Baby Quilts … revisited

My Friday Finish …

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Quilter’s Strip Poker

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Did the title get your attention?  In a previous post, I mentioned that we played strip poker at the quilting retreat.

OK >>> OK >>>  You keep your clothes ON!!!

Several people asked me how we play it. Here’s how:

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My First UFO Finish in November!!

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The first of 3 “Ivan’s Diamonds” is finished! I finished this at the retreat.  It took a day and a half to quilt.  Once I have things organized, I’ll give you a taste of the retreat.  If you want a bit of the backstory of this quilt go HERE.

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It is quilted with a blue thread, with a combination of flowers, swirls, tear-drops, wiggly thingies and whatever fit in.

Happy Quilting!
Gail

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Retreat? Oh yes!!!

I’m getting ready to head off to a retreat!  Oh – how I love retreats!  At this retreat – we don’t have to cook!  Bonus!  And I won’t have my lovely husband asking, “what’s for dinner tonight?”  And, I won’t have to answer with, “I don’t know!”  It’s amazing how often we have “I don’t know” for supper!
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Anyhow … since I had my embroidery machine up and running, I did up a few labels (one for the scrappy blue quilt – below – that I’m hoping to get quilted at the retreat)   Now, you don’t need to email me and tell me that a couple of the labels have 2019 on them!  I did that on purpose.  See the top label with 2019? Well, when I pulled out the bin with the UFO that the label will go on, I discovered a label that I made for this quilt that said, “2015!!!”  I often joke that the quilt is not necessarily finished in the year that the label is made.  However, I figured that 3 or 4 years beyond the date is a little too long.  And, 2 of the quilts belonging to 2 of the labels are not in my plan to be finished by the end of the year. (That is, unless I change my mind – which could happen!)

Sew, as I was cutting the batting to length to sandwich the 4 quilts that the labels will go with, I noticed that 3 of the quilts were EXACTLY the same pattern.  Yes, it’s a pattern that I wrote and I remember making each quilt, but I sort of find it ironic that they are all getting sandwiched on the same day! Two are scrappy and one is a 2 fabric quilt.

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PHD in 2018 – October Report

H A P P Y    H A L L O W E E N !

OK…. Sew today is the last day of October … Halloween!  That means that I need to report on my PHD in 2018 and the progress of those that joined in the fun!

Hmmm, I’m not thoroughly impressed with what I got finished in October.  But I did finish 2 projects that were started in 2018 (Wonky Logs and Giraffe) … and 2 more are in progress …  When they are done, I will focus on the UFOs left.

 

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No sewing when I’m away …

I was away for a bit … travelling in some weird white stuff for part of it.  But, since my sister didn’t drive into the ditch, I’ve come to the conclusion that she’s not too bad of a driver.  Although, I’m not sure if my white knuckles have regained their colour yet! Wink spokesperson clipart free clipart image image

 

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After a trunk show

I did a trunk show around the middle of the month … When the trunk show is over and everyone has looked at the quilts, they all get put into the bags I brought them in.  It would take too long to do it in an orderly fashion, so they just get folded and put into bags.

The next day, I take them out of the bags and begin the process of sorting through them.  There are quilts that go back onto the beds, there are Christmas quilts, there are quilts for when we have extra people, there are quilts that I use for teaching and there are quilts that might be gifted in the near future. This is what it looks like when I empty the bags and before I start to sort:

After about 2 hours, the quilts (not including the ones that were put on the beds look like this:

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The quilts on top of the red bags have specific destinations in the house.

Other than the quilt my grandmother made for my parents wedding, I usually don’t show any quilts made by others.  This time I showed one that was half made by my grandmother and finished by me years ago.  You can read the story HERE.  And you can see all the quilts that I made using Grandma’s fabrics HERE.  I also showed “Thank you Notes” made by my cousin, Terry.  This was given to me with blocks signed by cousins and aunts and uncles that have received quilts.  When I received “Thank you Notes” I was overwhelmed and there were quite a few tears of astonishment! You can read that story HERE.

At the trunk show, several people asked me about “Thank-you Notes” … they thought it was a great idea.  It is a Missouri Star pattern called “You’ve got Mail.

Happy Quilting!
Gail

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Our Beautiful Fall Continues!

Oh – it is so lovely outside!  Although I’m missing summer, I’m loving these wonderful west coast fall days.  It’s hard to be inside when it’s so nice outside!  However, they are forecasting rain for Tuesday, so this wonderful days will come to an end.

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Beautiful Fall Days

It is beautiful right now on the West coast of Canada.  Cool crisp nights, some morning fog, and sun in the afternoon.  It’s hard, very hard to stay inside and quilt when it is so nice outside!

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However, I have been working with digitizing software.  It’s Artistic-Digitizer_500.jpgactually fun!  A simple project that I have been working on is taking an element from the fabric in the quilt, making a simple outline and stitching it out.

It worked great on my sample, (first picture), but when I tried to put it on the quilt, it wouldn’t line up right: see the “line” between the ears?”  I have a very small machine and I don’t think it was intended for quilting.  I will finish the quilt on a bigger machine at work.

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Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

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No piecing … but I’m having fun quilting the Wonky Logs quilt!  Craftsy / Blueprint is free this week. My cousin Terry told me to watch “Wild Quilting.”  Oh, it was an excellent class!  I don’t have a tone of wide open spaces to apply her techniques but I did take notes!  However, if YOU are interested in Free Motion Quilting – I would advise you to watch this class!

I know that I said I wouldn’t use straight lines in this quilt … but as you can see in the green square, I changed my mind!  I’ve got about half of the blocks done!  Six more to go!

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Deciding what “Quilt as Desired” is

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Lately, I’ve seen people in blog-land asking about how to decide on what to quilt. Sew, I thought I’d blog about what I do.

I used to absolutely HATE it when I saw “Quilt as Desired” on a pattern.  It made me wonder if the designer had no idea on how to quilt what she/he designed?  As a beginner quilter, it left me frustrated and at a loss of what to do.    Now – it just gives me the freedom to do what I want without any outside influences.

SEW … that brings me to “How do I decide what to quilt?”   I have a quite a few Pinterest boards with links to various sites: Free Motion Quilting (FMQ), Leah Day,  Ruler Work and links to FMQ videos   All of these provide inspiration and ideas.  I have a few books with quilting ideas in them.  But my favourite of all is my own personal notebook.  This book was a gift that a quilting friend made – isn’t it cute?img_2420.jpg

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Serged Top is done

Here are the questions I had before I started serging this quilt together and the answers to those questions:

  • Which serger will I use?  I used a serger at work (Pro-4DX) and my own serger at home.  I actually prefer the Pro-4DX over my own serger
  • Will I be able to finger press the seams, or should I use an iron? I did do some finger pressing, but as usual, the iron made a much nicer job of pressing the seam.
  • Will I be able to chain piece using a serger? Yes, there was no problem at all with chaining
  • Will it make the quilt “lumpy” at the seams? I don’t really see much different than when using a regular sewing machine
  • Will I be able to web or lattice the final blocks?  Absolutely! The first picture shows the first webbing, the second shows the top pieced together.

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Blogger’s Quilt Festival

Fall 2018 Blogger’s Quilt Festival

Amy, from “Amy’s Creative Side” is once again hosting a Quilt Festival.  It is worth going to take a look at all of the quilts entered.  Lots of eye candy!  Click HERE. And, there are prizes … you don’t have to be a blogger, you can enter via Instagram … check out the directions for entering a quilt.  Here is my first quilt entry:

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