Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Today's Quilty Fun!

Lots of quilt related fun things have happened over the last few days, so it's time for an update.

Starting the list, is the Bay to Breakers Race. Yes, I slowly ran it, and painfully finished in an hour and a half. I had my cell phone pouch

on the entire way, and it worked awesome! Didn't loosen, shift around on my waist, or bounce against me. I completely forgot it was there. Having music from the phone definitely helped make the run more tolerable. Will I run again next year? Probably not. The race pictures that came back show me with a very pained look on my face, for numerous reasons. 

Next on the list, was playing at the Open Thread Bar yesterday, a workshop given by Cindy Needham. She is an amazing freemotion quilter, and she brought all the threads Superior makes for us to play with. I tested each one, making myself a thread chart.
Capitalizing on the built in stitches on my machine, each thread was stitched in an open design, and then a more filled one. Plus, I left the thread tales on so that I could feel the weight of the thread, in case I want to compare it to another manufacturer. Now I have a great reference chart to see the thread in tiny open designs, and also what sheen it has. And by the way, Cindy has a great Craftsy class, Design It, Quilt It - Freeform Techniques that's really good. I took it some time ago, and was impressed with her merging of different stencils to achieve a new design. I think I need to go back for a refresher!

And this morning, I finished up the Spangled Stars QAL Bar blocks for the second version I'm making.

The scrappiness of this one is going to show up a bit more, but that's okay - it adds interest!

And this afternoon, I made up the QAL's next block, the Stripe and Cross block. I'll give you a sneak peek, so you'll know what's in store for tomorrow!

Don't they look great?? I'm really pleased with how they turned out! But you'll just have to wait until tomorrow for the instructions.

And there's just a few hours left to get your Bar Blocks from last week linked up to be eligible for prizes. Be sure to go to the bottom of the Spangled Stars QAL Bar Block page, click on the blue box 'Add Your Link', and fill in the required information for the linky. Good luck!

As for the T-shirt quilts, they're still covered on my living room floor. Hoping to work on those the next couple days, as they need to be off the floor since guests are coming this weekend!

Until tomorrow, Happy Quilting!

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