Saturday, January 31, 2015

Asian Quilt Free Motioned...Razzle Dazzle Fun!

I finished the free motion on the Asian Quilt last week. Now I am dragging my feet on making the binding. I will make the binding from the same black-with-golden-sprinkles as featured in the blocks I made for the quilt. I wanted to use Kimono Silk, but that didn't work out. I ended up quilting some with the silk, some with So Fine #50 and some with good old Maxi-Lock. About 75% of the way through, a friend suggested I try a Jeans needle. I had one and put in a 14. The difference was fantastic - that jeans needle seemed to entirely make the Pfaff happy, and on she went with the Maxi-Lock and the Jeans needle. I promptly bought myself a bunch of Jeans needles from Nancy's Notions. I think I will be quilting on the inexpensive side with a lot of Maxi-Lock and Jeans needles. :)

Meanwhile, I needed a break with a short project, and I finally started the Superior University classes with project #101, the Razzle Dazzle mug rugs. I decided to do mine from double sided quilted fabric I had in my scrap stash, and I used Metrosene on the top and hand wound that Razzle Dazzle unto a bobbin and did the bobbin work as directed int he class instructions. I tell you - this was fun! My Janome 6300 loved it, and all went very well. I had to use my own free form patterns of course, couldn't use the ones supplied, as I didn't really care at all for them. I love the results and am very grateful that I signed up for the lessons. I mean I never would even have tried bobbin work without this impetus. Looking forward to learning quite a lot of thread info in these lessons. Good news here - Cindy Needham has a video on using the Razzle Dazzle.