Sunday, September 29, 2013
Thursday, September 26, 2013
I have been thinking about making a few baby quilts lately. Not because there are any babies in my future...I am too old for that! No new grandbabies either. I guess I am just looking for some smaller projects that finish quicker.
I put this together in less than a week. I am loving the colors. The solid is Kona pomegranate...so rich. And I love the houses! The fabric is called "Our Town" and is from Connecting Threads. The crummy evening lighting does not do it justice.
Maybe tomorrow I will organize some backing so I can get this one in line for some Innova longarm magic.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
I was able to find some time last night to put together my September bee blocks. The quilter asked for log cabin style blocks in pink with bright orange or yellow centers. I pretty much used up my larger pink scraps. It is a good thing I have a pink quilt planned so my scraps will be replenished soon!
I also finally received some news about the August blocks that are due. I am the quilter for August and have been waiting (forever) for two more sets of blocks. I should be receiving them soon (I hope)!
Monday, September 23, 2013
As part of the DIY adventure yesterday with Francesca, we also came up with a system for storing Red Snappers. For those of you who are not familiar with the term, Red Snappers is a pinless quilt loading system designed by Renae Haddadin. I received my set of Snappers included when I bought my Innova longarm. They are available at www.quiltsonthecorner.com and other sources.
We started with a cardboard tube that was used to ship metal rods thus it is heavy duty and very sturdy. The tube was cut to the appropriate lenghts and then one end covered with duct tape. We then wrapped the tube in a cute mustache patterned duct tape that I purchased at the local Tractor Supply store. The tape was wrapped in a spiral fashion overlapping about 1/4 to 1/2 inch. We used an extra piece of tape around the top edge folding it over to cover.
We needed tubes in three different lengths to accomodate the three different lengths of the snapper pieces.
Francesca came up with the brilliant idea to attach the tubes to the quilt frame with pipe clamps. A job made much easier with the Hitachi cordless driver (have I mentioned before how great it is to have the right tools? Thank you hubby!).
Voila! The snappers are stored in a handy place where they are also safe from any damage when not in use.
I spent some time yesterday with Francesca working on a few DIY projects since the construction foreman (hubby) is out of town on a business trip which necessarily brings construction work to a grinding halt.
First we made a pressing board for the top of my tool chest. My husband had previously cut a piece of plywood to the correct size for me. I covered it with insulated batting and then a pretty piece of batik in just the right color. The edges were neatly folded under and I used a pneumatic stapler to attach the fabric and batting to the bottom of the board. As an aside, a pneumatic stapler is a crafter's dream! It is amazing how handy it is to have an air compressor and a few tools. More about that in another post. I just love how this turned out!
Next we followed basically the same process to cover a small folding table. I think this will be so handy next to my sewing area. Most of the time there is no need for the large ironing board (mine is old and very heavy) and this table is just the right size and height for quick seam pressing near the machine. And it folds flat for storage!
I think the hardest part of this project was deciding which fabric to use!
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Here's my entry of Hogwarts Sue, all batik of course:
You can get the pattern from Fandom in Stiches if you would like to make your own :) I'm keeping hush about the pattern I'm receiving as a prize...but I'll be sure to post what I make with it!
Also, for posterity, here is the link to the post announcing this awesome, cool news: click me.
Craft on and enter contests!
I just finished up my last pair of blocks for the Sunday Morning Quilts Bee and Iam feeling a little sad that the Bee is ending. I have enjoyed the projects and the cameraderie, and I definitely made some things that I would not have otherwise.
I love my quilts from both rounds (see Scribbles quilt and Vine wallhanging pictures).
Getting my feet wet in the SMQ Bee gave me the confidence to join do. Good Stitches. I am a quilter in the Hope circle.
I would very much encourage quilters out there to participate in a Bee if you have a chance; it has been a positive experience for me.
Monday, September 16, 2013
I am needing to get caught up on my bee blocks so today I sewed up these little pieces for the Sunday Morning Quilts Bee (round 2). I think this is the last month. I have two more different blocks to make for this bee this month and also blocks for the do. Good Stitches Hope circle September quilt.
Still busy working on the studio but we are seeing progress. It is startjng to get cold so we need to think about getting the heat installed (a pellet stove is planned).
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Friday, September 13, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
pattern courtesy of sewhooked.com
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
I was in Wal*Mart the other day and found this fabric in the bargain bin for $5.00/yd. Mind you I don't often shop for fabric this way since the products they offer are not always of the highest quality. This particualr fabric though has a nice hand and compares favorably with any high quality quilting fabric. And, I LOVE IT!
