Monday, January 8, 2018

As the Frame Turns

What???? Look at this, the second blog post of the year and you don't even need toes to count the number of days in the year, hehehe.  Trying to keep it up here.  There has been a whole lot'o thread flowing in this house in 2018.  I have two more weeks before returning to work. This week I'm going to try to put in a 40 hour Sewing week to help prepare my self for the daily grind.  Yep that's right I'm using it as an excuse to prep for work.  Hey I've been off for 4 weeks so far, lounging, recovering,  a little sewing here, a little sewing there, more sewing here.....Now it's time to dig deep and get some serious stuff done!   So what's in plan for this week?  As usual, more than one project:  Old Friends BOM (completely smitten with this one), BH On Ringo Lake and sweet little Olivia's quilt of gold and grey.  Hmmmm Old Friends on Ringo Lake - sounds like a great name for a book huh?  Lets start with Old Friends
Old Friends BOM  - on the frame, almost ready for another turn

you can't see in the pics, but there are little bits of bobbin coming up on the colored sashing, may need to rip them out and put invisible thread in the bobbin too

Oh I mark everything, especially the fill squares, no fun ripping those out when you did the wrong row, yep yep the struggle is real

A little peek from underneath.  I used a sateen backing so it has a leather-ish look but a smooth satin finish, fun to touch and run your fingers over it.
This is Old Friends BOM from way back in 2015 from Calicao Girls.  It was a free BOM, still think you might be able to find it.  Well I finally got it on the frame.  I had no idea what I was going to do, but knew if I didn't get in on the frame I would never know.  I knew I wanted feathers, I knew I wanted curves, I knew I wanted to start quilting this monster!  And well this is where it's ending up.  Not nearly as many feathers, but lots of quilting.  About 1/3 of the way done now.  We'll see how far I can get on this big girl this week.  She's about 112 ish square.  I may take the feathers in the sashing around the sampler blocks out, there's a bit of the bobbin thread (dark grey) poking up the top.  I'll try some invisible thread in the bobbin and see if that works better.  Its' mine so I may just live with it too.....I really am liking this quilt.  Butttttt..... it is a big quilt for binding.  Anyone interested in bartering binding for quilting?  you finish the binding (I'll sew it to the front) for me, I'll do an edge to edge on up to a queen size quilt for you, 2 lap quilts?  3 baby quilts? I'm in the Chicago Northwest Burbs, leave a comment, send an email, I'd love to hear from you. Binding makes me sad :(
On Ringo Lake - 3 rows done

Monday Table

Saturday Table
On Ringo lake is moving along, I'm going to make two smaller quilts rather than one larger.  I know I say this with each and every Bonnie mystery but really this time I mean it, I think this is my favorite! Honestly.  Love the color, love the pattern, love it all.  I've got 3 rows done.  Almost all the blocks done and my table was looking a bit out of control early in the weekend with pieces here and there and everywhere, but we're getting it all together bit by bit
Olivia Gold and Grey quilt - no broken bones required
Last but not least, my great Niece Olivia has been asking for a quilt for quite some time. Her last remark - what do I have to break a bone or something to get one???  No sweetie you don't.  LOL you just have to wait for me to be off work for 6 weeks!  It's started, not sure when it will be completed, but a little every day.  My goal is to have this one ready to go when Old Friends comes off the frame.  This one now is going to be called No Broken Bones Required

Linking up with some great linky parties, see the side bar  - I've updated a number of the links.  Go get some inspiration!
 On Ringo Lake Linky Party here

21 comments:

  1. So right, your Ringo Lake is coming right along and is looking wonderful.

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  2. I love, love your quilting! It is just gorgeous and pure perfection! The texture in the pictures is fantastic! Thankfully you succumbed to your Nieces
    wishes! She'll be happy and you won't be in a cast!

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  3. Your quilting is exquisite. I am so jealous of your talents. Old Friends looks great. Binding is not my favorite part of a quilt either. Since I don't live anywhere near you I can't swap jobs. (on the other hand I have a long arm and do e2es on my quilts anyway!) I do like On Ringo Lake. Yours looks brighter to me than some I've seen. Good for you for continuing to work on it steadily.

