Happy Friday everyone! I am so glad you decided to visit us at LodgePole Quilting! We have some great things to share today. Since tomorrow is the beginning of hunting season here in Montana, I thought I would do some “hunting” for you wonderful visitors and friends. Look at what I found!
Ok, everyone knows you just can’t do anything productive on Friday the 13th, right? I mean, black bears (ahem.. cats), large ghostly apparitions (oh wait, those are elk) and… WHAT WAS THAT NOISE?… Oh… a tom turkey yelling at his harem…
Today was to be the day I finished at least one of my many projects cooking on the back burners. Instead it was spent making phone calls to find out how much rock and dirt and HOW MUCH IS THAT BILL? (paying bills) day. Sorry, yes I know I have rocks and dirt here, just not top soil for a garden. And if you like boulders then I have plenty of those. I need crushed rock for the shop hubby is building in his non-existent spare time. I need wire or some type of fencing to keep the wild life out of my soon to be garden. And I need to find time to finish at least one project.
Well I did actually finish one project this week. I tend to save my Annie’s Creative Quilters Fabric Club shipments to complete when I am in-between projects or just need to think about something else instead of why my project looks so great on paper but is totally off the beam when sewn together, kind of days.
So I made this wonderfully fun tote and now it’s waiting to be put in use. I love Hydrangeas. We had two huge bushes in front of the house when I was a kid. They were my mom’s pride and joy, besides her roses and azaleas. I would try to grow them here but I am afraid the deer and elk would think they were being served salad. So instead I will enjoy my tote made with hydrangea printed fabric and be happy.
I did get to play a little with a couple of free motion quilting rulers I have. Before you sew the outer shell of the tote together you have an opportunity to quilt it any way you like. So I did some stitch in the ditch using my Slim ruler and then I made arches with my little Archie ruler. Both of those were designed by Angela Walters and made by Creative Grids.
I did design a place mat set which will include coordinating napkins and coasters. I completed to placemat tops and have started on the napkins. The coasters will be paper pieced because the pieces of fabric will be little and I think it will be easier to paper piece it instead of trying to cut it.
I am using fat quarters and jelly rolls from my stash to make these. The fabric is a combination from Moda (purchased from the Fat Quarter Shop) and Connecting Threads (Hudson Valley by Country Essentials). Unfortunately I misplaced the tag that identified the Moda design. It happens when all the fat quarters are separated by color and put into a large storage tote.
Barring any other interruptions I should have the set completed, backing and batting as well as quilted, by Sunday. I hope. Then I plan to start on another project.
So in the meantime, you all have a safe Friday the 13th and a wonderful week-end.
Until next time – I’m not superstitious, I’m a quilter!
Good afternoon! I am glad you took the time out of your busy lives to visit with me. After Monday Madness I have been playing catch up with my WIPs. I did post an article on Quilting Tips and Tools about glossary terms for fabric cuts. That was fun and I hope you will find it helpful.
As you can see from the picture above, I did finally complete my Vintage Valentine Table Runner from the Vintage Valentine Collection by Annie’s Creative Quilters Fabric Club. It was fun making it and I got to play with free motion quilting. I am still learning about free motion quilting so even though some of that quilting isn’t great…. at least I got it done.
I do want to apologize as this article is going to be picture heavy. I will try to keep them small but I want to share my experience of making this runner with you. So here we go!
As you can see, I cut and labeled all of my pieces. Laying them out on the ironing board helped me as I started to build my blocks. I do have to say, pay attention to the directions! I had joined the wrong piece to another piece and couldn’t figure out what I had done wrong. Sigh, I had to take it apart and do it the correct way. So take your time and follow all of the directions.
For the backing, I took the left over fabric and pieced them together to make a back for my table runner. Then for the batting I pieced together some left over batting. I used a fusible tape called Heat Press Batting Together Tape, after I cleaned up the edges, and fused together the pieces of batting. That was pretty cool. That tape works perfect, especially for a small project like that.
This runner is going to be turned inside out eventually so the quilt sandwich is a bit different. Instead of backing, batting then top; it’s batting, backing right side up, then top right side down. After that I pinned it and then trimmed it. After it got trimmed, it was stitched leaving a four inch opening for turning. I then trimmed the batting as close to the stitching I could so when I turned and pressed the runner I wouldn’t have a lot of bulkiness in the seams.
After I got it turned inside out and pressed, I hand sewed the gap shut with a slip stitch and then the fun began.
I am still learning how to free motion quilt. For those of you who don’t know, free motion quilting is a technique where quilting stitches are added by sewing in any direction on the top of the quilt . To make it work you have to have a quilting foot and your feed dog has to be disengaged. Here is a great link on Craftsy.com that explains it really well.
Well the end result is as you see…
I do hope you can see some of the detail of the free motion quilting I did. Some of it, meh, but there is some I really liked how it came out. As with anything else, it just takes practice, practice, practice.
My Valentine table runner is finished and now I’m on to my next project. I am still working on my reversible table cloth. But I just joined a quilting group led by Angela Walters of Quilting Is My Therapy. She is going to teach a free motion pattern every month. How exciting is that? So I am going to have to get busy and get a quilt top together to start this class! This is the link, in case you are interested!
Thank you again for coming by! Please, leave a comment and let me know what you are working on for Valentine’s Day.
Well, it’s almost the end of the evening after a long day of madness. My husband left early this morning, I got up later this morning, fed Monty dog, took a bath. THEN the fun began.
Monty dog started puking. At first it was just once. So I figured ok, he’s over whatever it was. We went to the post office. I come out of the post office, get into the Jeep and was hit by an overwhelming smell. I look in the back and Monty had puked all over the back of the Jeep. Poor puppy.
I get him home as quickly as possible, get him settled and start cleaning the Jeep. Gross! Then we go inside the house and he starts puking again. I get the house cleaned up and called the vet.
After the vet gave Monty a water pack under the skin, medicine for vomiting and an antibiotic, we went home. And I cleaned again. Monty laid down after eating a few little bites of his dinner.
So all of that means I did no quilting. Zip,zilch, zero. But the good news is Monty seems to be feeling better. I am so glad. About 8pm tonight he decided to eat his dinner. It took him a half hour eat it, but he finished it. I hate to see my little buddy sick.
Here is a prelude to the next blog. I got a neat little kit from Annie’s Creative Quilters Fabric Club. It’s a Valentine’s table runner.
I’ll have more on that tomorrow, providing Monty Dog is doing a lot better. But, doesn’t that runner look fun? I can’t wait to get started!
Speaking of table runners, I have redesigned my reversible tablecloth. It’s no longer round but an octagon. I am excited to get back to work on it.
I am also doing another Shades of Winter with a revamp. It’s called Shades of Winter II. This quilt will actually be for sale! Stay tuned for more information on Shades of Winter II and how you will be able to purchased this beautiful quilt for yourself or as a gift for some one.
It’s time for me to go to bed. After all of the madness of the day, I am ready to call it a day.
Thanks for sharing your time with me. Here’s hoping tomorrow is a better day.