A place for me to journal and post pictures about my quilting adventures.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Design wall Monday 6/14/10

Today Bart is modeling the last of the R-W-B Chinese Coins that HeartStrings made a long while ago. This one is in the Funky Caterpillar pattern (link on sidebar). I just love the texture that the Spiral templates give it. I remembered to take a half-way break, but I think my feet want me to take 2 days to do this much. This one will go to Alycia for her QOV project when it is finished.

I'm still loving the LeaderGrips for loading and unloading. I watched their video again, and noted that they clamp the end of the dowels so they don't roll away. I did it, and it works! I still really like not having any pins involved. I was always catching myself on them, and bleeding on the quilt!


The battery in my camera just went dead, or I would show you a fun little UFO I made to the flimsy stage yesterday. When hunting in the 2" square scrap bin, I found some little 4-patch "Posies" blocks - cut long before there was anything called a 4-patch Posy. They were left over from a stack and whack type 6" stars quilt that I made a long time ago, but only gave away last year for a special person's baby. I used to save left-over parts and pieces together until I made a reminder quilt. I now have one for that. It is about 15" x 18" and just needs a bit of quilting now. Hopefully I will remember a new battery for the camera before I finish it!


Happy Quilting, Becky

Saturday, June 12, 2010

UFO Start and finish, almost

Black Bart is holding up 4 doll quilts I'm finishing up today. The outer two are just double-sided quilted fabric with a binding started on them. There is a pillow to match. The two center ones are made from the cut-offs left of flannel fat quarters when I cut out a Rag Quilt for my friend with CP. I had been moving them around, and around; there wasn't any one spot for them, and I didn't want to put them away (where?) and forget about the stack. They ended up next to a yard of ladybug flannel DD bought and wanted me to make into dolly blankies. Yesterday I just sat down and sewed the strips together, loaded the ladybug fabric on Black Bart, and quickly quilted them. I used some of that really thin batting, and even figured out how to make it work with only one seam in it. When I completed the quilts, I cut them away from the flannel, trimmed the flannel into two dolly blankies, then thought about binding. I found a fat quarter of a solid lavender, cut it into bias binding, and sewed the strips together.


Today when I went into the room, I started applying binding by machine, then saw the pieces of quilted fabric, so decided to bind them, too. They are all now by my chair to be hand sewn while watching TV. (I also hemmed the edges of the left-over ladybug fabric.) I made the little pillow out of the last scrap of quilted fabric as well. Now DGD#1 won't have to remind me again about finishing them. She had hung them up in the dining room so I wouldn't "forget" about them. It was really nice just to be able to load them on Bart and quilt them without planning a time to go down the street, etc. I'm thinking it might be worth it to be so crowded in the "hobby room" to have such easy access to Bart. Oh, yes, I did use the LeaderGrips, and it took about 3 minutes to load the backing, less than a minute to take the quilts off!
Happy Quilting, Becky

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I finally quilted a quilt!

I finally quilted a quilt on Black Bart!













This is a HeartStrings Happy Blocks top, with "matching" backing made with donations by the Queen of Backs! I haven't quilted since before Christmas.

LeaderGrips - I found a wonderful (so far) way to load Backing on the long arm. I bought LeaderGrips, sewed a casing in the new leaders, then filled the casing with the wooden dowels. You then put little plastic clips in the center and both ends, then replace those with the long plastic piece. They have a video of it on you tube. Since I hadn't installed zippers on the new table, it was easy to sew the casing. I used the new side clamps that Nolting sells to steady the leader down its length and used the channel locks to sew an almost straight line. I did pin the casing first. It took me about 7 minutes to load both sides of the backing. No pinning, no basting to zippers, just those plastic pieces. I used something similar a long time ago to hold tablecloths to banquet tables when I catered weddings. I'm hoping they loosen up ever so slightly so I don't have to use as much hand strength to clip them closed.

I hope to recover from the virus my DGD shared with me, and quilt a few more of the waiting tops.
Happy Quilting, Becky

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Introducing Black Bart - my quilting place

Black Bart has arrived and is ready to quilt! A friend has already put Bart through his paces, and quilted a baby quilt. Making room for Bart has been quite an experience, and time consuming, but the quilting place is finally ready for sewing again.

Black Bart needed additional lighting. DH installed new track lighting (instead of the non-functional one previously there), as there really isn't room for the Nolting light bar frame. Does anyone out there need a 14' free-standing light bar? If you don't have a long-arm machine, it would be good for growing hanging plants!

My design wall behind Bart is becoming just a display station, as it is really not accessible and I would just knock any blocks down with my backside.




My piecing space changed as well. There is now shared space in front of my sewing table. The table scoots back when using Bart, and is pushed back out for sewing. I haven't figured out the power part. There is a floor plug in front of the table, but the cord is VERY easy to trip over. Right now I just unplug it whenever I stop piecing. The book cases also needed rearranging. The far left one now holds current books, and the rest of them retired to the bedroom.




The small white book shelves are now in the Batting closet, which has been vacated by coats and tablecloths that are now in the front coat closet. I love that I now have space to store batting without it falling all over the quilting room. I've measured and "bagged" the smaller pieces for use on smaller projects. When I accumulate enough of one type, I do join them to make a bigger batt.


There
are a few casualties in the move to accommodate Black Bart. The table for the DGC to "work" on is right now sitting in the dining room, with the ottoman full of dress-up clothes taking up space in the living room. The dining room is full of doll beds, but I have a plan for a sliding platform to live under Black Bart for the dollies, beds, clothes, etc. I just need to finish the computer desk we are building downstairs first. Sometimes my hobbies collide - woodworking and quilting both take quite a bit of time, but the woodworking is something I enjoy doing with DH. DH also lost space in the quilting room. His desk was pushed back to make room to walk around Bart.



Enough for now. I'm off to actually work on the braid quilt I started in Bonnie Hunter's class a few weeks ago. Once you start each braid correctly, it doesn't take much concentration, which is a good thing since I keep mulling over how I can make more room in my quilting place.
Happy Quilting, Becky