Posts Tagged ‘star struck’


29.3 More progress on the Star Struck Quilt

January 13, 2013

Slow & steady is how we win the race. Every weekend I have done something that has a little bit of progress.

Last weekend was sewing the back & basting.

basting star struck on floor

Last weekend I also started the black echo quilting lines. Three echoes, and then going back through and stitching the ditch (huh, I think I did that backwards)

And the middle of the black stars are left unquilted.

black echo stitching lines

Thursday I worked up a tracing of the quilting for the multicolored stars and drew the design on paper several times.

quilting design traced on paper

This built in its own backtracks into the design just fine, but keeps the design within the center of the stars. This could have worked for the black stars too if I had come up with it before all the echo stitching.

quilting completed light block highlight

And it works fantastically on a quilt. The multicolored thread I put in both the bobbin and the back as the original black thread was showing too much.

This was the first time I had used king tut brand thread, and I don’t know if it was my machine, my needle, my constant tension problems, but I didn’t like it half as much as aurifil. If only I could find these large spools of variegated thread in colors I adore & would use!  I need to start looking for some, I had several broken threads.

As you can see I stitched the lines by hands, no rulers templates or walking feet. I recently downloaded a craftsy class about template quilting, and after watching the first 10 minutes, I thought it was a nifty idea, but I had the problem of having a darning (quilting) foot that is not symmetrically surrounding the needle.

Maybe later in the class there is something about how to transfer all the longarm stuff to domestic machines.  Maybe. If not, I have the class for “way in the future”. The straight lines of the template rulers really appeal to me.

I remember there was a category “tools of the trade” at last year’s MQS show which the quilts had to be made with rulers or other tools on the long arm or they wouldn’t qualify for that category.

Now I can visualize how that’s done.

Anyway, here’s a picture of the baby quilt as it stands now. Patiently waiting for the ends to be cut off and the binding sewn on.

quilting completed on star struck whole quilt

The binding is picked out and I just may get that sewn & pressed later tonight.

And here’s one more picture of the quilt a little more close up.  I need to take down all my overhead lights and clean them, my house seems very dark if I don’t have external lights going on, and this is proving weird color sheens on my quilts.

quilting completed light and dark

The secondary hourglass patches will not be extra quilted except for their stitch in the ditch.

I need to start up talking to my cousin and see if she’s still interested. If lucky, I can get this finished by next weekend or so, only a month and a half late.

Otherwise this quilt could really find a place to stay here ….



Update on the previous post about decisions to make

And for people reading my blog in ‘real time’, who saw and responded (or thought to) to my last post about my decisions.

I know I am overthinking things too much. If you know me, you know this should not surprise you.  I have sent a couple of emails to people, and no I haven’t yet replied on my own post in the comment section myself.

I did worry a few people with the ‘tone’ of my last post. And this is a true tone. I have been obsessing over something that I shouldn’t be obsessing over for almost 2 months now.  And I do always feel better when I write out what’s bothering me.

Nonnie suggested that I try to blog positively from now on, and I may take her advice to the next level and start my own journal.  Since I do a lot of my thinking while writing out things, this may be a better way to express my doubts instead of putting them all out there for you.

However, this doesn’t mean that a journal will “make everything better” or that I won’t take things too personally in the future as I did in this case.

I am trying to take steps to figure out how to handle things that bother me, and boy do I do the wrong thing about that most times. But I have made a couple of changes already in the last week that I hope will help my frustrations at least temporarily.  And I wouldn’t have made those changes if I hadn’t posted about how I needed to make decisions.

And I want to learn how to make even more changes to help me out. It gets scary to see that I face the same demons that I faced several years ago in terms of fear over the podcast.  I have to battle within myself over something that 3 different bosses have told me is holding me back (maybe 4, I forget). So maybe like most people, I don’t really WANT to change.  And if so I have to figure out how to be OK with that.

I do need to make small changes, small experiments, and see how things go. I still need to think about the direction, duration, schedule, and type of quilting podcast I want to make.

People seem to keep telling me that they like the “just talking part” of podcasts, and for me, those are the longest & least thought out, most rambly, and unstructured parts of my own podcast.  The topic part, yes I probably do go on and on, but I do cut the topics off WAY before I cut off my own quilty rambly thoughts.

Honestly … I find myself scared / angry / frustrated / nervous to lean towards doing a podcast with “only the home sewing front part” that everyone seems to crave.

And then, I worry too much about that whole thing all over again.

So perhaps a compromise is in order, sometimes topic, sometimes just talking???? This is a thought anyway.

Which is why I am sitting down and trying to make the decisions before I record again.

And I still plan to “March-A-Long” in March, doing 15 minutes every day quilting during the month of March, I still plan to podcast the March A Long weekly like last year, I still plan to highlight others who are marching along with me.

So if nothing gets decided between now & then, we’ll at least have that to look forward to. 😉

Well, I’ll keep thinking, and you keep sending me good thoughts. And I’ll try to be better at mirroring those good thoughts back.


28.7 Getting Star Struck

November 25, 2012

A month (or two?) ago my cousin asked if I would like to do a baby quilt (not for her, but for her daughter). I said sure, and then proceeded to forget / put off deciding to do it for at least another month.  I had thought maybe I would, but how would I charge, would I charge, precedent is set, all these questions & many more froze me to my path.

So I avoided it.

Not a great strategy of dealing with things, I know, but one I am most familiar with.

So I was asked a week ago if I was still up for doing it, and so I rummaged around looking for jelly roll patterns, happened on Quiltville (OK I know about quiltville, I have KNOWN about quiltville for quite some time now) and I happened to see a quilt or two that struck my fancy.

Made some decisions. Finally.

So I proceeded to message rapidly & rabidly my indecision, my possible solutions. A day or so later, she told me that her daughter really liked black & brights a lot, which was one of my favorite quilt options that I really liked that I would be happy with a quilt like this, even if things didn’t work out for the baby quilt.

Cuz was cool, telling me she didn’t want to cause me stress, and if it happened, great, if not, then I’d be getting something I really liked out of this ordeal (and even so, will be making blocks for myself for this quilt anyway).

The quilt I saw was “Star Struck“. In the dark & brights version. Less scrappy than bonnies traditional scrappy quilts, but scrappy none-the-less.

And the blocks are easy. I’ve made the sub blocks for 11 of them and just started sewing them the last 2 days.

Now I know to get the 4 subblocks sewn (not together yet), it takes me just under 10 minutes and 30 seconds!

So you wanna see?

If you want to learn how to make the blocks, head over to Bonnie Hunter’s site to see her progress and get the steps on how to make them. Her tutorial is easy to follow.

Here’s my first 2 blocks. Oh so fun!

And I love the secondary pattern that shows up in the end. So satisfying. And cheery!

But due to the pinked edges, I don’t think the baby will see many sharp points on this quilt.

But sharp objects are bad for babies anyway.

I neglected a whole bunch of things today to work on this. So rapid progress made so far may come to a grinding halt this coming week with work, cooking, shopping for groceries, playing video games and / or billiards.  So we’ll see how much of this gets done beyond today.

It feels better getting things done toward this quilt, even if things don’t work out with the commission. (price doesn’t seem right, baby hates the quilt, mommy hates the quilt, baby is 25 before getting the quilt made, ya know, baby is opposed to triangles, or is allergic to triangles, baby cannot stand the randomness, or detests rotational symmetry, – ya know the regular things that could cause this to go wrong).