Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Settler's Trail - It's a Wrap, Finally!!

Settler's Trail is done, and this settler is happy!  

A couple of times, when I was blogging about this project, I would inadvertently type "Settler's Trial", instead of "Settler's Trail", which would always crack me up.  I wouldn't say this project was a trial, it's really very easy piecing, but it was tedious, due to the amount of piecing.

I don't do well with tedium, I'm more of a "let's change things up and do something different" sort of girl, I'm amazed I was able to stick with it!

So here's a good in progress shot.  

Now you can see where all those blocks I kept posting about figured into the scheme of things.  Once the blocks were finished this quilt went together very easily.  There were no seams to line up and match, just one block sewn to another block.

And here it is, all done!

It looks exactly like the pattern cover, I figured it would, but I like it just the same.  And it looks better in person, as most quilts do.  I think it will look even better once it's quilted.

I think this is one of those "right of passage" type of quilts, shouldn't we all make at least one quilt where we piece over 6,200 one inch squares together?  I'm sure glad I've got this quilt on my resume but I'm pretty sure it's not a pattern I'll ever make again.

Although Primitive Gatherings introduced a similar type of quilt at spring market called "9", and I bought the pattern.  It has approximately 10,515 pieces!

This quilt does have at least one mistake that I caught when I was connecting the blocks.  One square some where has the background fabric wrong side out!  I didn't think it was worth the time and effort to fix it once I spotted it, and I've since lost it, but I know it's there.

This is Lifetime Quilt #87.
The pattern is Settler's Trail by Kathy Borgardt for Primitive Gatherings.
This quilt has approximately 6,547 pieces.  ( a new personal record for me!)
It finishes at 50" X 59"
I used 82 different fabric choices.

Next up, something easy, with fewer pieces!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Settler's Trail Update . . .

So here are all the blocks I need for Settler's Trail.

I think this trail is all downhill from here!

Just in case you've forgotten, Settler's Trail is a pattern by Primitive Gatherings.

I'm guessing mine will look exactly like this one!  

Thanks for all your encouragement on finishing up my Evening Bloom border blocks.  You make a great cheerleading squad.  But Kathy had a comment that eased my conscience some, "why work on the border at the beginning, you may change your mind when you get to the end".   So true!

It's supposed to be unseasonably hot here this weekend, sounds like perfect sewing weather to me!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Happy Ending . . . .

Great News!  I was able to retrieve my lost blog posts and am back to where I was this morning before I accidentally deleted my last 20 posts!  I was lucky that I only deleted one page worth of posts and not all of them, and that the deleted posts were still in Google Reader. I'm just not used to the new blogger formats, I'll be more careful in the future.

The bad news is that I was only able to copy the original posts, the comments were lost, which frankly are my favorite part of my posts!

I kept telling myself that there are worse things that could happen to me, but it put a damper on my day just the same, I feel so much better now that the posts are back.   I think I still have some clean-up work to do on my Lifetime Quilt List but that's OK.

Thanks all for your support and suggestions!!

I'm not sure how adding the old posts will impact how you read my blog, don't think you're going crazy if you read a post and think to yourself, "this sounds vaguely familiar", you've probably read it before!


I just accidentally deleted my last 25 blog posts!!

Guess I'll start fresh tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Evening Bloom . . .

As I work on getting ready to appliqué my last Evening Bloom block, I also need to start working on the border blocks.

I need 76 of these blocks for the outer border. 

I don't know why I waited until the end to start on them, they are easy and go quickly.  But working on 76 of them all at once will be very time consuming.  I can't help but regret that I didn't work on one a week the whole time I was working on this project.  I would have them done and it wouldn't have taken any noticeable time out of my sewing time.  Oh well, it is what it is!

Here's a basketful of step one, sewing together each end.

Then I'll need to trim them, piece them, and finally, appliqué them on the block.  I'm hoping to be done with this whole quilt by the end of June, there's no more time to waste.

I've been enjoying these roses at my house,

I thought you might enjoy them too!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Market Finds . . .

How much of your weekend did you spend reading blogs about Spring Market?  Even though I didn't get to attend market in person,  I still enjoyed seeing what's new and here are a few of my favorites:

Who wouldn't love to have one of these hanging in their sewing room?  I think I like the vertically challenged spools better than the all in a row ones.   I think finding the perfect top and bottom spool fabric is the secret, any fabric would  look good in the center.

Here's another pattern that caught my eye.  Rendezvous, designed by JoeWood for ThimbleCreek Quilts.

