Friday, January 29, 2010

Another top completely finished!

This one is like I said, over ten years in the finishing. But here it is! Now all I have to do is layer and quilt it! But I need to wait until I can find some batting on sale! Meanwhile, I'm going to a friend's house tomorrow to do some sewing. I also did some knitting and needlepoint today to get going on some other projects.

Stay tuned.

Cindy K-K
Finishing really old stuff.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Another 12 year old project finished!

This is the last block which I got finished today. I decided to do this beautiful star block instead of that silly Noah's Ark block with all the appliqued Animals! So I got it done today, doing the last of the applique while I watched a movie. Then I worked the rest of the day to get the top done.
This was a piecing nightm . . . I mean a piecing challenge! There were more partial seams in this one than any other project I've ever done, and I did a heart quilt for my friend Char where every single block had a partial seam. Anyway, the top is done except for the borders. Now I have to figure out if I want it to be a bed quilt because the instructions have a series of borders that take it from the lap sized thing it is now all the way up to a King sized. But I'm thinking definitely Lap robe. Two borders and I'd be able to use it for laying around the house at Christmas time.

I plan to use tomorrow to do some machine quilting. I know, I know, I seem to get stuck on that segment of quilting. But I made a goal and well, I need to do it.

OK, so I'll report back to you tomorrow!

Cindy K-K
Keep up the finishing!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Productive day

Unfortunately the most creative thing I did today was make Potato and leek soup. But I did get the border on this quilt top. I'm going to have to do something creative on top of this project to cover up the holes. Why does it have holes? Because the strips weren't wide enough. The SNS technique requires that you cut strips of fabric and then trim them down at angles to create the blocks (If anyone is interested in this technique, I'll be teaching a class at Interquilten about it) Well, I think there was a mistake in the instructions on this block, because it seemed like that last strip was consistently about a half inch short. But not to worry, I think I'll take some pieces of the flower carpet fabric and fuse it on all the holes before I machine quilt it. That should take care of the problem.
Then I also got the borders on this quilt. Isn't he handsome? I think I'll go over to the shop tomorrow and get the backing fabric for him and some batting and get him layered. I can't wait for him to go up in the shop. I can't wait to hear the comments.
Now this one only had about three more seams left to do today so I sat and did them. Now the top is finished. I kind of like how the sides without being trimmed form points. I am thinking about doing the same thing on the top and bottom. Unfortunately this project is wider than it is long. I don't like quilts that go the wrong way like that so I have to fix it, maybe with more rows or maybe with a larger border on the top and bottom, or maybe with two extra borders on top and bottom. But I want to keep the points on the sides, I kind of like them. So I'm going to have to do some more thinking about this project.
Anyway, here is a detail so you can see some of the unique kitty fabrics I collected to make it. Man I had a great time collecting those!! Actually I still have several that I plan to use on other projects.

I really want to spend the rest of this week machine quilting things, so I'm clearing the decks for that endeavor. I'll let you know more tomorrow!

Cindy K-K
Still Finishing

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Two of the three done.

I finished two blocks today. This one is the last of the total hand applique ones. I finished it today and it turned out OK, I think. Now I can piece a whole section of the Christmas Sampler quilt.
I also finished this block which is fused applique. Even fused applique takes a while to complete because of the use of fusible web. You have all of the prep work to do, even though you have basically none of the sewing afterward. So in other words, all the necessary stuff but none of the fun stuff! Oh well. I'm just trying really hard to finish this project. The last block that I have yet to do is a "Noah's Ark" block, but I couldn't really see what that had to do with Christmas other than the fact that it's a popular kids toy and a bible story both. But I just didn't want to include it in my quilt, so I looked through the Christmas blocks I had patterns for and found one that is called Nativity Star. It's wonderful and includes both piecing and applique. I pieced it today and I'll finish the hand applique on it either tomorrow or Tuesday. Wow, then I'll be done with a project I've been working on for more than 10 years.

I got a comment about the Bear quilt. I didn't make up the pattern myself, but it is available for purchase at Interquilten. As soon as I finish the project, it will hang in the shop.

Cindy K-K
Shortcuts to finishing!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Stuff happening!

I finished the binding on this little quilt tonight. That's the first thing I've finished in three days. I've been working on lots of stuff though.Including a new novel. Yes, I'm working on a werewolf novel. Jumping on that particular band wagon. I do believe mine is going to be a bit different though. More on that later.
Another project I've been working on lately is this Christmas sampler. You saw some of the blocks I finished for it earlier. I ran out of greens and needed to go buy some to finish the last two blocks for this quilt. I have yet to do that though. I will update more on this project later and keep you all posted.

