Saturday, June 25, 2011

Finally got the nerve to start quilting the Baltimore Album Quilt

This quilt was sandwiched for 2 weeks before I finally put a stitch in it.  I knew I wanted twirly feathers around the outside as fill and some sort of McTavishing on the inner applique (really loosely interpreted for me!).    And I finally sent the husband out on a 40 mile bike ride, it was just me and the quilt.  It had to happen!  I drew a few veins and the rest is history, it is started.  Oh my why are those first few stitches so hard?  Why is it so hard to commit to a design (maybe cuz you don't know what the design is???) and start sewing.  Once the first stitches are in, well you're committed.  I don't take quilting out, I just live with whatever got started.  Lucky for me, I'm fairly pleased with what got started.  I have 4 blocks done, here's the first.  

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Love At Home Quilt - Sneak Peak at Quilting

I designed this house block for a folk art quilt with house all over it. There are three trees. This is the quilting I did on it

Here is the stencil I used in the tree.

I auditioned my pattern on Press and Seal. The pattern is free motion. I did add 8 dots. 4 at the top of the hearts and 4 at the bottoms of the hearts as quides to help me get a more symetrical heart. I also added a few lines on the roof to help get that straight.

Here is the finished house. The nine patches are completely scrappy as you can see by the dinosaur.
This has been fun to quilt. See the whole quilt top here:

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


I’ve been working on Mom’s quilt.  FINALLY got all the center wreaths done.  Now I’ll be adding little flowers in between them.  You get a better picture from the back.  This quilt is going slow because of a million different reasons like my wrist, my machine, my time, my job, trying out new techniques on something else that I’ll want to use on this quilt …  .  You name it, I’ll use it as a reason.  Also, I just don’t want to rush this.  I want to take my time and do a lovely job.  I want my Mom to have something to keep forever.