Monday, January 20, 2014

I am in LOVE!

And the object of my affection is my new Sashiko machine by Baby Lock.
You can find out more about them here.
My good friend, Lin, and I drove up to Prescott last Friday to check them out and I came home with one.  Lin's comes in next week.  Needless to say, I came home and immediately tried it out.
I had made this little 6" block to demo a Tri-Rec ruler and thought it would be perfect as my first subject.  I used a 30 wt. Aurifil cotton thread in a golden brown hue.  I was so excited I just could not wait to quilt something else, so I rifled through the now infamous closet and found a UFO that would be perfect for this style of quilting.
Count Down to Christmas, a Monique Dillard pattern, I had pieced last year.
Here is a close-up of the stitch.  It looks like hand quilting on the front and a straight stitch on the back of the quilt.  I am fascinated by how it works.  The only thread is in the bobbin, and a ingenious industrial engineered combo of a hook and needle pull the thread to the front to look like hand stitches.

Needless to say, I am itching for another project to quilt.
So, I searched my bucket of future quilts and found the fabrics and pattern for a darling small quilt called A Rainbow Garden, designed by Glenda of Liberty Homestead.
You can see her designs here.
I forget that a small quilt can take as long as a full sized quilt to construct, so it will be awhile before I can use Sashi again.  
The pattern is from her book, Farmhouse Quilts, The Scrap Basket.
You can find it here.
It is the quilt in the center at the bottom of the page. Oops, it is the one in the top left corner!
Here is my first block:
Only 46 of those little 2" finished pinwheels to make!  And then there are the 6 baskets, the embroidery and then the wool applique. It will be awhile before I am back with a flimsy.

I have kept up with my monthly goals.  My pile of flying geese is growing, another set of blocks for my red and white quilt are done and my Le Jardin block is close to completion.
This one has been hard for me to keep on task with.  It is not my favorite block in the quilt from a design standpoint and all those tiny leaves!  Only 4 more to sew down.

Finally,
the beginnings of my red and green quilt.
Yes, I have been a busy bee.
Between the Australian Open Tennis Tournament and football playoff games, I have had a lot of time to sew!  Very sad my 49ers did not make it to the Superbowl, but I am a chameleon who now wears the Seahawks colors!

Back to making pinwheels. 
 Hope I can keep up this productivity with all the projects I have in the works.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Spring on my mind

First, another Kim Diehl flimsy from her book,
Homestyle Quilts.
I decided to machine applique this project, so it went pretty fast.  I am debating on quilting it myself, but I sure would love to see some fancy quilting in those borders.  I will finish it up with a scrappy binding.

Then, a small quilt designed by Lori Smith.
It is wool on flannel.  My plan is to quilt it with big stitch quilting and then frame it. 

Now time for a little humility.
People do not believe me when I tell them I sew in chaos.
The other morning I had to laugh at the level of chaos that existed in my sewing room.
My main sewing area.
Quilts in various stages draped over the chair, beckoning me to work on them.
4 different projects on the design wall.
The infamous craft closet! Believe it or not, this is when it is looking fairly organized.  I know where everything is in there.  If I clean it up, I cannot find a thing!
Well, I have sufficiently embarrassed myself, so I am off to watch the 49er's football game and do some handwork...lots of it to be done.
Hope you are enjoying a pieceful day!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A new year and a new project!

 Another Geoff's Mom pattern.
Karen, the Log Cabin Quilter, is where I first saw this quilt and then my friend, Lin, also made it.  Her's hangs at TOWQS and has been a huge success. The kits for the quilt have been flying out the door!
 I will be helping a group of ladies construct this quilt over the next 4 months and this is my first row.  The lettering is done in wool and I used Aurifil's Lana 12/2 wool thread to machine blanket stitch it down. I had wanted to try it and this was the perfect project to do so.  It handled so nicely and did not fray or break. It made quick work of what could have been a very long process if done by hand. I will be machine appliqueing this one as well.  You can see the full quilt here. My version will not be as prim as I will be using more cotton prints and fewer homespuns.

We spent the first week of the new year in Colorado rollicking in the snow. I purposely left all my sewing projects behind, but managed to make a little progress on a McKenna Ryan landscape quilt I have been working on for several years.  It is made from batiks and is all raw edge applique. Really just lots of detailed cutting, but choosing the fabrics is the best part. Sorry, I did not take any pictures of it.  I won't work on it again until this summer.  

Here is the stocking my DD and I designed and constructed for my granddaughter in those last days before Christmas.  Quick, simple, but we love it.

During the holidays, I loved seeing all the red and green quilts in blogland and on Pinterest.  Therefore, I have added one to my blockhead projects and will start on the first block today.  I have the solid red and cream fabrics, but have not found a perfect green yet.  Any suggestions?
Here is the EQ7 image.
The perfect pairing of piecing and applique for me.  It was inspired by Kim Diehl's Idaho Lily.  I am still keeping my eyes open for her new club. 
Oh, it is nice to be home in my sewing room!