Friday, August 23, 2013

It's Quilted!

I've finished machine quilting my 4-patch quilt, the binding is waiting for hand sewing. The quilting pattern I did was inspired by Kathreen Ricketson, in her book "Little Bits Quilting Bee" she had quilted a large logcabin quilt in a back and forth zigzag pattern. This type of quilting is out of my comfort zone but the reason I did this was because a customer has made the logcabin quilt from the book and wanted the same quilting pattern. This is when I heard about the tragic story of Kathreen's death, you can read about it here and visit her website here. Such a sad story.
I've started a new applique project. I'm using Hugs and Kisses new freezer paper method. The paper stays in and washes away later, I haven't tried the washing yet....we'll see how it goes. I usually do the starch method but I like this method because I don't need to use a iron. The edges are glued over the freezer paper and washed out.

We had a busy week with moving my daughter 4 hours away so she can go back to school. I see more driving in my future.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Vintage Holiday

I finished putting together the top last week using the Thimble Blossoms pattern. I changed the setting just a little with the added scrappy corner stone blocks for interest. This is something I've been working on for a BOM at the quilt shop where I work, it's called Creative Edge but sorry no website. The blocks are quick and fun to sew. I'm happy this will be ready in plenty of time for Christmas.
Cute ornament blocks. The snowman fabric adds a bit of whimsy.

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Fun with Appliqué

I did a little hand applique this past weekend and finished my Cheryl Wall quilt. I must say I didn't enjoy the pointy stars, I just struggled with getting those points. It's done and I'm happy with how it turned out.
The remainder of the weekend was spending time here. We did a long walk on the beach at low tide and were surprised on the way back how fast the tide comes in. It was a very relaxing weekend filled with sun, sand a little stitching.

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Turtle Stitching

This is my first attempt at Sashiko, the pattern was printed on the fabric, so seemed pretty easy. I needed to make a birthday gift for a secret sister and this is it. I'm happy with how it turned out. I hope she will like it. My DH likes turtles, so keeping it secret from him was a bigger challenge. Now I need to start another one for him and keep it a secret again.....whew can I do it again???
Here is the fabric I put on the back, I'm so proud of the zipper. I hadn't done a zipper with a flap for so many years. Now back to regular quilting, I have a Xmas quilt to add borders.

Happy Quilting!