Weekend projects…SBOW block 7 update…

Quilters….I want to share my finished APQ Quilt Along quilt….It was a little frustrating quilting it as I broke a tension spring on my long arm at the beginning of a row and didn’t notice it until it was time to advance the quilt….the stitches on the top were fine…but it was all funky on the back starting from where the spring broke….so black on black was fun to rip out almost an entire row…yuck!…and it was the second to last row…so it was kind of tricky…part of the problem was not to pick out the good row…I basted stitches around the perimeter of the row that had to come out with bright pink perle cotton so I would not rip out any good ones… once I figured that out it only took about 21/2 hours to rip…this is why I have someone else quilt my quilts!!! lol…..The quilting design is Royal Plumes from Golden Threads…it was a great design.  I will definitely stitch it again.

If you wanted a kit for this quilt I believe they are ready…hopefully we called you if you were on the list…sorry it took a bit to get them…we had to wait to get 20 good blacks in the store…The sashing is solid black…the border is from my new line Homestead Gathering.

lisa bongean/primitive gatherings
lisa bongean/primitive gatherings
lisa bongean/primitive gatherings
lisa bongean/primitive gatherings
lisa bongean/primitive gatherings
lisa bongean/primitive gatherings

 

Then after reading Tim Latimer’s blog….He inspired me to get back to hand quilting…so I brought my big frame up to the lakehouse to stitch…got a whole row of fans done yesterday in no time at all…a little each day and it could be done by the end of summer…

lisa bongean/primitive gatherings
lisa bongean/primitive gatherings

Now for the block #7  update…Randy who is doing the SBOW sent me an email while I was in MI last week stating the stem was not reversed on the pattern, he works on them as soon as they are delivered to keep up…which is good for all of us…I couldn’t do anything about it being gone so today…I pulled it out to figure it out…the wool is only 2 x 9 1/2″ so what I did was cut fusible web 1/2″ x 9 and then cut the stem with the rotary cutter, like stems in any of the previous blocks…Teri the graphic designer added the stem to the traced shapes and I did not catch this while proofing…so do not trace the stem in block 7.  Cut it at 1/4″ and then taper it down to 3/16….

lisa.bongean/primitivegatherings
lisa bongean/primitive gatherings

Then in about 100 kits, the the gray wool for the watering can was substituted and was actually darker than the dark wool for the handle spout and top…so what we are going to do is send everyone a new 5×5 grey wool piece in block 9 it will be stapled to the out side of the package…this way you should have plenty of wool to choose from and we don’t have to worry about missing anyone…if your kit was right…you get a bonus…its just easier to do all then try to have everyone email who’s is wrong… We need to adjust the size of the cement (handle, spout and top) wool a little bigger also as it is a little tight.  If you find that things are not fitting, there is a problem…please email as you are my testers you are not bothering us!!! If you tried to get the stem on or need a little more green wool send you a small scrap if you email us…or some have said they used leftover wool from a previous block.

We are so sorry for this inconvenience…if you have any issues contact us and we will work everything out…

also need to let some of you know…

Your shipping for these blocks or anything that is shipped from our shop is a little more than just basic USPS shipping…our shipping has delivery conformation, so we can track all of our shipments…it is a little more expensive but worth it when things go wrong…and they do…we are not making money on shipping and we charge no handling.

If you signed up late for the SBOW and missed out on those weeks freebies…you can call and get the back ones…but I’d advise you to just use to your scraps because the pattern is the same in all of them….

Also the cut off for ordering Wool SBOW Finishing and Freebie kits is August 8…look at your labels….does it say Finishing kits?  If not, we don’t have you signed up…If yes…you are good no need to contact us..

