Saturday, March 31, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
I quilted this quilt using an all over pattern called "Simple Feathers" by Anne Bright. Her patterns are my favorite and what I choose to use primarily. I thought this was a great pattern and will use it again in future--I tend to look for designs that distribute the stitching evenly. I'm not a fan of certain areas of a quilt being heavily quilted and other areas being scantily quilted.
Ok, now I think I might try making the next quilt in the quilt along...
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Ok, so that is not the really funny bit, the funny bit is that the beginning part of the instructions says to make 120 copies of the paper pattern to make 120 blocks. They recommend doing this by TRACING the pattern and not to use a copying machine as copy machines have a tendency to alter the size!!! Yes, that is what it said! Ummm, I can tell you that if I ever decided to make this block 120 times that I would NOT trace it over and over just to torture myself. Would it really matter if the sizing was off a little if all the blocks were the same anyway??? Obviously, someone masochistic was writing this pattern.
I might make 12 to make a mini for myself, but not 120! I will use a copy machine.
I quilted this one with a variegated red white and blue King Tut thread on the long arm. I really like how the quilting shows up on the back as more of a feature rather than a blending in. I'm sort of done with buying most Moda fabrics these days, but I still have unfinished projects and fabrics in my stash that I will continue to use.
By the way, I am still running my special free return postage with tracking within Australia for the next two months for long arm quilting services. I offer edge to edge designs at $2.50 per square foot. If you would like to read more about the long arm quilting service I provide, you can check out this page here.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
"On a Whim" and the pattern is by Camille Roskelley. I ended up deciding to paper piece this pattern because it just seemed to go easier and more accurately for me. I finished up the paper piecing part today and am now ready to put blocks together! I'm looking forward to seeing how it comes together.
In other news, we did come up with a name for our Kelpie puppy! Thank you for all your suggestions! In the end we decided on naming him Teddy. This was partly because my husband's father was named Ted and since my husband used to work with his father every day when he was still alive, he thought it would be nice to be working with a Teddy again. Also, it's just cute. He seems to be a great pup and is fitting in quite well already. The boys have fun playing with him, but both get a little nervous when he starts nipping at their toes.
I just had to include a photo of Alexander asleep in his bed last night. He is going through a stage where he insists on falling asleep with the light on. I decided I would take advantage of the opportunity to photograph him when he is asleep. My husband and I never get tired of watching all the things they do in their daily activities, but the best is definitely watching them while they sleep. I hope they don't grow up too fast...
Sunday, March 11, 2012
In other news, we got a new puppy today! It looks like we are going to have are hands full for the next couple of months, but we had to get a puppy since we are down to only one working dog at the moment. This little guy needs a name. Any suggestions would be welcome:)