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Watchtower Quilt Flimsy Complete (Patriotic Version)

Hi, I am happy to share that I had a Friday finish this week. I had to wait til this morning to get photos of it. I have completed a squared off queen size (88 inches square) Watchtower quilt. The pattern design is by Amy Smart, Diary of a Quilter.

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It went together nicely. The half square triangles are created 8 at a time. I do not use jellyroll strips too often and sought out a variety of patriotic prints that I purchased off of Ebay from Material Maven. I purchased the white on white star print from JoAnn’s. The denim blue Stonehenge and Patrick Lose brick red plaid came from a local quilt shop. The gold solid was from my stash and I think came from Walmart. The fireworks patriotic print was from my stash and came from JoAnn’s.

I was delayed a couple weeks in finishing this top because I hurt my shoulder. I am not quite sure what I did. I am right handed and guess it took a bit of abuse from all the finger pressing seams open, rotary cutting and trimming up HSTs. The final straw was then trying to keep all the seams open while hitting them with the iron. I was able to meet and keep pretty much all points, only struggle was was adding in the center strip to the blocks. I would try to sew with out pins, with pins, flip over the other direction to allow feed dogs to ease in any extra fabric. Some times it would turn out great, others off a thread or so. Ugh. It will quilt out and/or crinkle up with wash and dry.

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At 88 inches square, this top takes up most of my main living room. I knew that it would be hard to photograph this top from being placed on our bed.

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This is a closeup of the borders. I wanted to keep the fireworks design looking like they were raining down. I had to think about how to cut the fabric. I ended up cutting the top and bottom border strips across the width of yardage. For the long sides,I then opened up the remaining yardage and cut my strips from the length.

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When I went to try and photograph the quilt from our bedroom, I found Clarence, our 3 legged rescue cat on our bed. I removed him and no sooner had I placed the quilt top on the bed, he was on top of the quilt and grooming himself.

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You Made This for Me, Right??
It was Halloween this week, so of course the dog needs to try out a costume. Here is Lyric, doing her best impression of a cheetah.

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Lyric decided to have fun on Halloween and unknown to me, brought something very nasty into the house after being let out first thing in the morning in the dark by my husband. We did not find out til after he came home from work at 6 that night, that 12 hours before she had brought half of a dead bunny with a leg upstairs and preceeded to bury it in the clothes closet in our bedroom under a pile of clothes and blankets that she has built a nest. I do not have much of sense of smell. Thank you for passing that on, Mom! The week before, she brought a fresh killed squirrel into the house, but my husband beat her to the upstairs door and slammed the door scaring her so she dropped it. New rule in this house, the lights must be on when Lyric goes in and out.

I have not had a chance to start quilting on my Lightning Striked quilt. My shoulder is feeling better and I didn’t want to hurt it more. Lightning Striked is at the top of the list to be quilted. I still have Jelly Roll Slice still pin basted and plan on working on finishing quilting that this week as I need to make room to work and free up the pins.

Thanksgiving is coming quick just a little over 2 weeks and we are having dinner for our family this year. My husband plans to smoke the turkey. This is our first Thanksgiving with out Dad, and the start of us making new family memories. I have Alot of house cleaning and rearranging to do by then. I do not plan to start any new quilts before the holiday, but do hope to get a few quilted as I have a good dozen tops needing quilted.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I will be linking my Friday finish with Crazy Mom Quilts and Show Off Saturday and  Finished Or Not Fridays

Happy Sewing,

Shelley

 

TGIFF and Birthday Weekend

Hi, This week is my turn to host TGIFF (Thank God It’s Finished Friday) linky party. It is also my birthday weekend, with my actual birthday being on Sunday. I hosted TGIFF last year on my birthday. I look forward to seeing what you all have accomplished lately quilting and sewing wise.


 

I have been off grid the last month  as my desktop computer (my lifeline) was struck by lightning. The motherboard was fried. We did have insurance and I was able to get a different computer. Unfortunately, I lost pretty much all my quilt patterns and photos. This has been a very big blow since we lost personal photos of Mom who passed 3 years ago and my Father inlaw who just passed away 6 months ago.

