Monday, March 13, 2017

HST Sampler Quilt in Progress

While my computer was busy quilting on the longarm, I was nearby squaring up a bunch of half square triangles for a spring sampler quilt.  These blocks were made from the scraps of my WISP, Dancing Daisies.

I want a quilt like the one I sketched below with twenty blocks.

So I added some solid pastel charm squares and extra blue squares from the binding and cornerstone fabric.

It feels so good to be working on this.  A HST Sampler quilt has been on my bucket list for the last few years.  Now I need to start sewing the blocks together so I can arrange them how I want with the sashing and cornerstones.


P.S.  I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar, including Oh Scrap.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Computerized Quilting: Bernina Q-matic

My mom and I recently went to the Q-matic class for the Bernina Q24.  Before the class I had not even turned on the computer.  Honestly, I was having too much fun playing with free-motion quilting on the longarm. ;)

The teacher was so helpful and inspiring that I practiced on a little muslin the next day.

Then I pulled out some baby flannel to practice digital pantographs on as well.

Normally, I use the envelope method to finish the edges before tying the blanket or quilting it.  I only buy a yard and a half for the top and the back.  I ended up sewing scraps to both ends of the backing to make it longer.

I cheated by not using the side clamps and just kept the stitching a half an inch in from the selvages.

It was so much fun that I just kept going...

and going...

and going!

The only problem is that now I have a growing pile of baby blankets that need binding.

I could have quilted these much faster if I just free-motion quilted them.  However, they were great practice for learning a new skill.  Maybe sometime I will combine free-motion and computerized quilting in the same quilt.

It is probably a good thing that I practiced on these baby blankets.  My nephew Mr. C just finished piecing his first quilt top.  He really liked the boxy meander digital pantograph that came with the Q-matic.  I may practice that on baby flannel before trying it on his quilt.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Private FMQ Lessons

I recently had a request for a private free-motion quilting lesson.  I was pleased that I was still able to arrange my room to fit two six foot folding tables even with the Bernina Q24 taking up so much space.

I put all of my class examples on the cutting table by the window. By the end of the class most of them ended up draped over the bars on the longarm.

My sewing cabinet moved over to the side where my design wall is most of the time.  (It ended up in the closet again.)

The private lesson ended up being a lot of fun.  I had four people come for the class.  A husband and wife and their son and daughter-in-law.  I love to see families quilting together!

I also really love my craft room/studio.  I may set it up like this again sometime for my little quilting group.


Friday, March 3, 2017

Blue and Gold: A Finished Quilt

This is the last quilt that I will be able to make almost entirely from my old stash.  It is such a good feeling to be able to say that I have been so successful with my stash busting goal that I am down to one small box of old stash fabrics.  But don't worry, I made up for that by buying a small fat quarter bundle of Kimberbell Basics to add to my new stash fabrics.

My plan all along was to make a plus quilt with eight inch squares.

But once I got it up on my design wall I didn't like the busy prints next to each other.  So I tried a diagonal patchwork layout.  I cut into the scraps of my husband's quilt to keep the busy prints separated.

I liked this layout so much better.  I was able to use the squares which did not make the cut on the back with some of the other scraps.  It worked out great because the six other pieces would not have been wide enough by themselves.

I quilted it on the Bernina Q24 and used an old polyester batting.  There were a few areas where I had  a little problem with the tension.  I'm going to blame that on the batting.  ;)

I decided to try quilting with a large meander to see how it went on the longarm.  It was a lot of fun and was finished before I knew it.

The only thing I had to purchase for this quilt was the binding.  I was able to find a nice slate blue fabric which looks really good with the blues in the quilt.  That is why I had to say it was almost entirely made from the old stash.

I think that simple quilting really is the best on some quilts.

This was a very fast finish.  It took one day to piece the top and back.

 It only took one more day to quilt and bind.  I really do love fast finishes.

Quilt Stats #203
Name:  Blue and Gold
Pattern:  8 inch cut squares on the diagonal
Fabric Used:  From my old stash
Amount Used:  10.5 yards
Batting:  Low loft polyester
Size:  About 60 by 75 inches
Date Finished:  2017

This quilt will be donated somewhere sometime this year.  It feels good to be ahead on my goal for donation quilts this year.

Jasmine Stephens

P.S.  I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar including Oh, Scrap for the scrappy backing.  Check them out for more quilty inspiration.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March Decor

I enjoyed pulling out my green quilty decorations for March.  However, I realized that I don't have much that is green.  That is something I may need to work on.  ;)

My green bunting and daisies ended up on the mantle.  Autumn Race (folded to see the green backing) and an upside-down Christmas table runner ended up on the entertainment center.

Yeah, I definitely need more green quilts and runners.

My husband's new quilt, Snowy Pines, is hanging out in the family room for the month of March near the kite quilt.

On the kitchen table is another upside-down Christmas table topper.  I do like the flecks of gold on the fabric.

The living room stayed the same, but the upstairs landing looks more springy.  Irish Rose is on the wall, Spring Race is on the sofa, and a pastel table runner is on the cubbies.

Hopefully the weather will agree that it should be more spring-like and less snowy now.