Monday, October 20, 2014

A Little Progress on a UFO

      Since my last post, I have taught a beginning quilting class at Creative Sewing (no photos) and finished a cute little bat for Halloween. 
Instead of sewing or quilting, most of my time has been spent on errands or with family and company.
     Today I finally pulled out the giant made-fabric hexagon UFO  

and sewed 30 flying geese from made-fabric base units.  These are planned for a border.
   Not sure about the corners.
  I need 64 geese units.  The pieces are ready to be sewn. 
I am marking the diagonal line on the back of the squares and an offset diagonal line which creates 128 bonus HSTs.  No idea yet on how I want to use the bonus HSTs but I'm sure I will.
    Tuesday morning is GCQ guild meeting and Wednesday SQG meets so my home projects will wait for afternoons or Thursday. 

Hope you enjoy a few minutes sewing or quilting daily !


Monday, October 13, 2014

Playing with a Variety of Blocks

     Several members of SQG have been working on Seminole strips at our bimonthly meetings.  Here is a sample layout with some Indian applique blocks. 

Beverley has made 6 more and I have made 2 more
 so at our next meeting we will be ready to work on the applique blocks, cut setting triangles and start sewing the top together. 

A few days ago I pulled orange scraps that already had fusible web on them and created 2 jack-o-lanterns.  Today I quilted them for Halloween mugrugs. 

About a week ago Bonnie Hunter shared a link for a free paper-pieced jack-o-lantern.  I pieced one and added a border.  Today I quilted it for a Halloween flag (small wall-hanging). 

Missouri Star Quilts has shared a video online for making a “Disappearing Pinwheel Block”.  I bought 2 orphan pinwheel blocks in the boutique at the ACPQG show so I could play.  Here are the blocks before. 

You cut the block into 9 equal sections. 

Then rotate most of the pieces and you can make option 1 

. . . Or option 2 

. . . Or option 3. 
These are my 2 blocks now.

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Beginner Quilting Class

     This afternoon I taught Quilting 101 at Jo-Ann Fabrics for a couple of great students.
Barbara has pieced quilts before but especially wanted to learn to make HST (half-square triangles).  Here are her block units on the design wall.

Here is her finished block.

Here are Christine's block units.
Here is her finished block.

I look forward to seeing more blocks made by these ladies and enough for a quilt top. They did a terrific job and their blocks look super.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Halloween Decorations

    I have spent the past several days making Halloween boots to decorate chair legs.  They are for family.  The pattern is McCalls M6623 which shows a chair with a different boot on each leg of the chair. 

  I have made 4 different pairs thinking they can put 2 on each of 4 chairs or mix them and put 4 on 2 chairs.

Sewing the fun fur was a MESS. 

Because these are only for decoration, I ignored some best sewing practices to make cutting easier.  I paid attention to grain but not nap.  I don’t think anyone will care except that I know.
When I give these, I will try to get a photo of them on some chairs. 

I enjoyed making the Halloween costumes for my granddaughters and the decorations, but now I am ready to get back to quilting.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Machine Embroidery and Costume

     It has been almost a week since my last post.  I have been busy but not ready to post about what I was working on.
     While I had the embroidery module out, I decided to do more.   I don't do enough to be a pro.  I embroidered 6 towels that will be gifts.  Two of the designs are machine cross-stitch.  They each have about 20 thread color changes so count the time for stitching and changing thread, a towel took at least 1 hour.  The end product looks good so I guess it was worth the time. 
 The others are regular machine embroidery but also had many thread color changes.

    Today I have been working on the second granddaughter's Halloween costume.  She wants to be a mermaid.  I used a McCalls pattern and I had to make a major adjustment for the skirt length so she won't be walking on it.  All that is left to do is sew in the zipper.
It also has a cute crown. I found some sew-on jewels at JoAnn Fabrics.  They are great accents.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Saving Water Soluble Stablizer for Machine Embroidery

     This week has really flown by with Comfort Sew day Tuesday for GC Quild and I substituted for the beginning sewing teacher at MTC.  Wednesday my church quilt group met to work.  Members were working on a variety of different projects.  I put the Indian applique blocks on the design wall and pieced one Seminole block with 2 fancy strips and several plain spacer strips.
It is going to look great.

     Today I finished making a Georgia cheerleader outfit for my granddaughter’s Halloween costume this year.  

      Since I had my embroidery module attached to do the Georgia G, I decided to do more machine embroidery.  For several years I have had a set of tan napkins waiting for embroidery.  I used water soluble stabilizer, but to save, I pieced scraps.  
          Here are the holes left on a used piece. 

Next I place pieces between parchment paper and iron to set the pieces together. 

After it cools, I have another usable piece of stabilizer. 

     I embroidered the leaf motif on 10 napkins in 4 fall colors so instead of using 10 sheets of stablizer, I was able to recycle and reuse 3 or 4 sheets. 


Monday, September 22, 2014

Winning Show Ribbons

    I enjoyed a great weekend in Ashe county NC with my sister for the Ashe County Piecemakers QuiltGuild annual show.  
There were about 180 quilts and I entered 2.  In the small bed applique/mixed technique category I entered my “Chopped Flowers” which is raw edge applique.  It won “Best Domestic Machine Quilting” for the show and Honorable Mention in the category. 

You can see more about the background quilting motif I used here.

   In the pieced wall-hangings category I entered my “Trapunto and 16 Patch”.  It won Second Place and Viewers’ Choice for the category. This was my first show quilt with trapunto and micro-stippling. 
This was quilted earlier than the "Chopped Flowers" and I did have some thread build up on the back at FM quilting intersections and starts and stops which I am trying to be more careful about.

    Following are photos of a couple of other winners.
Charlene W and Laurel Springs Quilting won "Best of Show" for bed quilts.
The quilting added interest and a twist to the log cabin design.

Barbara B. won "Best of Show" for art quilts and was machine applique and domestic machine quilted.