Monday, December 31, 2012
Instead, I got to wear my Naughty Pirate Boots to a Christmas party.
Watched the Boise State Bowl game with my husband and mom at Jack's Man Cave Garage.
Which coincidentally matches the color of the new kitchen.
He also made hummus...which also matches the paint.
Inside each square is a different free motion filler design. This includes McTavishing, Matrix, Echo Arches, Swirl, lines & pebbles and a squarish stippling. Paisleys (my favorite to do) between in the sashing.
The band at the opening are long strips with straight line quilting.
Rumor has it, however, that she has been "saving" this quilt not using it. Bad Girl. This is a utilitarian quilt made to be used. Machine wash warm and tumble dry. If you wear it out, I promise to make you a replacement.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Talked with my mom last night and she is thinking that her next international trip (she takes 2 a year) may be to return to Australia. I tried to convince her that I am well known down under (to certain blog reading quilters) and should go with her. So...when should we go? Spring or Fall?
Saturday, December 8, 2012
This is not moving as quickly as I'd like, as the head cold I am fighting is making me a little fuzzy. A half gallon of herbal tea, a couple adult beverages and a lot of sleep seems to be holding it at bay.
But on the other hand, this error (of course it was right in the CENTER of the panel) supports the theory that I'm less than 100%. I managed to knock about 10 blocks off the design wall while I was removing them to sew and it appears I'm not as clever as I think I am.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Citrus Squares quilt which was in turn a variation of Jackie's at Canton Quilt Work.
And I am still quilting away on the Hearts Infatuation.
Unfortunately, I feel a cold coming on.... may not have any progress to brag about this weekend.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
I cut strips 3" wide in yellow and misc white on white fabrics. I marked them with 3" squares and one diagonal line.
My dad used to always point out that you figure out the best way to do a project just as you are finishing up. I was pretty pleased with myself when I figured out about a quarter of the way in that I could line up several strips at a time and sew across all of them.
I know that there are people who like getting into a rhythm with piecing. I'm not one of them. I hate piecing.
Here's a hint about what the finished product will look like.
Friday, November 30, 2012
It had been a great plan. Scarlet and Gold are the colors for the US Marine Corps. By keeping the ring sections solid red (compared with a traditional Double Wedding Ring which has pieced ring sections) I thought it would look more contemporary, perfect for a young couple.
1) I could abandon the project since the event was past.
2) I could finish it and find a different recipient.
I spent Thanksgiving Weekend making "melons" to finish this quilt. It is a throw size quilt - about 58" x 68".
Now I have a fantastic flimsy that I want to use as a fundraiser quilt. The groups that I have in mind support injured/killed police & fire fighters or missing soldiers.
So quilters....how much would you pay for a chance at this quilt?
Sunday, November 25, 2012
I do have more pictures of this project on Celebrate Hand Quilting where I was soliciting suggestions for how to approach the background fill. Stop on over there if you aren't already a follower.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
In contrast, the 2 lines of stitching on the left are using the same Aurifil thread, but a Piecemakers #12 needle. Not only are they more consistent in size, but the stitch count dropped from 14 to 16 stitches per inch. (In sections without the applique, stiches with the 12 needles vary 16-18/inch)
I know it seems a bit OCD...but even stitches are worth a change in needle for me.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Normally I have a stash of needles since I'm forever losing them.
Ester's Heart's Desire. Actually, I think it's all from the same outer border. The big flowers were in the center of each side and the 3 petaled flowers were draped over the basket handle. Fill is just straight(ish) lines 3/8" apart.
I'm afraid that the correct answer is "very, very close".
Sunday, November 4, 2012
I posted about this technique on Celebrate Hand Quilting a couple weeks ago.
Unfortunately, I had used a new marking pencil that mostly brushed off during the FMQ process.
All things considered, it's turning out pretty well. And I'm starting to actually enjoy the fact that my floral motif is a little organic and not as symmetrical as it was planned.
This final photo really illustrates bad basting turning into nice quilting.