Monday, October 24, 2011

Free Motion practice

I have been practicing my quilting, getting ready to start the quilting on my daughters quilt. (FINALLY- I keep saying this) this isn't the pattern, but I love this and I'm going to try it with verigated thread on white.


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Free Motion Friday - Slate Tile

OK, I know, it's Sunday night. Actually Monday morning. I didn't read it correctly last week and didn't realize that the design was already out there. So when I saw on fluffysheepquilting that it was slate tile? oops, I hadn't done it yet. I will have the new one ready for next week.

Here is what slate tile looks like from Leah Day on her blog The Free Motion Quilting Project. 

Here is my attempt at slate tile. Wasn't quite as easy as she makes it look (as always), but I was pretty happy with the results. I sort of ran out of room on one side, but if I was to use this on a quilt I would better prepare for that. Mark at least approx. where the columns would go. The more I look at it the more I think it should be a little LESS uniform. But I guess that's why this is practice.

I also have something I want to throw out there. I'm working on my daughters pink/brown quilt. I'm FINALLY going to start actually quilting it. This is what I had doodled over the summer that I thought might look good. Sorry about the quality of my photos that last couple of days. I've been using my phone and the lighting is off. Anyway this is what I was thinking of doing. I don't want to over quilt this one. I want the quilting to be open.

THEN I started a sample for myself.  I'm not wonderful at flowers, however I think I need to think BIG. I would love feedback/comments/suggestions on this one. I threw a few different kinds of flowers on this one.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Free Motion Quilting - Christmas Tree

I have about five projects going at the same time. Most of the time I think that's nuts. On the one hand, if I get frustrated with one project I pick up another one and work on that for a while. When I go back to the first one I seem to be able to focus again and it works. On the other hand it takes a while to finish a project.  Am I crazy? There must be others out there working on this many projects at one time, right?

Yesterday I posted photos of my free motion quilting of Drop Art. I decided to look at some of the projects that I have laying around that need to be finished. I still have Sarah's quilt that I just spray basted. (that's for another day).

The Christmas Tree wall hanging is a great project. I stopped working on it because I was trying to figure out what to quilt on the boarder. I made three of these last year. This one didn't get finished, because it was for me, of course.  The other two didn't have any filler quilting on them. I think I quilted a star on each of the corners but that was about it. I decided to use this one to practice some of the free motion stitches that I've learn from Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting Project.

The center white part is filled with Spiral-Pebble. It doesn't look too bad. Now I just have to figure out what design to use for the boarder and I'll be all set. I have red glass beads for the ornaments and buttons that look like toys to place on the skirt of the tree. I promise to post them when it's done.

If I stitch fast enough does it count as aerobic exercise?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Free Motion Friday - Drop Art

OK, well I know it's Monday, but I just found this today. I have done flowing glass and thought this would be easy. Not so much. It would take a bit of practice to get my drops consistent. They are either too fat or skinny. :) Thank you Fluffy Sheep Quilting for starting this. This encouragement to work on designs I might not of otherwise tried.

my first attempt:

On my second attempt, I tried to do some fills to see what that would look like. I think my favorite is simply echoing inside. I think if I used this design that is what I would do.

my second attempt:

I'm working on getting my machine flush with my table. When that happens I will get the Supreme Slider. I have a couple different pairs of gloves that my husband have bought for me. I have to admit that the ones that I bought for myself are the best so far. Don't laugh . . .   I tried using my rubber (dishwashing) gloves one day just to see how they would work. I like them. 

Can't wait to see what's next on Friday.