Monday, December 11, 2017

On Ringo Lake, Part 3

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Here is half of Part 3 of the On Ringo Lake Mystery Quilt. Boy, this one seems to be taking forever! They're very similar to the flying geese but there's lots of measuring and trimming. They're coming out the right size which is always a plus! I'm using the trusted flip and sew method once again. 

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Here are my many pieces that had to be cut to make all of Part 3.

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I drew my diagonal line and have the pieces all set to be chain pieced.

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Time for the opposite side.  Then I iron and trim. These diagonals are going in the same direction. The next half of this clue, the pieces will be mirror images. The diagonals will start in the opposite corner. 

I'm almost done with Part 3. Hoping Part 4 is quicker! Please go to Bonnie Hunter's Monday Link up and you can see everyone else's Part 3. You can find her page right here. I love seeing everyone's work. There are some very nice blogs to explore while you're at it. 


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Christmas Gifts

   
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I've been so busy and I'm still working on making just a few more Christmas gifts. Why don't I ever start early?? Between work and the house, I never seem to have enough time! Anyways, I needed more Christmas fabric and bought these two beauties today. Aren't they pretty?? I really love them. 

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These are my finished pieces for On Ringo Lake Mystery Quilt. This quilt is sure keeping me busy! I can't wait to see the big reveal. I think that's going to take awhile. This mystery runs into January. I don't mind a slower pace at all!

Back to on line Christmas shopping! Hope your week is going well!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

On Ringo Lake Mystery, Part 2




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As you can see, Part 2 of On Ringo Lake Mystery is flying geese! Lots of them! Bonnie Hunter gave us a few different methods of making these blocks. I chose the old fashioned sew and flip. It seemed to work best for me. The other methods consisted of using rulers and cutting strips into triangles. I tried one that way and it took me forever. I stuck to what I know!

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I haven't finished them but I do have all my pieces cut. I'm so proud of myself. Instead of using the neutral fabrics I had chosen for this project, I went through my scrap bag and used all the neutrals I could find. I also found a few pinks. I'm determined to use up some of those scraps! Almost all of the neutrals came from my scrap bag. Love it!!

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I did chain piece since I wanted to speed up some of the process. Don't the geese look pretty??

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Here's what I've made so far. I'm still not done with the second clue, but I'm getting there. Hoping to be done by the end of the week.  I'm linking up over at Bonnie's Mystery Link Up for Part 2. You can get there by clicking here.  Enjoy checking out everyone's work. It's so fun to see everyone's progress.

Monday, November 27, 2017

On Ringo Lake Clue #1

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These are the blocks I just completed for the new Quiltville Mystery, On Ringo Lake. I've always wanted to take part in one of Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilts so I decided to go for it! I'm challenging myself to use scraps from my stash. 

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These are the fat quarters I pulled from my stash. Bonnie Hunter is using dark brown which I replaced with black. She's also using shades of peach but I chose pink instead. The neutrals and aqua/blues are the same. My pile of fat quarters actually looks a little smaller! 

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I made lots of strip sets. She gives excellent directions and tips to make things easier.  I think her advice really helped me keep my 1/4 inch seam allowance. 

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I cut my strips and started making my nine patches. That's it for the first clue! I'm already looking forward to the next clue. So fun! I'll be linking to Quiltville's On Ringo Lake Mystery Monday Link up that you can find here.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Two Finishes

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I finished these mittens a few days ago. I ended up giving them to my mother. My brother bought her some type of hand warmers and she thought mittens would be perfect. I was going to wait for Christmas but she just had a birthday. She's all set for the winter!

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I had to take this picture in the semi-dark so you can see the quilting. My whole cloth table runner is done! I'm still deciding if I should make it into a wall quilt. It would look so nice on the wall behind my longarm. Still thinking about it!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving! I'm late getting this out. It was my turn to work so I've been gone all day. I tried posting last night but Blogger was not cooperating. 

Hope you all had an enjoyable holiday. I heard calories don't count today!! I can't wait to enjoy my day off tomorrow. I have lots of sewing to do!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Log Cabin for Christmas

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The Log Cabin for my neighbor is done! I'll call her at the beginning of the week to give her the good news. She wanted to have it for Christmas so she could give it to her daughter. I'm happy I finished it. It took a long time but I'm glad I helped her out. I hate to think this quilt was in a tote for 7 years. I'm glad I got to make it into a real quilt so her daughter can enjoy it. 

I'll finally get back to my own projects. I have a few holiday gifts to make of my own. Between my real job and this quilt, I've fallen a bit behind. It's nice I can get back to my old routine. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders! Enjoy the weekend!


Monday, November 13, 2017

FMQ Quilting Finished!

