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, May 31, 2021

BOMs Away - Sage & Sea Glass

 



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 have a finish to share, but no time to blog it. in fact, no time in the past two weeks to do any quilting stuff except some hand stitching in the evening - if I'm not too bushwhacked! Five more days until folks come into town for Marissa's wedding, and we'll see how much more cleaning/repairwork I can square away by then! 

I was getting so antsy about missing out on quilt work, that I did steal an hour away to put together five of the twenty-five Sage & Sea Glass blocks:



This is one of those times where the whole is so much prettier than the individual parts.  :)

Hope your week goes well for you!

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Did you do some BOM work this past week? 

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.

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Monday, May 24, 2021

BOMs Away - Dots

 


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!
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This is a minimal BOM week, for sure! Spent the whole weekend working on the house. So much to do for it to be ready for out-of-state company that will be here in two week for Marissa's wedding. A year of high stress, family deaths, long-Covid, compromised energy, and depression takes a serious toll on a house. But it's well on its way to being in ship-shape condition again.  :)

Although I didn't get my Temperature Quilt work for this month completed, I did manage to get the whole set of dots made and prepped for stitching-down.



I may or may not get them caught up before next weekend. I have the last bits of cleaning to square away for the house to be ready for carpet cleaners, and some painting to do in Marissa's old room and the powder room. The poor powder room has had three patches from sample pots painted onto three of the walls since June last year! Far past time to follow through on that.


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Did you do some BOM work this past week? 

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.



You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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Monday, May 17, 2021

BOMs Away - Harmony "Crescendo" blocks


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)


Hi!  I finished all four "Crescendo" applique blocks for my Harmony BOM:



And more importantly, I got the taxes done! 



Thank goodness for the extra month this year. I just didn't have the energy to work these up before I got the COVID vaccinations - On Saturday, 10 days after the second shot, I suddenly had so much more energy than before! I still need to test and see if I can do cardio workouts, but for the first time since getting Covid in October, I actually felt that impatience while sitting - that "I can't just sit here, I've got to get up and do something!" feeling!!!!  

Until now, it's been an exercise in forcing myself to work through cement and molasses to do anything at all, a stretching out of how long I could last against the slog, but never a feeling of energy available and eager to go. I'm not quite 100% pre-Covid me, but at least 85% now, and the last three days I've only needed short sitting breaks after long physical work stretches. My house is getting reclaimed after seven months of serious neglect, and it    FEELS GOOD!

Sooooo grateful I decided to vaccinate! I did luck out and my body has learned something about fighting the long-Covid. Here's to hoping that the inability to fight it away has been my problem all along, and not actual permanent damage to my heart and vascular system!

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But back to quilting! Have you worked on a BOM type project lately? 

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.



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Monday, May 10, 2021

BOMs Away - Harmony and a Mother's Day visit :)

 


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!
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I hope you had a nice Mother's Day for those who are here in the U.S.!

Lucille Sevey Johnson with daughter Karleen Cheryl ("Cheri") Johnson
circa 1949
 
I love this photo! My mom passed in 2004, and we had never seen this photo before. Her sister found it this weekend in Grandma's memory book. Very fun to have.

I had some nice phone conversations with the daughters and a son-in-law who are in Florida, and our Colorado daughter came up to have luncheon here with me and to spend the rest of the day. 

We had a great time eating, chatting, and making more big ribbon bows for her wedding. I pulled out my fabric sample booklets for Kona, Pure Element, and Bella solids, and we took some time to choose what she likes for the backing of her Kaffe Fassett Dinner Plate Dahlia quilt. 


(Element in Grapefruit won out.)


Then we went up to my longarm room so she could choose which of my Flimsies she would like me to quilt up for her wedding quilt. I have something like 38 flimsies hanging in my Flimsy Closet in that room, which makes times like this really very fun!

I was surprised at what called to her, and never would have chosen it myself as what I though would be the best pick. My "Journey's End" flimsy, made from late-1800's reproduction fabrics is the one that spoke to her. 


