Tuesday, July 29, 2014

UFO Update

It's getting down to the wire now! 
I have 2 days to finish my July UFO!
While I was quilting, I came across a little problem with a seam allowance. It appeared as though I hadn't sewn that seam at all...can you see it?!?
I paused the machine quilting and hand stitched that little hole closed, and then carried on.

The machine quilting on all the blocks is finished, and I am now stitching in the ditch just before the first border.
So there are just two borders left to quilt. I'm thinking of a free motion feather with a straight spine going right between the two borders. No rush...LOL! I still have two days to finish the quilting and bind this UFO!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Design Wall Monday




On the design wall today are my treadled scraps
There are twice as many columns as are placed on the wall at the moment.
All the scrap strips are sewn to a black strip, and am trying to get a sense of whether I will like this, or need to change it up. 

It seems dark to me. 

Maybe I should not use this many wide black strips?




For sure I need to take the vertical strip of yellow out of there!
Do you have any layout suggestions for me?
To see more design wall postings, hop over to Patchwork Times.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Slow Stitching Sunday

If you are a hand quilter, do you mark your entire quilting design before you start hand quilting? I like to make it up as I go along and as I feel inspired. Right now I am hand quilting my plaid version of "Always Home" and am deciding the quilting design as I come to each block.


I decided to make some X's in each of the little windows and mark the lines when I get to them using a Frixion pen.


I like the little swirl I added here and plan to add more of these.





I need to fill in some of the light background areas with hand quilting and have been gathering ideas from quilting friends. So far the ideas include hearts, stars, birds, sun and clouds. Do you have ideas for designs I should add?? 


My biggest impediment to making progress on this project is the amazing summer weather we are enjoying. I just can't resist relaxing and soaking up the sun! 

Today I will try to do more stitching and less snoozing!
What are you working on today? Link up your blog post below and share your hand stitching project with us.





Friday, July 25, 2014

Thread

Not much quilting is going on here. It was such a busy week. This morning I am thinking about thread since Sharon posted about it today.
I love all kinds of thread and in the past have purchased
whatever was on sale. But because my Brother machine prefers the 50 wt thread for quilting, I thought I would try the Aurifil in the large cone size. The large cones (5900m/6452yds) have about 4.5 times as much thread as the spools I usually use (which have 1300m/1430yds).  I have not yet found a price for the large cone which makes it worthwhile to purchase, and you don't get the colour variety to work with when you buy the large cones. Unless I find a great deal on the large cone, I think I'll stick with the regular size that I like to use that fits nicely on my machine.
BTW... I tend to watch the Tristan website for Aurifil thread deals.
Okay... better get going and put this thread to use!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Machine Quilting a UFO

The machine quilting has begun on this month's UFO - Plaid Beauty. When I start working on a quilt, I always quilt stabilizing lines from the center point out to the borders in all directions. I've finished those 8 lines and now I'm coming back to the center and stitching in the ditch on the diagonal of the light/dark HST blocks and straight through the light chains.

It has been a little bit more challenging quilting this one because the fabrics are all plaids and are more stretchy than most other cotton quilting fabric. But it's not terrible and I'm sure "it will all quilt out"!



Maybe all I need is a little more coffee! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Treadling on Tuesday

My parents were traveling in Pennsylvania and found a very special gift for me - a tiny little treadle machine! Isn't that the sweetest thing?!?  I just love how much this little treadle looks like my big treadle - that it is painted to look exactly like my treadle cabinet's wood, and has two drawers on both sides with gold drawer pulls.




The card that came with it says it was made by "Clay Designs" by Esther O'Hara.

Just look at the size of the new treadle compared to my old treadle! I just love it, even though I can't actually sew on it. It's looks like a Mama machine with it's baby machine ;)





I am treadling away on my scrap strips and have come to the end of my black sashing strips, so the next step is to remove the paper from the back of the scrappy strips and get them up on the design wall. 
Tonight is QuiltCam, so I'll "see" you there!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Design Wall Monday - Finished Quilt

A finished quilt is on the design wall today! It is Pam Buda's Market Day Sew Along quilt. Pam's version is red and blue, so it looks quite different from mine. Also, I added an extra border around the original design and I really like how it turned out. 
A big thanks to Pam for a fun sew along... can't wait for the next one!

It is quilted in straight lines with the walking foot to emphasize the diagonal lines of the design.

And here the quilt is off the design wall and enjoying a photo shoot by the creek at Deanna's country paradise.
To see more design wall postings, hop over to Patchwork Times.