Sunday, February 15, 2015
My friend Angi made this fun one. It was 41x51 (if I remember correctly) and she asked for modern quilting. I tried to keep this on the lower end of my pricing chart, so I stayed away from rulers, SID, and any type of marking. It was really a fun one to do. Here is a close up:
Thursday, February 12, 2015
This was really a fun little project to do. It's another little table runner made by Christina and I felt like doing swirls. I have instructed her to do the SID between the little white border and the body of the piece - that's so I didn't have to add my ruler plate and change threads, etc.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
My daughter made this table runner a long, long time ago, and I just unearthed it from the 'to be quilted' stack. I have been waiting for the right piece to do straight line quilting. I wish I had electric channel locks, but I put in a few extra steps by walking around the machine to place the grips on the wheels for the poor man's version of channel locks. Then I realized I could just stitch it from the same side as the grips! Ha!
Monday, February 9, 2015
Well this is not quilting related, but I thought I would post a follow up to a post I wrote a year or so ago. The post was about my wicker chairs and what can I do to repair them.
Fast-forward one or two years and this is the result I finally did it! I am really really pleased with the outcome. I just used furniture wood stain. That is it. I cannot believe that there are no other posts about how to repair wicker chairs on the Internet and trust me I did a lot of research.
Closeup of un-repaired chair.
Not one article mentioned furniture wood stain. Pier 1 had no suggestions for me On these particular chairs I used cherry.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
I am an over-analyzer. I don't want to be. I know there are advantages to all that research. I probably get better prices on airfare and hotels than most. Maybe my appliances last longer, too, because I buy a better made version. Or, maybe it's all in my head and I just think I am getting a better deal.
Whatever the real answer is, being an over-analyzer means it takes me more time to finish a project because it takes so much more time to start one. For example, take this adorable little wall hanging that belongs to Peggy. I looked at this for days deciding how I would quilt it. It didn't help that it is the first customer quilt I have started in almost six months.
Finally, my just-do-it brain just took over and my years of practice and experience helped, and my needle just flowed over this top. It felt so good.
Not too much quilting, I think it's just right. Would you have stitched over the snowman's face? Let me know. I couldn't.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
We unpacked my machine in mid December, but the movers had left the rails and poles in CA, so no machine. It was okay, I guess, as I was so busy unpacking and playing with grandkids and enjoying the holidays.
I finally got the poles and rails on December 31, and the two of us spent some time that afternoon and the next day setting it up. What a relief when I stitched with it, and it stitched like a knife through butter. Fabulous!
I had just one day all to myself before we left again for CA, and I just played. Now I'm looking forward to getting back to it in a couple weeks.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Yesterday I stumbled upon envelope art which led me to calligraphy and letter arts. I can't let it go. I find myself perusing Instagram and Pinterest looking for envelope art. Then youtube. Ugh!
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
f you fiold the paper on the line and trim before you stitch, it makes it so much easier to line up the next fabric piece.
Fold paper on line between 1 and 2.
Place fabric on back of paper.
Fold paper back and trim 1/4' away.
Place fabric 2 right sides together with 1.
I hope this makes sense.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Right abut the time I decided I needed to take some time off to strengthen my back, we accepted an offer on our home. I spent several weeks packing and then we stored most of our belongings and moved just the bare necessities to a rental home. Since I don't have access to my longarm yet, I've been filling my days with other activities. I have really felt a huge hole in my days without my Innova and had to readjust my life.
I have lived here in this community for 30 years, and never taken the time to hike to the peak. This was the view I enjoyed yesterday,
Friday, September 19, 2014
My daughter, Christina, made this awesome quilt over two years ago and I just made time to quilt it. This will be the last quilt for awhile.
Just about the time I decided that I needed to take a break from customer quilting...to strengthen my back, to stop and smell the roses, we got an offer on our home. Funny how things happen in life? I will be storing my machine until I find a permanent home in Montana near our daughters. I will be traveling between Montana and California for a couple years since my husband is still working, and still really enjoying his job. In the meantime, our grands are just getting older and I want to be near them ASAP.
Okay, so on with the quilt! I decided to make this a free motion quilt sampler, doing a different design in each row. Since it's my daughter's and it won't be shown ( mostly because I rushed through it and it's not show worthy) I really played around with it. Thanks for stopping by!!