Strike Out!

I can officially say Strike Out! is no longer a WIP! In fact, its no longer in my hands.

Strike Out! was made using a pattern by Gigi’s Thimble. This was my first try at appliqué and I love it! The pattern was simple and straightforward; I would recommend it any new appliqué-ers.

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Strike Out! has been a WIP for the last five months (January- May). That’s five months of hand appliqué and quilting. The blue space has diagonal lines, the red has scallops, the gray has three straight lines, and the yellow has diagonal lines as well. It is backed with a solid black minky. Embroidered on the bowling ball is the name José, a reference to the friendship between the recipient and myself.

Strike Out! Official Stats
Name: Strike Out!
Size: approx. 38″ x 47″
Fabrics: various off brand solids
Techniques Used: hand quilting, hand appliqué

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Strike Out! was made for a member of the High School Class of 2013. The young man/recipient has a bright future ahead of him; he received a four year, full ride scholarship and plans on going to law school after his four years. He loves bowling and, I must say, he is very good.

This is the first quilt that I ever gave away and its bittersweet to see it go. All that work and its gone. I know it will be loved in a college dorm and hopefully for a long time after!

The Strike Out! adventures…

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Almost There!

In all technicalities, Strike Out! is finished!! My wonderful mother volunteered to bind the quilt (she knows of my time crunch) and she finished it earlier this week. Moms are great!

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All thats left is to attach the label and its off to its recipient! If I’m able to take some nice photos today, I’ll hand it off tonight.

Overall, I’m happy with how it turned out!

-Linking up to Finish It Up Friday

A Quilting Finish!!

I feel so accomplished!! Yesterday, I finally finished the quilting on the Strike Out! quilt!!

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In no way is it anywhere near show quality but it is definitely stitched with love and that’s what’s most important. This is the very first quilt that I have ever hand-quilted all over the top. If I say I didn’t enjoy it, I’d be lying!

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And now for some bad news: my sewing machine is not working again. This is the umpteenth time this has happened and I cannot think of a reason why…everything is as it was!! I wish I could be like everyone else in Blogland and be in love with my machine, but I hate it! I wish that I could have the funds to buy another, but after brief window shopping, I don’t and I probably won’t for a couple years. And the worst part is the timing! I still need to finish piecing the Tennessee Waltz quilt and I haven’t even started on my second 4-H mini quilt… Both of which need to be show ready for July 10. See why I’m freaking out??
Is that a bright light I see? Sweet Serendipity stepped in and I found a give-away for a new sewing machine (I’d give you details but I’m not gonna hurt my chances of winning!). I entered and now its up to fate. I’ll try not to get my hopes up but, like I always say, someone’s gotta win it… I’ll be waiting with baited breaths until the drawing, which is at the end of the month. Until then, I’ll try to borrow a machine from a friend.

Enough with this icky stuff!! Here’s one final picture to send you on your way:

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{Quilting Progress}

At last I see the light…
On Monday, I hunkered down and quilted ’til my thumb went numb! That added with four hours of quilting on Sunday, I made a ton of progress on Strike Out!’s quilting.

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I have a (guesstimated) seven lines left? Not too shabby! But, that’s in the blue space. I still have the yellow strip at the bottom to quilt, which I haven’t decided on how I want to quilt it yet…hmmm.

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Hopefully I’ll be a hermit Friday night and finish it!!

-Linking up to WIP Wednesday

{Quilting Progress}

Sorry for some messed up posting; I scheduled certain posts and they never got published! Gahhhh!

Anywho, after my personal quilting retreat, I got quite a bit of a head start on the straight line quilting on Strike Out!

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I finished the seven diagonal lines going left to right. I have five diagonal lines going right to left and have plenty more to go.

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It looks like my schedule is going to get pretty hectic in the next few months, so hopefully I’ll still be able to find time to quilt. That being said I think I’m going to put Strike Out! away for the time being and focus on my Tennessee Waltz quilt. But I don’t want to because I’m so close to the end of Strike Out! and it would be nice to not have to worry about it… What do you guys think??

-Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Personal Retreat: Part III

I know, I know, it looks like I got nothing done, but I did!! I now have 7 lines going from left to right, which I know is only one more line. I also got the corners done. But my main progress has been in the design.

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Instead of crosshatching, the rest of the blue will have lines going right to left diagonally…or I just thought maybe straight… But anyway, the left to right diagonal will mimic bowling alleys and so I will make little arrows inside each line. I think it will turn out real nice. Now I have to decide diagonal or straight… straight would stick out more… I guess I’ll have to sleep on it.

Tomorrow is the last day of my personal quilting retreat. BOOOOO!! I have a lot to do if I want to meet my goal of finishing the quilting in the blue… O well, I can’t say I didn’t try.

My Retreat Journal:
Day I
Day II

Quilting Details Thus Far

It occurred to me that, when I became a very bad blogger, I never showed the quilting that I did in my absence, so here it goes!

-DISCLAIMER- Please excuse the numerous hairs and fuzz all over the quilt. It is a WIP and also in travel… Be forgiving….

The Pin:
Outlined in white/red inside the pin and blue on the outside.

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Inside has three little “buttons.” They kinda remind me of a tuxedo, so that’s my ‘Xedo Pin! (Originally the “buttons were random, thus the old pencil marks.)

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The Ball:
Outlined in black on the inside and blue on the outside.

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The finger holes are outlined in gray and also have a circle of gray inside.

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Everywhere Else:
The red has scallops all the way across. I traced a dish to get the shape and I wish I could say I came up with the design but that’s how it was originally quilted. Either way I L-O-V-E it!!

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The small strip of gray has three (semi) straight lines. I know I got really creative with it. I’m not sure if its puckering or if its just the texture from the quilting… But I like it!

Over all, I’m super excited and uber pleased with how Strike Out! is coming along! A great first appliqué experience!!

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-Linking up to Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts!

Personal Retreat: Part II

Even through it was monsooning raining literally all day, I unfortunately didn’t get much quilting done. I didn’t realize how many lines I would have to sew nor how long some of the lines would be. That being said, I have a whooping 6 lines done… SCORE!!

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And just to make you jealous…. VOILA!!

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My Retreat Journal:
Day 1

My Own Quilting Retreat

Sometimes its great to just get away, and that’s what I’ doing this week.

I’m at the beach this week and my only plans are shopping and quilting. I’m crossing my fingers that I finish the Strike Out! quilting… But I don’t think it’s gonna happen. I can still try though!

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Let me just say I am in love with the scalloped quilting in the red!!
I have all the blue to quilt and also the yellow. The blue is going to be cross-hatched at 1 1/2 inches apart and he yellow will have diagonal quilting also at 1 1/2 inches apart.

-DISCLAIMER- I know I’ve been a horrible blogger lately, but I’ll keep you updated this week. I pinky promise!

{Quilting Progress}

I began quilting Strike Out! last night while watching Bates Motel (creepy but good so far).

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I only have the finger holes outlined and about a fourth of the ball done. It’ll be slow going since at times I’ll be going through five layers of fabric! Oh, and by the way, I decided to use batting and I can tell it’ll be nice and fluffy! Yay!!

Wish me luck!!