Space Invaders and the Tea Towel Placemats are completed.
I wasn’t really planning on machine quilting Space Invaders this soon, however I had the perfect backing, a piece of batting the correct size and the dark gray thread on the machine.
Connecting Threads had their backing on sale a month or so ago, so this piece jumped in my cart and demanded to be the backing for Space Invaders. I think the name of it is Lava Lamps and it is perfect.
Up close you can see the dark gray thread on the black background, but when you step back it all blends in nicely.
I am very pleased with the two Tea Towel Placemats. The applique on the top placemat was made during the booth demo at the Quilting Expo last year while the bottom applique was created with an Edyta Sitar Accuquilt die. It was also a good project for me to practice Baptist Fans using the Westalee ruler.
What a wonderful finish to the month of May. Now it is time to decide what June’s goals will be.
For such an simple pattern, Space Invaders quilt top took a lot of perseverance, unsewing/resewing and stubbornness to complete.
The last picture of Space Invaders looked like a bomb was detonated on the black rectangles.
And the quilt top looked a lot worse before things improved, but it was worth it. The center looks so much better with the focus fabric replacing the solid black rectangles.
Once that was completed it was decision time regarding the borders. The pattern called for 5″ borders which required careful cutting since the focus fabric is directional.
However the more that I looked at the borders, the more unhappy I was. The Space Invaders characters printed on the fabric were too small for such a wide border, so the first decision was to trim the border down to 3 1/2″.
Better – the next challenge was what to do with the side borders. Since I started with 1 yard of the Space Invaders fabric, I knew that there would need to be alternate blocks to achieve the length needed.
Nope, blocks with random colors wasn’t going to work – what is Plan C or is it Plan D now? Okay, 3″ finished alternate blocks on one color with 3″ focus fabric squares. Since there is only one strip of yellow in the center, maybe it would look good with yellow alternate blocks.
That isn’t what I wanted. The yellow alternate blocks are yelling “Look at me! Look at me!” instead on complimenting the center. The dark turquoise squares, however, receive an A+ for playing well with others.
The Space Invaders may have won a few skirmishes, but I won the war. Right now all I feel as I look at this top is frustration, tired of all the decisions necessary and relief that it is finished. In a couple of months or years I will know if I am really happy with the final result. For now, done is good.
Why is it that some quilting projects are a battlefield from start to finish and some flow so smoothly that you are sad when they are completed?
This marks another UFO off the list – YEAH! – and time for something different. I wonder what that project will be. Hmmm
Two non-quilting project – fabric weights and crocheted ric-rac – have enn made.
The fabric weights ( https://weallsew.com/fabric-weight-tutorial/ ) were a quick and easy sewing project once I figured out the fusible interfacing issue. All I have is sew-in interfacing and this project was a use-what-I-already-have project. My solution was to use a glue stick to adhere the sew-in interfacing to the fabric and it worked. The tags were cut from the ribbon around a Moda jelly roll. Isn’t it fun to do something different once in a while?
My current UFO project is Space Invaders. This quilt project had been packed up in October 2019 because I was unhappy with the color choices. The solid black was too predictable & boring and the focus fabric had a small print that wasn’t playing well with the center. Frankly I just didn’t want to take the time to unstitch all those dang rectangles.
Well, now it is time to get this quilt top finished. Here is my progress so far.
I like it – the focus fabric brightens up the quilt top and is worth the time of unsewing and resewing. The border may be a bit of a challenge since there was only a yard or so of the focus fabric, but I will worry about that when I get there.
So the Simply Sixteen didn’t get lonely, I loaded a quilt onto the frame. The panto-graph is spiders and webs which is the most detailed panto-graph I have attempted to date.
To keep on track, I made a list of 12 goals for May. I have three vacation days in May and the list is divided between quick items and more time intensive items. Finishing the Space Invaders quilt top and machine quilting ShortLine are the top two goals, so I am off to a good start.
I have been thinking about getting the Simply Sixteen with the Little Foot Frame for the last 4 or 5 years. And every time I talked myself into buying one, I talked myself out again. But this time when I decided to do it, I did!
The frame takes up a little bit more room that I had anticipated, so I had to reorganize my sewing space. It is all good because I like my new layout even better than the old. I haven’t machine quilted a top yet, but that will be happening soon. From Thanksgiving Day until the end of the year, I plan to devote myself to machine quilting and see how many tops can be moved to finished quilts.
And speaking of quilt tops – the Space Invaders quilt hit a snag forcing a return to dry dock. The center of the quilt was completed, however the Space Invaders border fabric appears awkward and uninspired when placed next to the center.
After considering the matter for a couple of days, I decided that two issues were causing problems. The first is the direction of the colors. The border fabric has horizontal stripes and the center has vertical stripes. The second issue is the size of the designs on the Space Invaders fabric – they are too small.
My solution is to have the Space Invaders fabric become the accent instead of the border fabric. This change means a LOT of unsewing and resewing, but I will be so much happier with the end result. Right now I don’t know what fabric I will use for the border, but I have some time before I need to make that decision. Once I have a couple of the strips converted from solid black to Space Invaders, I will post a picture.
Below is the second of four wallhanging that were made as gifts. Two grandchildren take piano lessons, so when I saw this pattern I knew just where it would go. The “Music is Life” is the beginning of a quote. The whole quote is printed on the label and reads “Music is Life – that’s why heart’s have beats”.