A Little Mindless Sewing

Work has been hectic this week. Any time I take vacation I usually pay for it with a plethora of meetings the week I’m back. I’ve been sitting in Zoom meetings all day long the last three days. I didn’t finish going through all my emails until around 6:30 tonight. Phew.

After an uninspired dinner of leftover chicken made into some sad and half-assed chicken salad, my boys let me know it was time to get a walk. So I put on my bluetooth headphones, got the dogs lighted and leashed up and me bundled up and reflected, and we called a friend and headed out. headed out the door. My weather app said it was supposed to rain, but we stayed dry throughout our three miles.

Once I got home I hit my sewing room to get the sashing cut and sewn onto the six starburst blocks I made last night. First thing I had to do was press my jumble and get the sashing cut.

I just LOVE that jumble fabric. I’m so glad I have way too much of it my stash!

It was clear that I was tired when I chain pieced the sashing onto six blocks and ran out of bobbin thread half way through the first one.

I usually detect a slightly different sound my machine makes when I run out of bobbin thread. I don’t know how I missed this. So I sewed it all again, making sure I was actually accomplishing something.

I did manage to get the six new blocks sashed.

Then I grabbed the other 26 sashed blocks and tossed them all up on the design wall.

I moved a few things around. I doubt I’ll do too much more with this arrangement. I’ll look at it for a few days before I start sewing on the sashing pieces on the edge blocks then cutting the setting triangles.

I did adjust the photo to black and white to see how the values look. I see a few things I’ll switch around before this is finalized.

I’m going to use the same jumble for the setting triangles and will probably add a 3 or 4 inch border of the jumble to get this to a good size. I’m thinking it will finish at around 65 by 75 inches or so. That will be a good throw size.

This should all sew together pretty quickly…. nice big blocks, not a huge quilt top.

Here’s some eye candy…

And a little more…

And two more, just to be safe…

My yard guys came by today for their regular maintenance and I asked them to blow out my rain gutters. I feel like I just had it done, but look at all the crap they got out of them!!!

I LOVE my yard guys. They do such an amazingly nice job and just see stuff that needs to be done. They are really keeping my large lot looking good all the time! And by keeping my patio clean, the dogs and I don’t drag in as much flotsam and jetsam.

Two more days and it’s the weekend! I’m exhausted!

37 Replies to “A Little Mindless Sewing”

  1. I’ve been seeking inspiration in everything I see. My promise to make a bed quilt for one of my grand daughters, Anna, needs to become a reality soon, and I have had difficulty deciding what fabric pieces from my stash to add to the few she chose as the basics. This quilt will essentially be values of blue and green. I really like your KF prints, but she doesn’t want anything floral to be near her bed.
    We’re heading into a winter storm today, a good day for sewing up a storm inside. Levi, little dachshund ,is still asleep. I’m not sure how I made it out of the bedroom without him waking and following.The little guy spends more time with us than at his home due to work requirements.
    After you get today in tomorrow will have you at the brink of rest days. Enjoy the weekend

    Liked by 1 person

    1. there are a good number of KFC fabrics that aren’t floral. Check out Brandon’s designs. Lots of fun geometric stuff there.

      I saw some video of a miniature dachshund today and found myself thinking it would be fun to have one in the house. If I knew someone who needed me to take care of one, I think I’d definitely say yes!

      Weekend on the way!

      Anne

      Like

      1. Good morning Anne Two pictures for you his morning, and I have unearthed 22 fabrics to add to Anna’s upcoming quilt, and think I have chosen a simple block to work with. Our storm last night amounted to this. It’s beautiful

        And I have the pleasure of introducing Levi, our little part time pup. He really is here more than at his home.

        Although he is categorized as miniature, he is much larger than any mini I have known. He weighs around 22 lbs, is extremely good natured, but loves to puff up and pretend he is a tiger on first meeting. Enjoy your weekend. It’s here. Lynn >

        Liked by 1 person

      2. I’m not able to receive photos as blog comments. Please email them to me at anne@agilejack1.com. I’d love to see them.

        I have a bit of a strong love for miniature wire haired daschunds. I think because of my history with terriers.

        Anne

        Like

  2. As always, your quilt is beautiful, and I’m looking forward to seeing it completed! Sewing with empty bobbins is so annoying. Like you, I can usually detect a small difference in sound when the bobbin has run out. The few times I don’t hear it and end up sewing a long seam only to find out all I’ve done is to put holes in the fabric is definitely irritating. I heard this hint at a quilt meeting… Wind double the amount of bobbins. Use one as the real bobbin and one as your top thread. You’ll never run out of bobbin thread because both bobbins will run out of thread at the same time. I’ve never tried it, but it makes sense.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. the two bobbins is a good idea. I’m usually aware of when the bobbin runs out. but this might be worth a try.

