Saturday, November 18, 2017

I Wish You a Merry Quilt-a-long Extra Block - Santa

I found this adorable Santa pattern at Stitches of Love.  I love his floppy layered hat!  I had a lot of fun making him.  I contemplated a leather beard for a while and then decided that was too weird.  So here he is all done!  I used a large size blanket stitch on his beard to make it stand out.

I fussy cut a snowflake to fit right into the pompom on Santa's hat.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Free Motion Friday - Quilting Vintage Part 5

Quilting Vintage Part 5 today!  Today I get to start quilting in that yummy blue satin!  I discovered last time that I can't mark the blue satin, so I used doctor paper to help me stitch the lines.  Now for the fun.   For the area next to the border I used one of my quilting designs Curl Echoes.  It did them very small to add texture to the space.  I love the way it came out.

Be sure to check out the links to the previous posts

It really tacks down the area and will leave the thin border to shine.

I knew that for the next border I wanted to go back and add more feathers.  I moved the safety pins so they were in a line (you can see this above and below) so I knew where the boundary was to stop my feathers.  Then I used the existing stitches as the spine.  I did rip a few times on this part when my feathers got too large compared to the others.  I love how it turned out.

Below you can see the full spray of feathers going up the sides.  It was such fun to stitch!  I am a firm believer that you can never have too many feathers.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Playing with Decorative Stitches on Applique

I had a blast in Jane Sassaman's Moths and Moons class in Houston.  I got to try out the new Bernina 570 QE and fell in love with her.  I totally bought one that will come just before Christmas!  YAY!  It has a ton of built in stitches and a built in walking foot!  Sew excited!

Here is my moth before any stitching.

Here is my moth after stitching.

And with the head and antennae.

You can see I had fun using a lot of different stitches.

On this piece I did some orange stitching right at the edge of the big piece and then some purple outlining.  I wasn't sure if it would work out spacing wise, but it did.

Here's a closeup.  The orange is stitch 427.  I love it.  It's my new favorite!

I had some trouble with this oval.  If you look closely you can see some red triangles going into the circle.  Then I added a pink satin stitch all the way around the edge, but I didn't like it, so I added the purple stitching on top.  The purple stitching was done with a 28 weight Aurifil thread.  I love it and can't wait to use more 28 weight.

The yellow in this is such a fun stitch!  I like how fat and random it is.

Here's a completed top wing.

And a closeup of the bottom wing.

This is my first attempt at changing the width of the satin stitch as I sewed.  It's a little clumsy, but I'll get better.

This was such a fun class.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Japanese Quilts at IQA Houston Inspiration

I adore Japanese quilts.  They are so amazingly intricate in all the details!  Here are some of my favorites from Houston.  Enjoy!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

I Wish You a Merry Quilt-a-long Extra Block - Elf

Some of the participants in the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-a-long on Facebook decided to make their angel block and elf instead of an angel.  I knew I had to make an elf.  What to do for a pattern?  I googled "elf drawings" and up popped a tutorial on how to draw an elf.  So I drew myself an elf with a few adjustments to make him easier to quilt.

Here's his face.  I used a light cream fabric and decided to leave off the nose because no matter what color fabric I chose it looked funny.  I think he'll have a quilted nose.

I had to make the hammer out of leather so it looked realistic.

The elf had to have the pointy shoes!

I love the way my elf turned out and I can't wait to include him in my quilt!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Free Motion Friday - Gorgeous Quilts from Houston

Today I bring you some quilt with AMAZING free motion quilting!  This first one is by Susan Stewart.

These applique dots were smaller than the eraser on the end of a pencil........

This last quilt is by the fabulous pair of Karen Kay Buckley and Renae Haddadin.

I hope you are as inspired as I am!

I hope you get to quilt today!