Saturday, March 31, 2012
So this is the second time in a few days I have changed my blog name. OK, I can be a bit indecisive at times. When I first opened up my blog, I couldn't think of a good name. I just wanted to get it up. So, My Quilting Journey is all I could come up with. Boring. So I really wanted to change it. Then all I could think of was Luvin' Quiltin'....better. Then, I was in bed last night. It came to me ...Fresh Off The Spool! YAY, I love it! hope you do too :) Let me know what you think!!!
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
I am getting much better at feathers! I have found that I do better with them if I Start out upside down, like you would make a heart upside down. But on this project, In the middle of the project, I tried something a little different.
Second problem was when I went to square up my block to 12 1/2 in. it was short by a 1/4 in.!
SCANT 1/4 inch seam. This kinda broke my heart because I purchased a 1/4 inch foot( which I used in the first place). Not only did Amy mention that we should use a scant 1/4 in seam on this block, but ALL quilt blocks because this is standard for quilting. THEN WHY THE HECK DON'T THEY MAKE A SCANT 1/4 IN FOOT??????? Sorry, just had to put that out there.
Back to the drawing board. After watching a few youtube videos on how to mark my machine for a scant 1/4 in seam. I made another block. I used Sewing Edge.
Now my questions for Leah. These questions have nothing to do with the project at hand, but rather my BOM problems. Hope that is OK.
Do you use a scant 1/4 of an inch? It seems to me this would only be required of you wanted you block an exact size, or with a sampler quilt, or BOM.
Second question is Do you Always open your seams, and based on the photo above with open seams with the 7 intersection, could I have gotten it any flatter ?
Oh, I almost forgot, here is what I learned this week. In last weeks post I said I didn't like marking the quilt. BUT... I learned that marking makes FMQ so easy, consistent, and gorgeous! I am definintely willing to mark a quilt if I want it to have a particular pattern or look. It was nice to not have to think about where I was going to stitch next. like Leah has said, what you save in time for one thing, you will make up in another. Or vice versa. what I spent in time on marking, I saved in thinking about my next stitch! Also, i am getting much better with straight stitching a line with FMQ and traveling!!!!
Welp, thats all folks! Back to my sewcation:D
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
So here is what I did to get ready for the Quilt Along Wednesday.
BASTING MY QUILT:
MARKING MY QUILT:
First, I printed Leah's pattern x 4 and carefully lined them up and stapled them together
Then, I stitched on the lines ( with and empty needle and thread ) This took a bit of time, but I got four done at once. I took a little over an hour.
I then of course taped them together and laid it out on my fabric.
Next, it was time to pounce the chalk.
I basted first because because i used chalk to mark my quilt. I have no idea if i did this correctly, but I figured if I marked it with chalk first, it would all disappear when I smoothed my layers while basting. If my thought process is wrong, please let me know! Or, if there is an easier way, please let me know! I can't wait to quilt this sucker up!
QUESTION FOR LEAH: Where the heck did you get that big light box? Did you make it or buy it, and if you bought it, how much would one like that cost? I didn't have a need for a light box this time, but it would be nice to have in the future.
Also, how would you have marked dark fabrics? I know I didn't use any of your purposed methods, but I really wanted to try spray basting, and didn't know any other way to mark dark fabric.
Here is what I learned in this process so far. I would rather skip marking a quilt and just freeball it. I'm not saying I won't do it again. And I have marked reference lines before. But, whew, that was a lot of extra work!
Although the finished product of taking such a step will be magnificent, it is just one more step that slows me from the fun part. The quilting. ;)
Monday, March 12, 2012
I quilted 14 different quilting motifs. Considering my attention span and boredom level, this seems to be a good way for me to quilt! Here they are.
I know the photography is bad, but they were taken at night. =/
Question Thursday: Leah, I don't rally have a question, but rather a comment. I took your advise. I left ALL of the mistakes and imperfections in my quilt. I figured, who cares??? I just kept on going and with each motif, I found I was really getting a good rhythm as I went along. Besides, this quilt is for snuggles, not shows! Hope you get to see this comment because I edited it in:)
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Friday, March 2, 2012
Good Morning, Sunshine!
I was so excited to enter the modern Mini Challenge! It's technically the first quilting contest I have ever entered. I ended up entering the Sliced contest the other day(and it's not really a quilting contest). But I committed to this contest first, and I completed this project first. I just had to wait until today to submit my quilt!
I tried a few techniques I have never tried before. I did curved piecing which I learned by a tutorial posted by Blogger Diane Bohn at from blank pages. She made it look so easy, and really, it was. Thanks, Diane!
The other thing I tried was my new dresden ruler. I needed bigger rays for my sun than the ruler could provide. All I had to do was extend them out. The hardest part was getting the half circle right. I thought I could apply the same principal as curved piecing to cut it. When I went to piece them It wouldn't lay flat. there was a BIG rippleright in the middle of my rays. So the second time around I cut my half circle 1/4 in bigger than the inner part of the rays. I held my breath as I pieced and voila, it worked.
Another thing I haven't tried is working with all solids. My quilts are usually a little to busy with prints quite frankly. I have a love prints and would rather spend my money on them I guess.But I am really starting to appreciate solids!
With the quilting I pretty much did the same thing on the top as the bottom with the exception of clouds on top and water on the bottom all FMQing on a home sewing machine. The sun was quilted using a design based on Leah Day's Flame Spiral. I was aiming for a reflection of the sun in the water type look. I'm not sure if I achieved this, but the ideas in my head rarely look the same as the finished product.
I really had fun with this. My quilt made many changes before the sewing stage. I am really happy with how it turned out!! Oh, one more thing. the quilt measures 23 and 7/8 inches. Just under the 24 in. maximum.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
She couldn't decide on how she wanted it quilted. I suggested different quilting in each block, since the blocks are all pretty much the same . She like that idea.
I'm using my new Janome 1600P-QC. I am loving it. It FMQ's so well! I have had no thread breaks at all. FMQing becomes so much more fun when you don't have any issues. Getting the new machine was a great investment! No buyers remorse here!!!
I have been behind on getting blog entries in to link up for the Wednesday Quilt Along and the 2012 FMQ Challenge because first,my old machine decided it really didn't want to FMQ anymore. Then, I had too wait a few weeks to have the cash to buy a new one. Last, I have been working furiously on a couple of challenges with deadlines. The Sliced competition and the Modern Mini Quilt Challenge. I have those completed, so I'm back in the game!!!