This is the same designer who created French Vintage, that gray and red quilt I finished a few quilts back.  I think this quilt has to be a two color quilt and that the two colors have to be red and white!

This book, Elegant Quilts, Country Charm is the first book by the Quilted Crow Girls, Leonie Bateman and Deirdre Bond-Abel. 

A couple of folks suggested a pieced and appliqué project for my 100th quilt.  There are several projects of the 11 projects in this book that appealed to me.

This is my favorite, Madder Stars.

This book is available now, it may already be in your local quilt shop, or you can order it here.

 I liked all my usual designer fabric reveals, French General, Bonnie and Camille, Primitive Gatherings, but I also found a new designer with fabric that appealed to me, Song Bird by Carina Gardner for Riley Blake Designs.  It's not my usual choice of fabric but I'll be waiting for it to arrive in stores in June, so I can get a better look at it.

What's on your must have list from market?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

More Setler's Trail Updates . . .

I've finished all the Block B blocks for Settler's Trail.

Here's Block C.

I need 42 of these blocks.

And I've got a pretty good start on them.

Once these blocks are done, I'm done with the block making portion of this project.

I had the nicest time visiting my daughter in California for Mothers Day weekend, I hope you had a wonderful weekend too!

While my daughter and I were out and about we checked out the latest thing in cupcake sales, a Cupcake ATM!

Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills has installed what they call a Cupcake ATM.  It was unveiled in March of this year.  You walk up to the machine, select your cupcake, insert your credit card, and look what pops out . . . 

a Sprinkles cupcake!

Can you imagine having access to Sprinkles cupcakes 24 hours a day???  I don't have access to any good cupcakes where I live any time of day!!!  When the machine first opened the line for the machine was longer than the line for the store!  They sell around 1000 cupcakes out of this machine daily.  The selection was great and the cupcakes were as fresh as the ones sold in the store.  You could only buy one at a time, which made for a slow process, but definitely fun and worth the wait.  I think I would have named it an ACM (Automated Cupcake Machine), but I guess folks understand ATM.  So far the only Sprinkles Cupcake ATM is in Beverly Hills, but the next one to be opened will be in New York.  I wonder how long it will take them to open one here, in the middle of nowhere?

Thanks so much for all the great 100th quilt suggestions!  In the back of my mind I was thinking a Double Wedding Ring should be on my list and that was the most popular suggestion.  I agree with Lesley's comment when it comes to Double Wedding Ring quilts, they keep coming up with better and easier ideas on how to make one, maybe if we wait long enough, it will make itself!

 A Baltimore Album quilt was also a popular suggestion, maybe I'll think about that one for my 200th quilt! I've got the log cabin quilts covered, I think a quilter could spend a lifetime making nothing but log cabin quilts.   A two color quilt, Dresden Plate, Grandmother's Flower Garden and a Lone Star quilt were also mentioned more than once, all quilt projects that had not occurred to me, I agree, they need to be on my radar.

The comments that were along the lines of, "the hundredth quilt should show how accomplished the quilter has become"  and "whatever makes you happy or your heart sing" describe exactly what I want my 100th quilt to be.  I think it would be amazing if I could design my own pattern for my 100th quilt, so I'm giving that some thought, one with 100 blocks would be better yet.  But as of now, I haven't made up my mind, stay tuned for updates.

Julie in Wa is the winner of the Pat Sloan book, thanks to all who entered!!

Monday, May 14, 2012

BOM Rehab . . .

I can hardly believe it, here's block number 8 of Evening Bloom, only one more to go!

I think this block may be my favorite so far!

Friday, May 11, 2012

More Boring Settler's Trial Update Blocks . . .

It's going to take these . . . 

to make boat load of these!

I probably should have used strip sets to make these blocks, but I wanted to make sure they were super scrappy, and now they will be.

While in Paducah at the AQS quilt show I signed up for a couple of classes.  One class was "Tid Bits of Handowrk" with Pat Sloan.

Here's Pat with one of her amazing quilts.  It was a wonderful and relaxed class.  I'm always happy if I learn one new thing at a class,  I learned several things in this class.   We tried different types of appliqué, different size needles, different widths of thread and discussed all kinds of interesting quilty topics.

It's a perfect class to sign up for at a show, where things are hectic and your time is limited.  No big project to start and not finish, just a few new tid bits of techniques.  When I described my class to a friend she called it a "toolbox class".  Where you learn new things to add to your toolbox, a perfect description.

