Monday, February 08, 2010

Design Wall Monday 2-8-10

Some small changes from last week. It is still the Spring Medallion class quilt on the design wall, but now there are two applique blocks and part of the top is assembled. I was having a rough time with the applique (see my last post for details) so I didn't get the whole top done for class. I plan to have it done for this week.

I have had two customers see the pieces on the design wall and ask about the pattern. When I told them it was my design, they asked if the pattern was for sale. That's something I haven't thought about before, but just might have to investigate.... Like I need something else to do... but a justified reason to play work on EQ... yep, must think about this.

Well, now off to work, I have two customer quilts to do this week, both custom quilting. Pictures will follow.

"Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

Friday, February 05, 2010

Old Dogs and New Tricks

Last night was the first night of the adult ed quilting class. I had hoped to get the sample quilt top completed in time, but you know how that goes.

I was working on the applique blocks and having a miserable time of it. You see, fusible applique is not one of my favorite techniques.

I have a customer who does lovely work with it. (Hi Barbara) These are pictures of her quilts. She uses sparkly threads and little pieces and it is great.

I've just always had trouble with it.
So, I'm working on the class blocks on my beloved old Nelco machine, and there are skipped stitches and puckering and all sorts of icky things.

Finally, I figure it might be worth the trouble to try the (new-ish) Singer. I usually leave it set up as the embroidery machine, but this applique is making me nuts.

To use the current phrase...O...M...G... What a difference! Set that puppy to zig-zag stitch #3 and we were off. So, I guess I just have to keep an open mind. I'm not giving up the Nelco. It still sews a great straight stitch and on it, I can find that perfect 1/4 inch. I just have to remember to use the right tool for the job.

I did get 2 applique blocks finished and about a quarter of the top together. I'll have the rest done by class next week.

"Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

Monday, February 01, 2010

Design Wall Monday

I didn't get much more done on the class quilt. The snail's trail blocks are done and all I have left is the applique blocks and putting the top together.

I DID get the Primrose quilt DONE.

I thought I was done yesterday about 3pm. But the last border just wasn't quite right. The swags looked good, but naked somehow. So I added the piano keys on the outer edge and it was just right.

There comes a point when you just need to stop, and that was it. You have to leave something un-quilted right?

So here are some (scary) numbers on this quilt:
33.25 hours actual quilting time (no idea on the planning and staring at it thinking)
31 bobbins of thread. The bobbin thread is thicker than what I usually use, so I got fewer yards per bobbin. I get about 70 yards usually, so if we say 50 yards with the thicker stuff then that's 3100 yards of thread (top and bottom) That is close to 2 miles of thread! I will stop here or I will frighten myself.

If anyone is interested, this quilt will be raffled this summer to support the Roques Bluff Community Chapel and I can give you more details if you are interested.

Now I just need to get ready for class on Thursday night. And, oh yeah, the 3 other customer quilts that are waiting in line... No rest for the wicked.

"Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!