Machine quilting continues


Returned to machine quilting. I did 4 orphan blocks, a little on my baby quilt and made 2 cat bags filled with small scraps.

So worked on some circles and fillers on the baby quilting.


Today decided to try circle swirls. Spent about 10 minutes warming up with them and it clicked! At least the basic ones. Now the brain need to work on doing them opposite direction and eliminate getting caught some place you cannot get out. Overall I was pleased. Did 4 orphan blocks today. I thought I had run out but found 2 more orphan blocks. So I spent some time sandwiching some other blocks and small table toppers. Once I get these done I have a few smaller quilts really to machine quilt. Getting the hang of this.

Did not work on the baby quilt as I wanted to do the sandwiching.

We attended a great Fireman’s corn roast with great music. We also played bingo. It is a smaller sized event and very comfortable. The corn was great! Sunday our church had its first outdoor service/picnic with musical family presenting the service. Food was roasted pig and turkey with the trimmings. They could have used another tent for shade but that will be on the list for next year. Food was excellent! Tomorrow tires have to be rotated and we will take in a movie. So enjoying our weather right now.

Finally got the solar approved by electric company, it we will hold off until monsoons are done. A showing this Saturday and we also looked at a house, too big for us and a little outside our desired area.

Happy Quilting to all!


Machine Quilting continued…

The humid weather is gone after a few thunderstorms last evening. Perfect breeze off the lake. I even went for my usual walk.

Back to machine quilting today. After a warm up jumped right into my orphan blocks. I think these are from some book, maybe nearly insane, but seem a little too big for them. Oh well make great practice blocks. Yesterday I made a post it note to remember to change my stitch length and width, I obviously did not put it where I could see it as it was a bit before I dropped my length down. Today put it right by the foot.

The ones on the right are the first 2 and I wanted to focus on loops of different size and focus. Also threw in a few string loops. I was fairly please with those. The next two blocks I noted would be for purses. Jagged glass pattern was ok, would need to work on that one again and other block a few pebbles which also were ok. I decided that was enough of the blocks so have two for tomorrow. (We might be taking car in for rotation and maybe a movie).

Next up is my baby blanket. In outlined the elephant which is good practice following a line or design. It is a bit harder than it looks. So worked on some fillers for hat and spots.

Pebbles and kind of a circle pattern. I guess both were ok and will probably do the rest the same way. I changed top thread to yellow, thicker thread and it was ok. Started breaking and changed needle and that did the trick. For some reason more difficult to stay in the confined area, but possible I was getting a bit tired. So stopped. I am thinking the white background will be some kind of filler. Overall was pretty good and back just a few area of thread backing up. Again right size to do domestic machine quilting. I am using some grip it’s that take place of gloves and they work well. It is just when I stop I have to manually put needle down, not automatic on this machine. Some say you can time the foot pedal to stop with the needle down, but does not work on my machine or with me trying, so takes a little time.

Until next time…

Happy Quilting!

Quilting stitches

Another day of machine quilting. After a warm up I returned to my orphan blocks. So had some hints on meandering and decided to dedicate two blocks to that type of quilting. I guess just relaxing is part of the key. They felt better and maybe looked better. So today I am quite pleased with them. It looks like the next few blocks I designated for purses so decided that it would be best to use walking foot to set the block. It also seemed better when I had a defined space to work within. So took off the free motion foot and on goes the walking foot. I needed practice on really stitching in the ditch and staying to the light fabric. So that was good. I completed 6 blocks to be ready for tomorrow.

Here is today’s accomplishments-

So front and back, one area of bunched up thread, but that is ok. I also ran across some quilting books I got a few years ago and now plan to use them as inspiration for other quilting designs. I have been following “Penguin and Fish” and her learning on live Facebook working on her first domestic machine quilt. Have picked up a few things as she is learning.

While I had the walking foot on I pulled out one of the baby panels I brought back to practice my machine quilting. There were 3 of these panels input into kits. We also had some flannel for the back and decided it really did not need batting. So I sprayed the top and sandwiched it to the back. I quilting around it and-sort of the inside border. Decided to use my very light lavender thread. I am thinking I might do one or two items on the panel and play around with quilting patterns. That will be fun.

I am also thinking that probably no one took the other kits, so might be able to do another one. This size is more manageable that a larger twin size, so good to start on this one.

So tomorrow the 6 blocks as they go fast and then maybe the elephant.

Happy Quilting!

Day one dedicated machine quilting

Wanted to share my machine quilting. I have tried this several times in the past. This past winter one of the Quilters gave an excellent workshop on machine quilting and I picked up some great tips and inspiration. As mentioned prior also following some gals on the internet/blog regarding quilting.

A few weeks ago I started quilting a small topper. It is certainly “free” motion and really is a learning topper. Goal today was to finish it. I only really had the outside blocks to quilt. I am using some polyester thread I picked up rather cheap. I also purchased a lot of top stitch needles that were recommended due to their large eyes and prevent thread breakage. Using the same thread on top and bottom. It is a light lavender but looks clear or silver.

First up is the topper made from scrap batiks.

So I worked on a few things. Meandering, I just cannot do those puzzle pieces, but like doing circles in both directions. The longer loops, working on consistency and size. Even did a few kind of flower designs. With time I was improving.

Next up are some orphan blocks that will be pot holders or parts of purse makings.

Front above, back below.

I do like the wiggly lines. So by end of day pretty good. Took a mid morning break for exercise and take hubby out for his birthday. Nice break in between.

Thing I learned…when thread begins to break….change needle.

