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Saturday, April 25, 2015

My first quilt done on the Tiara 2

So Evelyn and II finished cleaning and organizing my little attic and the bedroom closets last weekend! I have the Tiara in her old bedroom, and now it's all neat and organized for quilting.  For some reason, I am one of those people who have to have order in my house before I can enjoy my hobbies.  Of course, I am NOT a neat freak or anything, but my mind gets so cluttered and distracted when things are a mess.  Now my hobbies are in separate closets and out of the way.  The attic is all set up for serging  and regular sewing with my tables and machines all set up.  I can cut up there if I feel like it too.  That took all the mess off the dining room table which is now clean.  After some shopping this morning, I went up to the Tiara and quilted this rail fence quilt.  My embroidery machine came in handy for the teapot borders.  It all came put pretty good.  
My least favorite part of making quilts is sandwiching it all together (followed by binding them) but once I get a few together and ready, then the quilting can begin!  Soon I will start using quilting rulers to make designs. Holy cow are there a lot of good videos out there for machine quilters.  Have a good weekend!  It's cold, but nice and sunny.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Log cabin quilt ready for quilting

It seems like winter is on its way out finally.  We have grass showing all over and the mud has officially started.  When I went shopping yesterday morning I saw tulips and brought some home to cheer the kitchen up.
A few weeks ago I took a log cabin quilt class and it was fun and easy for the most part. Last night I finished putting it together.  I used a mix of 30s fabrics and modern brights.  They look good to me.
I used a nice red and white as a border which made the white stand out even more but brought it all together too. 
I purchased a quilting machine on Friday!  It will be here in a week or so.  It was an unexpected event but it was on sale!  Who says no to a big sale?  This will be quilted on the new machine. :)

Old mystery quilt quilted and bound!

Our local quilt shop used to have mystery quilt night once every few months.  You would pick a colorway and that's all you knew about it until you were almost done.  Omg did my friends and I look forward to that night.  The quilt below is a churn dash that was easy and fun to make.  Seriously, we would sew and sew for hours and the top would be done when we left!  I miss those classes!  I quilted this on my friend Kim's Tiara and started to really get the hang of it by the time I was done.  Lucky me...the newer version of that machine was on sale this weekend and before I knew it, I was signing on the dotted line.  My friends were there when I was told about the sale, and Sandy had her calculator out crunching numbers in like 5 seconds.  She told me I could afford it, and then I was in the office buying it!  Holy cow.  I am not suffering buyer's remorse at all.  We told my daughter that she had to come and take her hope chest out of her old bedroom so I can put it there.  Tonight she and Patrick came for it, so I am ready!  Washed the window where it will be and washed the wood floor too.  I am soooo excited.
Isn't the binding fun?  Believe it or not, I am beginning to enjoy hand-sewing bindings on.  
I used a pretty lofty batting, so the quilt is nice and warm.  Hey, I am becoming a finisher now...not just a top- maker.  Maybe I am turning over a new leaf!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Baby quilt finished! Anita Goodesigns nursery rhyme!

I put the binding on the quilt tonight as soon as I finished quilting in the ditch.  I used a lofty batting in the middle so that the 1/2 inch seams wouldn't be too lumpy on the back.  It's so fluffy and warm.  
There is a cute flannel fabric on the back.  This is a snugly warm quilt.  The baby is due in 12 days, and I want to give it to Kristy tomorrow, so tonight is its last night in my dining room.  This was one of my favorites of all time, and I will make one like this again.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Embroidered baby quilt-nursery rhymes

I have been working on this daily for about 2 weeks and it is just about done.  Just needs backing and binding!  

Most of the larger blocks took an hour or two to complete, but it goes fast since some of the colors stitch out for 20 minutes or longer, so I was able to vacuum, cook or work on something else.
It's also cool because it is a quilt-as-you-go project, which is awesome.  I still need to add a backing and batting, but that will be stitched in the ditch, so not much time or skill required.

This quilt is for a teacher with whom I co-teach..  She is having a girl and because we teach English class together, I thought the nursery rhymes were a good choice.

I loved making each of the blocks and choosing colors and fabric.  

Isn't that monkey cute?  A lot of my friends loved that one when I sent them pictures as I was finishing each block.
We are reading To Kill a Mockingbird in 8th grade, so I had to include that block.  All I need is backing fabric now. The mom to be is a pizza freak (eats a slice EVERY day-and she's skinny!  Kinda want to hate her for that-but she is a wonderfully fun and nice person:) so I have to add something pizza related to the back.  Maybe a quilt label with pizza...not sure yet.  I love these designs from Anita Goodesigns!  I use my embroidery machine almost every day, and this is one of my favorite companies as far as total quilting patterns and projects go.  You can do a whole quilt with one disk.  

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Winter quilt done

I put the binding on this quilt last night.  It came out so cute!  Maybe we will get some snow now!
I did the quilting on my two machines.  The snowflakes are embroidery machine patterns that I got years ago.  This year I am going to really focus on learning to quilt nicely so that I'm not so nervous doing my own quilts.  I'm enjoying the process even though I get a little stressed every time I start to quilt something.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Winter quilt center done

I got this kit in Vermont about 5 years ago!  When I went to visit my niece last weekend I saw it hanging on the wall at the quilt store and thought, "hey, I better make mine this week!"  So I came home and got on it.  This is the center.  I have to do the borders and then it will be ready for quilting,

It's so cute.  It calls for hand appliqué, but I just reversed all the patterns and used my machine.  I don't usually like too many snowmen, but this year I got over it. :). I can finish this and leave it up all winter.