Monday, September 29, 2014

Awww...Retreat is over

I worked on 3 projects while at the retreat over the weekend.  One I finished, one I made a bit of progress, one I put aside after completing one of the BOM instructions for when I could concentrate.

There were requests at last year's retreat for me to bring my embroidery machine so some ladies could sew out a few contour designs. (see the post prior to this one.)  I made up a couple of small sample tops for the ladies and they chose what and how many they wished to sew out.  Here's the samples.

I used variegated on the blue contours.  It shows up better in real life.  The dragonflies were a real hit!  I digitized these myself and no, they are not available for sale.

So, what did I get done?  The quilt top for a quilt along from a FB group, Quilty Friends Quilt Along.

Flowers In The Wind
Debating whether to add another border or not.

I got another month's paper piecing from Carol Doak done.  Oops, there are actually 6 of those smaller diamonds.  It's done, but I didn't get it in the picture.  I still have to concentrate on paper piecing, so trying to get much of this done at retreat doesn't work well for me!  I certainly don't want to miss anything going on around me!! 
December Scrap Scramble
The last thing I worked on I cannot show.  It will be a surprise for the recipient, so can't let the cat out of the bag about it.  But I did get several blocks completed at retreat.

We'll be doing some painting inside the house for a while, so I won't be able to get at my sewing and quilting for a while.  Darn!  But after the painting is done, I can put up my new Bernina frame.  So looking forward to using that frame with Bailey15.

Keep on Stitchin'!!!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Packing for Retreat!

WooHoo!  Another retreat coming soon!  I'm packing up stuff to work on and once again, my sewing room is a mess!  Imagine that!

I'll be taking 2 machines this year.  Last year several ladies requested to do some embroidery after seeing the Odyssey Quilt top.

Altho I got permission from the digitizer (my Bernina Dealer) to use his designs, I decided to create my own.  Those who participate will sew out the designs to use however they wish, but no one gets the digital designs.  Here's an image of the designs I created. And in case anyone is wondering, no, I do not sell my designs.

In here are several projects to work on, along with my pillow and quilt for the bed.  That Tutto bag for my Bernina 830 sure comes in handy for retreats!!!

My Juki is packed up and ready for it's first trip to a retreat.

And I'll be putting my Bernina 630e in these bags, since the Juki is in the bag I usually use to haul the 630.  The 630 will be doing the embroidery.

Almost ready!  We'll see how much I get done at this retreat!

Keep On Stitchin'!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Globetrotter Block 9

Barcelona Spain was the block for this month.  I think there's only 2 more blocks for this quilt.

Globetrotter Block 9
Looking forward to seeing this quilt put together.

Keep on Stitchin'!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Done, Done & Done!!

Label made, check.  Binding on, check.  Washed, check.  Finally I am done with this quilt and it will soon be out of my house and on it's way to Project Linus.

The quilting shows up better after washing and I love the wrinkly look of washed quilts.  Many don't, but to me it adds to the quilt appeal and comfort.  Here's pictures of before washed and after washed, plus a closeup of the after washed quilting.

Before washing
After washing

Closeup of after washing
I decided to try my hand at taking pictures outside.  I draped the quilt over the fence and shot towards the back yard.  Worked pretty well, I think.

Keep on Stitchin'!!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Nothing But Indentions!

Took down the Start Right Frame yesterday.

How sad this little room feels right now!


Nothing but indentions in the carpet.  But it won't be sad for long.  I hope to be setting up the new Bernina quilt frame in a couple weeks! 

Hurry up and get out here, Window Installer People!!!!

Keep on Stitchin'!!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Bernina Frame!

What's this I see in the garage???  Boxes?  BERNINA boxes??!!!  Whup! Whup!! 

3 Big Boxes!

What could be in them?  Hmmmmm?????

This is a long and very, very heavy box....Part of the Bernina Quilt frame.

Here's another box with more frame parts.

And this one has the carriage that Bailey15 will happily claim as it's new home!

Sadly, assembly of the frame is on hold until we get the windows replaced in the house.  This should happen, hopefully, in the next couple weeks.  Fingers crossed!

Keep on Stitchin'!!

Ruler Work

Quilting with a ruler on the frame is not as easy as one would think.  I have a whole new respect for professional quilters!  Finally got the quilting done on the Just Us Quilters Mystery quilt from earlier this year.  I learned a lot.  One thing I learned is I need so much more practice on this.  Another is not to choose to do so darn much!  But it's quilted and I hope someone will find comfort under it.  This will be another donation quilt.
JUQ Mystery 2014 Top Quilted

Closer Look At The Quilting

The Back.
I still need to bind it, but that will be after I do a little frog stitching.  I started out doing more quilting, but changed my mind after the first row.  Ugh...removing stitches....such fun...NOT!!

Keep on Stitchin'!