Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Teaching my Sister

I spent a lot of time over spring break teaching one of my sisters how to machine quilt on the Bernina Q24.  She had previously hand quilted a couple quilts and machine quilted some small quilts on her domestic sewing machine.

She brought over a couple 60 inch wide pieces of flannel and some batting.  We loaded them on the frames and she started quilting after doodling designs on paper.  She had so much fun and even added extra shapes like stars and flowers between her wiggles and loops.

I think quilting in rows is a great way to start with free motion quilting because you know where you are going and it is easier to fill the space evenly.

The flannel was a great first quilt.  Her second quilt on the frames is the Eagle Scout quilt made from the panel by Riley Blake.  She added some extra borders not included in the free pattern to make it a little longer.

She did an amazing job custom quilting the quilt.  She even learned to love using rulers to quilt on the longarm.  She used the rulers for circles, stitching in the ditch, wavy lines, and straight lines.

I am so impressed with her second machine quilted quilt!  You can really see the designs she used on the minky backing.

She used her Cricut to cut out the BSA fleur de lis.  She traced it onto the outer border with a blue water soluble marker.

The large eagle in the panel was my favorite part.

Quilting with my sister was so much fun and my kids enjoyed all the time with their cousins.

I wish all my students could catch on as quickly as my sister.  I am so proud of her.  Didn't she do an amazing job?


Monday, April 24, 2017

April Decor

April has been a crazy busy month without as much quilting for me.  However, I still wanted to share my spring/April quilty decorations.  My family room is decorated with yellow, purple, and pink accents.

I am really enjoying changing up the bunting/banner every month.

Panda didn't think I had enough Easter decorations, so he made some for me.  I love this little duck he made without any instructions.

The little bunny and eggs he made are so sweet.

Okay, back to the quilts.  ;)  I have a purple and yellow jellybean table runner on the entertainment center and Spring Sorbet on the shelf.

I have a purple and yellow table runner in my kitchen.

There are a couple more spring quilts by the stairs.

The upstairs landing didn't change very much.  Quilts with minky on the back, like Springtime Race, have a tendency to wander around the house.  ;)

I wanted to hang Dancing Daisies in the formal living room, but the pastel colors did not look good with the black furniture and drapes.  I think the black and red is there to stay.  It is still one of my favorite color combinations.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you are having a great month.


Friday, March 31, 2017

My Nephew's First Quilt

This is my nephew Mr. C's first quilt.  My mother and I put together a few different boy kits for basic Turning 20 quilts and he chose this blue, green, and gray kit. I helped him cut it out and decide on a layout on my mom's new design wall.  Then my mom helped him sew it all together by pinning and pressing.

My mom usually starts similar quilts with the granddaughters when they turn thirteen, but only recently offered to teach the grandsons.  Mr. C was the first after Cheetah to make his quilt.   He is a senior in high school.  We learned that he was always a little jealous of his cousins and sisters who were given the chance earlier.  So my mom is grateful she listened to my suggestion and offered to teach the grandsons.  Three more of my nephews have expressed interest and will be making similar quilts soon.

I quilted it for him on the Bernina Q24 with the Q-matic (computerized quilting).  While I absolutely love free motion quilting, some designs look a little better with the computer.  (It is also nice to let the computer do the quilting when you have a nasty cold.)

Mr. C chose this fun boxy meander design.

I think it looks great on such a masculine quilt.

He also asked me to finish the binding for him which I did completely by machine.

I am so proud of him!  His quilt turned out awesome.

We bought a 90 inch wide gray minky for the back of his quilt.

I love how the quilting design shows up on the minky.

What a fun quilt with lots of memories.

I will always remember how appreciative he was every step of the way.  It is always nice being told that you are an amazing aunt, right?


P.S.  I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar.  Check them out to see what other quilters are making.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bindings Galore

I mentioned in a previous post that my pile of unbound baby blankets was growing.  I had four at the time which were all quilted with the Q-matic on the Bernina Q24.

My pile doubled in size before I started on the bindings.

Two of the boy blankets (on the left) were quilted free-motion to try new types of thread.  Two were quilted with the Q-matic (on the right).  It took about half of the time to free-motion quilt them than for the computer to quilt them.  However, I can't free-motion quilt such cute lizards or such perfect squares and rectangles.  I definitely think that both types of quilting have their place.

I think there is a reason why I usually work on one quilt at a time.  Binding eight quilts at once wasn't nearly as much fun as quilting them!

I have already used the computerized boxy meander design on my nephew's quilt.  Hopefully life will get a little less crazy and I will have more time for blogging and playing in my studio.


Monday, March 13, 2017

HST Sampler Quilt in Progress

While my computer was busy quilting on the longarm, I was nearby squaring up a bunch of half square triangles for a spring sampler quilt.  These blocks were made from the scraps of my WISP, Dancing Daisies.

I want a quilt like the one I sketched below with twenty blocks.

So I added some solid pastel charm squares and extra blue squares from the binding and cornerstone fabric.

It feels so good to be working on this.  A HST Sampler quilt has been on my bucket list for the last few years.  Now I need to start sewing the blocks together so I can arrange them how I want with the sashing and cornerstones.


P.S.  I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar, including Oh Scrap.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Computerized Quilting: Bernina Q-matic

My mom and I recently went to the Q-matic class for the Bernina Q24.  Before the class I had not even turned on the computer.  Honestly, I was having too much fun playing with free-motion quilting on the longarm. ;)

The teacher was so helpful and inspiring that I practiced on a little muslin the next day.

Then I pulled out some baby flannel to practice digital pantographs on as well.

Normally, I use the envelope method to finish the edges before tying the blanket or quilting it.  I only buy a yard and a half for the top and the back.  I ended up sewing scraps to both ends of the backing to make it longer.

I cheated by not using the side clamps and just kept the stitching a half an inch in from the selvages.

It was so much fun that I just kept going...

and going...

and going!

The only problem is that now I have a growing pile of baby blankets that need binding.

I could have quilted these much faster if I just free-motion quilted them.  However, they were great practice for learning a new skill.  Maybe sometime I will combine free-motion and computerized quilting in the same quilt.

It is probably a good thing that I practiced on these baby blankets.  My nephew Mr. C just finished piecing his first quilt top.  He really liked the boxy meander digital pantograph that came with the Q-matic.  I may practice that on baby flannel before trying it on his quilt.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Private FMQ Lessons

I recently had a request for a private free-motion quilting lesson.  I was pleased that I was still able to arrange my room to fit two six foot folding tables even with the Bernina Q24 taking up so much space.

I put all of my class examples on the cutting table by the window. By the end of the class most of them ended up draped over the bars on the longarm.

My sewing cabinet moved over to the side where my design wall is most of the time.  (It ended up in the closet again.)

The private lesson ended up being a lot of fun.  I had four people come for the class.  A husband and wife and their son and daughter-in-law.  I love to see families quilting together!

I also really love my craft room/studio.  I may set it up like this again sometime for my little quilting group.