Archive for February, 2020

End of February Check In

February 28, 2020

Sewing & Needlework:

I emailed the QOV group leader, and she concurred that there was an error made in the kit, there should be 30 blocks.  There’s a few ways I can see the error.  I picked up the fabric Saturday morning.  We ran off the fabric through the cutter in short order. While sewing these blocks together, I found a 3rd reason to move the Necchi away from the wall – as I was pressing the blocks, “why are there only 9?”.  I go back to the machine, not there.  “Ohhhh crud!  No, no, nonono!!!”   Yes, one of the blocks fell back behind the machine as I was merrily sewing along after the bobbin ran out 😦    The chopstick came in handy to scoot it over to the cabinet and work it up to where I could reach it.  The top is sewn together and waiting to be pressed and stay stitched around the edge.  Then it’s time to figure out a time that QOV leader will be home to turn it in for quilting and binding.  I’d rather do that sooner than wait for the next regular day on March 26, so it’s not hanging about the sewing room. (more…)

Mid-ish February Check-in

February 20, 2020

I find myself going back and re-writing things as I make progress, so I apollogize if some things seem to jump around in time.  Maybe I should do more smaller posts on fewer subjects?

Sewing & Needlework:

I’ve decided one thing after sewing around the bird quilt in preparation for the binding, and after sewing the binding to the quilt.  No – make that two things.  First I need to rearrange the machine setup in the sewing room, so the Necchi doesn’t face the wall.  Then I should have more space for maneuvering quilts when all blocks are assembled, like for putting on borders & bindings.  Second, I have to move the machine controller to the floor (more…)

Quilty happenings in Tipton and Iowa City Feb 13-16, 2020

February 12, 2020

On Thursday Feb 13 from 5-7 p.m. and on the 14th-15th during regular hours, the Fabric Stasher in Tipton will be having an open house for their expansion.  They’ve added the next door storefront, moved all the long arm machines, backings, battings, and clearance items into it.  They also have expanded space for classes and to bring in your own items to work on.  I’d love to go on the 13th (hors d’oeuvres will be served), but it will be stinkin’ cold and it seems I’ve gone full “old people” mode for not wanting to be out and about in bad/cold weather especially at night since I retired.

On Feb. 15-16, the I-80 Quilt Shopper’s One-Stop Shopping Spree will be in Iowa City, IA at the Clarion Highlander Hotel.  I’m not sure if I’ll go or not, we’ll see how the weather and my mood about the current state of the stash is by then.  The photos below have location, hours and vendor information.


The Bird Quilt – IT IS DONE!!!!

February 8, 2020

WOOHOOO!!  It’s donedonedone!  Finished!  Completed!

I finished the binding and embroidering my name and year earlier today, and just photographed it hoping for a bit better light in the room. (more…)

Iowa Political stuff – move on if not interested!

February 4, 2020

Please note – I live in Iowa.  While not registered with any party, I do have a few observations.

I didn’t plan to ever put political things here, but Really Iowa?!  Heads should roll, and not just with the state Democrat committee, I mean with the app developer also.   (more…)

Feb. 2 Check In

February 2, 2020

Sewing & Needlework:

On 1/25/2020, the hand quilting on the borders was DONE!  Finis!  Completed.  WooHoo!!   The following day, stitching around the whole thing and trimming was done.  And about that binding fabric…  it was the wrong one.  As it turns out, I only have pieces of the matching green.  I have a big chunk of the red, but it was a different dye lot and is a lot brighter.  I have pieces of the original red. The quilt will finish at about 78×88 inches, if my maths are correct, I need 9.3 yards of binding.  I’d like to do bias binding, but will have to do straight grain since the bits left won’t lend to bias cutting.  I really don’t want to go trying to figure out another fabric, whether from stash or store.  On further measuring and thought, if I go with 2 1/4 inch binding, I have enough of either green or red bits.  After looking at both with the quilt, I went with the red.  It’s cut 2 1/4 inches wide, sewn together, and ready to be pressed.  Not only did I like it better, but I know all are cut on lengthwise grain.  I’m not sure if all the green bits were, or if I’d end up with a mix of lengthwise and crosswise grains. All the bits and pieces are folded and back in the stash in the correct places.