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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 848977 views.

that's what I think she meant by fillet.

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

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oh that's a clever idea and much simpler than sewing a jacket from a pattern!  Using a sweatshirt as the base would certainly give it the drape and softness you want.

I wish I knew how to estimate how much they will shrink during the sewing process.  I have a big orange one I bought to wear as a Halloween costume  when pregnant with my son (his birthday is Nov 3rd, so you get the idea how big I was).  I stuck on a black felt jack o lantern face & went as the Great Pumpkin.  

I finished the double wedding quilt yesterday with the final touch the label. I also created a care instruction sheet for it. The last thing to do is the photoshoot. 

So I pulled out another UFO top a simple blue and green. I am planning some fun quilting lots of big circles with different motifs quilted in each. I designed a giant dragonfly with a 24" wingspan and am placing it in 3 places. I am still marking these elements with school chalk on the top and trying to decide on thread colors. This will not be a quick project but rather a fun creative process as I love quilting best of the entire quilt creation. I have photos on my Instagram as Delphi is not allowing me to upload my photos.

Ami:  Have you tried just copying and pasting a photo in the body of your post?  That has been working for me lately.  Almost always I use JPEG images, and I don't need to upload them or anything - just copy the image and paste it in here.  Worth a try!  Your plan for quilting the "new" UFO sounds great; can't wait to see pictures.  


Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

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Is that the DWR that you were working on at the Retreat?  The colors of that one were so spectacular.  It must feel good to get another project finished.  :-)

I'm looking forward to seeing the in-progress or final pictures when you're done with your circles & dragonfly quilting project!  You always come up with such innovative ideas.  :-)

I did try to insert the photo in the end of the post. I do it with my phone. Some days it works fine and sometimes not. If you if you have Instagram I am under Ami Krenzel there. I know not everyone likes Instagram but I use it just for quilt photos.

Yup that was my retreat project....ready for gifting in a week. We are gonna deliver it to them as they are in Colorado Springs about 90 min drive.

I will likely bring my dragonfly quilt to retreat if it is finished by then. Today I have not touched it yet. I have a group of garment sewing projects I have batch cut a week ago and I pulled the first one out which is a thrift flip. I have been sewing French seams all morning. Will switch to the quilt this afternoon. I am trying to do about one garment every two weeks as I also love working on those and with the change of season I am excited about these new things for Fall.

I have too many things in progress right now, at least for me. 

1)I have the mantle quilt to bind - still deciding if I want to bind it or do a facing - kind of thinking a facing so that the red at the bottom of the swag continues to the edge.  But that is more complicated and I have to think about how to keep it flat so it doesn't roll out.  I may just do a regular narrow binding and be done with it. 

2) I need to bind the Dee's place wall hanging - it's all quilted but deciding what shape do I want it to be?  I was thinking I wanted some curve on the edge but the sunflower is pretty close to the edge, may not be able to.  I am going to cut some shapes from freezer paper to audition before I start cutting.  I want it done also, so close but I don't want to rush and mess it up.

3) I have 2 patriotic quilts on the machine with one pass done - decided some mindless loops was the thing two nights ago. 

4) And the two patriotic quilts to finish - I got border fabric yesterday  - she actually sent me about 8 yards of LQS fabric, very nice stuff, to pick from. 

Last night I put these blocks together from my last kit - they had been on my design wall for about a week and I got tired of them falling down so I put them together.  They'll eventually get a border but not now.

And I've been working more than I want - trying to get silly P1 wrapped up but going to 7 or 8 pm all week.  gah!  This work stuff is really putting a cramp on my quilting....

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

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Back in the beginning of this year, I started another EPP project that is called Dillyflower.  Essentially, it's rounded top Dresden fans stitched to a central hexie.  The flower is then stitched to a background.  I used EQ to design it and came up with a layout that I liked, which was two different colored columns of the flowers which alternated with each other.  I've been steadily working on that and recently, I finished all the Dillyflower blocks of flowers with a neutral background.  I stitched them hexagon blocks together, per the layout.

When I was done, it sure seemed to me to be much LONGER than it should be.  I measured it and .. holy moley ... that column was 135" long!  GEEZ LOUISE!  Even a king sized is only 120"!!!!   So, somehow I miscalculated and made more hexagon blocks than I needed.  Sigh.  All that time on blocks that weren't required.  Sigh.  I had made 6 columns, each of 12 hexagon blocks, when I really only needed 9 blocks.  Sigh.

So, I took 3 blocks from each column .... 18 blocks ... and thought about what to do with them.  Since this was not a "planned" quilt, I didn't want to spend a whole lot of time on it but I still wanted to produce something "nice".  Since these were hexagon blocks, that necessarily means set-in seams, which are never quick.  I also wanted to use only fabrics I had on-hand, as I'm really trying to use up my inventory and get it to a more manageable amount.

These hexagons were "low value" colors.  I chose other low value colors for the set-in diamonds between the hexagons.  There were *10* diamonds to set between the 2 columns of hexagons.  ugh.   Then, I thought about borders ... put one on or not?    Having a border would bring it up to a better usable size .. so yeah, a border.  What color?   If I use another low value color, the entire quilt might look washed out.  AND I was limiting myself to what I already had.  Ugh.  Decisions.

I chose a mocha brown to fill in the partial hexies on the perimeter, as well as the outer border.  It's a contrast but not unappealingly so.   But, of course, there's ONE MORE wrinkle.  (Isn't there always?)  As i figured out how big of a border I wanted VS how much fabric I had left (after cutting the partial set-in hexies), I comitted a rookie error in calculations.   I came up with a 7.5" border all around and cut the remaining fabric to that width.  Welllllllll .. what I forgot was that after the first two borders (top & bottom) were put on, that would ADD 15" more to the length I needed for both side borders.  Ugh.  And doncha know, I didn't have that extra length.  ugh.  If I had made the borders narrower, it wouldn't have been a problem .. but I didn't and now I was stuck.  UGH.

Well, the solution I came up with was to put in cornerstones with more Dillyflowers on them.  Although the cornerstones are not what I originally had in mind, I think I'm OK with the final result, especially since this particular quilt wasn't supposed to be even made!  I'm not in love with it but it's not butt-ugly either, so it has that going for it.  :-)   It's ever so slightly smaller than a twin.  And the top is DONE!  The binding is MADE and it's hanging up in the closet, waiting (with all the others) to be quilted.  :-)

Bonus: I completely used up the cocoa brown fabric.  I don't even have any scraps leftover.  :-)