Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Friday, May 07, 2010
So that was last week, and this is this week. I needed a new table runner in my dining room, and I wanted it to lead the eye to see the red in my kitchen over the breakfast bar. So here it is and I rather like it. I had intended on making placemats to match... and maybe napkins. But then I realize I had no more of that black! and it's from 2005 So if ANYONE knows of some of this... a yard even?? I'd love to talk to you! Thanks for visiting!
PS - I don't know why this picture displays vertically, I uploaded a horizontal picture... owell!
I saw this posted in a quilting forum I follow.. the gal said she saw it in the bathroom of a store or restaurant, I can't remember. Anyhoo, she was looking for a pattern to make it from. Well, you know the old saying... if you want it done right, do it yourself... so I made a pattern and then used fabrics to match my bathroom colors. Yes, I know, if I ever change the colors or paint, I'll have to make a new one - DARN! LOL.. I had fun making it, and people get a laugh out of it... but does anyone get the MESSAGE?? I wonder...
Saturday, May 01, 2010
It's been a couple frustrating weeks... Just as I was about to finish quilting my step daughter's quilt, the illustrious Mega Quilter developed an "issue". It again began breaking thread. It ravels the thread up the needle until it breaks. I have tried everything I can think of, have talked with my long arm mentor online who had wonderful tips and ideas but so far, no luck in fixing the problem. I NEED to get this worked out and be able to quilt PAIN FREE! Oh, and it also began skipping stitches when Im going from right to left... not so much if I slow down, but still skipped a couple times. Hhere are some pics!
I have NO idea what to try next...
I have NO idea what to try next...
Thursday, April 15, 2010
2 of my friends and I had a block exchange like the one I had farther below resulting in the 9patch quilt. THIS time, we managed to complete the 12 blocks for all in less than 2 months! Amazing. (Actually what's amazing is that 2 out of the 3 are unemployed, and the employed person got her blocks done first! LOL) Anyway, here are a couple of the blocks. The idea was... all color blocks were to be Batik's. We assigned colors to each of us, 4 colors each, so there were no dupes. And we agreed on the light color to be the same common thread thru each block, it was a mottled cream.
Now we each have to find our own way of finishing them. I did the black block between LAST time, so I'm looking for something different this time. Maybe a sashing... maybe turning them on point, or both... ?
Sunday, April 11, 2010
I was rearranging furniture a couple weeks ago, and I had to move my cat's food. So in an apologetic offer, I bought her new feeding dishes, and gave her one of the place-mats I had quilted for the dogs... I know... I know... it's for the DOGS. So a couple days ago I got some cute cat fabric, and cut it out. This morning, at 5am.. I quilted it and bound it and POOF! she has her own place-mat now!
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Finished this throw for my step daughter. Funny story behind it... While Christmas shopping for her, I found this set of -what I THOUGHT was flannel sheets... When she opened them, it turns out I didn't read very well, it was a set of receiving blankets... yes, for babies. She had NO need of those for sure! So I said... here, give them back to me and I'll cut them up and sew them back together and make a throw for you... (not even sure how big these are, and how big the final result will be!).. But here it is, and fortunately I had a large piece of pink flannel to use as the backing. I think it came out cute! Pinks and browns, very nice.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Sharon asked me to quilt this quilt for her. It's a gift for her daughter's wedding anniversary. It's so gorgeous I had trouble parting with it! Altho it was quite a challenge, quilting it in the ditch, given the pattern involved... but I got it done, and she loved it. I also wore out my walking foot in the middle of it, never did that before, but I have a new one now... Happy Trails...
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Ok, I started this quilt, hmmm 2-1/2 years ago? with a couple ladies I worked with. We formed our own 9 Patch Block Exchange. We chose a color palette of BOLD COLORS - that was it.. primary, secondary, even tertiary colors.. the only other rule was that we had to use a White-on-white for the alternate squares in each 9 patch. That way, they would all have something in common... so I finished the Quilt Top over a year ago... picked out the backing.. even bought the batting. The hold up, was the quilting of it. I had bought a Mega Quilter and thought of using it but every time I tried, I ran into some problem. Well finally, I ironed out all the problems, and last week... I QUILTED THE 9 PATCH!! YAY!!! It felt so good to see it come off the quilter! Here is a picture or two of it... on to the binding and it'll be complete!!
Friday, March 05, 2010
Wow! A lot has happened since that last post. I can see that I need to try harder to post regularly so that is what I'll aim for! Last year I was working with Star thread on the Mega Quilter and have since moved on to Coats Cotton or Signature. I have found these to not break in the machine. I also have found every machine is very picky about the bobbin you use! WOW... really picky. I've leveled the floor, made marks on the floor so I can tell when it's been moved and can easily put it back in the spot where I know it's level! I have also quilted a few quilts since then! Stay tuned and I'll put some pics up this year as I go along.
Here's my last one, finished last weekend for my step-son Erik. His favorite color is green.. can you tell? I laid it out on my bed for the picture, as it's a Queen size quilt and we have a King size bed, so I knew most of it would show in the photo. The border and binding don't show very well, though. The border is a marble black with a cute grey binding. Maybe I'll get a close up one day. The quilting is a pattern I call Loop-dee-Loo - not rocket science but I like it. I also snuck in a couple "where's Waldo" things on him; I quilted his name in there twice and one heart. The name I showed in the blue photo, that's the backing but by flipping the picture horizontally I was able to post it with his name showing in the correct orientation so you can read it. I used an archival ink pen to document the date and my name, instead of what I think would be an unsightly label. (JMHO)