Monday, January 22, 2018

Owl Inspiration

I love owls.  I snapped a picture of this shirt the other day.  Isn't it cute!?

And as always a fun pattern from a tissue box.  They are such a great source of inspiration.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Free Motion Friday - Pop Art Flower

My intention for today was to show you the first design on a new free motion project I'm working on.  You can see the finished top below.  I used some scrap solids of gorgeous Island Batik fabrics to complete the top.  I had planned to get it layered and ready to sew this week.  And then I got a nasty bug and haven't moved from the couch for three days.  SIGH.  Next week...

So today I show you another oldie, but good.  This is Pop Art Flower.  It never won any awards, but it's one of my favorites.

I used a single spine feather with pearls on the other side for the border.  It was the first time I'd done this and I love the way it turned out.

My applique shapes were too big to leave unquilted, so I added some quilting detail inside them which I really like.

In the center I did this crazy motif I marked with a compass.  It turned out really well, but it looks odd merging into the yellow blanket stitching around the edge.  I'm still trying to decide how it's best to quilt blanket stitched flowers.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

On Ringo Lake Top COMPLETE!

This is my first mystery quilt and my first finish!  I added some extra cream sashing and a few extra triangles in the setting triangles.  It's a bit bigger than I'd planned at 84 by 84 inches, but I am so happy with how it turned out.  Now to decide batting and backing and turn it over to my amazing mother to quilt.  That is once we get over our mutual colds.  Gotta love winter.  SIGH.  I had 5 students out of 22 out sick today and I'm down for the count tomorrow.  I need to get rid of these chills.

Here's a picture from when I was first assembling the top.

And here's a sneak peek at Friday's'll have to come back to find out more!

I hope you get to quilt today!  (And I get to sleep away all the germs...)

Monday, January 15, 2018

Geometric Inspiration and the Work of my Third Graders

My third graders get me.  A kid opened their library book, saw this pattern and had to come show it to me.  They make me smile.

This is also a fun geometric from a pillow I fixed for a friend.

And since they'd seen me playing with pattern blocks they wanted a chance too during indoor recess when it was -10 last week.  They insisted I take pictures.  Here's their work.

I hope you get to quilt today!  

Saturday, January 13, 2018

There is a Light at the End of the Tunnel...On Ringo Lake

I am getting soooooo close.  I can feel it.  My goal is to finish putting the top together this weekend!  All the blocks are finished and the pieces for my modified sashing and setting triangles are made.  Now it's assembly time.  I've got this....I hope!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Free Motion Friday - Doddles of the Day

Oh there's nothing like just doodling away on your machine to make me happy!  Here are a few doodles for today.  I have an upcoming free motion project that I can't wait to share with you.  Stay tuned!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A Piecing Accuracy Tip

I've confessed this before...I am an overpinner.  I pin a ton.  Yes, I pin the ends of 2 inch squares together.  Why?  Well, that's important to me!  There is a reason.

Here you see my piece going under the presser foot.  Notice the pin at the end.

The value of this pin?  Think sailing for a moment, or any boat for that matter.  The way you turn the rudder or a sailboat, or the engine on a motor boot affects the direction the boat goes.  I use this pin as an engine/rudder for guiding my piece under the needle.  Sometimes at the end of a piece it can veer left or right.  I find this annoying as it really affects accuracy.

Here you can see me maneuvering the pin left and right.  It really helps me guide the piece.

I generally sew until the pin is right under the presser food and then I left the fabric be pulled by the feed dogs into the machine and off of the pin.  In this way I keep complete control of all the stitches all the way to the end of the piece.

Here I still have control of the pin with my finger and the piece is completely sewn.  I now can pick up the pin and put it on the pincushion.

 I hope this tip helps you with accuracy.  Yes, it takes time to pin all the pieces, but it's something I find relaxing to do in front of the TV at night when I'm too tired to do anything else.

I hope you get to quilt today!