. For whatever reason, it now annoys me. I want to put the Featherweight & its accessories on a bookshelf where it will look "neater". There *is* a spot on the bottom shelf of a bookcase that is a good possibility but that spot is currently being occupied by a crate labeled "Fleece for Backings".
OK ... looking at the contents, there are 4 pieces of fleece ... all different sizes, of course. One is a ready-to-use fleece throw that I think I bought for $5. Can't beat that for 45"x60". The other pieces are fleece yardage that could have been leftovers from a bigger piece or yardage that I bought on sale "because it was such a good deal".
I brought all 4 pieces into the room where the longarm is and the finished tops hang in a closet. Sometime ago, during a Zoom meet-up with others in the forum, I went through every single finished top, measured them, wrote the measurements on a slip of paper and pinned the paper to the top. My intent was to make it easier for me to matching up batting pieces with appropriate sized tops.
To my delight, that particular plan worked quite well! With the measurements of the fleece pieces, I matched them up with 4 finished tops. All of the tops were pieced with being a charity quilt in mind, which is why they were so "small". I won't be using any batting ... just the top and the fleece. I've done this before and it has worked out well.
At least 2 of the fleece pieces are just a TAD too narrow to make for a comfortable fit, so I've sewn on wide strips of muslin to the short dimension. This makes it wide enough to be able to be loaded on the longarm and allow me room for proper side tensioning. The muslin strips will be cut off and re-used. I've decided to use the same pantograph for all 4 quilts. I don't do custom or labor-intensive quilting on charity quilts (unless I specifically want to try a design out). For these quilts, I just want them DONE.
I've chosen an EASY panto, Chantilly Lace. I betcha every longarm quilter has Chantilly Lace ... it "came" with my longarm as a bundle.
I've loaded up the first quilt. Since I haven't been on the longarm for a while, *especially* doing a panto, it's taken me quite a while to remember all the ins-and-outs of pantographs. But, it's going nicely now. I'll finish this one this evening, load up the next and just keeping going until all 4 are done. I really don't think it will take very long ... unless I get called away.
But, the crate with the Featherweight + accessories has been emptied and put on the bottom shelf of the bookcase. Everything fits! woo hoo! That makes TWO crates I've emptied .. the Featherweight and the one that held the fleece. TWO large crates OUT of my sewing room!
Also under my sewing/cutting table was a large, plastic dish tub that I used for storage. I knew it had some very old quilted placemats & cloth napkins that I hade made to coordinate with my new dining room back in the early 1980s. I used those 12 placemats extensively and they sure looked like it. I had used a floral fabric stripe as the wide binding ... so it was certainly a single layer. Over the years ... MANY years ... that single layer binding took a big hit and was simply worn through in many places. The binding on several of the placemats were fabric "flaps", as the part of the fabric that folded over the edge of the placemat had disintegrated.
I know I had saved them with the idea of replacing the floral stripe .. but ... I didn't have any more of that fabric. AND the placemats were VERY faded, used, stained, and in some of them, the fabric had holes. Although I do have sentimental feelings for them, they simply are NOT salvageable. With profuse thanks and gratitude for their many years of use, I will retire them. I had also made 24 cloth napkins to coordinate with both sides of the placemats. I *mitered* all the corners of the napkins! That's 24 napkins with 4 corners each for a total of 96 mitered corners. All nicely done, too! I'm gonna save the napkins and recycle the fabric into hexies probably.
So, today was a very productive day .. and still continues, as I need to finish up the quilt that's loaded and do the next one. :-)