If you sign up this week and next week’s doesn’t say it…it might take another week or two…we print labels once a week….So by week 12 they all should have them on if you order by the August 8th date…

Thanks again…for being part of this SBOW!!! and for subscribing to my blog…I had a blast teaching in MI last week…met a bunch of nice ladies…and they rocked their crazy stitches and wool appliqués!!!!

later…LB

Block 6 Correction for wing

 

APQ Quilt Along…

IMG_0642First of all I want to thank all of you for allowing me to take however long I needed to finish this project.  I certainly never want to bow out of my obligations…but this was just not going to happen when it was supposed to….but I did want to finish this quilt because it is so awesome!!!

My last post was on cutting and sorting….Click Here to view that previous post.  img_23011

Now before I start stitching I clean, oil and load a new needle in my machine,IMG_0626 as well as load a bunch of bobbins…Now lets talk a bit about thread choice… Only a few things REALLY bother me…and one of them is too LIGHT of thread used to piece with…I think it is nasty to see those little light stitches holding your patches together….Always use a darker thread…and lower your stitch length.  You should not see your stitching in your patchwork…it should be invisible…I stitch just a bit under the 2 setting.  I am using black thread to stitch this quilt…and if you are using scrappy fabrics with light and darks use a darker tan or my favorite Aurifil 1040 which is like a mocha brown…IMG_0621

Layout your cut patches and stitch in sections…this block is really a nine-patch…IMG_0993

If you noticed I scrapped up my chains and left my backgrounds the same for each block…IMG_0637

Do you notice how I pin my patches? I stick the pin in from the left side pointing in toward my seam but I keep the point right at about the 1/4″ seam line….this allows me to stitch without having to remove the pin…you do not want to hit pins while stitching…especially if you are sewing with your JUKI and hit them while you are stitching at warp speed…You can/could throw off the timing of your machine…

Chain piece when you can…as well as chain press…this is continuing to press one piece right after the other, staggering them just a bit…(no pic 🙁 )IMG_0624

Pressing…I press my seams open a lot, but I did not press anything open except those last two seam when putting the rows together…These seams nicely nested with each other…it was a joy to stitch…not a lot of pinning…IMG_0632

IMG_0638I just loved making block after block of this quilt…it was fun seeing how different they all looked after they were stitched…IMG_1079

Now after spending a lot of time with these blocks it was obvious to me that I needed something to settle them down a bit…I am talking about sashing…the directions call for scrappy sashing….and well like I said I needed something to calm these blocks down a bit and make them work all together and to accomplish that it just needed a simple solid black sashing! It would have been distracting, no place for your eyes to rest, if I used all the prints so I am so happy how the solid looks…IMG_1092

For the cornerstones I decided to put a little gold in the center to repeat my gold in the center of the blocks…IMG_1081

Stitching and pressing the sashing…IMG_1084

When I was all done….I then made another decision…I wanted this quilt to be big! I want it on my bed…king size….so I added 10 1/2″ borders of a new print from my next line of fabric…I had just enough as you know this fabric is not on the bolt yet…It was so close…that it was meant to be!!!IMG_1099

Now look what that border did!!! It added a lot more interest with the sashing separating all the blocks and then from the border and now I have a huge quilt for my bed!  I will show you a picture after it has been quilted but I know a few of you are asking about this black quilt and wanted to know how it turned out…

While I was piecing this quilt it’s name came to me…Stairway to Heaven…

all for now…LB

I know some of you asked if I was going to kit this quilt…the answer is I can’t…I made if from my fabric collection…but we could pull together fabrics  from our reproduction fabrics at the shop….just let us know.

www.primitivegatherings.us

 

reposting..Post #2 cutting and sorting…somehow in the middle of my post it published…it was not finished…a lot more info for you…sorry to bother

Test cutting one block before MASS cutting...
Test cutting one block before MASS cutting…

I am going out today to find the magazine!!! Do you have yours?  Do you have your fabrics picked out???  This post is about cutting and sorting…I know there are tons of ways to make this quilt…even if this is not how you are making yours you might find a few things helpful…

Remember…I am posting as to the way I do things…it is not the only way…but I am more than willing to share “how I quilt with you”…

