Choices for the next WIP to work on…

I am hours away from finishing Fruit Bell Pull by Teresa Wentzler.  I probably won’t finish it tonight but it will be finished tomorrow.  I have only a little backstitching and the border on the last block left.  That means it’s time to pick the next project or decide to move to an active rotation.

Being the data geek that I am I have multiple options when I sort my spreadsheet. If I go with the oldest projects I’m looking at Pegasus started in 1982.


OR Rainbow Unicorn started in 1983


or if I stick with Cross-stitch Dragon Ride from 2000


If I sort by Percentage complete, I’m looking at the Dr. Who Quilt

Or The French purse kit I inherited from my Grandma

If I go with projects with the fewest remaining stitches. Those would be Tempest and Ecology


Or I go with the Carousel Horses which are on the highest count fabric and my eyesight is going. (Summer is the closest to complete)

It’s a good thing that I have an evening to decide what to work on next.

However, suggestions are appreciated.

Stitch May-nia results as of May 22

There is still one week of my May-nia left for this year but This is what I’ve accomplished: AutumnQueen2016
Mirabilia’s Autumn Queen 4.5 hours close to 1000 stitches
Overdyed Dragon
OverDyed Dragon by Dragon Dreams 2.75 hours
Dr. Who Quilt 1.5 hours
Fruit Bellpull by Theresa Wentzler 1.5 hours
Something Wicked by La-D-Da
Fortunate Traveller by Theresa Wenztler 1.25 hours stitching 1 hour sorting pattern
Reflections of TidePools by Ro Pace – 2 hours
Fall Carousel
Fall Carousel Horse by Theresa Wentzler 1 hour
Not pictured
Anniversary Roses by Lauren Sauer
Bucilla Purse Kit from 1943
Final picture –
Mardi Gras Quilt I’m working on…20160522_194808

For more information on my new stitching process – check out my new blog – Agile Crafter


Finally a finish….and a contest.

I have friends who would say this is not finished because it doesn’t have a name and a label.
I created this quilt from the blocks in a beginning quilt class and it’s made for my son, J, who is on an LDS mission in St. Louis, MO. He wanted Red and Blue but not something patriotic which is why I went with a black background.  I need suggestions for names – I’m thinking about giving a prize for the name I select… Leave your name suggestions in the comments.


I love how many of the blocks have scriptural references.  The center block is known as Tree of Life, the house block has been nicknamed by my classmates – the wiseman’s house because it’s built upon the rock, the teacher said that a log cabin block with a black center stands for freedom from slavery which is what the gospel truth does to a tortured soul, The bottom center block is an anvil which is appropriate for the summer that J was an apprentice to a blacksmith. IMG_9496You can definitely see the relation of the block to the anvil he worked with.  He looks so young in that picture too.

This is what Elder Bates looks like in Missouri – James

So if you see him on the street with his black and white name tag- Ask to see his quilt.  Especially if you gave me the winning name!

No WIP updates this week…

Yep, there is no WIP update this week. Mainly because I was having Mommy Angst with the Last First Day of School. Yes, my baby started his senior year of school and I’m having those – How did he grow up so fast? He was so tiny (my runt at 8′ 3″)? Where did the time go? How did I get this old? And the realization I never made him a baby sampler!
Unlike the other kids though, he got his own baby quilt which is now boxed away since it’s nothing but 2 pieces of worn out fabric. The stuffing is gone and when held up the once heavy cotton is now sheer.
He was about 8 when he agreed to box it up to save for later. We may take it out of the box when he goes away to college next year. At least, he’s asked if we can or could he at least take the box to school?

Wednesday WIP photo- just posted late

Wednesday WIP photo- just posted late

I was really worried about posting the Wednesday WIP this week because I hadn’t worked on any stitching at all during the week. And then I got a Netflix disc in the mail on Wednesday and finished Doctors 8 and 9 and started 10 (released that day) and I’m feeling pretty good about the progress. I do need to take some time and finish making blocks and rows though. I don’t think I’m going to piece the rows together yet because until I see the final border, I’m not sure if I want to have the numbers start from the bottom and go up or from the top and go down. Luckily the border will be released in 3 weeks. I could have this finished by the end of summer 🙂

WED WIP update

Just so you know… my first doctor was Tom Baker and you never forget your first Doctor.  However my favorite Doctor is a toss up between 9 and 11.  Yes, that’s right – I’m not a Tennant fan girl, although I would love to get a copy of him and Catherine Tate doing Much Ado about Nothing.  That’s a ticket I would pay for…

And that is the introduction for my focus project at the moment – –


For those who have seen the pictures from last week – You’ll notice there are French knots all over 6’s tie.  Seven is complete and I went with one of the alternate eight patterns since I really didn’t like the official pattern put out by Fandom in Stitches.  You’ll notice that even though 8 is not finished, I have traced 9 and it’s ready to start as soon as I get some time to stitch.
And on to my other piece.