I showed her which of the top's fabrics I believe I already have on hand for backing, and she likes that - but just in case I don't actually have it, she is drawn to the idea of a soft pinwale corduroy in the Turkey Red color. 

Lots of flimsies to hang back up! My long-hauler Covid energy level was zapped by that point, so I told her we'd leave them for me to reload into the closet the next day.


Going in that room made it unavoidable to spoil the surprise of her college graduation quilt. She'd seen the fabrics before the top was made, but not the quilt top itself. Her reaction of, "Oh! I *really* like this!" when she saw it at this point made my day. (Particularly since all that McTavishing background work is time consuming and very demanding on my energy capabilities!)



So! On to the scheduled reason for this post - BOMs Away!

 I went back to my unfinished Month 6 applique blocks for "Harmony." These are big blocks - at least 16 inches finished. They have all been stitched down to this point now: 


And are ready for the next round at the sewing machine:


One more flower center and 6 more small leaves get put onto these blocks before they're finished. About 1/4 of those remaining pieces have been prepped. I believe these applique blocks can be all wrapped up next weekend.  :)


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What BOM type project have you worked on 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.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Mid-Week Makings

Still have problems working at the longarm as long as I used to do, so I've been using my Neptune's Gift sit-down sewing as breaks between those sessions.

Finished up the Month 3 work on all 16 units.   :)



But the real work during the week is quilting up this yellowy goodness. It's all squared up and stabilized, and I've just started the fun custom stuff:


I almost don't know how to handle myself with a custom quilt that's only going to use two threads! 


Linking up at Susan's Midweek Makers 

Sunday, May 2, 2021

BOMs Away - Neptune's Gift

 


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!
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Month 3 of "Neptune's Gift" showed up in my mailbox Friday, so I got to work on that this weekend. I'm determined to keep pace with this live BOM!

It has a ton of work in it!  48 blocks to paper piece, then assemble into the middle arc row, and then sew the rows together.  I was doing all 48 blocks at each stage until I got impatient and wanted to have something fully finished to look at today. So now I have 1 unit fully assembled:



3 that just have one row to add on,

and 36 of the blocks still need the last couple of pieces put on.



All in all, that's a good chunk of work in just 2 days! Not much at all to finish the other 15 units up, so I'm a happy camper.


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What BOM type project have you worked on 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.


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Saturday, May 1, 2021

~ Puffed Silk Binding ~

[This tutorial is still under construction and will be edited with more photos, but eager folks can get the basic idea already.]


Unique details can add a lot to an otherwise run-of-the-mill quilt. 

Photo will be updated when I finish this quilt.  ;D
This quilt is my May 2021 OMG




The quilt I'm finishing up now is nothing more than a Jelly Roll Race, yet it's a personal favorite because my daughter had gifted me the wool flannel jelly roll for my birthday. I knew then that I wanted to pair its soft fuzziness and terrific autumn tones with a deep gold silk radiance backing.

The terrific pantogram, "Autumn Oaks" from Willow Leaf Studio, gave the quilt a gorgeous organic feeling that definitely needed something more unique than a plain old normal binding. A flanged or piped binding wasn't the answer for me. Beaded piping was closer to the feel, but I didn't want the solid core of that approach. 

So I thought, what about a puffed binding without beads inside? That's the ticket! 

I couldn't find anything online showing what my mind was seeing. So I played with scraps, and found that a simple approach works just fine with the fabric I'm using.



How to make Puffed Silk Binding:

- - This is not a fast binding, as it involves hand finishing. It is best suited for special quilts where the unique detail is worth the time involved. - -


The technique uses double fold binding, which you cut 1/2 inch (or 1 cm) wider than you normally do. 

So for mine, instead of cutting my strips 2-1/4", I cut them 2-3/4".  

Since I only had the cut-off strips of silk from the overflow of backing for the longarm, I did this with strips cut on the lengthwise grain. (Next time, I would like to try this with bias strips to see whether it enhances the puffs even more.)


Make your binding and sew it onto the front of your quilt.  

