Sunday, October 9, 2016

Quarater #4 - FAL

After almost totally sloughing off any major sewing all summer, my plan is to come back like gangbusters and really get a lot of quilty work done for the forth quarter of the "Follow-A-Long" challenge.

Quarter Four:
10/8/16 to 1/7/17

Seven projects:
1 Folk Art Quilt: blocks are done, need to assemble and quilt
 2 Cathedral Windows Quilt: I think I am dreaming that this will get done!
3 My Tweets Quilt: binding
 4 Hexagon Quilt: Another one that should be done, but oh my it is a big one!

5 My Favorite Things Quilt: ready to quilt and bind

6 Label for U is for Unicorn Quilt: why is this not done???
 7 Autumnal Donation Quilt: this should be done before winter, right? lol
 I am almost done making two other donation quilts. Next time I open my mouth and say "Sure, I can quilt those for you" I need to find out what kind of batting they are using. In this case, both quilts had super thick batting. This gave me no end of aggravations! Thick batting is NOT friendly!!!
To top it off, there is a method of binding I had not heard of before, called "Economy Binding Method". The binding strip is only 1 1/4" wide! Normally binding is a LOT wider. I was dubious that this was going to work, especially on a quilt with super thick batting.
I had to iron it in half and then iron one edge over. I attached it to the front of the quilt with a scant quarter inch seam allowance. NO easy feat!!! I am now hand sewing it to the back. It will actually turn out alright. I don't know that I would use this method on other quilts, but maybe. 

That's it for today. I need to get going on my 4th Quarter FAL projects now!

 Happy Sewing Y'all!

Monday, September 26, 2016


A few days ago I received an email that was sent out to the members of my old quilt guild. I've remained on their distribution list, even though I am no longer a card carrying member. The email was about the need for help in making donation quilts. On a whim, I wrote back and volunteered to quilt a couple quilts for them. Why did I do this? I don't know. Maybe because I know it is hard to get folks to volunteer for stuff.

Anyway, I had just about finished the My Tweets quilt's quilting and thought it would be a nice break, to just do some simple quilts for a good cause. I contacted the person who had the tops, backings, and batting and arranged to meet up in a small town about a half hour's drive from my home.
I arrived to the meeting place a bit early. The meeting was at a new-to-the-area quilt store. This little shop is also a Pfaff dealership. My favorite machine is a Pfaff. I had been considering having my Pfaff taken in for a good deep cleaning and possible repair. I have used my machine a LOT and it was showing its age at times.

Instead of waiting in the car, I went into the store and browsed a bit. It was so terribly busy!!! I then noticed a little poster that said there was a quilt show in the area. The dates coincided with this day's date! The show was less than a block from this little store. No wonder they were so busy.

I ran into people I knew from both my old quilt guilds. It was good seeing old friends. I inquired of the store clerk about the cost to have my machine looked at, ($90) and on a whim decided I would override my frugal self and spend the $5 to go to the little quilt show.

I meet up with the person to get the donation quilts from and then went over to the show. It was little but it was fun. I looked at quilts and took note of how some of the appliquéd quilts were quilted. A few quilts caught my eye:
I'm a sucker for anything owlish
And of course it had an owl too - several of them!
I always admire hexagon quilts
This was so bright, in person
The colors were more vibrant than my camera shows

Oh look! An owl followed me home!
I purchased this little owl that opens up to reveal a teeny pin cushion inside. I also bought a yard of an owl print fabric. I then went back to the store after viewing the show and hesitantly left my Pfaff with them to be worked on. I was concerned and hoped that this was a good shop to do business with. I had had previous experiences with other shops that were not so good.

Later last week, I finished quilting the My Tweets quilt top. All that is left is the binding and label. I can't do that yet, because the Pfaff is still in the shop.

I am not happy with the quilting. Only the kids will see this quilt and at least it is done. I had taken note at the quilt show as to how others did their appliqué quilting. Most of them were not quilted on or over the top of the applique pieces but were quilted around each piece. I don't trust my stitches to hold if I don't nail them down with more thread, but maybe they will and I am just too worried they won't.

During the quilting of this quilt, I had a needle break, early on. That was replaced and I used mostly one needle for the whole quilt. The Mister took the old needle and a new one to work and photographed them. If you have ever wondered if it is true that a needle will get dull, just by going through cotton fabrics, here is proof that it does happen:
The older needle is on top

Isn't that amazing! I was actually just as surprised at how sharp the new needles are too.

I worked in the studio a bit and cleaned out some scrap bins and fabrics I had. I am trying to sell these. There are four gallon sized baggies of scraps and over 25 pieces of fabric that are fat quarter sized or larger. I am asking for $40 for all of the fabric together. OR I will sell off the baggies for $3 each or $10 for all four and the fat quarter pieces for $1.50 each. (all prices do not include shipping)

Email me if you're interested, at walkerlady at walkerlady dot com. Everything has been pre-washed and 99% of it came from quilt shops. All of it is cotton.

(Several Days Later) I got my Pfaff back and she's running great! The little quilt shop came through for me. I am glad to find a local Pfaff dealership. The shop is called "The Bed-Warmer Quilt and Sew Shop" and is located in Benton, Arkansas. I hope they stay in business a good long time.

That's it for this posting. Phew it got kind of long!!! My next posting will be talking about getting back into the swing of things and actually getting some projects done with the FAL group. Till then, happy sewing y'all!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Ok, now what?

I finished the last two blocks for the Folk Art quilt.

Block 13

And Block 14
Now I will have to decide if I want to put sashing around each block or just join them all together without. I am leaning towards not doing the sashing because of the way I hope to quilt it.

I have no more appliqué work to do. I am not sure I want to start another one, but I miss working on the blocks while watching TV in the evenings.  If I were to do another appliqué quilt, I am not sure I would want to copy a pattern that someone else designed. I am very unsure about designing my own though!!! Stay tuned, as I figure this dilemma out.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Little Play Time

I finished block 12 and have just two more to go before I assemble the top. This is the Folk Art quilt. It will be a somber, quiet, peaceful quilt and I think it will be homey.
I am experimenting with a little doll:
 Here are the wings I am trying to make for her:
 She isn't as naked as she was:

I don't know how this will turn out for sure, but I am enjoying the process! She's about three inches tall. A wee dead pixie...or is she a fairy? We shall see.

It isn't a lot of studio time, but it is better than no studio time. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Cracking Good Time!

OOOOOOOOOOO, I hate to share this because it will mean more folks will enter the contest, but if I mention this contest, I get another entry too! hahahaha

Cindy, over on Quilt Doodle Doodles is having a wonderful give-a-way on her blog. Part of it is Hoffman's Bali Crackers in the 10" layer cake size and part of it is a pack of InvisaFil Thread!!! How cool is that?

So head on over to Cindy's blog and enter for a chance to win! Contest ends July 30th.

I have been sewing up a storm here and hope to have photos soon, of what I have accomplished. Till next time, happy sewing ya'll!