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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

baby quilt in progress

so i am finally getting at it...today i got the borders on...
 then i added the circle i made previously using karen kay buckley's perfect circle templates..
i sprayed my circles with spray bast and stuck them in place...i hauled this quilt off to work and started  hand appliqueing the circles in place...as most of them have batting inside i should get a trapunto effect after i quilt around the circles...well i am aiming for that look...

my allure


i have a date with my new gammill sitdown 22 inch throat long arm...haven't been this excited about a date for many years





my allure will have a delivery date sometime in late May, the money is all saved...now i had better get some quilt tops ready to quilt...

Friday, April 26, 2013

i finally finished dana's christmas gift


the nurses i work with draw names at work for christmas gifts every year...last year i told Dana i would take one of the doilies her grandmother crocheted and quilt it for her gift from me...well i burned out at work in august and spend most if not all of the fall sitting on the couch...so i did not get her gift finished...or started for that matter...instead i gave her one of the project i had finished when doing sewcalgal's FMQ challenge...well i finally got her gift finished...i like the way it turned out...and of course i used my favorite thread aurifil 50wt

 the finished quilted doily...it breathes new life into the old and discarded

thank you sewcalgal and fat quarter shop


last year i signed up for the 2012 FMQ challenge sponsored by sewcalgal...i did improve my FMQ skills which is what the challenge was about...challenge yourself...i did try to do exactly that...learning many skills along the way...i got to watch others challenge themselves and over the course of the year every ones skill set improved...so it was a added bonus that i was the winner of a $150.00 gift certificate from the fat quarter shop...as i use mostly fat quarters when quilting you can imagine i was pumped...one of the bundle of kaffe fassett fat 1/4's i ordered with my gift certificate

one of the kaffe fassett fat quarter bundles i ordered with my gift certificate






at the time i also ordered a bundle of kaffe fassett dots...as i am working on a new quilt with lizards these arrived just in time...also looking forward to using them in my lucky stars BOM...they will make great stars...lots of colour...



here they are all washed, folded and ready to go...

thank you!!!
to both sewcalgal
and 
the fat quarter shop...

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

lucky stars BOM

finally back in my sewing room...working the last week on the "lucky stars BOM" from dont call me betsy...i have always enjoyed paper piecing all sometimes i don't pay enough attention and make mistakes...can be a little frustrating as it is hard to take the block apart...i use ordinary newsprint paper found in children's scrap books i buy at the dollar stores...i just scan the template on the newsprint
 the scrap book i used to cut letter sized paper from
 this is half of the practice block which of course i have been working on after i finished jan, feb, mar and april blocks
the january block
the february block
the march block...i redid this block with a white background which made it come alive as compared to the first one
the april block i find this one very busy with almost too much going on