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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.  

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Getting Serious

If I'm going to get serious about doing some quality work then I need quality tools.  I'm not thrilled about working on things on the floor so the solution is to get a work surface.  I got these tables at Walmart for only $38 and no shipping charges for Site-To-Store.  They fold up, fold in half, and have a handle to carry.  It's 6' x 7.5' in this setup.  That's big enough for many things but still not big enough to block a queen sized quilt.

In order to make this serve several needs:
For blocking quilts, cover the foam boards with a sheet, taped to the back.

For marking designs and applique, a large light box.  A few 2x4's, some plexiglass, about 2'x3', and a couple of under cabinet lights will work. 

For a large pressing surface a 4'x8' sheet of OSB, some batting and some canvas.
Another tool I need is yardage of clear vinyl/plastic for drawing quilting designs and with the light box I can transfer them to the quilt.

Been doing some testing with the longarm and different threads.  Some were a disaster of snarls and loops, some where very inconsistant, and some were just right.  It seems that my machine gets along so much better with 50wt threads.  I order some Magna-Glide pre-wounds and Glide thread this morning to try that.

Sometimes I feel like my efforts and attention is all over the place, different quilt patterns, types, etc. and been feeling that I need to concentrate on one thing for awhile.  Don't get me wrong, doing lots of different designs has taught me a lot about piecing and applique, different fabrics and colors.  I feel that if I am ever to become really good at something then it needs my full attention.  Kind of a "jack of all trades, master of none" thing.  Working on the lace quilt is something that VERY much appeals to me.  I'm a traditional quilter and I like feminine designs and this just seems to resonate with me.  A long time ago an older gentleman at work told me, "do what you love, the money will come."  That's been true in my working career and I've come a long way in terms of professional accomplishments and salary by working in this field for 20 years.

Something else that appeals to me is vintage elements and embroidery.  I got this table cloth on eBay and imagine the four motifs in a quilt, set on-point, pieced with beautiful orange, purples, and blues.