Grab and Go Quilting

Playing with the borders for Ocean Waves © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Slow Sunday Stitching on Sunday afternoon was a grab and go affair.  I got on my bike and off to meet my knitting friend Janie for our weekly lunch date, on my way out the door I grabbed a pre-packed bag of on the go piecing.  It was a bit of a surprise when I got there and opened the bag to discover some Ocean Wave blocks!  It’s been a while since I pieced any of those. For those that don’t know, my traditional ocean wave quilt, made from used shirtings, will be for my son when he leaves home. It’s a long term project and the way things are going it looks like I’ll have another 10 years to finish it – he’s 17!  I’ve got about 30 blocks pieced so far and they’re a mixture of hand and machine stitching.  Any machine stitching I’ve done has been with my old friend Mary Singer.

Vintage hand cranked Singer sewing machine © Stephanie Boon 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

My friend Mary

As I sat chatting to Janie I searched through the pieces in the bag. Looking at the half made blocks I wondered if they were rejects – if I carry on and finish them there’ll be a mighty load of points missing!  But then, looking at the blocks I finished a while ago I’m not so sure: there are plenty of points missing on those too. Oops!  I have lots of small triangular scraps left from the larger blocks and at some point decided to turn them in to pin wheels for a possible border.  There were a pile of half square triangles (hsts) in the bag so I opted to stitch a few pinwheels together instead, while my tired brain tries to figure out what to do with the half finished blocks.

Playing with the borders for Ocean Waves © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Hand stitched half square triangles

I’ve got enough hsts to make another 17 pinwheels and then my next task is to cut out another large batch of fabric to make another set of blocks. It might be helpful if I worked out how many blocks I need in total, but that involves…maths! Ugh!  I do it visually: when I lay the blocks out of the floor and they come to the overall size I need, that’s when I’ve got enough, ha! Not very scientific – but the maths isn’t that difficult, so I should just get on with it.  I was thinking that if I know how many I need I could work out how many to make each week and get it done by the end of the year. It could be doable?

Playing with the borders for Ocean Waves © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Playing with pinwheel borders

When I got home I stuck a few blocks on the easel and had a play with possible borders – a little premature, but definitely fun.  I’m erring on the side of on point pinwheels, because I like the way they suggest movement. Then again, the straight setting has the secondary diamond pattern.  What do you think, which would you go with?

Later in the evening my plans to write about the afternoon in time for the link up vanished. I got so absorbed in making my circle for the day and hand quilting some more on my Summer Blues quilt that I completely lost track of time.

Quilty365 sew along: make a patchwork circle block a day. Circle 99 © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Quilty365 circle a day

Bedtime had arrived before I knew it!

I’m linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching, a day late, but better late than never!  I trust you had a good weekend – and hopefully it wasn’t as chilly as Kathy’s!

I’ll be back on Wednesday this week to share my fourth Quilty365 gallery (link is to gallery 3) – I can hardly believe I’ll be making my 100th circle tonight – time flies!

Have a stitchy Monday

Signature: Stephie © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnchorusStudio.com

9 replies
    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      She’s a lovely machine Karen – I use her every day and her stitch never varies. I have her on the waist height table you can see in the photo and sew standing up while the kettle’s boiling or while my dinner’s in the oven! It means I can get a little bit done here and there without having to worry about getting out the electric machine and then putting it away again. And, I don’t know, this one just feels right to stitch at standing up!

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Hahahaaa! I know that if I do it with the maths I’m bound to get it wrong! (I have self-diagnosed dyscalculia, honestly if it says 37 I’ll read it as 73, etc. I even do things like adding up one column of figures and taking away the ones in the column next to it (in the same calculation). AND I still have to use my fingers for counting. I can’t remember one formula for doing something from one day to the next. It’s just so bad it’s laughable 😀 )

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  1. audrey
    audrey says:

    It’s never premature to start auditioning borders.:) Really like seeing your hsts up on the wall! Congrats on getting to your 100th block too! Wowsers, There’s going to be a whole lot of circles in the end…

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Yes, there’s definitely something to be said for this mathless improv quilting, haha! I’m still erring on the on point border – I think it might be more distinct, which I quite like the idea of for this one.

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  2. Ann
    Ann says:

    Ok. I do quilt math. Just sayin’.
    But your work invites me to touch. Wish I could. I’m glad you’re working on Ocean Waves again. I had a little grab and go bag but I used them up. Need to take time to refill it. So smart of you to keep it by the door. I’ll use that idea.

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Quilt maths probably explains why your ocean wave hst’s look amazing and mine…don’t. To say it’s largely pointless isn’t too much of an exaggeration! I wish I could use numbers, I really, do and I’m so envious of those that can. (I’m pretty sure I have dyscalculia – numbers jumping all over the place, reading them backwards and so on.) And with the ‘grab and go’ bag – I’m just lucky that my fabric storage is right by the door!

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