Monday, July 31, 2023

More moving -

And it's the third row - 
On my Karma Churn Dash
Nothing exciting - 
Just some more back and forth lines - 

And a stencil "flower" in the center of this one -
With some echo lines around it - 

One more pass to finish off the bottom third of this row - 
Then it's on to fourth and the last row - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Sunday, July 30, 2023

Moving right along -

On my Karma Churn Dash
I finished quilting the first two rows of blocks - 
So I'm half-way done - 
And moving right along - 
I loaded it sideways - 
So the row on the right - in the photo above -
Is at the top of the frame - and already rolled up on the back rail -
And the "top" of the quilt is on my left - at the bottom in the photo below - 
When I sit in the BLUE chair - 

I'm still learning how to move/control the machine -
Sometimes it glides right along - 
And sometimes it feels heavy and "clunky" -  
And doesn't go where I want it to go -
So it's a good thing that most of the quilting doesn't show - 
Hopefully no one will look at it too closely - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Saturday, July 29, 2023

The first pass -

On my Karma Churn Dash yesterday - 
Was fun - 
I decided to stitch diagonal back and forth lines - 
In the top half of the HST -
And straight ones -
In the top half of the "bars" along the outside edge -

The first block on the left has Lazy 8s in the Churn Dash part - 

And the stencil that I showed you yesterday in the center - 
But you can hardly see it -
The second one has straight-ish lines - 

With a free-form diagonal grid in the center - 

The third one has pebbles -

And a stencil "flower" in the center - 
With some echo lines - 
The fourth one has loops - 
And another "flower" stencil in the center - 
With more echo lines - 

The last one has swirls - 
And a free-form grid in the center -  
Switching up the designs was fun - 
I used one of the rulers to help keep the diagonal lines "straight" - 
Because those are hard to do for some reason - 
So this piece should be good practice for a little ruler work -
The stencils gave me "guidelines" for the flowers -
And the chalk powder and a foam brush work nicely -  
But I need more practice "hitting the lines" - 
Very little of the quilting actually "shows" - 
So some of the "pressure" is off - 
And I can relax a little while I quilt the rest of it - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Friday, July 28, 2023

Almost forgot -

That the center squares - 
On my Karma Churn Dash
Would be the perfect place to play with some of my stencils - 
So yesterday - after my "chores" - 
I pulled out the ones that I think will work nicely - 
I have a "pounce pad' and some chalk powder - 
And can mark them as I come to them - 
Then practice following the "lines" -

And I have some rulers that came with my machine/frame order - 
So I can play with them, too - 
I wouldn't want to use rulers on a whole quilt - 
It would take f.o.r.e.v.e.r. - 
But using them on a couple of blocks here and there might be fun - 

I also have a list of designs that I could use - 
Swirls - Lazy 8's - Pebbles - Grids - Spirals (square and round) -
Wavy Lines - Loops - Bear Claws - Ribbon Candy - Feathers - Stars -  

And have decided that this will be a nice "practice" piece - 
Since I have HST in the corners of the blocks - for "diagonal" designs - 
And "bars" for up/down and sideways practice - like Lazy 8s -
And the center squares for "flowers" and stencil designs - 

Most of the quilting won't show on such busy fabrics -

So I can play - 

And not worry so much about how it will look -
I do want the "design" on the outer row to be consistent - 
All the way around the quilt - 
But I haven't decided yet if I want long wavy lines (easy) - 
Or diagonal back and forth lines in the HST - 
And vertical/horizontal back and forth lines in the "bars" -
Which would take a little more time - 
I think the long wavy lines will keep the edges "straighter" - 
But it's also the "easy" way out - LOL - 
What do you think? - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Thursday, July 27, 2023

Piecing -

Took center stage yesterday - 
And I was having a good time -
Doing some semi-mindless sewing - 
Then - before I knew it -
I had a pile of strip sets made - 
For my Interweave - Nostalgia
And I had done zero quilting - 

