Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Moving on -

My friends convinced me to leave the threads exposed - 
On the back of the Noah's Ark baby quilt panel - 
So now all I have to do is trim and bind it -  
I found some pre-packaged Extra Wide Bias Tape
That I think will work for the binding -  
Then next up - 
Is the Bee Happy panel - 

I pressed the panel - 
And basted the zippers to a plain white muslin backing - 
Loaded the backing on the frame - 
Then basted the batting in place - 
It's about time for some machine maintenance - 
Oiling and such - 
So - I need to do that tomorrow -
Before I start to quilt this panel -
I want to play with one more practice panel - 
Before I quilt the PINK flower panel - 
So this should do nicely - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Monday, January 30, 2023

Quilted -

The Noah's Ark baby quilt panel is officially quilted - 
I finished up the GOLD/YELLOW in the Ark - 

And the lions - 

And the giraffes -

And the top corners - 

So I need to un-baste the zippers - 

And trim it - 

And make some binding - 
I think I'll find some fabric to make another backing for it -

Right now it has a muslin backing - 

And all of the colored stitching shows - 

The lighting in these photos is not the best - 
But you get the idea - 

Anyway - I could hide all of that stitching - 
With another backing - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Gold/Yellow -

Was next on the Noah's Ark baby quilt panel - 
So I started with the bird beaks on the right side - 
The GOLD/YELLOW outline is "cleaner" - 
Than the WHITE one that I stitched earlier - 

So there IS improvement -

Then I tried "Lazy 8s" or "Wishbones" in the rainbow stripe - 
And decided that those are much easier to do "straight up/down" - 
Than they are to do "sideways" - 

And a little texture in the Camel's face that you can hardly see - 

I still have some GOLD/YELLOW to do in the Ark - 
And the Lions on the right - 
And the Giraffes at the bottom - 
And the top corners - 

So that's on the agenda for tomorrow - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Gray -

Was next on the Noah's Ark baby quilt panel - 
So I started with the elephant on the left side - 
Then the zebra head in the middle - 
And the one on the right side - 
Then the elephant on the right side - 
Nothing fancy - 
Just outlining and echoing from the outside edge to the center - 

Then I rolled it up a bit to get to the hippo -

I thought the light GRAY area might be a good place to try something special - 
Because - if I messed up - it wouldn't be seen - 
But then I couldn't see what I was doing - 
So I said "never mind" and did some meandering lines - 
Then I outlined the clamshells in GRAY - 
And I'm getting better!! -
The first section that I did the other day in BROWN was messy - 
And the GREEN was a little better - 
There are still some wobbles - 
But the GRAY is MUCH better - 
I tried to slow down and "look ahead" -
And found that it was actually easier to do "one-handed" -

Tomorrow I'll change to a GOLD/YELLOW thread - 

And try to finish the rest of this panel - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Friday, January 27, 2023

A little more red -

At the bottom side borders - 
And the bottom border - 
And I thought I was done with the RED - 
Until I realized that I didn't outline the RED parts - 
In the bird at the bottom - 
Between the RED arcs and the BLUE teardrops - 
But - how do I outline those RED bits -
Without breaking thread on every single one of them? - 
Hmmm -

Remember the other day when I had a "DUH" moment - 
When I realized that any area can be outlined in either of TWO colors - 
The "inside" one or the "outside" one? - 
Well - here's a perfect example - 
Instead of outlining the RED arcs in RED - 
I outlined the BLUE bits on the "inside" of the arc - 
Same difference - 
And I solved the "breaking thread" problem - 
By "traveling" in the BLUE background to the next one -

Now I'm down to the last TWO colors - 
The GOLD/YELLOW and the GRAY - 
I'm going to do the GRAY next - 
The elephants and zebra heads - 
Then I'll have to roll it - 
To get to the rest of the elephant on this side - 
And the hippo on this side - 
I also decided to change to the cone thread - 
For both the top and bobbin - 
On the GOLD/YELLOW and GRAY - 

That might help with the tension problems - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Red -

Was next on the Noah's Ark baby quilt panel - 
So I started with the rainbow at the top - 
And decided to do pebbles - 

The ones on the other side look better - 

Then I did the birds - 

And the tension was getting funky - 
With little white "pokies" showing through - 

So I tried to fix it - 
And moved on to the side borders - 
With more pebbles - 

Then I did the hippo's mouth with echoing - 

I still have the rest of the side borders - 
And the bottom border to do in RED - 
But I'll finish that up tomorrow - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Green -

Was next on the Noah's Ark baby quilt panel - 
This is for you - Jennifer - LOL - 
There is the mountain under the Ark - 
And some leaves -
And the two bottom corners - 

So I pulled out some of my GREEN threads - 
And chose the dark one - second from the left - 

It blends in on the dark leaves - 

And it outlines the other leaves pretty well - 
Even though it shows my wobbles - 

And it shows up on the "clamshell" part of the mountain - 

I don't know what possessed me to try pebbles in that space on the right - 
But I didn't like it - 
And decided to do something different in the other GREEN sections - 

Then - to be consistent - 
I had to do pebbles in the same section on the other corner - 

I guess - all in all - they don't look that bad - 

But I should have given it more thought before I did it - 

I think I'm down to RED - GOLD/YELLOW - and GRAY - 

So I'll decide which one I want to stitch tomorrow - 

Tomorrow - LOL - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 


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