Hi ... my name is Colleen and I am a wife and mother living under the sun in San Diego, California. I have one son and one daughter and three dogs ... My furry children. I created this blog so I can ... well, what else? Talk about quilting ... and the other things most important in my life ... family and friends!
I did two quilts a couple of weeks ago and they were quite fun. I think my friend, M, has made about 150 baby quilts ... I know I've quilted about 20
of them in the couple years I have known her. She usually does a simple flower with raw edges machine appliquéd on ... It is beautiful and speedy, she can knock one out in a day.
She decided to challenge herself and try a little something different
It is a flower quilt for a baby girl, but all pieced ... And lots of seams to meet!
Didn't she do a beautiful job! I did my signature swirl on the quilt (my favorite design to do), and did a different design in the belly of the flower. It was supposed to be kind of like an open figure 8, but it didn't exactly come out like that.
That's ok ... They all came out a little different and when the quilt is washed. It will really get the texture going.
So adorable. She put minky on the back ... I just love how the quilting soaks into the minky.
And here it is all tied up and ready to go! Omni on top, and Glide in the bobbin. Good thing too as the baby was just born last week!
The next quilt was one she made for her granddaughter.
This quilts colors were so simple and muted, that I really wanted to use dense quilting. I tried a new design I had seen a variation somewhere else. I never know what it is going to look like; I usually dont practice much, just a couple designs on the side of the quilt and I am off.
A cute little 3 petal flower with a tight curve connecting it to the next one. Close together ... It took A LOT of bobbin thread!
My camera does not do the colors in the quilt justice.
It came out so sweet and is going to look lovely on the little sweetie's bed. Omni in top and Glide in bobbin.
Oh I know I promised to show these pictures over a week ago, but I got a little distracted. Look how cute this quilt is
It uses charm pack squares and other 2 1/2" strips. So easy to put together
It is big ... It will comfortably fit a double bed.
I had been collecting cute fabrics for my granddaughter ... Yellow, pink, coral, orange ...
One of my favorite blocks
I tried a new quilt design ... A daisy with an echo around it ... I like the texture it gives.
I did something I've never done and ran to Joann's at night so I could finish that evening and bought a border. I really love it! Forgot to take a picture of the back (I will) to show you how cute it was. Omni thread in top and Glide in the bobbin. This will be Kylee's quilt when she comes and stays at her daddy's house. :-)
Here's a sneak peek of what's up for my stash class on August 29.
What do you get when you combine coral, pink, yellow, orange and purple?
Ooh, could that be binding already made??
Yep! I'll tell you a secret ... The quilt is made, quilted and bound! Wow. ...
I even amazed myself! This is just a tease, but I'll show the completed quilt on Monday, tomorrow. Call the Country Loft on Tuesday (they are closed on Sundays and Mondays) to sign up for the class 619-466-5411.
At least I think this was a baby quilt ... Isn't it cute?
I don't normally do real detailed custom quilting, but I felt like this quilt really lent itself to something different. I had a design I saw from Green Fairy Quilts that I wanted to try
The design down the middle of the border ... It was really fun and I like the way it came out. The only trick was I had to turn the quilt after I did most of it so I could get the side borders done. It was a little time consuming, but better than rolling forward and back.
I love the spirals in the inner border
Just did a little loopy design in the outer border
Wavy lines through the hearts and a fun flower design in the half square triangle blocks.
She loved it!
It was all free motion and I didn't mark anything. Omni thread in the top and bobbin in a creamy white. What fun! Thank you Judy for entrusting me with another beautiful quilt.
Busy busy this week ... I finished up a strip quilt adding 1 yard worth of borders.
I also started and finished a quilt that I am teaching at the end of the month. I am putting together a back for the strip quilt, but it's not done, so I will take that off of next week's stash report.
Used this Week: 14.25 yard Used year to Date: 86 yards Added this Week: 15 yards Added Year to Date: 68.25 yards Net Used for 2014: 17.75 yards
Oh poo . . My net used really went down, but it should go back up next week.
Here's my report for the week ... Been busy on a sample, so have used yardage. Next week I'll have a bunch of yardage to add as I am going to start a new quilt and have no background fabric. Also I need to buy border fabric for the quilt I'm working on now.
Used this Week: 4.5 yard Used year to Date: 90.5 yards Added this Week: 0 yards Added Year to Date: 53.25 yards Net Used for 2014: 37.25 yards
Now please remember we are supposed to be using whenever possible fabric from our stash. But that does not mean that we can never buy fabric. If you need it to finish a project, then buy it . Most of what I am having to supplement with is yardage for borders and yardage for background. I rarely buy yards of the same fabric, so most of what I have are smaller pieces. No go forth and sew'
I have been busy quilting through some technical difficulties. There seem to be bad gremlins that live in my quilt studio ... When I'm not looking they love to mess with my longarm machine and cause problems. I take great care of my machine ... Cleaning and oiling between bobbins as I am supposed to. I have a dust cover and cover it when the machine is not in use ... But through all this, little problems still arise. The first problem was I would have long stitches when quilting from right to left, only when I was trying to go in a fairly straight line, not during all over free motion quilting. Upon further inspection, and a lot of frustration, I realized the wheels that ride on the back of the machine carriage that glides on the frame were not all hitting the frame ... One in particular was not making a good connection at all ... That messes with the stitch regulator, and it won't read correctly ... Now how do wheels all of a sudden stop connecting on the track properly ... Gremlins! So I got out my tools and adjusted two wheels ... Now one of them is a little too low on the track so it is creating a little stiffness when I hit certain areas, but I'll take stiffness any day over long stitches that have to be ripped out!
Then all of a sudden bobbin tension was not quite tight enough ... Kept tightening and tightening but still it didn't look great. Decided to remove the bobbin washer that is supposed to help the bobbin spin more smoothly ... All of a sudden perfect tension ... I have been using a bobbin washer for 3 years ... Why doesn't it work now .... Gremlins! I can't find a great imagine of what I think my gremlins look like . But this is as close as I can imagine
Haha! They're not bad little guys, just mischievous!
Once I got these snafus under control, I got this great quilt done ...
A beautiful sampler quilt Jayne made
Her piecing was so beautiful I didn't want to take away from it so I just did a loopy swirl
See the beautiful bobbin tension?
Please forgive this terrible picture , but it gives you an idea what I got to look at while I was quilting! Used my favorite Omni bronco color thread in top and bobbin. Now if only the gremlins will stay away so I can get some more quilting done!
Used this Week: 6.25 yard Used year to Date: 86 yards Added this Week: 0 yards Added Year to Date: 53.25 yards Net Used for 2014: 32.75 yards
I had a busy sewing week ... Used the 2.75 yards I bought 2 weeks ago to finish the happy quilt I started in June
Didn't it come out great? Can't wait to quilt it ... It was smaller than I wanted it to be so my friend gave me a piece of fabric that would work for a border. It does ... I really would have preferred a blue, but remember in our mode of using what we have, that's what I did!
I also finished my quilt top from July ... My stash buster project ...
Well that's what all these strips made at least ... Haha! I can't find the picture I took earlier. I have one more side border, but it was 3.5 yards to finish the top ... Woo hoo! I will show a picture later. I will say that I had used my Accuquilt to cut a bunch of 2 1/2" strips for this project. When I was done I still had a bunch of strips left over. .. I probably threw away a yard's worth. I just could not save them. My strip bins are overflowing, and sometimes you just have to be ruthless and it is ok.