I am making very good progess on the 'simply woven' quilt blocks. Only one more strip to add to each of the 25 remaining blocks and the blocks will be done! Woot woot!
This project (and others) has been on the back burner while all free time has been spent working on the new studio. Since the hubs is out of town this week, I have had a little breather and snuck in some stiching. I am contemplating a name for the quilt. It is destined to belong to my Uncle Tom, (Captain, US Navy, Ret.) He had requested a quilt with a nautical theme. Since I am not much for themed quilts I decided to just make something I like and hope he likes it too. The colors remind me of water so maybe it IS nautical! Something like High Seas? Suggestions?
I am looking forward to quilting this on my new Innova Longarm.
Monday, September 9, 2013
Check out these nifty projects I've whipped up in the past few days:
wonderful blog. You should absolutely check it out. I made my cube out of quilting cotton and used cardboard to hold it's shape. When I made another I will probably use some interfacing instead to get a sharper shape. This pattern is really great because it would be really easy to adapt to make any size box, or a rectangle, or make the sides lower and make more of a shallow box/tray. As I said before, if you wanted to make your cube more special/intricate you can use patchworked pieced for the sides, or add trim/embellishments/embroidery, etc.
I'm really proud of this next project. I saw the simplicity pattern on Amazon but I didn't want to spend $10 on it. So I looked at some pictures on google of finished organizers that other people made and drafted up my own pattern. First time I've made my own pattern! I'm so pleased with how it came out!
We were able to finish a new thread cabinet for the long arm cones and also a few arts/crafts projects. We still have lots of work to do to finish the walls and electric but hopefully we will be able to work on those things this next weekend.
this post. You can also see a nifty mirror that I found in the garage and spray painted.
Thanks for taking the tour with me!
Craft on friends!
Friday, September 6, 2013
And in the physical realm we have done SO much work on the new studio. Not to mention the addition of the new Innova long arm machine!
As far as projects go we have really honed our long arm skills and seen some wonderful projects this past year. We're looking forward to the next year!
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Yesterday was spent taking delivery of my new Innova longarm machine. I am a proud new owner of a 22" with Lightning Stitch regulator and a 12 foot Pro frame. Since I purchased a demo unit, it was partially assembled prior to delivery and it still took several hours to get it up and running. I purchased from Dan and Jennie Kerwood of At Home Quilting in Johnstown NY. The service has been outstanding!
Dan arrived on time and in good spirits despite a long drive from his shop. My husband and I helped to unload the van and the frame assembly began. It was not long before we could set the sew head on the rails and take it for a spin. There was some fussing to get the machine level since my shop is converted from a porch and has a slight slope built in (about 1" over 10'). I purchased the casters and we discovered that they can be adjusted similar to the self leveling feet that ship with the frame (thanks to my husband!).
Dan likes to talk and he spent quite a bit of time showing me some of his own quilting and giving us ideas and suggestions for free motion designs.
I purchased Panotvision as well and just as a heads up for anyone else purchasing same, there was no training on how to use the system. Dan did show us how to mount tha tablet on the sew head and that is about it. The softward for the tablet is loaded on a USB thumb drive which was bubble wrapped in the Pantovision box. If I did not look carefully at it, I might have thrown it out by mistake! Dan directed us to Renae Hadaddin's site for Panto vision videos, instruction etc.
We finally let Dan go around 6 PM.... I am sure he was glad to get back on the road. My daughter and I spent some time practising until I had to quit since it was getting late.
There will be a learning curve I know but I am confident it will not be too hard.
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Today was one of those Sundays when I sat at my sewing machine almost all day <3. A few breaks here and there but I had a very productive sewing day. I made the mini wall hanging in the previous post and also put a few hours into my favorite WIP, the PoD (Project of Doom), courtesy of Sewhooked.com. Like my Raspberry Lemonade, I'm using exclusively batik fabrics on this paper-pieced marvel. This quilt will be years in the making at the rate I'm going, but I got 3 blocks done today!
And 2 more on Monday makes 5! Another row down, 4 more to go!
Title says it all. Fun 5" paper pieced blocks. Sweet polka dots and some lovely colors. Nifty hanging sleeve. This was so fun to make and I can't wait to hang it up in my sewing room.Sewing machine block pattern courtesy of Sewhooked.com.