Saturday, December 29, 2012

Snowflakes for Sandy Hook

People with an embroidery machine have been asked to make snowflakes for the school in Sandy Hook.  The teachers want to have the new school decorated with snowflakes when the kids come back to school in January.  There are several places to get free snowflakes.  If you would like to embroider a few, try Fons and Porter's Blog   or Creative Machine Embroidery blog.   The address to send them to is also listed on the blogs.  I have made six and they are drying right now.   I used the Jumbo hoop for my Bernina 830 and made all different sizes.  It took several hours to stitch out.  Here are some pictures: 

Our thoughts and prayers go with the families of all the school children as well as the town's people.  I pray for them to have strength to get through this tragedy.   

Friday, December 28, 2012

Japanese Fan by Judy Neimeyer

Back in the fall, I took a class on the Japanese Fan by Judy Niemeyer.   My teacher was Lucille Amos.   This is the first paper piecing that I have done and here are the results of my work. 

I am chomping at the bit to get more done on it.  We are going to Ponzer this weekend and it is one of the things that I am taking with me to work on.  I am using oriental fabrics with purples, blues, dark pinks, and golds and can hardly wait to get more done on it!! 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Some of my Christmas presents this year.....

I bought some collapsible market baskets this year on sale and embroidered them with initials for part of my presents this year.  I learned how to set up a monogram on my Bernina 830.  I used the Chapter 10 Monogramming Tutorial in the Quick Start Guide for the Bernina Embroidery Software. 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Fastest Baby Quilt EVER!

My daughter was home last week and needed a baby quilt for a friend.  She had seen a pink one that I had made. She was planning to give it to her friend.  Problem was -- I had already donated it as a charity quilt.  SO....  we tried to figure out what to do.  We looked at the flannel that I had and decided to make a strip RAG quilt.  With the two of us working, we got this thing finished in about an hour.  I made 4 1/2" to 6 1/2" strips with 3 layers of flannel in each strip.  I cut the strips and my daughter quilted down the middle of each one.  She then sewed the strips together. We both snipped the edges and in about an hour, we were finished!  We washed it and dried it and it was sufficiently "raggy."  It is about 36" by 40".  Yes, the strips are varied sizes.  It's my try at "wonky" modern quilting! 


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Glass for Christmas -- Land of the Sky Glassworks in Asheville

My daughter is dating a glass blower from Asheville.  We got Christmas presents made of glass this year. 

Here are the drinking glasses and the ornament that we received. 

He also makes pendants and my daughter designed some necklaces using the pendants.  I put the clasps on for her. 

 He has an Etsy shop and an Ebay shop.    Pictures don't do the glass justice.  It is really GORGEOUS stuff.  If you need a gift or just want to spend Christmas money,  take a look and make a purchase! 

Caught up with Easy Street Mystery!

I am CAUGHT UP with my mystery quilt.  I totally skipped step 4 last week so I had to catch up step 4 AND step 5.  We celebrated our Christmas last Friday night.  My daughter had to work Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so we had our party early.  It meant that I had a DAY to catch up with my sewing! 

Here are my "parts."   The material is for the backing and maybe some borders.  I am waiting to see what the quilt will look like. 

If you would like to see the progress of others, please look on Bonnie Hunter's BLOG.  It feels GREAT to be caught UP! 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Slowly moving down Easy Street

I am continuing to work on Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt called EASY STREET.  Click on this LINK to see everyone's progress this week.

Step one is finished.

Step Two is in process.  I used Jodi Barrow's Square in A Square Ruler to do the flying geese.  I am still cutting them apart.  I probably have about 40 left to do.  Should have them done by Friday. 

Step Three is finished BUT I used aqua instead of purple for the square.  My printer was out of magenta so the purple printed like aqua.  I did not READ the directions -- just looked at the pictures which did not print in the proper colors.  I may leave it or I may do more with the right colors depending on where the blocks actually land in the quilt.  I used the Square in a Square Ruler - Option 11 for this step also.  My blocks are a little large.  I took a scant 1/4 inch and probably should not have.  I will be able to cut them down to make them work. 

Since Inklingo directions have been posted, I might try more blocks using those directions and the purple square.  I can use the "wrong" ones on the back side. 

