Showing posts with label quilts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label quilts. Show all posts

Friday, July 24, 2015

Longarm heaven

I'm in longarming heaven today, stitching is going great and I see several tops getting quilted this weekend.  This top was made for my daughter last year, she's been waiting for me to get it quilted.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Summer Duet quilt

I finished the top today, it's always a good day when a top can be done!  Now on to long arming.  I have 4 finished tops that need long arming.  I should be able to get them all done this week!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Today's progress...

I've finished six 18" blocks with 3 more to go!  This is my version of the Summer Duet quilt (photo of this quilt is seen in the previous post).

Saturday, June 6, 2015

My latest efforts

I've taken a bit of time off from quilting to work outside, and am getting back to the sewing machine this weekend.  It feels good!  I'm working on my next quilt top, a quilt called Summer Duet from Fons and Porter.  It's a present for a cousin in Arizona, I'm thinking of using a layer of flannel instead of batting since she lives in a hot area of the country.

I finished a table topper in January:

And here's a lap quilt, using 1850's textured reproduction fabrics.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Re: UFOs: UnFinished Objects

Therapy no longer needed.  I lasted 5 days.

Here are my new projects, started about midnight last night.  How many free patterns have you downloaded and never used?  I decided to use this one, Garden Gate Plaids, from Andover Fabrics.  (Click on the tab called "download" to find the pattern.) I ordered the green background a few minutes ago, and all the rest are in my stash. I started cutting fabric for the blocks last night.

While going through my stash I found a kit that I forgot I had.  It's called "It takes a village", an african proverb.  The kit uses, appropriately, African batik fabrics.  I bought the kit and let it get buried for some reason.  I took a break from cutting to add this blog post!  I need coffee!

I'm amazed, simply amazed how quilting 'feels'.  What a great way to relax and let the cares of the day fall away.  I resolve to never go through life without UFOs.

Last, but not least, I picked out these fabrics for ... drum roll please... my bedroom!  Imagine that?  Making a quilt for myself??? Oooo, what a lovely idea!  This pattern was downloaded from Quilter's Club of America.  This company has a free online forum, I've made some wonderful friends there!  It's a free forum, but if you decide to become a member, you get to download 400 free patterns, get discounts at fabric stores, they mail you free quilting magazines and more!  This is the pattern, and the fabrics I chose from my stash last night!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

UFOs: UnFinished Objects

I don't make a good retired person.  You know the feeling you have after handing out the chocolate cake, only to realize that was the last piece and you didn't get one?  Or the dream where you're walking down the aisle at church, with no clothes on?  There's something seriously wrong at my house and I finally found out what is causing this unsettled feeling....

All my UFOs are done.

I'm seriously in need of therapy.

I finished my last UFO 5 days ago:

The photo above shows the detail in the outer border.  It's a large throw size quilt I made for my Aunt Louise. I chose this fabric because of the childrens book illustrations from the 1950s.  She is a wonderful mom, and does so much for her family.


Friday, September 20, 2013

More blocks finished!

On to finishing the embroidered blocks!  What are you working on this weekend?

My husband is taking our 12 yr old on a boy scout camping trip this weekend, which means I get to sew, sew, sew for 2 days straight.  For those who've come to my blog for the first time, I home school our son, and have a daughter in college.  Life is hectic, both our children have disabilities and sewing takes a back seat sometimes.  The quilt I've been working on lately is for my mom.

Thursday, September 12, 2013


Today is a day to be thankful.  Yesterday was a day to remember.  Today, God is still on the throne. Jesus is still King of kings and His tomb is still empty. And there's still room at the cross.

All the pieced blocks are finished, just need to start the embroidered blocks and I can begin piecing the top of my mom's quilt.  This has been an easy quilt, so far, and very relaxing, too!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Quilt in progress

I've finished 8 of the blocks for the 2007 Patchwork Party quilt.  I bought the set of unfinished BOMs from someone on the web.  She bought it and never got around to working on it.  I have 4 more blocks to go, with the 9th to be finished in a couple hours!

I started using Mary Ellen's Best Press on my fabric and I can really tell a difference in the quality of my seams.  It's easier to sew a scant 1/4" seam when the fabric has been starched.  I bought cherry blossom as well as the lavender scent.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Think Nemo was bad?

Now that the blizzard has blown itself out, the streets are becoming clear, the 10 foot piles of snow on the sidewalk have melted to a mere 8 feet, I'd like to share this with you:

A video posted online yesterday shows thousands of spiders "raining down" in the southern Brazilian town of Santo Antônio da Platina.  Apparently, in Brazil, this phenomenon is normal.  Personally, I would not use the word 'normal' to describe a spider downpour.  Earthquakes are also normal but I've never seen anyone in the history of the world use the word normal to describe an earthquake.  Can you see this as a headline?... "A normal earthquake hit Japan today, killing 5,000."    I don't think so.

I will never, ever, ever complain about snow again for the rest of my life.  At least not until the next blizzard hits.

I've been working on a new American Hero quilt today.  This is my first try with rulers.  When I loaded this one on the frame, it called out for ruler work, don't you agree?

