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Other than my family, the passion of my life is quilting. An eclectic, I love a wide variety of styles and techniques encompassing both machine and hand work. Instagram: lyncc_quilts

Sunday, December 10, 2017

BOMs Away - Once Upon a Star; also Martha's Holiday Spin


Welcome to the link-up for BOMs Away Mondays!
Where we share what we're doing on a BOM-type project 
so they don't stall out in UFO-land!
(Linky at the bottom.)

I've had a fun weekend of working on Christmas projects. For BOM work, I pulled out a McKenna Ryan project that I've only ever enjoyed working on. No problems with this one.  ;D

"Once Upon a Star" is getting trapunto work while I do all the stitching of the many-many fusible pieces, as well as of embroidery on the main elements before it will be quilted. Without that, the fusible applique just stays so flat and disappointing to me. Photographing this project is disappointing, too, because it's so much prettier in real life than I can get the camera to show. 


I've got the cute baby seal finished, and aren't those whiskers fabulous?


And I did the central scene with Santa and company. 


The star got stitched with a holographic silver thread - super pretty!! But it doesn't begin to show from the camera's point of view, so you can't see how terrific the effect is.


I've got the puffins ready to go for next time. Their 3-D stocking with its fish lives in a bag in my scissors drawer. This quilt will be entirely finished and on my wall the day after Thanksgiving next year!


And earlier in the week, I pulled a Christmas UFO out of the closet. It's not a BOM, but I was in the mood.  This one needed all of its border work. I got that finished up yesterday. It's queen size.


The colors are a little better in this indoor shot - lots of really great quilting potential in this one! 


I would like this to be a fun Christmas in July finish when I have more longarm templates to play around with.

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Kate over at Katie Mae Quilts has joined me in hosting this meet-up,
and linking up from either end puts you on the party at both sides.


Friday, December 8, 2017

It's a Wrap! Heather's "Lloyd & Lola"

My first customer quilt on the longarm has been pure fun. This is Elizabeth Hartman's "Lloyd & Lola" pattern, pieced by Heather Woodland in linens with cotton on the blankets and lanterns. She did a remarkable job, too. Everything was nice and flat and easy to keep squared up. I was spoiled!


Getting a photo today is particularly tricky business with these strong winds! It took over a hundred shots to catch that one. Most of them look like this:


(Big Kudos to Pat for keeping it safely off of anything!)

Part of the fun of working on this quilt this past week is that Scott and I happened upon this cutie who was participating in old town Monument's Christmas weekend festivities:


I got to do custom work on this quilt. We went with Hobbs 80/20, as their climate is way too hot for anything more. (Thinking only of the quilting, I would choose wool or wool-over-80/20 for the prettiest fill, but practical concerns need to be considered as well.) 

 I used So Fine on the top (an ecru on the llama fur/legs, a light gray everywhere else), and Magna Glides in the bobbin (a silver gray and an ecru). This used 8 bobbins (L size). This wasn't my favorite top/bobbin mix, but my thread supplies are still growing. The different fibers demand quite a bit of tension fiddling.


Heather asked for the quilting to be masculine, because she's supposed to give it to her husband. So I used double horizontal lines spaced 3/4" apart for all of the background. For the most part, the channel locks made easy work of that, but I did use a long ruler to mark register lines when they needed to jump across the llamas.


The seams were all pressed open, ruling out true stitch-in-the-ditch work. Linen is remarkably accommodating, though, and for all the lantern globes and both llamas, I was able to do a super close echo line to stabilize, define, and give me a turn-around place for the line work. I'm not sure I would like the effect well enough on an all-cotton quilt. On the linen, the So Fine thread I was using just melted right in.


(You can see how it stands out more, like a decorative edge stitching, on the cottons in the neck and leg bands)


Llamas got freehand fur and face details. . .


Complete with hair-do's. 

Gotta have those!



Blankets got 1/4" echo lines for the strips and a freehand wavy line in the trim to offset all those straight lines in this quilt.


Legs got meandering vertical lines.


Lanterns got wavy outlines (I was thinking about the way some hanging lanterns have that accordion silhouette) and coordinating drops along the lower spans to set them off a bit more, to counter the lines - lines - lines, and to camouflage the seams in the background around them. Those seams really stood out before that detail work.


Then I just used a curved ruler to travel from top to top, like their weight was pulling down on a hanging wire, detouring at each one to put in the double teardrop accents.


Overall I'm quite pleased with how it turned out! I learned with this that linen is very much more stretchy than cotton, but it quilts pretty darn easily. Tension can be a bit of a bugger when you're changing back and forth from the linen to the cotton, so you have to watch that carefully. And llamas are terrific listeners when you're quilting them. I found myself talking out loud to them several times. . . Ha!



