Sunday, November 25, 2012

Leap of Faith

Anytime I mark a quilt I feel a little nervous. It doesn't matter that I've used the same marking tools in the past with no trouble at all getting the lines out. All I can think is what if it doesn't come out? And this quilt has not one, but TWO different marking tools.
I used a water soluble pen to mark the feathers. All the feather sections are finally quilted!
This picture is the feathers I used along the sides and corners.
This feathered wreath is in the centre of the quilt.
So next was to mark the grid lines in the background. I decided on 1-1/2" apart. For these lines I used a Roxanne's silver pencil to mark them.
My quilting plan now is to quilt around all the applique pieces and do the grid lines in the background of the blocks. When that is all done I'll do the borders.
And when I haven't been quilting, I've been knitting myself a new scarf...
...from Noro Silk Garden. This is the second scarf I've made with this pattern and wool. I have a feeling it will quickly become my second favourite scarf!
And now I have to get started on a Christmas gift or two...
Happy Stitching!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Ready to Quilt!!!!

I finally found a bit of time to get my applique quilt basted! I am so ready to start quilting!!!
It is going to be so beautiful...feathers and grids.
And I received a parcel from my brother (the wood turner)!
I wondered what it was...
A very special seam ripper!
It was very hard to photograph but I did get this shot...It was made from a pine cone from the front yard! So cool!
I have the best brother!
Happy Stitching (or in this case ripping!)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Catching Up!

It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks and although I have not been doing much sewing I have shopped a bit and planned a bit. I did manage to get this mini Dresden Plate finished! It is so sweet and I really need to find a spot to hang it. The finished dimensions are 19" x 23".
I also had a quick trip to Billings, MT and was thrilled to go to Fiberworks !It was a beautiful quilt shop and I was sorry to say I was shopping with a list. Before going I figured out what I needed for a couple of UFO's and I mostly stuck to my plan.
First I was looking for fabric for my upcoming needle turn applique quilt. I am loving these colors!
Then a needed a white batik to make a star quilt that I have a Bali Pop set aside for.
Next on my list was fabric for borders, etc for these star blocks. They were made a couple of years ago with a Honey Bun (Aster Manor) but I didn't have matching fabric. I was so lucky to find some!
And finally, because I could not resist (they had an amazing sample)! I can't wait to dive into this pattern, but first I have a few projects to finish I guess!
I could have spent so much more time (and money) at that store!
Now I better get washing all my fabric so I can start using it!
Happy Stitching!