Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Snow in South Louisiana? ! ?

Our middle grandson is enrolled in a very nice preschool.  Every year they have a snow day. They bring in ice and make snow.  The children love it.  Here are a few pictures of the fun they had today!

Making snow

Sunday, January 19, 2014

another UFO finish! Ducks!!!

Here is another top I quilted this week. I put this one together a few years when someone gave me some duck prints.  I tried the round feathers again!
It is beautiful and sunny today so I took these photos on the back patio.

I have 8 more quilt tops in the pile to finish!
Wish Me Luck!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Free motion quilting....???

I am determined to learn how to quilt feathers and designs on my quilts using my regular machine.
I found a nice round feather stencil that is getting easier to follow each time I use it.

My question to all you great quilters out there is  you draw out a stencil design all the time or do you just do feathers and stuff on your own free hand.  

I feel like I am cheating when I trace a design on my quilt top to follow.  I feel as though I should be able to free motion with out having to trace it.

Please, suggestions and tips on how to get better at this.  You can see some of my work on previous posts on this blog.

I practice, practice, practice!!!!!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

another finish

I finally finished this quilt top.  I made it many years ago.  It was a perfect way to practice my round feathers. I did one on each of the blocks.  It made for an interesting back for the quilt.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Grandsons in Quilts

I took these photos over the last few weeks.  Just want to share what we love most.
They love wrapping themselves up in one of my quilts.
Too Cute!  

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

cleaning my sewing machine

I am so bad about cleaning my sewing machine.  I always seem to be to anxious to get to the sewing part that I do not want to take the time to brush out the lint.  I am almost embarrassed to show you how bad it was.

Here is a before picture........I'm so bad huh?

  I put the bobbin so you can have an idea of how much I got out of there.

Looks so much better...I still need to get out the vacuum and get the rest but at least now I have a happy machine and I can get busy sewing again!

How often do you clean out your machine?

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

working on another unfinished quilt (made with vintage fabric)

I put this quilt top together about 10 years ago.  I decided it was time to quilt it.  I thought it was a perfect quilt to use to practice my round feathers.  I have about 18 more circles to do then I plan to do some free motion fill in quilting. I am not sure how I will bind it.  I am thinking of using a blue or red fabric cut on the bias and I will  try to go around the curves.  It measures about 54" by 68".  The fabric is vintage and still in great condition.  I found the fabric in a box I had with some of my mom's stash.  She was a seamstress and did a little quilting. She mostly made clothing. She passed away back in 1984 and I kept some of her fabric.  I was not quilting then so I'm not sure why I kept it.  I'll post a couple of pictures when I finish it.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

My sewing plans for 2014.

I am a fabriholic.....are you?

 Last June I decided to stop buying fabric for a year..  I did pretty good.  I only bought a few yards of fleece in December, that's not fabric is it?

When we moved into our new home in October I realized that I had more fabric than I would ever be able to use. I gave some fabric to a friend's daughters who are just learning how to sew and I gave some to our local library where we did some sewing lessons.  

For 2014 I plan to complete UFOs before I start a new project.  I just ordered a big roll of warm and white batting so I will be busy quilting over the next few weeks.  I'll post photos as I finish them.  

What are your sewing plans for 2014?

Saturday, January 4, 2014

A Stocking Swap....wanna play along?

I took part in a Stocking Exchange a couple of years ago and it was fun to do.   If you go to
Wasteland Wallowing
you can see what it is all about.  I hope some of you decide to join in on the fun.