Tuesday, October 25, 2016

2016 Row by Row, etc...

Heck, 2016 is just about over and I never posted about my Row by Row experience this year.  I have not finished the 2015 Row by Row quilt... yet but it is in the works. Meanwhile I DID start & finish the 2016 Row by Row quilt though I didn't get near as many row patterns as last year plus I did turn it in for a prize from my local quilt shop, Quilter's Dream.  Here's the quilt as it was finished:

Note that my Bobbin the Robin is also in the picture and some of her friends are flying away from their nest in one of the rows in search of their new homes on the side of the quilt.

Meanwhile, Row by Row Experience just posted their Theme for 2017: "Row by Row On the Go" with a video on the different ways these rows might look for next year, basically, how we get from one place to the next, either by land, air, or sea in our quests.  My mind is already thinking about how I can incorporate one of my T-birds into the rows that come out for next year.  Will just have to see what the rows look like when they start getting posted from the different quilt shops on the web next spring.

Loved watching facebook as quilters turned in their quilts at shops and was inspired by some of the settings and use of colors to enhance the rows and the layout.   After looking at my 2015 rows I had finished last fall in one layout, saw another layout that I really liked.  I rearranged the rows and came up with a design that I like so someday I'll get around to finishing it up.


Still might do a little more rearranging of the rows but I do like the positions of the rows going around the center medallion row but thinking that I might make it so it can be hung in two different directions and still be able to see the rows without twisting my head around.  Will be putting a border on it, too.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Quilting, too

Good grief!  Started this post (see below) Dec 12, 2015 and never got back to it.  Here it is mid May and I haven't said a word yet.
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I've started yet another project.  Row by Row Experience 2015 is not really over.  It's all those patterns I collected and then some.  Meanwhile even the business Row by Row is still active thru the winter to help us use all those patterns we collected.  This December, Row by Row Studio presented us "collectors" an advent quilt pattern layout to use our rows collected OR to use the rows being presented daily in the advent quilt. The quilt is large: 108"x111".  So... I've gone thru my collected patterns and pulled out some that might fit together along with some of the rows that's being presented. (which means I am having to buy some of the row patterns).

I suspect this project is meant to show us quilters that there are other layouts to use to make a quilt from these rows.  Next year's 2016 theme has also been presented.  It's going to be "Home Sweet Home" which really lends itself to a row quilt.  Wish I had gotten involved with the Row shop hop back in 2014 as the theme for that year was "Seasons".  I could use some seasonal wall hangings of that sort around my already cluttered house.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Cat Bed Update

Making more cat beds for this winter season as my cats like to use them anywhere in the house I can find a spot they like.  I started out this time making the 14" size and noticed that though the cats will use them, they seem to prefer the larger ones for long time naps as they can easily move around in them and even sleep together.  My cats range from 7 lbs to 17 lbs and varying lengths.  The old original bed I had bought years ago is too small, I'm going to give away as the cats will not use it but all the rest seem to get used.


 The green bed is the 14" size.  Black Goldie can curl up in it easily as she only weighs 7lbs but her son Butch (on the right) is 17# and barely fits in. I probably won't make any more that size again.



The black bed on the left is 18" and easily fits 2 large cats but they are stuffed so a 19" would probably work better for them.  The brown one on the right is 17" and will also fit 2 cats at once but fits a single cat very nicely.  The brown one below is 16x18 (oval instead of a circle).  Rainey enjoys it as it sits next to my reading chair.  She's not a lap cat but does enjoy being close.  When she's not in it though, others will hop in to be next to me.  She's not happy about that and will pace the house for awhile until whomever has taken it over, gets out.  She's picky that way.
 Another thing I've noticed is that the cats like to rest their head on the side of the beds, hence the following pictures showing them.







Note that all of these are the 14" size beds.  No two come out exactly alike but they will use them especially if they feel cold.

The pattern for these beds is here


Friday, November 27, 2015

More progress on the Row by Row

Have to laugh.  At this rate, I don't think I could get one done for next year's row by row hop.  I'll try though.  So back to the progress on the 2015 RbyR.  Guess I'm taking little steps at a time.
Need borders for a couple of the rows to get them to fit in the quilt.  Ran out of the dark blue fabric and haven't tried looking for more so bought some of a similar color but with a design and hope it works out ok.  Meanwhile making cat beds.  Not even progressing very fast on those.  I've had 6 cut out for a week now and just sit and look at them every now and then while I get busy on the computer doing just "stuff".  After this is posted, will turn off the computer.  (ha! you say).

Here's the latest pic of the RbyR.  Had it to this point about 3 weeks ago.
I will say that the mermaid was really fun to do.  Hardest part was finding the right fabrics in my stash to make it similar to the store's colors in their row..  The background came out so well.  Really pleased with it.

Meanwhile, contacted the Wyoming shop we had to pass up on our way home (Lickety Stitch Q.S. in Lusk) and bought their row kit when it was available to buy.  Beautiful row.  Going to get the row from Bandera, TX as it's also a beauty.


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Progress on Row X Row at last.

Oct 19
Finally.  The baby quilt is almost all done now; just hand sewing on the last of the binding when I meet with my bee.  That has given me time to work on the last 3 rows for my quilt.  One row is 90% complete, with just putting the finishing touches on the applique.  The next row  has the appliques all cut out, and now working on the background.  Work on the last row will probably start on Sunday.

The spring quilt has gone to a long arm machine quilter to have it quilted as I just did not want to spend the time to hand quilt it or machine quilt it on my home machine.  There is so much green on it, even the backside.  Looking forward to getting it back though I'll have to do the trimming and binding.

