Monday, May 13, 2019

Once upon a time, at least a decade ago, I attempted a Bargello style quilt.  I didn't like the process. I was well and truly into it before I had realized how much I disliked it. The fabrics were cut and sewn into strip sets,  one 24 " square section cut and sewn.  Recently, well I may be using the word recently loosley here, I took apart the long strip sets and did a kind of rail fence thing with some of the blues. There is too little contrast, so it's boring from a distance.  But close up I find it soothing.

The back uses a large piece
 from a stove top dye lot, from a long time ago as well and an aged piece for the insert to make it all fit.  It's nice to have this little quilt out of the way back cupboard area and into the world of living.  Yeah!!
Happy Monday, keep on keeping on,

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Fold over binding

I had a portion of a panel and matching prints, that have sat idle / marinating a long time.  Sew....I did.  I needed some quickies to quilt when I had the Bliss rail system installed on Lenni.
(he was named Lenni, long before APQS made a Lenni, this Lenni is an APQS Millennium.)

As always, upgrades have a learning curve.  The system makes a big difference, the machine moves with much less effort.  My shoulders thank me.  The however is....circles are wobbly and loops have a squiggle in them, and straight lines run away from me, and so far the channel locks don't want to work, another tech call in my future. is tuff. 

 While I was at it...learning I mean, I tried a fold over binding.  I trimmed the backing to 2 inches all around, folded and clipped it down ( I really like those clips.) and machined it. Quick and easy as advertized. It is for me not, great quality.  I don't care for the waves, and I sure don't know why it waves. Reminds me of that saying.... two of three is what you will money involved in this two of three  ⇝  Back to my regular binding program.

Happy Quilting,

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Owls in the Bed Room

     I spent a lovely couple of mornings making Owl panels into pillow covers.  They fit an average size bed pillow.
Around here we have numerous pillows that are no longer in circulation so this was a nice revival for them, well, two of them. The other two covers will reside in my gift bin.
      I used decorative stitches on the edges of the openings, and made them with enclosed seams. Because I can and because I am learning about decorative stitches and stabalizers. I used well aged office paper, a little heavier than  printer paper.  Remember typewriters? The paper tore away readily, and was readily available two important reasons for using it and not buying another product to do the job.

Happy Saturday,

Friday, February 8, 2019

Another T shirt quilt.

      This was made at the request of the owner of the shirts.  She thought to give them back to the person who organized the fundraiser, as a quilt.  A lovely idea.  I made this last year about this time.  It's very simple as per request.  I am thinking it was too simple.  Not one word of acknowlegment. Not even  "thanks for doing this".  I recently made 4 t- shirt quilts for her husband, and was well paid for my efforts. I gave this one away. 

 What is that expression about good deeds?

Happy Quilting, 

Thursday, February 7, 2019


A long time ago a dear friend dropped off a box of upholstery fabric sample books.
I took them apart, stored the fabric in a big box, and have over the years made pot holders, hot pads, cushion covers, stuff like that, and I recently flung about half of these samples to a new sewer. 

Here's the latest version of pot holders. I am attending a Janome course and trying various stitches. These use the overlock stitch.  I believe the key to using this stitch effectively is to use a thick thread.  Better yet the serger, but that's not the point.  :))

I am pleased I took out a few hours to make these. I feel less like the shoeless, shoemaker.
Rumour says, 'quilters have nice pot holders',  haha.  These are much better than what I was using.

Happy quilting,