That size will guarantee that this little quilt will hang on my small stand.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
This year I have heard more quilters saying "I'm going to finish up some of those UFO's before I start one more project". This is sage advise so I'm going to try and finish up a few unfinished projects myself. Today I'm finishing the "Hooray for Spring" by Maggie Bonanomi. Once I began to quilt it I was reminded that I've started using this new technique to tie off the loose threads. Here is an example of what I'm doing. When you begin quilting and you bring your bobbin thread up to the top, hold on tightly to the ends of those threads and begin quilting.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
We have had the craziest winter, most days have been clear and sunny and ranging in the high 70's. So when it dipped down to 60 this weekend and the clouds moved in, it felt like the perfect time to put a quilt on the Honey Q. Luckily there was one handy that needs quilting. This is Sheri's baby quilt.
The pattern is called "Smitten" by Rachel Griffith and the fabric line is Puttin' on the Ritz by Moda.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
I don't know what has gotten into me. Maybe its all the left over Valentine candy and then big boys giant, very yummy, birthday cake that is still in the refrigerator, but I am on a sugar high these days that I can't seem to kick. And with that in mind I thought I would share a recipe that I got from Pinterest and made for a sewing group. It's easy and delicious, I hope you enjoy it, meanwhile I'm going to go work out.
This recipe uses 5 simple ingredients. Mix instant vanilla pudding until it begins to thicken.
Soften premade chocolate frosting and top your cake.
For complete recipe and finished photo see the "recipe" page on my blog. And since we are talking about sweet things. A mystery has been occurring in the aforementioned sewing group. When I get home I find a nicely wrapped little package.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Good morning. No matter how much packing and prepping you do for a class invariably something is forgotten or a fabric selection which looked so appealing at home now seems not quite right. This is my dilemma today. I will be reworking the background of block one in the Comforts and Joy class that I've started attending. I was able to complete the flying geese row. Although I did borrow that top red goose from Mary.
And I'll replace the light grey background with this darker version.
The layout is a bit more pleasing, but something is still not quite right?
The door! Needs a red door.
I'll be working on the balance of the applique' today, there is still a tree, flag, bird and few other things that may not make it on this block. I may have been distracted by the deliciousness of baked goods that Julie provided for us.
Next time less drooling more sewing.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
I need to make a sample for a "potential" new client and the pattern I'm choosing to make uses a fabric which is nearly impossible to see through. This gives me a great opportunity to demonstrate how you can transfer an embroidery design when using a light source like a window or light box still doesn't allow you to see the design you need to transfer. This is called acetate layover. You will need a clear, smooth, strong sheet of plastic.
Take it slow and soon you will get the hang of it.
Friday, February 17, 2012
As promised here are the rest of the goodies we saw at the Valley Quilters 32nd Annual Quilt Show. I ran into a familiar face. So happy for Lolita for moving forward with her publishing company.
Her black work and primitive style are so to my liking.
|"Stitchin by the River"|
I'm awarding her the blue ribbon for best booth design.
Besides the quilts hanging the ladies of the guild have put vintage sewing items everywhere. Like this old clothes rack ladened with hand embroidered dish towels.
Or one of my favorite pieces, and a must do, this covered dressmakers form.
And no trip is complete without a trip to Pollys for lunch after the show.
That is if you can call cherry waffles lunch.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Sometimes a friendship group meets and I just don't want to work on the same old hand sewing project. So I'm reaching for my Primitives Projects and More magazine (Spring 2012 edition) and low and behold if I don't find another cute project to whip up real quick. "Hooray for Spring" by Maggie Bonanomi.
I like to use small, very sharp point, serrated scissors to cut my wool.
I lay it out first to get a feel for were everything will fit.
I hope everyone gets to work on something fun this Wednesday.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Hearts...stitched, sewn and broken.
A Love Note.
A pincushion Love.
A stitched Love.