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Linking to



Thursday, December 7, 2017

18 in 2018 and UFO Challenge 2018

I find Meridith’s and Judy’s Challenges to be highly useful tools to keep motivated in finishing UFOs or at least moving them along a full stage. So here’s my 2018 list of projects I want most to advance. 

(There will be other projects worked on during the year, but these are the ones I do not want left behind any more.)


The first twelve, in no particular order, are slated for Judy’s monthly UFO Challenge:

1. Fancy Forest. This quilt is basted and loaded on zippers for the longarm. It will get full-custom quilting. I pieced the top from June to August of 2016, basted it November 2017.


2. Coral Encounter. This flimsy needs to be quilted. I started it at a Judy Niemeyer workshop in February 2012, and finished it that August.


3. Quiet Rebellion on the Pond. This flimsy needs to be quilted.  I made it in August 2012, as a “my own way” approach to a guild challenge from December 2010.


4. Hearts for Kelly. This flimsy needs to be quilted. Everyone in our family contributed to this top in May 2010. We were making it quickly to send to Kelly when she had a stroke (44 years old, dealing with cardiomyopathy), but she died soon after the stroke. L I haven’t had the heart to finish it until now.


5. Devon’s Quilt. This quilt from 2016 was partially quilted on my domestic machine, and needs to be finished on the longarm. It stalled partly because of technique intimidation and because I had to sew Renaissance gear for 18 people.



6. Leaded Glass. This flimsy needs to be quilted. It was made at the Cabin Fever Retreat, March 2015.


7. Once Upon a Star. This flimsy with trapunto work needs its full-sheet quilting done. Most of the applique work was done and the flimsy put together in November 2012. It had been idle since 2010 at that point.


8. Mermaid Fantasy for Heather. Another flimsy with trapunto work that needs its full-sheet quilting. This was originally started in December 2008, I believe. The trapunto work was done in November 2017.


9. Plums in November. Another quilt partially done at the domestic that needs to go on the longarm to be finished. In November 2013, I made this top from a kit that had been in my storage from some time before spring 2012.


10. Sew Spooky. Another one partially quilted at the domestic that needs finishing on the longarm. It’s even on zippers right now! The quilt top was made in Oct and Nov 2014, and then the domestic quilting was done in February 2016. In Oct 2017, I took all the pins out, and prepped it for the longarm.


11. Set Sail. This flimsy needs to be quilted. It was a kit I purchased from Quilting By the Bay in Panama City, Florida in 2011. The center was constructed July-August 2013, and the borders were constructed in July 2017.


12. Bohemia. This flimsy needs to be quilted. I purchased its kit in January 2014 and put the top together that month.



Six additional UFOs are slated with the preceding projects for Meredith’s 18 in 2018 Challenge:

13. Dear Jane. This flimsy needs to be quilted. It is definitely on the Top-10 list for this year, but it goes in this part of the list because I know it will take more than a month to finish, and I will be putting it on and taking it off the longarm between other projects to keep the work from becoming oppressive. It will get intensive custom quilting. The top was started in August 20122  and finished on August 13, 2013 - right on time for the schedule I’d set of 10 blocks per month. It has 5139 pieces! The blocks are tiny and intricate. It’s insane, and I loved doing it. I’ve put its quilting off until I developed enough skill to do what I wanted to do. I’m not 100% there yet, but It’s Time to finish this lady! Deana and I are going to spur each other to gets our Janes quilted. Aiming for an April start.


14. Modernology. This flimsy needs to be quilted. The top was pieced December 2013 – August 2014.


15. Listen With Your Eyes. This project needs to be pieced. It was started in October 2011 at a Jacqueline DeJong workshop at Quilting By the Bay in Panama City, Florida. After a few weeks of work, it sat idle in a gorgeous chest drawer for six years, until I finished the New York Beauty blocks in November 2017.


16. Let’s Build a Snowman. This project needs blanket stitching on all the fused pieces. The applique work was done in December 2012, from a kit I’d purchased at Christmastime in either 2010 or 2009. I had to supplement and replace many fabrics from my own stash.


17. Kashmir. This project needs to have its blocks made. It was a kit purchased in August 2012. I got as far as washing and cutting the fabrics, then it was boxed so we could move.


18. Wind in the Whiskers. This project needs to have its fused applique work completed for blocks 3-7. This was started at the end of October 2014 and worked on fairly regularly through February 2015. Some more work was done June – Aug 2015, and then it sat. Because the pattern is horrid. A tiny work was done in March 2017 before it was picked up again in December. I intend to keep this on my regular BOM rotation until it is a flimsy. Hopefully that can happen before 2018 is over!



So I have 14 quilts that I want to finish completely, and 4 more quilts that I want to at least advance a stage. 

I also hope to “activate” one NETY each month from my deep storage, and none of my BOM projects are on this list. They will advance as normal around my priority work.