I didn’t have a true inventory of all of my quilt patterns that were stored on there. It has been stomach wretching to look at all the quilt photos on my Pinterest and  find yet another pattern I lost. I was able to retrieve quite a few that had been purchased off of Etsy and Craftsy. I use Gmail and thankfully it is web based so it can be accessed from anywhere, so old emails turned up download links that still worked so I could re-upload my purchased patterns. I lost half off all my May is for Maker’s pattern purchases. I hadn’t printed out very many patterns in recent years, choosing to work off the computer screen. A couple of my quilting designer friends have generously helped me replace my most recent pattern purchases from them. All retrieved and future patterns are being saved in three different (2 cloud/web based) ways and also soon printed out making  a hard copy. Adobe Acrobat Reader DC has an option creating  a password and you can save your pdf files to the Cloud. Backup your files. This ends my public service announcement.

I am currently working on making a queen size quilt top from Diary of a Quilter Amy Smart’s latest pattern called Watchtower. I am making a scrappy patriotic version. Because my gold solid was a tad short of the required amount, I am resizing the queen which finishes around 86 by 104″ to be 86″ square or instead of making 20 blocks, I will have 16. I love big blocks. These finish at 19 inches.

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I hope to have a completed flimsy to show you before Friday is over.(There were 192 HST).I apologize for being late in getting the linky party linkup up running and live. We have a family wedding on Saturday, which wasn’t in the works yet when I first signed up to host.

My last big quilt project before the lightning problem was making a quilt from the block I designed for the 2016 Cloud 9 Fabrics New Block BlogHop. My block was called Harvest Berry Baskets. I came up with many ways to layout the blocks and the one I decided on has now been renamed in quilt form as”Lightning Striked“. My quilting blogger friend Sandra from Musings of a Menopausal Melon suggested Lightning as a name.

(Well, Friday is now over and I didn’t get all my blocks pieced together to make my top. I have been up 2 nights in a row til 2 sewing and I am pretty tired now. I have to shorten a bridesmaid dress yet before bed, as the girls have an early morning appointment for hair and makeup. My plans for the upcoming week is to be able to come back here on Friday and show you my finished Watchtower flimsy and hopefully have the Lightning Striked top quilted and bound. )

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It’s time to link up your Friday Finishes. Please visit  as many of your other linky party neighbors as you can and share your support. Everyone loves comments! Thank you for hanging out with me on my birthday. Hope everyone has a great weekend.

(Thanks to everyone for the early birthday wishes. Lots of great quilty projects to check out this week. I will be visiting everyone later this weekend and get comments posted on Monday. Family wedding and birthday plans the rest of weekend.)

Happy Sewing,

Shelley

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Quilt Tutorial for Harvest Berry Baskets Block From Cloud 9 New Block Hop

Hi, I am happy to finally be able to share the tutorial I have written for a quilt I made from my Harvest Berry Baskets block that I designed for the 2016 Cloud 9 New Block Blog Hop. I fully intended to share it last week but my computer was struck by lightning and the motherboard was fried. It has been a rough week trying to find some way back online and if we could save our data from our hard drives. All my quilt pattern pdf files were on that computer and most I never had printed out a hard copy yet, so I have been freaking out.   I am currently limping along on my Mom’s old computer, so please forgive any odd formatting issues on this blog post.

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This is the layout of my blocks that I chose to make my quilt from. I think I came up with 5 other designs as well but this was my favorite. I finally got a felt design wall put up on one of the only free walls in the house, the hallway upstairs. The last row of blocks would not stick to the felt.

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I really love the bold graphic lines of this layout. Those solid blue squares would be lovely for all kinds of FMQ or maybe some embroidery etc. I do not FMQ as of yet, but I am going to do my best to be more creative and make the most of the negative spaces in this quilt design.

