Friday, July 25, 2014
I love a scrappy binding, and this is the scrappiest one I've done yet!
And for some news! Both JRRR and Christmas Ribbons have been shipped off to Moda! They are borrowing them for an upcoming show in Portland! I can't wait to see pics of my quilts in their booth! So exciting! (They will ship them back to me after the show).
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Yes, my second Christmas quilt for July! I guess I was feeling ambitious! I need to get this one basted/quilted yet, should get the basting done in the next day or two though.
I did another variation of the project done with a jelly roll of Half Moon black/white prints and 20 strips of white and 20 strips of black. The Half Moon had duplicates of 20 prints, so I divided them in half and made 2 tops with 20 prints, 10 white, and 10 black strips. Anyhow, I can't for the life of me find the pictures I took of those! I will have to hunt some more - and if I can't find them, I'll have to work up some EQ drawings I guess.
Friday, July 11, 2014
I heard about wine ice cream a few months ago and set out to figure out how to make it on my own. I am happy to say, I have developed a recipe that is super easy (no ice fream freezer required!) and delicious!
1 cup moscato wine
2 cups whipping cream
1/2 cup sugar
Put ingredients in a blender and blend until it starts to thicken.....round 2-3 minutes. Pour into freezer container and freeze. Easy peasy!
Now, this isn't as smooth as a regular ice cream, its a little crystalline because of the wine, but the flavor is fabulous, especially with the addition of some fresh fruit.
I tested it with half and half, and it still works OK, but it feeezes harder and more crystalline. Heavy cream is good too, but tends to leave a fat residue feeling in your mouth. Whipping cream is just right and it doesn't freeze too hard.
I was able to finally finish the quilting on my Christmas Ribbons quilt for the Moda Bake Shop :)
For the first time, I used Aurifil thread to quilt.... and I am now a Aurifil convert! It ran so smoothly in my machine, I had not one thread break, and my machine even *sounded* quieter! AND, less 'fluff' in the bobbin area! I will be using Aurifil for all my quilts from now on!
Thursday, July 10, 2014
It was fraying at the edges because of all the turning I am doing with the quilting, so I decided to finish the border quilting and bind it before it frayed more.
And, I decided - because of the ''knit sweater'' print, that I would use a zigzag to finish it off (stitched to the back, then zigzag from the front), and I am sure glad I did! The zigzag blends into that print SO well! Much better than a straight stitch would I think!
It was SO much easier too. Bonus! Only a couple more hours of quilting and I'll be done with this quilt, yay!
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
A little over a month ago, I broke my big toe (a 2x4 fell on it from about 4' high). I haven't been able to wear socks and just recently was able to wear shoes that weren't open-toed. Which also meant, I wasn't able to kneel down on the floor to pin-baste the quilt. I finally sucked it up and got it basted and am getting close to done on the quilting. Here are a couple sneak peeks!
I also have another quilt I am working on for the MBS that starts with 2 ''jelly roll race'' quilt tops. Stay tuned for the outcome later this month :)
Friday, June 20, 2014
I found this tutorial on pinterest, so I decided to order the mini hex-n-more ruler. I love this block, but definitely didn't want another EPP project - or to do y-seams (ick)!
Super cute! It will definitely be on my quitl to-do list for the future :) I will not use a gray like that though for the background - not enough contrast with the petals. And, I'll leave the blocks in half-hexies so I can piece in rows...... Now, I want to get the larger hex-n-more ruler though too! This is a pretty small block, the pieces are little. I might do a tester of this same pattern in larger pieces......