Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Quilt Club, October

The Quilt Club went on a shop hop for the October meeting. Any trip to a quilt shop from here is quite a hike. Living in the boonies has its good points, believe me, but being close to a quilt shop isn't one of them.

We went to Miles of Stitches in Merrill, Michigan first. Very nice store, tons of batiks. (drool)

This whole wall is batiks!

Nice big classroom.

Then we went to Common Threads in St Louis, MI. Much smaller store, but has a wonderful collection of precuts. I'm a sucker for precuts.

This bin is filled with precuts.

First time a shop owner has asked me what I'm going to take pictures of when I've asked for permission. Maybe they've been burned by someone taking pictures of samples? That's all I can think of. 

Then to lunch! Quilters have to eat!

A good day was had by all!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Testing, Testing. One Two Three

I am pattern testing for Cheryl, as I told you. She said we can post in progress pictures and stories this time.

The pattern is Looking Glass. It's easy to put together, but looks more complicated. Here's my fabric choice:

Really nice, bright colors!  Maybe a little heavy on the yellow side tho.

Did you know that 5" squares, aren't? These measured a little more than 5". Means I had to trim them down before I could begin. Part of the reason to use pre-cuts, to me, is that the cutting is already done for me. Not so.

So here's the first block, my test block:

I'm making a baby-sized quilt, but I'm afraid these colors would keep a baby up!

Here's my layout:

It's going together so easily, I'm impressed!

I did catch an error in the wording of Cheryl's pattern tho. She said, "along their savage edges." Those savages! How dare they! Are they savage selvedges?


Monday, October 20, 2014

Sweet 16 Problem

I'm having problems on my Sweet 16 quilter. I'm using Superior's Bottom Line thread both top and bobbin, and I am often getting shredded thread. Well, not exactly shredded, but separated. It is a two-ply thread, and it separates into its plies, and then one ply sorta disintegrates. I have been in contact with Superior, they have, so far, suggested I back off on the tension. I've tried that , and am now only going thru one of the pre-tension loops (instead of three). Tried two first. Now the thread pops out of the first two loops above the thread cone. Still separates, but not as often. It also happened with another brand of thread on this machine.

Maybe tomorrow I should call Handi Quilter.

Very frustrating especially since I want to get a lot of stuff done!

I've had it a little over a year, and really love using it. But his problem is getting me down. The thread has been shredding like this for a long time isn't something new. I just decided to get to the bottom of it.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Christmas in October?

I quilting my Christmas quilt. It is unusual for me to be this far ahead of the calendar, so the calendar must be wrong.

This is how I audition quilting patterns:

These are page protectors taped on top of the flimsy, then I use Crayola Window Crayons to mark up the designs I'm thinking of. The marks will wipe right off with a little piece of batting. What an ingenious idea! Sorry, I have forgotten who posted this, not too long ago.

The last couple days I've been doing the Stitch in the Ditch. Not a fun part, at all. This is almost like work! Almost.  Tomorrow I should be able to start FMQing. Looking forward to that.

I got inspiration from Angela Walters latest book:


Wednesday, October 15, 2014


My friend came over and I showed her my Celtic Solstice quilt. She kept petting it and saying how it made her feel so happy. Said this is a Happy Quilt. So I think I'll rename it to My Happy Quilt. I admit I enjoy petting it too. I love the texture quilting gives a quilt.

For more information on this quilt, please see September Finish.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mr. LQ

My husband and I had a really nice day together on Saturday. We went to look at some motor homes, then went to a golf store, then out to eat. First, the motor homes: Our dealer has just started carrying the Monarch line of motor homes. The ones we toured were $600,000+. I can hardly believe it! Of course, they were thoroughly luxurious! Remote controls for everything! They even had dishwashers! That's really roughing it, eh? But if you were going to use it for full timing, you'd want all the amenities from home.

Then the golf store: I wanted to look at women's golf clothes. The cheapest jacket I saw was $60. I refuse to pay that much for clothes.

So far, we haven't spent any money! Success so far!

Then we went to lunch. We like to try different ethnic restaurants. We passed a Persian restaurant in Grand Rapids, MI that looked inviting, and interesting. I can't remember what we had, and certainly can't pronounce it, but it was soooo good! A stew-like dish. Mr. LQ, ever dapper and suave, said to me, "Can you remember the last time we had a meal this good?" What's this? He doesn't think my Hamburger Helper can compare? huh!

Man hiding his face


Monday, October 13, 2014

Another Finish!

Back in August, Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs asked for pattern testers on her blog. We were given the pattern for Scrappy Tiles and given a turn-around time. I thought, no problem! I can do this in plenty of time. Well, life happened, as it does, you know. It took me until almost the end of the turn-around time to get it turned around. I did get it done several days before the end date, but I was feeling the pressure.

Still, I enjoyed the process. The quilt went together very easily, and I was able to add some insight into the writing as well. Cheryl's patterns are very well written. My suggestion was just a little one. She has great drawings, the cutting directions are very clear. I just made some dumb mistakes while putting it together.

It's a very simple pattern, that looks much more complicated when completed. I pulled fabric from stash and decided to make a baby quilt size, so used a bunch of kid prints and had fun with it.

Here is my quilt in progress:

My piles of cuts

And here is my finished quilt:

Doesn't the quilting look luscious??
Here are a couple close-ups of the quilting:

It's quilted with a large swirly meander with heart thrown in occasionally. Had fun with it. I enjoyed it so much, I have agreed to do another pattern test for Cheryl. This one I'll get started on earlier tho.


Scrappy Tiles by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs @ She has an etsy site too.