Quilt ADD in therapy

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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

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

3rd of 17 for 2017 - "You Must Be Croaking" is a Flimsy :)

This is my third UFO cross-off from my 17 in 2017 list. 

These frog blocks from 2013 needed their faces appliqued on (took forever),

. . . and then they needed to be assembled and given borders. Again, this took forever, mainly because I'd originally wanted to change the pattern so that they were sitting in rows, add 3 flies here and there and coordinate which ways their eyes were looking.  But by the time I'd put half the borders on, I just was not happy with it. The way their lines were hacking across the quilt, it just wasn't good, was it? 

So I picked out the blocks row by row without pulling off the borders so I could spin some of them around. Usually I'll settle for a design that may not have turned out the way I wanted, but this time it just bugged me too much for too long.  

The most accurate color depiction

Now that this is crossed off my list, I've pulled "Stepping Stones" into the slot for my breather project. That's an old Judy Niemeyer pattern I went to a class for back in something like 2010. For advancement off the 17 list, I have to make all the rest of the blocks. Paper piecing. Lots of them.

Now back to my priority project, which is about to get to the fun part of actually starting the quilting.  :)


Linking up at:

Meridithe's 17 in 2017

Sarah's Whoop, Whoop Linkup

Sunday, March 19, 2017

BOMs Away - Wind in the Whiskers

Welcome to the link-up for BOMs Away Mondays!
Do you ever start Block-of-the-Months and then not finish them? 
Or maybe you just like doing a lot of them?
This is where you can share what you're doing on a BOM or anything you work on at given intervals. 
Show us what you accomplished in the past week or so!
(Linky at the bottom.)

This was a busy weekend, so I didn't get much BOM time. Wind in the Whiskers is up, and I managed only to get the pieces for the kitty and the insect creatures traces and cut apart. 

This is for the "Best of Show" block, which is the portion along the lower side of the tree trunk - the pretty silver point Persian cat and the daisy-like flowers.

Yesterday we participated in our Taekwondo school's annual fund raiser (benefiting the foundation to build a Children's Hospital in Colorado Springs).

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We spent this morning moving another pickup load from Heather's apartment in the Denver area down to our place. Her upcoming 3rd and 4th years of med school are in the Springs, so she and Pat are renting our basement out at cheap Mom & Dad rates rather than paying full price for their own unit. I'm loving it.  :)  No pics from that.

After unloading and cleaning up, we drove up the mountain for a quilt finish photo op on this remarkably gorgeous day. Can you figure out where we went? Some of you will recognize this tidbit of the foremost landmark: 

Or perhaps this newest landmark? 

I really love the quality of this building's shadow, almost looking like waterplay.

But this is a BOM's Away post, so let's put the linky up!

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.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wait Loss Wed.

Link-ups like Jennifer's Wait Loss Wednesday can help ease the ennui when projects are feeling stale, or getting into the next stage intimidates you for some reason. :)   Here's what's moving at my place right now:

Scott's DOD American Retirement quilt is washed and almost finished drying. I'll get a label on it Friday (want to make sure it's 100% completely dried before bunching it up to work on it), and then I hope we can get a good photo op together at the Air Force Academy this weekend. I got the binding finished over a week ago, so this last bit of work is delayed way long enough!

I have all 9 dog stencils now, so I'm trying to finalize my plans for the quilting so that I can do any marking up front before layering the quilt. Lori wants feathers and the dog's foot print and bones in it, so I'm trying to figure out a balance of doggy elements and "pretty" that works great with the quilt top  (metro rings on red background) and the cameos. I have some good ideas, so this may be accomplished tomorrow.

And my breather project, when Lori's quilt overwhelms me with its mental intensity, is this old froggy UFO, "You Must Be Croaking." In March of 2013, I pulled this out of my deep storage and did the prewashing and made the basic blocks. I wish I knew when I'd originally bought the kit, because I'm sure it was at least 2 years old at that point. 

