Saturday, May 19, 2018

Continuing Quilting Adventure

This week I tried three new quilting motifs on my daughter's quilt.  Come see!

I love watching Craftsy classes about free motion quilting and, of course, all the videos I can find on Youtube as well.  One of the things I learned is when you can't decide what to quilt, let the fabric tell you what to do.  So for this first motif, that is exactly what I did!  Here is the fabric without quilting.

I decided to just follow the squiggles and quilt on either side of them.  I chose to use coral thread on the top and as I mentioned last time, the bobbin thread is always going to be periwinkle.  So here is what it looks like afterwards.  I'm a little shaky about staying on the line but mostly because I went too fast.  If I had slowed down a bit I'd probably have been more accurate.

And here is the back . . .

I did the same thing with the next fabric.  I followed the outlines on each circle, so basically, really large pebbles.

I thought about doing spokes on each of the circles like this with a little swirl in the center but didn't really like how it looked.  My first try was messy so I didn't want to keep doing them.  I continued on just doing the outside of the circles.

Back side  .  .  .

Next up I wanted to try the motif taught by Angela Walters in her Craftsy Class  called Borders and Backgrounds.  This motif is called Wavy Wavy.  Here is her sample from the video . . . very beginner friendly

The next fabric I chose to quilt is this coral color.  Coral thread on top, periwinkle in the bobbin. 

One thing I learned from this fabric is that when the thread matches exactly, it is really hard to quilt with because it's very hard to see.  I couldn't see where I had already quilted and had to resort to turning off the lights and trying to have some light shining from the side in order to see the places I had been.  I think in the future, I will probably use a more neutral colored thread when there are multiple colors involved.  I will also NOT use polyester batting like I did this time.  I just doesn't seem to give the quilting as much texture and feels flat to me.

Another thing I am learning is to have a better plan for the path I am going to take.  I had to do a lot of back tracking and when you don't follow the original path exactly, it doesn't look very good on the back.  Either that, or stop and cut the thread more often.

I am looking forward to the rest of the fabrics because it will be much easier to see what I am doing and I am going to try some motif's that are perhaps a little more challenging.

I sewed another 2018 Rainbow Scrap Challenge block this week.  The color is pink this month and I added a pink Migrating Geese block to my collection!

Here are all my Migrating Geese blocks that I have collected so far . . .
I think the pink one kind of sticks out a bit.  It needs some red and red violet to blend it in better.  We'll see what the future RSC colors turn out to be!

Great big THANK YOU'S to those of you who are have sent and are sending me fabrics with black backgrounds for an ongoing project I am working on.  It will be fun to see what comes in my mailbox!

I am seeing so many fun Quilt Alongs lately that I can't make up my mind which ones I want to do.  For now, I think I'll keep plugging away on my UFO's.  Ashley's quilt is getting closer to a finish and I'm excited to actually have another finish.

What QAL's are you jumping on board with?

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Quilting Ashley's Quilt

Let me share with you the adventure of the periwinkle quilt!  Sometimes we just have the urge to want to own pretty fabric when we see it.  We don't know what we'll do with it but we know it will make something pretty someday.  So this purchase was the result of an urge like that.

When I showed my daughter my newfound acquisition, she REALLY liked it (her current favorite color is periwinkle).  So I said I'd make her a quilt using it.  Of course, that meant going back to the store for more fabric.  (Oh darn)

I chose to use the pattern called 
The Betty Quilt by Erica Jackman at Kitchen Table Quilting

Here's an in progress shot . . . 

And here's the finished top before trimming. 

My plan is to quilt each fabric in a different quilting motif and stitch in the ditch around every piece so the back will still kind of retain that woven look the front has.  I still consider myself a newbie when it comes to free motion quilting.  It takes me so long just to get a quilt to finished that I forget all the fmq practicing I have done and have to learn all over again!  So I do some practicing on scrap fabrics before I do it on the quilt.   The first color I quilted was the periwinkle polka dot.  I attempted using the pattern taught by Angela Walters on YouTube called The Incredible Swirl . 

  My swirls don't look anything like hers, and I can see every little thing I did wrong, but you know what?  It doesn't matter at all.  Ashley loves it!  

And here is what it looks like on the back.

The next strip I quilted was one of the lighter colored one and I decided to keep it simple with that one.  All I did was quilt diagonal straight lines following the pattern on the fabric as a guide.  I thought about going back and doing diagonals in the other direction to create a grid, but I kind of like this look.

Next up is the coral polka dot.   I decided to try a pattern from Lori Kennedy at the Inbox Jaunt.  This is from her Craftsy video entitled Creative Free Motion Techniques From Doodle to Design.   This particular motif is called Faye's Flower.  

