Thursday, October 30, 2008
This morning I took my Christmas Disappearing 9 Patch off the frame: quilting done. I used a variegated green thread on the front so it is kind of hard to see the quilting. The back is 10" blocks of Christmas fabric and the quilting only shows on the white blocks (and sometimes this is a good thing): picture to follow. I was going to trim it and begin the binding but discovered that I first will have to, again, clean off the cutting table before I can lay this one out and square it up. I have been working on about three different projects while quilting and each of them has left it's mark on the table.
Oh, I discovered what was wrong with my HQ16: operator error, of course. When the thread broke the last time it came out of one of the threading places. This seems to make a really big difference. I discovered it when my machine repairman called to tell me that he had ordered my new needle plate for my Babylock but the other problem was that I had threaded it wrong. Well, I was embarrassed. My excuse is that my new machine is self threading and maybe I just forgot how to thread it? Or, maybe in my haste, I just did it wrong. Whatever!
And the laptop problem, you may ask? Well, after 90 min with a very nice tech at HP it was decided that I would have to reset it to factory defaults. What a pain! But, did that and have almost completely reinstalled all the programs. I/We think that when I tried to uninstall Norton it took my internet connection with it. But now I have Norton out and McAfee in and all is well.
Yesterday I got two 4' x 6' mirrors: free. My LQS is relocating to what was a beauty shop and she had these mirrors she wasn't going to use. I love mirrors and have them all over my house so I couldn't resist. I put one in my bathroom (I will probably regret that next time I shower) and one in the studio. They are not permanently placed but good enough for now.
And now it is time to return to the studio and clean, at least the table.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
My friend, Maribel, was already there and had gotten us a table right up front so we could see Bonnie and be sure to understand all the instructions.
Bonnie is a great teacher. She is enthusiastic, and talks a little fast, but made everything very clear. She didn't, however, stay up front. She walks around, talks to everyone, helps with fabric selection, sewing, and general encouragement.
Here is my version of Bonnie's quilt. I bought a Moda jelly roll (didn't have any precut strips of my own) and paired it with the brown. the four blocks on the left are sewn together and the two on the right are just lying there so see how they look. I think this is going to be a very pretty fall quilt.
On Thursday night at their guild meeting Bonnie gave a trunk show and also explained how she comes by all these "strips, squares, and logs" that make up her quilts. Most of these can be seen on her web page, Quiltville.com, or in her new book, "Scraps & Shirttails."
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
This top was the first quilt I made (2001) but I never tried to quilt it, waiting until I had a machine and then learned how to use it.
I have been receiving some very nice comments: thanks everyone!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
As I look at this picture I see that my blue fabric looks just like the blue wall but I swear there is fabric in there. Anyway, I am pretty proud of this and sat down and planned a table topper design using friendship stars as the border.
Tomorrow I want to put a quilt on the frame and finish an embroidered pillow for my BIL and then get to work on the bargello. I'll bet I will feel a lot better when I have this mess under control. Of course it didn't help that yesterday I bought fabric for two new quilts. Will I ever learn?
Friday, October 3, 2008
This is me and my quilt called Hunky Cowboys. My husband collects B Western memorabilia and has decorated our family room with his treasures. I needed a quilt for those cool winter nights and decided it should fit the theme of the room. Thus....Hunky Cowboys. To see other quilts I have made, please visit my Webshots page: http://community.webshots.com/user/garisews
This is a small picture of me. The quilt is called Hunky Cowboys. My DH collects B Western memorabilia and he has decorated the family room with most of his treasures. Well, I thought I needed a quilt for those cool winter nights but also needed something in keeping with the theme of the room. Thus...Hunky Cowboys.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I am a retired psychotherapist (married with 4 adult children). I used to knit, sew, and do other crafts but work took up too much of my time. Then in 1996 I got my first embroidery machine. That led to joining a small sewing/embroidery group and where I was eventually introduced to quilting. From then on quilting has become my avocation and passion.
At retirement, 2 years ago, I got a quilting studio and a HQ16 mid-arm quilting machine. It took me almost a year to get the courage to use the HQ16 on anything but muslin and so had built up a small stack of quilt tops. However, in the last 6 months I have been slowly gaining confidence and have quilted about half of my tops along with several charity quilts. I attended MQX in April and took three classes with Suzanne Earley where I learned about Meandering Magic and found that I really like free motion quilting. This week I tried my first panto, on a charity quilt. It was not as much fun as free motion and I will really have to work on placement: had to do free motion loops in between passes.
So, this is my first post. I figure I will be talking to myself for a while but soon hope to have others sharing my quilting life. GARI