Monday, February 27, 2012

Placemats...what was I thinking?

Binding a quilt is probably my least favorite part of the process.  So why did I decide to make new placemats, especially placemats that were done on the longarm which will require binding.  Lots and lots of binding...  Wow!  I am thinking of stitching them down by machine.  Have you done that?  Any tricks for a nice-looking job?  Have you ever made placemats?  I would love to see pictures of ones that you have made...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Just Two of Many

 ideas I have come up with recently.  This picture is one from my design wall.  I need to get it sewn together because many of the blocks are getting knocked off as I walk past them to get to one of my other (many other) things I am working on.  Like placemats... and paintsticks...
and...this second picture is of a little tablecloth I purchased at Oxfam about eight years ago in England.  I am thinking about quilting it.  Have you quilted an old tablecloth? 

I am linking up for Esther's WOW.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Modern Quilting for a Contemporary Quilt Top

After many mistakes, I learned a few valuable lessons with this quilt, but I think it turned out pretty nice.  I really tried to come up with some new quilting styles and had lots of opportunity to stretch my creativity with each zag ...or is it zig?  I was inspired by Jenny at sewkindofwonderful, as well as Brigitte at farbstoff.  They share their modern quilting styles through their blogs.  Be sure to check them out!  Thanks, ladies, for posting pictures of your quilting!  Brigitte will be designing fabric for Moda, and has a longarm quilting business in Germany.  Jenny sells her curves ruler and patterns as well as runs a longarm quilting business in Washington State. 

I actually came up with a couple new ideas myself!   I hope to make another zigzag quilt soon, but this time I will make it with rectangles rather than half square triangles.  I have much more stash to bust!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Nine! Different Color Threads

It is too dark for me to take good pictures of my zigzag quilt, but I have to write about the NINE different spools of thread that I used in quilting this quilt.  Definitely a record for me!  How about you?  I am sure there are quilters who have used many more colors than I...

I guess I could have used invisible thread, but I didn't have any.  The closest place to get decent invisible thread for my machine is probably a minimum of an hour drive.  So... I changed threads with each zag.  I used only two colors on the bottom, a cream and a light gold.  This is a sneak peak at the back.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Skinning Another Quilt...

I finally found time to load my zigzag quilt.  I was so enthusiastic to do this one.  Why is it that I have to skin or frog (or whatever you call it) SO much?  I thought I would be okay with using navy thread in the bobbin, but I just don't like it.  Every little bobble stands out, and of course I am experiencing more bobbles than normal!   Ugh!  I know I should do some practice stitching when I am so boldly using contrasting threads on the backing fabric. 

It looks nice from the front...

 This is not going to be fun to do...
 I have two entire zags to skin!!
How about you?  How often do you have to do this?  Maybe it is just me?/


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