Monday, January 23, 2012

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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. 

 

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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.

 

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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.

10 comments:

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

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  2. I think your continuous curves are great!!

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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.

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

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  6. 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!

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

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

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

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