Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Jack & Aves Quilt

This will be a donation quilt.  I put it together at the retreat I recently attended.  It was very easy to put together, but it took a long time to get the blocks arranged.  I had 2 ladies helping me with an occasional passerby stopping to give input.  We thought we had it, then we didn't.  We were laughing hysterically after about 10 minutes of shuffling blocks.

The quilt is one of those free patterns for 5 coordinating 1 yard bundles called Jack & Aves and measures about 55.5" x 64.5".  No room for cutting mistakes either.  I only have a few small strips left over from the 5 yards. 

Jack & Aves
I laid the top over a bed  & stood on a chair to take the picture.  There are no borders on this one.

Keep on Stitchin'!!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Scrap Scramble Progress

Went to a retreat recently and made a bit of progress on Carol Doak's Yahoo Group's Scrap Scramble quilt from a year or so ago.  Still have 3 more month's to piece, but at least 3 more are done!  Several of the months have a complete block and additional smaller blocks that will be placed here and there on the quilt layout.  I'll have to wait until this one is put together to decide if I want to keep it or donate it!

June Blocks

June Block closeup
July Blocks

 July Block Closeup
August Blocks

August Block Closeup
 Also got a donation quilt top pieced at the retreat. I'll snap a picture of it after a good pressing!

Keep on Stitchin'!!

March Little Quilt

Still March, barely, and I finished the March Little Quilt top.  Decided to embroider the large center area and the cornerstones.  The original pattern shows a pretty print in these areas.  The center measures 9.5" and I used designs from Hatched In Africa and arranged designs and elements to create the center.

March Little Quilt
 It measures 18.5" square.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

ShooFly quilt finished!

Got the binding done today.  The sky finally cleared up enough to take some pictures outside.  This is another donation quilt.
Autumn Colors ShooFly quilt
Autumn Colors Closeup
Autumn Colors Backing
Other than stitching in the ditch around the blocks, the quilt is free motion.  The backing fabric is a true rust color and was really hard to get a picture with close coloring as well as showing the quilting.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Pat Sloan's ShooFly Scrap Happy Quilting

I have the ShooFly Scrap Happy quilt on the frame and having fun!  This is all free motion except for the stitch in the ditch around each block on which I'm using a ruler.

Autumn Colors quilting

Autumn Colors Closeup

I've decided to name this one Autumn Colors.  I'm still having problems backtracking over stitches.  I can't seem to 'hit' the right spot! LOL 

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Braid Quilt is Finished!

One more quilt top quilted.  I'm keeping this one.  I was having a lot of machine trouble and my tension is not the best on this quilt.  And I think I've finally learned that some things I just can't do...like use one color thread in the needle and another color in the bobbin.  Once I finally figured out what the machine trouble was and getting good stitches, there was no way to keep the bobbin thread from peeking thru the top or the top thread from peeking through the back.  So from now on, whatever is in the needle will be in the bobbin.  And I may have convinced myself that variegated should not be my first choice.  Live & Learn!!!

Braided Blues Finished

Braided Blues Label
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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Pat Sloan's Vacation - March Block

March's block is called Surf's Up.  This is an easy block and should have taken me little time to make.  However, I must have taken this thing apart a dozen times!  Can one develop Quilter's Dyslexia?????  I kept sewing the various sections the wrong way...and yes, I had the block laid out next to me.

Vacation - March Surf's Up
In the end I finally got it correct.  Yes, the fabrics in the 4 corners are supposed to be turned that way.  The center block should have been the same fabric as the red/blue directional fabric, but I didn't like having the directional in the center.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Upcoming Retreat!!

I'll be off to a retreat soon.  Been getting some things ready to work on.  I have 2 paper piecing projects, one that's followed me to a couple of  retreats now, and another that is the March Little Quilt from Quilt With Us (Connecting Threads).  Also have a kid's quilt to put together and a mystery that I haven't gotten done from the first of the year.  The mystery - the one in the front of the picture - still needs some prep work on it so I can assemble it easily at the retreat.  Guess I'd better come up with another quilt to work on, as I can't work on paper piecing for long periods of time.
Getting ready for first retreat in 2015
Looking forward to the retreat and some serious sewing!

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Braid Quilt off the Frame

It's quilted and off the frame, but that's as far as I've gotten.  No wait, I also made the label.  Here it is, folded up and put aside waiting for me to trim the edges and put the binding on.
Braid Quilt waiting to be trimmed and bound.
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Friday, March 6, 2015

Braid Quilt Progress

Making progress on the braid quilt from Eleanor Burns.  I first stitched in the ditch the whole quilt, then rolled back to the beginning and began the quilting.
Quilting in progress
The process of stitching in the ditch, even with a ditch stitch ruler, has been very frustrating for me.  My ruler foot has never been centered around the needle, making it difficult to guess where the needle will be going.  I kept thinking I'd get used to it....NOT!  So I finally asked for help from other Bailey Home Quilting machines.  Thanks to their advice, instructions, and suggestions, I'm hoping that problem is behind me.  Whup! Whup!  I discovered I can now hit my mark just about every time when lowering the needle.  It was a bit nerve wracking to loosen screws and turn shafts, but thank goodness, I didn't screw anything up! LOL

Keep on Stitchin'!!