Our families on both sides are very interested in genealogy and history. On my Mom’s side, we are descended from some of the first Amish settlers to Pennsylvania. My 8th Great grandfather was Jacob Hochstetler who settled in the Northkill Amish Settlement in Pennsylvania. This week marks the 259th anniversary of a most tragic time for this family. There is much written about it and many different sides to the story about the Hochstetler Massacre, which happened during the same period as the French and Indian War. I have always wanted an Amish inspired quilt, at least color wise. I would like to come up with something more fitting for a name for the new quilt design since the original Harvest Berry Basket design has kind of disappeared.

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This is what the finished quilt top looks like. I do hope get better photos when finished quilting it.

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This is a closeup of my two finished blocks in the Cloud 9 Cirrus Solids which are such lovely organic cottons. I just love that all my points matched and when seams pressed open, it lays so nice and flat. I accidently cut off part of my blocks when zooming in for the closeup.

If you are still with me, you would probably be interested in reading the tutorial for how I put together this quilt. You will find it below in the next five photos. I had to remember how to use some older technology and software, so apologize that my tutorial is in photos.

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I hope that this all makes sense. I created all the HST and QST ( in the specific color combos)  at once and squared them up and then went about piecing the two different blocks. There is alot of potential for chain piecing which is my favorite way to go about it. I used a 6.5 inch Bloc Loc HST ruler. I have started back to pressing my seams open and was amazed at how accurate my points and seams became with doing that. I did start out pressing to the one side to be able to easily use the Block Loc ruler. I finger pressed my seams open as I pieced the blocks together and then finished off with a good iron pressing to set them.

Here is a refresher look at the few possible block layouts that I can up with.

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And here is another peak at my finished quilt flimsy.

 

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I will be linking up my quilt top finish and tutorial with the weekend linky parties you find links for at the top of my page.

Comment section can be found by clicking on actual blog post title, and when post comes up there should be the comment boxes at the bottom.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Please let me know if you make a version of this quilt.

Happy Sewing,

Shelley

Having Computer Problems: Sorry about Delay in Harvest Berry Basket Tutorial Upload

Hi,

I have been having computer problems since Thursday night. I do have my quilt top completed but my computer crashed before I could type and upload my planned tutorial. I will start replying back to my blog comments today as I can access them from my phone.

If you have access to my blog’s Facebook or my IG  #shelleymichellefolkerts   , you can see additional work in progress photos.

I will upload my tutorials and photos as soon as I can get back online.

Thank you.

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Harvest Berry Baskets: 2016 Cloud 9 New Block Blog Hop and Tutorial

Hi, I am Shelley and welcome to my stop on the 2016 Cloud 9 New Block Blog Hop. Cloud9 is generously sponsoring a New Block Blog Hop featuring their Organic Cirrus Solids. The blog hop hosts, Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl, Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs, and Stephanie @Late Night Quilter, have curated the “Berry Harvest” bundle, and Cloud9 is supplying each participant with a fat quarter bundle. Blocks made for the hop will be collected and made into quilts for donation.

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We were to create a 12. 5 in finished block using at least 3 of the chosen fabrics and create a tutorial for it. The block I created is a new one for me. I have attempted to research to make sure there is not another version of this block out there. I have reversed search Google images, scoured Pinterest and even checked the Barbara Brackman Block Encyclopedia book (that I forgot I owned) and I do not find these exact blocks. If you know of one, I will of course give proper acknowledgement. I am calling my block Berry Harvest Baskets. Because of the techniques used in creating the block components, there are opposites created so to utilize them I am creating two blocks.

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I tested out my block design twice in fabrics I had on hand before cutting into the lovely Cloud 9 Cirrus Solids.

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My first test block in the more subdued colors was made from fat quarters I had from JoAnn’s Fabrics. The second block is in the colors that I am making a quilt from these blocks out of. I will share the finished quilt top and tutorial for the quilt on Friday.

Here are the instructions on how to make my Harvest Berry Baskets quilt block. Blocks are sewn with a scant 1/4″ seams. I have pressed my seams open.

