Monday, September 30, 2013

Done!!! Monkey baby quilt

I'm so excited to have my monkey baby quilt completed and will be even more excited when my grandson gets to roll around on it! :)  So here's more than a few pictures, it feels so incredibly soft, there's a few areas I didn't over quilt because I wanted to maintain a soft texture, but I guess that was unnecessary because it feels just wonderful all over!  Measures ~60 x70, minky backing, poly batting.  What I really want to talk about is the thread I used.  Lately in the blogging universe, everyone is talking about Glide thread by Fil-Tec, with all the wonderful comments from so many spectacular quilters I took the plunge and bought several cones and bobbins.  But for the life of me and my fussy longarm, the tension was never quite right, the thread had a tendency to unravel and shred.  At first I adjusted tension, then changed needles, ironically I got less shredding with a 16 vs the 18, which didn't make sense but I went with it.  I was never really pleased with how it stitched.  During the Wisconsin Quilt Expo, I stopped by the Superior Thread Company's booth and saw Dr Bob Purcell, self appointed master of threadology and asked why my Glide thread wasn't working well.  I believe he was more than a little pleased to hear this and he instructed me to take another look at tension.  However, sensing my frustration he also offered me an opportunity to use the new line of thread - Magnifico and allowed me to pick any color cone for FREE! This is the thread I used on the monkey quilt and WOW!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! this thread.  Tensioning was easy, thread looks beautiful (shiny trilobal) no shredding, fraying, unraveling.  I've always loved the So Fine and now Magnifico will be my go to thread!  Thank You Dr Bob! :)



 The next two pictures are just a little thing I made from a panel print.  I sewed the panel and minky, right sides together (leaving a space to turn right side out).  Spray basted a poly bat to the wrong side of the panel, turned it right side out. and did a quick quilt over it.  Took me 2 hours from start to finish.  I really didn't put any thought into the quilting, just put my machine on 30% and let her rip! Which explains the random quilt pattern, going fast you should always know where your going next and sometimes I didn't! Measures about 30 x 36 and will be very useful during Wisconsin winters!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Quilt Diva

Back in April I started my Quilt Diva, which is an Amy Butler pattern and I have finally got her completed...well almost, I still need to hand stitch (ugh!) her thread spool necklace.  And don't think I haven't seriously contemplated using a black sharpie marker to draw that necklace in! Because I really have...that's how much I hate to hand sew!  However, I have resisted that urge and will put my big girl panties on and thread a needle and sew a fine line to finish this gal up.  trust me.... ;)

Now beyond all that, I used a cotton/poly batting with Scrim.  You'd think in over 20 years of quilting I would have used a scrim batting before but I hadn't and I don't think I missed much.  The quilt feels stiff, as a wallhanging I guess that's a good thing, but I just wasn't impressed with scrim. The quilting is freehand, no marking.  Threads were glide and monopoly for the applique.  I need a tool that assists in keeping my longarm needle where I want it - like right against the applique...or maybe I should just spring for those darn expensive microhandles! ($300)

and without further ado.....Quilt Diva.... I think she looks like me :)

forgive her wrinkly appearance...I took her for show and tell at my last quilt guild meeting and left her wadded up in my bag! oops!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sewing room update

I have been hard at work re-organizing and reclaiming sewing and quilting space.  I'm sharing a few pictures of my progress.  It's a real improvement from the before photos.  My husband needs to put up my light fixture and place a melamine top for my cutting table and I'm calling it done.  The sewing room is nearing to finish the quilting room!

       "BEFORE"  ouch....

And Ta-Da! AFTER!!!!......
The armoir holds a ton of all organized by color :)

The two cabinets are my future cutting table, just waiting for the table top....
 My sewing table measures 4' x4', which is smaller than I had before, but I'm not quilting on my domestic sewing machine any longer so I felt this would serve quite nicely.

 Too much cleaning....I need to sew and quilt something!

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a good week.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sewing area make-over

You'd think I'd be making some progress on my sewing and quilting areas, but it is slow going! It took over 1 week to paint the sewing room.  Back in 2007 our entire neighborhood flooded.  Now mind you, we're not even in a flood plane and we're located even higher than some of our neighbors, but none the less our basement held about 2 inches of water.  Thankfully FEMA came to the rescue and provided a $200 check to replace all our carpeting, baseboards, sump and foundation repair.  (anyone catching my sarcasm here?)  We've slowly worked on it over the years and it's almost 100% completed, except the drywall had been cut and removed to repair the foundation which had cracked.  So part of my painting included wall repair and I must say I did a damn fine job! I'm loving how my sewing area is shaping up!  Anyway, this is what my quilting area looks like right now, hopefully within the next 2 weeks I can finish painting, get some drywall replaced and re-organized! Hefty goals :)