Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sunday Sewing

I spent most of the day sewing.  The weather was overcast, no rain, but it was a perfect day to sew.  While my husband worked on this car outside, I sewed in inside.  Very relaxing day.

I started a new quilt called "Comfort" from Collections for a Cause by Howard Marcus.  It comes in a kit, so all the hard work of matching fabrics is already done for you.  It is sewn with precuts, strips and squares, so there's not a whole lot of cutting involved.  It's mainly 9 patches and squares, using reproduction fabrics.  I hope to have this one up on the design wall soon once I get all the 9 patches together.  Needed something that went together quickly.  Normally, I like very complex designs, or lot's of pieces.  Those types of quilts tend to take more time to finish, and I wanted something that took less time and was simple, but results that are beautiful.  I think this fits the bill.

I got the backing finished for the "Road Less Traveled" and rolled up on my Janome quilting machine.  It's not a long arm quilt machine, but it does what I need it to.  The machine has a stitch regulator, so that makes it easy to use.  I don't have a very wide throat space on my machine, but it gets the job done.  If you look real close you might be able to make out the quilting.  It's going fairly quickly.  Maybe I'll get if finished by the weekend.
Haven't made much progress on Spring Bouquet.  I'll show a picture of my first block later.  I still have to piece the backing for "Civil War Homefront".   It will go on the quilting machine after the "Road Less Traveled" is completed.  

Until next time!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Making Progress

Well I've made a lot of progress since my last post.  I've completed the two tops I was working on.  I still need to quilt them.  A friend of mine, a very wise lady, says "A quilt is not complete until it's quilted".  She's right.

Here's my Civil War Homefront quilt top.  I went to my guilds quilt retreat they have every year and put all the blocks together.  I was able to finish it while at the retreat.  Now I need to decide on a quilt pattern.  I'm thinking feathers, but I can't do them free hand, so I'll have to find a stencil of some kind.  Those blocks are calling for feathers.

Here's my Road Less Traveled.  I was going to add a pieced border, but I wasn't satisfied with the results.  So I went with just a 3.5 inch border strip.  It looks nice with just the plain border.  A meandering quilt pattern would work for this one.  What do you think?

I've started the Spring Bouquet applique quilt.  I don't have a picture for it.  I'll add a picture for my first block later.  I also started a quilt called Comfort from the Collection for a Cause from Howard Marcus.  Its a nine patch quilt using reproduction prints from the 1800's. 

I worked on the Comfort quilt this weekend while my husband and I were camping.  We quilters use any space necessary when wanting to sew or quilt.  I put my ironing pad on my counter over the sink covers in the camper.  It was just the right height and I had plenty of room to iron.  Such fun!

That's all for now.