Mr. W pointed out that it has been awhile since I posted anything to my blog.
Here’s what I’ve been working on this week. I can’t remember where exactly I first had the inspiration to do these two little artsy-fartsy pieces…..I think it was from Brenda Gael Smith/Serendipity Quilting but who knows. As one of my favorite quilt peeps says…..is there REALLY anything new under the sun? Aren’t we all just re-interpreting things that have been made before? (ahhhh…..yes, you are right Mary!)
Anyway…..I’m doing the quilting with my walking foot on JaniJanome. That Craftsy class I took on straight/walking foot quilting has paid off big time. I much prefer doing my quilting with a walking foot rather than free motion quilting. However – they both have their uses.
Quilting is finished but they still need binding and sleeves. I’ll post final pictures once they are 100% completed.
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Rug I finished using 1″ strips. Crocheted with a very large hook (I’m too lazy to go look at the size right now). I wasn’t sure I’d like it but it feels good underfoot in the bathroom in front of the sink.
FINALLY finished this scarf. I was real sick of it by the time I did the stretchy bind off. 500 meters of fluffy sock-weight yarn. Not sure who will end up with it but it’s rather cute, especially when wrapped around the neck a couple times. It’s now time to start on my 2nd sock (I am suffering from SSS – ‘second sock syndrome’.)
Design process using left over bit and pieces from my Celtic Solstice quilt. I have 20 star blocks. Thinking to add 2″ sashing and gold corner stones with scrappy gold setting triangles on the outside. I don’t think I have any blue or gold for borders, and I don’t want to purchase any fabric for this quilt – so I might bring it back and see what mom has in her stash that would work.
And for absolutely no reason – I’m putting a picture of our bed here. I REALLY REALLY REALLY love my New York Beauty quilt and have been using it each afternoon to cover up with while doing yoga nidra or meditation. It won’t be long until Summer arrives and I won’t have a need for using quilts for a few months.
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I’ve tried several techniques in this path to mastering free motion quilting (FMQ).
I started my FMQ path with Leah Day and she quickly convinced me that gloves and a Supreme slider were great tools to have. (It also helped that my sister is a long arm quilter and somehow acquired each of these tools and didn’t need them so sent them on to me!)
One day I complained to a friend about how hot it was to FMQ with gloves and she suggested glycerine. Mr. W had a bottle in his wine laboratory so I started putting just a dab of glycerine on my hands prior to FMQing instead of gloves and that worked like a charm.
While in Canberra at the craft show, I came across a lady demonstrating Sharon Schamber’s quilt halo. Once I received my halo I went to town learning it. Studied the videos on youtube. Read the reviews (they were mixed). Tried it. FAIL. I wasn’t impressed. Put it away for a month then tried it again. hmmmmm…..not so bad! It actually makes FMQ easier on my body. My shoulders aren’t near as stressed and cramped. My hands don’t have near the tension in them. It truly does glide (because you use a slippery mat underneath). I’m actually rather impressed and will keep using it.
The mat that came in the hoop combo is called a sewslip (see images above). It’s OK but not near as nice as the Supreme Slider. After one usage, it started to curl. It’s not near the weight of the Supreme slider and I don’t think it’s as slippery. I will be buying the queen sized Supreme Slider in the future.
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Progress on my wonky basket quilt. It’s been a LONG time in the making – I’m thinking it’s been at least 4 years since I started it as I remember doing some of the appliqué blocks while sitting in the hospital with Mr. W nearly 4 years ago.
I started by outlining each basket. Then I did a 2nd row. Then I became obsessive and decided to draw on the Japanese Boro and Kantha stitching styles and I just kept going around and around the baskets until I reached the edges of the individual blocks. It’s very meditative – doing this type of stitching. I typically do about an hour or two of it in front of the TV each night – or until my naughty finger gets sore. My callus is developing nicely!
I’m about 2/3rds of the way through the basket section. I’m not 100% sure what I’m going to do in the borders….I’m of two thoughts – one doing a cross hatch about 1″ apart – the other is to outline all the motifs once more and then do trailing lines through-out the background with bees and bugs and dragonflies here and there. The second option is almost a little too cutesy for me – but I’m considering it.
This is the quilt where I’m using Finca Presencia Perle cotton 12 and the wadding/batting is a woven cotton fabric that is used in tailoring suit coats (think it was call Light Quilters wadding or something like that – I bought it at A2F in Canberra). The batting is very light weight – midweight between a muslin and a cheesecloth. It’s very easy to quilt through and will make for a nice, lightweight quilt.
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