Quilt ADD in therapy

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Colorado, United States
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. I am a longarm quilter who can work for you. I enjoy any style, from pantographs to all-over to full custom, ranging from traditional to modern. I love bringing vintage tops to life and am willing to work with a challenging quilt top. Instagram: lyncc_quilts

Monday, October 4, 2021

BOMs Away - A side trip into the jungle for a ~ FINISH ~ report!

         

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I didn't do any BOM work this week. (again)   I wanted to finish up the baby photo op quilt that Devon asked me to make. 



She wanted a jungle theme to match her nursery, and green instead of white background. It so happened that I had the perfect fabric in my stash for that.  

It was super gratifying to find every single thing I needed for this in my stash and "scrap" bins. I even pulled those balloon colors from my Temperature Quilt stack!


Since this is not a quilt for normal kiddo use, I took the opportunity to use the bit of high-puff poly batting that has been lurking forever in my batting cupboard. I hate poly in quilts - it makes me sweat like crazy, even when it's thin and the temperature's very cold. Plus, it's not good to use it in baby/children's quilts, as it melts onto their skin in fire situations (and Dad is a firefighter!).  But this quilt is only going to be laid on once a month for a photo op.

I did use pin-basting quite a lot to control that high puff!


I was quite amazed that I didn't have a (big enough) green on hand that I liked for the backing. I mean, I have a huge bin of green yardage in my stash! The only one that was the right shade was strongly Christmas, so that was a no-go. I do have four large bins of fabric given to me last month by a person who knew she would not be quilting anymore. It includes five pieces of cotton chenille fabrics, and one of those was a pine green that played superbly with this. So I thought, what the heck? Let's see what happens if we use this.

It quilted just fine. I wondered if it would give me tensioning fits, but it didn't! I was able to whip along at my regular "scribble" speed to put all that leafy/curls fill. 



The chenille did make the machine's high-speed operation sound subtlely different - more thrumming-ish. Surprisingly, my husband even noticed that when he passed my workroom one time! 

It also makes the finished quilt, with that medium-dense fill and poly batting, feel like a bath mat! So I wouldn't use something like this on a quilt meant for bed use or snuggling. Although. . . it's nice and heavy feeling, and would work very nicely as a weighted quilt for a sensory person who likes those! (I would use cotton batting, though, so it flows better.)



I just cut single-fold binding strips from the backing overage, same as I would with minky on the binding. Cutting it 1-3/8 inch wide worked perfectly, and it wasn't hard to stitch the back side down. 

I made the changeable numbers by fusing black fabric onto black 80/20 batting. 



I printed out a font I liked in the size I wanted, glue-sticked the numbers onto the top of the fabric, and cut out around them (then popped off the paper). Worked like a charm. The intention is that the batting will grip the fabric in the sign so the numbers don't shift around for the photo, like a felt board. Of course, when Baby's moving around a lot later on, that could be tricky to capture. heh!  

Now we just need a baby! Any day now - perhaps even any hour!!!



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Sunday, September 26, 2021

BOMs Away - Some Feathers to make room

        

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Sheesh! I am all out of whack these days! My brain is hyper focused on activities that normally get marginal attention, and so very "not into" my normal things. I'm sure it's because I'm in that La-La zone where you're waiting for a baby's imminent-but-unpredictable arrival any time in a month's span. My first grand-baby, half a continent away, during a pandemic, and I'm also in the middle of a concerted weight-loss and fitness-gaining effort. . . so. . . mental activity rides down a different track for now. 

I'm just going to embrace it. 

That being said, though, it was nice to tell myself that today being my day to post for BOMs Away, I really *must* get some quilting work done.

So I finished all the quilting on the ice blue areas of my king sized Dinner Plate Dahlia - consisting mostly of free-hand feathers. And that finishes that thread color.  :)




So now I've got that pretty monster unzipped from my frame to make way for this fun diversion to go on in the morning:

A green jungle-theme monthly photo quilt that Devon asked for. 




Gotta say, it's going to be so very fun to have a small, simple, fast quilt on the frame after getting half-way thru the mentally demanding king Dahlia. I love that quilt, but it taxes me to figure out how to quilt it to enhance all the things going on in it! 


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Monday, September 13, 2021

BOMs Away - Book Break

       

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Oh!  I'm so sorry!

I abruptly decided to take a week off from all things quilting, and my brain's been hyper-focused on the audiobooks I help make.