Slowing down but still finishing.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

#25--A store project

I finished this quilt top today. Actually I started it today too. It's a store project designed to showcase the flowered fabric along with the Square in a square ruler and some of the many possibilities that can be accomplished for that. The pattern for this is the book Advancing on II. I still need to put a border on it, and you know, layer, etc. So I'll keep it on the list. But start to finish it was not a very hard project at all.

Cindy K-K
Finishing more than I start!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Pair finished! #24

Finished the second one tonight. I also worked a little on the Bear from yesterday. I put on the first border and added the two leaves that went over the border. I think that Wednesday I'll be going in to Interquilten to get the rest of the fabric for the other two borders. So tomorrow I hope to run some errands and then come back and do some machine quilting. I have a pile of stuff that needs to be machine quilted before I can finish it. Maybe my next goal should be to finish everything that is layered before the next meeting. I'll take it under advisement!

Keep on finishing!

Finished the Bear! #23

I didn't finish anything yesterday, boohoo. We all knew these days would come. OK so I had my first one, of many probably. But I'll still try to catch up. But today I finished the fused applique on this wonderful bear. I now need to find some border fabric for it then I can finish putting the last two leaves on it.

I think I'll be finishing the second copper sock tomorrow, we shall see!

Keep on finishing!

Friday, January 15, 2010

I've been recovering!

I've been recovering from the move. It's taken me a while. I guess these old bones aren't as limber as they used to be! Anyway, I took a couple of days off, but today I tried to catch up. Here's what I did:
I finished putting together this quilt top. We'll call this number 20. You've seen this before when I finished the blocks the other day. Well, I put the top together today. Then
I finished the whole top by attaching borders. It looks pretty neat huh? I love the 3-D effect this pattern gives. I have big plans for embellishing this one. I'll have to work on it. We'll call this #21.
Then I sat down to watch some videos and finished this one sock. Number 22. I'll start the other one tonight yet. I don't really like to wait too long before starting the second sock. Sometimes you forget how the first one was made and then you have to try to figure it out. I eliminate that problem by starting the second one immediately and trying to finish it within a few days as well. So number two will be coming up soon.

Thanks for your patience! Tomorrow is Saturday Sew at the Library so we shall see what I can get done there.

Cindy K-K
Catching up with the finishing.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Store moving!

The store is moved. It is all in the new location now and open for business. Come in and take a look!

So I didn't actually finish anything yesterday because of the move, but today I finished two things, or maybe three, but I'm not counting one of them. Here I'll show you:
I promised you and here it is. The completely finished Tomato Quilt! I woke up this morning and sewed the binding on first thing.

Here is a picture of the back. Notice the label! Yes, I labeled it. And also notice the quilting. Most of it is in white because the front was white, but it's pretty neat to see the pattern on the back.

Here is a detail of the quilting on the back. I also did some quilting in green on the dinner plates. Isn't it funny how much green food there is in Italian cooking?

I'm including this picture, not because I finished anything on this quilt but because I found the label. I knew I had printed up a bunch of labels for quilts that I was nearly finished with and I stored them . . . somewhere! I found them this past winter, I had them stored in a page sleeve in my quilting journal. So I figured, it was about time for me to sew it on.

So here it is, attached! All of this happened before noon while I still had some energy. But I figured that I still had some energy for a short time after lunch. So I finished the blocks for this project.
It's an attic window quilt with a halloween theme. I found this little cartoon depiction of tricks-or-treaters. I cut them into 3 inch squares. They have been up on the design wall for a good long time, maybe even months. Today I finished sewing the blocks. I have an interesting idea for embellishing this one. I'm going to have to think and plan a little, but in the mean time, I intend to finish the top of this. The glitz will come in the embellishments.

Well, not bad for one day, and that's with recovering from one of the most strenuous work days of my life! I'll come up with something for tomorrow!

Cindy K-K
Catching up on the finishing!

Sunday, January 10, 2010


I finished the freemo on the tomato quilt today. It's really cool looking too. I'll take a picture of it tomorrow after I finish the binding and sew on the label. So that's it! I am helping move the store tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Finished for now!


