Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Niece's quilt

My mother-in-law made this for her granddaughter (my niece).  I love the colors of it!

In the square parts I quilted more squares.  However, for the outer two squares I echoed the "underneath" square.  Then I put in a square that echoed the "top" square, and lastly echoed the inside white square.  It was more ruler work than I've ever done, but it went better than I expected.  I still need to work on going at a somewhat even speed so that the stitches are about the same size.

Around the outside of the boxes I did a single echo and then some loops.  I sort of did the loops like flower pedals.  If you use some imagination.

I did loops and double loops on the border.  While double loops aren't hard, they weren't as easy as I expected them to be either.

And a view from the back...the quilting shows up rather nicely.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

WIP Wednesday

As {almost} always, progress has been made! Probably not as much as normal since a new computer game also showed up recently, but I'm balancing spending time with both.

1) My niece's quilt, which was made by my mother-in-law.  I was asked if I'd have it done by Christmas, and gave a 75% chance of completion.  I then found out that my niece has been asking for it, so I thought I'd try really hard to get it done.  I counted 36 parts, which meant if I did two per day I'd have it done on the 19th.  I'm currently about a day ahead because the white portions go rather quickly and some are small.  It's probably good that I'm a bit ahead because I didn't take into consideration taking it off the frame and checking for thread ends that still need to be buried.

2) Urban cabin is a finished top.  I only had about five long seams left and was getting tired of stepping over it all the time.

3) Metro lattice and pillow.  This quilt is super close to being finished, but I'm getting some nice tags for Christmas and decided to wait to finish the binding.  I also made a coordinating pillow to go with it using the scraps.  It's my first pillow and it turned out pretty well.  (The back is shown here.) (So is my son, giving it a thumbs up.)

Linking up with WIP Wednesday.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I have two things that are WIPs but reached milestones this week.

I finished the green strip for my scrap quilt.  It is much longer than the yellow strip, so we'll see if I end up making the yellow one longer or just go with it.

I also finished the braid in braid top.  I have a lot of scraps, so will probably be making a pieced backing to go with it.  Maybe it'll be reversible.  I'll also cut it to length later.

Linking up with WIP Wednesday.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Skipped stiches

So I'm quilting along and suddenly notice that I'm having some serious skipped stitch issues.  Oh bother.  I change the needle, check everything, oil parts, change the needle again and nothing seems to be helping.

I finally check the stitching on a test piece of fabric, and it works fine.  I am going through large seams some of the time, but it was skipping other places too.  Anyway, I change the brand of thread (from Aurifil to Gutermann, in case you're interested) and everything cleared up right away.  (And it is way past my bedtime.  But it feels so nice to have the problem worked out.)

What do I do with the Aurifil thread now?  It worked on the random fabric, so it might have just been having issues with this quilt.  Save it for further quilting with a warning note?  Use it for piecing?  Trash it?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I've worked on several things over the last two weeks, but only have two pictures to show.

1) Braid in braid.  I have the first braid done - all 202" of it.  Tonight I trimmed it and just started to rebraid it.  I'm curious to see how it turns out.

2) I've been quilting the metro lattice.  Do you like my "rulers"?  I tried doing a quarter inch echo around the pieces, but was way to wiggly.  The cardboard is far from perfect, but it is about the right height for the foot and at least keeps me from having terrible lines.

Linking up with WIP Wednesday.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Fabric Disagreement

My son and I went to the fabric store today.  I have lots of baby quilts coming up and I wanted some grey and maybe something girly, if I saw something I liked.

We agreed on the grey.  For the other one, I saw this one and loved it.

My almost three year old son said, "No.  No.  No.  How about this one?"
I said, "Maybe not."

We went around the store, not seeing anything else that jumped out.  So I said, "how about this one?"
and got the same response.

But I got it anyway because the quilt isn't for him and he isn't sewing with it.  But I love that he has fabric preferences.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

What to work on?

I wasn't sure why I wanted to work on this evening and so I chain pieced three projects.  My scrappy strips, space robots, and the braid in a braid.

I managed to finish the green scrap strip.  Three things in rotation works really well as the braid cannot be chain pieced as an individual project.  I'll probably add in another space robot block.