Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Work in Progress 8/27/14

I have been making some progress in the quilt studio and am so happy to share.

The top of this super scrappy Irish Chain is about 3/4 complete.

It is a Bonnie Hunter pattern called "Happily Scrappily Irish".   It is made up of just two kinds of blocks.

On the left side, is the block I made as a "leader / ender" project.  It is Bonnie's method of having some units cut and ready to feed through your sewing machine at the beginning and ending of chain piecing for a different quilt.  Before you know it, you have a huge head start on a future scrap quilt.

Hummm, I should probably come up with my next leader / ender quilt!

I am off to link up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.  Pop over and see what Lee (our host) and other quilters are sharing.

Go Sew,
Jodi B

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Free Motion Quilting - Stuff I've learned

Quilting the Log Cabin

Marking Guidelines
I'm making some bracket shapes with a water soluble marker (Clover brand).  I sketched in the general shape.  Quilting on the line would be tedious, so the mark is only there to indicate where I start, make a point and stop.

Simple DIY Guide
Because there are so many lines and seams with the log cabin block, it was easy to confuse which strips to quilt.  A paper frame allowed me to focus on the square to mark.

Wish I had known...
The first act in my plan of attack was to stitch in the ditch around each block.  Using cream thread looked good in some places and not so much in others.  Where two brown edges meet, it , well, looks like crap.  I checked with Sammi Seam Ripper - could he help me out?  But, he was busy with a yoga class.  Just as well.  I'll do better next time.

Do you have any tips to share?

Go Sew!
Jodi B

Friday, July 4, 2014

In Search of a Shorter WIP List

Please meet my new quilting assistant, Olive.

Yes, you are correct she is a little puppy.  And little puppies take time away from sewing.  The only things I am working on right now are WIP / unfinished projects.  Here is the plan.  Finish top priority ones.  Don't add any new projects (except the one I just added a few days ago).  Then, find an awesome way to store my scraps.

I would so like to only have maybe 2 unfinished projects at a time.  That's my goal.  With multiple works in progress, I tend to have stashes of fabric and thread squirreled away in each project container.   

It looks organized, but I feel like the supplies are quite scattered.

On another note, I took a photography class.   Below are a couple of photos of my log cabin quilt.  I'm basting it in the dining room.  What I have learned from the class is that my camera is old and taking good pictures is a skill, I don't have, yet.

Thank you for stopping by!
Go Sew,
Jodi B

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Handi Quilter Academy

Don't you love a vacation centered around quilting?  Handi Quilter conducted Handi Quilter Academy 2014 from May 28 - May 31.  I was there and I think I got a B!

Snow Bird Ski and Summer Resort hosted the event.  They treated us very well.

We don't have views like these in Atlanta.  The scenery was beautiful.

The attendees received lots of super gifts from company sponsors.  What a way to start out the week!

The first day, I attended Sweet Sixteen Boot Camp.  It was an all day affair with HQ educator Debby Brown.  Each of the 11 students had a Sweet Sixteen in the classroom.  We learned it all...from threading the machine and tension all the way to using Handi Quilter rulers.

And, at last, I got to have an in-depth discussion on the crazy bobbin winder.  That alone made it worth the trip.

The next three days, I took classes on free motion quilting and choosing quilting designs.  My favorite teachers were Helen Godden and Angela Walters

Helen Godden has a terrific Australian accent.  I could have listened to her talk all day.  But, her quilting is to die for.  She exclusively stitches on the Sweet Sixteen.  Below is one of her class samples.

Angela Walters is another free motion dynamo and cute as a button.  Below is her class sample on the long arm.  Ah, the inspiration!

OK folks, go sew.
Jodi B

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

WIP 5/21/14

WIP Wednesday is here.  I am really focusing on two projects.

Neutral Log Cabin
I am calling this neutral.  What do you think?  Is the dark too dark to be calling this a neutral quilt?  Should I rename it?  While squaring all the blocks on the twirly cutting mat, it turns out that 10 of the blocks were WAY too small to use!  Bummer.  I faintly remember checking / adjusting my quarter inch marker last year, shortly after starting this.  I can't believe it made that much difference.

So, we have 10 new blocks, coming right along.

Spools Quilt
I am desperately trying to get the right side border finished and attached by Monday.  From May 28 - May 31, I am attending the Handi Quilter Academy at Snow Bird Resort in Utah.  One class asks for 2 unquilted quilt tops so we can discuss possible free motion quilt designs.  Though this will not have the top and bottom border, it should be a good one to take.

Though Edyta Sitar (her pattern) fused the appliqué, I am needle turning.  And, to make it even more time consuming, I am adding some embroidery embellishments.  Wish me luck on getting this together by Monday!

WIP Wednesday is sponsored by Freshly Pieced.  Please stop by to see this terrific blog, the many talented quilters and inspiring projects!  I'm off to link up now.

Go Sew!
Jodi B

Saturday, May 17, 2014

It's a Wrap - Give Away Day Winner Selected

This was my first Give Away Day sponsored by Sew Mama Sew.  It has been so much fun to see all the bloggers linking up with their projects and supplies, all just for the taking!

And on my end, I loved reading all the comments answering my giveaway question..."When you happen upon a fabric you like, how much do you usually buy?  Fat quarter, 1/2 yard, yard, etc?."

Out of 80 comments, here is a summary.

4 yards    1
3 yards    2
2 yards   11
1.5 yards  2
1 yard     29
.5 yard    16
FQ / PreCuts  8
2 metre   1
1 metre   4
.5 metre   3
"Tons"    2
"Double what I need"   1

Are you surprised with the results of the survey?

The winner, chosen by Random Number Generator dot com is:

 OK, the number was 14.  I'm pretty new at this and was unsuccessful in copy / pasting the screen shot.

And number 14 is:

Susan Solberg!

I hope Susan likes this pillow.

As soon as I get Susan's address, I'll be off to mail it.  Now all that is left to do is sit nervously by the computer, waiting for an email that I am also a lucky winner.

Hello out there....I'm here!

Go Sew,
Jodi B

Monday, May 12, 2014

Give Away Day May 12, 2014

* oops, I posted this under "supplies" instead of "handmade" at the Give Away Linky Party.  Will move it soon*

Monday, May 12, 2014 is an official Give Away Day sponsored by the Sew Mama Sew blog.  I would like to send this quilted pillow to one lucky person leaving a comment to answer this question. "When you happen upon a fabric you like, how much do you usually buy?  Fat quarter, 1/2 yard, yard, etc?."

I made this 14 inch x 14 inch pillow this year.  The cover is cotton in neutral colors with a touch of blue.  Five of the nine triangles are embellished with French knots of variegated perle cotton.  Back is soft flannel.  Pillow insert is 50% goose down / 50% goose feather.  Cover has wool batting and zipper closure on the back. 

To be eligible for the giveaway, leave a comment telling me how much fabric you buy when buying it just because you like it, by May 16, 8 pm EST.

The winner will be selected randomly on May 18.

I will ship internationally, by May 20.

Stop by Sew Mama Sew to check out the other Give Away Day goodies.  I am off to link up now.

Go Sew,
Jodi B