Wednesday Wait Loss 93

Welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on!

First let me tell you what I've been up to

Since the last time we met, I blogged about a guild retreat I took earlier in the fall. I love quilting with friends! It’s always so much fun and so re-energizing, seeing all the creativity. I highly recommend quilt retreats if you’ve never gone on one. Click here to read all about it.

The Fall into a QAL concluded yesterday and to celebrate I finished my quilt along top and showed it off. Did you quilt along with us? Click here to learn where you can view all the finished quilts.

But the biggest news of the week is that I finished my quilt along top with my new sewing machine!

Yep, after a year of looking and saving I finally made the leap and purchased a Janome 9450. This baby is the workhorse of quilting machines, with two different even-feed feet, three special needle plates, a super large throat space, built-in needle threader, scissor cut, needle up-down, foot up-down, and a large LED light in addition to the undercarriage LEDs to light up my workspace.

I’m just learning about all the features of my new machine, but man I love the scissor cut. The machine stops with the needle down by default and all you have to do is to press a button to cut both the top and bottom threads. The threads are cut and the foot and needle rise up so you can move the quilt. When you want to sew again you press the foot down button and then the Start button or use the foot pedal and you simple go, no bothering with catching and holding the threads under the foot or any of that nonsense it just goes and the thread doesn’t get pulled out of the needle or tangled underneath. How did I ever live without this feature?

I’ll tell you, for edge stitching all those letters on my quilt along top, that scissor cut feature was my best friend! I’m in love!

As I learn more about my machine, I’ll share it. Right now though I can tell you that if you are looking for a new sewing machine for quilting, this is the one!

Well that was my week.

Before we find out what you did this week, let’s take a look at who made this week’s feature.

Let's see who made this week's feature

First up is Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing, who finished her Fireburst Mystery quilt top. The mystery was hosted by my friend Tish @ Tish in Wonderland and it’s wonderful!

Next is Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts, who shared Nana’s Star, a quilt made with vintage sheets! You have to read the story on this one, especially her photo shoot location.

Next is Karen @ Tuna Quilts, Travels and Eats, who shared her quilt for the Pick a Pumpkin blog hop. And you simply have to see the photos she shared of a pumpkin fest in Europe. Unbelievable!

Finally, Kathy @ Kathy’s Kwilts and More shared her OMG (one monthly goal), which was to simply sew a few blocks. A modest goal, to be sure. But it may prove almost impossible, as Kathy also revealed that the sewer recently backed up into her basement. Her sewing room was there along with other things. So sewing is all but impossible right now in her crowded upstairs area.

I’m thinking Kathy could use a more than a few hugs right about now. In lieu of that, please visit her blog and leave an encouraging comment. One of the things I like best about Wednesday Wait Loss is that we are a community that likes to share what we’re working on, and to encourage each other, so let’s do that for Kathy.

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Our next special link up is November 21st

Our next special Wednesday Wait Loss is November 21st and we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving and harvest quilts. Thanksgiving is celebrated here in the states, and to us it is a celebration of food and family, featuring turkeys, corn, bread stuffing, cranberries, pumpkins and other foods harvested in the fall. We also celebrate the American Indian at Thanksgiving, without who’s help the first pioneers would never have made it through those difficult first winters in a new land. Most cultures celebrate harvest time with some kind of festival, and I’d love to hear stories about that as well!

As usual, if you link up a quilt that somehow reminds you of Thanksgiving or harvest time, it’ll count as two chances in my giveaway. Other quilts linked up will count as one chance.

Time to link up!

Now it’s your turn to link up your works in progress and recently completed quilts! Here are some quick reminders about the linky party:

  • This linky is all about encouragement, so please visit a few of the links and leave a comment.

  • If you’re uploading a photo from your phone/computer, leave a comment below that explains your project. And for the rest of us, please reply to a few of these comments leaving words of encouragement for a quick finish.

  • Please link back to my post somewhere in your blog post or use @inquiringquilter and #wedwaitloss to tag me in your Instagram/Flickr post.

