Sunday, July 19, 2015

Another Surprise!

I'm still on my mission to slowly get my space ALL put together.
I happened to look in a small bin and I found something I wasn't expecting - a box of 2-1/2" squares!
They are all scraps cut a very long time ago and I don't have a clue what was ever intended from them. So when I need some mindless sewing I am going to start putting a light and dark together! I am not going to put any thought into it - it will just be random.
I will see where that takes me...but I suspect it will make an 'ugly' quilt that someone will love!
And that someone might very well be me!
Happy Stitching!

Thursday, July 16, 2015


Moving into a new space really brings out the UFO's!
The cowboy boot quilt is going to be a Christmas gift for one of my stepsons. The boots were all in pieces so I got them put together. It's a fun quilt and a great way to use up those 'western' look scraps! It is from an old Fons and Porter 'Love of Quilting' magazine.  
This is a fast, easy quilt made from10 fat quarters. It's a pattern from The Quilt Patch - 'Take Ten'
It will go into my 'to be quilted pile' for a quick wedding, shower, birthday or just because gift.
Then I found a UFO from probably 4 or more years ago. These were made from a Honey Bun.
My pieces came with one little diagram I had scribbled so I am not sure what my original  intent was... I think it got put away because I need one more dark star to make any of my preferred layouts work and there are not enough strips to get one more star..
I do have some yardage as well that goes with it -one light piece and one dark piece.
Here are a couple of possibilities.
I will layout a few more possibilities but I think this is going back into the UFO box again- for now at least. It did inspire me though! Maybe a better planned one is in my future.
Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Big Move!

A year after getting married and moving in I am finally moving into my sewing room!
I will never, ever take for granted again such a wonderful privilege!
So during the moving into my room process I thought I should clean up all those things that need cleaning. First thing I picked up was my ruler holder. The dust was thick in the slots. All of a sudden I had a that I couldn't believe I had never thought of before- compressed air!
Works like a charm! My ruler holder is happy and dust free!
The rest of the room is slowly getting more organized but the walls are bare. I had a couple of small UFO's that  I have not been sure how to finish so I decided to frame them and hang them on my walls. After a quick trip to Michaels to buy some square frames, I managed to get these two sashiko panels done.
In the process of getting this little UFO framed, I had to wash out some markings and discovered the black fabric RAN! Ouch! The whole beige border had black dye 'smudges'!
This was not made from my own fabric so I didn't realize it was not prewashed!
Synthrapol to the rescue. A quick wash in the sink with hot water and the black is gone!
It worked like a charm!
Not a perfect framing job but it will do. I'll call it "rustic"!
I am going to enjoy decorating my sewing space!
My next project will be a design wall!
Happy Stitching!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Not much going on...

It has been a while and although I feel as if I haven't done much, I really have. I have machine quilted four quilts. I just finished putting on bindings and all that is needed now is to hand sew down the bindings and give them a wash to get out the water soluble thread.
And speaking of machine quilting...I bought a new foot for my sewing machine for free motion quilting. It is easy to see where you are going and since it is closed all around it doesn't catch my basting threads! I LOVE it!
 I free motioned my apple core quilt and I think it was the best free motion quilting I have done yet. It has markings so you can do echo quilting so I am going to practice with some muslin squares to see what I can come up with! I have LOTS of ideas!
And I started prepping the pieces for my next applique block too.
I am happy to go back to my usual freezer paper method!
And after a year without a sewing room, I am finally counting down the days until I get a room to create in once again! You don't realize how hard it is to be without a space until it is taken away.
Hopefully my next post will be about me setting up my space!!!!
Happy Stitching!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Am I an old dog?

Can an old dog learn a new trick?
Not this time it would seem...
My preferred way to applique is to put freezer paper on the back and baste the edges down with thread. I don't like glue (too...well gluey!). I have tried the starch and iron method but I like my fabric soft on the edge when sewing it down (I am very tactile).
I have been on a quest to get better at needle-turn applique. I have done needle-turn before but I always go back to freezer paper. Quite a while ago I watched the video for doing needle-turn the Piece of Cake way. I have been procrastinating (not like me) on sewing block #1but it is finally done!
 It is not a bad effort but I am not as satisfied with my result as I want to be. The whole time I was wishing I was using my regular method. I love that with freezer paper I can lay it out and it is exactly how it will look when sewn. I love that I don't have to wrestle the seam allowance and I love that with freezer paper I can easily cut the back out under the applique and I end up with less layers to quilt through.
One thing I will start doing though is to make a vinyl overlay. It makes life so much easier when laying out the pieces. I LOVED that idea.
Now I can get started on block #2 but it is going to be the "Ann" way!
Happy Stitching!