Sunday, April 19, 2015

Project ALMOST complete

It has been a busy few days with work and other events and I have not managed to get to the sewing machine since Wednesday.  This morning I decided that quilting detox is not for me and pulled out an old project (2011 or 2012) that has been pinned to the wall in my sewing room and quilted it on Lady Tiara.


This was the sample for a class at the shop.  The quilting plan was a little free motion in the center with a star like motif and then some more ruler practice.  I didn't use the ruler for the small outer triangles, for that I just gave myself some registration marks along the edge every half inch from center.  There isn't any quilting in the blue areas because I felt the print would hide the work.

Here is a close up.

Sunday, April 19, 2015
Speed 25%
Free Motion and Ruler Work
Thread - Glide

Lesson learned - quilt some more old projects!
It's fun and it's okay to make mistakes!

Tonight I will prepare a binding and sew it on and then hand stitch it down at the Karate School tomorrow.

Have a beautiful Sunday, the weather here is fantastic!
Happy Sewing,
Colleen


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

More FMQ practice

Here are the pics from yesterday's playtime with Lady Tiara.

This first shot is of some quick meandering, just to relax and really playing around.
The lesson learned here is to practice a consistent distance when
doing echoing and keeping the sizes of the spirals consistent.
Note to self; you need to practice consistency.


This one was the practice for Day 3.
I am not fond of this at all.
Thread, speed, tension, etc was good.
Lesson learned here is that my stitching is very heavy in some areas, 
perhaps I used those areas to travel too many times.  

That was all I really had time for yesterday.  I didn't even get to any piecing on other projects.

Happy Stitching,
Colleen

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Free Motion Practice - Day 2

FREE MOTION QUILTING MY WAY...ONE DAY AT A TIME
I have decided to journal my free motion quilting practice sessions so I can see my progress and share what I am learning with anyone who wants to follow along.

Day 2: Feathers (sort of) and some straight line ruler work


Monday, April 13, 2015
Speed 27%
Thread - Glide (top and bobbin)

I think the puckers around the outside is because the sample sandwich is a little small.  The Glide thread works much better with the same thread in the bobbin.
  • Marked an 8" square and diagonal and square lines and stitched in the ditch
  • Used a small (6") arc ruler to stitch the melon shapes
  • Free motion the feather in each of those shapes
  • used a straight ruler to stitch the straight lines 1/4" apart

Monday, April 13, 2015

MQX Quilt Festival - East

Last week I hopped in the car with a couple of my quilting besties and we traveled to Manchester, New Hampshire for the MQX Quilt Festival - East!
All I can say is...once again we had a fantastic time; great friends, great classes, great quilts, great vendors, great new quilters to meet!
BTW - it's also great to be home again; missed my husband, missed our kind of water, missed my bed, and so on!

I took a total of 4 hands on classes and one lecture. Two of the classes were for free motion quilting and the other two were piecing classes.

To be honest, I have taken a number of free motion classes and think it is a good idea to learn from a variety of teachers.  Everyone has their own technique and style, you can glean from each hands on or lecture what works for you.  Then you practice, practice, practice.  That IS the one thing every teacher has in common, PRACTICE.  This year I took a class with Andrea Brokenshire and a class with Leah Day.  Both ladies were a delight to spend 4 hours with and they both had a lot to share in the way of free motion quilting.

Yesterday I practiced a design called Paisley.  My personal goal is to practice for 15-30 minutes per day on my new Baby Lock Tiara.  Yup, I am now the proud owner of a Tiara and I am loving it.  I haven't quilted any quilt tops yet on the one at home but I have quilted a number of sample quilts already for the shop on the Tiara floor model.
So happy and thankful to now have one at home.  I am adding a page at the top of this blog to journal my free motion quilting practice and invite you to follow along as I find out what works for me.


The class with the ladies from Sew Kind of Wonderful (http://sewkindofwonderful.com/) was a lot of fun.
We used their Quick Curve Ruler with the Chic Kisses Pattern.  My original plan was to do this with the fabrics in my Civil War Repro stash but since the class was to only make one block I used a few fabrics from my 30's Repro stash.


Cute block!  This is one that I will be doing again and again I think.  The block is fairly large (@23x23) so it will pull together into a large quilt.  This sample will be a table topper for summer after I quilt it.

That brings me to the lecture I went to at the show.  The same ladies gave a lecture on using their QCR Sidekick Longarm Ruler.  This ruler has curves that follow the curves made in your blocks using the QCR.  Lots to learn.  Picked up the ruler set and will need to practice A LOT before quilting this. I will add some of the ruler work photos to my free motion page when I get around to this practice.

Happy Stitching (and practicing),
Colleen

Monday, March 9, 2015

Log Cabin Obsessed!

That's right, I have become obsessed with
making these little Log Cabin Blocks.

This is the picture of the Log Cabin Star with borders,
layered and quilting started.

This was the demo piece for a class I was teaching.
You can't really see the quilting but the process,
as part of the class, was to quilt it with 
machine embroidery.
It will stay as is until class #2 at the end of March
so I can demo the quilting again.

But, this ruler and book from Marti Michell have
hooked me in!  I am so obsessed with making these
little log cabin blocks I cannot stop!
You can purchase the ruler and book at
Pieceful Quilting. Just give us a call!
http://www.frommarti.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=FMM&Product_Code=8044&Category_Code=R_MFR

In preparing for the first class I cut so many 
1.5" strips from my Civil War Repro and Thimbleberries stash
the box was overflowing.
All this led to my new obsession...
I made 4 blocks for the second class Saturday
and then came home and made a couple (19) more.
Going totally scrappy with this staying the in CW and Thimbleberries "like" fabrics.
My rules are simple:
Lights - anything with a light background
Darks - anything without a light background




These are 3 potential layouts.
And, the box still overflows!

Eventually this will be large enough for a throw.

Last weekend it was snowy so I stepped outside my
comfort zone of favorite fabrics and made this little table topper.

The pattern is Rock Candy from Jaybird Quilts.
This pattern is also available at Pieceful Quilting
and will be a class at the shop later on in the spring.

Happy Sewing,
Colleen