Saturday, July 31, 2021

More quilting -

Of the Ladies - 
First - 
Some "sort of straight" lines - LOL - 
Then some wavy lines in a wonky 9-patch - 
Similar to the other one to the left and below it - 
But going in the opposite direction - 

Then a section of wedges - 
Where I started at the bottom - 
And worked my way up the section - 
First from left to right - 
Then from right to left - 
I'm better at left to right - 
But right to left is good to know - 

Then another square - 
With "sort of straight" lines - 
Worked vertically from right to left - 
I still have some more wedge sections - 
And other areas to quilt - 
So stay tuned - LOL - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 


Friday, July 30, 2021

More progress -

On the puzzle - 

And none in the sewing room - 

Maybe tomorrow -
But I make no promises - LOL - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Some more quilting -

On my Ladies - 
First I redid the purple patches in the wonky 9-patches - 
I did a wonky double loop - 
and though they aren't wonderful -
they're good enough - 

Then I redid the Lazy 8s or Wishbones in the long rectangle - 

And did some wavy lines in another wonky 9-patch - 

And some pebbles in a black strip - 

And some "orange peel" in a section of squares - 
With some loops in the pink patch in the top left - 

A square spiral - 

And a funky flower - 

I'm making it up as I go along - 
And I'm not going to worry about the wobbles - 
Because I agree with everyone who says - 
If I can't see them from across the room - 
It's OK - 
And I seriously doubt that anyone else - 
Will be able to see them either -
Except my daughter - she has "eagle eyes" -
And if she says anything - 
She can stitch her own quilts her own way - LOL - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

No sewing today -

I spent most of the day doing paperwork - 
And then we played with the puzzle - 
Festival Day (found the name on the bottom of the box)
Nancy Wernersbach - MB Puzzles - 
2000 pieces - 
Tomorrow is more paperwork - 

And - hopefully - some sewing - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The next one -

To be quilted is this one - 
I call it "Ladies" - 

And it goes back a long way -
All the way back to April 2011 - HERE -

That little patch on the bottom right is a scrap that I can use to check the tension without actually sewing on the quilt top (I learned that trick somewhere along the line - but it's been so long ago - I forget where - sorry)

I started with the vertical row of squares in the bottom right section - 
And chose a red thread - same as the ditch quilting -
And - believe it or not - it blends right in - 
It shows up on the black, of course - 
But not that much on the pink batik - 

Then I stitched the wonky 9-patches near the center - 

I did swirls in the light pink/orange patches - 

And a funky square-ish spiral in the purple ones - 

The swirls are not great - but fill the space - so I'll leave them as is - 

But I didn't like the spirals - so I "un-sewed" them - 

And will stitch something else in those patches tomorrow -

I stitched Lazy 8's or Wishbones in the long rectangle - 

But I didn't like them either - so I "un-sewed" them, too - 

Tomorrow I'll redo them and try to get them smaller and closer together - 

This is one of my favorite quilt tops - 

Definitely "improv" - LOL - 

And I've been hesitant to try to Free-Motion quilt it - 

But now is as good a time as any - 

I might as well - 

Just Do It - LOL - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Monday, July 26, 2021

The last two -

Sections are quilted - 
First the last orange one - 
I tried a funky flower - 
And gave up trying to fit small ones going every which way - 
And settled for big ones all going the same way - 

Then the last red section - 
I started "garlics" going from one side - 

And switched to stitching them vertically - 
Which seemed to help a little with the curves  - 
But I have trouble seeing behind the needle - 
When I'm trying to sew backwards - 

So - anyway - 

This one is quilted - 

And sitting on the back of the chair - 

With the "No Rules" one - 

Both need binding - 

But I need to clear off the space behind my other sewing machine - 
In order to do that - 

And there are plenty more tops in the closet that need quilting - 

So I might just find another one to quilt - 
And go on a binding spree later - LOL - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Sunday, July 25, 2021

More practice -

But first I had to fill in the lines - 
That I missed yesterday - 
It doesn't look bad from here - 
But you can see my wobbles up close - 

Oh, well - 
Moving on - LOL - 
I decided to try another "feather" in this green section - 

Then I remembered that I had some stencils in the closet - 
So I dug them out and sorted through them - 

And found a "Baptist Fan" - 
And "pounced" some powdered chalk over it - 

The problem was that my FMQ gloves rubbed off the chalk - 
Before I got to it - so I did them free-form - 
And they don't curve quite as much as they probably should - 
So let's just call them "organic" - OK? - LOL - 

Then I tried another curvy one - 

So - not too bad -
But it looked sort of "empty" - 
So I decided to try to "fill" it - 
I should have left it alone - LOL - 

Oh, well - 
Moving on - again - 
I have two more sections left on this quilt - 
And I'll play with them tomorrow - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Two things -

First - 
Gene is trying something different -

And is having issues with his hosting provider -

For now his address is -
If you can't find him at his usual address - ;))
Second - 
I marked another grid in another purple section - 
And - in case you think it's the same one I did yesterday - 
It's not - LOL - 

It doesn't look that bad from here - 

But compared to yesterday's section - 

This one looks a bit wonkier to me - 

And - now - looking at this photo - 
It seems that I missed a couple of "lines" - LOL - 
So I'll have to go back and add them in - 

And thanks to some of my friends - 

I'm not really bothered by my imperfections - 

My reply to some of yesterday's comments was -
THANKS!!  I guess I did want it to look perfect - but then it WOULD look like a machine did it!  THANKS for the reminder that the imperfections are what makes it look like a human quilted it and that "perfectly imperfect" is perfectly acceptable - ;))
I'm not entering any of my quilts in any "shows" anymore -
And I don't pay much attention to the quilt police - 
So my wonky Free-Motion quilting suits me just fine - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Friday, July 23, 2021

Practice -

And more practice -
I need a LOT of practice - 
So I pulled out this old practice piece - 

And marked a grid in a purple section - 
Free-motion quilted the straight lines - 
And then practiced my "orange peel" quilting - 
Down the whole length of the section - 
It doesn't look too bad - 

Until you look up close - LOL - ;))

With practice - 

I can only improve - right? - ;))

I have LOTS of stuff to use for practice - 

So it will be fun to see - 

How long it takes me to improve - LOL - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Quilting -

Is FUN - 
If I can ever get that far - LOL - ;))
I finished the Free-Motion quilting on "No Rules" today - 
I did a big spiral in this block - 
Some swirls - 

A funky flower - 

More pebbles and swirls - 

A square spiral - 

Some "orange peel" in the little squares - 

And they are still awful - LOL -

Some grid lines in the top border of blue and yellow squares - 
Alternating directions - 

I left the wedge sections for last - 

They are the most fun to do - 
Because I get to adjust the scale of the design - 
From big to little or little to big depending on how the wedge goes - 
So I just PLAYED - and PLAYED -
And realized that I remembered more designs than I thought I would - 

The top is finally quilted - 
You can't see the texture in this photo - 

But you can see it on the back - 

I still need to bind it - 
But I have another basted quilt ready to go - 
So I can keep practicing - 
While I do other things - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 


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