Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Funky Flowers backing...and little Red

 The backing for Funky Flowers needed a little extra size, so leftover pieced strips worked very well.
 I experimented with machine embroidery for the label.
 Machine embroidery?? Yes, I have a new Janome Horizon Memory Craft 7700QCP (hereafter known as Little Red).  And I love it!  The entire Funky Flowers throw was stitched on it as I learned all the bells and whistles.  It even tap dances!! 
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Saturday, June 23, 2012

"Funky Flowers"

Not my favorite fabrics, not my favorite block pattern --- but it has grown on me as I've been stitching.  The black print inner border and second pieced border are attached.  The 3rd border, a black stripe, is just clinging to the design wall until I decide if it stays or if I need to find a darkish green print...(It's 12 hours later now and I think I'll keep the black stripe).    Rather than making the borders three different widths, I have decided to keep them all 2" finished.  The design needed to be tamed just a bit. I think the borders will do that.  
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Friday, June 22, 2012

folk flower throw

Piles of pieces going together...

Cleaning up edges before joining sections...The camera decided a flash was needed.

Bunch kitty always tries to help...

I thought that 9 (12") squares are enough for the throw.  I'll add 2 or 3 borders...maybe pieceing together some of the scraps for the middle or outer border...I'm not fond of this fabric, but it was what I had on hand for the quilt class assignment.  It will feel good on a cold Winter evening...
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

a necessity...

I was spending more time looking for things than I was spending at the sewing machine.  So I took a break and have (somewhat) organized my stash on this sagging shelving unit.  It isn't pretty, but it will least for awhile.  There's more shelving in my sewing area...and more storage I hope to get back to the machine soon.  That will be after I return from a few days spent with my daughter and her family.
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Friday, June 8, 2012

flower pieces

 I finally chose these 9 fat quarters for the folk art flower quilt/throw.
 A pizza box makes a good storage place for all the stacked/whacked pieces. 
 The burrito party favor of left over fabric will be pieced and used as a border.
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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Thursday quilt class

...drawing off a 'stack and whack' pattern for Thursday's quilt class...I think I'll do 6 blocks instead of 20.  I don't want to have too many UFO's hanging over my head. 
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