Superman Auction Quilt

I will be revamping this site soon as I'm just about ready to get back in the swing of things.  I'm still super busy with the kids' activities, work, and life.  I don't find much time to quilt unless its making another commissioned T-shirt quilt, a T-shirt quilt for my daughter, or a last minute HHS Lacrosse Silent Auction quilt.

Yes, that's right.  After last year's auction debaucle, I didn't think I'd ever make another quilt for any type of fundraiser.  I talked myself into it after getting the itch to make the Superman lacrosse quilt I'd had on my mind for months.  I don't think I've ever whipped out a pattern so quickly or made a quilt so fast.

One of these days, I'm going to design and quilt a project with supreme thoughtfulness and organization from start to finish.

I was in get-it-done mode so I did some things for the quilting that I wish I hadn't.  I jumped into the project with both feet and didn't have a specific plan other than I wanted to make it a lap-sized quilt.  If I had......  The pattern was 37x37", but I ended up squaring up the finished block to 34".  The pattern was made from a Superman graphic image that I added a lacrosse stick to with help from my lacrosse playing son.  I sandwiched this section and quilted it with stars.  I used Ann Petersen's medallion method from her Craftsy class, Quilting Big Projects on a Small Machine, and added four grey borders to this block and then the four outside blue borders.  I love the method with the only change to the technique being that I sewed with 1/2" seam allowances.  I wish I had continued to quilt stars into the rest of the grey instead of quilting the lines.  I should have made Superman finish larger as I think the scale is off.  .....otherwise, I'm pleased. 

The quilt finished about 57x70".

It auctioned for $500.00.....much better than the $75.00 last year's quilt brought.

I actually can't believe it.  The bidding started at $100 and pushed to $500.00 in $100 increments.  I sat in my chair and wanted to crawl under it.  I'm nervous the other way now....  I dreamt the whole night after the auction that the buyer had remorse and wanted her money back.  I dreamt that the "fix" was in and that the whole $500.00 wouldn't be remitted.  I also dreamt that the quilt fell apart when she washed it. 

I don't know if I will ever be able to manage my anxiety.....

No Head for Business

I finally finished the T-shirt quilt.....two weeks late.  This is funny in itself because I didn't realize I was on a deadline until a week before I was asked if there was any way it could be done...that week.  I'd not been a slacker per se up until that point, but I hadn't been rushing to finish let's just say.

I learned a lot, mainly not to experiment with new-to-me techniques, like quilt-as-you-go, on someone else's quilt.  It's not that the quilt didn't turn out, but trying new techniques slowed me down and cost more money.  For instance, I ended up adding another layer of batting to disguise the lumpiness of the seams.  I had to quilt more to secure this extra layer of batting which kind of defeated the purpose of quilt-as-you-go and added a ton more time.  I had any number of other trials during construction that I'll certainly learn from.

Gone are any delusions that I could or should quilt for someone else.  I disliked the whole process.  Quilting as a business...pshaw!


I finished quilting the orange panel of the Zigzag Quilt.  I thought I was done, but then I ended up having to quilt some more.  I promised Alex spider webs, but tried getting away with just quilting lines in alternating triangles and large stippling in the other triangles.  I was at the Ta-Da moment when Alex was like, "Where's the spider webs?"

I used masking tape as a guide to quilt the straight lines on the orange zigzags.  I free-motioned a large stipple in alternating triangles.  I used a ruler to draw the straight lines of the spider web to quilt by.  I drew the web lines in between those straight lines with an air erasable purple marker.  The air erasable marker lines disappeared so fast that they barely lasted long enough for me to quilt.  I quilted the spider webs with my regular piecing foot.  My stipples actually look half way decent.  The quilting went fairly well overall and I think it's because I didn't have to maneuver a large quilt.

So goes the experiment of using the column-quilting method.  I've wanted to try quilting this way since seeing the Sewing with Nancy series, taking Ann Peterson's Craftsy class (link), and researching quilt-as-you-go methods online.  I like not having to maneuver a large quilt and not being overwhelmed by the amount space I have to quilt.  The drawback is I'm worried about the slight shrinkage I've realized in paper piecing the blocks and quilting this column.  I'm going to use Candied Fabrics' tutorials (link) from here on out.

I have to remind myself that this is a learning experience.  I'm taking notes so that I can improve my results should I ever try this again.  There is a long list of have-to-nest times and don'ts, trust me!

