Monday, April 21, 2014

Star Surround Progress

I have completed four of the sixteen blocks I need for my Star Surround quilt (designed by Melissa Correy @ Happy Quilting). I love the graphic look. There will be lots of negative space for quilting.
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Great Granny Quilt

Here is my progress on the Great Granny quilt (Lori Holt's design). I decided to use the figure 8 to fill in the sashing strips. I did SID around each block.
I left the triangles around the GG block unquilted. I thought they were really too small to put feathers into. I was so excited to get this finished. I took it off the zipper leaders. I trimmed side one. I trimmed side two. I started to trim side three...but wait. See what I noticed. Oops.
How did I miss that? I forgot to quilt that last sashing strip. Now what? I had already started trimming that side. I CAREFULLY pinned it back on the machine.
I had to be very careful while quilting that strip. My pinning job worked. It is now finished. It is trimmed and ready for binding. Whew. Is there no end to my stupid mistakes?

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Great Granny Continuous Curve

I have been working with Lucey to get this Great Granny finished. It took three rows before I figured out a path so I wouldn't have to either retrace to get to a missed spot or stop and restart to catch a missed spot.


I am pretty happy with the way these turned out. First I did SID around each block. Then I did cc in each.

Now, what do I do with the negative space between the blocks?
I can picture feathers fitting into each indentation of the blocks, but I don't really know how to go about it. What will I do where they intersect? I have also thought about making squares in the space to repeat the shape of the blocks. I am a pretty new long armer and could certainly use advice from someone with more experience.

Any ideas?

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She's Back!

Who is she? Why, my sewing machine, of course. Here she is happily sitting in her table.
Actually, she was only in the shop for a few days. I have just not posted in a while. What was the big problem that caused the top thread to keep breaking? This is a highly technical answer: crappy thread! No kidding. I bought two big spools of #50 weight thread from a vendor at a quilt show. I assumed that anyone who owned a quilt shop would sell good quality thread. Apparently, I was wrong. Lesson learned. I will now only buy a reputable brand of thread.

I rethreaded her with Gutterman thread and she is humming. It sews "like buddah!" Here are a few things I have been working on.

I completed block #11 in the 2013 Designer Mystery BOM program.
Next month I will complete the last block and begin to put the quilt together. The fabric line is Avalon from Joanna Figueroa. I love it.

I also completed the April installment in the GenX BOM project. I really love seeing the positive and negative of each block as it comes together.
Aren't these fun? Here are all eight blocks I have made so far:
I hope you are enjoying wonderful spring weather where you live. Yesterday was absolutely beautiful here. Today, we will have storms. Oh well. At least is isn't snow.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Rabbit, Rabbit!

It's the first day of another month. Yeah! No pictures today. I am still waiting for my sewing machine to come home from the spa. I have been working on my Great Granny Along quilt top on my Lucey. I don't have any photos yet. Coming soon.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

It has been a long time between sewing days. Work has been very busy. I have gotten some work done in spurts, though.

I completed the third BOM installment in Park Bench. Here are detail photos of blocks 5 and 6.

Those rulers make cutting and piecing hexies and diamonds a snap. I am pretty pleased with the points in these blocks. Here are all six blocks so far.
I also spent some time putting together the star centers for the Star Surround quilt. I have 11 done, with 5 more to go.
During the construction of these blocks I began having trouble with my machine. The stitches don't appear to be even. Top thread kept breaking. I changed my needle. I rethreaded both the top and bobbin threads. I cleaned lint out of the bobbin case. DH cleaned more lint out of the bobbin case using the vacuum. Still, every few inches the top thread breaks. Time for a trip to the sewing machine spa.

Today DH and I took the machine to Lexington to my dealer for a good massage, maybe a mud bath...what other fun things do people do at spas? I wouldn't know. I just want that baby to feel better soon. Here is a picture of my sad sewing table.
So here I am, twiddling my thumbs. I have projects to work on, but no machine. NCAA basketball won't be on until this evening, so I am bored. Look at this beauty that is waiting for me to get started.
I bought the Canned Pears pattern and fabric from Joanna Figueroa. I can't wait to cut into that Mirabelle fabric. It is just luscious. It will have to wait until I hear that the machine is ready to come home.

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

UN-Sewjo Sunday

Oy. Karma will get you when you aren't looking. Here is the sewing I completed yesterday.

I finished sewing the Flying Geese blocks. I trimmed them all. All 192 of them. Phew. The boring part was now over. On to putting together the blocks. Here are the first two blocks I assembled.

Look at the two Star Surround centers I completed yesterday (before stopping so I could watch MSU beat Wisconsin). Pretty good. I was very proud of myself. The points turned out great. Look at this closeup. I am sure I was proud of myself.

I was so proud of my perfect points. I didn't say it out loud, but I patted myself on the back in my head. OK. Here is the problem. The corner blocks are not supposed to be HST's. They are supposed to be solid squares. How did I make that mistake? Oy. Fortunately, because of the basketball game, I only completed two blocks. Today, I had to UN-sew. I hate that, of course. I discovered my error when I checked the instructions for the next section of instructions. WHAT? How could I make such a mistake? Nonetheless, the mistake was made. Today, I had to UN-sew those blocks to replace the corner blocks.
This is the correct layout for the blocks.
Here are the two blocks resewn. They are not quite as perfect, but I can live with them. Ok. Now, moving on.

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