Sunday, April 24, 2016

Blue Quilt Design and Start...

I designed this quilt from an inspiration picture  I saw on the web of a quilt in a show some time ago. I drew up a plan, and mine is somewhat different than that show quilt in design, but the plan to keep almost all blue large triangle pieces stayed with me. I have my pieces cut now (only took me a couple months to get this plan ready and cut the pieces - I am slow) and have sewn up two blocks just like you see in the picture.  I have arranged the pieces so I begin with the darkest dark sewn to the darkest light, so that I don't end up with blocks of the same hue - if I get to the mid-range, I can change the arrangement for better value. Then I will see if my original plan is the one I go with when I come down to arranging the quilt blocks in their final statement. :)  I had already lots of blue Asian fabrics in my stash, and I just love working with them. I had a pack of blue fat quarters of batiks so there is also batik in this. Not usually a fan, but these prints were so nice. I have accumulated Asian fabrics over the last few years as they are all I intend to use in future. You never know though, with so many lovely fabrics out there, I could mix it up a bit next time!  This quilt should go faster, as there aren't a lot of seams and it is relatively simple. I must chose backing and binding fabric as well.

After searching a lot, I did find the creator of this pattern. It seems it is no longer available, but the designer was Stephanie Sims for Clothworks. The name of the pattern is Sapphire, and it was available free. The fabrics were from the Sapphire Collection by Skipping Stones Studio. Finished size was 61x61 inches. Mine will be about 64x80".

Monday, January 25, 2016

Finished 15 Minutes of Play Quilt...


Here is the finished quilt!  January, 2016, 15 Minutes of play end product....Did the quilting in curved lines with a walking foot per Jacquie Gering's class on Craftsy! This was a great class, and it applied so well for this quilt. I enjoyed a curved line challenge, and the next quilt I think might be a spiral! I do like to do whatever I like when I quilt, and in both piecing and quilting, this quilt was excellent for that.




Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Quilting Along...

Checking in so there is at least one December post! Quilt has been pinned and slowly being quilted. This time I am doing curved lines, one after another, with the AcuFeed foot on and sometimes a quilting bar and sometimes not.  I seem to do just as well without the quilting bar! And that realization came after I purchased the Janome extra-long quilting bar set with the left and right bars included. Pretty snazzy set though!  I am enjoying moving slowly through this project, and although I wanted to finish it up this year, I guess I will be binding it in January 2016.  See you all in 2016!

Friday, September 18, 2015

15 Minutes of Play again with the Elna TOP 300...

  Here's the Elna TOP 300 again back in the table!  It is a fast machine!   I used it to piece the last piece of the 15 Minutes of Play  quilt self-made fabric I needed to cut the last ten blocks. I have a quarter inch foot I bought for the Mini Ultra and it was the only one that fits the Elna TOP 300. The regular Janome top loading foot and the vertical foot 1/4" feet both either don't fit at all or are wonky on the feed dogs. SO this one is a Distinctive brand foot that has a long blade. I bought it through AMAZON from Mr. Vac and Mrs. Sew and that is one terrific company to deal with. The silly blade just gets in the way, so I pulled it off! I was surprised that pulling it off worked really well. The machine feels great to sew on. The thing for me to remember is that it *IS* all mechanical and I need to raise the needle to the top after each seam. Otherwise the top thread whips out of the threading channel and I have to rethread. Oh how soon we forget! ;) Needle down is doable with your foot pedal as in any mechanical but takes some finesse and practice. I have cut out the darker background fabrics and am now ready to sew the blocks together to make the top. Time to shop batting and backing. Thinking poly high loft batting and some pretty backing fabric. When I piece I pretty much use up the partial bobbins I have and the thread I won't use for quilting. I used both So Fine #50 and cotton Coats machine quilting thread on the piecing. Going to use So Fine #50 for sewing it all together, as well as pre-wound So Fine #60 bobbins, and then I am still thinking over the quilting thread! I do know I am going to quilt this one with the walking foot. I am doing the Craftsy class on Creative Quilting With Your Walking Foot, so there should be some tips there I can use! And yes, I am putting Hello Kitty stickers judiciously on my machines...I love Hello Kitty.