Sunday, June 28, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I have my 100th post coming up, which will probably be sometime next week. And what's a 100th post without a giveaway? More on that later.
I'll be gone for a week to southern California for my stepbrother's wedding. I'm making him a quilt, but of course, it's not finished in time. I think I might make a mini quilt/potholder with a sort of IOU on it. Just to prove that I'm not a total bum regarding that, here's a picture of the top in progress:
Naturally, I ran out of that brown and aqua stripe with one more row to go. Figures, doesn't it?
I will say that I found more of the green and white Swiss dot at JoAnn's, so I was able to finish Shorty's block. Phew.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Notice some of the crazy three-patches on the ends? It's one of those happy accidents, where I'm pretty thrilled with the way it came out, as non-linear as it is. I even added the pieced border, like the original picture. Two things I really dislike: long strips of sashing, and complicated borders. This had both, and I'm thinking it's worth it, every once in a while. This has over 150 different fabrics in the top. The only thing I had to buy specifically for this was the white (Kona Premium, my very favorite).
I'm thinking this will probably call for a scappy binding and backing, just to keep with the spirit of it. This will be going to live with my cousin Sarah in Michigan. She discovered my blog and was appropriately impressed, so we decided she needed a quilt of her own.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Then, I made a spiderweb block for Stephanie:(Apologies for the bright pictures. It's been raining, and the flash needed to be on)
The gingham is so cute. She sent a lot of different fabric choices, and I feel like I met a stash twin-- we have a lot of the same stuff. I'm also really curious what fabric she chose for the kites because it was wonderfully heavy, but looked like a linen. Love.
And, if those weren't enough, I got Kat's blocks in the mail the other day. They're even more gorgeous than the pictures!
One quick request: if any of you are in southern California, or are familiar enough with it, can anyone recommend a good quilt shop? I'll be in and around Huntington Beach.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
There are a few puckers and that stripe of leftovers isn't quite straight-- but I'm going to let those things go. The back got a little skewed because I tried something new for the quilting: straight lines, about a quarter of an inch from each seam. I continued it across the vertical sections of the quilt, too, so the lines are only going horizontally. I used pale pink thread, which was a nice change as well. Here's a closeup of the quilting (click to enlarge):
Overall, I'm pretty happy with it. This was a really fast quilt and I appreciated not having to think too much. If I was going to do it again, I probably would've made it scrappier than just twelve different fabrics. This quilt, along with the Baby M, will be shipped to Nebraska. Luckily, Baby M isn't due until August, so I'm nicely ahead here.
Now, back to those blasted nine patches...
Saturday, June 13, 2009
I'm not even going to give it the dignity of being ironed-- those are glittery smiling dogs on a neon green background. Yikes. It's even uglier compared to the gorgeous HR fabric. Now I kind of want to do an ugly FQ show of my collection-- ones I've recieved from swaps, or unfortunate impulse purchases.
Friday, June 12, 2009
I'm so excited to have some of that faux bois in my quilt top. I think I need to buy a bolt of it. Here's the other one she generously made me:
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
I think the only fabric she added are the outer lime green polka dots. I love the movement, and after my last block full of triangles, I'm very appreciative of them. I'm unsure how she got that little butterfly to float in the center; I can't wait for it to arrive back at the Sweat Shop. I'm crazy excited to see what everyone else is going to make for me! Mary, thanks so much!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
What brand and model do you have?
I have a workhorse-- a Singer 201 from the 1940s. It only does a straight stitch, but it will sew through a zillion layers without complaint. It's also practically silent. I adore it.
I've had it for about a year and a half now. Previously, I was sewing on a terrible Brother machine that my husband bought me for a birthday. It was refurbished and never filled a bobbin completely (among other problems). It would've been sufficient if I was only using it occasionally. Neither one of us thought sewing would become so important to me!
How much does that machine cost (approximately)?
This was a lucky Craigslist find-- I got it for $40 in a cabinet, with a bench seat.
What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?
All of the above.
How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?
I sew daily, and I think the machine likes that it gets a good workout.
Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?
The machine doesn't have a name, but maybe it should. I love it-- especially for the cost. I also like that it has a long history, and will probably be mine forever.
What features does your machine have that work well for you?
It has an absolutely giant space under the throat. I can put a king size quilt to the right of the needle with little problem. I also love the knee lift.
Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?
I wish I could zigzag. Also, the feed dogs are able to be lowered, but I think mine are stuck (no matter, I just cover them instead).
Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it!
$40 on Craigslist makes it my find of the year.
Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?
Yes. It's all metal, not fussy, and beautiful to look at, too.
What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?
Just because it's new doesn't mean it's better. I'm happy without decorative stitches because it does one thing, really really well.
Do you have a dream machine?
A longarm-- when I win the lottery and have a huge quilting space!
Monday, June 1, 2009
I've sewn the binding on one side already. I also decided to try a new-to-me technique for the binding. Typically, I do the French-fold binding, but decided to shake things up and try flat binding. I think I like the flat binding better, because I usually get annoyed at my iron when I try to get each side to line up with the center fold. I'll see how it looks after I wash it, but so far so good. This is the easiest explanation I've found regarding French vs. flat binding. Thoughts?
Anyway, this is inspired by Fanciful Flowers in Material Obsession. I made it smaller, and since I ran out of the brown fabric for the corner pieces (click to enlarge), I didn't continue those little squares into the border. This was my first time with raw-edge applique, and there are some missteps, but I'm overall pretty happy with this. I stippled it. I feel like I never get to play with pink, so this was fun. All of the fabric came from my stash, too. The center of each non-applique block is from Farmer's Market, and there's a little bit of everything in there. I'd like to maybe make a quilt entirely out of the pieced blocks. The blocks are huge (about 18" square).
Here's the back:The pale pink has a white polka dot, and the fun flowered fabric was a Hobby Lobby bargain.
Baby M hasn't yet been born, so I'm going to hold onto it until she is (to confirm it's really a girl). Baby M is the second child of a good college friend of mine, who I don't get to see very often. I wasn't quilting when her oldest was born, so I think I might have to make one for her, too.
Someday, when I have babies, I hope to have a daughter if for no other reason than to sew for her. I don't know many crafters who prefer to sew for boys.