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Friday, July 3, 2015

Today's project. Recovering dining room chairs!

Sometimes you just can't ignore something that just has to be done RIGHT NOW!  My dining room chair cushions have been kinda needy for my attention for a while now.  My really old cat calls them her personal space, and sheds massively on them. Also, Lily likes to sit on them while we work or sit together as a family.  This one looks pretty good.  I wouldn't show you the nasty ones! :)

Deb and I went on a road trip in May and found an upholstery shop where a quilt shop was supposed to be.  Destiny!  I got this fabric there.
First one done!  
My easy to use tools for the afternoon.  Drill and stapler.

The fabric is reversible so I might do the captains chairs with the pink side out and the other chairs with the white side. I better get back to work before I lose my enthusiasms!  

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Quilted and bound! Ready to start a new project.

My niece is getting married on Halloween, and I have the best embroidered quilt on my mind, so before I start that, I had to finish the quilt for my friend Amy's precious baby girl.  I finally saw her the other day and she is the cutest, happiest little babe!  So I quilted with my Tiara on the borders and with my Babylock on the hunters star.  Since I learned the easy-peasy way to add a flange, of course I had to put two on this quilt.  The white looks nice against the red and aqua binding.
All done.  I am going to wash it and dry it with a color catcher before I give it to Amy.  I'll pin another color catcher to it when I give it to her so she can use it when she washes it again.
Instead of free motion quilting  on the red corners,  I I just embroidered a bear in a train car to carry that theme to the edges.
For some reason, I couldn't bring myself to free motion on the hunters star.  It seemed to want the quarter inch situation all throughout.  So, out came the walking foot for the first time with the Babylock and I got started.  It took a very l o n g time!  Looks good though!

The dogs and I sat outside today while I added the binding.  Everyone was happy.  Tomorrow I start the Halloween wedding quilt!  It's going to be fun!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Hunters star baby quilt ready for quilting

I got the baby quilt done this past weekend.  It was fun to make using the accuquilt and the embroidery machine.

The embroidery is a simple red work pattern of teddy bears riding trains.  I used colors from the border fabric to make the designs.

I did a little flange before I added the border.  A woman from a quilt shop in Connecticut showed me an easy way!  Loved it!
I'm planning to quilt it myself next week!  Cannot wait!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Hunter star baby quilt

This is the center of the quilt for my friend Amy.  I love the Accuquilt!  I could never cut so nicely, plus it notches the parts that fit together. Easy peasy!  I am using a tiny red border around this and then I am putting a white border with teddy bears embroidered on it.  I got redwork designs and will do them in red or aqua...not sure which yet.  

Maybe I will get a little more done while I'm home tomorrow.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Summer is here! Sort of...

After such a long cold winter, summer is finally here.  Even if the weather for this holiday weekend is a little chilly, it's nice to be outside all day and in the evening.  Yesterday I got this chiminea at Home Depot on sale for 70 dollars so this afternoon I put it together by myself!  Tonight, Kenny is fishing so I have my tea and book and will sit by the fire with the dogs.  I've been sewing a lot and will post that tomorrow. Hope you are all having fun this weekend!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Hunters star using my accuquilt!

Another one of my good friends from school has had a baby!  It's a lovely little girl.  Since it was a surprise as to the gender, I waited to make the quilt.  The colors in the nursery are aqua, white and gray.  I think I will do four of these blocks in the center and make embroidered blocks around the outside.  I have the cutest little vintage baby animals I have been yearning to use, so once I get the center done, I'll make those and a block with the baby's name and birth date on it.  That's the goal!  Happy Mother's Day all!

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.