Senior quilt #004 under construction

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Well; this one is out of the back seat of the car and rehung on the wall in the quilting room.  I like the colors the way it went together.  It needs a good pressing and then on to putting the columns together.  But…..not today.  I think I will just look at the lovely peacock feathers and the oriental purples and golds and the turquoise for a day or two. 

Today; I plan to play with my embroidery machine I won last month.  I have my 63 package of thread; my stabilizer sheets and lots of cloth napkins that are looking for some embelishment.   Pictures later…. 

And, yes, I am better today with my mood about coordinating!

Embroidery thread has arrived

I came home this afternoon to find a lovely package on the porch and it was my embroidery thread order.  I am drooling over all of the delicious colors.   If only it came with the lovely rack……There are 63 colors for my new Brother Embroidery machine! (Plus a giant spool of bobbin thread!)

I think in the morning I have to get out to the sewing room nice and early and have a little fun with my new embroidery machine.   I need to create a quilt label, so this might be a good time to practice.  Only have a short bit of time before I must rush off and go pick up some batting, then meet the group for quilting at church in the afternoon.  Another week of Senior Quilts. (I haven’t touched #004 since I layed it out on a flannel sheet last week.  Still in the bundle that I brought it home in.  )    Life can get busy!

Sew long for now…happy stitching.

On Point with borders WIP (STILL….)

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On Point with borders & cornerstones

Well; It’s back up on the design wall….On top of another WIP….but just ignore that….

This pattern is by Pat Sloan.  I added borders, because that is just what I do.  So it is a Pat Sloan / Stitchinggrandma design…. 🙂

Spent the afternoon getting the last border on, then setting about to measure for the backing.  Currently it is 78″ long by 58″ wide. Nice & long for the sofa or recliner I think.  So, I worked on my backing, and am “WINCING” as I am at 59″ wide.  I KNOW it is too narrow….and am pondering what to do.    My gut reaction is to add more fabric….a secondary border…..(narrow up the first border…….)

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I think that is going to be my solution tomorrow…trim the current borders down to 4″ on each side(they are currently 8″; and then a add another  7 ” border.  My lovely watery green is 42″.  Then; once it is quilted I will trim off the excess border; but at least that way; I have some room to give and take.  Now the question; since I have done the math 3 times is…which fabric???  I think I am going for one of the daisy fabrics from the front side….probably the one I used in the cornerstones.  I have enough to get it to work, and the binding, already made (sitting at the top of the table in the above photo) is from the larger daisy pattern. I really like to bring the front to the back of the quilt.  Now that I am almost ready to layer, I have to stop at the quilt shop tomorrow to get some warm and natural cotton batting.

Paper piecing class

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Had my last class this month at Serendipity Quilt Shop, Dagsboro Delaware. We did a bit of paper piecing. What fun! The pattern is called Turkey Tracks by Pat Sloan. It came from her book “I Can’t believe I’m Quilting , Beyond the Basics”. 

I managed to get my four squares for the class done in the 3 hours. Brought them home and pinned them up on the design wall for a look.

I have the sashing and borders and corner stones cut, so it will make a nice table cover or wall hanging or pillow.  For now, it is going to hang on the wall while I get to look and enjoy it for a few days.

I have SO many other UFO’s, and only have a week and 1/2 before I take a little trip to see the grandkids.  So, for now, I am enjoying all those lovely pieces and colors, and will think about how to “finish” this  project once the top is finished.    I really do enjoy learning a new skill, and we had a great teacher.  I go back in April for the final class which will be fun, because it involves using 5″ squares from charm packs and CURVES……something I have not learned to work with yet!

TOMORROW – I plan to continue working on a border for my ON POINT quilt I started in class earlier in the month.  I think I want to give it as a gift next month, so I must really get busy in the morning!

Have fun stitching!!

Time to PLAY !!!

So, I won that embroidery sewing machine from Brother-sews!! It has arrived and is unboxed, and upstairs in the sewing room.  I spent the morning shopping on line on Amazon and ordered a 63 color pack of embroidery thread, some stabilizer sheets and a spool of bobbin thread. That should hold me for a while. The machine came with 4 bobbins, (two threaded already) and 3 colors of embroidery thread and 4 stabilizer sheets. So, I can play for a day or two before my Amazon order arrives!

  I’ll be happy to hear any suggestions or recommendations for folks using an embroidery machine.  One question I have is about some kind of inexpensive software that will convert a JPEG file (like a photo) to an embroidery file ( .pes).  What is the “basic” that I need to buy to do the job?  (My husband has a logo or two he would like on shirts….putting me to work already!!   :} )  Of course the machine came with about 70 built in designs and you can download embroidery designs, but I want to IMPORT my own…..thoughts????

Today’s project Senior Quilt #002 for 2013

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Senior Quilt # 002 for 2013

Sew……sew….sew…..I finally got out to the sewing room above the garage and got busy again.  It’s been so bitter cold the last couple of days, I could not bear the thought of going out to the garage.  I have 3 space heaters upstairs where my sewing area is, but it just wasn’t enough. It got up to 29 degrees today, and the sun was shining; so I got 3 or 4 hours of good sewing time in.  Managed to keep the temperature around 64, so it was tolerable.  I really would love to “connect” the house to the garage, and have a door at the top of the stairs to keep the heat in the sewing room.  It was 42 in the downstairs area of the garage, all that cold concrete…..brrrrr….

I went out to work on  my 2nd quilt for our Senior Quilt Project for 2013.  I have just 3 sections to join (2 seams) and the top will be ready for the next step.

I enjoyed watching Sewing with Nancy video’s online while I worked on my projects.  She did a show that went through all the various machine “feet” and demo’d a cool one that was a circle.  LOVED it….where you could use a regular sewing machine and do some embroidery type effects.  Between watching Nancy’s video’s and listening to Pat Sloan’s old radio podcasts, I love being out in my sewing room, working and getting inspired by the pro’s.

Sew many things to make!!!  Sew many UFO’s still waiting to be worked on!  And SEW many patterns to browse.  Tomorrow is another day to sew!