Monday, October 8, 2012

It Was A Very Good Week

This past week was a really good week.  I’ll start with the last part when I got another Funky Chicken (#10) ready for applique.


Block #10
Isn’t he cool? 













set so far
This is going to be such a fun quilt.  With only two  more blocks to come it is about time to start thinking about a setting for them.  I want it to be unique so I will need to give it some thought.
I also got Teapot #3 drawn and the fabric chosen but that’s as far as I got when DH invited me out for lunch and some antiquing.  How could I resist?







J's quilt backing
I got the backing done for the first of the Christmas quilts.  I sewed these strips together while I was embroidering the back of a shirt (see below) so I had two machines going and loved the sound of being productive.







backing close up
The black fabric has been in my Christmas stash for a couple of years but never has suggested what it wanted to be so I used all I had as the center of this piece.  The outside “borders” are what is left from the front.  I’m not doing stash busting but if I were this would really be a coup. 
This backing made it to the quilt frame but that’s as far as I got. 






problem resolved
This was what I was working on while I was sewing the backing.  Isn’t it great?  I was so pleased with it while it was sewing out.

Until………..










possible problem

This happened.  Can’t see what I mean?










for sure problem
Take a closer look.  It seems the shirt “jumped” onto the embroidery bed and got itself stitched into the embroidery foot.  Stuck good and proper.  I finally got it off the bed and finished the embroidery but there is still a big lump of fabric sewn together that I will need to do something about, later.

I did stitch out two owl t-shirts, see the last post, and I really like these designs.



Mary Alice 10-5-12
Friday I went to a machine embroidery workshop where Mary Alice Smith was teaching some great software.  Can you see her face there in the center?







back of the room
I was sitting way in the back but could see what was going on because of the monitors which were connected to her computer.  Ain’t technology grand?













busy hands
Well, I had decided that I could use my time well by working on the hand applique for The Dragon.  I didn’t get a lot done but that was a whole lot more than I had done in the last couple of months so I felt pretty good about it.  Once I had it out again I realized how much I really want to get this quilt done so it will be on the top of my “to do” list soon.








ready to go
Lastly, I finally got the label sewn onto the quilt I am sending to Gene Black for a children’s charity he is donating to.  This is a Jelly Roll Race quilt I made last Spring but hadn’t decided to whom it would go.  I love the cheerfulness of it and hope it brightens the heart of the girl who receives it.

Oh, one last thing.  Last week I finished the 22 lessons in EQ7.  It was a lot of work but I learned a lot.  Mostly, I learned that the program does a lot more than I knew and that there is still a bunch I still need to learn.  Maybe I will begin this next stage in my learning while I design my new chicken quilt?

12 comments:

  1. Love the chickens. They are really fun.

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  2. I just love those chickens! As much as I don't need another project like that I am tempted because they are just so, well, funky! Great job.

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  3. Love him!! You know, you chose a really nice background for these funky chickens. :)

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  4. I love the chickens! We tell our grands chicken jokes. They are beginning to hate us. tee hee. Clearly one of them needs a chicken quilt.

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  5. The chickens are priceless, lol. Is it from a pattern, or did you make them up yourself?

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  6. All of your work is very pretty!!!! I love those chickens!!!! Thanks

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  7. You are almost through with your funky chickens.....yes he's the coolest.....:)

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  8. Your chickens are so cute! Can't wait to see how you set them.

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  9. Love your chickens, that's going to be such a fun quilt. You've been really busy!

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  10. You have the cutest chickens around. Will be anxious to see the setting you come up with. You've got lots going on too.

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  11. Wow did you get a lot done! Hope you solve the owl problem. Those chickens have so much personality. I love them.

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  12. Love the chickens still. I am so glad to hear that experienced embroiderers have problems. The two shirts I made were big hits. Hum, I need to spend more time with eq also. But first I need to get it on a decent size computer. Sigh. Great sharing today.

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