Thursday, August 21, 2014

Feathers and Such

I promised I would explain how I did the feathers on Scraplicious Florabunda, and it's easier than you think!
If you haven't seen the whole quilt, click here.

First, the design.  Once again, I put my trusty clear vinyl sheet over the top, and used a dry erase marker to draw away.  I copied the curved frame onto paper so that I could use it as a template.

Then, using my longarm circle rulers, I redrew the curves to smooth them out and form the wave, and to figure out what size circles to use. For the sides, I'm using a 12" diameter circle, 
and for the top and bottom, it's a 10".
I only needed to do half of a side, and half of the bottom for my templates.  Once that's done, I cut them out.
Using the cutout and a fine point ceramic marker, I transferred the curve to my top, using the mitered corners and edge of the inner border as reference points. 
Using the ruler, I'm ready to stitch.
Not being happy with my original design to fill the frame, I kept drawing until this feather spray emerged.
Wanting the feathers to be consistent around the entire frame, I redrew it with a washable marker onto a transfer screen.  Then using a chalk marker (because it was the only thing that would mark through the screen), the feather design was transferred, flipping as necessary.

All I've got to do is follow the lines!  Beautiful symmetrical feathers.

This technique is not limited to longarm machines.  It can also be used for domestic quilting, as it has been for years.  Give it a try the next time you're looking for a consistency in your designs.

And be sure to check out the Whale of a Sale on fabric, yarn, and kits at  Time for some new fabric at great prices! 
Happy Quilting!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Scraplicious Florabunda

It is done!  Introducing Scraplicious Florabunda!
The scrappy aqua blue flowers has turned out beautiful, and is definitely one I'm super proud of.  The random piecing (click here to see how) evolved into a wonderful flower display, and the addition of the quilting makes me say WOW.  This will hang in a place of honor in my house for a long time.

Below are LOTS of detail pictures.  I hope the page doesn't take forever to load!  First up, the feather border, with scribbling to help define those feathers.
And my McTavishing with pebbles as the background fill.
Quilted in some leaves--every flower needs leaves!

And the just as beautiful back.

Two layers of batting and glide thread in bright neon green, navy blue, and yellow were used on this quilt.  The next post, I'll go over how I did those gorgeous feathers!

Until then, Happy Quilting!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Class Projects

Maybe I'm a bit ahead of myself, but in October, I'm teaching a class on the cutting and sewing of diamonds.  So yesterday, I spent the day constructing this sample table runner.
Yes, a table runner.  In my house, it's more like hutch runner, cause that's where it's going!  Measuring in at 20" x 60", it's the perfect size for my hutch.

Colors for this runner were inspired by this fabric
which is on the border.  Here's a closeup of the various prints. 
A nice fall variety and I think I'll quilt leaves on it.  Hope the students aren't scared of diamonds after my class.

Another class project I finished up is my hexie coaster.
Turned out nice, except I'll try a thread that blends in better next time.  The instructor recommended a medium grey thread, but in this case, I think red would have been better.  But not bad for a first attempt.

And I'm finishing up the binding, hanging sleeve, and label on my aqua flowers.  Almost there for the grand reveal!

Until then, Happy Quilting!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Sneak Peek!

Today is just a teaser of an almost finished wall hanging.  Remember my scrap aqua flowers?  Well, they're off the frame and being blocked, still with binding and sleeve to go.  But it's sooo pretty, I can't wait to give some sneak peeks!
The green background has leaves and tiny McTavishing with pebbles.  And the border, oh the border!  
Makes me swoon!  Gorgeous feathers surrounded by scribbling and a scroll/piano key border.  Incredibly beautiful, if I say so myself!

Once it's all dry, I'll put the finishing touches on and tell you how I did that stunning border.

On another awesome note, my favorite online classroom platform, Craftsy, is having a quilt kit giveaway! 
 Aren't these pretty???  Which quilt kit would you love to win?  One randomly selected quilter will get to choose either the starry True Blue Quilt Kit or the elegant Blue Garden Quilt Kit.  Even better, the kit comes with the coordinated backing for the quilt!  Now that's a great prize!

I do have to say that this contest is open to residents of the US and Canada, so sorry to my international friends.  

To enter, click here.  There is no purchase necessary, and if you're not a member of Craftsy, it's easy to sign up.  Please, one entry per person, and the winner will be chosen by Craftsy on August 27, 2014.  

And if you happen to decorate cakes (I did for 20 years!), Craftsy is also having a giveaway for you! 
The same rules apply as for the quilt kit giveaway, and the prize includes a 55-piece Ateco Stainless-Steel Decorating Set plus free enrollment in the new online Craftsy class, The Perfect Cupcake.  Yummy!  I remember getting my 40 piece decorating set when I was 15--totally awesome to have more tools to create with!  Click here to enter!

Good luck!

Have a great quilty day!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WIP Wednesday

It's a WIP Wednesday kind of day!  For those of you who don't know what WIP is, it's work in progress.  And for me, that's a bunch of things, some with pictures, some without.

First WIP is an English paper piecing project I started yesterday.
My guild holds a skill class once a month, taught by members.  It's a great way to learn something new, and a wonderful way for members to meet and share.  Yesterday was this project, and when the second set (in the back) gets sewn just like the first, the two will be put back to back to make a coaster.  I've never done English paper piecing, so this was a great introduction.  It's definitely not hard, just time consuming due to the hand work.  But makes a nice project to do while traveling or waiting.  Would I do more?  Not sure.

Next WIP is my scrap blue flowers.  
I started quilting this on Friday, got nothing done over the weekend, and come Monday, decided I didn't like what was going in the border.  So, I spent that night and some of yesterday doodling, finally pulling out the clear vinyl overlay and drawing on that.  After several ideas, I've settled on one, so today I'll try to finish it up.  Hope it goes well, as I'm being rather picky on this quilt.  I'm even tying the threads and burying them!  I always get judge's comments about my usual tie offs leaving knots on the back, and I'm trying not to do that on this one.

And the last WIP is the batik nickels for the August Book of the Month.  
Haven't done a darn thing!  But there is good news.  In front of me is my list of unfinished projects (click here for that), and I'm happy to report that four items are crossed off the list!  Unfortunately, they may have been replaced with four more.  I don't really want to think about that right now--I need to focus on the list as is.

That's it for WIP's.  I would like to thank everyone for all the lovely comments about Fred the Fugitive and my Metro Rings Medallion.  I try to personally respond to those leaving comments, but some of you I cannot contact.  Usually, it's because the comment is from a no-reply-blogger, and the others, who knows?  But for all of you whom I have not responded back to, I just want to say thank you!  All comments are greatly appreciated!

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced, and Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.

Happy Quilting!