Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Halloween Village

Now that this has gone to live at Linda's house, i can show it. when i showed the pieced top in December, 2015, Linda said she really, really loved it....so i quilted it up and sent it to her.

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It's about 38x46

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This is some of the best embroidery design work that i've seen

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I just mostly did SID around the blocks and a bit inside, to hold things together.

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Back from the stash

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Enjoy Linda. 

What to do next?

Friday, February 10, 2017

Selvage Dots

This is one of my all time favorite quilts...and I am keeping it.

I finished piecing it on August 14, 2014....and it took a Looong time to gather all those dots. i was pulling all my fabrics off the shelves and cutting off the dots. haha   i even went to friends' houses and cut their dots. i had soooo much fun putting this together.

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It is 66x82....and a bit heavy due to all those seams and the selvages being sewn onto a muslin backing.This was actually my quilting path...the circles are a secondary design. I guess I could have picked a better block to show...that one is a bit crooked. haha

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I put them horizontal and vertical

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I love when the selvages are a different color...that doesn't happen too often.

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And I really love when they use something besides dots...Texas might be my favorite.

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The squares are always cool

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The back is Christmas fabric from JoAnns, bought a couple bolts last year for half off...specifically for backings.  Once I quilted a couple rows, I noticed the circles. then I decided i needed to put something inside those circles....so I went back and just quilted around the corners. they were a bit thick in places, which is why i chose the pattern that i did, so as not to break a needle.  They look like donuts....or bagels...or vehicle tires....or whatever you want them to be. You notice I don't really care if every one is exactly the same. I'm not that picky.

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Glide Cobalt for the top and Bottom Line medium blue for the bobbin. Various leftover bits of binding from other projects. I love that i can use up all those binding bits on my quilts....I have a whole basket full of them...separated by colors...and wrapped on empty spools. haha

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Now...do I quilt something leather....something else for me...or something to sell.  decisions, decisions

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Search and Find

In Judy's UFO challenge, she picked #9 for this month....this is mine. The top was all put together....for quite some time....I just needed to finish embroidering the words on a border and a half, put the borders on, and quilt it. This is my second, of 4, finished for the month.

I made 5" blocks...half black and half a picture. When piecing the blocks, I changed up the way they went; when piecing the top, I put them any which way.... but usually facing up the correct way. I used a really fat batting. The top started out as 68x80 and after quilting was 66x78...lost 2" each way with the fat batting. 

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Machine embroidered all the words in the borders

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I tried to make the words all the same height....but sometimes i forgot to change it....and sometimes it just didn't work.

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Back is a muslin. This is a very quick and easy way to quilt squares.

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Glide Key Lime for the top and Superior Highlights lime for the bobbin.

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Binding was various leftover red and orange bindings from previous projects.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Leather Square in a Square

This one is for me!!   All squares are leather; black for the middles; various colors for the corners. Some leathers are thin, some thick; some are shiny; some flat; some are slick; some suede; some from jackets or coats; some from purses, all are quiltable. The top started at 58x66 and wound up at 57x65, losing an inch in each direction with the quilting. It is rather heavy.

It was pieced last month...it is my first, of 4, finishes that are on my list to do this month. Some swirls and some CC through the blocks and sashings....i like things that allow me to travel all across the row in one pass. I did SID around the blocks along the way, and SID around the black middle square.

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I just love when I find great colors...like the lime green and baby blue. white is really hard to find.

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The sashing and border is some pillow ticking that I got from a lady at a retreat last year. The side borders are darker than the sashing and top and bottom borders. I ran out of the light and just used the darker, too. It is rather thick...kind of upholstery weight.

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The back is a piece of lizard upholstery fabric that i got from the same lady. I've been wondering where i was going to use that. Binding was leftover blacks and browns from other projects. Since this one is for me, I used up leftover pieces of batting. There is probably 20 pieces of batting in this quilt...various kinds. It all works for me. 

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The back was just a Liiitttttlllle too small, so i added some black spiderweb fabric to the edges. haha

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Threads I used were Glide Cork and So Fine Cream

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Next up is #2, of 4 projects for the month.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The adventure of the leather dinosaur quilt

I machine embroidered these dinosaurs with my embroidery machine....most are real leather...some are faux leather. it was my experimental quilt....to go through the washer and dryer to see if it survives. I am doing the testing for you....i want you to be informed about leather. haha

Here it is after quilting and before washing. I quilted around the dinos...and into the body where there was a line of embroidery stitches. 

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This is a real leather block

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This is a faux leather block

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The borders got a panto

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The back was the remainder of a backing from something else

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Thread was a goldy kind of Glide for the top and a So Fine cream for the bobbin

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First washing was on delicate cycle, warm water, low spin, regular soap.   after washing, some of the faux leather dinos were coming apart....the red one especially.  i didn't want to throw it in the dryer in that condition, so i hung it outside to dry.

The next morning I zigzagged around the problem dinos. then threw it in the washer again....delicate cycle, cold water, low spin, Andi soap (my DIL makes soap..haha).  after washing, everything was held together just fine. i hung it on the line once again to dry.

Results after zigzagging and washing 2nd time...

red dino is a bit wrinkly...but ok

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black dino survived just fine

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The leather dinos weathered the washer and dryer fabulously.

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Yesterday i threw it in the washer once again....regular cycle, warm water, fast spin, regular soap.  everything came out just fine. then i got brave and threw it in the dryer. not a problem. so, that tells me i can wash real leather and put it in the dryer without any ill effects. of course, these dinos weren't large; the largest unquilted space was probably 3-4". still...as long as i don't use the faux leather...all is well.  i am happy

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Results of January, 2017 challenge

Judy picked #3...my Deep in the Heart of Texas UFO....done


I also wanted to quilt a leather piece.....done....I quilted several...

Carnival Bloom


Dinosaurs


Wild West


Crazy quilt squares of leather and brown selvage blocks


I also wanted to finish #5 quilt top for the O Canada donation quilts....done... 6 tops were finished and sent to Canada.  they were well received.


I also did some embroidery in January...

My stained glass window...with the embroidery machine


And...hand embroidered...and appliqued...january's block of Buttermilk Basin's BOM


Also, I started a few new things in January....that are currently UFOs...haha

Pink selvage tumblers


Time for music...paper pieced


2 more blocks made for Scrappy Mosaics


2 more rooms fused for the dollhouse quilt

the attic


and a bathroom


Not a bad month. waiting for tomorrow to see what the next UFO # is from Judy.








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