Saturday, January 24, 2015

Two More Sections

I have two more sections of Fat Quarter Slide done! YAY! After I spent so much time taking out the McTavishing, I have been careful about not using really dense quilting.

Here goes:

I like the way the flowers came out. I wish I could make them continuous tho.

A lot more to go.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jack D Ripper

On my Fat Quarter Slide quilt, I used McTavishing (my version) in a section, and HATED it. I'm not good at it, and didn't like how dense the quilting was.

You can see I have started removing the stitches. I knew it would take a long time, I thought 3 + hours?

2 1/2 hours later. It actually went better than I expected. Because I had nice rows of stitches, I was able to slip my ripper under a bunch of rows at once.

The beauty of using a ripper like this one, is the rubber end that pulls thread out. I used it a lot after I cut a bunch of threads. Just by rubbing the nub over the stitch lines, it popped the thread out of the fabric, allowing me to simply lift off the broken threads. YAY!

Here's the same section with the new designs.

Each of the sections will have something new. This is for the bed in the trailer.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015


My Grand daughter and her friend found a good use for the snow we have.

This is in our yard.


Monday, January 19, 2015

First 2015 Finish!!

I have my first 2015 finish! Happy Dance.

Image result for snoopy dance image

Snoopy's dance always looks so happy! That's how I feel when I achieve a finish. My daughter was here from Ohio this week end, and I got her approval on Grand Illusion too.

Snow is good for something. The colors look so vibrant next to the pure whiteness of the snow.

I made swirly "flowers" all over this quilt. It's so busy, I didn't think quilting would show.

Here's the backing: (the colors match the front so well)

In all its crinkly goodness. This one was quilted with Quilters' Dream. First time using that. Haven't tried sleeping under it yet, so I haven't fully tested it yet.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New Acquisitions

I have two new toys!

For Christmas, Mr. LQ got me an Accuquilt Go! I have been really enjoying it. I did a number of the Grand Illusion pieces on it, and have been happily cutting up scraps. I have scraps coming out the wazzoo, so I can keep this up for a long time. I'm mostly cutting 2 1/2" squares and 2 1/2" HSTs (Half Square Triangles). At some point these will start going together for a scrappy quilt. Maybe a Leaders and Enders method? But I need to get more variety ready.

The other new thing I have is this:

Hard to see, I know. It is an Eyebrow Trimmer. There were three in the package. There is a "wire wrapped blade" that makes short work of taking out stitches. I've been using it today to snip apart the chain-pieced parts when I'm at the ironing board. Really quick. Supposed to be good for ripping out stitches too.

I saw a video Bonnie Hunter posted on her blog. Bought these on Amazon. Couldn't find them in Wal Mart. Didn't know where to look.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Ever So Busy

I have been working on quilting Grand Illusion. So far I've gotten the Stitch in the Ditching done. It goes slowly. I'm doing ruler work, and handling it much better than before I took the HQ classes.

For a change of pace, I've been piecing this top:

It's called Ribbon Rings by Quilt Moments, and the fabric is Hubba Hubba from Me & My Sister Designs from Moda. I think the figure eights are interesting because it depends on the color value which part is dominant. A good example of color value.

I may play with the lay out:

See the two circles that are all turquoise? When I add in all the figure eights, I can totally do that! I don't think I have even half the eights on this design wall. Not enough room, and I have a lot more to do. Just needed a break from FMQing (Free Motion Quilting). Now I can understand the people who switch back and forth with different projects in one day. I generally like to complete one whole project before I start another.


Sunday, January 11, 2015


I got another package. This one wasn't squishy, but I loved it just the same.

This is all the 2014 Kona colors. Aren't they gorgeous? I think they will round out my solid stash just wonderfully.

What do you find you need to add to your stash? Particular colors? Prints? Stripes? Solids? I guess you can figure out I felt I needed solids. Canton Village Quilt Works had  a sale right after Christmas, so I succumbed.

Yesterday I spray basted 3 quilts, started quilting today. The Grand Illusion is under the needle right now, just doing the SITD (Stitch in the Ditch) so far. The boring parts. I'm using a ruler to keep myself on the seam lines, and that's going much better then it used to.

Since Grand Illusion is such a busy quilt, I will do an all over free motion pattern on it. A flower-ish swirl, I think. No one will ever see it anyway.