Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sewing Susan

While helping my Mom clean out her sewing stuff, I found another item that uses my name, the Sewing Susan!  
It's just a packet of needles, but of all the uses if my name, I think this is the best!  

Things like this further support my theory that I was meant to sew/quilt from an early age. Just like when I received lacing cards for my third birthday and finished them that night. 
Or when I took a 2D art class in college, and the professor wanted me to change my major to art. It's only taken me 45 years to finally connect the dots!

So, Sewing Susan, I guess some things are meant to be!

Happy Quilting!
(from my iPhone!)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

I'm a Featured Quilter!

Checking all my emails this morning, I found out that I was featured on the Linky Tuesday party Connie Kresin has at Freemotion by the River!
My scrap flowers,
were the highlight for last week's party.  Such an honor!
Thank you Connie!

I can't wait to get this quilted, but if you saw yesterday's post, you'll see I'm machine-less at the moment.  The waiting for the new one is the absolute worst.  And a show deadline is looming!  So hoping to enter this one. 

While looking for inspiration last week, I found this site called QuilterBlogs.com
There is an unbelievably long list of quilting blogs listed at this site!  It's easiest to start at the Home page to see the updated blogs, and there are a lot of them--almost 4000!!!  It's so awesome there are that many people out there blogging about quilting.  Gives me hope for the future of the craft.  Go check it out, as maybe there's some blogger there that's perfect for what you want to do.  Or just enjoy the eye candy!

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Sewing Room

What's wrong with these pictures?

Where did the machines go????
No, they didn't get stolen!  And no, they're not in for spa treatments!

The longarm, a Tin Lizzie 18LS, is now off to another home, without her companion frame.  But someone may take this friend home this weekend.  They both need to say goodbye, so that a new machine can move in.

Yes, a week and half ago we took the plunge and  ordered an Innova 22" LS machine, and it should be here in two weeks!  Can't wait!  So, I've been busy cleaning the sewing room, packing up the other machine, and getting things ready.

Now, the other machine was out for a class today.  Sherry Werum of mosaicque.com taught a class on making a sweatshirt jacket.  I've always wanted to do one, so this was great opportunity to get it started.
Here's what I've got so far:
Not very exciting at the moment, as it needs some binding strips.  Hopefully I'll work on it more tomorrow.

And I'm still plugging away at my scraps.  This is the latest idea
Not sure if I'll stop with the medium values, or add more rows with the darks and lights.  Progress to be posted later!

Wish I had pretty quilting pictures or finishes to show, but it will have to wait until I get the new machine.

Hope you've had a wonderful day quilting! 


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Finally A Post!

Computers are wonderful tools, but when they don't work, it's hard to resist the urge to chuck them!  Mine decided it didn't want to connect to the internet over the last five days.  My other computer connected, but it wouldn't upload the camera's SD card.  Geesh, what's a computer challenged girl to do???

Finally, hubby did come to the rescue, but I'm not convinced the problem is solved.  So, I'm trying to get this post written before I lose my connection again.  Let's get to quilting!

Last week, I finished up the piecing of my scrap flowers, adding the border yesterday.
I'm really happy with how this turned out, after I made a few changes of course!
All through the weekend, the pieced work hung on the design wall, and there were a few spots that bugged me.

See the arrows on the left?  Closeup, they look fine.  But from a distance, the darker greens blended with the teal bud, so it was hard to tell what was in that area.
So, yesterday, out came the seam ripper, and my collection of greens.  Yes, I had to cut into some yardage, as all my other lighter green pieces were gone.  But at least I used them up!

Replacing those three pieces now gives the bud better definition,
even from a distance!
Wish I would have paid attention to this when I first pieced it, but at least it was an easy fix, and well worth it!

Don't be afraid to rip some seams to improve your design.  I know I'd rather have something I'm happy with versus always wishing I'd taken the effort to fix it. 

For a tutorial on piecing this, check out my post, Playing for More Than 15 Minutes.

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Black and White with a Bit of Red

Another finish!
This is a commissioned quilt, for a lucky lady who's retiring.  In designing this, all I knew was that she wore a lot of black and white, and sometimes red.  And of course, cost came into play, so that's why there's not a lot of small detail, or heavy quilting.
The stars have radiating lines out from a swirl center, and the background has an arcing all-over design that I just really love!
Sorry it's a bit hard to see because of the white Glide thread on the white background.  Here's a drawing to show this easy all-over design.
The design is composed of short arcs, 1" to 1 1/2" in length, with changes in the direction of each arc.
Creates a really nice texture.

Such a simple design with awesome results! Hope she likes it!

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Playing for More Than 15 Minutes!

I've had so much fun creating the last two days!  15 Minutes of Play has stretched into hours!  Here's what my burst of creativity has produced so far.
My design wall has very little free space at the moment, as there are lots of projects in the works!  The flowers got tacked over the diamond quilt, as I'm still pondering coral and sea life for that one.

My cutting and sewing tables are in an even bigger mess, with scraps everywhere!  I can barely get to the computer!  But it's all necessary when creating.

Here's a quick little tutorial on sewing these scraps.  
Start sewing the first piece to a stabilizer.  I used the pages from an old phone book--they add just enough stability and are easily removed.
Don't worry about marking a block size--just start sewing pieces on, knowing that additions can always be made to increase the size.  Remember, this is playtime!

For my design, I like jagged edges on the flowers, meaning I don't want the petals all the same length.  This means that the petals need some green attached to them before they are stitched to the stabilizer.
Notice I'm not worried about pressing or trimming!
Now this piece is ready for stitching.
With the excess seam allowance now trimmed, it's flipped over, ready for the next piece.
The next pieces get a preview, checking for size, color, and pattern.
The green and teal are stitched together, then stitched down.
Trim the seam.
And flip.
The last piece was treated a bit differently.  I didn't want a bunch of rays from the corner, so I added the petal, then stitched a green piece along the top.
The result is a more jumbled background instead of one that flows outward with the petals.
The blocks all got trimmed to 6" x 6".

This was my flower on after the first day.
Then, after digging through my stash looking for more green, I found fabric with beetles on yellow.  So, I replaced one of the center yellow pieces, and now have a beetle on my flower!
Too much fun!!  This playtime has really helped my quilting mojo!  Give it a try and you'll see how much fun it is!

Happy Quilting!



Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Scrap Busting

My scraps are overflowing!  And I'm running out of room to store them!
My last top, with the diamonds, generated a LOT of scraps!  Now, some of you would call this mess crumbs, and maybe just throw them away.  But if there are pieces big enough to be sewn, to me, they're usable.  It's really hard to throw away a 2" square!

So, for this month, I'm going to play!  And I've got the book 
15 Minutes Play--Improvisational Quilts by Victoria Findlay Wolfe as my inspiration.
I've gotten a small (very small!) start, using the triangles from the diamond quilt
but not sure if I like light sewn to dark to make new diamonds.  I'll have to try some light to light and dark to dark to see how that looks.  Goodness knows I've got plenty to experiment with!  And then again, I may go in a totally different direction once I sort through the rest of the scraps.

Is your scrap bin overflowing?  Come scrap bust with me!

Happy Quilting!