Before I start “mass cutting” I always cut one block to make sure the directions are right…this comes from designing, but… just a little note…we (pattern designers) do not graduate from Pattern writing school, anyone can write a pattern, we are human and we will sometimes make a mistake or there is a typo in the directions.  If you find a mistake in our patterns WE WANT TO KNOW, but please be careful in your presentation of letting us know…we already feel bad, but we don’t need anyone belittling us.  If handled properly we will go out of our way to make it up to you…remember…treat people as you would want to be treated…and by the way…have you ever written directions?  Try it…

PS- If you think something may be wrong…always check the designers website or blog for corrections to their patterns before emailing them directly…sometimes it is hard to remove any pattern from the “world” and replace them with corrected ones…

BACK TO OUR BLOCKS…I have layed out a whole block out here…everything to me looks good…but you will not entirely know until you stitch it…but I have decided to scrap up the tans and butterscotches and keep the black backgrounds the same in each blocks…therefore I will not be stitching this together.  But I redid all the math and I came up with the same measurement as the directions…And you know APQ has tested their directions.

Now to MASS cut…I do not cut a strip…pick up my ruler move my cut fabric…lay down my ruler and continue this process.

I cut in the following manner. (If you do not CUT accurate you cannot STITCH accurate…even if you have the best scant 1/4in the world-next post) I believe this is a better way to cut…I am going to layer 4-6 fabrics and cut them all at one time.  This is because I am confident I will not screw up…and I plan my cutting.  Normally I would cut the bigger pieces first.  But this fabric only has 21 -1 1/2″ and 4- 2 1/2″ cuts so it will not matter…I am cutting the 1 1/2 to show you my process in cutting…Follow the pictures below and then if this is not the way you cut…practice it…it is fast and easier I think…but you have to re-train your brain if you cut the other way… Please let me know if this has been helpful…or is this too much detail…After this post you will be ready for stitching! …my best…LB

Layer fabrics and trim off the left edge.
Layer fabrics and trim off the left edge.
and the bottom edge.
and the bottom edge.

I will be cutting 1 1/2" squares here...I cut a 6" cut...

I will be cutting 1 1/2″ squares here…I cut a 6″ cut…
Now I will move my ruler to 4 1/2" and cut...
Now I will move my ruler to 4 1/2″ and cut…
then to 3" and cut...never bothering the previous cuts...

then to 3″ and cut…never bothering the previous cuts…
then to 1 1/2"...
then to 1 1/2″…
now I will place my ruler at the  7 1/2 measurement ...cutting from the bottom edge

now I will place my ruler at the 7 1/2 measurement …cutting from the bottom edge.  The fabric to the right is waste…not enough for another 1 1/2″ cut…
move to 6 and cut...
move to 6 and cut…
move to 4 1/2...

move to 4 1/2…
move to 3 and cut...
move to 3 and cut…
move to 1 1/2...and cut..

move to 1 1/2…and cut.. I now have 20 of the 21- 1 1/2″ squares..I will cut the last one with the 2 1/2″ squares.
After everything is cut...I sort into blocks.  20 blocks...my backgrounds are the same for each block...so I will spread them out into piles of all of each cut of the same background together...
After everything is cut…I sort into blocks. 20 blocks…my backgrounds are the same for each block…so I will spread them out into piles of all of each cut of the same background together.

Make 20 piles and start sorting out how many pieces you will need for each block....while mixing up the prints
Make 20 piles and start sorting out how many pieces you will need for each block….while mixing up the prints
creams...
creams…

Now sort everything together into 20 blocks
Now sort everything together into 20 blocks
Package each block into a ziplock bag

Package each block into a ziplock bag
place all your bags into a container...now we are ready to stitch...
place all your bags into a container…now we are ready to stitch…

Post #2 APQ Quilt Along…cutting and sorting

Test cutting one block before MASS cutting...
Test cutting one block before MASS cutting…

I am going out today to find the magazine!!! Do you have yours?  Do you have your fabrics picked out???  This post is about cutting and sorting…I now there are tons of ways to make this quilt…even if this is not how you are making yours you might find a few things helpful…

