Saturday, December 28, 2013
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
I have been so busy making Christmas presents lately but I really can't show you most of them until after Christmas! I haven't worked on any of my long term WIPs (read: PoD and diamond quilt) but I do have a few small Christmas WIPs I can share though. Both are wall hangings. I have been SO in to wall hangings lately.
Monday, December 16, 2013
I spent most of the day yesterday finishing up the hand sewing on these Dresdens and then started quilting on my Innova. I am using about a yard of fabric for the background and backing so I think it will be tricky to get them to stay lined up. I am hoping by the time they are trimmed into four placemats that they are not too small!
The thread is a variegated from Superior (King Tut I think, but the label is missing). I just love how it complements all the colors in the dresden blades.
I put a fresh needle in the Innova since my daughter was experincing some thread breakage last time she used it, and the machine ran like a dream - perfect tension with a few small adjustments to the bobbin case and upper tension assembly. At one point after re-threading following bobbin winding, the thread somehow missed the upper tension assembly and caused some thread shredding., I know just by pulling on the thread at the needle end that there was a problem. I followed the thread back towards the cone and spotted the issue. I am so happy with this machine! (And proud of myself for learning how to use it!)
Friday, December 13, 2013
I hope all of you that celebrate it are having fun gearing up for the holiday! I'm hoping to work on gifts all weekend (:
Linking with Amanda Jean and Sarah!
All quilted and bound! I LOVE THIS QUILT! I hope all my fellow do. Gooders will agree the pain of piecing these little suckers was well worth the end result! I did some ribbon candy quilting on the sashing strips with little flowers in the cornerstones. The blocks were done with a simple meander. Have I mentioned lately that my Innova rocks? This is definitley another finish I am loathe to send away (sensing a pattern here? I want to keep them all!).
Posting on Celebrate Good Stitches Flickr pool to enter the annual drawing - hope I win! And linking up with Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation (http://myquiltinfatuation.blogspot.com).
Bring on the next quilt!
I finished up the quilt for my Uncle. The last thing needed was a label. I used my a "Perfect Circles" template to make the circle and then hand appliqued it to the quilt back. I am sorry to let this one go since I like it so much but it is going to a good home!
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
My first foray into the world of mug rugs (technically defined as bigger than a coaster and smaller than a placemat) has resulted in a cute little cookie and coffee mat. I used some left over Dresden blades and a wild tropical fish fabric for the back. I thought it might be done but it was looking rather plain so I added some embroidery. The little chicks are from Aneela Hoey's book "Little Stitches." So sweet! The mug rug is for a Christmas exchange at the Rochester Modern Quilt Guild meeting tonite.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
First, a few days ago, I got my first order from a store on Esty called Zipit Zippers. I'm not going to claim to be a serious critic, but let's just say, that unless I am in a REAL pinch, I may never buy zippers anywhere else. The packaging, attention to detail, hand written and ink stamped thank you's, bonus items. What a treat. Not to mention the color, quality and selection of zippers is completely dreamy. I will definitely be ordering from you again!
Sunday, December 1, 2013
I started this table runner/center piece for "J". My first curves! I borrowed used Kimberly's quick curves template and used the tutorial for 'Fun Poinsettias' from Sew Kind of Wonderful. I am going to add some kind of borders and quilt with metallic thread :)
And I made 2 churn dash blocks for Audrey at Hot Pink Quilts. First churn dash blocks though I have been thinking about making some for a long time since I love HST (half square triangles) so much. These went together fast since they are so big! They will be 15" finished
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
If you remember, my current WIPs that I posted about last month are the PoD, the diamond quilt, and an unannounced quilt that I had just finished cutting last month. My UFO challenge projects are the unannounced quilt mentioned above (due in Dec.), a Valentine's themed throw pillow - not started yet (due in Feb.), "Foxy Tumblers" quilt (due in April), and a blue quilt for my boyfriend, Shain - also not started yet (due in June). One last WIP to add to this (giant) list is a mug rug for the guild holiday party/meeting. Quite a list! Let's get started!