Recently, I had the good fortune to meet a friend in Shipshewanna, Indiana – Amish country. We went to Yoder’s, Lolly’s and Caroline’s Quilt Shop. What fun it was to pick out some treasures to add to my fabric and project inventory!
See those black horse and buggy cut-outs? That is the applique for the Yoder’s Row by Row design. And those little rolls of fabric…. they are bargain pieces of fabric from Lolly’s row boat in the lower level. Thank you Penny for the shopping trip! Let’s do it again ! ! ! !
Somewhere a young lady is soon going to be a bride and her cousins are making a quilt for the occasion and one person they asked to participate in this quilt project is a co-worker of someone I know who asked me to help because the co-worker does not have a sewing machine. Complicated. And it got more complicated when it came to the instructions………..but, through the magic of email, we got it all settled and today I made a log cabin quilt block with Fall colors and quilted it for this quilt-as-you-go wedding quilt.
Today is my birthday and even though I am much too old to receive birthday gifts (and beg my friends and family to refrain from buying me gifts), I have persistent friends/family that bring other things, such as “room freshner”…..
and healthy eating……
a staple in my cupboard – Skinny Pop Popcorn……
And stash enhancements…..
I’m going to have popcorn and fruit for supper and then go play with fabric for a while. Such a nice birthday ! ! !
My niece, Becky, trusted me to quilt one of her quilts – Cabin in the Woods. Since I am still in the learning stage of long-arm quilting, her trust in me means a lot. I decided to do an edge to edge design that looks like blowing leaves.
Of course there were many problems along the way. The process of learning includes problems and challenges. So I thank Becky for giving me this chance to quilt her quilt.
The binding on my Dancin Nines quilt is all done. Once I got started, I didn’t want to stop. The sunny yellow fabric made me happy, hand sewing makes me calm, and getting a quilt finished gives me great satisfaction. On top of all that, I really like this quilt.
Some quilt bloggers make a nice roll of their finished quilt to photograph, but my roll doesn’t seem quite as tight and cool looking.
After taking all the stitching out of my Swoon block that had the disaster quilting on it (problem with my tension on the long-arm), I wasn’t sure what to do – throw it out, try again, or do something new. Since I couldn’t put it back on the long-arm without adding fabric to all four sides, I decided to sew a grid pattern on my regular sewing machine. I used variegated blue thread on the top and dark blue on the bottom. Don’t look closely at my lines because they are not perfectly straight. But I’m happy with the final result and am ready to sew the binding down. Then it will get washed to remove all trace of the previous stitching.
Nice to have some good quilting finishes. I’m all smiles here…..
The Dancin Nines (Bonnie Hunter design – free pattern on Quiltville ) is all quilted and ready for me to sew down the binding.
I’m very happy with the edge to edge quilting – a design that came with the Pro Stitcher. (Close up of back and front)
After the quilting disaster on my Swoon block, I was a little discouraged about ever getting the tension right on my long-arm. Then I Googled “long-arm tension problems” and found a video by Jamie Wallen titled “Taking the stress out of long-arm tension”. Thank you Jamie! He helped me enormously in getting the right bobbin tension. It is totally different than how you handle tension on a domestic machine. With that problem solved, I was ready to try quilting my Dancin Nines quilt.
I’m so happy with how the long-arm is quilting now. Life is good!
Today I added the pine trees to my Row by Row, and a row of four patches.
And next I will add a row of…………………..stars? spools? zigzags? tulips?……??
One of the local quilt shops, A Touch of Amish in Barrington, Illinois, is participating in the Row by Row Experience. I went to the free demo and obtained my pattern – which includes a little house that kind of looks like the building that houses A Touch of Amish and several trees. I made the house today and hope to make the trees tomorrow.