Friday, March 31, 2023

Row by row -

Three little words - 
Was all it took - 
To get me going on my Happy Trails
BOB kept telling me - 
It doesn't matter - 
Just do it - 
But the three magic words were - 
Row by row - 
So I doodled some more- 
And split it into two passes - 
The first one from left to right - 
And the second one from right to left - 
Row by row - 
Once I had it figured out - 
I split the top row into sections - 
So I could tell "at a glance" where to go - 
And the second pass will get me back to the beginning of the next row - 

Row by row - 
There are only four of them - 
And it only measures 32" x 40" - 
So it took me longer to decide WHAT to do - 
Than it did to actually DO it -
Once I got started - 
It only took me about 40 minutes -  

The tension could be better - 

But it's quilted - 

And the texture is great - 
It'll look even better after it's washed - 

I still need to take the zippers off - 

And get it bound - 

But that's for another day - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Thursday, March 30, 2023

More doodling -

And playing with some designs - 

For my Happy Trails

I found one I like for the light sections - 

But I didn't know what to do in the darker areas - 
Unless I did the same thing in both - 
Then I realized that my "workspace" - 
Might not allow me to quilt one "snail" at a time anyway - 
So I would probably be better off - 
Finding a pattern that is "doable" block by block - 
And I fell back on the basic "orange peel" - 
With some loops in the middles - 
It's simple -
And the 4-patches and big squares are in a continuous line - 
But I'll have to play with the connecting parts - 
I don't want to get myself in a spot - 
Where I have to "travel" along a seam line - 
To get to where I need to be -
Unless necessary -
And now - 
Looking at the top photo - 
I might be able to get that to work - 
Block by block - 
If I play with it a little - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

The second set of strata -

For my Upstairs/Downstairs - Marigold
The one on top - 
May look a lot like the first set of strata - 
The one on bottom -

But that's because the top strip in each set is the same - 
I used four 20-strip rolls - each with 20 different fabrics - 
So each fabric will be in two different sets of strata - 
That's one thing I like about this pattern - 
There is enough "duplication/repetition" to make it cohesive - 
And enough "variety" to make it interesting - 
And this bunch of strips has some gorgeous colors - 
Perfect for Spring! -
And - no - I haven't forgotten about Happy Trails
It's still on the frame - 
But it hasn't told me yet what it wants me to do -
If it has something in mind - 
I sure wish it would share - soon - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Sewing -

Today I sewed a set of strata - 
For my Upstairs/Downstairs - Marigold
Last month I sorted the strips - 
And put them on a cookie sheet - 
So they were ready to go - 

Sewing one set was a nice diversion - 

From trying to choose some quilting designs - 

For my Happy Trails
I'll come up with something - 
But I'm in no hurry - 
And I have plenty to keep me busy in the meantime - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Monday, March 27, 2023

Fiddling -

Today I fiddled with more doodling - 
For my Happy Trails -  
But I didn't get anywhere - 
Then I put a "sheet protector" on the quilt top-
And doodled on that - 
Thinking that the quilting on the WHITE areas would be most noticeable - 
But I still didn't get anywhere -
This "e - e - l - l - l - e - e " design is easy enough - 
But constantly changing direction might get confusing - 
And getting the spacing right will be challenging - 
So maybe a "flower" would work better -
Or "claws" - or "swirls" - or "paisleys" - or whatever - 
I know there is "something" that will be "perfect" - 
I just don't know what that "something" is yet -  

It's one of those "I'll know it when I see it" things - 

So I have to keep looking - 

And I have a bunch of books to look through for inspiration -

Anyway - 
After a while -
I got tired of fiddling with that - 
So I decided to change "mode" - 
And pulled out another jelly roll -
For a new project - 
This might make a good Bargello
Or a Trip Around the World -
I have two rolls of 40 (2 each of 20 different fabrics) - 
And the rolls are already "shaded" for me - 

Or I could get back to this one - 
An Interweave

Or I could get back to playing with the Hearts -
For my Memory Quilt

Or I could "fix" the quilting on my Imperial Bargello
Because I really don't like the YELLOW on the BLACK/GRAY backing - 

That's one advantage of having several different things - 
Going on at once - 

If one isn't "working" for me -

Maybe something else will - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Sunday, March 26, 2023

More -

Chores today - 
And a little more doodling - 
But nothing exciting -
So I'll try again tomorrow - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Saturday, March 25, 2023

More pondering -

Today I decided to work up an EQ version - 
Of my Happy Trails -
Printed out a copy - 
Made a copy of the copy - 
And doodled a bit - 

Some designs fit the spaces better than others - 
And there are SO many different options - 
Next I want to try to come up with something - 
That will fill the bigger "snails" - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Friday, March 24, 2023

Pondering -

What to quilt - 
On my Happy Trails
I spent most of the day doing "chores" - 
So I didn't ponder much - 
But tomorrow I will have more time to ponder - 
And should be able to come up with something - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Thursday, March 23, 2023

More testing -

After I loaded the backing - 
And basted down the batting - 
For my Happy Trails
I tested the tension on a scrap - 
At the top left corner - 
So that it was easy to unzip to check the back side - 

I fiddled a little - 
And liked the setting - 
That gave me the last vertical line on the right - 
No GREEN "pokies" from the bottom - 

