Once a month there is Club at our local sewing machine dealer, Missouri Sewing Machine Company. You come, bring your projects, a treat to share, gather ideas, make new friends. Months ago, we decided as a group to have a “mini retreat” in the afternoon. We take turns sharing/teaching project ideas. This month it is a bargello type Christmas table runner.
Everyone was asked to bring 14 2 1/2 inch fabric strips so we could swap fabrics. We kept two of our own strips and choose 5 sets of two from what everyone brought. Next time I need a to bring my camera, it would have been great to take a picture.
Here are the ones I choose, my fabric is the white with blue. I wanted a variety of colors that would flow one to the next with another light in the mix. I had to leave early and my goal was to get one block completed before I had to leave. Which I did. However it meant no pictures of the process.
Here is my first block. I can’t wait to see it finished. While I have my Christmas shopping done, it seems the busyness of the season has still caught up with me. I’m still hoping for small blocks of time to sew from now until family arrives the weekend before Christmas. Plus I have some projects planned with some grandchildren that need to be finished up.
This wasn’t a birthday present but this next week is my friend’s birthday so I thought this would be a good time to showcase the t-shirt quilt I made for her for Throwback Thursday over on Jenny’s blog.
She choose carefully the shirts she wanted me to use and these are all of her favorite things. She is from Alabama, collect giraffes, and wanted some of her favorite places showcased. I was thrilled to be able to make it for her. Happy Birthday Judy
What would be included in a t-shirt quilt of your favorite things?
If you haven’t had a chance yet, the Black Friday Giveaway is still open for those that still have sewing days for the weekend.
I started the day with this teaser for the postcard challenge, it is now finished but pictures won’t be posted until it is in the mail.
My Scraptude Mystery Quilt project is slowly being pieced as a leader/ender project. Go to Sandy’s blog for details if you want to participate.
Now that I have decided on the final layout for this quilt…
It is now pinned and the next leader/ender project in line.
I have been practicing my free motion quilting on this quilt with my new long arm.This is my second quilt on the long arm and I have decided to try all kinds of ideas in the blocks.
I recently found this baseball panel and though my daughter’s two oldest wanted to pick out fabric for their new quilts, I couldn’t resist.The second quilt will be in blue and I will need to add borders to make it large enough for their beds. So what did you work on for Black Friday? Are you sewing throughout the weekend? I hope to make more progress on my long arm and the baseball quilts.
Last weekend I took Longarm Quilting classes at the Sewing and Quilt Expo, while the show was disappointing the classes were not. Pat Barry from By Design Quilting taught the classes which were filled with information and hands-on learning.
The first class was 3 hours of basics and terminology, great for a newbie like me. I had pre-registered for a Template and Pantograph class and after attending the first class, I decided to take advantage of her knowledge and signed up for the Background Grids and Fillers class.
We practiced using rulers and templates on a printed panel. I found that “stitching in the ditch” is easier for me without the ruler. I think it just means I need more practice. Using a curved ruler had its challenges as well as you can see below.
The next class was Pantographs, which I found more difficult than they look. It was suggested that a little speed helped smooth out the curves. Speed is not an issue for me, I tend to go too fast.
The last class was fillers and backgrounds which I loved. I think my free motion quilting on a domestic machine prepared me for this class. The skill is very different but I am more comfortable with free motion.
We practiced liner designs:
Curls and swirls:
Will be posting pictures of some of the quilts in the show soon.
On Saturday I posted about my “Project Lydia” purchases at the Sewing and Quilt Expo. Today it is all about me. I really didn’t purchase much, as I was busy taking long arm classes. I was also disappointed by the lack of vendors. This show has decreased in vendor participation over the last few years. There is the hope they will be able to build back the show. I was able to find a few things of interest though.
This will make a cute mug rug. A splurge, but too fun to pass up.
The clothesline is thicker than what I found for the bowls I made over here, and while I don’t “need” fabric strips, this roll of batiks was too inviting to pass up.
I am not sure why I buy patterns, I tend to do my own thing, but these are foundation patterns for using small pieces and I love the thought of using up scraps.
Last is a box of 50 fat quarters, and charm packs that I purchased at the last Craftsy sale.
There is a lot of fun in this picture.
The hard part in all of this, is figuring what I want to do for the Black Friday Sew-in on Twitter later this week.
I attended the Sewing and Quilt Expo in Kansas City over the past 3 days and shopping of course is a major part of any quilt show. My normal pattern is to leisurely browse through the booths one time through, making note of items of interest. The Project Lydia booth was the first one I came to and was immediately impressed by the crafts and fabrics that were displayed. This is their statement from their website, “Project Lydia is an economic development project that lifts women out of the worst of poverty, restores purpose, hope, and dignity.” I wished I had taken a picture of the booth to showcase the beautiful, bags, fabrics and baskets. I visited the booth 3 times and bought items each time.
The batik fabrics were hand-dyed and the ones with distinct patterns were stamped by wood carved blocks by the women. The necklaces I purchased for gifts for friends. This booth was the highlight of my shopping.
For more inspiration check out the Project Lydia website for more information and pictures.