I have kept myself busy this month quilting though; and I can share what I have been working on, too.
At retreat earlier this month, I worked on a commissioned quilt for a co-worker.
I had complete freedom to make whatever I wanted for a baby quilt as long as it was gender neutral. I found that to be harder than having specific requests. There were just way too many choices. She has since found out that it is going to be a boy, so I did eliminate the pink panel that would have been in the Farmland quilt and replaced it with another blue.
Anyways, I had this one cut out prior to retreat and got the top completely done.
Then I decided that this one was probably a little larger than what she might want and the cost was starting to go up pretty quick with the fabrics that I chose, so during retreat I went shopping and bought more fabric for another quilt.
I found these fabrics in a shop called Jackman's in St. Louis, MO. The fabric line is called Babes in Farmland. This was a smaller quilt AND a little more baby-ish.
So since being home, I have put both of them on the long arm; and quilted them both with "daisies".
Babes in Farmland is bound and if you notice, I used a white minky on the back of this quilt.
Found a great diagonal stripe to bind the Chain Reaction quilt and the backing is the same as the focus fabric on the top.
So in less than a month, I made two baby quilts to present to my co-worker and let her make the choice of which one she wants.
Now the plan is to get back to my UFOs and start making a dent in that pile.
I'll let you know which one of the quilts got picked tomorrow. I am guessing the Farmland one. I think the minky alone will sell that one.
I am back from my retreat that was held in St. Louis, MO at the Mercy Center; and I had such a good time and was pretty productive while there, too.
Here is a picture of most of the ladies that were in attendance.
My goal this year was to get another UFO done and that was my fermenting 9-patches that I have had since the early 2000s. They were from a swap with a bunch of gals and the theme for them was Robyn Pandolph. I found at least 10 yards of four different gold fabrics in my stash (meant for this project originally) that I cut up to be the alternating blocks and now this quilt is a top. I have to order a backing (hoping to find a 108" wide back in Robyn's fabrics, also).
Then there was the baby quilt that I cut out prior to attending the retreat. I got it all done. I have the backing here at home, so it will probably be the first one on the long arm so that I can say it is done. I even made the binding at retreat.
Did make a little shopping trip to Jackman's ( a great shop for all kinds of sewing things and it is huge!!!) and Janie Lou ( this is a mostly modern fabric shop...I love it!) where I bought this adorable pink giraffe minky. I threw it together as a little baby throw and will be gifting it this weekend at a baby shower. (so that makes three projects done)
Also, picked up some fabric (and a book for the pattern) to make another baby quilt. They didn't have all the fabrics in stock, but I did find them on-line and will be ordering them tonight so I can throw it together soon. I am missing the panel and the piglets.
Then there was this lovely gray and white stripe (diagonal) that I just couldn't resist for a binding. I have yardage of a gray with tiny white dots that I plan on using someday for a background and I thought this would make a great binding for that quilt.
I, also, took a bag of prepared Hearts and Hands paper piece blocks, but they take a long time to complete; but I did get three done.....from sewing them, pulling the paper off and appliqueing the center circles....like I said, very time consuming, So I am three closer to being finished. I think there are now 37 more to go.
While at Jackman's, I picked up the roll of batt that I had pre-ordered from them a month ago, so I was driving home with a 30-yard roll of batting in the backseat. They did a pretty good job of vacuum packing this thing. I am afraid that once I break into that shrink wrap, it is going to explode like the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man. We will see.
I am going to try and post my pictures of everyone's show and tell AND the projects that they were working on at retreat. Hopefully this works. We have a lot of very talented ladies in this group. So, please take a look at what all was accomplished and I hope you enjoy the show. I know I did.
Yes, I am still prepping for my retreat that will take place in a couple weeks.
I planned on "buying" fabric for the alternating blocks for the 9-patch quilt, but ended up finding several yards of gold florals in the Robyn Pandolph line lying around in my cupboard. That's what I get for putting some of these projects away for "years". It's a blessing though, I don't have to buy fabric that I don't need.
Laid out my 9-patches and the alternating 6 1/2 " squares.
