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Thursday, November 29, 2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
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Thursday, November 22, 2012
Today I am grateful for so much more than I deserve. I could write a list a mile long for all the things I’m grateful for. At the top of the list are 4 very important people that are my world, my husband and 3 kids. I'm especially grateful that we are together because I can’t stand it when we are apart even if it is for just a few days, and even when it’s for something great (a wedding.) I can not imagine my world without my family.
PS I’m grateful it doesn’t snow (hardly ever) in the south. That picture was taken 1.5 weeks ago in Bountiful, UT. Just my husband and little guy went and I missed them to pieces.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
I’m working on two projects right now. One for an upcoming blog hop so I can’t show it to you yet, but I will next week. The other is a Christmas Pattern I’m working on. I’m trying to get it done (yet again) in time for the Christmas season. If I don’t finish it up in the next week or so I don’t know if I’ll release it this year. It’s a small pillow or wall hanging so in order for it to be useful this year I have to make sure I release the pattern with enough time for others to make it. Maybe I’m just a super slow quilter! I kinda think it’s the kids, and the household :) Anyway, here is a sneak peek.
Yup, there’s a little bit of embroidery involved. Every once in a while I indulge in a little hand work, but don’t tell anyone.
Friday, November 9, 2012
I just finished up another baby quilt. I am soooo in love with the backing fabric. It is fun, vibrant and girly (without being pink!)
1 layer of Warm n’ White batting
Fabric: Kona Cotton “Snow” on front. A pink print for the name. Karavan by Valori Wells was used on the back (PWVW038Artisian.) Kona Cotton “Lime” for binding.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Two of these spring clamps came with my machine and frame:
1) they are pretty hard to open
2) they are about 1” wide at the orange tip (not wide enough to provide even tension)
3) the machine only came with 2 (one per side) so no matter how you set it up you will get uneven tension
4) the Velcro tails provide no “give.” It made it pretty difficult to not over tension the sides of the quilt.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
(Day 31 of a 31 Day Series)
Well 30 straight days of blogging out of 31 isn’t bad. Let’s finish up out bindings!
… continued from Part 1
OK so once you have made it through step 10, our next step is to join the binding.
11) We are dealing with the 10-12” gap we left in the binding. Pull the binding taught so that the binding meets in the middle of your “gap.” You’ll want it to be pretty taught if it’s loose you’ll end up with puckers in your binding. Once your binding meets in the middle fold back the tails onto the binding leaving a small gap (about 1/16”.) Finger press hard down the width of the binding. You’ll need to be able to see those creases in the next step. The reason for that little 1/16” gap is that it will account for the stretchiness of the fabric. Just trust me, it’ll turn out perfect in the end.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
well, this “31 Day” series. Today was just hectic with Halloween. I was busy all day finishing up a Skyfire (old school Transfomer) making dinner, and doing laundry among other things. I’ll post part 2 of the binding tutorial tomorrow. I did get all the pictures edited though. I even re-took a few that weren’t very clear.
Happy Halloween, see you tomorrow.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
One of my favorite things to do with my walking foot is to apply the binding to my quilts completely by machine. By now you should know how much I dislike hand sewing. It just takes me forever, and there is just so much binding on a large quilt. I once hand sewed the binding on a queen size double wedding ring quilt and it took me 3 months to finish! I’m not going there again! (Unless it’s for a major quilt show.)
Our “31 days” series is coming to an end. Many of you have expressed
sadness (I know it’s not really sadness, but I understand what you mean) at the impeding end. Those awesome little comments have really made my day! That means that I was able to share something that many of you found useful. I’m kind of sad to see the series end as well. I won’t get through all of the designs that were scribbled out in my notebook so you can look forward to a walking foot quilting post here and there. I’ll make sure to link them on the original “31 days” post so that you can find them easily. It has been fun, hard, frustrating at times (computer woes) and rewarding all rolled into one. However I’m also looking forward to having a little break and not having a deadline to meet every day. Plus this baby has been calling my name every time I sit at the computer with my back to it:
(More info and pictures here)
The quilts are available in my shop.
Monday, October 29, 2012
(Day 29 of a 31 Day Series)
STOP!! Don’t run in the other direction. You’ll want to read this post, trust me.
