Sunday, May 17, 2015

Janome thread guide hint & Saga of Tattered Puppy

Remember the poor tattered pupy from this post?

I put off mending him until "after retirement" when I would suddenly have all the time in the world to finish all my projects and then some time left over to read, play piano and nap �� So retirement and I have been sooooo busy, but they are days filled with things I love to do rather than that work!

First I stripped off all the tattered fabric. This proved quite a chore and took several days. It was this block plus another where I had used the same fabric for a background.

With that done, the puppy is now naked, rather than tattered.


I pinned a piece of replacement fabric over the block and began clipping away the fabric I did not need, leaving enough to turn under the edge to do needle turn applique. Simple enough, right???? Wrong! This process proved to be something I hope never to have to do again.

Once the applique was done, I had to requilt the block as the newly appliqu├ęd sections were not quilted. So I placed a pin in each corner of the block, carefully turned the quilt over and marked with blue tape the section the had to be re-quilted.

Easy Peazy, right? As a child, and as an adult, I could never color in the lines. Well, this also applies to doing free motion quilting following lines of a previous quilter.








I did my best though, and you know what "they" say, "If it looks good from a galloping horse....." So here is a picture of the finished repair from about 15 paces.

Looks pretty good, don't you think.....and that is as close as you are going to get to the quilting��




Here is my grandson, Levi, holding his quilt that he has waited so patiently to receive back. He is usually galloping around himself, so doubt he will see I did not quilt in the lines.









I must share a valuable lesson I learned for all of you who quilt with a Janome that has the thread guide thing for large cones of thread. I always thought it had to be fully in the upright position to work right, but my spool of machine quilting thread kept flying off the spindle.

So I tried lowering the thread guide, and lo and behold, no more problems. Now who knew? Probably all of you out there, but I even checked the manual to see if this was in the instructions ( not that I had read the manual when I got the machine) and did not see it there. Maybe I should tell Janome of my discovery or if it is common knowledge, tell them to include it in the manual, that is if anyone takes the time to read it☺️

Thanks for stopping by,




Friday, May 8, 2015

Seminole anyone?

Does anyone enjoy Seminole piecing? I have just played around with it a little bit, but love the designs you can make with the various piecing techniques. To the right is a project I will be teaching to my quilt club, Stitchin' Friends tomorrow. It's meant to be a pillow! But could also be a small wall hanging or table topper. Finished size is 17" x 20". I found the free pattern at http://www.fave I modified the directions a little to use 3 fat quarters.

So far I have made three of them and enjoyed the process all three times.

I did a little shopping at Mary Jo's Fabrics in Gastonia yesterday. What fun! I have a grandson due to arrive in July and need to get busy on his quilt.

This fabric will be the back of the quilt. I was happy with the colors and graphics.

The quilt top will be English Paper Pieced tumbling blocks. Now you see why I need to get going in the quilt :)

I found the fabrics shown below for the blocks. Aren't these giraffes cute? The giraffes will be used in each of the tumbling blocks as well as the outside border. The grey will be an inside border.

Can't wait to get started on this one.

Thanks for stopping by, Teresa

Friday, May 1, 2015

Retirement -Sweet music to my heart

Today is the first day of my retirement after working full time for 43 years. It is still hard to grasp not having to get up and go to a job each morning, but I think I will adjust nicely. I had some vacation time to take, so have eased into retirement the last couple of weeks. Today, to celebrate, my husband and I purchased a new piano. I used to play a lot just for our enjoyment, at least Fred was nice enough to say he liked listening to me play. It will be delivered on Tuesday.

I have finished the Patchwork of the Crosses blocks, all 56 +1extra of them. It is hard going into quilt shops or fabric stores now and not picking out fabric for the next few blocks. Just have to connect them all together with the 1,072 one inch connecting squares. Pictures follow of my last 6 blocks.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Patchwork of the Crosses Blocks & Twilling

Thought I would show you first a butterfly that I finished the embroidery on this week. It was a quick block to make and so much fun to be Twilling again. I added a little bling and did some back stitch and satin stitch for variety. I do love the look.....but now the problem is all I want to do is twill the day away!

I have been busily doing some design work and English Paper Piecing, but can't show that project just yet.

Still stitching away on my Patchwork of the Crosses blocks, pictures of my most recent blocks are at the end of this post.

My next post will have pictures of the BLue China quilt I have been making One Block Wonder style. Did some work on this one at a quilt retreat in January and hope to have it ready to show my progress soon.

