Practice Quilt Top Completed

I know I haven’t written in a while but it took me a week to recover from the London trip, so time in the studio was pretty limited. However, I have completed the practice quilt top.

Practice Quilt Top Completed

 

Sorry it’s not a great photo; it was taken with the camera on my Smartphone. Tonight I’ll start to piece a backing for it.

I’m trying to find the pattern I used for Chris’s quilt, because Kerstin wants a quilt like it in different colors. So far, no luck. 😦

Next quilt is the first baby quilt I’m making for Butterbean. 🙂

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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.

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.

Dr Seuss 4

 

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 …