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HST Value Quilt, a finished quilt

Ta-done! What a thrilling feeling it is to finish a quilt, especially an annoying long standing work in progress.

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This has also been called the “door quilt” for a while. In our previous house it was to be a quilt to cover the door of the living room so that when husband was working and I was sewing, the sound of the machine would be somewhat blocked. Think of it as an artistic sound baffle.

The quilt never got finished and then we moved. This new house has a door in our entrance foyer which leads to the downstairs suite. It has ugly extra hinges and a funny door lock which are badly installed and actual duct tape sealing the bottom. Nice house, but this door is super sketchy looking.

Husband asked me if I had any quilts the right size to cover up a door. You know that emoji that has the rather stunned look to it? That was me right then. I had to ‘fess up and remind him about this quilt he’d asked for and I had never finished. Oops. But perfect.

The fabrics are not my favourite (but they were free). I did learn a lot about value. Especially this:  if you use the same fabric as both a light and a dark you will shoot yourself in the foot come time to layout.

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I wish I had done different layouts in each row – economy blocks, zigzags, streak of lightning. I was over-ruled by the husband (who is a completely traditional quilter. Weird.) He liked the barn raising set best.

Previous posts about this quilt are here, herehere, herehere, here, and here. It has also been on the list every quarter of the Finish-along for the past two years. I worked on it non-stop for a ten day period in early November 2015 before shelving it in frustration. Nine and a half months later (Aug. 31, 2016) I made the last 20 blocks needed. Then nothing until mid-Sept this year, when I added the last two rows in about 30 minutes. Pieced a backing in another 30 minutes. Loaded it on the long arm and quilted it up! That part took me maayyybe a couple of hours? Bound it by machine and hung it up. Ta-done.

Husband is pleased: he likes the quilt, the door is now nicer looking, and there is one less unfinished quilts hanging around.

Quilt Stats:

Title: HST Value/Door Quilt

Lifetime quilt no.: 67

Started: November 1, 2015

Finished: October 2, 2017

Size: 40.5″ x 88.5″

Number of pieces: 440

Quilting: straight line done with channel locks on my longarm. Thread used was orange! Superior bottom line on the top and blue Superior bottom line in the bobbin. It was leftover and magically worked with all the colours.

Celebrating the it’s finally finished feeling with Crazy Mom Quilts, Let’s Bee Social, and My Quilt Infatuation. Have a great weekend everyone.

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Random day, mid-October

Hey are you still here? Me too. That’s something at least.

I haven’t abandoned blogging, or sewing, or quilting. Just trying to find balance in the regular life/kids/job/hobby mix that I, and likely most of us, have. Here’s the Cole’s notes* version of what’s been going on.

July we moved. Pack, unpack.

August, tried to stay afloat with kids, heat, and boredom. First time we tried lake swimming which we loved.

September. WOW.

New school. Kids were anxious and nervous but everyone has been finding friends and routines and settling down.

New job. Same job, different place. Slower pace, less volume. Less stress accordingly but it’s much less well organized, so increased stress. Averaging therefore a slight increase in stress overall. But honestly? It’s cake and icing and desserts. Not fighting fires or curing cancer. But I am working more school days and fewer weekends which cuts into my ME time! “Me time” is actually introvert recovery time and is really really important. Even though I’m sharing with random strangers on the internet I’m actually pretty reclusive. Hi though! 👋

September was also my month on the longarm which though great is a scheduling nightmare. Funny thing about longarming…I loaded up a big quilt anticipating it would be my project for pretty much the whole month. Just a few hours later though, I was done. Next day I loaded another one. Same thing again. Reached for a third quilt! And made significant progress on that one too.

October, to date: Niece 1st birthday. Fun and cute. Husband’s 50th birthday. Much less cute. Much higher expectations. I volunteered myself to chair/co-ordinate/design/make my guild’s QuiltCon 2018 Charity quilt challenge. It’s an awesome design and I am very excited about it.

What else? I made a quilt start to finish. I finished off a lingering project. I got to meet Debbie Jeske in person when she visited my guild. I went through my works in progress list and I was cheered and heartened by what was there and what I could cross off. I’m excited about starting new projects. I wish I was similarly excited about binding five quilts. Sheesh. Five.

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Because we can’t NOT have a picture, here’s one I found when I was looking up how to swap out a ceiling light fixture because we did that last week too. I believe this is a picture of different types of electrical cords available from a supplier in England. I just think it’s pretty, and hello bias tape quilt design idea!