  • If you link a photo from Facebook, please mention @InquiringQuilter and my Wednesday Wait Loss.

Linking to several fun quilty linky parties.

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Fall into a QAL Recap

The Fall into a QAL just concluded and I thought I'd recap it a bit. First, thank you so much to everyone who participated! The other designers and I were overwhelmed by your creativity and perseverance. For many of you, the blocks required skills that you'd never used before but you didn’t let that stop you and in the end you created lovely quilts!

Thanks also to my fellow designers. I love the way we work together and I can’t wait for our next quilt along!

The final linkup closed Monday at midnight (specifically, November 12th @ 11:59 PM EST). I hope you were able to enter because our final giveaway was awesome!

If you missed the final quilts you can see them in any of these three places:

Now, about my quilt. The last time you saw my quilt top, it looked like this.

I had sewn the blocks together and added the borders, but I had plans to add lettering to that center panel.

I had selected the fabric I wanted to use, and had a notion of adding something on either side of the lettering, but that was about it at that time.

I used the same approach as last time, typing the phrase, Fall into a QAL into EQ, sizing it to fit my quilt design, and printing out the templates. I tested the letters on the quilt top first to make sure they were the right size, then I traced them onto fusible and fused the back of my gold lettering fabric.

To keep things orderly as I arranged them on the quilt top I used this plastic tray.

I used a ruler above and below to help me keep the letters aligned and spaced evenly.

After fusing the letters, I edge-stitched them using a matching thread. Then I fused to leaves on either side of the letters. I used this wonderful glittery brown fabric. I didn’t want to use a bright fabric because I didn’t want the leaves to take center stage. I edged stitched the leaves after fusing them down.

  • To edge stitch around the letters, I used Aurifil 50 wt. #2132 (Tarnished Gold)

  • To edge stitch around the oak leaves, I used Sulky 40 wt. #1025 (Mine Gold) I love how this color really plays with the metallic threads in the leaf fabric.

Here’s my final quilt top. I’m really pleased with how it came out!

Update: We have a winner!

The winner of our grand prize is Merri Lynn Voss. Congratulations! Look at what you’ve won!

So when is the next quilt along?

I’m afraid I can’t tell you much right now, except that me and my Partners in Design are moving right along, making decisions about the next quilt along.

I can tell you that we’re changing things up a bit and that you’re really going to like the changes! Oh, and the theme we’ve chosen. <grin> Until the big announcement however, I can’t tell you any more other than hold onto your hats I’m so excited!

Watch for the big announcement here and on social media. Be sure to follow me so you can keep up! You’ll find ways to follow me at the top of the sidebar.

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QGI Fall Quilt Retreat 2018

The beautiful fall leaves I’m seeing around here have reminded me that I’m late in writing this one up. I went on a quilt retreat with my guild in September, and like all retreats, it was fun, fun!

The retreat is held Frdiay to Saturday in the inn of a state park located in the southern part of Indiana. My friend Susie and I go down on Thursday, making a day of it and stopping at quilt shops along the way.

It’s so lovely there, with hills and lots of trees and of course the Ohio river which you can see from your room and also from the hall outside our sewing room. On Friday, we started the retreat with a double rainbow! It was so unusual, we could see both ends of it appearing to disappear in the Ohio river.

Everyone brings projects to work on and has a big gab fest while sewing. There’s plenty to eat, plenty of friends, and of course, plenty of inspiration from the other quilters!

Before I went off to retreat, I made a pillowcase for my friend Alice. She has several Keeshond, one of which is a specially trained diabetic alert dog and her constant companion. I found this fabric I thought looked just like her dog so of course I had to make her a pillowcase with it!

One of my best memories of retreat was giving Alice that pillowcase. Here she is with her dog Asti.

Retreat also affords me the opportunity to meet new quilters. I often spend time just rambling around the sewing room, visiting with people and catching up. This year I met this wonderful mom and her daughter who were at retreat for the first time. The mom had just recently lost her husband, but she knew the best path to healing for her was to quilt and to spend time around quilters. I really enjoyed taking with her and oogling at her projects.

