Friday, November 25, 2011

Do I look taller?

 Finishing this project stretched my abilities.  I feel like I grew as a fmqer.

I went into the quilting process not really liking  this top any longer.  The colors are much more subtle that anything I have worked on in a while, so I figured what the heck, I'm going to practice feathers.
 The ones on the left look more like hearts than feathers but I still kinda like them.

Then I figured might as well go for it.  Yeah, not so good but with practice....... maybe.  (Don't remember them looking quite so shaky and misshapen in person.)
I like the back so I might use it as the top.
The binding has to be hand sewn still but the sun was out so I thought I should take advantage of it.  This one is 95 x 104, yikes!

Hope Thanksgiving was great for everyone.  It is my favorite time of year because it is the opening of fudge season!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

2012 Challenge

I have been moving right along with 'Crazy Mom Quilts' finish it up Friday (Thanks Amanda!) Enough so that I am planning on joining the 2012 FMQ challenge.  I am totally enjoying the FMQ that I am doing on my machine and sooooo want to get better.

Enter    SewCalGirl's challenge.  The link is to the right of this post.  I am excited!
Only 3 1/2 UFOs to go.
If you are interested click on over to SewCalGirl's page and check it out.
No pictures today, but  hopefully tomorrow.

Friday, November 18, 2011

2 finishes this week

This is lame, but I finished my new ironing board that I have been thinking about for a long time.  I covered half of my cutting table with that batting that is heat resistant and then used a cotton shower curtain that I had picked up at TJ Maxx several years ago for a buck.  I love this big ironing surface since I very seldom make anything smaller than a queen.

My second finish this week (and I promise I will not post about this again) is that very old flimsie I got from a friend.

 I took a long time to figure out how to quilt it.  I think it is from the 30s or 40s or what ever era   reproduction fabric is from and this is not a reproduction, it is the real deal.
 The quilting is not perfect and at times I thought about ripping out some of the quilting but kept telling myself it doesn't have to be perfect.  I am so not a perfectionist and that is why I love freemotion quilting cause it doesn't have to be perfect.
 I used a border that I removed to bind it.
 I totally love the crinkly goodness of the back even with the gingham.

It is blizzarding here today so I guess I need to start pin basting a UFO that is back to being a PIP.

Happy Friday

Monday, November 14, 2011

Flannel goodness

 My youngest son just moved back to our town.  I went over to see his new apartment and there on his bed was a quilt I forgot I made. Gee it must have been 7 or 8 years ago.

Of course him being a boy and me being a mom I knew it needed washing.  So I brought it home and washed it, now it is so soft and snuggly, and snapped some pictures of it.  I have lots of quilts that I never did take pics of.
It warmed my heart that he is still using it.

Don't know why I haven't sewn with flannel for so long but as soon as I get some of my PIPs finished I am going to make a flannel quilt for my bed.

Maybe since flannel is so bulky and I usually quilt on my little Bernina I gave it up. I'm thinking a quilt as you go flannel quilt is in my future.  Any one tried that?

Saturday, November 12, 2011


 It's about time I started quilting this.  I was so wary of quilting for someone else, mostly  cause this top is so old, and didn't want to screw it up.  But sitting in my 'to do' pile wasn't a good thing either.  So I bit the proverbial bullet and lowered the needle and viola!  I am not even half way done but I think it will be okay.
I always thought this should be hand quilted but I wasn't up for that and Launa didn't seem to care.  She had been using it as a table cloth for crying out loud.  Some of the fabric is so old and worn you can see through it.  Yikes!
Last week I worked on a quilt with lots of whoop to dos to practice for this one.

Guess I better quit procrastinating (again) and get back to sewing.

No snow yet!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Frosty finish

Figured I might as well take a frosty pic of this black and white quilt..  It doesn't pop in the flat light.

This has been a UFO for ?????

It feels so good to have a finish.

Here is a close up of the quilting.  It seems I always fall back to leaves and this time I put in  loopy crazy daisies.  I was getting practice for a friends quilt that I am going to start quilting today.  I have been putting it off cause it is an old top and I sure would hate to have pick out all of my quilting.
Sounds like we will get snow this weekend so it is a great time to hibernate in my sewing room.

Have a fun weekend.