Monday, April 11, 2016

A finish and a failure

I finally finished quilting my quilt top, the NY beauty blocks were the last ones!



I was quilting fairly late (for me) Saturday night, around 7:30, when I realized I had quilted one of the edges down somehow and caught a bunch of it in my quilting.  Too tired, I 15 minutes of stitching meant 3 hours of unpicking Sunday morning.  But it's fixed now, that's all that matters.

And the other day I saw something on Carol Eaton's  blog that looked interesting so I thought I'd try it. Wrap some whiffle balls in some fabric, then use fabric paints to color it.

I used some Pfd cotton topped by some silk gauze, then Dynaflow and Setacolor paints. They looked pretty awesome at this point.

It took over two days for it all to dry, finally unwrapped it all Sunday, and it was a dismal failure.

This is the silk gauze: 


And the cotton piece looks even worse, all the paint collected around the whiffle balls.

Pretty awful!

So I'll probably dye this piece with procion dyes...if it ever warms up enough here.

And a picture of my poor old sad man Leo, who gets SO scared when I try to take a picture of him

Love you Leo!

Linking up with  Nina Marie today!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Underestimated again

Thought this would be done yesterday, but here I am still working on it today! I always seem to underestimate the time it will take for quilting...

There are 4 NY beauty blocks to quilt still, then I'm done.

This was fun to make, and I still have tons of scraps, so I'm starting another one this weekend.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

What happened to March??

I pretty much spent the month of March in a daze.  It started out ok, but went downhill fast when I got the flu about a week in. That lasted about a week, then I started feeling ok and got hit by a sinus infection.  Thank goodness for antibiotics! But I physically felt so awful that I didn't sew at all, it was hard to work up the energy to take a shower occasionally...

That crap is over now, and I've been finishing up a quilt I started earlier this year.  I've spent yesterday and today free motion quilting, and I'm so happy!

Just an all-over swirly design, using a light grey thread, Superior Bottom Line in the top and bobbin.

Love quilting on my Babylock Tiara, it's so great not having to wrestle the quilt into a small throat space. Hope to finish this up tomorrow!