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I finished my whole cloth table runner. I've never quilted this many swirls! I had such a great time working on this piece. I'm actually thinking of making another! There are 2 more whole cloth projects in Longarm Quilting Workbook. These are fun and fast as well as great way to learn new motifs and patterns.

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Here's a closeup. I wasn't sure how my quilting would look. Some of these patterns are new to me. I'm happy with the overall effect. Not perfect but good. Much better than I expected!

I've been diligently working on my neighbor's quilt. I'm sewing down the binding by hand. I'm so happy to say I'm on the very last side! Almost done! She'll have her quilt in plenty of time for Christmas. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Whole Cloth Quilting

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I told you in my last post that I bought the Longarm Quilting Workbook by Teresa Silva. I marked my whole cloth table runner this past weekend. This picture shows how much quilting I've done so far on this piece. It's so hard to get a decent picture of a small quilt on the longarm. There are all sorts of shadows. I think if you ignore the blue lines, you can get an idea of what I've been doing. I did some free motion quilting as well as ruler work. There are a few patterns I've never tried before. 

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It's not perfect by any means, but I'm happy with it. I feel I still have to learn how to control the weight of the longarm. Sometimes, I feel it controls me! Working on a small piece requires good control to keep your stitching in a specific area. That's something I'm still working on. I think that just comes with experience. I think this whole cloth piece is just perfect for helping me increase that control. I'm not sure I'll be using this as a table runner. The wall behind my longarm is completely bare. This piece might make a nice wall hanging. I'll decide when it's done!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Whole Cloth Quilted Table Runner

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I bought this wonderful book. I've been looking through it and drooling over the beautiful quilting. The author includes many projects that not only helps you practice your longarm quilting but also gives the quilter a finished project to display. Her easier projects are whole cloth small quilts.

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This picture is a little difficult to see but it's a whole cloth table runner with an on-point square. The author used thread the same color as the fabric. It hides those little mistakes that we would like to keep from being too obvious! (Nice tip!)

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Here's my fabric all marked and ready to go! I'll have to load it tomorrow at the earliest. It's already so late. And thanks to the change in time, it's going to get dark so early. Can't wait to start working on it! 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Power Restored!

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We had an awful wind and rain storm Sunday night. I had to work Monday morning at 7am. I set the alarm on my cell phone but I still kept waking up to check the time. I think we lost power around 4am. I had flash lights ready and it wasn't too bad. Unfortunately, the power didn't return until Wednesday afternoon at 3pm. It was not a pleasant experience! My house was so cold Wednesday morning. I was very grateful when the power got restored. What a relief!

I wish I could say I got a lot of handwork done. I found the lack of power to be very stressful and just didn't even feel like doing handwork. I kept reading my book but that's the most I accomplished. Once the power was back, I had a ton of laundry to catch up. I did start sewing down the binding on my neighbor's quilt last night. I have one short side done as you can see above.

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These is just a close up. It's hard to get the whole side into one picture. I'm actually turning the corner. 

I feel like I wasted the week but there wasn't much I could do. Our town is having Trick or Treat tomorrow night. I'm hoping we finally get back to normal. We're also looking into a generator. Don't want to go through this again!!


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Odds and Ends

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Look what I got in the mail today! I upgraded to Electric Quilt 8 a few days ago and ordered the instruction book. I started playing around with it and it seems easier than previous versions. I like it so far! I'll have more updates as I actually start using it. 


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I finished one mitten and have started the other. I love quick projects! 

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The binding is all cut out for my neighbor's Log Cabin quilt. I still have to iron it in half but hope to have it all sewn on in the next few days. 

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The leaves for the second border of Green Tea and Sweet Beans are ready for applique! 

I worked on Scrap Vortex yesterday. I'm making my way through my pile of scraps. It's coming along quite nicely!
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That's all my projects for now. I'm trying to get them all done. Slowly but surely!!


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Log Cabin All Quilted!

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It's done! I finished machine quilting the Log Cabin quilt for my neighbor today. As you can see, I quilted a large meander edge to edge. It was fast and I think it looks nice. The quilt still feels soft although it's quite heavy. It's heavy due to the size, not the quilting. It ended up measuring 94" X
107". I think if I can handle this on the long arm, I can handle any size!!

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Here it is laying nice and flat in my family room. It's the only room I can lay it out. I'm happy to see it done! I'm hoping my neighbor loves what I've done with it. Such a nice feeling to have finished such a large project!


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Log Cabin FMQ

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I've been machine quilting my neighbor's quilt for a few days now. She was not interested in any custom or ruler work. We decided on a large meander which makes sense since the quilt is such a large size. I'm using Aurifil thread 50 weight on top and Bottom Line in the bobbin. My machine seems to love this combination! It's been stitching very nicely!

