Saturday, June 29, 2013

Free Motion Quilting


I am sorry it has been a bit quiet around here this month, I have even had a break from blog reading. I have been crazy busy getting a quilt finished and pattern written – it is done now so hopefully tomorrow I can take some photos and give you a sneak peek!

But for now I will show you what I was doing today -

Quilting with Janome

I was putting the final touches on this Bee quilt that is a couple of years old…I know, I have a problem with finishing things. It has been in the cupboard for 6 months or so just waiting for a tiny bit of free motion quilting around the rocket and it only took a couple of hours to get it done. The binding has been sewn on and tonight I will start hand sewing it down while we watch Star Trek.

Do you remember this?

Sewing table part 1

This was the start of my special table just for FMQ! And you can see a glimpse of it in the first photo. It has been finished for ages and it has taken this long for me to use it and get some photos.

Quilting with Janome 1

It works brilliantly and is also great for sewing on binding. One of my fav features is the tape measure sticker that I have stuck along the front edge of the table. And my sewing chair has to be the best chair you can get…if you can get one I highly recommend it!

I’ll be back soon with quilt photo’s. And I have lots if catching up to do so it might get busy around here again!

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Bee Blocks and my turn!

Hi all,

I got a little behind in my bee blocks so I have a couple of months to share….

May bee blocks

These are the May blocks for Kirsten. Some more Anna Maria Horner feathers.

June bee block 1

The star blocks are for the June Queen Bee, who is Julie. I was quicker with these ones! This one is called Starburst, a block from Quiltmaker's 100 blocks Magazine Vol. 3.

June bee block 2

This one is Nova, a paper pieced block from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Magazine Vol. 2. Bit miffed at the angle of my fussy cut centre but I didn’t notice that it wasn’t going to be straight, I really should pay more attention!

Next month, July, is my turn to be Queen Bee! I have been thinking about what block to use for ages, I thought about the AMH feathers but that has been done twice already, I considered the Improv Chevron block but in the end I have decided to go with the Basketweave Braid Star block.

My bee blocks for myself in July

These are two that I made up so I could figure out the fabric requirements. I am using two layer cakes, Reunion and Hometown, both from Sweetwater and I think they mix together really well.

bee block prep

Here are my strips all cut….although it is a paper pieced block the fabrics are pretty much cut to size so they shouldn’t be too hard to put together. I won’t post these out for a couple of weeks but I wanted to get it done now so I can focus on some other things for the rest of the month.

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