This quilt will have be put on hold for now, though.  I decided to take on making the T-Shirt quilt for one of the lacrosse players on Z's school's Varsity team.

Which Way Did She Go?

I've had any number of different things happen in the past couple of weeks.  I've not been quilting as a result.  I pulled out the Juki this past week so I could try some quilting on the orange panel of the ZigZag Quilt.

I'm more than halfway through Elizabeth Dackson's Start Free-Motion Quilting class at Craftsy.  The class has been very enjoyable.  Elizabeth is very easygoing.  I like the lesson style.  For instance, Elizabeth doesn't talk excessively at the beginning of each lesson.  She quilts, takes breaks to chat, and then quilts some more.  The only thing I hope for is that I get so see her quilt on a top instead of just practice sandwiches.  Check it out!  (link)

I'm meeting with a mom tomorrow to discuss the T-Shirt quilt she wants me to make for her son.  We know them from the Varsity lacrosse team.  I'm nervous....excited.

I'll Go My Way, You Go Yours

I decided at the last minute to go sew at Wooden Spools yesterday for their monthly Sunday sew-in.  There were more attendees than the last time I was there in January.  I don't like it when there are that many people people because the room gets loud and there's less room to move around.  I accomplished just enough and I was out of the house which was the important thing.

Of debate at these get togethers is any number of quilting methods being put to use.  A couple of us were paper piecing so the discussion made it's way to us.  I'm frankly tired of the debate.  There were those that couldn't contain themselves in expressing their distaste for paper piecing, of course.  The discussion evolved into one about the preferred foundation.  I always print on copy paper, but one person insisted that the freezer paper method was best....and wouldn't let it go.  I'm of the opinion that one should quilt using the methods that work for them.  I'm happy to share my reasoning and my methods, but I don't need anyone to try to tell me I'm doing it wrong or that I should change my ways because their way is so much easier.

I finished piecing all the orange blocks for the zigazag quilt.  I stared on the four Block A's in purple.  I pieced the orange blocks into their column after dinner.

I hate it when my seams don't nest, but there wasn't really any way around that with these blocks.  I tried pressing the grey triangle to orange strings open, but that didn't help.  I resorted to using a dab of glue stick to hold some areas in place in order to get the points to form properly.  A dab of glue works so much better than pinning.

I have decided to quilt in sections for sure.  I can't wait to start.  I'm trying to decide on a pattern.  I figure I can do some quilt-in-the-ditch first.

A Nice Start - Zigzag Quilt

on paper - 6"x12"
I pulled some fabric from my stash.  I don't have a lot of fabric pieces a yard or more so my options were limited.  I'm trying to make this a stash quilt.

His sister will never want to borrow this quilt.  She has terrible arachnophobia.  I like the grey!

I've not been able to sew much.  Z had four lacrosse games this week to start the season.  He was the starting JV goalie.  He broke his dominant hand's thumb today in warm-up, played the whole game not knowing it for sure, and received the diagnosis after the loss.  He'll be out at least 3 weeks.  Worst case, he'll be out the rest of the season.  He's disappointed to say the least.  He'll know for sure after he sees an orthopedic doctor next week.


Alex's Zigzag Quilt

My next quilt will be Alex's String Zigzag Quilt.  The good news is that I won't be working under a deadline.  I actually started it months ago, but abandoned it because I didn't like the results I was getting.  Alex saw the quilt in one of my magazines and asked me to make it.  (I can't remember or find the magazine at the moment.)  I found a picture online (link).  When I started making it the first time, I was making paper pieced String HSTs, but I feel the need to simplify the blocks this time around.  Instead of pieceing two HST's and sewing them together, I drafted two blocks in EQ that are 6"x12".  The string lines for each block are off-set so I won't have to worry about seam line issues.

Alex picked the color scheme.  It's kind of odd in my mind, but who am I to really judge.  I'm going to give him what he wants.  We haven't decided on a background fabric other than it will probably be black, but he's picked the orange fabrics from my stash for now.

The blocks:


6"x12" blocks

I'm only going to use the two blocks.  Alex doesn't care and it will simplify the piecing.  I'll use more than two fabrics for zigzag row, though.  The blocks will be paper pieced.  I'll print the patterns from EQ on legal-size paper.

The quilt:

I'm seriously considering using Nancy Zieman's Column Quilts method or the similar Ann Peterson method from her Craftsy class.  This quilt would be appropriate to try the method and might help with my free-motion quilting woes.  If I do, I will probably add another black strip of sashing fabric in between each "column".