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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Summer Spools "All Done"!

Isn't that what we would say when we were kids? When we finished "cleaning our plates" of dinner? All Done? lol!

Well... I had finished piecing all the little spools together last weekend... but, just wasn't able to time some sunlight to take a picture outdoors. I really only needed to add the last border.... so when this Friday night rolled around I headed straight down to the sewing room to cut and sew! :-) Naturally we had snow on Friday (the first day of Spring)... then I had to wait for some of that to melt so I could find a sunny spot for pictures... noticed the super flat brown grass around the quilt! lol! Yes... the snow is melting and the March winds are blowing... so this quick picture was the best I could get for now...


"Quilt as desired" is next... *grin*

A couple of options I've been thinking about (for quilting)... since the spools finish up at 2" square, I'm going to refer to this as a "seam intense" piece that I probably would not enjoy hand quilting (too many layers of fabric). So I think I have two options if I'm going to quilt this myself (with my little ol' Kenmore). First being a simple stitch in the ditch following the square shapes of the blocks, then stitch around the applique elements in the center medallion. Second would be to freehand a meander over the entire quilt. The second option would be a first try for me as I haven't yet tried anything other than a straight stitch (with walking foot) for quilting on my machine. Any thoughts?

Eventually, I do plan on investing in a larger machine with more options for quilters... but, let's see what I can get this little Kenmore to do in the time between now and then.

Wishing everyone a belated National Quilt Day and Happy St. Patty's Day!!!

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!

~Sharon




Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Little More Progress!

A very BIG thank you for all of the honesty, suggestions and encouragement on this little quilt project! If it weren't for you taking the time to write the comments... all of this fabric (and time) would have been in the trash...lol! ;-)


I took a little of everyone's advice... and took apart all of those obviously mismatched spools... then sewed them back together with a slightly increased seam allowance. This caused the block to be a bit smaller, but the center of the spools matched much better. I then trimmed them all down to 2-1/2". The original size was supposed to be 2-3/4". So, not much smaller... but enough to where I needed to resize and rearrange the elements that make up the center medallion.


My original intention for the applique was to stitch them as needleturn. But, the smaller pieces became a bit too fiddly for me, so I opted to fuse the applique and find a suitable stitch on my Kenmore to finish the edges. Kind of a primitive (almost hand stitched) looking finish... but, I think it works with this quilt design.


The next step is to trim all those 2-3/4" kona pieces down to match the (2-1/2") spool pieces, and then the final assembly can happen. Photography in a room without sunlight is not easy (thus the washed out color)... but, this project is looking much better than the last time I posted... and even though  it's not perfection... it's turning out to be a cute little quilt that matches my quirky personality! ;-)

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!

~Sharon


Saturday, February 7, 2015

What Say You?

So.

When the weather outside is frightful, this lady hibernates in the sewing room... lol! I've been stitching along on these little spools...

Each little step in the process seemed to be going along just fine...


I even managed to figure a way to prevent my Kenmore from chewing up the points on the corners...


Pressing pieces open goes pretty well on one of these metallic, grippy fabric ironing pads...


But, then I started to sew the ends onto the centers... things just went all wonky from there... the center spool not quite lining up properly with the end caps... and, therefore, I am no longer "enjoying the process" of assembling this little quilt...


So... I ask you for some good, honest thoughts...

Is it really possible to get all of these lined up perfectly? And, would you consider that effort well worth your time? Is it really THAT important that they all line up perfectly?

How much of this (inaccurate matching) will actually "quilt out" with a meander pattern and after a wash and fluff?

Maybe it's best I just accept the fact that I am not a "many, small pieces, patchwork kind of gal"... and toss this project and get back to some needleturn applique, cross stitch, wool work or rug hooking?!?!?! lol!

So please... honestly...

What say you?

~Sharon



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