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Adding Kitties to the Scrappy Bargello

January 16, 2017

I had fun last weekend with a visit from my sister. She came in town and did a sleepover. We went to a flea market and then to a few antique shops and then came home and she made homemade pizza. I wanted to go see her this week. She just purchased a home and is going to have 3 residents living there that she will provide care for. I wanted to be a part of her setting up the house but… it didn’t happen. I am on a countdown for may last 6 radiation treatments for breast cancer. It is a journey that began the end of March. I am too tired to drive. She sent text with some pictures of the kitchen wallpaper yesterday. I enjoyed being a part of her adventure even if from afar.

My niece offered to come and get me and bring me to visit mom but it would be a 3 hour drive for her and I did not want to inconvenience her.  So I did a little cutting and planning and just a little stitching and mostly  pinning fabrics to the bottom of the Scrappy Bargello. This is me after a 2 hour much needed nap!

img_0224I am sitting on a stool in the hallway deciding what color needs to be added next.

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I worked on fussy cutting cat fabrics to put into the quilt.

img_0141-001Before I knew it I had 10 more kitty sets to add to the quilt top.

and some nice sets of squares ready to be added to the project. img_0142

In an attempt to stay organized if I find a fabric that is already in the quilt I pin it to this hanger to use on other projects. img_0146-001

yes every once in a while I find a duplicate. No duplicates allowed in this quilt! img_0151

Having fun.

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Yesterday I found a spot for each of the kitties.

Once I get a spurt of energy I will sit at the machine and start sewing some of these together. There are nine blocks going up and nine blocks going down. I iron one strip upward and the next strip down so they line up nicely when sewing the strips together. I have the top set up in panels right now. The first 3 sets of nine are sewn together and then the next two and the remaining are just sections of nine. It is easier to work with the strips under the machine.

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My 10th panel is still in the infancy stage. I just added the 11 rows ending with the leaf fabric which is from Grandma Susan’s skirt and shirt outfit.In her memory. Love you Susan.

img_0202When I look up from my stool I see a curtain of color.

Scrappy Bargello

January 2, 2017

I started this quilt the week of July 4th 2008. It has been 8 years in the making!!! Wow.

Here is my progress shot from yesterday  Dec 31 2016

Happy New Year Everyone!

Scrappy Bargello 2016

It is the Scrappy Bargello from Quiltville.com by Bonnie Hunter.

It takes some time because I am making certain I rotate the colors

Red Blue Yellow then Orange Purple Green

And then sprinkle in some black, brown, whites, creams, and pinks

As well as adding stripes, polka dots, the cat fabrics, florals, music fabrics, 30s repros, patriotics, batiks, metallics, vintage pieces, etc…

Patchwork makes me so happy!

The design goes nine squares up and then nine down. I prefer where they meet that it not be the same color. The strips are 1 1/2 inch making 1 inch finished squares.

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Here is my son trying to pull down that 10th panel! The wind was not cooperating with our photo shoot!

NOTE: I decided on a 10th panel this past fall after laying the top down on my queen size bed. I want to allow for shrinkage when this beast is quilted! I sewed that panel together yesterday so I could hang it for the photo. I had it pinned to a design board but it needed to be sewn. Today I cut 4 more kitty fabrics I have.

My most recent purchase Dec 7 2016 for this quilt is the wonderful blue fabric below from JoAnn Fabrics. The scale of the kitties is just perfect for this quilt! This is the start of a third row of cat fabrics along the 10 panels of the quilt.

I set in the start of a 3rd row of cats in the scrappy Bargello. I stopped at JoAnn's yesterday and found the blue cat fabric to the right that is the perfect scale for this project.

Another row of kitties in the Scrappy Bargello

Sept 4th 2016 fussy cutting another set of kitties to go in the quilt and setting them next to coordinating fabrics. Just for fun!

August 6 2016

Back at the Scrappy Bargello

“I have done a lot of checking of strips to see if the fabric is in the quilt top already or not continually over the past few months and then I would pin the strip to the top hanging on a wall going down into the basement. This week I sewed strips together and sub cut them. Last night Aug 5, 2016  I brought the quilt up and hung it in my hallway since the ceiling is higher and I can work on the lower portion of the quilt.”

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August 6 2016 Hallway shot -here is a shot of the quilt after I moved it upstairs to the hallway leading to the back rooms. The ceiling is higher so it allows me to sit on a stool and work on the bottom of the quilt.

For me. Years in the making.

October 18th 2015 hanging along the stairwell to the basement.

A STEP BACK IN TIME OVER THE PAST 4 YEARS!

Airing out the quilt

July 5 2015 – I love working on my quilts outside. On this day I was able to pin on at least 100 more blocks to the strips.

