Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Christmas in August

Toile' The Night Before Christmas!  66" x 66"
 At the last Clamshell Quilt Show I won a prize certificate for free long arm quilting by Debbie L.  I picked a swirly pattern.
I finished this top January 2016!!!!  yikes.  
I was playing with these in August of 2014.  They are blocks that I swapped with 3 friends from Illinois; Sheila, Kathy and Mary Pat.  You know I love a good swap!  We swapped cheddar nine patches, each combination making a pair.  We used my swap instructions you can find here.
I used two Circus themed fabrics for the backing.  It was quite a complicated piecing feat.
It is a funny "fake" Ringling Bros. print, avoiding trademark issues I assume.
I met up with Christine Wickert while at the Vermont Quilt Festival.  She is a such a nice woman and I admire her work so much!   Many of her quilts have won multiple Best In Show.  Click here to see a video of Christine. 

She had asked me to bring my quilting stencils so we had a little "boot sale".   Here is a quilt that she hand quilted for a special girl named Alice.
Summer Fun for Dogs:
I made some Pup-sickles for Coco and a visiting puppy Hoot.  I used low sodium beef stock and a few dental chews and cookies.
Coco loves them
and Hoot loved it too!
Up-cycling and paper crafts came together in a little Birthday package I made for a friend.  I'm trying to reduce my one-time use purchases so I used bits and pieces found in my craft stuff.
I always snap up old patterns from the free table at guild meetings.

I saw this construction punny "horse" on a walk with coco.  I love when people go the extra step to make something fun.
Hope you're enjoying these last days of summer!

Monday, August 5, 2019

Spray Basting Wall

Do you spray baste?  I do, but I want to do it safely so I made an outdoor spray basting board and I'm sharing how I made it.
The hardest part was bringing the home insulation board home in the car from Home Depot.  I have a SUV and was just able to fit it along the inside of my car above my head.

Can tell you Nutmeg was all in for this project.
I wanted a 60" board since that is about the size project that I would spray basting.  For larger quilts I use pins so I can fold and roll it and manipulate it.
Mr. Fun used a utility knife and quilting ruler.  Nutmeg supervised.  Remember the carpenters rule:  Measure Twice, Cut Once.
The cut edge was raggetty and making a Styrofoam mess, so I taped it.
You don't have to use cute duct tape, but I happened to have this in my sewing room (safely out of other home projects supplies :)
I cut and folded the corners to keep them neat.
Aaahh, much better.
So we taped the pieces to make a 60" square. 
I used large T pins to hold the backing down.
Here is argument for NOT ripping fabric.  See how it pulled the white threads along the edge?  If I had enough fabric, I would have re -trimmed it even more.
After I pinned the backing, I smoothed the batting over it.
and then the top.  (this is when I realized that Abe was upside down.....or my quilt marking was......
I'm using a spray that I got at Joann's or a quilt show.   There are different brands.  Look at this scary label!!  CANCER AGENT.  Look at the list of dangerous ingredients.
Here is the label from a NEW CAN that I bought.  They have changed the ingredients and reduced the dangerous ones.


I happen to have this good painting mask, so I used it.
I set up an oscillating fan too.  I wanted the airborne particles out of my area as soon as possible.

What I didn't show you (because I was working fast).
  1. I pulled back half of the quit top and batting and sprayed the backing.
  2. I smoothed the batting down, then sprayed the back of the top and batting
  3. I smoothed the top starting in the center.
  4. I repeated these steps for the other end.
I've heard it is a good idea to also press the sandwich.  I'm a little mixed.  I worry that heat might release chemicals again.  Thoughts?

I used my board laying flat like this, but you could also prop it up against the garage or deck railing.

I hope you consider making a board to use outside, as that is the safest place to use spray basting.

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Finishing the Mac Race

My July Modern Mini - Finishing the Mac
Yes, that is my nightgown, lol!  It has been a bit since I've done a PJ early morning photo.

I tried to quilt "wind" across the surface with light blue and pink silk threads.
I love the way silk looks as it glides over different colored fabric.
 I haven't sewn down the binding yet, it is glued in place.  The best technique I've ever used.  Here is the backing fabrics.  I had to use a light one for the top so it wouldn't shadow the front.
 I give myself a A- on matching the binding.  It may get better after it is stitched and pressed.
Here is a look my process for this quilt
 I spray basted it just went for it.
Remember Pasta Salad?  Well, it is as good as you remembered.  I hadn't made it in forever.  You can add just about anything, I added fresh herbs from my garden and it is such a nice side dish for a summer supper. 
 What can I say?  We're still smitten with Nutmeg.  She's a monster and tears around the house, but she is also sweet and soft.
 Happy Summer! and Smooth Sailing in August.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Summer Fun

Summer seems to be flying by here!
I marked my Pineapple quilt for machine quilting.
 It can be handy to set up a banquet table in my sewing room so I can leave it for a couple of days.

Here is a great tip I shared on IG:  Fold your top, batting and backing into quarters and cut the layers this way.  It is hard to crawl around the floor!
 I used these 3 marking tools:  Blue water soluble pen, clover white pen and Sewline white ceramic pencil.
 I also like to weigh down the stencil so it doesn't shift.
I was so excited to mark it, I forgot to orientate it correctly and Mr. Lincoln was upside down!
 I made a patch and fused it on top of the strip.

Here is a video of the fix.
My Boys went sailing on the Chicago to Mackinac Island Race.   They came in 11 out of 14 in their group (they were happy not to be last).
 I kept tabs on them at home with a great racing tracker system.
 Beautiful  early morning photos that Andrew took.  Rich is really in his element on a boat.
The race takes several days and they are racing around the clock.  No major storms this year.
 They had a little trouble finding the wind at times.
While they were sailing, I had my Chicagoland girlfriends here.  It is fun to be a local tourist.
Mark Twain's Home in Hartford.
A beautiful day at Mystic Seaport Museum.
Yale Gallery in New Haven.
It was great to spend time together catching up.  We've been friends for almost 45 years!  We started this puzzle.
I finished it yesterday.  It was so so hard!
I'll be back soon so share how I made an outdoor spray basting wall.
I wish you happy summer days!