Friday, April 20, 2018

Expenses: Marimekko fabric

Not Quilting

I met our son yesterday for lunch up in Carlsbad. A restaurant we had both noticed from the freeway, but hadn't gone to before. The Green Dragon It was a pretty restaurant, the food was nice. Afterwards he went back to work and I went to the Crate and Barrel outlet that was nearby in the outlet center.


Came across some Marimekko fabric.  I had to wash three times before the Shout catcher came out white.  That's a lot of water...  But I only had to pay not even $2 for my treasure from the scrap bin... It weighed in at under two pounds - that is how they charge for scraps.

About five fat quarter and larger pieces.
About 20 inches of this - in real life more Christmas
reds and greens.  They had bolts of this - $1 a yard.

Three pieces that were WOF, total a little under yard.
One large piece WOF, they have bolts of this.  Since it has washed well, I'm thinking of returning to get more.  Would be fun for a table cloth and napkins I think and as a backing for quilts too!  Would be fun to slice the fabric and rearrange in the quilt top...  Ideas...
Fabric is in the dryer now.  It would be next Thursday that I return if I do...

Since quilting, I have purchased two other bolts of fabric.  A Kona Cotton Green (from a fire sale at a quilt store) and a Moda sort of cloudy sky in blacks and greys (from a fundraiser for Balboa Park).  It has been really nice to know I had and could insert it in a project at any time.  Oh, then also there is the bolt of that stuff one uses for pot holders - also from the fire sale.  That I have only used about 10 by 20 inches of...! so it wasn't so far a good thing to get.... Since it's a little stiff, I may make some zippered pouches with it... but I'll still have yards of it in the closet!

I know some people live at the mall, but it has been over a year since I last went.  We need some new dishes, so I was on the hunt to see what was available.  Crate and Barrel, William Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Macy's.  Nordstrom doesn't have housewares but I went there too.  Nothing was really calling out to me.  We bought our last dishes at Ikea.  They are nice, but the surface is not smooth so it makes a noise when a fork scrapes to get food that has always bothered me.  Somehow though we have recently broken a bunch of dishes so we only have five plates now. And I have only three of the larger rectangle serving platters.  Looks like it could be they still carry the line of grey dishes.  Might be easier to just get more plates...  A few months ago the New York Times had an article about what to buy for a new apartment.  They had lots of nice ideas including dishes and potato peelers.  I got distracted clicking on the links and never made it back to bookmark the article itself. Wish I had...  Oh well! We have been married 33 years and have only gotten two sets of every day dishes.  The finish in my first set started sort of lifting off, I was afraid it was going to start chipping in the food!  I'm ready for a new set actually!

Leah Day's Explore Walking Foot Quilting: My "Rainbow Log Cabin" Part 14

I have now finished the larger concentric squares in the quilt!

25 minutes for the line one inch from the last line.

23 minutes for the final line, it was almost 1 1/2 inches from the previous line.  I wanted the square to reach the edges of the quilt, and it does that so with the binding the corners will disappear.  And that is a good thing since I'm realizing I didn't center the batting or backing.  For now on will not be frugal on the batting and backing so I have more give on the back.  

These designs are just right for the quilt.  I'm very pleased.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Leah Day's Explore Walking Foot: Pinstripe Gridlines

I picked a practice sandwich and sort of followed Leah's directions to make the pinstripe gridlines walking foot pattern.

She used 1/4 inch tape to mark the narrow strip...  I was not able to find the end of the roll of tape that my husband picked up for me last week.  So I used the walking foot itself for the 1/4 inch line, and the walking foot guide for the one inch lines.

This design took a long time to sew, and a lot of thread too!

After 39 minutes, this is what I had sewn. The bobbin ran out so it seemed a good place to stop to start dinner!

After 23 additional minutes this is what I had done:

When I removed that blue tape I was afraid I had the beginning of a little pleat, but I was extra careful and did as Leah suggested and so the piece is all flat.  Yay!

Finally after another 41 minutes I was done sewing the block.

39 + 23 + 41 = 103 minutes

It does look dazzling though doesn't it?

On the back I put the first Dresden plate that I made ages ago.  It's nice to finally have this in a piece rather than in a box!

The batting felt very firm, but perhaps it was the extra stitches in the pinstripe gridlines design rather than the wool batting. I thought wool batting was supposed to be soft.  Anyway, it makes the design stand out, so I like it!

The design was not that fun to sew, just sew a line, cut the thread and move the block to the top again.  Seems it would be difficult to do in a real quilt, but it does look nice.

A friend picked up some more batting samples for me at Quilt Con in Pasadena.  It's great that each of the pieces of batting is labeled!

