Saturday, September 24, 2011

I know how to quilt now!

My mom always said that you didn't know how to sew until you knew how to unpick. Well last night for the first time I had to unpick one of the borders. I was so excited to start the borders on the opposite side of the quilt. I was also excited about finding the BYU football game being rebroadcast on BYU TV. We went to the empty nesters party and missed most for the game. As I was getting started, there was a lot of excitement, a touchdown by central Florida and a 92 kick-off return by BYU for a touchdown. I guess I was not watching the quilt very closely and started the quilting on border 2 and 3 instead of 1 and 2. I pulled the stitches out. If you look very closely in the strip of pink flower fabric at the seam line you will see where the stitches were that I had to take out. I don't know that you will see all of them. They go onto the green and it might be too light to see. The pins you can see are set in the right place to start the row over again in the right place.
I have now pulled out quilting, so I know how to quilt now.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Progress Update 9-19-2011

I made this template so that the quilting on all the squares would be the same. It fits in the center blocks and the outside triangles shown in the next 3 pictures

This is the stencil for the outer most borders. It fits perfectly and even has a corner pattern.This is the stencil I thought would do for the triple border. Turns out that it works better doing one pass with 2 stripes and one offset pass with a stripe and part of the quit center.

Work in progress. I had to change to a lighter weight thread. It was almost impossible to pull the needle thru the quilt. They didn't have it in the darker color so the color is lighter too. It goes so much faster with the thinner thread.
This is the top side that I worked on for 3 hours tonight.
This is the underside of the same picture. You can see the work better from the bottom.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Realization Moment

Last night as I was quilting next to the large triangle along the edge, I decided I needed to figure out what I was going to do in that space. Then I looked to the triple borders on the other side of it and the same thought came to mind. I bought a stencil at the last quilt show I went to in July so I know what I am doing with the outside border. The AAAAHHHH!!! moment came when I thought I have to do it NOW!!! I am not going to do the center of this quilt and then put it up like this again to do the other borders..

When I roll this quilt, it will be done. The only other thing I will have to do is bind the edges of the whole quilt after ALL the sections are done.

So this morning I went to Joann's and got a 3 inch stencil for the triple border, a plastic template grid to made for the large triangles, stripe, and plain squares along with a soapstone marking pencil. I should be set now for a good long time.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Center squares

Here is a picture of a 9 patch and a stripe block with the center square quilted. I have a needle that is just exactly as long as the width of the stripe. I can run it through the batting so it doesn't show on the outside. This is how I am going to do all the center squares. Then all I have to figure out is the side triangles and the 3 stripe border. I already have a stencil for the last 5 inch border around the edge. I need to plan it all so I can quilt it all in the row before I turn it and be done with it. I don't want to have to get the quilt to this position again.This is what the stripe block looks like alone. I still have the left side to go down on the block. I used a ruler to figure out where the corners went.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Update on the quilt progress

I stapled fabric on the 8 foot pine boards. I love using a staple gun!
Setting the quilt up on the frames in the garage was easier with fabric boards. I could pin the fabric to the boards instead of using thumb tacks that I can't push in the boards straight or otherwise. Jeff and I are sharing the garage. He agreed to park the Jeep outside while I had the quilt up long enough to pin the layers together. There are pins about 3 inches the length and width of the quilt. Living as close to the school as we do and with school starting, I could not leave it put all the while I quilted it. I was going to buy a small 2 person pvc pipe frames to use after it was pinned.
close up on the pins.
The back of the quilt was bigger than the frame so I just let it hang.
The batting was also too short so I had to sew on extra batting.
My visiting teacher, Linda Gale, came and helped me start pinning. We got about 1/3 of the quilt done and I started to notice wrinkles.
I was frustrated so I googled putting quilts on a frame. There were several videos. The one that helped me the most showed laying the quilt out on the floor, stapling the ends to the boards and rolling them equally toward the middle so you could start there. It made total sense to me so that is what I did. I didn't staple the quilt to the boards though. I just pinned it to the fabric. I took out all the pins we had already done and started over in the middle. I am so glad it was just pins and not quilting.
It even looked good on the bottom.
Barcelona Hills is now part Capo district school and part charter school, Oxford Prepartory Academy. Last Thursday, a week before school was to start, there were a ton of cars parked all along the street. There were desks and tables and chairs outside the school. There was a lot of parents and children working around too. I knew it was time to get the quilt out of the garage. Jeff also thought if I had 4 foot boards that it would fit in my sewing room. I went and got a board and had it cut in half, came home and put the fabric on it. While he was gone to the movie, Monday night, I straightened and rearranged the sewing room. When he got home, Jeff helped me get the quilt upstairs still on the long boards. This is what it looks like.I found that I am not skilled enough to quilt forward and backward. I need a chair on both sides of the quilt. That works too. I do have to go under the quilt though to change chairs. Oh well.

This is the squares I finished the first night. It was late but I was curious to see how it would look. I wanted to see if I could do it with the things I had here. It worked and I think it looks pretty cute. The thimble and the needle puller are essential when doing this quilt.
The under side even looks good too. I am glad to have such a good start. Now I will just have to work on it often. I will also blog about it more often too. Happy Quilting!

Just barely missed it

This afternoon there was a huge power outage. They say it went from Southern California to Mexico, Baja and Arizona. They even said that San Onofre plant shut down automatically when the power went off sometime between 3:30 and 4pm. On the 5 o'clock news they were showing the traffic snarl on Oso Parkway. I also heard people on the news calling in from Trabuco Canyon (Coto de Caza, I think) that their power was out too. I even heard a lady at the drugstore say the stoplight 1/2 way up Alicia from the freeway were out. They said that power will not be restored until tomorrow or maybe even Saturday.

Thankfully, we have not been without power at all today. It had been about 97 degrees and the air conditioner has been going full blast all day.