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.


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?


Mary said...

Love the chickens. They are really fun.

Eden said...

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.

LynCC said...

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

Ruth said...

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.

Tamera said...

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

carla ( said...

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

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

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

Melinda said...

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

Kate said...

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

Dar said...

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

ANudge said...

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

Bonnie said...

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.