Floating Squares: A Confession!

Improv Squares quilt top: 'On The Edge' 2015, © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

‘On the Edge’ (floating squares) – finished quilt top

I have a confession to make: I’ve been working on my floating squares quilt. This is not what I ought to be showing you today my lovely friends! This quilt ought to be tucked away in a cupboard until I’ve finished quilting Summer Blues. You remember: it’s that big project I told myself I could finish before Christmas, if I applied myself.  The one I wrote a quilt plan for.  The one that’s limply hanging on the back of my chair making me feel guilty. That one.

I (all too easily) convinced myself that basting the floating squares would be a productive use of my time. It’s good preparation, I said to myself. When I finally finish Summer Blues I can just get straight on with this one. I could invent a new rule for myself: one quilt being quilted, one sandwiched and basted ready to go, one completed flimsy and as many as I like being pieced.  Sounds alright doesn’t it? Hmm, except that I’ve already got two other flimsies finished. I ignored that point and carried on.

 

Floating squares - basting detail www.DawnChorusStudio.com © Stephanie Boon, 2015

Basting under way on the kitchen floor

Of course, once you’ve sandwiched and basted an exciting new quilt project you need to try a few quilting lines. Just to see; just to make sure it’s going to go the way you hope. And it won’t take long.

Floating squares - basting detail www.DawnChorusStudio.com © Stephanie Boon, 2015

Detail of thread and pin basting

Especially when you realise that it’s SO. MUCH. SMALLER. than Summer Blues and will probably only take a couple of weeks to finish up. No. No. No!  Someone tie my hands up, please!

Floating squares - basting detail www.DawnChorusStudio.com © Stephanie Boon, 2015

First 3 overlapping squares quilted (front and back)

I can see that the idea I had of overlapping floating squares for the quilting would work out just fine. I’ve decided to randomly use both a blue and a red thread. It’s a Gutermann hand quilting thread though, not a perle cotton. I don’t want the texture of the thread to stand out too much: I’m going to try to see if I can get the quilted squares to ‘float’ on top of the floating squares patchwork. If that makes any sense whatsoever.

One thing I did discover though is that the tailor chalk lines rub off, just as I thought they would. As soon as I look at them it seems. I resorted to using 2″ masking tape (painter’s tape) instead. Well, it’s just what I had on hand! Have you tried the 1/8″ tape for hand quilting in a hoop?  Is it worth the extra expense?  I imagine it will be easier to use, so let me know what you think.

Floating Squares Needs a New Name

‘Floating Squares’ is pretty generic, but it’s just my working title.  More permanent names kept floating around my head as I was basting… My favourite, so far, is ‘On the Edge’, because once the blue ‘border’ is folded and stitched to the back that lovely big pink square on the left will be right on the edge. A bit like me at times! How do you get your names?

Getting on Track

Audrey’s Friday post was an interesting read earlier today.  As you probably know, her computer is out of action and she’s not been able to get on-line too easily.  What caught my eye though was her comment that she’s been getting so much more quilting done. Not surprising really is it?!  We all know how much time the computer can suck out of your day without you even realising it. Aha! I thought to myself. Maybe that’s how I could be more productive, more like Audrey in fact and just about all you other slow stitchers that seem to get so much more done than me! (And I don’t even have a tv to blame!!!). So I thought I’d go on an internet diet: 30 minutes after I’m up and dressed and not online again until after 4pm. That should give me 6 clear hours to get on with things.

I decided I might as well start today.  So far all I’ve done is clean and tidy my bedroom, clean the hall, half clean the bathroom and make a couple of online grocery orders. Oh and go for a very short run. I guess I’d been neglecting the house for a while! I reckon I’ve got just about an hour or so’s Slow Sunday Stitching left before bed. Just about enough time to make today’s Quilty 365 circle. If I can keep my eyes open after all that scrubbing!

Linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching and catching up with you all over the next few days.

Before I sign off though, did you see my last post?  If you didn’t you might find it interesting, there’s some really good discussion on there, hop over and join in!

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Happy slow stitching!

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30 replies
  1. vivjm
    vivjm says:

    I did smile at your justifications for doing this rather than your Summer Blues. Sometimes you just have to go with what you feel like doing, don’t you?
    Yes, I am sure an internet diet would mean getting *lots* more done! I look forward to your next Slow Stitching post to see how it goes 🙂

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Ummm, Viv, it’s 2.30 in the afternoon, so I think we can say my diet has failed spectacularly 😀 I agree, you really do have to go with what you feel like sometimes otherwise boredom easily sets in – well in my case anyway!

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  2. Lynne
    Lynne says:

    Well I’ve just become a lady of leisure and know I will have to make a flexible timetable or it will be like my holidays where I got nothing done.

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      • Lynne
        Lynne says:

        At the moment just trying to adjust to “normal” hours as when I was working breakfast was midday, lunch five o’clock and dinner/ supper 10:30pm. Even with the time struggle I have managed to get some things accomplished. This week has been about sorting out finances. And got most of it done. Saturday and next week will be flat deep clean and a few more phone calls to sort the last of the finances. Then I will “slack” until the new year. So far my flexible timetable is still in planning stages but it starts with a good walk for my dog!! 🙂

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          • Lynne
            Lynne says:

            Well flexible is the word today was a bonus Nathanday, Monday I will be fitting in lunch with a niece, Tuesday is a possible bonus Nathanday. But it’s all good as I can always hide mess under tinsel if I can’t get the deep clean done!! 😀 😉

  3. Pat in WNY
    Pat in WNY says:

    I really love having more than one quilting project ready to go. Though my sewing room looks like a cyclone has taken residence most of the time! Computers really do eat up a lot of time, so many blogs – sew few hours!

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Exactly Pat, you make so many wonderful friends and don’t want to miss out on what they’ve been up to – especially if there’s the prospect of another quilt to get on the go, ha! As for the cyclone…at least you get to hide it in a room of its own! My kitchen/dining room is usually buried under so many scraps I’m surprised we haven’t been eating it!

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thanks Maureen, my son gave me a lot of the Kaffe Fassets for my birthday last year and I wanted to use them for something a bit different, this seemed perfect 🙂 I hope you enjoyed the Luke Haynes/gender post – there’s a lot of discussion going on isn’t there. I feel very humbled by it.

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  4. Kaja
    Kaja says:

    Damn it woman, do you have no self control! Actually I don’t blame you at all; if you are going to start doing stuff like cleaning then the sewing you do should definitely be whatever makes you happiest.

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Kaja that cracked me up – no I don’t have any self control!!! I’ve been good though and folded it up and put it aside, for now! I was just caught up in the excitement, honestly 😀 And cleaning, ugh don’t talk to me about it, I’d rather just bury my head and pretend I can’t see it needs doing!

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  5. Sandra
    Sandra says:

    I’m a fairly recent fan of your blog and you have been such an inspiration! I feel the need to push my creativity. I’ve actually signed on to something that will be a monthly challenge to exploring my creative side, I’m looking forward to it and a wee bit nervous, lol. I’ve been a quilter for 35 years and I think my best trait is not being afraid to learn new techniques. Thanks again for what will be a push in a new direction for me!

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Sandra thank you, I’m really glad you’re here. Never be afraid or nervous of your creativity, it’s the most exciting thing there is! What could possibly go wrong? In my experience it’s just our expectations, but if you put those aside and jump in (head first if you like!) you’ll have so much fun and learn new things without even realising it 🙂 I hope you enjoy your new challenge and look forward to hearing more about it.

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