Here is where I was when I last posted about Bats and Boos:
I needed to make four star pumpkin blocks:
And set all of the blocks together:
One of those pumpkin star blocks is not like the other (I was not happy when Hubby pointed that out to me). Jack the Ripper helped me to fix that.
My Bats and Boos somehow came out bigger than the pattern said that it should. I guess my seam allowance isn’t the same as everybody else’s. So…I added a spacer border to make my personal math calculations work for the next border (which is very much influenced by Pat Sloan).
How come I don’t see such obvious mistakes until I have sewn it all together and I am looking through the camera (even then it is sometimes questionable that I will notice)!
What would I do with my best buddy Jack?
I don’t intend to add another border, and I have the backing pieced. The frankenbatt is pieced as well. I won’t be quilting until Betty Boop comes home from the hospital. I assume her much needed part is somewhere offshore on a cargo ship.
I have been working on the borders for the Garden Basket quilt.
I used my soapstone marker to mark the center length and width of each border.
I also mark the quarter measurement of each border. All of those marks will help to place the vine and appliques.
I used a flex ruler to help draw the curves of the vine.
I used the Quilter’s Strip Ticket (I have had this handy reference chart for a lot of years) to help me calculate and cut the amount of yardage needed to make the bias vine. I am sure that if you want one, you can find this chart in several places…I just did a quick search and found it at Soft Expressions (no affiliation).
In the picture above, you can see a Clover bias tape maker. I find these to be useful little tools and I have several sizes. I did not take a photo of actually using it to make the vine. Oops. If you are unfamiliar with a bias tape maker, there are lots of tutorials when you do a search, including on You Tube. Here is one by Pat Sloan.
I chose to glue baste the vine onto the border.
I will be machine stitching the vine to the border, and I don’t want to deal with a lot of pins!
What tools do you like to use when you applique?
Garden Baskets Update and a Gif
Garden Baskets Update
“May the dreams you hold dearest be those which come true, and the kindness you spread keep returning to you.” — Irish blessing
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!
Remember this project?
I finished it up with a simple cross hatch using the walking foot, and it now resides on my dining table.
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields,
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand. -Irish Blessing
I don’t have a lot of sewing progress to share, since I have been using my time to clean out cabinets, closets and read a novel.
Remember the bow tie flimsy? I let it marinate while I considered whether or not I could live with the size that I made.
I decided that I wasn’t upset with it anymore, and I would make more bow ties to add to the width.
I finished the extra blocks and they are now sewn to the flimsy.
So now it marinates some more until I can come up with a backing for it.
Bow Tie Leader/Ender
Bow Tie Update
Bow Tie Leader/Ender Update
Pat Sloan’s Shamrock Stem caught my eye. I don’t have a decorative table topper (that can also be used as a small wall hanging) for March, so I spent the weekend making one.
Four blocks on the design wall:
Blocks sewn together, and borders added:
Not one, but two finishes to share!
Traffic Jam One and Traffic Jam Two are done!
These two quilts will be gifted to young boys. I sure hope they like them!
Edge to edge stars (I think my stars look more like starfish) are quilted on this one:
And this one has edge to edge swirls going on:
These scrappy quilts were fun to make and the only stash that I shopped was my own!
Previous Traffic Jam Posts:
Pat Sloan’s Pattern
Traffic Jam One Update
Traffic Jam One – It’s A Flimsy!
Traffic Jam Two Update
Traffic Jam Two – It’s A Flimsy!
Stay safe. Stay healthy. Quilt on!