Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Okay, I think I'm liking this better. Which is good because I have all the squares cut out for the yellow/green stars. I went with a smaller green stripe and more blue. The setting squares are a dark blue kona cotton that was on sale this weekend. I'm planning on quilting stars in yellow so that should work out well.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
This is the final, washed up version of the quilt for my niece that my mom and I worked on. It was a kit from Stars & Scraps Quilt Shop in Corona and we made it a little bigger by adding in an extra row of pinwheels. I think it's the first quit that I've done on point and is definitely the first raw edge piecing. Super easy and fun though. The directions were great and they also detailed how to quilt it. We did not want to use the hard plastic buttons for the pinwheel centers so did do little buttons out of fabric yo yos.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Did I mention that I have a new niece? And according to the pictures I've seen so far, she's short on girl themed blankets. So I whipped up six flannel receiving blankets today and they'll wing their way to Key West, FL tomorrow.
Hooray for flannel sales just when you need them. And yes, by that I mean there is no change to the amount of flannel waiting to be used in this house. I did go out to get more BUT did sew it all up on the same day.
Hooray for sergers too. These were quick! Not so much square as quick.
And here's the reason for the buttons. Aerith Rinoa and her brother Squall.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
I did freehand flowers and little leaves in the binding. I definitely need to get the hang of this a little more. Also, I've realized that the big machine is super picky about the type of thread and no amount of tension adjustment is going to change that.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
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Saturday, March 13, 2010
It's pieced and quilted. I cut the binding too but let's not go too crazy trying to get that on. Oh, who am I kidding? I'll have it machine stitched on tonight and settle in with a movie for the whip stitching by hand.
The backing is of course flannel with guitars, I was lucky to find something close to the nursery theme. I used a guitar pantograph by Dave Hudson. Due to the quick deadline, I tried a digital download of the design for the first time. It was not entirely straightforward but I managed to resize and tape a few copies together to make a long enough pattern. Lucky this is a baby quilt though or I might not have wrestled with it as much as I did.
Here's a closeup, I was a little shaky on following the lines.
I was invited to a baby shower early last week. Of course I want to make her a quilt but it took a little sleuthing to get colors and a theme picked out. The baby shower is on Tuesday. Who puts the Obsessive Compulsive in Quilting? Me! Of course I started it at 9 pm last night. Here it is 12 hours later. . . and yes, I did get lots of sleep and all that regular life stuff. I just happen to be an early riser. And you can see I'm not going nuts on the piecing design for this one although it already has grown 3 inches since the Excel layout.
It's loaded up on the quilting frame now and I hope to get the quilting started after I run the dogs and do some chores.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
It's all done in it's crinkly glory. My mom finished the binding and the label last weekend. Then I begged for pictures and she did a great job.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Then there's the last placemat for my birthday set waiting for the binding to be sewn on. And since I had a big strip left, how about the first coaster of a possible set of coasters?
And last, I am going to re-purpose some old templates that I had for cutting paper shapes. They seem to be just tall enough to trace the big quilter if I hold it with one hand and drive with the other. Kids, don't try this at home. Or at least not until I give it a whirl.