Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
One thing that I learned about the saddle stitch, at least with my machine, is that you can't go fast while doing it, or it tries to revert back to an almost normal straight stitch. I think what it is, is when the speed of the machine is too fast, it doesn't have enough time to go back and forth properly. I had to go back and redo a couple of the aqua rows of stitching because they were not well defined.
Here is a close up of one of the blocks and you can see what the grid looks like. The other nice thing about doing this grid pattern is that I locked the stitching at the beginning and end so I don't have to sit there and tie off and feed all the ends through the inside of the quilt. All the ends are at the edge of the quilt which will be covered over with binding so that should protect the small ends that are left. This makes for a fairly quick way of getting a quilt quilted. The interest is added by using multiple colours of thread and a thicker stitch.
Here is what the back of the quilt looks like like. This fabric is so cute.
That will have to wait about a week or so since I have to get the last bit of quilting done on the Art & Cold Cash quilt http://felinesandfibrearts.blogspot.com/search/label/Art%20and%20Cold%20Cash because the gal who is going to be doing the beading on it will be ready to take it in a couple of weeks.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
I like using panels since usually all it means is sewing on a border and you are ready to quilt. I saw the new line of kids fabrics from Robert Kaufman called Animal Party and really liked the nice bright colours and cute animals on the panel they had. I figured this would be another simple quilt to make until the fabric arrived in the mail.
As you can see from the picture above of the panel print it is based on a wonky log cabin idea. But when I got my panel, not only were the blocks in the panel wonky, the whole panel was wonky. At first I was cursing the fabric shop that I had ordered my fabric from for cutting the panel crooked. So I laid out the panel on the table to see what I could do with it and took a couple of my large cutting rulers to see just how off things were. This is when I actually noticed that the panel was printed crooked in relation to the weave of the fabric and there was no way to cut the panel so it would be on grain. Usually Kaufman fabrics are really of good quality so I'm not sure what happened with this lot.
So I decided to cut out each of the blocks from the panel and add an additional strip of fabric around each block as you would in a wonky log cabin and then square the final block. I had bought some small circle fabric for an inner border and for some reason I bought 1 yard instead on my normal 1/2 yard that I would for an inner border for this type of quilt. Thus I had enough fabric to create proper squared blocks.
I'm now in the process of quilting this. I'm keeping that very simple on this one. I'm doing a grid of 6" squares of straight line quilting in an aqua thread but I'm using a thicker stitch called a saddle stitch to give it a bit more emphasis. Then I'm going to quilt with a mango coloured thread another grid that is 1 1/4" to one side of the aqua grid and finally a third grid of a grass green thread that is about 2" to the other side of the aqua grid.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
So here are the pictures of the second quilt.
I thought I was really lucky when on the first quilt the doves lined up beside the pine cone vertical sections on the back of the quilt. I wasn't expecting this to happen on the second quilt with the poinsettia sections because the spacing was somewhat different, but to my amazement, the doves still managed to line up along side the poinsettias.Here is a closeup of the back.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
I have only put actual months beside projects that I see getting done in the next 3 months. Then there are a couple of projects for the spring, and several projects that will be Christmas presents that I will need to start by the summer time if I am to get things done in time for the holidays. A few new projects have returned for last year so I will see if they actually will get done.
I have also signed up to do a BOM that is based on the block Drunkard's Path which involves curves. This will give me some good practice in that area and also shouldn't be as time absorbing as the Friday Block Party (FBP) was in 2009. The FBP was a great experience and I was able to hone my skills but towards the end I found it hard to keep up making blocks every week. Also I now have a whole pile of orphan blocks that I need to either find uses for or perhaps donate them to someone who would use them.
I also listed my UFOs that have no commitments at this time for completion since I figured I better keep a handle on them as well.
Jan: Baby quilt – animal party
Feb: Art & Cold Cash collaborate quilt project – finish quilting on the black red and turquoise version so it can then be given to Bernice for beading
March: finish my Cats & Dogs quilt for our small quilt group
Early Spring: Learn how to create paper piecing patterns from Hetty of Crafts and Stuff
Spring: finish Falling Splendor quilt
Spring: spend some time exploring some of the techniques from my thread painting workshop
Christmas present: Flower garden lap quilt in purples
Christmas present: Flower garden lap quilt in blues
Christmas present: stack coin quilt in stone fabrics
Christmas presents: Origami Stars and quilted birds (assorted)
Christmas charity quilt: using blocks from the Friday Block Party 2009
Any time: Bird of Paradise Harmonic Convergence wall hanging (for me to hang in my office)
Any time: One block wonder quilt ( I already have the fabric and am curious as to how this will turn out)
BOM: Drunkard’s Path Variations
UFOs that are outstanding
Hawaiian orchid pillow – hand quilting
2 wall hangings from Gloria Loughman’s workshop – colour is magic and layer by layer
Kaffe Fassett – colour in design diamond quilt
So there's my list and it is sure to keep me busy. It will be interesting to see what new things will come in to tempt me and change priorities along the way.