Sunday, January 11, 2015

Second Finish 2015

 I completed my Under the Stars quilt today. I used the Squared Spiral pantograph. It took about 4 hours.
This quilt top has been waiting for months to be finished. I really like this panto. It is very gender-neutral. No flowers. No feathers.
I used flannel on the back. I used Linen Glide on the top and in the bobbin. The batting was Hobbs 80/20.

I still have a stack of tops waiting to be quilted. I have ordered another couple batts from Hancock's of Paducah so when those arrive, I will be ready to work on some more.

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Seriously Behind

I am seriously behind according to me. That is the only measure that matters. I finished quilting the Star Surround quilt top. I went  back to check, and I found that  I had that top on my machine all of November and December. I didn't actually finish quilting it until January 2.
I like it much better now that it is off of the frame and I am not looking at it from 6" away. I think it really is OK.
I really wanted to get a project completed during my winter break. As soon as I finished the Star Surround I went to my local hobby shop that happens to carry Kona Cotton solids. Wouldn't you know it? The color I wanted wasn't in stock. No Kona Charcoal to finish the Star Surround.

In an act of desperation, I bought a different Kona Cotton that could be used as a binding to finish off another project that has been sitting for months, waiting for binding. I found Kona Coffee which is the perfect color to  bind my Great Granny Square quilt.

I know it looks black in the photos, but it really is a dark brown. This saved me from not being able to say that I finished anything during the holiday break.

Back to work tomorrow. I have loaded my next long arm quilting project on Lucey, so when I have a little time to get back to quilting, I will be able to get to it. Next up is Under the Stars.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Update

I had another good sewing day. Yesterday was commencement, so all of my semester work is done. Yeah.

Star Surround is still on the long arm. I apparently lost concentration. I had tear out some circles when I went down the wrong path. Oops.

It is coming along, but I have almost run out of my magnetic bobbins. I need to get more in order to get this project finished.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Long Arming the Star Surround

Students love to procrastinate. Today is the last day for them to submit work for the semester. I was all caught up as of 10 am, so anything that is submitted now can freaking wait. Procrastination on their part does not make an emergency on my part.

I spent most of the day at the long arm working on Star Surround.
I am working my way across the whole quilt so I remain consistent. These blocks are huge. I have to roll the quilt back and forth in order to quilt SID around the edge of the block.
I spend a lot of time thinking and thinking. I don't want to quilt something that I will just end up ripping out. I am second guessing my choice of thread, but I am NOT ripping it out.

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

2014 Designer Mystery BOM

I had some blissful time to sew today. This happens all too seldom lately. I finished block #6 of the 2014 Designer Mystery BOM. Just in time...I have received the email announcing that #7 is on its way.
Here are all six blocks arranged on my design wall.
I know I say this every time, but I really love this fabric.

Linking up with BOM's Away Monday (button on right).

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Rabbit, Rabbit!

December 1st. I can't believe all of the Cyber Monday emails I am getting. Thanksgiving was great. Little Missy loved her apron and had a great time making the gingerbread house. She also loved the Lori Holt Row Along quilt that was on her bed. I gifted it to her and added that to the label on the back. She took it home with her, all folded up inside the matching pillowcase. They drove back to Michigan yesterday.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Weekend Sewing Accomplishment

I confess. I used sewing as a means of avoidance. I just couldn't face grading student work, so I avoided it and spent some time sewing. Little Missy is coming from Michigan to Kentucky for Thanksgiving. I wanted to get a couple things ready before she comes.

First, I made a pillowcase to go with my Lori Holt Row Along Quilt.
I bought some white flannel and used leftovers from this scrappy quilt. I used the tutorial found here. Little Missy is coming for Thanksgiving Weekend, so I wanted to have something special waiting for her.

One special event we have planned for Thanksgiving Weekend is to make a gingerbread house. Little Missy is really looking forward to it. We did this last year and she is really looking forward to doing this again. I made a reversible apron for her to wear when we make our gingerbread house.

I don't have a pattern for it. I just made it up. I found two dishtowels at my local craft store and made them into a reversible apron.
I made this into a very adjustable apron.
The ties can be adjusted as desired and then tied. This apron will grow with her.
Here is the back side. I wanted to find a less holidayish fabric, but at this time of year, this is the best I could do. I guess I'll just have to make a different one for Little Missy to use at other times of the year.

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