Out of My Comfort Zone

I picked up a few tops to quilt from our guild’s Comfort Quilts group yesterday. They make quilts for the women’s shelter. Quilting tops made by others really moves me out of my comfort zone! This top is lovely but not something I would have ever made myself. I used the Fern Gully panto on it and some high loft poly batting (which I still hate). 

     

The next one in the frame is again, a beautiful top, but not my personal style. I find it hard to figure out how to quilt these.  

   

I started by quilting a piano key border and a half feather in the inner border. And I am stuck again. This one came with a wool batt and it is the first time I have worked with it. 

I have one more QOV to finish but that is on the back burner until my thread gets here on Tuesday.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Finish It Up Friday

I have had several QOV finishes this week and you have seen most of them. For my own record keeping, I will show them again here. But first is one youhaven’t  seen. This lovely anchor top was made by Joan from the Stitching Sisters group. 

I quilted this using a wave like pantograph called Ebb and Flow. 

  

Here are the others: 

          

I have one more to do, but I am currently debating thread choices on that one. Today will be picking up some tops for the local women’s shelter to quilt. I can’t wait to see what they have for me!

Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Richard and Tanya Quilts

 

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Bad News and Good News

First, the bad news: 

My batting roll is empty!

But the good news is, a new one should arrive today!

Then I can get back to quilting my QOVs. Here is the last one I finished earlier this week. It was made by Terri from the Stitching Sisters group. 

    

 

As soon as the batting gets here, I will start on this lovely anchor top made by Joan. 

 And I leave you with one of my favorite quilting “tools.”  

 I can stand at the frame for hours in these ugly shoes! 

Have a wonderful day.

Linking up with My Quilt Infatuation for NTT.

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WIP Wednesday

This morning,  it was back to City Sampler blocks! 

 

I am up to 9 now; 91 to go! 

 

A few years back, I bought several 10 inch square sampler packs of solids from Connecting Threads. That is what I am using for these blocks.  

 

As I accumulate small scraps from cutting, I put them here so I can keep them handy for use in future blocks. 

 

I mark each block in the book as I finish with a note as to the colors I used. 

At this point, I am not concerning myself with how many of each color I make. I’m just having fun!

Linking up with Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday and Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Sewcial.

 

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More QOVs

i was off yesterday from the library job so I spent the day quilting. No surprise there, right? I was able to get two more QOVs quilted. I believe the pattern of this first one is called Striped and Spangled. 

    

It was made by Susan of the Stitching Sisters. One thing that I never thought much about before owning a long arm, is the direction in which the top is mounted. This top was mounted in the frame with the strips perpendicular to the rollers on the frame. I would have preferred to mount it with the strips parallel to the rollers. Then I could have completed the quilting on each strip before going on to the next rather than quilting the strips piecemeal.

So, why did I mount it as I did? Because the backing was pieced with a horizontal seam. The best thing to do in that case is to mount the backing with the seam parallel to the rollers. Otherwise, the extra fabric in the seam creates a big bump of fabric as it is rolled onto the backing bar and it is difficult to keep the backing pucker free. All this is to say, even the backing can influence the quilting design choices. Who would have thought?

If you are still with me, here is the second quilt I quilted yesterday. The piecing was magnificent! 

This one required several thread changes. I used Superior Monoply with black Glide in the bottom for the SID ruler work, the border feathers, and to quilt around the design in the medallion. I used Glide thread in white for the meander in the blocks.  I wanted to make sure the piecing took center stage and the quilting played a supporting role. Here are a couple shots of the back which is black, not gray as the pictures show. 

  

Have a happy Tuesday! Linking up with Free Motion by the River and I Have to Say….

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Design Wall Monday

I am making slow but steady progress on my City Sampler blocks. 

 

I am really enjoying working with solids here!

QOV week is also in full swing here. I finished another yesterday. This top was made by Joan from the Stitching Sisters group. 

 

I quilted a freehand swirled feather design on this one. It was a nice break from pantographs. I thought it would be faster too. Nope! I can’t keep myself from close quilting!  

 

The backing is actually navy blue but this picture shows the quilting well so I will include it as well. 

 I used Premosoft thread from Fil-Tec.  The next top is loaded and I hope to get this one done today. 

I really like this pattern, simply sewn from strips with stars machine appliquéd. It was made by Susan, also from the SS group.

Time to get quilting! Linking up with Patchwork Times for DWMonday.

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Another QOV

I really need to come up with a better photography system in my sewing room. I have daylight fluorescents lights and, being in a basement, the ceiling is low. I have a convenient place to hang a quilt on my wire basket system but that means one of these lights is right at the top of the quilt causing some serious issues in getting a decent picture. 

All that is said to explain the bad pictures of a lovely quilt! This Quilt of Valor top was pieced by my friend, Terri, from the Stitching Sisters QOV group. 

I love quilting Terri’s tops. They are always beautifully pieced and pressed. Not a ripple or wave in those borders! I used Superior Threads Magnifico thread on this one and a panto called Loop the Loop.  

   

I have another QOV loaded. Now I just have to decide how I want to quilt it!

Happy Sunday!

I said to myself, “Relax and rest. GOD has showered you with blessings. Soul, you’ve been rescued from death; Eye, you’ve been rescued from tears; And you, Foot, were kept from stumbling.” (‭Psalm‬ ‭116‬:‭7-8‬ MSG)

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