Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday Finish--Finally!

As I bound these quilts,



 I realized just how long it's been since I finished a quilt!  Much has been going on, and now with my machine back and working nicely, maybe, just maybe, I'll get some of those UFO's finished before Christmas.


Linking over to  Whoop Whoop    Finish Friday

Sunday, November 25, 2012

November Free Motion Quilting Challenge

With my machine back, and a few of my projects still under construction, I decided to take a break and just practice some free motion quilting.  I'm awaiting thread for the one that was the most fun for me, so I'll show that later.  

But, for now, I'll show my November Challenge first.
 
These were my practice spirals.  The largeness of the pattern and the small throat of my machine actually made these kind of wonky.  But, in a way they are cute.

The quilt is ready for binding.
The last challenge ended with my practice as my machine broke down, so yesterday I worked on this sample using some different choices of thread and design:
This one was my first one that I blogged about earlier:



I'm not very good at using templates, but I wanted to try the April challenge provided by Don Lind.  I'm not too happy with the results and maybe after more practice it would be okay, but I just prefer to do free motion from my head with a general idea of where I'm going.
So that's what I've been doing for part of my time for the last two days.  We've also been moving mothin-in-law to another apartment and shredding years of papers.  I saved some of her cotton chambray skirts for quilting fabric.  Should make some nice boys quilts.  Still lots to finish there, but we should have it done before the end of the month.  The complex graciously gave us the extra time!!!  Thank goodness! 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

A Blanket of Snow--Now Can I Please Get to Work!!!

Let's see--

              Machine down

              Machine fixed

              Machine down

              Contracted the flu

              Featherweight tension just not right--may need repair

              Bernie's BACK!!!

Sewing Again!

I'm not sure I know what to start on!  While I puttered on my Featherweight, I did do a few projects of piecing--at least until it went bonkers yesterday afternoon.

I finished one top using my Dr. Seuss scraps:
 I got a couple of rows done on this:
 It may be the lingering effects of the flu, but I've just lost my excitement for this quilt.  I chose some fabric that I bought online--it's lovely Laurel Burch, but I'm not sure if it really does justice to the nine patches.  I don't know if the nine patches will look like stars with those little tiny stars imprinted on the fabric.  I may put it away for awhile--partly because I just got sick of trying to piece it on the Featherweight--now I know lots of people like Featherweights and I got caught up in that, but when I use it, I just miss my Bernina!



I've got lots of starts I can finish--just waiting for inspiration!  I'll go finish some HST's while I decide!  :)