Friday, August 29, 2014

Day 17 of F to F - getting close to done!

One good thing about having a facing type binding is that you can carefully pin the facing to the quilt, take a picture of the quilt and you would never know the binding was pinned. That is what I did so that I could spend my time getting the standard binding on the second piece. I had a little bit more of the hand sewing to do, so I was up early again this morning and finished it before I went to work.

I went back to read the rules about this challenge and I totally missed what event these were for! It is for the International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston. They will notify you on September 5th if they selected your piece and you have until Oct. 1 to get it to the venue. I won't bother spending the time attaching hanging pockets unless a piece is selected. Why waste the time when there as so many other things I need to do! If my pieces don't get selected I can show you what I have been doing. If they are selected, then I can't post pictures until December.

This morning when I arrived at work I looked up at the sky and saw four jet streams. It made me wish I was on a plane going somewhere.

With the three day weekend here I plan of getting a lot of work in the studio done. There is so much I need to do I really have to figure out a plan or I will be going in circles and nothing will get done! I have lots of movies that I borrowed from the library to have playing while I hit the sewing machine hard!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Day 16 of F to F and the MQG meeting

Last night six ladies arrived for the monthly MQG meeting. The first activity was me showing the ladies how to make a facing style binding. I had the binding sewn on the first of the two F to F pieces except for one corner. I wanted to show them how I sewed the binding at the corner. Next was a demo on the understitching and then trimming the corners. I turned the corner right side out and showed how to press the binding to the backside of the quilt and ease the corner into shape. Here is the pressed corner

Next I showed the ladies how to sew a circle. We had scissors, freezer paper, and glue sticks a flyin'! I showed how to sew the circle and then several of the ladies sat down at the machines - yes, I had both 1475s set up and ready to go - and sewed their circles. They did a great job! I forgot to get my camera out until the last minute so I only have shots of mine and a mother and daughter's blocks. I learned how to do this from Simply Quilts.
The back after I trimmed it

Show and tell went fast at it was approaching 8 p.m. and two of the ladies needed to leave. I didn't get pictures of two impressive pieces that were shown - a small challenge quilt that was inspired by the colors in the packaging for peanut M&Ms (you can see it on the Aug. 21st post), and an improv pieced quilt top. The quilt top blocks were made using the techniques I had shown the group some time ago and the fabric was hand dyes I had made and sold to this lady. I know she will bring the quilt back so I will get a picture of it then.

The one member brought her daughter and she showed some of the fabric she had printed in college. She graduated from the Savannah College of Art and is now looking for a job. Here website is Here are some of the fabrics

I was up at 5 a.m. so I went to the studio to work. I finished up the trimming and machine sewing on the first F to F piece. I pressed and pinned the binding so all I need to do is the hand stitching. I also got the binding sewn and pressed the for second piece.

At lunch today I will try and get the quilting done on the second piece so after work I can sew on the binding. I need to post the pictures tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lots to do

Last evening was about cleaning up for the MQG meeting at my house tonight. Much of the time was spent putting away stuff. I still need to vacuum, but the studio looks decent. I am going to demonstrate how I put on a facing binding so I have the first of the two F to F pieces laid out on my big table. I had pressed it and used my bricks to hold it in place as the moisture evaporated. It is now nice and flat and ready for tonight.

I waited until 7:30 to go out and mow the front yard. The temp was still in the low 80's and it was very humid. I was drenched by the time I was done. It was starting to get overcast and just when I got started I saw lighting. I mowed fast! Here is the sky once I got done.

and a few minutes later it looked like this

I saw that my Shasta daisies were finally blooming and here is the first flower. The picture is a bit blurry and dark as the wind was blowing and I needed to get inside because of the lighting.

We didn't get but a sprinkle. I also took the time to repot this cactus that was marked down to $1.00. I love cactus. He was in good shape, but it looked like it must have been knocked over because the wasn't much dirt in the pot. He was very dry so I gave him a good drink of water and now we will see if he survives.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Day 14 of F to F - so close!

I quilted, and quilted and quilted last evening and I am now 98% done. I can finish the rest of the machine quilting at lunch and then it is on to the binding! Here is the pile of pieces for the second piece

And I need to cut the binding for the first piece out of the black American Made Brand (AMB) fabric I had left over

Both of these pieces were made front and back out of the AMB fabric. The batting is warm & natural. The thread was various brands, Sulky, Connecting Threads essentials, Star, and some quilting thread I don't know the brand. I will work on the bindings tonight after I get done cleaning up a bit. The ladies are coming Wednesday night so I need to get a few things put away.

My cold is much better and I think it will be gone by the end of the week.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Day 13 of F to F

It was a rough weekend with all the coughing, sneezing, and blowing my nose, but I feel better today. These are the friends that got me thru the weekend

I did get the first piece of the F to F challenge all quilted. I then pin basted the second piece and have about 60% of it quilted. At times it was hard to push myself. It seemed like every time I would take a break I would fall asleep in my sewing chair.

I did have to switch out sewing machines. My original Pfaff 1475 started skipping stitches as I free motion quilted. The new machine works like a dream!

I definitely need to send my original to my repair man and have him clean and tune it up. It has not been worked on in years. Here is the control panel on the new machine. I don't think anyone every used this machine.
Now look at the control panel for my original machine. Look at all the nicks! I have no idea how I could have done this. Maybe with the tip of the scissors?

I did go out Sunday morning about 10 to trim the front yard. I was going to mow, but the grass was still too wet from dew and the humidity was 75%. I am going to have to dig deep and mow after work tonight no matter what.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Day 10 of the F to F projects

I am officially starting to panic! I did get about 1/4 of the last section quilted last evening between the coughing, sneezing, and blowing my nose. Other than getting a haircut Saturday morning, I will be chaining myself to the sewing machine this weekend. The piece I am working on is 46" x 48" and the other piece I want to get done is 46" x 47".

I did receive the additional fabric I purchased for the Michael Miller challenge for QuiltCon. I was one of the lucky people that gets a free bundle of 8 FQs of Cotton Couture for this challenge. There is not enough fabric with the 8 FQs to do what I want so I bought more Cotton Couture. The free fabrics are pastels which I don't work in very often so I bought a few fabrics to punch this project up a bit.

My free FQs won't be shipped until the end of the month, but I will post them with these fabrics once they arrive. I will have to read the rules again because I think this may be another one of those projects I can't post pictures of. So as soon as I get the F to F pieces done I will be jumping right into the Michael Miller challenge.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Day 9 of the F to F projects

Even though I felt lousy with this cold, I soldiered on and completed another section of the first of the two pieces for the F to F challenge. So the first piece is 4/5th done! I did discover a thread goober on the back that I will have to fix.

I don't think I can finish this last section tonight, but it will be done for sure by Friday night. I then can use this piece to demonstrate to the quilt group next Wednesday on how I bind a quilt with facing. Next I have to get the other piece quilted as the deadline for these two is Aug. 31.

I picked up a couple of movies for the weekend - yes, another Dirty Harry movie and a movie Clint Eastwood directed about the musician Charley Parker.

While I was at the library I cruised over to the new books section and Kathy Doughty's new book was sitting there just waiting for me to pick it up. I love her use of color and prints!

I received an email from the Akron Art Prize - that is the group running the event I entered the "Where's Jimmy?" quilt. The email was for a 20% discount for one week only for Moo cards! I only have about a dozen left so I think I will go ahead and get some more. Oh, we get a break on shipping too.