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!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
I am about 60% of the way to the bottom of this cute flying geese quilt. I decided on a meander for the blocks due to the plentiful seams and ribbon candy in the sashing. There are small daisies in the cornerstones. I am using Signature thread on top and Superior So Fine in the bobbin. My Innova is not fussy...great tension all the time! Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced ...http://freshlypieced.blogspot.com.
It seems just like Christmas here today with a delivery from Aurifil! I have been waiting (forever it seems) for delivery of thread samples. I am already in love with the 50 weight thread for piecing and quilting. And my Innova loves it too! Although it is expensive, the quality is there so I don't mind the price too much.
Yippeee! Four (count them) large cones! And three of them are in useful neutral colors that I am certain to use. The varigated is also beautiful! I have never used the 40 wt or 28 wt so I am happy to have samples to try before placing an order.
Thank you Aurifil!
Yesterday my new Harman XXV arrived! It is a gorgeous deep blue color and heats the studio like a charm! It arrived just in time since we are starting to feel winter here in the northeast. My studio will be a cozy haven for all things creative! We still have some insulation to finish on the west end and the interior of the barn wall (since the adjacent space is not heated). I just visited the studio with the code inspector and was pleased to note the temperature at a steady 70 degrees - just how Ilike it! I will be more impatient than usual to finish work at my day job and head to the barn this evening.
My very handy and loving husband has also started the design wall for me. I mentioned a few times how much I was missing my design wall in the house when I am at the studio. Even though we have several pressing priorities, he took the time Sunday afternoon to start the wall. It is a whopping 96"+ tall and 16 feet long! I don't often work on a project that big but I want to have the option. Now I need to get some batting to cover. I have been in touch with Quilters Dream and they can cut me a custom length so I am just trying to decide if I want to add some extra bats to the box since I will be paying the same shipping; box full or box partially full.
The design wall will be finished off with oak corner molding to further secure the batting after stapling and to cover the edges. I am going to stain the oak molding so that it will have the same pickled finish as the mop boards and floor.
We are far from finished but every task moves us a bit closer!
Stop by for visit if you are in my neighborhood :)
Monday, November 18, 2013
Saturday, November 16, 2013
First, a sweet throw pillow, 12"x16". The back is solid gray with a covered purple zipper. The case is fully lined, no raw edges! And I love, Love, LOVE binding on throw pillows!
Also, I used my new FMQ foot on all these projects, and I a decidedly better at it, yay!
You may recognize this sweet zipper bag; I've made several now from this tutorial at Crazy Mom Quilts. This pattern is really simple and turns out so nice, plus people are really impressed when they see the vinyl, like "wow, you made that?"
A shot from the back, just to show you just how matchy-matchy this set is.
I love making these little, quilted zip bags. Kimberly taught me how, although she goes the extra (LONG) mile and makes linings for hers. There are some raw edges in here, but I overcast them and they don't bother me. I mean, how fancy does a bag to shove your deodorant in really have to be?
It's kind of hard to demonstrate what this one is. Its a little slip case to put your reading glasses in. I wanted to take a picture with a pair of glasses tucked in there and peeking out the end, but I don't have any! Kimberly assures me it is the correct size. I forgot to mention: with the exception of the bag with the vinyl, NO PATTERNS WERE USED TO MAKE THESE GIFTS. I am getting to be a REAL sewer!
This is a bigger version of the zipper bag above. Roomy enough to fit a brush, hair dryer, large makeup kit, whatever. I had some cotton webbing strap laying around that I dyed purple to match.
Friday, November 15, 2013
I love my Innova!
I had fun quilting this with swirls. It is supposed to be suggestive of the ocean. I am not sure whether I met the mark but I think the end result is pleasing. I used Aurifil thread - 50 wt in a lovely aqua color. The binding is attached and ready for hand sewing. This quilt will be done in time to deliver at Christmas to my Uncle Tom, a retired navy man.
Looking forward to finishing up the east wall of my new quilting studio this weekend. We have some trim work to do and more painting. The wall needs to be done because on Monday, my new pellet stove arrives. Yay!!!! I can't wait since the temps here (in the Northeast) have been dipping below freezing.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Although busy this past weekend with a landscaping project I did have time yesterday to cut out some pieces for the next quilt. The fabric is from a collection called Nordika. I just love it! I am really looking forward to how this one comes together!
Last week I was able to spend some time working on the simply woven quilt ("My Life at Sea" is the tentative name). The quilting is FMQ swirls. I am about 2/3 of the way to the bottom. I would like to finish it up this week altho that may not happen since I have committments tonight and also tomorrow nioght (maybe Thursday?).
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
I am moving along with the 'Simply Woven' quilt destined to go live with Uncle in California. He is a retired Captain US Navy and enjoys a unique hobby operating a 'speeder' on various railroad adventures. He asked for a Navy/train related quilt. Since I am not much for 'theme quilts' or novelty fabrics I chose to interpret this very loosely and just made a quilt top in a pattern I was itching to make! To be truthful, the colors are sea related and I am going to give it a sea-related name. I was thinking of 'Restless Sea" but I want the quilt to be enjoyed tranquilly so I think a more peaceful name is in order. My current top pick is 'My Life at Sea.' We shall see if it sticks until such time as I need to make the label!
I asked for a photo of the train speeder and then worked to re-create it in a block for the back of the quilt. This will personalize the quilt for sure! I think it came out great and has just enough detail that it will be instantly recognized as the speeder. I plan to put a sparkly button in the middle of the windows since that black circle is suppposed to be a headlight. The backing is complete now that this block has been added so the quilt is ready to be loaded on the Innova after work tonite.
My goal is for him to have it by Christmas and it looks like that will happen!
November blocks follow the 'Urban Chicken' pattern and the quilter requested warm colors (orange, yellow, pink, etc). This might be the earliest time in the month that I have ever completed bee blocks! With Christmas coming, it is nice to to have this task crossed off the list.
Francesca finished the two geese blocks that she graciously agreed to make since I lacked four blocks from the bee stitchers to complete the August quilt. I am thinking they need to be sashed so I will get on that and try to move that project forward.