Sunday, October 29, 2017

September Sunrise

This was a great weekend. I was able to put September Sunrise on the longarm. I got it quilted, labeled, and bound.

September Sunrise was designed by Debbie Caffrey. I bought a kit from Craftsy on sale. I think it was a great deal.

I used an overall edge to edge pantograph. I used Glide thread in Sand. The batting was Quilter's Dream 70/30. We hung it behind the dining table. I am thrilled to see it.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Serendipity Finish

I finished Serendipity yesterday. It is bound and labeled. Phew!

I used Glide thread in silver. This gives the look of metallic thread without all of the problems that come with metallics.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Lady of the Lake Bound

This is actually my first finish for this year, unless you count my sewing room clock. This is the first quilt. It is a large lap size.

It was a nice sunny day to take a picture on the deck.

 I used the pantograph called Star Dance. I made a navy binding with a red flange.

I found a new pen that I love for labels. It is the Pentel Gel Roller pen for fabric. It writes really smoothly. It is much easier to write with than any other I have used on fabric.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Lady of the Lake Quilt Along Finish

What a great pattern to use in this QAL. Thanks, FQS. I have been working on blocks for the Lady of the Lake QAL.

Here are the blocks on my design wall. I have decided on this setting for the quilt.

I completed adding the setting triangles and border. This is now ready to go on the long arm.

I think it looks great with my scrappy flag pillows.

Thanks to FQS for such a great pattern for this quilt along. Thank you for letting me participate.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Serendipity Off the Frame

I finished quilting Serendipity this weekend. I took Serendipity off the frame and turned it to complete the side borders. I only pinned one side and let the quilt drape down on the other side. I just used some clips to give some tension. It was looser than usual, but it worked. Was I just being lazy, or is that how other long armers would do it?

It is now off the frame and trimmed.

Now I have to soak it to remove the blue marks and get some black fabric to make the binding. Phew. That one was a long time coming.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Lady of the Lake Quilt Along

Hey Everyone,
   Fat Quarter Shop has a great quilt along called Lady of the Lake. I remember seeing this block a long time ago, but haven't thought about it in years. It is a very traditional block. Visually, it is very striking. It is great as a scrappy project or in a planned colorway.

I chose to use my highly valued fat quarters of Indigo Crossing (Minick and Simpson) that I have been hoarding, hiding, petting, lusting over, holding for the perfect project.
Fabrics selected from Indigo Crossing

A few beiges that are being saved for another project

I am using my stash to supplement and make a patriotic red, white, and blue colorway. What fun.

As always, FQS provides the best instructions, including pressing directions. That always boggles my mind when I have to try to figure it out myself. My time has been really tight, but I had time to whip up seven blocks in one afternoon.

Seven completed blocks - 12" finished

I have all of my fabric cut and ready to go. I plan to finish the lap quilt size (18 blocks). I am looking forward to putting this out when I hang my Uncle Sam wallhanging and put out my scrappy flag pillows in the summer.

More blocks ready to sew

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017


I haven't finished any quilts this year. It is nearly September. What have I been doing? Lots of piecing. I have finished several tops, but no quilting finishes. What's the story?

The last time I blogged about Judi Madsen's Serendipity was in February here. I was so in love with this project, I couldn't wait to get it done.

Since I still work full-time, my only sewing time is on the weekend. I spend every available minute in my sewing room on weekends. I actually resent when any event intrudes on my sewing time, no matter what it is. Each weekend, I get as much done as I can, and then resume the next weekend. I just dive in and take up where I left off.

One weekend, I went at it. Pebble, pebble, pebble. Great. Doesn't this look great?

Uh oh. Look again. The previous weekend, I hadn't completed tracing the pattern onto the quilt top. I inadvertantly pebbled over areas that were supposed to be unquilted. What to do? Do I repeat the mistake in the remaining two feature blocks so it won't look like a mistake? No. These are the main part of the design of the quilt. I knew I would hate it every time I looked at it. Rip out? All those tiny stitches? I couldn't face that huge mistake and fix it. I spent several months ignoring the problem. Every time I went to my sewing room, I walked past it. I couldn't bear to spend precious time in my happy space ripping out tiny, tiny stitches.

Several times I would make myself work on it for an hour. I always ended up with a backache. The pain became another excuse to ignore it. I finally kicked myself in the butt and started working on it. I took the quilt off the frame so I could handle it better. I spent a couple of intense days picking out stitches and threads. I was so afraid that I would poke a hole in the fabric with my ripper, but I don't think I did.

 This is what the design is supposed to look like. Much better.

 I hope the holes will close up when I soak the quilt to block and remove the blue marker.

Back to work. Progress is finally being made.

