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I mentioned earlier today that I started on the 2nd of

4 beautiful jelly rolls,

this one being the new Grunge Metallics collection by Basic Grey

for Moda Fabrics.

Several distractions today,

including choosing just the right bobbin thread…

& did you know, when in doubt, go dark???

It’s true every time!

On the spool, the lighter grey looks to be a closer match,

but when laid upon the fabric,

the darker thread is a better match.

Next, I laid out all of the strips

in order of how I wanted them in the quilt.

Dinner was on time,

but the quilt was long from ready for binding,

so I continued to sew after dinner…

And now it’s complete!

Even the labels are sewn on, yay!!!

Love this collection!

Love this pattern!

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

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Today I started on the 2nd of

4 beautiful jelly rolls

with the additional 2 yards of coordinating fabrics

from Moda’s future collections.

This is the Grunge Metallics collection also by Basic Grey

for Moda Fabrics.

I particularly like the dots in this collection.

There are 20 colors; 2 strips of each color.

1 strip has metallic dots,

the other has smears of metallic like the grunge fabric itself.

These are just some of them.

I’ve chosen these 6 to be the binding.

I went back & forth over whether or not they should all of dots or no dots,

& guess what?

That leaves the top with extra strips with dots or no dots………

It’ll look great either way!

Just make a decision already!!!

As I was preparing to start the quilt this morning

I was reminded of a conversation that I had not long ago.

Someone was mentioning how they don’t like

how jelly roll strips “shed” as they use them.

I told her I don’t have that problem.

I shake them out real well

as soon as I remove the adorable ribbon

& rubber band that holds the strips together.

Just shake & shake…

& shake…

until they’re done shedding.

Try this, it really works.

You don’t have to use a pretty Longaberger trash can but it helps, Lol.

& yes, I emptied the trash this morning before I took these pics!

It was time.

Next, I hang the adorable ribbon on the hook!

“Why,” you ask?

BECAUSE it makes me happy!

Now I must get back to work.

I have strips to trim,

then strips to sew

before I can bind this thing after dinner tonight while I watch TV.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

A couple of weeks ago when I had Clare to help me,

we basted foundations in preparation to make 4 more Jellyroll Joyride Quilts.

I had already chosen 4 beautiful jelly rolls

& 2 yards of coordinating fabrics each

from Moda’s future collections.

The Nova collection by Basic Grey was my first choice to sew.

 I see that The Fat Quarter Shop has the jelly rolls on their site for pre-orders.

Isn’t this blue floral BEAUTIFUL!

I’m not a blue person, but I love this print!

Yesterday was the day.

I chose 6 strips for the binding and trimmed the rest of them to size.

Yes, I actually followed the pattern!

I picked out a fun movie to keep me company then set to sew.

By dinner time I had all of the strips sewn onto the foundation

& had the binding sewn onto the quilt,

then after dinner I watched TV

& sewed the binding to the back of the quilt by hand.

It’s the only hand work on this quilt

& if you don’t care for that bit of hand work

you can sew it by machine if you prefer.

 

Now it’s complete including the labels!

When I use one collection for the entire quilt,

I like to include a piece of the selvage with the collection name printed on it

& attach it with the label for reference later.

(I call this my artificial intelligence! Lol)

Isn’t it lovely?

I like that the ENTIRE collection is visible in the quilt!

Now you know why I’ve had this quilt pattern on my wishlist for a long time.

If you have a jelly roll that you’ve been hoarding,

waiting for the perfect quilt to showcase the collection,

you can find the pattern here on my website.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

Absolutely, cannot get enough!

I took the weekend off.

OK, at least from sewing & designing.

I still filled orders & chatted about upcoming workshops… & possible workshops.

Would your group like me to come teach for you?

I do that you know?

Check my website for ideas & pricing then send me an email or call to schedule.

Today, it’s back to business!

Betsy’s load became a lot lighter toward the end of last week.

Remember how she looked?

I have enough plates to work on at least one design.

My Flower Garden Gatherings bouquet is growing prettier each day.

So much fun!

What are you working on?

Are you sewing along with me on my Dresden Quilt Workshop Sampler quilt?

It’s not too late to join in the fun.

If you are sewing along, you’ve got one more day until I show you Week #5, so chop, chop!

Back to work for me.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

 

 

Since I last posted,

I’ve spent more hours at my sewing machine

with my Grunge Seeing Stars fabric.

