Still playing with Autumn Jubilee

Last fall, Carole on the blog From My Carolina Home published a pattern called Autumn Jubilee.

EDIT — I’ve been asked where to find the pattern?  HERE is a link directly to Carole’s quilt along from last fall – Leaf pattern by Carole.  NOTE- you can also go to the left side of her blog and scroll down and look for categories and select Autumn Jubilee.  She had some really great projects over the fall and you might enjoy them all.  Be sure to FOLLOW her blog, as she has something new planned for this fall! I used Carole’s leaf pattern and added 2 different 3″ strips on either side of the leaves to make the placemat.

Over the course of Autumn, I completed 4 table runners using her pattern.  I had amassed a big quantity of appropriate fabrics, and done quite a bit of “pre-cutting” and building of “bits & pieces” for pumpkins and leaf blocks.  One table runner was gifted, and I ended up keeping the other 3.  One for the dining room table and one for each of the treadle machines in the dining room.

I still had lots of “bits & pieces” left over, so I thought I should make some placemats.  Somewhere along the line, Christmas happened, and the box got put away. I pulled it back out in January to take to a quilt bee.  A fellow member of the bee had said she keeps a tote “ready to go” for the bee, and only works on the project during the bee.  A long term project, since we only meet once a month.  This was a clever idea, and I decided a great way to work on these placemats, with no particular deadline.  Of course, everytime I open the container, I have to “rethink” the project.  “How many more half-square triangles do I need, etc?” Today was no exception.

I got busy building more blocks, and finally, by August I had enough done, that I could put together 4 placemats. This one you might have seen in a January post,

The "original" placemat

but here are the rest.

Placemat using my Autumn Jubilee leaves

Placemat#3

Placemat # 4

They still need to be layered, quilted and bound, but the “hard work” is finished.

I can’t quilt until I get my Janome back from the repair shop, so it will still be a while before they are finished.  Each placemat has the common theme of the leaf centers, but the border fabrics are all unique, and the backing fabric will match the outer border.

Long range, my goal is 8 placemats, so it will probably be next August before I bore you again with the last 4! These have been fun to make.

Thanks again to Carole – From My Carolina Home for the cute pattern !

In keeping with the overall scrappiness of the blocks, I just “had” to make the borders on each one a little different.  Would that drive you crazy?

A quieter week

I’ve had a couple of quiet days, and time to play a bit more with my Brother PE500 embroidery machine.   I made a few more bibs for the littlest grandchild and delivered them on Thursday when I went to babysit.  As I worked on these I was reminded how important it is (to me) to have an organized filing system.  I say this because I was having trouble “finding” the design that I was looking for.

When I download designs from a website, I try to print out the “color change sheet” at the same time. My intention is to always name the file something that is “close” to what it was called by the designer, and to include any “file code” names as part of the name. I have an embroidery download folder on my computer, and many, many, sub folders. I  break those sub folders down by “type”; for example, Holidays-Valentines Day/Christmas/Easter/St Patrick’s Day; or Animals; Food; Verses etc.  I place the color change sheet in a 3 ring binder in a similar way, using page dividers.  I am up to 4 – three ring binders!

Well – wouldn’t you know, I have a HEARTS folder and a Valentines folder.  Many of the HEARTS are NOT specific to Valentines day.  Darn if the file I was searching for didn’t land in the HEARTS folder, not the Valentines Day Folder.  I wasted a good deal of “stitching time” looking for the file.  (Like 3 days wasted….)

At one point, I gave up and I started with a St Patrick’s Day design, while I “looked” for the elusive Valentine/Heart file.  I did a little stitching and searching.  Finally I selected an alternate Valentine design and set it up to run.  Well in my haste, I had not “removed” the St Patrick’s Day design from the machine before I started the stitch out on the 2nd design.  1/2 way through the first color, I realised it was stitching out my St Patrick’s Day design all over again.  Well, you decide if you like it in pinks and purples instead of the greens!

February Bib Fun for Addy

I decided to just keep on stitching and while it was busy stitching; get the fabric prepped for an alternate Valentine!  So, 3 new bibs completed and that will be it for a while.  The littlest grandchild will be a year old next month and has quite a collection of “StitchingGrandma” bibs.  (Somewhere in the bib process in the last couple of weeks, I lost the great “Bandana” pattern, so she got traditional shaped bibs.  Clean up was in order at the end of this project; and again, the lost pattern was found and stored away properly!)