Yes, I did finish something yesterday. Two things actually. I finished layering two projects, the tomato quilt (today I'm free motion quilting it) and another of my wild log cabin bags. I'll try to get the freemo done on the tomato quilt today. I have another appointment tonight so it's gotta be this afternoon. More later.

Friday, January 8, 2010

No pictures today

I finished the prep work today on four different Baltimore Album blocks. Two of them are from the guild project, and the other two from the Applique BOM that I'm doing at Interquilten. On top of that I finished the patterns and instructions for the two store BOM's. I figure that means I'm finished with the class prep. Now I just need to do the sewing on the four blocks. Next time I report on one of these is when I finish the sewing.

Many of you might think this is cheating, that I really didn't finish anything today. If that's true then you never prepped applique before. It can be very labor intensive.

One of the projects I prepped was a Hawaiian applique Breadfruit pattern. There are several steps to completing this prep work.

1. Take a piece of freezer paper four times the size of the pattern. Fold it into eighths.
2. Draw the pattern on the eighth panel of the folded paper.
3. Carefully cut out the pattern through all 8 layers.
4. Carefully unfold the paper pattern and iron it to a piece of fabric.
5. Using a prisma pencil in a color that will show up on your fabric trace the pattern using the freezer paper as a template. Remove the freezer paper.
6. Press the background fabric and fold it into quarters, press again to create centering folds.
7. Layer the marked fabric onto the background fabric centering it onto the pressed in folds.
8. Pin in place.
9. Baste the entire outside of the applique fabric with heavy quilting thread.
10. Baste the entire inside of the design at least a half inch away from the drawn line.

At this point the piece is ready to be stitched.

No two pieces of applique are alike in what they need as prep work. One of the pieces only needed small bits and pieces cut from freezer paper patterns. One needed bias tape made from whole fabric. One needed a freezer paper stencil cut with an exacto-knife. I worked on these things all day long and now it's nearly 7 pm and I consider myself finished! I'm calling this number 17!

I'm going to relax tonight with some knitting. Maybe I'll be able to finish a sock tonight! Or get near enough to finish it for tomorrow. I work tomorrow.

This is going to be a very busy week. I work Saturday and Monday at Interquilten. I am going to spend time with friends on Sunday. Tuesday is the day the store is moving across the street. We will be very busy packing and unpacking that day. Wednesday likewise. Thursday is Borders. Friday I have off! Saturday is Saturday Sew. I'll be able to get something done those two days! I will endeavor to finish at least a heart block every day this week and work on something more. We shall see!

Cindy K-K
Running out of quick finishes!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Top done!

A couple of days ago I finished the last of the applique blocks for this quilt, and today I finished the quilt top. Imagine it with a bright red binding. I'll be machine quilting it soon too, as soon as I can get a bat cut for it. I could very easily be done with this whole project within a week. I could make that a goal, couldn't I?

I spent time at Borders today with the Border Babes and I got several pieces of applique attached. Nice! I wanted to continue working on it this afternoon, but I had to do silly things today like vacuuming and dishes. Whatever!

Cindy K-K
Still Finishing~!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Almost didn't make it!

I finished that big organizing project this morning and then tried working on the tomato quilt, I was planning to finish that top today. But then I had a meatball sub for lunch and it made me sick to my stomach. Those of you who know me know that I had stomach surgery two years ago and have lost about 100 lbs. But I am still prone to some stomach ailments when I eat wrongly! So I spent the entire afternoon napping listlessly in the chair and trying to ignore the book on CD playing in the background. So I thought today would be the first day that I actually missed finishing something. Then tonight while watching TV I picked up this block and managed to get the last 9 cherries on it. I was saving this one for a day that I worked. Guess I'll have to prep a new one!

Cindy K-K
Too many things, I can't even avoid finishing!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

More Finished Christmas Sampler Blocks

Yes, I was working hard on the Christmas Sampler. Some of these blocks were not precisely done as planned but so what they are finished. I used fusible web on the appliques. But it still took me several hours to do.

I also spent some time getting organized today. I still have some cutting to do to finish the organizing, but once it's done I'll be good to get going!

Last nights guild meeting was fun fun fun! Lots of laughs!

More tomorrow,
Cindy K-K
finishing up the organizing!

Monday, January 4, 2010

One for Tomato Lovers!

