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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Machine Quilting - My First Attempt

What was I thinking? Why did I think I could undertake this project? Why did I think it was going to be so easy? Stuffing "the beast" under the machine is close to impossible. Starting from the center IS impossible. Trust and believe that the first picture is for show. Me actually sewing on it looks totally different. It's all bunched up and crunched up. After my first full hour of sewing, I'm happy to say that I'm pleased with the results (see bottom right photo). It's so not perfect (see bottom left photo), but for my first attempt at "stitching in the ditch" on a monstrous, larger than a California king quilt, I'm happy, and that's saying a lot for my perfectionist tendencies. I don't think it's going to take that long to finish this beast. For those interested, I'm sewing with Schmetz 75/11s, with cotton machine quilting thread, and I'm using a Brother SA107 walking foot. I trimmed off enough of the backing to make a nice biased binding. Next quilt will not be as big. I don't have enough floor space for the basting. It's like it's the quilt blob... lol, taking over everything in its path. More machine quilting in the morning before I go to work, and more when I get home tomorrow night. It's challenging as heck, but it's so fun. I'm really obsessing about the grandmother's flower garden quilt. Stay tuned.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

My First Quilt - Coming Along Nicely

I've finished the hand basting. What a chore! What was I thinking when I thought I could make a quilt? Why did I think it would be easy? It is a challenge to say the least. I'm going to machine quilt "the beast (stitching in the ditch), then make a basic bias double fold binding. YouTube has helped immensely in understanding the techniques. I can't believe I've waited 15 years to finish this quilt, but then, I knew it would be arduous. I hope my daughter is appreciative of the quilt, when I send it to her. Of course, I've already started designing my next two quilts. I'm going to do a Grandmothers Flower Garden Quilt>>

I've always loved this quilt design. I especially love the colors used in the second photo. I'm just not cottoning to the idea of doing it the 'English paper piecing way' - cutting out thousands of hexagons and basting them around a plastic template. I'm going to try it though, just to say I did it. I do want it to be accurate. I like this technique - Sunshine's Creations Tutorial on English Paper Piecing - Grandmother's Flower Garden. Then I'm going to tackle making the Rush Quilt. All of the cd covers copied onto photo transfer fabric and I'm going to use the Starman logo as the quilting design. Clever... expensive (due to the fabric transfer sheets)>>

My laptop is all jacked up. Not having the enter key is making my blog look all crazy. Now I'm saving for the Apple MacBook Pro. Argh! Stay tuned.

Monday, June 20, 2011

New Obsession - Quilting!

Where will it end, I ask? The quilting obsession has taken on a life of it's own. I layed out the quilt to be finished, and put the backing (2 cotton full flat sheets) on top to see what I was working with - the batting should be delivered this week, along with the quilting feet (I keep Amazon.com in business.) After I finish this quilt, I'm going to send it to my daughter, because the majority of the fabric was made with her old clothes.

The Enter button came off of my laptop, so it's time to seriously plan on getting the new Apple MacBook Pro. I can't work under these conditions! Lol.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Time to Sew! Quilts, Bras, Clothes!

I've been out of commission lately. My Dad passed away on May 23rd... I still can't say the words. I'm beyond devastated. I'm so in denial, admittedly so. So what do I do, in the aftermath? Immerse myself into my projects. I think the jewelry making has taken a backseat. I bought a new sewing machine the week before (and it's just sitting on the kitchen table, waiting):

Immediately, I have a quilt to finish, that I started back circa '96-97. The squares are rotary cut from me and my daughter's old clothes. Really. All I have to do is make the "quilt sandwich": backing = king sized sheets, thin polyester batting, and the finished quilt top. I started embroidering song lyrics in the blank middle spaces in the diamonds on the top. My next quilt will be the Grandma's Flowers Hexagon quilt.

Next to The Bra-Maker's Manual, by Beverly Johnson:

Yes, I'm going to make my own bras. I'm so sick of buying bras that don't really fit. I want semi-longline bras. The manual is 255 pages long. I'm serious about this. This is why I bought the sewing machine. After the bras come the tops and dresses. I loved to sew when I was younger, and I'm glad I've come back around to it.

This crocheted quilt was started in 2003. It is a replica of the SAME quilt that my Mom made back in the early 70's. She still had the original pattern, which I now have. I have the equivalent of a twin bed size made. I'm shooting for a queen/king size. Time to get the crochet hooks (size G) out again:

I made these for a work colleague. Jada's baby's booties:

I made these today. Started at 12:30pm, and finished around 6:30pm. They just need the white ribbon threaded under the ankle. I've made these before, so the pattern felt familiar.

I have to make stuff, I can't help it. Stay tuned!