I took the new Singer Featherweight 221 for a spin on Wednesday.  My quilt bee – Material Girls – had an all day sit & sew; and that new little machine had a great debut.  Tuesday night we got her oiled up (must be 90 oiling / lube  points). She is clean as a whistle.  Had a few challenges “winding” a bobbin, and had to engage the hubby to help.  Got 3 bobbins ready with his help and determined what was causing the trouble.  He adjusted the belt a tad and it worked much better.  (Nice to have a guy with a mechanical mind helping out).

Today, the LED light I ordered arrived (Thank you EBay!).  I installed it and am pleased with the brightness and lower temperature.  The Ebay seller I purchased from had a few photo’s showing the difference in temperature on the light- from 172 degrees on the incandescent  bulb to 74 degrees with the LED bulb.  That will save an accidental burn on a wrist!  The difference in the light was significant – from 139 lumens to 205 lumens.  Hubby said the bulbs look similar to automotive tail lights. He thinks that the new bulb will last a long time, and because it is LED, will be less likely to break due to the handling of the machine transport case.  I will be ordering 2 belts soon, just to have one on hand and to replace the current belt which is at it’s limit of adjustment.   All in all, I am most pleased with this little machine, which was made in January of 1948. She stitches well and should be a fun travel machine!

I have assembled a tote ready to “travel” with the Autumn Jubilee project material.  I can just “grab & go” to a sit and sew, and not have to “think” about what project I am going to take to work on, or worry over what to assemble ahead of time.  (One of the Bee members said this is how she operates and the only time the project gets worked on is at a bee)  I did manage to get 6 more blocks made on Wednesday using the Autumn Jubilee pattern.  I have lots of pieces cut and ready to assemble. My intention is to make 6 – 8 placemats with the lovely leaf pattern. Once I get a “few” more leaves made I can start building the placemats.  At this rate, it will be August before I can set the table; but the timing will be just about right for this project.  I like the idea of “no stress” on which project to take.  The fun of a going to a sit & sew or quilters bee is the company.  I like being able to dedicate a whole day (or 2 or 3) and not have any other tasks taking me away from the fun!  (Note – the Autumn Jubilee project is from a pattern by Carole – From My Carolina Home)

I worked on my Talkin’ Turkey blocks again Wednesday night and again this afternoon.  I have 4 left to add the corner string blocks to. They are “pinned” and ready to stitch.  The Talkin’ Turkey pattern is by Bonnie Hunter and can be found in the String Fling Book. Bonnie Hunter’s blog

I will need to  square up the blocks next.  I am thinking about how I am going to tackle the  “next round” which will include a LOT of flying geese (8 per block x 30 blocks= 240 flying geese units.)  The pattern by Bonnie Hunter suggests you use the Easy Angle and Companion Angle ruler for the Flying Geese or your “favorite method” .

I plan to use my new Square in a Square tool/method –OPTION 3…by Jodi Barrows.  Using the Square in a Square tool by Jodi Barrows,  flying geese will be done with strips and squares; and if I do the math right; it is done with 120 squares and LOTS of strips!! I just have to sit down with Bonnie Hunters pattern and find the “finished unit size) and then check my Square in a Square book and the chart and figure out what size squares and strips I need to start!  More to follow! I like the “methodical” building of units for a big quilt.  240 Flying Geese doesn’t scare me after I did that quilt last winter with 1400+ half square triangles.  I will be making about 4 “test units” just to make sure I have them sized properly before I begin!

Check out the video on you – tube if you have never seen this ruler or method.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GekwRp8_cGU     and    www.squareinasquare.com 

What fun things are you working on??   What is your favorite method for flying geese ?  Do you have any “new tools” or “toys” ??  Do tell………………

A package delivered

I mailed a package off last week and have been WAITING for it to be delivered and OPENED.  I sent 2 gifts in the box; one for my son-in-law who must WAIT for Christmas. The other was for my daughter, and I gave her “permission” to open on arrival!  (Selfish me wanted to post photo’s and blog about it!). Seriously, it was something she could use NOW for her holiday table.  (That’s my story anyway!)

