Sunday, August 30, 2015

Pink and Purple Windows


I finished the quilt top over the weekend. I'm very happy with how quickly it has come together and how effective it looks. It inspired me to sandwich it immediately and I have already started quilting it since taking these photos this morning.


Windy weather, the build up to the Wet Season is beginning....

Sunday, August 23, 2015

A Blast from the Past!



I had to get some purple fabric out of the purple fabric draw this weekend and look what I found folded up neatly in a zip lock bag at the back of the drawer? My bocks received from Bee FF 2012.. 2012?? A friend's wife at work has just had their second daughter, I think I will sash it with 1 inch white strips and wolah, baby quilt!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Deers on Cyan and Orange!


See the little white deer on the cyan background and also the same print in an orange? I have wanted to sew something with this fabric for ages! It's "cutesy woodland folk" which is so not my usual style! So I decided to incorporate it into one of these wonky bento boxes which I have done before with success.


The result was this baby quilt which I finished the binding on this week.


The back was fun to complete as much as the front. A great way to use up those scraps made from cutting the front blocks.


Did my standard up and down texture. Now I have my new thread quilting is a breeze. It is already wrapped up for it's new home.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Fabulous Friday!



I had a lovely mail day yesterday. This lovely, lovely, lovely bundle of thread arrived in the mail. 12 reels of Aurifil. It's the "Simply Colour" Collection. Soooo pretty!

Monday, August 03, 2015

A Wonky Picket Fence Table Runner



I finally finished the binding on this green and yellow sort of a wonky picket fence block.


It measures 36 inches long by 19 inches wide.


I had this square floating in the WIP/UFO pile so I used it for the backing.


I am really happy with the texture of the quilting. That Aurifil 50 did wonders! Now it's finished I have it rolled up in my "present stash" draw for that occasion when you suddenly need to gift a table runner.

Monday, June 22, 2015

A Rainbow for a Baby.



I finished this quilt on the weekend. It's one of the ones I made on the recent quilting retreat.


I'm happy with the pebble quilting.


Just a row of pebbles but I rotated them in the three blocks.


Lots of threads to tuck away at the end but worth it for the effect,


And to show that photo shoots aren't glamorous in our house, here is the side view of the quilt on display. Now its all rolled up ready for delivery in two weeks,

Monday, June 15, 2015

Success!


Well after getting annoyed by my walking foot issues and goggling and sniffing around the internet I thought that maybe it was the fact I was using a spray adhesive to sandwich my table runners was causing the grief. So I sewed together some more scrappy squares to make into another table runner. I do have two cot sized quilts ready to sandwich but I didn't want to do my experiment on them. Once I had the squares done it was quick to cut them down to 3.5 inches and then sew them all together, that is actually a deep green as a border, not black as it looks in the picture. So all ready to go and I got out the pins and pinned away!


Then, new needle in and away we went and surprise, surprise, still skipping! Arggg! So I took out my King Tut thread I was using and decided to try my green Aurifil thread instead. Well, that was better, only skipped once in a row instead of five times with the King Tut. But by now I'm back to thinking its my walking foot because when I was piecing the top of this runner, not one single skipped stitch! So I took the @#$%%=*!! walking foot off, unpicked the five rows I had just done and replaced it with an open toe foot and started again. The result? Absolutely perfect. Go figure!

So to save myself going through all that grief again, here are my quilting specs:
Pressure dial on the back of the machine - 1.
Upper thread tension - 4.
Stitch width - 2.5.
Stitch length - 4.
Top thread - Aurifil 50.
Bottom thread - King Tut.
Direction of quilting - Down, pivot, back up, pivot, down etc.