Monday, December 7, 2009
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Saturday, November 28, 2009
After a lot of sorting I started handing all my tools up and the peg board pulled out of the wall. Then I decided that I wanted to rearrange things anyway, I measured and drew a scale model. This morning I started on the furniture. Looks like it is going to work great. My husband put up a larger peg board with wall anchors so it won't fall down. I've worked about 9 hours today. I won't take pictures until I finish sorting all the small scraps and putting away projects. Oh! this will be the first time I have hung a lot of my work. I have most of one wall now and am very excited. Will post pictures soon.
So much for making Christmas presents this weekend.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
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Saturday, September 5, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Here is a picture of my quilt in the frame at the machine.
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This piece is still unfinished. I must continue thread painting on the faces and hands. But with the other quilting done it is making in very easy to work with.
The background circles for this piece were quilted on the Flynn frame. Most machines have between the have from 6 – 9 inches of space between the needle and the back post of the machine. Although my machine has a smaller amount of room and I only had about 4-41/2" of quilting space it still worked quite well. I was able to quilt small circles across the width of my quilt and then roll it to the next section and keep going.
I found the frame very easy to adjust and easy to control. I was very pleased with how flat and nice the back of the quilt was, not puckers at all.
One thing you need to make sure is that your batting is at least two inches more than the quilt top all the way around and that your backing is also around 6 inches longer on each end of the quilt to fit in the frame.
This was definitely a great buy for those of us who are on a low budget.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I wonder what my son will think when he sees the messy experiment in the bathtub and the bag wrap when he looks out the window. we will begone before he gets home.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Can't wait to try it on some of my quilt tops.
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Sunday, May 31, 2009
Now, I just can't decide how to quilt it.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Click thumbnails for close up of stitching.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
I am also trying to organize a portfolio of my work so I can start finding a venue for sales. I did get my business license and tax id. Now what?
Horses -- With the equestrian games coming I am trying to work on some horse ideas. I have one designed, but it is very complicated and slow work.
"To accomplish great things we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe." Anatole France
Last evening instead of repainting horns made by the children in our co-op, I ended up having to remake them. (mold - yuck) One of my friends is in charge of a play and the horns are for the march around Jericho. So instead of quilting, I spent the evening on the porch covered in paper mache.
It was a beautiful spring evening in the company of my daughter and serenaded by twitterpated birds.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
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Thursday, January 22, 2009
My storage system has just been plastic stack drawers that I try to get when I can find them on sale. I use them as the base for my pressing table. The top is again plywood with cotton batting and muslin stretched over it and stapled on the back. I removed the closet doors and added boards for shelves and more storage bins. An empty dresser and two night stands stacked serves as extra storage.
My biggest challenge was for a sewing table. I had a folding table just the right height but I wanted my machine set down in like a "real" sewing table. We went to Lowes to find some 1/2 inch wide smooth wood. We couldn't find anything suitable, but it was suggested that we as in floor tiles because the boxes had smooth boards in the top for shipping that are thrown away. We found two that were perfect size. My husband traced my machine and cut a hole in both boards. Then we glued them with wood glue. A frame was made using 2 by 1 inch wood. Finally a notch was cut in the frame so I could load the bobin without lifting my machine. It may not be fancy but it sure works great.
My design wall was made with white flannel over fiber board.
The last wall of my studio is where my daughter's sewing machine is and of course a few more storage boxes. You can see the corner of my pressing table on the left.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The National Quilt Museum sent the results of the Moda School block challenge Monday. My Daughter won 2nd place in the 5th-8th grade division with her block "Show and Tell" One of the 5 year olds in our sewing/quilting group won honorable mention in the preschool to 4th grade with her block "Swans." Scroll down the page to Recent Projects to see pictures. The blocks will be on displaya the museum in Paducah from January 16th through March 10th. Winning blocks will stay up longer.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
The quilting on the beach quilt is taking forever. I wanted the sand really densly quilted and I seem to not be getting vey far.
I have been sorting all my scraps again. I have my fabrics sorted by color in drawers that make up my ironing board stand. Then I have other drwers sorted by color for pieces smaller than fat quarters. Now I have small drawers for smaller colored scraps all sorted. I still have my snippet box as a big jumple of pieces.