Thursday, March 29, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Hope everyone has a great weekend. It's cold and soggy outside. I feel it's a great day to stay in and get some sewing done!
Thursday, March 22, 2012
I have been practicing this month's free motion quilting challenge using Ann Fahl's tutorial. This was so much fun! Not sure how well you can see, but I tried flowers, hearts, stars and swirls. I had to get over making loops and actually crossing my thread. I'm used to meandering where you're not supposed to cross threads. It was such fun! I found it easier than meandering. It felt like anything goes and it still looked great. I would definitely use loops to background quilt. I'm happy I tried it and can actually add variation to my quilts now.
Has anyone tried Leah Day's wholecloth project? I started it but I can definitely see that it will take many attempts to master this technique. I'm not used to sewing on a line. I'm used to meandering quite freely. You have to have so much more control to follow a line. I have veered off so many times! I'm not sure I can even post it. It's a learning experience and really looks like I need to learn!
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
I'm happy to say I have caught up on my mystery quilt. I just have to iron and trim the 25 blocks for this month's clue. I also practiced some free motion quilting using Ann Fahl's tutorial for the challenge this month. She has so many variations that I think I will post when I'm done all of them! I only did a couple last night. I hope to use some of these techniques on the quilt I'm machine quilting. I'm almost done the large middle block. I'm hoping to add a feather or some new loopy variation of free motion. I feel I just don't have enough time in the day to get everything done! However, this is a much quieter week for me. The weather is beautiful and summer like. I'm hoping to enjoy that too!
Friday, March 16, 2012
I also worked on my hexagons. I got one done. I have a bunch to attach to the quilt top I'm working on.
So much to do! I'll have to wait a few more days and then I'll be back at it again! I'll be busy sewing but at the same time, I'll probably miss the kids as well!
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Due to the Free Motion Quilt Challenge, I may try a few other stitches in different areas of the quilt. I feel that when I start the actual quilting, I'll get ideas as to how to quilt each area. I'm hoping this quilt "speaks" to me! I'll try to listen!
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Out for dinner with a friend. It's so nice to not have to cook. However, I have to take our cat back to the vet. He's been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and seemed to be doing well on his medication. Lately, he's gone back to some of his odd behavior before he was treated. I hope his dose just has to be adjusted. I hate getting older and I think our cat would say the same thing if he could!
Here's a picture of me and Ricky, our cat, a couple of years ago.
Friday, March 2, 2012
Here's a close up of the pattern.
I've begun my third project from this same book. It's a lace shawl. It's rather difficult and think it will be a while before I post any pictures of it! I'm not sure why but I just love knitting lace patterns. Even if they're difficult, I just take my time. I've had many times where I've had to start over but that's okay. It's all part of the learning process.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Here are my first 2 rows of Step Down Quilt. The directions are a little bit quirky but I'm catching on! There are 5 rows of blocks...
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A friend and I went to the World Quilt New England run by Mancuso Show Management. It was held in Manchester, NH which isn't too fa...