Friday, April 30, 2010

New Handbags

Okay, so back to making bags... I made this handbag

I liked it so much, I made another one.

They are both fully lined and reinforced with batting and interfacing.  There is a large inside pocket and I ended up putting snaps for closures.  I like the way it turned out.  Now, I have to decide what I will make next.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

New Joy Quilting Frame

I bought a New Joy Gold Standard quilting frame last month and have been busy setting up and learning more about it.  The first difficulty I had was finding a place to set it up.  As it turns out, the family room was the only room that it would fit in.

Unfortunately it sort of dominates the room, but what else can a quilter do?  I decided to try it out on a strip quilt (I have posted a picture of this quilt a few weeks ago).  I thought I would just do a meandering loopy design, which worked out really well.  Now my stitches need a lot of improvement, but I am assuming I will get better with time.  I had an issue with thread tension, but I went on the New Joy Yahoo group to resolve this problem.  Look at my stitches...

I have learned a lot doing this and I am looking forward to the next quilt, next adventure.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Machine Quilters Exposition

I attended the Machine Quilters Exposition in Providence, RI this past week.  I had a lot of fun looking at all the art quilts.  I wish I could post pictures, but since I can't...Let me show you what I bought.  I have been collecting black and whites for a long time.  I always find them useful, but these I am collecting for a black, white, and red quilt.  I have also been collecting 30's reproduction fabrics.  I would like to make a Dear Jane quilt when I have enough of a variety.  The other fabrics are for pocket books and dolls.  I love bright colors.

On another note, while we were walking through the convention center walkway to the mall in Providence, we saw these clever arrangements made out of cans and bottles.  They were set up for hunger awareness.

I am back home now and it's time to get back to work.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Fabric Swap at the firehouse

We met at the firehouse for our monthly get together this past Saturday.  We all had a lot of fun and someone had coordinated a 2 1/2" strip fabric swap.  Each participant had to bring 30 blue and red fabric strips.  Here is a picture representative of the fabrics I received (could not get all 30 in the picture).
So now I have to decide what pattern I will use.  I had a few red, white, and blue blocks leftover from other projects, so I am thinking of using them in this quilt.  Here are some pics of the blocks.  Since each block is a different size, I will have to make some adjustments, but at least I will be using up some leftovers that would otherwise be left unused.  Hopefully, I will have the quilt done by July...keeping my fingers crossed.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Just needs a label

I made this quilt a long time ago.  The center medallion is made from one of my daughter's old sweatshirts.  I thought it would be cute to give it to her once she was done wearing it.  I always loved seeing her in the sweatshirt because it was the only pink she would ever wear.  She is totally not a "pink" girl.  This was at least 15 years ago.  Needless to say she never did get it.  I finally finished it over the summer because I was determined to finish all of my UfO's, regardless of whether or not it was going to be used.  Unfortunately, I never got around to sewing on the label.  And, yes, a quilt is still complete without a label.  Now I am sitting here trying to think of something cute to put on the label, anyone have any ideas?  I still plan on giving it to her.   By the way, she is no longer averse to wearing pink :).