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2018 Mug Rug Swap

between NWAMQG and TULSAMQG. Last month we turned in our forms for this swap and received a form from a Tulsa member with color preferences, etc. My swap partner, Lora Whitfield, indicated all colors but that she loves a teal and red combo, NO BABY PINK, any style. I used up most of my red and teal fabrics for the wonky churn dash exchange, but happened to find these in my strip box – the one that is now sorted by color.
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These strips had been on the design wall for a couple weeks with no inspiration forthcoming. Writers have Erato for their muse–I need to invent a muse for quilting.

Friday I had 15 minutes before heading out to the Green Country Quilters Guild Quilt Show in Tulsa so I started sewing some pieces together. I was thinking about the MQG Challenge for 2019, using tiny piecing in a donation quilt. I was going to subcut this strip set and make a tiny grid (photo above) but Saturday I had a different idea. I started cutting up 3/4-inch strips and mimicked a quilt I have seen several times.

After piecing, pressing, and trimming, I layered this with Peltex (a stiff interfacing) and a backing with glittery Valentine’s fabric. I prefer Timtex (a little heavier than Peltex) but have not been able to find any for awhile. I left the red strips unquilted and quilted a line next to the border seam. This gives you a place to turn around with diagonal stitching. If you start at the edge, pivot/stitch/pivot and stitch back to the edge, you have no threads to weave in.
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Finally I traced around this metal end caps (given to me by dd, probably from incense stitcks container from BBB) to round the corners and satin stitched around the edge. The butterfly pin reminds where the round starts. Satin stitch using #8 zigzag on Janome with three rounds:

Round 1: 5.0 wide, 1.5 length

Round 2: 5.5 wide, 1.0 length

Round 3: 6.0 wide, .5 length

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Now I just need to make a label and turn in my mug rug at our August meeting. I have some small projects (camera strap cover, microwave bowls, pieced biscornu pincushion) to work on until I get my needle arm fixed–I just don’t dare do free-motion quilting and this is seriously putting me behind. Waiting to hear from Janome.

This was my viewer’s choice at the quilt show. Quilt by Janet Hoeltzel, quilted by Glenda Harkey, pattern by Mary B. Hayes; Thangles used.

BAB 14 – Shattered
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DIET UPDATE: After seven weeks, I have a net loss of 4.5 pounds and almost 3-inches. Whoopy-dip is all I can say that’s fit to publish.

Next posts: My Artful Log Cabin with exactly 50 log cabins celebrating our anniversary and photos from quilt show.

Quilted UFOs: The Redwork Quilt

The Redwork Quilt has moved up in status from a UFO (unfinished object) to a WIP (work in progress).  I have had to take a break for technical reasons.  When I went to change my needle yesterday, I found I was out of my favorite, Schmetz Quilting Needle 90/14.  Since I had some 75/11’s, I tried it in the sashing where I was free-motion quilting and the thread only broke once.  I am using Invisafil 100-wt. in top and in bobbin. Today, however, the thread broke again while stitching in the ditch so I have decided to wait until tomorrow when I can go to town.

I’m not sure when I started this quilt (late 2011 perhaps) but I didn’t like the setting or the size so I started working on it again in 2012.  Here you can see the dark blue flap I had placed on the red and white bubble fabric border.  I love this fabric but it just did not work for this quilt.

RedworkTakenApart

RedworkTakenApart

Auditioning a new border.

AuditioningNew Border

AuditioningNew Border

Here is the quilt put back together, measuring 27-inches square.

Redwork

Redwork

Last spring I dug this out again and decided I wanted to make it bigger.  I have too many more or less useless small quilts so I am making quilts that can hang in my dining room, maximum 42-inches wide and around 45-50 inches long.  In order to make this larger, I dug into my 2-1/2 inch red squares and cut more squares from every piece of red I own and then added a 4-inch black border.  When I want solid black, I use Kona–it’s a nice, consistent very dark black.  Sometimes I’m even able to find it locally.  The quilt is now 41-inches square.

WIPRedwork

WIPRedwork

I started in the center and outlined each square motif and the inside of the white square.  Then I outlined them again.  I think I am going to add some more lines of stitching so it will lie flatter.  If I start in the center, I should be able to go around all four squares without breaking the thread.

Redwork Quilt Center

Redwork Quilt Center

Next, I was able to quilt the first border with a simple meander.  Is there a difference between meandering and stippling?  I used to be the world’s worst meanderer.  I just couldn’t get anything to come together between my brain and the needle.  So I started practicing.  And practicing.  And practicing.  Every time I was going to free-motion a quilt, I would practice meandering whether I was going to actually use it or not.   I have a small stencil which I would trace onto my practice piece and stitch over the lines.  Then I would try to do it on my own.  I still have to practice before putting it on a quilt but it has gotten much better.  Sometimes I do just a plain meander but usually I add some kind of design, in this case flowers and leaves.  I had a strip leftover from the Cotton+Steel quilt which was just the size I needed.  If you want to add to your quilting repertoire, practice some simple motifs with meandering.  I have added different flowers with leaves, stars, pumpkins, and Christmas motifs.  Try to practice making these motifs upside down to add variety without pivoting the quilt.  If you run into a problem, you can just rip back to the motif, and start there again–no one will be the wiser.

FMQ Practice, Meander w/Flowers

FMQ Practice, Meander w/Flowers

When I was cleaning out my files this spring, I got rid of the red work booklet with the embroidery design I used.  I found it online: The Red Book, designed by Diane Arthurs from the Powder Mill.  I saw it on a resale website for $30.  I assure you I did not pay that much for it but it must be out of print now, which somehow has translated into giving people license to sell books at outrageous prices.  Grrr.  Go to the library, check with a friend, look for any line drawing available to you.  Because the motifs were small, I used one strand of floss and a backstitch.  I just couldn’t get the outline stitch to look good.  I also lined the white-on-white fabric with a stretch knit interfacing so that the knots and traveling would not show.  Of course when I started quilting, I noticed a knot had migrated through the interfacing but If anyone notices that, then they are just looking too dang hard.

So that’s my story for today.  I’m over the recommended word count.  Sorry.  I’ll be back next week with an update.