Sunday, February 28, 2010
Here's a close up of the center. The center squares were fussy cut.
Since I want to quilt the Club Sandwiches tablerunner after I've practiced on my new machine a bit, I set out to make another tablerunner. I pulled out the Objects of Desire leftovers and made this tablerunner Sat. night. I'll use it as practice for quilting. It's the 2nd one out of that line.
Today Paul had to do some work at FC, so I went along and cut out 4 tablerunners from the Essence line. All the tablerunners are out of the Anka's Treasures book On the Run. I hope to get them made later this week. I was shocked that it took me 3 hours to cut out the tablerunners, but they were all from a honeybun, layer cake, and dessert roll, so just needed to get them cut out and then I can quickly sew them up. I'm teaching the Sweet Escape tablerunner in April, so that one will get done first.
When we got home, I used more of the object of desire fabrics to make another tablerunner. This one is the most plain of the 3, but I'm sure someone will love it. After a bit of practice on my muslin, I had the tension set on my machine. I decided to practice a bit on this tablerunner. I want to do daisies, so I practiced. They aren't perfect, but I'm pleased that I'm stepping outside the box. I even got the binding on tonight, so I can finish it up tomorrow at work.
Here's a close up of one of my daisies.
And another daisy!
This is the back... if you didn't know, you'd think it's the front. The tension is awesome on this machine!
The three tablerunners I got made this weekend!
Saturday, February 27, 2010
I'll be working on the Club Sandwiches tablerunner pattern by Atkinson Designs from the Let's Do Lunch book. I'm using the Wildflowers fabric line by Heather Mulder Peterson for this tablerunner. I have it all cut out and ready to sew as soon as I get off work on Saturday.
Friday 11PM: My first set of blocks are laying on my ironing board, ready to get started in the morning. It's gonna be a fun sewing party!
These mini corners will next get a row of green added to them. I should be able to finish the top tonight at this rate! I had no idea I could get so much done in a morning. Off to work at 9 and I'll be back later this afternoon. Happy Sewing!
My Spring Sewing Party has come to an end and I've really enjoyed making some new tablerunners. Thanks for all the comments and I look forward to seeing what everyone got accomplished.
Friday, February 26, 2010
I also tried some small stippling which I've never done. This is pretty tiny stippling compared to the normal large meader I do. I think my three favorite features of this machine so far are the extra big harp, speed, and speed control. The speed control that came with the frame works, but doesn't have the thread cutter button, so I ordered a new one.
I also tried some spirals. I have plain muslin and scraps of batting which I'm using for practice. I still have lots of practicing to do before I quilt my projects, but I feel great about how much practice I got in tonight. The pictures are so dark because I had terrible shadows as it was after 10 tonight when I took the pictures.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
After I finished the first top, I still had the other panel left and wasn't sure what I was going to do with it. I was inspired by the modern siggy swap going on, so I made the same blocks and outlined the panel. It didn't come out perfect, but I'm happy with it. I decided to add the triangles in the two corners to make it look like the ribbons are going out. What do you think? Does it make the quilt? What would you do? I plan to quilt this as soon as I play with my new machine a bit and get comfy with it. I'm so excited that I got two siggy quilt tops out of the fabric I bought on retreat. I plan to have my quilty friends here sign this one when it's all done. I will use the Keep On Quilting emblem fabric for the back of this one.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I bought this book and am looking forward to trying to sew a few doll clothes. I have a porcelin doll my grandma made and the only clothes I have for it are two very fancy dresses. When I saw this book I decided I would try to make some clothes for it. Has anyone made doll clothes before? Are there any tricks I should know? I've made clothes for myself, so I don't think it will be too hard.
The reason I needed my other speed control is because I brought this new beauty home on Sat. It's a Janome 1600P quilting machine. It's strickly a straight stitch machine and goes 1600 spm compared to the 1000 spm my 6600P can do. I'll use it mostly on my frame to do machine quilting, but I did do some straight stitching to practice and it works awesome. It's an industrial machine, so it will sew through lots of thicknesses! This machine uses regular machine needles, so I'm good to use all the ones I have, but it takes different bobbins, so I had to get new ones. I picked up the FMQ foot yesterday, so hopefully some time this week I'll get to practice free motion quilting on the frame.
Sunday I went ice fishing with Paul at Sheridan Lake. It was a bit cold when we started, but not bad in the ice house. I listened to a book on my MP3 player and relaxed while he caught fish. We headed home about 12:30 and I took a nap. I haven't had a nap in quite a while, so it felt really good. I woke up just in time to watch the end of the race. Paul was not to excited about his driver getting second by just seconds. I cut out a tablerunner, but that's as far as I got Sunday night.
Friday, February 19, 2010
I picked out a new pattern from the On the Run book and decided to make it with the Essence line from Sandy Gervais. I got a layer cake and some accents to go with it. I plan to make the tablerunner on the front of the book.
Then I decided to use some of the new Wildflowers fabric from Heather Mulder Peterson to make another tablerunner. I'm making the Club Sandwiches runner from "Let's Do Lunch" by Atkinson Designs. I got thread to match both of these, so I hope to get at least one of them done this weekend. I had fun buying fabric with my mom. It's something I haven't done in quite a while, but so much fun when we do have a chance.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Here are a couple close ups of the quilting.
And the label I put on last night. The quilt is finally done and ready to be gifted!
Monday, February 15, 2010
My co-workers think it's hilarious that I'm finally 30, so they gave me a Over the Hill balloon, a big Over the Hill cookie, and several other "Over the Hill" items. I'm the youngest of our walking group, so I always get lots of teasing. It's been a great birthday!