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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

FMQ and playing

Yesterday I was very kindly able to use a friends Sweet 16 while she worked.
How wonderful was that.
Here is what I achieved... in 5 hours straight :)


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I used different threads ...mostly varigated coton...but the feather was with rayon 40wt
This one was all done with yli 100 silk on the top... and did take me some time to get the tension right.  I didnt have any luck with Invisafil

Now back to work on my Bernina 820 :)  

I did have such a lot of fun!

Thanks Rhonda :)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

FMQ and playing,

Last couple of days I have been playing with my FMQ mostly with McTavishing
Time to get back to this..

 Mostly using YLI 100 thread in top and Aurifil  50 in the
bobbin.  The pink thread is a mystery one to me, but it semed to work well


 I have been watching DVD i got eith Karen McTavish,s new book.. which is so inspiring
Some of my curves were a bit wonky.

 a feather of course

 
and some curvy McTavishing for the first time.
As you can see I have three more small squares to sew.
My aplogies for not answering my comment  - which I will do today...
I forgot I had moderation on...lucky as I got soe more spam!

Thank you everyone for your comments - they are really appreciated

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

DWR

Progress

Its been a long time since I have done any blogging!!

I have at last completed the piecing of the Double Wedding ring quilt.

Here is what its up to..


Spread over the queen sized bed..
 

This is from a few days ago.. with a lot of melons and lines..
 


This is putting on the second last row... I put the red blanket there to show the wavy sewing line..
I must say the last 4 rows seemed so much easier to put together.. and they went together wonderfully.

and now I have to get some batting ...already have the backing..

So - it will stay like this for a bit now, till I get the 3 layers together..

I now intend to spend a few days practising my quilting, as its a really long time since I have done some...and I have a lot to do now!
So will be working on thread and tensions.. and needles...

and McTavishing... I got Karen's latest book...its great!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A small gift

I made this one evening last week as a gift to a good friend

I needed to just quilt something!!
 
 Its just a little holder to put on the table

Above was the correct side...sewn with Gold Silk yli 100
Her daughter told me orange was her mother's favorite colour!


 I had forgotten my trade mark  - a quilted Ladybug ..so I drew and painted one on.
My friend liked this side so much..she says she will frame it - this side up.
The Ladybug this way may have started something new
 
The best thing was - it didn't take long to complete.
 
And another gift that was given to me by one of my lovely patients....
Tra la..
 
 
A chocolate ladybug - just for me... Felt a bit strange actually eating it...
but it was yummy!!


Saturday, May 17, 2014

On the Frame

Now have my third quilt on the frame... 
This one is mine, so if I do something wrong ...my problem.  
Thinking about what to do here.
 
My Bernina 820 is away getting a service, so this will be ready when I get it back,
Hopefully by the end of next week.
Looking at the quilt on the photo here.. I am wondering if I have 'mussed' up the borders!
Should have just put the white on and THEN a red border to finish.
There are those odd white squares in the corners!!
Never mind - its all practice!

Hope I have put it on correctly - in the right order.. I watched a video as I went...

Back to the DWR... but slow progress there.

We are really busy here with life in general, so not very much of anything being accomplished.
 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Exchanges and gifts

These were a gift given yesterday to a special friend for her Birthday - I can reveal it completed now.


She recently moved to her new house and this beautiful colour is throughout her house.  The fabric - with perfect lines to quit on, just yelled out that this was for her :)
As I usually put my trademark Ladybug on the quilts..and had forgotten to quilt it on these ones...I painted on the ladybug instead with fabric paints.

 It was fun to quilt this one.

Showing the back and its Ladybug.
I wrote the 'greeting ' on the lines of the quilt and didn't need to put a label on it :)

I still have quite a bit of this fabric too :)

This was all sewn on my DSM.


Friday, April 25, 2014

Just off the Frame,

Completed this yesterday actually!
I felt a bit more comfortable with this ...when I got to the end of it!


The first 3 top blocks...that you cant see.. I did a different filler design before I settled with the McTavishing within the circle. 
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I found it ery difficult to do the side borders as it was worked.. 'backwards ' for me... and I couldn't remember what I had done at the top ...need to make notes as I go I think.


The small swirls in the sashing were a little unsteady - that got easier toward the last bit too. 

However.....


When I unrolled the quilt - I had this tension issue to deal with - so I am frogging this...in the circles across the top blocks... 
I will have to resew these sections with the machine on the table now and get back to my frame later with another quilt..
I had such issues with the tension till I figured out how to get it right, bringing the machine to the end of the table, and fastening it with Velcro firmly to the frame so it wouldnt move when I did my test bits by moving my hands.  I have not been very successful using a small hand mirror  to see under the quilt as I sew.  

Still working that one out.

Will do some frogging over the weekend as I cant see it well enough at night.....
so Back to the DWR for a bit.