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These are all the cut squares needed to create the two blocks.

We will be creating Half Square Triangles and for the center of the block a three colored Quarter Square Triangle. I have only sewn QSTs once before this, so was excited they came out on the first try.

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These are the color combinations needed to create the HSTs.

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Here are the created HSTs before trimming. I am a new convert this year to the Bloc Loc Ruler for trimming all my HSTs. I fought purchasing a new ruler but it truly is amazing how much easier and more enjoyable creating HSTs are with it. I am using the 6.5 inch ruler.

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This photo shows the finished QSTs and HSTs. I will now share how I created the Quarter Square Triangles.

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In the photo above with all the HSTs, at the top I showed the larger 6 inch HSTs. After creating them, they were pretty much 5.5 inches without need of trimming, so I laid the Shadow gray square on top and marked the next diagonal line for sewing. Be sure to peek at your HST below to make sure that you will see the two shades of blue, to ensure proper sewing. You will create mirror images.

After creating all the HST and the QST, we are now ready to start assembling our pieces into rows to create the two blocks.

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This is how the first block goes together.

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This is how the second block was assembled. The finished set of Harvest Berry Basket blocks is below.

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I really enjoyed working with the Cloud 9 fabrics. I have never worked with this type of fabric before. It has a wonderful tweedy texture. It is a little hard to get a proper photo of the true colors from my dark sewing room.

I am currently working on creating a quilt tutorial from these blocks. It will be 72″ square made from 36 of the blocks. I am new to creating patterns/tutorials and figuring out all the quilt math. It was kind of comical .  I purchased way more fabric than what was needed and cut more than needed pieces. Not all was lost. This is where I figured out the second block.  I will have it all figured out for you and should share it on here on Friday.

I do have a couple block layouts to share. I am still deciding which one I will be making. This definitely needs the use of a design wall.

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To show one way that this block would look like in a quilt, I scanned my first test block and entered it into the Photoscape photo editing software. You can tile your design to create a quilt. This design is made from just the first created block. I flipped and flipped the blocks around. Now that I understand how the opposite QSTs effect the design, this design might not actually lay out this way. Because the centers were opposites, and changing the direction that the two blue large triangles were created, I purposely swapped the two purple colors in the second block to create true opposite blocks.

 

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Pinwheeled quilt concept layout using test block in a 36 blocks layout creating a 72 in quilt.

I would like to thank our group leaders (Cheryl, Yvonne, Stephanie) for all their help and support. Thank you to Cloud 9 for the generous fabric donation. Please check out all the lovely quilt block tutorials this week. Stephanie is having a drawing for some lovely Cloud 9 fabrics and shares her designed block as well.

Here are today’s block tutorials:

Tuesday’s tutorials can be found here:

Tuesday, September 13th

Host: Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs

Miranda @I Have Purple Hair
Jennifer @The Inquiring Quilter
Sarah @123 Quilt
Leanne @Devoted Quilter
Jen @Patterns By Jen
Jennifer @RV Quilting
Amanda @Quiltologie
Sharon @Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Jen @A Dream and A Stitch
Jen @Faith and Fabric
Carole @Carole Lyles Shaw
Stephanie @Quilt’n Party
Susan @Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Katrin @Now What Puppilalla
Amista @Hilltop Custom Designs
Nicole @Handwrought Quilts
Marla @Penny Lane Quilts
Silvia @A Stranger View
Sarah @Smiles Too Loudly
Carrie @the zen quilter
Mary @Quilting is in My Blood
Velda @GRANNYcanQUILT

Monday’s tutorials can be found here:

Host: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

Abigail @Cut & Alter
Janice @Color, Creating, and Quilting!
Lorinda @Laurel, Poppy, and Pine
Melva @Melva Loves Scraps
Renee @Quilts of a Feather
Kathryn @Upitis Quilts
Kim @Leland Ave Studios
Amanda @this mom quilts
Holly @Lighthouse Lane Designs
Irene @Patchwork and Pastry
Jennifer @Dizzy Quilter
Karen @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Anne @Said With Love
Suzy @Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Sharla @Thistle Thicket Studio
Kathleen @Smiles From Kate
Amanda @Gypsy Moon Quilt Co.
Sarah @Sarah Goer Quilts
Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe
Jinger @Trials of a Newbie Quilter
Anja @Anja Quilts
Daisy @Ants to Sugar

Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you enjoyed my block tutorial. If you decide to make some Harvest Berry Basket blocks, please send me a photo or share on Instagram #harvestberrybasketblock

Happy Sewing,

Shelley

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Memory Quilts in the Works

Hi, I have been sitting on a stack of tshirts and sweatshirts that I inherited from my Mom passing away 3 years ago. My sister thought we should make some sort of memory quilts out of them.  Mom machine embroidered on almost everything. My sister and I each inherited a Viking Designer 1 sewing/embroidery machine.

Back in July, I read an interesting blog post over at I’M Feeling Crafty titled  A Memory Quilt Using the Complete Quilt Design Planner. The Complete Quilt Design Planner is a neat quilt pattern idea designed by Blair Stocker who designs as Wisecraft. It comes with printed graph sheets to help you design your own quilts all from 5 inch squares.There are other sheets that will help you do the “quilty math” to figure out how much fabric you need. I had been thinking about purchasing the pattern since the May is for Maker’s Indie Pattern Designer campaign. After reading about and seeing what I’M Feeling Crafty was creating for memory quilts by using this pattern., I had to have the pattern.

I decided to dive head first into seeing what we can create from what we had for shirts. There was 16 decorated tshirts and 54 decorated sweatshirts. I have left the sweatshirts in their tall bag, as I am still not sure what to do with them. Most have seen their better days and some I do not think Mom embroidered them, maybe just a purchased sweatshirt.

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These two photos show the various embroidered tshirts that I had to work with. The top photo shows how I chose to cut out some of the embroidered designs. I think I chose a 7-8 inch square if the design placement allowed it. Mom would alter the necks on some shirts and almost all shirts were shortened as she liked her shirts to sit a certain way .

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I managed to cut anywhere from 26 to 32 – 5 inch squares from the various tshirts, depending on whether it had much of a sleeve. Since we do not have many colors to work with, I am adding in a couple thrifted gray, black, navy and white tshirts. I have purchased a new set of men’s 4X white shirts for a different sewing project and will cut up one or two of them to add to the mix as filler blocks. I still have a small stack of tshirt panels to cut down to add to these piles yet. Everything is stashed away in two of the extreme big ziplock bags you can find at Dollar Tree stores.

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I decided to do some test sewing and quilting on the knit fabric scraps. This is with no interfacing and seams pressed on. I used the multi step zigzag I have used to quilt with, over the seams. It lays quite flat and didn’t really pucker any. And this was a normal sewing needle not knit specialty needle and standard foot not walking foot.

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I sewed up a sample granny style quilt block made from 3.5 inch squares from leftovers from shirt sleeves. All seams pressed open and again no knit needle. (I do own about every proper needle under the sun, just decided to see how the knit would handle.) I have intended to get this sample quilt block quilted but got sick after getting this far with the project this summer. It is hard work rotary cutting tshirt knit, it causes havoc on the blades.

There can be a heated discussion on whether to use fusible interfacing in making tshirt quilts. I will admit that I have not personally made one myself yet. I do understand the concept and even my Mother who was not a quilter had told me before that one would have to fuse the tshirt backs all with some sort of interfacing. I have not done that yet. The embroidered tshirt designs do have stabilizer of various sorts on them still. I would expect to apply a fusible to them when we decide how we intend to use them in a quilt project. If you will read the blog post by I’M Feeling Crafty that started me on this memory quilt project, you will see that she only fused interfacing on the thinner of her knit shirts. A couple other quilters have written me and told me that they had success combining various different materials into a quilt top with out interfacing everything. I intend to go along without it until I determine the need for it. I want to see how the above pieced granny square quilts up without interfacing.

