Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Teaching my Sister

I spent a lot of time over spring break teaching one of my sisters how to machine quilt on the Bernina Q24.  She had previously hand quilted a couple quilts and machine quilted some small quilts on her domestic sewing machine.

She brought over a couple 60 inch wide pieces of flannel and some batting.  We loaded them on the frames and she started quilting after doodling designs on paper.  She had so much fun and even added extra shapes like stars and flowers between her wiggles and loops.

I think quilting in rows is a great way to start with free motion quilting because you know where you are going and it is easier to fill the space evenly.

The flannel was a great first quilt.  Her second quilt on the frames is the Eagle Scout quilt made from the panel by Riley Blake.  She added some extra borders not included in the free pattern to make it a little longer.

She did an amazing job custom quilting the quilt.  She even learned to love using rulers to quilt on the longarm.  She used the rulers for circles, stitching in the ditch, wavy lines, and straight lines.

I am so impressed with her second machine quilted quilt!  You can really see the designs she used on the minky backing.

She used her Cricut to cut out the BSA fleur de lis.  She traced it onto the outer border with a blue water soluble marker.

The large eagle in the panel was my favorite part.

Quilting with my sister was so much fun and my kids enjoyed all the time with their cousins.

I wish all my students could catch on as quickly as my sister.  I am so proud of her.  Didn't she do an amazing job?


Monday, April 24, 2017

April Decor

April has been a crazy busy month without as much quilting for me.  However, I still wanted to share my spring/April quilty decorations.  My family room is decorated with yellow, purple, and pink accents.

I am really enjoying changing up the bunting/banner every month.

Panda didn't think I had enough Easter decorations, so he made some for me.  I love this little duck he made without any instructions.

The little bunny and eggs he made are so sweet.

Okay, back to the quilts.  ;)  I have a purple and yellow jellybean table runner on the entertainment center and Spring Sorbet on the shelf.

I have a purple and yellow table runner in my kitchen.

There are a couple more spring quilts by the stairs.

The upstairs landing didn't change very much.  Quilts with minky on the back, like Springtime Race, have a tendency to wander around the house.  ;)

I wanted to hang Dancing Daisies in the formal living room, but the pastel colors did not look good with the black furniture and drapes.  I think the black and red is there to stay.  It is still one of my favorite color combinations.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you are having a great month.