It’s Okay To Grab The Seam Ripper

If you don’t like where a project is going, it’s okay to grab the seam ripper and start over.  It’s a lesson I had to remind myself of yesterday.  Sunday afternoon I started quilting on the Kona HST quilt in my WIP pile.

I had been contemplating the quilting design and decided to just move forward with it.   Starting with an offset triangle and following that design around.  All was well until I had to change the bobbin.  Something wasn’t right after I changed it.  New thread?  The tension is off?  Fingers crossed it isn’t something more, like the timing.

Working on the quilted triangles I started to question my original idea.  After taking a few hours away from the machine, I couldn’t shake that feeling that it wasn’t right.

Yesterday some frantic texts were shared with Rachael to get a second opinion.  She agreed with my assessment.  It’s okay, but not exactly right.  Notice those evenly spaced horizontal lines?  That’s where I want this design to go.

Last night I grabbed my trusty seam ripper and started busting up the stitches.  The first row was painful.  As I went on taking out the quilting became satisfying.  Taking out what I didn’t feel was the right design is time consuming.  Ultimately, I will be happier with the finished product.  For now, this sits in my sewing space waiting for me to get home from work.

Do you have any projects that you’ve taken the seam ripper to?  If so, how did you feel after?

Kona HSTs Quilt

Funny that I had in mind EXACTLY what I wanted to do with these Kona charm packs I picked up a while back.  The vision was clear and the finished project looked amazing in my mind.  As I started to lay out the charm squares for a Disappearing Nine Patch quilt I hated it.  This design was not coming together like my vision.

I walked away from it and went to work on Spring Granny Squares.  An idea struck to create half square triangles.  Hmmm, that could work.  I grabbed my Hera Marker and started marking.  If you don’t have a Hera Marker, get one.  Add it to your quilty items wishlist or it’s a great stocking stuffer.  Every quilter should have one and it’s a time saving when marking half square triangles.

After marking everything it’s pretty easy to just sit down and chain piece.  I find it therapeutic to just piece and have the machine humming along.  While working on this I binged on Frankie and Grace on Netflix.  Great laughs to get through pressing and trimming too.

Once the blocks were trimmed I started on layout number two.  Randomly laid out half square triangles and it just wasn’t right either.  During the quilt retreat one version of the V&Co HST quilt was similar to a flying geese layout.  Hmm, would that work?

This layout took some shuffling around to balance it out and make it work.  Each row has a couple of blocks that form more of an arrow.  At this size it’s a small baby quilt, so I grabbed some solid gray from stash.  It matched one of the lighter grays perfectly.  The finished look is more offset which I really like.

The quilting on this has me stumped.  I have had some wonderful suggestions so far.  Hopefully there is time this week to just sit down and quilt.  Much like the design aspect of this quilt, I’m sure there will be a couple of versions tried before I decide to keep it.

Do you have any quilting ideas for this one?  Leave them in the comments.

 

New Fabric Finds

I intentionally went fabric shopping this weekend and it was glorious.

Friday after sitting in an all day meeting, I had a few minutes before I had to get the kid.  Crimson Tate is on my way home and I thought why not.  I have been passing it everyday for two months and tried to keep my blinders on.  Inside Heather had some of her brand new Literary fabric There are some projects floating around in my head with these fabrics.  They are perfect for the book lover in your life.  

Literary from Windham Fabrics

Heather had some pieces cut and on her cutting table.  In her own words, “So Good!”

Some scrap packs ended up coming home with me.  I’m thinking a baby boy quilt and already have a pattern in mind.  Yesterday I got wrapped up in pulling some scraps from my bins.   Stop it, there are already too many projects pulled.

Saturday morning I met up with a couple of friends and got in a long walk.  They are joining me in the 20/30 #healthysewist posts for the month.

Our walk ended near a fabric store that was celebrating their grand reopening.  I was really intrigued to see what the new shop would look like and the overall feel.  More modern fabrics, the space is open, and very inviting.  While there were good fabrics to choose from, I only bought Heat Bond.  Much needed for an upcoming project.