It's a good thing that I decided to lay these out because apparently my math isn't too good. I would have been very disappointed to get to retreat and realize I was short some blocks. So, I went through some more of my 9-patches (some had to be re-sewn because they were not the correct size) and cut out some more alternating blocks.
All the blocks are there now and I have my rows pinned and ready to be sewn at retreat. This will work up to be 90 x 96.
Also, I got the baby quilt cut out, too.
I had bought these little "On the Dot" markers quite some time ago and decided to give them a try.
Just one of my cuts for the baby quilt required 28 - 1 1/2" strips and I thought I would lose my way. These little markers kept me on track. I would highly recommend these.
Then there are my Hearts and Hands blocks. I've mentioned that I probably have 50 of these prepped and ready to paper piece, but the other day I was looking for something to work on, so since I have so many, I decided to complete the 10 that I had started.
I was sure I wouldn't be getting a whole of these done at retreat as they are very time consuming, but "hey!" what a good feeling to have these done now. There's plenty more where they came from.
Now, if I can just keep from getting into anymore of these prepped projects before I leave or I will have to find something else to take.
I think I will just pack these up so they are out of site and maybe out of mind until I get to St. Louis.
Now....what to do to keep my hands busy in the meantime?!!
Oh, if I could only just live in pjs the whole time then I wouldn't have to worry about what to pack for clothing. It's hard enough to plan what to work on.
There is the never ending Hearts and Hands.
I have about 50 or more of these prepped and ready to paper piece.
I pulled out a bunch of 9-patches that were from an exchange years ago and my goal is to find fabric for the alternating blocks and get a quilt top done in these.
I have 133 of them. So do you think I have enough?!!!
The rules of the game at the time were to make the 9-patches at 6" finished using Robin Pandolph fabrics.
I think what has been holding me back on this one (other than the fact that I have way too many UFOs) is that I wanted to make a custom designed quilt.
I even made a center, basket block.
This block was going to be the center to something "similar" to this quilt in a McCall's Quilting magazine that I have had rolled up in a bag with all the blocks. The pattern is called Baskets Galore. I didn't plan on making all those baskets since I had so many 9-patches, but something like this.
I think I am changing my mind now...so many years later. I just want to use up what I have.
I even have a dozen blocks where some of the sewers did not follow the rules.
I think these gals just wanted to use up their fabric. I think these will end up in a charity quilt or an NICU quilt. Hmmmm....maybe I can do that really quick. There are a dozen of these.
So, anyways, I am now thinking of just adding a variety of floral alternating blocks. I will make it a queen-sized quilt and need to figure out how many blocks I will need and then how much fabric I will have to purchase.
Then there is the commissioned quilt I have taken on. "I" don't need any "new" projects, but a co-worker asked for a baby quilt and I said as long as I had freedom to pick the pattern and the fabric, then I would go for it. So.......
...I purchased this pattern on-line; and today picked up these fabrics for it.
The first fabric is the binding, the letters are the focus fabric for the front AND the backing, the array of colors is for the little borders around the focus fabric, then there is the bone colored fabric to outline each block and the background is the soft green. I am going to get this cut out and ready to go for retreat.
I think that is plenty to be working on for a four-day retreat. What do you think? I can already see my Hearts and Hands being set to the side since making one of them takes so long and then I feel like I have accomplished nothing. Maybe I will have to make a pact with myself and set aside so much time each day to work on them or maybe one whole day dedicated to just them.
In the meantime here at home, I have picked up the thimbles quilt again and have stitched on two borders.
These were straight borders and easy peasy. (Just a reminder, I am doing this quilt by hand)
The next two borders I am thinking I will have to applique the thimbles onto the borders because there is that zigzag effect.
I still have to work out just how I am going to do this. But two borders away from being done has motivated me to get it completed.
Ok, so I think I am almost ready for retreat. Now...I just need to cut out the baby quilt and figure out how much fabric I will need for the 9-patches alternating blocks and I will be ready to go.
Better get packing, Oh yeah......it's still 3 1/2 weeks away. That's ok....I need to be prepared.
I am known as Mimi by my four grandsons, they are 10, 7 and 5 and 1 year old. They are what life is all about. Besides being a grandma, I work; but in my spare time I quilt as much as possible and am dabbling in knitting again.