Cherry Churn Dash Surprise — a {mostly} finished quilt!

The quality of the light is a little funky, and red is impossible to photograph, so these pictures don’t quite do this justice, but I can’t not share!

I thought I had the afternoon off, but then the fog rolled in, and the morning exploratory classes got cancelled, so….bonus! An entire day off.

When I’ve posted sneak peeks of this quilt, I’ve tried very hard not to spoil the surprise.

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When this was up on the design wall, Mark and I would have conversations that went something like:

Mark: There’s a green block there.

Suzanne: Yep.

Mark: But it’s green.

Suzanne: Yep.

Mark: And the rest are red.

Suzanne: Yep.

Mark: I think you need to call that quilt “Don’t Drink and Quilt”

Suzanne: (A) I don’t drink and (B) I was thinking more along the lines of “How to Drive Your Engineer Husband Crazy Through Quilting”

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I love this quilt so much. Churn Dash is my very favorite block, and I love experimenting and using it in different ways.

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It’s no surprise that red is my favorite color, and by now I’ve lost count of the different ways I’ve used cherry fabrics in quilts. Although, I think this is the first time I’ve every actually quilted cherries!

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Everything was done freehand, with just some ruler lines drawn in to guide me for spacing. The quilting in the piano key border got a little out of hand — more intricate than I intended, and don’t look too close, I didn’t draw guidelines, I just went for it, so it’s very “perfectly imperfect.”

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Thread is Superior Threads, So fine in the top, Bottom Line prewound bobbins on the bottom. Warm and Natural white batting.

Now that the quilting is done, I really need to stop and bind a couple quilts. Ok. I need to bind more than a couple. Like 4.

Fine. I think I have 6 quilts to bind right now. Don’t judge me.

 

 

Cherry Limeaid and Blueberry Pie

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I started this quilt in 2014. It’s been pieced for awhile now, but I struggled with how to quilt it — spent a fair bit of time over the Christmas holidays ripping out a bunch, and then I went to town. I was really sick of it by the time I finished it up Thursday night.

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It’s a big quilt, 103 by 103. It was mostly pieced, at least to start, on my Featherweight. It’s not perfect, my quilts never are, but it’s now finished. Well, almost. Needs a binding, but in my lizard brain, when the quilting is done, that’s pretty much it.

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You can’t really see anything on the back, it’s a pretty busy fabric.

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Honestly, the whole thing is so busy, it’s a little hard to get a good picture of the quilting.

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The quilting is all freehand. I was not 100% happy with how it went, I had to think pretty hard about where I was going with those big swirled spines, and wasn’t always happy with how they ended up. I would have probably been smart to have marked those as I went along. I got better as I went, though.

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The thread is a lavender, it’s Arc poly. Very shiny, very pretty. Lavender Bottom Line in the bobbin. I ran out of the top thread with just the bottom 10 inches to go. I substituted a lighter lavender to finish it up. I thought it looked extremely obvious, but once it’s washed, I’m sure I’m the only one that will know. Well, and everyone else that’s reading this post, I guess…..

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The batting is….miscellaneous bits of what I think is all 80/20 cotton/poly. I had one large piece and then just laid in new pieces to fill it out. I think there’s enough quilting to hold it all together.

I’m going to go back and tag all of the posts about the piecing of this with the name, so that those of you interested in that sort of thing can see the progression from a stack of fabric to a finished quilt. As I was looking through, I was reminded of when I went to the fabric store to buy some stuff to supplement my stash. Another lady was buying the same colors as I, and made some comment about making a quilt called “cherry limeaid” for her granddaughter. It was very clear that she wasn’t crazy about the color combo, which I thought was funny at the time, since I was actually wearing lime green and bright pink and had all of those colors in my cart, too.

