Archive for August, 2007

A Morning with a Friend

August 28, 2007

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I finished this Saturday and started quilting on a Bazooples quilt yesterday. This Bazooples fabric is the cutest I have seen in a long time. I’ve gone overboard on fabric purchases because I have so many ideas for quilts with this fabric. I’ll post a picture of the first one I get finished and more as they come.

This morning I had to take my Designer I machine in for repairs. Although it automatically knots the threads at the beginning of sewing as well as when you cut the thread, there are times when you need to backup. This feature has not been working for months now and I decided it was time to get it fixed. Although I do most of my pieceing on my Juki, there are times I want to use the Designer I. I like doing the binding on this machine because I have more decorative stitches I can use (although I rarely use them). I also have an edge foot for this machine and since I turn my binding to the front, I stitch them on the machine. I just feel these are more durable for the baby quilts I do. Just my thing I guess.

I also had an ulterior motive for going to Joplin, to meet my friend Judy Laquidara for lunch. She told me about Nashville and we talked quilts throughout lunch. It was a lot of good “visitin” and, I got my book autographed.

Well, that’s it for today…

Happy Quilting!

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A Couple of Baby Quilts Done

August 24, 2007

I finally got 2 of the 4 baby quilts I had sewn last week done yesterday. They are not what I would like to be doing but they are what sell. Here are pictures.

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I also wanted to show some pictures of my quilting fur buddies. When I work, they are not far away. If I’m sewing, some are on or next to the sewing table, if I’m quilting, they are either on the frame or under it. So, they are a big part of my sewing world.

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What would we do without our furbabies?

Happy Quilting!

Finally Back To Quilting!!

August 21, 2007

I got one of the 4 baby quilts quilted yesterday. I’ll get the binding on today but need to go to town first, something I hate to do. Unfortunately, we have to eat around here so it forces me to leave the place to do the dreaded grocery shopping. If I try real hard, I just may be able to postpone the trip until tomorrow. We’ll see.

Since I haven’t posted anything quilty but one problem quilt, I thought I would post a couple of things I have done in the past. One is a Zebra quilt that is pieced and raw edge appliqued. I had so much fun doing this quilt that I have bought some horse fabric to do another. I’ve also seen some dog fabric that I keep going back to, thinking it would make a fantastic quilt. The other quilt is one I embroidered and quilted for our great niece. This was cross hatched on the DSM but the next cross hatched quilt will be done on the frame. It is so much easier to have it all laid out in front of you.

I’ll post the quilts I’m working on as I get them finished.

Happy quilting!!

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Organizing Done for Now

August 16, 2007

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These are pictures of what I have gotten done so far. I still have 3 chests and an old Kitchen cabinet to work on but that’s it for a while. I need to get back to making quilts. I got these 3 shelving units organized and the fabric curtains are in the wash. Now it’s back to quilting.


Organizing

August 16, 2007

I’m not getting any quilting done today but I am getting my fabric organized. It’s needed done for several months but everything got in the way of doing it. I have a quilt laying on the frame ready to quilt but I decided this was a priority.

Several weeks ago, I ordered some shelf dividers to try to get this fabric organized. So far, they seem to be working well. I’m trying to sort all the fabric by color so we’ll see how it goes.

Well, back to sorting.

This Weeks Events

August 12, 2007

The grandkids arrived Monday. They spent the week riding 4-wheelers, playing games, wrestling, and going to the creek. I haven’t been to the creek to swim in years but this week, I thoroughly enjoyed riding the intertubes with the kids. We gathered rocks, looked for fossils, and caught crawdads for fishing. I enjoyed the time as much as they did.

The week ended on a bad note though. I got all the 4-wheelers loaded in the truck along with the fishing rods, helmets, etc. and we started out for Nevada to meed Mom and Dad. As we left the house, I noticed the air conditioner was blowing hot air but thought it would just take a few minutes to cool off since the outside temperature was 104 degrees. The boys were sitting in the back seat of the truck and kept asking “is it getting cool yet?” Unfortunately, it never did get cool. We spent the 2 hour drive with the windows down and hot air circulating in the cab. I stopped in Lamar, MO for refreshments and while we were sitting at the light to get back onto the highway, the temperature gauge said 127 degrees, and we were feeling it!! When we arrived in Nevada, my dh met us and put freon in the AC and the trip back was much better. While he was putting the freon in the truck, the temperature was reading 125 degrees and it must have been twice that in the cab of the truck. So, my return trip was much better and I didn’t even care that my hair was standing on end in the back where the wind had blown it for 2 hours, or that the bottom of my pants were wet from the floor in the DQ where we stopped for refreshments, or that my face looked like I had been sunburned from the heat and wind. I just cared that the darned AC was working again.

Last night, I was sitting in my sewing room and the temperature outside said 104 degrees when I thought it was starting to get rather warm. I made a trip through the house and looked at the inside temperature and it was reading 86 degrees. So, after checking the AC unit outside, I realize it is just humming and the fan is not moving. So, we turn off the AC, open the house, and pray we can find parts on Sunday. Fortunately, we have a very good neighbor up the road about a mile that is in the AC business. This morning, my dh again came through and got parts off our neighbor. So….we again have Ac in the house. Hopefully, this will be the last of the AC problems at Wishbone Lane this year.

I’m spending my weekend getting baby quilts ready to put on the frame next week. My youngest (10) starts back to school on Wednesday and I think they will hear my yells of celebration all the way to town (7 miles). It’s been a good summer but I’m looking forward to more time on the machine without interruptions. I love the child to death but he starts talking the minute his feet hit the floor and he doesn’t stop until he finally falls asleep at night. (This is one of those wishes we regret making “I can’t wait ’til he starts talking”).

So that’s it for today. I’ve got to get back to my quilts since it is now cooling off.

Happy quilting!

Problem Quilts

August 5, 2007

This must be my week for problems. I put a quilt on the frame Friday night that should have taken about 2 hours to quilt and it took 2 days. I am having some tension issues and don’t know what is causing it. I ended up frogging most of yesterday and finally got to the borders this morning. Then when I got to a point on the last border, I started having issues again. I went through every step I could think of, tried new needles (several), rethreaded several times, changed bobbins, loosened the sandwich, lowered the TUR, and took the ruler plate off and cleaned really good. It continued but once I got past this one particular spot in the quilt, the problem was over. There didn’t seem to be anything on either the top or back fabrics or the batting but there was definitely a problem. But, all turned out well and I finished the quilt.

I am rather new to frame quilting. I have had my Fun Quilter since October. I had a problem with my machine starting in January and going through March and finally got a replacement machine from Nolting. I haven’t had any problems to speak of up to now so I guess I can’t complain about a few days of issues. I’ll look at this as a learning experience. Hopefully, I have done enough learning for a while. I have several orders I need to get out, 2 of the grandkids are going to be here all week, and I don’t need any more stress.

I’m looking forward to an uneventful week, or at least I’m praying for one.

Happy quilting everyone!!

Need advice on quilt.

August 1, 2007

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I took this quilt off the frame yesterday and stupidly, didn’t check the back before finishing it. Now, I’m not sure whether I should take out the last stitching where the bobbin tension wasn’t quite right or leave it.

Any thoughts?