So this is what we played with,

the outer heart is stitched with the seam finger pressed under, 
the inner heart is stitched with a raw edge.

Here's a close-up of my different stitches using different threads.

That little wool circle, that's the first time I've ever messed with wool.  I cut it out and stitched it down.  How fun, just enough of a taste to convince me that I need to learn more.

Pat has a wonderful book that pretty much covers everything I learned in class and more. 

I bought one for me and one to giveaway to you.  Pat was even nice enough to sign it.   I think you'll enjoy the fun patterns and projects in the book.

With my 100th quilt project just around the corner, I've been wondering if there is a certain pattern or style of quilt that a quilter should have on their resume, especially a resume with 100 quilts.  What do you think, is there a quilt we all should make, and if so , what do you think it is?

- Contest Now Closed -

Just leave a comment on this blog or send me an email ( before Monday with your thoughts on this subject to be eligible to win.  

I'm spending Mothers Day weekend with my daughter, my idea of a perfect weekend anytime of year but particularly fun this weekend.  

Best wishes to all the Mothers out there.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Some More . . . .

How about some more boring Settler's Trail update pictures?

So, last time you saw this, the beginnings of 2 inch nine patches . . . 

And now I have this . . . 

Beaucoup (i.e. a great many) 2 inch nine patches.

I'll be honest, this part of the project has been tedious, but it feels good to have all the two inch nine patches done.   I'm ready to move on!

How about some more AQS Show news?

At the AQS Show in Paducah I bought one thing!  Some pressing sticks. I've not used them yet but the demonstration was good enough to convince me I needed them.  As soon as I'm pressing something bigger than a 2 inch seam I'll give them try and give you an update.

I have to say I was a little disappointed with the vendors at this year's show.  There weren't as many vendors and the ones that were there didn't have as much as in years past.  I'm usually tempted to buy more kits than I can make in a lifetime, this year, there were hardly any kits at all, and the ones that were there just didn't appeal to me.

I did buy some fabric at Hancock's of Paducah.  Some Seasonal Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings for Moda.  I'm hoping to come up with a pattern and be working with this fabric in December.  As I've said before, I like to work with Christmas fabric when it's Christmastime, not in the summer when all the Christmas fabric hits the shops.

I'm guessing the glory, prestige, ribbon and cash that comes along with owning a winning quilt from the show is amazing, but here's what I think is the best thing about the being a winner, 

you get a chair with your name on it!  

I'm not sure if they are always red, but if I were lucky enough to win, I would want the red chair!  Throughout the show the winners sit in these chairs by their quilts so you can visit with them about their inspiration, techniques, and whatever else pops into your mind.  Pat Holly, the owner of this chair, has won at least 4 times at Paducah, she must have a room full of these chairs!!  She has so many of these chairs she probably actually sits in them all the time!  I'm not sure I could actually sit in mine, if I were to ever get one!  

I thought it would be impolite to show Pat's chair and not her quilt.

This is Imagining India by Pat Holly.  An original design that was machine appliquéd using silk fabric and purchased trims.  
The workmanship is amazing.

Pat Holly has some Youtube videos and has written a book or two about machine quilting. She has a very famous quilting sister, Sue Nickels, google Pat to find out more about her, I could not find where she maintains a blog, which is why she's won so many chairs, she's actually working on quilts, not blogging about them!  

Friday, May 4, 2012

Back on that Tral . . .

So now that my April Schnibbles, Summer Fun, is done it's back to making nine patches for Settler's Trail.

I think I need around a bazillion 2 inch nine patches........  Since that doesn't make for very interesting blog posts I'll share a few more of the quilts from the AQS Show in Paducah.

My red and white quilt was in category 900 - 1st AQS Paducah Entry - Large.  Here are the quilts that won that category.

Pat's Promise by Patricia Isaman from Harrodsburg, Ky took third place.

This is an original work with blocks created from Pat's everyday life on her little farm.

The Compass Quilt by Kathleen McLaughlin form Noank, CT placed second.

The pattern is Muncy Compass Quilt by Grick, Neff and Youngman.  Kathleen added her own border.  This quilt has placed first in two other quilt shows.

Royal Amethyst by Rachelle Denneny from Glenelg North, Australia placed first.

This picture does not come close to doing this quilt justice.  The quilting is amazing plus this top is adorned with  21,000 Swarovski crystals.  Rachelle has won honors for other quilts at other shows and teaches machine quilting.