I’ve given you lots of ideas for quilting designs that can be quilted with your walking foot during this “31 days” series. As I mentioned before, using a walking foot does not eliminate the hassle of wrestling your quilt top into that itty bitty space to the right of your machine’s needle. Some of you may have heard of a “quilt as you go” (QAYG) method and for some it will be a novel idea. Basically the method involves quilting up your quilt blocks one at a time (or smallish sections of your quilt) and then joining the quilted sections together to form the quilt. Most quilt blocks are in the 12”-16” range so this is very manageable in even the tiniest sewing machines.
Until a few weeks ago I was really only aware of two ways to do this. Both involve leaving a narrow un-quilted area around your blocks, then joining the blocks together, and a generous amount of hand sewing on the back of the quilt. I always found the method confusing and, since I really dislike hand sewing, cumbersome. Check out this really great tutorial that explains both method’s very well at The Quilter’s Cache. (Make sure you read all 3 pages.)
To be honest I have NEVER done QAYG. The hand sewing always deterred me. My world changed dramatically when Maureen posted a fantabulous tutorial of her version of QAYG. Seriously you HAVE to go check it out. It is revolutionary – well ok it really is simple and my jaw dropped and I couldn’t help but think “duh!” Did I mention there is NO HAND SEWING!! *insert hallelujah chorus*
Ok enough already – get over to Maureen’s lovely blog, bookmark her, follow her, but don’t stalk her! Tell her you love her, she’s a genius, and tell her we are so lucky she joined the quilting world (she’s only been quilting a short while) – oh and tell her I sent ya!
Will you look at that gorgeous straight line quilting!
I really want to know if you have done QAYG, what you liked and didn’t like about it. What do you think about Maureen’s method?
Sunday, October 28, 2012
1. Halloween pillow, 2. Back view of clamshell quilting pattern, 3. Scrappy Blue Charm Quilt Closeup, 4. Sydney's Quilt, 5. FMQAL Wavy Crosshatch, 6. "Up Cycled" Denim Quilt
Saturday, October 27, 2012
(Day 27 of a 31 Day Series)
Today I decided to share some ideas for quilting borders. Not every quit is going to look great with an all over design. Some of the designs I showed you before can be used as border designs, although you may have to drop some elements.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
(Day 25 of a 31 Day Series)
In FMQ when you do a stipple or meander you are basically wandering in a random squiggly fashion. You can also do a random wandering with your walking foot like this:
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
One of the easiest free motion quilting designs is “loops.” We can modify this design for walking foot quilting quite easily.
Monday, October 22, 2012
(Day 22 of a 31 Day Series)
This design takes its cue from a topographical map. There is no marking required because the lines don’t have to be equally spaced. In fact the design looks better when the lines are a bit more random.
To make this design you start with one free form stitching line (the inner most pink line.) Then you would echo the design inward and outward. You don’t need to echo the stitching line perfectly or equally spaced. In fact it looks great if every once in a while you throw in a slightly different element (see the outer pink line.)
Only 1.5 weeks left in the series
Sunday, October 21, 2012
A little disclaimer: All of the designs featured in the 31 days post were thought up by me on one afternoon. I sat down with a pen and paper and drew out over 40 designs. As is often the case in quilting, the odds are that someone else has also had the same idea, but arrived at it or done differently. After I write the weekly posts, I sit down and search Flickr, Pinterest, and Google to see if i can find any quilts using similar designs/concepts that I have shared. I did not browse the internet and steal designs/ideas from others to pass off as my own.
2. Echoed step in the negative (white space.)
Saturday, October 20, 2012
I have one more “zig zag” design to share with you this week.
If you slightly rotate the “zig zag” design you’ll end up with some stairs.
Friday, October 19, 2012
(Day 19 of a 31 Day Series)
Ok, here’s one more argyle or diamond variation. You get a whole different look if you just double the lines.
I think I like this one better than the single argyle or diamonds design. How about you?
Thursday, October 18, 2012
I finished up this customer quilt 2 days ago and finally made it to the post office. Well actually I caught the mailman at my door today. I love that I can print up shipping labels at home and that I can hand my package to the mailman! There are more pictures and details here.
The quilts are available in my shop.
(Day 18 of a 31 Day Series)
Don’t be afraid to play around with any of the designs I have shared with you. Here I have taken yesterday’s design, Argyle, and changed the look simply by playing around with it.
