Friday, April 28, 2017
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
On Monday I finished the last of the machine appliqué on the Nevertheless.
On Tuesday I searched for the right Star block pattern for the 2018 raffle quilt. The kit included the fabrics but you pick your own block.
And after that block searching, tonight I just drafted a typical star block.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Monday, April 17, 2017
On day 105 I finished the text on the quilt, which is definitely a banner.
Day 106 I decided the layout and today I pick out the fabric. Should I hand or machine appliqué the letters? Big time difference between the two but I'll be happy not to be glued to the sewing machine. Maybe some type of blanket stitch with floss? Hmmm...
Friday, April 14, 2017
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
Saturday, April 8, 2017
I made a mistake buying this fine thread for my lettering, this is too big of a project for these small spools of 225 yards. So far I've used 2 complete spools. One spool makes for 3 bobbins holding 75 yards each. Also, Coats& Clark changed the official type of this thread from "Fine" to "Paper Piecing".
Question to ponder later: When I used one spool for the bobbin and one spool for the top thread, why did I run out of bobbin thread way earlier than top thread? They were both brand new spools.
One bobbin does >4 lines of text. I think it's 85" wide, which is another error...I was going to make it 75" wide but forgot about it when I started quilting.
Unfortunately I don't think the quality of my work is going to improve as I go. Even when I start feeling like I've got my groove going the quilt gets hung up on the edge of the sewing machine.
Friday, April 7, 2017
Prepping for the 'Nevertheless' piece, my days were filled with prepping fabric.
My big ironing board consists of all leaves put in the table and layers of quilts put in top.
Going to try this, fusible batting. I was concerned about how lumpy it was because I can't throw it in the drier to even it out. At both the Fairfield and the Poly-Fil websites I couldn't find info about it.
So I just put all the layers down and followed the instructions.
And so I started. Machine quilting the words looks terrible, but it will get my point across.