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I can't really tell how much of the quilt I've quilted. I think I'm close to half way done but I'm not sure. I'm so happy that the quilting is moving along so quickly. I was afraid this quilt would take a long time based on the size alone. I really think the longarm is the reason I'm making such great timing. I've had the longarm about a year and I'm finally starting to feel comfortable with it. It seemed to take awhile. When I bought it, I wasn't aware of the steep learning curve. I'm glad I didn't know! I might have chickened out and never bought it!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Christmas Mittens

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I thought I would start making a few early Christmas gifts. I haven't made mittens in a very long time! I thought I would give it a try. So far so good! I figure once you're past the thumb, you're okay!
This is just some yarn I had in my stash. (Yes, I seem to have a yarn stash as well as a fabric stash!) I really love the cable running through the middle of the mitten. 

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The pattern comes from this book. I found this book years ago when Borders was going out of business. There are some really great patterns in this book. So glad I bought it! I still miss Borders, by the way.

I'll post a picture when I finish the mitten. Hope it turns out okay! Might make a few pairs if successful!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Huge Backing for Log Cabin

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I have the backing right side up with the quilt top sitting on top of it. Even though I checked my calculations many times, I wanted to make sure the backing was large enough to accommodate the quilt top. I have some nice extra fabric all around the top. Just how I like it!

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My neighbor has yards and yards of this green fabric which she wanted for the backing. I started by cutting one piece approximately 102 inches long. She had a 4 yard cut which made it easy to get this length with no seams.

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However, all her other pieces were closer to 2 yards. I decided to add to those 2 yard pieces. I kept the large piece in the middle. I sewed the pieced 102 inch pieces to the top and bottom of the piece in the first picture. It's hard to see. This backing is so large that I have no place in my house to lay it out nicely. Hope I can get it on the longarm okay. I have some batting all ready to go. I usually pop it in the dryer to get rid of some of the creases. I'll be loading it on the longarm tomorrow.

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Molly seems to agree with my choices so far. She found a nice place for herself! Cats always find a comfy little corner! Have a wonderful weekend!




Monday, October 9, 2017

Borders for Green Tea and Sweet Beans

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Here are my two borders for Green Tea and Sweet Beans. These borders will be sewn onto the top and bottom of the quilt top. The top border still needs leaves. I've started preparing them. I use the freezer paper method so it will take a little while to get the leaves ready for applique. 

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Here's a close up of the top border. I like using different fabrics for the stems between flowers. I think it makes the border more fun.

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This is a close up of both borders. It doesn't seem possible that these borders take so much time to make! When I finish the top border, I'm going to sew them onto the quilt top. It might make me feel as though I'm actually making progress on this quilt! These borders are nice but slow to make!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Scrap Vortex - Long Step 2!

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Here's my finished pile of scraps for Scrap Vortex. I haven't worked on this one in awhile. Step 2 is taking me a very long time! Step 2 is basically putting 2 scrap pieces together that were made in Step 1. I feel some of my scraps are a little large so I'm cutting some down and then joining them to other pieces. It's a slow process but if I just keep at it, it will get done.

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This is the pile of scraps I have yet to work through. It looks like I'm about half done. I'll just have to remind myself to keep working on it. I think after Step 2, it should become quicker. 

I'm also working on the backing for my neighbor's Log Cabin quilt. It's so big! I think making the backing will take awhile too. I can't wait to get it on the longarm. I spoke with my neighbor today and she thinks a big meander will look good. Once it's loaded, quilting should be fun! 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Finished Dust Cover

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Here's my completed dust cover for my Avante. I changed things up a little bit. I could have cut out an opening on either side to accommodate the poles. I decided against it. The openings would only work if the machine was pushed all the way to the back.While quilting, I just leave the machine wherever I stop. I felt this would keep the machine better protected against dust and any fur my cats may throw around in the area!

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Here's a closeup of the front of the machine before I applied the binding. I love the sewing machines! I wasn't convinced I needed I binding so I zig zagged all the edges. I suppose I could have left it but the binding does give it a nice finished look.

I also placed small velcro dots along the top that has a built in opening for the thread pole. I may use something else eventually. I feel those dots just keep coming off no matter how hard I press them down. Either way, I think it's a nice way to protect my machine.



Monday, September 25, 2017

Longarm Dust Cover


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Here are my pieces all cut out to make a dust cover for my long arm.

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Here are the directions. I've read through them and they don't really make sense to me. I hope I'll have a better idea of what to do once I start sewing. The pattern is a free download on the Handi Quilter website. 

The weather has been so very warm and humid. It feels like middle of summer. I'm happy to stay indoors and sew!

On Ringo Lake, Part 3

Here is half of Part 3 of the On Ringo Lake Mystery Quilt. Boy, this one seems to be taking forever! They're very similar to the fl...