Sunday, April 28, 2013

Petals, Bubbles, and Waves

I finally finished the quilt for my neighbor's daughter. I hope the decorative stitching holds up well on the petals and bubbles side of this quilt.

The pattern on the side with the multiple colors of the rainbow is called New Wave. The quilting was just a straight stitch in the narrower white sections.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Been Basting

While basting this week, one program that I watched was The Great British Sewing Bee on YouTube. I thoroughly enjoy this program.

I realized that I would start my basting row by tying a knot to the end of my thread and then making the stitches. The row would end without a knot, just a cross over of threads to hold the thread in place like shown below. I now start my row this way, instead of making a knot at end of thread. I should have thought of this before since it is so much faster.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Singer 224 at Work

I used my Singer 224 for the raw edge applique of the petals and bubbles.

The treadling of this machine is so smooth and the stitching of this machine is very pretty. It's an enjoyable machine to use for decorative stitching.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


I went with the split! And added bubbles.

  Next step is gluing pieces into place and decorative stitching. 

Pink and Orange Petals

I started working on side two of the graduation quilt, but I got stuck on the layout of the petals. My original plan was to add different size circles along the bottom left and up the right side. I'm having difficultly in visualizing the flow of the circles when the petals are all together. So, I took a break and did some reading for a couple of days.

I keep playing with the arrangement of the petals. I find myself wanting to split them into two groupings, some petals on top left side and the rest on the right center side. Splitting and separating the petals to each side just doesn't look complete right now. I think by adding the different size circles through the bottom left and up through the center to the top right will produce the balance and flow that I'm trying to achieve.

My son likes the look of the petals all together. He states is looks like a centerpiece. I think it's too predictable a look. I'll just cut the circles out and play with the arrangement some more.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

My Gluten-Free World

I started another blog! Like one isn't enough. I have decided that I would like to keep this blog strictly pertaining to my interests in quilts and vintage sewing machines. My goal is to separate my hobbies and interests into three blogs: quilting, gardening, and cooking gluten-free. The garden blog isn't up yet, but should be very soon. The gluten-free blog is my diary on recipes that have worked for me and that I like, books read that I found very informative and helpful, and restaurants that I discover that I feel worthy of a accolade. Thanks for reading!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Ruby's Fruit Basket

This quilt is GORGEOUS! This quilt is the opportunity quilt that my guilt guild made this year to raise money for the guild. The quilt is raffled off at the yearly guild show, which is coming up soon. The guild asks for volunteers to take the quilt around to other guilds in hopes that the members of the other guilds will purchase raffle tickets.  I volunteered to take it to a guild not too far from home; a guild that I wanted to visit but never got around to doing so.

My guild schedules two members to to this task. Since I'm the rookie to the guild, I just thought I would meet the other gal at the guild that we were schedule, help setup the quilt on the hanger, and sell raffle tickets.

Never did I ever imagine that this quilt would be sitting on my dining room table for two nights and day. The person in charge of passing the quilt to the volunteers chose me since I live not too far from her. 

I was so excited and so nervous at the same time. Excited that I could spent time drooling over the quilt for hours and nervous that nothing bad would happen to the quilt while I had possession of it.

Needless to say, I purchased $15 dollars of raffle tickets for myself, something that I never do.

This is the border. Many hands went into making this beautiful quilt, and I had the honor of meeting five of the gals the night I sold the raffle tickets. The gal working with me made a couple of baskets, and all of the ladies are members in both guilds.

The story behind the quilt and photo of entire quilt can be found here:

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Side One

I love the look of the New Wave Quilt pattern from Elizabeth Hartman/ Just one of many patterns that has been on my to do list for quite some time now. It's a very easy pattern to follow and assemble.

After arranging the layout of the colors, I spent the day piecing with my Two Spools machine. It has been a couple of months since I have sat down with this machine. I love this machine for piecing.

Side One finished; tomorrow I start on Side Two.