Monday, November 24, 2014

Biggs Catch Up

I've been sidetracked by other projects.  This weekend I did finish the center of the September block.
Did the center of the weird October block.  It was, however fun using the large prints with a bit of fussy cutting to highlight designs.
And I got started on the November Block.
I swore that I wouldn't wait and do the corner applique on multiple blocks again.  Guess I was wrong.

My task for today, however, is to get started on the quilting of this quilt as the wedding is now only 3 weeks away.

Monday, November 17, 2014


I've been distracted from quilting.  I spent the past couple weeks re-doing this chair as a gift for a friend.  A Wine Thrown for her to sit on while in the Man Cave.  Oh, and I discovered that a winery a couple miles from my house sells wine "growlers", refillable containers with wine on tap.  Life is good.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


The needle turn applique is finished except for some circle details on the ends of the sword handles.  
I will be adding panels left and right of this center panel.  Then it's on to drawing out the quilting ideas I have to scale.  I have about 4 variations in mind, none of which seem to work now that the lettering is done.  Sigh.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Quick Update

I am nearly done with the fussy part of this applique.  Five more feathers and a banner below the shield and I can move on to the lettering.

This project has been made far more difficult by my decision to use a black background, preventing me from using my usual techniques and relying on ones that are annoying and take more time. My goal on this section was to create as much contrast as possible with a grey logo.  Up close, I don't like a lot of the color details, but the result is the contrast I was looking for.  And the good news is that of all the things that I considered re-doing, I don't mind terribly at this distance, so I'm leaving them for character.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Logo Quilt

The background fabric arrived.  After washing it, I pressed some registration marks (centers both ways and another line 14" up from center), then I hand basted those lines in light thread.  For the wings, I decided to try some "front basting".  I copied the design onto template practice with marker, then used that with a "light box" (dining room window) to trace the feathers on to the front of the fabric using pencil. I then trimmed that to a reasonable size.  This is me positioning that onto the background using the plastic template.

I basted on the pencil line then trimmed.  The feathers will be slightly further apart than the original, even with the narrowest seam allowance I could muster.

I will be machine quilting this quilt.  I was testing some concepts on some practice panels.

The organization is comprised of police, fire fighters and emergency response.

My FMQ is getting better.  Trying a couple variations of filled logo vs open logo with filled background was informative.

There are still about 3 different variations of background designs I'm sorting through in my head.  Once the applique is finished, I think it will be easier to determine which will work best since the issue is largely a matter of scale.

Sunday, September 28, 2014


I am absolutely in love with my newest project.  

It is the shield  portion of the logo for our motorcycle club.  I have been planning this for about 2 years, with the outline taped behind my sewing machine for over a year. 

The scale on this is pretty small so the boar was pretty fussy to stitch.  And since it blended into the background, I also had to add a row of dark grey embroidery to make it pop.  The other tusk, mouth, cheek and ear will be quilted following the pencil lines there.  

I have absolutely loved this part of the project. 

So now I am moving on to the hate part of the post.   Because I am putting this on a black background, I am not going to be able to do my usual back basting technique.  I've tried dozens of marking pens and pencils on black and have not found one yet that holds up for the job.  

So I am doing freezer paper w/ starch method.  Which I find extremely tedious and time consuming. 

Oh well.  I have time.  Since the club requires American Made motorcycles, I thought it was the perfect excuse to try the new American Made Fabric line.  Unfortunately, it's not carried by any of my LQS, so it's on order from The Fat Quarter Shop. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


I can't seem to finish anything lately. Here is 1/2 finished center of my newest applique project.
And half of the September Benjamin Biggs block.

Plus this scrap quilt that is nearly half quilted.

On the bright side, my "Nadine" quilt has a new owner.  "Papa Stumpy" just had heart bypass surgery and I thought he needed a constant hug.  The challenge is convincing him it's a quilt to use, not one just for looks.

This weekend is supposed to be cool and 50% chance of rain.
 Looks like quilting season kick-off weekend for me.