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Saturday, September 29, 2012

heading to venice, italy

heading to Venice...this is my second time there...looking forward to good food...no let me rephrase that...great food...great wine...and lots of walking...culture culture culture...going to take lots of photos...looking for quilting designs...they will be everywhere there...lots of art and beautiful churches...after a week in Venice...my sister and i am going to Granada, Spain to spend a week with our older sister who will be just finished walking the 800 kilometres of the camino...she will be a tired pilgrim by then i am sure...going to see the Alhambra the palace of the moors when they ruled Spain...i hear it is one of the must see before you die sites...working on that bucket list...
photo from the last visit...look at the design in those quatrefoils with trefoils inside of them...great design there...oh this is going to be so much fun...
one of the canals...not much design but lots of romance...

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

lizard pillow block

after putting together my "once in a blue lizard" i was left with one  block i could not work into the quilt...i decided to use it as a practice block for quilting...now i like it enough that i am going to turn it into a pillow case for one of my nieces...it should make a nice christmas present as i made pillowcases with horse designs for ella and abby...so lola will get the lizard...
this is a design i adapted from photos i took of tree branches for the bonus tutorial taught by Susan Brubaker Knapp for the FMQ challenge sponsored by SewCalGal...this is the design i am going to use to quilt "once in a blue lizard" which is at my friend who will baste it on the long arm...this will hopefully help to keep it as square as possible
i quilted branches and then quilted pebbles between the branches...i call it twigs and stones...easy for me to do as i have studied trees quite a bit...
i have to add borders and then it will be ready to turn it into a pillowcase...the borders i will add with the quilt as you go method...so the entire front of the pillowcase is quilted...

Monday, September 24, 2012

FMQ using marbled fabric


one of the bonus tutorials in the FMQ challenge sponsored by SewCalGal was to use marbled fabric to FMQ using the design of the fabric...i had been putting this off as i didn't think i could find any marbled fabric without ordering online...last week in a moment of brilliance...yes i sometimes have those although they are few and far between...i remembered i did have a fat quarter somewhere is that stash...i found it and set to work...i enjoy following the lines of the marbling and would encourage everyone to give it a go...
the end result...this is definitely an old piece of fabric i would never choose these colours now...



some of the detail...i just quilted free form paisleys around the borders....





although i do like the marbling and would use this kind of fabric for my lizards... don't like the dark green border




i adjusted the colours in photoshop...more my colours...brighter


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

FMQ challenge for sept is finished

took me a few weeks to get going on this challenge...getting the design from the tutorial to stencil proved to be more work then i wanted it to be...
could only get it to print small and then had to enlarge it several times and then tape it together...but alls well that ends well right...so i am happy with the end result...well as much as one can be...
quilting was enjoyable as always...it is what first attracted me to quilting to begin with...used the design Paula Reid so kindly shared with us... added to that with a stencil i got at quilt festival in houston when i took a class in FMQ class with Sue Nickels...drew on the fabric with a frixion pen... discovered i am a free quilter not a stencil quilter...i can see stencils have a use and place but i would much prefer to just wing it...
the front finished..
the back which i like better is now the front...



some of the details of the "new front"...i used So Fine thread...not a fan at this point as it was hard to get the tension correct...still liking my aurifil thread...





sorry but i am really liking this front with the dyed fabric from quilt festival in houston bought from  Caryl Bryer Fallert...



Tuesday, September 18, 2012

FMQ challenge 3/4 done

earlier this year i signed up for the sewcalgal FMQ challenge...each month all participants complete a tutorial taught by a FMQ expert...at the beginning i cut out 12 blocks and readied them for the upcoming months...each month i complete the challenge on one of these blocks...i have being putting them together with a quilt as you go method from the Marti Michell book Machine Quilting in Sections...
 hanging out on the design wall with a lizard and the back of a  FMQ challenge for sept piece...
 hanging outside in the spruce trees on a warm indian summer day...one block for each month of the challenge so far...
hanging out in the apple tree with what is left after the hail storm pretty much stripped the tree of leaves and apples...in about three months i should be finished all the challenges and then i can finish this work and add borders and put it in the drawer for my next grandchild....

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Friends are most wonderful

the last month i have been off work on a medical leave...spent lots of time hanging out on my couch...the last few weeks i have been visiting with my friend who owns 2, yes i said 2 long arm gammills...helping out i little and learning lots...it has been very interesting to watch the process from start to finish...she has now set herself a challenge of trying to quilt 60 quilts in 60 days...she is now at day 15 and about 2 quilts behind...yesterday i spent some time helping her pin quilts on leaders so she could get more done...well look at the gift she has given for my help and friendship...what an amazing and kind women...
she gave me 30 spools of thread...some used and some not used...wow i am going to enjoy these threads
not only the thread but this wonderful 20 inch ruler...i love this ruler already not sure now i did without it before...
such a wonderful gift... thank you darlene

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

FMQ challenge for sept

i've started this months FMQ challenge sponsored by sewcalgal... september's tutorial is by Paula Reid...looking for forward to getting the FMQ started on this little piece...decided to turn the stencil from the tutorial into a small whole cloth quilted work...working my way up to a larger whole cloth piece...
i had some trouble downloading and printing out the stencil so...i did manage to get it downloaded but not in a size i could use...so i printed in out and headed to work and the photocopier...after many enlargements i did get a copy i could use but had to piece it together to get the size i wanted...oh well alls well that ends well
i then just placed the photocopy under the fabric i choose to use...taped the whole thing to my cutting mat and traced it with a frixon pen
then i traced out the border design using a stencil i already had... next i just sandwiched the piece...i plan to use a lovely large cone of bright pink So Fine... given to me by a friend who has a business quilting on her two long arm gammills...sigh... so i choose a hand dyed pink/purple backing fabric...now i'm ready to start quilting as soon as i get the backing pieced for "once in a blue lizard" as my friend is going to bast it for me on the long arm and i trade i will cook supper...sounds like a great deal to me



Wednesday, September 5, 2012

once in blue lizard is getting it together

don't ask where the name of this quilt came from...just popped into my head as i was working...started this quilt about one month ago while working on the free motion quilting of "farm horses"...i needed as break from quilting...so i did what i usually do when starting a quilt... i just start often without to much planning...i just drew the lizard... then and cut it out and put it on the design wall...
 sewn together...OMG don't ever do it this way...i sewed the lizards on blocks and then arranged the lizards how i wanted them...i then filled in between the blocks...this has left me with many bias seams and a quilt not square and super hard to square up...well it is not possible to square...many moments of pain...ouch..ouch ouch...maybe just starting out without a plan is not always the best way to go...
a moment of frustration...the quilt in a heap....

i cut a border with a wave...marked and turned under a 1/4 inch...starched it...ready to go

i finally figured out that i would just lay the borders on the floor and make sure they were squared and then sew them on over lapping the edges of the quilt...used monoploy and a hem stitch...seems to have worked so far but tomorrow is a new day and i need to put on the final three borders and quilt it yet...time will tell..
getting happier with the way it is looking...sorry about the poor colour...need to learn better photography skills