This is the other piece which got some love, I actually got a full hour put in on Fall this weekend and there is a part of head in there. I got quite a bit of mane done and the corner grape vines are almost ready to be called done. I have 6 hours left on him this rotation slot and I’m really hoping to finish all the border on this first page.

See you next Wednesday.

Making a quilt top from the 9 patch blocks

So I went back and found my project from November of 2009 since the post from earlier this weekend.  It turns out that it may make more than 5 blocks.  Then again, I may have used 2 fat quarters, I’m not sure.

Strips I found when I opened the project box.

Strips I found when I opened the project box.

So for kicks and giggles I finished them up to see how many blocks I really had.

10 finished blocks

10 finished blocks

I have 10 blocks 5 of each color. The next step is to make sure they are all the same size.

Measure to find the smallest block.

Measure to find the smallest block.

So I measure all to find the smallest block and after I evened that one up (making it square to the shortest edge. I cut the other blocks down to that size in this case 6-1/4″

Then because I’ve been told that quilts with even numbered blocks aren’t really aesthetically pleasing (although my favorite quilt has 24 blocks). I added some blocks of solid fabric to place between the pieced blocks.

Cut 10 solid pieces the same size as the pieced blocks.

Cut 5 solid pieces the same size as the pieced blocks.

Then comes the fun part, layout.

Hm, I don't think 5 blocks will be enough.

Hm, I don’t think 5 blocks will be enough.

I cut 5 more of the solid blocks (used 2 fat quarters) for this layout.

27And hmm, we have an even number of blocks – 4 rows of 5 for a total of 20.

The next step is sewing the blocks together.  The nice thing about this layout is there’s no worrying about seams laying right, every seam on the block is going against a blank block.  I sew the blocks to make rows.

two sets of two rows

two sets of two rows

I learned early on that it’s a pain to try to stitch a single row to a section of three rows or more rows. So I usually start on both ends of the quilt and work toward the center.

So this seemed a bit small, great for a crib size or wall hanging though so I added some borders. First I added a 2 inch stop border.

Top with stop border

Top with stop border and mitered corners

Then I added a 6-1/2″ outer border.

Evening things out

Evening things out

After adding the side borders, I evened out the edge before putting on the bottom border.  I like having an even edge to work with.

Finished Quilt.

Finished Quilt.

And we have a finished quilt. If I remember right, it took 4 fat quarters for the 9 patch blocks, 2 fat quarters for the solid blocks, 1 fat quarter for the stop border and 4 fat quarters for the outer border. So at 11 fat quarters which I got on sale for $1.50, that’s not a bad price for a throw quilt.


As we enter that final WIPocalypse month, I’m skipping around the project list and having trouble focusing.  But I did make progress on stuff.  Such as being almost finished with 2 sets of 56 blocks….

November Wipocalypse

Not a pretty picture but I’m going to finish the blocks before I put it away this year.  And then next year, I’ll resize the blocks and sew them together (8 rows of 7 blocks).  The fun part of this quilt is that the corner cut of the large block, makes the pieces of the pinwheel block for the 2nd quilt.

I also started on my Stars of the New Millennium Stitch-a-Long.  Here are Marilyn and Clark:


Yes, I’m ahead of the SAL but these have been so fun to do.  The Very Velvet turned out really nice.  The metallic black looks better in person than it does on the picture.  I’ve been too stressed to lay the border correctly so it’s been waiting.  Once I finish the quilt and my December WIPocalypse piece, I’m going to start on the 3rd block.

My December WIPocalypse piece is coming along nicely but I need a canvas stitch which will fit in a space that is 7 threads by 12 threads. And then a decision on what to do with the final row of stitches and it will be completed.

MidSummers Night Dream (formerly Star Struck Batik Mystery)

Midsummers Night Dream Quilt

MidSummers Night Dream completed tonight. The pattern started as Susan Claire’s Star Struck Mystery but I changed the Angels to Fairies. When asking for titles from the group at the Halloween party, they decided on Midsummers Night Dream since we have Fairies, Love and Green for the Forest.

Seuss Safari is done

Completed Seuss Safari

And Seuss Safari is complete. Just in time for it to be packed and leave Wednesday. I had it professionally quilted.

Detail of the pattern as shown on the back.

The quilter used a geometric pattern of circles.