Monday, February 4, 2013

Thread problem solved

Update: Once the humidity went up, the thread stopped falling off the cone.  How did I know this was a factor?  When you try threading the needle, and the thread is drawn away from the needle, landing on the metal hopping foot, then you know static is a problem.  Put humidity in the air, and this solves the problem!  And your nose will thank you as well!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Tension problems?

I'm trying to use a new thread this weekend, a 50 wt So Fine variegated with luscious colors.  I'm having fits with it though... arrrrgh!  The thread is falling off the cone too fast, gets caught and 'snap', the thread breaks.  I have 2 variables that could be causing the problem.

I placed a thread sock on the cone, but the thread is still loose near the top of the cone.  With the thread sock, the thread doesn't fall off the cone, but the thread is loose as it unwinds near the top of the cone.  I also have high static electricity in the air, so that could be the problem as well.

I placed a pot of boiling water on the stove to put humidity in the air.  We will soon see if static is the problem.

While taking a break from the break, I found a great video on tension problems.  You don't need an expensive TOGO tension gauge, it's simple!  Take a look and let me know what you think?
Update: Feb. 6th Here's the url, for some reason over 700 of you visited my page today, and blogger is having a temper tantrum over it.  (smile)

He really knows tension!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Long arm in action

This post ties into the last post.  I found a video that can help the non-quilters visiting my blog see a long arm quilting machine in action.

Long arm quilting is sooo relaxing.  Beginning quilters can easily use a long arm quilting machine. I use a Tin Lizzie 26" machine, but there are several brands available.  I like Tin Lizzie because it isn't picky, doesn't fuss when I switch thread weights, in fact, I don't even need to adjust the tension.  Thread the machine and just go!  Tech support is Faaaabulous as well, I was very impressed when I needed to call tech support.

If you have a long arm dealer nearby, visit the shop and test drive a machine.  You'll see how easy and relaxing it is.  It doesn't matter which brand is near you, all long arm machines use the same basic machinery, it will be the options that are different between brands.  Whatever's Quilted, in Wake Forest, is my favorite shop, along with Bernina World of Sewing on Glenwood Ave. in  Raleigh.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

And now, back to the long arm!

I've had a few questions about quilting with a long arm.  So I thought I'd load some photos.  I think visuals might help the confusion among the non-quilters reading my blog.   

Long arm quilting is simply stitching the backing, batting and quilt top together, forming a quilt sandwich.  The first task is loading the backing fabric onto 12 foot long rollers.  The fabric in the photo above is a beautifully dyed batik from the island of Bali.  After the backing fabric is loaded and rolled taut, the batting is placed on top, you can see cotton batting lying on the fabric in the photo.

I have 2 choices as I proceed loading the batting and quilt top.  There are more 12 foot rollers, one set for each layer of a quilt.  I can load the batting and top on those if I want to.  The other choice is the one I always use, it's called floating.  I simply float the batting and quilt top on top of the backing fabric.  To start the long arming, I stitch along the top and sides to anchor the 3 layers together, and then the fun begins!

Monday, January 21, 2013


Over 20 years ago Hurricane Andrew devastated Florida.  A friend of mine was living in a suburb south of Miami at that time and she lost everything they owned.  Her parrot actually saved their lives.  The parrot, named Jaco, could sense the vibrations in the building before the roof lifted off, and was agitated in such a way that she knew they needed to go to a lower floor and get away from the roof.

She lives in North Carolina now, along with Jaco.   We spent all day last Saturday sewing quilts for Hurricane Sandy victims.  A Hurricane Andrew victim now doing something to help lift the spirits of Hurricane Sandy victims.  Isn't it great how life comes around?

This is Jaco sitting on the quilt we made together.

By the way, the newspaper printed a story about the quilting for Hurricane Sandy victims.  There were 53 of us sewing that Saturday.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Asking a quilter to mend something? like asking Michaelangelo to paint a garage.

It's rainy and cold in North Carolina today.  A perfect day for quilting!  The ruler foot for my Tin Lizzie needs replaced, I'm in withdrawal.  I can't quilt.  What to do, what to do.... Go fabric shopping! 

I bought the entire line of Moda's fabric collection called Audra's Iris Garden.  So lovely!  I found a lovely pattern on the website Quilters Club of America and I'll use this line of fabric to make a quilt... for me!  Imagine that?   Audra's Iris Garden has an elegant deep purple and I love this color!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

American Hero Quilts

I've finished the Hero quilts, and they'll be shipped back to American Hero Quilts on Tuesday.  Check out the website for American Hero Quilts, they are doing an awesome job supporting our wounded soldiers.

This is the quilt I finished longarming this weekend:

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Quilt of Valor finished!

... and after
I finished a quilt of valor, and have one more to go. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

You must be a Master Gardener if...

What the finished quilt will look like.
My finished blocks.
I started piecing a new quilt today.  It's a Patchwork Party quilt.  This one is for my mom.  I've been using the Singer 201 sewing machine to piece this week.  What a wonderful machine!

Singer 15-91 affectionately called "the tank".  I use this to sew leather, heavy canvas, etc.
In this photo you see leather I used to reupholster my chiropractor's table.
It was 1/4" thick and this machine went through it like it was butter.
 (The blue bin you see in the above photo are my worms.  .... What?  You don't keep worms in your dining room?)