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Friday, January 25, 2013

Jan 25 Quilt-Cam!

This is Patty Cake!

Her photo was sent to me by her keeper, Angela who writes:

So you wanted pics of us and quilt cam. Well patty cake knocked over the iPad. You moved and she was trying to get you.  Lol
Angela
CUTE!  It does look like Patty Cake is batting at my face…I can just imagine it from her kitty cat point of view….funny!

I’ve been working all day on this backing…..

And vacillating on whether this is the best use of my time, or just the best use of my fabric that I want to use up.

I think it’s a bit of both.

I mean, I could easy seam two lengths of yardage together with one seam and have a backing in about 15 minutes --- or I could buy wide backing and not have to seam it, and the quilt would be well under way to being quilted now.

But instead I spent the entire day ironing, cutting, stitching columns and joining columns together to get this random mess:

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But you know what?  I really like it!  I think it will do just fine.  It was a fun no-stress day.  I cleared out a ton of shirt parts, and it’s going to be a very fun back.  No one else will ever make a back exactly like this one….And the quilt will be interesting to look at front and back!

Tonight I’m planning on putting the wing triangles on either side of the string geese ----

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And I’ll  start joining them into pairs, into fours, into eights etc ---to get this quilt center together.


Want to come join me?  Bring a project!  I’m turning on the cam in the studio for a while!

You can leave a comment in the comment section below, or leave one in the guest book by clicking the blue guest book button in the left hand side bar, While I can't answer them all ---I do pick randomly and try to answer questions and comments as I sew!

64 comments:

Andra Gayle said...

Gorgeous backing, Bonnie! It could even be a fronting :)

Mallorie Anderson said...

Hi Bonnie! Tonight I'm making a list of where all the ongoing projects are here in hope of getting some things finished tomorrow! My little boy Payton (7) asked me " Can you tell Bonnie your son Payton says Hi?" Lol of course I can :)
Mallorie

Gwen said...

Hi Bonnie! It's snowing here in Hampton, Virginia and now that I've finished my Easy Street flimsy, I'm in my PJs working on a modern solids quilt top I had put aside for Easy Street. Dinner tonight was your Rainy Day Crock Pot Stew! It was great on a snowy day too, and a hit with my DH who is hard to please. Thanks for posting that recipe!

debi said...

I'm so excited - I'm in from the start of your show today :) happy happy from Australia - on Australia Day

Sandra Henderson said...

I love your backing Bonnie! You really got a lot done! Dallas is watching you. He loves your cheddar and received some for Christmas this year. He already has all of his blocks done for our Easter/Spring Quilt block swap. First one to finish. Have a great evening.

Cassie said...

Love that back!

Maree in NC ☺ said...

when does a string become too small?

Sharon said...

Working with you tonight while squaring up 697 half square triangles!

Mary Ellen said...

Working on some paper piecing tonight. Easy peasy. Stitch on the line, fold, trim, stitch again. In my pjs.

Caroline @ Artfully Caroline said...

Good evening Bonnie,
Love your new quilt back! Gives me ideas about what to do for one of my UFOs
Doing some curve pieces just for training myself before a big project

Sue said...

Hi Bonnie ! Love what you did with that backing Very cool ! I am sewing binding on my Vintage Rouge quilt & over 1/2 way done :-D

Kylie Kenny said...

Hi Bonnie from Down Under - Australia Day here and cold wet and rainy! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your backing!

Becky G said...

Love, love, love that back! Fun, interesting & looks wonderful, in mho, the flying geese really knock it up a notch. It makes me see big scraps differently.
While I'm watching/listening to you, I'm finishing up some "blocks of the month." Glad i don't have to go out on the icy roads... My driveway is like a skating rink... Staying inside until it (hopefully) melts off!

Allison said...

Hi Bonnie,
Allison in Australia -love the quilt back. I've been making patchwork panels the width or the length (or both) of my backs and then add large sections of fabric to complete the back. Less work but still looks good. I'm unpicking some easy street blocks that need the four patch blocks the wrong way :(
It's 12.20pm I've just finished lunch. It's raining here today. Last week we had bushfires and over 100 degrees temperatures. today we have flooding here in South-East Queensland.
Can't wait until you visit Australia.

Kylie Kenny said...

YOu are coming down under - YYAYAYAYAYAY - will you be teaching or just touring? Thanks!

Cousin Jill said...

Hi Bonnie!! Love the back!! Any hints for piecing a back, like: Do you plan out the back or just start sewing? My Birthday is on Sunday...and I think I'm going to try to get away with a birthday week!!

debi said...

Bonnie - are you doing shows in Australia when you come later this year? I am going to get to see you - it is Australia Day here and that made it perfect!!!

Annette said...

