Saturday, March 30, 2013

More on the Footbook

Made another page for the Footbook yesterday.  This one is using the #7 Taylor Tack/Fringe Foot.  It has a high blade in the center of the foot over which the upper thread wraps. 

Foot #7 booklet
The stamp on the cover reads "Happiness is Patching Together Life's Pieces"...a stamp from a set I have had 'forever'. I used to use stamps on my quilt labels when I first began quilting.
Opened booklet with stitching and picture.
We sewed 2 pieces of fabric together, pulled apart the fabrics to reveal a bridge of stitches between the 2 fabrics. Next we added decorative stitches .
Between last month's class and March's class, the Footbook has come a long way.  I have most of the pages backed with a partner now and yesterday I used a binding tool to bind the front and back covers.  I also added grommets to the pages and ringed them together.  It looks like a book now!!

It's a book!!
Back cover bound edges
The front and back covers were bound using a binding foot.  I did ok using the attachment.  Actually it was easier than I thought it would be, but I think I prefer putting my quilt bindings on manually.

Various edge finishes
We used various edge finishes to attach 2 pages together. Some used ribbon on top of both sides, then topstitched, one used ribbon folded over the edge, others used stitches.  I didn't like the look of the unfinished edges, so I did a stitch of some sort to finish these as well as the technique called for.  Yeah, I know...I've been called an over achiever lots of times!!!

There will be more more pages to add, but I'm happy to have a real book now instead of a bunch of loose pages!!

Keep on Stitchin'!

March Jellyroll Runner

Another jellyroll class was offered this month and, of course, I couldn't resist!  This time, we had lots of options to choose from as far as how large our blocks were.  Depending upon how many strips are sewn together, then cut to make square blocks, several very different looking quilts could be made.  I opted for 5 strips sewn together in 2 different fabric sets and made mine into a runner.

March 2013
The fabric may look familiar.  I used what I had leftover from the braided jelly roll quilt...that I haven't finished putting together!!!  And I still have strips left over!!

Now I need to decide whether to load this on the frame for quilting or do it with the 830.  Probably the 830.

Keep on Stitchin'!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Craftsy BOM 2013 - March

YEA!!!!  Another block done!  This one is large - 17 inches finished.

March 2013
Actually this is what Laura is calling the Economy Block.  It is already created for us.  In the lesson, she tells how to build a block from inside out to achieve a certain finished size.  It involves math, of course, and she says it's actually very easy.....wellllllll....I watched that video at least 3 times and my eyes glazed over and nothing sunk in.  Thank goodness she provided this alternate block for us.  Math and I have never been friends and I'm so thankful for calculators and wonderful quilting programs such as Electric Quilt!!!

Keep on Stitchin'!!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Carol Doak Mystery Quilt - March

I finally got the March block completed.  With about a week left in March, too!

March2013-Last block for the Mystery Quilt
This is the last block of the Mystery Quilt and Carol has already given us the solution and layout. I hope to get the top put together sooner rather than later!

Keep on Stitchin'!!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Anita Goodesign Embroidery Club

I've made several small block corners and now have enough to create 2 final blocks.  These will measure about 9 inches square finished.

Sampler squares
The quilting on this one looks good after sewn together.

Jellyroll strips
The quilting doesn't come in quite enough on this one, so I will probably go back and free motion a small swirl in the middle.  The backing will be adhered by stitching in the ditch once the top is completed.

So until I get a top put together, there won't be more pics, but I think these two blocks will make a nice looking black and white quilt!

Keep on Stitchin'!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Anita Goodesign Mix & Match Quilting

I've started a new class at my local quilt shop.  We recently had an Anita Goodesign event and several ladies purchased designs and weren't sure how to use them together.  So the store created an Anita Goodesign Embroidery BOM.  Of course I had to take advantage of this...just so I would actually make some of the designs I purchased!

I decided to use 2 in the hoop quilting designs with which I could use some black and white pre-cuts that I have.  It will take 4 of each of these small just over 5" blocks to make one larger block.  I have not yet trimmed the seam allowances.

Mix & Match Block 1

Mix & Match Block 2
Currently, I am thinking that I will have the solid black trianges to the center to create a solid black center square in each block.  I may throw in a zinger fabric on a block or two, but I haven't decided on that yet.  The quilting design on Block 1 and the design in the black corner of Block 2 is Anita Goodesign, but I redigitized it.  The original design was much too heavy for my taste in quilting.  The double swirl quilting over the black and white triangles is my own creation.

Once I get a full block sewn together for each of these, I'll post a picture.

Keep on Stitchin'!

Countdown to Christmas - More embroidery

I haven't posted anything in a long time and you'd think I wasn't doing anything...but I am.  Just not that much that I can blog about!

Just had the March class for the Countdown embroidery.  Here's some of the designs.  We did 3 new ones today.  I don't think I got a picture of 3 different designs....oh, well!  We are sewing out 2 of each design.

March Countdown to Christmas

I'm looking forward to doing some creating quilting around each of these designs.  I'm thinking 9" blocks now.

Keep on Stitchin'!