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.

Now I Need Mittens

Pattern is Winter Leaf Slouchy Tam (<–Ravelry Link).  Yarn is Cascade Cash Vero DK, a Merino/Cashmere/Acrylic blend.  The pattern was pretty straightforward, and the yarn is so yummy to work with.  There were a couple of spots where the written pattern was slightly different from the chart, but it was minor stuff and I just did what I thought was best.

It is symmetrical, it was just sitting slouched funny on the ironing board.

I should probably make Mark’s mittens first, though.  And it sounds like I have plenty of people that would let me knit hats for them, but I’m not knitting one for my Mom.  She can knit her own.

I’m working on this super-cute applique quilt today.  I just discovered, though, that the bird on the right — his tail feather is missing it’s machine zigzag.  Of course, I didn’t realize this until he was completely surrounded by quilting, so I’m waiting to see how my customer would like me to proceed.  It needs yellow stitching, adn the back is yellow, so if it goes through all of the layers, I don’t think it will be that noticeable.

I sent an e-mail — and she might read my blog, so, Linda, if you are out there — read your e-mail!

Darned math

I was trying to do this crosshatched border as mathlessly as possible, however, I just dove in and didn’t think about the corners, and as you can see:  when I did get to a corner, I horked it up.  I’m using the IQ to actually do the cross-hatching, which is awesome, but it’s only smart enough to do what I tell it do, it can’t say “You moron, you did something stupid there and your lines aren’t going to come out even.”

Of course, it probably SHOWED me that on the screen, but on the screen, I thought it looked right.  And even though I’ve remeasured my tick marks several times, I still can’t figure out what I did wrong.

So, I’m going to channel Scarlett and worry about it tomorrow.

Well, maybe not tomorrow, but definitely later.  When I figure out what I did wrong, I’ll be sure to report in, so none of my fellow quilters repeat my mistake.  Not that they would be tempted to make the mistake to begin with.  They are all smart enough to make sure the corners work out before they blindly start quilting an entire border.

One less WTQ

Technically, I suppose this is still a UFO, but it’s no longer Waiting To be Quilted (WTQ), so, in my playbook that means it’s really pretty much finished.  Plus, I don’t actually have binding for it.

I have some customer quilts that need to be done, but it’s Christmas Break, so I’m sort of taking a vacation, but not really.  In between doing some bookkeeping and website stuff, I’m working on some of my own quilts, and this is one that’s been waiting for awhile.

When Mark asked who it belonged to, he gave me the patented “OMG, My Wife is Crazy” look when I replied that I bought the quilt top.

See, at the time, the Machine Quilter’s Showcase Bread and Butter category included Lone Star quilts, and when I found this top, I thought it would be perfect:  I wouldn’t have to piece a Lone Star — and look — it’s my colors!

That was something like 3 years ago.

One of my issues with the quilts was that the blue is a really odd shade of blue, and I just could NOT figure out what thread color to use on it.  Plus, I knew I wanted to do a “custom” job, rather than just sticking an allover on it.

I decided that this quilt’s number was up and it was getting done no matter what.

I knew it was wonky, but I didn’t appreciate how wonky it was until I got it on the frame.  It was so wonky that I really should have taken all 4 borders off, and maybe even taken out the setting squares and triangles.  As it was, I ended up taking off the top and bottom borders, which is why those actually lay flat:  they were approximately 3 inches longer than they needed to be.  Ugh.

I used the IQ for nearly everything, I’m trying to learn how to use it for custom work.  It was awesome for the continuous curve in the star itself, and it stitched the motifs and border designs out beautifully, however, I wish I had made a different design decision.  The designs I chose are from a design set by Anne Bright called Butterfly Garden — they are very pretty, and on the wool batting, they gave the quilt some really nice texture, but unfortunately, I think they ended up emphasizing the wonkiness of the quilt — because they were all designed to fill the squares and triangles up completely, it made it really obvious that the squares and triangles weren’t actually, you know, square

Which is not to say that the quilt is a disaster or ruined or even ugly, it’s actually quite sweet, I think.

What might I have done differently?  I think I should have gone with something like a feathered wreath that didn’t fill the square/triangle/border completely — that needed to have a background fill done around it:  something that didn’t draw my attention to the seam lines.

I know, you are looking at the pictures, thinking “But Suzanne, it looks fine, I don’t see what you are seeing, get over yourself.” (Yes, I can read minds, didn’t you know?)

Trust me.  It’s wonky.  I’m just not showing you HOW wonky.  I have some pride.

Not much.  But some.

Project Details

  • Name: Lone Star Quilt
  • Pieced by:  Unknown (star was hand pieced, borders and setting squares/triangles were machine pieced)
  • Size:  66 by 81
  • Quilting Thread: Would you believe I ended up using a cream colored thread!  On the blue!  It’s Sew Fine, Bottom Line in the bobbin
  • Quilting Designs:  Butterfly Garden Little Sister Set by Anne Bright
  • Batting:  Hobbs Wool

I’m still alive

Well, apparently I dramatically exaggerated my potential early death from the crud because (a) I’m still alive and (b) I don’t actually have the crud, which is weird, since I was sneezing so much.  Maybe I scared the cold away.

Or maybe it really was rogue ragweed?

I can finally show off these quilts I’ve been working on, these are gifts for their teachers.  You’ll note that they are fraternal twins, just like the boys.

The pattern is from the Terry Atkinson book Happy Hour.  Super simple, but very effective.  I had the penguin fabric at the shop in the two colorways, I debated between something Christmas-y like this, or just plain everyday fabric, and the boys had no opinion — so I made Mark decide.  He liked the penguins, so away I went.  I didn’t have enough of any one red to do the blue quilt with just 2 fabrics, and I didn’t have enough different greens to make the green and red quilt scrappy-ish, and I wasn’t going to go BUY anymore fabric…

I took these pictures in a  hurry this morning before delivering them, so there aren’t that many pictures, and they don’t look that great, but there’s not much to see.  I used a computerized pattern from Anne Bright called Christmas Snow.  It is VERY dense, but the snowflakes are gorgeous.  I used Hobbs wool, and washed the quilts, which is why they are both so crinkly already:

If I had a longer throat on my longarm, I would have done this pattern even bigger, but I ran out of room.

For those who are wondering, yes, I have made quilts for the boys’ teachers every year since kindergarten.  That’s it, though.  I’ve always said I was only doing them through elementary, so this is the last Christmas when I’ll be scurrying at the last minute, even though I’ve known for a year that I’ll need another pair of quilts for teachers…

Now, to finish a lap quilt for one of my niece’s before Friday (piece of cake) and to try to finish Mark’s scarf by Saturday (mmmm….I have at least 12 more inches to go, but I stayed up until 1 AM and got 8 inches done last night, so I’m thinking it might be possible…)

Of course, I could always still get the crud, and he’s been complaining about a stomach bug, which he’d better not share, so I’m not going to get too overly confident on this one.

I may have to wrap up a scarf with the needle and ball of yarn still attached, but that would be par for the course around here…