Our family recieved sad news on August 15th. Our dear friend, Glenn passed away. He fought liver cancer for 7 months. I made him and his wife the Double the Plus quilt for their 60th wedding anniversary in May. (My crazy quilt project that had me up 38 hours straight.) We were fortunate to have a few wonderful visits with him and his family this summer. He will be greatly missed. Such a sweet man that is like losing a Dad all over again.

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On August 27th, our family had the honor of riding and participating in a memorial speeder car ride for my father inlaw, Lee Folkerts.

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Dad belonged to the 1st Iowa Division of the North American Railcar Operators Association. This memorial ride was attended by over 40 railcar operators from across the Midwest. We rode on the Iowa Northern Railway from Clarksville, IA to Manley, Iowa. I never had a chance to ride with Dad on one of the many rides across Iowa and other parts of the US that he participated on. I did have the honor of riding along in the yellow car in the single photo which was owned by Mike K. of Illinois. My job was to wave the flag at all the intersections we crossed. We all had a great day. We all even made the local newspaper.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and letting me share a few more of my quilt projects from this summer.

Happy Sewing,

Shelley

Coming Soon: 2016 Cloud 9 New Block Hop

Hi, I am participating in the 2016 Cloud 9 New Block Hop. I am designing a 12 inch finished quilt block with tutorial. This year I am working hard on actually making a quilt from my block and will share the instructions for it as well. My block and tutorial will go live on my blog on September 14th.

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These are the fabrics that we are designing our blocks from. They are quite lovely. It was odd to me to not have any white to work with like in the last two new block challenges I have participated in.

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I can not show you my block until the date of the hop, but I can share a couple sneak peek photos of my quilt top project. I am not making my top in the actual Cloud 9 fabrics, but as similar of colors as what I had available. I was using my Quilter’s FabriCalc fabric estimating calculator to help me determine how much fabric to purchase for all the blocks I needed. It ended up being quite comical as it definitely ROUNDS UP the amounts. I will “chicken scratch” and verify with another calculator all math before publishing my tutorial. I will be designing a 36 block quilt design that would finish at 72 inches square.

 

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Thank goodness for BlocLoc rulers and a rotating cutting mat. I do not know why I fought purchasing a BlocLoc ruler for so long. So far I can do most of what I need with the 6.5 inch BlocLoc HST ruler. I am trimming 200 some HST for my quilt top.

Here is a list of all the upcoming 2016 Cloud 9 New Block Hop participants and when their blocks/tutorials will be available.

Monday, September 12th

Host: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

Abigail @Cut & Alter
Janice @Color, Creating, and Quilting!
Lorinda @Laurel, Poppy, and Pine
Melva @Melva Loves Scraps
Renee @Quilts of a Feather
Kathryn @Upitis Quilts
Kim @Leland Ave Studios
Amanda @this mom quilts
Holly @Lighthouse Lane Designs
Irene @Patchwork and Pastry
Jennifer @Dizzy Quilter
Karen @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Anne @Said With Love
Suzy @Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Sharla @Thistle Thicket Studio
Kathleen @Smiles From Kate
Amanda @Gypsy Moon Quilt Co.
Sarah @Sarah Goer Quilts
Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe
Jinger @Trials of a Newbie Quilter
Anja @Anja Quilts
Daisy @Ants to Sugar

Tuesday, September 13th

Host: Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs

Miranda @I Have Purple Hair
Jennifer @The Inquiring Quilter
Sarah @123 Quilt
Leanne @Devoted Quilter
Jen @Patterns By Jen
Jennifer @RV Quilting
Amanda @Quiltologie
Sharon @Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Jen @A Dream and A Stitch
Jen @Faith and Fabric
Carole @Carole Lyles Shaw
Stephanie @Quilt’n Party
Susan @Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Katrin @Now What Puppilalla
Amista @Hilltop Custom Designs
Nicole @Handwrought Quilts
Marla @Penny Lane Quilts
Silvia @A Stranger View
Sarah @Smiles Too Loudly
Carrie @the zen quilter
Mary @Quilting is in My Blood
Velda @GRANNYcanQUILT