Any-hoo, thanks for being here. More quilts coming soon.

*”Cole’s notes.” I’m Nicole. Ha!

Scrappy Irish Chain, a finished quilt

My 2017 summer mental health quilt is ta-done, finished, and gifted!

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This quilt was fun from start to finish. The entire top came from stash and was a fun, mindless project late this summer. The 2.5″ squares were all from swaps and gifts, the 4″ beige squares I cut from larger pieces.

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The backing was half from stash with only the background striped fabric purchased. September was my month to use my longarm (I share it with another quilter if you’re new around here) so I loaded this up to hopefully quilt it during a few sessions over the course of the month.

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One relatively short afternoon later, I was done the quilting. The classic wishbones were easy to do and suited both the front and the back of the quilt. And might I brag just a bit about that most excellent pattern matching seen above? I couldn’t have done that if I tried!

I had a bit of a close call when I was trying to find a suitable fabric for the black border. I knew I had a black with orange-purple-green?-yellow stars (kind of a Hallowe’en palette) but couldn’t find it. Must have sold it. Found instead this black with a rainbow of coloured stars which I truly have no memory of acquiring. But it wasn’t enough! What to do now. I struggled mightily between buying new fabric for the border or…wait for it…switching fabric halfway through. You can see below what I chose to do.

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This is the first time I have ever done that in my decade of quilting. Are you proud of me? I am.

I mentioned this has been gifted already. I left it outside a friend’s house this week. She has a cottage on a lake which has been in her family since they built it in the 1930s. My oldest and her daughter have birthdays only eight days apart and they are truly bosom buddies, a la Anne and Diana. There were many trips back and forth to their cottage this summer and this quilt kept reminding me of that vintage, eclectic, still in great shape cottage. So I kept sewing, thinking about the cottage and friends and all sorts of things so I kind of wound up making this for my friend and just kept crossing my fingers that she would maybe like it a bit and not mind being gifted a quilt.

Well. The exuberant phone call I received convinced me I had gotten it right. They are thrilled to have been chosen as the benefactors. But I win because I got to make another quilt!

Previous posts about this quilt are HERE and HERE.

Quilt Stats:

Title: Scrappy Irish Chain

Lifetime quilt no.: 66

Started: August 2, 2017

Finished: September 27, 2017 (a mere eight weeks later!)

Size: 76.5″x76.5″

Number of pieces: 1,058 which includes the 20 pieces in the backing. Total fabric used was 7.6m from stash and 2m purchased specially.

Quilting: wishbones, done on longarm

Ta-done! Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts, My Quilt Infatuation, Sew Fresh Quilts, Busy Hands Quilts, TGIFF @ Anja Quilts, and a couple of celebratory scrappy linkups too.

And once more for awesomeness.

Have a most excellent weekend everyone and a happy Thanksgiving to you!

Q4, 2017 Finish A-long

I recently updated and fiddled with my spreadsheet of lifetime quilts, quilts in progress, idea file. Just in time too as the link up for the last quarter of the 2017 Finish A-long is open now.

Rolling over a bunch of stuff from many previous lists…am too lazy to work out just how many previous lists.

This is the nearly-done, just bury threads and bind it already squad:

  • fix and finish binding on Fancy fox
  • gridlocked/cross hatch
  • blue 15 min X&+
  • rainbow log cabin grey/white
And then in other states of being:
Value: barn raising
  • door quilt (add two more rows, layer, quilt, bind)
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  • buy a minky backing and puffy batting. Tie it for the quilting. Bind.
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  • Polaroid is layered and basted. I quilted 70% percent of it and ripped that out. Quilt it again and bind.
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  • This fabric pull is too pretty to abandon though the original project no longer is in play. I have an idea for what to use this for.
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  • This is is from WAYYYYY before blogging, started in January 2014. Time to get this done.
  • Rounding it out for an even 10 projects, napkins for kids. I’ve had the shark goldfish fabric for a while and the alphabet fabric for a very long while. Worn out napkins are on the right.

Time to get ALL of these done. I am ripping through my WIP list; I want to start new things and try out ideas to see where those takes me. Linking up with the global hosts of the 2017 Finish A-long.

  • Sarah – Sew me – Northern Ireland
  • Judith – Just Jude – Northern Ireland