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Happy Quilting from Andi!
I fell down the rabbit hole of busy working mom. I am a high school teacher, and after 15 years, I got my dream assignment of teaching World History. Unfortunately, new class = lots of homework (lesson planning) for me, so I haven’t had much time to quilt. We are at the midpoint of the semester so I have finally settled into a routine. The other crimp in my style is my daughter’s figure skating career. She is practicing two solo routines for fall competition, and she is in a group number in November and a holiday show with two weekends of performances in December. I haven’t found a way to sew at the ice rink, but I try to get my grading done there.
I am still working on stars for my True Blue 92 quilt:
This beauty, pieced by my mom from a Judy Niemeyer pattern, is on my longarm. I am doing lots of custom filler designs so it is taking a while.
And the biggest news of all, three years in the making… My first book!
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Blogger and Sewing Designer Abby Glassenberg is hosting a series of interviews around this question, and it was the theme of the day for the #sewphotohop on Instagram today (organized by @houseofpinheiro).
Day 6 – The Pattern that changed my life
The pattern in Nancy Chong’s Crumb Quilt. I took her class at Quilt Camp in the Pines back in 2005. (She is better known for Hawaiian applique…visit her website here.) She even complimented me on my fabric and color selection!
I had the good fortune to teach her methods when I got home from camp. But the life-changing aspect of this quilt was the quilting. I had an idea for the quilting design – circular Chinese symbols in the focus squares and something watery to fill the rest of the quilt. (Hopefully you can click on this picture to see the gold thread on the back of the quilt.)
This was the last quilt I quilted on my domestic machine, and it really cemented my desire for a longarm! I remember feeling like I could not see where I was going with my stitching, and I was so sore from pushing the quilt around. Thanks to a supportive husband, I got my wish for a longarm back in 2006. What an amazing journey!
Once a month, my mom’s quilting guild hosts a sewing day at a local Bingo hall. It’s a great space with plenty of room for everyone to spread out. And there is a great Italian restaurant a block away so we had yummy Stromboli for lunch. I wish I were retired too so I could join the group more than once a year!
Then I worked on some HST for the Starry Night for Josh QOV quilt-along.
The tables were a little too low for comfortable cutting, and I didn’t have the correct size ruler and mat, so I set this project aside. Sometimes it is just not worth it to “make do” especially when there is new fabric to play with! I opened a couple jelly rolls and started a new design. Unfortunately, I did not think ahead more than one step, so I spent some time ripping while making the strip sets!
It was a lovely day, but now I am back to longarm work. I have another Aviatrix Medallion on the machine and we are expecting summer thunderstorms as remnants of Hurricane Dolores pass by.
I have been hopping from project to project this summer. Here is what received the most attention this week:
I loaded a customer quilt on the longarm. I am using a pantograph. The quilt is Fire Island Hosta by Judy Niemeyer.
I showed the Swoon quilt in my last post about unfinished objects. I got the borders on it to bring it to the required size for a QOV.
Now I need to finish the back. This is the part I tend to overlook, which really slows down my progress. I have a stack of quilt tops ready to be finished, but if I don’t have a backing, then the longarm sits idle while I move on to the next piecing project. Talk about a Catch-22!! If I get the back ready with the top it will speed up the whole process. Easy enough in theory, let’s see if I can make it happen consistently.
I am using four leftover Swoon blocks for the back, and I have plenty of yardage in my stash to bring it to size.
I did get the two wall-hangings quilted and they are ready for binding.
I am sure I can find something on TV this afternoon for background noise while I sew! What are you working on today?
I am definitely motivated by a challenge! For the past few years, I have participated in a group effort to finish those lingering quilt projects that seem to multiply in the closet. The second-ever quilt that I started back in 2005, the Underground Railroad sampler, is still not finished! So here is my list for the current Summer quarter:
Next is the Starry Night for Josh QAL hosted by AlyciaQuilts. This will be a donation for Quilts of Valor.
Top row includes (L-R) 4-patch Posey, Star Chain, Star Light Star Bright, and 3Ps in a Pod.
Bottom Row (L-R) Grand Illusion, Talent Show Jelly Roll, Mardi Gras Barello, 3D Trees, Mystery QOV, and Square-in-Square QOV
As I get time between customer quilts, I hope to make a dent in this list before school starts. YIkes…that is in a month!!
We have been on a family vacation, and I wanted some hand work to take along for the plane rides and long trips in the car.
I am using a skein of Dizzy Blonde yarn/colorway Run Amok to make a scarf.
I wound the yarn into two balls, and I am waiting to see how long it is after one ball before I decide if it is too wide. I generally prefer skinny, long scarves, but I am trying to keep an open mind. Plus, I am basically lazy and don’t want to rip it out to start over!
For my second project, I jumped onto the English paper pieced hexagon craze. No scissors on airplanes, so I prepped a bunch of pieces before leaving home.
I am making diamond units, and I plan to use an argyle pattern, so there will be solid color sections with white Xs. These are 3/4-inch hexagons so this piece will probably end up as a wall hanging.