Wednesday, June 20, 2012

My mojo is back!

Yep, my quilting mojo is back!  I finally got myself to sit down and do some quilting and sewing.  I had 4 quilts stacked, waiting to get binding, so I spent the other evening making the bindings, and Monday morning was spent putting them on.  I also still had the string quilt on the frame, so I was ambitious enough to finish quilting it, then put on the binding, and washed it.  So, I have a nice pile of quilts:
The fifth one isn't pictured, I gave it to my son and his girlfriend, they love it.  It's my Orca Bay mystery quilt, and they had their eye on it for a while, so I surprised them. 
I discovered a new way to put binding on a quilt, by using my serger!  It makes it go so fast, I think I will do most of my quilt bindings this way:
 See how smooth it is?

 I used an embroidery stitch to stitch the binding down on the front. 

So, here is my newest project, I started it yesterday.  One of my coworkers is having a baby girl, so of course, I have to make a quilt.  Any excuse right? This is the fleece backing:

This is the front.  I love how all the colors are so bright. I was so proud of myself for putting away the fabrics after I was all done! 

The hearts are stitched down with the raw edge applique technique.  So, once it's all quilted and washed, it'll have a soft, frayed edge.  

I hope to have it quilted tomorrow morning.  I don't use batting when I use fleece for the backs of quilts, I find it's too heavy if I use a batting. Plus, we live in Florida, so we really don't need heavy quilts. 

Well, I hope everyone has a wonderful week!
Happy quilting,

Thursday, June 7, 2012

What have I been up to?

I haven't really been up to any sewing or quilting as of late.  I did finish this little dress:
It's so cute, I love making cute little dresses! 

I finally took the pictures of fabric I got in South Dakota (the first time)
Gotta love Maxine fabric!

At a quilt shop in Rapid city, buy 5, get the 6th free!  Who could resist?

I love stores that have the $4 bag of scraps.

This was just too cool to resist!

Fabrics for a backing.
 Actually, what I have been up to is a lot of sorting, and folding of fabric.  I decided enough was enough, and it needed to get under control! So, I started folding:
I folded selvedge edge to selvedge edge.

Then folded again.

grab my handy dandy ruler

And wrapped the fabric around the ruler, and slid the ruler out.

So this pile went from this:

To this!

And this!

The fleece will probably get rolled up.

Scraps were sorted into baggies.

And look what I uncovered.  These are from about 15 years ago, when I exchanged charm squares, and got signatures back. My intention was to make a signature quilt.  Yep, another UFO to finish! 

So, that's what I have been up to.  I still have more shelves to go through, and several totes full of fabric.  I am now on a serious fabric diet!  I need to shop from my stash, and use what I have.  Yeah, let's see how long that lasts :).

And lastly, a picture of the little monster:
We kept wondering how he was getting up on the table.  He discovered he could jump up on the chair from the side, then get on the table.  I am looking into getting a new dining room set, and it will (hopefully) be Hiro proof, and he won't be able to get up on the table so easy.  Yep, he's a toddler.  This was taken this morning, before his vet appointment, and he got 3 vaccinations, microchipped, and blood drawn.  Not a happy dog afterward.  :(.

Happy Quilting,