Quilt Finish

It’s always exciting to finish a quilt… and I finally did it! The unbe-weevil-ble quilt is finished and I was able to show it at the PMQG meeting last Thursday. I received many compliments which always makes a finish feel super fine.  I didn’t get a photo from the meeting, but I wrangled my daughter and her friend to hold the quilt for me…  here it is:

unbe-weevil-ble quilt front
see the weevils?
unbe-weevil-ble back

I almost like the back better than the front… funny how it works that way sometimes!

Time To Label!

Woo Hoo – I have a quilt finish to report! Finally finished the quilting and binding of the Unbe-weevil-ble quilt and it feels so good. Since I’ve been working on hexie quilts, my machine pieced quilts are far and few between – so I’m thrilled to have one done this year!

Tomorrow night is our PMQG guild meeting, and I’ll be showing it there – maybe I’ll get a nice pic of the whole quilt (wink-wink-nudge-nudge, my photographic friends) that I can post on Friday. For now… all you get to see is my super cool label that my husband printed for me!

Unbe-weevil-ble quilt label

Yeah… being married to a screen printer definitely has it’s perks! Time to get stitching.

Competing For Attention

I just found time to sew, and these two projects are competing for my attention.

Binding or hexies…?

Binding wins!

I don’t know how people do this… I mean working on more than one project at a time. Making choices is so difficult for me. Usually, I just work on one thing at a time, but I can’t wait for my hexie quilt to be done, so now I’m juggling and trying to divide my sewing time evenly. It’s harder than I thought to divide my attention.

Good thing I’m almost done with the unbe-weevil-ble quilt, after it’s done, I can focus on the jellyfish for a bit and plan out my next machine-pieced quilt.

On a side note, in this world today, there is too much hate, too much greed, too much polluting, too much disease, too much violence, too much inequity, too much despair, too much war and death to bother with specifics. I’ve been meditating on peace daily and I wish peace to you and every other human out there.
((((universal hugs)))))

Being Productive

I got a little bug up my butt to finish my “Unbe-weevil-ble” quilt last weekend, and I was super productive by focusing on it as if it were a job. I gave myself two days to finish the quilt back, and I got it done!  Here it is on the floor, taking up even more space in our living room.

You can see the Jellyfish sitting up on a design board on a table above the quilt back I’m working on. That top area is all stitched up, I’m ready for the next row of hexies – I’ll be bringing it to the PMQG meeting tonight, along with the stuffed round blue guy I stole from my daughter to use as a work surface.

I had yet to baste a quilt in my new house. Figuring out how to baste that big quilt proved to take a bit of time in problem solving. I ended up sticking with spray baste, which is my favorite basting method, and just laying out bed sheets to catch any runaway spray. I did it on our basement floor which is carpeted and padded, so I couldn’t tack it down… but it still worked!

Started working on the quilting yesterday – it will take a little time, I’m just doing (somewhat) straight line quilting at an angle – I think it will look good, and I can do it on my Singer! Unfortunately, I will NOT be able to finish this quilt for the meeting tonight… next month!

Starting to Grow

The Jellyfish quilt is starting to grow!

Quilt back – whip stitching

Sewing the strips together takes the most time of all the steps in this project. It is also the most rewarding. Every stitch is adding a bit more to the quilt!  I whip stitch the rows together from the backside of the quilt – you can see the stitches in the photo above, and in this photo of the front, you can see how those stitches are barely visible.

stitches on front

Beyond sewing, I’ve been working a lot this summer! Our business is ‘off the hook’ busy right now so I haven’t had much time to sew. Sad face.  However, I did have one great idea for a quilt design this week, and if I have time, I’m going to whip up a new machine-pieced quilt top inspired by an Akira Kurosawa film I just watched.  I also have to finish the back of my Unbe-weevil-ble quilt.

So much to do, and so little time. I bet I’m not the only one with a to-do list a mile long!

Number 200!

This is my 200th post! Woot Woot!

To celebrate, I’m going to be posting some free downloads. You’ll find my Unbe-weevil-ble quilt pattern, and a file to print to cut your own 1/2″ hexie paper templates. I’ll be adding my layouts for the Squid and Dragon Hexie quilts soon too – kind of exciting to be able to give back a little!

Timing is on my mind as I feel I’m going very slowly on the Jellyfish Hexie Quilt… I’ve started sewing rows together from the bottom up. I’m sewing about 25 hexies together a day, so I am making some progress.

Missing rows are currently being stitched together – bottom right rows completed.

I figure it will take about 3 months to sew the rows and another 2-3 months to sew the rows to each other. Fingers crossed to finish this year! Here’s my layout sheet – you can see I make really good use of it for note-taking, counts, and a little math. I used a piece of cardstock for the dragon quilt… much better than regular paper.

Jellyfish Pattern – all marked up, and a row of stitched hexies.

Help me celebrate my big 200 by leaving me a comment. (comments make my day!)
I’d love to know if you have done English Paper Piecing before, and if so – what was your first project… and how long did it take you to finish?
If you’ve never tried EPP, what would you make if you did?

Another Spin

WOOT WOOT – I just finished my 44th spin around the sun and this is my day. I love celebrating my birthday. My parents stopped celebrating it when I was 4, so I try to make up for it as an adult. Not quite the same, but I still love having a special day!

This one is particularly cool too: 1.23 : 45

To celebrate I’m taking time for the next couple days to sew. Yesterday I made these strips for the border of the unbe-weevil-ble quilt.

I even had time to put them on the quilt, so now the whole quilt top is finished:

It finished at 76″ square. The points aren’t perfect, but so much better than past projects. I would say, progress was definitely made in the 1/4″ seam department! I’m so anxious to start quilting it, but I need a back for it first. I might piece something together, because 2-sided quilts rock… and I love improv piecing. It just means I have to be patient for the quilting bit.

Tonight I’m going to sift through fabric for the next hexie project. I have a lot of small pieces of fabric in big plastic tubs that I haven’t looked at since we moved this summer. Funny how 20 years ago I would have needed to be seriously drunk all week to feel like it was a celebration. Now, a little chocolate, a movie, and a big bin of fabric is pretty much all it takes to keep this girl happy!