October OMG Finished

Things have been busy around here this past week. We were preparing for the basement carpet installation, keeping up with the usual school, work, and robotics tasks, and switching banks. I've been busy with quilting, trying to make sure to keep the queue moving since I knew I'd be unable to work part of this week and trying to get my own quilts ready for the guild quilt show later this week. 

In the middle of all this, Thursday evening after dinner I noticed water all over the floor near the dishwasher. (It was running at the time.) The dishwasher had been getting progressively noisier over the past year and not doing a great job at cleaning, so it wasn't entirely a surprise. I'm just thankful that I'd run the dishwasher earlier in the day than normal. I often start it before bedtime and that would have been a disaster. So thankful I noticed within a few minutes of the flood starting, especially since we have hardwood flooring in the kitchen.

Anyway, the search was on for a dishwasher that had a third rack, was quiet, and, most importantly, that I could get quickly. Seriously, some of the dishwashers I looked at online were not available until December, February, or even next April! And many just said "unavailable." It was nerve-wracking buying one sight unseen. The new one is quite quiet and does a great job of getting things clean on the first try. As a bonus, it has an overflow/leak alarm. I'm still adjusting to the rack set up and trying to figure out what fits where. Would I have purchased this one if I'd been able to see and try things in person? Maybe, maybe not. But it is here and it works. I do like how it has a status display on the little black bar above the handle (washing, clean, etc.).
Meanwhile, we had to do all the final steps to ensure the basement was ready for carpet. Due to the unexpected dishwasher issue and me needing to work all weekend, we found ourselves doing most of the prep work late Sunday night. The installer was due to arrive Monday morning. We got it done and now we have a finished basement. I have to say that it is really weird and jarring to go down the stairs and see a finished space instead of a messy work in progress like it's been for eight years.
Progress after the first day:
Finished but not yet vacuumed:
It seems quieter already. I am looking forward to seeing if it reduces the longarm noise or not.

I have been sewing and quilting, of course. I quilted two more of Keetah's Christmas quilts with hand-guided loopy meander.

I stitched out the Cobweb design on Robin's quilt. This one was interesting because part of the backing was corduroy! I had been quite worried about how it would work, but the worry was for nothing. The corduroy, which was a very soft, fine wale, quilted absolutely beautifully with no changes to the usual set up.
Next I worked on Ann's quilts. These are both very large quilts and we went fairly dense on the design scale on both. They took me pretty much all weekend to complete, but they looked fantastic when I was finished.

This first one is quilted with Eddy. The actual stitching time, not counting advancing the quilt or anything like that, was over seven hours. 😱 But it looked really great when done, so it was worth it.
The second one was quilted with Basic Swirl.

Now on to my own projects.  First, it is link up week for blocks two and three of Denise's Flower Patch mystery SAL. I was running really short on time to finish up block three, so I did simplify the tulip design quite a bit. I also ran into a bit of a snag, as you do when you're trying to rush, and sliced up part of my block and had to start over.
Here is block two. I'm really happy with how my cardinals turned out. I like how I got the wing fabric lined up, though it doesn't show much in my photos.
And block three, modified.

All three blocks together, showcased in an utterly terrible photo.

I did finish up this month's Macaron Mystery clue too. Not that I did a great job. I'm not sure what I did to make these come out so wonky, but you'll hopefully never know once everything is assembled.
I have also finished my October OMG as of this morning. My son's bus driver is out again, so this morning restarted my twice-daily school runs. I got up extra early and finished binding my sweet little Highland Cow quilt before the morning run.  It was still dark when I took the picture, so I'll try to get better pictures later this week as time allows.
As you may recall, I entered this quilt in the quilt show prior to even starting it. I saw the pattern, bought the fabric, and made it start to finish this month. I have three quilts entered. All three still need to have labels made and attached. The Frolic and the Highland Cow also need hanging sleeves attached. I have the labels made for the pillowcases that you have to use to enter each quilt, but they need to be sewn on. I'm not too worried about that because I can do that quickly by machine. I probably need to deal with the hanging sleeves next. More hand sewing. Yay. If necessary, I can just write on the hanging sleeves instead of sewing on a nice label. And, if necessary, I can safety pin on the hanging sleeves, but I'm not totally thrilled with that idea. I guess we'll see. I have until tomorrow afternoon to get these finished. And I'm volunteering with the show set up in the morning. So. 

