Monday, June 17, 2013

Blackbird Sings Finish

Blackbird Sings, a pattern by Kathy Schmitz. I stitched on muslin and used Transfer Eze to follow the pattern. My stitches weren't very tight on the fabric after I rinsed out the Transfer Eze.  I could live with it on most of the stitching but the lettering looked pretty bad so I took those stitches out. I penciled on the lettering and restitched them.
I pieced the frame around it and then pondered how to quilt this. I didn't want the quilting to show with the embroidery so just did enough of it to secure it and outline a bit. Then found I had leftover product that I'd used before I had a longarm...Borders Made Easy and stitched the cabled border.
This is a birthday gift for my visitor arriving later today (I need to iron it a bit!). I think she'll like it. I've already started stitching one for me :-)  However, I have since heard from Debbie at Woolensails of the idea of putting a light piece of batting behind the muslin and doing the embroidery through both layers...quilting it basically at the same time. I'm too far into it I think to try that this time but will definitely try it with another piece.
I am using the Transfer Eze..or perhaps this is the Sulky's Fabric Solvy but am trying to make sure my stitches are pulled really tight. I'll have to hope it turns out like I want it too.
It is the official start of summer this week and I read that Friday, June 21st is "Take your dog to work" day.  Fortunately, I'm not scheduled to work that day. I don't think it would work that well in the ER...though some patients might actually like it, but we're already running into each other as it is. I will have a 'stay at home with your dog' day instead :-)
Hope yours is happy!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Looking Up

Last week we were finally able to get me to climb up a very tall ladder and hang the quilt I bought from Cheryl Wall of Country Quilts. So I thought I would share what it looks like looking up in my quilt room.
Here's Cheryl's quilt...

Then looking on around the room some of the space is filled up, some is not.

No quilts on the front wall yet and I forgot to get a picture of it when the light wasn't too bright coming in the window. But there you have some of the view from my world. Kind of peaceful here and definitely where I spend a lot of time.
Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Update...Hugs and Kisses Quilt done

Quilted and binding completed and quilt holder available :-)

45 X 53  Quilted with meandering hearts and loops.
Thank you to Christa for a fun pattern!And to Sarah for the Hands 2 Help Quilt Challenge!
Happy Stitching y'all!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Home Alone

with no quilt holder...
but here is my completed Hugs and Kisses quilt top for the Hands to Help Charity Quilt Challenge. The backing is prepared and I will get this quilted this week and off to be given away. My 'deadline awareness' has been lacking but at least I had a good time :-)
A big thank you to Sarah Craig of Confessions of a Fabric Addict for inspiring and linking us all together for great ways to enjoy and share our quilt making.
Check out this blog post to see more quilts completed in the challenge.