Great to catch QuiltCam today....its Australia Day (26th Jan), so happy to hear you are bringing a tour to Oz in Dec. 2013....will you be doing any talks/workshops?? Annette

Ruth Ann said...

I got up from my sewing to come watch a little quiltcam. I'm trying to get all my blocks from the Bricks in a Barnyard Texas class finished tonight. The little quilt club I belong to meets tomorrow and I want to take them and a flannel backed tablecloth. I'll get all my friends to help me lay them out on it! Sewing the matchsticks for the border as my leader/enders. Back to the machine in the other room. Might be a good night to borrow my daughter's ipad! No can't do that - she's put the cats' games on it for them!

crazy quilter said...

Hi Bonnie
Your quilt back is fabulous! I finished the Mystery you taught in Dallas New Year's Day. It turned out great and I truly enjoyed making it. Next is put together Blue Ridge Beauty it will be put together in 4 sections so I can make sure od the block placement. You should have a birthday Month, one of my friends with a January birthday always has a full month of birthday ! Lol

bunbear said...

Watching quiltcam and crocheting my daughter a scarf. Took a couple days break from quilting to get it done because it is just sooo cold here!

Deb B said...

Watched your shirt de-boning video today. It was great! I just brought home 5 shirts from Goodwill and can hardly wait to take them apart!
Debbie in Kentucky - met you in Lexington at your trunk show/lecture :)

AJ (The Quilting Pot Podcast) said...

Hi Bonnie. Enjoying quilt cam. My quilt cam project is "string geese" using my treadle. A forgiving block while I master the treadle. Tomorrow is my EZ street time......

Paule-Marie said...

I know this has been addressed before, but what browser will allow me to watch QuiltCam without ads? Don't mind them normally, but they always show up when you are saying something I want or need to know..

Thanks

Carolyn Sullivan said...

I've had a BAD day! and now I've missed quilt cam. Today is my BD, and I have spent most of it at the Hospital w BIL. He fell and broke his hip and his wrist! not a good day for him either.

Becky said...

Hi Bonnie from rainy AZ! I'm working on piecing the rows together for Easy street block A. Thanks for helping to get me back in my sewing room.

Deb B said...

Finished quilting my Easy Street last weekend. Need to trim it up and put the binding on - I opted for no borders. My step-daughter (who lives with me), loves it so much that she said she would pay me 10 million dollars for it! She graduates this year so I think she may be getting it :) Thanks again for the mystery!
Debbie in Kentucky

AmyDe said...

I'm pressing strips for scrappy trips! Thanks for keeping us company on a very cold (for the south) Friday night. I'm shopping thrift store tomorrow for shirts and scraps!

iris said...

How u dicide u want to join those columns to be back and not a moth on the window ( an example)
for me i look always to the pecis and dream of doing so or so >>>then do nothing

Karen said...

Hey Bonnie, Did you get to see the video I sent of my grand daughter sewing on my feather weight? I sent it on Google +. She is just 5 and a reall cutie.

JaneB said...

Hi Bonnie I'm in rainy Liberty Lake Washington working on Easy Street blocks. 8 more to go. Do you web your blocks in the sme way that you do a quilt top? Thanks for Easy Street it's been fun and just challenging enough for me.

Colleen said...

Hey Bonnie, Colleen here iced in in Lewisville. Barely made it home from Union Cross Elem. where I work. I'm still sewing on my scrappy trip. I have a question about Easy st, I'm trying to use up my stash and am thinking of using a light gray solid for the gray, I was wondering what you think about using a solid instead of a print.

Bev @ kwiltpharm said...

Just got in from work and popped right on-so glad you are still here! Love the quilt backing-may have to get rid of some HST's and other misc fabrics for one of the quilt tops laying around!

Sue in Scottsdale, AZ said...

Hi Bonnie, I love your backing that you created today. I make lots of QOVs and backings get really expensive so I have started using my larger left-over pieces of fabric instead of buying new fabric. They are wonderful backings and are always different and great for charity quilts.

knitnoid said...

I love the backing!

Patchwork Penguin said...

so the signal is so choppy on my end I haven't heard a complete conversation topic that you have talked about.... LOL... but I figure intermittent quilt cam is better than none at all

I'm working on a new Jared Takes a Wife.... and this is a great way to end a day that brought us snow and a two hour early dismissal

Glad you had a wonderful birthday week....the geese look great!

Hugs girlfriend!

Mary said...

Hi Bonnie, Mary in Ontario, Canada. I finished a back before quiltcam came on so now I'm playing around with a the crayon box blocks.

Patricia Barnes said...

That is great Bonnie! Our local quilt shop is thinking about doing the Scrappy Trips quilt. You are such an inspiration.

Pat in Indiana

AuntyHennys said...