Enjoyed adding to the 2nd column

Nov 25, 2014

I enjoyed adding length to this 2nd panel. This quilt is my pride and joy. At this point I had been working on it for 5 years. . It  dawned on me that I may finish about 5 quilts all around the same time since I bounce from one project to another and work on many of my quilts simultaneously. In this picture I had  taken it off the wall  and set it on a table. This is the lower quarter of the quilt and my wall is not high enough. There are 5 panels of 2-3 columns to make it easier to sew on.

Note to self: The bottom portion looks lighter than the top on film.

I occasionally have the women in my quilt group look over the quilt to see if any fabric has been repeated anywhere. I audition each fabric to make certain it is not already in the quilt. Having a few more pairs of eyes to check on it is helpful! The gals donated oranges and purples and I know they are excited to see where they end up in the quilt.

The Babes to the rescue

Sept 4 2014 – all of these were given to my by one woman in my quilt group. It is so exciting to work these into the quilt!

Added a touch of orange

June 27 2014  I added a touch of orange. Yes, I took out my seam ripper and made room for more orange. It is so much better now. I am happy. I know…. silly me.

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April 27th 2014  here is a shot on a rainy day where  I worked on sewing the vertical strips together and finished all the dangling strips on the first three panels. This shot makes my heart beat faster. Just look how wonderful it is!

My Scrappy Bargello

March 27, 2014

Confessions of a QUILTER!

“I have it hanging along the stairwell. I like to work in the same room as my family when they are watching Tv but I tend to make a really big mess. It drives my MR crazy but overall he handles it alright. You should see the mess I have right now. Searching for fabrics that are not already in this quilt.”

That entire panel on the right has 20 squares pinned to one piece that need to be sewn together and then added to each of the nine strips.

I have the quilt in panels so it it easier to sew. I calculated the size was 72 squares wide by 79 squares long. Each square is one inch. I just read that a queen size quilt can be 90 X 108. Well if I add two more panels of 9 it will end up at exactly 90 and then I only need 29 more squares for length. I will no longer be able to hang in from a wall in my basement due to the low ceiling.

Working these thrifted fabrics

Quilted Thrifted! March 26, 2014

“Working these thrifted fabrics into my scrappy bargello. yellow tags 50 percent off. I saw this last week and decided I would get it if it was still there this week. Sometimes I think the fabrics start looking dull. These will add some brightness.”

TWO YEARS EARLIER:

Done for the day...off to football

Sept 27 2012 –

I made a little progress.

Fussy cut the 4th set of kitties

Fussy cutting Kitty fabrics

Autumn colors and kitties are drifting into the quilt top today

And some puppies too

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I have worked on many other projects over the past 8 years. I am getting to the point of finishing one quilt top a year. Maybe 2017 will be the year for this one! Maybe!!!

Happy New Year to you.

Projects I worked on in 2012

December 30, 2012

Projects I worked on in 2012

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

I did it. I made a mosaic at Big Huge Labs via Flickr Toys. These are the projects I have worked on off and on throughout the year…and previous years for that matter.

The Spiderweb quilt top was finished in the last few months. I love this quilt so much. It is a lot of fun to work on it. I have the backing fabric already and want to make a row of spiderwebs to add to the back. I was thinking of doing it in 3 different sizes and even drafted the templates. We’ll see what happens.

The Trip Around the World quilt I would have liked to have finished for my mom for Christmas. I threw my back out on the  19th and that put a slow down on everything in my life. I have all the pieces cut and ready to finish but still am setting in the blocks by hand. It’s coming along. I am thinking of flannel for the back so she can have it as a lap quilt in her lounge chair.

The Grandmother’s Flower Garden block. I picked these pieces up at the thrift store. I have never really  paper pieced and hand sewn pieces together so this was a first for me. I have a quilt that needs repair but the hexagon size is not the same. I did borrow a ruler from Sharyn in my quilt group and will work with it.

The Scrappy Bargello is hanging in my laundry room and I cut pieces for it as I work on other projects. I took it outside this summer for a photo shoot and made some progress on it. It was so fun to see it outside in the day light.

The Nine-Patch String piece is our Tuesday Quilters project for 2012. I love how it is coming together.

The Musical Ninepatch is for my niece Leah. I need to sew the sides on the front. I am almost done with the pieces back. If I set aside a few days I would have the two sides done.

The Sunflower quilt is my design and my pride and joy. I started this as a Crazy Quilt Revisited project with Jude Hill. I am alternating crazy quilt blocks with 49 patches.

Rosie the Robot is part of the Add A Border Group and was so fun to do.

String Pieced diamonds was started back in the 70s. I do a diamond here and there. This will be a life long project. I have more diamonds to sew together but other projects always come first.

Coin quilt/Calendar quilt uses up itty bitty pieces. I will blog more about this in a separate post. It will be a journal of quilts projects and fabrics when it is finished.

