Friday, August 15, 2014

Need for TruLight bulbs and Joan is All on Her Own FMQing!

The background fabric in this quilt is white...  But who would know??

After this picture I knew I needed to remove the ridiculous black lampshades and change those horrid, cheap, yellowing lightbulbs that came with my Gammill.  It is little things like this that make the difference between quality service and just cashing my check.
DH purchased & installed TruLight bulbs after Joan was finished with her quilt.  What a difference it has made.  Wish I had a comparison pic for you to see.

But let's get back to Joan's All on Her Own quilt.  Applause, yodeling, roses tossed in her direction.

Her primary fabric is a grayed brown in a very simple pattern with random pops of color.  Joan did a freemotion allover pattern of squares and rectangles nested and leading to the next squares and rectangulars.

She spent the morning remembering to breathe and to relax her iron grip.  And SHE DID IT!  So proud.

FMQ TIP: the dk brown with aqua dot 2" wide ribbon is not part of the quilt.  It is pinned in place so she knows she is approaching the belly bar so her stitching does not flatten out when she reaches the bar unexpectedly.  It is just a visual place holder. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

I LOVE this back!

Another Wedding Quilt for Kelsie and David

The groom's mother, her sisters, her sister-in-law wanted to make David and Kelsie a Queen-sized quilt.  They had no experience making a "real" quilt = pieced, pattern, borders, etc.  "Can you teach us?"

I pulled up Missouri Star Quilt Co tutorials page and they picked MSQC's Jacob's Ladder Remix.  

We pulled some blues and a Kona light gray and a chunk of Navy.  We sat on the floor and watched the YouTube of the tutorial many times.  Stopping and restarting it after some discussion.  We cut paper samples and developed the layout and technique.  Then off they went with a mission and a deadline!
I told David's mom to "have some fun" with the back.
She did!

Isn't it funny what a difference a little cloud cover
does to the colors?

Yesterday I set to work to FMQ it.  
I little curly for Kelsie, a little angular for David.

The bright sun makes the light gray appear almost white.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Miss R's pillows: Orange Peel, Log Cabin, HSTs

Granddaughter #1 arrived in town and her first question was, "What are we going to CREATE?"  She was yearning to sew pillows during her visit.

I was reminded of this 
wonderful glue baste technique 
Continued to use the glue baste technique to secure the back to the front and it worked great for Miss R.
No shifting or scrunching of fabric.
And no pins that would require frequent starts & stops.
on Amy Smart's blog post on  I had first seen this glue baste technique by Sharon Schamber last year as I was trying to perfect my binding.  Sharon's daughter Cristy Fincher has a boatload of wonderful YouTubes showing this glue baste technique and many others.

I drew the diagonal placement lines & stitching lines for her and she did very well.
Raw Edge Orange Peel

Log Cabin:  3.5" center square, 2" wide logs = 16" pillow!
She stitched in the ditch
 to secure the top, batting and lining sandwich.

Then her brothers put in their requests...

They wanted pillows to match their Chevron quilts
made last Fall.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Glow in the Dark Temple

Activity Day Girls latest theme: Temples and Living to Enter In.  It is an easy project to start and finish within an hour.  We will add the stenciled word Forever under the temple in 2 wks.
Foam core board, 20x30, was cut into (12) 5x7 pieces.
Hobby Lobby frame dept did it, total cost $6.
Spray adhesive on back of scrapbook paper.
Roller pin compression helps.
Stenciled with Delta Ceramcoat white paint first,
then 4 thin layers of
Glidden's Glow in the Dark paint (best $ at Walmart.)

Used Dritz Gridded Template Plastic sheet
(at Joann's for an insane cost of just $2.14!!!)
to stencil cut an outline of our Temple.
Used an Exacto knife for the first cut and Fiskars fine tip scissors
for the cleaning up of the straight sides.
This pic is after the initial cut.  It "cleaned up" beautifully.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Buttercup Jelly Roll Chemo Comforter

With each stitch a prayer.

One jelly roll = 53x64 comforter!

Buttercup by Fig Tree Quilts.

God Bless our sweet friend on this journey
 of faith, courage, fight, love, 
and the blessing of modern medicine.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Happy 4th of July Activity Day Girls project

24" of 3" wide strips of RW&B fabrics and a hair elastic.
Oh, and 3 needles later.
Seven 9 yr olds who can now say
they have used a sewing machine on their own!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Another 1st: a Sampler!

Another 1st!!!  

A friend brought over a lovely 30's Sampler top and asked, 
"Can you do this?  It is full of stretched bias edges..."


I studied it, petted it, and sketched it.

And then... I stitched it!

This quilt had a bunch of bias abundance...
The pebble stitching sucked up all that abundance and was the perfect solution to stretched bias edges
that wanted to continue to grow.
Perhaps my next blog will be called Bias Abundance.
It has a nice ring to it.
And it is something that needs to be controlled,
which pretty much describes moi.

Judy Madsen, of Green Fairy Quilts,
recommends a terrific longarm ruler:
A-1 Longarm Ruler.
It is easy on your hands with the pressure spread out.
I second that recommendation!

15 1/2 pre-wound mega bobbins, So Fine! #50 

Tools used on this quilt top are some of my favorites:
Linda Taylor's Electric Quilters Arch Guide
Green Fairy's A-1 9" Longarm Quilting Ruler
Off the Edge Circle
Four of MSQC's Football (melon) templates taped together :)
Dritz Stitch-In-The-Ditch & Quarter Inch Combo
*3/8" thick!*
Groz-Beckert 134 SAN Multi-Directional Needles  100/16 size
Superior Threads - So Fine! #50, color 401 Snow, top & bobbin

see the triangles on the right of the center block?
Guess I need to put it under my Janome
for some finishing touches/stitches!

On the front side, the grandmother's fan was stitched by...
the recipient's grandmother!

A little mitochondrial DNA stitched into this treasure.
Special stitches for someone special.
Marine Biologist!