Wednesday, October 23, 2013

He's back!

"He" being my Bailey longarm that I affectionately call Beetle after the cartoon character.  I was having so many issues with tension, jamming up, etc, that I gave up and took him into my local sewing machine repair guy who I have taken all my machines to for several years.  He got it cleaned up, oiled, and adjusted the tension etc.  I put Beetle back on my frame (after I cleaned it well), and started practicing, and this is how it turned out:
So smooth, and quiet, I am so going to enjoy quilting now without all the issues.  I already have a quilt top picked out:
No clue what kind of design to do, but I will figure it out, that's for sure.
Besides all of that today, I also made several loaves of zucchini bread some chocolate zucchini and some apple zucchini.  It is so good.  The weather is finally cooling off (for Florida), and I get my baking groove on.
Hope everyone has a great day,
Happy quilting,

Friday, October 11, 2013

another one bites the dust!

Another quilt top gone from the pile! I take breaks from classwork, and have been steadily quilting this monster (it's large for my frame), over the last few days.  Today, I finally got it done, and off the frame:
I always start out with lots of wound bobbins, solves a lot of problems down the road, believe me. 

 This quilt will go into the waiting-to-be-bound pile. 
I have also picked out the next quilt to go on the frame.
It's a Bonnie Hunter pattern and used a lot of scraps, as you can tell. I am thinking of a specific design for it, not just stippling. I did that on the last 2 quilts, getting kind of boring, in a way. 

Well, hope everyone has a great day, I am off to work! 
Happy quilting, Marianne

Friday, October 4, 2013

LE update

I have finally started part 1 of The Love Entwined  quilt. So far so good.
I love the colors, the round circles are temporarily basted down until I can hand applique them.  I made them larger, I tried, I really did but the original circles were half the size, and there was no way! Yikes.  As it is, I will be using my handy dandy magnifying glass to applique these down.
Here is the back view:

I forgot how much I love hand piecing.  It's so relaxing, and forgiving. This whole quilt is basically appliqued, with some piecing, I will be doing this all by hand.  I think this will be another 2 year project!
I also found my other camera with the pictures of the latest quilt I finished. I did this one for a coworker at work, she had a little girl in June, so I was a little bit late. 

I love how it turned out, and hopefully, I can get back to my machine and get some of them done.  (I say that a lot).

And, a cute picture of the Hiro dog.  Isn't he the cutest?  I caught him napping on the couch.  His eyes always come out blue in pictures, don't know why.  Oh well. A mystery.
Hope everyone has a great day.
Happy quilting,