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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 606912 views.

From: latterberry


Wow! Another beauty!!  Love it!!How many more do you plan to piece before you start quilting them?


From: judyinohio


Speaking of quilting .....  LOL

I'm going very slowly on this small wallhanging. Make eleven stitches, stop, pivot, make eleven stitches, stop, pivot.



Repeat some more.


Change color of thread.

Continue with making eleven stitches, stop, pivot ....

Designer's instructions were very strict about starting quilting with purple row at the bottom and working up from the bottom (double underlining under that row of instructions). Thus I have obediently followed her orders and done purple, blue and green rows and am now starting to work on the yellow one.

Of course I pricked my finger on a pin and got a speck of blood on a yellow fabric. Of course, I spit on the speck of blood and "erased" it with my saliva. And now I am calling it a day.

One blood drop per day is my new motto.  stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye

viola (sissly4)

From: viola (sissly4)


It is going to be very pretty when you get finished

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


Wow ... patience, patience, patience.

But, it's going to be gorgeous when you're done.  Your hard work will be well-rewarded.  :-)

(You do have my mailing address, right?  :-)   )

Judy that looks great. Just keep at it and you will get it done.


From: judyinohio


Thanks to everyone for the kind comments. I know it is going to be very cute once I get it stitched but my dilemma will be finding a place to hang it here in my sewing room.

(Yeah, I have addresses for a lot of forum members from the days when I mailed off the scissors fobs but this little wall hanging is gonna stay here in Ohio.)

I read an interesting piecing tip SOMEWHERE not too long ago.  It occurs to me that you could also do it for this kind of top-stitching/applique/quilting, etc.  Of course, I can't remember where I read it, but it's fairly simple to explain.  I think it would probably work well on a project like yours, where you have to repeatedly do 11 stitches, stop and pivot, do another 11 stitches, and repeat, repeat, repeat.  HOWEVER, I know you would not be able to use it on the wonderful old machine you always use.  But it would sure be helpful for those who have newer, computerized machines.  

Say you need to make hundreds of seams of the same length - such as when you are chain piecing many pairs of the same things that are the same size, with the same seam length.  Then you just use the stitching "macros" on your machine.  Wow!  I have used that function before, but never for piecing - and it makes a lot of sense.  Similarly, with a computerized machine, you could set a macro to stitch 11 stitches, and then stop so you can pivot.  All you have to do is keep pushing that button that tells it to start the 11-stitch pattern over again!  I'm going to try it the next time I have some things to chain piece where the seams are all the same length.  

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


oh, hooray, hooray!  I'm done with the quilting part of Denise's quilt!   I must admit there were times when I was mightily bored with the whole thing.  I certainly thought of the quilting design but I was still bored.  It happens.  :-)

One thing I can positively say about this quilt is that Denise did a great job of keeping those columns straight!  I just love seeing a horizontal seam line up perfectly with the longarm bars.  That just brings a smile to my heart.  :-)   Good job on that, Denise!

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


Well, my, my, my!  I have "finished" my EPP project, "Forget Me Not".  I say "finished" because I have now completed the pattern as designed by Sue Daley.  (Well, Sue has one free-standing flower unit in each of the corners, which I haven't done.)   Right now, it's about 62" square.  I was *incredibly* fortunate to find enough of a suitable background fabric to use to make the  outer corner triangles to square up the top.  I was very pleased about that.

I was kinda/sorta pushing to get this project done because October was the month that my NEXT EPP project, "Inner Cubes", was going to be shipped.  It was my intention to work on Inner Cubes on our upcoming trip to Tucson in early November.  It's going to be a long road trip and I need something that needs a LOT of work to be done.  Inner Cubes was going to be perfect.  And then ... the shoe dropped.  The shop doing this project said that the delivery problems that the country is experiencing is hitting them also.  They have not received all of the inventory necessary for the kits, so they won't be able to ship them out in October (but will just as soon as they get everything in.)

Well, this puts a monkey wrench in my road trip plans.  I had been perfectly content to finish Forget Me Not just as Sue Daley had envisioned but now, in light of Inner Cubes not going to be in my hands in time for the road trip, I have changed my plans for Forget Me Not.  I'm going to make it larger.  :-)    Initially, I thought to augment the stand-along flower units that Sue Daley put in the corners of the (above) quilt by making those flower units the anchor of some appliqued floral "things" ... you know, vines and leaves and other flowers.  I'd have the applique go in both horizontal and vertical directions.  It would give me more hand work to do for the road trip but the size would remain about the same.

But then I realized that the background fabric that I had found and used to make the EPP part a square was kinda skimpy at the 3/6/9/12 o'clock positions.  However, it was all that I had, so I had to work with it.

AND THEN ... in one of my quilting Facebook groups, a member showed a Judy Niemeyer quilt she had finished.  The border treatment immediately caught my eye.  The Judy Niemeyer quilt, "Flowers for my Wedding Ring", has an inner border of Flying Geese ... although I have since seen it done in HST and even without that inner border ... and then another outer border filled with fanciful floral, vines, and leaves applique.  See the picture below.

That border is AWESOME.   Eventhough the area at the 3/6/9/12 o'clock positions on my top is skimpy, I believe that there is enough space to allow a border of pieced "somethings" to the outside.  Right now, I'm thinking of diamonds on point (instead of Flying Geese).   Then, I'll need to find Yet Another Background fabric, compatible with what I already have, to make the border for the floral applique part.  I probably won't do precisely the Birds of Paradise of Judy Niemeyer's quilt but will be heavily using that as inspiration for whatever floral items I do come up with.  

I'll need to hustle to get the pieced diamond border done and the wide outer border sewn on so that I will have a foundation for the applique ... which will be my massive amounts of handwork for the road trip.  :-)    That's the plan, anyway.  :-)