Here are the blocks for Step Two and Step Three.  I love the aqua color that I had.  I made all of the blocks out of the same fabric. The square is a solid batik and the triangles are a batik with green, yellow, and pink. 

I am really enjoying reading other people's blogs.  There are some talented people out there!  Travel on, Easy Street! 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Easy Street is S L O W this week

Part two of Easy Street is very S L O W this week.  I have had to work late almost every night. if you want to follow along, go HERE!

 Here is what I have totally finished:

I am using Jodi Barrows Square in a Square ruler.  The squares are cut from the purple and the strips from the black on white.

Then you sew the squares to the strips.

Here are both strips sewn to the squares.

I iron next with the seams away from the squares. Then each square is cut apart.

The directions say to cut short strips and sew to the remaining 2 sides.  I just sew the squares to the long strips and cut it apart later.  You have to move the 1st two strips out of the way and sew the purple squares close together.


Here are the blocks cut apart.  They need to be pressed with the seams going away from the square.  Then you use the square-in-a-square ruler and make the flying geese.  No bias sewing.  Great way to make flying geese.  Travel EASY! 


Monday, December 3, 2012

Continuing on Easy Street

I worked on Easy Street today.  Got the 2" x 3 1/2" rectangles cut out.  I downloaded the Inklingo pdf for the triangles but decided that I did not want to try something new on this project.  I ended up using Jodi Barrows' method and her Square in a Square ruler.  I have all of the blocks and strips cut out and two of the 4 strips sewn on to the blocks.  Have to press tomorrow and then sew on the other two strips.  After that, I'll use the ruler and cut each block into 2 precise geese.  It is fast and very easy to do. 
Here is a copy of the book that I used to get the proper measurements along with a block with the 4 strips sewn on. 

This is the 2 test geese laying on top of the ruler. 

If you have never tried this method, I suggest that you give it a try.  I'll try to finish up tomorrow in time for the linky!  Travel EASY!

Monday, November 26, 2012

I'm on Easy Street in Quiltville

I have started the mystery quilt with Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville. It is called Easy Street.  I started Orca Bay last year and it is still in PIECES.  I hope that I can keep up with this one!  I also plan to work on Orca Bay as I have time.

Here is one of my strips when starting Part #1 released November 23rd. (The fabric requirements and recommended color ways are HERE.)

I sewed the two strips together and then nested two strips right side together. 


I used the Shape Cut ruler to cut the 2 inch blocks. (Sorry the picture flipped sideways.)
Here are the cut strips.  (Sorry the picture flipped upside down.)

I can now take them to the sewing machine and chain sew them one after the other.  Be sure to feed in the grey square 1st with the seam allowance pointing to the back.  Use a stilleto to hold the seam down.  The seam should nest and match perfectly.

Here are the stacks of "TO DO" and "DONE."
Next came the pressing.  I did 10 at a time - 2 rows of 5. 

I pulled out the 2 stitches on one side of where the 4 seams came together.
Then I set the seams with the iron, gave the seams a twist, opened the block, smushed the 4 patch in the center, pressed it again.  I started out pressing from the right side but I kept having a crease in one of the blocks.  Once I finger-pressed and put the seams next to the ironing board, the crease stopped forming. 
Here are some freshly pressed 4 patches. 

AND  Here they are!  205 4 patch blocks!  FINISHED!!

Here is the link to everyone who is sewing along on Easy Street!  

Thanks to Bonnie Hunter for sharing her time and talents with us!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

How to add a pin to Pinterest from a Samsung Galaxy S3

I have looked all over the Internet to figure out how to pin from my phone.  I took information from 3 different websites to figure it out.  Here are the step by step directions.  My phone is an Android-based (Ice Cream Sandwich) Samsung Galaxy S3 but I think it would work the same way with all Android phones.

The first thing to do is download the Pinterest app from the Google Play store.

Install Pinterest to your phone. 

After it is installed, using the web browser go to the website that you want to pin. 

You now want to go to "Share Page" on the Android. The way to do it on the Galaxy S3 is to touch the icon in the lower left bottom corner.  There should be a selection to "Share Page."   (Sorry about the glare.)   

