Saturday, September 29, 2012

Thanks, Mary!

Our guild had Mary come in and teach us more about our sewing machines.  Not about quilting, but about needles, utility and decorative stitches, hems, zippers and such.  I have only ever sewed straight stitches with an odd applique project once every five years, so I had a lot to learn.  Our guild agreed that we don't use our sewing machines to their full potential and we've only just begun to learn what our machines have to offer.

Hard at work.
Our group with a couple extras.  Mary is seated in the center.

My new machine is a Husqvarna and Mary used to sell that brand, so she was a huge help to me.  Although, it didn't seem to matter who's machine she sat at and whatever brand it was, she was able to offer her advice and expertise.  Thanks, Mary, for a great start to a new year of guild!  Our next scheduled meeting date is Thursday, October 4...my oldest boys' sixteenth birthday!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Beginning to Bounce!

I had originally bought this red and white fabric for a Pickle Dish quilt, but I guess that will have to wait.  I've opted to make Bounce for the Year of Schnibbles quilt along with Christa of Second Story Quilting.  On November 1, 2012 Pink Pincushion and A Quilting Life will host a parade of Bounce quilts made by quilters from all over.  Its amazing to see how different fabrics can change the pattern.

See you girls on Saturday!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Finally...

something to blog about!!!  Grandma's Bubble Gum Stars is done and turned out great!


The checkerboard border was a bit tedious to put on, but it was so worth the effort, I think.


Following Thelma's lead from Cupcakes 'n Daisies, this is Quilt Number 55 finishing at 60" by 78" and has approximately 2,112 pieces.  Now Terry will do her magic and quilt this for me.

Up next for me is Bounce by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.  Christa of Second Story Quilting and myself are both doing this quilt for a Parade of Schnibbles hosted by A Quilting Life and Pink Pincushion.  Each month these two quilters pick a Miss Rosie's pattern and at the end of the month they host a parade showcasing the pattern in an array of fabrics by quilters across North America (or maybe further??).  The quilt chosen for October is Bounce, but they are giving us two months to finish it because it is a larger quilt than most of the Schnibbles patterns.  Christa is about done hers and I have yet to start!  I'd better get going.

With the start of fall comes the start of another year for our quilting guild.  We are having a get to know your machine class this weekend taught by a friend of our guild.  I have used maybe 5 of 80+ stitches that I have on my machine.  I have A LOT to learn!  I know that we are all looking forward to Mary's class this weekend and to getting back to our "therapy sessions."  Lets bring our Martini blocks if you are done.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Just for fun...

We have a little guild challenge amongst our members.  We are each making a Martini block or two or three.  I have made three so far, but only have one of them embellished.


I started off thinking that these blocks would be a breeze, but the angles were really tricky, especially the base of the glass.

The base and stem don't quite line up.
I used the internet for a bit of inspiration and came up with this.  I used Heat n Bond to adhere a light yellow to a darker yellow and added some texture with my sewing machine.  These guild challenges are really good for building our sewing skills and encouraging our imaginations!  Now I just need a little inspiration for my other two blocks.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Bubble Gum Stars...

In a previous post, I called this quilt Cotton Candy Stars.  Not sure why, but I did.  Anyways.....Bubble Gum Stars has been a joy to piece.  I love it when I choose a pattern that is so well put together and this one was.  And the fabric requirements were bang on, too...only a bit left over.  There are 35 blocks in the quilt center measuring 65.5" x 45.5".




Can you remember the feel of picking up your flimsy from your machine after the final row is sewn on?  If you can't, the next time you do, slow down and  take a moment to really feel it.  It is the best feeling!!!  This quilt has four borders on it including a checkerboard one, so a bit more sewing before I can take this quilt to Terry to quilt.