Remember…I am posting as to the way I do things…it is not the only way…but I am more than willing to share “how I quilt with you”…

Before I start “mass cutting” I always cut one block to make sure the directions are right…this comes from designing, but… just a little note…we (pattern designers) do not graduate from Pattern writing school, anyone can write a pattern, we are human and we will sometimes make a mistake or there is a typo in the directions.  If you find a mistake in our patterns WE WANT TO KNOW, but please be careful in your presentation of letting us know…we already feel bad, but we don’t need anyone belittling us.  If handled properly we will go out of our way to make it up to you…remember…treat people as you would want to be treated…and by the way…have you ever written directions?  Try it…

PS- If you think something may be wrong…always check the designers website or blog for corrections to their patterns before emailing them directly…sometimes it is hard to remove any pattern from the “world” and replace them with corrected ones…

BACK TO OUR BLOCKS…I have layed out a whole block out here…everything to me looks good…but you will not entirely know until you stitch it…but I have decided to scrap up the tans and butterscotches and keep the black backgrounds the same in each blocks…therefore I will not be stitching this together.  But I redid all the math and I came up with the same measurement as the directions…And you know APQ has tested their directions.

Now to MASS cut…I do not cut a strip…pick up my ruler move my cut fabric…lay down my ruler and continue this process.

I cut in the following manner. (If you do not CUT accurate you cannot STITCH accurate…even if you have the best scant 1/4in the world-next post) I believe this is a better way to cut…I am going to layer 4-6 fabrics and cut them all at one time.  This is because I am confident I will not screw up…and I plan my cutting.  Normally I would cut the bigger pieces first.  But this fabric only has 21 -1 1/2″ and 4- 2 1/2″ cuts so it will not matter…I am cutting the 1 1/2 to show you my process in cutting…Follow the pictures below and then if this is not the way you cut…practice it…it is fast and easier I think…but you have to re-train your brain if you cut the other way… Please let me know if this has been helpful…or is this too much detail…After this post you will be ready for stitching! …my best…LB

Layer fabrics and trim off the left edge.
Layer fabrics and trim off the left edge.
and the bottom edge.
and the bottom edge.

I will be cutting 1 1/2" squares here...I cut a 6" cut...
I will be cutting 1 1/2″ squares here…I cut a 6″ cut…
Now I will move my ruler to 4 1/2" and cut...
Now I will move my ruler to 4 1/2″ and cut…
then to 3" and cut...never bothering the previous cuts...
then to 3″ and cut…never bothering the previous cuts…
then to 1 1/2"...
then to 1 1/2″…
now I will place my ruler at the  7 1/2 measurement ...cutting from the bottom edge
now I will place my ruler at the 7 1/2 measurement …cutting from the bottom edge.  The fabric to the right is waste…not enough for another 1 1/2″ cut…
move to 6 and cut...
move to 6 and cut…
move to 4 1/2...
move to 4 1/2…
move to 3 and cut...
move to 3 and cut…
move to 1 1/2...and cut..
move to 1 1/2…and cut.. I now have 20 of the 21- 1 1/2″ squares..I will cut the last one with the 2 1/2″ squares.
After everything is cut...I sort into blocks.  20 blocks...my backgrounds are the same for each block...so I will spread them out into piles of all of each cut of the same background together...
After everything is cut…I sort into blocks. 20 blocks…my backgrounds are the same for each block…so I will spread them out into piles of all of each cut of the same background together…
Make 20 piles and start sorting out how many pieces you will need for each block....while mixing up the prints
Make 20 piles and start sorting out how many pieces you will need for each block….while mixing up the prints
creams...
creams…
Now sort everything together into 20 blocks
Now sort everything together into 20 blocks
Package each block into a ziplock bag
Package each block into a ziplock bag
place all your bags into a container...now we are ready to stitch...
place all your bags into a container…now we are ready to stitch…