Sunday, November 11, 2012

Progress on Jamaican Me Crazy

Last week I was quite pleased to finish quilting on my bear paw quilt and felt I really needed to get going on Jamaican Me Crazy. This was a quilt I started last december, I got to the quilting and just lost steam on it. I realize there are great, talented people out there who are able to feed a gigantic quilt through a 9" inch harp, but it kills my shoulders, back, and neck, I finished quilting the circular portion of this quilt on my Babylock symphony sewing machine, but I just couldn't bring myself to push this thing in and out of the DSM anymore. I loaded it on my longarm, which was a challenge, because the sewing techniques for domestic vs longarm are different. I continued to work from the center outward in hopes of keeping pleats/puckers away and so far sew good. I debated on what to quilt in the corners, I love feathers, but the whole damn thing is feathers, so I let my imagination run and came up with this.... the curved crosshatching is crooked, but this fabric is not forgiving (no ripping out stitches, as it would leave little holes) so what was sewn had to stay!


And the back... :)

Now off to watch Boardwalk Empire!!! love it.  Have a great week everyone.  

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Bear Paw Quilted!

A couple weeks ago I took a sewing vacation and had huge expectations in completing so much more than what I actually did--- but I did find time this past week getting the bear paw quilted.  This is a quilt I started in 2001, when my son went off to boyscout camp for the weekend, I never finished it because of a remark a sales person made regarding the colors, that comment squashed my confidence and I threw the quilt into a closet.  Now my son has been away for over a year working with Americorps and is coming home this weekend, so as things come full circle, I finished quilting the bear paw for his return! It turned out rather nicely.  It was also a great learning quilt, as it has ruler work, free motion fillers, applique and free handed feathers.

This quilt measures approximately 65x82

 If you look closely, I have red piping going around the outer edge, it looked lovely on the quilt but the LA hopping foot wouldn't allow me to get close in sewing, so lesson learned...not a technique I would do again
 more feathers :) em!

 learning to quilt motifs and McTavished a border

and of course the back..... the backing is grey flannel and it doesn't show the quilting very well, but it makes for a very soft feeling quilt

 I know I posted pictures of this little hearty quilt, but the lighting on my previous pictures weren't that great so I thought I'd try it again, the texture from the free-handed feathers is so spectacular but it just doesn't seem to capture in the pictures...
(this quilt measures ~60x60, cottons with flannel backing, 80/20 batting)

 and the back.... :)  you can really see the trapunto hearts...
I have the day off today and am hoping to get some work done on Jamaican Me Crazy will keep you posted!  (and as you can see, I still have binding to do on both of these quilts!) Have a good Sunday!