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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Been a long time

Haven't been here in awhile and see that I need to take some things off the side bar!

Just been living life, working, quilting.  The usual.  One of my last posts was about 4 quilts and they're all done.  They should be, it's been long enough!  My favorite is the Agave Garden in Patriotic colors.  The inspiration for the quilting design was that I realized there were 13 stars on the quilt:  the center star and the 12 stars that I added.  So, I thought to do 13 stripes waving across it like a flag.  You know, 13 stars and stripes.  Every stripe has a different fill and took me weeks to complete.  I need to get better pictures of the entire quilt that will show all the stripes.


Right now I'm working on one for my friend and his wife.  It's a simple pattern, can't think of the name, maybe Jewel Box.  The quilting inspiration was that it reminds me of water and sand.  I did ripples coming out from the water and pebbles on the shore.  Haven't decided about the borders yet but just 5 out of 11 rows are done so I have time to think about it.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

So excited!!

I bought a new longarm!!  Been going over and over in my mind about wanting a better machine for a long time.  My current machine has been doing pretty good since I started using Magna-Glide thread and pre-wound bobbins and I've finished several quilts recently.  Not my "good" quilts since I really need more skill to do what I envision.

The new machine is an Innova 22" with Lightning Stitch and it should be delivered in early February.  :)  I've taken down the old one to sell and got my sewing room all organized again.

In other news... I'm almost done with the Patriotic wall hanging.  I know, it's taken a long time but I had other things come up like quilts for Christmas.  Finished two of the quilts for my niece and nephew, all bound and done with matching pillow cases even.  One more strip to sew the butterflies on for the other quilt and that can be sewn together.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Sewing Room

My sewing room has been moved to the Master Bedroom.  It's only me in a 5-bedroom house so I moved my bed to the next largest room.  This room is about 15'x16' so the longarm fits nicely on one wall.  Why not?  It's my house and can use the rooms however I want to! :-)

The cubbies are Ikea Expedit shelves that were in the old sewing room and the boxes are by Semikolon and come in lots of colors.  I have the larger 5x5 cubbie shelves, dark brown, in my home office that I'll use for the rest of the fabric.  I hardly ever go in that room except to get something off the printer. It doesn't get a lot of sunlight so that will be good for the fabric too.

Feels good to get things organized in here though it probably won't stay this clean for long!

The front of the boxes have a space to slip a picture or something into so used fabric in a brown and blue stripe.  Also made a hanging holder for patterns.

Now to get to work on the projects that are in the boxes...

Friday, July 5, 2013

Putting together the Dresden Plate quilt

All of the "flowers" are done and the two strips between them with the leaves and stems are done.  I am waiting on a delivery of more Bella Solids in bright white for the rest of the flower backgrounds.

The butterflies are fussy-cut out of the grey background fabric, a dozen of them or more, and sewing them on with a small satin stitch.  I would like to quilt it in white, pink, black, and burgundy thread but don't know if my skills or my machine are up to that!

There is a motif in the fabric that I really like so I took a piece of it, scanned it, then outlined it using MS Paint.  Will pay around with how much to enlarge it and make a quilting template out of it.


Friday, June 14, 2013

Big Red Tractor quilt top is done!  It was a really easy and fast one to make.  This is the second time I've used a panel and found that it is not straight to the grain of the fabric.  Is that common with panels?  I had a heck of a time with the large pieces as they were really wonky just trying to cut them out.

Don't know how I'm going to quilt it other than outlining the pictures in the large blocks, just need a simple fill in the red areas.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

One big post....

What's in the works and what's finished?  Well, a couple of tops finished on the Completed Quilts and Tops tab and a whole lot in the works!  Three quilts for my great-nieces and nephew and a wall hanging for their mother and father, who is in the Army, and my niece asked for a Patriotic quilt to hang on the wall.

I have the Judy Niemeyer "Agave Garden" pattern but doing it in patriotic colors with some added stars. I took the blank outline from the pattern and scanned it, then used MS Paint to fill in the colors.

For the 3 kids I sent their mother a link to a fat quarter fabric site and asked that they each pick out a fabric they like.  One girl chose April's Garden so I designed this for it.

The next girl chose D'Amore Sunkissed and I saw there was a quilt kit with that fabric at Hancock's (so I cheated).  I ordered more of the fabric so I could make it a good bed-sized quilt and added in the stripe for a border.

The little boy chose Big Red Tractor!  I found that there are some panels in that fabric line and another line that has 15" panel blocks so.... I designed this to use them.

All of the fabrics have been delivered so there is a lot of work to be done!  Of course, I can't just work on three or our things at once so..... Traveling Turtles!  These are just so cute and fun to work on.  It's a pattern by Amy Bradley.


Thursday, March 8, 2012

About ready to sew together

I've been working on this simple little quilt off and on and all done with the flowers and vines.  I realized that I didn't cut enough of the flowered strips, need one more on the outside left.

This was very simple to do with Liquid Stitch and using a bias tape maker in 3/4" for the vines.  A bit of glue to hold it in place and sew with a blanket stitch.

I got a small lightbox to use on my sewing table and it's come in handy several times already.  For this I printed the layout of the flowers from EQ7, layed it on the lightbox, and over that I used an Applique Pressing Sheet so that the glued pieces wouldn't stick to the layout paper.  After they were all glued together I moved the pressing sheet and the flower to the ironing board and heat set it all.