Tuesday, July 29, 2014
These were the test bins so now I just need to change up the measurements and make larger ones for my scraps. I really do like these little ones though and will make a few more as they are just the right size (4X6 by 3 inches high) to hold a few things. I tossed some thread spools in them but they would work great for other notions, cell phone and keys, jewelry or whatever.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
I also need to work on the binding for the Walk In The Woods quilt and hope to have that sewn in the next few days so I have some handwork to do this coming week.
Friday, July 25, 2014
I am working on my New Years goal to finish 12 UFOs in 12 months and am pretty close to being on track with that goal. I really started this in June and am finishing up my 6th quilt. I have decided that things I start need to be worked on at a steady rate and nothing new will be started till they are finished so in other words only one new project at a time (this excludes forever projects a my friend Shelley would call them...........handwork projects that are good for take along and can take years to finish). All that said I have started something new.
I have been cleaning out my sewing space and have lots of fabrics and decided that I needed a good stash buster project to clear out fabrics. I have been mulling over what to make and have decided on Bonnie Hunter's Mountain Majesty. It uses 8 1/2 inch squares of fabric and has lots of setting options. My latest color combo seems to be blue and orange. I have lots of orange fabrics and a good amount of blues in that can accommodate that size. I decided to try a test block to see how the block goes together................ok I like this. I made the two blocks above. I think I am good to go with this pattern. I am not sure what setting I am going to use. I love the colors and think of New Mexico sunsets outside my window. I have a view of Sandia Crest and watch some amazing sunsets. I am going to cut out squares for this project over the next week and sew these together. I really love this new project and hope to have it put together in the next few weeks. I do love quilting but after a day quilting on the longarm it is nice to go to my sewing room upstairs and do some piecing and if I make this project into a kit it will be a fun relaxing project to work on in the evenings.
So what is on the longarm............well right now nothing! I just took this off yesterday. It was one of the improv projects I made last January. In fact I did a tutorial on how I put this together. I was jut calling it Improv II but I have renamed it A Walk In The Woods as that is what the colors and the design bring to mind. Below is the top before quilting.........one of my UFOs.
Here is a closeup of some of the quilting. Looks simple...............WRONG! I have not tallied the hours of quilting yet but it is quite a few.
The last thing I have are a couple of 6 inch heart blocks for my friend Cathy. She is recovering from heart surgery and a group of us are showering her with heart blocks. This was a fun little block to make.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
I did manage to get one of the mug rugs finished and I am sending it to a friend.
Monday, July 14, 2014
I have the Over The Limit II off the machine and I just LOVE it. I really went overboard on the quilting. I also put 4 mug rugs at the bottom where there was extra batting. I just added a strip of fabric for them on my backing. I think this is a great way to use that extra batting.............little projects along the bottom, no extra loading and something fun and quick to do at the end of a project.
And.................yes the photo of me and Sadie is a selfie.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Sunday, July 6, 2014
I have been seeing everyone posting "mug rugs" on blogs lately. Seems like this is the new buzz word and I have missed out. I Googled it to see what all fuss was and what this new creature was. Turns out it was all started by someone named Amanda back in 2010. Her blog URL is msmcprrkchopquilts.com I went to her site and saw the original mug rug with a latte sitting on it next to her sewing machine but it was not her original post. I could not find the original post but it is a grey mini quilt with flying geese. So seems it caught on like wildfire and everyone is now making mug rugs. The closest thing to a definition is: Mug Rug: Larger than a coaster, smaller than a placemat, used for placing your beverage and maybe a pate containing a snack. It is a small quilt.
Seemed like a really cool idea to me so I decided it was time that I jumped aboard and made one. I have a friend that just had surgery and is recovering. I wanted to send her a little gift and this was the perfect thing. I went thru my orphan blocks and found this heart block from a swap that I did. Just the right thing. Hum.............don't want a square so put a message next to it............hum found this and it said just the right thing. I wrote out the sentiment on the fabric and sewed it on. I really liked how this looked. Ok now to quilt it.........my free motion on my domestic machine is rusty but I got the job done. I did a traditional binding, hand tuned to the wrong side.
I just love how cute this turned out. I hope this is something that will make her smile when she has her cup of whatever sitting on it. I see a lot more mug rugs in my future!
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
I have the cat quilt and backing ready to load on the longarm and will do that this afternoon. My daughter did not want my swirl pattern so I chose one of my favorite pantographs called Popcorn which I will use instead.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
I am gonna get this on the longarm tomorrow and do an allover design on it! Hum maybe I should work on some binding tonight........I am going to use black as the final border is a black background and just might have enough black left from several other projects for binding.