      I actually usually check my bobbin before sewing a long line of blocks. I hate wrestling with all that fabric and would hate to do it all again! that’s why I don’t remove the pins one a long line like that until I’m done with it!!!

      anne

      Like

  3. Sara has an interesting comment on winding 2 bobbins. Sounds great but that’s a lot of winding. Usually it’s tired or distraction that gets me missing that change in sound.
    I really admire your tenacity when it comes to walking the boys. You’re like the postman… neither rain or shine will stop you.
    Interesting how much more alive those blocks look on point. So flat looking when they are straight set.
    There are certain KFC fabrics that just need to be used often and I agree on jumble and also creased for bindings.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Two bobbins is a good idea. I usually wind five or six when I wind them so that I can just drop another one in and keep going. It is unusual for me to not notice when the bobbin has emptied. I usually catch it based on the sound.

      My brother called made the other day and told me he was proud of me for keeping up with my walking. I can’t remember the last time someone told me they were proud of me! You don’t hear that a lot as an adult!

      I agree on the on point blocks. It really does make a difference.

      Anne

      Like

  4. I love your quilt. My quilts are totally opposite of what you make but I am buying more Kaffe fabrics now and hope to make something bright and colorful this summer. Thanks for the reminder about cleaning gutters, I told my husband that we need to do this when we arrive home May 1st. Your snow sure melted fast.

    Like

  5. This quilt is growing on me! I really like it! Bright and fun. The black and white photo before I put blocks together has really helped me distribute light and darks better, or in a way I like.

    Vacay always has a pay forward and pay back. So we pay twice for our time off. LOL Doesn’t make sense to me. So I always loved vacation but hated the catch up afterwards.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I’m always surprised what I see when I change a photo to black and white. it’s pretty helpful to look at a quilt top that way.

      Yeah. I don’t have one of those jobs where my work is done for me while I’m gone. So there is a price to pay when taking vacation. but it’s still nice to get away even though I pay for it later.

      Anne

      Like

      1. Yes it is nice to get away.

        I also use the black and white photo if I am buying fabric for a specific quilt to check the balance to see if I nee more or less contrast. Great application of the phone camera.

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Yes it is nice to get away.

        I also use the black and white photo if I am buying fabric for a specific quilt to check the balance to see if I nee more or less contrast. Great application of the phone camera.

        Liked by 1 person

  6. I love the jumble when I see it in your work, but am surprised at how big the white blotches are actually. It made me hesitant to buy some. This quilt will be great! Thanks for sharing the process!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I think the large blotches of white are what make it so magical. It reads white, not black. But it has enough black to make it interesting. I just love it! And I use it often!

      Anne

      Like

  7. Gosh you are so productive, I luv color and your quilt is awesome the sashing really is killer . Your boys sure keep you busy , dogs are so wonderful ( I have 3) Enjoy your weekend

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Im loving your black/white sashing (is that the right word?) for your quarter log cabin blocks…as well as the onion ring sashing for your friend’s quilt as well. I wouldn’t think it would go together but it really does! I have a friend who is going to take me on Saturday to a quilting place where they have TONS of KFassett fabric!! YAY… she said that I will have a spasm when I walk in…LOL…so I need to have a pretend “spasm” just for her…. 🙂 …anyway, I just love your large quarter log cabin quilt so much I need to ask you for the pattern….or can you direct me to where you bought it from? Or did you get it online? Thanks!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. You should spend a couple days practicing your spasm!!! And video tape it for me!!!

      Seriously, you’ll have a wonderful time. Set a budget for yourself before you go!!!

      You can find video tutorials for quarter log cabin blocks on YouTube. I just added 3 inch sashing to the blocks. it’s pretty simple. My strips are all different widths… anywhere from an inch to just over two inches wide. it’s all very free form.

      good luck!
      Anne

      Like

  9. That’s a beautiful quilt! I’ve been thinking of making one using scrap fabric, but I can’t decide how I want to organize it yet. I like how you took black and white photos to see the values of the color placement. I never thought of doing that, so thank you for the information!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It’s all very random. Just dig in and make a few blocks with a random approach and see how they look! I just tried to not put the same color next to the same color. No red strips sewn to red strips, etc…

      Anne

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: