Saturday, November 22, 2014

Another Quilt Of Valor

This top had been in a to-be-quilted stack at Magnolia Park Retreat for the Alabama Quilts of Valor.
Facebook : QuiltsOfValorAlabamaChapter
They have an HW Sweet 16 sitdown longarm machine there, so last weekend, while I was there, I helped them get this one quilted.  I think they are presenting it tomorrow.

I really like this string pattern with the white stars.  It's forms such a striking pattern.  Plus, it's perfect for using up scraps.  You can find the book/pattern on Bobbie and Ginger's website : Strips and Strings.

Here's a closeup of the front quilting.  I wanted to use something that is masculine and compliments the top's design.  Simple stitch-in-the-ditch and outlines of the white stars, then waving lines in the strings.   The navy border needed some fireworks for fun and pizazz.

Here's the back side.  I like the design that the quilting stitches made.

So, after using my frame and their sitdown machine, I've decided that I really love my frame.  With the sitdown machine, at first I fought gravity as the quilt slipped off the small table.  We set up 2 tables on either side to form a U shaped workspace with me sitting in the middle.  This helped a lot and the quilting went easier after that setup, but the frame quilting supports the weight of the quilt entirely and the machine glides so effortlessly on its wheeled base.

Also, when I quilt my machine, I use the stitch regulator.  For this quilt, I did not use it (although we could have read instructions and set it up).  It took a little while to get the hang of not speeding up too much in the middle of the waves since I slowed down at the ends to stitch down the straight lines.  It's not perfect (and neither is my stitch regulator), but it turned out pretty nice.

An online order for some quilt backing just arrived, so I can get busy quilting a few tops I have stacked up here at home too.  Maybe a few of these will end up under the tree next month.

Enjoy your day!
- SeeingStars

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Superman Stars

I love vibrant colors.

These stars have been fun to make for my Superman quilt.  It's an easy project to do when I have 15 or 30 minutes.  This one will be gifted to one of our new babies who are a part of our church.  I've also been able to enjoy the wildlife as the sun rises and sets.

BTW, for those who do not know this about me.  I do not have a cat.  His name is Vincent (as in Van Gogh).  He's missing part of an ear.  And he is not my cat.

The binding is a little over half way completed on my mom's southwestern quilt.  Since I've enjoyed seeing a 6 point buck and a spike from my studio windows in the past few days, here's the hunter block.

The flip side ....
Some of the quilting details in those 5 inch blocks.

Amongst the schedule filled with band competitions and college visits, I'm looking forward to a quilting retreat next week. It will be fun to reunite with quilty friends.  Oh my the full belly laughs we share!

Well, it's time to get organized and dash off to work.  I'm thankful for my job with a renewed challenge.

Enjoy your day!
- SeeingStars

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Superman ... Starting a New Quilt

I like making small quilts for babies.  It's a quick and fun way to try something new and to use bright colors.  Some distant time ago, I found this Superman fabric on sale and tucked it away with a few primary colors.  I think I'll make stars for the front and use the Superman for the back.  Maybe a border with the wavy red, white and blue.

Maybe 8 inch star blocks in 5 rows by 5 columns.  I think it will be cute.  Hmmm, might re-think that possible border fabric.  It looks better in person than in the photo, but it's not perfect.

Enjoy your day!  I've wasted 2 hours because I was up "early" from the time change.  So now I'm late.  Hope I can quickly get ready for our church service.  Whoops!
- SeeingStars