Other things going on: 
  • I am conducting a looky loo studio tour with Angela from Quilted Joy this afternoon!  Once I know when it will be published, I'll be sure to announce it! 😁 
  • I have added the Amazon Affiliate program to my websites, both Stories from the Sewing Room and Quilting by Anne-Marie. From time to time I may link to products on Amazon (and will disclose this). If you purchase from clicking my link, I may earn a very small commission that will help fund my websites. None of your personal information will ever be revealed to me. I also have added a tab at the top of the page where you can shop my sewing room--products that I use in my sewing room and my home. I do not generally agree to participating in the free product in exchange for positive review scenario. If I ever did, I would be very transparent about it. Edited to add that they kicked me out of the program after several months because they said my blog doesn't exist. No option to appeal, just an abrupt cancellation. 
  • It's almost time for the color reveal for the next Bonnie Hunter mystery! I've finished one of three that I've started thus far. πŸ˜”

Busy Week

Welcome back! In case you missed it, be sure to read my previous post, where I showcased my Sunrise mini quilt made from Kelly's Scrappy Improv Quilting book. I'm really proud of how it turned out.

I've been busy with lots of quilting as I try to keep ahead of the curve. Our basement carpet is scheduled to be installed next week, so I likely won't be able to get into my sewing room while they are working. And one of the guilds I belong to is having our big quilt show. Anyway, I've been working a lot to keep up.

Here's Sara's quilt, quilted with More Square Drama. I believe this one is going in the show.

I got to quilt this cute quilt for Haley. It's being quilted with Triplet.

Next, I snuck in my Highland Cow quilt. As you may recall, this quilt is not only my OMG, but I also entered it into the show prior to starting on it. I was planning to custom quilt it, but had a serious case of design block and a time crunch too, so I went with the Friends of P design instead.

Here it is fully quilted.

I wasn't really sure what fabric I wanted to use for binding. My daughter and I searched through my stash and couldn't find anything suitable. I found an older Moda print at one of the local stores that I think will work. Now I just need to get this thing bound and get a label and hanging sleeve on it. I have a week--no sweat, right? πŸ˜…

Next I quilted Robin's vintage squares quilt.

And another Christmas one for Keetah. 

I was able to get in a bit of sewing over the past week. I finished the second block in Denise's Flower Patch SAL. Here are my first two blocks.

I started in on this month's Macaron Mystery. Sorry so many of my pictures are dark. I've been doing a lot of nighttime sewing and quilting.

Finally, I finished binding my first Bonnie Hunter quilt. Frolic is finished! I put in the last few inches of binding stitches yesterday afternoon and had my daughter take a picture while my son and I held up the quilt. Can you guess which side I was holding? πŸ˜„ Guess I should have stood on my tippy toes! This is another quilt I entered in the show, so I do still need to get the hanging sleeve and label onto this one as well. The sleeve is at least made.

I have several things I need to get done within the next week. As stated above, I need to put hanging sleeves on both Frolic and the Highland Cow. I need to make and attach labels for all three of my quilt entries. I need to make and attach labels to three white pillow cases for the submissions. I need to sew block three of the Flower Patch SAL. I need to deep clean the floors downstairs in preparation for the carpet installation. I need to type up and submit the minutes from the last guild board meeting. And buy some birthday presents for someone in the house.

Those are all firm deadlines. I still have an abundance of quilts to complete for my lovely clients. I need to finish up this month's Macaron clue, though it's not a big deal if I don't. I haven't started this month's #Trending block either, again no big deal if I'm late. I'd like to make a little progress on the Grassy Creek mystery too--it's almost time for the next mystery, so need to get this one at least to flimsy stage! I guess one good thing about being unable to get in my sewing room for several days is that I will have plenty of time for sewing hanging sleeves and labels onto quilts.

I don't know about you, but I never run out of things to do, sewing, housework, garden, or otherwise. 

I hope you have a wonderful week.

Linking with For the Love of Geese, My Quilt Infatuation, Alycia Quilts, and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.


