Sunday, August 17, 2014

Working With Rulers

I've learned that working with rulers can be intense.  Especially if it is cross-hatching.  Here is my latest work, using rulers, cross-hatching, and some free motion.

First, the whole quilt.  Done.


This. Took.  Forever.  Literally.

Here is the border treatment.  Actually, this was a fun part.  I really like when I get to the borders.


Here you can see all the cross-hatching in the yellow.


Now a view of the back.  I took a picture of one of my mistakes, but I won't tell you where it is.


You'll probably see it here, though.


What a relief!

What's next?  Not a whole lot.  I won't be posting for a while, I've got other things going on.  But, if I get something done this week, I'll take a picture.

Keep Sewing!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

An All-Time Favorite Quilt

I am honored to be able to quilt for other people.  This trust they put in me to help make their quilt shine, is sometimes overwhelming.  However, I think I just did my  All-Time Favorite Quilt.


This 27" square quilt was pieced by a 7-year-old girl in my neighborhood.  This is her first project she has sewn.


She brought it to me for quilting, and then I also did the binding.


She then gave it to her 3-year-old brother, for when he pretends to be a dog.  That has got to be the best gift ever!

She wanted puffy batting, so we used a scrap of polyester batting that I had.  I also had a red scrap in my stash for the binding.  Didn't she do an awesome job?!!

This is one I quilted for someone else.  (Actually, grandmother to the above quilter).  I love the colors used.


I used the continuous curve for this one, and it seemed to flow as I quilted it.  The fun part is, if you miss something going one way, you get a second chance coming back.




Here is the quilting from the back.  I think that is one of the funnest parts of quilting; looking at the pattern made on the back.


Finally, how many unfinished projects do you have?  A lady in my guild this last year had 305 kits waiting to be put together.  I don't have that many, but I do have a few.  This one I found in a box, when I was looking for something else.  I had removed the center 4 blocks, because they were sewn wrong, then tucked it away. So, I spent an hour piecing it back together, and piecing the back.  It is ready to be quilted.


I now have 8 projects of my own, waiting to be quilted, because the tops are done and the backs are, too.  Anybody selling time in a bottle?  I sure could use some!

I am currently quilting a friend's quilt, that I am doing cross-hatching in.  This takes HUGE amounts of time, and I need to get it done soon, to get 2 others done in the next 3 weeks.  I am hoping I can squeeze more time out of my life to spend at the machine to get them done.

Do you have a favorite quilt?  Do you have unfinished projects?  Do you find yourself wishing for more time at the sewing or quilting machine?  Do tell me!

Keep Sewing!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Catching Up! A longer post than usual.

I've really had time to focus on quilting for others this summer.  My work schedule changed, so I have more consecutive days to quilt...which is so heavenly!

This quilt made me a little nervous because of the 16 inch borders.  However, I traced the big flowers in the center, then traced the design on the borders, alternating flowers, and it worked up pretty well.  The owner was pleased, and giving it to a granddaughter.



The fabrics made me smile, and I enjoyed picking out familiar fabrics that I have owned, or seen at my work.


Then, in time for summer, a great watermelon quilt.  I quilted puffy feathers in the creams, using cream thread, and an echoed paisley in the red and green, using green variegated thread.

I was pleased at some of the compliments received.  I'm working to improve my quilting, and this one was fun to do.




Then, an interesting design, with nine patches, and a type of lattice.  I should have loaded it with the lattice going across the frame, but I didn't realize it or design the quilting in time.

I used blue thread, and did continuous circles in and around the nine patches.  Then, a straight line in the lattice sashing.


I always enjoy the design created on the back.  It's often a surprise to me, mostly a pleasant surprise.


The borders were single blocks, quilted with the same continuous circles.  Then, I filled in the white with squiggles, and did a quilted leaf in the setting triangles.


This next one used some fun fabric, the owner wanted the blocks treated like applique.  I didn't want the quilting to detract from the graphic design of the fabric.  So, wiggly lines around the block.


Big suns in the border felt right with the theme, plus all those angles fit in well.


Secondary design on the back, as the wiggly lines meet in the pinwheel cornerstone blocks.


Same design shown from the front.


Next, a princess quilt.  She wanted it similar to the pattern, which makes my job just a bit easier.  However, I did think of the inner border design.  She wanted an emphasis on  hearts in the quilt.


 More big borders, but this flower was freehand, instead of tracing.


Whew!  I am amazed as I look back on all of these quilts!  It really has been a more productive time this summer than for many months.

Then, last week, a visitor!  That means my own sewing happens.  We each made a Jelly Roll Quilt.  First, my visitor made this one.  

I made this one with Snowbird Batiks by Moda.  I also added an additional row on the top and on the bottom, to make it just a bit longer for my sweet husband.  I think that I will use a pantograph for quilting this one.  I am waiting for the right color of Minky to show up at the store.  Plus I have a few more quilts for others waiting for me.


Not enough time for everything I am wanting to create.  I guess that's normal for everyone.  Still, I am grateful for the time I've enjoyed quilting this summer.  It helps that I can practice quilting for others, and push myself a little bit each time.

I hope you are sewing, too!  I'll have more to show soon!

Friday, May 23, 2014

More Fun Pictures

My friend, Janet, promised more pictures of Sue with personality.  She sent them, so, I'm sharing them here.







Thanks, Janet!!!

I know the gals in the classes had a fabulous time.  There was a lot of laughter, and a lot of trying things out on the machines.  Sue made you feel like you could do anything!

I was a little nervous when she was sharing quilts, while standing by the stairs.  I was afraid that in her exuberance, she would take a step back and tumble down.  However, she did not and all was well!

I spent a day and a half quilting cross-hatches on a quilt, using a ruler.  I now know that I will need to charge more for this service, as it takes a LOT of time.

This is the front of the quilt, only not really that yellow.


Here is the back of the quilt.  I used the computerized machine at work to do the 6-petal flowers, then brought it home to do the ruler work on the rest.  So, about 2 full days of quilting.


So, I did an easy one, next.  I baby quilt.

I found the design online with a Google search on baby boy quilts.  It may have been a pantograph, but was easy to do free-motion.

I was so excited about the swirls, and how easy they were, I put on a minky quilt for my 15-year-old son.  I played with swirling circles and squares, and loved the way it looked.  I wanted to leave some puffiness to it, so I kept the quilting nice and big.


And the best part?  It only took about an hour to quilt.  Nice play time on a busy day.  I'll bind it soon.

Have a great week and Happy Sewing!

Monday, May 19, 2014

What I Just Pieced

In my last post, I forgot about the quilt top I just pieced.  It was designed to go on a table in my dining area, as it goes with my blue wall.

Here is the finished quilt top, which finishes 34 inches square.


It is my first attempt at a mitered border.  I am very pleased with how it turned out.


I took a class once (about 8 years ago) that showed how to do fun bindings and borders.  So, I just did this from what I remembered from the class, and other reading I've done through the years.  I added a step that I've never heard of, and I only had to unpick one corner to redo it.  Happiness!

I'm thinking of sharing the tip, later when I can show a picture of it, too.  I didn't have my camera handy for a picture at the time I was sewing.

I'll show again after the quilting.  I've got two customer quilts this week, and 9 more after that, that really need my attention.  The one on the frame right now needs a ton of ruler work - cross-hatching 1 inch squares.  I am hoping to give it my best attention early in the week, then take care of a baby quilt towards the end of the week.

We've traveled, my son had his Eagle court of honor, I had gifts to make for the end of guild year, and our big class at the shop, so I've not quilted as much as I'd like to.  Now is the time to buckle down.

Have a great week, and Happy Sewing!