Touch "Share Page" and another window will pop up with the pinnable images on the website.  

Touch the image that you want to pin and another window will open. Touch "Create Pin."  

Your Pinterest account should open.  If not, you will have to login to your account.  Select the proper board and touch "Pin It."

On the Galaxy S3, watch at the top of the screen.  It will say "Pinning" and then "Pinning Successful." Here it is pinned on my board.  See the far upper left corner.  

I am an AVID Pinterest pinner so I had to have access to pinning on my phone.  Now when I am waiting in line somewhere or riding in the car ( NOT driving, of course), I can spend my time PINNING!  

There is a link on my blog to follow me on Pinterest.  Happy Kwilting and Pinning!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Jodi Barrows - Square in a Square Technique

I got to see Jodi Barrows when she came to the Heart of the Triad Quilt Guild of Kernersville, NC in October. 

Here is the quilt guild website. 

Jodi was a very interesting speaker and had many beautiful quilts to show.  She has written several books and is in the process of working on a series of fictional novels based on her family's history.  If you would like to find out more about Jodi, check out her website.     She has lots of good information and several videos.  Her square in a square technique is fast and simple and allows you to make blocks for many of the traditional quilts.

I bought several quilt kits and have started working on the primitive stars mini-quilt.  Using Jodi's  technique, it will make the mini-blocks easier to work with.  I'll try to make some pictures and post them.       

Friday, October 19, 2012

Where our quilt cotton starts - in the cotton field

This past weekend, I got to ride on a cotton picker.  We have a  vacation home in Hyde County, NC and one of my husband's friends works for a cotton farmer.  They are picking cotton now and I got to ride in the picker. It was fascinating seeing where our quilt cotton comes from.  This cotton may show up in a quilt shop near you!

The picker uses a GPS system and is auto-driven down the rows.  The driver has to turn the picker around and get it lined up.  After that, it goes down the row using the GPS.  The computer system keeps track of how much cotton is picked in the rows.  The farmer can analyse the yield and then fertilize the next year based on the yield.  It is all very tech-savvy!

Here are the bales that are made in the machine.  They are 90 inches and when it gets to the proper size, the machine will wrap the bale in plastic and drop it in a holding area in the back of the picker. The next bale is started.  The bale in the holding area can then be dropped at the end of the row.  A guy with a tractor will pick it up and move it to an area where it will be taken to the cotton gin. 

Here are some pictures of the cotton fields and what the cotton looks like.  This is before the cotton boll breaks out of its shell.

 This is a picture of how the shell breaks open.  The fluffy cotton is in the middle.  The shells have to be taken out of the cotton as well as the seeds.  The next picture shows how some of the cotton explodes out of the shell. 

 Hope you enjoyed your tour of the cotton fields and the cotton picking process.   Eastern North Carolina is full of cotton now.  They will be picking for the next 4 - 5 weeks.  Think of those farmers when you are sewing on those 100% cotton quilts! 


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Bernina Quilt Frame

Here are pictures of my 1st quilt on my Bernina Quilting Frame. 
I put the top and the backing on the wrong rollers the first time and had to redo it.  There is an excellent You Tube video Part 1 here:   Bernina Quilt Frame Video   
and Part 2 is here:Bernina Quilt Frame #2
I watched these videos about 10 times and STILL loaded the top on the wrong bar. My Bernina 830 was having problems stitching so the quilt did not quilt well.  The 830 is in the shop now for adjustments. When I get it back, I plan to put another quilt on the frame and try again. 
There is not a lot of other information about the quilt frame.  Here are some of my suggestions and thoughts. 
1. I would suggest setting it up for the largest size.  Switching back and forth between the sizes would not be an option. 

2. It does take up a lot of room and has taken over my daughter's room.  She lives in Ohio and comes home rarely.  I have to clean and straighten up when she comes home so she can get to her bed.   (you can see her very cluttered bed in the second picture.)
3.  It is very sturdy and heavy so it won't be taken down and put back up easily.  Plan on leaving it in the room that you set it up in. 
4.  You could use other sewing machines with it.  It has a flat tray that most machines would sit on. 
When I get my Bernina back, I will try it again.  I have 2 quilts waiting on it.  Hope I get it back soon.