Marine daughter called, she is starting her schooling this Wednesday her first class. It will last 1.5 months then two week break and then next class. So she is excited to be moving on. 105 degrees in TX.

Tomorrow we are headed to our favorite wine tasting place “VonKlaus” which pairs food with wine. We are also doing an afternoon hike at a nearby state park with picnic lunch. Probably no quilting tomorrow.

We also have decided that if we get an offer on condo, will put things in storage and move to a month to month furnished place until we can find a place. We really want to stay in the Green Lake area that has so much to do. Still leaning toward another condo in that area. With that being said most of quilting stuff would go into storage. Maybe that would force me to machine quilt all those UFO.s 🙂

Happy Quilting!

Oh those WASPS…

I guess it is that time of year, the dreaded wasps. We spent a day at my folks and I ran out the front door with the phone for my husband and got stung on my left middle finger. Boy that hurt! But I washed and iced it right away. It has been many years since I got bit. It was ok until later that evening, boy did it swell up. The next few days the remaining fingers also swelled up and progressed to hand. I tried everything, ice, calamine lotion, baking soda, drugs and nothing seemed to help. Decided to go to urgent care on Friday as no openings at my doctor. I was worried about a cellulitis setting in. We doctor said it was a venum reaction. Can it do anything. So continued to nurse it and by latter that day it started to improve. Today just very minor swelling present. But boy can this put a dent in your sewing/quilting! One day it was so bad that I just laid out some string blocks that I had just removed the paper backing. These scraps were from a gal that did a lot of paper piecing and had left overs in a fairly large bin. So this is what I came up with…

I did move that lower green blocks and purple ones a bit. So it is stacked and ready to sew together. Might make a good free motion quilting project when I am more confident.

My plan was to start machine quilting this week but that was out on hold. Now I will start it this week. Following several gals and really want to work on this. Today after sewing I cleaned up my sewing area to change over to quilting. I have a lot of practice pieces so that is this week’s goal.

I have been doing the Camp Odea May QAL. It is fun and now that it is getting bigger a bit more time. I have not put on this weeks boarder as I am unsure what color to do. Today finished up sewing geese and corner blocks and attached to main quilt. My geese are a little funky but I was using my stash and some of the strips from jelly roll were not accurate. But that is ok. I am also thinking that this will be a machine quilting project.

Here is current progress.

If I remember correctly it is to be around 72″ so this week is probably the last week, as it is around 52″.

We continue to look at possible homes and some apartments. We finally heard that last viewing, they liked the condo but are also looking at another area and have not made a final decision yet. The market is quite hot right now, new homes added almost daily and offers accepted quickly. Right now we have to wait for an offer on our place. Hubby is in charge of daily views of new listings. Something I think he likes to do. So time will tell.

So Camp Odea May will be put aside and on to machine quilting. Will let you know how that goes. Since my sewing area is in the garage I am able to enjoy the cooler weather and breezes. So far no mosquitos or wasps in garage to bother me. Able to sit in a rocking chair near the garage door and do any pinning or reverse sewing.

Happy Quilting this week!

Music and Oda May Summer Camp QAL

This past week has been full of fun things! That is what summer is all about!

We traveled to Grand Forks,ND to see Faith Hill and Tim McGraw in concert together for the first time “Soul 2 Soul” a wonderful show. We love country but this was a little more leaning to rock’n roll. But fun time, great seats in the hockey stadium. So we added a bit more mileage to the Prius.

Next up was Lifefest in Oshkosh,WI. It has been several years since we attended and this concert has certainly grown. Wonderful Christian artists singing Christian songs. We attended with my sister/brother in laws. This was an outdoor event, it was warm and humid.

Yesterday we finally made it to other sister/brother in laws new adventure of a brewery pub in Columbus,WI. Cercis This adventure started with brothers (and in-laws) yearly competition to brew batches of beer. This is the result. A wonderful brew pub with great homemade brews and artisan foods. They have only been open a few months and they were very busy yesterday. On our trip back we visited many brew pubs and this certainly topped them. Wonderful decor and many special detailed features. We combined this with a small family get together.

My last blog I did mentioned I did not want to start another project, but a great QAL with a medallion Center was found…Oda May Summer Camp QAL. Could not resist. Here is some of my progress.

This is some cabin fabric given to me by my mom so putting it to use. Also using my stash. I have the next step granny squares are cut out and ready to sew. So I am a little behind. I will finish this step along with corner stones and then set up machine for some machine quilting. I was able to sew 8 of 20 squares today. Goal this week is to do some machine quilting.

Thousands of bolts is having a Batik sale, yes I purchased a few as that is one fabric I don’t have a lot of.

Happy Quilting!

Craftsy project

I don’t know if you View craftsy projects but I know I have collected several future project patterns when we have time. Today I decided to take a break from quilting and work in a small purse pattern.

It is very cute with see thru vinyl for ID, money, hand sanitizer or credit cards. A side zipper to hold cell phone and other light stuff. I thought a completely vinyl one for events that require small visible bags.

I consider myself a good sewer but these instructions had me tearing out several seams trying to figure it out. So I ate lunch and returned with a more clear head. This time I got it. It is cute and I think two will go to boutique fair. I am going to a few concerts in the next week and will try them out. We finally got a new cell phone and had to check to make sure it fit, it does.

The pattern is “Happy Hands Wallet Tote” by Susie’s Imaginariun…free on Craftsy.

(It is hard to see but the vinyl is dived with a stitching line)

Tomorrow back to quilting. Maybe a Christmas in July project. I have never done one I. July….have you?

Happy Quilting!