Basically I offset the next row to create illusion of an echoed zig zag between the rows.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
I know these are basically diamonds but when they are on point it looks like an argyle sweater. You could easily flip this design over on it’s side for a different look to the diamonds.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
I like it! It adds movement to a quilt, up and down. Or turn it on it’s side for left to right movement. This one requires a lot of pivoting. A sewing machine with a knee lift sure comes in handy right about now :) You only need to mark your first zig zag, then use your guide bar or edge of your foot to echo your previous line. Marking is a breeze if you use existing points on your quilt (like the corners of blocks) to mark your first row.
Had you thought to use this design on a non-zig zag quilt?
Monday, October 15, 2012
We stayed at Jellystone Park camp ground in Scottsburg, IN. Where we were treated to a beautiful sight each morning:
A really cool, huge fountain at Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis, IN.
The next day on our way back to Nashville we drove around Louisville, KY and visited this place:
The whole trip was planned to pick up my new HQ16. Unfortunately I can’t play with it until we figure out a table option for it. Can you guess what our weekend project will be? I’m thinking of building a farmhouse style 12ft table. It has to be sturdy enough to keep down vibrations so I don’t think I want a folding banquet table. The HQ site has a table for almost $1000. Um I can build the farmhouse table for about $100. I think I’ll do that instead.
PS I will be selling off my old set up (Grace Start Right frame, Brother PQ 1300, Grace Sure Stitch regulator, and all sorts of extras) email me if you are interested.
Are you ready for another week of quilting ideas? We’re about half way through our 31 days series. I hope you have found at least one new design to try out. This week we’re going to focus on designs with sharp angles. This means there is going to be a bit of pivoting with our needle down to achieve these designs. Just be gentle when moving your quilt sandwich around to avoid any unnecessary pressure on your needle.
PS to get a feel for any of the designs I suggest you grab a piece of paper and a pen, not a pencil. Practice drawing the design (fill up the paper) until you are comfortable with the flow of the design. I say use a pen because you can’t erase “thread” once you start quilting on your machine. You can unpick, but who wants to do that?! I keep my kids old school papers for doodling quilt designs on the back before throwing them out.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
(Day 14 of a 31 Day Series)
1. Perfect example of quilting waves. Such an organic feel to this quilt.
2. Some curved crosshatching tucked into setting triangles.
3. Here is an example of water. To do this on a walking foot do it on a much bigger scale.
4. A great example of the orange peel or pumpkin seed design. The difference between this design and the “continuous curve” design is that the pumpkin seed is on the diagonal.
5. Here is a quilt done with continuous curve.
6. Circles on circles. What a great design! Notice how the circles are not equally spaced.
7. Ok this quilt is a prefect example of “targets” that cross each other.
8. Another example of circles. This one has the circles spaced evenly.
9. Another example of curved crosshatch. This time it’s tucked into the center of a block.
Have you tried any of these designs? Which ones are you dying to try?
Saturday, October 13, 2012
If you stuck with me through yesterday’s post you deserve an easy design for today! How about some nice LOOONG gentle curves to quilt up a top lickety split?
See you tomorrow for some lovely quilts!
Friday, October 12, 2012
This is one of my favorite designs for using my walking foot. Yes you will have to mark your quilting lines but the results are worth it!
Lines A & B are opposites as are C & D. Notice that A & C are basically the same they just have a different starting point. The same goes for B & D. I don’t want to get too wordy with a description and confuse you more.
1) Look at “Fig. E” Let’s say I was doing this on a quilt. I would start at the top left corner of my quilt with the first block. I would stitch out a line “A” (the black line.) It starts on my first bock in the lower left hand side and snakes it’s way across two rows of blocks.
2) Next I would stich a line “D” (the purple line.) This would start at the very same point as line “A.” It starts on my first bock in the lower left hand side and snakes it’s off the quilt and comes back down 3 blocks to the right and then goes of the quilt once more.
3) Next I would stitch a partial line “C” ( the dark blue line.). This one comes in on the second block of the quilt at the top left corner of the block, then it makes it’s way of the quilt on the 3rd block. It comes back down and out on the 6th and 7th block of the first row.
4) Next we’ll stitch a line “B” (the orange line.) to completely finish off the first row. This line of stitching will start on the first block of the 2nd row on the tope left corner of the block. It will then snake it’s way across the first and second rows of blocks.
