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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

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

August NewFO's Report - "Flight Commander" & "25th, Baby!"


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Love Barbara's NewFO parties each month, and they're really helping me get these kits pulled out of stone-cold status and on their way to becoming quilts before my youngest is out of high school.  ;D  Lots of other fun projects emerging, so take a fun breakfast stroll through the other links.

My poor husband was moved into the world's dreariest office a couple weeks ago (I just saw it last week), so I threw together this wall quilt top. 




Need to stitch down the propellers and then quilt this baby so it can cheer up one spot. I wanted to make a subtle nod to the flight orientation of the Air Force as well as include some understated patriotism, thus the borrowing of the popular steampunk block and the color selection from the scrap box. 




Going to have fun with some terrain patterning for the fmq.

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But the BIG NewFO is one of the sets of fabric from my birthday shopping trip. My actual Birthday Bash set is only washed and pressed (and augmented from stash), ready for some circle play for next month. But I *really* want to completely finish the king size double wedding ring quilt to be on our bed for our 25th Anniversary next August, which means that project has to start moving now.




 Washed and pressed all the fabrics; worked up my color scheme in EQ so I could print it out to keep track as I work (numbered all 199 melons), and then arduously cut out the controlled-scrappy sets for what I called the "starbursts." 

I"m alternating greens and plummish ones, which each use about 5 different fabrics to make up those yardages. Some are the new, some were in stash. It was kinda fun to mix and match them so I'd have a good spread over the whole quilt.




Best use of a concert grand piano, eh?  ;D  This project is not getting boxed-and-shelved, but will run in the background for 2 or 3 months. So, to protect it from feline disturbances, I've covered the grid with my largest acryllic quilting scribble panel. 





But this organization by starbursts is not what is needed for the actual sewing of the arcs. So I raided the "This Paper Still Has One Good Side" printing pile and our over-abundant supply of staples and made 20 pouches to tuck pieces in by arc. They fit nicely in this basket with some stacks of the mix of creams that fill in the mid-arcs between the starbusts. At least *those* could be pure randomness! I'll fill the pouches from the piano 20 arcs at a time, and hopefully they'll all be cleared off by Thanksgiving.





Next I cut all the connector pieces. The green starbursts will have the satin-dotted whites; the others will have the slightly-sparkly blue. When I was all finished, it occurred to me that I should have cut the whites from my wedding dress - that would have been cool!  Oh well, back to my back-burner plan to do something wall-quilt out of the dress ala Cindy Needham.





Then there were all the centers and melons to be cut. This is Kona Primrose. I couldn't decide in the store whether I wanted a solid background or the pretty pink blender that was vying with it. I bought both. I needed about the same yardage for the background as I did for the backing, so I decided the pair would work out either way. When I got all the florals together at home for the arcs, I liked the group much better on the solids - especially with the satin dots and sparkles on the connector fabrics. It'll all look very nice with the blender on the back when it's turned down on the bed.  :)






So, altogether I template-cut some 3,200 pieces in stacks of 4. That took all week!!  And gobbled up all my sewing time, so no machine work happened at all.  





I would highly recommend buying a thick template set for double wedding rings if you are going to make one of these quilts, even in just a sofa size. The set that came in a book I'd picked up at a yard sale years ago was FABULOUS - complete with little clingy-felt sticky dots to keep the fabric from sliding at the corners. With all those curves, it would have been way nasty working with cardstock or thin plastic templates. That's one purchase worth its money. Especially for a KING size! I really can't imagine doing that cutting job without these.

Oh, I decided not to go with the quick-curve ruler or paper piecing on this king size because the extra fabric necessary would have been prohibitive at this size. Big difference between 9 yards of background and 14 yards, eh?!

So, anyway, these are my WIPs right now, along with more hand quilting on Kelly's 1930s quilt during any evening TV times. That is slow going, but I'm getting better as I continue. Let's just say it's a good thing the border is such a busy print that can hide all my wobbles, or there'd be a GLARING difference between her work and mine.  ;D




Did you have any NewFO's this month?  :D 



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Linking up at

Barbara's NewFO


20 comments:

Carrie P. said...

what a great wall hanging you are making for your husband's office.
YOu sure have been busy with your new quilt.
That red fabric looks like it would be hard to quilt on.

Glenda said...

Fantastic wall hanging to cheer up Hubby's office, it will make such a difference and will start many conversations when others see it. You sure are busy with your WIP'S too. Cheers Glenda Australia

Dana Gaffney said...

I see the little edges peeking out from under the protection and just feel like they will be a fun challenge for little kitty paws :). As usual you've been beautifully productive.

Gari in AL said...

Wow, that was a lot of cutting: made me very tired. My mother (91yo) bought a DWR precut kit last year so I figure I will be making that one since she hasn't even touched her machine for 7 years. Love the wall hanging: I used to rotate quilts in my office to cheer me up.

Lori S said...

I can't wait to watch your progress on the DWR. That is a huge undertaking. The shot of the piano made me smile!

Jennie said...

Cutting a double wedding ring is quite the undertaking but it will be totally worthe it - I love your organization!

Nedra said...

Oh my, so many itty bitty pieces. And what a nice wife to make a wall hanging for your husband's office. I love that Steam Punk pattern.

Barbara said...

Beautiful projects. Love that wall hanging. You are very organized!

Harriett said...

Oh My, that's a lot of pieces. Love it on the piano, I mean if it's a flat surface why not. Love the colors it is sure to be beautiful when you're done.

Ray and Jeanne said...

Such great projects! Love your husband's wallhanging! ~Jeanne

Elizabeth said...

The DWR project is amazing! Can't wait to see as it develops. And the little wall hanging is awesome! Fun projects! Dropping in through Barbara's NewFO linky party.

knitnkwilt said...

Love the repurposing of the grand piano! I had a complex project laid out on my bed once and had to sleep in the guest bed. That was when I had two bedrooms.

I also am impressed by how you have organized pieces. I've often wondered how to tackle some of those complex designs.

Kate said...

Oh wow, the Double Wedding Ring quilt is going to be gorgeous! You've done a great job with organizing all the pieces.

Tami C said...

Great idea to protect your ongoing projects from feline disturbances. Unfortunately, I don't have a concert grand piano! You have taken on a giant project, so it's good that you are guarding it against the cats. Great organization ideas!

Quilting Babcia said...

That is going to be one gorgeous quilt. I love the ideas for organizing you've shown. We have the same problem here with feline 'help' on any and all quilting projects within her reach.

Aileen said...

Lovely. That is going to be gorgeous

Heidi said...

OMgosh you are brave to tackle that wedding ring!
I saw the post with your aero-wall quilt a few days ago and just love love it.

Junebug613 said...

That is some serious perseverance on cutting all those pieces! You are really talented at organization too! Best wishes with your stitching!

Sandy said...

Love the little wall-hanging for your husband's office. That bedquilt is gonna be gorgeous! And what a great organizing system.

karen said...

Loved the organisation, and plenty of eye candy to enjoy. keep up the good work!