You remember the Autumn Jubilee pumpkin/autumn leaves table runners I have been making ?    I asked her if she was interested in one, and she said yes.  Then, she tossed a design idea at me.  She asked for a “double sided” table runner. A “two season, I don’t want to store a bunch of stuff” request.  I thought that seemed like a good idea (and this is why I consult her frequently).   I  played around with the pumpkins and leaves and came up with this for the Autumn Jubilee side —

Autumn Jubilee Table Runner Number 3

I picked that border fabric on the Autumn side because I thought it had a more “modern” feel….not too “country” looking.

The “flip side”  is for Christmas —

Reverse side of Autumn Jubilee tablerunner

I believe the table runner finished out at  17″ x 51″

Three star table runner

It looks much better on her dining table than on my little workshop table.

Double sided table runner
I used the same fabric and star pattern for this table runner as I did for her Christmas Pillow covers I made last year.  I wrote a detailed post about them here – Star Pillows .

Thanks to all the great people who blog and write patterns and share them.  The Autumn Jubilee is inspired by Carole  on her blog- From My Carolina Home .  The Star Pillow is from a pattern by Melissa Mortenson http://www.polkadotchair.com/2014/02/patchwork-quilted-pillows.html/

The soft gold binding in my “Susie’s Magic Binding” was inspired by my hubby! I was struggling to find a binding that would work for both sides; and he suggested the soft gold that is prevalent in the star and on the background fabric.  Of course it worked well on the Autumn Jubilee side too!  (I’ve written previous posts about Susie’s Magic Binding  https://stitchinggrandma.wordpress.com/2015/11/20/binding-and-other-projects/  if you want more info.)

I quilted using a walking foot and did variable widths of straight line quilting. I used Superior Thread 40 weight – CASHMERE – Fantastico 5035  .  Nobody is paying me to say this – I LOVE THAT THREAD.  I just opened my second spool.  That is, the 2nd  2000 yard spool!  The colors in this variegated thread blend with so many things. I highly recommend it. It was my bobbin thread as well.   The transitions in the colors are subtle, and it really is a pleasure to use that thread.  Anyway, with the quilting being rather dense, I think it gives “weight” to the runner and helps it lay flat on the table. (Even in the last photo, after it had been folded up for several days in the mail.)

I am very pleased with the outcome of this project.  Of course, I have more “pumpkin/leaf & star  parts” available, so I may make myself a Christmas runner at some point. I still have some more placemats to work on as well…but those are for autumn and Christmas is coming!

What are you working on ??  Any secret projects you can reveal yet?  Happy Stitching!  Don’t let the deadlines spoil your joy!

 

Update — Linked up to Oh Scrap!!   The Oh Scrap  button is also on the side of my blog!

So little sewing progress

Sewing time has been SO limited last week. Guild on Monday, church meeting on Wednesday, trip to the dentist with the hubby on Thursday, Senior Quilt workshop on Saturday.

Monday was our quilt guild meeting. We had Cathy Miller, the singing quilter from Canada for our program.  She was great!  I love that her hubby sings along.  This is their last long road tour, so I am glad I got to hear her again.  Check out her website- The Singing Quilter website

For me, the meetings are usually such a fun, exciting time.  Our 2nd Time Around table made a good deal of money in spite of some situations that have left me very frustrated and wondering how to move forward.  The frustrations expanded over the week with decisions made by others, and further lack of decisions that affect how I proceed. No dirty laundry here….just know that I have hit my “limit” with this project.

My sewing room is buried in donations for 2nd Time Around. My good friend Nancy helped me Tuesday, when she stopped over, helped carry more donations upstairs; helped me to ‘clear my work table’  and ‘clear my brain’ so I could touch my own projects. She is a blessing to me.

