Sunday, December 16, 2018

Step Down Quilt Finish!


Even though I'm busy making Christmas gifts, I'm so happy to have finished Step Down! I finished it yesterday morning. 

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I rushed out to my local quilt shop and bought the binding fabric. It was warm yesterday so I washed the fabric and put it out on my deck to dry.


Here's a video of the quilt coming off the longarm. It's always fun to watch!



Here's a video showing you how I use the ruler on my longarm.

Hope you like them!





Friday, December 14, 2018

More Christmas Gifts

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This week seemed to just fly by! I worked during the week more than I usually do. I did find time to get some shopping and sewing done for Christmas. I finally finished this stocking. I even have gifts in it!

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I found some nice gold ribbon for hanging the stocking. I looked through my sewing room and found this cute little Christmas button. It's probably left over from an older project but it was perfect for the stocking.  I'll be mailing this out next week.

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I have another 2 pairs of mittens almost ready! I still have 2 more pairs left to knit. I hope I can get them done in time. How's your Christmas shopping and gift making coming along??  Just 11 days left!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Step Down Quilt Sashing

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I have finished quilting all the blocks in the Step Down Quilt. I had originally thought I would free motion quilt some loops in the remaining "step" sashing left in the quilt. But I changed my mind and  decided to just quilt straight lines every inch or so. I thought a diagonal in the corner would be fine.

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I wish I had decided this earlier. I could have been quilting this all along as I made my way down the quilt. Oh, well! It's not that big a deal. I should be finished with this quilt very soon! I'm still trying to finish my Christmas shopping. This time of year is so busy!!


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Ruler Work/FMQ

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I've been working more than usual lately. We had to update our software. Whenever this happens, our hours are increased as well as staffing. I worked all day Friday, Saturday and Monday. Monday, I had to start work at 3AM! It was strange to get up in the middle of the night to start work. I was so tired last night. I went to bed early and slept 10 hours!

I was able to quilt a little today. I finished this block last week. As you can see, I combined a little ruler work with some free motion quilting.

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This was also ruler work. I drew a 2 inch grid. Using a circle ruler, I quilted arcs on either side of each line. I've never made these arcs on a printed line. I've always had a sewn line to make arcs. I found it a bit harder since the line wasn't always easy to see. Thankfully, the busy fabric masks some of that. 

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This is ruler work combined with feathers. The fabric makes my quilting impossible to see! I had to place lights in certain areas so it would show up in the picture. I'll definitely do this motif again. I like how it looks.

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Here's another busy fabric! I fooled around with my boomerang ruler. The hardest part of this ruler is keeping the foot snugly up against while moving. I did veer off a few times!

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Here's a close up. The curves are very forgiving and makes the whole thing work.

I only have one row left and then Step Down Quilt is finished! This time of year is so busy. I'm happy to sneak in my quilting time any chance I can!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Christmas Stocking FMQ

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I made this stocking for a very close friend who doesn't sew. The pattern is in the November 2018 issue of American Quilter. She likes to see my free motion quilting so I thought this stocking would be the perfect gift for her. I plan on filling it with gifts for her. It measures about 10" by 18". 

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I traced the pattern onto the right side of my fabric.
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The pattern recommended to get prequilted fabric for the back of the stocking. I decided to make my own. I just used a quick meander.

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I filled each space with a different quilting motif. I took out my books and tried to find various motifs to fill each space. This part was fun!

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I cut out the stocking and added binding. Here's a closeup of the top of the stocking.

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This is a closeup of the bottom of the stocking. The binding at the top of the stocking has already been sewn down. I'm making my way around the outside of the stocking. I clipped the rounded edges so the binding will lay down smoothly. It's so nice to start Christmas gifts early for a change!




Monday, November 26, 2018

Knit Mittens

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I've been working on a few Christmas gifts. The only ones I can really show are these mittens! I like knitting mittens on 3 needles. There's no seam to sew when you're done. The mittens are already finished. These mittens are for Olivia, the daughter of a friend. I hope she likes them!

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I've already started another pair. I used smaller needles since these are for a toddler. I'm using a free pattern I found online at thesprucecrafts.com. I did change the directions a little. It's still a great pattern especially for a freebie.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving 2018

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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I'm grateful for so many things including all of you that read my blog! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. 

Step Down Quilt Finish!

Even though I'm busy making Christmas gifts, I'm so happy to have finished Step Down! I finished it yesterday morning.  ...