Ileene’s heart quilt was started this year. She and I work on it together. One of these days we will get it finished.

The Ragged Egg quilt made some progress this year. The blocks were finished and this year I sewed on the sashing strips. I want to put a scalloped border around this one. I most likely will not pick it up again until it gets closer to Easter.

Red and Blue quilt is something I have wanted to do for a while and this year I just got it started. Just Do It. I will continue when the mood hits me.

Sunflower quilt. This block had the petals pinned to it for years. I took some time this year to sew the petals on and get the pins off the thing. I LOOOOVVVVEEEEEEE how it turned out.

Low Volume quilt was started this year. I like the idea of having all soft colors.

Christmas Star is a table runner for my sister in Chicago. I am almost done. Almost! I need to find my metallic thread. If I know where is was it would be done (Organization)

Mary Ann’s Triple Irish Chain did not make it into this collage. I have worked on it off and on this year. It is a constant work in progress because I keep cutting 1 1/2 inch

strips and blocks as I work on other projects.

Christmas Quilt Project

January 11, 2009

Christmas Quilt Project

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

I don’t want the season to be over…

The Tuesday quilt group I am in is having our annual retreat this weekend. I am not going this year due/do to a little one at home and daddy just getting off the night shift. So I sewed this entire day at home!

Sometimes I think to myself “how many unfinished quilt projects can I work on in one day?”

The project above is my second go at this quilt. The first one was started in 2003 and given to Barb in my Tuesday quilting group as a Christmas present. I did not take a picture of it. We meet in each other’s homes so hopefully at some time I will be able to.

I came across this before Christmas and started the star pattern around the 6×6 patch. It then got buried behind all the boxes of Christmas ornaments and decorations. I reached back to my cutting table….which is still hidden and got it this morning. I still have my trees up but they really “should” come down tomorrow. I finished another 6×6 patch today.

Triple Irish Chain

I started my day out by sewing some of my 1 1/2 inch squares for my Triple Irish Chain.

More Triple Irish ChainI have so many sewn one of these days I have to count them. I have one quilt top done for my niece Erica. I hope to finish a second one for her younger sister.

Scrappy Bargello I then sewed some strips for the scrappy bargello I am working on.

WIP

WIP

As I was sewing my bobbin thread ran out. I pulled out the bobbin and found I had spun white thread over a partially filled bobbin of green. I figured since it was green I may as well use it up!!! The tric was to find green thread for the top of the machine. I then remembered I had made some garland out of red and green spools of thread and bits of fabric. Since I had the green thread I sewed some of the scrappy bargello strips. The red and green ones you see above with the green thread. I then grabbed a foundation for the string pieced diamond and sewed the green fabric with the green thread. Then for fun I sewed a section of the stacked coins…of course green fabric on a white strip. I also sewed the red and green strips together for the Christmas Star block above. In the end I used up all the green bobbin thread.

I then filled it with white thread… and figured I may as well try one more project before I get so exhausted I can’t think straight.

A Little Blue and Yellow Project

Blue and Yellow

Do You notice what is wrong with this picture?

The bulb is burned out that shines over the presser foot.

Can you guess how long it has been out?

I think it has been over a year……… sad. I did buy a bulb……but where did I put it?

Since I am Q_uilted T_hrifted! I wanted to show two thrifted items I purchased this holiday season.

Thrifted Tree Ornament Angel

Owl Tree OrnamentPrice 69 cents at the local thrift

Purchased the owl and the angel for 69 cents each. The owl still had the original tag on it at $4.99

I would say that was a bargain.

The last two projects I don’t think you have seen yet.

Christmas Doll Quilt for Charity

Christmas Doll Quilt for Charity

I saw this quilt on Flickr and decided to make it to give away for Christmas. The Tuesday Quilt group I am in decided this year we would buy a doll and make a quilt to donate. We will be taking them over to the location in February so I have a little time. I thought I was ready to trim down the sides and realized when I went to look at the original quilt that it needs another border. I had to use the seam ripper and open up all the seams so I can add to it. It took me a while to find a seam ripper and then of course within minutes I found another.

imga03341The other work in progress I added to today is a 4-patch design. The upper left block is red in each 4 patch. I have no idea how this is going to turn out but…..I’m going for it.

To end the night I just want to share with you two bears I made back in the 70s. I use them to hold my needles.

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The one on the left has rust stains on him. He has aged…just like me!

“how many unfinished quilt projects can I work on in one day?” Today it was 8!

Scrappy Bargello Quilt

August 30, 2008

Sunday August 31st 2008

I took some time today to add a few more shots of the Scrappy Bargello I have been working on. It was nice enough yesterday that I could sew outside.

I really like the colors in this quilt. We are moving from summer into fall and these colors seem just right.


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