The past couple of weeks I've been working on the face applique work and got the big feature frog cut out. I traded out a couple of the border fabrics for others from my stash, and this should make flimsy status by next week, I would guess. It's not my priority project, so it moves slower than it might. That will bring the frogs up to the benchmark for their slot on my 17 for 2017 list of UFO work.

Don't they look so cute from the back?  hehe

Linking up at 
Jennifer's Wed Wait Loss WIPs

Sunday, March 12, 2017

BOMs Away - Star Crazy

Welcome to the link-up for BOMs Away Mondays!
Do you ever start Block-of-the-Months and then not finish them? 
Or maybe you just like doing a lot of them?
This is where you can share what you're doing on a BOM or anything you work on at given intervals. 
Show us what you accomplished in the past week or so!
(Linky at the bottom.)

What do you do when you're just really sick of a BOM on your list - it makes you weary just to think of it, because there's So. Much. Work. for each month?

You torture yourself by doing two months' worth in one weekend. . . !  My reasoning was that I could have a lot of sewing time this weekend, and this will make it go away faster. But I'm completely oversaturated with it at the moment.

16 stars, most of them compound! And all of them uniquely colored, so you can't mass-produce them.

Also got another stack of HST's for the Border Bag - that thing's getting pretty hefty by now!

This project will grow up to this quilt:

I really do love it, and I look forward to one day quilting it up ala Green Fairy. But man, does it get to me with the volume and sameness of the work.

I made all the HSTs yesterday. 166 is quite a bunch for one day. Thank goodness for the paper method! I just print the right size off for free from Quilting and Whatnot (make sure you're on Full Size, not sized to fit). Here's a batch of 24, zipping through the machine, and when I cut them apart, everything's perfectly sized.

Now I can put the box back in the cupboard and forget about this stressor until mid-April.  :)

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.

Friday, March 10, 2017

It worked! (Photo to Quilting Template)

Today I am whooping it up about something that is only a tiny step forward in my next priority finish, but took me many hours over several days to accomplish.

This is the first final-form quilting template (on golden threads paper) of a set of 9 cameos for a personalized commission quilt featuring Lori's beloved German Shepard, Aliya.

I am not an artist! Any drawing task is excruciatingly slow and involves a large amount of eraser. I should invest in a company. . .  ;D  (I'm also thinking the Black Pearl that Barbara shared about might be better for this waxy paper than the white pencil erasers I have.)

I made these by using this tutorial to edit digital photos at the free online app, PIXLR, so that they were as close to coloring book images as possible. Sized them up, printed them out, and traced in the lines I thought I'd like with a fine-tip Sharpie. Then I keep the photo file open in front of me and tape a sheet of the Golden Threads on top so I can trace the lines I really want. Pencil is an absolute must, because I have to erase lots and LOTS. It's tricky to capture a good likeness and the gist of her markings in a way that plays nice with stitchability and with the compression/loft effect of batting. 

So I'm super happy that this finished template succeeded and really whooping it up that the customer's reaction upon seeing it was, "OMG I'm so excited!"  :D

Linking up at 
Jennifer's Wed Wait Loss WIPs
Sarah's Whoop Whoop Fridays

Sunday, March 5, 2017

BOMs Away - Fresh Start: Fall All Around

Welcome to the link-up for BOMs Away Mondays!
Do you have periodical projects that can use some motivation to be worked on? 
This is where you can share what you're doing on a Block-of-the-Month or really anything you work on at given intervals. 
Show us what you accomplished in the past week or so!

New BOM on my rotation! Well, it's new in the workload, anyway. I actually bought it back in 2011. Had an empty week on my BOM calendar, so this week I pulled a NETY out of the storage room, washed and ironed the pieces from all the block kits, and got all the blocks cut out for future ease:

I also washed the fabrics from the finishing kit I got for it (these Patchwork Parties are done by 12 different quilt shops, and each one works up a finished quilt, so you have lots of end designs to choose from for yours). Still have to iron those and kit that part up. Gimme 2 or 3 weeks to get there. ;D

Today I sewed up the first two blocks:

Garden Tea - can you see the T's in each corner, even?

