Monday, January 9, 2012

Two Twister's

Well I finished up the Two Twisters for my Two new Nieces that are on the way.  I really enjoyed making these quilts and had fun trying the new diagonal twister design out.  I have some more ideas of how to play with this design for a later day :)  And a super fun note about these two quilts, I got the fabric for them out of my stash and I had 8 1 yard pieces.  I used up all of it with about an inch to spare.  Perfect!!!  You would have thought I had purchased it with these designs in mind :)

I quilted the this twister with a swirl design, I really like how it adds to the motion of the quilt.

And here is the back of it.  I forget how hard it is to keep a strip straight on the backing of a quilt :)

And this one is the infamous first quilting video quilt :)  It is done in a dasiy and loop design.  (Which I know, you can't see at all, but it still gives it that soft crinkly feel :)

And I loved this backing fabric, it is harder to see in the picture but there are cute little flowers in the white teardrop design :)

 And here they are together.  I am so excited to tie some ribbons around them and send them off to my wonderful Sister and Sister-In-Law.  Love you guys!!!

I am linking this to Kati's Slash the Stash!!! These were some great stash busters :)

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Friday, January 6, 2012

It's Coming!!!

Something's in the works around here and it is going to be exciting!!!

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

TNT Thursday with A Video Attempt

EDIT - I think you should be able to view the video now, if not, please let me know and I will work on it some more.  Oh what a learning experience :)

So I tried it . . . . I attempted to make a free motion quilting video.  Now I will be the first to say, it isn't great.  But it was a definite learning experience.    Here is what I learned.

1 - I am not so good with words.  I kept tripping over them and even after 5 attempts I still said things that sound absolutely silly.  Hopefully with more practice I might be a little less nervous and actually be able to say what I am thinking.  

2 - There is a huge give and take of what you quilt on.  I love seeing an entire quilt worked on instead of a little square because I can get a better sense of how the quilter handles the bulk of their fabric, however, as this video demonstrates, it is a whole lot harder to see the quilting when it is done on a quilt instead of a little  solid dark square with high contrasting thread.  I am thinking about how to solve this.  Maybe a solid quilt made just for quilting videos???

3 - Trying to locate the best position for the tripod while still being able to reach your quilt to work on is not the easiest.  Maybe I need to get a partner in crime to do the filming??

4 - I wish I could figure out a way to do the sound after.  Is the sound of the sewing machine in the background to loud to understand??

5 - And this is an important one.  Never Ever, Ever, try to upload a video using blogger.  I had it uploading for 8 hours and nothing.  Seriously, has anyone ever used blogger to upload a video??  YouTube was only a mere 45 minutes.  (But I kept it private as I really don't feel like this work is worth publishing :)  

So it is back to the video camera for me.  Hopefully in the future I will be able to show some better quality free motion quilting videos.  But, you got to start somewhere, right :)  Please feel free to give any suggestions. I would love to hear what you would like to see in a free motion quilting video :)

So that was my Try :)  Let's see yours :)  

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Guest Posting at Sew We Quilt for Tool Time :)

So today I am super excited to be guest posting at Sew We Quilt for their Tool Time edition.  No, not like Tim the Tool Man Taylor.  Tool Time as in your favorite, can't live without, quilting tools.  I am writing about one of my new favorite tools, my Rotating Cutting Mat.  So Pop on over to Sew We Quilt to see what a great tool a Rotating Cutting Mat can be :)

In Fact, I just used it yesterday afternoon to cut out this lovely stack of half hexagons.  I am working on a customer quilt and that rotating cutting mat saved me so much time cutting.  Love it!!

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Ahh, Routine!!!

The older kids are back in school and I am home during nap time :)  You know what that means, Quilting Time!!!  I didn't waste a minute of it either.  And, double bonus, I also\ managed to work on one of my New Years Resolutions by working on some improv curves :)  What do you think??

This is the first bee block for our Beejeebers group.  It is for Jamie Lee and she is doing the cutest little quilt of wonky houses and trees :)  And yes, your eyes are not deceiving you, I even did some hand stitching, which we know by now is really not my favorite.  But I had those cute flower buttons and knew they would be the cutest finishing touch :)  Not bad, second day of the month and a Bee block done :)  Yippee Skippee for Quilting Time!!!
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