I was able to do a little sewing on Tuesday afternoon and on Friday.  I am continuing to work on the Autumn Jubilee project.  I have the blocks made for 2 more Autumn Jubilee table runners. I have enough parts and pieces on my sewing table to also do placemats and have started to assemble them. I like the look of the 4 leaves together.  I used a 1″ strip at the top and bottom, and a 3″ on each side.  This is my test run and I think it is not wide enough…. When I was making those “strip decisions” I wasn’t thinking “seam allowance will eat up width”….hmmm…silly quilter.

coordinating placemat

 

Daughter # 1 wants her table runner to do double duty and serve 2 holidays– reversible.  She will get a Christmas fabric pieced block for the back to do double duty.   I made Christmas pillow slip covers last year for her, and have more of that same fabric. Since she like that fabric, I think she will like the flip side runner that I come up with.    I’ve got the “Autumn” side assembled, now I have to clear space and get the Christmas fabric out.  I will get it sent off to Texas when finished. (No pictures of the completed project until she receives it!)  The 2nd runner will be a keeper for me.  I added a little length to it as my table is quite long. The first one (in the picture above with the candlesticks) I made will go on top of my buffet or one of the treadle sewing machines in the dining room. Daughter # 2 wasn’t interest in a table runner.  I love that she is honest with me.  Both of my girls will tell me exactly what they want. This saves a lot of heartache for all of us.

The coming week doesn’t bode well for getting much done either, with committee meetings, more 2nd time around work, quilt bee, and babysitting the grand child too. Good thing Autumn and Christmas come around every year!

Note; the pattern for Autumn Jubilee is by Carole Carter. Check out her blog – https://frommycarolinahome.wordpress.com/

Made it to the table

Gosh, last night I was in such a rush to get this little table runner bound, and washed.  It is “quilt guild Monday” and I wanted it ready to go to the meeting today for show and tell.  You see, I worked on this during our Sit & Sew last week. Everybody had so many “finished items”, but I was building the bits and pieces!

Well, now here it is, dry and on the table – just in time to pack it up & go!  It finished about 14 x 42″.

Autumn Jubilee Table Runner finished

I will be making several more as I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post.  I made lots of the components during the Sit & Sew last week, and they are scattered in my sewing room, waiting to be constructed!

My inspiration for the colors came from the tree in my front yard that is currently in a blaze of color!

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This is also my view from the window in my sewing room!  Just love it!

Thanks again to Carole for the inspiring pattern!  Carole’s blog – http://www.frommycarolinahome.wordpress.com   (Sorry, the link won’t stay active in the post today for some silly reason!)

a little jubilation

I have been following along on Carole’s blog – From My Carolina Home.   Her October posts were Autumn Jubilee.

Thanks Carole for inspiring a few “fall” projects.

Though I traveled in October, I started a bunch of fall leaves before I left. This past week I put together a few more, along with some pumpkins. (Note – I now have enough leaves and pumpkins to start a table runner sales program !)

I spent Wed-Friday with my “bee buddies” at a sit & sew camp.  I worked on various aspects of the Autumn Jubilee.  I built lots of pumpkins, half square triangles for more leaves, and stems for the existing leaves.  I might have enough to make 15 table runners at this point.  Hey, I wanted variety, and that is what I got!.  One table runner ready to gift, and more in the process of construction.

Autumn Jubilee

Looking cheery , right?

Then I decided on how to quilt it! And I went great guns…and then spent the last 2 days picking out the crummy quilting!

Autumn Jubilee Table Runner

(Hanging out waiting to dry!)

Leaving just the pumpkins spiral quilted, the rest is “in the ditch”.  A quick trip through the washing machine, and now resting on the radiators~

Does this count as a “radiator cozy” ???  Figured it would dry just as well on the radiator as it would tumbling in the clothes dryer.

Radiator cozy?

Note — pattern from Carole – http://www.frommycarolinahome.wordpress.com

binding – Susies Magic binding – http://www.52quiltsin52weeks – http://www.52quilts.com/2012/05/tuesday-tutorial-susies-magic-binding.html

My plan is to make 2 more!  Hopefully they will come together fairly quickly!

Busy times and little stitching

Oh, it has been almost a month since I have put up a blog post. Busy times! My big sister, Cathi, came to visit for a few days! We had some fun visiting with the youngest grandchild and her mother during her time here.  Right after she departed, I hopped a plane (or 3) for a trip to Texas.

I spent two wonderful weeks in Texas with the grandchildren and their parents and have had SO much fun!  My 8 year old grandson was watching me as I was basting hexi’s , and wanted to do a “little sewing too”.

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Little hands

He did all the basting stitches,

basting stitches

and then joined all the hexi’s together.

whip stitching

check out his “whip stitches.  I’d say he is doing a pretty good job for his first time out!  He sure does have the concept down pat!

