Monday, May 23, 2011

purple bottled rainbow

I finished my purple (eggplant on the pattern) block today.  I could not have done it without my scrap swap partner!  This was a tough one!  A lot of the colors just ''aren't quite'' the right color/hue, but I think they still work as a whole.
I think I might work on the lighter purple block this afternoon :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Blogger's quilt festival spring 2011

Well, I had high hopes to post my finished WeePlay HST quilt for the festival but that was not to be when my sewing machine blew up before it was complete (well, she didn't actually blow UP, but it felt like it at the time!)
So, my entry is my favorite quilt at this time.  My ''raw-edge circle quilt'' made from Cluck-Cluck-Sew's tutorial
And I am excited to say that I was #500 in the entries for the festival!  That has got to be good mojo :)

I love everything about this quilt.  The only thing I wish I'd done different is made it bigger.  It's about 80x80 and I'd love if it were 90x90 or maybe even 90x95.
I started with a FQB of WeePlay.  I knew I would need to add to it so I didn't use up ALL my precious WeePlay material!  So, I bought some yardage of ''Punctuation'', and some ''Oz'' as well.  I also threw in some bits from my grandmother's stash, and a few pieces of Katie Jump Rope (the yellow ribbon flower).

I had a vision of the quilting before I even finished it.  I've never done 'custom' FMQ on my sewing machine before, this was a first!  I am SO extremely happy with the quilting and the fact I chose black thread really makes the fun quilting stand out.
Here's two pics prior to washing it:

and the after-washed lovely krinkles and frayed edges!
I just LOVE the texture of this quilt.  I love the raw edges and how krinkly it looks - it looks like an old quilt!  I will definitely be doing more raw-edge applique in the future, it creates such an interesting quilt I think!

I just love to look at and pet this quilt!  I ended up making pillowcases to match it using the black Oz print with the yellow wavy stripe Oz print on the edges.  The black Oz print is what I used for the backing too (and the red wavy strip for the binding)

This quilt just makes me HAPPY!

Check out the rest of the entries at the Blogger's Quilt Festival!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Tippy's in the hospital

Tippy (my Pfaff Tiptronic) is in the sewing machine hospital.  I broke her :(  I think I didn't get the bobbin seated properly and when I went to sew, I threw her out of timing horribly.  So, her hospital bill will be at least $130, ouch.  Hopefully they won't need to replace any parts........

I was hoping that I was going to have the WeePlay quilt done for the Blogger's Quilt Festival, but now I'm not so sure!  I can't do free-motion quilting well on my back-up machine because it doesn't have a ''needle down'' feature :(  Well, it does, but you have to push the button everytime you want the needle to be down.  That won't work.  Tippy has a feature where you can decided when you stop if you want the needle up or down.  My back-up doesn't have that feature :(  So, I have to wait to finish the quilt until next week when she's back.......

Monday, May 9, 2011

Wee Play quilting.......

I finally got the Wee Play ''Endless Possibilities'' quilt basted and I've started quilting!
I am using a red variagated thread and an off-white backing.  I think for the binding I am going to take some scraps of 1 1/2'' strips I have from this line and use them to create a scrappy binding (I am going to have to attach them to another strip to make it 2 1/2'', but that will be hidden so I can use whatever I have a lot of, LOL)

This would be so much easier on a longarm than on the sewing machine - my arms ached after less than 1/4 of the quilt was done.  I am about 1/3 of the way done, have used 3 bobbins so far, but I have to put it away for now to sew some special orders from my eBay store :(