Friday, December 6, 2019

A Wild Week!

This week, I feel like I'm running my own personal marathon, sometimes going at lightening speed like this cheetah.

Good thing my long lasting cold is almost gone, or I wouldn't have any energy for everyone's projects.

Notice I said everyone's projects. None of what I'm racing about for is my stuff, otherwise I'd have a bunch of blog posts ready to go, time to visit with all the Midweek Makers party-goers, some time for creative thinking, and just general quilting. But hey, to quilt for others is part of what I do!

Here's a run down since Midweek Makers early Wednesday. I spent all of that day focused on the t-shirt quilt, doing the final shirt trimming and piecing it all together. I really wanted to end the day with the top complete, and almost hit that goal. Just had top and bottom borders to put on Thursday morning. I'm sneaking in a picture of the back - not all that exciting, but at least you can see the piecing.

t-shirt quilt backside

This measures 73" x 98", and how I wish I could show a picture of the front, cause it turned out awesome!

I was so hoping to get it quilted Thursday. Unfortunately, I only got as far as resizing and printing the panto for hand guided quilting, making the back, and getting it loaded on the frame. Guess the quilting part was asking too much.

But Thursday saw a good interruption to the plan - making up more kits for the Winter Feed wall hanging. 

Winter Feed wall hanging by QuiltFabrication

I had just sold the last in-stock kit, and before it left the house, I wanted to make sure my folding and packaging looked the same. And given the kit's popularity last year, I made up 9 this round.

kits for the Winter Feed wall hanging

And last, but not least, this blog post. Such a sinking feeling when the day is drawing to a close, and I realize there is no post ready for tomorrow. But at least this post explains the craziness in my house right now, and it won't be much calmer next week with 2 small quilts, plus a large one, all for customers, to do. Hopefully, I can show pictures of those!

And, of course, don't even mention Christmas shopping and all the parties - hope you have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Midweek Makers #204

Welcome to the Midweek Makers linky party!

Midweek Makers linky party at QuiltFabrication

I can't believe it's December already - can you? The last week has been so busy for me, making two McKenzie quilts, Black Friday shopping, cleaning the sewing room, and now a commissioned t-shirt quilt for a Monday delivery.

fusible on the back of a t shirt
And isn't that the most fascinating picture you've ever seen?
That would be the fused backside of a t-shirt, cause I can't show the front until after Christmas, as the quilt is a gift. And since this will keep me busy all week, everything else takes a back seat. But trust me, I'll find something interesting to post about over the next few days.

How about we have a look at last week's Midweek Makers, which had a pretty good turnout considering it was the day before Thanksgiving. Just shows everyone is squeezing in sewing time, and especially these enthusiasts:

Nann and her Jumble quilt, from With Strings Attached,


Andree and her Epic Bow Tie Neutral Quilt, from Quilting and Learning,


and Rebecca's center applique medallion for her Jingle quilt, at Cheeky Cognoscenti.

Be sure to read Rebecca's post about overcoming her fear of quilting this quilt, something I'm sure every one of us has faced - I know I have.

And now on to this week's party - come share what you're working on!

  • Please link directly to your specific post..
  • Visit the other guests, and leave a comments.
  • Use the Midweek Makers badge or link to in your post.
Have fun at the party!

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Monday, December 2, 2019

McKenzie Baby Quilt

What did I do this weekend? Whipped up a baby size version of the McKenzie quilt to test out modifications to the design.

McKenzie baby quilt by QuiltFabrication

Though this turned out well, I'm still not happy with the modifications. The difference here is the strip width, which is still not quite right. But it sure looks great in the yellow and green combo, with bits of pink added in.

McKenzie baby quilt flat by QuiltFabrication

The smocking feature of the original McKenzie is not so prominent in this one. Instead, it's the on point grid created by the fabric values that stand out for me. Just amazing what a few 10 inch squares can do - this finishes at 37" x 45".

Quilting is with Glide Lemon Ice and the panto Fizz,

McKenzie baby quilt quilting

and the backing a pieced mish-mash of leftover parts!

McKenzie baby quilt backside

I think I'll let this idea rest for awhile, and revisit it at a later time, as it does have potential.

Happy Quilting!

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