Thursday, March 8, 2018

Snowy Day and Summer Quilt...

Another improv scrappy quilt on the way....sewing rows of blacks together now. Another two rows, then sewing the rows together, then laying out for quilting and pinning. Problem is that my Pfaff is going into the shop and that is what I want to be quilting this on. Preferably free motion quilting.   I did purchase some Wonderfil company prewound bobbins. Lovely pink and the thread is called DecoBob.  60 weight. Lovely stuff.  In Class 15 that fits my machines.

I mean to use these pink bobbins in the quilting with my pink thread - maybe quilting it with MaxiLock or Signature but have not decided yet.

Meanwhile we got snow! March still means Winter here. Spring has to come later though, so that is the good news!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Quilt backing...Raglan Top and Doll Clothes...

Just a cheery picture of the backing for my Summer Quilt. I figure any mistakes on the back stitching will be well hidden by the busy touch here in this fabric! :)  Plus it is very Summery!  There is a Nor'Easter going on out there this minute, and I would rather think about Spring coming soon. 

Meanwhile I cut out the knit raglan top I have talked about for a long time. Breezy Raglan.  From It's Always Autumn. LOVE her patterns! 

And then I measured Connie, my doll, for new clothing. I want to compare the measurements of the doll to the pattern pieces to ensure enough room to get then on her. She is a vintage composite - soft body doll and not easy to dress.  In addition, I am readying kitchen towels for embroidery - it turns out I love redwork patterns and vintage looks like we did by hand on towels all those decades ago. Towels seem to be my fav - kitchen towels. :) My SE400 is turning out to be so much fun!  Brother makes it easy for anyone to afford a machine plus to start some embroidery as well. 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Summer Quilt In Progress...

Started on the Summer Quilt in January, and I love using the light prints I have accumulated as scraps and pieces left over from other projects.  Plus the addition of some pieces I had in my stash of cottons.  Working on such light cheery fabrics in the dead of Winter is a treat! The plan is to complete the top with 12" blocks after making "fabric" from the scraps. It is an improvisational quilt of course.  After doing the quilt from the book, 15 Minutes of Play, I could see I liked the more free style of piecing, plus then there is the wonderful class on Craftsy from Joe Cunningham.   Link is to the video on YouTube about one of his classes. Fabulous ideas and it frees you up for some creative design as well.  But, of course, my work isn't anything like the pros, but I have a lot of fun doing it.
I keep a project bin now for various projects - I have two so there can be one for a sewing project or an embroidery project as well. Real buy at Rite Aid for under $3 on sale!  I got four of them to store various things on my sewing shelves. Anyhow, I recommend a bin to keep everything together yet be open for easy access. These hold the fabric you need for the project, the project itself in process and the finished blocks without any problem.

Summer Quilt - I plan on using Mountain Mist  Cream Rose batting and either Signature cotton or So Fine #50 for quilting, though MaxiLock is another possibility.  Whatever it is the thread will be a very light pink!! Light pink blends and is just such a lovely color.  I am going to use Mountain Mist Cream Rose because of its somewhat thinner body and drapy qualities.   At this point I have several blocks already made and really want to finish this before Summer!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Little Kitty Quilt and a Fun Guide Foot...

Just finished a little kitty quilt. Used up fabric from the Amy Butler shirt I had made a few years back, plus some binding I had left over made out of a fabric from my mother's stash I took home years back.  That fabric is the binding on at least two of my larger quilts. Love it.  The back of this quilty is a red flannel left over from the Shirt Quilt of 2017, and the thread is Masterpiece pink - so pale you can hardly see it. Quilted this in curves with the AcuFeed foot on my Elna 720.  Batting is left over wool from the Shirt Quilt.

Meanwhile, I ordered this foot from Ken's in Alabama.    It is a guide foot, and I anxiously awaited it. YES, it fits my Elna 720 and I think it will be fine on my Janome 8050 as well.  It does not matter if  your machine is high or low shank when a foot is a snap on!  Oddly, the foot included a different needle assembly screw than my Elna has, and the directions for the foot say to change this out to this new one. Well, I tried the foot and it works without doing that switch, so I called Ken's and talked to a tech. He says no need to change out the screw unless your machine has one that interferes with the foot itself in use - so be sure and TEST the thing out slowly to see if the needle bar screw hits the foot in use. Mine does not.