Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A finish!

This quilt was started last November. It was Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice mystery quilt. I stayed right on track until the last couple of clues. Finished up the top in the spring, and it's been languishing since then in my "to be quilted" pile.  Finally pulled it out last week, got it on the longarm during a lull, and even finished the binding. Now it sits in a new stack, waiting to be dropped off for donation :)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Stash Report - Aug 24

Just a short stash report this week, although backings do make for good numbers.

1 yard used for binding on 2 quilts
6 3/4 yards for backing on single girl quilt
4 yards backing for red anvil quilt

Stash totals for the year:
463 1/2 yards in
164 yards out
Total: 299 1/2 yards in

Drop by Judy's blog for more stash reports.

Friday, August 22, 2014

10 Million Stitches

My longarm has a stitch counter on it, and I just passed the 10,000,000 stitch count.  2 years, 10 million stitches.  That's over 25000 yards of thread, or 14 miles of stitching.

When I bought the longarm, I had planned to use it just for my own quilts. By the time it arrived, I had 8 tops backed up, waiting to be quilted - because once I'd made the decsion to buy it, there was no way I was going to do any more quilts on my domestic machine.

But then I was convinced to do a couple of tops for friends.  And then their friends. And before I knew it, the business side of things took off last October.  I've done over 50 customer quilts since then.  I'm still loving it, although longarming for others has drastically cut into my production of quilts.  But that's ok. I'm still quilting, and instead of having to buy fabric, I'm getting paid for it :)  (No, that has not stopped me buying fabric, as those who read my stash reports know).

And now, 2 years after buying the longarm, I have only 18 tops waiting to be quilted.  Oh.  Well, at least the original 8 are not all still waiting, although I think 4 of them are.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Productive week

I had a really productive week this week.  I got 3 of my quilts on (and off) the long arm.

First, a quilt for my son.  I want to try to get this one bound before he leaves for university next week.  That may be pushing my luck, but I'm hopeful.  This is made from Kaffe Fassett shot cottons, and is my second quilt of this pattern. Quilted with the same panto, too. I think I see a pattern here :)

This is Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice, her mystery from last November.  It's actually looking like it might get done before the next one starts.

And finally this one. I picked up the blocks from the exchange table at guild in the spring. Added the pink setting triangles, and finished it off with a bias border and the darker pink border.  It will get bound with more of the stripe - hopefully cut on the bias again, if I have enough of it.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Design Wall Monday, Aug 18

I've been plugging away this weekend on my Toes in the Sand blocks. I fell pretty far behind, so I did a catch-up blitz.  Months 7 through 10 are now up on my design wall. Which I think means I am in fact all caught up.

Drop by Judy's blog to see what everyone else has on their design walls today.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Stash Report, Aug 17

I've dedicated the last few days to getting some of my quilts onto (and off of) the long arm.  That means making backings, which means lots of usage to report this week :)  And, I was a good girl at the fabric store this week and have no incoming fabric to report.

Mystery quilt - 5 yards
backing for mystery quilt - 5 yards
backing for Celtic Solstice - 3 yards
backing for Grant's quilt - 5.5 yards

total used: 18.5 yards

Stash totals for the year:
463 1/2 yards in
152 1/4 yards out
Total: 311 1/4 yards in

Drop by Judy's blog for more stash reports.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Removing Blue Lines

I posted the other day about my difficulty in removing the blue lines from one of those water-soluble (yah, right) markers on a quilt. I think the lines may have been ironed, which will set them pretty much permanently.

But I really wanted to get them out, and avoid replacing the 2 blocks with marks.  First, I tried a few suggestions I found on the internet. Soaking in water - removed all but these last 2 areas. I tried vinegar.  I tried cream of tartar (mixed with vinegar). I even tried a Tide Stick (TM).

Searching on-line, I found this promising product with some pretty good reviews Blue Line Eraser. But shipping from the US is more than the product actually costs, and that's just annoying. 

A bit more googling, and I found a suggestion to use hairspray. Hairspray? Really?  Well, in fact, YES! That stuff was a miracle cure.  I sprayed one section of the quilt with 3 or 4 lines on it, and literally watched them disappear.  Then I rinsed the quilt to remove the hairspray, and after drying the marks are completely gone!

Went back and treated the rest of block, gave it a rinse, and you can't even tell the marks were there.