Monday, August 22, 2016

Design Wall Monday - 8/22/16

DESIGN WALL MONDAY -
Check out all of us who link up with Judy L. -
At Patchwork Times on Mondays.
We have some awesome stuff on our walls!
Well, THEY do - ME - not so much sometimes - ;))
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On my wall today -

Crumb blocks in a possible maybe layout - as a block of 4-patches - on point -
Imagine a neutral/muslin sashing between the units with a crumb in the middle -
I have an idea for an alternate block but don't have one worked up yet - ;))


In other news, I layered/fuse-basted the June Wedding Sudoku and stitched in the ditch of every single seam. Yeah, I know - boring - and I have said before that I thought that it was a complete waste of time and that I wasn't going to bother if I intended to do an all-over FMQ design - BUT - I want to do a block-by-block FMQ design and the "ditch" quilting should stabilize it so that it doesn't get all tweaked before it gets quilted - ;))


Here's a close-up so that you can maybe see the various white-on-white and white-on-cream fabrics - they really are pretty in real life - and the gold sashing seems to work well. I used Superior Threads - Bottom Line - 60 wt. lint-free Polyester in the bobbin and YLI - Clear - 100% Nylon as the top thread - ;))


AND - I got the Ladies layered/fuse-basted - and added pins for extra stability - ;))


I used a very pretty batik for the backing - didn't bother to piece it - just one big chunk. And I found in my stash of threads - what I think is a perfect color match - but it's a "Serger Thread" - Maxi-Lock Serger Thread - on a 3000 yd. cone - 40 wt/2 ply - 100% Polyester Serger Thread.


I thought I could use this as the bobbin thread with the Clear Nylon as the top thread - when I do the "ditch" quilting with my walking foot - but before I do -
I have a couple of questions for anyone who might have a couple of answers -

Question(s) - Do you know of any reason why this would NOT be suitable for use as the bobbin thread? - It says that it's a 40 wt. (slightly thicker than the 50 wt. that I use for piecing) - and that it's a 2 ply polyester - but what makes it a "Serger Thread" as opposed to any other polyester sewing thread? - And does it HAVE to be used ONLY in a serger - or can it also be used in a regular sewing machine? Have you ever tried it? Did it work? - ;))

Let me know what you think in the comment section below -

I'll test it before I actually use it - but I'm curious and want to hear your thoughts and/or experiences with it -

Thanks - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Monday, August 15, 2016

Design Wall Monday - 8/15/16

DESIGN WALL MONDAY -
Check out all of us who link up with Judy L. -
At Patchwork Times on Mondays.
We have some awesome stuff on our walls!
Well, THEY do - ME - not so much sometimes - ;))
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On my wall today -
More little Crumb blocks -



And while they have been quietly accumulating - my pile of quilt tops that "need to be quilted" has been sitting there - waiting patiently for me to get back to practicing my Free-motion quilting. I keep walking right past it - which isn't getting any of them done - so yesterday I pulled out the blue placemats - they needed a bit more quilting in the bottom section - and I got them done - finally - ;))



A clamshell stencil/pattern filled the area nicely. I like how the blue thread blends in and hides some of my boo-boos - and they're not perfect - but they're quilted - ;))

It's funny that I had forgotten how much FUN plain old "quilting" can be -

Whether I'm using a walking foot or a darning foot -

Stitching straight lines or curvy lines -

With or without marking the quilt top -

Doing it free-form style or trying to follow the lines -

And I totally forgot how much I ENJOY doing it -

Now that I know that I CAN do it -

I just need more practice -

So that's the plan for now - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



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