Third Time’s a Charm!

How is it already July? For some reason, my crazy brain had me thinking that June follows June.

I am excited that July is finally here. My little brother’s birthday is today, I turn 30 at the end of the month and Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs has released the first set of instructions for the 2015 Midnight Mystery Quilt!
Meadow Mist Designs Mystery Quilt

Of all the things going on this month, I am most excited about participating in my first QAL. I’ve got some (careful) fabric cutting in my weekend plans.

To keep the number of WIP’s at a minimum, the past two weeks or so have been focused on finishing my High School T Shirt Memory Quilt “quilt-over” and the “What the Hex” quilt for my friend Rommy. The actual quilt has been finished for a few weeks, but I am stuck on how to quilt the coordinating pillow shams I made from the scraps.

The memory quilt has undergone three transformations. I started it back in 2003 but did not finish it until many years later. After a few years of use, I  realized I was not happy with the layout and wanted to include a few more memories I was ready to stop wearing. I also wanted to fix the corners on the binding.

Quilt Version 1

Original Finished T Shirt Memory Quilt

The second life of the quilt had my first attempt at Free Motion Quilting on a “medium-arm” machine. Unfortunately, the stitch length regulation did not work so well and after a few years of use and washing, the quilting was starting to come undone. Additionally, the “cheater binding” method I had used did not have a proper join of the ends that was very bulky and not at all pretty.

Quilt Version 2

Quilt Version 2

So I decided to do a “quilt-over” and rebind the quilt again.. Using my trusty walking-foot and 1/4″ spacing, I quilted a simple square spiral in each t shirt block.

Quilt Over

Latest “Quilt-Over”

I also redid the binding, joining the ends seamlessly. It is much prettier and finished by handsewing the back. I think it might be my favorite part of the quilt.

Detail of Final Binding and Quilt Texture

Final Binding and Quilt Texture

I am extremely happy with this third (and final) iteration and love the texture of the quilting. When will they invent “Wonka Texture” so others can feel quilting through the computer screen???

Final Quilt Back

Final Quilt Back

Final Quilt Front

Final Quilt Front

The puppies are also excited to have the couch quilt back.

Dora snuggling with her favorite quilt

Dora snuggling with her favorite quilt

I declare this “WIP” (that has been years in the making) done!

Confession: This has been one of the most dangerous quilts I’ve worked on. I sustained a rotary cutting injury and needed 4 stitches back in 2004 and when hand sewing the binding, I sliced my chin with the needle and then proceeded to poke myself in the lip a few hours later. Who knew quilting was so dangerous!?!?!?

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UFO Sighting!

One of my biggest challenges is completing projects. Like my mother, I tend to start projects and rarely finish them. While it keeps my interests and excitement for crafting alive, it is also overwhelming having an ever-growing “to do” list.

Over the past year or so I have made a very conscious effort to A- complete the new projects I start and 2- finish the “UFO’s” (UnFinished Objects) that have been YEARS in the making.

Currently, I am about two weeks into a month long visit to my parents in AZ. Before making the trip I set a goal to finishing up some of those UFO’s. The projects I set out to finish are (in priority order):

  1. T-shirt Quilt for my younger (not so little) brother, Eddie. I started this almost 8 years ago using t-shirts he wore in high school.
  2. Subway Art Wood Transfer project. This was supposed to be a Christmas 2013 present for my dad and then evolved into an Aug 15 birthday present. Still a UFO at this time
  3. Upholstered Headboard. This is another project for my brother. He took my bed a few years ago, I stole the headboard to redo.
  4. UA T-shirt Quilt. SInce this is a UFO for myself, it’s lowest on the priority list. As you can probably guess, I went through a phase of making t-shirt quilts. I will be happy to have them done.

I have made the most progress on finishing the T-shirt quilt for my brother.  While I did plan out how I wanted to quilt this one, I have greatly underestimated how long it would take.  You can see my progress below:

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Laying it out to fix the backing and batting

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My mother’s machine from the 1980’s. I learned to sew on this machine

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No free motion foot for this guy

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Quarter inch spacing. Love the texture. Despise how long it takes.