Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fearless Free-Motion Quilting

I'm so excited and honored to write a guest blog post for Jess at Elven Garden Quilts. She starting a Giant Chevron Free Motion QAL.

Elven Garden Quilts

I shared lots of tips on getting started free-motion quilting, by setting yourself up for success.

  1. Practice samples
  2. Sewing Machine set-up
  3. Thread and Batting
  4. Ergonomics
  5. The quilt project
 Please stop by Elven Garden Quilts for a visit, let me know what you think!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Should I Re-Purpose These Quilts?

When I was a little girl, I spent my summers on Keuka Lake (one of the finger lakes of NYS). The woman that took care of me quilted two identical quilts for the bunk beds in their cottage. This was sometime in the late 1960's.

 The fabric isn't really "quilt" fabric, but it really is wonderful (I would buy this in a heartbeat if I saw it in a store). She hand quilted them. They are both 55" W x 103"L. She left them to me about 11 years ago. This was a very special person in my life, but my step-daughters and grandsons have absolutely no connection with her. I would love to use them, but I don't have any twin sized beds.

She pieced both sides of the quilt to make it wider.

Simply beautiful hand stitching.

I don't think that as quilts go, they are particularly valuable, more sentimental to me. Would it be wrong to either join them together or add fabric to them to make them bigger to fit on a larger bed?

Give me your opinions!

Linking up with A Quilt Story for Fabric Tuesday and Free Motion by the River for Linky Tuesday.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I haven't written a WIP Wednesday post in a couple of weeks, so it will be interesting to see my progress on my list of projects.

I finished my MQG/Michael Miller Fabric Challenge quilt, quite pleased with the result. You can see and read more about this quilt here.

I also started a new project, my Modern Scottish Baby quilt. You can see and read more about it here.

One of my favorite quilt shops (Quilters Corner) had a wonderful sale recently and I finally picked out some backing fabric for my Pantone Quilt 2014. You can see and read more about it here.

At my guild meeting on Sunday, we started a block exchange. Everyone created five bags of scraps, totaling at least to a fat quarter for someone else to make a block for them. We then exchanged bags. Here's the fabric from several of my fellow guild members.

Here are this week's stats:
In-process: (4)
Express Your Love
Humphrey's New Bed
Mod Ovals Quilt
Pantone Quilt 2014
New projects: (1) 
Modern Scottish Baby
IMQG Block Swap

Finished (1)
Michael Miller MQG Challenge quilt

I'm linking up with  Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!

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Monday, July 7, 2014

A Modern Scottish Design Wall Monday

I'm making pretty good progress on my Modern Scottish Baby quilt. It's going together fairly quickly and easily.

The top is done, except for some fine trimming around the reverse applique'

I like how the Thistle "tattoo" turned out. The fleece will be really tactile for baby.

I still want to trim out more of the fleece. I don't want the dark grey to show through on the front.

Now I just need to play around with some straight line quilting to make the yellow check more plaid-like.

Friday, July 4, 2014

The Modern Quilt Guild/ Michael Miller Fabric Challenge Finish - YIPPEE!!!

Fastest quilt finish I've had in the longest time. Yippee, I finished my MQG/Michael Miller Fabric Challenge quilt. And I'm pleased with the result - The Deconstructed Pinwheel!

The back

This was a fun quilt to make. The finished size is 40" x 55 1/2". I used Quilters Dream Wool batting and of course yummy three different colors of Aurifil 50wt thread.

That empty spool on my Pfaff is my fav, # 5004. Fortunately, I just order some more of it through Hawthorne Threads.

To all my U.S. peeps, Happy Independence Day! To everyone else, Happy Finished Friday!

Today, I'm linking up with TGIFF,, Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop and Finish It Up Friday

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Design Wall Monday

Last week had started designing my MQG Michael Miller challenge quilt. Not only did I finish the quilt top, I've gotten quilt a bit of the quilting done.

I think this design could be called a Deconstructed Pinwheel, a modern graphic design (at least that is my intention).
Front - Deconstructed Pinwheel

Now I have a new quilt started up on my design wall, well actually just some pieces of my next project. It too is another baby quilt. The theme is "modern Scottish".

A very simple tonal plaid

A Celtic Thistle "tattoo" The thistle is the Scottish symbol.

 Three soft yellows.

Today I'm linking up with Stitch by Stitch for Anything Goes Monday and Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Quilt Top Finish: MQG Michael Miller Challenge

Funny how a looming deadline gets you moving on a project. It motivated me to get this quilt top finished so that I can get to the fun part, FMQ!!!

The top ended up larger than I thought it would be approximately 41" x 57", a nice sized baby quilt. I used all of the fabric (plus purchasing a little extra) of the challenge fabric and I added the warm dark grey solid. The goal for this weekend is to get is basted and start quilting.

Today, I'm linking up with TGIFF, Link-A-Finish Friday, Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop and Finish It Up Friday

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