5) From here on out you are just repeating the lines until you finish the quilt.
Trust me, it’s not hard! Just stare at the picture and you will get it :) Are you still with me or did I just scare you off?
Not to throw you a curve ball, but once you get the hang of it you can always travel up the side of your quilt (on the extra batting and backing) once you finish a row and come back in the other direction with a different stitching line.
Oh one more thing. I use this method for stitching down my cathedral windows blocks too!
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Since we already covered grids, today’s design shouldn’t be too difficult for you. Despite the fancy name it is basically a curved grid.
I know this quilt is not the best example, but what do you think of using this design?
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
One of the things you can do is to look to Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) designs and see if you can adapt the designs to quilting with your walking foot. One of the easiest FMQ designs is the “continuous curve.” It can also be done quite easily with your walking foot with a few modifications.
B & C) If we adapt this design to be quilted in rows and columns this design becomes super easy! You will basically alternate 2 long wavy lines. First you stitch a wave like in “Fig. B” Notice that this curve starts with a “hill” then a “valley” and then repeats. The next step is to stitch a wave like in “Fig. C” that starts at the same point as your first wave. The image doesn’t show them starting at the same spot, this was on purpose so that it would be easy to see the differences. Notice that curve “C” starts with a “valley” then a “hill” and so on. It’s basically the opposite of curve “B.”
You can quilt all of your “B” waves, then all of your “C” waves. Then rotate your quilt 90 degrees and do the vertical waves.
Not as complicated as it looks is it?
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
These are available in the shop.
Dots are Riley Blake “Peak Hour”
Backing is from IKEA “Barnslig”
(Day 9 of a 31 Day Series)
If the thought of quilting straight lines seems daunting, you can try quilting long soft curves. This brings lots of movement to a quilt and they are super easy to do. It looks great as an allover quilt design.
A) You can echo your first wave for evenly space the waves. Just like straight lines, this design will bring lots of texture to the quilt.
B) Or you can just have fun and make each wave random. This gives you a more organic feel. It also resembles a landscape with hills and valleys. Don’t limit yourself to thinking of this design as water.
Do you prefer the echoed waves or the random waves?
Monday, October 8, 2012
Circles are super easy with a walking foot. Circles add so much movement to a quilt and soften a “rigid” quilt pattern. The larger the circle is, the less pivoting you will have to do.
The great thing about this design is that you only have to mark 1 circle. Don’t even worry about marking the teeny tiny circle in the middle. Simply find a large circle in your home, (like a dinner plate, a glass lid to a pot, or a coffee can) carefully center it on your quilt and mark the quilt top. Once you have stitched this first circle you can then work in to the center from it and out from the center of it.
Don’t forget to play around with this design, you can get a more organic and whimsical feel by varying the spacing between the circles.
Here are some fun variations:
B) You can quilt random “targets” and let the lines cross over some of the outer rings. ( I really like the way this looks and may have to try it out sometime!)
C) You can quilt “targets” and NOT let the outer rings cross. You would start with one “target” then start another one a little ways away. Once that second “target” is going to run into the first “target” you can start and end the rings where they intersect the first “target.” You don’t have to make all of the “targets” have the same number of rings. You can make small, medium, and large targets.
Have you ever considered quilting circles with a walking foot? Are you willing to try them now?
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Check out these dreamy quilts that showcase some of the designs we have talked about this week.
1. Starfall Quilt, 2. "Stormy Seas" quilt front, 3. Pure elements star quilt front, 4. Quilt for baby Dylan, 5. Straight Line Quilted, 6. aunty cookie quilt, 7. straight lines, 8. Nursery Versery Quilt, 9. PictureBox quilt blowing in wind
1) Has evenly spaced vertical columns quilted throughout.
2) Has groupings of vertical columns. Each grouping has a different density and adds different textures to different parts of the quilt.
3) Uses a grid that gives a “corner stone” effect.
4) Uses vertical and horizontal columns
5) Uses vertical straight lines in a more whimsical design
6) Look at those “L’s”
7) Look at the texture from narrowly spaced straight lines.
8) “Corner stone” and a diagonal grid.
9) More straight line columns.
Do you feel inspired to tackle some straight lines?
Have a great Sunday,