I made it through my Quilty Project Lineup with time to spare! I shared all the projects I wanted to make but I didn’t tell you that my goal was to have them ALL completed by the 4th of July. That was my ultimate mission and I succeded!
This patriotic number called A Tribute to Yoda was last on my list and thanks to Esperanza, my trusty longarm, I finished it on June 23rd! It’s a free pattern that includes 15 different layouts of just 12 blocks!
I’ve been loosely following Christina Cameli’s Drawing Together videos on IG and YouTube: afewscraps. I REALLY like her organic style of free motion quilting. So this quilt is a bunch of practicing. I have also been practicing doodling on paper. It’s not all pretty but my mind is slowly but surely catching on.
I backed it w/this Red & White Stripe.
I also finished my third scrappy trips.
Again I used Christina-inspired quilting but I only practiced one motif this time. I think I’ve just about mastered this one.
I backed it with this fun bold print. I don’t even know where I got this fabric but I had the perfect amount to back this quilt.
And don’t you think this marigold binding complements it well?
And I bartered the solid Scrappy Trips for a new summer wreath! Lauren did a fantastic job of including all the flowers I requested! Sunflower, Daisies, Lilies, Zinnias, AND Hostas! She’s Feltastic Creations on Facebook and Instagram.
That’s all for today folks. Thanks for stopping by. Have a happy and safe 4th of July!
A Thread for Life
Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little. 1 Peter 5:10 HCSB
Long post alert. I hope y’all aren’t tired of my Everything Goes Scrappy Trips because I’m not ready to stop showing it off. *wink* I really enjoyed making this quilt…so much so that I made three! And they are all in this post.
I made my first few blocks on January 11, 2020.
I was telling someone that some of the blocks on their own were just blah, but when you put them together with a few more, it’s magical!
I finished it on May 23, 2020. Here it is in all of it’s scrappy glory! It finished at 96” x 108”.
I used a king size sheet + part of a twin size for the backing and binding. You can’t really see the quilting for the busyness of the quilt but it’s mostly a medium stipple. I say mostly because I started out trying do some things I wasn’t quite ready for.
The first few rows I attempted an orange peel…
Then I transitioned to an “X” in each square, and then some “lazy 8s” but I hated them all. Not so much that I picked them out but just enough to try something simpler.
I finally found a nice groove w/a medium stipple and that’s how I finished it. This is before washing it.
And this is after washing it. It’s hanging in the sun in this pic.
I originally ordered a king size package of Hobbs batting but it was so thin, I tore a couple of holes in just opening it up. I ended up using Warm and White since I had a huge 40 yd x 90″ roll. Originally I had chosen not to use it because I would’ve had to piece it together in order for it to be long enough and I just didn’t want to mess with that. What I ended up doing as I was coming the end of my main batting piece was butting up a couple of 18″ pieces and spray basting them on the backing while it was on the frame. And I was very pleased w/the outcome. I didn’t take any pics of that process.
Here are a few more pics of the quilt on my bed though.
And here it is hanging outside.
I DIY’d an outdoor quilt hanger to photograph my quilts. I will be sharing the quick process in a post soon. I honestly didn’t think this behemoth would fit but it did! You can see in this next pic that it touches the deck.
And here are a few pics of a smaller one I made.
And last but not least, a solids scrappy trips. My boy Wonton approves. I will finish it this weekend and I’ve chosen the perfect backing from my stash!
Thanks for stopping by and ogling my quilt. Until next time, Happy Stitchin’ & God Bless!
A Thread for Life
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1: 5-8
Quilting became my passion in 2011. If you are interested in reading about the start of my quilting journey, you can do so here. Needless to say, I’ve wanted a longarm ever since I knew such a thing existed. But as you know, they are expensive and require A LOT of space. This has not kept me from test driving them, I do so any and every chance I get. At stores, shows, retreats, friend’s homes, etc. And the more I drive, the more I want one.