Today I want to switch back to "quilting" -
And I think I'll wait until all of the strip sets are sewn - 
Before I put them up on the design wall -
Then I can switch back and forth - 
Between playing with the layout - 
And "quilting" - ;))
 Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Basted -

Yesterday I loaded the batting and the top - 
For my Karma Churn Dash -
Basted them both to the backing - 
And tested the tension - which is OK as is - YAY!! - 
Then I played with the Interweave strips - 
Sewed one and put it and the other two up on the design wall - 

The jelly roll and charm pack are aptly named - Nostalgia
By April Cornell for Moda - 
And I think playing with these "old-fashioned" floral prints will be fun -

The strips aren't pressed yet - 
I'll wait until I have the final layout - 
Then I can press one strip up and the next strip down -
To alternate them and nest the seams - 
It was fun to switch between "quilting" and "piecing" for a bit -
I've been doing a lot more "quilting" lately - since I got the longarm -
And binding - and Scrap Cards - and Hearts - 
So I forgot how much I enjoy "piecing" -
Simply sewing one patch to another -
Then to another -
Creating something "piece" by "piece" - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Batting -

Was cut to size yesterday - 
For my Karma Churn Dash
But not "loaded" yet - 

I spent most of yesterday doing "chores" - 

So I'll load it later today - 

After I adjust the "slack" in the backing - 

That a certain feline - 
Has been using as a hammock - LOL - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Monday, July 24, 2023

More clearing -

And trying to get somewhat organized - 
Before I start quilting my Karma Churn Dash
I ran across this cookie sheet again - 
For another Interweave

And decided to cut all of the strips - 
After I re-sorted some of them - 

I still have to cut the charm squares to match - 
Since I tweaked the pattern a little to make a bigger version - 

But I can do that when I sort the patches to sew for the strips - 

And it will give me a bit of "sewing" - 

To go along with the "quilting" - 

If I need to stop to "ponder" which design to quilt next -
I've made a list of some possible "maybes" - 
That I can spread out over the entire quilt top - 
A little variety - 
And a little repetition - 
Should work out nicely - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Sunday, July 23, 2023

Bound -

Yesterday I finished the binding on these two - 

Star Big Block - 24" x 24" - 2018 - 


Crumb - Blue Floral - 52" x 64" - 2018 - 

I STILL love that "flange" binding -
Jordan Fabrics - YouTube Video - HERE
It adds just a "pop" of color on that outside edge - 
And makes it look "fancy" - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Saturday, July 22, 2023

A little binding -

Was on the agenda yesterday - 
In an effort to "clear the decks" -
Before I start quilting my Karma Churn Dash
I decided to stitch the binding to the back -
Of my Star Big Block
 The binding is GOLD - the flange is GREEN - 

And my Crumb - Blue Floral
The binding is GREEN - the flange is the BLUE FLORAL - 

Then I tore the "wide back" down for my Karma Churn Dash

I like to lay out the quilt top on the table insert - 
Then spread out the backing - with a bit "extra" - 
Somehow it seems easier than "measuring" them both -
And helps to eliminate those dreaded "math" errors - 
Because I can SEE how much "extra" I have -
To split between the two sides - for "margins" - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Friday, July 21, 2023

Decisions -

Yesterday was a day for decisions - 
The first was which quilt top to quilt next - 
And I decided on Karma Churn Dash - 52" x 65" - 2020 - 
Only because it's the largest of the next batch - 
And after it's done - 
The rest are smaller and should not take that long to finish - 

The next decision was which color of thread to use - 

So I pulled three choices - 
The one on the left is KHAKI - 
But my camera thinks it's GRAY/BLUE - 
The one in the middle is THICKET BROWN - 
And the one on the right is JEAN GOLD - 

I like the JEAN GOLD - 
And think it will blend in nicely with the darker colors - 
Then I cleared these scraps and made the Heart
For my Upstairs/Downstairs - Meredith -

I still need to prepare the backing to load on the frame -
And decide which designs I want to use - 
And I have a couple of other quilts to bind - 

So I have lots of things to keep me busy - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -


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