We finished up the play Belinda, An April Folly in Three Acts, by A. A. Milne.   (Yep, that's the author of Winnie the Pooh fame, who also gave us this amusing romantic frolic.)  I love working with all the folks who help record, and also to everyone who oversees us and makes the covers for us (a much more finicky task than you'd think it would be!)  The audiobook is published now (and free) at 

Belinda: An April Folly in Three Acts





And we're hard at work on The Bat, by Mary Roberts Reinhart.  



This one will take a few more weeks to wrap up, as it's a dramatic reading, and it takes a while to gather everybody's recordings for all the chapters and then splice things together. It's rather like making an audio quilt! 


I've been volunteering with LibriVox for a couple of years, putting in 1-5 hours every week. This past week I enjoyed submerging all my free time into it.


And now, I'm headed over to my cutting table to draw out a monkey and an elephant to work up a Baby Photo quilt that my daughter asked for. Need to hustle on that, to beat Oliver if he decides to come early!  Official due date is 4 weeks from now. . .  Getting super excited to become a Grandma!!!



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Monday, September 6, 2021

BOMs Away Monday - The Phone Edition

      

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Let's see if I can do this from my phone. . .

We're on a short weekend trip to spend the day with my Dad for his 80th birthday!  I hope I can be a spry 80 like this. I mean, the man still builds things like garages!



Before we hopped over the mountains, I put together the last batch of my 2021 Temperature Dots - 19 per row - 



And I had worked through 3 more colors on the bird wings of Heather & Pat's Love Birds quilt -


These middle-temps colors have a lot more work per color, so they run a lot longer on my work table. I was ridiculously happy when clearing 64 degrees let me pull the first packet, finished, out of the lineup! 

Who would think that with stretches of -17 degree lows and -6 degree highs (Farenheit), I'd have to get so far up the thermometer for any of the rows to be finished? I still have 4 summertime packets that haven't been brought into the work lineup.


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Sunday, August 29, 2021

BOMs Away - Wings & Dots

       

     

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I spent an hour a day on bird wings M-F, and about 3 on Saturday - which took me up through 52 degrees on these temperature quilt blocks. 12 more thread colors to go. . . 



Eight of the packets still haven't been touched, and not one packet has cleared yet. It's really surprising that even the two packets with the mega-freezes that winter had rogue "hot" days in them that are something like 63 degrees. (The packets consist of 12 days each, which is how many will be on each row of the quilt.)

Then I set the bird wings aside for a day, and since the next month for Neptune's Gift hasn't arrived yet, I stitched down all the 2021 temperature dots I'd prepped so far:


Still need to tie and tuck their tails and trim out the insides of the backgrounds before I sew the blocks together.



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Friday, August 27, 2021

Finish Report! ~ "It's a Silky Wool Flannel Kind of Day" ~ Aug OMG

  I've had my August OMG finished for a week now, but have had a lot of trouble getting true-to-life photographs. I'm giving up and posting anyway.  :) 


At 48 x 62 inches, "It's a Silky Wool Flannel Kind of Day" is perfect for a September sofa cuddler. Our evenings get nippy here starting - well, now - and I'm loving the feel of this so much. 

Plus, this has a very unique binding that I absolutely adore.

I call it, "Puffed Silk Binding," and that will link you to the page describing how it was done.



In August 2017, my daughter gave me a wonderful jelly roll from the Maywood "Woollies Flannel" collection, and that November I sewed it up jelly race style, randomly inserting parallelograms of the gold Silk Radience I'd bought for its backing.



This April, I quilted it up using the pantograph, "Autumn Oaks" from Willow Leaf Studio. I usually do custom quilting on my own quilts, but once in a while they are better suited for all-over designs. This fall theme gave the quilt a gorgeous organic feeling that really elevated the jelly race "blah" feeling to a scrumptious quilt finish.


I used washable silk batting! I wondered if the thickness of the wool flannel would take away the charm of the silk batting's hand, but it's a very nice combination, particularly with the silk backing. (Although, the silk on silk *did* want to slip around during the quilting, so you have to be aware of that tendency while working.)

This is how shiny the silk actually looks.  :)


All this quilt's lusciousness (and the fact that it's mine and will get only gentle laundering on occasion) just begged for an unusual binding treatment - something softer than traditional binding or knife-edge, but not as substantial as a beaded-flanged binding. Something soft right on the edge itself.

So I wondered about doing a puffed binding. I couldn't find anything online like what I saw in my mind's eye, so I experimented on a mug rug.

Still need to finish this up. . . 


