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Other than my family, the passion of my life is quilting. An eclectic, I love a wide variety of styles and techniques encompassing both machine and hand work. Instagram: lyncc_quilts

Sunday, August 13, 2017

BOMs Away - "Down the Rabbit Hole" in earnest, and an easy applique prepping tip

Welcome to the link-up for BOMs Away Mondays!
Where we share what we're doing on a BOM-type project 
so they don't stall out in UFO-land!
(Linky at the bottom.)

I made good headway on the catch-up work of this project.

First I finished all the leaves, got that first stop-border sewn on, trimmed out all the large areas of backgound behind the applique, and got my middle rabbit circle appliqued down:

That finishes all the Part 3 work.  :D

And then I got a huge chunk of Part 4 squared away:

All the rows of houses are sewn together, and I made the windows and rabbit applique that I wanted. They're all ready to be stitched down.

(Yes, if you're familiar with Sarah Fielke's project, I've done these with a different technique than her plan calls for. I pieced whole blocks for each house into a long line, pressed under the roof lines, and then appliqued the roofs onto the background fabric. I cut away the background behind the houses and pinned the rows onto fresh strips of blank newsprint paper for stabilizer when I stitch the windows down.)

Those windows are 1/2" squares. I had anticipated that they'd give me trouble and get all wiggly since they're a little bit small. But they were a SNAP!

Applique Prepping Tip for small squares:

The big secret for easy handling and nice, straight and even edges is a hefty dose of starch.

All I did was cut out 1" strips from some scraps of cloud sky fabric, then I starched and pressed those twice, so that they had a feel that was almost like a stiff paper. 

At that point, it was super easy to fold over 1/4" along each long edge and iron those down. There was no difficulty with wriggling thin strips or wavy edges as I pressed.

See how nice and straight it works up?  After that, I cut these strips into 1" segments. 

To turn those into the squares, I did not actually need my handy applique-pointer pressing tool, because the stiffness of the fabric let me finger-press the sides under to make the final square. I just gave those a last press with my little craft iron, and they were ready for a dot of glue and a push into place.

I'm a little tired of houses at the moment, so we'll just let this glue dry overnight and I'll start stitching windows down this week as I get free time.

But what about you?! Did you get some BOM work done recently?

Kate over at Katie Mae Quilts has joined me in hosting this meet-up,
and linking up from either end puts you on the party at both sides.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

BOMs Away - Let's dig our way up out of this Rabbit Hole!

Welcome to the link-up for BOMs Away Mondays!
Where we share what we're doing on a BOM-type project 
so they don't stall out in UFO-land!
(Linky at the bottom.)

I found my craft iron again! Although, I could swear in court it was not where I finally found it two days ago when I was searching for it three months ago to work on all those little leaves for Part 3 of "Down the Rabbit Hole". So now my BOM goal is to get this one caught up to Sarah Fielke's schedule by Halloween.

Today I managed to get right at 2/3 of those finicky little buggars prepped and stitched down:

All these leaves are reinforcing mightily that the freezer paper method is not my favorite applique process. I almost always highly prefer back-basting, but this is the approach that works best in this particular task, so I can move them all around a lot before machine stitching. 

I had to run to the grocery store for more freezer paper to start on these - stood in the aisle looking up at the shelf and said out loud, "Oh, cool!" when I saw the printing on the boxes:

What can I say? Little things make my day.



How are things going on your end? Did you work on your BOMs recently?

Kate is literally in the process of moving cross-country right now, 
so we're going to completely understand if the link doesn't go up on her end 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Update on progress for the 17 in 2017 Challenge

I have not been consistent at all in blogging my 17 in 2017 UFO progress. I'm intending to get back on schedule with those monthly linkies, as it really helps me refrain from shoving less-favorite and non-priority projects back into long term storage.

At the beginning of the year, I'd listed 17 particular UFOs for attention this year - some intended to be finished completely, others just "required" to be moved along to the next significant stage. 

So far I've scored 9 projects off of the list, but only two were reported to the challenge:

#1 - "Tootsie & Rumples" - completely finished.  :)

#2 - "Scott's Air Force Retirement Quilt" - from part way quilted to complete finish
(it's huge!)

#3 - "You Must Be Croaking" - from partial blocks to full flimsy status:

#4 - "Stepping Stones" - from 8 units paper pieced to all 72 paper pieced:

#5 - "Frog Lily for Marissa" - borders all on:

I took this with me to Estes Park for my personal quilt retreat during Scott's
conference classes.

#6 - "Lori & Aliya" - all finished, and this fantastic girl needs a photo op!!

#7 - "Star Crazy" - all of the blocks are made now, here's the last set:

#8 - "Set Sail" - all those geese made and border on:
(she's a king size!)

and last, but not least:

#9 - "Fall All Around" - full flimsy status, going on the longarm today!
(she's a queen size)

I'm planning on tackling the trapunto work for the Mermaid UFO next, but first I'm quilting up this last one, as I really, REALLY want to get the practice on lining things up before putting "Set Sail" on the longarm so I can get that quilt on my bed before August is finished.

Thank you to Meredithe and Anne for hosting this challenge!!

Linking up at

Meredithe and Anne's 17 in 2017