(Link to all of the posts)

Thus, the name of the quilt: Cherry Limeaid and Blueberry Pie. I couldn’t just call it Cherry Limeaid, so I went looking for names of drinks that are blue…….and liked the sound of something called Blueberry Pie (a blue cocktail made from blueberry schnapps, vanilla liqueur, blue curacao and half-and-half, and served in a chilled cocktail glass.)

Now, to decide whether I’m going to (a) put the binding on this quilt, (b) get ready to quilt something else, or (c) take a nap.

Holly and Mistletoe, Mostly Finished

I have a bad habit of calling a quilt finished when the quilting is done. It is not, in fact, completely done until the binding is all attached, but here I am again, telling you about a quilt that I’ve just “finished.”

I posted last weekend about it, whining about how I just a little bit of the border to finish quilting. It took me all of about an hour yesterday, and then I got started on the scalloped binding.

Like we all do, I Googled for help, and found a great post here. If ever I do scallops again, I think I’ll consider doing as she did on the quilt in that post, and just doing them on two sides. Love the look that gave her quilt.

I got through sewing all of the binding on this morning and posed my quilt outside for some photos for you. It will now be added to the stack of quilts that have their binding attached to the front, but still need to be turned and stitched to the back. Depending on the quilt and it’s future use, I may or may not stitch by machine. This one will be done by hand, and it might be awhile before I get to. Considering the fact the quilt was started in January 2010, I’m doing pretty well, I’d say. I figure I have until January 2020 before I should get really embarrassed about how long it took to finish.

{That’s a joke. I have numerous other quilts that are unfinished and at least as old. I’m not embarrassed at all. Well, except for that one quilt that was supposed to be a baby gift for a kid that’s like, in junior high, or something now…}

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Pattern is “Holly and Mistletoe” designed by Blackbird Designs from their book “When the Cold Wind Blows”.

Machine applique, hand-guided machine quilting.

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With this one off the frame, I’ve got that itchy feeling that I’m allowed to start something new.

Or maybe I should go look at that pile of partially finished quilts again………

“This quilt is taking forever” — a pathetic story, by Suzanne

This is the quilt I wanted to finish over the weekend, but ignored in favor of apples.  I feel like it’s taking forever, because it is. I think the original post about starting it is buried in the blog archives here, somewhere around 2010 (ish?). The machine quilting got started around the first of the year (2015).

I foolishly decided that this straight line quilting would look awesome in the border, and, while that is a true statement, it’s also the bane of my existence. It doesn’t really take that long, but I have this mental block telling me that it does. Brains are weird.

I really only have two more side border sections to do, plus a corner, but here I am, posting a stupid blog post about it, instead of turning the machine on and getting it done.

I’m all about looking for sympathy, I guess.

Just wait until I whine about doing the curved binding this thing is going to need after I cut the border into scallops.

Snow day, January 2015 Edition

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We’ve been on winter break since December 24th, scheduled to go back to school today, and…it snowed last night. And is going to be bitterly cold tomorrow, so…a two day extension on the winter break. Again. I know I posted yesterday about planning a red and white quilt, but I decided not to let myself go off on any wild tangents with new projects. I have plenty in progress, and after spending some time on a knitting project:

IMG_2759-0.JPGI spent some time working on an existing applique project. And in between bouts of working on the applique (of the border pieces, the body of the quilt is done, and HAS been done for some time), I worked on cleaning up my studio.

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Evidence of which can be seen in the laundry baskets in the photo, but no other pictures of my progress, yet. I took a bunch of before pictures, and I am not going to show my shame until I can also post after pictures. The really annoying thing is that I actually made a ton of progress today, and it didn’t take nearly as long as I suspected it would. Why do I have to keep learning that lesson? I’m generally fairly clever, but sometimes I can be awfully stupid.

With another day off tomorrow, I guess I’ll have lots more time to work on both the clean up and the applique. With any luck, the applique will actually get finished tomorrow! I’ve only been working on this quilt since January 2010. I have others that have been marinating even longer. Maybe by the time I finish them, they’ll be back in style again.