He worked on that hexi flower for 2 solid hours and got it done!  I asked him what he thought he wanted to do with it once it was all stitched together. He was uncertain, so I helped my self to a slightly worn kitchen towel from the drawer.  It had a few worn spots that we “covered” with the flower.  I helped with the “stitching down” to the hand towel , because his mom was due home “any minute” and he wanted to surprise her!  He told his mom that he made “something old new again“.  She appreciates re-purposing things!  I think he did a great job!  Surprising what you can do with a few bits of fabric that some people might just throw away.

flower fun

The youngest of the grands in Texas  is 4, and she wanted to “sew” also.  She picked out some hexi’s that I had already basted, and artfully arranged them into a flower.

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Then she decided that Grandma should make her a bag.  Luckily, my daughter had a partial “fat quarter” in her sewing box, and I managed to put together this little bag – completed in an hour or so, under the constant supervision of said 4 year old!  (After it was done, she told me she wants me to teach her how to make a pair of shoes…….curious child)/

little tote

I did get a few more than this done in between working on the children’s sewing — I think I managed to get 4 double diamonds assembled.  Only managed 1 photo, but sometime soon I will put them all back up on the design wall again!  (Right after MITTENS is finished…….still a WIP on the wall!)

Double Diamonds

While visiting in San Antonio, I visited Las Colchas Quilt Shop.  Worthy of a visit if you find yourself in downtown San Antonio.  Small shop, but packed full of lovely items.  I brought home a few fat quarters as a reminder of my trip.  Of course, we did lots of eating of wonderful regional foods!  Time spent in San Antonio is fun; and one place we visited downtown was called The Pearl.  It is the best “urban renewal” effort I have seen in a long time.  I put up a bunch of photo’s in an album on FLICKR – The Pearl .(https://www.flickr.com/photos/92296158@N02/albums/72157672440816744 ) It is an old brewery location and there must be 6 or 8 city blocks that have been redeveloped along the San Antonio River. Free parking and pecan trees were a bonus.  We stopped in at La Gloria for chips, salsa and guacamole; and at Bakery Lorraine for a cookie. The pecan trees were all over the place and the grands loaded up a bag full of the wonderful nuts. They were quite the Urban scavengers!   We enjoyed doing a little shopping and a nice walk along the river too.  We poked into the lobby and bar of the Hotel Emma!  What a great  building.  The remnants of the brewery were embraced in the wonderful lobby and bar area. If I had a million dollars and an opportunity, I would move into one of the new condo’s at The Pearl.

I spent 2 solid days on my return home, working on the never ending stack of donated fabric for the Ocean Waves Quilt Guild Second Time Around table. Thank goodness for the 4 ladies that came on Monday and Tuesday to help me dig through and sort, measure, iron, fold and price some of the items.

The rest of this week is dedicated to my time at Sit & Sew Camp, being held in a nearby church facility.  The members of several quilt bees, associated with Ocean Waves Quilt Guild are gathering to “sew together” on their own projects. We meet from 8:30 – 3:30 and visit, and sew, and laugh and catch up. So nice to spend the time with lovely women who  are so talented.

Today I worked on “pumpkin blocks” and some more “leaf blocks”.  I am hoping to have enough ready to make 3 Autumn Jubilee Table Runners.  Thanks Carole – From My Carolina Home for the great patterns and layouts.  I missed the last 3 weeks of Autumn Jubilee on Carole’s blog, so I am making up for lost time.  Today I made a batch of pumpkins

Pumpkin prep

They will go along nicely with those Autumn leaves I have been working on!

Maple leaves

I spent my last 2 evenings gathering fabric and getting ready to go.  I made a kit of the fabrics for the pumpkins, plus I cut more squares for Autumn leaves.  I am going to add a few greens, reds and a little more brown to the collection of leaves.  So, more 2.5″ and 3″ squares. At the Sit & Sew this morning I stitched and trimmed up a stack of half square triangles, so I am ready for “leaf assembly ” tomorrow morning!  Hope to have some “assembly” that looks like a table runner by the end of the fun on Thursday!  I’m sure I would be more productive at home, but it is great fun to gather together to sew.

Happy stitching!