Finishing My Great Grandmother’s Quilt Blocks

Over the years I have contemplated what to do with these lovely blocks that my great grandmother stitched by hand.  My grandma let me play with them as a child and build my sewing skills by sewing these together.  Maybe I was scared or nervous that I wouldn’t do these blocks justice?  How could I finish her work?  Inspiration struck a couple of weeks ago and then some free time over the weekend made it happen.

First, I had to rip out the stitching I had already done.  The stitching was not great, it was wonky and some spots were dense, but it adds to the story of this project.  As the stitches were being taken out I noticed the blocks weren’t the same size and would need to be trimmed to use in a project.

The trimmings made a lovely little pile of color.

To fully utilize the blocks, I wanted to make a wall hanging.  We have a couple of spots in the living and dining room that could use some art. Until this weekend I was going to hand sew the blocks and finish with hand quilting.  My thoughts were changed since that is not my style.  If I’m going to create with these blocks, I need to put my touch on them.

Machine sewing and quilting.

The top is lovely.  Once it’s quilted I’m going to hand wash in some blue Dawn to help take out some of the staining.

The backing from my vintage sheet collection.  It’s one of my mother in law’s, so blending both families together.

I’m going to straight line quilt this and I’m stumped.  Leave your feedback on thread color choices.

Would you quilt in grey or white?

Icy Waters Quilt Top…Almost Finished

I say almost for one reason.  There is one more row to add based on the pattern.  However, I like the quilt just the way it is.  I think more dark gray will change the look.  When I pulled the fabrics I liked the idea.  Now I want the quilt to be a bit softer in the gradient of color.

Would you add the row or just leave it?

Maybe I’m too lazy to continue?  That could be part of the challenge.  Paper piecing gives amazing results within a quilt, but is so much work.  You can’t chain piece with this method, or I haven’t figured out a practical way to do it yet.

I have pieced the backing and now I just need to baste this quilt.  Well PRESS the heck out of it with starch so it lays flat, then baste it.

While this quilt may look complex Amy makes it easy to create this wonderful piece.  She has a great selection of paper pieced patterns in her book, Paper Pieced Modern:  13 Stunning Quilts.  It’s a book that I recommend to any quilter to add to their collection.  The technique she teaches will help you with your paper piecing as well.

You can read about the workshop the IMQG hosted with Amy back in September in this post.  Basting this quilt is part of my March action items.  I’ve got this, now bring on the starch!

 

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April Action Items

I’m excited for April to finally arrive.  The chance of snow in Indianapolis goes down exponentially and spring comes into bloom.  My allergies aren’t as excited, but they make medications for that.

April is very project oriented right now.  I can’t share them all with you right now, but some good stuff is coming.  DIY, upcycling, and some vintage quilts.

Vintage Quilts

As we transition into spring I’m focusing a bit more on vintage quilts.  I have a stash of them just wadded up in my WIP cabinet.  In an effort to keep busting through WIPs, this is a natural progression.  Plus, it’s fun to give new life to these old quilts.

DIY

I have some fun projects lined up that I have been meaning to make forever.  Spring is just the right motivator to get them done.

Wedding Anniversary Trip

Our seventh wedding anniversary is April 24th.  I have planned a getaway to a secret location.  Everything is planned and I haven’t told my hubby where we are going.  You guys, I have kept a secret, this is HUGE!

Healthy Actions

For March I met the goal of at least 15-20 #healthysewist entries.  Hubby had the stomach flu in March and the house was in chaos for a few days.  The weather got cold here again too and we had a contractor at the house a couple of days.  Not everything is an excuse, but definitely some hiccups.  Running has helped me have more energy and yoga is letting me focus on strength.

For April I want to push myself to 20 #healthysewist entries on Instagram.  I’m working on some new photo ideas for these too since I’m terrible at selfies.  Maybe some new trails or locations for runs?  How many times can you see this mug?