Sunday, September 21, 2014

Gobble, Gobble!!!

This cute little turkey has been sitting in the "waiting to be quilted" pile for two years now, but yesterday I had some spare time and finished it! (well, for the most part--it seems it still needs a beak! LOL)
I used two battings, a layer of Warm and Natural on the bottom followed by a layer of Hobbs 80/20 on top, as I wanted the bird feathers to have a little 3-D effect. And I quilted the background first as I've found that this helps, too, with the puffiness. As you can see, I didn't have enough extra backing fabric and that made quilting this piece a little harder -- my machine kept hitting the clamps and bringing me to a full stop. Not good!!! I tend to practice worse case scenarios on my own quilts but am not inclined to do this with someone else's quilt.

If you'd like to make a turkey like this one, this pattern came from a Missouri Star Quilt Company You Tube video. Jenny gives wonderful step-by-step instructions in her videos. I just love them! Here's a link for making this Thanksgiving Turkey!!
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Happy Quilting!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Old Tobacco Road Quilt

Last year I started a Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt named "Old Tobacco Road." It came off the frame this weekend and got trimmed and partially bound. It's going to take a good while for me to hand stitch it down but it wont go on the bed until September as I think the colors are more appropriate for the fall anyways! The quilt is almost 115 inches square and I'm hoping it shrinks about 4 inches when it goes through the wash so it will be perfect on my bed.

The fabrics in the quilt are mostly civil war prints and Kansas Trouble prints I nabbed on ebay about 8 years ago for next to nothing. I love finding those kinds of bargains!  I opted to quilt it in a non-traditional pattern. The panto is called Wild Flowers and the thread is Omni in barley.


Ironically the next quilt I'm making is another Bonnie Hunter mystery!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A bit of history ...

The other day, I came across the second quilt I ever pieced and the first quilt I ever "longarm" quilted. It was on my Pfaff Grand Quilter and Proflex frame setup. Would you look at the really awful quilting, so jerky and not smooth at all, and yet I actually love this quilt because of its imperfections. It reminds me of how far I've come both with piecing and quilting, and what a difference a good quilting machine makes!

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