Have I told you….

how much I love quilting on my Brother Nouvelle 1500S .  I ordered it just a little over a year ago but have had really sort of  limited time to quilt on it — too many other things going on.  But I’ve managed to get a couple more projects done on it lately and I still love it – which is a very good thing! :-)

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This wedding quilt is the largest one I’ve quilted on it so far and it’s just so amazing how much difference that extra harp room makes.

I decided rather than taking just the simple way out and meander quilting all over, I’m straight line quilting first all the framing pieces about 1/4″ inside the edges.  Lots of stopping and starting but I also do love the automatic thread cutter so I don’t have to keep pulling threads to the top to start or lift the quilt to cut underside threads.  I’m using light blue thread which looks really good against that taupey/gray colored fabric.    I’ve got all the vertical straight lines quilted so that is a good days work and my shoulders and arms are telling me that’s enough quilting for one day.

Perhaps tomorrow I’ll start on the horizontal sections.  After that there will be free motion quilting within the blocks and I’ll switch to cream colored thread and meander the background fabric area.

Now to figure out just what delivery place will be bringing me dinner tonight since I never did have lunch nor did I have a plan for dinner.

Oh an the other thing I definitely love, the Rowenta DW5197 — no auto shutoff is stupendous and I love steam.  I don’t even set it on the highest steam setting because that would be too much steam.  Yes definitely in love with this iron.  Someone asked me if it’s heavy – I think all Rowenta irons are heavy but then I like them because of that fact.   So if you were looking for a light weight iron, this may not be the one for you.

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Sunshiney Saturday

The sun is shining after about 3 or 4 nearly continuous days of rain.  Things are really greening up around here tho and now we just need some warmer temperatures.  It’s been a busy week here so I’m playing catch-up once again since I don’t think I turned the laptop at home on all week.

First my belated On the Needles report —

There is actually something OFF the needles – at least one part.

DSCN4211 The back of my CF Cardipalooza KAL sweater is done.   I just love this lace pattern.

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Even though I started one of the fronts and ripped it back twice because I kept dropping out a yarn over in the lace pattern.  I think I’ve got myself back on the right track now.  The actual color of this yarn is what is in the lace pattern closeup – not bright blue like the sweater back photo.  I do like the Lotus Autumn Wind yarn and think it will make a great feeling spring/summer sweater with the blend it is, but it does have more knots in it than I would expect which is mildly irritating.

One of my purchases while I was on vacation (clicking the “add to cart” button at a few  shops) was a quilt kit.  I can’t remember the last time I bought a quilt kit –  many many many years ago and I think it may still be sitting in the closet.  It usually ends up there are fabrics I don’t like; the last one I put together they were missing two of the fabrics listed in the instructions and I think the one lingering in the closet has fabrics that if I had felt them in person, I never would have ordered since the quality just doesn’t seem to be there.  In any event, I had seen this quilt kit previously and wasn’t able to find just the pattern so when I found it on sale last week, I had to order it.  The fabrics are so bright and cheery and all those swimsuits just make me smile.

DSCN4216It’s Sanibel Quilt by Gina Martin.  I think it will be a fun project to stitch up.  My favorite fabrics in the packet are one with sunglasses printed on it, one with Adirondack chairs on it, and one that looks like the woven seats that old lawn chairs were made out of.    It will be a fun seasonal quilt to hang up.

 

Today – if I ever get busy and stop puttering on the computer and sipping coffee – I think I’ll get started finally on quilting the wedding quilt that I layered while on vacation.  I’ve also got a couple little projects to quilt — pieces that I cut from a panel that will be new little wallhangings for my office cubicle I think — the speak about the need to have cupcakes!  A must on some days – and will be really cute.

It’s quilted

It’s not yet finished – but it is now quilted.

DSCN4208I just straight line quilted all the sashing pieces using the walking foot.  The black binding is machine stitched on and I just need to get it folded  and clipped in place so I can hand stitch it down.  I save that for later because I seriously need to give the sewing room a straightening up after all this activity in there this week.