I made three more practice sandwiches, so I have them ready to use when Leah posts the next designs on her website!

Leah Day's Explore Walking Foot Quilting: My "Rainbow Log Cabin" Part 13

Last night after dinner I started adding the squares around the quilting I have been working on, the center of the piece.

The first one was spaced at one inch.  I used the walking foot guide to make the lines. When I got to the corners I took two pieces of tape to shape a right angle so I knew when to turn.

The next line was half inch away. Again, I used the walking foot guide and made a corner of tape to show me when to turn.

There is still about 3 inches that need lines, then I can start the quarter bright stars in each of the corners!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Leah Day's Explore Walking Foot Quilting: My "Rainbow Log Cabin" Part 12

I finished the fourth and last larger blue block!

First new square - marked with one inch painters tape.  I started stitching with half of the quilt under the arm.  It was okay when I ended with half under the arm, and also when I ended with just the corner under the arm.  The key was starting with the most under the arm... and going clock wise.

I started the timer as soon as I entered the room, so the times include all the taping and getting settled in chair, etc.

Second new square.  Used 1/2 inch masking tape to mark.  This tape does not last as long as the painters tape...

Third new square - marked with one inch painters tape.

I'm all set to start some of the outer squares.  Think I will use the walking foot guide instead of tape...

I'm tickled that this is coming together.  I'm using the instruction from Leah and finishing one of my first quilt tops ever made.  When I was doing the bright stars I should have measured out to be sure the lines at the end would end up touching the squares, I'm hoping when this is washed those missing stitched will be hidden.  Or perhaps I should go back and add them?  I can't remove the stitches that went too far out as those thread ends are already hidden and cut...

Leah Day's Explore Walking Foot Quilting: My "Rainbow Log Cabin" Part 11

Guess I'm getting into this quilting!  After dinner last night I finished the quilting of the third blue block.

First new square - marked with one inch painters tape.

Second new square - marked with 1/2 inch masking tape.

Last new square for this block - Had to put in a new bobbin too.  Marked with one inch painters tape. With the idea that I wouldn't have the quilt get caught up on the walking foot guide.  But instead it turns out there is a spot in the back where the seams did not catch together, but it did open when I ran the walking foot for the stitching.  I heard the sound and stopped - making sure to pull out thread so I would have nice ends to deal with on both the bobbin and the top spool.  I'm pretty pleased that I worked thru the mess and got things so they look nice and finished the block.

So before using this quilt I'll have to learn how to repair the seams.  : (  I remember when I was basting the first time, that I saw a place that had seams that were not right but I couldn't find again when I went to baste the second and final time. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Leah Day's Explore Walking Foot Quilting: My "Rainbow Log Cabin" Part 10

Finished the concentric squares around the second blue block today.

Used one inch painters tape to mark the line.  14 minutes

Used 1/2 inch masking tape to do the marking.  15 minutes.

Used the walking foot guide for the last line, but used little pieces of tape so I knew when to turn the corner!

It took 18 minutes to finish the last line for this area of the quilt.

It's starting to look like a quilt now!

But is still very flat.  I'm not sure I picked the right batting.  But any thicker and I would not be able to do the quilting as this stage in my skills.  I hope it will wash up well.  Know it will look nice in the living room or den.

Leah Day's Explore Walking Foot Quilting: My "Rainbow Log Cabin" Part 9

So now, if you are following along, I am working on the concentric squares that go around each of the four larger blue blocks in my quadruple Irish Chain quilt.  I am following Leah Day's directions for the Rainbow Log Cabin out of her book and the QAL.  Exploring Walking Foot Quilting.

It is hard to believe how much more comfortable I am with quilting this piece now.  I have been hearing for a long time that one needs to actually do something to learn it (rather than reading and thinking about it), and again this is true.

The quilting is not perfect.  I suspect quilters and non-quilters alike will see the imperfections.  Some will point it out to me.  That is what has stopped me from proceeding down this path before.  But now I just feel like this is something I want to do.  And I want to keep some of the quilts too.

So today I have quilted three concentric squares around one of the four larger blue blocks in the center of the piece.

1.  I used one inch painters tape to mark and then sew a square one inch away from the first square.

It took me 18 minutes to do that stitching.

2.  Then I decided to add another square that was 1/2 inch away from the just completed square.  I used the 1/2 inch masking tape and it worked well.

That square took 20 minutes.

3.  Then I used the walking foot guide to stitch another line one inch away from the last completed square.  In the corners I put small pieces of painters tape to show me when to stop and pivot the piece.  

That took 16 minutes.  (When I made the last turn the guide got moved, and I decided to move to correct the spacing when I got to the corner.  I think I should have just left the line straight even though it wasn't one inch.)