Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Sewing Room Action

I had a surgical breast biopsy last week. Happily, yesterday pathology returned that the suspect tissue is scleroderma - a mass of scar tissue resulting from my lumpectomy and radiation in March 2013 - gosh, three years ago this month. Hurrah for no cancer.  Though the procedure slowed me down for a few days, I enjoyed sewing room action.

After sewing, unsewing and resewing, here's the Picket Fence quilt top in all it's 100" X 102" glory on our king-sized bed. Pin-basting's gonna be a bugger!

And this is "Which Way?" a 41" X 55" top that will be a Project Linus donation. It's a good pattern for using up 2-1/2" squares.

The free Moda pattern is here but take note! The full-size quilt photo and instructions are vastly different! I basically referred to the photo, and checked the instructions as needed.

These two quilts now bring my total of tops that Need To Be Quilted to five! Oh dear.

The weekend saw me doing lots of pin-basting. I rearranged my sewing room to use my hollow core doors as basting tables. Three tops are basted. 

And after taking Which Way? with me on our Central Florida MQG Sew-In on Saturday, it's now quilted - simple designs because a child really doesn't care - with binding in the works.

Quilting large quilts isn't a portable activity, so, as I head out this morning on a four day/three night quilt retreat in Sebring with 14 other quilters from Big Cypress Quilters, what is a quilter to do?!

You got it. Start another project.

These solids will become "Rebel," a modern quilt pattern by Libs Elliott.

To select colors for this quilt, I pulled out my newer Kona card with 271 colors, and my tin of Kaufman Kona color chips cut up from an old Kaufman Kona card.

While some quilters:
1) stick adhesive-backed magnets to the back of each chip to mount on a metal baking sheet;
2) or glue Velcro to the back of each chip to stick to Velcro strips,

I simply toss them into a tin. Until I take the time to organize these, this works fine.

I'm traveling on retreat with my friend (formerly an Iowan), Karen. (Have I ever mentioned how many Karens I know?! My address book shows14 Karens, and I know another another five Karens who aren't in my book!)

Karen and I will have a great time, and I expect to have lots to show for time spent focused on quilting. Linda

19 comments:

  1. Very good news on your lab report. The Picket Fence quilt looks terrific- your hard work paid off. Is it a year already since your last Sebring retreat? Wow, time flies.

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  2. Very glad to hear you are ok, good news indeed. Nice quilts.

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  3. So nice to hear the good news on the biopsy. Your picket fence quilt has such dimensionality, it practically folds itself in that photo, lol! I love it!

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  4. Yea on good results!! Woo hoo!! Love that bed size quilt!! You are so productive...how's Hogan?

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  5. Picket Fence is looking good and I like that "Rebel" pattern too. I'm trying to spiral quilt my scrap vortex wall hanging. The hints on your blog have been very helpful! I can't imagine how long it took you to quilt your bed size scrap quilt. Glad to hear your biopsy went well!

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  6. I'm so glad you got great news! Phew, what a relieve, eh? Your Picket Fence looks lovely, although somehow the colours aren't what I would associate with you! I'm not really sure I get what you are doing with the colour chips, but I'm sure it'll be wonderful as everything else you make! Have a wonderful time at the retreat.

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  7. Wow - that is great news!! Congratulations!
    Your quilts are beautiful. I have quilte a few to quilt myself, and the thing that is stopping me is mainly the basting part. I hate pinbasting.... Maybe I should just get started....

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  8. You are a rebel, aren't you- starting a new quilt, with five finished ones waiting for you to work your magic, quilting on them! Glad to hear your biopsy was what you were hoping for! Enjoy your retreat! You'll have fun!

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  9. So glad to hear of good news at the doctor's office. Now you can relax and have fun at the retreat with nothing to think about but fabric, thread and lots of fun with friends. I love how Picket Fence looks on your bed. It makes me want to touch it to see if it really has no folds there! Thanks for another idea for my 2.5" squares too. That is a very cute and quick kids quilt. Have a blast at retreat.

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  10. So thankful to read of your good doctors report

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  11. Glad to hear the pathology was good news. Nice projects. Enjoy your retreat.

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  12. Glad to hear the pathology report was all good, Linda! Love what you're working on! : )

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  13. I'm so glad the news was good. Have fun on the retreat and I'm glad I'm one of the Karen's you know.

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  14. Yay for no cancer!! I'll be anxious to see your rebel quilt! ;-)

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  15. I knew it would be okay! Congratulations on a clean report! You must own stock in the basting pin company! Have lots of fun at your retreat! XO from one of your many Karens!

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  16. So so glad to hear your good news!! As for your five tops to be quilted . . . I must have at least five times that many although some are just small runners. Hate to admit I'm a piecer and not really a quilter.

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  17. Bravo on the medical report! Wahoo! So many fun projects!!

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  18. Linda, I'm so glad to hear that you are cancerfree and I hope you have a great time with Karen at the retreat. Hope we'll find a time to Skype again.
    Edith

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  19. I too am glad about the test result. The picket fence looks great. Have fun finishing it.

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