Monday, January 23, 2012

Design Frame



After a week of being on the road every single day, I finally got back in the studio on Sunday and got DH’s Crazy Cats loaded.  Then, of course, it was time to figure out what I was going to quilt on it.  I have not done any free motion quilting for several months so I was fresh out of ideas.  However, I browsed some YouTube videos and came up with what I think will work.


This is my continuous curves 042attempt.  I have no artistic drawing skills and it shows up in my quilting also.  However, I think that I will improve as I go down the  quilt and once the blue marking is washed out, these will look better, I hope.



This is what I am quilting in the strip blocks.  Sometimes I see a row of e’s and sometimes I see l’s.  Since DH’s initials are EL, that works for me.



I am going with really easy loops on the large outer border so that part is going well.  And for some reason I didn’t get a picture of the second border so I will try to get that online later this week.  I am planning easy leaves for the inner border but haven’t started it yet.  I am not really excited about leaves so maybe something else will come to mind as I go along.

Oh, I haven’t gotten to the cats yet.  My current plan is to echo the cats and that will take me some time since I have never done that, either. 



This is the thread I am using.  It is a Floriani machine embroidery thread and is working out very well, looking good on all the different shades of blue.  I have Superior pre-wounds in the bobbin.






We had a wonderful time in Gainesville, FL last week.  We ate well, slept well, attended a great concert, new fabricvisited two antique malls, and, of course, visited a fabric store, Fabric Art, in Lake City.  Did I spend any money?  Oh, yes I did.  And here is my bounty. The two batiks and spotted fabrics were 40% off.  I already have a plan for the batik on the left (it is a lot more purple than this picture shows).  I bought the banana fabric because bananas have become a favorite of mine since they are 0 points with Weight Watchers.  I hope to make some kind of garment with it so I can wear it to meetings.



One more picture.  While at one of the antique malls I found this.  It is a sewing room for a doll house.  I didn’t buy it (I am cutting down on things that have to be dusted) but thought it was perfect.  It is a treadle machine and bolts of fabric.  It was one of those times when I really wanted to buy something just to look at.  However, I have no more surfaces to put “things” on so it stayed where it was.

Now, for a whole lot of quilting inspiration, check out Judy’s Design Wall blog.


Sue Daurio said...

Your quilting looks good! Can't wait to see the finished product.

Kathie said...

I think your continuous curves are great!!

Diane said...

sounds like a great time you had-just love that little doll house sewing room-too cute, I would have had a hard time leaving it go too! But agree about too many things to dust around!
Look forward to seeing the cats quilt finished-love the blue thread your using and your quilting looks great.

Bonnie said...

Boy, you made a lot of progress on the cat quilt. How about quilting fish skeletons in the border where you were talking about leaves. I say that but I'm like you with almost NO ability to draw anything and it shows up in my quilting also. Can't wait to see what you decide.

Denise :) said...

Ooooh...I love the batiks! And your quilting is looking great! Glad you all had a good time on your trip! :)

marcella said...

Great progress on the cat quilt - love the thread you are using! congratulations on leaving the dustable at the store. It's hard to do that!

Alycia said...

Love the Banana fabric!!

Mary said...

You're doing great on your quilting designs. I have a very difficult time trying to come up with design ideas.

Vicki said...

Love your quilting and you have found some great fabrics! It sounds like a wonderful week.

Gladys said...

You're doing great on your quilting designs and use a beautiful thread! A hug!