Sunday, August 12, 2018

Then There Were Two!!

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I've been so busy lately. I worked extra during the week so I could have yesterday off. I get most of my sewing done when I'm home alone and everyone else is at work. My whole family went to Comic Con Boston yesterday. It's a long day of walking around. It's fun but tiring. I haven't had a chance to sew anything for a few days. I did manage to finish the second ball of fabric strips for the second jelly roll rug. I have to play around with my zigzag stitch and just start sewing! They recommend a specific stitch width. 

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Does anyone remember the old Thumbelina dolls? Thumbelina was my favorite doll when I was little. My husband bought me a new one years ago and I always put her on my bed. I think Lily likes her too! I love how she has her little paw on her leg! She sure looks comfy!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Vintage DWR Quilting

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Would you believe I'm almost done quilting this vintage beauty?? It's been fun and a bit of a challenge at the same time! There was quite a bit of bulk in some of the areas. I feel as though I'm still new at long arm quilting but I did figure out what to do. The quilting motifs I chose seemed to use up some of that bulk. It looks nice and flat. Hope it still looks good after it's off the long arm!!

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This is all I have left! I'm thrilled to have this quilt almost finished. Now, to buy the binding fabric!!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Stellaria Shawl #2

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In between quilting the vintage Double Wedding Ring quilt and making my jelly roll rugs, I'm also knitting a shawl. This is Stellaria by Susanna IC. I've knit this shawl before but this one is for my mother. She has a new blue coat with brass buttons and requested a gold shawl for winter! I love to knit while watching television. It also comes in handy when thunderstorms are in the area and I need to shut off my machines. 

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You can begin to see the pattern. The first half of the shawl is just the garter stitch and short rows to make that crescent shape. The pattern is hard to see until the shawl is completed and blocked. I'm using Madelinetosh merino wool, lace weight. I'm also using Addi Turbo Lace knitting needles. I love using these needles when working with lace weight yarn. I feel you have better control with these needles. They're worth every penny!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Jelly Roll Rug Ball

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This is where I am with the jelly roll rugs. I have a big ball of strips all ready for one rug to be put together. I was going to cut batting for the second rug but never got to it today. I had a busy day at work yesterday and lots of house work to catch up on today. I'll probably cut some tomorrow. I want to work on both rugs at the same time. I'm not going to use one rug without the other.  

I was running out of my dark blue thread so I had to buy some today. Now that I have my thread, I'm all set to start sewing again!! 

Friday, July 27, 2018

Jelly Roll Rug Part 2

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I have begun sewing the strips to make my jelly roll rug. I was a little hesitant to begin but it turned out to be easier than I thought. The start of this strip is tapered and had to be cut a specific way. Once I had that done, it was a breeze! I just folded the jelly roll as directed in the pattern. I used these clips to keep my strip in place after folding it properly.

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I kept both rolls in my lap, the batting and the jelly roll strip. I thought it would be very slow but it went faster than expected. I only sewed for a little over an hour and got about halfway through my jelly roll.

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As the strip is being sewn, it's recommended that it be rolled into a large ball very similar to a ball of yarn. I used an elastic band to keep it together. This has been so fun so far! I wish I didn't have to work tomorrow. I want to keep going!!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Jelly-Roll Rugs

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I'm working on my jelly-roll rugs using the pattern by R.J. Designs. You can see 2 very neat piles of 2 jelly rolls in this picture. I basically sewed each strip together in the same manner we sew binding strips. 

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Here are what the 2 piles look like while I was sewing them together! I was invited to my friend's house for a sewing afternoon. I thought the jelly-roll rugs would be the best project to work on. I think I made a mess of her room but I did have fun talking while sewing! I also enjoyed the fruit salad she made! It was so refreshing!

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I started to make my batting strips. This is my pile from today! I saw that you can buy the strips already made for the rugs but I've been saving my batting especially for these rugs. It would have been faster but I do like using leftovers from other projects. 

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I used fusible batting tape to make my individual batting strips into one large strip!

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I wound the batting strip while I measured how much I had cut. I'm about 2/3 of the way there for one rug. I guess I'll be cutting more tomorrow!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Old and New!

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I made this quilt about 15 years ago. It's called Starry Night. I signed up for a Block of the Month. I would receive directions as well as fabric to complete each set of instructions. My son's room needed something new for his bed so I decided on this quilt. It's large enough and actually matches the blue dust ruffle and curtains. I washed it and let it dry outside. I'm so glad to be using after all this time!

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I bought this cute mug this week. I just couldn't resist it! I've already used it for my morning coffee. I'm a sucker for quilty accessories!

Then There Were Two!!

I've been so busy lately. I worked extra during the week so I could have yesterday off. I get most of my sewing done when I'm h...