Friday, June 28, 2013

Sneak Peak

I'm working on a new project...the one that interrupted the quilt on the frame.  I'm happy to do it and excited for where it's going.  I shouldn't really say right now, but I'm sure many of you will recognize the embroidery designs and know exactly where it is going!!
Sneak Peak
Keep on Stitchin'!!

A Snag on the Frame!

Two snags, actually.  The first is quilting got interrupted by another project that I need to do as soon as possible.  The second snag is I've run out of quilting room!  Aaaargh!!  I can hardly wait to get a bigger throated machine!  I want my Bailey 15"!!!
Out of room!!
Most likely, I could probably get in that last panto row, but why bother?  It will be easier to do once the quilt is turned.  I had already planned to turn the quilt on the frame to do the side borders.  Guess I'll have 3 turnings rather than 2.  So it sits as it is on the frame until I get that other project out the door.  sigh...... 

Keep on Stitchin'!!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

On the Frame Update

I'm coming along with the quilt on the frame.  Not too much more to go.  Then I'll turn it on the frame and quilt the side borders.
No name yet for this one

Panto closeup
I'm using Superior's King Tut turquoise and brown variegated on top and ThreaDelight 60 wt in brown in the bottom.  Using a panto, Flame Swirls from a little software program I purchased - Pro-Q Panto Lite.  I am free motioning the borders.

Keep on Stitchin'!

Craftsy 2012 Quilt Finished!!

Finished!  Done!!  Completed!!!  All the quilting was done on the Bernina 830.  All free motion, no stitch regulator...just me.  I followed Leah Day's Craftsy Class, Free Motioning a Sampler Quilt.  A couple blocks are different from her's, but most are the same.  I have not washed or blocked the quilt yet.  I couldn't wait to get photos!!!
Craftsy 2012 Quilt Complete

Front Top

Front Bottom
Bottom Top

Bottom Back


 I think it looks pretty darn impressive, even though there are so many mistakes.  Traveling back over previously sewn stitches needs a lot of practice and my curves are still not always smooth and pretty.  I was petrified of using the green thread, but now I'm glad I did.  If I can do this, so can you!!!

Keep on Stitchin'!!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Craftsy 2012 Mystery Quilt

You will find this post on both Projects in Progress and Quilting since I began posting info about this quilt on the PIP page.

The quilting is complete!  All I need to do now is the binding.  Here's a sneak peak:
Quilting done, binding still to do.
Altho it looks great in the picture, it is so...ummm...UN-perfect! haha  I did the best I could, but I can tell you, free motioning a large quilt on a domestic machine, even with the huge harp of the Bernina 830, is not easy!!  I'm sure I would get better with practice, but I hate dealing with the rest of the quilt I'm not quilting.  I re-arrange, I fluff, I pool, I adjust and re-adjust....and I really dislike it immensely.  No, not the quilt, I like that, but I don't like wrangling a quilt on a table top.  I enjoy doing smaller projects, though.

Anyway, as soon as I get it bound and finished, I'll post pics of the whole front and back and maybe even a closeup showing how un-perfect it really is! LOL

Keep on Stitchin'!

On the Frame

 As you can see, I've added another page for quilting.  I'll use this page for both frame quilting and machine quilting.

I've finally put another quilt top on the frame.  This is one of the jelly roll quilts that I made some time ago.  I am free motioning the borders and using a pantograph on the blocks. 
Another Jelly Roll quilt
This one is quite wild and jumbled up, but I think it will make a striking quilt.  The backing is the same as the outer border and I'll most likely use the inner border fabric for binding.

Keep on Stitchin'!!

Foot Book - Pintucks!

We made another page for our Foot Book.  Bernina gives us lots of pintuck feet from which to choose.  My page is a bit different from the instructions as I also included a strip of fabric using the latest #46 pintuck/decorative stitch foot.

Pintuck Feet Page
Closeup of tucks
I had to wash out the color on the close up picture so the tucks would show up on the black fabric I used.  The #46 foot really makes it easy to sew beautifully straight decorative stitches between tucks.  Till next time..

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Carol Doak Mystery Quilt - Top is finished!!

I'm so excited to have this finished.  The colors are way outside my comfort area, but I'm liking this!  The quilt measures about 60 inches square.
Carol Doak Mystery BOM
Now when I get around to quilting it...who knows!!!  I plan to take it to retreat with me and get some ideas from the pros.

Keep on Stitchin'!!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Craftsy BOM - June 2013

Well, as I was getting ready to post June's block, I realized I didn't label the May's block correctly, so no one can see it!  Duh!  Sorry about that!!!  It is below this post now.

And here's June.

Craftsy 2013 - June

Got June's done fast!  We're only 6 days into this month and I'm finished!  Amazing.....  As you can see this one is a LeMoyne Star, the first I've ever done.  It's supposed to measure 19.5 inches.  Mine measures 20 inches. Hmmmm.  Will just have to wait and see what I can do about that as I assemble the top.  Looks like there's a border around this block that I should be able to fudge.  And there's some fullness in the center...but, as they say, I can quit that out!!  We'll see about that, won't we????!!!

Keep on Stitchin'!!