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  4. Oh, if I lived near you, I'd jump at your offer. Your quilting is gorgeous and I love to bind quilts. So nice to see you back in blogland. Enjoy your work week of quilting. :)

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  5. So wish Indy was closer to Chicago!!! I would totally do your binding.

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  6. Hi Sue!
    Oh my goodness - so many things to comment on I can't even finish reading! First of all - I raise my hand for the binding. I LOVE hand sewing binding. Seriously. No exchange needed - I will just do it. I live in Wisconsin but work in Glencoe - that can't be too far away, can it? Now, on to Old Friends. I have a quilt that is just patiently awaiting quilting - stars with nine-patch in the center. No motivation as to how to quilt it and now I see your photo above. I LOVE the little checkerboards or orange peels or whatever they are. Huh - I can hardly wait to get home to look at it. It's all layered up . . . Ringo colors are fab! I love it! Lastly, I love the colors in Olivia's quilt and really have to chuckle about breaking a bone to get a quilt. Oh, to have six weeks off!! Have fun, enjoy, and let me know about that binding! ~smile~ Roseanne

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  7. OMG, if I only lived closer to you (I'm in Mass.) I love to do binding and not quilting so much. Your quilts look wonderful!

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  8. Love your post title sue. What amazing quilting Love the two quilts in process as well. You are off to a great start in 2018.

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  9. 112 x 112 is a huge quilt--just getting it loaded on the frame must've been a challenge. I look forward to seeing it all quilted. The just-flying-geese are a nice, calm creation after the busy-ness of ORL.

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  10. I just found your blog. I love your work. I would be thrilled to sew on the binding for you. Hand stitching is very calming for me. I did a large King-sized quilt a few years ago for my son and daughter-in-law as their wedding present. That's a long binding around 120" quilt. Stitches are 3/8th" apart, corners mitered. I could send you a small sample of how my binding looks when finished. In trade, I have a queen size EN Provence that needs quilting. I would trust you to use your best judgement on it, as I have never done machine quilting. I love all your pictures of your finished quilts. So if you don't mind mailing your quilt to me and I'll mail my top, batting and backing to you, I would love to work with you. Please contact me at debbiegsp@gmail.com, if you want to discuss this. I am a retired widow, and work to my own schedule.


    Ding present.

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  11. I think your quilting is Drool-worthy-gorgeous! Finding just the right style/ motif to go with the quilt is hard sometimes, but these pictures give me the idea of a modern, Amish inspired quilt, and the feathers and the work on the stars is perfect, IMO. So well suited.

    The only point that my heart sunk was reading about your bobbin thread peeking through. I've had this myself and ripped, but keep wondering if something like this would resolve with washing. I'm wondering if you've ever tried it before, or if there is another remedy.

    Please keep the eye candy coming! I'm off to check out this old BOM.

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  12. Love your fabric choices for ORL. As always fabulous quilting.

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  13. Those feathers in the sashing are drool-worthy! (I'm trying to keep the drool off my computer screen..) Absolutely love the quilting texture. Your designs look fabulous on the quilt - good luck on finishing it! I'm looking forward to seeing the finished quilt. Also, the colors/prints you are using in ORL are stunning. Thanks so much for sharing all your projects on MCM!

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  14. Welcome back to blogland Sue! Good to see your beautiful work again.

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  15. Do you pre-mark your entire top before loading or one pass at a time?

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  16. The quilting is so gorgeous! I would love to come stitch hand binding for you, but I'm all the way in Maryland. :(

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  17. The quilting is beautiful. I wonder if the bobbin pokies will relax back into the quilt once it is off the machine? I'm still on my break, also...back to work soon, but I will be making time to custom one of my own!

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  18. I am loving that quilting, Sue! I've never tried invisible thread in the bobbin. Does it come on prewounds? Happy New Year!

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  19. Hehe!! I love that name for her quilt. :) And your quilt is marvelous.

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