Welcome to my stop on Kelly's Scrappy Improv Quilting book release blog hop

When Kelly asked me to participate in her blog hop, I was thrilled to accept. I will admit to being a little apprehensive about the improv part, however. I'm a math major. I don't always do well with winging it and had avoided anything remotely resembling improv piecing prior to this. I had nothing to worry about though, because the instructions and method are so well explained in the book. It's like you have a friend there with you, guiding you along.

Here is my quilt, which I call Sunrise, made using the pattern "Shockwave", which is the last quilt pattern in the book. 

I wasn't sure initially what fabrics to use. I have lots of scraps, but most are teeny, tiny pieces and many of them probably qualify as vintage now. After dithering for quite a while, I started pulling out color groupings. 

I then started making the improv slabs. I enjoyed the process way more than I expected to. One thing I learned is that maybe this isn't the place to use the super tiny pieces. While my slabs looked really cool, when I cut them into the required shapes I lost a lot of the detail or ended up with slivers instead of chunks. These are the first two slabs I made. I am so proud of these things!

Here are my pink pieces in progress.

I ended up changing some of the colors part way through. The colors didn't quite flow as I had hoped. I was originally going to use a low volume print for my background fabric, but it didn't do anything to set off my pieces. I made a blue piece, pictured below, that I didn't end up using.

I do like this navy piece.

I was struggling to make the mini look like a sunset (my initial idea), but then my daughter showed me a sunrise picture she had taken at the bus stop one morning quite some time ago and that was my a-ha moment. 

I made a replacement slab and went shopping for a background fabric. I also bought a fun
backing fabric. And everything magically came together. πŸ˜„ 

I knew that with the amount of solid fabric that I really wanted to do some custom quilting. I sketched out several plans and finally picked one. I'm rusty on the custom quilting and have done almost none on my current longarm, but I'm still pleased with the end product. {I did order the additional feet available for my APQS Lucey after quilting this! Gotta have the right tools for the job.}

Here are the threads I used, plus a lavender bobbin.

I found a leftover piece of binding in my scrap bin that was the perfect color and almost the perfect size. 

There wasn't enough to make my usual mitered join, but there was enough to get the job done with 3/4" to spare!

I made bonus HST with my trimmings for a future project too. 
This was such a fun learning experience and I will definitely try improv again. I am so thankful to have had this opportunity. If you want to try improv, or just want a really great quilting book, I highly recommend Kelly's book. You can buy your copy here.

Scrappy Improv Quilting Blog Tour Schedule-
10/18- All Dressed UpLinda @ Flourishing Palms
             ShockwaveAnne-Marie @ Stories From the Sewing Room

10/20- Sweet Bee (a bonus thank-you pattern), Finishing, and Wrap-Up (here!) 

Highland Cow Progress

I've been making good progress on my Highland Cow/Cattle Call quilt top. As you might recall, I entered this quilt in the quilt show that will be held at the end of this month. Yup, I entered a quilt I have not yet made. 😬 Here's how it looked last week. Labelling each cut of fabric is a MUST.

Here's a few progress photos.

This quilt goes together very easily. 

Here is my completed top.

And the backing I ordered from Spoonflower. There's quite a good margin around the print, so I will need to work very carefully in order to avoid having unprinted, bright white margins showing on the sides. I believe I have 40" of print from selvedge to selvedge.

I have it in my head that I should custom quilt this (40 x 45) top, but I'm not sure what I'd quilt in the background. Another concern is that this quilt needs to be totally done and have a hanging sleeve attached within the next two weeks. At the moment I'm kind of in "what on earth was I thinking??" mode. I need to finish binding one half of a side of Frolic and attach that hanging sleeve as well as make and attach labels on all three. I'll think on the quilting plan a bit longer while I finish a few more client quilts. 

Speaking of client quilts, I have two of Pat's to show you this week. She chose Starlet for her first quilt.

She picked "The Force" for her Mandalorian/Baby Yoda (Grogu) quilt.

It may seem as though I haven't done much in the past week. That's because I spent some time last week working on a project of my own. Come back Monday to see what I made. It'll be my turn on the Scrappy Improv blog hop and I'm excited to show you my creation.

Linking with For the Love of Geese, My Quilt Infatuation, and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.