Creeping ever closer…

I have almost finished sewing the backing on my Yoshi quilt! I have 1 and a half more rows to do, and then I’m done except for the binding. The back is a little bubbly (I don’t have a big enough hard surface, so I had to pin on the carpet), but it’s not too bad. What is the worst is trying to get the quilt through my machine–it’s soooo big and heavy!

And I love invisible thread. It’s covering a lot of sins right now.

Matt cuddled up under this evening after I’d pinned it and sewn down a couple rows, and it has his seal of approval. Still need him to pick a binding color, though.

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And another quilt top!

So I finished the quilt top for the baby quilt I talked about in this post. I had to play around with the lay out of the little strips as my layout looked awfully matchy-stripey with the original way the pattern I was using as a guide had the layout (and this was because of the order in which I sewed the pieces together to begin with, not a fault of their layout). So, I need to iron the quilt top and backing, and then make my quilt sandwich and quilt away. Still haven’t decided on the binding yet.

And Yoshi is taking a break right now–I may wrestle with it later this week (if I don’t catch the death plague Matt has). I’m sooo close with it, too!

While I’m waiting…

Since Matt is still sick on the couch (poor guy!), I started working on the baby quilt I’m going to be putting up for sale. I bought this jelly roll from JoAnn’s, and got this fabric for the backing. I think I’ll use this one that I have leftover from another project for the binding; and if I don’t like it, then I should have enough of the backing to make the binding.

In case the links disappear, the jelly roll is Land of Whimsy Giraffe print (item 14173678), the backing is Snuggle flannel white/blue dot (item 10855385), and the potential binding is Keepsake Calico blue star (item 4248910).

I’m using this pattern from Fat Quarter Shop as my rough guideline.

It’s going really quickly; in under an hour I had the 3 big strips of 6 smaller strips sewn together. I’m hoping to finish this one up quickly and get it up for sale–I think I’ll try our local Facebook buy/sell group.

Still hate ironing

Yup. Ironing is the worst. But, I’m done ironing until I have to press the binding fabric! I’m itching to start sewing the backing on to my freshly pressed open quilt top, but Matt (who has a terrible sore throat, cough, fever, etc.–poor guy!) is sleeping downstairs and that’s the only place I have enough space to lay out this quilt and start pinning the backing on. So, I’ll wait until he wakes up. If I get bored, I could start laying out the really cute jelly roll I bought and start sewing the strips together…

An updated to-do list:

  1. Finish assembling last 2 blocks
  2. Iron the last 10 blocks
  3. Lay out the batting and cut down for 29 blocks Lay down batting and cut down for 9 blocks
  4. Quilt 29 blocks  Quilt 1 last block
  5. Iron the backing fabric/trim selvedge.
  6. Assemble the quilt top (arrange into rows, sew rows together-just one left!)
  7. Press seams open on back of quilt top (use a lower temp!) and cut the corners down to reduce bulk.
  8. Trim and measure quilt top and cut/sew backing fabric as needed
  9. Buy clear thread
  10. Sew backing onto quilt (after pinning it, of course!)
  11. Choose fabric for binding and buy it
  12. Assemble binding
  13. Sew on binding
  14. Collapse in relief

And now, a quilt top!

Holy crap on a stick, I got the quilt top sewn and trimmed. It ended up being about 76″w x 90″h. It took me almost 4 hours to get all 7 rows sewn together and to trim down the quilt top. I. Am. Exhausted. And I need a bigger table to use for cutting.

Here’s top pre-trimming (I didn’t take one after I trimmed it):

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Pardon the mess–I had to haul my machine and sewing paraphernalia downstairs to have enough room to sew it together and lay it out for pinning.

 

EDIT: Matt had a huge event tonight, and I got a little antsy waiting on him to come home, so I washed and dried the backing fabric in an effort to a) soften it up and b) make sure the dye won’t get all over the quilt top (there was a lot of dye in the cotton, and it’s still a little stiff). I also trimmed the selvedge off the sides–I shouldn’t have to trim the top and bottom as it should be longer than the quilt is tall.

