Saturday, March 31, 2012

A Peak At What I'm Quilting Today

Do you remember when I finished this quilt top?  This is my Garden Fence quilt top made with lavender and orange fabrics.  It's a beast!! It measures 107 inches square.  I've had it in the cupboard trying to decide which quilting design to quilt it with.  I finally settled on an all over pattern called "Awesome Blossom" by Anne Bright.  I really love it, but it's taking me an hour and a half just to sew out one row.  There are 11 rows...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

On a Whim Quilt Finished!

Today I finished sewing down the last bit of binding (black dots by Suzuko Koseki) on my On A Whim quilt for the quilt along.  Wow, I really am in love with this quilt!  It feels so good to be able to use Flea Market Fancy fabrics liberally.  I used the grey seeds on the front as the background fabric and blue posies for the backing.  Now I don't feel so bad about my recent FMF purchase because I've already used about half of it up!  I'm also having fun using my favorite Japanese fabrics--mostly by Suzuko Koseki and Kumiko Fujita...  I told you I love that daisy fabric!

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

The Scrapapple Block -- A Funny But True Story!

Ok, I just have to tell you a funny story about this block.  I had a lot of tiny scraps from making my On a Whim quilt and I was browsing through one of my older quilting books and came across a pattern that I once looked at as being "out of my league" being that it is made using the paper piecing method.  Since I've since learned how to paper piece, I decided I would make a copy of the pattern and test it out.  Folks, this block is only 7 inches!!!  There are 37 pieces in one 7 inch block!!!

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.

Moda Prairie Paisley Quilt Finished

I finally finished sewing the binding down on my Prairie Paisley Quilt yesterday.  Whew, another quilt that was long in the making but finally finished.  This quilt is specifically for some patriotic American friends of mine and I wanted to get it in the mail soon.  I will be sending this seamail so I'm hoping it will arrive by the 4th of July.  Do you think it will make it?  You think I'm joking?  No, I have had packages take that long.

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 Quilt Started...

I've been fairly busy this past week travelling here and there which always seems to eat up a lot of time.  But, I did happen to start my next quilt along quilt.  This one is called "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

Swoon Quilt Finished and a New Pup

Today I finished the last of the hand sewing of the binding on my Swoon quilt--finished just in time for the next quilt along!  I really love the way it turned out, but I can tell you, I really struggle trying to take pictures of my bigger quilts.  So, I just went with hanging it on the clothes line and hoping the wind didn't whip it around too much.  Our house is still pretty much a building site and with all the wet weather we have had this summer, there hasn't been much work done on the house.

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:)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Lady of the Lake Quilt

This is a quilt that I started a LONG time ago.  I finally finished sewing down the last bit of binding on it--it was also one of the first quilts that I quilted on my longarm.  It feels so good to be finished with this quilt and send it off to its new owner in the States.  I think the block design is called Lady of the Lake, but I'm not sure.  I think a true Lady of the Lake would have the flying geese all the way around instead of just on two sides???

Friday, March 2, 2012

Swoon Block Nine and a Picture Collage

Today I finished the last Swoon block, excuse my rainy poor light photos of late.  We are in the middle of being flooded with rain the last few days...  I put together this collage of what the quilt will potentially look like once I actually put it together.  I didn't do the greatest job in the world of piecing the blocks, but the plan is for this quilt to freshen up our bedroom in summer so I am not as particular.  I'm hoping to get this together in the near future and will show you the progress...

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Swoon Block Eight

Today is raining, tennis has been cancelled and I'm busy finishing up my swoon blocks.  One more to go and then I can put it together and quilt it up!!

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