Saturday, September 23, 2017

Back to the grindstone ...

Oh MY!! I can not believe that it has been so long since I posted! While I have not been idle, I have not done a lot. A new machine has joined the sewing room however - A new Avante with ProStitcher!!

I have enjoyed playing with the new machine and someday I will write that I am proficient on the computer that came with it. While it has not been difficult, there is a learning curve there and there are times that I think I know what I am doing ... only to find out that I was SO very wrong (lol).

My first quilt done on the new machine was a BOM from 2011. I did it free hand and was pleased how it came out. Nice stitches, even tension - what more can a gal ask for? I was never sure that I cared for the border but once on the guest bed I have decided that I really like it.

The next one was a Birthday Present for a dear friend. These started as trial blocks and when my friend saw them - she fell in love with them. So a few trial block became a new project. This one was stitched using the computer. I was very pleased with the overall pattern.

Have you ever done a 1600 Quilt and not liked it? Me too! This QoV sat for three years because I disliked it so much. One day I got the brilliant idea to cut into it. I took my 8 x 24 inch ruler and lined the 30 degree line on one of the seams and started to slice. Then I added navy blue sashing. The hardest thing doing the sashing was trying to make sure that the stripes in the 1600 would look straight.  I was very pleased with the result and it has already been sent off.

Till next month - Quilt on!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Just trying to catch up ....

Well it is, as I have always referred to it, leaf peeping season here in New England. The colors have been very pretty but we did not have a quick cold snap to force the colors into the trees all at once. It has been a slow smattering of colors but very enjoyable. We have had a steady stream of visitors wanting to admire the colors.

I have been quilting, however, between company. Some for me and some for my friends. A friend from RI came up to visit and brought a quilt that she had started earlier this month. We decided to add a splash of texture and color to it, picked up some wonderful soft flannel for the back and a wonderful teal blender for the borders. A few weeks later, she came up and we quilted it. This was the results!! She was very happy with it.

I also have been furiously working on a Christmas present for a friend. When I was visiting her last spring, she picked out some great blue and silver metallic fabric at a local quilt store. At the time, there was a guild challenge going on which challenged the members to make a wall hanging using multiple stars. Here were my first stars. The one on the right is a 6" star with a      1 1/2 " paper pieced star in the center.

This star was the first of four 12" stars

So off to the races - I needed to finish more to finish the wall hanging. Stars were made, moved around, more stars made and then moved around again. This is what the final results were

I decided to Stitch in the ditch - which now I wished I had not. The intention was to make to stars POP - and they did - lol - just a bit too much. If I were to do another one, I would quilt it on the long arm.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Syncopated Rhythm - Quilted

I have been actually busy and this is the second post this month!! I did get the quilt done for my DS.

I have to admit that I am very pleased. I was exceedingly pleased with the stitches on the quilt. Obviously, the Voyager is back up and running and it looks as good as when it was "new to me"!!

I found a wonderful teal and brown checked flannel and used that as the backing and bound it with the fabric that I used on Border #1 and Border #3.

As for the quilting, I did a basic meander. My only disappointment is I now wish I had used a medium brown thread rather than the light tan. I chose the light tan because I wanted it to not stand out on the lights of the center - but this is a lesson learned!!  But it is not complete and is off to it's rightful home (only a few months late for his Bday!!).

Friday, July 26, 2013

Variation of a 1600 Quilt

So ... I have been busy. I participated in a guild event last winter. We did 1600 Quilts. I went off to my local Mardens (a discount "joint" is more like it that sells great fabric that is overstocked or overruns) and purchased 1/4 yard pieces of Red White and Blue. I decided early on that I would donate it to QoV.

Well the day came - I sewed ..... I sewed ..... I sewed ............  It was done!! The honest truth? I really HATED it. OK so now it is out.

It sat upstairs in the sewing room since then. I hated it so much that I could not even look at it. Then, I got the glorious idea to slice it up.

I took my long 6" wide ruler placed the 30 degree line at the top and started cutting long diagonal pieces. I next cut 2" navy blue mottled fabric strips and started sewing the quilt back together. This is what I came up with :

It was truly trickier than I had anticipated to sew the strips in. In the first few, the left to right stripes in the upper left did not match (I will eventually rip them out as redo them). I guess I was lazy and thought they would look OK if I just sewed - but that was not so. But as I progressed and I began to pin the strips in place, the visual left to right lines began to line up.

After trimming, I am thinking a small navy border and have already purchased a navy with white stars for the backing. More later on it completion!!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Back on track

Now that my dear husband has fixed the Voyager, I have been attempting to catch up. I have also started some small projects that have been waiting patiently. Lets start with the small projects. Two table Runners - one for the Christmas season on on for the fall - have been started. They need squaring up and one more border each but here is my progress.

This one is from a panel that had a preprinted wall hanging, runner and four leaves. I decided to combine the runner and leaves into this fall runner surounded but gold "Spots and Dots" fabric. I plan to add a small orange/rust border and another small "Spots and Dots" border.

On my ill fated trip to Keepsake quilting recently (I wanted to attend the yearly tent sale and got the weekends mixed up), my sweet husband found this kit in their sale room. I wanted to complete it quickly so that if there were discrepancies in the yardage, I might be able to find more fabric. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of fabric in the kit. Ample fabric to complete the project. This will be finished with a small deep red flange and a red printed border

The next project is a small lap quilt that I have played around with .This one currently has no home to go to and has been "almost done" for awhile.

It started with a half yard piece purchased at a Quilt Store that had 24 different celery and salmon colored print squares on it. I matched it up with an odd ball fabric purchased at a yard sale and a cream tone on tone. I was pleased with the outcome and put it on the machine just the other day.

I decided to expand my FMQ with a new to me pattern of swirls and was pleased with the overall quilting. Again I used a cozy flannel on the back. Now, I am now doing the old "Where did I put the fabric for the binding" trick right now. Yes it is some where in that messy sewing room. Guess I will work on more clean up.

Yes, now that the small piece was completed and I was satisfied with the stitches, I once again put my sons Birthday present back on the frame (of course his birthday was 6 months ago - lol). This is the second time it has been there. The first time was disastrous!  That was when I found out the the tension was so bad and that I could not get a consistent stitch. I kept thinking it would get better and did about three passes on the quilt - ALL of which I had to pull out.

So wish me luck! Today is the day the quilt gets quilted!!