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

 

 

Home stretch

I am on the home stretch with the Interplay quilt.

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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.

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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.

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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

Tim

 

 

Piecing and hand quilting

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

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

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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.

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

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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”.

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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

Tim

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Take My Picture

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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.

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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

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

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Remember the vintage top I posted a few days ago?

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I bought a wide backing fabric for it

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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.

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

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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

Tim