My son is a chef trained at the Great Lakes Culinary Institute. So when I saw this cute little wall quilt I had to make it. The original design had a BLT depicted on it, but that was hardly culinary. So I switched it. I designed the salad with the bacon bits and cherry tomatoes. Today I finished appliqueing the last block, this Pizza block. As you can see, it's kind of a California style pizza with the tomato slices on it. Jake is really more into Sicilian pizza.
All of the blocks are now finished for this quilt top. I can spend some time this week putting it together. In fact, I might make that one of my weekly goals.

Tonight is the Guild meeting and the unveiling of the Grandmother's Flower Garden. This will make it official!

Again tomorrow!
Cindy K-K
Getting closer to finishing it all!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Really I accomplish more!

Here is my offering today. I finished these four blocks. Two of them are for the same project as the two blocks I did yesterday, it's a Christmas Sampler. The other two, the ones with the blue backgrounds, are for my Chicago fire quilt. That's a long story and I'll tell it later when I get around to finishing it. But for now I'll tell you about this Christmas sampler.

I started receiving these patterns, which all fit in a notebook. They came in installments and cost about $18 each including shipping. Little did I know that I would paying for about 30 of them. It's a very cute pattern, and I was employed at the time so I went ahead and wrote the check every month. Yikes. I don't even like to think about how much the pattern cost me.

So I started making the blocks and (as usual) lost interest in them after a time. Every so often I regain momentum for this project and as a result I have most of the blocks done. Of course the hardest part is finishing the applique blocks. they are very ornate and have lots of tiny little pieces. So many that I often lose them. Yesterday I made two of the more difficult pieced blocks. Today I made two fairly simple ones, but here is how the project snow-balled (pun intended).

First I got out the rest of the blocks yesterday and decided that I might try to put a few more of them together, trying to finish what I can of the top. I worked on that for several hours last night. Then I got out my stash of Christmas fabrics, that's always an invitation for getting creative. I just love how certain fabrics go together.

I found a piece of fabric that I'd forgotten about with kitties all over it with little Santa hats on. It's just precious! So I spent a goodly time then trying to figure out what to do with that fabric. I found several more that went with it. Then I fell into a dead sleep (yeah it was after midnight).

This morning when I woke up after a cup of coffee I started looking through magazines, actually just one magazine, and I found a cute pattern that I could see the kitties going into. So I got out some other fabrics and did some calculations (which always takes a long time because I'm Mathematically challenged) and discovered that I had enough to make a full sized quilt. So I cut out the pieces and then rummaged through my file drawers of 2 1/2 inch squares to find reds, greens, and golds. I found plenty of course. I used to collect greens and I have so many of them cut into 2 1/2 inch squares which is why I needed the four drawer container, but that's yet another story!

While rummaging I discovered a pile of greens all in the same basic color and value, so I pulled them out. At this point I started getting the overwhelming feeling that I was biting off more than I could chew, BUT I surged forward none-the-less. I counted them and found that I had enough for about 44 nine patches, and I thought, OK, that's enough for a single Irish chain quilt. So I pulled out some light yellows, creams and a white and cut them into 6 1/2 inch squares and 2 1/2 inch squares. I put all the pieces together into a baggie for later sewing. Likewise the Santa Kitties and all those pieces went into a baggie for later sewing. So I have two new projects for lull sewing times (Yeah Right!!!) Then I went back to the Christmas Sampler. I made the four tree blocks (see above, yes thank you, I did finish them!) And now I am Blogging. I have to update my other Blog as well before I quit. But then I think I'm going to go back and finish as many more blocks for the Christmas Sampler as I can. There are a couple of blocks that I wasn't really interested in hand appliqueing, like the Noah's Ark block (two of everything). So I'm thinking that in order to get this project finished I'm going to go ahead and dig out the fusible web and slap some of these together with raw edge applique. I've been working on this project long enough! So that's the plan!

So that's my story and I'm sticking to it. You look at the four little tree blocks and think, gosh, is that all she did today? Nope, it's the tip of the iceberg, it's only what I finished today!

Cindy K-K
finishing things, but accomplishing more.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

After Yesterday? Give me a break!

Yesterday I finished a whole 20 year old quilt, my oldest UFO, and today you're just going to have to give me a break. I managed to finish two very complicated blocks today. I'm nearly finished with another and I did some prep work but I'm going to call it a night. I had some dishes and laundry to do today as well. I know, that's not really an excuse but I can't spend all day every day on my hobbies!

Oh BTW, I made a mistake on one of these blocks. If anyone can spot it I will send the first one who notices it a prize~!

More tomorrow!
Cindy K-K
Finishing the bits and pieces.

