Monday, October 17, 2011

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Scott's Quilt-001

So today I am sharing three things: my newest creation using the My Memories software (giveaway coming next  week), the above completed quilt top, and further down the quilting I am currently doing on my batik Underground Railroad quilt.

First, I really am enjoying the above software.  I am beginning to be more creative in how I document the process of making my quilt tops as well as the backing and quilting ideas.  For each project one creates an album in the software so it is set up to be able to have several pages with both pictures and “journaling” which I call words.  I have several earlier pictures of this top in process so will add those to the “album” and hopefully will have a finished product by the time this quilt is quilted.  Then, as I have just begun working on some Christmas gift ideas, I also plan to start albums for them which I can’t show you since occasionally family members read this blog.  Laughing out loud  I will, sometime this week, begin working on a label for this quilt and we will see if the software will allow us to be more creative in this area also.



Quilting on the Underground Railroad is coming along nicely.  As of last evening I have completed a little over half of the quilt.  I am quilting it lengthwise, 107”, so it takes me quite a while to do one pass. 



This is the pantograph I am using.  It is somewhat complicated as there are several switchbacks.  Just about the time you think you are moving along toward the end, the thing takes you back in the direction you came from. 



I really like how the teal thread looks on the different fabrics.  I use a poly thread so it shines on the darker fabrics and blends or shows off on the lighter fabrics.



This is the panto I am using.  I found it at a guild sale table at a quilt show ($1) and I really like how it looks on my quilt.




And what is this, you might ask.  Well, this is the stage set for Hal Holbrook’s Mark Twain.  We went to see him Saturday night.  We were not allowed to take pictures during the performance so I shot this before he came out.  I have to say that I have always enjoyed Mr. Holbrook’s performances but this was wonderful and I now have a new appreciation for Mark Twain.  If you have a chance to see this performance, run, don’t walk, to get your ticket.

I hope to work on my Christmas gifts, finish quilting URR, make a backing for the above quilt, plan a setting for another set of swap blocks, and get caught up on my BOMs.  Opps, I think I am setting myself up for failure.  But if I can get a little done on most of them, I will really be happy.

And another thing that makes me happy is visiting Judy’s blog at Patchwork Times and seeing what other quilters are making.


Pat said...

What a great, "newsy" post by you today! Have a good week.

Judy D in WA said...

$1 for an awesome panto!?! Lucky, lucky you! I love the pantos from Willow Leaf Studio. Looks great on the quilt too!
Love the collage. And Hal Holbrook-lucky, lucky you@

Denise :) said...

Your autumn swap blocks quilt is gorgeous! Do you have any ideas as to how you're going to quilt it? I'm loving the batiks in your Underground Railroad, too. And the quilting is awesome!! Happy Monday! :)

Vicki said...

Very pretty quilts and I really like the Underground railroad. I have seen one man shows on PBS and the Mark Twain sounds like it was very good. Have a great week.

Mary said...

Nice quilting design, and what a bargain.

Chris said...

I love the Underground Railroad. It is just too gorgeous. Have fun with your software :)

Anonymous said...

Willow Leaf studios puts out great pantos. You got a really awesome buy on that one! Progress on URR looks great, look forward to seeing the completed quilt!

I wish I had done journals on my quilts in the past, well...even the current ones. I always mean to, but never seem to get around to that. I WISH I was that organized!