Earlier this week, I had some quality sewing time, and made good progress on the Project Linus quilt on the longarm. I finished the quilting, and removed it from the frame.
The quilting is a cloud pantograph in navy blue Signature cotton thread.
I added a label to the back. Several readers asked last week about where we got these labels. Ours are printed words on a long, cotton twill ribbon that we cut apart. There are about 3 labels per foot. I found a similar one on Amazon – Personalized Cotton Ribbon, and more options HERE.
In just an afternoon, it was done. I’ll turn it in at the next area meeting for our Project Linus donation.
Our guild meeting was yesterday, and I saw an opportunity to get rid of a few yards of fabric, some magazines and notions. A lady was bringing her grandmother’s entire stash for our guild to take whatever we wanted. She was just giving it to us! She wanted it to be used, and she didn’t sew. I thought, well, a few more yards added in won’t hurt and I’ll get rid of some more of my stash. So, these went into the giveaway. Six and a half yards out for Stashbusters, yippee!
She brought a full Suburban of totes and bolts, notions, magazines, books, kits, frames, and fabric, fabric, fabric! I had announced to the guild that she would be there, so lots of ladies were waiting to ‘help unload’ and get first peek at the massive amount of stuff. She pulled up under the port-a-cochere, and we unloaded the bins right onto the sidewalk and began the feeding frenzy.
So much stuff, huge plastic bins along with boxes and plastic zippered blanket bags were full of quilting cottons, along with upholstery weight fabrics and lots of extra goodies for stitchery too. I am happy to report that I managed to get away with only two books and a few magazines, so NO fabric in! I am quite proud of myself for that one. OK, I did look. But I didn’t see anything worth giving in for.
Back in the sewing room, our local guild area is doing a sew-in next month to make Project Linus quilts. Our leader emailed that she was cutting kits for herself, and I thought that was a great idea. I have a length of Mother Goose fabric, perfect for a kid quilt, but haven’t used it. It is a good size for a backing for a little quilt, but I wanted to do something more with it. So I cut the strips apart to use as borders.
This is quilt planning backwards, LOL!! The strips are just over a yard, so I need to create a center that is 36-1/2 inches square. I can always cut the border strips down a bit if it doesn’t come up to exactly that size.
I had some alphabet fabric, along with this darker blue, both went well with the print. So, I cut a bunch of squares and will make a center of a disappearing nine patch. I boxed the elements up, and will work on that during our sew day.
I was putting away the quilts from my speaker day, and noticed a problem with my To The Nines table topper. One of the fabrics was raveling out and the seam was completely open. So, a quick repair was in order. I put fusible web under the section that had frayed and fused it. Then I sewed over the area on both sides with a straight stitch, followed by a zigzag to keep the two sides together. Then I put some Fray Block on the repair to keep it from fraying further.
Thanks to reader Julie who alerted me to the McCalls Quilting September October 2022 issue featuring Quilted Coats! Available for your Kindle reader. I’m thinking of doing a sew-along in August to get one done for this season. If I can get it together, we’ll do it on Tuesdays beginning August 2, and would go something like this –
Week 1 – choose pattern, create fabric and quilt it
Week 2 – pattern placement, cut out and adjust fit
Week 3 – assemble jacket
Week 4 – finishing
What are you working on this week? Are you interested in a jacket sew along?