The coral thread I chose matches so perfectly it's kind of hard to see the design.  Oh, by the way, I decided to always use periwinkle thread on the bobbin and whatever thread matches best on the fabric strip I'm working on for the top.  I see a few problems with that method when my tension isn't just right but I keep a close eye on my tension and adjust it if I see thread showing through from the other side. 

Here is what Faye's Flower looks like on the back . . .

So that is my quilting adventure so far with Ashley's quilt.  Stay tuned for further episodes!   I'm looking for some new motif's to try out  What are your favorites?  

This week I also "baked a cake" for Velda who is the queen bee for the Stash Bee I belong to.  Here is Velda's Strawberry Shortcake!  Yum!!

Also, this month's color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is pink and rose.  So here is my first block to meet that challenge.  Cute house block is a free Craftsy pattern designed by Sandra at Mmm! Quilts!

And my collection of houses so far . . .

And last but not least, I started another project to help use up my scraps but after I got into it, I realized that I really didn't have as many of the type of scraps I need as I thought I did.  Phooey!  But since the whole point was to use up my stash, I refuse to go out and buy fabric for this project.  That is where you come in!  I am hoping I can do a scrap trade with some of you.  I promise I will send you back as much or MORE than you send me.  

What are you collecting?  

I am looking for anything with a black or dark navy background.  

Here's a picture of a pile of my scraps so far.  I'm needing strings that are at least 5 inches long and width from 1 to 2 1/2 inches.  They can be much longer than that but the minimum is 5.  So what do you say?  Anybody out there wanna do some trading?  I'm in the market!  
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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Have you Ever Seen Ruching on a Quilt?

Yes? No?  Well, I'm going to show you some!   I learned about this today when my quilting friend Sarah came over to show me one of the projects she is working on and has been for years!  Check out the center of these flowers.

And a closeup view.  She said it does get rather lumpy so it would have to be a quilt that would always be used on top of a bed and not really for cuddling.  I have GOT to find out if Sarah has any more of that little lamb fabric.  

The ruching is a long strip of fabric sewn and gathered and then rolled up like a cinnamon roll to make the floral center.  I'm not sure exactly how its done and in doing a search online, I didn't come across anything exactly like this.   I think this was a technique used in the 1990's?  Maybe some of you will remember.  She has enough of these blocks to make a king size quilt and there are no repeats of fabrics on any of these flowers.  Ready for sashing!

Sarah gifted me some wildlife chunks of fabric and I was hoping I could solicit ideas for how to go about using these in a lap quilt.

I met Sarah through my husband of all things.  He recently built a house for her and her husband.  And believe it or not, he is in the process of getting ready to build houses for a longarmer and her mother who are moving to the area.  She and her mother are both avid quilters.  Who would have guessed that having a builder for a husband would gain me new quilting buddies!  I've already asked them both if they want to join a quilting group that I want to get started.  So now I've already got three interested ladies just because I married a builder!  Ha! Ha!

I finally did it!  I put out a call for interest in joining a local quilt group for anyone that lives in my area.  I am going to have the first meeting at my home and we will use that time to get to know each other and decide what kind of group activities we want to do.

This isn't exactly what our group is going to be like but isn't that a fun picture?

Soooo!  Once again, I am hoping my online quilting "group" (that's anybody who stops by and reads my blog now and then) would do me the honor of sharing ideas with me.   For those of you who have been in a quilting group or guild, what are some of your favorite activities that your group does?  Or what do you wish they would do?  I am wanting a big list of ideas to take to our first meeting so we can all decide which things we would like to do.  Even if you don't belong to a group, if you have an idea for a fun activity, please share!   I am sure I will be sharing the fun things we do together and hopefully you might get some inspiration now and then.

And last but not least for today's post, I made another yellow block for this year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  A migrating geese block to add to my collection!

Ok, tomorrow is piecing the back for Ashley's quilt using THIS lovely fabric

 and hopefully getting it basted and ready to quilt!  So excited!

Don't forget to share with me a fun idea for a quilt group.  😉

I hope you have a fun weekend of quilting ahead of you!

Linking to:
Crazy Mom Quilts
Busy Hands Quilts
Can I get a Whoop Whoop?
Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2018

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Two Year Bloggiversary and Lifetime Finish #14

I actually missed it!  My very first blog post was April 17, 2016.  Hurray for two years!  Time really does fly when you are having fun and I DEFINITELY am.

OK, enough of that.  Today is really about my latest finish.  I love it so much!

