Archive for November, 2007

What’s on my bed.

November 26, 2007

There was a question on the MQS forum about what is on you bed. I started this quilt last Christmas as a gift and decided I wasn’t going to give it away. So, since I was going to have a house full of company over Thanksgiving, I decided to quilt it and put it on my bed. So, here is a picture of the bed.

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I have an ulterior motive for the black and white quilt. I have 4 cats who all sleep on the bed at some time or another and they are all black and white or black. Hopefully, having a black and white quilt will eliminate the obvious cat hair problem.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family. I had 17 for dinner and for the first time in years, we had very little left overs. Today was spent cleaning up some of the mess, taking a nap, and just catching up on emails and forums. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are looking forward to the Christmas holidays.

That’s it for today. Happy Quilting!!

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Table Topper Finished

November 14, 2007

I ordered some kaleidescope blocks from an online shop and wasn’t really thrilled with the leaf blocks I received so I decided to make me a table topper for some quilting practice. I learned a lot on this topper. First, if I don’t like the fabric, don’t waste my time, and 2nd, when doing wreaths, you need to draw both the inner and outer circles so the interior of the wreath is more consistent. Oh, and I also found out I need to slow down and make sure I’m being consistent on my borders. This one started out one way and ended up another but because it is mine, I’m not frogging. When it’s on the the table, you can’t see all of the borders at the same time anyway. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it!!

For any of you who have used the Marvy Erasable Fabric Markers, the white shows up wonderful on black. When you first draw it, it is kind of yellow but then turns white. I didn’t try it on the leaf fabric to see if I could see it on that but doubt it would show up too well. And, as with the other markers, disappears in a couple of days. Wonderful product!!

Well, here are some photos of my latest leaves. Happy Quilting!

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An Order Quilt Finished

November 4, 2007

I finished another quilt yesterday. This was an order and boy did I get tired of it before getting all of the Belles appliqued. This is one time having my quilting machine in another room got in the way. I couldn’t leave the embroidery machine because of having to add fabric so I couldn’t quilt while it was stitching…bummer. But, I spent a lot of time designing other quilts while waiting. As you may have seen in other posts, my stash is quite large but I had the hardest time finding fabric for this quilt. It is always hard when I’m given a request for a certain type of fabric rather than being able to just do what I want to do. But, I think it came out okay and I hope the customer is pleased. I also tried a new background fill on this quilt….the c’s as shown by Penny Bubar on LAC. They turned out okay but I’m so looking forward to receiving my micro handles that hopefully will make this type of quilting much easier on my ole’ arm. Here’s a pix of the new quilt.

For some reason, some times when I add a picture, I can’t get past it to add type so will continue here instead. I’m also including a picture of my little buddy in my chair with me while I’m sewing. It works out fine until I have to get up and go to the iron. It’s then a battle to get enough of the chair for me to sit on….he’s quite the chair hog.

That’s it for today. Happy Quilting!

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My First Feathers

November 1, 2007

I have been busy doing quilting then other things so decided I’d better get something posted.

I just finished my first quilt with feathers. I have been drawing feathers for months but hadn’t gotten the guts to put any on a quilt. So, I made this Hugs and Kisses quilt and decided it was the one. So, here are some pictures of the quilt and some close ups.

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They aren’t the greatest feathers ever done but I think they are okay for a first. Now, I’ll keep practicing on quilts rather than paper so they should improve.

This past weekend I put laminate flooring down in one of the bedrooms and have been so sore I feel 100 years old. My legs were like rubber for several days and now are just plain sore. I guess I need to get more up and down exercise before doing this type work. I’m hoping by this weekend I will have all the soreness worked out of my legs.

I also decided after quilting the feathers and having severe back spasms that it was time to do something about the handles on my machine. I have been having problems with my right arm after doing very much quilting and think part of it is from the height of the handles on my machine. I purchased some bike handles but didn’t want to tear off the grips on the machine to get them on so sent those back. Yesterday, I ordered Micro handles for my machine. I’m hoping these will be the solution but if not, I’ll sell those and try something else. I’ve had the Fun Quilter a year now and the handles are the only thing about it I do not like. I talked to Nolting about retrofitting the Pro handles to the FQ but decided it would be more expense than I wanted right now. So, hopefully, the micro handles will be what I need.

That’s it for today. Happy Quilting!