I'm putting together a tutorial, but all I did, really, was cut the silk radiance binding strips slightly larger than normal, so that I had an extra 1/4 inch of slack in the applied binding once it was stitched down on the back. After that, I spent TV time cinching the poofs down one by one all the way around. I found that 7/8  inch was a great spacing for this, and used 50wt Aurifil thread (single strand, double stitched and knotted on the back before and after each puff's cinch). 



The result is exactly what I'd pictured, and so very perfect on this quilt.  Next is to see how well it holds up over the years, but it feels very stable. Silk Radiance has a slightly stiff, but very flowy, hand when you're working with it this way, so it stands up nicely in the puffs. Regular quilting cottons (or, say, dupioni silk) would just fold in on themselves without puffing much - you would need something inside, like tulle, to give the puffs body.


So, yes, I would do a puffed binding again on the right quilt.  :)

Note to self: Embroidery with a single strand of 100wt silk was not the easiest!


This was the perfect quilt to develop the binding technique on - all the individual components came together in a way to make the whole so much more than the sum of the parts! Who thought a jelly-roll race would make such a remarkable finish?



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Sunday, August 22, 2021

BOMs Away - Clean-up slam and Sage & Sea Glass

     

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It was my birthday this week, so all week long, I worked on what I wanted to do, instead of my priority projects. Which ended up being clean-up work on BOMs and Birds to get lingering projects off my work spaces. 

Birds - I got all the wings fused on, so the 38 baggies, check-off chart, and light box are all gone from my great room, finally! This was about half way through:



Our 2021 Temperature Quilt - I pulled all the fabrics for the next batch of dots, which are now sitting in a baggy with my Perfect Circles templates for TV time attention in the evenings.


Harmony - Yeah, man!!  Did you see already that I got this top all finished?~!  I'm undecided whether I'll pull Surfer's Point back into active rotation in its place, or start another one. Probably Surfer's Point, but it's fun to day dream for a while.



And this weekend it was nice to pull out Sage & Sea Glass, which had a fresh bag - #5 - to pull out and work on. I got that step just about wrapped up, but we decided to go out to a movie. 


Got a nice pile of bonus HSTs out of these half-star blocks. There are only 8 sets of these units to join together. That'll be a quick finish-up first thing tomorrow morning, and then I'll hit the longarm for some serious attention there this week.

EDIT - all finished now  :)


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Saturday, August 21, 2021

~ Flimsy Alert! ~ Harmony

 "Harmony" is 96 x 107 inches, and is a Nancy Rinks pattern.



I got mine as a Block of the Month kit, intended for one of our guest beds as soon as I get it quilted. The applique was done by machine after turning the edges over freezer paper templates. My least favorite technique, but there was zero room for needle-turning time in my time frame. 

This generous queen size top is HEAVY! Which made it surprising that this morning's breeze made it dance so much that we never could get a straight photo of it. 



Now, if I can just find where I stored the backing . . . and get my Dinner Plate Dahlia quilted and off the longarm, this will be ready for its turn!  :)

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Monday, August 16, 2021

BOMs Away - All those Birds, and more Harmony

     

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Whew!

I stitched down the final colors for the bird bodies. Never got a low temp higher than 65 degrees that year - how can you not love a climate where every night cools down wonderfully, even after a high of 104?


And then I worked my way back down the colors for the remaining late-fall packets that hadn't been fused before I did those colors:

And that's all 730 bird bodies stitched!!

I have about half of the wings fused down. There's a total of 31 packets to do, 14 are fused. It takes about an hour to set and fuse two packets. Really not sure if I can have this quilt finished in time for Christmas, as I have some fancy-pants quilting in mind for it, with still a ton of stitching and construction work to do before I even get to the quilting . . . but I'll try!

And then I was sick to death of love birds, so I dabbled a bit more with my Harmony project, so that I have all four set-in borders sewn together. As usual, Scott needed my cutting table for work over the weekend, so these haven't been trimmed up yet. Not sure if I prefer using over-size setting triangles and fussing with the trimming afterward, or just using true-size setting pieces to start with. . . 



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Sunday, August 8, 2021

BOMs Away - Harmony & Birds

    

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Wasn't feeling my greatest this weekend, but I did get three more colors of birds stitched down:


Also, all the bird bodies are finally fused, and I started on the wings, which mark the high temps of each day. 4 rows down, 27 to go. . . 



The lower left corner of my wall board is blaringly empty now, because I started on the Month 8 Octave work, which is to incorporate all the blocks into borders that will go around the central star.



The pattern has you use over-sized setting triangles, so I need to trim some ends before pinning the next connections.

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