Okay, I give up.... I'm off to start cutting my strips for my own ScrappyTripAlong :-))

Finally raining here in Queensland Australia - nice sewing weather at last!

Loving watching you today...

Helen Anne said...

Finished stitching a squirrel on an 2005 UFO. Two more critters to add once I do prep work so now onto another applique project thats already prepared.
Happy Birthday Week

Tricia said...

Love the Backing Bonnie! Laughing about leaders ender projects, as mine tend to take over...like tonight. Easier to sew those than think through my other project! Thanks for all you do!

Dar said...

Bonnie, I love your shirt piece block backing. It is so original. I should be working on Easy Street, but I can't hear over my sewing machine too well and I don't want to miss something important that you tell us. So I'm just sitting here watching and listening to you. Love your useful tips.

queenopearls said...

Hi Bonnie! Now that the "bulky seam" door is open.... how tough is it to quilt the quilt when you have so many seams as in the strip piecing?
Belated Happy Birthday!
~Christina in Cleveland

Terri in BC said...

Hi, Bonnie: Been listening in between reading bedtime stories and changing diapers - as soon as she's down, I'm heading to my sewing room (only 7:15 pm here). To the lady that just got a featherweight and needs the wiring for the foot pedal: I got the whole assembly - wall plug, plug to the machine and to the foot pedal for just $13.50US at www.featherweight221.com (plus shipping). Very nice fellow and very prompt. Really easy to change on your own!

Karen said...

head phones maybe?

Ann Mary Wagner said...

Just was able to tune in now and saw the backing. I love, love, love it!!! I think it's perfect for the geese! And a great use of time and fabric!

Ann Mary in IL

iris said...

iris9:51 PM EST
How u dicide u want to join those columns to be back and not a moth on the window ( an example)
for me i look always to the pecis and dream of doing so or so >>>then do nothing
I send u again

Fran said...

Just unpacked a 301A which I won on eBay. It needs some oiling and greasing, and some work on the tension. Also need to change the bobbin tire. There seems to be s soft scraping sound around the hand wheel. Have you ever taken the hand wheel off? I'm hoping the sound disappears after the machine has been oiled, but if it's still there, do I remove the hand wheel to see what I can see? What do you use to clean off the years of grime on the painted surfaces?

Rosemary Youngs said...

Love the backing that you made, looks great. Having so much fun On quilt cam. My second time, glad that my friends Karen and Diane told me all about it. All of us are in our PJs in different areas in the states watching.

MielNina in AZ said...
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hispatchwork said...

watching tonight with my 4 yr old DGD...she likes to quilt wit me and making pincushions too!

Mary Ellen said...

I can also attest to the service provided by featherweight221.com/ Great service good prices, quick service.

Ava K said...

Hi Bonnie, love the backing, especially the inserted strip of HSTs. Been watching you the last 2 Quiltcam sessions from the recliner, recovering from a car accident. Thankfully no broken bones, the seat belt injury was the worst injury. After 12 days, I think I've turned the corner, as coughing and sneezing is merely painful, no longer excruciating! BTW, 6 rows of 24 = 144. Thanks!

Kathi Kraftyzales said...

Use a real pipe cleaner and sewing machine oil down around wheel. I did and got lots of gunk out of my 301.

QuiltinLibraryLady said...

That's about the coolest quilt back I've ever seen. An excellent use of you time.

Sandra B said...

I absolutely LOVE your quilt backing out of the shirts - definitely NOT a waste of time. It's brilliant! I have enjoyed piecing my backs lately although I used half-metre pieces so they didn't take too long to do. Can't believe I forgot about Quiltcam today!

joanold said...

I just love that quilt back out of old shirts. It is so in keeping with the front of the quilt, too.

Teri said...

Love the quilt back. I think it is pretty enough to be a front. A great way to reduce the recycle population.

daveandlo said...

I often piece backs from the scraps leftover from the front of the quilt. Yours looks great! It does take more time to piece the back, but I think the end result is worth it. What we do is as much about the process as the end result. I particularly enjoy the half square triangle strip you threw in - a leftover from something else, no doubt. It adds just the right amount of spark. Thanks for sharing! Lois

45th Parallel Quilter said...

Miss Quiltcam last night but read the comments whenever that happens. LOVE the pieced quilt back ... really will make an interesting front/back. Might even have to give that a try myself. Still snowing in Northern Michigan so it's an "at home in the sewing room" day ... YIPPEE!! Linda

D Green said...

The back of the quilt is a winner! In so many ways...and the use of the HST just tickles the eye. Thumbs up!

Amy Laura said...

I couldn't make it to quilt cam, but wanted you to know that I LOVE your random mess!

Leigh the sewing diva said...

Oh no I miSsed quilt cam??? Gutted! :-(

Kristin said...

I love your backing!! I love it so much that I think it could be the top and not the back. =)