Oh, my, I’ve lost my mind. I convinced my husband to sell our house and buy the house across the street. It’s a fixer upper, too. We’ve been in this house not quite three years. Just feeling settled, actually, what with all the travel that we do between California and Montana.
I’ve been working at the other house painting and working with contractors to design a new kitchen pick out flooring, and new paint colors. We are trying to do as much of the work as we can on our own.
So my quilting room is bare and we will begin dismantling my machine and about an hour. The bad news is we have to pretty much take it all apart to get it out of the room, but the good news is that we can just walk it down the street.
I haven’t been able to do anything quilting in almost 2 months with travel and painting and work on the new home. It’s a fixer-upper.
I’ve been reading Facebook posts of other people’s creations in EQ7, and feeling frustrated with my lack of progress in learning that software. So I forced myself to sit down and play around with the program a little bit. I created a quilt in two different colorways. I’m very happy with myself! Of course, they’re very simple, but you have to start somewhere, right?
I started out with graph paper, and a pencil but I wanted to make the program do the math work. Now I just have to make the quilt, lol. Finding time for that will be difficult.
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A few weeks ago, I did some quilting for friends/customers. I think they look fantastic, and just more proof that many quilts benefit from pantos rather than custom quilting. This first quilt, in particular, might look great with custom quilting, but if your budget doesn’t allow for it, I think this panto looks fantastic on this top, and makes it soft and comfy.
The next three quilts were all done with the same panto. I found it in my panto drawer, and forgot I had it. I love it! I think it is called Bubbles by Hermione Agee.
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Both of my grandsons love to run a sewing machine. Each of them made a similar eye spy quilt, starting out by sitting on my lap, then standing in front of me, and finally advancing to sitting at the machine and running the foot pedal themselves. The seam allowances weren’t perfect, but its okay! My older grandson felt a bit funny by the time we finished, but I think I’ve got him turned around so he knows it’s not just a girl thing.
Here is Devin, and the back of his quilt has pheasants and hunting dogs printed on the fleece.
Here is Landon, and his backing fleece is of fish and fishing poles.
I found this eyelet table scarf at a thrift store for only $1! Here she is iwth a third place ribbon at the Big Sky Quilt Retreat and Show in Billings, MT. It was entered in the machine quilting category.
I knew I had to quilt it with lots of feathers.
My process was fairly quick, but I did take the time to mark it first. This is my plexiglass drawing mat that I place over the quilt top and draw on with dry erase markers. I use it to try it various designs.
This is the piece after I’ve made some preliminary markings. I dew a flower, and then traced it with tissue paper. I laid that under the white table scarf and drew out each flower.
Here it is from the back. I faced it, and this was the first time I attempted facing a quilt rather than traditional binding.
And a few close ups. This fun little vintage quilt hung at the UQSM show in Utah earlier this month, but didn’t ribbon. That’s okay, I learned quite a bit from the judge’s comments.
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My little art quilt won an Honorable Mention in the Best of the Valley Show in Lindsay, CA last month. It was a judged show, and I really appreciated getting feedback. This is from a pattern and class by Barbara Olson. The class taught us how to turn under all the appliqué pieces and machine quilt them. We also learned to try to be fearless with our fabric choices. I’m trying to update my blog as I find the time, but am looking for help. Do you know an easy way to show which blogs you follow and to add them to your reading list? I have many on my blogger list, but I’m having trouble finding them in WordPress. Thanks for your help.