Last fall, I participated in a QAL hosted by Lori of Humble Quilts where we made a mini quilt using Madder fabrics. I got the quilt top finished, but that’s all the farther I got. Until now. Over the last weekend, I finished off the little quilt, using my new machine to quilt it.
I kept the quilting simple, just diagonal lines through the quilt. I used a thin batting. When it came to marking the quilt for the quilting, I tried my hera marker, but I couldn’t see the lines well enough, so I opted for a light (or not so light, in places) pencil line. It worked much better for this one.
All the fabrics used are shirtings and madder prints from our local quilt shop, Reproduction Fabrics.
I’m currently working on a quilt top using some leftover batik jelly roll strips in blues and greens. I hope to get a bit more progress on that today. This weekend will mostly be spent on the road, as I travel to celebrate birthdays with two of our aunts.
Awhile ago, when I first joined our quilt group, we had a challenge where we picked a napkin with a design and made a quilt using the design on the napkin or colors in the napkin. I was told we didn’t need to copy the design exactly, but could use it as inspiration, which I did. I no longer have the napkin or my written description to show you, but I can tell you that my mini didn’t look at all like the napkin!
This little top has been languishing in my pile of WIPs until now. I have wanted to finish it just because I love the color and the fun I had designing it. All of the fabrics are from my stash.
I decided to quilt it with freeform wavy lines with orange thread. I didn’t think too much about creating the waves, I just let them happen. I started by stitching wavy lines down the center of the quilt, then added additional wavy lines, spacing the wavy line pairs about 3-4″ from each other. Once that was done, I filled in more wavy lines between those until I felt it was done.
The colors are very bright orange and deep blues. It was a challenge to get a photo showing the intense color.
For the backing, I pulled out this bright batik.
The binding is another piece of orange batik that I had in my stash.
Baby Quilt Update
I handed off one of the baby quilts today, with a request for some pictures in the baby’s nursery. It was a rainy morning yesterday and I wasn’t able to get any good pictures, even in natural light.
I will be delivering the other baby quilt this weekend, so I’m hoping the weather cooperates enough to let me get some good photos of that one beforehand.
Most of my weekend has been spent getting to know my new Janome Skyline S7, so I thought I’d share a bit about what I like about this machine so far. I still have much to learn, but I have tested it quite a bit this weekend.
This is the first machine I’ve ever picked out and purchased on my own. All the other machines I have were gifts from my mom, except for the little toy sewing machine I own, which was a gift from my daughter. It’s kind of like buying my first car!
This is a hefty machine, weighing 24 pounds. I used to slide my little Janome around on the table when I needed space to work. I won’t be doing that with this one. It stays put.
At 19″ x 12.5″ x 9.25″, it has a nice wide bed as well as a much longer harp than I’ve been used to working on. This weekend I’ve worked on two baby quilts, two mini quilts, and a bag and the bed and harp made finishing these projects so much easier. There was plenty of room to move and shift the fabric as I was sewing.
A Few of My Favorite Things
Thread Cutters – The thread is automatically cut at the touch of a button when you finish sewing. I am completely spoiled by that feature already. The thread tails are so much smaller, I’m already l saving thread with this feature. There are also three other thread cutters well-placed in this machine: by the bobbin winder, in the bobbin compartment, and by the needle threader.
Lighting – The lighting on the workspace of the machine is very good. I can easily see what I am sewing. I still have one other task light off to my side, more for the work I do when not using the machine.
Bobbin Winder – As silly as it is, I love the bobbin winder. It is easy to use and it is so quiet (and there’s that nifty thread cutter).
Storage – There is ample storage for the 11 feet and other accessories.
AcuFeed Flex – This was one of the reasons I went with this machine, so I’ve been eager to give it a try. I used it to quilt and bind two mini quilts. It feeds the fabric and batting through evenly with no puckering. None. No skewed corners. In addition to the dual feed, there’s also a “pivot” button feature. When you stop sewing the foot lifts up about halfway with the needle down, so you can pivot corners easily while binding. It’s a great feature.
Needle Threader – I have a needle threader on my other Janome, but I hardly used it because it never worked that well. On this machine, however, it works easily and consistently.
Free Arm – Like other Janome machines, part of the bed detaches, leaving a free arm that is useful when sewing bags, sleeves on garments, etc.
It came in handy when I worked on this market bag this weekend.
This bag is lined with a fairly stiff pellon and the machine handled it beautifully. If you want to see more about this bag, you can read my post about it here.
So there’s a little peek into what I am enjoying as I get to know my new machine. I have quite a bit left to learn, with 11 feet, 91 needle positions and 240 stitches. That should keep me occupied for awhile. I’m sure most of what I’ve commented on is basic in the newer machines, but it’s all new and fun to me!
In January, I posted about The 70273 Project, explaining how I came upon the project and why I decided to join by making some blocks. You can read my original post here. Not long after that, I was invited to share The 70273 Project with our quilt club as a challenge, asking them to join me in making some blocks. Today I’ll share with you today the results of that challenge.
The blocks I’ll show here are those made by some of the women in my quilt group. Each one is unique in its own way, and each one represents one life taken.
You’ll see that the blocks are made using different materials. There are only three sizes for the blocks, and we have some of each size. In all, our group made 54 blocks.
The next step is to scan all the blocks and provenance forms, then give an id tag to each block. Once that is done, the blocks will either be mailed to Jeanne or will be made into a quilt. I’ll decide which once I have the scanning and tagging done.
Wednesday Wanderings isn’t wandering far today. We’re sticking close to home, but I’ll share a bit about wanderings coming up! It’s Project Central around here. Both BigJ and I are up to our ears in things to get done.
For the rest of the week, you’ll either find me here:
Or at the Minnesota Quilt Show with friends, old and new!
I’ll be back next Monday to share my thoughts on the weekend and the show. This is my first Minnesota Quilt Show! I know, right?! I’ve lived in Minnesota how long and I’ve never been to the quilt show?? Time to get out from under my rock and go!
Little projects were the theme for the remainder of my week. I had planned to sew like a maniac Wednesday and Thursday, but then I thought about all the weeds taking over our flower beds. So I tackled that project (I’m not quite done) and then rewarded myself with some little projects.
This weekend was a mix of busy and quiet, depending on the day. We attended a wedding on Saturday and served in the kitchen, so we were grateful for the cool weather. The reception was outdoors and it was a beautiful day for it. It was a simple, beautiful wedding.
Thank you to all of you who commented on the Devil’s Claw quilt. I meet with Connie today to hand off more quilts, and will relay your good thoughts to her as well. I enjoy hearing from each of you, and do my very best to respond back to each of you!