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!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

More Little Hexies!

I've made a little progress on my mini hexagons!
 I am loving this!
But this is not a project for someone who wants to see fast progress.
I'll be working on this project for a LONG time! 
I was cutting as I went just from scraps but I finally had to get more organized!
And I had to get into my larger scraps.
 I began sewing my scrappy log cabins...
It doesn't matter how many log cabin quilts I make - I never tire of them!
These still need 2 more rows...
Happy Stitching!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Scraps and Hexies!

The good news...I finished cutting up my scraps!
I have my cutting table back!!!!
The bad news...I am going to need a lot more scraps if I am going to make 169 little log cabin blocks!
And now onto those little 1/4" hexagons...this is how I have been basting them...
I started off with a 1" square and cut off the corners...
Fold the first side over...
Then make the first corner fold...
At that point I clip just on that folded side and corner and take my first basting stitch...
Just keep going around, folding the corners and basting until you have about half the corners done. At this point it is stable enough that you can take the clip off (it gets in the way eventually...) and keep folding over the corners and basting.
The last fold is the hardest. You'll want to make sure that each corner is tucked in properly.  
And now it is ready for sewing!
When I began sewing my little hexies together, I thought my 100 weight silk thread would be perfect!
But after getting one flower done with a medium grey I realized the threads showed too much.
So the next flower I tried a bit of a darker grey...still not great... it was just too shiny of a thread!
Next trusty Aurifil...darker grey for color to color, lighter grey for color to white or white to white.
Much better!
Another flower started!
My next step is to try removing the papers from the inner rounds so I can reuse them!
 I'll need some really small tweezers to get that job done!
These little hexagons are easier than you'd think! Give them a try!
Happy Stitching!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

I must be crazy...

I started another project - I just couldn't resist!
 Tiny 1/4" hexagons...and they are small!!!
It turns out they are easier that I thought!
The Clover clips really help when basting!
Maybe next time I'll show my method and give a few tips!
A flower is started!
A larger flower!!!
The Pattern is from Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine- the Spring 2013 issue.
I'll be working on it for a while! A long while....
In the meantime I have been cutting scraps...another project that takes a while!
But my pile is getting smaller.
Soon I'll be sewing scrappy log cabin blocks!
And yes I am still I'm on the borders!
It took a while to get back to it after my finger mishap but it is coming along again!
Happy Stitching!