Daffy's Stitchy Friends

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Totally Useless August

So I've been busy this past moon cycle, have you? It's the New Moon and time to show off the ORTs you collected! I haven't cross stitched but I have been stitching...with the sewing machine. Quilting creates tons of ORTs, doesn't it? 


About this quilt:  I started this project on July 26th. Before this, I could sew a pillow and maybe follow a basic, very simple pattern. My sewing skills are minimal at best. When I decided to learn to quilt I took the free online quilting course offered by Google and YouTube. Just kidding a little but hey, it's free and there are awesome teachers out there willing to share their knowledge if you want to learn!

I found photos online of quilts I liked, followed the sources and discovered what they were called. The one I liked best was the Disappearing Nine Patch. It looked really hard but wonder of wonders it was considered a beginners quilt!

I Googled to find out how much fabric to buy, how to cut the squares, how to sew them together, how to cut them again and sew them back together.



I learned how to square up my blocks. 
Then I stitched them together.



I ended up with a finished top.
Used an entire spool of thread.



Well, not quite finished, it needed a border!



So I Googled to learn how to miter corners.



I think the hardest part now is managing this big wad of quilt!



But all this "learning" is worth it. As of yesterday, I have a completely finished quilt top! In ONE month!!! I am taking "lessons" now on sandwiching so I can actually start quilting this into a finished quilt. Keep in mind, I work full-time (40 hours) and we are often on the go with other things that need doing. Every bit of this was done in what little spare time I can squeeze in.


Oh just what I needed...another stash accumulating hobby!

I guess the awesome ORTs it creates evens things out.

=^..^=

We want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your August TUSAL post so we can come visit! If I hold a Totally Useless giveaway your comment will earn you an extra entry.

Wondering what a TUSAL is and why all these people are posting pictures of rubbish? Click here to learn more and join the fun!

Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox

34 comments:

Shelly said...

Here's my rubbish post! Your quilt is looking good!
http://shelly-anarizonastitcher.blogspot.com/2014/08/august-tusal.html

Sara said...

Your quilt looks great so far!

Here's my ort post for the month.

http://www.justanotherflamingo.blogspot.com/2014/08/august-tusal.html

gracie said...

I think it looks wonderful. I have wanted to try the same quilt.

Jusie Sea said...

My TUSAL http://jusiecreation.blogspot.com/2014/08/tusal-2014-8.html

Irene said...

Awesome quilt!

Blu said...

I am in awe of your quilting skills!

My TUSAL: http://therapy-by-thread.blogspot.ca/2014/08/august-tusal.html

Thoeria said...

OH oh oh!!!! WOW!! Love the quilt!!! I'm doing the same at the moment (online googling etc to learn) but I've only ventured to a small baby doll quilt at this stage - nothing as impressive as this! Great going!!

Rike said...

Hi,
Wow, your quilt looks very good!
Here's my ort-Report:
http://blog.handarbeitskorb.de/2014/08/25/tusal-25-08/

Looking Forward to your next quilting Projects!
Rike

Julie said...

Love the little bowl your quilty ORT's are in.
WELL DONE... such a fabulous project and you've done such a wonderful job, its spectacular.

Sue G said...

You are doing an awesome job on your first quilt. It looks greaat!

Carol said...

Great looking quilt top, Sharon--I'm so impressed that you taught yourself AND did it while working full-time :)

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow your quilt is lovely!!! I keep thinking I MIGHT try quilting but then my stitching keeps me busy enough!!

Kimberly Scott said...

My scraps are up. Love your quilt, looking forward to the finished piece

Brenda said...

Here is mine ..... all together in the big jar. I will try to take a picture of what I just use up this next month in my little tin.

http://time2xstitch.blogspot.com/

Bea said...

What a beautiful quilt top!

cerato said...

Beautiful quilt. Muy august ORT report:
http://cerato.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/tusal-agosto-4/

Hugs

Sandy In Montana said...

What a beautiful quilt top. I posted my TUSAL today, just click on my name and it will take you there.

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy

Suz said...

I love your quilt top! It makes me want to get to a quilt that's been percolating in my head!

Here's my TUSAL update: http://suzemo.blogspot.com/2014/08/august-tusal.html

Sheryl S. said...

Your quilt top is really lovely. My ORT report is at:
http:/sewingafterseven.blogspot.com

Caitlin @ Naughts Cross Stitches said...

gorgeous looking quilt!

Brunn said...

It's a good thing dearest Taco lives with me now, that bowl would be irresistible to a cat!

Becca Woodthorpe said...

Hey! I'm a bit late but here is my first ever TUSAL contribution: http://findingflapjack.blogspot.com/2014/08/totally-useless.html

Lindsay said...

Love the quilt top

My rubbish post is up http://purplepds.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/tusal-time.html

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Nice quilt! It's good to have a different hobby.

Here's my TUSAL
http://serendipitousstitching.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/tusal-of-folly.html

Linda said...

Lovely quilt Sharon. Here is my late ORT post.
http://www.bengalcatlover10.blogspot.com/2014/08/august-smalls-sal-and-tusal.html

Linda

Hazel D said...

Well done on completing your first quilt Yes they use a huge amount of thread. Quite a shock if you've been used to embroidery skeins. Have just joined this so am a few days late with my first update but here it is
http://stitchwitchhazel.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/blog-post.html
Love reading all the posts and comments and seeing the photos. Thank you

WhitePicketFence said...

Your quilt looks wonderful! I really need to finish my top. I'm such a procrastinator. Here is my TUSAL post for the month :)
http://whitepicketfence.typepad.com/whitepicketfence/2014/08/tusal-august.html

Zhemchug said...

Hi! This is my ORTs! I forgot to leave the link, but I have posted my report in time )))
http://zhemchuzhiny.blogspot.ru/2014/08/tusal-report_25.html

Tammy B said...

Your quilt looks great, are you going to hand quit it?? My mom quilts everything by hand I love my quilts so much!!

lekae said...

My little late TUSAL post http://otnoroktushkana.blogspot.ru/2014/09/tusal.html

Pam in IL said...

No orts to show, but I wanted to congratulate you on finishing the quilt top and taking the time to learn how to sew a quilt. Can't wait to see the finished quilt!

Marie said...

As a long time quilter I want to say, I am impressed! You did an amazing job on your first quilt top...love the design.
If you are going to machine quilt it you will want to use a walking foot. :-)

Lija Broka said...

Your quilt looks lovely! We can never have enough stash accumulating hobbies.

http://stitchingincrossesandmore.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/tusal-august-update.html

Pat said...

Looks great!