Quilting Status for September 7, 2016
In years past, September meant fall was coming in the next few weeks. Now, September means the return to the swim practice schedule. My daughter is now in a Senior group on her swim team. While this is a tremendous achievement and change for her, it is more hours in the van for me. My OnTheGoQuilting.com time is increasing with practices averaging around 2.5 hours a day.
It is common knowledge that I complete a lot of piecing in the van. My new challenge is to figure out a way to add more quilting in the van. It is more complicated than one would think. Previously, I have quilted a baby quilt in the van using small free motion quilting designs. This works okay. The quality was good, but it would be harder if the quilt was larger. This is my fall challenge to develop a method to FMQ a larger quilt rather than all the FMQ quilting at home.
Traditionally, I have moved most of the quilts from OnTheGoQuilting to At-Home quilting when the quilt was ready for the actual quilting the sandwich. Recently, I acquired a Little Gracie Frame. I have moved the Juki to the frame and starting free motion quilting on the frame. I am definitely in the beginning stages and will continue to hone my skills in this area. That left a void in my quilting scenario. I had a wonderful experience fixing my old Viking and now use that machine for some of the free motion quilting in a sit down mode.
So here is my line up:
OnTheGoQuilting – Brother – Piecing in the van
At Home FMQ – Viking Rose – FMQ at home (maybe in the van) The Viking does have almost 7 inches for throat.
Frame Quilting – Juki – Grace frame.
Hand Quilting and Finishing – I still complete the binding of my quilts by hand. (I often do this in the van.)
I will list my projects under these categories.
Flowers and more – This is a beautiful patchwork piece. The fabrics were chosen by Natalie Lahner at The Quilt Box in Dry Ridge, Kentucky. I had the wonderful opportunity to stop by her store and saw this delightful selection of 5 inch squares. I have five rows pieced together.
GAINS quilt 1 – I am sewing and quilting some charity quilts for the GAINS ministry. They provide the quilt top fabrics and the basic pattern. I sew the quilt top, provide the backing and batting, and quilt. This first quilt is complete.
Baby Blanket/Quilt – Rag Quilt for 10 inch squares by Missouri Star Quilt Company. I followed the instructions for a small baby quilt with flannel fabric that I had in my stash.
Green Love – Sewn and pieced on the road through West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, and back home to West Virginia. My daughter gave me the jelly roll and I decided to make a simple rail quilt. I have always wanted to make a quilt like this. I added one of my favorite fabrics by Michael Miller for a mitered border. There actually was not a pattern. I just made 4 rails and squared off the rails into 8inch squares and placed then rotated. It was super easy. I didn’t follow anyone’s particular pattern. I have completed the quilt top and backing and it is now on the frame. This is my first quilt to be quilted on the frame.
Daughter’s Quilt – Complete. Here are a couple pictures of this beautiful quilt.
New OnTheGoQuilting.com projects:
GAINS Quilt 2 – I have the pieces in a bag and ready to go.
Baby Quilt 5 – Christmas theme quilt using Christmas Pure and Simple by Nancy Halvorsen for Benartex. I think I will make a split rail fence quilt. Still deciding…
Fall Challenge Quilt blocks – Complete and ready for the Challenge exchange.
At Home Quilting –
Ribbon Star Quilt – I am using the Ribbon Star Quilt pattern from Missouri Star Quilt company using Stonehenge Land of the Free by Linda Ludovico for Northcott and Kona Snow fabric. The panel is an older panel from the same manufacturer. I am almost complete with the quilt top for this one. This was started in the van, but I needed to move it home due the intense ironing demands.
Organic Flowers – I finished this quilt in the van during our 7 states in 8 days journey this summer. This quilt is made from organic fabrics and thread. The batting is Warm and Plush which is a natural cotton batting.
King Binding Tool Star – No progress and unfortunately it gets moved out of the way to make room for other FMQ needs. It is very hard to handle on my Juki even with the 9-inch throat space.
Frame Quilting –
Green Love is going onto the frame today.
Hand Quilting/Finishing –
None right now.
This has been a busy end of the summer for our family. I hope that you are finding life slowing down a tad to enjoy the beautiful fall days ahead. Enjoy!