And Turley's Inn

Those two had to be right up front, because one set of the pieces for Garden Tea were a smidge narrow, and I couldn't forget about that, and my Dad's cousin (or ultra good family friend?) is named Tony Turley. He was tickled when I posted a pic on his Facebook page.

Hope this week is good to you all. Let's also hope my auto mechanic gets the driveshaft for my car that the factory had promised he would have by Feb 24th. . .  (going on 5 weeks without wheels is driving me nuts!)

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

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Finish Report - "Tootsie and Rumples"

Yes! This super sweet duo is my second finish this year, and the first UFO in a busy line up on my 17 in 2017 list. We're talking long-term UFO, as I pieced these back in Feb 2011 - these poor mini quilts never made it to the priority spot until their roll call for UFO attention. But here they are now!

"Tootsie and Rumples" is the final mini quilt from my Sea Breeze series. Now that I have them all finished, I can look for lessons on assembling art frames and stretching the quilts onto them. They're all about 16 X 16 inches, and I'll use 13" frames.

I really, really love how the trapunto worked out on all of these, giving terrific dimension to the creatures.

How I handled that: After fusing the blocks, I stitched down only the parts that would not get trapunto work. Then I layered poly batting under the creatures, and stitched those fused pieces. I didn't use any backing for this, and had zero problem with the batting being against the machine surface with dogs down and a Glider sheet in place. Sometimes I reserved appropriate creature areas for a second (and in the case of the puffer fish, a third) layer. I used permanent threads to match the colors of the pieces - no soluble bobbin work on these, and then super-carefully trimmed the excess away.

Last, I sandwiched the final quilt set-up and used a mixture of colored threads and invisible threads to quilt the outlines of the creatures and the backgrounds.

As with the others, this one had fun bead work:

Aren't Mama and Baby just so adorable?

Nothing like two rapid-fire finishes to really get you back into your groove after a long hiatus from your quilting. :)

Now for the next one, which is a much, MUCH larger job. . . 


I'll be linking up at:

Meridithe's 17 in 2017

Muv's Free Motion Mavericks

Sarah's Whoop, Whoop Linkup

TGIFF, hosted by Fiona this week

WIPs Be Gone!

UFO organization

This is just a listing of 17 UFOs I intend to significantly advance this year. Thought I'd harness the motivation power of Meridithe's "17 in 2017" linky party.

I like her approach - the essence of this push is not having to completely finish 17 quilts this year (a crazy goal if you focus on large, complex quilts), but it's the goal of moving things forward at least one significant step.

You can see that I keep notes of the next stage for myself on each item. A partially-struck name means the project has reached the full flimsy point and is at the quilting part of the process.

I hope to reach at least 12 complete finishes this year.

1. Scott's Retirement Quilt (finish quilting)  Get completely finished

2.  Leaded Glass (quilting)  Quilt the colored part

3. Lori and Aliya (work up quilting stencils  Get completely finished

4. Devon's Quilt (finish quilting)  Get completely finished

5. Plums in November (finish quilting)  Get completely finished

6. Sew Spooky (finish quilting)  Get completely finished

7. Frog Lily for Marissa (in blocks)  Get the top assembled
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8. Once Upon a Star(thread work)  Do initial stitching and trapunto work

9. Stepping Stones (paper piece)  Make all the blocks
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10. Listen With Your Eyes (finish paper piecing)  Make all the units

11. Beachwalk (thread painting)  Do initial stitching and trapunto work

12.  Tootsie and Rumples (finish quilting)  This is all finished  :D

(Just the left side)

13.  You Must Be Croaking! (finish making blocks)   Finish to Flimsy status

14.  Garden Friends (finish making blocks)    Finish to Flimsy status

15.  Star Crazy (finish making blocks)   Finish all blocks and assemble center

16.  Fall Is All Around (Patchwork Party 2011) (Make the top)   Finish to Flimsy status

17. Mermaid Fantasy for Heather (apply trapunto)   Get completely finished