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.


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

Here is one I came up with.

textured cotton quilt

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


Happy Quilting


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


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 )


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



Deer Quilting


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


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


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


here is the finished center


here is the snowflake the quilt is based on


lots more stitching to go!!


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.

Click on pictures to enlarge

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

Happy Gardening/Quilting



Interplay Quilt Finish


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.


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.


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


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.


and here is the back


I used the backing fabric for the binding as well.

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



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


and decided to relax on it

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


Sort of fun to do!

Now back to work on the snowflake quilt


Happy Quilting




Home stretch

I am on the home stretch with the Interplay quilt.


When I get near the end on a quilt it becomes difficult for me to stop until it is done.   This past weekend I worked on it exclusively and I have only 2 corners left to go.

Teddy will be glad when I am done.


he gets a bit bored watching me quilt.

But he loves to get the chance to try out a quilt…..here he is testing the back.

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He approved it.  You can the unquilted corners better from the back.  The 2 corners on the left.


Back to work

Next time I hope to have pictures of the finished quilt.

I got new glasses on Saturday.   Bifocals …and I can actually see to quilt.  The old pair was not nearly strong enough so I was using drugstore readers.  Nice to not have to keep switching between different glasses.


Happy Quilting




Piecing and hand quilting


I have some more of the hand quilting done on the Interplay Quilt.


The quilting thread is #8 perle cotton in black and a green color that I chose to blend with the prints.


The green doesn’t detract from the prints, and the black stands out well against the stripes and dots.

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Here is a view of the back.


My Friend Carla (see her blog here) made me this Schnauzer Scissor Case.


Carla also has a Schnauzer rescue dog.  His name is Max and  he is quite a handsome boy.

I got some of the piecing done on the signature block project.  here it is on the “design floor”.


I wont make into a full-sized quilt with just the signature blocks so I might add more blank blocks to make it a larger quilt.   I will make that decision once I get this part finished.

Back to work for me!

Happy Quilting


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Take My Picture


Teddy was sitting next to the hoop and looking up at me as if to say “take my picture”.   He is funny about pictures….he loves to be a photographed.


As soon as the picture was over he went back to work on his chew bone.

I have been working on some pretty detailed quilting on my snowflake quilt

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here is the back


But it is time for a break from that for a bit so I will finish the Interplay quilt


Remember the vintage top I posted a few days ago?


I bought a wide backing fabric for it


and I am planning another new quilt.   I belong to a Facebook group “men who quilt”  and Scott Griffin organized a block swap with the members.

30 of us signed 6 inch squares of fabric and sent them to Scott who sorted them and mailed them back to us. They arrived yesterday.


I have a roll of fabric that I will use with the blocks


and I will post some pictures when I get going on that.  I’m excited to get to work on that and since they are all dated 2014 I feel compelled to do it this year :) .

Happy Quilting