Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Big Finish!

Finally, I am done with this quilt.  I used 2 spools of 1000 yards cotton.  A huge amount of quilting!
I am really happy with how it turned out though.  This quilt is for my youngest son.  He is away at the moment but I can't wait to give him his quilt when he gets back.
The binding is made from left over blocks from the quilt.  Had to join a ton of blocks at a 45 degree angle to make a scrappy strip.  It really pops against the black border.
The corners look good too.  All in all a job well done.  A very satisfying tick on the looooong list of UFO's.  Now to pick another UFO!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Cat Love!

So, I'm quilting away and sweet kitty jumps up on the table!  Next thing I have this little face looking at me through the throat of my sewing machine.  
A couple of minutes later, zzzzzzzzzzzz.  I had to stop quilting because I could not move the fabric.  He looks so peaceful.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Some hex-ing going on!

 There is a whole bunch of basting going on!  I bought two Moda Fall Honeycomb Hexagon packs and two Soho Charm packs by Sandy Gervais.  The two work so well together from a color perspective.
I have really not decided what I am going to do with them.  Yet...!!!  Does this happen to you?  I just knew that hexagons were the way to go.  The size is 2"!  Perhaps just randomly stitched together into a throw quilt.
I have finished another five flowers for the 300 - something flowers I have to make for the Quiltmania pattern.  
I am still quilting the quilt on my previous post.  I have one and a half rows left to do.  Perhaps I will get it done today.  I am very excited to finish this.  The sampler style free motion quilting has been a success in my opinion.  I am happy with it.  
Thank you for stopping by.  I am so glad you did.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Free Motion Quilting on a Domestic Machine

I made a very modern looking quilt for my son and completed the top, basted it and got it ready for quilting.  This was probably two years ago.  I have been agonizing about the quilting.  What to do?
 I was really stumped as to how to quilt it.  I had tried hand quilting with embroidery floss - no!  I thought about using a stencil - no!  All that marking did not seem appealing to me.
A few days ago I had an epiphany!  Why not quilt it sampler style!  Be creative and quilt different designs in each colored block.  So I bit the bullet and started yesterday.  It all went swimmingly!  I got two rows completed as well as three rows of the sashing.  I started in the middle of the quilt, so the hard parts are done now.  Not so much fabric to stuff into the throat of my machine.  I am also having so much fun trying out shapes which I have not done before.  The quilt is predominantly blue and grey.  So I picked a beautiful blue thread called "French Blue" from Connecting Threads.  It is a perfect thread for the job.  The colors don't show well on the pictures and I apologize for that as I took them last night.  
On a different note, look what came in the mail yesterday.  My FAVORITE magazine next to QUILTMANIA!  Have a great day everybody!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Needle Punch

 Every now and then I get the urge to do some needle punch.  It is very meditative work.
I found a schematic diagram for a rug that I liked out of the "Primitive Projects and Quilts" Magazine.  I thought it was the perfect size for needle punch and I loved the folksy design.  It is a fairly large one as far as needle punch goes, so I have been punching, and punching and punching and punching.....
And punching.  You get the idea!  It is almost done.  I think I could get it done today.  Yay!
Have a wonderful weekend and get lots of stitching done.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Enjoying Making Hexagons!

I have been adding to the hexagons for the Not So Zen quilt.  Pictured are three new flowers and the progress on the central motif.  I have my work box at the kitchen table and when I sit down for a few minutes I pick up the hexies and make a few stitches.  Progress does happen, albeit slowly.  
Thank you for stopping by and have a good stitchy kind of a day.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

A Little Progress on my "Not So Zen" Quilt from Quiltmania Magazine!

I know that I am sooooo faaaaar from really making a dent on this quilt.  I have made a few more flowers recently and have counted 51 so far!  Thats hardly scratching the surface though.  
 I am in no hurry with this quilt and not feeling pressure to get anywhere in a hurry.  That is what makes the project pleasant.
A little fussy cutting here and there, a little stitching when I get the urge.  It will get done eventually.  I was actually surprised by how many flowers I have already.
Here is a snap shot from the Quiltmania magazine No 86 in which the pattern appears.  Just beautiful.  I am of course doing the connectors in red.  Such a rich looking quilt.  
Thank you for stopping by to visit.  I always appreciate you looking and feel free to comment.  It is what makes the whole blogging experience fun and worthwhile.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Finished Patriotic Quilt Pic as Promised!

Ta da!  Done!  I started this quilt yesterday and finished it yesterday!  Yay!  My family really like it.  They think it is bright and cheerful.  Me too!
Happy 4th of July to my American readers.  Hope you're having a great day!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A Cute Patriotic Mini Quilt

101 Fabulous Small Quilts surely lives up to it's name.  It is one of those books that gives me the crazy notion of wanting to make every quilt in the book.  Mini's are my favorite quilts to make.  The patterns in the book are so varied and there is something to suit everybody's taste.  So.... with 4th of July being so hot on our heels, I decided to make this patriotic beauty.
The boys went out to have a sport day together and so the girls decided that a sewing day was in order. I made this from my STASH!  Not a single scrap of fabric or batting was bought to make this quilt.
It is all basted and ready to quilt.  I am so looking forward to getting it done.  I am binding in solid red.  I will show you the finished product as soon as I am done.
Happy stitching and thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A Little Wallet!

In amongst all the quilt making and huge projects, it is nice sometimes to make something small.  Something that takes less than an hour to make.  This was a fun little project from the "Cash and Carry" Atkinson Pattern.  This little wallet is a shop sample and it was so much fun to make that I will be making more of them.
Hope you are having a great day.  Happy stitching!