I have finished the bottom border. Now it is time to turn the quilt so I can work on the sides. That's my plan for Labor Day weekend.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Zoo Nouveau Update

I am still working on the Zoo Nouveau installment for this month. I attached shisha mirrors to the bitty blocks. I am happy with that part of the project.

I have not completed the embellishments of the butterfly blocks. I am hesitant to use beads because I am not sure what will be required in subsequent blocks. I am mostly using embroidery to embellish the butterflies.
 This block is completed.
 This block needs more embroidery. I am most pleased with the butterfly body on this block.
 This block is complete. I worked on this one first. I thought the french knots on the body looked like he has the measles. I added some whip stitching. This is my least favorite of all three.

I hope the embellishments will take attention away from the terrible DSM quilting. I can't do DSM free motion quilting. That is why I bought a long arm machine. Unfortunately, this project can't be quilted on a long arm. I will persevere.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Halo Medallion Month 6

I completed the June installment of Halo Medallion.
I decided not to split the floater. It was cut 1-5/8". I didn't want to deal with splitting that into two pieces. Fingers crossed that it won't seem too big when viewing the finished quilt.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Red and Cream BOM Month 6

I completed the 6th installment of the Fig Tree Red and Cream BOM.
I have been able to keep up with my BOM's this year. I have limited the number of BOM's I participate in so I don't get overwhelmed as I have in the past.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Zoo Nouveau Butterflies

I thought I would never get these done. Phew. Each one is a bit different because I kept playing with the method. I don't do much handwork anymore. My hands just can't take it. I used machine piecing, machine applique, hand applique, and just a little bit of hand piecing.
 Don't look too closely. I am hoping that some of the embellishments will hide the differences in these blocks.

I have to say that I am really excited about making an "art" piece. I have always followed patterns closely and wouldn't allow myself any leeway. This is actually fun. I can't wait for the next instructions.

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Doll Quilt for Little Missy

This Memorial Weekend afforded me time to complete some of the projects that have been hanging around for a while. I completed the doll quilt for Little Missy. This is a miniature of the Wall Flower Quilt based on an MSQ pattern that I made for her last year. See it here. I know she will be thrilled to have this matching quilt for her doll.
I made my own template for the small flowers. 

I made a pillow that matches the backing fabric. I stuffed it with pieces of left over batting.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Sewing Room Clock

I am so excited about this. I bought the clock-works and a pattern for this clock when I was in Ireland in 2013. A couple years ago, I posted that I couldn't find the pattern in my sewing room. DH keeps telling me that I need to pull my plastic drawer sections out more often to vacuum. OK, guilty as charged. A couple of weeks ago, I pulled them out to vacuum up all of the dust and gunk that accumulates in the sewing room only to find the envelope with the pattern, directions, and clockworks. Wahoo!

Since Memorial Day is a free day in the sewing room, I celebrated by working on my clock. I didn't want to use the pattern that was included with the clock-works. I have had my eye on this paper pieced flying geese circle for a long time.

I had fun digging through my stash for the colors. I have learned, from reference to a color chart, that the color I have always called purple is actually called violet. The color chart color of purple, I have always thought was magenta. Who knew?

I love the way it looks on my wall. I can see it from my DSM or my long arm. Life is good.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Zoo Nouveau Peacock Panel

I have finished the Peacock panel for the Zoo Nouveau project. I am a bit frustrated with the instructions. There are several pieces in the pattern that are not shown in the layout. I have no idea where they are supposed to go or what colors they should be. Also, the instructions say to use gold paint on the 'garlic' shapes for added dimension. What paint? How do I do that? Not enough information provided.  I didn't do the ruffle that was included in the instructions, because it just said put in a ruffle. How do I do that? What fabric?
It isn't exactly the size that is in the directions, but it is pretty close.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Zoo Nouveau Progress

Here are some pics of my progress on Zoo Nouveau.
Feathers have been appliqued. Added the cording and additional feather 'eyes.'

I couldn't find an appropriate sized eyelash yarn. I found this one at Michael's.

Sorry for the blurry pic. This is Isaac Mizrahi yarn. I separated the black yarn from the pretty blue/purple/violet strand.

I had to change the placement of the bird and feathers. I had a huge gap, so I improvised. 

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Zoo Nouveau

I have a couple BOM projects to share. I bought the starter kit for the Zoo Nouveau project that the Quilt Show is offering this summer. I chose a color palette that I know will work in my home. Here is the base for the first part of the project.

I am working on the applique pieces. Lots of peacock feathers. More to come.

I also finished the fifth installment in the Red and Cream BOM from Fig Tree Quilts.

I am loving these blocks. Ten blocks done. I hope I can keep up so I will have another Christmas quilt for next year.

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