The Thinker

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Teddy has been thinking about this quilt……I think he is trying to calculate how much more work it will be to finish it.

He doesn’t know this one will be a wall hanging and he won’t be able to sit on it when it is done.

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I have about 1/4 of it finished.

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I started work on the Batik Project.

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since there are so many long skinny points on this I am going to paper foundation piece it.  I printed up a pile of patterns.

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I don’t do Paper piecing very often so I am very slow!  but it does make for much greater accuracy than I would get by cutting the pieces with templates and then trying not to stretch out all those points.

I did a test block with the textured cotton fabrics I got at AQS

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it worked out so I changed to the batik and have one block done

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and only 99 to go.

Happy Quilting

Tim

 

Batik project

Batik plan

I have yet another new project in the planning stage.   This one will use Batik Fabrics.

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They are so cool.   Lots of variety

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My camera is not doing them justice , the colors are really much brighter.

They are from Lelia and Co. Fabric and Design and are 100% cotton and 100% handmade and available in their Etsy Shop  The pictures there are much better.

I am prewashing them all now and while they are in the wash I started playing with some ideas for a quilt layout (I used the center of the last quilt and made some changes)

Batik plan

I did not scan the fabrics yet to get an accurate mock-up but here is the start of the plan just using some fabrics out of the EQ program.

I’m sure there will be a few changes before I get it all ready to go but I really like it so far.

I will of course hand quilt it when I finish the piecing.

Happy Quilting

Tim

More hand quilting

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I am getting close to 1/4 done on the snowflake quilt.  I am working on the corner.

In order to get the quilt in the hoop and be able to quilt the edge and corner I pin towels to the edges of the quilt so that The square corner fits into the round hoop.  A towel works better than plain fabric because it is thicker and keeps the quilt from slipping in the hoop.

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I am making a grid for the outside edge

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And the grid will be filled in

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Here it is out of the hoop ….the quilt gets somewhat creased and wrinkled from the hoop but it will all flatten out nicely once it is done and blocked.

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Lots more to go!

Happy Quilting

Tim

Learning Curve

I recently purchased Electric Quilt 7 software and I have been trying to learn all it can do.  While the software can do a lot it does need some user input and I think I am still at the bottom of the learning curve.

Often when I make a quilt I am asked for a pattern.  I have not been a pattern person.  I just sort of make it up as I go but I thought I would give it a try.

Last weekend at AQS in Grand Rapids I purchased a bundle of fat quarters.

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I scanned the fabrics and imported into the program and started to play with layout.

Here is one I came up with.

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I am not sure I will actually make this quilt but It is fun to play with ideas.

Still working on hand quilting various projects….here is the snowflake quilt

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Teddy says HI

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Happy Quilting

Tim

Sunday updates

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I made a bit of progress on the snowflake quilt.

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I spent the day Saturday at the AQS  show in Grand Rapids.    I had my doubts I would ever get there.  Road construction on I-96 had traffic at a dead stop and added 2 hours to the drive from Lansing to Grand Rapids.  I got there quite late on Saturday so I didn’t have a lot of time to spend looking at everything.

Here are my quilts at the show.

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No ribbons :(  but they go to Des Moines next for the AQS show there.

I told myself I was not going to buy anything since I really don’t need any new projects.   I’m sure you know that was a silly thought.

I needed a tote bag to carry my camera and phone and glucose meter  and notebook.  And as long as I was buying that I had to get the T-shirt to match

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I had to buy some batting because I love Hobb’s Tuscany Silk and they had a great price…and why not try the cotton as well ( I have tried lots of cottons but not this one )

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And since I had a bag to carry them in I bought a few fabric bundles.

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I need to decide what to do with them but for the moment I think I will get back to hand quilting.

Happy Quilting

Tim

 

Deer Quilting

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I have made some progress hand quilting the deer snowflake quilt.

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when I finish this pair of deer I will have 5 more pair to go

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and then I will have all the outside edges …you can see the edges drawn in this picture

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here is the finished center

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here is the snowflake the quilt is based on

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lots more stitching to go!!

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It rained pretty hard yesterday and a lot of the garden got a bit flattened but the sun is out and there is still a lot of color so I took some pictures.

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I carefully avoided taking pictures that show the weeds! ….I have to get out there and do some work!!

Happy Gardening/Quilting

Tim

 

Interplay Quilt Finish

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On July 30 I started a new quilt.   I got a bundle of 12 fat quarters from P&B Textiles called Interplay.

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You can see the post about the design and cutting the pieces here (http://timquilts.com/2014/07/30/interplay/)

Here is the completed top on August 11.

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I hand quilted it using size 8 perle cotton thread and a size 5 embroidery needle …black thread on the more solid fabrics and green on the prints.

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I used Nature’s Touch cotton batting and black backing fabric.   I always pin baste and don’t use very many pins.

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It is hard to see the pins in the picture but if you click on it to enlarge you can see safety pins in the corners of the blocks.

I finished the hand quilting yesterday.

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and here is the back

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I used the backing fabric for the binding as well.

Here it is after binding and washing and drying (by machine)

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The finished size was 45″ x 60″ before quilting , washing and drying.   I will have to measure it again to see how much shrinkage there is but I always expect shrink …the cotton batting will shrink and cause a bit of a puckered look to the quilt which I love.  If you do not want shrink I would use poly batting.

Here are some more pictures of the finished quilt (click pictures to enlarge)

Teddy gave it the final sit test

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and decided to relax on it

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Last night I installed Electric Quilt software and thought I would give it a try with this quilt….sort of a backward approach since normally you start with a design and them make a quilt rather than start with a quilt and try to make a design to match but I think I am getting the hang of it.

Here is a picture of the design in EQ

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Sort of fun to do!

Now back to work on the snowflake quilt

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Happy Quilting

Tim