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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Craftsy 2012 BOM Quilt Top finished!

I have signed up for Leah Day's FMQ class on Craftsy, which shows specifically how she quilted this.  Can't wait to start!   But want to make husband's wool shirt first.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Craftsy 2012 BOM

I am so happy to be starting this fun project!  I have also signed up for Leah's class to quilt it!

I am using Kaufman Kona Snow for the background, and batiks from my stash for the blocks.

January: Wonky Pound Sign

January: Asterisk
February: Balkan Puzzle
February: Chunky Chevron

March: String Block
March: Broken Spiderweb

April: Hexagon Stripe

April: Sunny with a Chance of Hex
May: Modern Log Cabin

May: Wonky Log Cabin

June: Greek Cross

June: Octagon
July: Traditional Dresden Plate

July: Modern Dresden Wheel
August: Double Star

August: Ohio Star
October: Circle of Geese

October: Friendship Circle

Pillow shams

Shams on quilt

50 Fabulous Stars Pillow Shams

I made two identical pillow shams to go with my quilt.  Here is a photo of the back of the quilting before I added the back of the sham.

Here is one of the finished shams.

50 Fabulous Stars Quilt with Border

I have added a 6" border in QAYG.   The quilting is a sampler, with the design changing every 12" or so.  I will post some close ups of that.

Friday, November 30, 2012

50 Fabulous Paper Pieced Stars Update

Well, I thought this was finished.  It was bound, washed and on on my bed!  Then I realized that it didn't come down to cover the side boards on our bed.  I don't know what I was thinking of...  I was focused on having 7 x 7 blocks, for a total of 49.   7 x 12" is 84," right? 

I know how big my bed is, and it did not occur to me until yesterday that I should have made more stars, or added a border, since I really need 96."

So the other day I went to buy some fabric to make a border.  It will be 6" wide and green.  It will be quilted and then added in QAYG.  I am kind of excited about trying this, having read about several ways of doing it.  And I can practice some border busting designs!!!

Luckily I had enough backing and sashing fabric left, although  I had to piece it.  I don't mind this a bit, in fact, I like being able to use what I have.  Plus, I could get no more of these if I wanted to...


So, I am not done.  Here is the border fabric.

Today is my birthday, and we just got back from lunch and a movie.  I am ready to get cracking on my new UFO !!

I would like to get this done quickly, as I want to make a Victorian outfit to wear to the Dickens Faire in San Francisco next month.  I haven't sewn garments in quite a while, so I want to take my time with it.

Place Mats are Finished

These were a lot of fun to make.  I did the straight line stitching with the Dual Feed Foot on my Janome Horizon.  I resisted the urge to quilt them to death!

Thanks again to Lisa at Shiner's View for her great tutorial!

Toy Hauler Place Mats

I made these place mats a few months ago for our Toy Hauler.  I have fabric left over to make some napkins.  I made these at the last minute, just before leaving for the Antique Motorcycle Run in Death Valley. 

Bread Bag

We love pistachios, and the ones we buy at our local Grocery Outlet come in these nice heavy cotton cloth bags.  I can't bear to throw them out, so I have been saving them.   I finally thought of something to make from them!

A few months ago I asked for a bread machine on Free Cycle, and I got one!  It works perfectly, and I have been making wonderful whole wheat bread all the time ever since. 

I have found that the bread doesn't like plastic bags, and does best wrapped in a dish towel.   So, I took apart two of the pistachio bags and combined them to make a bread bag! 

I also tried the Overcasting Stitch on my Janome Horizon to stitch the bag, which works great!  I have had the machine for close to two years, and have not used any of the specialty feet.   I have resolved to go through the book and try each one.

Anyway, here are some pics of my Pistachio Bread bags.  I plan to make a baguette bag as well, by sewing two of the bags end to end.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Place mats update

Quilting Practice Squares

Last night I put my most presentable practice squares up on my design wall just to see what they would look like.

The grouping kind of looks like a modern quilt! There are some in the drawer that I didn't put up because they were either my very first ones or I quilted over them several times or have some other unsightly defect.

Since they are all different shapes and sizes it might be fun to try to assemble them in an asymmetrical fashion!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

50 Fabulous Stars Quilt is Done!

I finished the binding today, and am putting on the label.  I have named it "Underneath the Stars"

Place Mats

Here are some fabrics I am auditioning for some place mats. I first saw a great tutorial for these over on Lisa's blog, Shiner's View.  I want to make these for my girlfriend, who already has made herself napkins with the green batik.   She also made some purple batik ones.

The green batik is her own leftover that she gave me, and the purple is one one from my stash that I think will match.  I think it will be really fun to give her these place mats with her own fabric in them!

The ivory background is linen.  I just remembered I had this!  It is cut from antique linen sheets I inherited from my grandmother.  I had used two of them to make our bedroom curtains, and the sheets were so long that I had to cut off 30" at the bottom of each.  Consequently I have more than enough to make 6 placemats.

Knowing Cherie, she will say, "Yikes, white!  These will get dirty!"   I made her two quilted pot holders some time ago and she refuses to use them!

Quilt Along #41 - Invasion of the Pods

I didn't have an actual quilt I could put this on, so I made it sample square. This was really fun. I used Paisley, Bed of Roses and stippling. 

Right after I did this, I read about using the plastic see through round quilting foot that came with my Janome Horizon.  It has guide lines on it, and is made to use for echo quilting!!   I plan to try it soon and post a comparison photo.  Echoing is not my strong suit, and the further apart the lines, the harder it is for me.

I think a bigger test piece would've shown up to pattern better but this did give me an idea of how to stitch it.

Friday, November 23, 2012

50 Fab Stars Quilt is almost done!

I finished assembling the sections last night, and right now I'm working on the binding.

I am so glad it's done and already have my next projects lined up!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Basic Swirl

Angela Walters' book, "Free Motion Quilting," arrived today from Amazon and I'm thrilled.  I opened the book to take a look and started drawing the first design on my new small dry erase board.  I found it very hard to draw, but when I made a practice sandwich and started to quilt it, it came together almost right away!  This is the first time I have "gotten it" with regard to changing directions with swirls.  Yay!  Not perfection by any means, but definitely progress.

Small dry erase board

I usually practice my designs on paper in a sketch notebook but this is a cool idea too

River Path on Section 3 of my "50 Fab Stars Quilt

Only one more to go!  These paper pieced blocks have been quite a challenge to quilt on a large scale, because of the busy patterns and colors as well as the thick seams.  But, once it is all together and washed, I am sure it will look great!

Another thing I realized last night was the importance of the batting.  I used a thin cotton batting from Joann's on this, which my Janome Horizon does not like very well.  I pulled out some old practice squares made with Warm and Natural or with Quilter's Dream Poly Select and stitched a bit on these, and my quilting was much better.

I am so glad I recently ordered 3 king size packs of Quilter's Dream Poly Select from Fabric Depot, at 30% off !!   I also orded the Kona Snow to get started on the Craftsy BOM with Amy.