Wednesday, September 14th

Host: Stephanie @Late Night Quilter

Kathy @Kathys Kwilts and More
Paige @Quilted Blooms
Mary @Strip Quilts Pass it On
Allison @Woodberry Way
Seven @The Concerned Craft
Olusola @Alice Samuel’s Quilt Co.
Ann @Brown Paws Quilting
Jodie @Persimmon + Pear
Vicki @Orchid Owl Quilts
Kitty @Night Quilter
Francine @Mochawildchild
Shelley @The Carpenter’s Daughter who Quilts
Jayne @Twiggy and Opal
Geraldine @Living Water Quilter
Shannon @Shannon Fraser Designs
Lisa @Sunlight In Winter Quilts
Jessica @Quilty Habit
Cassandra @The (not so) Dramatic Life
Deanna @Stitches Quilting
Denise @Craft Traditions

 

I hope you all will come back to check out my block and quilt along with all the other lovely designs that will be coming that week.

Happy Sewing,

Shelley

Go West King Sized Flimsy Completed

Hi, I am happy to share that I finished the flimsy for my supersized King  Go West quilt.  I actually finished piecing it on August 10th and shared a photo of it on my Instagram at that time. I have been under the weather for a portion of the summer. Apparently I had been walking around with really high blood pressure and when put back on meds, they really made me tired. I am just taking a double water pill now instead, and am feeling alot better. I have a lot of projects piling up and need to play catch up. Designing a block for the Cloud 9 Fabrics New Block Blog Hop in September. I am designing a quilt from my block and am working on that now. I am working on a memory quilt from my Mom’s shirts and also have two new quilts cut out or in process of cutting and piecing.

GO West flimsy complete beforeafter

This shows how much length I was able to add to the quilt top. I managed to add 3 rows to the bottom. I had to get creative with my pieces as I miscut the rust grunge (cutting at finished hst size instead of the larger strip I needed). This really didn’t short me much, as I cut the miscut pieces down to other sizes I needed. I just didn’t have enough of the rust and orange for all the pieces I wanted. The fabric requirements for the pattern are more than enough to make the pattern as it is called for, and doubling it to make the two twins to attach to each other to make a king even leaves you with extra fabric. It was my choice of trying to add to the 84 inch length that made me short in some colors. This quilt now finishes at 120 inches wide by 94 inches long. (Kirsty’s doubling of the top should create a quilt 128 by 84 inches. I didn’t need 128 width as our box springs are still on the floor.) I am thinking that I may flip the top around so the new section is in the pillow area.

I will be writing a couple extra blog posts this weekend, possibly yet today that will show my other WIP quilt projects that I have been working on since my last blog post in July. I will link them up to this post so they can be found easier. I am linking this top finish with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Fridays.

Link to blog post about the 2016 Cloud 9 New Block Blog Hop I am participating in found here.

Link to blog post about memory tshirt quilt project found here.

I hope all my US readers enjoy their 3 day holiday weekend.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Happy Sewing,

Shelley

Go West King Sized Quilt Top Update

HI,
I am happy to share this week my progress on supersizing my Go West by Bonjour Quilts quilt top into a king size quilt. It took a lot of pondering on just how far to take the design to get the size I thought I needed to fit our king bed. I started with the twin size finished top at 64 by 84 inches and I am currently at 120 by 84 inches. After laying it out on our bed, I do know I really want to add to that 84 inch length as it does not cover the mattress as far as I want. It all depends on how far the leftover fabric goes in creating all the new half square triangles, if I add two rows to the bottom or also two rows to the top. I know it will shrink up with quilting and washing and drying. I just do not want to short myself.

Go West king flimsy angle

The quilt is certainly bright. It makes me really dislike my walls and that they were white or any color paint instead of wall paper from the 70’s.

Go West king flimsy front angle

I really like the center panel and how it shows the design off . Of course it is next to impossible to photograph. I am going to have to find a new large place to photograph this quilt properly once it is finished and quilted.