Presenting Sweet Dreams which will be a gift for my youngest granddaughter who is turning one year old on May 31.  I actually got it done early!  Isn't this porch so purty!  I've been eyeing this place for a while.  It is on my way to work and I thought would be a perfect place to take pictures so today, on my way home,  I got up the nerve to knock on the door and ask if I could take pictures of my quilt near her tulips and on her porch.  She said "Of course!"  Country people are so nice!

So the top of this quilt went together super fast but of course, when that was all done I had no clue how to quilt it.  I knew I wanted to do feathers in the border, but the rest of it had no idea.  Here's a view from the backside . . .
One thing I did learn was not to make the curves too close to the edges.  Keep them closer to the middle.  I ended up with some pretty large feathers because of the spine being too close to one side but overall I think it looks ok.  I'm still learning and improving so that's good.

 I happened to be commenting on one of Tish's posts (Tish's Adventures in Wonderland) and we got into a conversation about this quilting dilemma and the next thing I know she's designed a quilting motif for me and get this!  She even sent me video's of her drawing the path to take without having to break thread.  Tish you are amazing!  She is right in the middle of mentoring New Quilt Bloggers, designing a mystery QAL and not to mention all of her own quilting projects and UFO's and she takes time to help me.  I was amazed at her generosity in sharing her time with me.  Thank you Tish!

She said she got the inspiration for this particular motif from Susan at Quilt Fabrication so thank you too, Susan.  You helped me and you didn't even know it!

Here's a closeup of the shapes in the gingham squares.  They kind of turned out looking like hearts.

This was the first use of my labels that I had printed, but even though it says "Handmade with love", the Janice Holton part sounds pretty impersonal for my own granddaughter so I'll probably embroider  something a little more personal with the year on it somewhere.  I should have thought of that before I finished it.

In between taking breaks from sewing on the binding, I entertained myself by making another house block for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  This month the color is yellow so here's my happy yellow house.  Designed my Sandra at Mmm Quilts!

This week was a very soul satisfying week in the creative department.  
I am finally learning how to FINISH!  
Robin, my BQF, aren't you so proud of me?  

Next project is quilting Ashley's quilt!

Oh, by the way!  I want to thank each and every one of you who have responded in the comments when I ask for help and advice.  I LOVE THAT!!  You say things that I would never have thought of and I always learn something so please keep it up.  This is my favorite thing about blogging and it is how I learn every time I do a new project.  So thank you!
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Friday, April 20, 2018

Sweet Dreams

I absolutely fell in love with this very girly, very feminine baby quilt and immediately had to make it for my granddaughter.   It is a kit called Sweet Dreams from Shabby Fabrics.   Besides being so girly, one of the other things I love about it was that it came complete with fabric for the binding AND the backing

I am amazed at how fast it is coming together.  I started it last weekend and  might get it totally quilted and bound this weekend.  I'm so excited about that!  I am actually FINISHING stuff!  And I'm proud to say the first thing I made before I stitched anything else was the binding.  Who is it that has taken possession of my body?  So unlike me!  Isn't this red gingham just perfect?

I had some super wonderful help in the decision making about how to quilt it but I'll tell you all about that on the "finish" post.  So far, I've quilted the strips with the gingham 9 patches and floral squares.  Just the in between strips and the borders left to quilt.

I took a scrap of the leftover fabric and practiced quilting feathers on it.  I was a little rusty on the scrap practice . . .

so I decided I'd better practice some more on paper.

I think I'm going to go for it.  So hopefully this weekend, I'll finish the quilting and enjoy hand sewing on the binding.

So now that this Sweet Dreams quilt is almost done, I need to make another one for sister!  Her favorite color is purple and mom would like one very similar in style to Sweet Dreams.   But wouldn't you know it, purple floral fabric in this traditional style is EXTREMELY hard to find!  I could find the purple gingham with no trouble but the floral is elusive.  My daughter-in-law and I were searching for fabric and of everything we found this is her favorite one but it was sold out.   So I am hoping someone with a big stash might be willing to sell me or trade with me if they have anything remotely resembling the two fabrics shown below.  If you know anybody that might have something, please please send them my direction!

What is your favorite online fabric store?

 Last but not least,  I have decided I do enjoy quilting on my Bernina, but I do not enjoy doing a large quilt or even a lap size quilt on my machine.  I don't like the wrestling!  I am going to start saving my pennies for a sit-down long arm machine.  So dear quilting friends, I know some of you have these machines or know someone who has one.  Can I get some feedback about what you like or dislike about your particular machine?  I'm drawn to the Tin Lizzie, Juki, and HQ Sweet 16.   Any other ideas?

I'm off to do some feathers!  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Linking to:

Busy Hands Quilting
Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop
UFO Busting #16