Friday, July 20, 2018

Free Motion Friday - a Work in Progress

Until this week, I hadn't worked on this show quilt in months.  I was back at it and had to remember what I was doing.  I decided on using a motif after this quilt was all marked and pinned.  What to do?  Tissue paper to the rescue!  I have some doctor paper (the kind that goes on doctor's office examination tables and it's like Golden Threads paper too) that I layer together.  How many layers?  Twenty.  Yes!  Twenty!  I then took out my thread from my machine and was easily able to stitch through all twenty layers.

Then I pin it to the area where I want to quilt it.  I then stitched on the perforated lines and then ripped the paper off.  There are little pieces that get stuck so you have to look really carefully to make sure you remove them all.  It's not my favorite method, but in this instance it was the best choice.

Here's the motif after the paper has been ripped off.  You'll have to stay tuned to see the whole quilt soon.  It will debut at MQX Midwest this year.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Apple River Quilt Guild Class! Eye Candy Ahead!

This is my second July teaching a class for the Apple River Quilt Guild in Amery, Wisconsin.  What an amazing bunch of ladies!  It was so good to see you all again.

My favorite part?  One lady looked at me and said, "Oh!  You're the teacher who taught me that I could free motion and now I do it all the time!  I just made seaweed on my ocean quilt."  I was tickled pink.

This year we did machine applique from my Flower in a Pot series.

I love the use of Laurel Birch's cats in the pot!

I love the plaid in this tulip.

I love the blue square fabric in the tulip.

Great choice of thread for the petals.  They're so pretty.  And I love pattern on the light green leaves.

Love the pot fabric.

This pot is so dynamic.  The print for the pot is just so pretty.

Stitching away...

I love the use of flower prints in the flower.  Such fun!

This one is for a kitchen! I love the use of the strips and apples.

Isn't the pot on this one fabulous?  I love batiks.

I love all the different colored petals here.  And the use of the light at the top too.

The light green thread on this piece of applique really makes the thread sparkle.

Very modern!  Love it.

I am not sure I would have had the guts to do so many different colors of petals, but it's GORGEOUS.  I love the way it turned out.

Isn't the fussy cut pot perfect for this flower>!

Check out the dark stitching on that plaid!  It really makes it pop.

Soooo pretty.  I love the blue petals.

All stitched!  There were quite a few ladies who completed their flower by the end of class! 

Say Cheese...

The class was such fun!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Furniture Inspiration

I love this chest.  I didn't need to spend the money, but isn't the carving on the front amazing?  It would be a great quilting pattern or applique pattern.

I didn't end up buying this couch, but I love the pillows.  Interesting circular designs side by side.  Hmmmm....

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Free Motion Friday - My Son's First Adventure on the Longarm

When my Island Batik Ambassador box came last week my younger son claimed the Paisley Dot Brights as his.  My comment was, "only if you're going to use them."  Well, I'm happy to say that yesterday he did!  We laid out the 10 inch squares.

Then he picked out this gorgeous Aurifil thread to piece with.  A variegated thread.  He's brave! 

He was slow and patient and did a good job keeping a 1/4 inch seam.

In less than two hours we had the whole top put together.

Fortunately, grandma didn't have anything loaded on her long arm, so we bought some Minky for the back and loaded it up!

A lesson on the machine ensued.

He had no fear.  This kid LOVES to draw with a pencil and would say, "Ready, Set, Stitch" and away he'd go. He quilted mushrooms, jellyfish, lots of spirals.

The lowest object there is a Jellyfish with four legs.

He even quilted his name!  And the kid hasn't learned cursive yet.

I must admit he made his mama want to try it.  Stay tuned!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Island Batik Ambassador Box #2

Getting a box from Island Batiks is like Christmas for me!  It's always so exciting to see what is in the box.  This box was amazing!  I can't wait to get started.  I LOVE being an Island Batik Ambassador!  Be sure to look for these collections in your local quilt shop.

I adore this Indigo Morris collection!  I can't wait to make a blue and white quilt with them.

I know and love the solid white batik fabric from Island Batik.  Who knew it came in black and gray?!  Sew excited.

These are fabrics from the Check it Out line.  Aren't they fun?  I can't wait to fussy cut them of course!

Five yards of this gorgeous neutral.

Some foundations pieces.  I love the mix of colors.

Dots!  I love dots!

All a Flutter.  This would be perfect for a baby girl quilt...

Surprise!  You'll have to wait on this one.  Yes, I peeked.

An amazing gift from Aurifil!  A 10 year anniversary bag.  A spool of red orange (my favorite!) thread and a pack of green in all the different weights.  Won't that be fun for an appliquer?!  I also love the Powered by Aurifil sticker...where to put it?

AND THIS made me SOOOO excited!  I LOVE Hobbs Batting.  It has my favorite Cotton/Wool, a wool batting and a cotton batting.  I can't wait to play with this too! 

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, July 9, 2018

When Two Quilters and One Clothing Sewer go to the Warehouse Store

What happens when you take one cousin who sews and embroiders and two quilters to the warehouse fabric store?  This...

We have lots of interesting things!  Satin, fleece, denim, canvas, cotton, a pillow form.  We had fun.  Oh!  And I bought a ton of leather scrap bags in different weights and COLORS!  I had way too much fun.

We also got into cooking with fresh berries.  Strawberry pie (bought from the local farm) with a black raspberry glaze (from our backyard)

We also made 7 batches of jam.  We got a bit carried away.  This batch is apricot.  It is soooo tasty!

I hope you get to quilt today! And also enjoy summer's bounty!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Stitching on Paint Block 11

It's the last block.  I know.  There are 11.  You'll have to wait and see what happens...

Here is the block with the light blue stitched.

I did paisleys in the light blue.

Doesn't the back look amazing!? 

Then to echo the orange fabric which has little rectangles in it I decided to stitch the dark blue areas with bricks.  I love the contrast between the curvy paisleys and the straight bricks.  Such fun!

And the back... 

I hope you get to quilt today!