Hope you are all keeping warm. We may get our first snow on Monday, and I am excited about that. You poor folks up North,I know you would gladly ship us tons of snow. Saw pictures on the news tonight of roofs collapsing under all that weight, how awful that must be.

Hope you will glance through my PotC blocks. I just love making these blocks and only have 6 more to make. This has been an enjoyable journey, and I am already thinking of what my next EPP project will be.

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Poor Little Tattered Puppy

I made my grandson a quilt 4 years ago, given to him on his 7th birthday. He requested a dog quilt and I found this cute Buggy Barn pattern. Yesterday he brings it to me and tells me how he sleeps with it every night but it has gotten some "holes" in it and could I repair them. So I am thinking, he has torn the binding or maybe a little tear in one of the patches, easy enough to fix...right? Wrong!

The fabric has desentegrated! I used this fabric twice in the quilt, once for the body of the dog and once for the background. Thank goodness I only used it twice. I checked all the other fabrics and they are holding up just fine. I make lots of scrappy quilts and now I am wondering just how many of the other quilts I have and have given away, did I use the fabric in.

I cut out paper patterns of the dog body and will applique new body parts on. The other I will have to think a little more on, since it is the background piece. The quilt was quilted by a "long-armer" and I don't want to take out the quilting, so I am thinking after I have the fabric repaired I will attempt to machine quilt from the back following the quilt pattern.

This is going to be a real challenge, and my grandson emphasized to me that he sleeps with it EVERY night - no pressure there. I may have to let him borrow another quilt to sleep with for awhile!

Big southern sigh,


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Making progress.......slowly

I thought I would just share my progress on the three projects I am working on now. There is a fourth that takes up a lot of my time, but can't share that one just yet.

First up is my modified OneBlockWonder quilt, which I have decided to call China Blue. I have reached the half way point in the quilt top and am still enjoying making these blocks. Still have not decided about the applique in the middle, whether to stick with all blue and white, or to spice it up with a splash of color.

Next is a wool applique table runner that I started a few weeks ago at the Quilters of SC fall retreat. This was a workshop conducted by Cathi Gainey and is her own design. I think this project is demanding some embellishment with beads to add sparkle, after all it is a Christmas Table Runner.

The applique is almost done and then I get to play with beads and maybe some Twilling.

Check out Cathi's beautiful wools and patterns at Shakerwood Woolens.

And of course a couple new Patchwork of the Crosses blocks. Still having fun working with these blocks!

That's all for now. Thanks for stopping by!



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Designing with EQ7

I love playing with colors and designs in EQ7. I recently tried designing a One Block Wonder quilt and needed to have a way of separating the blocks as I am using a blue/white print with only a 7 inch repeat. It's amazing how many different blocks I am getting from this fabric.
So design #1 was simply adding white triangles between the hexagons.
This looked better on paper than on my design wall. The white was just to bright and detracted from the hexagon blocks, plus it just looked boring.
I liked the way the white stars appeared as a secondary pattern.
So I went back to my computer and played around with adding blue triangles to create blue and white stars. I liked this, and since I only had 5 rows completed with Design 1, I decided to rip the rows apart and switch to this pattern.
This time I had the 5 rows put together and realized that once again the design simply was not speaking to me.
But I do love that diamond shape that is appearing between the stars!

Alright! I think. This is definitely "THE ONE". Once again I have to rip out some rows, and reconstruct the firs 5 rows. I also am not going to mess with the design anymore...or so I thought.
My next fatal move is to look at some quilts at the York County Quilt show that included awesome applique designs. I just love applique, and then it hits me....this quilt need applique..that would make it so interesting. Hmmm.... But I have 7 rows done now...surely I won't even consider redoing the design ! Ok so applique on the borders, that's what I will do. But no, I want to use my print fabric on the borders to show the fabric that I used to create all the blocks.
And here it FINAL design.inwill do some kind of applique in that white diamond. The diamond measures around 30" wide in the middle and 45" tall, so plenty of space to do some fun applique. Have to come up with a pattern and decide if I want to keep it all blue/white/silver or add a splash of color. I now have 9 of the 15 rows completed and there is no turning back.
Here is a picture of my progress so far and a closeup of the blocks. These were taken In my sewing room at night, and the light is not so good, but at least you Have an idea of how it is progressing. Only shows 7 rows... But I have two more that I will need to use in the bottom of the quilt.
Wish me luck!