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Patchwork Times UFO Challenge 2018
Merdithe's 18 in 2018

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

WIPs - Llamas and Unicorns

It's so nice to be back to regular blogging, instead of just BOMs Away days.  :)


My priority WIP work is almost finished. Here are Heather's Llamas during the roll-back to do the face and fur fills. That's all that is left for this cute quilt. It involves a thread change, so I finished everything else to the end first and dabbed out my register marks for carrying the lines across the llamas. I left it hanging loose overnight to evaporate those spots before rolling it back up on the front bar. I've learned that it can be challenging to keep tension perfectly happy when you're quilting a mix of fibers, and linen is a very stretchy fabric compared to cotton! The pro side of that is that it's fairly easy to manipulate to square things up. The con side is that tension is "interesting" when you're moving back and forth on sections of different fibers.

During my quiet early-morning work times, I've moved another 17 in 2017 item to the next phase. I made the backing for my "Leaded Glass" quilt. 


That's been procrastinated because I had this really fantastic fabric that I wanted to match the pattern with the seam. So I made myself get over it and just get it done finally. The size of two full fabric widths, minus the selvage on one side of the seam and the little bit to match up on the other side was perfect for the overage I'll need past the top's size.


Nailed that match-up!  

<~ That's a seam running down the right side, not a crease.  :)


I also pre-shrunk its batting, so everything is ready to go. I'm thinking this will be a really nice quilt to have on the frame during our snowy February days.  

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Linking up: 

Brook's WIP Link-Up,
Lorna's Let's Bee Social
Sarah's Whoop, Whoop!
Meridithe's 17 in 2017

Sunday, December 3, 2017

BOMs Away - Wrestling with "Wind in the Whiskers"


Welcome to the link-up for BOMs Away Mondays!
Where we share what we're doing on a BOM-type project 
so they don't stall out in UFO-land!
(Linky at the bottom.)

Talking about stalled out projects. . . My Wind in the Whiskers BOM has been abandoned since March, when I did hardly anything on it. And it was August 2015 before that, that it was last touched.

(These two blocks were individually pinned on my design wall.)

There's a reason for that. This is the WORST pattern I've ever worked with. Which is horrid, actually, because her patterns are quite expensive. I've done several other McKenna Ryan projects, and while they were intricate, they were completely decipherable.

This one is not. Working on it is a huge drain, and you just don't get anywhere - not because there's so much work, but because you CANNOT figure the durn thing out.


So today, I've vowed that this thing is going to move forward one way or another. It's a beautiful quilt, and I want it hanging in my longarm studio by the end of next summer. So I'm bagging the pattern, other than tracing out the pieces, and doing it my own way.


First of all, I assembled the entire upper portion of the backrounds. Blocks 1 and 2 already had everything but the tree fused down, so they got trimmed to perfect size and joined. The pattern has you do a ton of stuff first, but not some stuff - and it's impossible to figure out what is what, and there's no exact full-size layout, so you can't figure the exact place to put some of the ones you're supposed to do before sewing the blocks together. . .

You get the drift. 

The other three backgrounds got cut slightly oversized so that the little bits of shrinkage during fusing won't matter. I'll trim the other edges to perfect size later. (That's why you can see them hanging over at the outer edges)


And that's all pinned back up on my design wall above my domestic machine. Had to shift everything around to accommodate its growth. Next I'll assemble all the non-tree components for blocks 3-5. Then I'll figure out which pieces I actually need for the tree and branches/leaf-regions that overhang all the blocks. It's not the least bit clear in the patterns which pieces those actually are. [Each block has its own pattern packet, and I think the gobbledy-gook of it all comes from these being written as individual mini quilts first, and then she intended the replacement pieces and full-quilt instructions to bridge the difference when you're making the full quilt, but that just didn't pan out anywhere near as well as it was supposed to. Those full-quilt adjustments are supposed to be explained in Block 4's packet (btw - why isn't this up front in Block 1's??), but it's like only the first 1/5 of the necessary adjustment discussion is there. And you can't get sufficient clarification on the errata page online.]

Again: BARBARA KNOWS!!!

Block 1's fusible pieces, for example.

I'm not doing any of the tracing and placing of lots of little pieces today, though, to do anything more than this. Doing what I did today put me in a foul mood, and I would rather do something Christmasy. I have hopes that the next session with this BOM will be a much better experience.

Instead, I put the downstairs tree up, and that really cheered my mood. Bonus points: It sits right by my sewing nook.  :D


And I rewarded my intense, stress-inducing foray into "Whiskers" by finishing my easy 4-patch "Daisy Days" blocks which I'd half-way sewn three weeks ago. This quilt will now wait until after the holidays to be assembled. Everything's been cut, ready to fly through the machine. :)


And it's much more fun than deciphering this crazy pattern. 


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Kate over at Katie Mae Quilts has joined me in hosting this meet-up,
and linking up from either end puts you on the party at both sides.