Sunday, December 16, 2018
Even though I'm busy making Christmas gifts, I'm so happy to have finished Step Down! I finished it yesterday morning.
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
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!
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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".
I traced the pattern onto the right side of my fabric.
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.
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!
I cut out the stocking and added binding. Here's a closeup of the top of the stocking.
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
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!
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.
Even though I'm busy making Christmas gifts, I'm so happy to have finished Step Down! I finished it yesterday morning. ...
I've been making more quilt blocks for the On Ringo Lake Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter. The first few took me awhile but I'm g...
Our quilt guild gave little demonstrations at our last meeting. I liked the microwave bowl cozy. I came home and googled it. The dire...
Someone I work with is having a baby girl. It's her first and she needs lots of baby items. She always talks to me about sewing so ...