4/5/15 Stashbusting Report

 

Autumn Ripples Revisited - 4/4/15

Autumn Ripples Revisited – 4/4/15

I just had to show yesterday’s finish again because I love fall colored quilts.  You can see the full report here with updated photos of recent finishes/ufos to completed top stage.  One more project out of the tops stash and now finished and ready to use and today’s project will be quilting a baby quilt which I should have done by the end of the day.  Then on to quilting the queen size wedding quilt.

It’s been a very relaxing week of vacation with much knitting and quilting – someone really should clean up the mess I made in the sewing room but for today, I’ll concentrate on quilting.

So 10 more yards used this week, no purchases added in. There are purchases coming, but they haven’t arrived yet.  The purchases will be for the Block Party Picnic quilt along and I might have ordered a quilt kit – something I very seldom do since I normally like picking my own fabrics.  But it was on sale, and it’s a bit of a mystery since it warns that some of the fabrics are not the same as shown – and it’s one of those designs that just makes me smile when I look at it.  Thank goodness vacation is over and I go back to work tomorrow – being on vacation can be expensive even if you don’t go anywhere. :-)

But in the meantime, if you’d like to work on a great stashbusting quilt (or need an excuse to order new fabric) click the Block Party Picnic image in the sidebar and it will take you to the links for the yardage, color image of the quilt, and also a blank line drawing in case you want to get your colored pencils out and color in where you want to place certain fabrics.  I haven’t decided the exact date for the Block Party Picnic QAL, but it will be sometime next month.

Happy stashbusting!

A finish!

DSCN4207  Quilted and bound and done!  all in one day.  I took the border fabric that I had cut off it and cut it into binding and it almost looks like a stripe around the edge.  This one measures about 47″ x 36″.   It’s called Autumn Ripples Revisited.

 

My original Autumn Ripples quilt design which I did for this fabric line (Indian Summer by Hoffman California Fabrics) several years ago shown below had the blocks turned on point but in the one above (the revisited version) the blocks are set straight since I had a very limited amount of fabric (the sample headers – tho that may not be their technical name – but it is pieces of the fabric used to sell at market etc and they range in size from about fat quarter at the largest and go down in size so I had to be careful  not to waste much).

autumn-ripples-indian-summer-collection  It’s about time this one finally got finished since it’s been aging in the closet of tops waiting its turn to be quilted.

 

 

Lunch break

Do you play little games or set goals for yourself as you are quilting along.  I do – LOL – keeps things interesting.  Like when lunch time is approaching, I’ll tell myself I won’t take a break until the bobbin thread runs out, or I finish a certain amount of quilting.   I have just finished lunch which I challenged myself not to take a break for until I finished quilting feathers in all the little full ovals on the quilt.  And at that point it would be time to take a little break and stretch and rests the wrists and shoulders a bit.

Many times I’ll get asked how I plan to quilt something or how I did quilt it — I generally don’t have much of a plan.  ;-)  On this one I knew I wanted to stitch feathers in the background ovals. That’s as far as my planning went.  but before doing that, I decided I needed to outline stitch all those sections. so I was able to do that somewhat continuously by stitching around the circular design four of those ovals made.

DSCN4203In the first photo I have sort of marked how I did it.  You can see that by stitching around all those circular areas, they overlap each other so all the oval areas end up being quilted along the edge.

The feathers in this quilt are nowhere near perfect – some of them are actually pretty hysterical.  I can’t make perfect feathers and always make feathers that are various sizes and lengths – I started in the middle of the oval making a figure 8 loop from edge to edge, then quilted a central line up to one oval tip and did my end loop there and worked my way adding feathers back to the center on one side, than the other and then repeated that for the lower half of the oval.  I tend to have to do the feathers in a particular order – if on the right side of the stem, I work from the bottom up / on the left side top down so with these I’m trying to become more “ambidextrous” of sorts being able to work top to bottom or bottom to top no matter where I’m at so needless to say, some of them are a bit unusually shaped or more on one side than the other.  All good fun and practice and when using cotton fabrics that haven’t been prewashed and cotton batting, once it’s washed and tossed in the dryer it will all pucker up a bit and you notice even less the imperfections in the feathers.  Feathers are such fun – even if they turn out wonky – if you haven’t tried them yet, give it a shot.

Here’s all the full ovals quilted before lunch time.