After moving to Liberty Missouri in 2018 and frequenting Angela Walter’s Quilting Is My Therapy shop, I set my sites on the HQ Amara and started thinking of ways to get one sooner than later.
The two immediate things I could do are 1. stop spending money unnecessarily and 2. apply that extra money towards my car payment.
But then I started thinking where would I put it? I have a good size sewing room in the basement but a longarm would not fit in there, even if I moved the guest bed out…and I’m not giving up my cutting table.
However, I do have an extra garage that is currently being used as storage and my pets’ poop room. It would make an awesome sewing/quilting studio with some remodeling and I believe I could fit everything in it. So now I’d need to pay off my car AND remodel a garage before I can get a longarm!
Fine. I can do this. Stop the unnecessary spending and start applying the money to the principal on my car loan and in about 5 years or so, I should be ready to buy a longarm. And this means no more paying to have my quilts quilted. For the last year I was taking them to Angela’s shop to be quilted but I would have to start doing my own quilting on my domestic machine. Fine. Another sacrifice I’m willing to make to hit my goal sooner….until I decided to make a king size quilt.
The more progress I made on the king size quilt, the more I wondered how in the world was I going to quilt it on a domestic machine! And then I remembered a good friend telling me back in November that she was planning on selling her longarm. At the time, it went in one ear and out the other. I had my mind on Amara and Amara on my mind. And hers was not an Amara. But the more I thought about it, the more sense it made.
She would probably give me a great deal on it.
With minimal rearranging it would fit perfectly in my office/spare bedroom.
I could become really proficient on the longarm whilst I pay off my car, get my garage remodeled, and save to buy my dream machine.
So I reached out to her. And guess what?! She GAVE it to me! For FREE! I just had to get it from AZ to MO.
And so it was! Meet Esperanza (hope in Spanish), the newest addition to my family!
She arrived on March 10, 2020 in those big boxes in the garage pic. I put her together mostly by myself. My son helped a little. What was once a spare bedroom/office, is now what I call the Finishing Room. It’s where I quilt and bind my quilts.
I put the twin bed in storage and moved the office into my bedroom.
Before Esperanza arrived I started researching Tin Lizzie and more about longarm quilting in general. It is not a very popular brand and there isn’t a whole lot of information about it but I found a couple of helpful videos on the TL and watched several How To vids on Sparrow Quilt Co. They are actually an APQS distributor but they have great How-To videos on YouTube.
I ordered a roll of Warm & White batting from Joann because I had recently used it for the first time on a smaller quilt and I really liked it! I also ordered a couple of pantographs from Urban Elementz.
I started practicing on the longarm on March 20, 2020. Here are a few of pics of pantograph and FMQ practice. Not all done in one day.
I really had plans to become the Panto Queen. I thought it would be a perfect gateway to FMQ. And it may very well be for some people, but not for me and definitely not on this machine. The main reason is because the machine only has one set of handles which means I have to disconnect from the back and move to the front each time I advance the quilt to baste the edges. Let me tell you, this got old very quickly. But I’m not mad about it. It is forcing me to practice FMQ.
The most surprising thing I’ve learned lately, is that batting has a right and a wrong side! It comes w/the right side facing out just like fabric does and the right side has “dimples” and the wrong side has “pimples”. I cannot believe I’ve been quilting for almost 9 years and didn’t know this!
So now you know. I have a longarm! And I am so grateful and ecstatic! Thank you Lord! It’s not Amara but it will serve it’s purpose well. I still plan to upgrade to the Amara someday and I am continuing with my goal to pay my car off sooner BUT I don’t necessarily have to remodel the garage at all. My current set up works really well.
AND!!! I didn’t have to quilt my king size Everything Goes Scrappy Trips on my domestic! Some of you have already seen pics on Instagram, and I’ll be sharing more pics here on the blog, but here are a couple in closing.
Thanks for stopping by! God bless and happy stitchin’!
A Thread for Life
preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound Or healthy teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions – 2 Timothy 4:2-3 ESV