Thursday, September 29, 2016
I finally got the courage to start quilting Arcadia Avenue. I chose a block that was in the middle of the block. (Sort of!) I outlined the middle black star-like image. I wasn't sure what color thread I should be using. I was afraid that black would show up on the fabric next to middle image. White was completely out of the question. I ended up using a silver gray. I used Aurifil thread which I love to quilt with!
I quilted around each colored triangle. Then, I went back and stitched around the white boomerang shape. On my way back, I quilted loops and continued on to the next colored triangle.
These hexagon blocks are rather large. They measure 20 inches across the middle. It seems as though the quilting went much faster than I expected. Good news!! Hope to be moving on to the next block soon!!
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
I just love these Kaffe Fassett fabrics! I think they look great together. I'm thinking of using them for the guild's mystery quilt. I have enough of each fabric. I think this would make a striking quilt! I need a light, medium, medium-dark and dark. I've been partial to Kaffe Fassett fabrics lately. I think I'll love working with these fabrics.
Here's my scrap project so far. This is not the final layout. Just giving you an idea of what may be coming! I was making such great progress but haven't found time lately. Between work, and family obligations, my free time has been limited. Hoping I find some time to play!!
Friday, September 23, 2016
Amy's Creative Side is hosting Blogger's Quilt Festival once again. There are many gorgeous quilts to see. You'll have fun just looking through the different entries. There are 11 different categories of quilts. So fun!
I entered Farmgirl Vintage in the scrap category. I tried to use up the fabric in my stash although I never even made a dent!
Here's a closeup of the quilting. It's difficult to see the feathers but you get the idea! The quilting in the lighter areas is easier to see.
Head on over to Amy's Creative Side and enjoy! Voting starts in a few days!
Thursday, September 22, 2016
This is Arcadia Avenue that I finished last year. It's finally all ready to machine quilt. It measures 72" X 90". It was very evident that this is a large quilt. It took about 3 hours to pin baste. I could have used basting spray but I feel I get better results with pins.
Here's a close up. I actually ran out of safety pins so I used my large hat pins. I tried to bury the point in the quilt so I wouldn't keep stabbing myself! I only used the hat pins along the short edge at the very end of the quilt. Not too bad!!
Have you been to Target lately? They have night gowns made just for us!
Look at all the sewing machines! So cute! Maybe I'll machine quilt in my new nightie!!
Saturday, September 17, 2016
I made these little baby socks when I found out a friend was expecting a baby. I was so happy to hear this news that I put all my projects aside so I could have these done quickly. I'm about half done with the matching sock.
It's actually a toddler sock. I think it's more versatile than a baby bootie since it can be cuffed when the baby is still an infant. Then it gets larger when uncuffed.
I'm unexpectedly off today. I had signed up for a trip into NYC for the day. We were supposed to go to the garment district and visit quilt shops including Mood! It was cancelled since not enough people signed up. So disappointing! I'm consoling myself by going to a couple of stores having sales. One store is a quilt shop and the other sells yarn. How fun is that!? I'll let you know what I buy!!
Enjoy the weekend!!
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Oops, looks like I started another project! It's just a little scrap project. I'm trying to put a dent in that stash! I'm following a very loose plan that's subject to change. I hope it works out the way I envision it to be. It's actually kind of fun to see if your plan will actually work out. I'll post more pictures as I make progress. (Hopefully!)
Tonight was our first guild meeting of the year. I actually won a raffle prize! I won these 2 beautiful Kaffe Fassett fabrics. He's one of my favorite designers. I haven't won a thing in ages! So fun!
I also signed up for the guild's mystery quilt. I've always enjoyed working on these mysteries in the past. It's so amazing to see everyone's final quilts. They're always so different even when following the same pattern. I'm sure this year will be just as fun.
Friday, September 9, 2016
This is the Hexagon Panel I will be hand piecing for Green Tea and Sweet Beans. I think this will be the final layout. I've moved things around and always seem to come back to this. I'm trying to figure out a clever way to sew the hexagons together. I might work on the diagonal so I would sew 5 together and then add another 5, etc. Haven't decided for sure.
This is an adult sock that matches the child socks I knit earlier in the summer. These are taking much longer than the kid socks! I've rounded the heel and am working toward the toe. The hard work is over. It's pretty much just sticking to the pattern.
I had a few days off around Labor Day but now I'm back to the old grind! It's nice to work on these small projects. I need a larger project now that Farmgirl Vintage is done. I've got an idea. Just need to see if it will work! Have a nice weekend!
Monday, September 5, 2016
As I'm finishing up sewing the binding on Farmgirl Vintage, I'm starting to think of what's next. I bought this gorgeous Kaffe Fassett fabric to be the backing for Arcadia Avenue. It's called Corsage. It's so pretty.
This is the best I could do with piecing it. The corsages are about 5 inches wide. The edge you can't see is made up of half corsages. I tried to match them up but the corsages are not the same. After moving the fabric around about a million times, I thought this set up would work out the best. I just tried to match the flowers up as best as I could. I think it's fine. I still have to wash and iron it.
For those of you who don't remember, this is Arcadia Avenue. I'm a little afraid to start quilting it. I don't want to mess it up! I think I'm going to stitch in the ditch a lot. I don't think this one needs too much loopy quilting. It looks good as it is. I plan on doing some free motion quilting in the connecting triangles between the blocks. I'm still working on my plan!
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