DSCN4204 Now I need to add the feathers to the half ovals that are along the edge of the quilt and as I’ve been staring at the quilt while eating my sandwich, I think I’ve come up with a plan to quilt the colored fabric sort of 4-patch areas — maybe….

Quilting Central

Now that Pinbasting Central has been accomplished – time to move on to some quilting.  At least that’s my plan for today.  In addition to the wedding quilt – these two smaller projects are now also pin basted

DSCN4202The one on the left I pieced back in 2011 and you can see the original border I had on it there — the colors went well but I’ve since decided it looked too busy and took it off for a bit more modern wall hanging look.  It was also on my UFO list back when friend Judy was doing a UFO challenge in 2012 — needless to say – it didn’t get completed then.  I should look back at that UFO list to see how many others on it are still in the top stash.

I think I may start on the smaller ones today first.  I may need to go shopping for some thread for the wedding quilt.

Pinbasting Central

That’s what my sewing room is today – pinbasting central.  Finally, my niece’s wedding quilt is basted and ready for quilting.

DSCN4201  This one is queen size.  It’s been a while since I’ve machine quilted one that large – don’t think I’ve done one since I got my new machine so the extra harp space should come in very handy working on this.  My original thought was to stitch in the ditch along all the framing sections and then free motion quilt within the blocks but I may take the easy road and just fmq a large meander over it all.  Still contemplating what I want to do.

 

As long as the table is clear and there is batting at the ready, I’m going to see if I can’t get a couple smaller items pinbasted today too.  Time to go play among the finished tops and see what I can find in there and go see what I can find in the stash for backing them.

I need to get some of these tops quilted — especially since I did a bit of moving around of fabrics in this EQ design and decided I liked it like this.

BlockPartyPicnic  I’m calling this version “Block Party Picnic” since it is shown in the Moda Block Party fabric line and it just looks like a happy quilt you would use on a picnic.  I grew up in a village of 500 people and I remember the block parties we used to have.  It actually included several blocks of neighbors and one of the streets would get blocked off and the Dads and boys would go collect all the picnic tables from everyone’s houses and set them up in the street right next to a neighbor who had a huge yard where baseball and other games would be played.   Our picnic quilts were usually tied quilts Granny made.

Anyway, I just may have succumbed to the calling to me of this fabric line and ordered some to make this.   Anyone else interested in stitching a version of this design? It’s super easy of course – lots of flying geese but they are large so not as putzy to make (or at least I think the smaller they are the putzier they are to make).  As shown with the borders (I made them wider/added a second one on this version so it’s a bit large than my original Diamond Formation challenge quilt), this one is, I think, I nice large throw measuring 66″ x 84″.  So if there’s enough interest to stitch along with me one of these weekends, I may be convinced to write up the instructions. :-)  It would be great stash buster too since there’s lots of 1/4 yard fabrics or it would be even more scrappy.

Must go layer another quilt and get started quilting so there is fabric going “out” of the stash to even out the fabric that will be soon arriving. ;-)

 

 

 

Late night planning

Since I sent off the Moda Challenge quilt to The Loopy Ewe and it will be donated to a military family after the contest, I was thinking I might want to make another version of that design in different fabrics.  I do love the fabrics in the Moda Block Party collection and I love that they make jpgs of their fabrics available for download on their website. Download them, import into my Electric Quilt program, and I can see what those actual fabrics look like in the quilt design.

blockparty  The original Diamond Formation design had all the flying geese blocks the same colors in rows across the quilt –  I mixed them up a bit more – staggering on the diagonal – and I think I like it.

 

Earlier today (well yesterday since it’s 2:30 a.m. and I’m wide awake as can be) I was able to find the background fabric to the missing butterflies in the stash so now all the HST butterflies (more like moths) are done.  I think they’ll be put in their own little project – need to wait until I finish the panel project first to see if there’s enough fabrics left over to make more butterflies.

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It bugs me that I can’t remember what I was going to do with the panel pieces but then I looked back and I had a photo of them when I was originally working on them from 2010.  I think it’s time they were finished!  So I think they’ll end up generally grouped like this

DSCN4198spread out a bit more  and just groups of maybe 2″ finished squares to fill in where needed.     Next up tho will be getting a quilt layered – the backing is pressed and waiting – but maybe I should go to bed first. ;-)