Nov 7: Updates on above.  A lot has happened.

First the baby quilt is done except for the label and hanging sleeve as I plan to put it in the Bear Creek Quilt Guild's Quilt Show next February.

The spring quilt has been machine quilted by a friend, Traci of "Let Me Quilt It", in Keller, TX.  I still have to trim off the edges, bind it and make the hanging sleeve as it will also go in same Quilt Show.

Meanwhile, have progressed on the Row by Row.  Though the RbyR "contest" is over, that doesn't stop me from making the quilt and I have decided to make it even wider so adding two more rows.  Row # 10 is being worked on now.  When it's done, I'll do the finishing touches on the rows and start machine quilting the individual rows before putting them all together.

The quilt will now have a row from Stanwood, WA and one from Stillwater, OK. The Stillwater row is the one I'm working on now.  The quilt will actually "sport" 12 rows but 2 of those rows have been separated out and 1 of those is actually a duplicate of one of the other rows. Maybe next year, I'll just do 4 rows on the front and 4 on back as a few other quilters ended up doing so it ends up the size of a baby quilt or good for a reversible wall hanging.


Saturday, October 10, 2015

A Few of the Quilt Shops we visited this past summer

I was asked if I had taken any photos of our travels and especially some of the quilt shops along the way.  Alas, I didn't get any inside photos but did take some outside photos of these shops.
Here's some of them.  Wish I had remembered to take them all.  Next year, I'll get some inside photos and I'll have my Bobbin Robin to go along with me.


Quilt Works in Albuquerque.
Great shop!  Lots of fabric and personable staff.
That's my Thunderbird in front.
Desert Rose Center in Tucumcari New Mexico
  Alas, not open on Sunday which is the day we went by them
 but took the photo anyway.  They are on the Old Route 66.

Great Plains Quilt Company in Burlingame, Kansas.
Another nice shop to visit in a beautiful town.

Quilter's Cupboard in Akeny, Iowa.  Cute little shop with more fabric than you'd think it could hold.
That's our Thunderbird in front.
Desert Rose Quilt Shop in Sioux Falls, SD.
Liked their pattern!
Quilter's Headquarter's in Sioux Falls, SD
An added bonus that they had a Quilt Trail block on their shop.


Here's the location of the Quilt Show where one of the vendors attending
 brought in their row by row license plate for me.
 
Lickety Stitch Quilt Shop in Lusk, Wyoming
Alas, another that we missed because we were traveling thru on Sunday.
Looks like it's a great shop.




Thursday, October 8, 2015

Baby Quilt and my Bobbin Robin

I've posted before about starting this baby quilt.  It's from a pattern from Quilter's Dream in Colleyville, TX that they sold, called "Fishy Chevron" which was adapted from Scrappy Chevron by Libby Prather and uses Quilter's Dream 2015 Row pattern.  Anyway, the quilt is almost all done, just sewing on the binding now.
Meanwhile, I also picked up the "Bobbin Robin" pattern that was presented this year for Row by Row participants to make and use on their travels. Got her finished last week as I didn't pick up the pattern until we got back from our trips.  She's making her entrance on this blog with her first Row pattern and quilt.  She'll also be around when my Row By Row quilt is finally finished and if I remember, she'll be around when I visit shops next year for Row by Row 2016.  btw.  the theme will be announced tomorrow, Oct. 9.

In the picture on the left is "Bobbin Robin" then Beverly Ingram, owner of Quilter's Dream, and me on the right.  You should see this quilt made from batiks and Moda fabrics.  Really stunning.

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Beverly suggested that I  show you what I did with Bobbin Robin's boots.
As suggested in the pattern, I had bought shoes designed for 18" dolls (American Girl type dolls).  Went to Walmart and they had a little package of boots for less than $4.  They are slit up the back to make it easy for a child to slip on the doll (since the doll's feet don't bend).  

After I had made Bobbin Robin and got her stilt legs readied to put into her body, I needed a way to use the boots to help hold her steady while I fit the legs to her body.  I had a couple of empty plastic spools from Coats & Clarks  (size that holds 300yds) that just barely squeezed into the boots.  They held in enough that they could be used to steady her body while I adjusted where they went into her body.  I then thought that I would probably only need to use the air dry clay (suggested in the directions with the pattern) to permanently hold the spools inside and there would still be enough clay inside the boot to give the boots the weight needed to hold everything steady when all was done.  That meant that she could have a change of shoes in the future.

So, I put a couple of wads of the clay inside each boot pushing it solidly into the toe area and leaving a good layer on the bottom to push the spools into. 

When you push down on the spools into the clay, it's going to go into the holes in the bottom of the spool but you don't want the center hole full of clay .  It's ok for it to go into the other holes in the spool as it helps hold the spool into the shoes.  This way, you can remove Bobbin Robin from her shoes and change to another set of shoes in the future, since her legs won't be stuck in the shoes permanently.

 I then used one of the stilts (wooden skewer) to push down the clay in the center hole to kind of squeeze it out of the center hole thru the bottom so the center hole wouldn't get filled up with clay.  I did that so both legs would sit at the same level in the boots and it helps balance Bobbin Robin. 

I had left the spool tags on the top end as one was made in the USA and the other in Eygpt, but it's not necessary.

If you use normal shoes instead of boots for your Bobbin Robin, you can probably still use spools in those shoes and either paint the spool or leave a layer of thread on the spool as "socks".  I haven't tried that yet.