...and finished is GOOD!!
Friday, September 21, 2012
Here are some shots from the back on my Northern Comfort quilt. I did not practice the swirls, but from the front--seriously, they're nearly invisible. I am giving this to our new pastor and his wife soon. It's been bound and it in the washer right now. More pictures of the whole thing later this afternoon.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
The Northern Comfort quilt is nearly finished. I ordered some channel locks for my HandiQuilter and hope they get here soon. I might wait for them and do a straight line about 1-1/2" apart in the outer border. I'd like to master a twirl design, too. The border fabric is busy, so that would be a good place to practice.
Here is the stencil I stitched in the tan blocks and my Quilt Pounce, which is great for marking the stencils on a quilt already on the machine. The things on the left are the tension clamps. So very handy!
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
Here is a little runner I whipped up tonight. The "try this new technique" bug bit after I saw the cover quilt on the newest Quilt Sampler. Since I just hand-pieced a hexagon quilt, I was interested to see "how" it was done by machine.
As I perused the magazine, I saw that the template for the hexagon measured 6" across!!!!! I use such small pieces (often finished 1" squares or 1-1/2" HST) that those looked like dinner plates to me! I still wanted to give it a whirl, but didn't want to cut out the hexagons.
Way back when I first started selling on eBay I made an acquaintance with a man who was making plexiglass extension tables for sewing machines to enlarge the machine quilting area. He got a lot of info from me as we emailed back and forth. I suggested that since he had the tools for cutting the lucite/plexiglass stuff that he make some quilting templates. So, to make a long story short if it isn't too late already, he made me a couple sets of hexagons and accompanying triangles for I spy type quilts.
I looked in my I spy stash drawer, and lo, and behold, there they were!! I had a gigantic one and the one I used for the runner, which measures 4" from flat side to flat side.