Monday, September 29, 2014

Some Finishes and a Trip Away

Before we left for vacation, I was able to send these two off to Wrap-Them-in-Love.  They are destined for an orphanage in India:

I was in a rush to complete them and I forgot to quilt the one with Gila Monsters in the Gila Monster panto that I haven't used yet – fortunately, I still have some of that fabric so I can do that next time!  Both of these were quilted with a quick and easy panto called Cotton Candy.

We had a great time in North Carolina – the temperatures were wonderful and we were able to play a lot of golf.

Got rather cool at night (in the fifties), but a sweatshirt was all that was needed in the mornings and that was down to a T-shirt by late morning.  Such a very pleasant change from FL this time of year!

We saw some of the trees with leaves that had turned colors but not many:

And there were deer all over the first day (even right next to the cart path), and then we barely saw them again:

One of our friends that has moved up to NC found this cute shop with lots of barn blocks and a Model A in front.  It wasn’t a quilt shop, but I was able to help the economy anyway.  I bought a really nice magnetic enameled eyeglasses holder so I can find my reading glasses up in the sewing room.  And I also picked up a lovely pottery mug so I can stay in my sewing room all day if I want to!

I do have a third quilt that didn’t make it into the box to WTIL.  I’ll get its picture up tomorrow.

Friday, September 5, 2014

When Quilting is No Fun

I have been quilting the Project Linus quilts using donated polyester batting and having a terrible time with it.  The batting was very inexpensive – it has the “special” price on the label (probably why it was donated).  The batting itself is very uneven, and has a horrible texture.  You can feel the tiny bits of plastic clumps in it and when the needle hits them, the thread breaks – often – over and over - repeatedly.  My advice:
    Do.Not.Buy.Batting.That.Is.$7.48.For.Ten.Yards - not even for charity quilts!

I have a whole second roll that is unopened and will stay that way as far as I am concerned.  I am done with messing with it.  I will return it to the Project Linus group and buy my own batting from now on to donate for the tops I quilt for them.  Enough ranting …

This is the quilt I just finished for them - the panto is an edge-to-edge called Joy:

Even though I switched over to expensive batting, I had a rough time getting my machine back into smooth working order.  I had to change the needle, the tension, and the tautness of the backing, among other things.  And they gave me muslin for the backing, so every little quilting mistake and stop and start shows. 

And to top it off, I put it on the frame at night and I think I put the nice, expensive batting on upside down.  It was so frustrating and I had been having such fun before using the cheap batting.  Oh well, back to the drawing board … I expect to have fun sewing this weekend!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Project Linus Day

I just finished quilting another top for Project Linus.  They provide the top, backing and batting and I just get to pick a panto and quilt them up - what a deal - I get to have all the fun!  This simple design looks so sweet with a panto called “Eye See You” that has butterflies, dragonflies and birds.  I return them to the group as is so they can bind them.

And this is the next one on the frame for Project Linus … the panto, called Joy, looks pretty with the roses in the fabric.

I’m on a quilting roll today!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Almost Forgot the Reveal

The recipient has the Sneak Preview quilt in hand from this post and is happy with it, so here is the less-than-big reveal:
The fabric I was given is the black/white Rotary Club fabric in the middle.  It was printed like a batik and was less than perfect to work with.  The lady wanted some color to go with it, so I came up with the multi-color HSTs for the front.

Then I had to piece the back (I wanted to use all of the fabric I was given), and I found the lovely golden yellow prints.  I almost like the back better!

But like the Quilts of Valor that I sometimes quilt for my group, these large quilts are just too much of a hassle for me to work with very often.  I really love working with smaller children’s quilts and I’m going to stick with them for the foreseeable future!

This is the latest “boy” quilt top.  Love those critters on quilts – LOL.