Tuesday, September 1, 2020

LAL#5: Giant Clam Shells in My UFO Pipeline, Planning, and Goals for a Shiny New September

 Hello, my lovelies, and welcome to the 5th installment of the Long Arm Linky party!  Also, welcome to September.  I think we're all hoping September will be better than August, July, June, May, April, or March...

I do not have machine quilting content to share with you of my own because I've been focused on getting a LONG overdue baby quilt pieced.  Hopefully I will be able to get that on my frame for quilting soon, because this is my OMG (One Monthly Goal) for September.  

September's One Monthly Goal: 

  • Piece, Quilt, & Bind My Modern Baby Clam Shell Quilt

Now that I finally figured out how to sew my giant clam shells together, I'm obsessed with getting this embarrassingly late UFO assembled and ready for quilting.  I've got another outreach top that another guild member pieced in my que for quilting and I had these fleeting thoughts that I'd have that at least loaded on my frame to show you for today's post, but then Creative Obsessive Hyperfocus kicked in on the clam shell quilt, and I was powerless to resist.  

That's the Frosted Butterfly design from Urban Threads, currently under strong consideration to be added to this quilt top.  I'll either change the color of the background scroll so it doesn't blend into my background fabric, or else change that to a contrasting thread color.  Which necessitates a detour of test stitching and experimenting...  Monarch butterflies have a special significance to this baby's family, and I look at the fabric prints from a collection called Painted Garden and I just feel like there ought to be some butterflies flitting around on top of this garden.  So that's your cliff hanger today -- Will Rebecca get sucked into a rabbit hole of machine embroidery and forget she even owns a long arm machine?  Or will she be able to make this decision quickly and efficiently, so she can get back to the quilt at hand soon enough to finish this baby quilt by the end of September?  Tune in next time...

This Week's Goals: 

  • Finish piecing Modern Baby Clam Shells
  • Decide whether or not to embroider butterflies on the finished top before quilting (I'm so strongly tempted, even though that will slow me down)
  • Load outreach top and decide how to quilt it

I haven't even taken a picture of the outreach top top that's waiting patiently for me, but it's a red, white and blue Veterans' quilt with a big white star in the center.  There are decisions there, too -- I volunteered to quilt another outreach top sight unseen with the objective of practicing some of those new paper pantograph designs, but now that I see the big star in the middle, I'm torn.  I wish I had a way of quilting an allover pantograph pattern around/"behind" that star without quilting the pantograph OVER the star, so I could emphasize the star with ruler work etc.  I'll be mulling this in the dark corners at the very back of my mind while my immediate attention is on piecing clam shells, another huge chunk of brain power is thinking about butterfly embroidery, and whatever remains of my brain power is engaged with listening to podcasts.

I'll be linking today's post up with the following favorite linky parties:


·       One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts

·       To-Do Tuesday at Home Sewn By Us


·       Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication

·       Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter


·       Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation  

Even though I quilted absolutely nothing myself this week, I still want to see what all of YOU have been quilting, though, so please link up your quilting-related posts below.  Have a great week and a great kickoff to your shiny new September!

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Julie said...

Speaking as someone who follows endless rabbit trails, allow yourself the time to do it. Finishing a quilt to just say it’s done doesn’t allow for those creative moments, and degrees of personalization to happen. I think the family would love the butterflies! Yes, Rebecca, do the butterflies!! And while you are stewing in those creative juices, I’ll bet you figure out how to crop out that star. Cheers to September!

chrisknits said...

I would be hard pressed to ignore putting a butterfly to the test. But then I don't have an embroidery machine, so I guess I would have to ignore it! LOL.

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Since you have an embroidery machine, go for the monarch! As for the star, I recommend a good star filled panto and quilt right over it. Now, how to crop it out, if you must: trace around it with your needle and mark on your panto following the laser. Figure out a path to go around it and hand guide your panto through. I did this often on t-shirt quilts, where there was a super thick patch.

Cheree @ The Morning Latte said...

The curved edges look good--are they going in easily? I've never done a clamshell.
Good luck on your to-do's! Hope to link up later today--hubs is working from home and invading "mah space"! Not that I don't love having him home, I'm just sayin'!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

An embroidered butterfly on that quilt would be quite amazing, but, really, it's going to be amazing no matter what! Glad your clamshell sewing is going well, too!

TerryKnott.blogspot.com said...

I hope you add that butterfly because it would be a wonderful and special accent to all those beautiful clamshells. You are crushing your to do list! Congrats!!!!

Denise @fortheloveofgeese said...

I'm envious, curved piecing and I have a love hate relationship. There is a great log cabin version that may be more suitable for me. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

I have a feeling you'll meet your goal and get the baby clamshell done. Anyway it'll be fun to set what happens next. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

Andree G. Faubert said...

Hi Rebecca, good luck with all of those decisions....that's a lot going on! Take care.

Patty said...

Happy sewing! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck with your project.