Finishing out the Old Year and Starting a New~!

I didn't actually finish anything yesterday except the old year. I made a batch of amaretto cookies if that counts. Some friends took us downtown to the State Theater to see Grease and then to watch the cherry drop. It was wall to wall people on Front Street, there were so many people that we didn't even get cold!

So today I worked exclusively on the Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt and guess what? I Finished it! Here is the finished product.
Now let me tell you about this project.
I started it in 1989 when a customer of mine at Erickson's brought in a finished top wanting to know how to finish it. I loved the look of her quilt top and thought that I could have done a better job of hand piecing it myself. So I started the project right away when I got home that night. I wanted the look of those wonderful pastel thirties prints but since they had no reproduction fabrics at that time I had to find prints and solids that mimicked the look I had in mind. I used whatever odds and ends of muslin I had in my stash, and this I wish I had not done. Of course, at the time, I didn't know that it was going to be my masterpiece!
I finished the blocks in 2000 after working on them during my breaks at Polk. Then I finished the top working on it at Border's with the Border babes in 2005. I layered it so that we could use it as a hand quilting demo at the Northwest Michigan Fair. We began to hand quilt it bee style. Members of the Rumpled Quilts Kin Guild worked on it on and off for the last five years. Members who worked on it included: Eleanor Howard, Char Blanchard, Alice Rogers, Karen Hill, Laura Munck, Arlene Kish, Nancy Larson, Nancy Crow, Mikki Gauthier, Sue Shipman, Dorothy Weber, Marsha Frick, Sharon Siladke, Elaine Penny, Terese Gavar, and Diana Siloff.

The last time I worked on it bee style was in the home of Eleanor Howard. Eleanor is a 89 year old woman who has been quilting her entire life. She is our guild's hand quilting guru! She has single-handed taught probably over a hundred people to quilt in our guild alone. She is a very dear friend of mine and she has been getting after me for over a year to finish this quilt. Finally last July I signed the UFO contract.

For those of you who don't know, I usually run a UFO (Unfinished Object) club for our guild. We had just gotten finished with the UFO club and I challenged everyone in the guild to take one of their UFO's their biggest baddest UFO and work on it for the next six months. I gave each person a contract to sign. The deadline is the January meeting, January 4th! I named this project as my biggest baddest UFO, I've been working it for 20 years now so it's also my oldest UFO.

Today it is finished~!!!! So being that I finished it on January 1, 2010 it will also count toward the new UFO club. Which reminds me, I need to send this link to Sue Shipman to prove to her that I did finish it today!!!

I sewed the Label onto it about 8 pm this evening which made it officially finished. I will dig out the permanent marker and write the finishing date on the label as the final touch.

I was raised by my Grandmother who had a very lovely flower garden behind her house. I always remember helping her plant annuals in it. She had tulips and lilies that came up every year too. Her garden was the first thing I saw when I came over to her house and there was a lovely little garden path that one had to walk in order to get to her back porch. Doing this project put me in mind of her nearly every time I worked on it. It was her house in Dixboro Michigan where our family gathered every Sunday night for games, TV, Pizza, conversation, and it's where I learned my values and my responsibilities as a member of a family.

This project is a tribute to my Grandmother and her lovely house and garden!

In finishing out the old year I also want to mention that in my little black book I have listed 68 projects that I finished last year. Of course many of those projects are multiples. Often if I made multiples of something I just wrote how many on one line of the list. Such as 14 wallets for sale, 7 jewelry bags, 2 green bags, 3 apple blocks, 8 video tape bags, etc. I also want to go on record that I completed 61 bags or wallets, some of which I still have in the box that I take to craft shows. I also finished 12 quilts this year, and ten hand knitted projects including three pairs of socks.

I'm very thrilled at everything I got done this year. When you consider that two years ago today I was looking forward to having my stomach stapled, I was depressed, had no energy and was awaiting my own death. So much has changed in these last two years. I am 100 lbs less, I have renewed energy, I have a job that I love with a boss that I love and I am so energetic about finishing these old projects. I really want to work on some new exciting techniques this year. I want to explore more embellishing techniques and surface design. But meanwhile I'm also going to continue to set weekly goals to rid myself of these older projects as well. I'm very excited to get started, so what I accomplished today is symbolic of my new life! Get finished with the old stuff, have that feeling of accomplishment and then go on to the next new thing!

So, on to the next thing!

Cindy K-K
Finishing the old stuff!