Monday, January 23, 2017

Simply Sweet


Here she is in that adorable sweater!  She looks like a little princess :)

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Creativity


My daughter just made this cute little sweater for her daughter!  I don't know how she does this.  Knitting and crocheting are two things I've never been very good at.  She picked it right up though and makes all kinds of cute things!


Here our little model is posing for pictures before the sleeves were added :)
She is also making her a quiet book, which I can tell is going to be adorable.  The little animals are finger puppets and there will be a castle page for the Disney Princess finger puppets pictured below.

Lori from the Inbox Jaunt asked the question yesterday "Why do you quilt?"  I thought about that yesterday and decided for me it's because it makes me happy.  Creating something beautiful makes me happy, my quilting friendships make me happy, the process and the end result (ha! usually!) all make me happy.  I'm thankful to have discovered this world of quilting, that I enjoy so much!

My other daughter is going to take some classes and find a hobby that she enjoys.  She is also very artistic and creative.  I think it's just a matter of finding something creative we love to do! (And finding the time to do it :)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Plain and Fancy


I am working on quilting my Plain and Fancy quilt, which was a block of the month at Hi Fashion last year.  This quilt is also for a dear friend, Kim, who just had a birthday (yeah, I didn't get it done in time..) We've been friends for almost 50 years though - we were practically babies :) So I'm pretty sure she will forgive the lateness!

I love quilting on this machine - I haven't enjoyed machine quilting as much as I do now.  Love it!


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Hey Girl...


I must've looked pretty sexy today because I quilted all day in my sweat pants - haha!! (Not sure my hubby would agree :)

If you want to see some teeny tiny pieces, head on over to Rogue Quilter's blog and check out her latest works:

http://roguequilter.blogspot.com

In the top photo - those little half square triangles in the border finish at 1/4 inch!!  No, that is not a typo - really 1/4 inch...

In the bottom photo, the diameter of the Mariner's Compass is three inches!!  Pretty amazing...

Back to batting and crinkly quilts.  My friend Michelle showed me two quilts that have wool batting. She had not pre-washed the fabric in either quilt (and one was flannel) and both had been washed and thrown in the dryer numerous times and are absolutely beautiful, soft and snuggly.  So maybe the wool batting made a difference, or maybe the more you wash it, the better it gets??  Maybe one washing is simply not enough.

Tomorrow I will show you the quilt I'm quilting now.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Pressing Worked!


I pressed my Mom's quilt and I do like it better.  I took some before and after pictures.  This top photo is actually an after picture - it just got out of order.  Look at the lint!  I have, besides washing, rolled this with a lint roller multiple times and the black still shows every little speck of anything!


OK, these first two photos are after washing and before ironing.  I really don't mind a little crinkle but I did not like this much crinkle.  Closer quilting might have helped too, but my Mom doesn't really care for quilts that are heavily quilted ....




These two bottom photos are after ironing and I'm much happier with the result.  Thanks for the tip Sheila!  Next time I think I will buy some 80/20 or 70/30 batting.  How is wool batting for shrinkage?

Have a wonderful day!!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Block of the Month

Here is my first "block"  from the My Girlfriends Quilt Shoppe's block of the month.  It was super simple to put together because everything was already cut out for me on the AccuQuilt Go.  No dog ears to trim or anything!  And... it has orange in it so I'm liking it already :)
I received some GREAT advice from Sheila and Dorothy regarding my crinkly quilt for my Mom.  One pre-washes and the other doesn't, but they both use a cotton/poly blend batting, either 80/20 or 70/30, which means the batting would shrink less than the 100% cotton batting that I used.  I really like the Request Dream cotton batting because it's so thin, but perhaps I can find a blend batting that is thin like that.... I may try pre-washing my fabric for a quilt too, just to see if I like that.  Sheila suggested pressing this quilt - I am definitely going to try that - I'll let you know how that works out.  Maybe I'll take some before and after pictures.  Many people prefer the crinkly look anyway, so I'm probably worrying about it too much.  But thanks for the tips!  I am definitely going to try them to see if I can at least get a less crinkly look!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Masterpiece Theater


If you're a fan of Downton Abbey or other Masterpiece Theater shows, or The Crown, you might be interested in Victoria which starts tonight on Masterpiece Theater - PBS in our area.  

Oh!  One more thing!  A new episode of THE QUILT SHOW with Victoria Findlay Wolfe airs beginning today.  I was at this taping so if you watch closely you might see Wendy, Marion and myself in the audience! Front row!

Have a wonderful Sunday :)