No quilting activity

Because I was at first getting ready to go to London, and now I’m IN London. And since I couldn’t bring a sewing machine and/or fabric to London because I’m on business, there’s been nothing to post because there’s nothing going on in my studio. But I’ve been thinking about future quilts. I think the next one I make will be my future grandson’s quilt. Well, one of his quilts … 😉

Next week, I’ll be back in Houston and back in the studio, so I’ll post when I’ve actually accomplished something.

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January 15, 2014

Continued progress on the practice quilt … hopefully tomorrow I will be able to start determining layout.

I’m also considering new projects (because that’s what I need – NEW projects). I have one quilt I’ve been collecting fabrics for, and I think I’m almost ready to get that one started. And I still need to dig out the UFO’s and see what I have that can be completed.

And finally, I’m beginning to think about Christmas gifts I can make this year – I know it’s early but when you have so many people to make things for, you get an early start. Some of those projects will be “silent running” as some of the potential recipients can see these posts. First I guess I should make a list of people I want to make gifts for this year.

I took a couple days off

Sometimes a girl just needs a quilting break, so I took one. I worked on the practice quilt on the 12th, piecing blocks, then I did nothing on the 13th and 14th. Tonight I will probably do some more piecing. The problem is, the piecing on this quilt is B O R I N G. I know it’s not supposed to be exciting because you know … it’s a FMQ practice quilt. But that doesn’t change the fact that it isn’t doing much to hold my attention. I’ll just have to power through it, though …

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I’m trying to decide what I’ll work on after this, but I’m thinking it’s going to be some UFO that I forgot I had. Not sure which one yet because, well … I forgot about it!

January 11, 2014 – A new quilt begins

Earlier this week, I decided to put Dr Seuss on hold so I can practice some free motion quilting (FMQ) so I can FMQ some of the Dr Seuss quilt. I really hate practicing on small squares though; I find that I do better with a larger project, so I started putting together the practice quilt for the Free Motion Fillers, Vol. 1 class from Craftsy.com.

Practice Quilt

This is a pretty easy quilt so far (I’m pretty sure that’s the whole point, anyway) and the cost wasn’t too bad – about $50 total. So I might just make a couple more to practice on as well. These are all solid colors, obviously, and I’m using Kona cottons. But next time I might try ordering some Moda Bella solids to see how I like them – I’ve never tried them and I would like to give them a shot. I like Kona, and it’s a good quality but I’ve heard that Bella is a bit better. I’m going to use white thread to quilt with I think … I think white will show up better than black across all the colors.

The last couple days

I’ve not been in the studio the last couple of days because I was in a course for work, and by the time I got home last night, it was after 7 pm and I still had some “homework” to do, and then tonight I went to dinner with my husband and son. The course was a real brain drain, but everything should be back to normal tomorrow.

On Wednesday, though, I decided to put aside the Dr Seuss quilt for a little while and start piecing the practice quilt for the Craftsy class Free Motion Fillers vol. 1. I began cutting pieces out for it and realized that I’d already cut one of the fabrics up – and each piece is one inch too small. And I seem to have misplaced some fabrics, so I need to get in there and see if I can find everything so I can do this quilt.

Tomorrow, hopefully, I will be able to get back to the practice quilt piecing and post some photos of my progress by the end of the day.

January 7, 2014 Progress

Yesterday, I got the entire quilt pin basted pretty quickly. I love using a cutting table to lay out the layers so I don’t have to crawl around on the floor to get the quilt ready.

Dr Seuss 3

Then I started machine quilting it. The first thing I did was to do in the ditch stiching.

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After that, I started doing some “tack” stitches and decided I don’t like them, so today I will be pulling those out of the quilt and doing some free motion quilting …

January 6th, 2014

Today, I went and bought some premium quality muslin to use for the backing of the Dr Suess quilt. Right now it’s clamped down to one of my cutting tables while the batting relaxes on top.

Relaxing quilt batting ... ahhh, this is the life!

Relaxing quilt batting … ahhh, this is the life!

I’ve been DYING to try out this method of pin basting – I hate getting on the floor to lay out my quilts, because it hurts my knees so badly, I end up rushing through the process. I saw this on a Craftsy class last week, so now of course I have to try it. I’ll post some photos of the process once I have it all figured out. This particular batting is 100% cotton made by Mountain Mist. To me, it seems really thin, but there is no scrim which might play a part in that. I’m not sure if I’ll like it but I figured you know, I already opened it, it’s laid out … why not just try it out? So I will … tomorrow.

While I’m waiting for the batting to relax (till tomorrow after work) I may start to cut out pieces for the Craftsy class Free Motion Fillers. Leah Day is teaching the class, and I’ve watched some of the lessons and tried out the designs, but I found after a few tries that I do better with a larger quilt sandwich than I do with little squares. Of course, my first try WILL be on little squares, but after a practice session I intend to try out the designs on the practice quilt. I don’t expect great results, but results that don’t make me want to burn the quilt will be acceptable. 😀

But then again, I’m pretty tired and I have to work tomorrow, so I might just relax and try to get some sleep tonight. Insomnia has been killing me lately! /yaaawn