Free Motion Quilting practice

I sewed a number of things last week including bibs for a friend’s baby and a little lavender sachet but nothing big.

This past weekend I singed up for the Craftsy class, Design It, Quilt It: Free Form Techniques with instructor, Cindy Needham. This is an excellent class and Cindy is a great teacher if you want to learn detailed and heirloom free motion quilting.

I used my Easy jellyroll star orphan block since the corners were pieced in Kona snow in error, as practice. I used glass bowls to create the arc designs and drew 1/2″ grids in the corners. Deciding which pattern goes where is a hard decision, you never know what it’s really going to look like until it’s complete and if you don’t like it, too bad. I used Aurifil 50wt thread for the piecing and quilting, it’s the finest I have. Gutermann 50wt is just too thick.

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Cathedral Windows

Echoed Daisy

Echoed Daisy

Feathers and Pebbles

It is tedious but rewarding but I managed to quilt all of this by noon, walked the dog and got on the treadmill.

Can-O-Worms

What was I thinking when I added a border to the back of the quilt which echoed the front? Oh yeah, I WASN’T (thinking)!! I love the back but I opened a whole can of worms on myself.

 

Why you ask? Well, I created a row of chevrons on the back of the quilt which echo a row of chevrons on the front. I also added those lovely crisp, white boders on the top and botton of the quilt back which also match up with the front. This creates a problem when free motion quilting because unless the front and back are lined up perfectly, the free motion quilting wouldn’t look right on the back of the quilt.

Earlier today I based the front to the back and began to stitch up one of the chevron that line up with one of the front chevrons using my walking foot but quickly realized half way up one seam that it was off so I took out the sewing and HAND STITCHED up the chevrons to make sure they matched the front. Then I hand stitched the top and bottom borders to make sure the front and back matched. FYI, my hand stitches are small, not microscopic but small enough that I went through FOUR movies while I completed this task. After all that stitching I pin basted and am ready to start free motion quilting tomorrow.

I find it really exciting when a quilt top starts to become a quilt, I love this design and can’t wait to see it all finished. What a labour of love! I’m sorry if there are any typos or grammatical errors in this post, I’m exhausted!

 

 

Lonestar Crazy

I started my day free motion quilting but by 10:00 a.m., I was slicing up more Vintage Modern jellyroll strips to make another lonestar block. This is not a quick block to make but very satisfying, I find the process oddly addictive.

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When I chose the fabrics, this is how I envisioned it though I did experiment with the circular fabric in the centre.

One little mishap that is happening less frequently the more I make this block is this little offset, it drives me a little nuts, especially if it’s 1/4″ or more.

So back to free motion quilting, something I haven’t done in a long while! It was fun to get back into it and although rusty and jerky, I had fun and am ready for more.

Have a great weekend!

A Backyard Baby Jellybean Finish!

Man oh man, memba this?

Well, I finally finished it! I had originally started quilting fans on my domestic machine but found it too difficult and figured it best left to the long arm quilters. So, this week I spent two evenings unpicking all the quilting I’d done.  I wasn’t really sure how I would quilt this, I love the fabrics and didn’t want to detract from them so I thought I’d just keep it simple.

I used Camille’s Jellybean quilt pattern with Patty Sloniger’s Backyard Baby fabric, so cute and perfect for a boy!

My friend Linda is now expecting but she’s decided not to find out the sex of her baby however, I’m going to go ahead and make the In Reverse quilt pattern by Frivolous Necessity using a mixture of Ruby, Vintage Modern and Marmalade by Bonnie & Camille. If she has a boy, I’ll just have to make something else! 😀

See you tomorrow with yet another new hair style!

Granny Square Quilted Skirt

Grranny Square Quilted Skirt

This skirt is taking longer than expected but I love it! I used 5″ squares to create the block, traced the skirt pattern onto wax paper and positioned it over the fabric. I had to add a few squares on the sides and layered a piece of white Kona muslin underneath the block and cut the two out at the same time. I cut the front and back out separately, one side is predominantly red while the other is predominantly turquoise — there is no front or back to this skirt.

I quilted the block and the muslin together using a straight stitch 1/4″ on each side of the block seams and repeated this step for the back. Once the quilting was complete, I sewed up the sides of the skirt.

I’m going to add a 2″ band at the bottom but haven’t decided whether I should use a solid or a print.

In other news, I finished my Bear Paw block, hurray! After I resized the corner pieces, everything fell into place.

Hair cut today, W00t! Have a great Saturday everyone!

 

Bear Paw.v2 Update

Progress, finally but not without removing some stitching… Turns out that the corner pieces are too small as are the centre of the Bear Paws. I measured my half square triangles then cut the corner squares the same size, 1 & 1/2″ and they fit perfectly.

Although the paw centers are a smidge too small (1/8″), I stretched the fabric to make it work.

Today I’ll be working on my patchwork skirt, I think I’m going to use Ruby by Bonnie and Camille. I have a full yard of the Swoon print I purchased from Pinked Fabrics a little while ago as well as yardage of some other prints in the line. I can always mix in a little Vintage Modern as they all work together. I also bought some chevron twill tape in a few different colours which I’m going to use as the drawstring in my skirts and maybe a little embelishment, it’s too pretty to hide!

Happy holidays everyone, looking forward to many more long weekends!!

Third

I was so excited and surprised to discover I’d been a finalist in Crazy Old Ladies’ Block Contest and yesterday I found out that I’d come in third! I won a Hall of Fame 10 square fabric pack, can’t wait to play with it!

I managed to finish another hand stitched Granny Square block last night. Once again, the little squares finish up at 1″ and I used Vintage Modern by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.

Yesterday Amanda from All Kinds of Wonderful asked in the comments if I were really going to make a patchwork skirt and the answer is YES! I think with the right fabrics and the right length, it can be funky and fun. I may use 5″ granny squares from charm packs, all the block seams will have to be serged or pinked and maybe even top stitched to avoid ravelling in the wash. I have a few ideas floating around and warm weather is on it’s way so I’m going to live in these skirts for the entire summer which means I need to make a maxi as well.

Three more days till the weekend, W00t!