Go West king flimsy front on

I love love the copper penny and pumpkin spice colored grunge type fabrics with the bright blue.

Go West leftover blocks

This is all I have left from my original blocks I made from making two twin size pieced tops per Kirsty’s instructions for the this quilt pattern. I basically did not make the very center horizontal row of the second twin. I deconstructed the second twin by add sections to either side of the first completed top to get to the size I am at. I can use these leftover blocks in my additional rows needed. Yeah, just a few less HSTS to make! It shouldn’t be too bad as the finish is near….

Go West king leftover fabric

This is what I have for fabric leftover from initially cutting out my quilt blocks. Kirsty was generous in her instructions. Remember this is a doubled amount. I did buy exactly what she stated in the instructions and doubled each amount. Since I am so short on that one color it does limit me on how far I can add rows to the quilt. I can add up to three rows in each direction before I would need that last color. I will be sure to careful tally up each size needed before cutting into these extra pieces.

My plans in the upcoming week are to finish this top and start cutting out the HSTS for my daughter’s Go West. I need to finish up quilting a couple quilts (Jelly Roll Slice and Katie’s Compass) before I get too involved in creating my daughter’s quilt top.

Hope everyone has a great weekend. I will be linking up with Crazy Mom’s Quilts and Finished or Not Friday’s.

Happy Sewing,

Shelley

TGIFF : Go West Flimsy

Welcome to TGIFF! Hi my name is Shelley and I blog as The Carpenters Daughter who Quilts. I have been quilting for over 20 years and blogging for almost 2 years. I think this is my third time hosting the Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday linky party. I am excited to see everyone’s latest finish and the chance to meet some new to me quilt bloggers.

I am sharing my latest quilt top finish. It is Go West by Bonjour Quilts. I have a twin size top finished but I am currently putting together a second twin top to join together to make a king size quilt. I really really love this quilt pattern and design. It is also one that my daughter likes as well so I have one cut out for her too. We have the fabric cut out to supersize her quilt too.

Go West twin angle

I am thinking of adding to the length of the quilt. A twin size is 64 by 84 inches. If you are putting two tops together, you will essentially come up with a top that is 128 inches wide by the 84 inches long. Our king mattress and box springs is currently on the floor. We are looking to build our own platform bed with a headboard attached to the wall. I measured the bed as is and I would really like in the 95 inch or so length at least. I am looking at adding an additional top and bottom two rows to the design but that would take the top to 104 inches long. I guess I could just add the additional two rows to the bottom and it would be approximately 96 inches. I really do not need 128 inches across so will just have to play with layout to see what looks right.

Go West mistake top

This is my late night finish of the top last night. I snapped a quick photo of it thrown across the couch and uploaded to Instagram. As the photo loaded, I saw that I had a big mistake of two rows flipped. Luckily it was easy to open a couple seams and take out the two row and flip them and sew back in. Bright blue always touches bright blue.

Go West twin straight front

Here is the corrected version.

Go West twin other angle

It really is hard to get a full on photo of a quilt on the king size bed since our closet is so close to the foot of the bed.

GoWest Holly fabrics

These are the fabrics that my daughter chose for her Go West quilt.

Lyric closet monster

This is Lyric, our Australian Shepherd that we adopted in February. She was a kenneled breeder dog. Her owner died and I am not sure what her life was truely like there. After 4 months, she still will not allow my husband to touch her. She will take food from his hand but that is all. She likes to hang out in the closet in our bedroom. She was lurking in the closet when I was taking photos.  She used to get on the bed with me but now she prefers making a nest in the closet. It has to be hot in there as she is panting.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and checking out my Friday finish (that is still a WIP.) I hope to be back with a possible photo of a finished king top or more progress.

It is now time for all of you to link up your Friday Finishes. Please go check out as many of the other quilters’ blogs and share the love by leaving a comment.( My comment page can be found if you click on the the title of this blog post and open the actual blog post.)

Happy Sewing,

Shelley

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