And no WHITE "pokies" from the top - 

So tomorrow I'll baste down the top - 
And continue on - 
In case you're wondering why I loaded the batting off-center - 
There is a flaw in the backing fabric on the lower left side - 
I had already attached the zippers - 
And didn't want to redo them - 
So I scooted the whole thing over to the right-hand side to avoid the flaw - 
You'll laugh - 
With all of my attention lately on getting good "tension" - 
I forgot that I have to decide WHAT design I want to quilt - 
So I'll add that to my "to do" list tomorrow - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Testing -

The tension was on the agenda today - 
So I made a "practice" sandwich -
With two layers of white fabric -
And a scrap of my 80/20 batting - 

Wound a GREEN bobbin - 
And put WHITE thread in the top - 
Then stitched a bit - 
No GREEN thread showing on the top -
That's good - 
But with the WHITE fabric on the bottom - 
I can't really tell if I have WHITE "pokies" or not - 

So I made another adjustment - 
Just for fun - 
And still no GREEN on top - 
So that's good - 

And I still can't tell if I have WHITE "pokies" or not - 

I think I'm on the right track -
But the true test will be - 
What it looks like on the "real thing" - 
So tomorrow I'll baste the zippers on the backing - 
Load my Happy Trails
And see - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Trimmed -

Today I took advantage -
Of the kitchen island being cleared off - 
And trimmed my Imperial Bargello
I still have to trim the trimmings - 
And cut the binding strips - 
But that will get done in time -

I also watched some "troubleshooting tension" videos -
And think that switching to a WHITE backing - 
Would be the easy way out -
I should bite the bullet - 
Use the GREEN backing that I already chose - 
And at least try to get the tension to work - 
With GREEN thread in the bobbin - 
And WHITE thread on the top -
So that I'm more comfortable using different colored threads - 
On the top and in the bobbin - 
So that's on the agenda for tomorrow - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Monday, March 20, 2023

Plan B -

To solve my thread choice problem - 
On my Happy Trails
Was to switch the backing to WHITE - 
Use WHITE thread - 
And a WHITE binding with a GREEN flange -
Then the thread would look good on the top AND the bottom -
And I wouldn't have to worry about "pokies" on either side -  

But that wouldn't REALLY solve my problem - 
Which is getting the TENSION correct -
Plan C - 
Watch some recommended "troubleshooting tension issues" videos -
Learn how to do that "properly" - 
And get in the habit of testing/adjusting the tension regularly - 
Rather than relying on whatever the setting was - 
The last time I quilted something - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Planning -

How to "label" my Hearts
And how to applique them - 
To what size block - 
And what to play with next - 
Took up most of a lazy day - 
I think I want to quilt this one next - 
Happy Trails

It's only about 32" x 40" - 

So it probably won't take me that long - 

And it will be one more off the "to do" list - 

I found a pretty GREEN for the backing - 
But now the question is what color of thread to use? - 
If I use WHITE - it will look good on the top and show on the back - 
If I use GREEN - it will show on the front and blend in on the back -
If I use a VARIEGATED GREEN - it will fade in and out on both - 
Or I COULD use all three -
The GREEN in the bobbin - 
And the other two on the top - 
Decisions - decisions - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Moving along -

With making the Scrap Card and Heart
For my Imperial Bargello
I took it off the frame - 
And removed the zippers - 
It's all folded up now - waiting to be trimmed - 

I used a light YELLOW thread in the bobbin - 
And I don't really like how it shows up on the black/grey backing -
But it's too late now - 
I guess I'll have to pay more attention to choosing the backing - 
And/or thread - 
If I want the thread to blend on the front AND the back - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Friday, March 17, 2023

More steps -

And I was quilting away - 
On my Imperial Bargello
I chose to quilt the "wavy lines" again - 
Since it worked so well on my RED Squirrel -
And before I knew it - 
I was done - 

I LOVE the fabrics in this one - 

This was supposed to be my "diversion" - 

While I was "thinking" about my Memory Quilt
But it obviously didn't last long -
So now I need to take it off the frame - 

And load another one - 
I don't usually quilt a whole quilt at one "sitting" - 
But I was on a roll - 
And I did think about how I could "label" my Hearts
So I'll experiment with that soon -
Oh - I almost forgot - 
Since this will post on March 17th -
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Some steps -

Are bigger than others - 
But as long as they are going forward - 
That's what counts - 
So I loaded the backing - 
For my Imperial Bargello
And I cut the batting - lengthwise - 
But left it full width - 96" - just in case - to be trimmed later -
And loaded that - 
Then I smoothed out the top - 
Which is 80" long - sideways - 

And was surprised at how close it is to the edge of the leader cloths - 
It's probably just my imagination - 
But my Upstairs/Downstairs tops are also 80" long - 
And they don't seem to cut it so close - 

Anyway - 
I basted the batting - 
And stitched the first line of quilting at the top - 
I didn't bother to trim off the selvages from the strips - 
I'll do that later since I didn't see any point in trimming the top twice -  

To line it up -
I paid more attention to the seam lines than I did the edge -

Then I dug out the baggie of scraps - 
So I can play with making the Scrap Card and Heart

The bottom left corner has trimmings 1/2" or less - 
So they will be perfect for the Scrap Card
The top left corner has larger ones - for the Heart

Moving right along - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 


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