Silk loves to slide on itself, so use your pins! Use a walking foot. And if your machine can do this, lighten the presser foot pressure as well (I lower mine from its standard 6.0 to 3.0 for this job). 

Those measures will keep the layers from shifting on you and making a ripply edge in your binding. 

Use good quality pins that won't snag the silk fibers. (Slender and sharp "silk pins" are perfect!) Put the pins nice and close together. I found 1.5 inches to be great at keeping it perfectly stable as I sewed.

(By the way, I always run a fast elongated zigzag around my quilt edge before attaching the binding - this always helps make a nicer finish.)


Another binding trick, that gives you nicer corners, is to remove the bulk of the triple fold in the binding's seam allowance. Never cut your quilt's corners to accomplish this! Only snip the binding. I'll be adding photos to show you what I mean.



Now stitch the binding down in the back. 

Do this task by hand, keeping the fold right at the sewing line, so your stitches go through the backing just barely past the attachment thread. 

You're creating a purposeful pocket of slack along your binding, that will be a scant 1/4" deep.  (Rigid quilt judges: Turn your faces and breathe!)


Use smaller stitches than a lot of people use for binding! You do NOT want 1/4" - 1/2" stitches here. You need good, small stitches to handle the tension load of the puffs so you don't get gaps on the back that show the attaching seam.

Make sure you stitch the corner folds closed, as well. (Always do this with any quilt that is special or that will go in a show or competition. You will always get dinged for not doing so.)



Now make your puffs. 

This is going to involve plenty of TV time, so plan accordingly if you're aiming for a gift date or show deadline.


I found that 7/8" was the most aesthetic spacing for the puffs with this fabric. I put the first one 1/8" from the inside corner of the binding.

Marking pens were not the answer in my situation, so I put pins at the gather spots for a stretch of about 10 at a time.

Start with your thread folded in half so you can secure your first gather in the loop instead of having any knot tails to deal with. Go straight through the quilt right next to the binding's edges. 

Nudge the slack into nice gathering as you tighten the loop. Then stitch around the binding again for a second loop. If you lost tension in the first one, pull it taut again as you're tightening the second band. You're aiming for a tight gathering of the slack, but not for scrunching up the quilt itself. 

Put in a tiny double knot to keep the gathering secure. 

Insert the needle between the quilt's layers to travel to the next gathering point and come out on the back side at that point. Because of the tension we need to use to make the gathers, you need to put in a good double knot so the thread doesn't tighten between gathers. 

Make the double-banded gather point as before and double-knot again. 

Yes, you will have two double-knots at the base of your gather on the back side. If you're working attentively, these will not look unattractive at all. A keen and searching eye will be able to find them, but they will be consistent and neat.

I've found that it's most convenient to just do two gatherings per threading of my needle. On the last one, travel between the quilt layers for a little bit and cut the thread off where you came out, instead of cutting the thread at the knot itself.


I tried a few different threads for this task. 100wt silk thread just broke, even doubled up. Glide thread slipped too much when I was trying to get the knots secured (like trying to tie a particularly recalcitrant gift bow). Doubled-up 50wt cotton thread works nicely for me. 


Putting in the puffs takes more time than stitching down normal binding. You'll want to fiddle with the gathers as you're going along, and if your quilt top was wool, like mine, it takes a little more fiddling as the wool is grabby with the silk.

But Oh. My. Gosh. !!  It is one super cool edging that feels luscious.



Let's Talk Fabric Choice for this technique:

You need something that will let you bunch it up, but doesn't cave in or crease up flatly. Something supple and strong, yet willowy.

I used Silk Radiance, which is a smooth silk of fairly good weight, more satiny and flowy than dupioni or shantung silk. It's something like a good quality satin, but has a subtler slickness. I think not-super-thin poly satin and silk or poly brocades would work very well with this technique as well.  Dupioni and shantung silks would just crease on themselves. Cotton would probably just fold on itself as well, as would taffeta. Although, now that I mention taffeta, I think it'd be worth trying that fabric out with a layer of silk organza or wedding tulle inside it for the puffed binding!