New Hoop

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I am a frequent visitor to eBay.   I have been trying to be conservative and not buy every quilt top I see.   Last week I looked at Quilting hoops.
I have a very nice one already.

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It came from Ydoer Department Store.   They had a booth at AQS in Grand Rapids MI a few years ago and I couldn’t pass it up.

It took a few days of steady quilting to get used to it.    I had been quilting in a hand-held hoop and It is a bit different to use a hoop on a stand.

I really love it, I like the large size of the hoop (22 inches) and I like to have the weight of the quilt supported by the stand. The only drawback is that the stand is a bit short for me and I tend to get a stiff back after several hours.

So back to eBay…..I looked at several different brands and saw some great options.   The one I decided on was a Grace Hoop2   Not an inexpensive item when purchased new ($300 for the stand and $100 for the hoop) but this one was a real deal at $150 for both and free shipping.

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It is adjustable in height and folds up flat, you can see all the features on the Grace website http://www.graceframe.com/site/hoops/hoop2  (I am not affiliated with Grace ….just and FYI link)

Teddy was very interested in what I was doing.

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Mine is unfinished so I think I will stain and varnish it…..some day ;)    and I do like a larger hoop so I might buy the larger size (24″) but I think I am going to like it.   I can have 2 quilts going at once and not have to keep switching back and forth in the same hoop.

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once I had a quilt in it Teddy understood what was happening and decided he needed another picture.

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I have 9 blocks quilted in the Luxury Essentials quilt.

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It is hard to see in the picture …here is the back

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Only 40 blocks to go ….

Back to work for me

Happy Quilting

Tim

 

Block Layout/Measurements

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I have had a lot of requests for the block layout for the luxury essentials quilt.  It is an easy block.

Here are what the pieces look like cut out

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Here are the measurements I used to make one 12 inch block

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I am working on the hand quilting

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It will be a while before I finish…..it seems like December is so full of other things that come up.

I did spend some time over the last few days making more snowflakes for another pattern set

The patterns are available in my Etsy store https://www.etsy.com/shop/timquilts

some day I would like to make them all into quilts……as soon as I catch up on the others ;)

Happy Quilting

Tim

and Teddy

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Quilting Begins

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I started to hand quilt the Luxury Essentials quilt.

I started by layering and pin basting

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It might be hard to see in the picture but I placed a pin at the corner of each block. This is many less pins than most would recommend.  I find that a lot of pins just get in the way and the hoop will keep the layers together and smooth.

I am using perle cotton thread.

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And keeping the quilting very simple

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I didn’t want an elaborate quilting design to compete with the fabrics and the lines of the top

Teddy likes the colors

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I have a bunch of other projects going which I will be posting about soon but I wanted to get the quilting on this one started.

Back to work

Happy Quilting

Tim

Finished

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I finished up the quilted tree skirt last night.

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I used black size 8 perle cotton thread to hand quilt it.   I did a very narrow white binding .   Bias strips cut 1 1/2 inches wide and folded in half

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Teddy will not be able to sit in it.    I have very high ceilings so even though the tree is 6 1/2 feet it fits on top of my quilt case/table with room to spare.

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A few more pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

Now back to work on “regular” quilting

Happy Quilting

Tim

Tree Skirt Project

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Yesterday I posted about a tree skirt that I started.
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after I got the top finished I realized that I needed batting to finish it…and there was NO WAY I would go to the store on Black Friday.   I put up the tree instead.   I will add the skirt when it is finished.

The tree is all white…..Icicles and birds

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I lost count of the number of icicles , there are 4 different kinds and I think the total number is something like a bazillion.

It is hard to get a good picture of a tree.  Low light photography is not my thing, but here are some pictures (click pictures to enlarge)

I decided to forget going to the store for batting.  I had a package of batting that I cut down (I should be able to get 3 more tree skirts out of it and I have the fabric to do it).   I was planning to machine quilt it but decided to hand quilt it with perle cotton thread.

I am a bit past the half way point.

I hope to finish the quilting today ….and maybe also do the binding.    When it is all done I will write-up the instructions….and perhaps make a few more.

next time I hope to have finished product pictures….and have the Luxury Essentials  quilt started

Happy Quilting

Tim

 

Sidetracked

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I started the morning with the intention of having my Tree up and decorated by now.    Then I remembered some fabric I bought in the spring.    Holiday Jelly roll.    20 strips.    So I say to myself….self you can whip up a new tree shirt in a few hours.   Self is always over confident ;)

Well I started by arranging the strips in groups of 10 alternating light and dark

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sew them together and repeat with the other 10 strips

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cut into wedges and arrange

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sew together the wedges

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The open end will close together with ties when it is done

Teddy wanted to give it the sit test

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I am going to stop now and put up the tree.   I will get the skirt layered and quilted after that.

Happy Quilting

Tim

The Winners

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The fabric bundle giveaway winners are in!

I had 419 entries.  Each comment on the giveaway post was one entry.  The first comment posted was number one, second number two and so on.

There are 5 Fabric Bundles so I needed 5 numbers.   I used a random number generator which took the numbers 1 – 419 and made them into a random sequence. The winners are the first 5 numbers in the sequence.

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The first bundle is Luxury Essentials. (click on the picture to see the full line)

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And The winner is Lilian Hedley

Next is Bella Suede (click on the picture to see the full line)
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And the Winner is Brenda

Next is Island Breeze (click on the picture to see the full line)

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And the winner is Karin Pierce

Next is Fontaine (click on the picture to see the full line)
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and the winner is Mary Jo Olson

And last Blissful Moments (click on the picture to see the full line)

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and the winner is Dawn Cooper

 

A big Thank you to P&B Textiles for generously providing the fabrics!!

I will send the winners an email tomorrow to get  shipping information.   So check your Email

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tim