Friday, August 30, 2013

Hello All,

I've finished the baby quilt, yeah!

 I've also done some free motion quilting practice white on muslin.  I really love muslin.

In this bottom photo I've practiced stitching my name.  It's hard to see but I want to be able to stitch my labels so practice is in order.  I would of, course, use contrasting thread so it's readable.

I'm linking up with Leah Day's Free Motion Quilt Project.  Let's go see what everybody else has been doing.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Hello All,

I've finished the wall quilt.  After taking the binding off twice, I finally got it right.  It looks good.

Originally I wanted to us a small black and white gingham check but I couldn't find it where I was shopping so I bought this small polka dot.  I think it was a better choice.

Here's a peek of the back.  All that's left to do is make a label.

Linking up with Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting Project.  Now, on to the binding for the baby quilt.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Hello Everybody,

I'm laughing at myself.  I'm doing the binding on my little wall quilt and I thought everything was going great.  I logged on to to refresh my memory as to the final step.  That's when I realized I had done my corners wrong!  (I was doing it from memory.)
Not sure you can tell from the picture but I flipped the fabric in the wrong direction then stitched the miter down and now I can't fold the binding to the back!  Good thing I know how to use my seam ripper!  I think I'll remember this for a while.

Good night all.  Happy Quilting!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Good Morning,

Last night when I told myself I would work on the binding I was instead inspired to do this.


I had another practice piece from my class on the back of the couch just calling out to me.  It said my feathers are lonely.  There is so much empty space.  So this is what it looks like now.

It's still a work in progress.  I think the spirals take away from the feathers (and I still have more background to fill.)  I was thinking I could practice micro stippling in white and it would make the red the focal.  Anything to keep me from actually binding my pieces!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Hello All,

Happy Friday!  I managed to get some practice doing Leah Day's pearled feather design.  My squares are bigger and it was hard to keep the feathers going in the right direction.  Even though it's very imperfect I still like the effect.

I did some background quilting on one of the practice pieces from the class I took with Linda Hall.

I think I'm going to learn from Gwyned Trefethen to set goals for the coming week.  My goal is to actually bind the wall hanging and the baby quilt.  I'll start with the wall hanging just to get some practice.  It's been quite a while since I've done anything like that.

I'm linking up with Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting Project.  Happy 4th Anniversary, Leah!  I really appreciate all that you do.  Let's go see what everyone else has been doing.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Hello All,

I just spent a wonderful day taking a class.  Linda Hall taught us the process of doing embellished feathers.  To start the class we drew pages of  feathers.  It helps to get comfortable with the shape.  Then we stitched plain feathers.  Last we embellished them.  She does beautiful art quilts.  Check out her website,  Her quilts are even more impressive in "real life."  I'm happy to have had the opportunity to take her class.


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Hello All,

I haven't done much on the baby quilt or wall-hanging.  Progress on the baby quilt includes hiding all the thread ends and trimming in preparation for binding.  I'm going to bind it with a mix of the stripes and the Amy Butler dot fabric.  I actually had to go out to buy an ironing board before I cut the binding.

For the wall-hanging I've done more bead work and found some black with white polka dot material for the binding.  My original thought was to use a black and white gingham check but I didn't find any at the store so I chose this instead.

I'm excited to say I'm taking a class with Linda Hall called Fantastic Feathers.  It's at Sanford Sewing Machine.  In preparation I tried a few feathers of my own since I've never done them before.

Sorry it's so hard to see the feathers.  

I just signed up for a free on-line class called Art-Ful Card Making Techniques with Jane LaFazio and Joanne Sharpe.  It's sponsored by Strathmore.   I follow Jane's blog

I'm linking up with Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting Project.  I'm heading over there to see what everybody's done this week.

Hope everybody's having fun doing something creative.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Hello All,

I've gotten to the finishing stages of the baby quilt.  I just have to trim threads, square it up and add the binding.

I've also been adding beads to the cheater panel from the class I took.  I like the fabric and want to finish it so I can hang it up somewhere.  I decided that the black and white feathers should be the top and bottom, but the middle seemed empty so that's where I'm adding the beads, black and white.
I think it still needs more beading.  My plan is to bind it with some black and white gingham, or polka dot, or ????

I'm linking up with Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting Project.

Happy Creating!