Friday, October 19, 2018

Free Motion Friday - a Sneak Peek and Inspiration

Happy Free Motion Friday!  I usually try to stay ahead of my blog by about two weeks.  However, time got away from me as I'm working on a tight contest deadline right now.  So here's a peak at the back.  Really doesn't give you much, I know, but it will soon....I promise!  I'm going on quilt retreat this weekend you see and I plan to get a ton done to share with you in the coming months.

I also have this cute coloring that my son did.  I printed out the drawing because I can so see making a quilt with some pumpkins quilted like these.  Didn't he do an incredible job of coloring them?  He was so excited to work on them that he even got out his 64 count Crayola Crayons.  He said one was pumpkin colors, one was the last three colors of the rainbow and the third combined both of them.  I must admit that I love the colors and color scheme.  Huh.  Need to keep that in mind next time I'm picking fabrics.  Cools plus orange.  Got it.  

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Island Batik Ambassador's Needle Paper Scissors Challenge - Part 1

I like all kinds of paper piecing.  Both foundation piecing and English paper piecing.  For this month's Island Batik Ambassador Challenge I am again playing with the All a Flutter collection from Island Batiks.  

I decided to do the new Kwik Sparklers pattern from Two Kwik Quilters.  I am sew excited by all the possibilities with the pieces from this pattern.  I will definitely be playing around with it some more!
Here's the first piece I turned.  In the original pattern it can be broken into three segments or just one.  I opted for the bigger piece to better show off the fabric.

Here's me playing around with pieces for color placement.

And the first quarter unit all stitched together!  Karie has GREAT tips in the pattern for how to do this successfully.

Come back Saturday to see the next steps in this project!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Voting Inspiration

This came across my Facebook Feed and I just had to share.  YES, please VOTE.  But seriously, my first thought was ....QUILT DESIGN!  Happy Monday.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Appliqueing Leather Tip

I have been loving appliqueing with leather lately.  Especially for doesn't fray!  However, I'm doing a huge leather piece right now and the blanket stitches were looking wonky and it wasn't traveling under the presser foot right.  The stitches were way too close together and as needles leave holes in leather ripping really isn't an option.

What to do? My mom to the rescue!  This is a Bernina 56 foot.  Why is it green?  It's Teflon coated so it glides over the fabric!  It worked like a charm and my blanket stitches looked MUCH better.

You have to be careful when appliqueing leather because the layers can start to separate as shown right in front of the needle in the picture below.  What to do?  Make sure you use a large width.  I usually do 2.0.  With leather, I go at least 2.5 for width.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Doodling Makes Me Happy

I am a doodler.  I have always been a doodler.  I have trouble sitting still in staff meetings.  So what do I do?  Draw quilt patterns!  Duh!  Here's some I was fooling around with during my last day of training.  YES, I was listening.  But I was also doodling....

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Catching up on my Feathered Friends

I've been participating in Helen Godden's 2018 Block of the Month, Feathered Friends featuring birds of Australia.  Here are a few that I've painted.  They still need to be free motion quilted, but they'll get there.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Inspired by My Son

This first picture was drawn on my phone with Sketch by my son.  Love it!

Here he is drawing first thing in the morning.  Love him.

He was also insistent that he had to sew before school one day...while still in him pajamas.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Black Fabric Bonanza

I'm working on some secret sewing that required unusual black fabric.  I'm sure I bought more than I'll ever use in the project, but I wanted to have a ton of textures to draw from.

Black striped leather!

Smooth black suede

Black leather with sequins on it!

Black textured satin.

Black velvet

Black taffeta with a burnout on it.

Regular black taffeta

Black satin

Black sheer with sequins.


Larger sequins!

I couldn't resist both sizes...

Now to work on finalizing the design!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Futuristic Flowers Part 9

Here is the quilt before coloring with a sharpie...

And here it is after coloring...what a world of difference it made!  So glad I decided to do it.  Someone on Instagram asked me if the coloring was water safe.  I'm not sure it is, but since there is leather and silk on this piece it won't be washed anyways.

Here's a closeup of the moon.

And all bound and done!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Futuristic Flowers - Part 8

I keep quilting away on this project.  But I have a PROBLEM.  Do you see how the feathers are getting LOST among the background fill?  I've been thinking a lot about it.  Next time I will use a smaller thread weight or a more contrasting fill or more echoing to set them apart.  However this chambray hides thinner threads.  So now what?

Here's the overall picture.  The feathers really do get lost....

I put a piece of clear plastic over the quilt and tried coloring in the echo I made around the feathers.  See how much more they pop?  My favorite Pigma pens will be coming to the rescue to make the feathers pop.  I'm going to wait until all the quilting is done first though.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Inspiration Today

I love this shape.  I can see it as a quilting pattern or an applique pattern.

My sister in law asked me to make a My Little Pony Quilt for my niece's fifth birthday.  I bought the border print and the panel and made the top.  Then my mom quilted it on her long arm.  She loved it.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Island Batik Ambassador's Starstruck Challenge Part 3

I am so happy with how my Island Batik Ambassador's Starstruck Challenge turned out!  I used the new All A Flutter line.  Let me know you how I finished quilting it.  If you want to see the first two parts in the series click below.

Here's where we were last time.  All the interior star is quilted, just the purple and background remain to be quilted.  I used my favorite Hobbs 80/20 Cotton/Poly blend inside.

Check out the back!  Isn't it fabulous?  You can really see the thread.

Here are my amazing Aurifil thread choices.

For the background here I wanted something simple so I chose to make triangles.

In the purple I really wanted the dragonflies to pop so I stitched around them and parallel lines between them.

You can really see what it looks like on the back.  After I'd quilted two out of four of these I was wondering what in the world I was thinking!?  However, i love how it looks.

Here we are with all but the background done.

And the back!  It looks so different and amazing on the back....

For the background I decided to keep in simple and do more triangles like I did in the interior gray sections.  I'm really happy with how this turned out.  I used a simple pink to bind because I didn't have enough gray left and because I like colored bindings.

I hope you get to quilt today!