I fell in love with this sweet woman and her lovely daughter, who shares the love of quilting with her mom.

I also enjoyed visiting with my other friends at retreat.

I can’t remember what I worked on at retreat, but I know I was very productive! Despite the fact that it looks like I spent all my time chatting, I remember that I got three projects finished up or moved along.

I can’t wait until next year!

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Wednesday Wait Loss 92

Welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on!

First let me tell you what I've been up to

On Saturday, I recapped my October goals to see how well I did on completing them.

On Monday, I listed my November goals, and not surprisingly perhaps, it’s quite a list! I’m going to need a lot of good Wait Loss Wednesday mojo to get everything I need to get done this month!

Good news though! Last week I completed something on the November to-do list! I finished writing a pattern for Timeless Treasures that they will soon be offering for free download beginning in January. As soon as it’s available, I’ll let you know.

It’s cute as a button and all summery and beachy. In January I’m betting you’ll be in the mood to make something like that!

Well, that was my week!

Before we find out what you did this week, let’s take a look at who made this week’s feature.

Let's see who made this week's feature

Up first is Yvonne @ Sew Yummy who shared her Galaxy quilt top, which she completed at a recent quilt retreat. She also worked on a Geometric Graduation 2 quilt, and a Mary’s Strippie quilt. That’s a lot to get done in a weekend! Drop by Yvonne’s blog and see the photos of the beautiful retreat place. Gorgeous!

Next up is Gail @ De Jong Dream House, who shared her Scrappy Buffalo Plaid quilt with us. Gail also shared a great tip for sewing a tricky block so drop by her blog to learn what it is.

Next is Denise @ For the Love of Geese, who shared her new quilt Xando. Denise has a pattern coming out for this one soon. Drop by her blog to learn more.

Finally, Cathy shared her Dog Gone Cute quilt, which included my floppy eared variation. The original pattern is by Lorna @ So Fresh Quilts, and you can find my floppy eared block here.

Lorna’s Block 5

My floppy eared variation

Cathy is new to Wednesday Wait Loss and had some trouble linking up, so she emailed me her photo and I linked it up for her. As a reminder, you can always email me a photo if you have trouble sharing it on Wednesday Wait Loss!

I don’t want anything getting in the way of you sharing your projects with us, especially when you make a quilt from one of my patterns! I love Lorna’s Dog Gone Cute quilt and I like my little floppy eared dog so this quilt Cathy made is a triple winner with me!

What makes this quilt even more special is that it was auctioned off for charity.

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Wednesday Wait Loss Featured

Our next special link up is November 21st

Our next special Wednesday Wait Loss is November 21st and we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving and harvest quilts. Thanksgiving is celebrated here in the states, and to us it is a celebration of food and family, featuring turkeys, corn, bread stuffing, cranberries, pumpkins and other foods harvested in the fall. We also celebrate the American Indian at Thanksgiving, without who’s help the first pioneers would never have made it through those difficult first winters in a new land. Most cultures celebrate harvest time with some kind of festival, and I’d love to hear stories about that as well!

As usual, if you link up a quilt that somehow reminds you of Thanksgiving or harvest time, it’ll count as two chances in my giveaway. Other quilts linked up will count as one chance.

Time to link up!

Now it’s your turn to link up your works in progress and recently completed quilts! Here are some quick reminders about the linky party:

  • This linky is all about encouragement, so please visit a few of the links and leave a comment.

  • If you’re uploading a photo from your phone/computer, leave a comment below that explains your project. And for the rest of us, please reply to a few of these comments leaving words of encouragement for a quick finish.

  • Please link back to my post somewhere in your blog post or use @inquiringquilter and #wedwaitloss to tag me in your Instagram/Flickr post.

  • If you link a photo from Facebook, please mention @InquiringQuilter and my Wednesday Wait Loss.

Linking to several fun quilty linky parties.

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