An updated to-do list:

  1. Finish assembling last 2 blocks
  2. Iron the last 10 blocks
  3. Lay out the batting and cut down for 29 blocks Lay down batting and cut down for 9 blocks
  4. Quilt 29 blocks  Quilt 1 last block
  5. Iron the backing fabric/trim selvedge.
  6. Assemble the quilt top (arrange into rows, sew rows together-just one left!)
  7. Press seams open on back of quilt top (use a lower temp!) and cut the corners down to reduce bulk.
  8. Trim and measure quilt top and cut/sew backing fabric as needed
  9. Buy clear thread
  10. Sew backing onto quilt
  11. Choose fabric for binding and buy it
  12. Assemble binding
  13. Sew on binding
  14. Collapse in relief

Just a wee update

I hate ironing. There, I said it.

I pressed open seams and clipped corners on 4 of the 7 rows tonight. Still need to trim and sew row 7 into a strip.

Matt has to work all day tomorrow, so I plan on getting the whole quilt top assembled tomorrow, if I can. If I have the energy after doing that, then I’ll press open the new set of seams/clip corners and maybe even press the backing. Heck, if I get really ambitious, I might even trim the selvedge off the backing and sew and press the seam for the backing.

6 rows done

Finished quilting the last block tonight–whew! That was 990 little squares sewn together. I went ahead and added the final blocks to the three rows that still needed them.

Still need to trim down and sew the top row together. Then I’ll trim all the corners and press open the seams before I sew the strips together.

Houston, we have batting

Finally bought batting tonight. I cut down and pinned all 9 of the remaining blocks, and I quilted 8 of the 9 blocks (most of which were all blue blocks–the sole remaining block is half blue and half Yoshi’s eyebrows, so I have to change colors for this last one). I’ll finish sewing down the last block, and finish sewing the blocks into strips tomorrow, I hope. I have one more strip to make (the top row), and three more strips need their last block added on.

 

An updated to-do list:

  1. Finish assembling last 2 blocks
  2. Iron the last 10 blocks
  3. Lay out the batting and cut down for 29 blocks Lay down batting and cut down for 9 blocks
  4. Quilt 29 blocks  Quilt 1 last block
  5. Iron the backing fabric/trim selvedge.
  6. Assemble the quilt top (arrange into rows, sew rows together-just one left!)
  7. Press seams open on back of quilt top (use a lower temp!) and cut the corners down to reduce bulk.
  8. Trim and measure quilt top and cut/sew backing fabric as needed
  9. Buy clear thread
  10. Sew backing onto quilt
  11. Choose fabric for binding and buy it
  12. Assemble binding
  13. Sew on binding
  14. Collapse in relief

Getting ever closer

I now have 6 of the 7 rows sewn into strips (there’s a couple rows that need their last block sewn on after I buy more batting and quilt it). Obviously, I still need batting, and once I have the last row quilted and sewn into a strip, I’ll press open the seams and cut the corners and then sew the strips together.

An updated to-do list:

  1. Finish assembling last 2 blocks
  2. Iron the last 10 blocks
  3. Lay out the batting and cut down for 29 blocks Lay down batting and cut down for 9 blocks
  4. Quilt 29 blocks
  5. Iron the backing fabric/trim selvedge.
  6. Assemble the quilt top (arrange into rows, sew rows together-just one left!)
  7. Press seams open on back of quilt top (use a lower temp!) and cut the corners down to reduce bulk.
  8. Trim and measure quilt top and cut/sew backing fabric as needed
  9. Buy clear thread
  10. Sew backing onto quilt
  11. Choose fabric for binding and buy it
  12. Assemble binding
  13. Sew on binding
  14. Collapse in relief

And now, pictures! These are the bottom 4 strips, with bonus kitty cats for scale. Nothing has been precisely lined up, nor pinned down–this was just so I could see how it was shaping up. Row 3 is one of the rows that’s missing its last block until I get more batting.

2 rows sewn!

I have now sewn the bottom 2 rows together into strips! I haven’t sewn the two strips together yet (I’m going to trim the corners of the seams and press them open before I sew the two rows together–learned that lesson when I was making my friend’s baby quilt).

I still need to buy more batting, and figure out what Matt wants as the binding fabric. I’ll have to wait to buy it until I get the top assembled and know how much I’ll need.

I laid out the bottom row on my bed just to see how big it will be. The width of the quilt is the same as the length of my queen size bed, plus about 6 inches. *gulp*

It didn’t take very long at all to sew the strips, so I am cautiously getting more optimistic I’ll finish this by Christmas. If I don’t before then, I should be able to finish before New Year’s as I have that week off of work.