Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Fun Red and Blue Baby Quilt

About three years ago, I was looking at some quilting blogs and found a darling pink and white baby quilt that had an asymmetrical design.  I thought it was interesting and different and decided I would like to try making it.  I, eventually, used scraps from previous little boy baby quilts, to make the blocks and red border.  After I completed the top, it drifted around my quilting room for a couple years, before Teresa inspired me to use that gargantuan rick-rack that you find at quilt shops.  I guesstimated how much I would need and bought a bunch of red rick-rack.   I let Teresa do hers first, so I could learn from her mistakes.  I did forget that she rounded the corners on hers, until after I had cut mine after sewing it down one side. Too late now!  I used some dark blue flannel rocket ship fabric that I have had for 10 years.  After I turned it and whip-stitched the opening shut, I smoothed it out and pinned it all over, then I stitched-in-the-ditch and stitched two straight lines lengthwise on the blue fields that are on two sides.  It won't shift around and looks pretty good, if I do say so myself.
pinned it before quilting it with stitch-in-the-ditch
About the guesstimated rick-rack: I had 3 inches left over.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

What Is On The Design Wall In May?

I finally went to Home Fabrics and got some flannel backed vinyl to make my new improved design wall.  I took my flannel quilt down and got my new design wall up.  It is big enough to really lay out my liberated houses.  I have all the house blocks up, and most of the sashing up. I ran out of my cute little car fabric.  I needed just enough to do three more city blocks of roadway.  I called four quilt shops and visited two today. I found more of the black with white dashed lines at Quilt Expressions, so I bought the rest of the bolt. I had high hopes that Nancy's would have some, but I cannot get a hold of her.  My Husqvarna is in the shop, so I don't want to start sewing my rows together yet, as I don't think the quarter inch on this Necchi will be the same.  I want to sew them all on the same machine to avoid any sashing-matching-up issues.  I did design the outside sections this morning and pieced my grain silos that are going next to the rail road tracks. 

Yes, I only discovered I need grain silos this morning.  It is going to be awesome, but I have to really get to work on it, so I can have it completed before I go to NYC in June.  I am soooo excited!  I should have my Husqvarna back Monday after work.  Yeah!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Photos of the Reverse Around the World Quilt

I went over to Teresa's house last evening and she allowed me to take photos of the RATW quilt that I gave her for her birthday. She has the most adorable place, and it was refreshing to photograph a quilt in a different setting than my quilt room that has a bunch of junk stacked in it. 

Sid Mooney did the quilting on this quilt. The back shows the pattern better
than the bright fabrics on the front of the quilt.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Reverse Around the World is Finished!

I completed the Reverse Around the World quilt on April 12.  I took some poor quality photos before giving it to a friend. So, I am not posting a photo yet.  I will see if I can get a better photo.  It is 80 degrees outside and I just want to be outside, but it is my budget and bills night, so I will be doing those shortly.  I need to get back to my Liberated Houses, now that this RATW quilt is done, but I started a mini-quilt with my version of the Saturn V rocket on it and I think I can finish it up pretty quick, if given the chance.  But so many things are tugging at me for my attention. And gee, I have to work. Blah!
   Just remember the Saturn V rocket was holey-cow tall and looked tall and slender.  Since this is a mini quilt, my version is rather on the stubby side. It is not to scale, except maybe the thrusters.  Maybe another time.  I am using fabrics that I already have on hand, which makes it even more fun!  It is still in the layout and design process, but not far away from a couple cuts and few seams and then presto!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Exclusive Apparatus

Well, sometimes it pays to visit your mother. I was over visiting tonight and she said she had been going through the drawers in her old sewing machine and she had found an apparatus, and perhaps I would like to have it.  It was strange that she did not call it a thing-a-ma-bob or something similar.  It is indeed an apparatus.  We agreed that it is an exclusive apparatus, since we doubt that we know anyone else who has one.  I am sure there may be a few out there, but these things are old and not flaunted.  Of course there are new versions of this same thing available, even locally at The Cotton Club, but it is rare to see such an old specimen; and yes that is true of my mother, also.  I kind of want to put a smiley face here. :)  There.  If anyone knows the true nomenclature of this item, please leave me a comment.
It is old and the plug looks a tad on the unsafe side.
It is to add light to your sewing machine, but the machine must have a thin neck like those old Singers and Whites.  I don't think it will help my Husqvarna!


Monday, April 6, 2015

Reverse Around The World Update

Here is a lovely photo of the quilt top. I don't know what an Around the World quilt looks like, but this is a Reverse Around the World quilt.  I actually got the top done in February. I have retrieved it from Sid the Wonder Quilter and now I have to get the binding on there.  I hope to have it done in approximately one week from now.  Don't time me, please!
Ebony gives this one her stamp of approval!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Words and Pictures

I completed a small quilted project in March. Yeah! Go me!  I need a Please be quiet! sign at my office so I quilted one.  This is my 'be quiet' sign.  It only just occurred to me I should have used blinding pink or something.

I could go on about my laundry closet remodel, but I think I will just keep it short today.  I admit the size of this photo makes it difficult to view the details.  I did put a casing on the back, should I decide to hang it that way.  A yard stick would work just fine, since the length of this is approx. 33 inches.  I will be using rare earth magnets to attach it to the glass window at my office.  I have decided to add another photo so you can see the pieced Phoebe in the center block.  I tried doing this because of the wonderful quilts in "Collaborative Quilting" that had pieced people in it.  "Collaborative Quilting" is a book by Gwen Marston and Freddy Moran.