Remember the Tiny Dresden blocks?

They’re each now the center of a star block.

How appropriate that the fabric collection I chose for this design also has stars?

The sewing went quickly since I did all of the cutting at the beginning,

as shown to you earlier this week:

Here are all of the tiny Dresden blocks sewn into star blocks:

Do you like my colorful new rug (& cute booties)?

I couldn’t resist leaving them in the pic!

Next, I quickly added the pre-cut sashing.

Originally I designed a simple white border,

but while I sewed the star blocks,

the colorful stack of leftover corners

trimmed from the flying geese blocks

kept speaking to me!

I couldn’t resist using the leftover rainbow…

So, back to the computer I went

to see what kind of border I could make using the

8 half square triangles of each of the 16 star fabrics………….

This is what I decided on,

and quickly sewed BEFORE I CHANGED MY MIND!!!

The possibilities are practically endless, right?

This was a quick, painless & pretty clever addition to the quilt

(if I must say so myself, Lol)

and I feel good about using most all of those triangles!

I next cut the backing & batting,

then took it to my quilter, Tamara, yesterday so she can do her magic.

On to the next thing!

(which has been cooking for my family’s Easter breakfast & dinner)

I hope you’ve enjoyed my rainbow journey this week.

Hopefully the pattern (which remains nameless at this time) will be ready mid-May.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

It has been fun sewing my Grunge, Seeing Stars rainbow these past two days.

I finished the plates, then made the centers at our guild meeting yesterday.

When I got home I appliqued the centers in place

(after I replaced Mr. Too Dark Blue… he’ll have to wait for a different project)

You can see for yourself that there was no contrast between him & the pretty black center fabric.

So, I replaced him with a grey plate,

then I stitched the centers in place & dampened the centers to remove the paper templates.

During dinner we got to watch them dry.

I put them on our kitchen table & turn on the ceiling fan.

It makes the drying time quick!

(An advantage of the kids growing up & moving on is that

we don’t need the whole kitchen table for dinner anymore.

I also spend less money on food… but at times the quiet is deafening!)

After our dinner was cleaned up I glued the plates to the background squares

then got out my box of Sulky threads & played the matching game.

That was fun!

Typically I use one spool of thread, Sulky Medium Taupe #1180.

It blends with all of my “muddy” colors so well,

but these bright fabrics read as solids & all 12 petals are the same

so I wanted to match them as closely as possible.

Did you know that if your thread color is a little darker than your fabric that it actually matches better?

Try it!

Next, I stitched the plates in place.

Theresa asked about my applique stitch,

so I’ve added a couple of close-up pics here:

It’s a tiny blind hem stitch.

It takes a few straight stitches, then a zag to the left.

I adjust the stitch length really short & the width really narrow.

I had a hard time getting a pic where you could actually see the stitches

because they’re so small & the thread matches so well.

That’s the reason I use this stitch.

In my opinion it resembles a hand stitch.

In fact I’ve had multiple quilters with their noses close to my quilt adamant that I’d done the stitching by hand!

(Obviously they don’t know me at all! They just see my work!)

The stitch shows up better on this aqua plate

where the color of the fabric changes to a lighter shade.

BTW, the Sulky thread is 30 wt. cotton.

Now this morning I’m ready to assemble the rest of the blocks.

I can’t wait to see them all come together.

Must get off computer & go sew lol!!!

I hope you’re doing some stitching today too.

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

Here’s just a bit of the rainbow that I’ve been cutting this morning.

Meet the new Grunge Seeing Stars by BASICGREY for Moda Fabrics.

In case you’ve not noticed,

it’s a another Tiny Dresden Pattern, duh!

I was smart and put a new blade in my rotary cutter BEFORE I started cutting!

I forget how much use these things get and how they dull over time because,

  1. I get busy
  2. It happens so slowly
  3. I don’t pay attention to my blade unless it starts skipping threads & ticks me off!!!

I’m glad I thought ahead this time,

because my cutting went so much faster because of the new blade.

A new sharp blade also keeps the blade from kind of scooting the fabric.

It slices right through it instead.

So, I cut a whole quilt this morning in about an hour!

Now I’m set to chain piece.

Gotta go get a movie picked out to listen to while I work.

I also just remembered that I need to heat up my new Mighty Steam Iron.

Remember me telling you about it here?

I love that cute little thing!

What are you doing on this (rainy) spring day?

Just Keep Sewing…

Susan

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