Friday, September 4, 2015

Switching gears -

This month I thought that I would "switch gears" -

And try to get some of my projects Quilted - ;))

Gee - what a concept!! - haha - ;))

My favorite part of quilting is making the blocks -

Sewing little pieces together to make bigger pieces -

Watching the colors play against each other -

Watching the puzzle pieces all come together to make the block -

And chasing that elusive 1/4" that I seem to lose on a regular basis - ;))

Sewing the blocks together gets to be unwieldy at times -

As the tops get bigger and bigger -

And I seem to get bored with the project after the top is done -


I guess at some point I should actually QUILT them -

Or at least I should TRY to quilt them -

To finish them up - ;))

I can't afford to send them out to be quilted any more -

Retirement has seen to that -

So -

I figured that I could use SuzieQ to piece the backings and make my Scrap Hearts -

And use Lily to "quilt-in-the-ditch" -

Then switch to my White Jeans Machine to do some Free Motion Quilting - :))

I have some good Free-Motion Quilting books in my library -

And I signed up for one of the Craftsy classes on Free-Motion Quilting -

Which should help when I get to that point - ;))

So I checked my list of UFOs - Projects - and Squirrels -

And just about choked on the number of "unquilted" tops that I have to quilt - ;))

Yikes!! - ;))


Need Quilting -
  • Sampler Quilt
  • Watercolor Heart
  • Top/White
  • Red/White/Blue
  • Purple/Green/Black
  • Pre-Stenciled Wholecloth
  • Lion - H
  • Lion - C
  • Lion - J
  • Cottage Wall Hanging
  • No-Waste Windmill (Pungkin Peer Charm Pack)
  • FMQA - Practice Quilt
  • Jelly Beans
  • LTRTCWSA 2012 - "Do You See What I See?"

Top/Heart/Scrap Card made -
Need Back - Sleeve - Binding - Label -

  • B/W/R - Red Cosmo
  • B/W/R - Red Stripe
  • B/W/R - Black Cosmo
  • B/W/R - Black Stripe
  • B/W/R - Multi
  • Rules
  • Placemats/Throw
  • LTRTCWSA 2013 - Christmas Sudoku Quilt
  • Valentine's Day Sudoku Quilt
  • St. Patrick's Day Sudoku Quilt
  • Easter Sudoku Quilt
  • May Flowers Sudoku Quilt
  • LTRTCWSA 2012 - Folk Art Christmas Tree

Top made -
Need Heart - Scrap Card -

  • Ladies
  • Scrappy Tripping
  • Orca Bay RED - Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt - November 2011
  • Floral Applique
  • LHQSQ - LHQ Sampler Quilt
  • O Happy Christmas
  • Christmas Embroidered Blocks - Table Runner
  • I Spy Quilt x 2
  • Easy Street Detour Around The World
  • Batik Placemats (8)
  • 9-Patch Pizzazz
  • January Sudoku Quilt
  • June Wedding Sudoku Quilt
  • July Americana Sudoku Quilt
  • Halloween Sudoku Quilt
  • Thanksgiving Sudoku Quilt


I feel a bit overwhelmed at the moment -

But I think that if I start off with some of the smaller ones -

Like finishing off the eight Batik Placemats -

And then just practice - practice - practice -

I could work my way up to some of the larger ones - ;))

Who knows -

Maybe by Christmas -

I'll know what I'm doing - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -


Katie M. said...

Start small and work your way up - the way to go! The best advice I can give you for FMQ on a domestic machine is to keep your shoulders down! Seriously, you will tend to draw up your shoulders as you tense up and it will show in the quilting. I've 'taught' a few ladies how to FMQ and I've always told them "your shoulders do NOT make pretty earrings".... I'm sure you will get quite proficient with FMQ with a little practice - everything else you do is awesome!!!

Gene Black said...

I understand the "retirement" dilemma. I can't afford to send quilts to be quilted either.

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Thanks, Katie - I will try to remember that - and thanks for the compliment! - ;))

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Gene - I used to tell the ladies at the local quilt shop that I worked to support my "habit" - building my stash and my book library. I knew that things would change when I retired - and they certainly did. But - on the bright side - maybe it's a good incentive to get more proficient at Free-Motion Quilting - ;))


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